"Local News"

Tuesday December 6th, 2016


Americus Police are hoping the 2 arrests made in a span of 4 days will help curb the recent rash of entered autos and other similar crimes including auto theft. 38-year old Antonio B. Reddick of Warner Robins was apprehended after a foot pursuit in the 700 block of Harris Street early Friday December 2nd. He was initially charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; obstruction; and loitering and prowling. Antonio Reddick has been arrested 10 times since 1996 and currently resides in the Sumter County Jail. Then at 2:58 yesterday morning, a 2002 Chrysler van, reported stolen on November 27th, was located on Judy Lane. A search of the area resulted in another foot pursuit of a suspect who was apprehended in the 400 block of Judy Lane. Arrested was 54-year old Gregory James Ellis of Albany. He has been charged with obstruction; theft by receiving stolen property; possession and use of drug-related objects; 2-counts of criminal trespass from the Lakeshore Drive incidents of November 26th; and an outstanding Parole Warrant from Albany. Gregory J. Ellis has been arrested 38 times since 1979 and also resides in the Sumter County Jail. These 2 cases are still under investigation. From Tuesday’s Americus Police incident reports, 2 criminal trespass complaints were made at 502 Varsity Drive and at 126 Hosanna Circle.


A theft took place from 202-A US 280 west.


A forced entry burglary is under further investigation at 952-A Felder Street.


Following a traffic stop on Parker at Tripp, Pablo Aviles Belmontes was arrested for driving on a suspended license and improper stopping on the roadway.


Officers answered 3 domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday. 1 accident yesterday had no reported injuries.


The Sumter County BOE held a work session last night and set Thursday’s monthly meeting agenda. Items coming up for a vote Thursday evening will be the financial reports, re-bidding for computers, and a possible alternative to the Ombudsman program. The Ombudsman program was discussed at length last night. Another discussion was capital outlay projects that will need to start soon. Thursday’s monthly meeting will start at 7 and will be held in the SCS Administration Building boardroom. The community is invited to attend.


Make plans to attend the lighting of the Lights of Love Tree in the Phoebe Sumter main lobby at 7 this evening. During this special ceremony, those affected by cancer will be honored. Cancer survivor Nancy Jones, the 2016 Honorary Tree Lighter, will have words of encouragement. Donations to the Lights of Love during the holiday season go towards oncology needs at Phoebe Sumter and to the purchase of a Lights of Love van to transport cancer patients from throughout SW Georgia to and from cancer treatments. Symbolic lights can still be purchased in honor and in memory of loved ones by visiting lights-of-love.org.


Wreaths Across America is now underway at the Andersonville National Historic Site. Wreaths and floral blankets are now permitted in the cemetery. Wreaths should be brought in person or delivered by a florist, directly to the gravesite. Wreaths may be purchased and sent to Andersonville National Cemetery by visiting www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Wreaths can also be purchased from local florists or home improvement stores and placed at the cemetery during December. The community is invited to the Wreaths Across America program at noon on Saturday December 17th.