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Current Weather Related Outages of Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative - April 28, 2015
Submitted by Brittney Johnson

(Updated at 12:29am) As of 12 AM, DETEC is reporting approximately 1,000 members remaining without power:

Nacogdoches Co. – approx. 230
San Augustine Co. – approx. 260
Sabine Co. – approx. 300
Newton Co. – approx. 200

Crews are currently still in the field working to restore power as quickly as possible.


(Updated at 8:43pm) As of 8 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 4,300 members remaining without power:

Shelby Co. – less than 10
Nacogdoches Co. – approx. 1160
San Augustine Co. – approx. 1200
Sabine Co. – approx. 600
Jasper Co. – less than 60
Newton Co. – approx. 450

Crews continue to work to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Consider them all to be live and dangerous. Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.

Please report all outages, by calling: 1-800-392-5986



Submitted by DETEC, courtesy of Stephanie Dodson of the Browndell area in Jasper County.
(Updated at 3:30pm) As of 3 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 8,000 members without power:

Panola Co. – less than 5
Shelby Co. – approx. 900
Nacogdoches Co. – approx. 1300
San Augustine Co. – approx. 1200
Sabine Co. – approx. 3000
Jasper Co. – less than 20
Newton Co. – approx. 500

Contractors are working alongside DETEC crews to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible. Crews are reporting trees on the lines and broken power poles due to the high winds.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Consider them all to be live and dangerous. Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is currently experiencing widespread weather related outages. Over 7,000 members are currently without power in the areas of Weirgate, Horton Hill, Pineland, Broaddus and Etoile. Scattered outages are being reported in the San Augustine, Shelby and Nacogdoches counties.

Crews are currently working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.

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Driver Sent to Hospital Following Collision South of Shelbyville - April 24, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The driver of one vehicle was transported to the hospital following a crash south of Shelbyville on Thursday evening, April 23, 2015,

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Dustin Ramos, troopers were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at 6:31pm on State Highway (SH) 147 at the intersection of County Road 1095. Upon arrival it was discovered that a red 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Ashton Battles, 17, of San Augustine was parked on County Road 1095 at the stop sign and was preparing to enter SH 147.

A 2005 white Toyota Highlander driven by Lakoha Davis, 27, of Center was traveling southbound on State Highway 147 when Battles failed to yield right of way at the stop sign and pulled out in front of the Toyota causing Davis to collide with the rear driver side of the Chevrolet causing damage to both vehicles.

Davis was transported to San Augustine Memorial Hospital by San Augustine County EMS for treatment of her injuries. Battles received a citation for no driver's license and failure to yield right of way stop sign. The owner of the Chevrolet was cited for allowing an unlicensed driver to drive.

Assisting at the scene was Jamie Hagler, Constable Precinct 2.

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East Texas Under Tornado Watch Until 10:00pm Friday - April 24, 2015

Tornado watch outline update for WT103
4:45 PM CDT Friday, April 24, 2015

Tornado Watch 103 is in effect until 10:00pm CDT for the following locations in Texas.

Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Houston, Madison, Marion Morris Nacogdoches, Panola, Polk, Rusk, Sabine (TX), San Augustine, San Jacinto Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity Upshur, and Walker Wood

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U.S. 96 Intersection Scene of Two-Vehicle Collision - April 23, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Two vehicles collided at what has proved over the years to be a dangerous intersection on U.S. 96 North Tuesday.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at 1pm a maroon 2006 Ford Fusion 4-door owned and operated by Dory Alexander Hill, 65, of Tenaha was traveling northbound on U.S. 96 behind a white 2002 Chrysler Town & Country driven by Candy Vianey, 26, of Center.

As Vianey was turning left onto FM 2026 (Folsom Chapel Road) Hill failed to control the speed of her vehicle and collided with the rear of the Town & Country. The Fusion remained in the middle of the highway and the Town & Country pulled into the old Williams Propane parking lot.

Center Police officers Bobby Walker and Sgt. Duane Gordon, as well as Center firemen arrived at the scene to assist with traffic control.

ACE EMS responded to the scene. Vianey and her 3-year-old passenger were transported from the scene to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment. Hill refused treatment at the scene.

Hill was issued a citation for failure to control speed and Vianey was issued a citation for no driver's license.

Betty Mooney, a passerby at the scene, has property near the intersection and she has seen many vehicle crashes at the same location, under the same circumstances.

"They're coming so fast down that hill and then when one tries to jump over [from the inside lane] there's nowhere to go. I own this property right here I wish it was closer, I would have given the state the right-of-way for a turning lane," said Mooney.

Mooney explained her son had a crash further up the roadway toward the top of the hill and she believes the problem is travelers are going too fast and the speed is set too high, which at this time is 60mph. The greatest concern for Mooney is young inexperienced drivers who may be unable to make a quick decision to help prevent a crash and more importantly save their lives.

"I would like to say that this intersection is extremely dangerous. Going north toward Tenaha you are leaving the city limit sign [for Center] and going into a 60mph speed zone, where you're accelerating pretty fast coming downhill and making a left-hand turn onto Folsom Chapel (FM 2026) from 96 North, if you have someone behind you most of the time they don't have enough time to slow down due to already accelerating," said Mooney.

