Local News

Thursday May 26th, 2016



The Memorial Day holiday weekend is upon us. This is the unofficial start to the vacation traveling season and this time is commonly referred to as the “100 Deadly Days of Summer”. Law enforcement will be highly visible this holiday weekend on the highways and waterways. Obey the rules of the road and on the water and you will have a better chance of having a safer holiday weekend. Drivers who will be on the road will find gas prices a little higher than a week ago but much less than this time a year ago.

There will be some nearby events going on in a short driving distance if you’re looking for something to do this holiday weekend. Anderson Station Restaurant is sponsoring a Lyme Disease Awareness Benefit this Saturday on E. Church Street in Andersonville. There will be live entertainment, a raffle, a cornhole tournament and of course, food. All proceeds go to Georgia Lyme Disease patients for financial assistance with the disease.

On Sunday, the annual Memorial Day Service will be held with local native and now retired Lt. Colonel Kent Morrison delivering the address. Many activities will be going on in nearby Andersonville and the community is invited.

A steady crowd took advantage of the Weather Radio Programming event sponsored by the Sumter County Emergency Management. Nigel Poole said he was extremely pleased with the turnout from the community and wanted all of our citizens to have the tools they need to stay informed of potentially deadly weather. WALB-TV meteorologists Yolanda Amadeo and Chris Zelman along with Nigel Poole programmed the weather radios between 4 and 7 yesterday.

WALB will be back in town this evening broadcasting from downtown Americus for the 6pm newscast. They will be set up across from the Windsor Hotel on the corner of Jackson and Lamar. The community in encouraged to stop by and meet the news team and be a part of the newscast this evening.

The school year is finally over at Southland Academy. The graduating class will have Baccalaureate tonight at 7 at Central Baptist Church. Graduation for Southland Academy will be tomorrow night at 7 in the Melvin Kinslow gym. With graduation tomorrow night, all the area schools will have completed the current school year and get a few months off before it all starts again.

Wednesday was another rather quiet 24-hour period for Americus Police. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 199-A Hosanna Circle.

Following an accident investigation on Ashby Street, Kelby D. Colbert was arrested for failure to stop at a stop sign and driving on a suspended license.

An unruly juvenile and runaway juvenile complaint was made at 111 Linnie Street.

Another accident investigation led to the arrest of German Gomez Lopez for driving without a license.

A shoplifting incident occurred at Wal-Mart.

A theft was reported early this morning at 126 US 280 east.

Officers did answer 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday.

In the 2 accidents worked by APD, there were no reported injuries.

The offices of the City of Americus, the Sumter County Courthouse and LEC will be closed on Monday the 30th in observance of Memorial Day. These offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday May 31st.


Sheriff’s Deputies worked 29 incidents on Wednesday and only 3 traffic stops were conducted. Following a stop on Georgia 3 at Lakewood Avenue, Henry L. Roach was charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane. A suspicious person complaint was made at 259 Lacrosse Road. A burglary was investigated at 200 Moore Road. Deputies responded to domestic disturbances at Lot 22 145 Ron Circle and at 107 Oakridge Drive where Shanmus J. Britt was arrested for battery (Family Violence), 1st degree cruelty to children and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was jailed.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Shanmus Jarrod Britt for battery/ 1st degree cruelty to children/ and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Kevin Charles Deriso for probation violation; Devontae Deshone Josey for probation violation; Ke’Shawn Shomari Keith for illegal possession of a controlled substance and obstruction; Marquis Jamil McCoy for battery; and Amos Leon Moore for possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime/ possession of marijuana/ and illegal possession of a controlled substance. 3 bonded out of jail yesterday.