2 officers were shot after 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 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
RylanderPark 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 RylanderPark from December 9th through the 30th. You can
skate Sundays from 1-6; Monday is for group sales only; Tuesday-Friday from ; and Saturdays from 10am- 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 CrispCounty 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 SumterCounty 8-Under team plays Calhoun, the host team in Calhoun at 9 Saturday
morning for that title. The SchleyCounty 9-10 team will play in Savannah for that title against PierceCounty Saturday at . Good luck
to all teams and bring home those championships!
The SumterCounty Board of Commissioners and the Mayor and City Council will have a
Legislative Breakfast meeting this Friday morning at 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
The monthly meeting
of the SumterCountyBOE will be at 7 tomorrow night in the boardroom of the SCSAdministrationBuilding. The meeting is open for the community to
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 SumterCounty Jail.
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 BigBethelBaptistChurch.
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.