Thursday June 1st, 2023


It was an informative Wednesday for Local News. Sumter County Sheriff Eric Bryant sat down with Local News and said that the early morning shooting victim from Memorial Day has been identified as 28-year old Quan’tavious Traveion Robinson of Americus. Video surveillance also has a good lead into the shooter that morning. The shooting occurred outside in the parking lot right near the door at 116 Highway 30W. Numerous interviews conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and GBI have created good leads in the ongoing investigation. Anyone that has not stepped forward with information can still do so by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 229-924-4094 or the GBI at 229-931-2439.

Another bit of information received yesterday was concerning the Heart of Georgia bridge replacement project. That project was slated to start this coming Monday June 5th but is now delayed. There was no new timetable given on when this project would start. It will take quite some time once the bridge replacement project starts until it is finished. Local News will update the community when new information is received.

While it’s not your typical First Friday, there will be a special activity in downtown Americus tomorrow evening. Americus Main Street is bringing the beach back to downtown Americus. Rylander Park will be transformed into a beach and it’s all free for you and your family. The Americus Street Trolley will be providing free rides around downtown; musical entertainment will be from Andy T and his steel drums; and it will be a great time to spend some time at the beach and never leave town! This event is organized by Americus Main Street and the City of Americus. The Downtown Beach Party is from 6 to 9pm in Rylander Park tomorrow night.

Today is the first day of June and a big couple of days are right around the corner. While we all know of Father’s Day in June, many seem to forget about Flag Day on June 14th. This Flag Day falls on a Wednesday and the john D. Mathis American Legion Post#2 of Americus will be conducting an Unserviceable Flag Ceremony on Main Street in Plains starting at 6:30 that afternoon. The public is invited. The John D. Mathis Post#2 meets every fourth Monday of each month in the Marshall Student Center at Georgia Southwestern State University. All veterans are welcome.

Americus Police made a second arrest in the early morning chase yesterday that ended up with the driver and passenger stopping on the GSW Perimeter Road and running across the golf course. The passenger Tydius Moss was arrested after a foot chase. Later in the morning the driver was also taken into custody. 19-year old Pharrell D. Woods was arrested and charged with fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement; reckless driving; obstruction; failure to obey a traffic control device; and failure to stop at a stop sign. He too just like Moss the passenger is in the Sumter County Jail. In other Wednesday police action, yesterday morning officers responded to 41-D Reddick Drive to a shots fired complaint. On the scene, 2 arrests were made. Traymon Clark was arrested for disorderly conduct and Quintin N. Jackson was arrested for reckless conduct.

A theft of gas was reported at 1698 E. Lamar Street.

Investigation is underway into a 1st degree forgery case.

A rape case is being investigated.

Responding to a domestic situation, Arian R. Brown was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 206-A Bessie Mays Circle.

Officers did answer a call last evening at 1307 Norris Circle. There was a deceased person due to a cardiac arrest.

Following a traffic stop at 12:54 this morning, Thomas Maddox was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 307 Hosanna Circle.

There were three accidents worked by APD yesterday. Investigation into an accident at 1201 N. MLK Boulevard resulted in Jaqueline R. Williams being arrested for DUI and driving with a suspended license.


From Wednesday’s Sumter County Sheriff’s incidents, Deputies conducted four traffic stops yesterday. At a stop on US 280E, Markeona M. Cooper was charged with improper passing in a no-passing zone. Two prisoner transports were made. A civil complaint was heard at the LEC for an incident on Thrasher Road. A criminal trespass complaint was filed at 243 E. Rockhill Drive. Suspicious persons were seen in the area of 177 Graystone Drive and at 502 Confederate Street. One activated alarm was checked out. Deputies answered one domestic-related call yesterday. Deputies did work two traffic crashes on Wednesday with one being deer-related.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Cassius Cornelius Bess for City probation (Ellaville); Traymon Lamar Clark for disorderly conduct; Markeona Mechelle Cooper for improper passing in a no-passing zone and felony failure to appear; Quintin Nathaniel Jackson for reckless conduct; Thomas Maddox for driving with a suspended license and tail light requirements; Tydius Dashawn Moss for fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and obstruction; Eric Jerrod Walker for felony probation violation; and Pharrell Deviante Woods for fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement/ reckless driving/ obstruction/ failure to obey traffic control devices/ and failure to stop at a stop sign. One was released after posting bond. One was released after paying a fine.