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Center VFD Bingo Canceled; State Requires Qualified Organizations to Seek Licensing - July 31, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Annual Center Volunteer Fire Department Bingo has been temporarily canceled resulting from the requirement by the Texas Lottery Commission of the event to be licensed.

Thomas Hanson, Texas Lottery Commission Enforcement Division Investigator, was informed of the upcoming bingo and he explained for Shelby County Today the laws governing bingo and raffles. Charitable and nonprofit organizations have the right to have bingo and raffles if they are properly licensed.

"It requires the charitable organizations, even if they're having one event for the year, they have to apply for a license. Normally it takes, if you're only doing one event for the year, you apply for that license that's normally a 30 day turnaround," said Hanson. "If you already have a license, then a temporary license for a different event might be a 7-10 day turnaround."

State law requires any of the authorized organizations to seek a license with the Texas Lottery Commission or face the possibility of serious penalties which Hanson explained, "If you go ahead and have bingo you are subject to being charged with a felony of the third degree which authorizes imprisonment up to about five years."

Any organization in Shelby County found to be in violation of the law would be subject to prosecution by the Shelby County District Attorney.

"That's something that probably no organization wants to see and we certainly don't want to see any members of a volunteer fire department getting charged six weeks from now for conducting a bingo session without a license."

Hanson says the Texas Lottery Commission does everything they can to make direct contact to try and get voluntary compliance from any organization which is not licensed and is preparing to have a bingo.

Many local organizations and events in Shelby County may not be aware of the laws governing bingo and raffles, and to avoid the risk of legal action should be informed of the law. According to the Texas Occupations Code, Title 13. Chapter 2001, A bingo license for a qualified organization (volunteer fire department, religious society, veterans organization, nonprofit organization) has a fee of $25 and, once acquired, is for use on a single occasion and within a 4-hour time period. No more than six licenses may be used by an organization in a calendar year.

The Occupations Code, Title 13. Chapter 2002 pertains to charitable raffles. The following information must be printed on each raffle ticket sold or offered for sale:(1) the name of the organization conducting the raffle; (2) the address of the organization or of a named officer of the organization; (3) the ticket price; (4) a general description of each prize having a value of more than $10 to be awarded in the raffle; and (5) the date on which the raffle prize or prizes will be awarded.

A lot of organizations may be under the impression a 50/50 raffle is legal when according to the Charitable Raffle Act, Occupations Code, Title 13. Chapter 2002, Sec. 2002.056. Restrictions on Prizes: A prize offered or awarded at a raffle may not be money.

More information relating to bingo and raffles is contained within the statutes and can be found at the following links, as well as frequently asked questions: Bingo Enabling Act, Charitable Raffle Act, Raffles and Casino/Poker Nights in Texas Frequently Asked Questions.

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Power Outage Effects Much of Center - July 31, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A power outage in Center was experienced by a large number of AEP SWEPCO customers on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Darkness enveloped a large portion of Hurst and Tenaha Streets, which are main thoroughfares, effecting businesses and homes in the area.

According to Scott McCloud, AEP SWEPCO Representative, the outage occurred as the result of a tree which fell on a power line close to Louisiana Street. Switches were broken which subsequently had to be replaced.

During the time of the outage, 1,100 customers were without power.

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Attorney General Paxton Urges EPA to Extend Effective Date of WOTUS Rule - July 30, 2015
TX Attorney General Press Release

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and representatives from 29 other states urging the EPA to extend the effective date of the planned Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which is currently set to go in effect August 28, 2015. Once the rule gets into effect, virtually every river, stream and creek in the U.S. will come under the oversight of bureaucrats from the EPA. This would force sweeping changes to environmental policy, and will cause unnecessary hardship to farmers, private property owners and businesses having a detrimental effect on local and state economies.

