"Local News"

Tuesday July 25th, 2017



The Mayor and City Council will have a called meeting on Wednesday July 26th at 6pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The purpose of this called meeting will be to discuss the alcoholic beverage license ordinance. The community is welcome to attend.


The 19th annual Boys & Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County Steak & Stake charity fundraiser is tonight in the Student Success Center on the GSW Campus. House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams will be the keynote speaker. The program promptly begins at 6 this evening. Proceeds from tonight will benefit the Bill Harris, Furlow and Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Boys and Girls Clubs of Americus/Sumter County. No tickets are being sold at the door this evening.



A follow-up from the Sunday afternoon 1-vehicle accident that had 3 injuries and 1 that was taken to a trauma center in Macon as a result: Trooper Vaughn talked with Local News yesterday afternoon and he reports the 1-vehicle accident occurred when the driver looked down for a brief moment and looking back at the road found he had left the roadway, entered a ditch and overturned at least twice. McDougald the driver and Minnie Austin were both injured and taken by EMS to PSMC. Another passenger, Betty Austin was airlifted to Macon and may have been released late yesterday. Trooper Vaughn said possible charges are pending in this investigation.


The SCS’ Open House at the various schools is this Thursday July 27th. Pre-K through 6th grades open house is from 5-7pm. Furlow Charter School’s open house is also from 5-7pm. 7th through 12th grades will have their open house from 6-8pm. Staggered times allow parents with more than one student to attend open house at another school. Students will return to class for the new school year on Monday July 31st.



There were 5 reported vehicles that were entered around town this past weekend. Some vehicles were damaged as criminal trespass complaints were filed but they may have been an entering auto case that didn’t go well. This weekend it was the northwest portion of town that was targeted with 3 of the entered autos, 2 of which were left unlocked, and 2 of the criminal trespass complaints with damaged vehicles. You cannot continue to leave items in your vehicles or you could find yourself the next target and having to call and stop credit cards, social security cards, change checking accounts and on and on. That’s not counting having to replace your cell phone, laptop, camera, GPS or any other item. Then there’s the possible damage you would need to fix. You CAN be proactive by simple removing items and LOCK and SECURE your vehicle at all times. And right on cue, from Monday’s APD incidents, 6 more autos were entered yesterday and early this morning.


Autos were left unlocked at most locations which included 310 Pecan Drive; 214 Earl Street, 2 at 2:02 this morning at 117 Sharon Circle; and 2 after 3 this morning at 325 Wildwood Circle.


A 1st degree arson is under investigation at 139 Hosanna Circle.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 261-C Lonnie Lane.


Thefts occurred at 250 N. MLK Boulevard and 203 E. Hill Street. A theft by conversion was reported at 137 S. Lee Street.


A mailbox was damaged at 737 Wheatley Street.


Suspicious persons were spotted on Lafayette Street after 2 this morning.


A hit-n-run accident occurred at 203-H Murphy Mill Road.


Officers answered 2 domestic-related calls yesterday.


There were 2 accidents yesterday with 2 injuries.




From the Monday Sumter County Sheriff’s incidents, only 1 traffic stop was conducted with a warning issued. There were 4 animal complaints answered. Deputies responded to threats made at 156 Stonewall Drive. A domestic disturbance occurred at Lot 1 103 Ron Circle. Damage to property was reported on US 19S at Little Bear Branch Road. Deputies assisted a motorist yesterday opening a car door. There were 2 accidents worked by a Deputy with 1 accident involving a deer.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Tranerious Will Green for probation violation and failure to appear; Schakur Malik Paul for criminal trespass and failure to appear; and Ovtavius Shamun Ross for City probation. 1 was released from jail for time served and 1 was released on bond yesterday.