Local News

Thursday April 16th, 2015



Another round of showers can be expected today. Since last Friday, we’re approaching a total of 3-inches of rain here at our Highway 30 studios. There could be as much as an inch more by the time the rain chances subside a little this weekend. The rains, heavy at times yesterday, will be more of a steady rain today and tonight. Look for periods of rain on Friday with possible thunder at times. Now it will be considerably cooler today with highs only around 70 and cooling to the upper 50s tonight. A slow warming trend will then set in starting tomorrow. There is even more rain for the upcoming weekend but it will not be a total washout, as of today anyway.

There will be a community mass meeting held this evening at 6:30 at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church at 225 Forrest Street in Americus. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss issues in the Sumter County School system. All Sumter County residents are encouraged to attend tonight.

A community blood drive is now scheduled for next Friday April 24th. This blood drive will be held on April 24th from 8am until 6pm and will be held in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 221 South Lee Street. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with appointments will get top priority but all walk-ins will be welcomed. Be sure to have a photo ID with you.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners has changed the date for their April monthly meeting from the scheduled Tuesday April 21st to Wednesday April 22nd. The meeting will be next Wednesday at 6pm in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be one week from today on April 23rd at 5pm in the Lecture Hall of the GSW Nursing Building. This could possibly be the last meeting at this location as the finishing touches to the renovated Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building are completed.

Americus Police had a rather routine Wednesday. An auto was entered at 210 W. Lester Street.

Following a traffic stop conducted on W. Lamar Street, Livia Chemise Merritt was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 203-A Horton Drive.

Thefts took place from 1411 Crawford Street and 913 Magnolia Street.

Korea Johnson was arrested for aggravated assault at 1701 Maxwell Street.

Officers responded to 1 domestic-related call.

There was 1 accident reported yesterday with no injuries.

A reminder once again, with hydrant testing underway by AFES, should you experience cloudy water after such a test in your neighborhood, run your faucet for approximately 15-minutes. If this does not clear the water call 924-3213 and someone from AFES will come check out your problem.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 23 incidents on Wednesday. Only 4 traffic stops were conducted. Jade N. Banks was charged with speeding on US 280 east at Arlington Drive. A traffic stop was conducted on Highway 30 at Highway 45 north and Antonia Lopez-Diaz was charged with driving while unlicensed. Warnings were also issued in the other 2 traffic cases.

Deputies went to a reported theft at 259 Murphy Mill Road. An identity theft and fraud case is being investigated. A civil complaint was made at 113 Lexington Circle. Deputies stood by for a vehicle fire on Georgia 377. A domestic disturbance at Lot B 194 Youngs Mill Road resulted in the arrest of Raul Gallegos for DUI, driving while unlicensed, criminal trespass and battery under the Family Violence Act. Deputies worked 1 accident yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Donisha Denmark for a bench warrant; Raul Gallegos for DUI/ driving while unlicensed/ battery/ and criminal trespass; Ashley Nicole Green for possession of marijuana and felony possession of manufactured substances; Korea Johnson for aggravated assault; and Brittany Magean O’Neal on a bench warrant.