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Moores Indicted for Capital Murder in Daughter's Death - March 26, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers, Related indictment story


William Moore

Angela Moore

William Bryce Moore, 28, and Angela Marie Moore, 25, of Tenaha have each been indicted for capital murder by a Shelby County Grand Jury set for the January term of the 273rd Judicial District Court. The indictments mirror one another and they allege the Moores intentionally or knowingly caused the death of Ariana Moore an individual younger than 10 years of age by striking her in the stomach.

Shelby County Sheriff's Investigators Kevin Windham and DJ Dickerson arrested William Bryce Moore on February, 19, 2015 charging him then with the capital murder of his 6-month-old daughter. Angela Marie Moore was arrested the following day on February 20, 2015 and she was charged with criminally negligent homicide.

It was reported a 9-1-1 call was received on February 16, 2015 at approximately 3:49am in reference to Ariana who was found unresponsive at a residence in the Kyle Parmer Trailer Park located on County Road 4356 in Tenaha. Ariana Moore was transported to the Nacogdoches Medical Center-Center Emergency Department by ACE EMS and was pronounced deceased by Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.

Indictments and Information are not a conviction, and are a matter of public record. All individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

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Amnesty Ends Friday! Center Municipal Court Warrant Roundup - March 25, 2015
Submitted by Edna Boykins

Update: Center Municipal Court is offering Amnesty starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. If you have a 'Failure to Appear,' the $235 fine will be dismissed, if you pay before the police come for you. Must pay full amount of the fines!

Center Municipal Court will be holding a Warrant Roundup with participating agencies. Pay your outstanding warrants before they come for you.

Payments must be paid in full, contact the court at 936-598-3080. In order to pay your warrant on line you will need your citation # before you call traffic payment.com or call 1-800-444-1187. You can come to the court to pay; you must bring the exact amount. NO CREDIT CARDS AND NO PERSONAL CHECKS.

If you feel like your name is on the list in error, contact the court and we will get the matter resolved. Disregard if you have paid and we have not taken you off the list. We will try and update the list as often as we can.

Outstanding Warrant List: (Click the letters to view the lists)

A | B | C | D, E, F | G | H | I, J | K, L | M | N, O, P | R | S | T, U, V | W, Y, Z

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Traffic Alert for U.S. 84, Logansport Bridge - March 25, 2015
Submitted by Rhonda Oaks

LUFKIN – TxDOT crews have announced a lane closure on the U.S. 84 bridge between Joaquin and Logansport, La., that is expected during the next 48 hours.

Contracted bridge inspectors will be conducting the required inspection and TxDOT will oversee traffic movement during that time. The inspection is scheduled for Thursday or Friday, weather permitting.

Motorists should be aware of workers and/or flaggers who will direct traffic and they should be prepared to stop while vehicles are directed to travel through the single lane of traffic. A lead vehicle could be used during this time to guide traffic. Motorists should reduce speed, stay alert to traffic changes and obey all traffic commands.

Road conditions and traffic updates available on Facebook.com/txdot or Twitter.com/TxDOTLufkin.

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Rotary 'Fun For Funds' Garners Over $33,000 in Support - March 24, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The 2015 Center Rotary Club 'Fun For Funds' fundraising event for the Catherine Pinkston Roughrider Scholarship Foundation was held at the John D. Windham Civic Center on Tuesday night March 24. The preliminary results are in and indicate at the close of the online auction the event brought in $33,300 for Center students.

For four hours Rotarians worked the phones, commentated on the internet, television, and radio to raise funds to help further the educations of those students worthy of receiving the benefit.

Leading up to the event, Rotarians acquired items from willing businesses and individuals who wish to support the scholarship program. Further information will be provided on the outcome of the fundraiser once all monetary donations have been received.

If you would like to make a monetary donation in honor of someone or in memory of someone, it's not to late. Go to www.funforfunds.org and click on 'Monetary Donation'. Or you can contact J.J. Ford, Rotary Club President, at rotaryclub.center@gmail.com with your donation request.

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Methamphetamine Bust During Traffic Stop in Joaquin - March 24, 2015
Press Release

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Monday March 16, 2015 Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kurtes Lawrence, while on routine patrol in the Joaquin area, discovered methamphetamines on a man on County Road 3315.

During the course of a traffic stop, Deputy Lawrence received information that the driver has been known in the past to be in possession of narcotics. Deputy Lawrence conducted a consensual search of the vehicle and found a small plastic bag that contained a white crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamines.

A field test was conducted and showed a positive result. The driver, Benjamin “Bubba” Malone, 28, of Joaquin was arrested for possession of a controlled substance as well as two outstanding warrants and transported to the Shelby County Jail. Justice of Peace Pct 1, Maxie Eaves, set bond at $3,000 for the Possession of Controlled Substance.

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Chireno Man Loses Life in Industrial Incident - March 24, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A Chireno man lost his life in Center as the result of an industrial incident Monday. Emergency crews responded to a call at CenTex Manufacturing (Dragon Inc.), located at 946 Loop 500 in Center, at 2:32pm when it was reported a tank had fallen on an employee.

According to a press release from the Center Police Department, at 2:46pm it was discovered that Steven Lawrence Garcia, 24, of Chireno had fallen into a piece of machinery.

When emergency personnel arrived, it was learned Garcia had fallen into an industrial auger and suffered injuries resulting in his death.

Responding to the scene were the Center Police Department; Center Fire Department; ACE EMS; Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1; and Mangum Funeral Home.

This investigation is ongoing with the Center Police Department and CenTex Manufacturing.

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Car Comes to Rest in Moodyville Body of Water - March 23, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A crash involving a Grand Marquis and a large body of water occurred on Sunday in the Moodyville area.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jimmy Faulkner, on Sunday, March 22 at 3:30am Deron Bowlds, 31, of Logansport was traveling east in a cream 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis on State Highway 7 East when, according to Bowlds statement, he swerved left to miss a deer in the roadway.

The Marquis traveled off the roadway to the left and down a hill where it struck a tree and continued down the hill and into a large pond where it came to rest in three feet of water.

Bowlds was able to escape from the vehicle and no injury was reported as a result of the crash. He was issued a citation for no driver's license.

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Rosehill Road Scene of House Fire in Timpson - March 23, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Rosehill Road in Timpson was the scene of a house fire early Sunday morning which the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) was dispatched to fight.

Just before 5am the firemen were dispatched to the scene of the fire at the residence of Bobby "Bud" Hendricks with the Timpson Police Department and Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service also at the scene to provide support. Upon arrival at the scene, the fire was fully involved and after the firemen fought the fire for some time, the assistance of the Tenaha VFD was requested at 5:30am.

A tanker truck was delivered by Tenaha VFD and the two departments worked to extinguish the flames and prevent further spread of the fire.

It's believed the fire started in either the kitchen or living room of the house and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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City Locates Water Leak On Hurst Street - March 23, 2015
Submitted by Chad Nehring

Update: The repairs were less extensive than initially feared and repairs were completed by noon and all services should already be restored. The damages were caused by unintentional damage to a valve and concrete base being run over and bent most likely by mowing equipment around significantly rain saturated areas.


Staff just located a water leak on Hwy 96 in front of CVS. Lines will be isolated to allow for the repair on this main line which will interrupt some services while others will likely experience some reduced pressure and rate of flow. Unless customers experience complete water loss, area wide or system boil water notices are NOT being issued at this time. All assistance in reducing water consumption this morning would be appreciated.

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S.O. Reports Stolen Property Returned to Owner Following Investigation - March 20, 2015
Press Release by Shad Sparks


Lawrence Edwards is happy to have the property stolen from him returned.

According to a press release from the Shelby County Sheriff's Department a property owner had his stolen property returned following an investigation by the Sheriff's Department and Stanley Burgay, Constable Precinct 5, which led to of arrest of two suspects.

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports Shelby County Sheriff's Department Investigators DJ Dickerson and Kevin Windham and Constable Stanley Burgay have been investigating theft of property from the Timpson area.

During the course of the investigation, it was found that a Kenneth Dewayne Hendrick and a Horace Roger Hendrick, both of Timpson, had sold property that was positively identified as property which was stolen from the Edwards' property.

Kenneth Dewayne Hendrick, 39, was arrested for the charge of Theft >= $1500<20k, Enhanced, Felony 3. Horace Roger Hendrick, 41, has an active warrant for his arrest for the charge of Theft >= $1500<$20k, Enhanced, Felony 3.

The property that was recovered, being 150 creosote poles and (4) rolls of barbed wire were recently relinquished to the owner Mr. Lawrence Edwards. the owner Mr. Lawrence Edwards.


Kenneth Dewayne Hendrick

Horace Roger
Hendrick
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Flash Flood Watch; 2" to 4" Rain Expected Through Saturday Night - March 20, 2015

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
4:59 AM CDT FRIDAY MARCH, 20 2015

Flash flood watch is in effect for portions of Northeast Texas, Deep East Texas, and Northwest Louisiana from 4pm CDT tonight until 7am Sunday morning.

The combination of rich deep layer moisture, a stalled frontal boundary, and a slow moving upper trough will result in a large area of showers and thunderstorms developing later today and continuing into Saturday night across the region. Soils are still saturated and many rivers and streams are still near or above flood stage due to other heavy rainfall events during the last few weeks. These conditions combined with an additional two to four inches of rainfall may lead to renewed threats for flash flooding over the weekend.

Flash flooding in low lying and poor drainage areas may make some roadways and underpasses impassible. Rapid water level increases in small streams, creeks, and bayous may also occur..

A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

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National Weather Services Issues Short Term Forecast, Flood Warning - March 19, 2015

4:54 PM CDT Thursday, March 19, 2015

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a short term forecast which includes Shelby County. Isolated showers will continue to develop across portions of East Texas and Central Louisiana late this afternoon. Movement of this activity was to the northeast near 25 mph. Expect rainfall amounts up to a tenth of an inch through 7pm with this precipitation.

The NWS issued a Flood Warning at 9:55am CDT today. The flood warning extended until Saturday morning and the flood warning continues for the Sabine River At Logansport, Louisiana...

* until Saturday morning...or until the warning is cancelled.
* At 845 AM Thursday the stage was 28.1 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast.
* Flood stage is 28 feet.
* Forecast...The river will continue to fall to below flood stage by Friday early afternoon.

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Resisting Arrest Defendant has Large Showing of Support - March 19, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A group of area residents were present at the Shelby County Courthouse on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 to attend a hearing in county court regarding a resisting arrest charge against Nick Rushing.

The charge against Rushing turned out to have not made it on the docket for that day. Rushing was accompanied by Justin Bennett, and Kennis Henderson and they all feel they have been wronged by the Center Police Department.

