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March 22, 2017 - The Shelby County vehicle registration office located at the Shelby County Courthouse is closed Wednesday, March 22, 2017 for computer maintenance.

The office is scheduled to reopen Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 9am.

The property tax portion of the office remains open.

Constable Jamie Hagler and DPS Troopers assisted Vail and Son Wrecker in righting the vehicle to help clear the scene more quickly.

March 22, 2017 - State Highway 87 just south of the Shelbyville ISD bus barn was the scene of a single-vehicle crash, and sending the driver to the hospital.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety state Trooper Jimmy Faulkner, at 8am Kasandra Garduza, 23, of Center was southbound in a 2006 dark grey Ford Escape when she failed to maintain a single lane and left the roadway to the right.

Garduza lost control of the Ford as it struck a culvert and overturned coming to rest on its drivers side, facing north. Garduza was wearing her seatbelt when the crash occurred and the airbag did deploy. 

When help arrived, she was exiting the vehicle and complaining of injuries.

ACE EMS was dispatched to the scene and transported Garduza to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of her injuries.

Garduza complained of a possible obstruction in her windshield, causing her to leave the road. She was issued citations for fail to maintain a single lane, and no driver’s license. 

Assisting at the scene were Jamie Hagler, Constable Precinct 2, and a member of the U.S. Forest Service who provided medical attention until EMS arrived.

Assisting Trooper Faulkner with the crash investigation were Trooper Taylor Buster and Trooper Richard Hill.


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March 21, 2017 - Officials with the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Sabine National Forest, have advised a prescribed burn located in Compartment 13 & 14, 2,747 acres March 21, 2017. This area is located in Boles Field.  

This area is located north of Farm Market Highway 2694. Winds are predicted from the Southwest at 6 – 10 mph.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Sabine Ranger District office (409-625-1940)

March 20, 2017 - A woman involved in a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 87 (SH 87) just south of FM 415 outside of Timpson has been flown by helicopter to a hospital in Shreveport.

First responders were dispatched to the crash scene just before 1:15pm Monday, March 20, 2017.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, a red and black Polaris Ranger XP side-by-side driven by Angie Snow, 40, of Timpson was southbound on SH 87 just south of FM 415. About 150 feet before a large culvert, the Polaris left the roadway to the right and then off the edge of the culvert where it flipped over, ejecting Snow.

Timpson Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) directed traffic at the scene and assisted ACE EMS in moving Snow to an ambulance. It was determined a helicopter was necessary to transport Snow and one was requested. The TVFD shut down SH 87 to allow for the helicopter to land on the highway.

Life Air Rescue transported Snow from the scene to LSU Hospital in Shreveport for treatment of her injuries.

DPS Trooper Jones was assisted at the scene by Trooper Taylor Buster and Trooper Richard Hill.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

March 15, 2017 - Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Tenaha Street (U.S. Highway 96 North) in Center Tuesday, March 14, 2017 when one vehicle was left blocking the roadway at around 3:30pm.

A 16-year-old minor female of Center was exiting the EZ Mart parking lot driving a white Jeep Cherokee when she failed to yield to a northbound white Honda driven by Clara Clary, 66.

As a result of the Jeep traveling into the roadway the Honda struck the area of the driver's side door of the Jeep causing major damage to the front of the Honda. The Honda remained in the roadway and the Jeep was able to be moved to a private driveway across the road.

Zack Warr, Constable Precinct 1, was first to arrive on scene and blocked traffic until Center Police officers arrived to investigate while Center Fire Department firemen directed traffic around the scene.

ACE EMS transported Clary from the scene with non life threatening injuries to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment. The 16-year-old driver refused treatment from EMS and her vehicle was able to be driven from the scene.

The Honda was towed from the crash. No citations were issued at the crash.

Center Police Officer Andrew Williams investigated the crash assisted by Center Police Officer Chris King.

March 8, 2017 - Nacogdoches Street in Center was the scene of a two-vehicle crash at 2:45pm Wednesday, March 8, 2017 which resulted in major damage to both vehicles involved.

When Center Police Department officers arrived ACE EMS was on scene evaluating those involved in the crash. It appeared a black Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck driven by Matthew Wood, 31, of Center was pulling a trailer and was exiting Wulf Creek subdivision.

A silver Ford Focus SE driven by Jamarcus Patton, 29, of Center was westbound on Nacogdoches Street and collided with the front driver's side of the truck, which failed to yield right of way.

Wood, Patton and his passenger Tom Bush, 57, were not reported to have received injuries as a result of the crash and each refused treatment from ACE EMS. No citations were issued at the time of the incident. Center Police Officer Andrew Williams investigated the crash assisted by Center Police Officer Steve Thornburgh.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

The vehicle was pushed from the roadway to prevent another collision from occurring before it was towed from the scene.

