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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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Sheriff's Department Seeking Information Concerning Destroyed Mailboxes - January 21, 2015
Submitted by Shad Sparks

Sheriff Willis Blackwell states that during the evening of Thursday, December 25, 2014 and the morning of December 26, 2014, unidentified individual(s) destroyed several mailboxes along FM 3184, FM 3172, FM 139, and FM 417 East.

Based on the degree of destruction caused to the mailboxes, it is believed an explosive was used. One explosion caused a grass fire that burned a portion of a hay field, and another grass fire in the Huxley area was reported, but the cause remains uncertain at this time.

The suspect vehicle was described as being loud as it sped away from locations before an explosion was heard.

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 you have any information regarding this or any other crime please contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5600 ask to speak with Investigator Chris King.

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City of Center Utilities Report Large Number of Late Payments - January 21, 2015
Submitted by Barbara Boyd

Center Utilities has noticed a large number of business accounts where payment has not been received. Many of these businesses attempted to mail their payment in on time. However, it appears that a failure of the postal system has resulted in payments being delivered late.

If a business mailed payment by US Postal Service, please contact Center Utilities at 936/598-2941 today to ensure that payment has been received and to avoid interruption of utility services.

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Joaquin Plays Host to Television Film Crew - January 19, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz entered Worsham's Grocery in Joaquin and visited with Phil and Debra Worsham during shooting of American Pickers on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

The city of Joaquin was host to members of the American Pickers television film crew on Saturday, January 17, 2015 as they filmed and visited with Dennis and Debbie Leggett. During filming Shelby County Today was on scene. The stars of the show Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz would occasionally take a break and visited with residents and stores off the Joaquin square.

Two such businesses they visited were the Ram House Café and Worsham's Grocery. When Wolfe visited with Phil and Debra Worsham in Worsham's Grocery he shared that Joaquin was the only place he knew they would be visiting in East Texas at this time and following shooting they would be returning to Louisiana after having been on the road for a week. Wolfe and Fritz commenced to signing autographs while they were in the store.

Traffic around the square was at a high pace for a Saturday in Joaquin as residents drove into to town to spy the film crew in action. The film crew motor home and equipment vehicles were set up in the middle of the Joaquin square parking area and they marched between there and Leggett's shop for the majority of the day.

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Dennis Leggett (middle) is seen with Mike Wolfe (left) and Frank Fritz (black jacket) and a film crew member (blue shirt) as they discuss an old motorcycle frame in between filming.

 

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Shelby County Jury Cancellation - January 16, 2015
Submitted by Lori Oliver

The jury that has been summoned for Monday, January 26, 2015 for the 273rd District Court Honorable Charles R. Mitchell presiding has been cancelled due to scheduled cases being resolved or passed.

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

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Crash on Tenaha Street Causes Short Traffic Detour - January 16, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

A three vehicle crash occurred on Tenaha Street near the intersection of Malone Street at 3:40pm on Thursday afternoon causing northbound traffic to have to detour onto Childs Street and behind the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library.

According to Center Police Department Officer Maegan Wright, a white Hyundai Tucson driven by Charles Whitaker, age 40, of Louisiana, was northbound on Tenaha Street when it stopped to make a left turn into a private parking lot. A gray Infiniti 4-door sedan driven by Mark Lewis, age 25, of Center, was also traveling northbound on Tenaha Street. Lewis attempted to steer the car to the right to avoid rear ending the Hyundai but failed and struck the rear passenger side of the stopped vehicle with its front driver side. Upon impact the Hyundai spun around and struck a G.M.C. pickup truck traveling south on Tenaha Street as it passed by the crash.

Only receiving minor damage, the G.M.C., driven by Jasa Rodgers, age 17, of Center with one passenger, pulled off the roadway into a private parking lot. The Hyundai came to rest in the middle of the roadway facing south with damage to its rear passenger side and its front passenger side. The Infiniti came to rest on the shoulder racing north.