An attorney representing Rushing, Samuel L. Milledge, II of Houston and a New Black Panther Party member called "Solo" were present to show support for Rushing. Milledge shared some of his concerns about the cases in question and the handling of bonds.

"We have these people that are steadily getting arrested, you're taking their money, bonds are being paid for, expensive bonds, but yet these cases are rightfully being dismissed," said Milledge.

Milledge continued by questioning the reason for case dismissals, "Are they being dismissed after the bond is set and bond is paid and not before, and who's in charge of intake?"

Although the charge is a misdemeanor and would be heard in county court, the group spent a good portion of the day in front of the District Attorneys office. A visit was made to the Center Police Department as well. They later dispersed when no answers could be derived in relation to Rushing's charges.

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Center PD TNT Arrests Four Suspects in Pre-Dawn Raid - March 17, 2015
Press Release

Center Police Department TNT (Tactical Narcotics Team) executed a pre-dawn search warrant on March 17, 2015 at a residence located at 1202 Union Street in Center. The search warrant was issued as the result of a several month long investigation by the Narcotics Division of the Police Department.

Investigators located various types of illegal drugs at the residence including, cocaine, synthetic marijuana, and prescription pills. Four suspects were arrested as a result of the investigation.

All arrested individuals have been charged with at least one count of delivery of a controlled substance. There are further charges pending.

On February 17, 2015, the Center Police Department Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT) executed a search warrant at a residence at 917 Hicks Street in Center. Investigators arrested one individual, who has not yet been identified. During the search, Officers located evidence that drugs were regularly being sold at the location. There were several bottles which had been used to carry PCP, a highly addictive and very dangerous drug.

These search warrants are the result of weeks of investigation by the Narcotics Division of the Center Police Department. Investigator Chris Knowlton stated that continued partnership with the community is essential in the fight against drugs to contact the Police Department Narcotics Division, or any Officer of the department directly.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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TxDOT Temporary Ramp Closure For US 59/ US 84/ US 96 Exchange - March 16, 2015
Submitted by Rhonda Oaks

TxDOT officials announced today temporary ramp closures on U.S. 59/ U.S. 84 and the U.S. 96 interchange near Tenaha while contractors, Moore Brothers Construction, works to mill and inlay the outside lanes near the exit and entrance ramps.

The work will require periodic ramp closures and will move to various locations along U.S. 59/U.S. 84 to the U.S. 96 intersection. Ramp closures are expected to begin Tuesday, March 17, 2015 and will take two days, weather permitting.

Motorists should be aware of the closures and be prepared to slow their driving in and near the construction. Message boards will be set up in the area to help alert motorists of alternate exits and /or entrances.

Motorists are reminded to watch for workers in the area and be ready for slowing vehicles ahead of them. Traffic fines increase while workers are present in a work zone.
Road conditions and traffic updates available on Facebook.com/txdot or Twitter.com/TxDOTLufkin.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.

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Shelby County Jail Passes Surprise Inspection - March 16, 2015
Submitted by Shad Sparks

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on March 12, 2015 a surprise inspection of the Shelby County Jail was preformed by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Sheriff Blackwell is happy to report that the Shelby County Jail was compliant and there were no deficiencies noted. Sheriff Blackwell gives credit to Jail Administrator William Cox and all the hard working jailers that make this possible.

The Shelby County Jail is really old compared to today's jails. It will be more expensive to fix problems with this jail the older it gets due to the equipment inside the jail being out of date.

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Center PD, DPS Investigate Crash on Nacogdoches Highway - March 16, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Center Police Officers and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Nacogdoches Highway (State Highway 7 West) Monday March 16, 2015 in front of Watlington Street.

When the officers arrived, one vehicle was blocking the outside eastbound traffic lane and the other was beside it off the roadway. ACE EMS was on scene and was providing medical care to the driver of the vehicle in the roadway.

According to Center Police Sgt. Duane Gordon and Center Police Officer Bobby Walker, a maroon Hyundai Elantra driven by Jacquelyn Elmore, 30, of Center with three minor male passengers age one, eight and 10 was traveling east on State Highway West in foggy weather conditions.

Elmore stopped for a school bus, which was traveling on the other side of the highway, and when she did a grey Dodge Charger driven by Kimberly Long, 41, of Center was traveling in the same lane as Elmore and struck the Elantra from behind, causing damage to both vehicles.

ACE EMS transported Elmore from the scene with minor injuries and her children were picked up from the scene by family members. Long was not reported to have received any injury and was issued a citation for failure to control speed.

Texas DPS State Troopers Dustin Ramos and Anthony Lacount assisted at the scene with traffic control.

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James Community Scene of 18-wheeler Rollover Friday Morning - March 14, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

State Highway 7 East in the James Community was the scene of an early morning 18-wheeler rollover on Friday, March 13, 2015.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, ACE EMS, and later the Center Fire Department, were dispatched to the scene as Pinnergy LTD. representatives worked to clear the crash scene as the trailer of the 18-wheeler was loaded with frac mud and it had to be moved to another tanker before it could be righted.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne, at 2:55am in the James Community near the RV Park a white 2015 Mack truck-tractor and trailer combination was driven by Marcus Danyell Robinson, 28.

Robinson was traveling west when he left the roadway to the right due weather conditions when he attempted correct back to the left, with the trailer being heavy it rolled to its right and rested on its top. He was seen by ACE EMS and refused treatment.

When mist and fog became more dense across the roadway, the Center Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 5:33am to help with traffic control. The frac mud was pumped from the wrecked 18-wheeler to another tanker which came from Mansfield.

No injury was reported as a result of the crash and Robinson was cited for unsafe speed.

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Wet Road Conditions Contribute to Crash on SH 7 - March 14, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

Wet road conditions have plagued drivers all week causing a lot of slipping and sliding and contributed to a crash on State Highway 7 Friday, March 13, 2015.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Dustin Ramos, at 11:04am a Dodge Avenger driven by Jamica Bennett, age 24 of Nacogdoches, was eastbound on SH 7 and failed to drive in a single lane crashing approximately five miles west of Center. The driver lost control of the car which left the roadway, spun to the right and struck a tree with its back distributed and the left center of the vehicle.

Soon after the crash, several good Samaritans stopped at the crash scene and assisted Bennett until emergency medical services could arrive. The driver was transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department with minor cuts and scraps and possible unknown injuries. Bennett was cited for failure to drive in a single lane.

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DPS, Investigates Single-Vehicle Crash on U.S. 84 - March 14, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department and ACE EMS responded to a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 84 one mile from FM 699 on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

During the rainy conditions emergency personnel contended with a large number of traveling vehicles as they worked to handle the crash scene.

According to Texas DPS State Trooper Jade Lavergne, at 3pm a red 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Amie Trahan, 38, of Arp was traveling east to Logansport during heavy rain when the Cavalier traveled over standing water which caused the vehicle to hydroplane.

The Cavalier crossed the westbound traffic lane before leaving the roadway to the left and into a ditch where the front distributive struck the side of the ditch, flipping the car onto its roof coming to rest facing the roadway. Trahan was able to escape the Cavalier by climbing out the back window.

ACE EMS personnel examined Trahan at the scene and she refused any further treatment. She was issued a citation for unsafe speed.

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Heavy Rainfall Through Friday Evening - March 13, 2015

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Shreveport, La

Heavy rainfall to continue through early Friday evening.
Flash flood watch now in effect through early Friday Evening.

The flash flood watch in now in effect for: portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, Southeast Oklahoma, and Texas which includes Shelby and surrounding counties.

As low pressure to the south moves north across the area later today, a surge of widespread and heavier rainfall will once again move back cross the region from the coast. Rainfall totals of two to over four inches has already fallen across most of the area with additional rainfall amounts of one to three inches possible this afternoon and evening. Saturated soils, swollen creeks, and filled drainage ditches will quickly overflow once prolonged heavy rains return to these areas with the potential for even more serious flooding should excessive rainfall impact these same areas.

A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

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District Court Jury Canceled - March 10, 2015
Submitted by Lori Oliver

The Jury that has been summoned for Monday, March 23, 2015, for the 123rd District Court with Honorable Charles "Brick" Dickerson presiding has been canceled due to the scheduled cases being resolved or passed.

Anyone receiving a summons for that day is released from jury service a until they receive a future summons.

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Sand Bass Tournament Canceled - March 10, 2015
Submitted by Jason Wells

Due to forecasted rising of the Sabine River, the Logansport Chamber of Commerce has unfortunately decided to cancel the Sand Bass Tournament on Saturday March 14th.

The committee made this decision after safety of the anglers was discussed due to rising water and extra swift currents, along with dangerous floating debris.

All entry monies and sponsorship funds will be refunded by the Chamber.

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National Weather Service Extends Flash Flood Watch - March 9, 2015

3:32pm, CDT, Monday, March 9, 2015

National Weather Service Shreveport, LA - A flash flood watch remains in effect for much of East Texas along and south of a line from Quitman to Gilmer to Jefferson has been extended until 4am Tuesday Morning.

A slow moving upper level system over Northern Mexico has begun to move eastward across the Big Bend Country bringing increased rainfall rates into Southeast Texas. This heavy rain is focused near a warm frontal boundary which will shift into Northeast Texas this evening bringing the heavier rainfall with it. An additional one to over two inches is possible across areas which have already received two to over three inches of rainfall.

The flash flood watch is now in effect for portions of East Texas and Northeast Texas including the following areas:

In East Texas: Angelina, Nacogdoches, Sabine (TX), San Augustine, and Shelby. In Northeast Texas: Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, and Wood through late tonight.

A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

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Protective Order Granted for Stabbing Victim, Online Translator Service Used for Proceedings - March 9, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford


Marcos Aguilar

Presiding Judge Charles Mitchell granted a Protective Order for applicant, Florentina Gonzalez against her spouse, Marcos Aguilar, on Friday, March 6, 2015 after Court used online translator service for Cause#15CV33014, Florentina Gonzalez and Marcos Aguilar.

During the proceedings, neither Gonzalez or Aguilar spoke fluent English. In order for the Court to communicate with both parties, Karen Warr, Administrative Assistant to the Shelby County District Court, setup an online translator to assist with communication between the Court and both parties. Judge Mitchell swore in the translator who then through visual/audio conference on a laptop provided translation for the Court.

Gary Rholes, attorney for Gonzales had her take the stand and tell by way of the online translator what occurred on Monday, January 5, 2015 the day her husband allegedly stabbed her. She also spoke briefly about events from the day before.

Following her statement, Aguilar who was present without an attorney and represented himself was given the opportunity to tell his side of the events which occurred on January 4th and 5th. He disputed some of the details given by Gonzales; however, when asked by Rholes if he stabbed Gonzales, he replied, " Sí ".

