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Law Enforcement, Medical Personnel Search for Crashed Vehicle - September 29, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Law enforcement and medical personnel were in search of a single-vehicle crash just north of Tenaha on Monday afternoon, September 29, 2014. The vehicle had left the roadway somewhere on U.S. Highway 59 North and it was unclear for a time if the vehicle was in Panola or Shelby County.

Tenaha City Marshal Jimmy Wagstaff and Bryan Gray, Constable Precinct 4, traveled the roadway into Panola County in search of the vehicle with no sign of its whereabouts. The vehicle was finally discovered on property leased by Mark Odum 1/2 a mile north of Tenaha.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne investigated the scene and according to her report, at 3:58pm a maroon 2012 Ford Expedition driven by Whitton Leonard Jr., 66, of Timpson was traveling southbound on U.S. 59 north of Tenaha when he left the roadway to the left, crossing all four traffic lanes. The Expedition traveled down an embankment on the northbound side of the roadway struck a fence and several small Chinese Tallow trees before coming to rest on private property.

Leonard refused medical treatment from ACE EMS at the scene. He was cited for failure to drive in a single lane.


Single-Vehicle Crash Claims life of Shelby County Resident - September 29, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

A local man lost his life on Sunday morning in Neuville following a single-vehicle crash on FM 2140. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene at 8:21am after an off-duty State Trooper located the vehicle. Emergency crews from the Shelby County Sheriff's Department (Deputy Kurtes Lawrence), ACE EMS and the Center Fire Department were dispatched to the scene of the crash.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper Jade Lavergne investigated the crash and according to the DPS report, at 7:55am a grey 2003 Dodge Ram driven by Charles Ray Davis, 78, of Center was traveling southbound on FM 2140 1 half mile from the intersection with FM 417. The truck left the roadway to the right and then traveled back across to the northbound shoulder where it struck a mailbox and then a culvert before it went airborne and crashed onto its roof.

Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, pronounced Davis dead at the scene at 8:30am. Center Firemen used jaws of life to access the vehicle and assist in extracting Davis from the truck. Watson & Sons Funeral Home transported Davis from the scene to Mangum Funeral Home in Center.


Man Survives Single-Vehicle Crash Off Overpass in Joaquin - September 29, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

A man has survived a single-vehicle crash off the side of an overpass in Joaquin early Saturday morning, September 27, 2014.

Emergency personnel was alerted to the crash just before 2am after a 9-1-1 call from the driver was transferred to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Department. A short time later a DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Deputy located the vehicle just east of the State Highway 7 and U.S. 84 intersection at the overpass alongside railroad tracks. When Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies Adam Renfro and Cody Muse arrived at the scene the driver was still in the vehicle and was responsive.

When Shelby County Today arrived at the scene, emergency vehicles were accessing the truck through a utility right-of-way alongside the roadway overgrown with brush . ACE EMS responded to the scene and following an examination determined that the driver, Tommy Lawson, 79, of Joaquin was able to walk to the ambulance. With assistance, Mr. Lawson walked to the ambulance and was transported to ETMC Carthage for treatment.

The brown Chevrolet Silverado which Lawson was driving appeared to have been traveling westbound on State Highway 84 East when the truck left the roadway to the right and rolled several times down the embankment alongside the overpass and came to rest on its wheels facing north.

The crash scene was investigated by Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne.


Driver Hospitalized Following Single-vehicle Crash on SH 87 - September 26, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

The photo above shows the path of the pickup truck as it left the roadway before it began to roll.

The driver of a truck that crashed on State Highway 87 South was hospitalized in Nacogdoches on Thursday night, September 25, 2014.

Emergency first responders were dispatched to the scene at 7:50pm with the Center Fire Department in charge of traffic control and ACE EMS responding to care for any injured parties.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper John Hallenbeck, a white Ford F-250 4x4 pickup truck driven by Joseph Augusta Hicks of Abilene was traveling southeast on 87 South when a distraction inside the vehicle caused him to lose control of the truck.

As the Ford passed County Road 2010 it veered to the left across the northbound lanes and over a culvert at the entrance to Murco Chicken Farms. Eyewitness accounts at the scene were that the truck rolled four times in the ditch causing major damage to the truck before coming to rest on its wheels atop another driveway to the chicken farm.

Hicks was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.



City of Joaquin to Shut-off Water on Sunday for Water System Upgrades - September 26, 2014
Submitted by Perry Pugh

The City of Joaquin will shut the water off for the Joaquin Service Area Sunday, September 28, 2014 starting at 7:00am until 7:00pm. The shut down is another phase of putting the new reverse osmosis water system in operation. We apologize for the inconvenience

Water to the Haslam Service area will not be off. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call Perry Pugh, Public Works Director, City of Joaquin.


Woman Involved in Three-Vehicle Crash Loses Life on U.S. 84 (Update) - September 25, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Texas Department of Public Safet State Troopers Jimmy Faulkner and Brady Stanaland are seen examining the red pickup truck involved in the crash. (No one was inside of the vehicle at the time the photos were taken.)

A woman has lost her life following a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 84 in between Tenaha and Joaquin on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Firemen from the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department and the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the crash at 10:45am and Joaquin was asked to bring jaws of life.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper Jimmy Faulkner and Trooper Brady Stanaland responded to the scene, and according to the report issued by DPS, a red 2012 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Dana Bordelon Guilbeau, 50, of Simmesport, Louisiana was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 84 East one mile from FM 699  when the truck swerved. A red 2007 Peterbilt 18-wheeler owned by Tim Ables Trucking Co. of Gladewater and driven by Bendrick Duane Moye, 36, of Overton, Texas was traveling eastbound at the same time and the two vehicles collided head-on.

