"Local News"

Tuesday April 21st, 2015




 *UPDATE#1* The shooting suspect in the 3 deaths yesterday in Americus was involved in a high speed chase earlier today in nearby Crisp County. He was finally stopped after turning onto 3rd Street and ending up in a field. He then shot himself inside the stolen vehicle. Sheriff Pete Smith said that this was the suspect that all area law enforcement had been looking and was spotted by Crisp County Deputies. GBI Agent Danny Jackson was in Cordele to aid in processing the suspect and vehicle. The suspect has been identified as 45-year old Darrin Kenneth Ross and warrants have been issued charging him with the murder of Tonya Ross along with motor vehicle theft, the same vehicle involved in today’s chase in Cordele. Ross was taken to Macon for further treatment. Investigators continue to investigate the three murders in Americus, Tonya Ross, 36 year old Corey Willis and 24 year old Quanesha Lashon Brown and believe all three were committed by Ross. The GBI will be releasing further details when they become available.

You may not have heard with all the talk yesterday about 3 murders but officials were here looking at Sunday’s damage on the Hooks Mill Road caused by the storm. It has now been determined that what did the damage on Sunday was indeed a tornado—actually an EF1 with winds estimated to be 105-mph. So while the first thought was a tornado Sunday afternoon but later believed to be straight line winds was indeed a tornado. That tornado left numerous trees damaged and a structure damaged as well.

Tomorrow is now the deadline to apply or nominate an employee for the next class of LEADERSHIP SUMTER. Area businesses, public or private agencies and civic organizations are being asked to identify and support persons with leadership potential for this program. Those applying should have a sincere motivation and commitment to the program as attendance is strictly enforced. The class is designed for 25 participants; therefore, the first received and most qualified applications will be accepted. Return your application to the Chamber Office before the Wednesday deadline.

A Turf Management Class will be held at the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe this Thursday April 23rd at noon. UGA Turf Grass Specialist Dr. Clint Waltz will give the presentation on Variety/Selection/Fertilization of Turf Management. There will be a sponsored meal so call 924-4476 and register today. Those attending can earn 1-hour credit towards your Commercial Category 24 Pesticide License Ornamental and Turf and/or 1-hour towards your Private Pesticide License.

Despite the triple homicide investigation, the Americus Police had other cases yesterday. Due to the long investigation by dayshift personnel, off-duty officers were called in, both those that had just finished their shifts and those that were not due to come on till last night. Officers did report 2 thefts yesterday. A felony theft occurred at 1702 MLK Boulevard and another at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

An unruly and runaway case was made at 712 Barlow Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 441 Oak Street.

A suspicious vehicle was spotted in the Murphy Mill Road area.

At 4:29 this morning a traffic stop was conducted on MLK Boulevard resulting in the arrest of David Lee Stewart for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; possession of methamphetamine; possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; improper display of license; and an expired tag.

A hit-n-run accident took place at 204 Frieda Lane.

The Public Safety Building parking lot will be closed starting this evening so it can be repaved. This should be closed for approximately 2-days. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 20 total incidents on Monday. 5 traffic stops were conducted. At a stop on the Brady Road near Matthews Drive, Samantha L. Williams was cited for a seat belt violation. Warnings were issued in the other stops. Robert J. Dawson was arrested at 500 W. Lamar Street for possession of marijuana. A theft took place from 720 W. Church Street. A domestic disturbance call was answered at 584-A US 280 west. A suspicious vehicle was reported at 900 SGT Parkway.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Robert Jesse Dawson for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; Johnny D. Leverette for failure to appear (felony); Jermaine Derrell Solomon for failure to appear (felony); and David Lee Stewart for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce/ possession of methamphetamine/ obscured or missing license plate/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime/ and expired tag.