"Local News"

Tuesday January 17th, 2017



The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners will start at 6 this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the community to attend.


The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be held at 7 tonight at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. All members and friends are invited to attend.


Regular business hours resume today for City and County offices that were closed yesterday in observance of the MLK Holiday. Busses will resume running their normal routes so drivers will need to be aware of the flashing lights while loading and unloading students.


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 5 this Thursday afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The meeting is open for the community to attend.



Applications for the Head Start/Early Head Start begin today at the Child Development Center on Cherokee Street. This is a federally-funded program designed to meet the needs of preschool children, ages 0-5, pregnant women and their families. Early Head Start students must be 6-weeks to 3-years old. A pregnant woman may be of any age. Head Start students must be 3 or 4-years old by September 1st of this year. Applications will be taken from 8am until 4pm starting today.



The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation will be held in the GSW Student Success Center (Storm Dome) tomorrow morning at 11am. All ministers are asked to report to the Storm Dome conference rooms at 10:15 for a continental breakfast and program briefing. The processional march will start at 10:45 from the Conference Rooms. Dr. Jerry L. Hardee, Special Assistant to the President of Life University will be the guest speaker. The theme is “Realizing King’s Dream in the Urgency of Now”. The public is invited.


The first annual Glitz & Glitter Red and White Valentine Gala honoring Americus Police Chief Mark Scott, Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith and GSW Chief Michael Tracy for their many years of dedicated service. The event will be held on Saturday February 11th at 8pm in the Rees Park Economic Development Center. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at any area bank in Americus. Limited reserved tables are available for $500. Proceeds from the Gala will support the Bernice High-Green Scholarship Foundation.



The Perry Wellness Center is inviting the community to attend a graduation ceremony for individuals who have transformed their mental illness into recovery. Join in on Thursday January 26th at 10:30 in the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue to help and support these graduates. For more information contact Lezlie Poole at 924-2430.



Things were fairly quiet for Americus Police on the MLK Holiday yesterday. Criminal trespass complaints were made for damaged vehicles. One was at 201 Taylor Street and 4 vehicles were reported damaged at 1510 MLK Boulevard.


A bad child complaint was filed with officers at 129 S. Dudley Street.


Harassing phone calls were reported for investigation.


Alesha Marie Williams was arrested and charged with criminal trespass at 730 MLK Boulevard at 2:01 this morning.


A forced entry burglary and criminal trespass were investigated at 261-D & C Lonnie Lane.


Officers were busy with 3 domestic-related calls yesterday and 1 miscellaneous call.





From the Sumter County Sheriff’s holiday weekend incidents, Deputies made 26 weekend traffic stops and made several arrests as well as issued warnings. Deputies stayed busy with domestic calls. Calls came in from US 280 west; Lot 16 971 Brady Road; 103 Ron Circle; 105 Violet Drive; 284 Croxton Cross Roads; 371 Arch Helms Road; and 425 Three Bridges Road. Suspicious person complaints were made on Tallent Store Road and 1131 US 27 east. A case of identity theft is under investigation. Damage to property occurred at 475 Tallent Store Road. Suspicious vehicles were spotted at 347 Arch Helms Road and on Highway 30 west. Civil complaints were filed on Pecan Terrace and 202 US 19 south. Deputies assisted with traffic for vehicle fires on US 280 west and Highway 195 at Cooper Road. Burglaries were investigated at 222 Youngs Mill Road and 1147 US 19 north. Deputies worked 5 weekend accidents with 2 being deer-related. After an accident investigation on Highland Drive Extension, Lance K. Butler was charged with DUI. Working a deer accident on Highway 30, Joshua B. Cromer was charged with DUI.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Gregory Charles Daniels for probation violation/ failure to appear/ criminal trespass/ and battery; Dontavious Devontae Dice for driving with a suspended license; Robert Hawkins for driving with a suspended license and expired registration; Shambretta Brielle Mann for driving with a suspended license and a seat belt violation; Damian Jerrod McCoy for simple battery; Charley Ann Pickle-back for Drug Court; Timothy Lewis Robinson for aggravated assault; Charcia Anquette Sims for disorderly conduct; Ali Shaqur Terrell for aggravated assault/ battery/ reckless conduct/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony/ and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 17 bonded out of jail over the long weekend. 3 were released for time served.