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
on Friday and will end at
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 SumterCounty 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 .
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
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 MaconCounty 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 MarionCounty Eagles who
play at MillerCounty.
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
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
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
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 SumterCounty 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
jail are: Jonathan Keith Barnes for possession of marijuana with intent to
distribute/possession of a controlled substance; and Joseph William Roaten for