Mooney explains the two options available to drivers are not very safe and given the proper formula could cause a serious crash like what she says she has seen before.

"If they're able to stop they're probably going to slam on their brakes and they could hit you, otherwise if there's somebody on the other side of them [in the outside lane] they can't get over, so you could cause an accident that way and I've seen that happen also. I have deemed this intersection as a death trap."

According to information provided to Shelby County Today by the Texas Department of Transportation in relation to reportable motor vehicle traffic crashes related to the intersection of U.S. Highway 96 and FM 2026 from 2010-2015 there have been 16 crashes.

Reportable Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes Related
to the Intersection of US 96 and FM 2026 in Shelby County
Crash Year Fatal Crashes Incapacitating Injury Crashes Non-Incapacitating Injury Crashes Possible Injury Crashes Non-Injury Crashes Unknown Injury Crashes Total Crashes
2010 0 0 2 0 2 0 4
2011 0 0 0 1 4 0 5
2012 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
2013 0 0 0 2 2 0 4
2014 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Center Woman Arrested for Drug Possession - April 23, 2015
Press release

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Saturday, April 18, 2015, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurtes Lawrence, while on routine patrol on FM 417 West, noticed a vehicle parked on County Road 1042 facing oncoming traffic.

Lawrence approached the vehicle and saw a white female in the driver’s seat that appeared to be passed out. Lawrence checked the status of the female and identified her as Gena Cheshire, 36, of Center.

During the course of the investigation, Cheshire was asked to step from the vehicle. In the process of exiting her vehicle, she attempted to conceal an unknown item in her hand, later identified as drug paraphernalia.

Also discovered, was a clear plastic bag containing a white crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine and a plastic bottle containing white oval tablets. A field test was conducted and turned a positive result for methamphetamine and the pills were discovered to be a prescribed narcotic.

Cheshire was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (two counts) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Justice of Peace Pct. 2 Marla Denby set bond at $10,000 and $5,000 for both possession charges.

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Sand Hills Water Supply Boiled Water Notice - April 23, 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 April 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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State Highway 7 West Scene of Two-Vehicle Crash - April 23, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

State Highway 7 West near the intersection of FM 711 was the scene of a two-vehicle crash Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Emergency personnel with the Texas Department of Public Safety, ACE EMS, Center Fire Department and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the scene of the crash.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Anthony LaCount, at 5:45pm Gwendolyn Garcia, 49, of Center driving a red Chevrolet Malibu, attempted to pull out from a private driveway 1200 feet from FM 711 making a left-hand turn to the east.

As Garcia exited the driveway she failed to yield right of way to oncoming traffic and caused a collision between herself and a silver Honda Accord driven by David Castro, 48, of Nacogdoches who was traveling west on State Highway 7. Both vehicles received major damage.

Garcia was transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of her injuries. Her passenger Pamela Reed, 61, of Center was not reported to have received injuries.

Garcia was issued a citation for failure to yield right of way private drive.

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Area Residents Seek Identity of Foul Odor - April 23, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The above photos are of the U.S. 96 (Hurst Street) and State Highway 7 (San Augustine Street intersection in Center.

Shelby County Today has been receiving reports for of all things a "garlicky" odor in Center on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The Center Fire Department confirms a gas leak was reported Tuesday evening, April 21, 2015 from the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and the fire department investigated a possible gas leak, which was not located.

CenterPoint Energy in the area investigating the possibility of a gas leak on Wednesday, and did confirm smelling the odor; however, it was not gas. The odor remains a mystery, but its origin was identified Wednesday evening, .

At the suggestion of viewer Karol Bogle and a post by Shawna Walker indicating a strong odor emanating from the area of U.S. 96 (Hurst Street) and State Highway 7 (San Augustine Street), Shelby County Today investigated the area.

Upon following the odor a substance was observed on the pavement. After scraping the substance from the road it was confirmed by another individual and it is the opinion of Shelby County Today the odor matches that which has been described in the area.

Anyone observing the odor in their area should confirm if the substance is visible on the roadway as it appears it spilled from some sort of transport vehicle.

One possible theory at this time is a vehicle traveling from as far as Lufkin to Logansport was leaking the substance. Reports from viewers who have traveled in these areas confirm having smelled the same odor in these locations.

The odor continues to remain an issue for some travelers a Shelby County Today has received more reports on Thursday morning of the odor.

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DPS Engages Driver in High-speed Chase Near Tenaha - April 22, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) attempted to stop a driver for a speeding violation on Monday, April 20, 2015 in Tenaha; however, the driver instead sped up and tried to evade the officer.

According to Texas DPS State Trooper Jade LaVergne, at 10:20pm she was traveling U.S. Highway 59 through Tenaha heading toward Timpson when a black 2013 Ford Expedition passed by exceeding the speed limit.

Trooper LaVergne turned on the Expedition attempting to pull the vehicle over with lights and sirens when the driver accelerated and turned down South Center Street (Spur 157). The pursuit began and Trooper LaVergne, with Tenaha City Marshal Jimmy Wagstaff providing back up, followed the Expedition onto U.S. Highway 96 heading south toward Center at a high rate of speed, topping out at around 100mph.