Following hearing of evidence, the Court approved the Protective Order having found that all prerequisites of the law had been satisfied and that the Court had jurisdiction over the parties and subject matter of the case. The order prohibits Aguilar from committing family violence, as defined in section 71.004 of the Texas Family Code, he must not go near or within 500 feet of Gonzalez, as well as additional guidelines laid out in the order. The Protective Order shall remain in full force and effect until March 6, 2016.

The case against Aguilar has not yet been presented to a grand jury for indictment. He was taken into custody the same day as the stabbing incident and booked into the Shelby County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a bond was set at $100,000 by JP 1 Maxie Eaves. As of March 6th, Aguilar has not made bond.

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Single-Vehicle Crash on Highway 96 Leads to Life-Flight - March 8, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 96 North occurred early Friday morning, March 6, 2015 resulting in a life-flight for the driver.

ACE EMS was first to the scene of the crash located at the railroad overpass just south of Flat Fork Creek on Highway 96 and they determined a life-flight was necessary as the driver had been ejected from the vehicle.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Daniel Dellinger, sometime just before 4:42am Howard Lamon Hughes, 46, of Tenaha was southbound in a white 2004 Ford Ranger. As Hughes was beginning to climb the ramp leading up the overpass the Ranger traveled over an icy patch in the roadway.

The vehicle then left the roadway to the right and collided head-on with a tree causing Hughes to be ejected from the truck. A landing zone was established by the Center Fire Department and Hughes was life-flighted from the scene to LSU Hospital in Shreveport.

Firemen at the scene stated the area where Hughes traveled over ice is prone to icing when conditions are favorable as there is water runoff which travels across the highway. Unofficially, TxDOT is looking at repairing the roadway soon to help prevent future incidents.

Hughes' injuries were believed to be serious at the time of the crash; however, his condition is unknown at this time.

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Flash Flood Watch in Effect from Monday Morning Through Late Monday Night - February

A flash flood watch is in effect for portions of Northeast Texas along and south of a line from Quitman to Gilmer to Jefferson.

This watch includes portions of East Texas and Northeast Texas including the following areas: In East Texas: Angelina, Nacogdoches, Sabine (TX), San Augustine, and Shelby.
In Northeast Texas: Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, and Wood.

A slow-moving upper level system over northern Mexico will continue to track east and provide periods of increasingly heavy rainfall across the East Texas lakes tonight. The axis of heaviest rainfall will likely occur along a warm frontal boundary which will slowly move northward to near the IH 20 corridor during the day on Monday. Two to four inches of rainfall with isolated higher amounts are expected through Monday night.

Flooding of smaller creeks and low-lying flood prone areas will be possible with rivers in the area already experiencing high water from recent rainfalls.
A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecast and be prepared to take action should flash flood warning be issued.

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Sheriff's Department Spends Thursday Morning Searching for a Missing Woman - March 6, 2015
Shelby County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Shelby County Sheriff's Department spent yesterday morning searching for a missing woman after locating a pickup reported stolen and then speaking to the suspect who took it.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 4:45am Deputy Cody Muse was dispatched to a logging operation on County Road 1170 in reference to a stolen 1994 Ford F350 work truck. Deputy Muse took the report and had the vehicle entered into NCIC/TCIC as stolen.


Robert Golden

At 7:00am Deputy Roy Bailey located the stolen vehicle in the parking lot at Campbell’s Grocery Store located on State Hwy 7 West. Deputy Bailey identified the driver of the stolen vehicle as Robert Golden, 45-year-old white male of Buna, Texas.


Game Warden Anthony King helps Misty Golden up a steep hill after she was found safe.


The Nissan Pathfinder stuck in the mud
of a small creek.

Deputy Bailey stated a witness also saw Robert Golden in the stolen vehicle at Campbell’s Grocery Store and he was hollering inside the truck. The witness stated he walked up to the truck to see if he needed some help and Robert Golden stated that his wife, Misty Golden, was stuck in the mud off of a county road but did not know the location.

The stolen vehicle was released to the owner a short time later.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell along with several deputies as well as Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Game Warden Anthony King and Constables Zack Warr and Constable Stanley Burgay conducted an extensive search of the area around 6 square miles.

The vehicle was finally located in a deep ditch on a hunting lease pipeline. Misty Golden was transported to the Emergency Room by ACE EMS. The suspect Robert Golden was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (UUMV) and booked into the Shelby County Sheriff's Jail without incident. JP 1, Maxie Eaves set bond at $3,000. It is believed both subjects were under the influence of narcotics.


Hughes Wrecker Service wenches the Nissan up the hill and out of the mud.

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Traffic Stop Ends with One Arrested on Possession Charges - March 6, 2015
Shelby County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurtes Lawrence, while on routine patrol in the Joaquin area, conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Bruce Cohoon with passenger Tara Ann McBee. During the course of the traffic stop Deputy Lawrence was led to believe that there might be possibly narcotics in the vehicle due to the actions by the occupants.

Deputy Lawrence conducted a consensual search of the vehicle and upon further investigation discovered drug paraphernalia as well as syringes with one containing a clear liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Tara Ann McBee, 42 yr old white female of Shelbyville, Huxley area, was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance (Felony 3) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdeamor C). Maxie Eaves JP 1 set bond at $4,000 for the Possession of Controlled Substance and a fine of $235 for the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bruce Cohoon of the Joaquin area received citations and was released at the scene.

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Sand Hill Boil Water Notice Canceled - March 6, 2015
Submitted by Randal Lout

The Boil Water Notice that was issued for part of Sand Hills Water Supply on February 27, 2015 has been lifted

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Delayed Openings for Thursday Morning - March 5, 2015

Center Christian Academy will have a delayed start with staff reporting at 9:30 and students at 10:00 am.

Tyson Foods Center Processing Plant – (Day Shift Only) Cut-up and Debone will start two hours late today (Submitted by Amber Dobb)

Timpson ISD will begin classes tomorrow, March 5, at 10:00 am. (Submitted by Mid Johnson)

Tenaha ISD‬ classes will start at 10 am Thursday due to weather. Buses will run at 9:00am. Staff report at 9:30 am. (Submitted by Brenda Lucas)

Panola College, all locations, will delay opening Thursday, March 5th until 10:30am. (Submitted by Jessica Pace)

Shelbyville ISD will start 2 hours late March 5, 2015 due to weather conditions. (Submitted by Debbie Gilchrist)

Loblolly’s will be on delayed hours March 5, 2015, because of the weather. We will be open from 1-5pm today and return to regular hours tomorrow. We apologize for any inconvenience. You can reach us at (936)598-2020 to leave a message (Submitted Suzanne Walker).

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National Weather Service Issued A Winter Weather Advisory - March 4, 2015

Wed, Mar 4, 3:28 am CST

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 9pm Wednesday evening to noon CST Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain, sleet, and snow which is in effect from 9pm Wednesday evening to noon CST Thursday. Rain will transition to freezing rain and eventually to sleet and snow as cold air on the surface and aloft spreads over the area. Winter precipitation in the form of freezing rain is expected during the evening hours followed by a transition to sleet after midnight. Freezing rain and sleet accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch may make driving conditions hazardous, mainly over bridges and overpasses.

A Winter Weather Advisory means periods of sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.

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Single Vehicle Rollover Blocks Part of FM 414 Saturday Night - March 4, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

A single vehicle rollover occurred Saturday evening on FM 414, Sardis Road, causing one side of the roadway to be blocked while the scene was worked by emergency responders.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Daniel Dellinger, a green 1996 Chevy Silverado was westbound on FM 414 when the truck left the roadway to the right and struck a culvert causing the pickup to go airborne, flip end over end, and come to rest on its top facing east shortly after 7pm on Saturday, February 28. 2015.

The driver, Brandon Sowell, age 26, of Center, reported to the trooper he was texting his wife 'he was on his way home' when the pickup drifted off the roadway. With a narrow shoulder and the pickup exiting just before a culvert, Sowell had no time to react before striking the culvert and crashing.

The westbound lane of traffic was blocked by emergency personnel and law enforcement working the crash. Center Fire Department responded to the scene to assist with traffic control directing both lanes of traffic through on the eastbound side only of the highway. ACE EMS responded to the scene but no transport was needed. Shelby County Sheriff's Department Deputy Adam Renfro was first on scene and secured the area until DPS could arrive and investigate the crash.

Two minors ages 4 and 5 were in the pickup at the time of the crash. All occupants of the pickup were buckled and no injuries were reported. Sowell was cited for driving on shoulder when prohibited.

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Public Notice To Boil Water For Choice Water - February 27, 2015
Submitted by Shirley Di Verdi

Update 3/4/2015: It is no longer necessary for customers on the Choice Water in the Neuville area to boil their water.

Due to water main break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water System, Choice Water, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This is for the customers that were out of water on 2/26/2015 in the Neuville area, 417 West, and surrounding roads.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes,water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince Di Verdi at (936)590-9177 or (936)591-1205.

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Center PD Officer Responding to Crash Diverts to Gunshot Call - March 4, 2015
Press Release

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at approximately 7:18pm Officer Jacob Gross of the Center Police Department was en route to the auto-pedestrian crash on Tenaha Street when he was diverted to Center Place Apartments located at 705 Clifford Street in reference to a possible gunshot victim who had passed out.

Once on scene, Gross was informed the call was medical only and was directed inside to one of the apartments where he observed Joann Lockett, 58, of Center sitting in a chair not responding to family members. Gross did not observe any movement of Lockett's eyes and listened for breathing but did not detect any.

With the assistance of family members Lockett was laid down on the floor where Gross began CPR. Gross continued to perform CPR until ACE EMS personnel Bobby Ritter and Steve Dudley arrived on scene and began providing care.

After working on Lockett for several minutes, a pulse was detected and once stable enough she was transported to the Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center EMergency Department where she was seen by hospital staff.

Lockett was then transported by ACE EMS for further care to Nacogdoches Medical Center located in Nacogdoches.

See related stories below.

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Center PD Releases Information From Auto-Pedestrian Crash - March 4, 2015
Press Release, Photos by Shelby County Today


Bobby Carlsen (left), District Attorney Investigator, is seen indicating the direction of Center Place Apartments as Jade Lavergne, Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper, and Jeremy Konderla, Center Police Officer, (both near yellow coat) examine the crash scene.

According to a Center Police Department press release, the pedestrian killed in the auto-pedistrian crash was Johnie Nash, age 63 of Center.

