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Area beat: Jan. 10, 2018

Americus Fire & Emergency Services
(Dec. 28-Jan. 5)

• Firefighters responded to 27 calls for medical assistance.
•  Firefighters responded to Crumpton Drive as automatic aid to Sumter County Fire & Rescue to the report of a structure fire. They were advised an outlet in the rear bedroom had been on fire or arcing. Power was shut off and investigation showed no other hazards.
• Firefighters responded to East Lamar Street to an unknown problem. No incident was found.
• Firefighters responded to a traffic accident on East Lamar Street.
• Firefighters responded to Norman Cole Street to a report of gas smell inside a residence near a heating furnace. Investigation revealed no leaks.
• Firefighters responded to Brady Road to a report of a semi-trick on fire. They found a concrete truck, inside a gated area, with cab and engine on fire. Entry was gained and the fire was extinguished by Sumter County Fire & Rescue.
• Firefighters responded to an alarm on Sheffield Street. No hazards were found.
• Firefighters responded to a traffic accident at South Jackson and West College streets.
• Firefighters responded to a traffic accident at North Lee and Prince streets.
• Firefighters responded to a traffic accident at East Jefferson and Poplar streets.
• Firefighters responded to Graystone Drive to a report of a mobile home fire. They found a fire in the clothes dryer. After turning off all breakers, they use a water can to extinguish the fire.
• Firefighters responded to a traffic accident on East Lama Street.
• Firefighters responded to Pineview Place to a gas smell in a residence. No hazards were found.
• Firefighters responded to Lorraine Avenue and East Jefferson Street to a small grass fire which they extinguished.
• Firefighters responded to Bozeman Circle to a report or a trash can fire. They used a water hose to extinguish it.
• Firefighters responded to Bozeman Circle to a small fire on the front porch that was reported by a passing police officer. After extinguishing it, they found the bucket contained cigarette butts that had ignited.
• Firefighters responded to a traffic accident at Crawford Street and Lorraine Avenue.
• Firefighters responded to an alarm on South Hampton Street. The occupants had accidentally activated the smoke alarm while cooking.
• Firefighters responded to a report of an electrical fire on Packinghouse Road. They found fire coming from the outside meter base of an electrical box. The scene was turned over to Sumter County Fire & Rescue.
• Firefighters responded to an alarm at Austin Urethane, 122 Crisp Drive. No hazards were found.

Americus Police          Department

Arrests
• Edmond J. Banks, 23, of 219 Frieda Lane, Americus; simple battery and felony theft by taking; jailed. (Nov. 19)
• Chester A. Mann, 36, of 741-A Middle River Road, Americus; probation violation, misdemeanor theft by shoplifting, giving false name/address or birth date to law enforcement officer, felony theft by taking, felony theft by deception, and criminal trespass; jailed. (Nov. 20)

Georgia State Patrol Post 10, Americus

Arrests
• William C. Cromer, 25, of 548 E. Furlow St., Americus; fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving while license is suspended or revoked, failure to obey stop sign, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, speeding, DUI and open container; jailed. (Nov. 17)
• Dekevious T. Hamilton, 19, of Cordele; driving under the influence of multiple substances, and failure to maintain lane; released on bond. (Nov. 19)
• James R. Pitts, 49, of 110 Thrasher Road, Plains; DUI; jailed; (Nov. 18)
• Janet M. Robinson, 70, of 238 North Spring Creek Circle, Cobb; DUI; released on bond. (Nov. 17)
• Mark B. Rockwell, 17, of 216 W. Church St., Plains; misdemeanor possession of marijuana; released on bond. (Nov. 17)

Plains Police               Department

Arrests
• Eric Belonga, 26, of Columbus; driving while license is suspended or revoked; released on bond. (Nov. 20)
• James L. Pierce, 54, of 634 W. Lester St., Americus; driving while license is suspended or revoked, speeding, and DUI; released on bond. (Nov. 18)

Sumter County         Sheriff’s Office

Arrests
• Tordera A. Barner, 29, of 107-C Country Club Drive, Americus; obstruction of law enforcement officers, felony aggravated assault against law enforcement officer when engaged on official duty, misdemeanor willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, and second-degree criminal damage to property; jailed. (Nov. 23)
• Brandon K. Baum, 32, of 1004 Douglas Circle, Americus; DUI, failure to obey stop sign, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving; jailed. (Nov. 19)
• Paula R. Johnson, 41, of 205-B Graham St., Plains; disorderly conduct; released on time served. (Nov. 18)
• Cedric O. Marshall, 37, of Albany; misdemeanor failure to appear in court for a finger printable charge; jailed. (Nov. 17)
• Antonia O. Rodriguez, 17, of 120 Lonnie Lane, Apt. 25, Americus; affray and disrupting public school; released on bond. (Nov. 17)
• Michael G. Schafer, 55, of Merritt Island, Fla.; DUI, failure to maintain lane and open container; released on bond. (Nov. 20)
• Adam E. Varnum, 29, of 168 Young’s Mill Road, Americus; noise violation. (Nov. 30)
• Dominique Wallace, 41, of 154-B County Road 361, Plains; knowingly driving motor vehicle on canceled, suspended or revoked registration, failure to maintain insurance and failure to have license on person. (Dec. 2)
• Blessin S. Willis, 17, of 90-B Bozeman Circle, Americus; affray and disrupting public school; released on bond. (Nov. 17)