ACE EMS responded and no injuries requiring emergency medical transport from the scene were reported. Whitaker was taken by private vehicle for medical examination. The Infiniti and Hyundai had to be towed from the scene. No citation information is known at this time and the crash is under investigation by Officer Maegan Wright. Assisting at the scene with traffic control was Officer John Welch.

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Fallen Tree Causes Early Morning Crash on FM 2694 - January 14, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A single-vehicle crash which occurred on FM 2694 involving a tree on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 caused some traffic delays early in the morning and required the assistance of TxDOT to help clear the area in between FS 165 and FM 3471.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at 6am a grey 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by J.C. Vaughn, 78, of Shelbyville was traveling southbound on FM 2694 near mile marker 534 when he met with a large pine tree in the roadway. As it was predawn and still dark, Vaughn could not see the tree and struck it head-on, causing major damage to the front of the truck. Upon impact, the tree broke and the truck pushed the broken section of the tree off the roadway and continued into a tree line on the right side of the roadway where it came to rest.

Vaughn was complaining of some pain in his side at the scene and left the scene by private vehicle to be medically examined.

A TxDOT crew arrived on scene with a skid steer and chain saws and quickly cleared the debris from the roadway allowing traffic to return to a regular flow.

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Inmate Assaults Shelby County Jailer - January 13, 2015
Submitted by Shad Sparks

Sheriff Willis Blackwell states that on January 11, 2015, Jailer, Randy Dickerson was assaulted by an inmate, Marquel Ealy, in the Shelby County Jail. Deputy Bradley Horton responded when dispatched to the jail for assistance. Sheriff Blackwell states that around 3:00PM, Marquel Ealy, arrested by Timpson P. D. Officer, Thomas Jernigan, was being booked into the Shelby County Jail for public intoxication.

While processing, inmate Ealy became very belligerent and combative with Jailer Dickerson and Jailer Jericka Moore. Inmate Ealy was ordered to a holding cell when he ran to another door and started beating on it. At that time, a struggle ensued and during the course of the struggle Jailer Dickerson received abrasions to his facial area causing injury.

Inmate Ealy was subdued and charged with Assault on a Public Servant, Felony 3.

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Sheriff Blackwell Reports Decline in Calls for Service in 2014; Over $100,000 in Stolen Property Recovered - January 13, 2015
Submitted by Shad Sparks

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the Shelby County Sheriff's Office for the 2014 year received a total of 7,991 calls for service. This is a decline from 2013 which had a total of 9,316 calls for service. (This number does not include walk-ins or on view incidents).

Sheriff Blackwell states a more active patrol with agencies working together and complete investigations, as well as help from the community, is credited for the decline. When you have law enforcement working together with the community support, a lot can be accomplished.

Sheriff Blackwell states there is still a lot that needs to be done, but we are working on it. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office also recovered stolen property totaling $129,670 for the year of 2014 and there were 716 civil papers served.

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Center FD, Timpson VFD Fight House Fire on CR 1490 - January 12, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Center Fire Department (CFD) was dispatched to a house fire on CR 1490 (Upper Arcadia Road) at 7:32am on Monday, January 12, 2015 and the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) was called in to assist.

When Clay Crocker, the owner, arrived at the residence he discovered the house was on fire and contacted the fire department. As the Center firemen arrived at the scene, the driveway into the residence was very muddy and difficult for the large fire trucks to traverse. The brick house on the property was completely engulfed in flames upon their arrival.

After the supply of water was exhausted, and more water was required to help extinguish the flames, the assistance of the TVFD was requested and they delivered two tanker trucks to the location of the fire. CFD and TVFD firemen worked to extinguish the remaning blaze.

A CFD tanker truck became stuck in the driveway as it entered the property and had to be pulled free as the firemen departed the scene. The Center Police Department assisted at the scene by parking a vehicle at the entrance to the property to mark the location for approaching fire trucks.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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Fire Destroys Passenger Van on U.S. 96 - January 12, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

U.S. 96 South was the scene of a passenger van fire on Sunday, January 11, 2015. Emergency crews responded immediately to the scene after receiving a 9-1-1 call.

