"Local News"

Tuesday May 23rd, 2017



Keep an eye to the sky today due to the threat of potentially severe weather. Expect periods of heavy rainfall and at times, strong gusty winds in and around some thunderstorms. The risk is slight for severe weather but it is there. There could be another round of potentially severe weather again on Wednesday. We are under a FLASH FLOOD WATCH in effect until 2pm on Wednesday and now a TORNADO WATCH until 6pm this afternoon so do be mindful of the weather.



The grand opening and season kick-off for Lennyís Farmerís Market is set for this evening from 5 to 8pm at 110 N. Hampton Street downtown. You will be able to find fresh local produce and handmade crafts. For the grand opening and kick-off this evening, light refreshments will be served and there will be live music. Lennyís Farmers Market will also be open this Saturday from 7am until 12 noon. Shop fresh and support our home grown farmers and producers by shopping at Lennyís Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.



The Sumter County BOE held a called Board meeting prior to a whole Board training session last evening. The Board approved a facilities use request for summer basketball camps. 3 policy revisions were also approved. With nothing further for the called meeting, that meeting was adjourned and the whole Board training session started.


Now through July 21st, free breakfast and lunch is being provided for children 18 and under. For a location near you, call the SCS Nutrition Department at 931-8500 ext. 8523, 8546 or 8536. The Seamless Summer Nutrition Program is sponsored by the USDA and administered by the SCS Nutrition Department.



The last 2 days of school is winding down for students at Southland Academy. Wednesday is the last official day. Southlandís baccalaureate service will be held this Thursday evening at 7 and will be held at Central Baptist Church. Graduation for the Southland Academy Class of 2017 will be on Friday night May 26th at 7pm in the Melvin T. Kinslow gym.


There are 2 bridge projects where roads are closed for approximately 60-days. Donít forget that New Point Church Road from Middleton Road to US 280W is closed for a bridge replacement project. Lake Jennifer Drive, from 121 to 126 Lake Jennifer Drive is also closed for a bridge construction project. Now County Road 365 (Old Highway 45N) from State Route 30 to the Schley County line will be closed for approximately 30 days for a bridge repair project at Deer Creek effective May 30th.



Americus Police had 1 more auto entered from the late Sunday/early Monday morning cases. This auto was entered at 107 Lullwater Lane and made the number 6 that were entered and all were in the same part of town. You MUST lock and secure your vehicles at all times and PLEASE remove your weapons. A handgun is still missing from the previous cases. Donít be that person whose gun is used to take a shot at law enforcement because you left it in your entered auto. Otherwise, it was a quiet Monday.


Terroristic threats were made at 1711 E. Lamar Street.


A case of identity fraud is being investigated.


A juvenile was arrested as unruly at 509-B E. Church Street.


A child molestation case is under further investigation.


A theft occurred at 130 Town Creek Circle.


Officers were kept busy yesterday with 6 domestic-related and 3 miscellaneous calls.


2 accidents yesterday in the City had 1 injury complaint.





Most of the Sheriffís incidents from yesterday appear to have been traffic stops. 13 traffic stops were conducted. A stop on US 280E resulted in Brianna C. Watts being charged with passing in a no-passing zone. Another stop on 280E led to Jennifer Maldonado charged with failure to maintain insurance. Following a stop on Three Bridges Road, Cassius C. Bess was charged with failure to maintain insurance. At a stop on Southerfield at Bumphead, Brian C. Cosby was cited for a safety belt violation. On Southerfield at Crisp Drive, Nile E. Yearby was cited for a seat belt violation. Deputies did respond to a domestic disturbance at 1360 Highway 27E.


In the Sumter County Jail today is Nery Geovany Carballo Barillas for simple battery and disorderly conduct. 1 was released on bond yesterday and 1 was released from jail after charges were dismissed.