"Local News"



Wednesday September 2nd, 2015



A joint investigation continues in the discovery of a marijuana growing facility at a home near Leslie. Sumter and Houston Sheriff’s Deputies, DEA Agents, the GBI and the Marshal’s Office raided the home near Leslie and found as many as 150 plants. It was an indoor and outdoor growing area. Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith told Local News the inside growing facility was very sophisticated. 2 suspects are being sought as this investigation continues. If anyone has any information that could help in this investigation, you are asked to call the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

As of the end of qualifying yesterday for seats on the Americus City Council, it appears there will be at least one contested race. 2 candidates qualified for the District 6 seat being vacated by incumbent Walton Grant. Daryl Dowdell and Robert Ingle both qualified yesterday to seek that seat on Council and represent District 6. Incumbent Nelson Brown qualified for his District 2 seat. Incumbent Juanita Wilson qualified on Monday for her District 1 seat. Qualifying ends today. Those wishing to qualify will need to do so with the City Clerk on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building downtown.

Books will be given away at 2 locations today. Books will be given away at 9:30 this morning at the Sumter County Head Start Center at 300 Cherokee Street for ages birth to 5 years old. Free books will also be given away from 5-6 this afternoon at the Bill Harris Boys & Girls Club on Hosanna Circle. This will be for up to 18 years of age and all children can participate. For more information call Teresa Mansfield at 380-0383.

2 of the area teams will see action on the gridiron this Friday night to kick-off the Labor Day weekend. Americus-Sumter is back at home and will host Shaw High from Columbus. Schley County finally hits the field and will host Baconton Charter in Ellaville. Both games will kick-off at 7:30 on Friday night. 2 other local teams will have open dates this week. Both Southland Academy and Marion County are off this Friday night and will return to action on September 11th.

Americus Police had a pretty busy Tuesday. A suspicious person complaint was made at 1304 Elm Avenue.

Criminal trespass complaints for damaged vehicles were made at 952 Anthony Drive and on Rucker Street.

Thefts occurred at 160-C Lakeview Circle and at 1698 E. Lamar Street. A theft of mislaid property was reported at 1505 N. MLK Boulevard.

Harassing phone calls were reported.

Corsica S. Clark was arrested at 615 Lewis Lowe Court and charged with disorderly conduct after officers were dispatched to a domestic situation. Officers responded to 4 domestic-related calls on Tuesday.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 300 Cherokee Street and at 209 Tripp Street.

Officers worked 3 accidents in the City yesterday with no reported injuries. Following an accident investigation on US 27 east, Alexsandra Hernandez was arrested for failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign and for driving while unlicensed.

Only a few miscellaneous calls were answered yesterday around town.


In addition to the multi-agency drug investigation going on, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 25 total incidents yesterday. 8 traffic stops were conducted. Following a stop on Highway 49 north, Britain D. Wigfall was charged with speeding. After a stop on the Bumphead Road, Jessica P. Thompson was cited for driving on the wrong side of an undivided street. Warnings were handed out, both written and verbal in the other traffic cases.

A theft took place at 3390 Highway 195 north. Damage to property occurred at 115 Dogwood Road. A suspicious person complaint was made at 107 Timber Lane. Carlos A. Rodriquez and Mayda Jam were arrested for outstanding warrants at 484 Commerce Road.

Housed today in the Sumter County Jail: Adrian Beall for fleeing and attempting to elude/ driving on a suspended license/ lane direction violation/ failure to obey a stop sign/ and disorderly conduct; William Irving Fine for parole violation; Antonio Leon Golphin for child support; Mayda Jam for manufacture of marijuana; Otis Lewis for parole violation; Jose Alberto Moya holding for USMS; Carlos Rodriquez for manufacture of marijuana; and Eddie Montrell Walker for removing or affixing a license plate to conceal the identity of a vehicle/ driving on a suspended license/ no proof of insurance/ knowingly driving a motor vehicle with suspended or revoked registration/ and giving false identity information to a law enforcement officer.