Thursday February 2nd, 2023


Another good crowd is anticipated for the Safety Summit hosted by the Sumter County Schools this evening. This Safety Summit will be held at 6:30 in the auditorium of SCHS at 903 SGT Parkway. Safety issues and concerns will be presented to parents and guardians as well as other important school-related news. This meeting is open for the community to attend.


After being in the works for over a year, the Sumter County Gun Violence and Community Solutions Summit will be here tomorrow February 3rd in the private dining hall at Georgia Southwestern State University from 9 to 2. One Sumter has brought in the J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development from UGA; the Americus Police Department; and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office for this community conversation concerning crime—its causes and the solutions we all can tackle.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the 2023 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health-Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant program, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia DPH work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Sumter, Webster and Schley Counties. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help insure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles and it works! For more information about the Sumter-Webster-Schley County car seat program, contact Sgt. John Harty or Wendy Winters at 229-924-4094.


Taris Hollomon Jr., age 27 of Americus, has been arrested and charged with two-counts of aggravated assault; three-counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; one-count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; and one count of criminal damage to property. The GBI, Americus Police and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office are actively seeking the location of Corey Devonte Deriso. Derision is wanted for Violation of Probation. This is from the ongoing investigation from the shooting at 71 Cherokee Street on Wednesday January 18th. This remains an active investigation. If you have ANY information regarding this investigation, please contact the GBI Americus Office at 229-931-2439; the Americus Police at 229-924-3677; or the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at 229-924-4094. Anonymous tips can also be submitted at 924-4102 or 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).


Rain is expected to arrive by late afternoon and will stay with us throughout the night before coming to an end before noon Friday. The rains will start out light but there could be periods of heavy rainfall tonight and overnight. No severe weather is anticipated with this system—just a rain event that could drop another inch of rain before the system moves on through. Decreasing clouds and breezy conditions will occur Friday afternoon with eventually a sunny and cool afternoon. The clear skies will allow the temperatures to fall below freezing Saturday morning with scattered frost. Highs today will be in the low 60s and then low-to-mid 50s tomorrow and Saturday. There is a slight chance of Sunday rain and then a warming trend sets in with upper 70s by next week.


Americus Police continue to have quiet days and nights so far this week. From the Wednesday police reports, damage to property occurred at 209 Murphy Mill Road.


Animal complaints were made at 834 Ridge Street and at 1319 Madison Street.


A suspicious incident at 103 Burke Street was looked into.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 71-B Cherokee Street and at 112 Price Street.


Investigation is underway into computer theft and false statements and writings.


A prior case in 2022 was cleared yesterday with the arrest of Denisha Mack for financial transaction card fraud and for cruelty to persons aged 65 or older.


Officers did respond to one domestic-related call and two miscellaneous calls on Wednesday.


APD worked 3 accidents yesterday that had no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 5 traffic stops on Wednesday. At a stop on the District Line Road, Erika Soto was charged with speeding. After a stop on US 19S, Chandylor W. Peterson was cited for failure to signal lane change or turn. Following a stop on US 19N, Wyndy D. Taylor was charged with speeding. Another stop was made on US 19S and Kadesia S. Williams was cited for a seatbelt violation. Simple battery and disruption of public school occurred at 903 SGT Parkway. Deputies assisted a motorist yesterday. Damage to property was reported at 313 Bagley Street and at 590 Middle River Road. A theft took place from 127 Rainbow Terrace. One activated alarm was answered. One prisoner transport was made.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Derik Denard James for terroristic threats and acts; Denisha Gale Mack for financial transaction card fraud and exploitation of the elderly 65 or older; and Jessie James Smith for felony probation violation. One was back in jail for sentencing.