On Tuesday March 3, 2015 at approximately 7:15pm Officer Jeremy Konderla was dispatched to the 700 block of Tenaha Street in reference to an Auto-Pedestrian crash that had occurred. Once on scene Officer Konderla began to investigate the crash and learned that a 1999 White Ford Explorer driven by Russell Jones, 36 of Center, was traveling North on Tenaha Street when a pedestrian, later identified as Johnie Nash, 63 of Center, began crossing the street while not at a crosswalk.

Witnesses at the scene stated that Jones attempted to stop before striking Nash but was unsuccessful and hit on the driver's side causing damage. Nash was taken by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Clinic - Center where she was pronounced dead by Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Pct. 1. Nash was then taken by Community Funeral Home to their facility until Funeral arrangements can be made. The crash is currently under investigation and is ongoing.

The Center Police Department would like to thank Trooper Jade LaVergne of the Texas Department of Public Safety as well as Investigator Bobby Carlsen of the Shelby County District Attorney's Office for their assistance at the crash scene.

See related story at the following link.

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Center PD Investigates Vehicle/Pedestrian Crash - March 3, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Center Police Department is currently investigating an incident involving a vehicle striking a pedestrian.

Center police officers and ACE EMS were dispatched to the scene on Tenaha Street just near the Dollar General store before 7pm on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

When the officers arrived, a Johnie Nash, 63 of Center was found to be lying in the middle of the roadway and a white Ford Explorer which struck her was parked by the side of the roadway.

An eyewitness to the incident indicated the driver Russell Jones, 36, of Center did not have any time to react as Nash was reported to have crossed right in front of the Explorer.

ACE EMS transported the pedestrian in an unknown, yet suspected to be serious, condition to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department.

The Center Fire Department provided traffic control at the scene while Center Police Officer Jeremy Konderla, assisted by Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne, investigated the crash scene.

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Arcadia Family Loses Home to Fire - March 3, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

An Arcadia family has lost its residence to a fire which took place on Monday, March 2, 2015. Two fire departments were dispatched to fight the fire as it raged late into the night.

Firemen with the Center Fire Department (CFD) were first to be dispatched to the residence of John York located at 6605 FM 138 at 7:53pm, and when they arrived the fire was fully involved with the majority of the house engulfed in flames. The fire appeared to have originated in the garage on the right side of the home for an unknown reason.

Efforts were made by the firemen to knock back the flames and consolidate the fire to one area; however, the fire continued to burn through the middle of the house. The assistance of the West Shelby Volunteer Fire Department (WSVFD) was requested and they arrived on scene at 8:32pm with an additional supply of water. Both departments worked together to extinguish the flames and once their water was depleted, WSVFD returned to the station at 10:50pm. The CFD gained control of the fire at 11:45pm and remained at the scene until 1:05am.

Some items were able to be recovered from within the home. The house was a total loss.

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NWS Special Weather Statement, Wintry Mix to Return - March 3, 2015

National Weather Service Shreveport LA
1034 PM CST Mon Mar 2 2015

A wintry mix will return to portions of the four state region Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

A strong artic cold front will enter southeast Oklahoma, extreme Northeast Texas, and the northern sections of Southwest Arkansas around daybreak Wednesday with much colder air spilling south into East Texas and North Louisiana during the day. Showers and thunderstorms will develop near and just behind the cold front with a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet expected to develop farther north behind the front during the afternoon over Southeast Oklahoma and Central Arkansas as temperatures quickly fall to or below freezing. A mix of freezing rain and sleet Wednesday evening over extreme Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, southwest Arkansas, and possibly after midnight Wednesday night, across the IH20 Corridor of North Louisiana.

At this time, ice accumulations of a tenth to a quarter of an inch will be possible across McCurtain County, Oklahoma, portions of extreme Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, and North Central Louisiana through Thursday morning. Isolated higher ice accumulations greater than one quarter of an inch will be possible across portions of Southwest Arkansas. The precipitation may change over to snow before ending across southeast Oklahoma and Southwest Arkansas late Wednesday night resulting in light snowfall accumulations of one to two inches with isolated higher amount atop the ice.

A winter storm watch may be needed across portions of the region for Wednesday night. Be sure and monitor the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service concerning this potential winter storm.

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Truck Tractor Blocks U.S. 96; Emergency Crews Work to Clear Scene - March 2, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Traffic north of Tenaha is blocked as emergency crews are working to remove a truck tractor which is blocking the entire north side of U.S. 96 North outside of Tenaha.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jimmy Faulkner, at 11:50am on Monday, March 2, 2015 Oscar Alvarado, 35, of Houston was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 96 North in a blue 2007 Peterbilt owned by Rush Truck Leasing of San Antonio and was hauling a non hazardous frack mud. As Alvarado was traveling through a curve in the roadway he over corrected and the truck tractor overturned causing it to block both northbound traffic lanes.

The Tenaha City Marshal's Office, Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) were first to arrive at the scene followed by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. Once Alvarado was outside of the truck an ambulance was requested. Alvarado was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of minor injuries.

Alvarado was issued a citation for failure to drive in a single lane. It was expected for the mud to be moved from the tanker to another before the crashed truck tractor could be up righted; however, it is now upright. The TVFD is directing traffic into a southbound lane to detour around the wreck scene. It is advised travelers should take an alternate route if possible as attempts are still being made to clear the crash scene.

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Center Weather Stats for February - March 2, 2015
Submitted by Jim & Ann Forbes

Highest Temp was 77 degrees on 2-09-2015
Highest Temp on Record was 90 degrees on 2-21-1986
Lowest Temp was 27 degrees on 2-24 and 2-27-2015
Lowest Temp on Record was 0 degrees on 2-02-1951

Rainfall recorded was 3.14 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 4.95 inches
Below Average by 1.81 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 8.90 inches in 2003
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.24 inches in 1996

2 inches beautiful large snowflakes fell on 2-25-2015
Total Rainfall recorded in 2015 is 12.97 inches

Center Weather Stats Report for February - Link

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Winter Precipitation Possible Wednesday Night Into Thursday Morning - March 2, 2015

An artic high pressure will swing south out of Northwest Canada bringing cold temperatures to the region Wednesday evening. Moist southwest flow aloft will allow for continued precipitation within the cold air mass. As the evening progresses, rain will transition to freezing rain followed by a mix of sleet and snow across the region.

The rain will transition to freezing rain Wednesday evening along and northwest of a line from mainly Nacogdoches, Texas to Monroe, Louisiana. After midnight, these areas will transition from freezing rain to a mix of snow and sleet while other locations across Deep East Texas and North Central Louisiana will experience a transition from rain to freezing rain.

Total ice accumulations could average up to a tenth to a quarter of an inch with snow and sleet accumulations from two to four inches across southwest Arkansas and southeast Oklahoma with lesser amounts elsewhere.

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Sand Hills Water Supply Issues Boil Water Notice - February 28, 2015
Submitted by Cathy Adams

Due to a water line break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water System, Sand Hills Water Supply, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This is only for the customers that were out of water on 2/27/2015.This only applies to the customers that were out of water.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.
In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other
suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.
If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact : Randall Lout @ 936-590-1599

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Paxton Water Supply Public Notice to Boil Water (Canceled)- February 27, 2015
Submitted by Shirley Di Verdi

Update: Paxton Water customers that were without water on February 25, 2015 in the Joaquin and Jackson area no longer need to boil their water.

Due to low pressure and outage the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required Paxton Water Supply ID # 2100031 to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. For customers in the Joaquin area February 25, 2015.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince Di Verdi at 936-590-9177 or 936-591-1205

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Private Insurance Not Associated With City of Center - February 27, 2015
Submitted by Chad Nehring

Currently a private insurance company, HomeServe, is selling a home insurance product and possibly implying it is associated with or endorsed by the City of Center or Center Utilities.

While the product they are selling is legitimate and potentially beneficial for homeowners experiencing some types of water or sewer line problems on their private property, it is in no way associated with or endorsed by the City of Center or Center Utilities.

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Regional Black Ice Warning - February 25, 2015

Black ice is likely to redevelop over much of the region tonight and Thursday morning.

Widespread snowfall that fell across much of the four state region earlier today has already begun to melt as temperatures have climbed above freezing this afternoon. There are indications the sky may gradually clear from northwest to southeast overnight over portions of the region. The clearing sky, light winds, and snow pack still in place will allow temperatures to fall below freezing over much of the region tonight.

Freezing temperatures are expected after sunset this evening over the IH 30 Corridor of extreme Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, Southwest Arkansas, much of North Louisiana, and East Texas.

This long duration of freezing temperatures will allow for the development of black ice on bridges and overpasses as well as some roadways with the threat lingering through mid-to-late Thursday morning.

Motorists who must be driving tonight should use extreme caution during their evening and overnight commute. Travel is strongly discouraged until the ice is able to melt late Thursday morning.

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TxDOT Current Road Conditions in Shelby County - February 25, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is diligently working to help keep the roadways safe. Local departments are reporting the current roadway conditions which can be viewed at the following link, drivetexas.org

DriveTexas.org currently shows most of Shelby County roadways to have ice and snow.

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Tyson Center Processing Plant Work Schedule - February 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015: Night shift evisceration will not work. All other night shift departments will work. The plant will return to a normal work schedule Thursday, February 26, 2015.

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Cancellations, School and Early Closure Notices Due to Weather - February 25, 2015

Center ISD (1:58) - The Nacogdoches JV tennis tournament scheduled for Thursday February 26th has been cancelled. The Varsity tennis tournament has been moved from Friday February 27th to Thursday February 26th due to the extended forecast. CHS Varsity Tennis will begin by 9:00 am in Nacogdoches.

(11:47am) Shelby County Courthouse closed early today due to weather.

Panola College (11:42am) - Panola College has cancelled classes for Wednesday on all campuses.

Joaquin ISD (11:41am) - The Joaquin JV Baseball tournament that was scheduled at Douglass this weekend (02/26-02/28) as well as the Joaquin Varsity Baseball tournament games scheduled for tomorrow (02/26) has been cancelled. The remainder of Varsity tournament scheduled for this weekend (02/27-02/28) is still pending.

Tenaha ISD (11:22am) - The forecast calls for snow chances dwindling and above freezing temperatures at time of regular release from school. Tenaha ISD will release at regular time. If parents are considering checking out their child please use extreme caution traveling. Conditions improve considerably after noon.

Early release for Shelbyville ISD at 11:00 am due to weather conditions.

Timpson ISD is monitoring the weather. According to forecast it will be safer to send home at normal time than at this time. Remember students are safe here at school. If this changes we will notify.

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Panola College Closing Wednesday Due to Weather - Frebruary 24, 2015
Submitted by Jessica Pace

Panola College will close all locations Wednesday due to anticipated inclement weather. Please check the College's website after 1:00 pm Wednesday for information about evening classes.