March 8, 2017 - The Center Fire Department was dispatched to a chicken house fire 9 miles south of Center off of State Highway 96 at 5:56pm March 7, 2017. With a cloud of smoke visible from Loop 500 leading firemen to the scene, the department arrived to two chicken houses fully engulfed in flames and San Augustine Fire Department was requested to assist.

Deep East Texas Electric Coop linemen arrived and cut power to the structures and disengaged the generators. The firemen went to work keeping the fire from spreading and worked on putting out the flames. The chicken houses were a total loss. The Texas Forest Service also responded and plowed a line around the area as a precaution. ACE EMS was on scene to ensure everyone's safety.

The chicken houses were empty at the time of the fire and are owned by Matt and Charla Warr. The firemen cleared the scene at 8:30pm.

March 7, 2017 - State Troopers responded to a fatal crash on US 84 Tuesday morning. This is the fourth fatal crash in the Joaquin area over the past 11 days for emergency personnel to work.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety, a single vehicle crash occurred Tuesday morning, March 7, 2017. DPS was dispatched to the crash scene at 6:15am on US 84, one tenth of a mile west of CR 3790.

A tan 2008 KIA Optima appeared to have been west bound on US 84 when it left the roadway and skidded into a tree. The driver, Richard Wayne Everett, III, 23 of Tenaha, was deceased when officers arrived. Justice of the Peace, Pct 3, Margie Anderson performed the inquest at 7:15am.

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the crash to extricate the driver from the vehicle. Watson and Sons Funeral Home transported Everett from the scene.

The crash was investigated by TxDPS State Trooper Jesse Fountain.

March 6, 2017 - According to the Shelby County Jail arrest book, the Sheriff's Department arrested Lisa Renea Cordova, 50 of Joaquin, for the charge of murder. She was booked into the jail at 2:15am, March 6, 2017.

Michael Cordova, age 55, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Pct 3, Margie Anderson at 12midnight on CR 3485 at a residence in Williams Trailer Park. He was picked up from the scene by Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

No additional information is available at this time and no bond has been set.

Sheriff's Office investigating murder
SCSO Press Release

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a murder that occurred March 5 at approximately 10 p.m. on County Road 3490 in Joaquin.

When deputies arrived on scene, 52 year-old Michael Lane Cordova of Joaquin, was found lying in a bed with multiple stab wounds to the left side of his abdomen, left thigh and left ankle.

Lisa Cordova, wife of the victim, told officers the two were involved in an altercation when Michael came home after being at a fish fry and drinking alcohol. Lisa stated Michael was abusive to her and kicked her out of the bed. She stated she then grabbed a knife from the top of a nearby cabinet and stabbed the knife towards Michael. Lisa stated she was unable to see Michael because the room was dark, but that she did not believe she ever made contact with the victim.

Lisa told officers that Michael said, “You got me.” Lisa stated she went to watch television after it appeared Michael was through fighting.

The couple’s son, Michael Cody Cordova came home after the altercation. Lisa told officers that she put Michael Cody, who was also intoxicated, in the bed with his father. Michael Cody told officers that his mother woke him up some time later to inform him that his father was dead.

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3, Margie Anderson pronounced the victim dead at 12:01 a.m. March 6.

Lisa Cordova was charged with Murder (F-1) and is currently being held in the Shelby County jail on a $50,000 bond.

This case is under investigation and no further information is being released at this time.

Submitted by Leah Chase,

March 6, 2017 - A two-vehicle crash incident on U.S. Highway 84 in between Joaquin and Tenaha on Friday, March 3, 2017 has resulted in the death of a Louisiana man.

Emergency personnel from Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department and Joaquin VFD, as well as Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service and ACE EMS were dispatched to the scene at approximately 5:20pm. Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies and and Constables from Precint 4 and 3 also were available at the scene. Traffic was diverted from the location on side roads west of the incident and east at FM 699 for several hours and was not clear until sometime after 10:30pm.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper John Hallenbeck was dispatched to the scene to investigate, assisted by Trooper Justin Sikes.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) press release indicates a 2014 Kia Soul was stopped on SH 84 waiting to turn left into a private drive when it was struck from behind by a 2014 Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer. After the initial collision, the truck tractor semi-trailer drove off the roadway to the right, overcorrected back to the left and subsequently overturned.

The driver of the Kia is identified as Baylee Brookshire, 17, from Logansport LA. Brookshire was reportedly transported to a hospital in Louisiana by private vehicle for precautionary measures.

The driver of the truck tractor semi-trailer was identified as Kenneth Wheeler, 61, from Sibley LA. Wheeler was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Margie Anderson at 6:15 p.m.

Watson & Sons Funeral home transported Wheeler from the scene.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.