The Center Fire Department was dispatched to the scene of the fire at 3:35pm and when they arrived the van was engulfed in flames. The firemen put water to the fire and were able to extinguish the flames. As the firemen worked to quench the flames, traffic on the northbound and southbound sides of the highway were blocked by emergency personnel.

According to the Center Fire Department, the vehicle was a maroon 2003 Ford van belonging to the House of Refuge Apostolic Ministry in Center.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers Jade Lavergne and Keith Jones, Center Police Department Sgt. Scott Burkhalter and Shelby County Sheriff's Department Deputies Kurtes Lawrence and Bradley Horton assisted the Center Fire Department at the scene.

The cause of the fire was undetermined at the time personnel cleared the scene. The scene was cleared at 4:05pm.

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Logansport Bridge Scene of Two-Vehicle Crash - January 12, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Emergency personnel was dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on the Logansport Bridge on U.S. Highway 84 East in Haslam on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the crash to provide traffic control as the westbound side of the roadway was blocked. The firemen were able to provide a safe travel area allowing vehicles to travel through as the crash scene was being investigated.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne, at 7:36pm a white 2000 Ford pickup truck driven by Thomas Gibbs, 40, of Joaquin was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 84 when a medical issue occurred. Gibbs traveled into the westbound lane and struck a gold 2005 Dodge pickup truck head-on causing major damage. The Dodge was driven by Jamie Brenton McCardle, 27, of Malone Fl. and currently residing in Logansport.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. Gibbs was issued citations for driving while license invalid and driving on the wrong side of the roadway not passing.

The scene was cleared at 8:41pm.

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Multi-Agency Investigation Into Reported Stolen Vehicle, Crash Scene - January 12, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Several agencies are involved in an investigation stemming from events on late Friday, January 9, and early Saturday, January 10, 2015 relating to the possible theft of at least one vehicle and a wreck involving another.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper Keith Jones was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash at 8am on Saturday, January 10, 2015 on State Highway 87 South one mile north of Shelbyville at Red Rock Construction.

A green 1998 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 registered to Jonathan Greer of Warren, Texas was traveling southbound on 87 South when the truck left the roadway to the right and the driver over corrected left. The truck traveled across the northbound traffic lane and then over an embankment where it traveled through a barbed wire fence. The truck then continued down the other side of the embankment where it rolled over two diesel tanks and into two large air compressors before coming to rest on its wheels.

When an employee with the company arrived at the scene he located the crash and no driver could be found. Another vehicle in the area of the crash was believed to have been stolen and was later located by Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Cody Muse at a residence at the end of Spring Branch Road in Center on Friday night.

Officers with the Center Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department interviewed residents at the house on Spring Branch Road following the discovery of the crash scene on 87 South. At this time the Texas Department of Public Safety, Center Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department are continuing to investigate these incidents which appear to law enforcement to somehow be connected.

More information on these incidents will be provided on Shelby County Today as it is made available.

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Driver Transported by Ambulance Following Single-Vehicle Crash - January 12, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The driver of a vehicle involved in a single-vehicle crash was transported from the scene by ambulance on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

Emergency personnel with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and ACE EMS were dispatched to the scene early Saturday near Flat Fork Creek on U.S. Highway 96 North.

According to DPS Trooper Keith Jones, at 6:55am Kevin Clinton Fulmer, 31, of Timpson was traveling northbound on U.S. 96 North in a grey Buick Century when he left the roadway to the right. Fulmer then over corrected to the left causing the vehicle to cross all of the traffic lanes of the highway and leave the roadway on the southbound side.

The Buick continued down an embankment, struck a fence causing minor damage and came to rest in a shallow body of water just near Flat Fork Creek facing north.

Fulmer was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to NMC Center Emergency Department for possible injuries. He was also issued a citation for wrong side of roadway not passing in a no pass zone and driving while license suspended.

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Sand Hill Water Supply Boil Water Notice Lifted - January 10, 2015

The Boil Water Notice for Sand Hills Water Supply has been lifted as of Saturday, January 10, 2015.

