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Wednesday March 3rd, 2021

*UPDATE*

It was an overall quiet Tuesday for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 3 traffic stops were conducted with warnings issued. Deputies negotiated a neighbor dispute at 154 Gary Brewer Road. A theft occurred from 1944 Brady Road. Harassing phone calls were reported for investigation. Deputies assisted another agency on a call yesterday. Deputies worked 1 accident yesterday. 1 activated alarm was checked out.

 

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Sarah Jo Derington for possession of amphetamine and for shoplifting; and Vinson Benard Patterson—holding for USMS (United States Marshal’s Service)


 From Chief Mark Scott: Counterfeit Payroll Checks

The Americus Police Department is investigating a series of counterfeit payroll checks that were cashed at different businesses around the Americus area. The checks were printed to look like payroll checks from local employers and were cashed by different individuals. Investigation led to the arrest of Jeffery Keion Johnson, age 26, of Americus. Detectives conducted a search of his residence and recovered computer equipment used to print the checks along with an illegal weapon and a quantity of marijuana. Johnson is charged with:

4 counts- Forgery 4th Degree

8 counts- Printing, Executing, Negotiating Checks, Drafts Knowing Information is in Error or Fictitious

1 count -Possession of Firearm During the Commission of a Felony

1 count- Possession of Dangerous Weapon or Silencer

1 count- Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (felony)

This case is still under investigation and additional arrests are pending. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call the Americus Police Department at 229-924-3677 or after hours at 229-937-9011.


4-WAY? Maybe Today! Due To The Rainy Weather the start of the 4-way stop at the intersection of Highway 30, Armory Drive and Magnolia Street is due to go in effect Today. The Inclement Weather pushed things back a day. Signs and warnings have been posted for nearly 2-weeks reminding drivers of the change to traffic. Drivers should exercise caution in the area; allow some extra time in your commute; and expect delays from time to time in the work area.



At a called meeting of the Mayor and City Council last evening, the bid for the Beautification Project for US 280E at Felder Street was given to Brothers Construction Group, INC in the amount of $117,139.23. This was the only item on the agenda and the meeting was then adjourned.

 

First Friday is set for this Friday March 5th from 5-8pm in downtown Americus. The theme is “Music on Main Street”. Downtowm merchants will offer discounts, samples, giveaways and more. Festivities begin at 5 with most shops and businesses open until 8pm. All activities, exhibits and performances are free of charge. “First Friday After Dark” continues into the night after 8pm. More information can be found on the Downtown Americus Main Street Facebook page.

 

Early voting continues for the ESPLOST through Friday March 12th from 8 to 5 at the Griffin Bell Golf & Conference Center on S. Lee Street. The weather evidently kept voters away yesterday since a total of 21 voted bringing the total to 206 to vote early. You will need to bring a photo ID with you.

 

 

AMERICUS POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

·        12:19AM OFFICER RESPONDED TO A CALL AT 130 LONNIE LANE TO A CRIMINAL TRESSPASS/DOMESTIC DISPUTE

·        8:33 PM OFFICER WAS CALL TO 1711 E. LAMAR STREET (WAL-MART) WHERE TODD L KIRKSEY WAS CITED FOR CRIMINAL TRESPASS

·        9:12 PM OFFICER WAS CALLED BACK TO 1711 E. LAMAR STREET (WAL-MART) IN REFERENCE WHERE SARAH J DERINGTON WAS ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING AND POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE

·        6:50 PM OFFICER WAS CALLED TO 107 PRINCE STREET IN REFERENCE TO DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

·        2:31 A SUSPICIOUS PERSON WAS REPORTED AT 819 WASHINGTON STREET

·        11:40 OFFICER RESPONDED TO 125 HWY 280 WEST IN REFERENCE TO A LOST/MISLAID PROPERTY CALL

·        ON MONDAY MARCH 1ST, 2 BENCH WARRANTS WERE ISSUED FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT WHICH INVOLVED KASHTON L DAVIS AND RONALD JOSEY

·        OFFICERS ALSO WORKED 1 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON GA HWY 3 WHICH WAS MINOR IN NATURE