The pursuit continued down County Road 4360 off U.S. 96 and then onto County Road 4293 where the vehicle left the roadway to the left colliding with a tree. The driver escaped the vehicle and ran. Center Police officers and Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies, and DPS State Troopers from Panola County assisted in searching the scene for the suspect.

It was discovered the vehicle was stolen out of Carthage and a passenger remained in the vehicle. During interview, the passenger told authorities he had been hitchhiking when the driver picked him up. He did not know the driver's identity, and only identified him as wearing a white shirt.

Once it was determined the passenger had nothing to do with the theft, he was released at the scene. According to the Panola County Sheriff's Department, the Expedition was stolen on or about April 12th or 13th from the Yellow Dog area on County Road 455.

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Five Young Adults Unharmed Following Single Vehicle Rollover in Huxley - April 22, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford, Photos by Talia Matthews

Huxley firemen, Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies, a Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper, and nearby residents responded to a single-vehicle rollover with five young adults Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 5:40pm in Huxley.

A white 2008 Toyota Solara driven by Khu Doh, 20 of Houston, was southbound on CR 2700 at an unsafe speed and failed to negotiate a sharp turn. The vehicle left the roadway on the right, over corrected crossing back across the roadway and a bridge, and exited the roadway on the left narrowly missing a large creek. The vehicle rolled onto its top coming to rest in the edge of the woods.

First to arrive on scene were nearby residents who called 9-1-1 after hearing the crash. The Huxley Volunteer Fire Department firemen were dispatched as first responders along with ACE EMS. The vehicle had five occupants including the driver none of which required transport by EMS. The four passengers ranged in age from 16 to 18 years.

Shelby County Sheriff Deputy Bradley Horton and Adam Renfro arrived on scene and collected information until Texas DPS State Trooper Brent Murray could arrive to investigate the crash. Doh was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

Good Samaritans at the scene assisted transporting the youth to a nearby telephone to arrange for family to come and pickup those involved in the crash.

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Vehicle Crashes During Heavy Rain - April 22, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

Heavy rains on Saturday, April 18, 2015 contributed to a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 7.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Dustin Ramos, at 8am the Center Fire Department and ACE EMS were dispatched to a rollover on State Highway 7 East just west of CR 1656 in front of the Center Municipal Airport. The vehicle had come to rest upside down in a ditch filled with running water and the driver was reported to have been trapped.

Upon arrival, the driver had been removed from the vehicle by Cameron Copeland, of Watson & Sons, who was just across the street from the crash scene.

Justin Garrett, 22, of San Augustine was traveling eastbound in a white Lincoln Aviator when due to the high water on the roadway the Lincoln hydroplaned and landed upside down in the ditch on the westbound side.

Garrett was cited for unsafe speed and refused treatment from EMS.


Different locations along State Highway 87 South were covered in water on Saturday, April 18 as seen in the above photo. A pickup truck is seen traveling over deep water at high speed across from Sunoco Logistics just south of Loop 500 outside of Center.
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Texas Rangers Investigate Apparent Suicide - April 22, 2015
Submitted by Shad Sparks, Photo by Shelby County Today

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on April 21, 2015 at approximately 5:26pm Sheriff's Deputies along with investigators were at 3239 State Hwy 84 East in the Tenaha area attempting to serve an arrest warrant for violation of an emergency protective order.

Entry was made into a residence when a single gun shot was heard from within the residence in an adjoining room. It was discovered that Allen P. Shoemaker 33 year old W/M of Tenaha was deceased from an apparent self inflected gun shot wound.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell contacted Texas Ranger Travis Brazel to the scene to conduct the investigation. An autopsy has been ordered by JP 4, Jenny Hicks. Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to thank all law enforcement officers and agencies for their quick response to his officers calls for assistance

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Shelby County Family Loses Home to Early Morning Fire - April 21, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A Shelby County family is without a home following the total destruction of their residence due to fire early Tuesday morning.

County Road 4293 was the scene of the house fire at the Jerry Lawhorn residence on April 21, 2015 at 4:12am to which the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched and Center Fire Department to provide support. When the firemen arrived at the scene, the house was engulfed in flames.

In addition to the home, three vehicles owned by the Lawhorns surrounding the home were on fire as well. According to authorities, when the fire was first discovered a dog within the home was barking and caused the residents to awaken to the sound of popping from the electrical breaker box of the house. The residents were then able to exit the home.

The firemen were able to prevent the further spread of fire to neighboring houses located close by, but were not able to save the home as the fire had progressed too far. While working to put out the fire the firemen discovered the dog, which had alerted the residents to the fire, had perished in the house.

At this time the cause of the fire is unknown, but suspected to be electrical in nature, and the Lawhorn family is in great need of any assistance as they have lost all of their belongings.

Both departments returned to their stations at 6:30am.

#ShelbyCounty Family Loses Home to Early Morning #Fire - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link - www.shelbycountytoday.com/sctNewsspecial.php#emf

Posted by Shelby County Today on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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Sheriff Warns of IRS Scam - April 21, 2015
Submitted by Shad Sparks

Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like the citizens of Shelby County to be aware of several scams going around including an IRS scam.

The people are from the middle east and they call stating you owe the IRS some money and wanting you to send it to them by credit card or bank card and saying if you don't, you will be arrested.