Randall Lout

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Special Weather Statement for Shelby County and Surrounding Areas for Jan. 9 - January 9, 2015

Winter precipitation returning to portions of the four state region Saturday night and early Sunday.

A reinforcing surge of arctic air will return to the four state region tonight with very cold temperatures expected once again. The leading edge of this artic air mass is very shallow and will only push into southeast Texas and south central Louisiana before returning warm and moist air overruns the colder temperatures at the surface Saturday and Sunday night.

An upper level low pressure system currently spinning across the Baja Region will begin to eject out into northern Mexico and the Texas Hill Country on Saturday. Light rain will begin to develop across central and southeast Texas Saturday afternoon, quickly spreading north and east across our region Saturday night. The warmer air just above the surface suggests that this precipitation will likely begin as a cold rain Saturday evening. However, as the precipitation continues to fall later Saturday night, temperatures will likely fall to near freezing along the Interstate 20 corridor of Northeast Texas and Northern Louisiana or along and north of a line from Tyler and Longview to Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana. Thus the rain could change over to light freezing rain along and north of the corridor late Saturday night. Little, if any, freezing rain accumulation is expected along the Interstate 20 corridor of Northeast Texas and Northern Louisiana overnight Saturday night through early Sunday morning.

Further north of the Interstate 20 corridor, including all of southern and southwest Arkansas, southeast Oklahoma, and the northern third of northeast Texas - light freezing rain will be more likely as temperatures are expected to fall below freezing Saturday night. Freezing rain accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch will be possible across this region late Saturday night through early Sunday morning before temperatures warm enough by late morning Sunday with freezing rain transitioning to a cold rain. Some slight ice accumulation of elevated bridges and overpasses as well as on trees and power lines will be possible across this region late Saturday night into early Sunday. Winter weather advisories may become necessary for this region as the event nears.

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DPS Seeks Help Locating Fugitive - January 9, 2015
Submitted by David Hendry

The Texas Department of Public Safety is seeking the public’s help in locating a wanted fugitive from Cherokee County. DPS received a request to locate and arrest Jimmie Edward Ervin Jr – black male, 5’-5’’ tall, 160 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, 33 years of age.

Ervin is wanted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for Revocation of Probation (original charge: Delivery of a Controlled Substance), a first degree felony. Information was received that Ervin recently resided in Lufkin.

Any information regarding the whereabouts of Erwin please contact law enforcement, DPS at 936-699-7340, or Crime Stoppers at 936-639- TIPS.

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Crews preparing for wintry weather forecast for the area - January 9, 2015
Submitted by Kathi White

LUFKIN, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) crews are getting ready for icy weather conditions forecast for the local area this weekend. Crews have already started pre-treating U.S. 59 and a few other locations in anticipation of the winter storm.

According to TxDOT, maintenance crews in the Lufkin District’s nine county area (Angelina, Houston, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby and Trinity counties) have outfitted dump trucks and pickup trucks with necessary equipment and materials for response to emergency situations as weather conditions change. Crews will continue to pre-treat some roadways Friday including Loop 287 in Lufkin and Loop 224 in Nacogdoches and will report to work when conditions warrant during the weekend. Efforts include inspecting highly exposed areas that are susceptible to wind and ice such as bridges, ramps and overpasses. De-icing materials and rock will be placed over those areas as needed to improve travel.

“Crews are prepared but if conditions get so bad that it makes driving hazardous the best and safest thing to do is to stay off the roads,” said Kathi White, TxDOT spokesperson. “If you absolutely must drive, slow down and use extra precautions especially on elevated surfaces.”

The number of Texas motor vehicle traffic crashes totaled 111,238 during the winter months (Dec. 2013, Jan. 2014, and Feb. 2014). These crashes resulted in 793 fatalities and almost 20,000 injuries (incapacitating and non-incapacitating). TxDOT offers these tips to help minimize potential hazards if you must drive:

• Be extra cautious on bridges, overpasses, ramps, turns and shaded areas which tend to freeze first.
• Reduce speed and allow extra time to reach destinations.
• Increase the following distance between you and other vehicles.
• Stay back at least 200 feet from vehicles treating roadways
• If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes and steer into the direction of skid.
• Remain in your vehicle
• Avoid unnecessary travel

Visit www.drivetexas.org or call 1-800-452-9292 for statewide road conditions. Listen to local weather broadcasts too.

