Local News

Thursday May 25th, 2017



The Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday travel period which begins at 6pm on Friday and ends at midnight on Monday Memorial Day. Last year during a similar holiday period, Troopers investigated 430 crashes that resulted in 232 injuries along with 5 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 282 people were arrested for DUI while 8560 citations and 11,490 warnings were issued last year. The Memorial Day holiday signals the beginning of the summer travel period sometimes referred to as the 100 deadly days of summer before ending at Labor Day. During the Memorial Day travel period, Troopers will be working alongside Deputies and Police Officers to enforce Georgia’s seat belt laws with the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Don’t become a holiday statistic this year!



Southland Academy’s baccalaureate service is tonight at 7 at Central Baptist Church. The Southland Class of 2017 graduates tomorrow night at 7 in the Melvin T. Kinslow gym.


The Seamless Summer Nutrition Program is sponsored by the USDA and is being administered by the SCS Nutrition Program. This program is offering FREE breakfast and lunch for children 18 and under until July 22nd. For a location near you, contact the SCS Nutrition Department at 931-8500 ext. 8523, 8546 or 8536.



Drivers should be reminded that there are road closures that may have an effect on your commute. New Point Church Road from Middleton Road to US 280W is closed for a bridge replacement project. This is expected to be closed approximately 60 days. Lake Jennifer Drive from 121 to 126 Lake Jennifer Drive will be closed for approximately 60 days for a bridge construction project. Effective May 30th, County Road 365 (old Highway 45N) from State Route 30 to the Schley County line will be closed for approximately 30 days for a bridge repair project. Take note of these closures and adjust your commute.



The Smarr-Smith Foundation is holding a “Paint the Town Blue Gala” on Saturday June 17th at the GSW Storm Dome starting at 6pm. The Smarr-Smith Foundation is hosting this gala as a fundraiser to be able to allow our officers to have the best in tactical gear, training and education as they serve and protect our community. Monies raised will be used for scholarships for potential officers to attend the Police Academy at SGTC. For more information on how you can attend or to donate, go to www.smarrsmithfoundation.com or get information on the Smarr-Smith Facebook page.



Lenny’s Farmers Market is now open for the season. Lenny’s Farmers Market will be open on Saturdays from 7am until 12 noon and also open on Tuesday’s from 5 to 8pm. The grand opening and season kick-off was postponed by Tuesday’s rains and will be held on Tuesday May 30th with musical entertainment and light refreshments. Lenny’s Farmers Market is located at 110 N. Hampton Street in downtown Americus. You’ll find fresh, local produce and handmade crafts and other items.



From Wednesday’s Americus Police incidents3 more autos were entered around town with 2 on the same street. Autos were entered on Church Street, apartment 12 120 Lonnie Lane and at 507 W. Church Street. Another handgun was taken from an auto. You MUST remove weapons and always lock and secure your vehicles at all times!


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 224 N. Jackson Street and at 1B 110 Knollwood Drive.


Aggravated stalking and harassing communications are being investigated.


Following a traffic stop on W. Lamar Street, Felix Alonzo Morgan was arrested for driving with a suspended license.


Another case of harassing communications is under further investigation.


A juvenile was arrested for shoplifting at 202 W. Church Street.


Responding to a suspicious person complaint at 2:19 this morning, a traffic stop was made on E. Lamar and Riccardo Mondrell Turner was arrested for driving on a suspended license.


Officers answered 4 domestic-related calls and 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.


1 accident yesterday in the City had no reported injuries.





Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy around the County responding to roadways that were blocked due to fallen limbs and trees yesterday in 4 different locations. Deputies were also kept busy with 12 traffic stops. At a stop on District Line Road at Lamar Road, Robert Longdon was charged with driving while unlicensed. A stop was made on R W Jones just off Sam Hill Road and Randall H. Allen was arrested for DUI and headlight requirements. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. A suspicious vehicle complaint was filed at 101 Ridgewood Drive. Deputies did work 2 accidents yesterday.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: Randall Henry Allen for DUI and headlight requirements; Shonrell Juan Chambliss for probation violation and loitering; Quincy Bernard Daniels for probation violation; Gary Mack Franks for felony failure to appear; and Tyreik Kenya Nairobi Riley for probation violation.