“This unlawful rule seeks to vastly expand the definition of waters under federal control, putting virtually any property owner at risk of facing costly new regulations,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The EPA’s overreach stifles growth, kills jobs and hinders the creation of new ones, and I’m committed to fighting this unprecedented expansion of regulatory power.”

The letter, sent to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo Ellen Darcy, requests that the EPA immediately act to extend the effective date of the WOTUS rule by at least nine months.

On June 29, joined by the states of Louisiana and Mississippi, Attorney General Paxton filed a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s unconstitutional, illegal and costly new water rule. By revising the regulatory definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, the EPA greatly expands federal jurisdiction over waters and threatens the ability of states and private property owners to use their own land. The rule violates the U.S. Constitution, federal law and U.S. Supreme Court precedent, and places costly burdens on landowners in Texas.

To view the letter, please visit: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/files/2015/07-29-15_Letter_to_EPA_and_Corps.pdf?cachebuster:22.

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The HOPE Project Board Names Mike Belgard as CEO; Gears Up for Exciting Changes in 2015 - July 30, 2015
Submitted by Kyndal Banks

The Board of Directors of The HOPE Project has voted to accept Mike Belgard's application as CEO after a special session held Tuesday July 21, 2015. Interim CEO Brandii Polley stepped down from her position July 22, 2015 and Belgard assumed his position immediately thereafter.

The Board appointed Mike Belgard as Chief Executive Officer after a search period. Mr. Belgard, who is a pillar in Shelby County's health services and community, has been a valued HOPE employee since 2013 and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer as well as the clinic's physician assistant.

"I am very excited about it," said Belgard when asked about his new position. "I look forward to taking on this challenge and plan on making HOPE more about the ministry from this point forward. Helping others not only with their physical needs but their emotional and spiritual needs, that is the goal. I look forward to seeing that goal realized."

When asked about the board's decision to hire Mr. Belgard, Ms. Kyndal Banks, Hope Project Director of Public Relations says it was a no-brainer. "This was an easy decision for them; after some deliberation, the Board felt that hiring Mike was the best thing for HOPE and its patients. He knows our community very well. We look forward to the exciting changes Mike will bring with HOPE's support behind him. He is already making some very beneficial changes," said Ms. Banks

"We have had several hard-working founders that put in a lot of time and effort into making HOPE the dependable health resource center that it is; choosing a new CEO was not taken lightly. Health Opportunities for the People of East Texas has done many great things for our community and now with Mike as CEO, the Board and staff are confident that the organization has the leadership and support it needs to continue to provide the services our community deserves. We are confident that with this change, in addition to other personnel changes, HOPE's greatest days are ahead. Our future is bright," she added.

The Board and new CEO are working to identify candidates for a variety of other essential positions that will allow the organization to move forward confidently. As decisions are made, updates will be provided to HOPE donors. Job postings can be found on their website, www.thehopeprojecttexas.org.

"We provide a vital service to our community. With the backing of our supporters, our goal is to not only continue to function as an organization, but to grow so that we can provide better services to more areas," said Ms. Banks.

"At our core, we are just trying to provide health care options and services to the people that need it. But the Board wants more for HOPE as an organization. Why settle? If given the opportunity, why not rise to the occasion to be the best version of ourselves so we can extend that to our patients? We believe Mike can provide that. This new chapter for the Hope Project will be the best one yet. We are excited about moving closer towards our goal of being the leading Health Care center in East Texas."

Ms. Banks said there will be no interruption in Wellness Center and Dental operations. For more information, please call 936.248.4648.

About The Hope Project

The Hope Project is a non-profit faith initiative established in 2003 by the Episcopal Church, with the primary mission of providing quality health care to the people of East Texas, regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status or ability to pay.

Since its inception in 2003, the HOPE project has provided cost-effective health care services to over 5,000 patients. HOPE currently has over 20 employees and more than half of the clinic staff is bilingual. We offer shuttle services for our patients; have established patient appreciations programs, and our actively seeking out new ways to continue to improve at our clinic and in our community. Through determination, hard work, and a deep love for ALL East Texans, the HOPE Project celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2013. We are honored to have served East Texas for the past 10 years and plan to continue to provide quality health care to East Texans in need.

