work and solid leads resulted in 4 arrests so far in last Friday’s double
homicide and arson at 780 RW Jones Road. SumterCounty Sheriff Pete Smith said yesterday that more arrests are possible as this
investigation continues. In custody are 17-year old Ruhemmeien King, charged
with 2-counts of felony murder, 2-counts of aggravated assault and 1-count of
arson. Charged with theft by receiving stolen property are 22-year old
Qwinterrious Dodson and 28-year old Reginald Mathis. A fourth suspect, 21-year
old Brandon Prince was charged with making false statements to law enforcement
officers. The main motive appears to be robbery as a gun safe was removed from
the house but most of the stolen property was recovered by yesterday. Anyone
with any additional information in this ongoing investigation can contact the SumterCounty Sheriff’s Office at 924-4094.
Early voting continues for the March
17th ESPLOST Referendum. Early voting is being held in the Elections
Office at the SumterCounty Courthouse Monday through Friday from 8 to
5. Those coming to early vote will need to bring a photo ID with you. Early
voting will continue until Friday March 13th at the Courthouse. If
you do not early vote and wish to exercise your right to vote, you will then go
to your usual polling place 2 weeks from today.
This is a continuation of the current
ESPLOST that is already in place. Voters are NOT voting on a new tax but a
continuation of the current ESPLOST.
Road work gets underway today on McGarrah Street. If you travel on McGarrah in your daily
commute you will need to make alternate travel plans. The road work is expected
to be completed by Thursday March 5th barring any complications or
potential weather delays. Drivers will notice detour signs in place as a
This is the
weekend that times changes to daylight saving time. As you set your clocks
forward one hour on Saturday night before going to bed, it’s always a good time
to change the batteries in your smoke alarms at the same time. It is also a
good time to make sure your smoke alarm is working properly. Having a working
smoke alarm doubles the chances you will be able to survive a fire in your
home. Daylight saving time officially begins at Sunday morning.
From the Monday Americus Police incident reports, criminal trespass
complaints were made at 209 Murphy Mill Road and 229 Bell Street.
Thefts took place from 701 Davenport Street and West Lester Street.
A domestic call was answered at
140 Lonnie Lane.
Edward Alan Waters was arrested at
1:36 this morning on W. College Street and charged with possession of
marijuana-less than an ounce and possession and use of drug-related objects.
A hit-n-run accident was reported at 227 N. Lee Street.
Officers worked 3 accidents with no
reported injuries. After an accident investigation on Highway 30, Larry Darrell
Gandy was arrested and charged with driving without a license.
There were 2 traffic stops yesterday
in the City conducted but mainly as warnings.
It was a quiet Monday overall for the
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies but a busy one for Sheriff’s Investigators. Only 17
total incidents were worked by Deputies. 2 traffic stops were conducted with
warnings issued to the drivers. Suspicious person complaints were made on the Bumphead Road and US 280 east. Counterfeit money was
reported at 200
Industrial Boulevard. Harassing phone calls were also reported.
In the Sumter County Jail:
Qwinterrious Jerod Dodson for felony theft by taking; Reginald Tavilous Harris
for probation violation; Ruhemmeneion Omaca King for pending charges; Reginald
Keith Mathis for felony theft by taking; Brandon Lenorris Prince for giving
false name, address or birthdate to law enforcement; Lee Smith for felony
failure to appear; and Edward Alan Waters for possession of marijuana-less than