WISK / WDEC
Thursday February 2nd,
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
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
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
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
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.