Local News

Thursday May 28th, 2015



Tonight is the next meeting of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Program and there’s an extra incentive or two. First, new enrollees are still being accepted in the program which is for ages 2 through 18. Another incentive tonight comes from the Sumter County Schools Nutrition Program. The SCS Nutrition Program will be giving out free meals to the first 200 children that attend the meeting tonight. Both parent and children MUST attend the meeting in order to get the education, monitoring and the $20 voucher for the free fruits and vegetables. The meeting is this evening from 6 to 7:30 at the Rec Department on Rucker Street.

Lenny’s Market on Hampton Street in downtown Americus is now open. Lenny’s Market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7am until 1pm. Local farmers will have fresh vegetables and fruit along with fresh eggs and baked goods from time to time. More and more farmers will be participating as the local crops come in so you will always get the best and freshest available when you come and see what’s available at Lenny’s Market.

After being indicted on Tuesday by the Sumter County Grand Jury, Leslie Chief of Police Bob Smith turned himself in yesterday at the LEC. The Grand Jury indictment of making false statements to law enforcement stems from a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office drug investigation. Georgia POST command, which certifies law enforcement officers, has suspended Chief Smith’s arrest powers and his position as chief until this case has been settled. Smith was accompanied by his attorney Willie Weaver as he posted bond and then left the LEC.

You can still vote for Phoebe Sumter Medical Center as the Most Beautiful Hospital in the United States. Simply go online and vote everyday at www.soliant.com/hospitals-2015/vote. You can vote now until June 8th. Remember, there is no limit on how many times you can vote, so vote on a daily basis. Contact your friends, family and associates and have them vote as well. Just remember to vote daily and vote often!

While portions of eastern Sumter County were under a severe weather alert yesterday evening, it appears that it was mainly heavy rains and gusty winds with no reports of any severe damage. These areas of the County were getting wet yesterday but everyone else just saw light rain, a few rumbles of thunder and a pop of lightning and that was it. We do have another chance of a late afternoon/early evening scattered thundershower on tap again today before we dry out and warm up for the weekend.

Americus Police report 2 more autos have been entered. An auto was entered at 1207 MLK Boulevard (Waffle House) and then at 3:03 this morning, an auto was entered and criminal trespass occurred at 711 Brooklyn Terrace.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 706-A Fulton Street.

A forced entry burglary is being investigated at 2F 110 Knollwood Drive.

Officers went to a civil dispute at 1509 E. Forsyth Street.

Domestic-related calls were answered at 257-B Lonnie Lane and at 217 Poplar Street.

There were a lot of miscellaneous calls that were answered by officers in the previous 24-hour period.

No accidents were reported in the City on Wednesday that APD worked.


It was a rather quiet day for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office as Deputies worked a total of 16 incidents. Deputies conducted 7 traffic stops. Following a stop on Highway 30 west, Polly M. Keller was charged with speeding. After a stop was made on Pecan Terrace, Reginald K. Williams was picked up on an outstanding warrant. Warnings were issued in the other cases.

Damage to property occurred at 110 Pecan Circle and at Lot D 110 Jenkins Road. A civil complaint was made at Lot N 456 Arch Helms Road. Deputies did respond to 2 separate incidents where trees were down and blocking the roadway. Deputies also responded to some alarm activations and assisted motorists.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Ladarron Maurice Black for felony escape/ criminal interference with government property/ and possession of a telecommunication device within guardlines; Jessica Sue Hubbard for failure to appear; Albert Joe Mitchell for southwestern probation; and Carl Benjamine Nelms for child molestation.