For more information, please visit www.thehopeprojecttexas.org

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National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory - July 29, 2015

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Shreveport, La
233 PM CDT Wed Jul 29, 2015

Heat Advisory in effect through 7pm today (Wednesday)

Hot conditions with dangerous heat index values will continue as the high pressure remains over the region and will produce very hot temperatures and allow for dangerous heat index values.

EVENT: Heat index values will range from between 105 to 110 degrees this afternoon and again on Thursday afternoon due to hot temperatures and high relative humidity values.

TIMING: Heat index values will be in excess of 105 degrees this afternoon and again on Thursday.

IMPACT: The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity values will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

OUTLOOK: Hot conditions will likely continue through Thursday.

Precautionary Preparedness Actions:.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

A heat advisory means a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids. Stay in an air-conditioned room. Stay out of the sun. Check up on relatives and neighbors.

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Information Sought on Cedar Creek Burglaries by Center Crime Stoppers - July 29, 2015
Press Release

On Monday, July 27, 2015 Shelby County Sheriff's Department Deputies responded to the Cedar Creek subdivision in reference to several vehicle burglaries. Items stolen from the vehicles were firearms, purse, wallet, and cash.

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 Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson at 936-572-1468 or Investigator Kevin W. Windham at 936.572.1972.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to remind the citizens of Shelby County to be sure to lock your vehicles at home as well as when you are away. Over the past few months we have been working several burglaries where the vehicles that were locked were left alone and the vehicles that were unlocked had items stolen out of them. Don't make it easy for the thieves. We are living in desperate times where some people would rather steal than work for a living while they supply their drug habit.

If anyone has any information in regards to the burglaries or if anyone has been approached to purchase items from someone please call the Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5600.

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Center Crime Stoppers Seek Information on McCollister - July 29, 2015
Press Release

Update: On Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at approximately 6:11pm, Tony Pernell McCollister, Jr. turned himself in to Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson at the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and was booked into the jail facility for warrant of Burglary of a Habitation, Felony 2.


Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of Tony Pernell McCollister, Jr., 21 of Center. McCollister has an active warrant for Burglary of a Habitation, a 2nd Degree Felony.

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 Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape or warns Tony McCollister, Jr. of impending discovery or apprehension will be arrested and charged in accordance with Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a 3rd Degree Felony.

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Center Crime Stoppers Seeking Information - July 27, 2015
Press Release


Cadarius Evans


Travor Hubbard

(Update): Cadarius Evans turned himself in to Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson at the Shelby County Sheriff's Department on Monday, July 27, 2015 at approximately 7:51pm and on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at approximately 1:00pm Travor Hubbard was stopped by Center Police Department and custody turned over to Deputy Kurtes Lawrence for transport to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department jail facility.

Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of Cadarius Evans, 19, and a Travor Hubbard, 21, both of Center. Both Evans and Hubbard have an active warrant for Burglary of a Habitation, a 2nd Degree Felony.

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 Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape or warns Evans or Hubbard of impending discovery or apprehension will be arrested and charged in accordance with Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a 3rd Degree Felony.

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SCSO Ask For Security Systems to be Registered - July 27, 2015
Press Release

Due to the increasing number of security alarm calls, the Shelby County Sheriffs Office (SCSO) is requesting property owners register any security systems installed and existing in the county (outside the Center City Limits). Forms to register the systems are available at the SCSO. An initial registration fee of $30 is required to register new systems or any existing systems. Property owners will not incur any additional charges unless the SCSO responds to more than three false alarms in a calendar year. After three false calls, a fee of $30 will be charged per incident.

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell suggests property owners have their alarms adjusted to prevent alarms from being set off falsely. Blackwell said deputies respond to numerous false alarm calls per night and with no more than two deputies on duty per shift, it is difficult to cover the false calls which average more than 200 per month.

