"Local News"



Wednesday June 24th, 2015



This should be the last day this week that a HEAT ADVISORY is issued for Sumter County. The advisory is in effect today from 2pm until 8pm this evening. The heat indices should again reach 105 this afternoon. We had a rain cooled afternoon yesterday which broke the heat wave and there is another shot of afternoon rain again today. Actually, the temperatures for the next few days will be dropping while the rain chances will be increasing. There is even the possibility that we could see overnight lows in the 60s next week and wouldn’t that be a refreshing change.

Speaking of the afternoon thunderstorm yesterday, rainfall totals were anywhere from just under an inch to at least 2-inches in some areas. The winds knocked down some trees and limbs but there was only spotty power outages reported. The winds were rather brisk during the afternoon storm. As the winds blew through the downtown area, the Bradford Pear trees blooms gave the impression of snowfall as they were whisked away. We could get another round of showers and thunderstorms again today and actually give us another break from the heat.

Tomorrow, June 25th, is National HIV Testing Day. Bridge 2 Care of West Central Georgia and the Sumter County Health Department will commemorate the day with FREE HIV testing from 9 to 1 at the Sumter County Health Department at 1601 N. MLK Boulevard. Also, on Saturday June 27th, there will be another FREE TESTING event from 9 to 1 at 952 Anthony Drive. For more information about the Saturday event, call Nancy at 942-5797.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will have a special called meeting tomorrow evening at 6pm in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The purpose of this called meeting is to discuss items that were not approved at the BOC regular meeting held last week.  The BOC will also be discussing any other items that are deemed appropriate. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the public to attend.

You can still make an appointment to donate blood at the “Firecracker” community blood drive this Friday. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go online to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC to make an appointment that best suits your Friday schedule. The blood drive will be held in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church on Friday from 8am until 6pm. All blood types are needed, especially this time of the year. Please bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate blood.

From the Tuesday Americus Police incident reports, a forced entry burglary was investigated at 400 Reese Street at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 405-B Bessie Mays Circle (vehicle), 53-B Brinson Drive (juvenile) and 208 Barnum Drive at 3:47 this morning.

A suspicious person/vehicle complaint was made at 1039 E. Forsyth Street.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 1711 E. Lamar Street at Wal-Mart.

A theft and criminal trespass occurred at 1431 N. Lee Street.

There were several miscellaneous calls answered by officers.

1 accident was worked by APD with no reported injuries.

Officers did respond to 5 domestic-related calls in the past 24-hour period.


Sheriff’s Deputies worked 37 incidents on Tuesday. There were 13 traffic stops conducted. Joyce A. Carter was cited for failure to maintain insurance and knowingly driving a vehicle with suspended registration on US 19. At a stop on Highway 49 north, Andrew D. Smith was charged with failure to obey a stop sign. Following a stop on Rucker Street at N. Jackson, Lisa M. Bell was cited for failure to maintain insurance. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.

Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 254 Wiggins Road. Civil complaints were made at 106 W. Rockhill Drive and 333 Wiggins Road. There were several storm-related calls. The roadway was blocked by a downed tree on N. Beauchamp Road and wires were down on Highway 377 south. Damage to property complaints occurred at 106 N. Oglethorpe Street and at 142-A Fox Stephens Road. Deputies worked 1 accident yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Jerome Weslow Caple for probation violation; Rodonna Denise Cladd for probation violation; and Paula Renee Johnson for obstruction and disorderly conduct.