"Local News"

Tuesday October 14th, 2014



Heavy rain, high winds, dangerous lightning and thunder greeted most everyone at sunrise today. This is the line of possible severe weather that forecasters have been talking about since Saturday for our area. Scanner chatter early this morning had power crews and law enforcement out and about taking care of limbs down and in some cases, a tree or two. We could possibly receive as much as 1 to 2-inches of rain before the front moves on through towards the east. The winds caused the rain to come down literally in sheets just as the heavy stuff started around 5:15 this morning. Tornado watch boxes were issued ahead of the front. It is expected that the system will move on through and by this evening, clearing conditions will occur and then expect cooler weather for the next few days.

An “active shooter” training drill will take place on the campus of South Georgia Technical College this morning. Dangerous scenarios will be reenacted and South Georgia Technical College faculty and staff will be participating. Many agencies from Americus and Sumter County as well as some surrounding agencies will be active participants. Technical College System of Georgia officials are asking all colleges in the system to participate in a training drill of this nature. Just a reminder again if you hear things on the scanner, this is only a training drill.

Mara S. Register from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government presented local officials and some community members with information on Land Bank Authorities last night. Land Bank Authorities are one of the tools to facilitate the return of dilapidated, abandoned and old tax delinquent properties to productive use. They acquire properties through tax sales, market purchase or donation. Last night’s presentation was to point the local Land Bank Authority in the right direction and to get it functional by the first of the year.

All veterans are invited to an Open House, meet and greet and Veterans Appreciation Day this Saturday October 18th at the John D. Mathis Post#2 on MLK Boulevard beginning at 10am. At 10:30, the 3rd District Commander will have a briefing on the history and recognition of Post#2, the first American Legion Post in Georgia. Also, a service officer will be present to help with any support and claims information you need. At noon, a hot dog and hamburger lunch will be served. All veterans are encouraged to attend.

Early voting at the Sumter County Courthouse is now underway. Voters can vote in the Elections Office at the Courthouse now till Friday October 31st. Saturday voting will be made available on October 25th only. You will need to have a photo ID with you whenever you do come and early vote. Early voting is held Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 and on Saturday October 25th. If you do not make it and early vote this time, you will go to your usual polling place on Tuesday November 4th and vote.

Americus Police report a fairly quiet Monday. An aggravated assault did occur at 1701 Maxwell Street.

A juvenile was arrested for battery after an incident on Poplar Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 952 Anthony Drive and at 208 Fairway Circle where a vehicle was damaged.

An auto was entered at 116-G Country Club Drive.

There were quite a few domestic-related calls answered by officers yesterday along with miscellaneous calls.

2 accidents occurred in the City yesterday with no reported injuries. Both were minor in nature.


The Columbus Day holiday was a quiet one for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office with only 21 incidents recorded yesterday. 7 of the incidents were traffic stops. Kay C. Faircloth was cited for failure to obey a stop sign on the Old Andersonville Road. Austin L. Allmon was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign on the SGTC Parkway. Tameika L. Watkins was given a speeding citation on US 19 north. Deputies went to domestic disturbance calls to the Joe Buchanan Road and 125 Rainbow Terrace. Deputies also responded to a civil complaint at 113 Stonewall Drive. There was 1 accident involving a deer yesterday.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Bennie Byrd for escape/ DUI/driving with a suspended license/open container/failure to maintain lane/speeding; Karen Joett Drake for possession of a controlled substance; Crystal Lee Flanders for texting while driving/driving on a suspended license/southwestern probation; Carl Jerome Jackson for disorderly conduct/reckless conduct; Bradford James Martindale for possession of a controlled substance; Johnny Lee Willis for probation violation; Ericka Ann Woods for disorderly conduct; Eugene Woods for disorderly conduct; and Jarrel Henderson Woods for disorderly conduct.