Local News

Thursday January 18th, 2018


*UPDATE#1* At a joint press conference this morning at the Public Safety Building, APD Chief Mark Scott was joined by Agent Terry Howard of the GBI and Calvin Mansfield, Investigator with the DA’s Office and announced an arrest in a 3-year old case. 4-year old Assata Snipes was shot and killed on December 30th, 2014 when someone fired several shots through a window of her house. One of the rounds struck Assata Snipes while she was sitting in her mother’s lap. Americus Police and GBI have actively worked to identify the person responsible. This morning, the culmination of the investigation led to an arrest and that suspect was identified. He is 25-year old Davontae Terrell Watts of a Sumter County address. He was taken into custody yesterday and placed at the Sumter County Jail to be arraigned.  He is charged with 1-count of murder and 4-counts of aggravated assault. Watts was identified as the suspect through a combination of forensic evidence obtained at the scene and from interviews with witnesses and acquaintances of all parties. At the time of his arrest, Watts was being sought for on outstanding warrants for failure to appear on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault from the September 2016 robbery of a local pawn shop. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with additional information which may aid in the prosecution of this case or in identifying additional suspects can contact APD or the GBI.

Our area got snow yesterday although not as much as first predicted or as much as many people wanted. The skies began to clear by 10am and it wasn’t until early afternoon that the temperatures got above freezing. For the most part, people heeded the warnings about being on the roads and bridges and if you had to be out to exercise caution. Only a handful of minor accidents were worked by area law enforcement yesterday. Not everyone had the day off to enjoy what little snow we had. Many people did work but realistically, everyone was probably looking at snow day pictures on social media whenever they got the chance. Forecasters did say this would be a quick arctic blast because by tomorrow we should have mid-50s as our high temperatures. As a matter of fact, we may be pushing 70-degrees by Monday with a chance of just rain, no frozen precipitation at all. Bundle up if you will be out for any length of time during the morning hours.



Most roads are fine for traffic today. Most schools and businesses that were closed yesterday will resume normal activities today. Some schools in the area may have a delayed start but will be open. Work crews were out before the snow arrived looking out for icy spots on bridges and roads and had sand and salt placed ahead of any traffic yesterday morning. These same crews were out this morning as the early morning lows were in the upper teens and anything left from the snow could possibly turn to ice. Again, most roads are fine but drive with care in your morning commute.


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be this evening as there is a new time. The Council meetings will now start at 6pm instead of 5pm. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building in downtown Americus. The community is welcome to attend.


The City is getting ready for the arrival on Monday of the TV team from Small Business Revolution—Main Street. The team arrives Monday afternoon, will be treated to a reception and stay overnight before touring the area on Tuesday the 23rd. The City is in the Top 10 for season 3 of the show and this site visit will go a long way in determining if we make the Final 5. If you want to help get us there, anytime you post anything on social media—Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, use #MyAmericus and most important, make sure your setting is set to PUBLIC to get the attention of Small Business Revolution. We can do this but will need everyone working toward that main goal!



The 2018 Inaugural First Pitch Banquet will be held at Schley County HS on Monday January 22nd. A silent auction and fellowship will begin at 5:30 to be followed by a 6pm dinner. The cost is $20 per person. The guest speaker is UGA Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin. Tickets are available in the HS office; Ellaville Floral and Gift; and People’s Bank in Ellaville. Tickets in Americus are being sold at Global Graphics and Southern Boutique. The auction closes 30-minutes after Coach Stricklin finishes speaking.



Americus Police were kept busy yesterday. Kenneth M. Christmas was arrested on theft charges from an incident at 302 E. Furlow Street.


A simple assault occurred at 802 Fulton Street.


An auto was entered at 106 Woodland Avenue.


Criminal trespass complaints were made on Glessner at Elm; 954-A Felder Street; and 804 Georgia Avenue.


An animal complaint was made at 119 Highland Drive.


Quandarius K. Hayes was arrested and charged with simple assault from a domestic situation at 2000 Roney Street.


A simple battery complaint was filed with officers at 804 Georgia Avenue.


An unruly juvenile complaint was made.


Officers did answer 6 domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls on Wednesday.



Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 8 traffic stops yesterday and issued warnings to drivers. Possible neglect of the elderly is under further investigation. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on the Highway 49S-Fox Stephens Road area yesterday. A theft occurred from 231 Highway 308. Deputies worked 1 deer-related accident yesterday.


In the Sumter County Jail today are Quandarius Kentrell Hayes for simple assault and Devontae Terrell Watts for murder/ felony failure to appear/ and 4 counts of aggravated assault. 1 was released from jail per Court order and another for time served.