The IRS does not operate this way at all. Do not send them anything. These people are very persistent. If they call; just hang up.
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Jasper County Man Sentenced for Distributing Cocaine - April 21, 2015
Submitted by Davilyn Walston

A 28-year-old Jasper, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Shane Dwayne Hadnot pleaded guilty on Dec. 10, 2014, to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

According to information presented in court, on Nov. 7, 2013, Alfred Wright, of Jasper, Texas, was reported missing by his family after his truck broke down in rural Sabine County, Texas. Articles of Wright’s clothing were found on private land, approximately a mile from where Wright was last seen. After searchers initially failed to locate Wright, his body was found on Nov. 25, 2013 in brush near where his clothing had been found. An investigation into the cause of Wright’s disappearance and death revealed his involvement with Shane Hadnot. Phone records, witness statements, and drug evidence located during the search of Shane Hadnot’s car, indicated that Hadnot was selling cocaine to Alfred Wright.

During the two-day period before Wright’s death, Hadnot and Wright exchanged 20 text messages. The indictment alleges that on Nov. 7, 2013, Wright sent a text message to Hadnot at 12:36 pm requesting to purchase cocaine and other illegal narcotics from Hadnot. Wright went missing approximately five hours later. An autopsy was performed on Wright’s body and toxicology testing revealed that Wright’s blood contained cocaine, methamphetamine and Xanax. The final autopsy report, and other experts in the fields of pathology, toxicology, and anthropology concluded that Wright’s cause of death was an accident due to combined drug intoxication. Hadnot was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 6, 2014 and charged with drug trafficking violations.

This case was investigated by the Texas Rangers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brit Featherston and John B. Ross.
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Blue Bell Creameries Voluntarily Recall Products - April 21, 2015
Submitted by Jheri-Lynn McSwain

Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is voluntarily recalling all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

“We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe,” said Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president. “We are heartbroken about this situation and apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers. Our entire history has been about making the very best and highest quality ice cream and we intend to fix this problem. We want enjoying our ice cream to be a source of joy and pleasure, never a cause for concern, so we are committed to getting this right.”

The products being recalled are distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts, convenience stores and supermarkets in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and international locations.

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Tornado Warning Issued by National Weather Service - April 19, 2015

5:45pm CDT Sunday, April 19, 2015

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a tornado warning for Southeastern Rusk County in Northeastern Texas, Northeastern Nacogdoches County in Eastern Texas, and Northeastern Shelby County in Eastern Texas until 6:45pm CDT.

At 5:44pm CDT a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Garrison or 16 miles Northeast of Nacogdoches moving East at 30mph.

Hazard - tornado and quarter size hail.
Source - Radar indicated rotation.
Impact - Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.

This dangerous storm will be near Timpson around 5:55pm and Center around 6:20pm.

Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include Stockman, Jericho, and Arcadia.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions

Take cover now! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

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Sheriff's Department Arrests Three on Kidnapping Charges - April 17, 2015
Submitted by Sheriff's Department


Summer Danielle Wheless


Margie Nicole
Stahl

Cody Wayne
Denby

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on March 20, 2015 Deputy Kurtes Lawrence met with complainants at the Shelby County Sheriff's Department in reference to being assaulted. Significant injuries were observed to victim identified as a Nichole Rhoades, 27.

During the course of the investigation, it was found that a Margie Nicole Stahl, 26, of Logansport LA, a Summer Wheless, 30, of Center Texas, and a Cody Denby, 24, of Center Texas, held the complainants against their will and while holding Bryan Owens, 33, at gun point, duct-taped the wrists and ankles of Rhoades restricting her movement while assaulting her in the face and torso area.

Due to the complainants report as well as corroborating evidence, all three suspects, Stahl, Wheless, and Denby were arrested for two counts of Aggravated Kidnapping, Felony 1. Stahl, Wheless and Denby were booked into the Shelby County Sheriff's Department jail facility on Friday, April 9th, 2015 bond was set for $10,000 for each charge by JP 1, Maxie Eaves.

The case was investigated by Investigator DJ Dickerson and Investigator Kevin W. Windham.

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City of Center Issues Safety Warning to Lake Pinkston Swimmers - April 17, 2015
Submitted by Chad Nehring

The City has received reports of kids accessing pump and intake platforms at Lake Pinkston for diving or jumping. Photos of young teens jumping from the shallow side intake pier along CR 1211 were obtained by the City this week. Signs are posted for the public’s safety from not only high voltage electrical equipment but also hazardous situations.

These platforms have piping and concrete structures below water level that are not readily visible particularly with the present water levels. Jumping or diving from these structures could result in serious injury or death and we request the assistance of parents and the general public in reporting any activity around these facilities to the Sheriff’s Office.

The City is not interested in prosecuting and has not documented signs of vandalism or criminal mischief but is interested in protecting area youth from dangerous situations.

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D.A. Florence Comments on Merino Conviction, Sentencing - April 16, 2015
Press release

I am pleased to announce that Child Abuse Prevention Month, April, has been capped by a jury verdict of Guilty for Juan Merino for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child under 14 years of age.

The jury, speaking on behalf of the community, has today sent a strong message that Child Abuse will not be tolerated in Shelby County, Texas. The jury sentenced Merino to 60 years' incarceration in prison, and assessed a $10,000 fine.