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Single-Vehicle Crash Due to Ice Occurs on Loop 500 - February 24, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A single-vehicle crash occurred just before 9pm during icy conditions on Loop 500 in Center on Monday, February 23, 2015. Center Police Department officers and ACE EMS were dispatched to the scene of the crash on the bridge just before Few Ready Mix.

When the officers arrived they found a Ford Explorer SUV with the driver Saundra Harris, 52, of Center still inside. Officers, assisted by a Sheriff's Deputy at the scene, broke a window to gain access to the vehicle and provide help to Harris as well as assist EMS in moving her to a waiting ambulance.

Before the crash occurred, Harris was traveling westbound on Loop 500 in the Ford Explorer when the vehicle traveled over the bridge and met with a very icy roadway. She lost control of the vehicle due to the ice and struck a guardrail which caused the Explorer to roll onto the driver's side.

Harris was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of unknown injuries. No citations were issued as of this report.

The investigation was handled by Center Police Officer Jeremy Konderla, assisted by Officer Jake Gross.

There were several other incidents across the county, and most notably at Huana Creek bridge on U.S. Highway 96 South where a sheet of ice covered the bridge, which could not even be traversed on foot safely. Deputies marked the roadway to slow travelers following two crashes which occurred just after the incident on the Loop 500 bridge. TxDOT, soon after, applied sand and salt to bridges across the county, including Huana Creek bridge.

Travelers should continue to use caution Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, February 25.

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Senior Nutrition Site Closed Due To Weather - February 24, 2015
Submitted by Brandi Emanis

The Senior Nutrition Site on Loop 500 will be closed for Tuesday, February 24th and Wednesday, February 25th due to weather.

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No Sale at Center Livestock on Wednesday (2/25/2015) - February 24, 2015
Submitted by Lynnelle McElroy

The sale scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, 2015 has been cancelled due to bad weather.

See everyone next week.

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Winter Weather Advisory Now in Effect Until 6pm Wednesday - February 24, 2015

Issued by The National Weather Service Shreveport, LA
Winter Weather Advisory for Shelby County
Tue, Feb 24, 4:36 am CST

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain, sleet, and snow which is effect from midnight tonight to 6pm Wednesday.

An upper level trough will be approaching the region late tonight bringing with it a mixture of freezing rain, sleet, and snow. During the day Wednesday the upper trough will be directly overhead with much of the precipitation changing over to mostly snow. Freezing rain and sleet accumulations will be mainly less than 1/4" while snow accumulations could total one to two inches before the precipitation moves out of the region late Wednesday afternoon or early Wednesday evening.

Impacts will be confined to mainly elevated surfaces including bridges and overpasses. If the snow comes down quickly enough, then some surface streets could see slight accumulations as well.

A winter weather advisory means periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities. Use caution while driving.

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Icy Roads And Bridges Report - February 23, 2015

According to TxDOT Flatfork Creek bridge on 7 east, bridges on U.S. Highway 96 north and the Tenaha overpass are confirmed to have ice. There is a high probability bridges in Joaquin are iced over as well. More updates will be posted on ShelbyCountyToday as they become available.

Updated 8:53pm - TxDOT crews are in route to 7 West bridge Huana Bridge to put some rock down. No road closures at this time.

Updated 9:10pm - Ice on Loop 500 has caused a single vehicle crash.

Updated 9:47pm - TxDOT has reported treating all the major roadways and bridges including HWYs 7, 96, 59, 87. Please continue to use extreme caution if out traveling the roadways. Go slow and don't follow anyone at a close distance. Bridges still have ice on them but the rock gives something for tires to grab on to. Several crashes have happened so be alert of emergency crews and law enforcement out working to help and to keep things safe.

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Center FD Fights House Fire on CR 3047; Shelbyville VFD Assists - February 23, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Center firemen were dispatched to a house fire just before 11:30pm on Sunday, February 22, 2015 located at 2227 County Road 3047.

The residence, owned by David and Shana Whitton, was fully engulfed in flames when the firemen arrived and a strong wind was increasing the fire by the minute. The firemen engaged the blaze with water in attempts of knocking back the fire and saving some of the home.

As the inferno raged, more water was requested from the Center Fire Department and the assistance of the Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department was requested, who provided an additional tanker truck of water by way of fireman Steve Dudley.

Although a large quantity of water was poured onto the fire in attempts of quenching the fire, the home was a total loss. The firemen were able to prevent the fire from traveling to a neighboring building housing hay bales.

David Whitton stated he was sitting on his couch when he heard a pop come from somewhere and then saw flames on his front porch. He evacuated his wife and children from their home and got them to safety before the fire engulfed the home.

The firemen cleared the scene and returned to their stations at 2am. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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Firemen Fight House Fire on Highway 87 South - February 23, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Reports of a house fire had firemen and other emergency personnel en-route to 87 South early Friday evening, February 20, 2015

The Center Police Department held the scene 5:05 pm until the Center Fire Department arrived to fight the fully involved fire at the residence of Judie Shields located at 1136 State Highway 87 South. Flames were shooting from the middle of the roof of the home and the source appeared to emanate from the back side.

Firemen raced to the back of the house with hoses and began applying water to the flames which were raging from the area of the kitchen. The firemen worked to extinguish the flames and were able to prevent some portions such as the garage and one bedroom from burning.

A Federal Express driver initially discovered the fire and called 9-1-1.

No one was home at the time of the fire and a cause is unknown at this time. The fire remains under investigation.

 
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Highway 96 Crash has Fatal Result for Tenaha Man - February 23, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A two-vehicle crash during rainy conditions on U.S. Highway 96 North proved to be fatal for a Tenaha man on Saturday night, February 21, 2015.

First-responders were dispatched to the crash scene in front of the Center Country Club, five miles south of Tenaha and six miles north of Center, where the two cars collided leaving one on fire. Other travelers stopped to help those involved in the crash and the good Samaritans pulled the driver from the burning vehicle as well as extinguishing the fire. CPR was administered by the helpful travelers until emergency personnel arrived.

The Center Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene with the Center Police Department and ACE EMS who saw to the treatment of the injured drivers.

Center firemen held the scene until Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Troopers Jade Lavergne and John Hallenbeck could arrive to investigate. According to the results of the DPS investigation, at 6:40pm Daurin Andres Chel-Sanchez, 23, of Tenaha was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 96 North in a red 2005 Ford Mustang when he lost control of the vehicle causing it to travel left and into the northbound traffic lanes.

A teal 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Eduardo Antonio Perez, 19, of Center was traveling on the northbound side of the highway when the Mustang traveled into the traffic lane, which caused the Pontiac to strike the Mustang on the passenger side inflicting major damage on both cars and igniting a fire on the Mustang.

Chel-Sanchez and Perez were both transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department where Chel-Sanchez was pronounced dead on arrival by Jenny Hicks, Justice of the Peace Precinct 4. Perez was hospitalized and was treated for injuries which were not life threatening.

The crash remains under investigation and no citations have been reported at this time.

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Sheriff's Department Arrests Murder Suspect in Infant Death - February 20, 2015
Submitted by D.J. Dickerson

UPDATE: On Friday, February 20, 2015 at approximately 1235pm, the mother of the victim, an Angela Marie Moore, a white female of 25 years of age was arrested and charged with Criminal Negligent Homicide, a State Jail Felony. Mrs. Moore was booked into the Shelby County Sheriff's Department jail for said charge and was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Judge Maxie Eaves and bond was set at $50,000.


Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that the Shelby County Sheriff's Department has been investigating the death of Ariana Moore, a 6 month old white female of Tenaha. A 911 call was received on February 16, 2015 at approximately 3:49am regarding the victim who was found unresponsive at a residence in the Kyle Parmer Trailer Park located on County Road 4356, Tenaha. The victim was transported to the NMC-Center Hospital by ACE EMS and was pronounced deceased by Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.

During the course of the investigation it was found that the father identified as a William Bryce Moore, a white male, 28 years of age had inflicted injuries to the victim which resulted in her death. Mr. Moore was arrested for the charge of Capital Murder, a Capital Felony.

Mr. Moore was booked into the Shelby County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, February 19th for said offense. He was arraigned for said charge by Judge Marla Denby, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, and Mr. Moore received a no bond. The case was investigated by Investigator Kevin W. Windham and Investigator D.J. Dickerson with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

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Car Collides with Log Truck Wednesday on Hwy 96 South - February 18, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

Law enforcement and emergency responders were dispatched to a log truck and car collision on U.S. Hwy 96 South near the intersection of CR 1015 Wednesday evening, February 18, 2015.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade LaVergne, a red 1984 Peterbilt truck tractor driven by Cody Bryan, age 28 of Center, was hauling an empty log trailer southbound on U.S. Hwy 96 and slowed to a stop to turn onto CR 1015 when a white 2006 Chrysler 300, also southbound, failed to control speed.

The driver of the Chrysler, Juan Diaz, Jr, age 19 of San Augustine, slammed on his brakes leaving marks on the roadway and attempted to avoid a collision by passing on the right; however, the car struck the rear right side of the trailer with its front driver's side. The Chrysler received major damage to its front and came to rest partially in the roadway. The log truck received only minor damage but remained where it was until after law enforcement arrived on scene and the driver then pulled it out of the roadway onto CR 1015.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department was first on scene to evaluate the crash scene and requested the assistance of the Center Fire Department to assist with traffic control. ACE EMS responded to the crash but no one required transport. Diaz was cited for failure to control speed.


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Timpson Retains Current Police Force; Council Keeps Old Budget - February 17, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Timpson City Council met on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 once again to discuss a reduction in the Timpson Police force as well as adopting a new budget for the 2015-2016 year.

Following discussion by council members and public input the council, through no action, adopted the existing 2014-2015 budget and through no action did not reduce the police force at this time. Check back with Shelby County Today for the complete story.

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Sheriff's Department Reports Death of Infant - February 20, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

(Update): According to the Shelby County Jail arrest log, as of 7:32pm on Thursday, February 19, William Bryce Moore, 28, of Tenaha has been arrested on the charge of Capital Murder.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department reports the death of a 6-month-old infant occurred Monday morning in Tenaha.

According to a press release, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department received a 9-1-1 call on February 16, 2015 at approximately 3:49am regarding an infant who was unresponsive at a residence in the Kyle Parmer Trailer Park located on County Road 4356 in Tenaha. The 6-month-old infant was transported to the NMC - Center Hospital by ACE EMS and was pronounced deceased by Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, who ordered an autopsy. This case is under investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigations Division.

When asked by Shelby County Today why the death was under investigation, Shelby County Chief Deputy Shad Sparks reported, "All deaths, but especially infant deaths, are investigated as suspicious until evidence proves otherwise."

The infant, Ariana Moore, is the daughter of William and Angela Moore and services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home.