This change will not affect Life Alert systems or similar systems used by the ill or elderly citizens in the county. For more information contact the SCSO at (936) 598-5601.

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National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory for Shelby County - July 27, 2015

National Weather Service Shreveport, LA at 327 PM CDT Sun Jul 26, 2015 has issued that a heat advisory is now in effect until 7 PM CDT Monday evening for extreme Southeast Oklahoma, Southwest Arkansas, much of East Texas, and all of North Louisiana.

An upper-level high pressure system will remain anchored over the southern plains and Mississippi Valley through the start of the new work week. Very hot temperatures, combined with available low level moisture, will help produce dangerous heat index values this afternoon and again Monday. In addition, low temperatures will only fall into the mid-to-upper 70s briefly before sunrise Monday providing little relief at night. The heat advisory is in effect until 7pm CDT Monday.

* Event: Heat index values will range between 105 to 110 degrees over portions of East Texas late Monday morning through the afternoon. Light winds during the afternoon will further add to the heat stress conditions.

* Timing: Heat index values will be in excess of 105 degrees from late morning through the afternoon hours.

* Impact: The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity values will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

A heat advisory means the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids. Stay in an air-conditioned room. Stay out of the sun. Check on relatives and neighbors.

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Sheriff's Department Arrests Three on Aggravated Sexual Assault of A Child Charges - July 22, 2015
SC Sheriff's Department Press Release


Joseph Aldaco

Jessica Griffin

Juan Aldaco

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reported that on July 21, 2015 three arrests were made after the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into a reported sexual assault of a child.

Joseph Aldaco, 23, of Center, Juan Aldaco, 26, of Center, and Jessica Griffin, 26, of Center, were each arrested for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child without incident on Tuesday afternoon. Justice of the Peace for Pct. 1, Maxie Eaves, set the bonds for the suspects on Wednesday morning placing a $15,000 bond on each suspect.

Sheriff Blackwell would like to thank the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center for their help in the investigation.

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Center PD Investigates Farmers State Bank Break-In; Tips Sought - July 21, 2015
Submitted by Det. Stephen Stroud

On Monday July 21, 2015 Center Police Department Officers responded to Farmers State Bank drive through. It was discovered two suspects broke into and entered the south window of the building and took a safe located in the office. The amount of money is undetermined at this time.

The Center Police Department is currently reviewing video surveillance of the incident. This case is being investigated by the Center Police Department with the assistance of the FBI. Additional information will be released at a later date.

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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Sheriff Blackwell Warns of Impersonating Officer Incidents - July 20, 2015
SC Sheriff's Department Press Release

According to a press release from Shelby County Sheriff's Investigator D. J. Dickerson, Sheriff Blackwell reports that it has come to his attention that someone is impersonating officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Blackwell advises for the community to be aware that if anyone from his office comes to your home or business, the Officer is required to show a badge and an ID card from the Sheriff's Office before any investigation is done. They do not have the right to search anything of yours without your consent or a search warrant.

Report any incidents to the Sheriff's Office at 936.598.5601 immediately.

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Pedestrian Injured in Center Vehicle Collision - July 16, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A Center man was seriously injured Wednesday night, July 15, 2015 when he was struck by a vehicle on Tenaha Street.

According to eyewitness accounts the man, unofficially identified as Jorge Velazquez, was at a residence on Porter Street with a white Ford Explorer Sport when the vehicle began to roll backwards out of the driveway. As the Explorer entered Porter Street and traveled down a slight embankment, Velazquez could be seen trying to stop the vehicle.

As the Explorer entered Tenaha Street, a truck pulling a trailer was stopped at the traffic light and Velazquez was reported to have gotten behind the vehicle and ended up getting pinned between the Explorer and the trailer as they collided. Velazquez was able to walk a few feet away from the collision site and collapsed.

