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August 21, 2017 - FM 1279 in San Augustine County is the scene of a train derailment and the roadway is currently shut down August 21, 2017.

According to TxDOT, the road will be closed until cleared. Prepare for delays in area.

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August 18, 2017 - A truck lost its load of logs at the intersection of Loop 500 and U.S. Highway 96 South Friday, August 18, 2017 causing traffic delay for travelers on the loop.

According to Center Police Officer Spencer Anderson, sometime before 9:30am a white Western Star 4900SF truck-tractor owned by ASE Logging Contractors Inc. driven by Alvie Carroll Yates, 71, of Center was northbound on U.S. Highway 96 South.

As the truck made a right turn onto Loop 500 Officer Anderson says Yates took the turn too fast and the truck-tractor turned over, losing its load of logs.

ACE EMS checked Yates at the scene and he left by private vehicle.

Additional units with the Center PD directed traffic and the Center Fire Department assisted at the scene.

A log loader was brought to the scene and transported the spilled logs to another trailer. The log loader then was used to flip the truck upright before it was towed from the scene.

August 18, 2017 - Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kurtes Lawrence was responding to County Road 4054 in response to a theft. While on County Road 4054, Deputy Lawrence made contact with two white male subjects that were walking on the road. The subjects were identified as an Anthony Salas, 42, of Shelbyville and a Randall Long, 51, of Gary.

Anthony SalasRandall LongDuring the contact, Salas and Long were found to be in possession of numerous small baggies, a set of digital scales, miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, and a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine that weighed over 8 grams. The crystal-like substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.

SCSO Investigator Del Birdwell assisted Deputy Lawrence with the investigation.

Both Salas and Long were arrested and charged for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Felony 1. Long received an additional charge for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony 3.

Salas and Long were arraigned by JP1 Melissa Crouch with Salas receiving a $45,000 bond and Long receiving a total of $60,000 bond.

Both Salas and Long posted bonds and were released from the SCSO on August 4th.

August 18, 2017 - Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on August 2, 2017, Weeks and Ashley Crawford contacted Investigator Fears at SCSO to request assistance in locating their dog, Marucci, a French Mastiff that had gone missing or possibly stolen. The Crawford’s stated that they had been out of town until late night of August 1, 2017 and had only learned of their dog being missing at that point.

When the Crawfords went out of town for vacation, Marucci was able to get out of the fence and wander the neighborhood. The dog ended up in a neighbor’s yard and the neighbor posted on Facebook looking for the owners, or someone who could take the dog because she could not care for it. Preslie Nichols, 26, of Timpson responded and witness statements show that Nichols picked the dog up from the neighbor on July 26, 2017, to which Nichols confirmed.

When Nichols was first questioned, on August 2, 2017, she stated that the dog was run over and she had found the dog in the woods when she went in search of the source of a dead animal smell. Nichols told Investigators that she lied about the dog running off because she did not want to be responsible for the cost of the dog because it had died.

Investigator Fears and Brown were able to locate the dog and informed the Crawford’s so that they could retrieve the animal if they wanted, for burial.

After investigating the case and reviewing several witness statements, it was found that Nichols had tied the dog out, in a sunny part of the yard with no water or shade for better part of the day, beginning at about 10-11am and lasting till late evening, with one witness stating that he could hear the dog panting and in distress at around 12pm, but assumed the owner would be back shortly.

When Nichols was confronted with the new information, Nichols did confirm that she picked the dog up the evening of July 26 and that she had tied the dog up outside on July 27 for approximately three hours in temperatures reaching 93 degrees and the humidity reaching 94%, but claimed there was shade and water, despite witness statements claiming otherwise. Nichols stated that she had left her home at about 12pm to go to Nacogdoches to watch a movie and had returned around 3pm and the dog was dead. Nichols then dragged the dog with a four wheeler to the woods located next to her house.

Nichols was arrested on August 16, 2017 for Animal Cruelty (MA) for failing to care for the dog adequately or to make specific accommodations for the dog resulting in its death.

Nichols was arraigned by JP1 Melissa Crouch on August 16, 2017 and was released with a $2,500 PR bond.

