"Local News"

Tuesday March 28th, 2017



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.



The 22nd 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 Griffin Bell 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 Georgia Southwestern State University. 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 festival.



Keep these dates open on your calendar: Thursday April 27th at 11am is the date of the renaming of the GSW Public Safety Building on campus to the Nick Smarr-Jody Smith Memorial Building. 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.


Terroristic threats, 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 3:17 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 8:08 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.



Sumter County 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 Sumter County 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.