"Local News"

Tuesday September 1st, 2015



Qualifying began yesterday for 3 seats up for re-election on the Americus City Council. Only 1 person qualified yesterday and that was incumbent Juanita Wilson for her District 1 seat. Another incumbent, Walton Grant from District 6, has already announced he will not be seeking another term after serving 21 years. The 3rd incumbent is Nelson Brown in District 2. Qualifying ends on Wednesday September 2nd. Those wishing to qualify must do so with the City Clerk on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building by tomorrow’s deadline.

A last minute called meeting was held by the Sumter County BOE last night. After word was received last Thursday, the Board was informed they were eligible for state funding for facilities upgrades BUT the application had to be in by today September 1st. The Sumter County Schools, Peach County Schools and Carrollton City Schools had somehow fallen in the cracks when this process began. After hearing the pros and cons of filing the application now instead of waiting a year, the Board voted unanimously to make the application for state funding. By filing now instead of a year later, the Board becomes eligible for advanced funding and can get projects done at 5 schools and still is on track with the new high school project. If the decision had been made to wait a year, the new high school would have been pushed back from a 2018 completion date to around 2023.

High school football this Friday night finally has all 4 local teams seeing action on the field. While technically an open date last week, the Schley County Wildcats begin the 2015 season at home against Baconton Charter, the first of 10 straight weeks of football. Americus-Sumter is back at home this Friday night hosting Shaw High from Columbus. Both Southland and Marion County have open dates this week. Kick-off Friday night will be at 7:30 for both local games.

Americus Police had a “Cyber” type Monday. A financial identity fraud was reported. A financial transaction card fraud occurred. Also, a financial transaction forgery was reported. There was a case of identity fraud reported. These cases are under investigation.

A juvenile was arrested for affray and engaging in a fight in Brookdale Park.

Damage to a vehicle occurred on Oglethorpe Avenue at Sunset Drive.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made from an incident at 1496 E. Forsyth Street.

Following a traffic stop on E. Lamar Street last night, Eddie Montrell Walker was arrested and charged with no proof of insurance/ removing of affixing license plate for the purpose of concealing the identity of a vehicle/ driving on a suspended license/ operating a motor vehicle with suspended or revoked registration/ and giving false identity information to a law enforcement officer.

There were only a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday in the City.

Only 1 accident was worked by APD yesterday with no reported injuries.

The 78-hour Labor Day travel period begins at 6pm this Friday September 4th and will end at midnight on Monday September 7th. More travelers are expected this holiday weekend than in years gone by simply because the price of gas is lower this year than in almost 8 years. Labor Day is also widely considered the last summer holiday and many have the opportunity for a 3-day weekend. Law enforcement will be highly visible this upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend to keep you from becoming a holiday statistic!


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 33 Monday incidents which included 9 traffic stops. A stop on Highway 49 north resulted in Kedrian Muff being cited for passing in a no-passing zone. On Highway 49 north at the bypass, Brittany S. Tackett was charged with speeding. Several warnings were also issued yesterday to drivers.

A burglary was investigated at 352 US 280 west. A suspicious person complaint was made on Hillcrest Grange Drive at US 19. A simple battery complaint was made at 221-A Sylvan Drive. An attempted burglary was reported last night at 832-B US 280 east. There was 1 accident yesterday worked by a Deputy. Deputies did stand by for a vehicle fire at 605 McMath Mill Road.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Ryan O’Neal Harris-holding for USMS; Johnny Bernardo Porter for DUI/ failure to maintain lane/ hit-n-run/ and driving while unlicensed; and Eddie Montrell Walker for giving false identity information to a law enforcement officer/ knowingly driving a vehicle with suspended or revoked registration/ no proof of insurance/ driving on a suspended license/ and removing or affixing a license plate to conceal the identity of a vehicle.