August 18, 2017 - Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on May 12, 2017 a Wesley Permenter reported a burglary that occurred at his camp house that is located in the south eastern part of Shelby County. Mr. Permenter reported that several items were stolen which included fishing rods, televisions, battery chargers, a Black & Decker electric weed eater, and miscellaneous fishing tackle and lures.

During the course of the investigation, information was received that led to a search warrant being obtained for the residence of a Richard Dickerson in Carthage, Texas.

The search warrant was executed on May 16th, 2017 by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Kevin W. Windham, Chief Deputy DJ Dickerson, Investigator Mandy Fears and Investigator Del Birdwell along with Carthage Police Department Detective Hilton Poindexter. During the execution of the search warrant, some of the property that was reported stolen by Mr. Permenter was located and recovered.

An arrest warrant was issued for Richard Dickerson on the charge of Burglary of a Habitation, Felony 2 and Richard Dickerson was arrested on May 26th, 2017. Mr. Dickerson was arraigned by JP2 Marla Denby and bond was set at $20,000.

Mrs. Lynette Permenter came to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the property recovered during the search warrant was relinquished to her which included 10 rod and reels and a 110V Black & Decker electric weed eater.

Special appreciation is extended to the Carthage Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

August 17, 2017 - State Highway 7 West was the scene of a crash where a truck-tractor became lodged in a wooded area  just over two miles from the Nacogdoches County line and the occupants were trapped.

First responders gained access to the truck through a meadow on the other side of the tree line and cut a path through the brush to reach the trapped men.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jesse Fountain, at 6am a red 2015 Volvo truck-tractor driven by Johnny Morris, 57, of Galveston was eastbound on State Highway 7.

The truck veered to the right and struck a guardrail and it pulled the truck off into the ditch and then into the tree line where it came to rest.

Morris and his passenger Douglas Lee McLendon, 51, of Vidor were transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Ncogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of minor injuries.

No citations were issued at the time of the crash.

August 17, 2017 - The broken pole has been replaced and the roadway is back open.


August 17, 2017 - In Center, Pearl Street off of Tenaha Street has been temporarily closed as a precaution due to a broken power pole on Pearl Street. The electric company responded to a limb on a line which resulted in the power pole damage. Once the pole is replaced and the roadway is back open an update will be posted.

August 17, 2017 - After the completion of a recent speed study and reevaluation on a portion of roadway located on SH 7 East, TxDOT is recommending for approval the speed limit be lowered from 75 mph to 65 mph.

The section of SH 7 East that will be affected includes .3 miles east of SL 224 in Nacogdoches to Martinsville. The change also includes just east of Martinsville and continues on SH 7 through San Augustine County and will end at the Center city limits in Shelby County.

TxDOT is required to evaluate speed limits periodically every five to 10 years. Speed studies are also conducted if requests are received on roadways that have not recently been evaluated. TxDOT received several requests for a new speed study on SH 7. As a result of that speed study, the Lufkin District is submitting for approval the recommendation that the speed limit be lowered.

A speed study consists of radar samples, an accident analysis and a review of existing roadway conditions. TxDOT uses a method referred to as the 85th percentile to determine speed limits. This method represents the speed at which the majority of drivers are traveling at or below for a particular section of highway. The 85th percentile is determined by radar samples of free flowing vehicles on an average week day during fair weather. The accident analysis consists of a review of the accident history over the past three years plus the current year.  A thorough review of the accident history will reveal any patterns if present.

If the speed study reveals a reduction in speed is justified, recommendations are submitted for approval. The Texas Transportation Commission decides speed limits in Texas and if approved a minute order is issued establishing the new speed limit.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.

August 16, 2017 - Shelby County Today would like to share a warning for parents about an online app attracting kids - Roblox. Roblox is a popular online social platform app with thousands of user generated games which is marketed with a Minecraft type appearance attracting many young gamers.

Be warned! This is a social platform for play and there is no filter on who may be online and playing with your child. Online child predators are using the game to communicate with children.

A local parent advised they opened the game just to see what it was like. At first nothing unusual happened; however, it wasn't long in the game, a person sent them a message with sexual innuendos which a child may not understand at first. The comments continued and the predator asked for the parent (which the predator thought was a child) to follow him home in the game and then had the characters in the game make sexual movements.