The truck pulling the trailer then left the scene. Center Police officers and ACE EMS were dispatched to the scene of the incident at 9:45pm located at the intersection of Tenaha Street and Porter Street where Velazquez lay in the median. The police officers began investigating the scene and seeing to the needs of Velazquez until EMS arrived.

Velazquez was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of unknown injuries.

More information will be provided as it is made available.

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Warns Members of Potential Scams - July 16, 2015
Submitted by Brittney Johnson

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is warning residents to be on the alert for a telephone scam targeting utility consumers.

Scam artists call a home or business posing as a Deep East Texas EC employee and threaten to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment by credit, debit, or by purchasing a pre-paid debit card.

Please be aware that Deep East Texas EC will not call members and threaten immediate disconnection. Rather, Deep East Texas EC sends written notice and makes courtesy calls to delinquent accounts prior to disconnection.

Should you receive a call that seems like a scam, the cooperative encourages you to hang up and call Deep East Texas EC directly at 1-866-392-2547 or 936-229-4000 to be certain you are dealing with an official representative of the cooperative.

Those who have been contacted by one of these scammers, or are victims of a scam, should also report the call to their local Sheriff’s Department and to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP.

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Center Fire Department Fights Early Morning House Fire; SVFD Assists - July 15, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

#Center Fire Department Fights Early Morning House #Fire; #SVFD Assists - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link - www.shelbycountytoday.com/sctNewsspecial.php#fem

Posted by Shelby County Today on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Center Fire Department was dispatched to an early morning fire on FM 417 Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the residence of Joyce Kirkley at 2:48am.

When the fire first occurred at 2am, Kirkley could not make a phone call from her home and walked in the dark through rough terrain to the roadway, and then on to her son Richard Kirkley's house nearby.

The house was engulfed in flames, and partially burned to the ground, when firemen arrived at the residence just over 1/2 mile from U.S. 96. The fire was threatening to encroach on the surviving back portion of the house. The firemen worked to extinguish the flames and focused their attack on the rooms which remained standing.

As the firemen were battling the fire, assistance of the Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) was requested in the way of a tanker truck of water. Once the fire was knocked back and the imminent threat against the remaining rooms was delayed, remaining resources of water on scene were used sparingly until SVFD arrived.

Once SVFD fireman Luke Matthews arrived on scene with the tanker, the firemen continued to barrage the fire with water until it was extinguished. The firemen returned to the station at 6am.

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Angelina County Individuals Arrested on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges - July 15, 2015
Press Release

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that five individuals are in custody following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas.

On July 14, 2015, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies began executing federal arrest warrants for defendants indicted following a two year investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere. The agencies also executed three search warrants in Diboll and one in Lufkin.

Two separate indictments were returned by a federal grand jury on July 1, 2015 charging 10 individuals with federal drug and firearms violations. Of those, five defendants were arrested on July 14th and the indictment was unsealed by a federal magistrate late that night. Those defendants in custody are:

Ruben Enriquez, 42 of Diboll, Texas;
Agustin Enriquez, 48 of Diboll, Texas;
Alonso Enriquez, 33 of Diboll, Texas;
Jorge Enriquez, 33, of Lufkin, Texas; and
Douglas Wayne Williams, 40 of Lufkin, Texas

Law enforcement officers seized eight firearms, approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine, $20,000 cash and eight vehicles during the arrests. The remaining five defendants are being sought by law enforcement at this time.

According to the first indictment, beginning in 2013, Ruben Enriquez, Agustin Enriquez, Alonso Enriquez, and Jorge Enriquez are alleged to have conspired with each other and others to possess with the intent to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine. Nine of the defendants are charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. One defendant is charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to the second indictment, on Jan. 15, 2015, Douglas Wayne Williams is alleged to have possessed with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

If convicted of the drug conspiracy charges, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison. If convicted of the drug possession charges, Douglas Wayne Williams faces a minimum of five years and up to 40 years in federal prison. If convicted of the weapons violations, those defendants face at least 5 years in federal prison. The indictments also seek forfeiture of any property used to commit or facilitate the crimes or derived from proceeds of the conspiracy.

