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Rolling Truck Strikes Flag Pole, Highway Sign - December 19, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Emergency personnel was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash located at 7996 State Highway 7 West on Thursday, December 18, 2014 after a truck rolled into a highway sign and flag pole before coming to rest in a yard.

West Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene along with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department Deputy Adam Renfro, Investigator John Pope, and Investigator Chris King.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper John Hallenbeck, at 6pm a 2003 white Toyota Tundra extended cab pickup truck driven by Martin Santana, 46, of Center was eastbound on State Highway 7 West when he left the roadway to the right traveling 150 feet. After traveling off the right side of the roadway, Santana over corrected left and traveled across all lanes of traffic as the vehicle turned and began facing west as it skidded through the yard before rolling and ejecting Santana.

ACE EMS transported Santana to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital with incapacitating injuries. Santana was cited for unsafe speed. As of Friday morning Santana was released from the hospital.

DPS Trooper Hallenbeck was also assisted at the scene by DPS Trooper Brent Murray.

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City of Timpson Boiled Water Notice Rescinded - December 19, 2014
Submitted by Barbara Hunt

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality(TCEQ) required our public water system, City of Timpson #2100003, to issue a Boil Water Notice (BWN) to inform our customers that to the presence of contaminants or interruption in service, water from our system must be boiled prior to consumption.

Our system had taken the necessary corrective action to restore adequate pressure, disinfection levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ, with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling as of Thursday December 11, 2014.

If you have any questions, contact Larry Burns at (936)254-2421.

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NMC Announces Opening Day for Center Emergency Department - December 18, 2014

Nacogdoches Medical Center announced opening day of the new Center Emergency Department's emergency and diagnostic imaging facility to be 8am, Monday, December 22, 2014.

Clay Ferrell, the Operating Officer at Nacogdoches Medical Center, welcomed a crowd of community members, Center City Council Members, Mayor David Chadwick, Shelby County Commissioners, Judge Rick Campbell, members of the media, and new employees. All attending were invited to tour the new facility and enjoy a buffet of hors d'oeuvres and sweets.

More information about the new facility will be added tomorrow.

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Sheriff's Department Reports Arrest of Several Individuals in Theft Investigation - December 17, 2014
Submitted by Shad Sparks


Larry Bruce Hendricks

Derek Wayne Hendricks

Larry Gene Barrett Jr.

Charles Seth Alexander

Charles Seth Alexander (left) is seen above on December 11, 2014 being escorted into the Shelby County Jail by Deputy Sgt. Derek Barbee (middle) and Timpson Police Officer Michael Williams (right).

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that the Shelby County Sheriff's Department Investigators Kevin W. Windham, DJ Dickerson and Christopher King along with Shelby County Pct. 5, Constable Stanley Burgay assisted by Chief Kent Graham have been investigating several thefts and burglaries that were reported in the Timpson area.

During the course of the investigations, property was recovered in Timpson, Texas being a total recovered value at approximately $50,000. It was found that suspects involved in the several cases of theft and burglaries were a Larry Hendricks, 51, of Timpson (arrested on December 9); Derek Hendricks, 17, of Timpson (arrested on December 9); Charles Seth Alexander, 26, of Timpson (arrested on December 11); and Larry Barrett, 23, of Garrison (arrested on December 11). The subjects received several charges of Theft >= $1500<20k, State Jail Felony.

The majority of the property was recovered on Rose Hill Road in Timpson. We have multiple locations for the original thefts in which we are still attempting to recover property.

The investigation and recovery of additional stolen property continues along with possible additional involved suspects with more charges to be filed.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office states that due to the large number of items that has been stolen if anyone has purchased any kind property from these individuals it may be stolen. Please contact our office at 936-598-5600 immediately. No charges will be filed on any person for returning stolen property pertaining to this case in a timely manner.

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Deputies Arrest Man After He Allegedly Drives Into House - December 15, 2014
Submitted by Shad Sparks

Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man on drug charges after he reportedly drove a truck into a house on Sunday.