This trial, conviction and sentence was the result of a team effort of dedicated professionals, as well as the courage of one young girl who took the stand in the face of her abuser and was our victim.

I wish to thank Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell, his entire department, and child abuse investigator Chad Brown for their efforts to seek and ensure justice. The entire staff, past and present, of the Child Advocacy Center is to be congratulated on a job well done and for supporting our young victim. Further, the efforts of the Texas Rangers as well as the law enforcement officers of the Center Independent School District are to be commended and recognized.

Merino will not be eligible for parole for 30 years.

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Jury Returns Guilty Verdict for 8-Year-Old Aggravated Sexual Assault Cold Case (Update) - April 15, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

A Shelby County jury came to a verdict of 'Guilty' following an hour and a half of deliberation time in the case of the State of Texas versus Juan Merino (Case Number 14-CR-19231) in the 123rd District Court with Judge Charles "Brick" Dickerson presiding. The trial lasted for three days. Merino was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, first degree felony, with a maximum punishment of 99 years which would require a minimum of 80% of the sentence before the 51-year-old Merino would be eligible for parole.

After being arrested on April 21st of last year, Merino was convicted today, April 15, 2015 at 5:30pm for the aggravated sexual assault of a then 9-year-old child which occurred on or about the date of March 25, 2007.


Shelby County Deputy Jim Ed Matthews escorting Merino back to the Shelby County Jail following
a guilty verdict.

According to the closing statement by State's attorney, Shelby County District Attorney Kenneth Florence, Merino sexually assaulted the victim who did at the time report the incident; however, the identity of Merino was unknown. In 2014, the victim who is now 17 years old saw Merino at the Center High School athletic track and recognized him. She ran from the field; however, before leaving she took a photo of the vehicle Merino left in and reported it to the Sheriff's Department. With the information of the license plate, law enforcement were able to identify the suspect to be Juan Merino.

The next phase of trial is the punishment phase which is scheduled for 9am tomorrow morning, April 16, 2015.

Shelby County Today has chosen to not release the name of the victim at this time.

(Update): The jury reconvened on the morning of Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the Shelby County 123rd Judicial District Court with Judge Dickerson presiding. At 11:22am the jury entered the jury room for deliberation once they were provided with the penalty instructions.

At 11:50am the jury returned to the courtroom and Judge Dickerson read their decision as well as giving his ruling. As a result, Merino received 60 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice System and a $10,000 fine.

He will be required to serve a minimum of 30 yearts of his sentence.


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Fatal Crash Occurs at Timpson Intersection (Update) - April 13, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers


The Ford Focus involved in Sunday's wreck is seen above
after Jaws of Life was used to cut into the vehicle.

(Update): The name of the driver who perished in the crash on Sunday has been released and is identified as Keri Roark, 30, of Louisiana.

A highway intersection in Timpson has been the scene of two major crashes this past weekend with fatal results for one driver.

When two vehicles collided on Sunday, April 12, 2015 emergency personnel was quickly dispatched to the scene at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and U.S. Highway 59 South.

First on scene were Timpson Police Officer Jake Metcalf and Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne. Upon arrival, the officers located a vehicle in the median of the highway with major damage and they both worked to try and help the driver, who was trapped; however, nothing could be done to help her.

According to Timpson Police Officer Jake Metcalf, at 2:30pm a witness at the scene stated a grey 2008 Ford Focus driven by, an as yet unidentified female, of Louisiana came to a stop at the stop sign and then drove into the intersection failing to yield to the 18-wheeler. This caused the red 2015 Volvo truck tractor owned by RJR Transportation Company and driven by Thomas K. Gisleson, 52, of Illinois
to strike the Focus on the driver side of the vehicle spinning it around and sending it into the median where it struck a light pole.

The Timpson Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene with Jaws of Life to extricate the driver from the Focus and the Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service was on scene to provide any necessary care. Mike Crouch, Justice of the Peace Precinct 5, pronounced the driver of the Focus deceased at the scene.

Assisting Officer Metcalf with the investigation at the scene was Trooper Lavergne and Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Kurtes Lawrence. Officer Metcalf expressed gratitude to all emergency personnel who helped at the scene.

The other incident which took place at the same intersection on Friday, April 10, 2015 had similar circumstances with different results.

According to Officer Metcalf, at 11:26am a maroon 2006 Dodge Ram dually pickup truck driven by Victoria Mendoza, 27, of Jacksonville approached the same stop sign yet failed to stop.

As the Dodge crossed the southbound traffic lanes it did so in front of a 2006 Ford F-150 driven by Isias Cruz, 52, with passenger Kimberly Leonard, 48, both of Timpson. The Ford and the Dodge collided causing major damage to the front of the Ford and to the driver side of the Dodge.

Leonard was transported from the scene by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of her injuries.

Mendoza was issued citations for fail to stop at a stop sign and no drivers license.

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NWS Issues Tornado Watch Until 10pm - April 9, 2015

NWS Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK
3:05 PM CDT Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tornado watch 43 is in effect until 10:00pm for the following counties in Texas: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Upshur, and Wood.