For more information, contact Kathi White at kathi.white@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395. Find out more at www.txdot.gov. “Like” us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/txdot and follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/txdot or www.twitter.com/TxDOTLufkin.

Information contained in this report represents reportable data collected from Texas Peace Officer's Crash Reports (CR-3) received and processed by the Department as of Dec. 8, 2014.

Drive Smart in Winter Weather

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Choice Water Supply Lifts Boil Water Notice - January 8, 2015
Submitted by Shirley Di Verdi

Choice Water Supply customers that were under the boil water notice for January 6, 2015 no longer need to boil their drinking water.

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Hard Freeze Warning Continues; NWS Warns of Frostbite - January 8, 2015

Hard freeze warning remains in effect for the entire four state region from 6 pm CST tonight through 9am CST Thursday. This warning locally includes Shelby, Panola, and San Augustine Counties

Lake wind advisory has expired. Arctic high pressure will bring the coldest air so far this winter season. With temperatures expected to fall well below freezing across much of the region this evening and into the teens by daybreak Thursday.

Temperatures will fall below freezing across much of the region early this evening and not climb back above 20 degrees until mid-morning Thursday.

Prolonged exposure to these very cold temperatures can cause frostbite. Keep an eye on the elderly, as they can be very vulnerable to these dangerously cold temperatures. Ensure that exposed pipes are covered and sensitive vegetation is protected. If possible, bring pets indoors or give them a warm place to stay.

A hard freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

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Schoolchildren Safe Following Two-Vehicle Crash on Hurst Street - January 7, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Schoolchildren involved in a two-vehicle crash with a school bus and passenger car are safe tonight following the incident which took place on Hurst Street in Center.

The Center Fire Department arrived on scene at 3:46pm on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 and used jaws of life to help extricate the driver of a white Ford from her vehicle in front of Brookshire Brothers Grocery store. ACE EMS was on scene and moved the driver to an ambulance as members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Center ISD police officers and Center Police officers worked traffic control.

According to Center Police Officer Maegan Wright, Janet Glenn, 52, of Tenaha was traveling south on Hurst Street in a Center ISD bus full of schoolchildren. As the school bus was in front of Brookshire Brothers a white Ford four-door driven by Sandra Bray, 66, with passenger Elmer Bray, both of Timpson, pulled in front of the school bus causing the school bus to collide with the driver's side of the Ford.

ACE EMS transported Bray from the scene to the NMC Center Emergency Department helipad where she was life-flighted to LSU Hospital for treatment.

None of the schoolchildren were reported to have been injured as a result of the crash and were all safely moved from bus 15 to school bus 18 for transport.

Members of the Center Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Department, and Center ISD Police Department worked together providing traffic control at the scene.

No citations have been issued at this time.

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Center PD Investigates Two-Vehicle Crash Involving School Bus - January 7, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers


Center ISD Police Officer Misty Ray is seen escorting students
from the bus involved in the crash.

The Center Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle crash involving a Center ISD school bus and a four-door passenger vehicle which took place at 3:46 on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 on Hurst Street in front of Brookshire Brothers. The driver of the vehicle was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to NMC Center Emergency Department for treatment. All of the children on the school bus walked from the bus to another school bus for transport and appeared to be in good condition.

More information will be provided on Shelby County Today as it is made available.

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Sand Hill Boil Water Notice - January 7, 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 January 6, 2015 from Mt. Herman on Highway 7 West to Attoyac River. 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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Tenaha City Marshal's Office Seeks Burglary Suspect - January 7, 2015
Submitted by Jimmy Wagstaff

The Tenaha City Marshal's Office is investigating a burglary that took place in early December and the responsible parties are being sought.

