"Local News"

Tuesday February 21st, 2017



Day 2 of meetings for this week continues. The monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners is at 6 this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All Commissioners meetings are open to the public.


Sumter County CERT meets at 6 this evening in the old National Guard building on Adderton Street. CERT is looking for volunteers who may be interested in receiving training on search and rescue and emergency preparedness. Contact CERT coordinators Lindsay Joiner at 942-4977 or Robin Albritton at 938-5149 for more information.


The monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans is at 7 this evening at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. All members and friends are invited to attend.


Recently, the City of Americus hired a firm to run the City’s transportation instead of running it in-house. To better inform the citizens of this recent decision, the City is hosting a Q&A session tomorrow evening from 6-7pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The City will offer answers to any questions and concerns that citizens may have about these recent changes. For more information or questions about tomorrow evening’s community meeting, contact Josh Roth at 924-4411 ext. 238.



The ongoing investigation from the raid on the dog fighting ring outside Leslie back on January 21st has resulted in 5 more arrests in the last 2-weeks. Germany Brockington was arrested and charged 2-weeks ago and last Friday more names were released. Arrested and charged are Leslie Myers II, Timothy White, Orlando Johnson and Starlin Morgan. All made bond and were released from the Sumter County Jail. Sumter County Sheriff Investigators along with USDA Agents are still on the lookout for others identified in that raid.



Despite the President’s Day holiday, Monday was pretty busy for Americus Police officers. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 808 Georgia Avenue.


A theft took place from 151 Patterson Street.


An aggravated assault complaint was filed with police at 299 Railroad Street.


Kenneth George Pless was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.


Officers were dispatched out to the Bell Street area where gunshots were heard. A check of the area turned up negative results.


A 14-year old was arrested and charged with unruly and 2-counts of obstruction following an incident at 1505-A. East Lamar Street.


Officers did respond to 4 more domestic-related calls yesterday.


Hit-n-run accidents were reported in the Wal-Mart parking lot and at 113-D Fairway II Drive.


Officers were working traffic while work was being done on Lee Street in the downtown area. Drivers should be made aware of possible slow traffic at times while this work continues.





Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to damage to property complaints yesterday at the Pope Center on the SGTC campus and on Newpoint Church Road. Deputies were dispatched to 560 Logan Store Road where shots had reportedly been fired. A case of identity theft was reported for investigation. Deputies were in the area of S. Village Drive for a reported fight. 2 traffic stops were conducted on Monday. On Georgia 3, Booker T. Edwards was charged with driving on a suspended license. At a stop just after midnight on US 27 east, Jasmine T. Mullins was charged with giving a false name to law enforcement; false application for drivers license; failure to maintain lane; and driving on a suspended license. A passenger, De’Ariel M. Richardson was charged with false application for a drivers license. Deputies assisted the Georgia State Patrol with a stop on Thomas Drive at Sullivan Drive. Juan A. Boone was arrested for illegal possession of a controlled substance and possession and use of drug related objects. There was 1 deer-related accident worked by a Deputy yesterday.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Juan Antonio Boone for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute/ aggravated assault/ possession and use of drug-related objects/ obstruction/ possession of a firearm by a convicted felon/ theft by receiving stolen property/ and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; Jasmine T. Mullins for driving on a suspended license/ improper lane change/ false report of a driver’s license application/ and giving a false name to law enforcement; Jessica Charlene Nelms for turn signal violation and theft by receiving stolen property; and Daren Singleton for probation violation. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.