Local News

Wednesday October 19th, 2016



The Sumter County Board of Commissioners monthly meeting in reality turned out to be a 2-hour discussion last night. The only item voted on was the approval of the agenda. A plaque and presentation was made in recognition of the Sumter County Retired Educators.  A public hearing for an alcohol license at 225 Jenkins Road lasted nearly an hour as those for and against the application were heard. This was the first public hearing with final action next month. Several items on the agenda were then mentioned with final action coming next month. Discussion on proposed round-abouts at several locations including US 280 at Lamar Road were also mentioned. After a few announcements and final comments, the meeting was adjourned.

Also at the Courthouse yesterday was a murder trial that came to an end. Jermaine Taylor pleaded guilty in the double homicide from December of 2014. He was sentenced to life in prison. A shootout at a Price Street home in December of 2014 led to the death of Marcus Harper and Martin Thames. Jermaine Taylor entered his guilty plea after 5 yesterday afternoon which was the second day of testimony in the case.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held at 5 tomorrow afternoon. This meeting will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building in downtown Americus. Several people have signed up to address Mayor and Council in addition to the items on the agenda. The meeting is open for the community to attend.

If you’re planning on attending the City Council meeting at 5 tomorrow downtown, be aware that the Americus-Sumter homecoming parade will start at 6 through the downtown area and traffic will be congested.

You can still make an appointment to donate blood at this Friday’s community blood drive in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or 1-800-733-2767 or go online to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with an appointment will get top priority but any walk-in Friday will be welcomed. All blood types are needed. The blood drive Friday will be held from 8am until 6pm. Make your appointment today.

Another community event will be held on Sunday October 23rd at Andrew Chapel UMC on US 19 near the Schley County line. Art Atsma, an award winning artist, will thrill those in attendance with his skill, humor and motivational style, focusing on composition and performance. His programs are in high demand across the country. He can make any piano come alive. This is another event that the community is invited to attend to see and hear this outstanding artist.

Americus Police made a few arrests on Tuesday. A juvenile was arrested for motor vehicle theft at 1009 Douglas Circle.

Jataevious Jamar Williams was arrested for disorderly conduct following a domestic call to 704 Fulton Street.

Willie Lockhart was arrested for probation violation.

An aggravated battery complaint was filed with officers at 203 McCoy Street.

Harassing phone calls were reported to police.

A burglary was investigated at 6E 110 Knollwood Drive.

Officers responded to 3 domestic-related calls yesterday.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 10-D 1130 Felder Street.

Officers stayed busy working 6 accidents yesterday that luckily had no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 2 traffic stops yesterday with warnings issued. A domestic call was answered at 107 Oak Ridge Drive. (3) 17-year olds—Qymaine D. Thomas, J’Vion M. Harris and Eddie G. Brown were charged with disorderly conduct at 805 Harrold Avenue for fighting. An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 915 N. Lee Street. A theft occurred at Sumter Middle School. A hit-n-run accident was reported at 1200 Southerfield Road. Deputies worked 4 accidents yesterday with only 1 deer-related.

In the Sumter County jail today are: Andredus Bernard Cromity for criminal attempt to commit a felony and aggravated assault; Kentrell Rashad Deriso for criminal attempt to commit a felony and aggravated assault; James Allen Lambert for failure to appear; Willie Lockhart for probation violation; Juqrion Denise Mathis for criminal attempt to commit a felony/ aggravated assault/ and failure to appear; John Demetrius watts for criminal trespass; and Jataevius Williams for disorderly conduct. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday and 1 was back for Court.