Local News

Wednesday June 29th, 2022


It was a week ago we were bracing for temperatures in excess of 100-degrees and now a week later, we’re looking for our best chance for rain in quite some time. It is possible that some areas will get over an inch of rain throughout today and into the evening hours. The rain chances are 70% today and 60% for the evening. There are rain chances for Thursday but those will be more of the pop-up type showers. Better rain chances will return Friday and will last into the weekend although dropping somewhat in intensity. There are also chances for rain on the 4th of July in case you have any outdoor plans. The rains will “cool” the air through Friday with highs in the 80s but because the humidity will be higher you may not notice that. The temperatures will be back in the low 90s for the weekend. No severe weather is in the forecast but like any typical summer storm, you may see heavy rain, gusty winds, dangerous lightning and possible hail should a storm pop up over your area. Even the nighttime lows will be muggy with lows in the 70s.

The travel period during the summer months are often referred to as the “100 Deadly Days of Summer” for law enforcement. The Independence Day holiday travel period is the next major holiday for law enforcement to deal with. This travel period will officially begin at 6pm this Friday and ends at 11:59pm on July 4th. If you will be traveling on the road this weekend expect to see a larger law enforcement presence. Even if you will be boating or using jet skis, expect to see the DNR more than you usually would. This is all to keep you and your loved ones safe on Georgia’s highways and waterways. Even with the cost of everything much higher than usual especially gas prices, AAA is calling for numerous travelers across Georgia’s highways. You’ve heard it said before but obey the speed limit; don’t drive distracted; don’t drink and drive; and buckle up!

If you’re looking for something to do and see some fireworks but really don’t want to spend a lot, then make plans to head to nearby Plains Saturday night. It’s time for the annual Plains, Trains & Fireworks Saturday night, downtown Plains’ celebration of Independence Day. Over in Plains, there will be some great food, the SAM Shortline bringing guests over, a street dance featuring the Good Vibrations Band followed by a huge fireworks display. The street dance will start around 8 and last until midnight with the fireworks display at 9:30. It’s great family fun and it’s just a short drive to Plains on Saturday.

It was a quiet Tuesday around town for the Americus Police. Lost/mislaid property was reported at 309 Eckles Road.

A criminal trespass and damage to property occurred at 121 Academy Street.

Officers responded to a domestic call at apartment A7 436 S. Lee Street where a battery complaint was made.

An entering auto complaint was filed at apartment 207 140 Lonnie Lane.

Answering a domestic call to 905 Angus Drive last night, 2 arrests were made. Ida L. Johnson and Anthony Westbrook were each arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. There were 4 total domestic-related calls answered by officers in the previous 24-hour period and 1 miscellaneous call.

Americus Police have posted a WARNING on Facebook. There is a fake post circulating on Facebook warning people about 2 men in the City attacking women. The fake notice is being posted in Swap Groups. One says the crime happened in Americus but an identical post next says it happened in Missouri. PLEASE, do not share this post with false information. Americus Police wants you to make sure you verify information before you share it on social media.


From Tuesday’s Sumter County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, Deputies conducted 8 traffic stops. Following a stop on US 19N, Kamisha Stevens was charged with failure to maintain insurance and driving with suspended registration. Warnings were issued in the other traffic stops. 1 activated alarm was looked into. 2 prisoner transports were made. A civil complaint was filed at 447 Brady Road. Deputies responded to a disorderly conduct incident at 200 Little Bear Branch Road. Shots were reportedly fired in the area of 130 Lasco Harvey Road and checked out. Deputies did work 2 deer-related accidents on Tuesday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are Benjamin Carlos Vieyra for aggravated assault and 1st degree cruelty to children; and Raheem Ryan White—housing for Stewart County. 1 was released from jail after the charges were dismissed.