Local News

Thursday August 28th, 2014


*The Sumter County Sheriff’s worked a total of 35 incidents on Wednesday. Almost half (17) were traffic stops around the County. Vaneskia M. Hawkins was cited for driving on the wrong side of an undivided street. Deputies went to the North Campus for a bad child complaint. Thefts occurred yesterday at 481 Tallent Store Road and at 113 Jenkins Road. 1 domestic call was answered and there were 3 suspicious person complaints looked into. There were other miscellaneous calls answered by deputies.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail are: Anthony Glenn Cromer for southwestern probation; Euveka Shay Haugabook-City contempt; Octavius Shamun Ross-probation violation; Steve Wiggins for battery; and Lavonne Michelle Serrano for City contempt.*



The Sumter County Tax Commissioners Office is closed all day today for all employees to attend a mandatory training with the Department of Revenue in Cordele. The office will be open with regular business hours starting at 9am tomorrow. All the offices of the Sumter County Courthouse and those with the City of Americus will be closed on Monday September 1st in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will have a special called meeting at 6:30 this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The called meeting is to discuss personnel and legal matters in executive session. The Board will also discuss any other items that the Board deems appropriate.

Volunteers are needed to become members of the professional emergency responders in Sumter County. An informational session on volunteering with the Sumter County Fire and Rescue will be held on Wednesday September 3rd at Fire Station#1, located at 210 Rucker Street in Americus. For more information call 924-6603.

The 78-hour Labor Day weekend travel period begins at 6pm tomorrow and ends at midnight on Monday September 1st. Law enforcement will be out looking for the impaired driver, speeders and those not buckled up. Distracted drivers who text and drive will also be people of interest. Law enforcement is expecting a larger number of drivers to be on the road due to a number of factors. One thing that has popped up as of yesterday is a good chance of rain this weekend, mainly on Saturday and that could mean treacherous highways for some on the weekend. There is a chance of rain each day during the weekend but Saturday is the best chance as of today. If you will be on the highways for that last summer vacation, drive with care; buckle up and don’t drink and drive. Avoid becoming a holiday statistic.

High school football this weekend has 3 area teams in action-2 at home and 1 on the road. The road team is the defending Class A State Champion Marion County Eagles going to play at Miller County at 8pm. Both Americus-Sumter and Southland Academy will be at home and both will be looking to even the season record after opening up with road losses last Friday. Americus-Sumter will host Macon County and Southland Academy will host Robert Toombs. Both games kick-off at 7:30. Schley County begins the regular season next Friday September 5th at Baconton Charter.

Americus Police report 2 autos were entered yesterday. One was at apartment 1J 110 Knollwood Drive and the other was at 1 this morning while parked on Oglethorpe Avenue. Both vehicles were left unlocked. In other police action from Wednesday, a financial transaction card fraud was reported for investigation. Anthony Glenn Cromer was arrested for an outstanding warrant following a domestic call to 218 Frieda Lane. Following a domestic incident at 109 Highland Drive, Steve Wiggins was arrested for battery. A theft of a bicycle occurred at 1039 E. Forsyth Street. A shoplifting incident took place at 1:18 this morning at 1101 Crawford Street. A hit-n-run accident was reported at 918 Ivey Street. There was 1 accident worked by officers with 1 injury complaint.