Tuesday May 30th, 2023




Memorial Day started with an investigation at a shooting incident in the early morning hours at 116 Highway 30W. The GBI and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office are now seeking the public’s assistance in bringing in the shooter. Two people were shot and one was killed. The shooting incident occurred around 1:15 Monday morning. There were numerous witnesses to the shooting and anyone who has information needs to contact the GBI Regional Office in Americus at 229-931-2439 or the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at 229-924-4094. Anonymous tips can be called into 1-800-597-8477; online at http://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online; or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app. The victim’s name still has not been released.


After the Memorial Day 3-day holiday weekend, things will get back to normal starting today. The offices at the City of Americus and the Sumter County Courthouse will resume normal business hours for the rest of this week. The offices at the Law Enforcement Center will also be open and there will be reports from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office for the long holiday weekend available this afternoon. Trash pickup is altered due to the holiday on Monday. If your trash pickup was Monday yours will be picked up today. Tuesday’s normal trash pickup will be on Wednesday and so on until Saturday.


After a busy weekend at the Andersonville National Historic site, volunteers are needed today to help clean up the National Cemetery today. This will include the careful removal of the small American flags that were placed on the gravesites for the Memorial Day weekend events. For more information call Caitlyn Price at 229-924-0343. There were estimates of nearly 2000 people that attended the reinterment services for Cpl. Luther Story yesterday and that also included Gov. Brian Kemp who was in attendance as well.



Americus Police had a busy Memorial Day. Officers were part of the escort for the funeral procession for Cpl. Luther H. Story in addition to answering calls yesterday.


An ungovernable child complaint was made at 325-A Winn Street.


It was reported yesterday of 2nd degree criminal damage to property that had occurred at 103 Bessie Mays Circle. Local News has learned that the damage occurred at 3:14 yesterday morning and was the result of gunfire. No one was injured in that incident. There was another report of shots fired in the Douglas Circle area. Other complaints of shots fired last night were from fireworks instead.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 340 Academy Street.


Two cases of harassing communications were reported for investigation.


Investigation is underway into a case of ID fraud.


Americus Police were notified by a Sumter County Deputy concerning a previous hit-n-run. Americus Police made an arrest. Nikia S. Brown was arrested and charged with no insurance; suspended registration; seatbelt violation; and 3-counts of child safety seat violation.


A cruelty to animals and restraint of dogs complaint was filed with an officer for further investigation.


A 1st degree felony burglary occurred at 123 Hosanna Circle and remains under investigation.


Officers heard a civil complaint at 119 W. Church Street.


A hit-n-run was reported to officers yesterday that the damage had occurred somewhere in the City.


Yesterday was a busy one with officers responding to and answering SEVEN domestic-related calls. Only one miscellaneous call was answered on Monday.


There was only one accident worked by APD yesterday that had no reported injuries.




It was a busy weekend for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Investigation continues into the shooting death at 116 Georgia 30W but that was not the only weekend incident at that location. A fight occurred there at 2:26 Saturday morning and there was a shots fired complaint made at 10:09 Sunday night hours before that Monday morning shooting. It is unknown if this is all related somehow but anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Office at 229-924-4094 or the GBI at 229-931-2439.


In other weekend action, 13 traffic stops were conducted. Eight activated alarms were checked out. Three prisoner transports were made. Seven domestic-related calls were answered. A bad child complaint was filed at 121 Packing House Road. A civil complaint was heard at Lot 14 971 Brady Road. Two harassing phone call cases were reported for investigation. Suspicious persons were seen in the area of US 19N and Shiloh Road and in the vicinity of Lexington Circle and Arlington Drive. A loud music complaint was made at 175 Lakeshore Drive. Deputies assisted DNR with an arrest at Lakeshore Marina. A suspicious vehicle was spotted around 422 Highway 49S. Deputies negotiated neighbor disputes at 118 M L Hudson and at 495 Highway 27E. Fireworks were checked out at 796 US 19S. Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 116 Highway 30W and at 900 Southwestern Circle. Deputies worked two deer-related holiday weekend accidents.


In the Sumter County Jail: Michael Darnell Adaway for theft by taking; Randall Glen Bays for sexual exploitation of children; Nikia Shamone Brown for hit-n-run and knowingly driving with suspended registration; Kenneth Anthony Cross for battery and disorderly conduct; Arguster Dyous for disorderly conduct; Ronnie Louis Fritts for possession of a controlled substance; Jonathan Lamar Kennedy for felony failure to appear; Garrick Terrell Rhyme for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony/ and felony aggravated assault; Jeffrey Darnell Shelly for DUI/ driver use due care/ speeding/ too fast for conditions/ driving with a suspended license and reckless driving; Bradley Leon Terry for probation violation; Anthony Terrence Thomas for felony probation violation; Tiembra Labria Walters for terroristic threats and acts; and Lakeshia Nicole Washington for failure to appear. Three were released from jail after posting bond. One was released after paying a fine. One was released for time served.