Local News

Wednesday June 22nd, 2016




The Sumter County Board of Commissioners met last night. A zoning request for 47.71 acres from RR to AG for a sawmill at 1503 US 280 west in Plains was approved. After a lengthy discussion, the pre-approval process for a 2016 COPS grant was granted. The application to be considered for appointment by the Board of Commissioners was approved. Approval was passed for the ACCG-IRMA renewal of $272,111. A budget resolution for July 1st and ending June 30th 2017 was passed. Supplemental LMIG funding in the amount of $155,000 was accepted. Revenues and expenditures from the budget were then approved. A memorandum of understanding between the Board of Commissioners and the Southwestern Circuit Felony Drug Court was passed. A rental agreement was renewed for DFACS with a monthly rent of $28,195.73. The meeting then moved to closed session for personnel and pending litigation. As the slim crowd was walking out, many were asking about the forensic audit and why it was not on the agenda. There was no mention from anyone if the audit was completed or if it would be on the agenda anytime soon.

Look! It’s a bird…no it’s a plane and lots of them. The All Women’s Cross-Country Air Race is flying into Southerfield as the last of 9 stops before finishing in Daytona Beach on Friday. The race started yesterday taking off in Prescott, Arizona and will make 9 stops overall totaling 2359 miles. The planes will land in Americus and the pilots, their crew and families will be spending some time today and tomorrow in town. Prizes for the Air Race Classic are valued at over $16,500 including medallions, trophies and cash awards. If you see lots of planes, now you know why!

There’s still time to make an appointment to donate blood this Friday at the “Firecracker” community blood drive in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or make your appointment online at redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with appointments will receive top priority but any walk-in will be welcomed. There will be drawings for Downtown Dollars and a T-shirt will be given to every donor. Blood is especially needed this time of the year and estimates are that number is already at 50,000 units short off what will be needed during the summer.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be at 5 tomorrow afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public safety Building. This meeting is open for the community to attend.

Also tomorrow from 6-8pm, the Chamber will host a Jimmy Buffett-inspired “Business After Hours” at Lakeshore Marine on US 280 east as part of the “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” membership campaign. Reservations are requested so call 924-2646 or online chamber@sumtercountychamber.com to RSVP.

Americus Police were kept busy on Tuesday. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1435 E. Lamar Street.

Following a traffic stop on Tripp Street by Trooper Davis, Vantavious V. Johnson was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

An unlocked vehicle was entered at 602 Wildwood Circle.

A simple assault was reported at 403 Rogers Street.

A theft by deception occurred at 1700 E. Lamar Street (Lowe’s).

A stalking and criminal trespass incident was reported to police.

Battery complaints were made at 411 Crawley Street and 123 Starlight Circle (DVA).

Responding to a suspicious person at 1533 S. Lee Street, Jeremy Clayton Mizell was arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.

A theft occurred at 1403 N. Lee Street at 4 this morning.

Officers responded to 3 miscellaneous calls and 3 domestic calls yesterday.

After an accident investigation on Cherokee Street, Kadarius M. Washington was arrested for colliding with a fixed object/ reckless driving/ driving without a license/ and numerous seat belt violations. Aderricka Deonja Lester was arrested for permitting an unlicensed person to drive.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 8 Tuesday traffic stops. At a stop on Pryor Road, Guillermo Pacomio-Aguilar was charged with failure to stop at a railroad crossing and driving while unlicensed. After a stop was made on Forsyth Street at Crawford, Leah Yates-Mehta was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device. Following a stop on US 280 east, James C. Smith was charged with speeding. Deputies went to theft calls at 171 Hillcrest Grange and 209 Brookwood Lane. A domestic disturbance was reported at 197 Bonds Trail and 152 Santa Rosa Drive. There was 1 deer-related accident worked by a Deputy yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Brianna Matte Johnson for battery and 3rd degree cruelty to children; Sierra Me’Shay Johnson for simple battery and cruelty to children; Jonathan Lumpkin for sexual assault; and Harold Santaro Pope for aggravated assault/ theft by taking/ and 2-counts of battery. 4 bonded out of jail yesterday.