Sometime between December 1, 2014 and December 5, 2014 an unknown person or persons entered the residence of Carl and Vickie Jernigan located at 168 Vine Street in Tenaha. Several firearms were taken from the residence.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the Tenaha City Marshal's Office at (936) 248-3841 or you local law enforcement agency.

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Center Police Lieutenant Recovers Stolen Vehicle - January 7, 2015
Submitted by Lt. Jeremy Bittick

While on patrol, Center Police Lt. Jeremy Bittick observed a silver 1998 Dodge pickup on January 6, 2015 at approx. 3:10pm, on the side of the roadway on Old Neuville Rd. The vehicle was just outside of the Center City Limits.

The vehicle appeared to have been sitting for several days. It was parked in a conspicuous manner, away from any buildings or residences. Out of suspicion, Lt. Bittick ran the License Plate (80VDV5) through dispatch for confirmation on any possible reports on the vehicle. The vehicle return came back as stolen out of Smith County, Texas.

Lt. Bittick called for CID Detectives for an initial investigation. Detectives Stephen Stroud and David Haley arrived at the scene at approximately 3:20pm and called for a wrecker.

Sgt. Duane Gordon arrived on scene and completed an inventory of the vehicle. Joey Ross Wrecker Service arrived at the scene at approx. 3:28pm with a roll-back wrecker and transported the vehicle to the Center Police Department where it is being held for further investigation by Smith County.

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Severe Weather Alert, NWS Projects Hard Freeze - January 7, 2015

National Weather Service in Shreveport LA.
5:16am CST Wednesday, January 7, 2015

* Lake Wind Advisory remains in effect for the entire four state region from 9am through 6pm CST today.
* Hard Freeze Warning in effect for the entire four state region from 6pm CST tonight through 9am CST Thursday.

Artic high pressure will build south into the region today with a tight pressure gradient resulting in gusty northerly winds. This will also spill the coldest air so far this winter season southward. Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing across much of the region this evening and well into the teens area-wide by daybreak Thursday.

Northerly winds will increase to 15 to 20mph with gusts to 30mph after 9am and continue throughout the day.
Temperatures will fall below freezing across much of the region early this evening and not climb back above 20 degrees until mid-morning Thursday.

Temperatures can cause frostbite. Keep an eye on the elderly as they can be very vulnerable to these dangerously cold temperatures. Ensure that exposed pipes are covered and sensitive vegetation is protected. If possible, bring pets indoors or give them a warm place to stay.

A lake wind advisory indicates that winds will cause rough chop on area lakes. Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.

A hard freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation

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NWS Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook, Arctic Cold Front - January 6, 2014

National Weather Service Shreveport LA
12:08 pm CST Tuesday, January 6, 2015

This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of South Central Arkansas ... Southwest Arkansas ... North Central Louisiana ... Northwest Louisiana ... Southeast Oklahoma ... East Texas and Northeast Texas.

Day one ... this afternoon and tonight ... No hazardous weather is expected through tonight.

Days two through seven ... Wednesday through Monday ... An arctic cold front will move through the region tonight...allowing the coldest air so far this winter season to spill south into the region during the day Wednesday. A long duration of subfreezing temperatures is expected as they fall into the teens to near 20 degrees Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. An upper level disturbance will enter West Texas on Friday. The first round of precipitation is expected during the day Friday. A mix of rain...sleet...and snow will be possible early Friday morning north of a line from Jacksonville, Texas to Columbia, Louisiana. The precipitation may transition to all liquid rain as temperatures warm during the day Friday.

A second and more significant round of precipitation will develop on Saturday. Areas of light rain possibly mixed with sleet and snow will be possible across portions of East and Northeast Texas and into Southeast Oklahoma and portions of Southwest Arkansas. Temperatures are expected to remain above freezing during the afternoon...but this precipitation is expected to increase areawide Saturday night and Sunday morning. With temperatures falling below freezing once again roughly along and north of Interstate 20...a mix of freezing rain and sleet will be possible. This would result in the potential for ice accumulations on bridges and overpasses...trees and power lines Saturday night and Sunday morning...before temperatures are able to climb back above freezing by midday Sunday.

