Qualifying began yesterday for 3
seats up for re-election on the AmericusCity Council. Only 1 person qualified yesterday and that was incumbent Juanita
Wilson for her District 1 seat. Another incumbent, Walton Grant from District
6, has already announced he will not be seeking another term after serving 21
years. The 3rd incumbent is Nelson Brown in District 2. Qualifying
ends on Wednesday September 2nd. Those wishing to qualify must do so
with the City Clerk on the 3rd floor of the MunicipalBuilding by tomorrow’s deadline.
A last minute called meeting was held by
the SumterCountyBOE last night. After word was received last Thursday, the Board was
informed they were eligible for state funding for facilities upgrades BUT the
application had to be in by today September 1st. The SumterCountySchools, PeachCountySchools and CarrolltonCitySchools had somehow fallen in the cracks when this
process began. After hearing the pros and cons of filing the application now
instead of waiting a year, the Board voted unanimously to make the application
for state funding. By filing now instead of a year later, the Board becomes
eligible for advanced funding and can get projects done at 5 schools and still
is on track with the new high school project. If the decision had been made to
wait a year, the new high school would have been pushed back from a 2018
completion date to around 2023.
football this Friday night finally has all 4 local teams seeing action on the
field. While technically an open date last week, the SchleyCounty Wildcats begin the 2015 season at home against Baconton Charter, the
first of 10 straight weeks of football. Americus-Sumter is back at home this
Friday night hosting Shaw High from Columbus. Both Southland and MarionCounty have open dates this week. Kick-off Friday night will be at for both local games.
Americus Police had a “Cyber” type Monday. A
financial identity fraud was reported. A financial transaction card fraud
occurred. Also, a financial transaction forgery was reported. There was a case
of identity fraud reported. These cases are under investigation.
A juvenile was arrested for affray
and engaging in a fight in BrookdalePark.
Damage to a vehicle occurred on Oglethorpe Avenue at Sunset Drive.
An unruly juvenile complaint was made
from an incident at 1496 E. Forsyth Street.
Following a traffic stop on E. Lamar
Street last night, Eddie Montrell Walker was arrested and charged with no proof
of insurance/ removing of affixing license plate for the purpose of concealing
the identity of a vehicle/ driving on a suspended license/ operating a motor
vehicle with suspended or revoked registration/ and giving false identity
information to a law enforcement officer.
There were only a few miscellaneous
calls answered by officers yesterday in the City.
1 accident was worked by APD
yesterday with no reported injuries.
The 78-hour Labor Day travel period
begins at this Friday
September 4th and will end at on Monday September 7th. More
travelers are expected this holiday weekend than in years gone by simply
because the price of gas is lower this year than in almost 8 years. Labor Day
is also widely considered the last summer holiday and many have the opportunity
for a 3-day weekend. Law enforcement will be highly visible this upcoming Labor
Day holiday weekend to keep you from becoming a holiday statistic!
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies worked 33 Monday incidents which included 9 traffic
stops. A stop on Highway 49 north resulted in Kedrian Muff being cited for
passing in a no-passing zone. On Highway 49 north at the bypass, Brittany S.
Tackett was charged with speeding. Several warnings were also issued yesterday
A burglary was investigated at 352 US 280 west. A suspicious person complaint
was made on Hillcrest
Grange Drive at US 19. A simple battery complaint was made at 221-A Sylvan Drive. An attempted burglary was reported last
night at 832-B US 280 east. There was 1 accident yesterday worked by a Deputy. Deputies did
stand by for a vehicle fire at 605 McMath Mill Road.
In the Sumter County Jail today: Ryan
O’Neal Harris-holding for USMS; Johnny Bernardo Porter for DUI/ failure to
maintain lane/ hit-n-run/ and driving while unlicensed; and Eddie Montrell
Walker for giving false identity information to a law enforcement officer/
knowingly driving a vehicle with suspended or revoked registration/ no proof of
insurance/ driving on a suspended license/ and removing or affixing a license
plate to conceal the identity of a vehicle.