"Local News"

Tuesday August 30th, 2016



We’re approaching the end of another month and that means it’s time for First Friday. This Friday September 2nd will be First Friday in downtown Americus, a downtown-wide open house with festivities starting at 5pm and ending at 8. “First Friday After Dark” will continue the festivities into the night. The Americus Trolley will provide transportation making a loop around the downtown area and it’s all free of charge. Restaurants, shops and businesses will be open late with specials, discounts and savings. All activities, exhibits and performances are free of charge. Anyone and everyone is invited.


Tomorrow is the deadline if you wish to submit a nomination for the 2016 Walk of Fame. Those selected will be honored at this year’s Walk of Fame ceremony and will have their handprints and a bronze plaque of their achievements cemented in front of the historic Rylander Theater. To receive a nomination form or to submit a nomination, contact Erica Johnson at 924-4411 or by email ejohnson@americusga.gov. Again, tomorrow August 31st is the deadline.


Last Thursday August 25th, the Sumter Livestock Barn closed its doors after serving Sumter and surrounding counties for 78-years. Funding was not available to keep the local institution’s doors open. Now, Local News is getting word that some surrounding counties may be close to setting up a livestock barn to compensate for the loss of the Sumter Livestock Barn. If the current situation remains, local farmers will be traveling miles away to sell their stock. If something were to open up in a nearby county, that is a win-win for all concerned.


Forecasters are still watching the tropical system that could have an effect on our area of the state. They know now that it will not be a hurricane and it will NOT be coming right up into Southwest Georgia as first thought a week ago. We should see some rain as a result of this weather system that could start as early as Thursday but just about every weather model has the rain hitting our portion of the state Friday and ending Saturday morning. If it takes a track further south into Florida, those rain chances may be diminished. We will all have a better idea of what the system will do by tomorrow.


Americus Police had an active Monday. A theft occurred at 415 Poplar Street.


Euveka Shay Haugabook was arrested and charged with criminal trespass at Lot 8 Weeks Trailer Park.


A case of identity fraud is being investigated.


A shoplifting incident occurred at 805 Adderton Street at Dollar General.


Following a traffic stop on Crawford Street by Trooper Peck, Adrian LaMarcus Williamson was arrested for driving on a suspended license and cited for speeding.


Kadarius Marquise Washington was arrested for burglary at 151-A Cherokee Street.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at apartment 8 303 E. Glessner Street.


Responding to a domestic call to 72-A Barbara Battle Way, Cornelius Markell Barker was arrested for battery (DVA); possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; obstruction and interference with government property.


An auto was entered at 4:20 this morning at 130 Starlight Circle.


Officers did stay busy with 8 miscellaneous calls in the past 24-hour period.




Monday was quiet for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. 2 traffic stops were conducted with warnings issued. A report of drag racing occurred at 565 Devoe Road. A theft took place from 102 Glenwood Road. Deputies went to a domestic disturbance at 106 Lexington Circle. A suspicious person complaint was made on US 19 south late last night. A hit-n-run accident was reported at the YDC on McMath Mill Road.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: Benjamin Wayne Bailey for probation violation; Cornelius Markell Barker for battery (DVA)/ obstruction/ damage to government property/ possession of marijuana/ and child support; Travis Deon Johnson for probation violation; Emmaneull Trencell Merritt for probation violation; James Aaron Perkins for speeding and illegal possession of a controlled substance; and Kadarius Marquise Washington for 1st degree burglary.