"Local News"

Tuesday June 30th, 2015



It’s the last day of June and typically on July 1st a number of new laws go into effect in the state of Georgia. One that will be noticeable will come at the pump. While gas prices have slowly been declining the last few weeks, that all changes tomorrow when the Transportation Funding Act takes effect. The measure will convert the current sales tax on gasoline to an excise tax, which means there will be an increase for the price of a gallon of gas. The exact increase will depend on the price of gas and diesel but the increase is anticipated to be anywhere from 6 to 7-cents. Even though the gas tax officially increases tomorrow you shouldn’t see an immediate jump at the pump because most locations will phase in the price increase over a period of time instead of all at once. Be forewarned, in case you were not aware about the price increase.

Lenny’s Market is open for the season on Hampton Street in downtown Americus. Lenny’s Market has fresh, locally grown produce. You are urged to come support our local growers. Lenny’s Market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7am until 1pm. With the 4th of July on a Saturday this year, Lenny’s Market will be open this Saturday as well. If you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables for your 4th of July cookout, make sure you come to Lenny’s Market on Saturday the 4th of July.

With the 4th of July travel period literally upon us, look for a highly visible law enforcement presence while you’re on the road this holiday weekend. Operation: Click It or Ticket is underway and you don’t drive sober expect to be pulled over. There will also be a visible presence on Georgia’s waterways for the holiday weekend as well. More people are expected to take to the road for the holiday weekend this year in numbers that have not been seen in about 10-years. Obey the posted speed limits and don’t become a holiday statistic!

There’s another change that takes effect on tomorrow July 1st and it’s really on the local level this time. The City of Americus officially becomes a City Manager form of government. Steve Kennedy has been the City’s CAO since being hired but he was hired for the City Manager position. That means he will be doing, for the most part, the hiring and firing if and when that time comes. For example, he alone will hire the next Chief of Police. Just another change to be aware of come tomorrow July 1st.

Americus Police had an overall quiet Monday. Thefts took place at 75-B and 71-C Cherokee Street.

A shoplifting incident was reported at Family Dollar at 601 Hawkins Street.

An animal complaint was made at 603-B Eastview Drive.

A juvenile incident was reported last night at 112-B Bozeman Circle.

Officers did respond to domestic-related calls to 107-A Bessie Mays Circle, 605-C Eastview Circle and at 2:27 this morning on Douglas Circle.

There were quite a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.

3 accidents were worked by officers yesterday in the City with no reported injuries.

Tomorrow marks the first day of shift rotation. Shifts that have been working nights will be going to day and vice-versa.


Monday was fairly slow for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office as Deputies worked 24 total incidents. Deputies worked 4 accidents with deer involved in only 1. Following an accident investigation on McMath Mill Road at US 280, Danielle M. Coleman was arrested for giving a false name, address or birthdate to a law enforcement officer. Damage to property was reported at 274 US 280 east. A domestic disturbance was answered at Lot 7 115 Ron Circle. Thefts took place at 247 US 49 south at Pride Estates and at Lot 21 321 Lacross Road. A civil complaint was made at 124 Santa Rosa Drive. A suspicious vehicle was reported at 1155 South Georgia Tech Parkway. Deputies conducted 7 traffic stops with 1 citation and 6 warnings issued to drivers.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Sharon Denise Chambers- holding for Lumpkin County; Danielle Michelle Coleman for giving a false name, address or birthdate to a law enforcement officer; Bruce Wayne Durham-holding for Lumpkin County; Eric Antwone Harvey for failure to appear; Laquita Shawnta Redding for disorderly conduct and obstruction; and Jonathan Davis Smith for probation violation.