We need some rain—for
the pollen for sure but for the dry conditions as of late. We do have a chance
for pop-up showers in the area but there is a real good chance for significant rainfall
late Thursday afternoon, overnight and then ending by Friday afternoon. Some
estimated rainfall totals are as much as 2-inches of some much-needed rain.
Another chance of rain then shows up in the extended forecast on Monday and
Tuesday of next week. While it will be very warm through Thursday, the rain
chance by Friday will actually drop the temperatures to near normal 70-degree
readings. Be aware—no severe weather is anticipated for Thursday into Friday
but rainfall may be heavy at times.
annual Benefit Golf Tournament hosted by the Americus Fire and Emergency Services is now a
little over 10-days away. The annual fundraising event is set for Friday April
7th at the GriffinBell Golf Links in Americus. There will be a morning flight and an
afternoon flight with cash prizes. A raffle will also offer many excellent
items. Lunch will be provided. All proceeds will be used for local community
safety and fire prevention programs. For more information or to place a team in
the tournament, call Harriett Williams today at 924-3213.
The City of Americus is expecting a good number of visitors the
next couple of weekends. This Saturday, April 1st, a number of
visitors will be in town for Preview Day at GeorgiaSouthwesternStateUniversity. Then on Friday April 7th, its First Friday—a downtown wide
open house that grows every month since its inception. Saturday April 8th will
be the very first Hot Glass Craft Beer Festival in downtown Americus. Tickets sold out in a hurry for that
festival and they’re coming from near and far. Expect visitors to arrive as
early as this Friday for the Preview Day and again the following Friday for the
Keep these dates open
on your calendar: Thursday April 27th at is the date of the renaming of the GSWPublicSafetyBuilding on campus to the NickSmarr-JodySmithMemorialBuilding. The entire community is encouraged to attend this special ceremony
and recognition for the 2 fallen heroes. The Smarr-Smith Foundation is hosting
a fundraising Gala on Saturday June 17th in the GSW Storm Dome.
There will be more information on that Gala in the coming weeks. Actually, more
information will be available soon on both of these community events.
22-year old Dontrell Jordan is still being sought in connection with
Saturday night’s shooting of D’Anthony Chambliss. Anyone knowing the
whereabouts of Dontrell Jordan can call APD Detectives at 924-4550, the anonymous tip
line at 924-4102 or call 9-1-1.
Monday was an active
day for Americus Police. A forced entry burglary was
investigated at 202 Sun Valley Drive.
Illegal dumping was
reported at 209
N. Lee Street.
An aggravated assault
(DVA) and possession of a firearm during the
commission of a crime is under further investigation for an incident at 240 Lonnie Lane.
Thefts occurred at 1106 MLK Boulevard and 102 Pinecrest Drive.
A case of identity
fraud is being investigated.
criminal trespass and battery at 795 Hawkins Street are under further investigation.
Following a traffic
stop on MLK Boulevard last night, Timothy Paul Etheridge was
arrested for DUI, driving on a suspended license and headlight requirements.
A suspicious person
was spotted at this
morning at 1609
E. Lamar Street.
Officers responded to
5 total domestic calls and 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.
There was 1 accident
that had no reported injuries yesterday.
A 2-vehicle accident
around this morning sent both drivers to the
hospital. Trooper Willingham stated on the scene at southbound Mustang driven
by Lewis Lamb and a northbound Honda driven by Darren Tyson collided at the
intersection with McLittle Bridge Road. The Honda turned into the path of the
Mustang and was struck broadside, rotating the vehicle and ejecting the driver
who was not wearing a seatbelt. Tyson was found lying in the middle of the
intersection. The Mustang went across the southbound lanes and down the
embankment some 200-feet after impact. The driverless Honda went across the
northbound lanes and came to rest in a yard some 100-feet after impact. Darren
Tyson was taken by Goldstar to Phoebe Putney while Lewis lamb was taken to
Phoebe Sumter. Trooper Willingham stated charges are pending. Sumter County
Fire & Rescue, Goldstar, Sheriff’s Deputies and Troopers were all on the
scene this morning.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 15 traffic
stops on Monday. A stop on Georgia 3 resulted in charges against Berlaine S.
Melton for failure to maintain lane and driving a vehicle with suspended
registration. Another stop was made on Georgia 3 and Travis J. Mayes was charged with
speeding. At a stop on Highway 30, Niral S. Patel was charged with speeding. Following
a stop on US 280 West, Deanna E. Martinez was cited for a safety belt
violation. Deputies went to a domestic call to 170-A Forrest Park Road. Bad child complaints were made on Graystone Drive, Oak Ridge Drive and Jack Slappey Road.
In the SumterCounty Jail today are: Codaro Lamont Campbell for simple battery and theft by
receiving stolen property; Michael Franklin Lewis for probation violation; and
Heather dawn Morgan-back for Drug Court. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.