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Wednesday July 30th, 2014




*UPDATE* 1 On Tuesday July 29th at approximately 4:47am members of Lt. Terrell Coley’s patrol team apprehended 3 entering auto suspects in the area of Country Club Apartments on South Lee Street. Detectives from APD conducted a follow-up investigation which led to search warrants being executed on Angus Drive and L. A. Fuse Street as well as a consent to search an apartment on Bozeman Circle. Assisting on the warrant service were members of Sgt. Chris Janovsky’s patrol team as well as investigators from the Sumter County S. O. Seized during the warrant service were narcotics, stolen weapons and ammunition, cell phones, stereo equipment, x-box games, I-Pods, GPS tracking systems and more that have been stolen from vehicles in Americus. Arrested and charged with 8-counts of entering autos are: Tyrrus Q. Johnson, 18 of Angus Drive; Dantrell D. Jordan, 18 of L. A. Fuse Street; Travoris Q. Williams, 18 of Warner Robins. Arrested and charged with 1-count of entering an auto is 19-year old Erick S. Wright of Varsity Drive. All suspects are currently housed in the Sumter County Jail and further charges of entering autos are pending. Further arrest warrants have been issued for 2 additional suspects related to this investigation. The investigation is ongoing and any further comments will be made by the District Attorney of the SW Judicial Circuit.  If you are a victim of an entering auto case, you can begin to check with Detective Eric English at APD and see if your stolen items have been recovered. Investigation and more interviews with the suspects will continue today. In other police action from Tuesday, despite the arrests 5 autos were entered yesterday. Locations were 6D 1130 Felder Street, 1202 Hancock Drive, 211 N. Jackson Street, 118-A Country Club Drive and 201-C Murphy Mill Road. Some of these may still be the work of those now in custody.

Thefts took place at 1713 Lafayette Street, 318 Sheffield Street and on Country Club Drive.

Burglaries were investigated at 201-A Bessie Mays Circle (forced entry), 133 J R Campbell Sr. Street and at 123 E. Hill Street.

A counterfeit bill was reported at 602 W. Forsyth Street.

Tavares Rashaun Caldwell was arrested for theft by receiving stolen property.

Jerie Ann Burton was arrested on Barbara Battle Way for an outstanding warrant.

Ty’keha Wilson was arrested for shoplifting at 1456 E. Forsyth at Belk’s.

A reported shooting incident in the Adderton Street area last night is under investigation.

A case of enticing a child for indecent purposes is being investigated.

The Sumter County Board of Education held a called meeting last evening. The final millage rate of 17.533 mils was approved. This is the same rate since 2009. The Board then heard a student tribunal appeal that lasted approximately 30-minutes in closed session. Back in open session the Board ruled the student will be placed in Ombudsman for a year with a chance to return to the South Campus after evaluation. The Board then went back into closed session for personnel matters. After nearly 45-minutes the meeting resumed in open session. The Board accepted 3 resignations and rescinded 2 job offers. There was 1 termination and 1 transfer approved. 10 were hired and 2 family medical leaves were granted. The Superintendent’s contract was approved by a 5-3 vote. After a few announcements the called meeting was adjourned.

This is Wednesday and the weekly test of the Outdoor Weather Alert system will be held at noon. In the event of bad weather, the weekly test will not be held but today should be no problem.

There will be an LEPC meeting on Tuesday August 5th at 10am and will be held in the Sumter Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe. The community is invited to attend.

Open House in the Sumter County School system is tomorrow night. K-5 will have Open House from 5 to 7pm and grades 6 through 12 will have Open House from 6 to 8pm. By attending Open House you can become familiar with the school, meet your child’s teachers and get a list of the needed supplies for the school year. Students return to class for the new school year on Monday August 4th. Drivers are reminded once again that buses will be making runs starting on Monday so allow yourself a little extra time in your commute.

There will be a school supply giveaway and Blessing of the Bookbags service this evening at 6 at 1st United Methodist Church on S. Lee Street. Items will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students MUST be present. The entire community is invited as the brief service will be a blessing of the new school year.

Friday and Saturday August 1st and 2nd are the Sales Tax Holidays in Georgia this year. Many school supplies, computers and other related items, clothing and shoes will be tax free for these 2 days. Get your school supply lists at tomorrow night’s Open House and then shop and save during the Sales Tax Holiday this Friday and Saturday.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office worked a total of 27 incidents yesterday around the County. 4 traffic stops were conducted. After a traffic stop on US 280 west, Earl G. Carter was arrested for speeding. Deputies went to a domestic-related call. A juvenile complaint was also made. There were many miscellaneous calls answered by deputies yesterday.

Arrested and in the Sumter County Jail are: Jerrie Ann Burton for failure to appear; Tavares R. Caldwell for theft by receiving stolen property; Clayton Tyler Cox for theft; Danielle Denise Green for failure to appear; and the 4 arrested for entering autos by APD.