Local News

Thursday November 26th, 2020



Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators were on the scene of a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday night in the Sunset Park-Rainbow Terrace area. The Coroner was also called to the scene. Deputies and 1st Responders were dispatched out at 6:05pm and upon arrival found one male deceased from an apparent gun shot. The GBI was also notified. Sheriff Eric Bryant said that it boiled down to an argument between 2 males and one of the men’s Mother tried to intervene and was pushed down. That’s when a gun was brought out and the victim was shot. The suspect was taken into custody and is currently housed in the Sumter County Jail. The names of the shooter and deceased will not be released just yet. The Sheriff stated that this is an isolated incident and therefore no one else is being sought at this time. More information will be released soon.


Sheriff Bryant also said the shooting in the Rainbow Terrace area was NOT related to the shooting last night on Lester Street that the Americus Police were working. That shooting investigation was going on while the Rainbow Terrace investigation was wrapping up. Americus Police were called to the Lester Street area along with 1st Responders. Later the Coroner was called to this scene along with the GBI as well. Chief Mark Scott had the following: The Americus Police and the GBI are currently investigating a homicide near 137 W. Lester Street. On November 25th at approximately 8:46pm, officers of the Americus Police Department along with 1st Responders were notified of a man down around 137 W. Lester Street. The victim, later identified as 35-year old Kedrick Deon Williams was deceased at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds. This is currently an active investigation. Anyone with information related to this investigation can contact Americus Police at 229-924-3677 or after hours at 229-937-9011. Other than this ongoing investigation, Wednesday was quiet around town. Ulises A. Morales-Lopez was arrested for shoplifting and criminal trespass at Wal-Mart.


Harassing communications were reported.


A theft of lost/mislaid property occurred at 1480 E. Forsyth Street.


A hit-n-run accident was reported on N. Lee Street.


Officers were busy working 6 accidents yesterday around town that had 5 reported injuries.



The offices of the City of Americus and Sumter County are closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday today and again tomorrow. All offices will resume with normal business hours on Monday November 30th. Our next full Sumter County Sheriff’s report will be on Monday afternoon’s Local News.


The regular trash schedule is altered this week due to the holiday. If Thursday is your usual trash day your pickup day is now on Friday. Your usual Friday trash pickup will now be on Saturday. All schedules return to normal next week.


Weather permitting, Willet Way Wonderland will have the grand lighting this evening Santa will NOT be sitting out this year but there will be a ”Faux Santa” in Santa’s House so pictures can be taken and continue this tradition.


The annual Open Hands Ministry’s Thanksgiving Dinner is today at noon and is different this year. It’s all carryout meals only. Meals can be picked up at 522 S. Hampton Street. For deliveries to shut-ins, call today at 924-7072 or 322-5281.


 The long Thanksgiving holiday travel period is underway and ends at 11:59pm on Sunday. State Troopers and all law enforcement will be highly visible looking for the speeders; distracted and impaired drivers; and those not buckled up. This year if you will be traveling, obey the posted speed limit; don’t drink and drive; and buckle up and arrive alive!


Black Friday shopping will look different this year. For years, Black Friday shopping started earlier and earlier until soon it was on Thanksgiving night. This year due to the pandemic that seems to disrupt everything, Black Friday shopping is actually on Friday and the rest of the weekend. Downtown Americus will be hosting its small business weekend on Saturday. More details on that will come on tomorrow’s Local News. Other area stores will also be offering great deals this Black Friday weekend.