"Local News"

Monday January 16th, 2017


In case you were unaware, there were 2 concentrated license checkpoints conducted this past weekend. Americus Police, along with the Georgia State Patrol; West Central Traffic Enforcement; Georgia Office of Highway Safety; Sumter Sheriff’s Deputies; the GBI; Georgia Department of Community Supervision; along with others were all over starting Friday evening and again on Saturday evening. There was also a GSP helicopter patrolling on Friday evening. The weekend checkpoints resulted in 42 arrests ranging from DUI to possession of drugs to outstanding warrants to the usual traffic violations. Americus Police and all the other participating agencies thank everyone for allowing the opportunity to help make Americus and Sumter County a safer place in which to live.

Late Friday afternoon, the GBI released a news brief. On June 29th 2009, the GBI Americus Field Office was requested by the Americus Police Department to assist with investigating the death of Dorothy Jean Sheffield, found deceased by a relative in her home at 818 ½ Magnolia Street 7-years ago. As a result of continuing to conduct interviews, following leads and analyzing evidence, Dane Register was developed as a suspect and subsequently arrested. On Wednesday January 10th, Register was charged with felony murder in the Sheffield death. During the time of the murder, Register was residing with a family living in the same area as Sheffield. Register is currently an inmate at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville where he is serving two life sentences in reference to an unrelated case.

Today is the MLK Holiday. Many local, state and federal offices are closed today in observance. The LEC offices are closed meaning there will not be a Sumter County Sheriff’s report on Local News until tomorrow. Drivers will get a break as many school busses will not make the normal runs until tomorrow. Banks are closed and there will be no mail delivery today. There will be trash pickup as normal on this Monday.

The Sumter County Friends of the Public Library are hosting their annual fundraising theater event on Saturday January 28th and Sunday the 29th at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library. For more information or tickets, call 924-8091.

The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is at 6 tomorrow evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The meeting is open for the community to attend.

The January meeting of the Mayor and City Council is this Thursday January 19th at 5pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The community is invited to attend.

Americus Police had a busy weekend in addition to participating in the concentrated license checkpoints. A juvenile was arrested at 101 Bozeman Circle for probation violation.

A felony theft by deception and 1st degree forgery case is under further investigation.

Tyrell Damon Jenkins and Mikessia T. Reese were arrested at 105 Glory Court and charged with disorderly conduct.

Michael T. Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct at 733 E. Forsyth Street.

Kevin Eric Huddleston was arrested at 125 W. Lamar and charged with disorderly conduct.

An auto was entered at 133 J R Campbell Sr. Street through an unsecured window.

A counterfeit bill ($100) was reported at 202 US 19 south at Gas N’ Go.

A juvenile was arrested on Dixon Drive and charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

Thefts occurred at 350 Rucker Street and at 1007 Southerfield Road where a 1997 Chevy Lumina was stolen.

A criminal trespass complaint for a damaged vehicle was made at 913 Ridge Street.

A disorderly conduct incident occurred at 415 Poplar Street.

A forced entry burglary at 2:54 this morning was investigated at 105 Patterson Street.

Officers also were busy answering 6 domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls over the weekend.

There was 1 accident worked by APD that had 2 injury complaints.

FAA officials will be in town today to investigate a plane crash yesterday in the area of Old Andersonville Road. The pilot, Mack Hodges was not severely injured when the plane crashed.