"Local News"



Wednesday August 27th, 2014



Labor Day weekend is always considered the last summer fling if you plan on getting away for a 3-day trip. Because of last minute trips, the beginning of the college football season and cheaper gas prices, law enforcement is anticipating a busier than usual holiday travel period and will be out in full force to ensure that you and you family or friends are safe. The 78-hour Labor Day travel period begins at 6pm on Friday and will end at midnight on Monday September 1st. Law enforcement, on the road and in the water, will be highly visible, urging you to obey the posted speed limit, buckle up and not to drink and drive. They will also be watching out for the distracted driver who’s texting or paying more attention to phone conversations that the highway. Watch out for the other guy if you will be on the road this weekend and don’t become a holiday statistic.

The Sumter County Tax Commissioners Office will be closed all day tomorrow August 28th for all employees to attend the Department of Revenue’s mandatory training in Cordele. The Tax Commissioners Office will reopen with regular business hours on Friday August 29th at 9am. Tax Commissioner Wilkie Smith apologizes to all customers in advance for any inconvenience that tomorrow’s closing will cause. If you should have any questions feel free to contact the Tax Office at 928-4530.

After dealing with extreme heat for all season opening high school football games last weekend, that shouldn’t be the case this Friday night. Temperatures were hovering near 100-degrees last Friday at game time and the humidity made it feel even worse. This Friday, the highs will be more seasonal and the heat advisories shouldn’t be a factor. Both Americus-Sumter and Southland Academy played in that heat last week on the road and unfortunately didn’t win their games. Both will try to even things out this week playing at home. For Americus-Sumter, they will host Macon County at Alton Shell Stadium at Finklea-Robinson Field. At Harvey Simpson Stadium, Southland will host Robert Toombs. The only other area team beginning their season on Friday is the defending Class A state champions Marion County Eagles who play at Miller County. Schley County begins their season on September 5th.

From Tuesday’s Americus Police incident reports, a forced entry burglary was investigated at 735 Wheatley Street. Another forced entry burglary occurred yesterday at 200 Roland Avenue.

Thefts took place at 1416-B N. Lee Street and at 128 E. Forsyth Street where for the second straight day, coins were taken from a newspaper box at the Post Office.

A $20 counterfeit bill was turned over to police at Dollar General at 103 W. Jefferson Street.

An auto was entered by breaking the window while parked at 1211 Crawford Street.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 103 W. Jefferson Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 69-D Cherokee Street where a vehicle had been damaged.

There were 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday and there were no reported accidents worked by officers in the City.

More and more citizens are beginning to pay closer attention to their surroundings in light of the entered autos and rash of burglaries as of late. Remember you can be the key in helping get the criminals off the street if you report any suspicious person or activity in your neighborhood. You can be the extra set of eyes that law enforcement needs.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Department worked a total of 32 incidents on Tuesday. 10 of the incidents were traffic stops. Laquesha S. Jackson was arrested for passing in a no passing zone. Kalie Renee Bush was arrested for speeding. Kenneth R. Woods was arrested for speeding. David W. Pilgrim was arrested for speeding. Derrick J. Walker was arrested for speeding. Nicole M. Casimere was cited for failure to maintain insurance; child restraints and defective tires. Stephanie L. Harvey was cited for driving the wrong side of an undivided street. The rest were given warnings. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 114 Pecan Circle. One domestic call was answered and there were 2 suspicious person complaints.

Currently housed in the Sumter County jail are: Jonathan Keith Barnes for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute/possession of a controlled substance; and Joseph William Roaten for burglary.