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Chicago Man Sentenced for Federal Drug Violations in East Texas - April 9, 2015
Submitted by Davilyn Walston

LUFKIN, Texas – A 43-year-old Chicago man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Frederick Mitchell pleaded guilty on Dec. 19, 2014 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and use of an interstate facility in aid of racketeering and was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison on Apr. 8, 2015 by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, on July 6, 2014, Mitchell and a co-defendant, Henry Korvette Bams, were stopped for a traffic violation by the Texas Department of Public Safety on US Highway 259 in Nacogdoches County, Texas. The officer conducted a search of the vehicle and seized approximately $253,341 in cash and a small quantity of marijuana. Both men were eventually released on bail on July 9, 2014. On July 22, 2014, Bams and Mitchell were stopped again for a traffic violation by Arkansas State Police in Hot Springs County, Arkansas, on Interstate Highway 30.

The officer received consent to search the vehicle and discovered approximately ten kilograms of suspected cocaine located inside a hidden compartment within the vehicle. Two bank deposit slips were also discovered within the vehicle. On Aug. 1, 2014, agents with the Internal Revenue Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a seizure warrant on the bank account and seized approximately $135,015.14 in suspected drug proceeds. Bams is awaiting trial on pending charges.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.

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Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Expected Thursday Evening - April 8, 2015

5:38 PM CDT Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Strong to possibly a few severe thunderstorms can be expected mainly during the evening hours Thursday.

A cold front moving into portions of Northeast Texas and Northern Louisiana will provide the focus for strong thunderstorm development along and ahead of this frontal boundary. Any thunderstorms that develop will have a potential for producing very strong to possibly damaging wind gusts, and hail to at least the size of quarters along with frequent and deadly lightning strikes.

One half to over one inch of rain can be expected area-wide through Friday morning with localized areas possibly receiving upwards of two inches, especially where thunderstorms may linger through the morning and possibility even afternoon hours on Friday before the cold front moves south of the area. Although at least a few thunderstorms may become severe, it appears that the best chance for widespread severe storms will remain slightly further to the north of the area.

Looking ahead from late this weekend into next week: The overall spring storm pattern, including a large and slow moving upper low pressure system to our west, will continue to bring the potential for thunderstorms with the possibility of very heavy rain and severe weather through much of next week as well.

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Cities, Schools Prepare for May Elections - April 7, 2015

Cities and schools in Shelby County are preparing for elections of council and schoolboard members in the May 9, 2015 election. The first day of early voting is April 28, 2015 and the last day for early voting is May 5, 2015.

City of Joaquin (Submitted by Amanda Willey) - Ms. Pat Gray and Mr. Bill Baker are both running for Mayor. Our two at large City Council positions are being sought by Ms. Lee Vern Stotts Gilliam (Incumbent), Mr. Mike Adkinson (Incumbent), and Mr. Joe Long. Polling will take place at 124 N. Preston Street Joaquin, Texas which is City Hall.

City of Timpson (Submitted by Barbara Hunt) - The following candidates signed up by the February 27th deadline for a place on the ballot for three (3) council member positions: Kenneth Walker, Linda Hancock, George Grace (Incumbent), Kyle Allen (Incumbent), Janell Baker (Incumbent).

City of Tenaha - 3 positions - Claudine Howard (Incumbent), Michael Baker (Incumbent), Larry Terry (Incumbent), Natalie Harris.

Shelbyville ISD (Submitted by Debbie Gilchrist) The polling place will be the Shelbyville ISD Board Room, including early voting. Candidates are: Chris Koltonski, Etola Jones, Clint Norton, Latashia Thompson, Brad Hinton, Joe Tom Schillings. Etola Jones and Joe T. Schillings are incumbents. (2 positions open)

Tenaha ISD (Submitted by Brenda Lucas) 3 positions - Bo Morris (Incumbent), Robert Barton (Incumbent), David Fallin, Joe Anderson, Korey McClure.

Timpson ISD - 3 positions - Linda Fraizer Todd, Dannie Hunt (I), Carlos Johnson, Jim Rader (Not running Tracy Hooper and Beth Tipton)

Joaquin ISD - 2 positions - Maggie Bowdin, Tom Harvey, Ronnie Belrose (Incumbent), and Jay Wilson. Not running is Luke Garrett.

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Roughrider Drive Scene of Single-Vehicle Crash - April 1, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford and Scott Flowers

Roughrider Drive was the scene of a single-vehicle crash which left the roadway partially blocked and initial reports were that an occupant was trapped inside.

According to the report from Center Police Officer Jake Gross, at 6:48pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 a silver 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by William Brandon Smith, 19, with passenger Jahir Garcia, 20, was traveling east on Roughrider Drive just after transitioning from CR 1000 when Smith stated the vehicle began to drift onto the shoulder of the roadway. Smith over corrected onto the roadway causing the vehicle to roll twice and come to rest onto its top.

When the Center Fire Department and Center Police officers arrived on the scene it was discovered the passenger was not trapped; however, he did have a difficult time escaping from the wrecked Tahoe.

ACE EMS was on scene to check those injured in the crash and both the driver and passenger refused transport.

The fire department assisted with traffic control and washed glass debris off the roadway. Smith was issued a citation for failure to drive in a single lane.

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Three-Vehicle Collision in Joaquin at U.S. 84, SH 7 Intersection - April 1, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The intersection of State Highway (SH) 7 East and U.S. Highway 84 was the scene of a three-vehicle collision in Joaquin Wednesday.

