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Shelby County Sheriff's Department Arrests One, Seeks Second in Theft Case - October 20, 2014
Submitted by Shad Sparks


Therrin Keele

Stephen Williams

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department has arrested one suspect and is seeking another in connection with a theft investigation.

On the 28th of September, Deputy Michael Griffin was dispatched to CR 4007 for a report that a theft had occurred. A window was broken and a door was kicked off the hinges to gain entry into a room.

Access was gained into the attic of the residence where all of the copper wiring was removed. A large number of household items were also taken from within the residence including several air conditioning units.

Shelby County Sheriffs Investigator Kevin Windham handled the investigation and it was discovered that Therrin Keele and Stephen Williams sold scrap metal, including copper and aluminum, and air conditioners at Hi-Way Auto Salvage in Center on September 25, 2014.


Pictured above are some of the items recovered during the investigation.

Investigator Windham, with the assistance of Constable Stanley Burgay and Timpson Police Chief Kent Graham, contacted Stephen Williams on September 29, 2014 at his residence where he lives with Keele. During that contact, several of the items missing in the theft were discovered. Officers seized the items which were confirmed by the owner to have been taken from the scene of the theft.

Stephen Williams was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Habitation, Felony 2; and Theft of Aluminum, Copper, Brass, Bronze, State Jail Felony. Therrin Keele is also wanted for Burglary of a Habitation, Felony 2.

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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Texas DPS Recognizes Three Shelby County Law Enforcement Officers - October 20, 2014
Submitted by Nicole Faulkner

Center Police Department Sargeant Duane Gordon was honored Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Austin, Texas by the Department of Public Safety. He received the Director's Award for his action on May 4, 2014 along with Troopers Dustin Ramos and Zach Mills for their response to an emergency situation.

Sgt. Gordon has 31 years of service as a police officer, retiring from the Houston Police Department where he also received the prestigious Chief of Police Commendation. He then moved to Center and began working for the Center Police where he has been for the past 3 1/2 years.

The Center Police Department salutes an outstanding officer.


Sgt. Duane Gordon, front left, receives Director's Award


Front row, Zach Mills, Duane Gordon, and Dustin Ramos

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Texans Cleared From Ebola Monitoring - October 20, 2014

A group of 43 people in Texas who had contact with the state's first Ebola patient have been cleared from twice-daily monitoring after reaching the 21-day mark, the longest incubation period for the disease.

They have no Ebola symptoms and are not at risk of developing Ebola. They are able to continue normal daily activities without being monitored for symptoms. The group is a mix of health care workers, household contacts and community members whose last possible contact with the state's first patent was Sept. 28.

State health officials have been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the local health department in Dallas to closely monitor people who have had contact with the three Ebola patients. About 120 more people continue to be monitored for symptoms.

"Epidemiologists have worked around the clock to call and visit people who may have had any exposure, to make sure they were asymptotic and doing well," said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. "I'm happy we can tell people they are free and clear of monitoring. It provides a measure of relief and reassurance."

An additional group of people also are being monitored for symptoms because they were passengers on at least one of two Frontier flights that carried one of the health care workers who was diagnosed with Ebola shortly after travels. A small group of those passengers were identified as having sat within three feet of the health care worker and are considered to be at higher risk of exposure. That group has been directed to stay home.

Texas has had three confirmed Ebola cases. No additional cases of the disease have been diagnosed in Texas. The first patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, was exposed to the disease in West Africa before traveling to Texas and being diagnosed. The second and third patients are both health care workers who cared for Duncan in the hospital.

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Authorities Searching for Stolen White Chevrolet Pickup - October 17, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford

Be on the lookout for a stolen white Chevrolet Pickup with a blue racing stripe on the the hood and license plate 53R-SK6.

It was taken around 2pm Friday, October 17th without the permission of its owner from property located off of State Hwy 7 West and was last seen traveling east on SH 7.

If you have information of the whereabouts of this vehicle, contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 936-598-5600.