There is still some uncertainty regarding the amount of ice accumulations...as this will be highly dependent on the location and duration of the subfreezing temperatures. Residents and persons with interests in the area should continue to monitor the latest information from the National Weather Service regarding the potential for winter precipitation across the region this weekend.

Spotter information statement... Activation of emergency management personnel...amateur radio operators...and storm spotters will not be needed through tonight.

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Notice to Timpson Utility Customers - January 6, 2015
Submitted by Barbara Hunt

Effective January 1, 2015 Timpson city utility customers being billed for garbage service should have received a green polecat for curbside pickup. This would apply to all customers currently receiving and paying for individual pickup, excluding the THA apartments and Timpson Sr. Apartments.

If you did not receive a cart, and feel you should have, please contact city hall 936-254-2421.

Polycart service will be Wednesday. Dumpster Service will be Monday/Thursday.

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Excelsior ISD Early Dismissal Today - January 6, 2015
Submitted by Tamara Tanner

Excelsior ISD is dismissing classes TODAY at 1:30 p.m. due to a break in a water line that has resulted in our water being turned off for an extended period of time.

Parents can begin picking up students now...buses will run at 1:30.

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Public Notice to Boil Water - January 8, 2015
Submitted by Shirley Di Verdi

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 1/06/2015 south end of 96 in the Spann’s chapel area.

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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Stabbing Suspect Arrested on Center Crime Stoppers Tip - January 6, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A Center Crime Stoppers tip was instrumental in the arrest of a wanted suspect in Center who was allegedly involved in a stabbing.

According to a press release issued by Center Police Detective Nicole Faulkner, Center Crime stoppers received a call on the whereabouts of stabbing suspect Marcos Aguilar, 39, of Center on Monday January 5, 2015 at approximately 4:45 p.m.. Center Police Department officers responded to a residence at Pecan Grove trailer park and took the suspect into custody without incident. Aguilar was transported to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and booked into the county jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $100,000 by Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.

Earlier in the day first responders were dispatched to the incident in Center at 10:04am. Center Police Department officers responded to a 911 call at Pecan Grove Trailer Park in reference to a stabbing victim. The victim, Florentina Rojas Gonzales, 37, of Center reported she had been stabbed in the abdomen by her husband Marcos Aguilar.

Gonzales was life-flighted to LSU hospital for treatment of her injuries and no official information on her condition has been shared at this time.

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Stabbing Incident Occurs in Center, Suspect Still at Large - January 5, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

First responders were dispatched to a stabbing incident in Center on Monday, January 5, 2015 and a suspect is still at large.

According to a press release issued by Center Police Detective Nicole Faulkner, at approximately 10:04am Center Police Department officers responded to a 911 call at Pecan Grove Trailer Park in reference to a stabbing victim. The victim, Florentina Rojas Gonzales, 37, of Center reported she had been stabbed in the abdomen by her husband Marcos Aguilar, 39, of Center.

Gonzales was transported by ACE EMS to the Center Municipal Airport where the Center Fire Department established a landing zone and she was then transported by Life Air Rescue helicopter to LSU hospital in Shreveport.

Aguilar was last seen driving a red 2003 Ford Taurus with Texas license plate number CX1V511. Aguilar is wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is a hispanic male and is 5'6" tall with black hair and brown eyes weighing about 140 pounds.

If you have any information on the suspect's location, please contact the Center Police Department at 936-598-2788 or Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE

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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273rd District Court Jury Cancellation - January 5, 2015
Submitted by Lori Oliver

The jury that has been summoned for Monday, January 12th, 2015 for the 273rd District Court Honorable Charles R. Mitchell, Presiding, has been cancelled due to the scheduled cases being resolved or passed.

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

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Firemen Fight Fire Outside Timpson Early Saturday - January 3, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

Firemen responded to a house fire during Saturday morning's thunderstorm at 1629 CR 4084 in Timpson, Texas.