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Driver Receives Serious Injury in Huxley Crash - February 16, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Serious injury resulted from a single-vehicle crash on Sunday, February 15, 2015 and several agencies worked together to help the driver involved in the wreck in Huxley.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, at 8pm Stephanie Guynes, 41, of Center was traveling southbound in a red Ford Taurus SE on FM 3172 one mile after the intersection with FM 139 when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle left the roadway.

The Taurus traveled across the northbound traffic lane and into the barrow ditch where it rolled and landed upright on its wheels. The Taurus then traveled across the roadway once again and through a fence into a pasture on the southbound side of the road.

For reasons not as yet known by Shelby County Today, and as evidenced by tracks from the vehicle, the Taurus took a route which traversed many areas of the pasture. Once the vehicle was in a low area of the field, it finally came to a halt when it became stuck in mud.

The Center Fire Department was dispatched to the scene of the crash to bring Jaws of Life to help extricate Guynes from the car. Center and Huxley Volunteer Firemen worked together to cut through the car and free Guynes.

Once clear access was gained to Guynes, the emergency personnel worked together to get her onto a stretcher and move Guynes 40 yards up a steep hill to a waiting ambulance.

Guynes was in serious condition and attempts were made by ACE EMS to transport her to the Center Municipal Airport for an ambulatory airplane; however, weather caused the plane to change course. Guynes was instead transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for treatment.

It was believed Guynes' husband, Tommy, had been in the vehicle just previous to the crash and as emergency personnel were working at removing the Taurus from the pasture, he was located on foot by a passerby on CR 3172 near the intersection with FM 139.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is handling the crash investigation. According to a family member, Guynes was released to her husband from Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital early on Monday morning, February 16. Shelby County Today is glad to report Guynes' injuries were not as serious as were originally indicated at the scene of the crash.

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18-wheeler Overturns South of Tenaha - February 16, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

An 18-wheeler overturned on Sunday, February 16, 2015 as it traveled south of Tenaha during inclement weather.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Brian Barnes, at 10:45pm Daryal Nelson, 57, was traveling southbound in a 2012 18-wheeler for Transport Service Co. out of Illinois hauling yeast on U.S. Highway 59 South traveling from Memphis, Tennessee to Houston.

As Nelson was in the outside lane he was traveling at an unsafe speed for the wet condition of the roadway as he left the roadway to the right and the 18-wheeler overturned, coming to rest in a ditch.

As of the time of the crash investigation no citations had been issued and no injuries were reported.

First on the scene of the crash and assisting with traffic control were Tenaha City Marshal Jimmy Wagstaff, Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department firemen and Shelby County Sheriff's Department Investigator John Pope.

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Collision at Loop 500, Highway 7 Causes Traffic Delays - February 16, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A collision at the intersection of Loop 500 and State Highway 7 West caused traffic delays for many travelers as emergency personnel worked to investigate and clear the scene Sunday, February 15, 2015.

Officers with the Center Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Department and Center Firemen quickly responded to the two-vehicle crash.

According to Center Police Officer Bobby Walker, at 12:39pm Derek Michael Hughes, 22, of Center was exiting Loop 500 in a black 2014 Dodge pickup truck and was turning left onto State Highway 7 West.

Hughes failed to yield right of way to Dennis Eugene Esch, 64, of Nacogdoches who was traveling eastbound in a blue Ford four-door pickup truck and the Ford struck the left side of the Dodge. The Dodge was spun around and came to rest facing south in the middle of the westbound traffic lanes and the Ford came to rest facing northeast in the westbound traffic lanes.

Only minor injuries were reported as a result of those crash and both drivers declined transport from the scene by ACE EMS.

Hughes was issued a citation for failure to yield right of way.

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Center Receives Comptroller Transparency Award - February 13, 2015
Submitted by James Gibson

The City of Center is excited to announce that it has joined the ranks of less than 100 proactive Texas cities in the Texas Comptroller’s Leadership Circle, a group of cities committed to financial transparency. “For me financial transparency means that we have nothing to hide,” explained Center Mayor David Chadwick. “We are honored to be included in such company as Dallas, Houston, Austin and to be one of the smaller Texas local governments to reach the highest level.” The transparency award ranges from Bronze to Platinum. For more information about the Leadership Circle, visit www.texastransparency.org

“City staff created a financial transparency webpage which has all sorts of information on the annual budgets, audits, contact information, check registers, charts and graphs. It truly is a one-stop shop for anyone wishing to learn more about how the City of Center operates.” Chadwick continued, “We hope that residents will visit the financial transparency page from our website www.centertexas.org”

“For the past few years, City staff has worked very hard to present more information to the Council and public in an understandable format, whether that be in the budget or website,” reported Center City Manager Chad Nehring. “This is the first step in being recognized in these efforts.”

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Man Receives Life-Flight Following Crash Near Timpson - February 12, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A man has been life-flighted following a single-vehicle crash on FM 415 near Timpson.

Texas Department of Public Safety State (DPS) Troopers and Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the wreck scene located two miles from FM 138 on FM 415. Deputy Roy Bailey and Stanley Burgay, Constable Precinct 5, handled traffic control while DPS, and Timpson Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) personnel assisted ACE EMS with the driver.

Once the driver was removed from the vehicle ACE EMS transported him from the crash scene to a nearby field for life-flight. The TVFD established a landing zone in the field where Life-Air Rescue then set down.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Anthony LaCount, at 3:15pm Herbert Hearnsberger, 92, of Livingston was traveling southbound at an unsafe speed in a 2001 Toyota Tacoma on FM 415 just before the Stockman Community when he lost control of the truck. The Toyota rolled multiple times in the northbound traffic lane before finally coming to rest in the southbound lane facing north.

Hearnsberger was life-flighted in stable condition to a hospital in Shreveport for treatment. The crash remains under investigation. DPS Troopers Dustin Ramos and Keith Jones assisted with the crash investigation.

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Center Crime Stoppers Seeks Information on Wanted Suspect - February 12, 2015

Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of Therrin Keele, 23, of Tenaha who has warrants for burglary of a habitation, felony 2; burglary of a building and theft of copper. Keele and another suspect, Stephen Williams, are alleged to have broken into a residence and stolen several household items and air conditioners on September 28, 2014 from a residence located on County Road 4007 in Shelby County. Williams has since been arrested; however, Keele remains at large. He is described as being 5'11" tall, and weighing 175 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may call the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 936-598-5600 and speak with Investigator Kevin Windham.

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Driver Avoids Deer, Crashes in Woods - February 11, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was dispatched to a single-vehicle rollover on County Road 4466 on near Tenaha Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

When DPS Troopers Anthony LaCount and Dustin Ramos arrived at the scene no one was present with the vehicle, which was on its side in a wooded area along the roadway. During the investigation of the crash, the driver and family members returned to the scene.

According to DPS Trooper Anthony LaCount, at 4:05pm Albert Louise, 18, of Joaquin was traveling westbound in a black Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck on County Road 4366 just before the intersection with County Road 4370 when a deer ran in front of the truck. Louise took evasive action and lost control of the truck which traveled off the roadway to the left and into the woods where it received major damage to the front end and rolled onto its left side where it came to rest.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash and Louise was issued citations for unsafe speed and no driver's license.

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Driver Inattention Leads to Crash on Highway 96 - February 9, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Two vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 96 North when one driver did not notice another one stopping to turn on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Tenaha City Marshal's Office Deputy Derrick Gray was first on scene in front of S Goodwin Roof Service LLC. to check for any injured parties. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper Keith Jones arrived shortly thereafter and began his crash investigation.

According to DPS Trooper Jones, at 4:30pm Jose Luciano Sanchez-Alanzo, 38, of Tenaha was driving a 1997 white Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and was slowing to make a left turn. Luther Dale Cook, 32, of Etoile was driving a 2008 grey Ford F-150 pickup truck and looked off the roadway to his right and when he looked back he failed to control speed and the Ford struck the S-10 causing major damage to both vehicles.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. Cook was issued a citation for failure to control speed and Sanchez-Alanzo was issued a citation for no driver's license.

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Two-Vehicle Crash Occurs on Haslam Strip Near Sabine River Bridge - February 9, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Haslam Strip just before the Sabine River Bridge was the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Friday, February 6, 2015 and initial reports were that injuries were received during the crash.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers and ACE EMS were dispatched to the crash and when they arrived the vehicles had been moved to the side of the roadway across from Texas State Bank.

Upon arrival, EMS personnel checked both drivers at the scene and they each refused transport.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper Jimmy Faulkner, at 1:35pm a red 2003 Dodge SLT pickup truck driven by Oscar Romero, 35, of Tenaha was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 84 (Haslam Strip) and was stopped, preparing to make a left turn.

A 2003 Toyota Camry driven by a 17-year-old driver of Logansport was traveling the same direction as Romero and failed to control his speed and the Camry collided with the rear of the Dodge.

Citations were issued to the 17-year-old for failure to control speed, and to Romero for no drivers license. No major injuries were reported resulting from the crash. DPS Trooper Anthony Lacount assisted with the crash investigation.

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Tenaha City Marshal, VFD Work Early Morning Crash - February 9, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Tenaha City Marshal's Office and Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning, February 7, 2015.

As the result of different agencies being on different radio frequencies from one another when they respond to an emergency, there was a delay in information sharing. Although law enforcement arrived on scene, the fire trucks which had Jaws of Life to help free the trapped driver from the vehicle were almost to Panola County in search of the crash scene because they were not able to hear when officers discovered the location of the wreck.
 
Once the firemen were updated on the location of the wrecked vehicle they arrived at the scene and helped to extricate the driver.

James Jacobs, 54, of Magnolia was traveling the U.S. Highway 59 on-ramp in a red Toyota Tundra when he lost control of the vehicle. The Toyota traveled off the ramp to the left and struck a tree head-on, causing the truck to flip onto its roof.

Once they arrived, the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department and Woods Volunteer Fire Department were able to gain access to the truck and assist ambulance personnel in removing him from the vehicle.

ACE EMS transported Jacobs with minor injuries to the Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment.

No citations have been given at this time and the crash remains under investigation by Tenaha Deputy City Marshal Derrick Gray. Also assisting at the scene were Timpson Police Officer Thomas Jernigan and
Constable Precinct 4 Bryan Gray.

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Firemen Return to Home Previously Saved from Fire; Total Loss - February 9, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

Firemen returned three months later to the scene of a mobile home fire on CR 3010 Sunday evening, February 8, 2015 to find it destroyed by flames.

