“Local News”

Monday March 18th, 2019



This could be called “meeting week”. The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will have a joint special called meeting at 1 this afternoon with the Cities of Americus; Andersonville; Plains; Leslie and Desoto in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The purpose of this special called meeting is to discuss the 2020 SPLOST projects. The Board will also discuss any other items deemed as appropriate.


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held at 6pm tomorrow evening March 19th at the Sumter County Courthouse in the Commissioners Room. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the public to attend.


The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will be held at 7 tomorrow evening at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. All members and friends are urged to attend.


This Thursday March 21st, the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. This meeting is open for the community to attend.



A community celebration honoring the State Runner-up Americus-Sumter Panthers basketball team will be held at 5:30 this evening in the Panther Den, the South Campus gym on Harrold Avenue. Coaches, administrators and community members will make comments about the team to those in attendance. Panthers Head Basketball Coach Michael Hoffpauir is encouraging Panther Nation to come out and show your support for the team one more time this evening. All of the events will last only about an hour so make your plans to attend.


A FREE “Dealing with Dementia” family caregiver workshop will be held this Wednesday March 20th. The workshop will be held from 8:30am until 12:30pm. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 229-931-2786. This event is being sponsored by the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving.


The Smarr-Smith Foundation’s “Paint the Town Blue Gala” is this Saturday March 23rd. Individual tickets are now being sold along with tables of eight. If you or your company or business or if you and your significant other would like to purchase tickets, go to www.smarrsmithfoundation.com. The Officers of the Year will be announced for the Americus Police; GSW State University Police; and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Special entertainment direct from Las Vegas will feature Eric Jones Magic and the evening wraps up with dancing from the Swinging Medallions. Get your tickets this week and join in the Paint the Town Blue Gala!



Americus Police had an overall quiet weekend. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 507-A Bessie Mays Circle and at 102 Benjamin Avenue.


Burglaries were investigated at apartment 14 114 Sun Valley Drive; 109-G Country Club Drive; and at 314 N. Dudley Street.


Thefts were reported from 311 Hosanna Circle and 1109-A Oglethorpe Avenue. A theft of services occurred at 1109 Crawford Street. A theft by deception occurred at 109 Starlight Circle.


Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree was reported at 201 Tom Hall Circle.


Responding to an incident at 1701 Maxwell Street, Christopher Thomas Enke was arrested and charged with simple battery against person 65 or older.


Harassing communications were reported for investigation.


A theft and criminal trespass occurred at 1708 Armory Drive.


Following a traffic stop on W. Lester at N. MLK Boulevard, Victory J. Robinson was arrested for DUI.


After a traffic stop was conducted on W. Forsyth Street, 2 arrests were made. The driver, DeMarion D. Angry was arrested for possession of marijuana—less than an ounce; reckless driving; and driving without a valid license. A passenger, Dominique R. Angry was arrested for felony theft by receiving stolen property and for possession of marijuana—less than an ounce.


Answering a domestic call to 211 Pinecrest Drive, Kerry Green was arrested for simple battery. This was 1 of 7 weekend domestic-related calls.


Hit-n-run accidents were reported over the weekend at 129 S. Hampton Street; 2001 S. Lee Street; and on Oglethorpe Avenue at Mayo.


Officers did respond to 4 miscellaneous calls since Friday.


There were 5 weekend accidents that had 2 injuries.




It was a busy weekend for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 21 traffic stops were conducted since Friday. Deputies went to reports of shots fired at 161 Orchid Drive and 121 Grover Drive. A civil complaint was filed at 848 McMath Mill Road. Deputies went on 2 domestic-related calls. Threats were made at 236 E. Rockhill Drive. Damage to property was reported at 1018 Simmons Drive. Thefts took place from 173 Dan Reeves Road and 153 Carter Fish Pond Road. A suspicious vehicle was spotted on District Line Road and Page Drive. Assistance was given to a motorist in a ditch on Highway 377S at Mask Road and Victor S. Bush was arrested for possession of marijuana—less than an ounce. An auto was entered at 116 Highway 30W. Deputies worked 3 deer-related weekend accidents.


In the Sumter County Jail today: DeMarion Donta Angry for reckless driving/ illegal possession of a controlled substance/ and driving while unlicensed; Dominique Rashard Angry for possession of marijuana and felony theft by receiving stolen property; Colby Ray Cochran—holding for USMS; Jasmine Karesha English for criminal trespass and theft by taking; Christopher Thomas Enke for simple battery against person 65 or older; Campbell Otille Francis for theft by receiving stolen property; Kerry Demone Green for battery; Keith Lamont Haynes for probation violation; and David Taylor Walls for felony failure to appear and felony theft by taking. 5 bonded out of jail over this past weekend.