Tuesday September 20th, 2022




A 2-vehicle accident occurred yesterday afternoon just a little past 3 at the intersection of Highway 195 and the Lamar Road. 2 work trucks collided and blocked that intersection for a while. One truck was carrying cucumbers which were spilled all over the road and the other truck was a tree service truck. One driver was entrapped and Sumter County Fire & Rescue freed the driver. Air Evac was also notified and airlifted one of the drivers. The other was taken by GoldStar for treatment. It took a while to clear the intersection and traffic was re-routed. In addition to SCF&R, Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies, GoldStar and Troopers from Post 10 were on the crash site. No other details were immediately available and Local News will be seeking details whenever the Trooper’s report is complete.


Several meetings of note will be held this week starting tonight. The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is at 6 this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. This is a hybrid meeting where you can attend in person or listen in via ZOOM. To call in, dial 1-646-558-8656 and use 897 3624 9622 as the meeting ID and 059684 is the needed passcode. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the public to attend.


The Furlow Charter School Governing Board meets at 6 this evening in the Media Center on Campus. This meeting is also open for the community to attend.


This Thursday September 22nd is the monthly meeting of the Mayor and Americus City Council. This meeting will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. This meeting is also open to the community to attend.


Although not a governmental-type meeting, there will be a gathering of people this Thursday evening from 6 to 9pm in downtown Americus on Jackson Street for the 33rd Taste of Sumter. You will find samples of the best of Sumter County’s restaurants and catering professionals will have to offer. In addition to some good food, there will be live entertainment all evening as well. The Taste of Sumter is free to attend but make sure you have plenty of money to taste the samples being offered. It’s a great night to bring the family downtown or a chance to meet up with friends and enjoy the Taste of Sumter this Thursday.


It may have well been the quietest Monday on record for the Americus Police Department. A simple battery occurred at 601-C Eastview Apartments from a domestic call. As a matter of fact, 6 total domestic-related calls were answered by officers yesterday. 21-year old Jacoby J. Pride was arrested yesterday for financial transaction card fraud as reported by 1301 E. Lamar Street this past weekend. 1 accident worked by APD on Monday had no reported injuries.


If you see Americus Police officers at railroad crossings this morning with flashing blue lights, there is a reason. Today is National Train-Railroad Crossing Awareness Day and officers will be handing out small pamphlets with railroad crossing safety tips.


Americus Police are still seeking the community’s assistance in locating several wanted individuals. From the September 1st shootout on Barbara Battle Way, 18-year old Kentravious Lemond Holmes is wanted for reckless conduct; criminal damage to property; and possession of a firearm. From a September 6th incident on E. Forsyth Street, Jyquavious Malik Pitts, 21, is wanted for aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery. Just last week, APD was asking the public’s assistance in locating 23-year old Jakeem Rashard Carter who is still at-large since a May 14th incident on Pinecrest Drive. Carter is wanted for armed robbery; aggravated assault and battery. Anyone with information on any of these 3 can call Americus Police at 229-924-3677 or after hours at 229-937-9011. Any information can also be called in to the Anonymous Tip Line at 229-924-4102.


The heat will be on for the next few days until a weak cold front arrives late Thursday night/early Friday morning dropping the daytime highs some 10-degrees. Highs will be in the low 90s today and the mid-to-upper 90s Wednesday and Thursday before highs drop back to the mid-to-upper 80s on Friday and into the weekend. Nighttime lows will remain in the 60s to near 70. Fall arrives at 9:04pm on Thursday September 22nd.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies provided traffic control for the Troopers and Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance Division while working the crash scene on the Lamar Road at Highway 195 yesterday afternoon. Deputies did conduct 1 traffic stop and issued a warning for speeding. 3 prisoner transports were made yesterday. A suspicious vehicle was spotted in the area of 128 Graystone drive. Deputies received a call that dealt with threats the victim had received. A suspicious person was seen in the area of Highway 27E and Overlook Road.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Wesley Pernell Cannon for entering an auto and criminal trespass; Hakeem Richard-Gregory Davis for habitual violator/ failure to maintain lane/ open container/ and tail light requirements; Jacoby Jamale Pride for financial transaction card fraud; and Demarkus Deontae Riley for parole violation. 1 was released from jail after making bond yesterday.