"Local News"

Tuesday May 14th, 2019




In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. The Americus Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Southwestern State University Police are sponsoring a Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in front of the Public Safety Building downtown tomorrow at noon. The guest speaker this year will be Representative Marc Morris (House District 26) of Cumming, Georgia. Rep. Morris is a direct descendant of Officer William R. Morris, the first police officer killed in the line of duty in Americus. Each local law enforcement agency will place a wreath in front of the Public Safety Building and the names of those officers killed in the line of duty in Americus and Sumter County will be read. Family members of the fallen officers are invited to place a carnation on the agency wreath as each name is read to commemorate their loved one. The community is urged to attend.

A shooting Sunday night in the Bessie Mays Circle and Norman Cole Street area before 9pm is under investigation and the Americus Police is asking for the community’s assistance in bringing the shooter to justice. As officers arrived, K’Darious Bartlett of a Columbus address, was being attended to by a concerned citizen on the sidewalk. He had a gunshot wound to his left bicep and was transported to Phoebe Sumter by ambulance. Anyone with information in this shooting incident should contact the APD Criminal Investigation Division at 229-924-4550 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 229-924-4102. From the APD Monday incidents, several autos were entered around town yesterday. Autos were entered at 1411 Crawford Street, 844 Millard Fuller Boulevard and on Lorraine Avenue at Crawford Street.

A theft and criminal trespass occurred at apartment 231 140 Lonnie Lane. Thefts took place from 125 E. Furlow Street and 205-A Murphy Mill Road.

A child molestation case is being investigated.

Identity theft was reported for further investigation.

Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 130 Lonnie Lane.

Officers went to an aggravated assault from a domestic situation at 12:40 this morning at 1326 Douglas Circle. This was 1 of 4 domestic-related calls answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.

There were 2 accidents worked by APD yesterday that had no reported injuries. After an accident investigation in the Wal-Mart parking lot, Shabrea A. Walton was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

A called meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners will be held at 5:30 this afternoon in closed session for the purpose of discussing Board appointments. The monthly work session will follow the called meeting. Another called meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held in closed session next Tuesday May 21st at 5:30 for further discussion of Board appointments. Next Tuesday’s called meeting will be held prior to the regular monthly Board of Commissioners meeting. These meetings will be in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open to the public.

The annual Women’s Health Fair, hosted by Phoebe Sumter, is coming up this Saturday May 18th from 8am until noon in the Student Success Center, the Storm Dome, on the GSW campus. Health screenings, including blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol will be held from 8 to 9. In addition to the health screenings, there will be informational booths and physician-led sessions on women’s health. The keynote speaker is Dominique Dawes, gold medal winning Olympic gymnast. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 229-931-6812.

Here’s to a speedy recovery for former President Jimmy Carter who fell at his Plains home yesterday morning and broke his hip. He was taken to Phoebe Sumter for treatment and is recovering nicely.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy with 10 traffic stops yesterday. At a stop on Bumphead Road at Learning Lane, Zabien J. Carter was charged with speeding in a posted school zone. Another stop was made on Bumphead Road at Learning Lane and Brittany J. Fletcher was charged with speeding in a posted school zone. She was warned for a child safety restraint. Damage to property occurred at 110-G Jenkins Road. Thefts took place from 1770 Highway 45N and 119 Gary Brewer Road. Deputies went to a vehicle fire on US 280W. Suspicious person complaints were made at 107 McMath Mill Road and on the Tallent Store Road. A reckless driver was reported on Highway 49N. Deputies made several prisoner transports yesterday and answered several activated alarm calls. There were 3 deer-related accidents worked by Deputies yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today is Naketa Laschea Warren for driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain insurance.