The third vehicle involved was a westbound black 2013 Chevrolet truck owned by Gilbert Paving and driven by Richard Leroy Gilbert, 73, of Lufkin. Gilbert’s vehicle was struck by Guilbeau’s vehicle in the front left quarter panel after it struck the 18-wheeler.

The 18-wheeler then left the roadway to the left, traveled up an embankment on the westbound side and came to a halt next to the train tracks. The Silverado remained in the middle of the roadway with Guilbeau inside. When the Joaquin and Tenaha Volunteer Fire Departments arrived at the scene they began working traffic control and used jaws of life to help extricate Guilbeau from the wreckage.

Guilbeau was pronounced dead at the scene by Larry "Dude" Jones, Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace, at 11:15am.

As emergency personnel arrived, an assessment was still being made of the crash scene when a train horn could be heard in the distance. It was a tense moment for some there as the train approached when not everyone at the scene was aware of the exact position of the 18-wheeler truck tractor to the train tracks. Moye was seated inside of the cab of the truck as the train brakes were engaged with the train safely passing the truck cab and coming to a stop.
Moye walked to the ambulance and was transported to ETMC in Carthage with unknown injuries. Gilbert was not reportedly injured in the crash. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

Also assisting at the scene was Bryan Gray, Constable Precinct 4; Jimmy Wagstaff, Tenaha City Marshal's Office; and Derek Barbee, Shelby County Sheriff's Department.



Vehicle Crashes on CR 4098 Near Timpson - September 24, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

County Road 4098 outside of Timpson was the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Wednesday morning, September 24, 2014. First responders to the scene included Stanley Burgay, Constable Precinct 5, and Kent Graham, Timpson Police Chief.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jordan Eastridge, at 8am a 2003 silver Honda driven by Jimmy Estes, 24, of Channelview, Texas was traveling northbound on County Road 4098 when it entered a curve in the roadway at an unsafe speed. Estes lost control of the vehicle causing it to leave the roadway to the right, traveling through a ditch and rolling a couple of times.. The Honda came to rest in the middle of the road facing south.

His mother-in-law stated to law enforcement at the scene that previous to the arrival of any emergency personnel, Estes indicated he had injuries and he was transported by private vehicle from the scene to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Estes was cited for no insurance and unsafe speed.


Paxton Water/Jackson Plant Public Notice to Boil Water - September 22, 2014
Submitted by Shirley Di Verdi

The boil water notice has been lifted.

Due to water main break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water System, Paxton Water/ Jackson plant, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This is for the customers that were out of water on 9/16 and 9/17/2014 in the lambert hill area on hwy 7.

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.


Citizens Bank Site of Single-Vehicle Crash - September 22, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

Citizens Bank in Center was the location of a single-vehicle crash on Monday morning, September 22, 2014 and the driver was transported from the scene by ambulance.

The Center Police Department was contacted at 6:57am with reports of a reckless driver who was traveling on State Highway 7 East toward Center and who had struck a couple of mailboxes. The truck traveled the Center square just before the incident occurred.

According to the report provided at the scene to Shelby County Today by Center Police Officer Bobby Walker, at 7am the driver of the black 2000 GMC Sierra single cab pickup truck was Kenneth Ray Furlow, 46, of Shelbyville and he was traveling westbound on San Augustine Street. It is believed that Furlow lost consciousness and struck part of the Citizens Bank building located on the west side of the drive thru. The truck then rolled over onto the driver's side where it came to rest across from Pizzeria on San Augustine Street.

Police Sgt. Duane Gordon and Officer Jake Gross were also at the scene with Officer Walker and ACE EMS when Furlow was extracted through the rear window of the truck. Furlow was disoriented; however, he explained to officers he had a medical condition and medications were located in the vehicle by the officers which supported his claim.

Furlow was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to San Augustine Memorial Hospital for treatment of his condition.

Damage was received by the Citizens Bank building, as well as damage to shrubs located in front of the building. Willis Ferguson tends to the landscaping around the building and he was working at the time. He remarked he was glad that he was not working on the shrubs at the time the incident occurred.

No citations were given at the time of the incident.


Former Center Resident Perishes in Crash Saturday - September 16, 2014

Center High School Class of 2000 has lost another classmate. Chris Porter, age 33, was killed in a vehicle crash in South Austin on Saturday, September 13. To read an article about the crash on KVUE.com, click here.

Link - http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2014/09/13/one-dead-in-south-austin-fatal-accident/15599041/


Lumberton Man Loses Life Following Two-Vehicle Crash (Updated) - September 5, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

A Lumberton man lost his life on Friday, September 5, 2014 following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 96 South.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at 9:34am a black 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Howard Dean Steele, 54, of Lumberton, Tx. was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 96 South. As Steele entered the intersection of FM 2140 a white Dodge Ram DirecTV van driven by Lester Darnell Beuford Jr., 38, of Keithville, La. was traveling southbound into the same intersection.

Trooper Jones stated that Beuford failed to yield right of way to Steele as Beuford made a left turn onto FM 2140, and struck the Harley Davidson. The motorcycle continued onto the southbound shoulder where it crashed with Steele at a line of trees. The van came to a halt on FM 2140.

Steele was life-flighted from the scene of the crash to LSU hospital by Life-Air Rescue where he was pronounced deceased on arrival. The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending at this time.

Members of the Center Fire Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Precinct 1 and Precinct 5 Constables offices all assisted at the scene.
Jessie Griffith with ACE EMS expressed his gratitude at the scene, to the other emergency personnel for working so well together and assisting EMS with the patient.


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