The Timpson Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) was dispatched to the residential fire at 3:06am on January 3, 2015. Upon arrival on scene, the home, a single wide trailer belonging to John Mahan, had flames and smoke coming out of the windows. After locating the owner safely outside along with his family, the meter was pulled and Timpson firemen attacked the fire using two lines off of tanker trucks to get it under control.

The Center Fire Department was also dispatched to the scene to assist Timpson VFD. Both fire departments managed to get the fire out; however, the fire ravaged the home and its contents and was a total loss for the family.

The Timpson VFD responded with 4 trucks and 9 members. They were back at the station at 5:47am. The Center FD responded with a tanker truck and 6 members. Also, responding to the scene was the Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service.

The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family with clothing and shelter.

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DETEC Outage Report Following Thunder Storm - January 3, 2015

As of 11:00am Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative reports at this time approximately 1000 members within San Augustine and Shelby County are remaining without power. Crews worked throughout the night and continue to work to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.

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Flash Flood Watch From NWS for Shelby County - January 2, 2015

A flash flood watch in effect for parts of east and northeast Texas, including Shelby County, Carthage, Lufkin Texas, South Central Arkansas, and Northwest and North Central Louisiana to a line southeast of Magnolia, Arkansas to Shreveport, La.

Showers and thunderstorms will produce heavy rainfall overnight and on Saturday across an area that had received 2 to 3 inches recently. Flash flood watch in effect from 9pm this evening through Saturday afternoon.

From tonight through Saturday afternoon additional rainfall amounts of one to three inches with isolated higher amounts will occur over an area that had received from two to three inches of rain from New Years through early Friday morning. This rain event will be due to a surface low pressure system lifting northeast across the ArkLaTex with a warm front lifting northeast with the low and a cold front trailing southwest from the system as an upper level storm system over Arizona and New Mexico moves northeast out into the plains providing disturbances aloft and added lift and instability. A deep and rich supply of moisture will be available for efficient rain production.

Heavy rainfall over the saturated soils from previous rains will result in rapid water runoff and result in flash flooding and filling of small creeks, streams, rivers, and low water crossing. Do not drive into areas with high or rapid moving water.

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

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District Judge Swears In Elected Shelby County Officials - January 2, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers, Album

Newly elected officials were sworn in to their offices at a ceremony held in the Shelby County Courthouse on Friday, January 2, 2015. Charles Mitchell, 273rd Judicial District Court Judge, administered the oaths of office to all present officials.

Kerry Green, Pastor at Dreka Pentecostal Church, opened the ceremony and then Allison Harbison, Shelby County Judge, introduced Judge Mitchell who in turn swore in Harbison as County Judge; Bradley Allen, Commissioner Precinct 5; and Jimmy Lout, Commissioner Precinct 2.

Judge Mitchell proceeded to swear in Lori Oliver, District Clerk; Margie Anderson, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3; Marla Denby, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2; Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1; Mike Crouch, Justice of the Peace Precinct 5; Ann Blackwell, County Treasurer; Jenny Hicks, Justice of the Peace Precinct 4; Jennifer Fountain, County Clerk; and Debora Riley, Tax Assessor Collector.

Immediately following the swearing in ceremony Judge Harbison, the first woman to be elected county judge in Shelby County, addressed the audience, "First of all I want to thank my family for all of their love and support, and second of all I want to thank my other family of 14 years, my clerk family." Judge Harbison has just vacated her office as County Clerk and in response to her request her now former office staff stood to be recognized.

"I appreciate these ladies so much and all the ladies and gentlemen that have worked in my office for the last 14 years, I feel like they have helped make me who I am and I appreciate y'all so much."

Judge Harbison then formally introduced her new secretary Sandra Green, "She and I will be here to help in any way, all you have to do is come by and talk to us, okay. I'd like to thank all of the other elected officials, I really look forward [to] working with all of you. I think all of you know me and you know that I'll be here for you."

The swearing in ceremony was then adjourned and all present were invited to partake in refreshments and to visit with one another.

 

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