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August 13, 2018 - The Bossier Sheriff’s Office seeks the public’s help in locating a Benton man who has been missing since August 3.

Shawn Corey King, 32, of the 2000 block of Chelsy Drive in Benton, was last seen in his black 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe (LA license plate 914AVZ) at a gas station near Louisiana Downs around 8:30 p.m. Friday night. Bossier detectives say he may also be driving a 2016 black and silver Harley Davidson motorcycle. Corey was supposed to start a new job in Ruston on Aug. 6, but he had not returned home to get his bag that he had begun to pack for his trip. His family is concerned for his welfare.

Corey is described as a white male, 5' 8", 128 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. He is known to have ties to Desoto and Sabine Parishes.

If you know the whereabouts of Corey or his vehicle, please contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203. Or contact his mother, Shelia King, at 318-465-7779.

No amount of information is too small to report, thank you!!

August 13, 2018 - The Center City Council will meet in a Workshop Session on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 4pm in Council Chambers at Center City Hall. The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:

I. Budget Workshop.

II. Capital Improvement Plan.

August 9, 2018 - Recently suspended Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 Jenny Hicks was indicted August 1, 2018 on charges related to allegations of theft and abuse of official capacity while Hicks was Municipal Court Judge for the city of Tenaha.

Jenny HicksA Shelby County Grand Jury impaneled for the July 2018 term, of the 123rd Judicial District Court indicted Hicks for theft, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on or before January 1, 2017, Hicks took the sum of $6,685.60, the value of which is $2,500 or more, but less than $30,000 from the City of Tenaha, the owner. This was also allegedly done without the consent of the City of Tenaha, and with intent to deprive the city of said property.

The indictment indicates Hicks was a public servant at the time of the offense (City of Tenaha Municipal Judge), and the property appropriated came into Hicks' custody, possession, or control by virtue of her status as a public servant.

A second indictment handed down by the grand jury was for abuse of official capacity, state jail felony. The indictment alleges, on or before January 1, 2017, Hicks did with intent to obtain a benefit or intent to harm or defraud another. Hicks is alleged to have intentionally or knowingly misused government property, services, personnel, or any other thing of value belonging to the government that has come into Hicks possession by virtue of her position or employment as a public servant, City of Tenaha Municipal Judge, or through her public servant office. The indictment further alleges, Hicks unlawfully appropriated and/or misused traffic fines paid to the City of Tenaha in the amount of $6,685.60, the value of which is $2,500 or more, but less than $30,000.

Hicks was arrested August 8, 2018 on the charges of theft, third degree felony, and abuse of official capacity, state jail felony, by Roy Cheatwood, Precinct 3 Constable, and he was assisted by Zach Warr, Precinct 1 Constable, in making the arrest. Hicks was then transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was held on a $7,500 bond for the theft charge and a $5,000 bond for the abuse of official capacity charge. 

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August 9, 2018 - Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Christopher Wuyts, 34, of Porter, and Nicholas Winder, 23, of The Woodlands, after a recent traffic stop revealed a large amount of cash and currency.

Christopher WuytsOn August 7, 2018 at approximately 4:30 p.m. while on patrol, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Sergeant Josh Tipton observed a 2001 white Ford pickup at an intersection in Tenaha. Tipton observed both the driver and passenger to be visibly nervous and reaching for items in the vehicle.

Nicholas Winder

When the light turned green, Tipton drove through the intersection continuing to monitor the subjects. Upon passing the vehicle, Tipton observed the driver to make a turn off US Hwy 59 onto a side road without using a turn signal. Tipton turned around and caught up to the vehicle at a stop sign. The vehicle turned back on to US Hwy 59 North failing to signal again.

Tipton ran the vehicle identifiers through the SCSO Communications Division and no record was found on the vehicle. At this time, Tipton turned on his lights and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle traveled .3 miles before stopping prior to going into Panola County.

Tipton contacted both the driver and passenger who both appeared extremely nervous. While obtaining information regarding travel plans, the stories did not match. At one point during the roadside interview, the driver admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle. After talking to both subjects for an extended period of time, Tipton requested to do a search of the vehicle and permission was denied. Tipton contacted the SCSO Communications Division and requested K-9 assistance from Panola County, if available. 

Officer Richard Mojica and K-9 Roxie responded to the location. Prior to Mojica’s arrival, Shelby County Constable Pct. 4 Jake Metcalf arrived to assist Tipton with the scene.