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S.O. Deputies Serving Warrant Find Suspect Smoking Meth - October 17, 2014
Submitted by Shad Sparks

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Thursday, October 16th, Investigator Pope and Deputy Bailey were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Thomas Justin Brown.

Upon arrival to the location to serve the warrant, Deputies noticed Brown setting in a vehicle parked in the driveway. When the Deputies made contact with him, he was found in the process of smoking methamphetamine. After further investigation, 1.2 grams of methamphetamine was found on Brown.

Thomas Justin Brown was arrested and booked into the Shelby County Jail for Warrant Assault Causing Bodily Injury and Possession of Controlled Substance (POCS). JP 1, Maxie Eaves, set bond at $10,000 for the POCS. and $6,000 for the Assault.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell states that if you have any information on any kind of illegal activity or suspect illegal activity is going on please feel free to call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5600. Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to remind everyone that that illegal use of Narcotics such as Methamphetamine does affect everyone.

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Car Crash Occurs on 87 South of Center - October 16, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

State Highway 87 South was the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Thursday afternoon, October 16, 2014 at the driveway of a residence.

Members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the scene of the crash just over 1 mile from Loop 500. When officers and ACE EMS arrived at the scene, a vehicle was located near a fence on its roof with the driver still in the car.


Seen above is a light post that is beside the driveway where the car crashed.

On top of the light post (above) tread marks are seen from when the car was airborne.

Once the driver was freed from the vehicle, she walked to the ambulance.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Daniel Dellenger, at 10:50am Sandra Self, 51, of San Augustine was traveling northwest on State Highway 87 North in a white Volkswagen Passat when she lost control of the vehicle.

The Passat left the roadway to the right and struck a culvert which caused the vehicle to go airborne where it appeared to have rolled over in mid-air before coming to rest on its roof 50 feet away from the culvert.

The vehicle continued to slide on its top and struck a pipe fence finally coming to rest on its roof beside the fence and facing west.

Self received minor injuries and was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to San Augustine Memorial Hospital. She was also cited for unsafe speed.

Self stated that she was traveling with her dog at the time of the crash. The dog was missing when emergency personnel arrived and Self described the dog as resembling a large size pug.

Assisting at the scene with the investigation were Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell, Jim Ed Matthews, and Sgt. Derek Barbee.

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Vehicle Crashes on SH7 West, Man Receives Transport to Hospital - October 16, 2014
Composed by Scott Flowers

The driver involved in a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 7 West was transported to a Nacogdoches hospital on Thursday, October 16, 2014 following the incident.

Emergency personnel was dispatched to the scene of the crash at 5:52am 5 1/2 miles from Center. When members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Center Police Department and Center Fire Department arrived at the scene a white Toyota Tundra was found turned over on its roof.

ACE EMS was also dispatched to the scene and transported Gaije Ranes, 18, of Center to a hospital in Nacogdoches.

Marks on the roadway indicate the vehicle was traveling eastbound and crossed over the westbound traffic lanes before colliding with a guardrail and flipping over. Major damage was incurred by both the truck and the guardrail.

According to the facebook page of Gaije Dekota Wayne Ranes, he posted, "God is so good!!! He was truly with me this morning!!" and he continued explaining, "I flipped my truck a couple times. Fell asleep on the way to work."

The crash remains under investigation at this time. Officers at the scene include Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Cody Muse, Deputy Roy Bailey, and Center Police Officers John Welch, Michelle Ashworth, and Steve Thornburgh.

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Second Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola - October 15, 2014
Press Release

A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has tested positive for the disease.

The health care worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital.

Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored. The type of monitoring depends on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus.

The worker was among those who took care of Thomas Eric Duncan after he was diagnosed with Ebola.

The preliminary Ebola test was run late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at about midnight.

Confirmatory testing on a separate specimen will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or exposure to contaminated objects such as needles. People are not contagious before symptoms such as fever develop.

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