The lack of moderation in the chat feature and uploaded user content leaves children at risk of exposure to a huge range of inappropriate adult content, bullying and susceptibility to online predators.

It is important for parents to be aware of what apps or games their children are using. Although efforts are made by app developers to try and protect children, there is no way for them to know the actual age of those signing up to use the game nor what that users intentions are. Therefore, use caution about what games your child is playing on their electronic devices. Notate if games have a chat feature, which many of them do, and speak to your children about online safety.

Stranger danger isn't just for in person but for online as well. Children answer questions when asked and don't think about whether that information can be used to identify them or their location and you don't want your child exposed to inappropriate content.

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August 16, 2017 - The following cases were recently disposed of in the Shelby County Court. Judge Allison Harbison was the presiding Judge and County Attorneys Gary Rholes and Wesley Hoyt represented the State.

  1. John Anzovino - Evading Arrest - Class A - $600.00 fine, $292.00 court cost, 60 days Shelby County Jail. Final Judgment.
  2. John Anzovino - Fail To ID - Class A - $500.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 60 days Shelby County Jail, Final Judgment.
  3. Cordierous Gray - Assault F/V - Class A - $600.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hrs. Community Service, attend and complete Anger Management program.
  4. Cynthia Furlow - Disorderly Conduct - Class B - $500.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, Final Judgment.
  5. Kenneth Furlow - Disorderly Conduct - Class B - $500.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, Final Judgment.
  6. Pablo Barcenas - POM - Class B - $600.00 fine, $322.00 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hrs. Community Service, attend and complete Drug Offenders program.
  7. Jose Javier - DWI - Class B - $1200.00 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hrs. Community Service, attend and complete DWI education program.
  8. Eduardo Vasquez - DWI - Class B - $1200.00 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, attend and complete DWI education program.
  9. Ruben Camarillo - Evading Arrest - Class A - $600.00 fine, $292.00 court cost, 12 months probation.
  10. Ruben Camarillo - Resisting Arrest - Class A - $600.00 fine, $292.00 court cost, 12 months probation.
  11. Jamison Swindle - POM - Class A - $322.00 court cost, 15 days Shelby County Jail, Final Judgement.
  12. Jeffery Whigham - Theft - Class B - $262.00 court cost, 11 days Shelby County Jail, Final Judgment.
  13. Celedina Jasso - DWI - Class B - $1200.00 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, attend and complete DWI education program.
  14. Tristen Johnson - DWI 2nd - Class A - $1200.00 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, attend and complete Repeat Offenders DWI education program and install ignition interlock system.
  15. Dannie Oatis - Theft - Class B - $600.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours Community Service and attend and complete Theft program.
  16. Jasmine Moore - Probation Revocation - Original Charge - Theft by Check- Class B- defendant received 6 months in the Shelby County Jail.
  17. LaJagger Barnes - Evading Arrest - Class A - $470.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, Final Judgment.
  18. Lisa Koponen - DWI - Class B - $500.00 fine, $412.10 court cost, 6 months probation, attend and complete DWI education class.
  19. Eddie Chisenhall - POM - Class B - $300.00 fine, $322.00 court cost, Final Judgment.
  20. Rapheal Boyd - POM - Class B - $250.00 fine, $322.00 court cost, 6 months Deferred Adjudication, attend and complete Drug offenders program.
  21. Matti Tenton - POM - Class B - $300.00 fine, $322.00 court cost, Final Judgment.
  22. Patricia Harris - Criminal Trespass - Class B - $262.00 court cost, 16 days in the Shelby County Jail.
  23. Patricia Harris - Assault - Class A - $600.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 16 days Shelby County Jail.
  24. Jonathan Rico - DWI - Class B - $1200.00 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours Community Service, attend and complete DWI education class.
  25. Guadalupe Cervantes - Fail to ID - Class A - $262.00 court cost, 6 days in the Shelby County Jail.
  26. Andrea Starghill - Theft - Class B - $600.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 6 months probation, 40 hours Community Service, attend and complete Theft program.

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