Once on scene, K-9 Roxie performed a free open-air sniff around the vehicle and alerted a positive response of narcotics. A probable cause search was conducted. 

During the search, a large quantity of what is believed to be liquid methamphetamine was found. The total weight was over six (6) pounds. Approximately 20 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine was found, along with a large variety of pills and what is believed to be injectable testosterone as well as anabolic steroids. These items will be sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety lab in Tyler for testing.

During booking at the SCSO, Wuyts, driver of the vehicle, was found to be in possession of $5352.41 in U.S. currency and coins. The currency is believed to be derived from the sale of illegal narcotics. During the investigation, a $50 dollar bill was found to be counterfeit, dropping the total to $5302.41.

Wuyts and Winder were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (F-1); Possession of a Controlled Substance (F-3); Forgery (F-3); and Possession of Dangerous Drug (M-A).

Officers assisting with this search included SCSO Lieutenant Del Birdwell, SCSO Deputy Kurtes Lawrence, Constable Pct. 4 Jake Metcalf and DPS Trooper Sean Smith. The SCSO would like to extend great appreciation to Panola County Sheriff Officer Robert Mojica and K-9 Roxie for their assistance with this stop. The SCSO would also like to thank Joey Ross Towing for their assistance with removing the vehicle from the scene.

Seizure paperwork has been filed for the currency and vehicle obtained from this arrest. 

Wuyts and Winder are being held at the Shelby County jail on bonds totaling $1,010,000.00 They were arraigned by 123 District Judge Leann Rafferty.

August 9, 2018 - A former Shelby County Sheriff's Jailer has been indicted and arrested on charges alleging illegal activity while he was a jailer.

A Shelby County Grand Jury impaneled for the July 2018 term, of the 123rd Judicial District Court indicted Korey Lanier McClure on three charges. According to the indictment, the first charge of Official Oppression, misdeameanor - class A, alleges on May 16, 2017, while acting in the color of his office or employment as a public servant (Shelby County Jailer) McClure intentionally subjected an inmate to sexual harassment. This is alleged to have been done by sending pictures and/or text messages containing unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, the submission to which is made a term or condition of the inmate's exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, either explicitly or implicitly.

The second charge included in the indictment of bribery, second degree felony, alleges on the aforementioned date while a Shelby County Jailer, intentionally or knowingly solicited, accepted, or agreed to accept a benefit, other than a political contribution. The indictment further alleges, exchange of sexual favors from or with an inmate, as consideration for McClure's decision, opinion, recommendation (or promise to make recommendation) for favorable treatment in the inmate's pending criminal case.

The third charge included in the indictment of abuse of official capacity, misdemeanor - class a, alleges on the aforementioned date, McClure with intent to obtain a benefit or with intent to harm or defraud another, intentionally or knowingly violated one or more laws relating to his office or employment. The indictment further alleges, this was acheived through bribery and/or official oppression (as set forth hereinabove), and/or prostitution (by knowingly offering or agreeing to pay a fee to the inmate, who had been in custody at the Shelby County Jail, for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct with the inmate).

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August 7, 2018 - Center Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the intersection of John C. Rogers Drive and King Street.

When the firemen arrived, smoke and flames were emanating from the passenger side of the engine of a Ford F150 Custom pickup truck. Firemen were able to extinguish the flames and prevent the fire from overtaking the vehicle. Once the fire was out, the scene was cleared and the vehicle was towed by Hughes Wrecker Service from the location.

Not long after the truck was taken from the scene, the flames reignited and the fire began to overtake the truck. The wrecker had to stop in the road on Nacogdoches Highway (State Highway 7 West) at the intersection with Lillian Street.

Firemen responded to the location at Lillian Street to fight the fire which engulfed the truck. The fire was extinguished; however, the truck was a total loss. The fire is believed to have possibly started when the brakes got too hot and ignited the front tire and engine.

August 7, 2018 - Center Fire Department (CFD) was dispatched to a house fire July 27, 2018 on CR 1465 at 5:15am in Mt. Gillion. 

When the firemen arrived at the mobile home residence, owned by Levi Bell, it was engulfed in flames and had mostly burned to the ground. 

The firemen extinguished flames surrounding the structure and prevented further spread. The house was a total loss and the cause is not known at this time. 

The firemen returned to the station at 7:30am.

On the following morning, July 28, 2018, at 6:55am CFD firemen were dispatched to assist Tenaha VFD in fighting a house fire on CR 4240 at the residence of Doug Dobos. 

According to CFD Fire Chief Keith Byndom, the fire was contained to a front room area.