A 9-1-1 call came in and Shelbyville and Center fire departments were dispatched at 6:55pm for a house on fire which both departments had responded to on the first of November for fire as well. The first fireman on scene, John Green reported to those responded the house was fully engulfed in flames. The home owned by Ray Smith and rented by John Paul Gay, Ronnie Gay, and Paula Askew was too engulfed in flames for the firemen to be able to save it.

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative responded to the scene and disconnected service to the almost completely burned down structure. No injuries were reported and firemen left the scene at 8:35pm.

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Local Area Hit By Power Outage - February 9, 2015
Submitted by Brittney Johnson

Due to an outage experienced by SWEPCO – Southwestern Electric Power Company, the DETEC service areas powered by our Center, Center South, Hilltop, Holly, San Augustine, Bronson, Black Ankle, Pendleton, Hemphill, Six Mile, Hurstown and Huxley Substations are currently without power.

At this time, the cause of the outage is unknown. DETEC is working with SWEPCO to have power restored as soon as possible.

As of 5:45am power has been restore to all area effected by the power outage.

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Paxton Water Supply Boil Water Notice Canceled - February 8, 2015
Submitted by Shirley Di Verdi

Paxton Water Supply customers that were under the boil water notice for February 2, 2015 no longer need to boil their drinking water.

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Law Enforcement Searches for Crashed Vehicle; Driver Receives Transport to Hospital - February 6, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A single vehicle rollover eluded responding emergency personnel Friday, February 6, 2015 on Hwy 7 West since the vehicle was nestled in the edge of a wooded area hidden by a tree line.

Authorities with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Center Police Department, Center Fire Department and Zach Warr, Constable Precinct 1 all searched the area one mile west of Center on State Highway 7 West for the vehicle. A passerby who had stopped to help the driver waved down Constable Warr. Shortly thereafter all other law enforcement involved in the short search converged at the scene.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at 9am Stephanie Maria Small, 27, of Center was traveling eastbound in a maroon 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT on State Highway 7 West just before County Road 1145 when she lost control of her vehicle.

The Dodge traveled into the westbound side of the highway and then left the roadway traveling through a deep ditch and then rolling into a wooded area.

Small was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of minor injuries. A citation was issued to Small for wrong side of roadway not passing.

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Emergency Crews Respond to Single-Vehicle Crash on CR 3267 - February 5, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash on CR 3267 late Wednesday evening after a report of a vehicle striking a tree.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne and ACE EMS were dispatched to the scene of the crash at 9:58pm. Upon arrival a black Camaro with a red stripe was found at the scene.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne, a black 2011 Chevrolet Camaro with a red racing stripe driven by Colton Tyre, 22, of Huxley was traveling southbound on CR 3267 with front passenger Maranda Whitton, 20, of Center; right-rear passenger Haley Evans, 18, of Joaquin; and left-rear passenger Heather Jernigan, 18, of Nacogdoches.

As the Camaro was traveling south at an unsafe speed, Tyre lost control of the vehicle which then struck a small embankment on the right and spun around before coming to a halt facing north partially in the roadway.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. The Camaro sustained major damage. Tyre was issued a citation for unsafe speed.

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Shelby Savings Bank Warns Against "Caller ID Spoofing" - February 5, 2015
Submitted by Jeremy Fenley

We have become aware of an outside party calling people in the area claiming to be affiliated with Shelby Savings Bank. These callers are trying to lend large amounts of money and asking for personal information to do so. They are using a practice known as “Caller ID Spoofing” in which the caller id shows to be coming from SSB. Please remember that Shelby Savings Bank will never ask for personal information on the phone unless the call is initiated by our customer.

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Lone Star Grill Scene of Wednesday Car Fire - February 5, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Lone Star Grill was the scene of a car fire in Joaquin Wednesday, February 5, 2015 and was almost included in the inferno.

The driver of the vehicle, Jessica Register, was dining at the Lone Star Grill when flames were seen emitting from her grey Kia Sephia, which was parked directly in front of the front door to the restaurant.

Joaquin Volunteer Firemen were dispatched to the scene by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 7:06pm. When they arrived at the scene they found the car engulfed in flames which were threatening to catch the building on fire as the flames melted through the business' sign.

Hoses were deployed and water was quickly sprayed on the fire, averting danger from the building. According to Jeremy Boyett, Assistant Fire Chief, the cause of the fire is unknown at this time and further investigation will be handled by the insurance company.

A separate incident occurred during the fire as firemen were directing traffic on U.S. Highway 84 East. According to Jade Lavergne, Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper, TJ McKnight, 19, of Joaquin and the son of a Lone Star Grill employee, arrived at the scene during the fire. He parked across the street from the restaurant and rushed across the highway in concern of his mother's safety.

As McKnight crossed the roadway, he did so in front of a white F-150 extended cab pickup truck driven by Rodney Lee Harvill, 49, of Joaquin and he was struck by the vehicle which knocked him to the ground. Harvill stopped and McKnight engaged him in an argument.

A witness at the scene broke up the argument and suggested Harvill leave. Later, after the fire had been extinguished, McKnight expressed a desire to be seen by a doctor and he was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department.

Once Trooper Lavergne investigated the incident, it was determined no charges were necessary to be filed.

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Center Fire Department Prevents Loss of Home to Fire - February 4, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Center Fire Department was able to prevent the destruction of a home Wednesday, February 4, 2015 when they were dispatched to a house fire located in the James Community.

A resident of the home had stepped outside to make a phone call when he discovered smoke emanating from the house at 2:48pm. When the firemen arrived at the home, resided in by Garris and Nell Powell and located on CR 3156, smoke was billowing from the top of the tin roofed home. Firemen quickly entered the domicile and began searching for the origin of the fire in the attic.

As firemen searched within, other firemen used ladders to climb atop the roof and trace the smoke from above. The tin on the roof was peeled back revealing flames on which water was sprayed by the firemen on the roof and by those within the attic. The dual attack extinguished the flames and contained the fire to that one area of the roof thus, saving the home.

According to Center fireman Bobby Smith, the chimney to the fireplace in the home overheated. This caused the insulation and rafters around the chimney to catch fire and spread to the roof. Once the beams were exposed, it was discovered the fire had been building for some time and, previous to their arrival, appeared to have started and been snuffed out multiple times as it traveled up the rafters.

Before the firemen departed from the scene, Deep East Texas Cooperative representative Todd Clark arrived and disconnected the power to the home until repairs can be made.

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Sheriff's Department Seeks Information Relating to Shooting Incident - February 3, 2015
Submitted by Shad Sparks

Information is being sought by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department in relation to a man who allegedly fired a rifle at a child on Monday.

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Monday February 2, 2015 at around 5:15pm Sheriff’s Deputies Kurtes Lawrence, Bradley Horton and John Pope responded to a report of a juvenile who had been shot at by an unknown person.

When the deputies arrived on scene at a residence located on State Highway 87 South in the Shelbyville area. They said that the juvenile was on his own property checking some traps and observed an unknown black male described as being tall, thin built with a bald head, wearing a long sleeved shirt and blue jeans.

The juvenile stated that the unknown male was about 50 yards from him and that he waved at the unknown person. The juvenile stated that the person then raised a long firearm at him and shot one time. Deputies, along with Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, searched the area, but were unable to locate the person.

This case is still under investigation. If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5600 or Center Crime Stoppers.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember, you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Center Firemen Fight Equipment Fire at Chicken Farm - February 3, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Center Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at a chicken farm involving a piece of equipment at 2:55pm on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

A crew was working at loading chickens and cleaning out chicken houses at Tres Niños chicken farm owned by Austin Lucas at the time the fire ignited.

When the firemen arrived, a Bobcat ski-steer loader was engulfed in flames and the firemen began working to put out the fire. The firemen extinguished the flames and prevented the fire from spreading.

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Four Wheeler Ignites Causing Structure Fire - January 2, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

A four wheeler parked under a carport is believed to be the cause of a structure fire on CR 1005 which the Center Fire Department responded to Monday morning.

According to the Center FD, a 9-1-1 call came in at 9:40am Monday, February 2, 2015 for a structure, possible house fire, on CR 1005 belonging to Darrell and Pam Samford. Upon arrival at the scene, fire fighters located a fully involved fire on the backside of a house. Once water was put to the fire, it was discovered the source was a parked four wheeler under the carport.

Cody Matlock, renter living in the house, was at home when the fire was discovered. He, along with Pam Samford who called 9-1-1, attempted to extinguish the flames before the fire department arrived only to find the water hose located 10 feet from the fire was frozen from the overnight freezing temperatures. Family pets located inside the house were evacuated to a safe area.

Fire fighters quickly extinguished the flames which had spread to the roof of the carport; however, the house only received minimal smoke damage inside the back door from the carport to the house. According to fireman Derek Lightfoot, the siding on the house was hardie board, a fire resistant material, and was most likely the reason for the fire did not spread from the 4-wheeler to the house.

Renter, Jill Albert who was at work at the Light and Champion at the time of the fire, was dispatched to her own house fire.

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Public Notice to Boil Water - February 2, 2015
Submitted by Shirley Di Verdi

Due to water main break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water
System, Paxton Water, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This is for the customers that were out of water on 2/02/2015 west of 699.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes,water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and
cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince Di Verdi at 936-590-9177 or 936-591-1205.

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Man Shot in West Shelby; Sheriff's Department Seeks Information - January 30, 2015
Submitted by Shad Sparks, Photos submitted by Jerryl Adams


Seen above is the Life Air Rescue helicopter landing before transporting Bailey to the hospital.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department received a 911 on January 30, 2015 at approximately 3:18am regarding a male subject identified as a Darrell Bailey, who lives at the corner of CR 1245 and 7 West, reported to have been shot by an assailant unknown to him at the time. Mr. Bailey was life flighted to LSU by Life Air Rescue and condition is unknown at this time.

The West Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department established a landing zone on the highway for the helicopter.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact Investigator DJ Dickerson at the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 936-598-5600.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Boil Water Notice Lifted - Janaury 30, 2015
Submitted by Cathy Adams

The Boil Water notice that was issued for part of Sand Hills Water Supply has been lifted.

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Reminder: Property Taxes Due By January 30th - January 28, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

Reminder: Last day to pay 2014 property taxes is Friday, January 30th to avoid any penalty and interest being applied. The Shelby County Tax Office is located inside the active courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas.

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Industrial Incident on FM 415 Results in Injury - January 27, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

An industrial incident outside of Timpson on FM 415 resulted in injury and a life-flight for an individual involved.

Emergency crews responded to the scene located 3/4 of a mile from State Highway 87 North at 799 FM 415 at 10:30am on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. According to law enforcement officials at the scene, Ricky Harkness received injury to his arms from a wood chipper.

Members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, and Constable Precinct 5 office were in the area and responded when they received word of the emergency. A landing zone was established in a field near where the incident occurred with the assistance of the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department.

