"Local News"

Monday May 2nd, 2016



Early voting begins today at the Elections Office in the Sumter County Courthouse. During the May Primary, you MUST choose a party to vote. You choose a party here in May but come November, you can cross parties and cast your ballot but that is NOT the case now as you prepare to early vote. Choose either Democrat or Republican when you come to early vote or if you wait and vote at the polls on May 24th. There is also a Saturday, May 14th, that the Elections Office will be opened during the early voting period. Early voting starts today and ends on Friday May 20th. You will need to have a photo ID with you and again, you must declare a party.

Sumter County Rabies Clinics start today around the County. Today the clinics will be at Shiloh Baptist Church at 961 Shiloh Road from 6-7pm and also at the Sumter Humane Society at 108 Industrial Boulevard from 6-7pm. The cost is $10. Protect your pets and yourself by making sure your dogs and cats have current rabies vaccinations. Please confine cats to a carrier when bringing them to the clinics. The Tuesday Rabies Clinic will be at the Americus Church of Christ on Highway 30 west from 6-7pm.

The Sumter County BOE holds a retreat this evening starting at 6pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The retreat is open for the public to attend.

The next LEPC meeting is at 10am tomorrow at the Sumter County Emergency Operation Center located in the former National Guard Armory at 901 Adderton Street. This meeting is open for the public to attend.

First Friday is coming up this Friday May 6th throughout downtown Americus. The extended weather forecast is much better for the May First Friday than it was back in April when it rained all night. Be listening for more details about the First Friday activities later this week on Local News.

This is the 3rd week of hydrant testing by AFES around town which means the process is roughly halfway completed. This is a requirement to maintain the City’s ISO rating. Should you experience cloudy or discolored water after such a test in your neighborhood, run your faucets for 10-15 minutes and this should clear the water. If this does not do so, then call AFES at 924-3213 for assistance in clearing your water.

Americus Police were involved in an early morning foot chase but were able to capture and arrest Trenedrick Carlos Bishop after an auto was attempted to be entered on Harrold Avenue. He was finally located after breaking in a home. Bishop has been charged with forced entry burglary; 3-counts of entering autos; loitering and prowling; obstruction with violence; and criminal trespass. Autos were entered over the weekend at 703 Park Row, 350 Rucker Street, 325 Ashby Street and 913 Magnolia Street. Most of those entered were unlocked.

A stalking incident is under investigation.

After a traffic stop on N. Lee Street by Trooper Davis, Travis Cook was arrested for obstruction and possession of marijuana-less than an ounce. A passenger, Deon Princeton Jackson was arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.

A theft took place at 329 W. Lamar Street.

A battery (DVA) occurred at 4E 1034 Elm Avenue.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 107 Swett Avenue.

Following a traffic stop on Mayo Street, Keegan Bernard Mullins was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

A suspicious person complaint was made at 4:45 Saturday morning at 1K 110 Knollwood Drive.

An unruly juvenile complaint was filed with police at 531 E. Jefferson Street.

2 arrests were made upon responding to a domestic call on Waitsman Drive at Parker Street. William Craig Kimbrell was arrested for aggravated assault and James Raper was arrested for simple battery.

Nyeshia Jenay Baisden was arrested for an incident at 518 Hartman Street and was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault (DVA) and cruelty to children.

At a traffic stop initiated by Trooper Cladd on W. Forsyth, Stephen Keith Kisor was arrested for DUI at 12:48 Sunday morning.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 409 E. Hill Street, 518 Hartman Street, 623 E. Church Street and 1009 Douglas Circle.

A simple assault occurred at 1428-B S. Lee Street.

An electronically furnishing obscene material to minors case is under further investigation.

Officers were kept busy answering 16 domestic calls and 8 miscellaneous calls over the weekend.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 203-E Murphy Mill Road, 119 S. Lee Street, 1204 Crawford Street and at 132 US 280 west.

Officers worked 7 weekend accidents with 2 injury complaints. After an accident investigation, Ariel Martinez-Mazariegos was arrested for driving without a license.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies had an active weekend working 80 incidents which included 28 traffic stops. The majority of the citations issued were for speeding. Damage to property occurred at 149 Sylvan Ridge and 416-C N. Bond Street. Domestic disturbance calls were answered at 110 Iris Drive; 118 Ida Drive; 1160 Shiloh Road; 206 E. Ellaville Street; 174 Ginger Drive; 1412-A US 280 west; and 220 Mockingbird Drive. Deputies did respond to a fight at the ER at Phoebe Sumter. A trespassing complaint was made on the Old Hooks Road. Deputies went to a vehicle fire at 151 Orchid Drive. A criminal trespass complaint was made in the Pryor Road/Buck Nelson Road area. A suspicious person complaint occurred at 407 Confederate Street. Harassing phone calls were reported for investigation. Responding to threats made at 126 lake Ridge Drive, Lance E. Marion was charged with obstruction and an outstanding warrant. A burglary was investigated at 631 US 49 north. Deputies worked 6 weekend accidents with 3 being deer-related.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Nyeshia Jenay Baisden for aggravated assault/ aggravated assault (DVA)/ cruelty to children; Trenedrick Carlos Bishop for entering autos/ obstruction with violence/ and a bench warrant; George Edgar Durham for contempt of Court and failure to appear; William Craig Kimbrell for aggravated assault; Derrick Jermaine Luster for simple battery and criminal trespass; Lance Eric Marion for obstruction and probation violation; Brandon Lenorris Prince for felony failure to appear; Robert Clinton Shortte-holding for Harris County; James McArthur Smith for probation violation; Jimmy Lee Solomon for DUI/ driving on a suspended license/ and giving a false name; Zakeious Lamar Williams-holding for Webster County; Qwarhdariyah Shabre Willoughby for DUI and crossing guard lines with weapons, intoxicants or drugs; and Alexus Nicole Zachary for financial transaction card fraud. 4 bonded out of jail over the weekend.