"Local News"

Tuesday August 19th, 2014



There is still time to make an appointment to donate blood at this Friday’s community blood drive. Call the local Red Cross at 924-2026 and make an appointment or go online to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with appointments will get top priority on Friday but any walk-in will be welcomed. The blood drive this Friday will be held in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street from 8am until 6pm. Call and make your appointment today and bring a photo ID with you on Friday.

The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is at 6 this evening. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The meeting is open for the public to attend. Items that came before the Commissioners at last week’s work session will be discussed and voted on tonight.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is this Thursday August 21st at 5pm. The meeting will be held at the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue. The meeting of the Mayor and City Council are open for the public to attend. The meetings are being held now at the Rees Park Economic Development Center due to renovation work now underway at the Public Safety Building.

Tomorrow from 12:30 to around 3:30, in partnership with Macon County EMA, Sumter County will be holding the new spotter class conducted by the National Weather Service. Tomorrow’s class will be held at the Macon County Emergency Operations Center at 718 S. Plum Street in Montezuma. Since lunch will be served, those attending need to let officials know today so a head count can be obtained for lunch. Call today at 928-4595 if you’re planning to attend the spotter class.

The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce will hold the August quarterly membership luncheon on Thursday August 21st at noon. The featured guest speaker is Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Tickets are $12 per person. Make your reservation by calling Ivy at the Chamber office at 924-2646. The luncheon this Thursday will be held at Georgia Southwestern State University at noon. Call today and make your reservation.

Remember just last week we were talking about the unusually cool weather for this time of year? We will soon be talking about the heat wave that is almost upon us here in the next few days. After the chance of rain subsides this evening, some of the hottest weather this summer will be here by Thursday. We’re actually talking about weather forecasters predicting 100-degree weather possibly Friday and Saturday before the heat wave breaks on Sunday. The heat indices during the heat wave will be 110-115 degrees and could pose problems to those who have to work outside. Forecasters want everyone to pay attention to the weather and take the proper precautions in the days ahead.

Americus Police were pretty busy for a Monday. Bobby Gerald Bessey was arrested at 400 Rees Street and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 114 O’Hara Road and 104 Waitsman Drive.

A shoplifting incident occurred at 204 Manhattan Street.

Kiandrea T. Minter and Justice Adams were arrested on Hosanna Circle and charged with assault battery.

Responding to a domestic situation at 215 Valley Drive, Michael Wayne Taylor was arrested for aggravated assault and possession of a controlled substance.

Officers went to a juvenile fight on Linnie Street.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 1105-A Oglethorpe Avenue.

An assault incident is under investigation at 101-B Waitsman Drive.

A bad child complaint was made on Burton Circle.

Officers went to a domestic complaint last night at 1416-B N. Lee Street and arrested Charles G. Bonner Jr. for making terroristic threats, simple battery and obstruction.

There were 3 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.


Monday was much quieter for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office than the weekend. 29 total incidents were worked by deputies yesterday. Deputies responded to 2 civil calls and 1 domestic issue. There were 3 animal complaints reported. 1 case of harassing text messages was reported. A burglary was investigated at 125 US 19 south. Deputies worked 8 traffic stops around the County. Following a traffic stop on US 19 Dylan B. Williams was arrested for no insurance and expired or no registration. A traffic stop on US 280 at Huntington Road resulted in the arrest of Phillip T. Clark for speeding. Warnings were issued for the rest of the traffic stops. There was 1 accident involving a deer worked by a deputy.

Currently housed at the Sumter County Jail are: Charles George Bonner Jr.-terroristic threats and acts/ simple battery/ obstruction and probation violation; Christopher Sharod Reynolds-probation violation; and Michael Wayne Taylor-aggravated assault/ illegal possession of a controlled substance.