"Local News"

Tuesday September 27th, 2016



A fugitive was taken into custody yesterday without incident here in Sumter County. The United States Marshal-SE Regional Fugitive Task Force, assisted by the Plains Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and Webster County Sheriff’s Office apprehended 33-year old Xavier Juvelle Geder. Geder was wanted for the shooting September 1st of an off-duty Police Officer who was working as a Security Guard in Gwinnett County. Geder was spotted on Highway 308 in Plains and was taken into custody without incident yesterday afternoon. Geder is being housed in the Sumter County Jail on charges of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery.


 Internationally known concert artist David Osborne will be performing in Americus October 1st for a special star-studded event, the 92nd birthday of former President Jimmy Carter. Osborne has performed for President Carter for 30-years. The concert is set to begin at 6:30 at First Baptist Church. Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell has been invited to perform with him at the event along with the David Osborne Trio. Betty Cantrell will be performing three selections and will be performing with the trio. The public is invited to attend the concert.


Are you ready for some fall weather? Wednesday is the target date for the front to finally reach us but before it arrives, scattered showers and thunderstorms will be with us Wednesday morning and then get ready for some cooler, drier and refreshing air to filter in. lows Wednesday night lows will drop to around 60 and then the low-to-mid 50s for Thursday and Friday nights. Highs will be 90 today, the upper 80s on Wednesday and then around 80 on Thursday and Friday. The fall-like weather will stay around into the weekend but Sunday will be the warmest day with a high of 86. After today, there is not a 90-degree reading expected until next spring.


It will finally feel like football weather this Friday night for the area high school football games. Schley County is off this week but the other area schools will see action. Southland Academy is at home hosting region rival Deerfield-Windsor. Americus-Sumter is back on the road traveling to Cairo for a region match-up with the Syrupmakers. Marion County looks to get back to winning when the Eagles travel to Greenville Friday night. All games will kick-off at 7:30 on Friday night.


Americus Police nightshift responded to a shoplifting incident at 1408 E. Forsyth Street at Dollar General in the Perlis Plaza last evening.


Lost property at 206 Tripp Street was reported to police.


A theft took place from 2000 Roney Street.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 55-A Brinson Drive.


Counterfeit bills were turned over to police at 114 Tom Hall Circle. This time the phony money was $5 bills but in recent days, fake 20s and even 100s have been turned over to police. Fake 50s have also turned up in the area in recent weeks. As a business, make sure you take note of the bills you receive and check the security features if you’re unsure of the money. Notify law enforcement if you get the phony money and if possible, give a description of the individual and the vehicle they may be driving.


Nightshift had 1 accident with no reported injuries. Dayshift had incidents but calls at the end of shift yesterday did not allow for the incident reports to be ready this morning. The Monday incidents will be included in the Tuesday incident reports tomorrow on Local News.




After a busy weekend, Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies had a fairly quiet Monday. Damage to property complaints were made at 139 Easy Street and 109-A North Oglethorpe Street. A felony theft occurred on County Road 45 north. Deputies conducted 1 traffic stop yesterday. There was 1 accident worked by the Sheriff’s Office yesterday.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: Xavier Juvelle Geder-holding for Gwinnett County; Jalen Tylee Hill for cruelty to children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor; Johnny Lee Mitchell for probation violation; William Clinton Moore for cruelty to children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor; Jonte Marquis Robertson for probation violation; Steve Allen Toms for DUI/ driving while unlicensed/ failure to maintain lane/ failure to appear/ and probation violation; and Davison Pernell Wright for a Bench warrant.