According to the press release, Sheriff Willis Blackwell states that on December 14, 2014 at approximately 1:26am Sheriff’s Deputies Cody Muse and Michael Griffin responded to a call at 20495 FM 139 in the Shelbyville area in regards to a vehicle that had run into a house.

Deputies arrived on scene and observed a white Chevrolet pickup sitting in the kitchen area of the residence. Deputies identified the driver as Craig Crocker, 26, of Center who was still in the driver’s seat passed out.

While Deputies conducted an inventory of the vehicle, a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a white crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine was found inside Crocker’s vehicle. Crocker was arrested and booked into the Shelby County Jail for possession of marijuana, misdemeanor B and possession of controlled substance, felony 3.

Crocker was arraigned by JP1 Maxie Eaves and has a $3000 bond for Possession of Marijuana and $4,000 bond for possession of controlled substance.

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Center FD Receives Call to House Fire on Walker Street - December 15, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford

A family's home was engulfed in flames on Walker Street when the Center Fire Department was dispatched to the scene shortly after 8pm Sunday night, December 14th.

According to the Center Fire Department the call came into at 8:07pm for a house fire at 294 Walker Street. Upon arrival on scene a back left bedroom was fully involved and the fire had broke through the roof.

The fire department responded with two tanker trucks and the Center Police Department arrived on scene to assist with traffic on Walker Street which had to be temporarily blocked off for access to a fire hydrant located across the roadway.

Firemen worked diligently to extinguish the flames preventing the whole house from being a total loss. They were challenged with accessing the back side of the house where the fire was located due to a fence but managed to fight the fire from the side of the house initially until another hose could be pulled into the house to the back. The fire was under control at 9:50pm and the trucks were back at the station at 11:30pm.

The source of the fire is suspected to be a space heater. The house, belonging to Dwayne and Samantha Sanford, received substantial damage to the back left side and heavy smoke and heat damage to the whole house.

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House Fire Results in Total Loss - December 14, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

A house fire which ignited on on Saturday morning, December 13, 2014 resulted in a total loss to the building.

Center firemen responded to a mobile home fire on CR 3267 just off FM 414 at 8:20am, and when they arrived the mobile home was engulfed in flames.

The firemen sprayed water to the interior and exterior of the building to extinguish the hotspots. As the firemen worked on the fire they worked to ensure the fire didn't spread and that the majority was extinguished.

At the scene the cause of the fire was unknown. The house was not currently being resided in at the time of the fire and belongs to Brian Borders who according to the fire department has been renovating the house.

The firemen returned to the station at 9:34am.

 

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Joaquin FD Responds to Grass Fire on FM 139 - December 14, 2014
Submitted by Stephen Ewing

The Joaquin Fire Department was dispatched to a grass fire on FM 139 at 1:04 pm Sunday afternoon, December 14, 2014. Fire department units arrived on the scene at 1:09 pm and had the fire under control by 1:25 pm.They remained on scene knocking out hotspots until 1:50 pm. The fire was started when wind gusts caused a pile of burning leaves to spread to a pasture.

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Road & Bridge Department Locates Illegal Dumping Site - December 12, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Two bags of trash were recently recovered by the Road and Bridge Department in Precinct 1 on County Road 1140, and they appeared to have been illegally dumped by the roadside. Identifying information was also located within the bags.

The Shelby County Commissioners will be seeking charges against anyone linked to illegal dumping in Shelby County.

Dumpster Schedules
Precinct 1 dumpster is available the first weekend of each month. The dumpsters will be open this weekend on January 3rd from 7am until 1pm.
Precinct 2 and 3 dumpsters are open during business hours during the week and closed on weekends.
Precinct 4 has a dumpster available when needed and announce through local news media when the dumpster will be downtown in Tenaha. Contact your commissioner for scheduling.
Precinct 5 dumpster is available every other month with the next one due February 7th in Timpson.

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Crash on Hurst Street in Front of Wal-Mart Results in Injuries - December 10, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Hurst Street at the entrance to Walmart and McDonalds was the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Tuesday evening, December 9, 2014.

