Local News

Wednesday December 7th, 2016


2 officers were shot after 9:30 this morning while responding to a domestic call on Country Club Drive. Chief Mark Scott with the Americus Police Department held a news conference after 1 this afternoon and brought everyone up to date. An Americus Police officer responded and a GSW Campus safety Officer, located nearby, arrived as back-up. The 2 encountered the suspect outside an apartment and he shot both officers. Chief Scott stated the Americus Police officer was pronounced deceased at the ER and his name is not being released to allow for the next of kin to be notified. The Campus Safety Officer, also a Sumter Sheriff’s Deputy, was airlifted to Macon in critical condition. The shooting suspect is Minguel Lembrick of Americus and as of 2pm. is still at-large. He is to be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing someone wearing a camouflaged jumpsuit and a black jacket, should NOT try to apprehend him. Call 911 immediately. Numerous law enforcement agencies are in town assisting in this search.


Sumter on Ice will make its’ debut this Friday in Rylander Park in downtown Americus. Presented by the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, citizens can come and ice skate starting this Friday. There will be a ribbon cutting at 4 Friday afternoon and then it’s Opening Night! Admission is only $5 and that includes skate rentals. Sumter on Ice will be in Rylander Park from December 9th through the 30th. You can skate Sundays from 1-6; Monday is for group sales only; Tuesday-Friday from 4-9pm; and Saturdays from 10am-9pm. Plan now to head downtown for the holidays and ice skate with family and friends.


We have some local sports of interest today on Local News. Friday, in addition to ice skating, the State Championship banner for the Lady Panthers will be raised during the game with Crisp County in the South Campus Panther Den. Be sure and get there early as a large crowd is anticipated to attend. There’re local teams playing for the GRPA state titles in Rec Football on Saturday. The Sumter County 8-Under team plays Calhoun, the host team in Calhoun at 9 Saturday morning for that title. The Schley County 9-10 team will play in Savannah for that title against Pierce County Saturday at 11am. Good luck to all teams and bring home those championships!


The Sumter County Board of Commissioners and the Mayor and City Council will have a Legislative Breakfast meeting this Friday morning at 8:30am at the Quality Inn at 1205 S. MLK Boulevard. At this breakfast meeting, current and future legislation will be discussed with state leaders in attendance. The Board will also discuss any other items that they deem as appropriate at Friday’s meeting.


The monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE will be at 7 tomorrow night in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The meeting is open for the community to attend.


In case you haven’t heard, Panther Head Football Coach Erik Soliday underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken arm after falling from his roof Sunday night putting up Christmas lights. The surgery went well and he’s been recuperating at home. If the follow-up with the doctor goes well today, he may be cleared to return to work on Friday.


The weather is about to change…AGAIN! After Monday’s rains, we dry out today but have another slight chance of rain tomorrow as yet another weather system barrels in with much colder air behind it. Highs today will be in the 60s, lows tonight the 40s, cooler and breezy Thursday and then colder tomorrow night with a low around 30. Friday’s highs will only be in the 40s and factor in winds up to 25mph, it will be a brisk day if you have to be outside. Friday night could see lower 20s in some spots but mid-20s for most of us before a slight warm-up starts on Sunday. It will still be chilly Saturday with highs around 50 and lows in the upper 20s before getting back in the 60s on Sunday. Be forewarned the weather is changing again!


Tuesday was a rather quiet day and night for Americus Police. 2 arrests were made late Monday. Quinterrious Jamal Allen was arrested for felony theft at 1711 E. Lamar Street. Kathryn M. Bogan was arrested for theft as well at 1711 E. Lamar. Both were taken to the Sumter County Jail.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 106 Pinecrest Drive for a damaged vehicle; at 1329-A E. Lamar Street and at 603-A Eastview Circle.


A forced entry burglary and theft are being investigated at 1330 N. Jackson Street at Big Bethel Baptist Church.


Officers did stay busy answering domestic and miscellaneous calls. There were 4 domestic-related and 4 miscellaneous calls that officers responded to yesterday.


There were 6 accidents worked by officers yesterday that had no reported injuries.