Local News

Wednesday May 24th, 2017



It should be round 2 of potentially severe weather today. There could be 2 waves of the weather, almost identical to yesterday when we got heavy morning rains which ramped up again in the afternoon. The main threat for today is high winds and large hail and there could be a tornado. Radar reported a tornado on the ground outside Leslie yesterday afternoon at 1:09pm. The only damage that has been reported is tree damage so far in that area. Rainfall was widespread but there were several rounds of heavy downpours which quickly flooded over some low-lying streets. Some areas have recorded as much as 5-inches of rain with the possibility of 2-plus inches today. So far this week at our Highway 30 studios, we have 6.45 inches of rain. Because of the rain, that FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been extended until 8pm this evening.



Because of the late afternoon downpour yesterday, the Lenny’s Farmers Market grand opening and season kick-off was postponed. That celebration with live music and light refreshments will now be held next Tuesday from 5-8pm. Lenny’s Farmers Market is now open for the season and will be open this and every Saturday from 7am until 12 noon. Tuesday hours will be 5-8pm. If you missed getting downtown yesterday, Lenny’s Farmers Market will be open starting Saturday.



The Memorial Day program at Andersonville National Historic Site has already started as the Avenue of Flags were raised this past weekend. On Saturday, hundreds of scouts and volunteers will place small American flags on more than 20,000 gravesites creating a powerful backdrop of patriotism. On Sunday the 28th, Brigadier General David Lesperance will be the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day Observance Ceremony at the National Cemetery. The US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band performs at 1:30 Sunday and the formal program follows at 2pm. Then on Monday Memorial Day at 11am, the Knights of Columbus will have a special mass in the cemetery. The public is invited to attend.



Once again weather played a part in keeping crime down as Tuesday was an overall quiet day for Americus Police. A felony theft occurred at 149 Taylor Street.


Officers went to a fight at 126 US 280W.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1020 Westside Drive.


Officers responded to a physical domestic call to 1805-B Maxwell Street which involved a theft and unruly juvenile.


Following a traffic stop on N. Jackson Street, Kendrick Markel Berry was arrested for no proof of insurance.


A suspicious person complaint was made on Elm Avenue after 1 this morning.


Officers responded to a total of 3 domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday.


There were 3 accidents yesterday that had 1 injury.



Macon County Firefighter Darrell Plank passed away from injuries sustained in battling a recent fire in Macon County. He had been taken to a Macon Trauma Center where he passed away yesterday. Firefighters from Americus Fire & Emergency Services and Sumter County Fire & Rescue will join fellow firefighters from Montezuma and Macon County in escorting his body back home from Macon today.



Baccalaureate service for Southland Academy is at 7 tomorrow night at Central Baptist Church. Graduation for the Southland Academy Class of 2017 will be at 7pm this Friday night May 26th in the Melvin T. Kinslow gym. This brings an end of the school year for all area schools.





Despite the weather or maybe because of Tuesday’s weather, Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 10 traffic stops yesterday. At a stop on US 280E, Anthony B. Walker was charged with speeding. A stop was made on Southerfield at Crisp Drive and Darius Ballard was cited for safety belt and child restraint violations. Another stop on Southerfield at Crisp Drive was made and Reginald K. Holtzcloth was arrested for driving on a suspended license and failure to maintain insurance. Yet another stop was made on Southerfield and Jesse Hannor was cited for a safety belt violation. Deputies went to a domestic at 119 Daisy Drive and arrested Robert J. McDonald for aggravated assault. Another domestic call went to 101 Oakridge Drive. A civil complaint was filed at 120 Dupree Road. Damage to property occurred at Lot C 150 Fox Stephens Road. A suspicious person complaint was made at 502 Confederate Street. Deputies did assist in some areas where limbs and trees were blocking roadways after strong winds came through.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Reginald Keith Holtzcloth for southwestern probation/ failure to maintain insurance/ and driving with a suspended license; and Robert James McDonald for aggravated assault (DVA). 1 was back in jail to make bond.