As has happened in the past at the same exact location, a driver attempted to cross Hurst Street only to collide with another as they attempted to reach Foster Street.

According to Center Police Sgt. Duane Gordon, Arthur Cloudy, 65, of Joaquin was traveling north on Hurst Street in a silver Honda as he approached the intersection with Foster Street and the Wal-Mart parking lot entrance.

Sheaqua Stanley, 35, of Center was leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot in a grey Malibu and failed to yield right of way to Cloudy as she left a private drive resulting in the crash. ACE EMS responded to the scene and transported Cloudy to ETMC Carthage. Stanley was cited for failure to yield right of way.

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City of Timpson Repairs Water Line; Timpson ISD Schedule Unknown - December 10, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

The City of Timpson has been dealing with some water issues which have caused classes to be out at Timpson ISD for Wednesday.

According to Timpson Mayor Debra Smith., as of 3pm the water line has been repaired and the water has been sent off for testing. The results are expected to be returned by 9 to 10am on Thursday morning, December 11, 2014. At this time it is unknown if and when school may start in Timpson on Thursday.

Timpson Chamber of Commerce President Paul Smith issued an announcement about a fire hydrant being damaged sometime before 3am Wednesday in Timpson due to a traffic incident. This was followed by an update from Mr. Smith at 6am Wednesday stating 811 locate service had arrived and that repairs may take several hours. Timpson ISD school was then cancelled for the day.

Further updates on this situation will be provided as they are made available.

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Injuries Result from Two-Vehicle Crash on U.S. 96 - December 10, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday morning, December 10, 2014 on U.S. 96 North which resulted in injuries to parties from both vehicles involved.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jimmy Faulkner, at 7:55am on U.S. Highway 96 North just south of the Center Country Club a 1989 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Andres Olvera, 46, of Henderson with passengers Francisco Olvera, 48, and Jose Fierro, 30, was traveling south.

As Olvera stopped and was preparing to turn left into a private driveway a 2015 Toyota driven by Dayna Thomas, 32, was all traveling south in the inside lane when the car crested a hill and struck the truck from behind. Trooper Faulkner stated Thomas has a Florida driver's license, but that she lives in Texas now.

Thomas and Francisco were transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Memorial hospital for treatment of their injuries. Thomas was cited for failure to control speed.

The Center Fire Department assisted with the injured parties in the crash and handled traffic control at the scene along with Shelby County Shberiff's Deputies Jim Ed Matthews, John Pope, Roy Bailey as well as Zack Warr Constable Precinct 1.

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City of Timpson Public Notice to Boil Water - December 10, 2014
Submitted by Debra Smith

(Update)

The City of Timpson initiated a Boil Water Notice (BWN) in accordance with TCEQ guidelines at 8 am, Wednesday December 10, 2014 due to a break in a water line resulting in low pressure and an eventual water outage. The water service was restored today (12/10/2014) around 11:00 am and water samples have been taken to the lab for testing.

The City of Timpson will remain under a boil water notice (BWN) until the results indicate that
the BWN can be rescinded. Results for today’s testing should be available around 10am on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

Timpson ISD will resume classes on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the normal time. Superintendent Johnson spoke with me and stated the school

Had an ample supply of bottled water and that with the water service restored the school would be able to operate on schedule.

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Isaac Turns Himself in at Sheriff's Department - December 9, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Marcus Isaac, 19, of Center has turned himself in to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 6:45pm. Isaac has been being sought by authorities following an alleged murder of 24-year-old Dominique Brooks in Nacogdoches on Railroad Street on December 5, 2014.

Authorities located a maroon Mercury Grand Marquis he was last seen in on the day of Brooks' death and found it on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Shelby County at the end of County Road 3215. U.S. Marshals, Center Police Officers and Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies all responded to the scene.

After interviewing and releasing a man at the scene identified as Tyler Martin, the vehicle was towed and taken to Nacogdoches for the Nacogdoches Police Department investigation.

Up until the time Isaac turned himself in, authorities have been searching Shelby County for his whereabouts.

 

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