The cases are being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Texas Department of Public Safety – Criminal Investigation Division. The U.S. Marshals Service, DEA Aviation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety-Highway Patrol Division, Texas Department of Public Safety-Aircraft Division, Angelina County Constable Precinct 1 and Precinct 4, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, Lufkin Police Department, Diboll Police Department, Houston Police Department, Conroe Police Department and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the execution of the arrest warrants and search warrants in the Eastern District of Texas. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Gaston.

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Driver Life-Flighted from FM 414 Crash - July 14, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

FM 414 was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Friday, July 10, 2015 which resulted in a life-flight for the driver. Emergency personnel was dispatched to the crash scene at 4pm on Sardis Road (FM 414).

Gina Furra, 37, of Center was traveling westbound on FM 414 two miles from U.S. Highway 87 South in a Hyundai Accent when, due to a medical condition, she left the roadway to the right. The Hyundai then traveled back across the roadway and through a fence where it continued through a field and rolled multiple times before coming to rest on its roof.

A landing zone for a medical helicopter was established in the field by the Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department and ACE EMS. Life-Air Rescue transported Furra to Good Shepherd hospital in Longview as a precautionary measure due to the nature of the crash.

No citations were issued as a result of the crash. The crash was investigated by Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade LaVergne.

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U.S. 96 North Scene of Single-Vehicle Crash - July 14, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The driver involved in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday, July 14, 2015 was transported to the hospital following a crash on U.S. Highway 96.

Center firemen were dispatched to the scene of the crash located just south of the Center Country Club where a vehicle was in the outside southbound traffic lane on its roof. Firemen, EMS and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) assisted one another in moving the driver to a waiting ambulance.

According to Texas DPS State Trooper Jade Lavergne, Haley Christine Chaddick, 19, of Ovilla was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 96 North in a grey 2009 Honda when according to witnesses the vehicle began fishtailing.

The Honda left the roadway to the right and traveled in the barrow ditch before traveling over a culvert and rolling. The Honda then came to rest back in the outside lane on its roof facing north. Chaddick was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for minor injuries.

No citations have been issued at this time.

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U.S. 84 Intersection in Joaquin Scene of Two-Vehicle Crash - July 14, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The intersection of State Highway 7 East and U.S. Highway 84 was the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Joaquin on Monday, July 13, 2015.

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the crash at 4:43pm and held the scene until the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrived to investigate the crash scene.

According to Texas DPS Trooper Ricardo Segura, a red 2000 Ford Expedition driven by Nettie Gibbs, 73, Joaquin was traveling east on U.S. 84 turning left onto U.S. 84 where it meets with Highway 7 and ran the red light. A 2011 Silver Toyota Camry driven by John Eason, 71, with passenger Leslie Norvell both of Converse, LA was traveling west and collided with the driver side of the Expedition, causing damage.

ACE EMS arrived on scene and transported Gibbs to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department as a precautionary measure. Gibbs was issued a citation for running the red light.

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Motorcycle Rider Sent to Hospital Following Crash in Center - July 14, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A motorcycle rider was sent to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash on Tenaha Street in Center Monday, July 13, 2015.

Center Police Officers and ACE EMS were dispatched to the scene at 3pm where a motorcycle had collided with a Jeep and a passenger from the motorcycle was laying in the intersection of Church Street and Tenaha Street. Once on a stretcher, ACE EMS personnel were able to move her to a waiting ambulance and transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department.

According to Center Police Officer Jake Gross, a Harley Davidson motorcycle ridden by Jacob Touchet, 59, with passenger Susan Potter, 52, both of Iowa, LA approached the intersection of Church Street and Tenaha Street and ran the stop sign. The motorcycle struck a tan Jeep Liberty driven by Dean Wright, 23, of Timpson causing minor damage to the driver's side of the Jeep.