As the intersection was blocked by one vehicle involved in the crash, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department initiated traffic control to keep traffic flowing. Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers were investigating the crash scene as many Center Police officers arrived to check on their comrade.

One driver was injured in the collision and it happened to be Center Police Sgt. Scott Burkhalter, who was off-duty at the time. ACE EMS was on scene and was seeing to Burkhalter's injuries.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper Keith Jones, at 3:41pm a black 2010 Ford Edge SUV owned and operated by Scott Brandon Burkhalter, 34, of Joaquin was traveling east on State Highway 7 East and was attempting to make a left turn onto US Highway 84.

A white 2015 Peterbilt owned by Pinnacle Propane LLC. hauling propane canisters and driven by John Reagan Moore Jr., 28, of Longview was traveling on U.S. Highway 84 toward State Highway 7. Burkhalter stated he had a green arrow and at the tine he turned left Moore stated he had a green light, and the Peterbilt struck the right side of the Edge.

As the Peterbilt continued through the intersection and into a parking lot beside State Highway 7, it struck a maroon 2014 Ford F-150 owned by Kenneth Weeks which was parked in the lot.

Burkhalter was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation at this time. Trooper Jones was assisted at the scene by DPS Troopers Cpl. Jimmy Faulkner and Anthony LaCount.

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Honorable Rick Perry Visits Shelby County Residents at Luncheon - April 1, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford, Album

The Honorable Rick Perry stopped by for a visit in Center, Texas today, March 31, 2015 and spoke to a crowd of over 230 people at a luncheon hosted by local friends.

Prior to Perry taking the stage, Rick Campbell introduced Tim Norman who in turn introduced 12 Center High School Seniors who were recognized Monday night at a dinner. Due to technical difficulties with the stage microphone, Perry carried his wireless microphone to each student allowing them to introduce themselves to the crowd.

After recognizing several local individuals one of which was James Campbell who was attending the luncheon, Perry spoke about several current issues including giving praise to the State of Texas. He addressed the Texas education system stating it has the 2nd highest graduation rates in the country, the 1st highest for Hispanics and African Americans.

He addressed job creation in Texas and the United States; the passing of legislation to help stop the rationing of healthcare which has increased the number of doctors and healthcare facilities across the state; the dangers of over regulating, over litigating, and over taxing; how the United States should be the energy capital of the world; and addressed the international conflicts in the world including ISIS.

Perry ended his speech stating, "The Best Days in America are in front of us."

Honorable #RickPerry Visits Shelby County Residents at Luncheon - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link - http://www.shelbycountytoday.com/sctNewsspecial.php#hrs

Posted by Shelby County Today on Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Shelbyville Man Loses Life in Fatal Crash in San Augustine County - March 30, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) press release, Isidro Castillo, 61 of Shelbyville, Texas lost his life in a single vehicle fatal crash Sunday evening.

On Sunday, March 29, 2015 at about 7:04 PM, DPS Troopers were dispatched to a one vehicle crash on FM 353 approximately 4 miles North of San Augustine in San Augustine County.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 1996 GMC Sierra pickup was traveling northbound on FM 353 when it left the roadway to the right. The driver of the vehicle then over corrected to the left, crossed FM 353 and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene by a San Augustine County Justice of the Peace at 7:30 PM.

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U.S. 96 South Scene of Single-Vehicle Crash - March 30, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

U.S. 96 South was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Friday night which resulted in the arrest of the driver.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jimmy Faulkner, at 8:10pm on March 27, 2015 a green 1998 Honda Accord driven by Eddie Lockey II, 46, of San Augustine was traveling north on U.S. Highway 96 South 1.6 miles south of Loop 500 outside of Center.

Lockey failed to drive in a single lane and the Honda skidded off the side of the roadway to the right. The Honda traveled across a large culvert skirting before striking a fence owned by Wheldon Boles and a telephone box as it overturned onto its top.

It was determined Lockey was intoxicated and he was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of injuries. Lockey was later released to the custody of Trooper Faulkner and he was arrested for driving while intoxicated - 3rd.

The vehicle was towed from the scene by East Texas Towing and Storage.

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Center Youth Baseball Reassures Parents, Expands Requirements - March 30, 2015
Submitted by Melissa Bradshaw-McGhen

Due to events that have recently come to light, Center Youth Baseball would like to reassure everyone that the safety and well-being of all our children that participate in our program is our number one priority.

We want to be clear that each year our head coaches undergo a background check that includes review of publicly available data on the Texas Department of Public Safety's website.

Effective immediately, Center Youth Baseball will expand this review policy to include running background checks on assistant coaches once each head coach notifies CYB of who these assistant coaches will be. Coaches with an unacceptable background report will not be allowed to participate in any Center Youth Baseball team practice, game, or activity.

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Shelby County Youth Coach Arrested for Soliciting Minor - March 30, 2015
Submitted by Shad Sparks


Christopher Scott Tyre
A Texas youth baseball coach was arrested Saturday after driving to Shreveport for the purpose of meeting underage boys for sex, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.

Christopher Scott Tyre, 26, of Center, Texas, was arrested in the 8500 block of Youree Drive at a location where he thought he would be meeting two juvenile boys and their father, Prator said.