EMS with the Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service and ACE EMS stabilized Harkness at the scene until Life-Air Rescue arrived to airlift him to a hospital in Shreveport.

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Center FD Fights Fire on Bolton Street - January 26, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Center Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire located at 1213 Bolton Street on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

When the firemen and Center Police Officers arrived on scene at 8:10am the fire was fully involved and the house was engulfed in flames.

The firemen worked to extinguish the flames as quickly as possible. According to Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom, the house was formerly owend by Tom Buckley and a neighbor stated the house has been abandoned since the Buckley passed away. Recently During the cold weather, people could be seen entering the house through the front door which has been left open.

It's believed the fire may have been set by someone using the house for warmth.

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Single-Vehicle Crash Results from Ice - January 26, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 96 South was the result of ice on the roadway Saturday, January 24, 2015.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Larry Linder, Marcus Daniels, 44, of San Augustine was traveling southbound in a silver Mercury on U.S. Highway 96 South just after County Road 1021 when the Mercury traveled over some black ice in the roadway.

Daniels lost control of the vehicle and it traveled across the northbound traffic lane before leaving the roadway, traveling into the barrow ditch and overturning next to a large pine tree. Daniels was able to escaped the Mercury and went for help on foot.

Zach Warr, Constable Precinct 1, was first on scene when the crash was dispatched at 7:15am and checked the vehicle to make sure anyone involved was not in need of medical help. Once Trooper Linder arrived at the scene Daniels returned as well.

No citations were issued and no injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

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Ice Contributes to Several Crashes in Shelby, Neighboring Counties - January 26, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Icy road conditions which occurred overnight on Friday evening and into Saturday morning, January 24, 2015 contributed to crashes throughout Shelby, San Augustine, and Sabine Counties keeping Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers extra busy.

A crash which occurred on U.S Highway 96 North caused traffic delays and an intense moment for two drivers.

According to Texas DPS Trooper Larry Linder, at 6:30am Aldin Monty, 58, of De Berry was traveling southbound in a 2002 Chevrolet 2500 on U.S. Highway 96 North at a railroad overpass just south of Flatfork Creek when the boat trailer he was hauling hit an icy patch in the roadway and began to hydroplane before striking a guardrail with its right side.

The trailer then spun back around to the left as the boat dislodged from the trailer and traveled across the highway into the northbound traffic lane. At this time a green 2014 Freightliner 18-wheeler driven by Michael Kinnaman, 67, of Iowa was quickly approaching. Kinnaman attempted to avoid hitting the boat by slowing down; however, this could not be prevented and the Freightliner collided with the boat.

The Chevrolet and the trailer continued off the roadway on the northbound side before coming to rest. Firemen with the Center Department and Center Police Department Sgt. Scott Burkhalter responded to the scene of the crash to assist with traffic control at the scene.

Damage to the Freightliner was minimal. Damage incurred by the boat was much more major and the trailer received damage as well, but it was still able to be towed away.

No citations have been issued at this time and no injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

According to sources with the Texas Department of Public Safety there were 16 reported crashes across Shelby, San Augustine, and Sabine Counties during the icy conditions.


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Sand Hill Water Supply Boil Water Notice - January 24, 2015
Submitted by Cathy Adams

Due to water line break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water System, Sand Hills Water Supply, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This is for the customers that were out of water on Friday, January 23, 2015 on County Road 1168. This only applies to the customers that were out of water.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice. If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact : Randall Lout @ 936-590-1599

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Local Law Agencies, Federal Officers Make Arrests During Warrant Roundup - January 23, 2015
Submitted by Officer Jim Blackwell

The Center Police Department, the United States Marshal Service Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, the Shelby County Sheriffs Office, the Shelby County District, Attomey’s Office and Agents from the Department of Homeland Security, executed a series of arrest warrants in the Shelby County area on January 23, 2015.

According to Officer James Blackwell, Warrant Officer for Center Police Department, and Special Deputy United States Marshal, assigned to the Fugitive Task Force, seven persons were arrested clearing a total of eight Felony warrants and six Misdemeanor warrants.

Arrested in the operation were:

  • Joel DeLaCruz — Illegal re-entry into the United States — Felony (federal).
  • Anthony Dupree Pogue — Escape from Custody F3; Tampering with Evidence F3; Possession of Marijuana MB; Theft MB.
  • Thomas Jefferson Anding — Failure to Comply with Registration Requirement - Sex Offender F3.
  • David Harold Harris - Injury to a Child F2.
  • Jaleesa Phillips — Burglary of a Habitation F2; Theft x 2 MB.
  • John David Adams — Aggravated Assault Using a Deadly Weapon F2.
  • O’Keith McCollister - Criminal Mischief SJF; Criminal Mischief MA; Interfere with Emergency Call MA.

The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force is headquartered out of Beaumont, Texas, and has Special Deputy Marshals throughout East Texas.

Fugitive apprehension is one of the most highly visible job duties that U.S. marshals perform. For example, in 2013 alone, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) in Eastem Texas, working as part of the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, cleared more than 2,440 fugitive cases. With the help of partnering agencies at the federal, state and local levels, the U.S. marshals were able to bring to justice some of the region’s most dangerous criminals.

Of the fugitive cases cleared by the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force in 2013, 53 were homicide warrants, 178 were sex offender warrants, 32 were weapons offenses warrants, and 187 were assault/aggravated assault warrants.

The U.S. Marshals in the Eastern District of Texas has no less than 70 participating agencies, which include 40 full-time and 84 part-time task force officers. Center Police Department Chief Jim Albers said, “our commitment to our community is stronger than ever, and by partnering with the community, we will continue to bring these fugitives to justice.”

If you feel that you may be a fugitive, or that you have outstanding Warrants, you can feel free to contact the Center Police Department, The Shelby County Sheriff Department, or any of your local Law Enforcement Agencies and make arrangements to tum yourself in.

Also, if you believe that someone you know may be a fugitive from justice, you can contact the Center Police Department, The Shelby County Sheriff Department or any of your local Law Enforcement Agencies and make a report. You can also contact Crimestoppers and make a report.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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SCSO Reports False Report; Commends Law Enforcement and School on Response - January 23, 2015
Submitted by Chad Brown

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reported that on Friday, January 23, 2015 at about 1:00p.m. the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report of a possible armed subject on the campus of the Joaquin Independent School District. The SCSO responded with multiple other agencies in the county assisting in the response. After the investigation of the incident was completed it was determined that the initial report was fictitious.

Sheriff Blackwell would like to thank all the agencies who assisted with ensuring the welfare and safety of our children and community. Sheriff Blackwell would also like to commend the Joaquin I.S.D. for their response and safety measures that were put into effect in response to the initial report.

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Joaquin and Tenaha Schools No Longer on Lockdown - January 23, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford


Deputies Derek Barbee and Roy Bailey search the grounds
of a house located across the street from Joaquin Elementary School.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department reports Joaquin school is no longer on lockdown.

Chief Deputy Shad Sparks reports, "The Joaquin school is officially off lockdown. We are remaining on scene at this time still investigating." The 9-1-1 call came in as a gun was brought on campus, Sparks updated saying, "It was reported that it was (a gun) but after further investigation it was determined that there was no gun involved in the incident."

A message from Scott Tyner, Tenaha ISD Superintendent of Schools, reported:

At approximately 1:30 PM today (Friday, January 23), I ordered a lockdown of TISD for precautionary measures. While the students and staff of TISD were never in the direct threat of harm’s way, it is my belief that when it comes to threats to student safety that no precautions are extreme. Students were only in lockdown for a short period of time and at approximately 2:00 PM the order to “stand down” was given and regular class activities resumed. Again, no direct threat to TISD was ever imminent as the alleged incident was occurring in a neighboring community. However, it was the decision of the TISD Administration to err on the side of caution until law enforcement officials were able to confirm that Tenaha did not appear to face any imminent or perceived threat. Thank you once again for your trust in us to care for your most precious gift.

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Paper Shortage for Out of County Birth Certificates - January 23, 2015
Submitted by Jennifer Fountain

Shelby County Clerk's office is almost out of Remote Size Birth Certificate paper. This is the paper birth certificates are issued on if you were born in another county other than Shelby. Paper was ordered back in September, but the printing press the company uses for this size paper is broken.

There are many Texas counties that are out of the remote size paper. This notice has been given because it's time to register for ball. If your child was born in a county other than Shelby county, you will need to contact the county they were born in to get their birth certificate.

Jennifer Fountain, County Clerk, expressed "I know this is a huge inconvenience, but unfortunately we are at the mercy of the vendors we order our paper through."

If you need a phone number for another county, please call county clerks for you phone numbers. And a lot of counties will let you email or fax your request in and pay with a card so they can mail the certificates out faster.

Fountain said "I am so sorry for this, but like I said, we ordered paper 4 months ago, but no one could predict this would happen."

Now, if you need a birth or death certificate for someone that was born or passed away in Shelby County, the county clerk's office can still issue those from our office.

Fountain expressed "Again, I am so sorry for this inconvenience. I understand that this is a huge hardship, however, it is out of our hands. Thank you for your understanding."

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Single-Vehicle Crash Results in Fire - January 22, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Emergency personnel was dispatched to a vehicle on fire on Tuesday night, January 20, 2015 on State Highway (SH) 147 in San Augustine.

The crash was investigated by Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones and according to the report, at 8:50pm .1 mile north of County Road 111 Maurice Watts Jr., 35, of Center was traveling southbound in a black 2015 Chrysler 200 on SH 147.

As the Chrysler traveled through a curve in the roadway a deer ran into the path of the car from the right side. Watts took faulty evasive action, steering right and exited the roadway before striking a tree head-on. The collision caused the vehicle to burst into flame.

Firemen were dispatched to the scene to extinguish the fire and Watts was transported from the scene by ambulance to San Augustine Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

No citations were given at the time of this report.

The car was towed from the scene by Vail and Son Towing.

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Shelbyville Man Dies in Automotive, Pedestrian Crash - January 21, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

A Shelbyville man perished in an automotive, pedestrian crash Wednesday morning, January 21, 2015 in Jasper County.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety, the fatal crash occurred at 6:50am two miles south of Jasper. A 2013 truck tractor owned by Red Watson Logging Inc. towing a pole trailer was traveling southbound on US 96 in the inside lane. For an unknown reason, a pedestrian ran out in front of the 18-wheeler and was struck and killed. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured, but visibly shaken after the crash.

The pedestrian involved in the crash was identified as Jody Michael Vaughn, age 26, of Shelbyville. Vaughn was pronounced dead at the scene by Jasper County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Freddie Miller.

The incident is under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Funeral services will be handled by Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

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