Porter was listed as having minor injuries when she was transported from the scene, and both riders were wearing helmets. The motorcycle was disabled and could not be ridden from the scene. Touchet was issued a citation for running a stop sign. Wright, his passengers Maryiah Wright, 20, and a 1-year-old girl and 4-year-old girl were uninjured.

Officer Gross was assisted at the scene by Sgts. Duane Gordon and Scott Burkhalter.

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Fire Department Responds to Residential Fire on Bolton Street - July 14, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

A residential fire occurred Saturday, July 11, 2015 bringing fire fighters out during the heat of the day to Bolton Street.

An explosion was reported to be heard by the home owner, James Stanley, who ran to a neighbors house to call for help. The Center Fire Department was dispatched at 1:05pm to 1224 Bolton Street in Center. The fire department responded with two fire trucks and upon arriving on scene, smoke was billowing out of the single family dwelling and flames could be seen on the right front corner of the home.

Volunteer fire fighters quickly went to work extinguishing the flames. The fire damage was reported to be contained to the front bedroom where the fire appears to have started. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is still under investigation.

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Tenaha Man Pleads to Murder of Infant Daughter - July 13, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers


William Moore

Angela Moore

A Tenaha man has pleaded guilty on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 to the murder of his 6-month-old infant daughter earlier this year.

William Bryce Moore, 28, of Tenaha pleaded before Charles "Brick" Dickerson, 123rd Judicial District Court Judge, to murder in the first degree which is a reduction of the original charge of capital murder. According to the plea agreement, Moore has been sentenced to 40 years incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division with 140 days credit for time served and no fine.

Moore's defense attorney was Dexter A. Jones. Without the plea agreement, Moore faced a punishment of 5-99 years or life in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

According to the original information provided by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to the Kyle Parmer Trailer Park located on County Road 4356 at 3:49am on February 16, 2015. 6-month-old infant Ariana Moore was transported from the scene by ambulance and was pronounced deceased by Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, at Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department.

The mother of the infant Angela Marie Moore, 25, of Tenaha pleaded guilty to manslaughter, 2nd degree felony, in the 273rd District Court on Friday, June 19, 2015. She received 5 years incarceration in prison and agreed to testify against her husband William Moore in his capital murder trial.

Angela Moore is currently being held in the Carol Young Medical Complex due to pregnancy. Her maximum sentence date is February 20, 2020; however, her projected release date is June 11, 2017. She will be eligible for parole on September 18, 2015.

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NWS Issues Summer Heat Advisory, The Heat Is On - July 12, 2015

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Shreveport, La
3:51am CDT Sun Jul 12, 2015

Hottest temperatures of the 2015 summer season are expected this week with heat advisory criteria possibly being met across portions of our region as early as Monday.

Upper level ridging will suppress rain chances throughout the upcoming work week given the position of the upper level ridge. The hottest temperatures of the 2015 summer season are expected this week with high temperatures expected to reach the upper 90s to near 100 degrees by mid-to-late week. Afternoon heat index values ranging between 100 and 105 degrees today will be closer to 105 degrees across portions of the four state region as early as Monday with these conditions expected to continue through the upcoming work week as well.

It is advised you take precautionary actions with the heat expected to stay with us this week. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun if possible, and check on relatives and neighbors. Never leave people or animals in a closed parked vehicle. Temperatures inside can reach over 150 degrees quickly resulting in heat stroke and death.

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Driver Attempts to Avoid Collision, Crash Still Occurs Outside Timpson - July 10, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A driver reportedly attempted to avoid a collision with another vehicle on Friday, July 10, 2015 on U.S. Highway 59 near Timpson, yet a crash still resulted.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne, a gold Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Gerald Kirk Reed, 45, of Brown was traveling north in the outside lane on U.S. Highway 59 two miles outside of Timpson. As the Tahoe approached FM 1645, another northbound vehicle drifted into the lane of travel of the Tahoe and Reed took evasive action by traveling to the right to avoid a collision.

