"Local News"



Wednesday October 1st, 2014



A shooting suspect and a person of interest in a smash and grab burglary of an Americus pawn shop was taken into custody yesterday afternoon. 20-year old Jarkeeys Leeshard Smith was taken into custody at 129 S. Dudley Street without incident. Smith was being sought for his part in the burglary last month and was the main suspect in the shooting of 24-year old Walter Carter last Friday morning on Rainbow Terrace. It was believed that the gun used to shoot the victim was one that was taken in the earlier burglary. Carter has been treated for his injuries and expected to make a full recovery. The 20-year old Smith was on the move ever since that burglary and was apprehended yesterday. Smith is currently housed in the Sumter County Jail.

The staff at Andersonville National Cemetery would like to remind the public of the seasonal changes to the floral decoration policy. Fresh-cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time. During the colder months, from October 10th to April 15th, artificial flowers and wreaths are permitted. Plantings, statues, vigil lights or other decorations are not permitted at any time. Christmas wreaths and floral baskets no larger than 2 X 3 feet are permitted from December 1st to January 20th. After this time seasonal decorations will be removed and discarded. All flowers will be removed when they become faded or unsightly, at the discretion of the cemetery staff.

Upcoming events include a special Living History weekend October 25th-26th; First Saturday programs on November 1st; the popular Night Museum program on November 15th; and the annual Wreaths Across America service on December 13th.

The deadline to get in your Sumter Scarecrow application has been extended to this Friday October 3rd. Contact Ivy at the Chamber by calling 924-2646 for an application or for more information.

The Sumter County Board of Education will have a work session at 6pm on Monday October 6th. The regular monthly meeting is Thursday October 9th at 7pm. Both meetings will be held in the SCS Administration boardroom. The public is welcome to attend.

High school football this Friday has Southland Academy hosting Valwood and Marion County hosting Pacelli. Americus-Sumter travels to Bainbridge and Schley County plays at Central-Talbotton. All games start at 7:30.

Americus Police reports show that at least 8 domestic-related calls were answered by officers yesterday. One such call was for an aggravated assault domestic call to apartment 209 140 Lonnie Lane with an injury. A warrant was issued in this case.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1206 MLK Boulevard (vehicle) and at 1101 Crawford Street.

After a traffic stop on Mayo Street, William Joel Tidd was cited for an expired tag and no proof of insurance.

An aggravated assault at 1701 Maxwell Street is under investigation.

A theft took place at 110 Knollwood Drive.

There was a shoplifting incident last night at 805 Adderton Street at Dollar General.

Officers did work 3 accidents yesterday in the City with no reported injuries.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office was fairly busy on the last day of September. A total of 24 incidents were recorded with 9 of those traffic stops. Following a traffic stop on US 19 south at Cemetery Road, Muricio Silvestre-Cruz was cited for speeding and driving while unlicensed. Deputies responded to a civil disturbance to 808 Upper River Road. On at least 2 calls deputies assisted Gold Star EMS. There was 1 accident with injuries worked by the Sheriff’s Office yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are Jarkeeys Leeshard Smith-for aggravated assault/contributing to the delinquency of a minor/2nd degree burglary/2nd degree criminal damage to property/entering an auto/and felony motor vehicle theft; and Daniel Cornelius Woods-false statements or writings; conceal facts or fraudulent documents in matters of the government.