Sheriff’s Detective Jared Marshall began investigating Tyre this past week after Tyre placed a publicly viewable online ad. Marshall responded to the ad under an assumed identity of an adult male with two juvenile boys, ages 8 and 12. Marshall and Tyre had several text conversations during which Tyre stated his intentions.

Tyre told Marshall’s assumed identity that he would be driving to Shreveport with the intent to perform sexual acts on the two juvenile boys after Tyre finished coaching a baseball team of 7 and 8-year-old boys in Center.

Following his arrest, Tyre was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for computer-aided solicitation of a minor.

Assisting Marshall with the arrest were Sheriff’s Youth Services Lt. Sam Hall, Detective Trey Keene, and Caddo Sheriff’s patrol deputies.
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Center FD Fights House Fire at Borders Property - March 29, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

The Center Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at Brian Borders property located six miles from State Highway 87 South on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:16pm.

When the firemen arrived at the scene a mobile home located between a litter barn and chicken house was engulfed in flames. The firemen quickly worked to extinguish the flames and were successful in preventing the fire from spreading to the neighboring buildings.

Shelbyville Volunteer Firemen were dispatched to the scene with a tanker truck at 10:55pm to help completely extinguish the fire.

Residents in the home were reported to have not been present at the time the fire started and it is unknown at this time how the fire started.

Center Fire Department returned to the station at 12:03am.

#Center FD Fights #HouseFire at Borders Property - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link - www.shelbycountytoday.com/sctNewsspecial.php#fbp

Posted by Shelby County Today on Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Center PD Performs Raid on Mildred Street Party - March 27, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers, Related article

Officers with the Center Police performed a street raid on Mildred Street in Center during a party on Friday evening, March 27, 2015 at 7:35pm.


Center Police Officer Jim Blackwell is seen addressing participants in the gathering on Mildred Street Friday night. He could be heard explaining to everyone the dangers of crack cocaine, marijuana and phencyclidine (PCP). Officer Blackwell also shared the dangers of allowing these substances to to be in their neighborhood.

Shelby County Today was on scene as Sgt. Scott Burkhalter deployed the Center Police Department's new K-9, Jansci AKA "Taz." A large number of people were on the street at that time and it appeared the other officers were holding the scene in anticipation of Taz's arrival.

Taz and Sgt. Burkhalter could be seen going from vehicle, to house, to yard in search of narcotics and it appeared a variety was located. During the search a small Scope mouthwash bottle was located and was suspected to contain PCP (Phencycline). Marijuana and possibly other narcotics were located in a vehicle at the scene.

A Buick Century, which was located in the middle of the roadway, and a Hyundai Elantra were towed from the scene by Joey Ross Towing.

At this time the Center Police Department has not released any information including who was arrested. A press release on the operation has been promised.


Seen above is a Scope mouthwash bottle located at the scene and suspected to contain phencyclidine (PCP).

Center Police Sgt. Scott Burkhalter is seen with Taz as the K-9 searched a Buick Century parked in the middle of Mildred Street.

 

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Driver Engaged in Police Chase Following Failure to Comply with Traffic Stop (Update) - March 27, 2015
Composed by Scott Flowers

A chase ensued on Friday, March 27, 2015 sometime around 10:30pm when a driver allegedly failed to comply with Center Police Officers on Loop 500.

Several individuals occupied a blue Chrysler 300 as it led officers on a high speed chase down County Road 2050 (Africa Road). After several miles and before the vehicle reached State Highway 87 South, officers performed a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver which quickly brought the car to a stop on the dirt roadway.

Additional officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Department arrived at the scene to provide support, and Texas Department of Public State Trooper Jade Lavergne to investigate the vehicle collision.

Shelby County Today was on scene when prescription bottles were located in the vehicle as well as alcohol. Officers searched the roadway previous to the collision site where it was suspected narcotics were thrown from the vehicle and whatever substance was allegedly tossed from the vehicle was found.

According to jail records Danie (Danny) Larome Bell, 38, of Center was arrested for evading arrest with vehicle, delivery of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, unlawful restraint and on a warrant for parole violation. Two women from the vehicle were taken into custody and transported to the Center Police Department jail. Neither of the vehicles received more than cosmetic damage. More information will be provided on Shelby County Today via a press release provided by the Center Police Department.

(Update): According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne, on March 27, 2015 at 10:47pm on CR 2050 a white 2010 Chevy Tahoe with Center Police Department driven by Detective Christopher Knowlton, 30, and a approved ride along passenger Kevin Sage, 53, had lights and sirens on and was in pursuit of a vehicle.

The vehicle being pursued was a 2008 Blue Chrysler 300 driven Danny Bell, 38, with front right passenger Laquita Watts, 38, and back right pass Denise Nobles, 41. After attempting to stop the Chrysler, a PIT maneuver was attempted by Detective Knowlton and this caused Bell to lose control of the Chrysler.

Detective Knowlton then intentionally rear-ended the Chrysler to prevent the occupants from fleeing. Both vehicles came to a complete stop and the three occupants were taken into custody.

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


William Moore

Angela Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Kenneth Dewayne Hendrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Marcos Aguilar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert Golden

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See related stories below.

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


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

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

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

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

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

See related story at the following link.

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