Local News

Wednesday May 31st, 2023



The joint investigation by the GBI and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office into the shooting death early on Memorial Day is continuing. The GBI is seeking the input of those that were there early Monday morning to come forward with your information to aid in bringing the shooter to justice. Anyone that DOES have information can contact the GBI Regional Office in Americus at 229-931-2439 or call the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at 229-924-4094. Anonymous tips can also be called into 1-800-597-8477. There was another person injured in that early Monday morning shooting but their injuries were not life-threatening.

As the month of May ends, June is now literally upon us. A significant day in June, in addition to Father’s Day is Flag Day. Flag Day is observed on June 14th which falls on a Wednesday. On this day, American Legion posts often hold a dignified disposal of unserviceable flags ceremony. The John D. Mathis American Legion Post#2 of Americus will be conducting an unserviceable Flag Ceremony on Main Street in Plains on Flag Day starting at 6:30pm. The public is invited. The John D. Mathis Post#@ meets every fourth Monday of the month in the Marshall Student Center at Georgia Southwestern State University. All veterans are welcome.

UPDATE: Local News was notified after 8 this morning that the GDOT bridge replacement project slated to begin on June 5th has instead been postponed. The project has been delayed and no new timetable for this project was given. We will continue to follow this bridge replacement project and as soon as new information has been released listen for that on later editions of our Local News.

There are rain chances in the area mainly for this afternoon. The rain chances stand at 40% this afternoon and it should be just a rain event. The chance of rain will remain into the evening hours and then remain cloudy overnight. Clouds will be more likely today and tomorrow with any sunshine only in the morning hours. If the weather Futurecast does hold true, it appears only a brief shower will be the case in Sumter County. Highs today and Thursday will be in the low to mid 80s and it will feel muggy as compared to earlier this week.

It was an eventful overnight for the Americus Police nightshift. First there was an aggravated assault just before midnight when 605 and 607 Henrietta Street were shot into and luckily no one was injured. Then shots fired complaints began coming in. At 2:10 this morning shots were heard in the Hosanna Circle area. At 2:39 it was the Melody Lane area and then around 4:40am shots were heard in the Bessie Mays Circle area. Responding to a shots fired complaint at 3:07am in the Carver Street area, a vehicle pursuit took place. The chase eventually ended on Perimeter Road on the GSW campus when the vehicle stopped and the two inside fled across the golf course. A foot chase resulted in one suspect apprehended in the Fairway II area. 19-year old Tydius Moss, the passenger, was arrested for felony fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and obstruction. The driver fled but it’s just a matter of time…

In other Tuesday police action, a felony theft of lost/mislaid property occurred on Lorraine Avenue.

1st degree criminal damage to property was reported at 1206 S. MLK Boulevard.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 206-A Bessie Mays Circle.

Harassing communications were reported for further investigation.

Following a traffic stop on W. College at Harrold Avenue last night, Christopher D. Lewis was arrested for improper exhaust; failure to obey a traffic control device; obstruction; driving with a suspended license; no insurance; and obscuring the tag frame.

A suspicious incident was checked out in the Roney Street area.

Officers went to Norman Cole Street for a reported fight.

APD responded to three domestic-related calls and two miscellaneous calls on Tuesday.

There were two traffic crashes worked by APD yesterday that had no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff Eric Bryant identified the shooting victim from the Memorial Day shooting early that Monday morning. He is identified as 28-year old Quan’tavious Traveion Robinson of Americus. No arrest yet has been made according to the Sheriff. Both the Sheriff’s Office and the GBI have good leads in the investigation after interviews with numerous witnesses since Monday.

From the Tuesday Sheriff’s incidents, three traffic stops were conducted. At US 19S at US 280W, Joseph Jones was charged with a seatbelt violation. Another stop on 19 at 280 resulted in David Hunter being charged with a seatbelt violation. One domestic disturbance was answered. A theft took place from 363 Arch Helms Road. One prisoner transport was made. Two activated alarms were checked out. A civil complaint was heard at 272 E. Rockhill Drive. A suspicious person was spotted in the area of US 280W and McMath Mill Road. A criminal trespass complaint was filed at 424 Morris Drive. Sheriff’s Deputies went to 128 Rainbow Terrace at 2:43 this morning for a shots fired complaint and damage to property.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Robert Clay Durham for felony failure to appear and theft by taking; Tydius Dashawn Moss for obstruction and fleeing and attempting to elude; and Cory Antonio Thomas for identity fraud. One was released from jail after bonding out. One was back in jail for Court.