Local News

Thursday January 29th, 2015



An armed robbery investigation from Monday night has resulted in 2 arrests by Americus Police. 16-year old Keithon Higgs was arrested Monday night at 807 Fulton Street in connection with the armed robbery at 701 Davenport Street at 6-B Parkview Apartments. The armed robbery occurred at approximately 7:36pm and Higgs was taken into custody around 10pm at 807 Fulton Street. Higgs was transported to the Crisp YDC by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. Warrants were issued on Higgs on Tuesday for armed robbery, aggravated assault, 3rd degree cruelty to children and possession of tobacco products by person under 18 years of age. The local District Attorney’s Office advised that Keithon Higgs will be charged as an adult. Yesterday afternoon at approximately 12:30, the other suspect in connection with the armed robbery, 19-year old Anfranee Jamal Smothers was arrested. Smothers was charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana along with cruelty to children. Smothers was booked and transported to the Sumter County Jail. In other Wednesday Police action, an auto was entered at 114-F Fairway II Drive.

A domestic disturbance occurred at 84-A Dixon Drive.

A suspicious person/vehicle complaint was made at 113 Laurel Circle.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 1456 E. Forsyth Street at Belk’s.

Responding to a domestic call to 704 N. Lee Street, Errol Kenneth Frederick was arrested for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

After an accident investigation last night on MLK at Magnolia, Frederick Vence Ahrano was arrested for DUI-less safe-alcohol and improper lane change. All totaled officers worked 3 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.

School news today has a “Parent Technology Workshop” at Sara Cobb Elementary at noon and again at 6pm this evening. This workshop is to explore the use of technology in improving student achievement. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

Representatives for Furlow Charter School will be in the FCS Office from 2-6 this afternoon to hand out applications to reserve a seat in the Charter School this fall as well as answer any questions. If you need more information, representatives will be in the FCS Office in the old Cherokee School Mondays and Thursdays from 2-6pm until February 14th.

Parent Night at the Americus-Sumter South Campus will be this evening from 5:30 to 6:30. Several topics will be discussed that deals with your children and all South Campus parents are encouraged to attend.

Meal reservations are needed today if you plan on attending a Weed Control Update meeting at noon tomorrow at the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe on US 19 south. UGA Specialists Stanley Culpepper and Eric Prostko will present the program. With your attendance you can earn one hour credit towards your private and/or commercial Category 21 license. There will be a sponsored meal so if you plan to attend and have not already done so, call 924-4476 today to make your meal reservation.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office worked a total of 31 incidents in the past 24-hours. Deputies went to a suspicious person complaint at 1211 US 49 north. A theft occurred at 938 Railroad Street. Deputies answered domestic disturbance calls at 305 Kings Drive, 303 Kings Drive and at 174 Pryor-Cobb Road where Priscilla A. Hayes was arrested for aggravated assault and 2nd degree criminal damage to property. Burglaries were investigated at 537 Tommy Smith Road, 169 Tommy Hooks Road and at 111 Elnora Drive. A civil complaint was made on US 280 east.

Deputies conducted 10 traffic stops yesterday. James M. Latimore was given a speeding ticket on US 49. Alison B. Waller was cited for a seat belt violation on Southland Road. Karol D. Wright was cited for failure to obey a stop sign following a stop on Mary Blount at Roney Street.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Frederick Vence Ahrano for DUI/ improper lane change; Eric Gordon Brown for driving while unlicensed/ driving a vehicle with suspended, canceled or revoked registration; Errol Kenneth Frederick for aggravated assault/ possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Priscilla Ann Hayes for aggravated assault/ criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree; Aaron Maurice Mills for probation violation/ violation of Georgia sex offender registration; Charles Wesley Pennington for probation violation; Anfranee Jamal Smothers for aggravated assault/ armed robbery/ possession of cocaine/ marijuana possession-less than an ounce/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime/ cruelty to children; and Percintres Tay Walters for counterfeit money/ probation violation.