Local News

Thursday July 2nd, 2015



The offices of the City of Americus and those at the Sumter County Courthouse will be closed tomorrow in observance of the Independence Day holiday. These offices will be open as usual on Monday July 6th. If you have urgent business with the City or County, you have today to get it taken care of or wait until next week. The offices at the LEC will also be closed tomorrow in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

Most banks and financial institutions will be open tomorrow for business as usual. Mail service will run as usual tomorrow but will not on Saturday the 4th. Lenny’s Market on Hampton Street downtown will be open on Saturday. Lenny’s Market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7am until 1pm and will be open on the 4th from 7 to 1.

The 78-hour July 4th travel period will begin at 6pm on Friday and end at midnight on Sunday July 5th. This year the holiday is on a Saturday and while some will have a 3-day weekend, the actual travel period will begin on Friday evening. Law enforcement will be out and about on Georgia’s highways as well as the state’s waterways this holiday weekend. They will be trying to make sure you and your family will not become a holiday statistic this year.

The 17th annual Boys & Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County’s Steak & Stake Fundraiser Dinner will be on Tuesday July 21st. This year the keynote speaker will be Larry Comer, former President of Metalux and former President of Caravelle Power Boats. A silent auction will begin the festivities at 5pm and the dinner and program will follow at 6pm. This all takes place in the GSW Student Success Center on campus. For more information or tickets contact Dr. Shirley Reese at 938-3300.

Yesterday was the first day of the Transportation Funding Act to take effect. Most analysts were predicting that the price increase at the pump would be phased in but on the local lever, that didn’t seem to happen. While some local stores were open for business yesterday morning with the price increase in place, others waited until later in the day to initiate the increase. It was not a phase in at all as most stores raised their prices from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning from 5 to 9 cents a gallon. It was anticipated that the increase would be 6 to 7 cents a gallon and we have some locations locally that were higher than first thought. Even with the increase at the pump, drivers are paying less this summer than a year ago by almost 90-cents a gallon.

It was a busy Wednesday for the Americus Police Department. Damage to property occurred at 456-B Forrest Street.

An aggravated assault, reckless conduct and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime case are under investigation at apartment 235 140 Lonnie Lane.

A financial identity fraud is being investigated.

An auto was entered at 114-D Country Club Drive.

James Bernard Perry was arrested at 1711 E. Lamar Street for shoplifting and obstruction with violence.

A simple assault occurred at 1702 MLK Boulevard.

Thefts took place at 1448 E. Forsyth Street and apartment 242 130 Lonnie Lane.

A theft and criminal trespass was reported at 540 Tripp Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was made on Parker Street.

Harassing phone calls were reported.

Officers answered 1 domestic-related call and worked 1 accident yesterday.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 34 total incidents yesterday. 15 were for traffic stops. At a stop on US 19 at Georgia 30, Charles E. Putman was charged with failure to maintain insurance and driving a vehicle with suspended registration. After a stop on US 27 west, Emmanuel O. Agbasi was charged with speeding. Following a stop on US 19, Joyce A. Carter was cited for knowingly driving a motor vehicle with suspended or no registration. Warnings were issued, both verbal and written, in the other traffic cases.

A suspicious person complaint was made at 184 Dixon Drive. Responding to a domestic disturbance at 1004 Cobb-Cheek Road, Lisa M. Daniels and Quincy J. Hayes were each charged with disorderly conduct. A civil complaint was made on Pecan Road. Deputies worked 3 accidents with deer involved in one. One of the accidents was a Deputy and another vehicle on the Upper River Road at US 49. That accident investigation was turned over to Trooper Gardner of Post 10 and was not complete at this time.

Housed today in the Sumter County Jail: Michael Travis Banks for felony probation violation; James Bernard Perry for theft by shoplifting and felony obstruction with violence; and Octavius Shamun Ross for felony probation violation.