Local News

Thursday October 20th, 2016



Americus Police and Sheriff’s Deputies had success in recent cases and several criminals are off the streets of Americus and Sumter County. An attempted armed robbery Sunday night at 1101-B MLK Boulevard and the investigation that followed, along with citizens that provided important information, resulted in 3 arrests on Tuesday. All 3 from Americus, 19-year old Juqrion Denise Mathis, 21-year old Kentrell Rashad Deriso and 21-year old Andredus Bernard Cromity were arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit robbery and aggravated assault. All three are now housed at the LEC.

Then yesterday morning, Sheriff’s Deputies Sgt. Kyle Selph and Cpl. Chad Ciani assisted Department of Homeland Security’s ICE Agents with apprehending 2 illegal aliens at 201-A Lexington Circle. At the time of their arrest, confiscated were 63.6 grams of marijuana, 1.1 kilos of liquid marijuana tincture and 6 firearms. One of the stolen firearms was from a residential burglary in Americus in August of this year. Arrested during the time of the raid were 25-year old Marcial Catalan-Arcos, charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and 43-year old Bartola Romero-Adame charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm. As this investigation continues, additional charges are pending.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 5 this afternoon in Council Chambers at the Public Safety Building. Along with the agenda items, 5 people have signed up to address Mayor and Council. This meeting is open for the community to attend.

Again, if you are planning on attending the City Council meeting downtown this afternoon, here’s a reminder that traffic could be congested. The congestion could be from the annual Americus-Sumter homecoming parade that will start lining up at 6 this evening and will take to the downtown streets at 7. Just be aware even if you’re just traveling through the downtown area this evening that there will be a parade starting at 7.

High school football tomorrow night will actually FEEL like football weather as a front is rapidly approaching that will dip tomorrow’s overnight lows into the upper 40s so that means it will cooler and a little breezy during the game. Only 2 of the area teams will be in action and both are having homecoming. The Panthers are hosting Hardaway High from Columbus and the Wildcats are hosting Crawford County up in Ellaville. Kick-off tomorrow night is at 7:30. Marion County is off this week and Southland Academy finished the regular season last week and technically, has an open date this week.

Tomorrow is the day for the big community blood drive from 8 to 6 in the Fellowship hall at First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street. If you make an appointment that suits your busy Friday schedule, you can get top priority. To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or go online to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Even if you do not have an appointment, all walk-ins will be welcomed. All blood types are needed as we are on the fringe of the holiday season when blood supplies will be diminished.

Wednesday was a quiet day and night for the Americus Police Department. 2 criminal trespass complaints were made at 219 W. Lamar Street and at 201 Brookdale Drive. There was 1 domestic-related call and 1 miscellaneous call answered in the previous 24-hour period. Officers worked 3 accidents in the City that had 2 injury complaints.

Saturday is the day to pick-up your BBQ Chicken Plates being sold by the AFES as a fundraiser for Fire Safety Education and Honor Guard. Pick-up is Saturday from 11-1 at Fire Station#1 at 119 S. Lee Street. For last minute tickets, see any Americus Firefighter or call 924-3213. Each plate is $7.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 8 traffic stops on Wednesday. On US 49 north near Old Andersonville Road, Joshua B. McCoy was cited for illegally parking. Numerous warnings were issued to drivers. A child molestation case is under further investigation. A burglary occurred at the Rec Complex on US 19 south. Assistance was given to ICS Agents of Homeland Security at 201-A Lexington Circle. Responding to a domestic situation at 105 S. Village Drive, John E. Harvey was charged with aggravated assault.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Marcial Catalan-Marcos for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of marijuana; John Emory Harvey for aggravated assault; Kelly Raymir Hutchins for City probation; Bartola Romero-Adame for theft by receiving stolen property; Carlton Bernard Tyner for probation violation; and Jataevius Williams. 1 bonded out of jail and 1 was back to make bond yesterday.