"Local News"

Tuesday September 16th, 2014



Its meeting week or you could say meeting night. The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is at 6 this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. These meetings are open for the public to attend.

Council members Juanita Wilson and Nelson Brown urge residents in District 1 & 2 to attend your Neighborhood Watch meeting tonight at 6 at the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue. Recycling will be discussed. All residents again are urged to attend tonight.

The regular meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be held at 7 tonight in the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. Tonight’s program is “Famous Women Spies of the Confederacy”. All SCV members and friends are urged to attend.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be at 5 this Thursday and will be held in the Lecture Hall of the new Nursing Building on the GSW campus. If you need more information about this meeting change, contact City Clerk Paula Martin at 924-4411 ext. 244.

Americus and Sumter County are about to get a lot of visitors and they’ll be here for the National POW/MIA Recognition Events starting tomorrow at Georgia Southwestern. Motorcycles, cars, vans and other vehicles will be part of “The Ride Home” again this year. Tomorrow at 11am in Jackson Hall on campus, the POW/MIA Recognition Convocation featuring former POW Colonel Wayne Waddell as the featured speaker will be held. On Thursday, the “Some Gave All Wall” will be escorted to the GSW Student Success Center. The “Some Gave All Wall” displays all service men and women that have fallen in the line of duty from September 11th 2001 to present day. The public is invited and encouraged to attend “The Ride Home” events.

Applications are now available at the Chamber Office on Elm Avenue for this year’s Sumter Scarecrows. The deadline to submit entries is Friday September 26th. For more information or for an application, contact Ivy at 924-2646.

Yesterday it was announced that last Friday’s weather-shortened game between Americus-Sumter and Thomas County Central will be finished on Thursday September 25th. The 2nd half of last Friday’s game will start at 7pm on that Thursday night. If you had tickets from last Friday’s game, bring back your ticket stub to be re-admitted to the game next Thursday September 25th at 7 in Thomasville.

It was not your typical Monday for the Americus Police especially dayshift. There were the usual burglaries and domestics but it was 2 accidents that kept officers busy. The first was yesterday morning on Crawford Street when a vehicle clipped a power pole and had traffic backed up. The driver was taken for treatment. The main accident yesterday occurred right in the height of afternoon school traffic on the Southerfield Road at Andrew Drive. This was a 3-vehicle accident that had 7 injuries. APD, 1st Responder and 3 ambulances were all on the scene with traffic snarled for a long time. One ambulance had to make a return trip. Because of the 2 accidents, the usual paperwork was put on hold and will be made available for tomorrow’s Local News. Nightshift was busy for a Monday. Suspected drug activity was investigated on Norman Cole Street.

Brandon Marquis Burney was arrested for an outstanding warrant following a suspicious vehicle complaint at 129 Cherokee Street.

An assist with a drug-related traffic stop with a Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputy was made last night on Highway 30.

Responding to a suspicious person complaint at 1204 S. MLK Boulevard at 12:38 this morning, Virginia Renee Bruce was arrested for obstruction.

At 12:57 this morning, John Matthew Trogdon was arrested at 1611 E. Lamar Street for theft of services and criminal trespass.


Monday was a much quieter day for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Only a total of 23 incidents were reported. A rape case is under further investigation. There was an accident involving a deer yesterday. Deputies conducted 5 traffic stops. Keelan C. Barkley was cited for failure to obey a stop sign on Hill Street. A traffic stop on Highway 30 resulted in 2 arrests. James A. Ward and Jacob A. Bullard were arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce. There were only a few miscellaneous calls answered by Deputies yesterday.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Virginia Renee Bruce for obstruction; Jacob Aubrey Bullard for possession of marijuana; Brandon marquis Burney for theft by shoplifting/southwestern probation/probation violation; Tabitha Nicole Johnson for 3rd degree forgery/exploitation of an elderly person/probation violation; John Matthew Trogdon for criminal trespass/theft of services; Desiray Jo Turner for the false report of a crime; and James Michael Ward for possession of marijuana.