Reed swerved back to the left and lost control of the Tahoe, crossing into the southbound traffic lanes and onto the other side of the roadway. The Tahoe then rolled right and onto its top before coming to rest in the tree line on its wheels and facing the southbound direction.

The Timpson Police Department, Tenaha City Marshal's Office and Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service all arrived on scene to assist those involved in the crash. It was determined Reed and his passenger, Jaquelin Reed Houston, 51, of Brown were uninjured in the crash and no injuries were reported at the scene.

Reed was cited for wrong side of roadway not passing.

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Shelby County District Clerk Announces Jury Cancellation - July 10, 2015
Submitted by Lori Oliver

The Jury that has been summoned for Monday, July 20, 2015 for the 123rd District Court of Honorable Charles C. "Brick" Dickerson, presiding has been canceled due to the scheduled cases being resolved or passed.

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

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Shelby County Residents Under Attack from Computer Scammers - July 3, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A scam is currently being used on Shelby County residents involving computers and the suggestion the caller on the other end of the phone line is calling to help with a software issue.

A Shelby County Today viewer has received four phone calls, including two on their cell phone and two on their home phone. The person on the other end of the phone line spoke with a foreign accent and said they are from "Geek Central or Control" and told the viewer there is something wrong with the viewer's computer. They wanted the viewer to turn it on while the caller was on the phone.

The viewer immediately recognized this as a scam and kept the conversation going with the caller, trying to get the caller to reveal what the "problem" was. The caller had the IP address of the viewer and said the problem was with Microsoft Windows and they could fix the so-called problem. This "help" comes at a price via your credit card information.

Shelby County Today has also received a similar phone call. Microsoft Windows and any software company associated with Microsoft Windows is not going to make an unsolicited phone call to someone directly and offer to fix a problem on a computer. If you receive a phone call like this, do not provide the caller with any information.

The first line of defense for anyone receiving a call of this nature is to just hang up because it's a high probability that if you do what the caller says, the end result will be a messed up computer and you having to pay to get your computer back working. If you are able to glean any information from the caller, you may want to turn your information over to law enforcement.

A website at the following link suggests contacting the Federal Trade Commission and filing a complaint with that agency http://geeksupportlivescam.com/#maintext

Another website to learn more about scams and what to beware of visit online https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/frauds-and-scams

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Flash Flood Warning Extended Till 8am; Roadways Flooded in Shelby County - June 18, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford


Please do not attempt to travel
around emergency personnel

National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Southern Rusk County in Northeastern Texas, Nacogdoches County in Eastern Texas, Western Shelby County in Eastern Texas, and Angelina County in Eastern Texas until 8am Thursday, June 18, 2015.

At 5:05am, Doppler Radar indicated a thunderstorm producing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain has already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Center Police Department officers Jim Blackwell and Stephen Thornburgh performed a high water rescue at 4:00am this morning for a vehicle stalled out in water across US 96 South. Center Fire Department was on scene to assist as well. Please use extreme caution traveling on roadways.

Highways flooded in Shelby County:
96 South just outside of Center before Loop 500 - Center FD is diverting traffic to 87S and Loop 500 to 96S
87 South about a half mile south of Loop 500, between Borders Poultry Supply and the large storage tanks (Sunoco Logistics)
FM 138 (Arcadia Road), at the bridge south of Hurst Street
96 North outside of Center
7 East near the Airport
Highway 59 at the Shelby County and Panola County line.
FM 414, 3/4 of a mile off of 87 South

Use caution:
San Augustine Street in Center near Mangum Funeral Home (Manhole cover displaced in the roadway due to water flowing out)

No reports for 87 North or 96 North between Center and Tenaha

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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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