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Wednesday December 17th, 2014



The Sumter County Board of Commissioners met last night. A $62,000 Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Program grant was accepted. The ACCG Defined Benefit Plan was amended. Changes to the personnel policy for the types of disciplinary action were also approved. An intergovernmental agreement for Middle Flint E-911 Center to add Stewart County as a member of the authority was passed. The BOC approved BB&T as the financial institution to provide term financing for certain fire and rescue vehicles and equipment. An amended resolution to create a procedure to change monthly meeting dates was passed. The BOC approved; purchase of loose fire and rescue equipment not to exceed $759, 462.31; two 2015 1000 GPM pumps, 200 gallon tank Pumper/Tankers not to exceed $445,726; two 2015 500GPM, 3000 gallon tank Tankers not to exceed $444,000; one 2015 Dodge 5500Light Rescue truck not to exceed $151,973.90; and four 2015 1500 GPM 1000-gallon tank custom Pierce Pumpers not to exceed $1,698,337.79. The 2015 BOC meeting dates were approved. An alcoholic beverage license was renewed for Reflections Sports Bar & Grill was pending meeting all County requirements. SPLOST 2007 amended budget and budget amendments were passed. Changes to the existing intergovernmental agreement for Middle Flint E-911 Center to include Talbot County were approved. After announcements and comments, the 2-hour meeting was adjourned.

The BOC and the Mayor and City Council will have a joint legislative breakfast meeting at 7:30 tomorrow morning at the Quality Inn at 1205 S. MLK Boulevard for the purpose of discussing current and new legislation with state senators and representatives.

The Mayor and City Council of the City of Americus will have a called meeting this afternoon at 4:30 on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building. The purpose of the called meeting today will be for personnel discussion.

The December regular monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be at 5 tomorrow afternoon in the Lecture Hall of the GSW Nursing Building on campus.

For the second year in a row, a 100-foot tall Christmas tree is overlooking Ellaville. It is lit with 55,000 lights and will be seen easily at night from miles away. This is one of the largest manmade trees in the world. Under the tree are live scenes from the life of Jesus. This is a free event and there will be group hayrides around the tree. The Christmas tree over Ellaville will be lit up starting this Friday the 19th and will run through Christmas nightly from 6 to 9pm. All the surrounding area is invited to see the lights starting this Friday night.

Americus Police had another business damaged by the “Copper Crooks” yesterday. This time a criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 1301-B E. Forsyth Street. It was announced last night during the BOC meeting that the damage done at the DEFACS complex last week is now estimated at $47,000 by these same criminals.

At a traffic stop on Cherokee Street, Ebony Shanice Bryant was arrested for driving on a suspended license and cited for a seat belt violation.

Autos were entered yesterday at 15-G 1130 Felder Street and 704 Tripp Street.

Tasheria Nakia Nix of Albany was arrested for shoplifting at Dollar General in the Perlis Plaza.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1107 Oglethorpe Avenue.

A public indecency complaint was made at 1224 Lafayette Street.

Criminal damage to property in the 1st degree, 3-counts of aggravated assault and reckless conduct is under investigation at 140 Lonnie Lane.

A robbery on Tripp Street is being investigated.

Chavez Tremaine Twenty was arrested at 4:11 this morning at 3F 730 MLK Boulevard for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and for an outstanding warrant.

A hit-n-run accident was reported on E. Forsyth Street.

Officers worked 2 accidents with no reported injuries.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office had a rather quiet Tuesday with only 20 total incidents worked by Deputies. ­­6 of the 20 were traffic stops that were conducted.  At a stop on the Holman Road, Gerardo V. Ordonez was cited for driving while unlicensed. Following a stop on Magnolia Street at Brookdale Drive, Mildred L. Merritt was cited for failure to maintain insurance. Warnings were issued to drivers in the other cases. A theft of pecans was reported at 125 Briarpatch Road. Marcus B. Miller was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender. Deputies worked 2 accidents and both involved deer.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Degas Latwan Fuller for illegal possession of a controlled substance; and Chavez Tremaine Twenty for criminal trespass/aggravated assault/possession of marijuana with intent to distribute/probation violation.

There’s still time to make an appointment to donate blood at this Friday’s community blood drive. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or go online to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with appointments get top priority but all walk-ins will be welcomed. Please bring a photo ID with you on Friday. All presenting blood donors will receive a free T-shirt. The blood drive will be held in the 1st Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 221 S. Lee Street this Friday December 19th from 8 to 6. Homemade goodies will be available at the canteen table this Friday.