Tuesday December 5th, 2023




Sumter County Traverse Jurors scheduled to report for jury duty this morning DO NOT NEED to report. All scheduled cases have either been resolved or carried over. Sumter County Traverse Jurors DO NOT HAVE TO REPORT this morning! Jurors can call the Clerk of Superior Court office at 229-928-4537 for questions or further information.


The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will have a special called meeting at 4 this afternoon to discuss personnel matters. The meeting will be in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open to the public. You can attend in person or check the County website for the call-in and ZOOM information.


The regular business meeting of the Sumter County Board of Elections and Voter Registration is at 4:30 this afternoon in the Magistrate Courtroom at the Sumter County Courthouse. This meeting is open for the public to attend.


This Thursday evening starting at 7pm, the annual Americus Christmas Parade will be held through the streets of downtown Americus. Early indications were that this might be one of the best parades in a while as a number of entrants have signed up to participate. Get downtown early and stake you out a good spot to enjoy the sights and sounds. You may need to bundle up as well. Thursday evening the parade will be starting off in the lower 40s and will get colder throughout the event.


On Saturday December 9th, downtown Americus will hold its Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale just in time for Christmas shopping. The downtown sidewalk sale will be from 10 until 2. Remember when you shop at home you’re helping our local economy, your friends and neighbors while saving time, money and gas!


Thursday December 7th is a day to remember and honor Officers Nick Smarr and Jody Smith who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2016, 7-years ago, while responding to a domestic disturbance. A gathering will be held at the Smarr-Smith Building on the GSW Campus this Thursday morning starting at 9:15. A moment of silence will be observed at 9:40 when the shooting incident occurred years ago now. This is an event that the entire community is encouraged to attend.


The Americus Police Department will host the annual Shop with a Cop event tonight. Kids from the community have been selected to shop with our local law enforcement for Christmas. A meal will be provided by Chic-Fil-A before the shopping begins at Wal-Mart. If you would like to make a donation to the Americus Police Benevolence Fund, there’s still time to do so. You can drop off your donation at the Public Safety Building in downtown Americus at 119 S. Lee Street. Any donation is greatly appreciated and will continue this worthwhile event.


Americus Police responded to a domestic situation on Douglas Circle around 2:38 this morning and made one arrest. Michael Timothy Monts was arrested and charged with aggravated assault; obstruction; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 3rd degree cruelty to children; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; possession of a sawed-off shotgun or rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon or silencer; and possession of substances with intent to use to manufacture Schedule I or II substances.


In other Monday police action, a criminal trespass complaint was made at 408 Crawley Street.


Ashley Peebles was arrested for an outstanding warrant at 119 S. Lee Street.


A shots fired complaint was checked out about 6:40 last evening in the Bessie Mays Circle area.


A suspicious incident was looked into at 430 Sheffield Street.


Following a traffic stop on E. Forsyth at Manhattan, Gaspar Gonzalez-Garcia was arrested for impeding the flow of traffic; no brake lights; and driving without a valid license.


Officers answered two total domestic-related calls yesterday.


A hit-n-run accident occurred in the parking lot at 1711 E. Lamar Street.


APD worked four traffic crashes in the City yesterday that had no reported injuries.




From Monday’s Sumter County Sheriff’s reports, Deputies answered one activated alarm. An incident on a school bus at 209 Railroad Street caused a disruption in public school. Two prisoner transports were made. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 502 Old Plains Highway. Thefts took place from 299 McMath Mill Road and 502 Old Plains Highway. Two domestic-related calls were answered. A traffic stop on E. Lamar at Tripp led to Luke Pearson being cited for brake light/turn signal violation.  Deputies did work one deer-related traffic crash yesterday.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: Ashley Peebles for City probation; Javen Nykee Turner for 2nd degree criminal damage to property and reckless conduct; and Kimberly Shanya Worthy for battery (FVA). One was released from jail after bonding out.