Firemen returned to the station at 9am.

Stolen Ford Explorer recovered by Shelby County Constable Roy Cheatwood.

August 7, 2018 - In joint operations, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and Constable Precinct 3 have arrested three individuals resulting from an investigation into a burglary of a habitation and a stolen vehicle.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department received a call from a residence on Childers Street in Joaquin on Sunday morning, August 5, 2018 regarding a stolen white Ford Explorer. In response to the call, Deputies Josh Tipton and Jesse Travis went en-route.

Christopher BurchDuring that time, Constable Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood, observed an unoccupied white Ford Explorer at the roadside park where U.S. Highway 84 and State Highway 7 intersect in Joaquin. When Constable Cheatwood reported the unoccupied vehicle to the Sheriff's Office, it matched the information of the stolen Explorer.

It was determined the Explorer had been stolen sometime Saturday night from the residence on Childers Street. While Cheatwood was on scene at the roadside park, the owner of the Explorer arrived at the location and confirmed for Constable Cheatwood and Shelby County Sheriff's Lt. Investigator Del Birdwell, the Explorer was his and he had not given permission to anyone for its use.

Dorvel WilliamsAn inventory of the Explorer was taken, it was processed and then returned to the owner. According to Investigator Birdwell, from the time the vehicle was reported stolen until the time the owner laid eyes on his vehicle was less than two hours.

As Constable Cheatwood was en-route to another call at Quick Stop in Haslam early Sunday morning, he witnessed an individual enter a residence on Coulter Street he knew to be unoccupied. After the call he was responding to completed, Cheatwood received a call there were three individuals with a vehicle backed up to the residence on Coulter Street and they had entered the building.

Annie MurrayWhen Constable Cheatwood arrived at the scene, the suspect vehicle was no longer at the house. Cheatwood looked in the front door and then contacted the Shelby County Sheriff's Department as he thought there may still be someone in the house. While awaiting assistance, Cheatwood spoke with an individual who provided a photograph of the vehicle which had been at the house. Cheatwood knew the owner of the vehicle in the photo and he was also able to identify one individual captured in the image.

At that time, Deputies Tipton and Travis arrived at the residence. Cheatwood was able to gain permission from the owner by telephone to enter the building by whatever means necessary and they forced entry into the house. It was apparent upon entry someone had been using the house.

Methamphetamine recovered by Shelby County Sheriff's Investigator Mandy Fears.

The vehicle in question was well-known by the officers involved. It was later spotted, and Constable Cheatwood alerted Deputy Tipton of its location and Tipton made contact with the vehicle at Joaquin Quick Stop. Individuals identified in the photograph were inside the vehicle and were subsequently arrested. A warrant will be issued for the third individual identified in the photo.

It was determined the suspect Cheatwood identified from the house is also a person of interest in the theft of the Explorer. According to Constable Cheatwood, while seeking the location of the third suspect he indicated to Investigator Mandy Fears a residence where the suspect might be found. While at that location, Investigator Fears was given consent to search by the owner. A female at the residence was found to be in possession of 4.23 grams of a substance which field tested to be methamphetamine. She was then taken into custody.

Constable Cheatwood expressed his appreciation to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Investigator Birdwell, Deputy Josh Tipton, Deputy Jesse Travis, Investigator Mandy Fears, and the citizens.

"Without their help, we're not law enforcement," said Cheatwood. "We cannot do it without the citizens who led us all into this that's taking place now."

Those individuals arrested at this time as a result of these investigations include, Dorvel Williams, 51, of Joaquin - burglary of a habitation; Christopher Burch, 47, of Mansfield, LA - burglary of a habitation; and Annie Murray, 37, of Joaquin - possession of a controlled substance.

Lt. Investigator Birdwell indicated the female subject from the burglary of a habitation is actively being sought, and in addition to their efforts, Sgt. Armstrong with DeSoto Parish is pursuing leads on the Louisiana side.

August 6, 2018 - State Highway 7 West at the intersection of FM 711 was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Friday, August 3, 2018.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jonathan Stinson, Troopers were dispatched to the crash at 6:45pm. Upon arrival, it was determined and after interview with the driver of a Nissan pickup truck, Marion Ward Storm, 73, of Joaquin, she was traveling around 65 mph in the inside lane when she stated another vehicle in front of her was preparing to turn left on FM 711. 

Storm took evasive action in attempts to avoid colliding with the other vehicle and jerked the wheel to the right. This caused the Nissan to go into a side-spin and travel off the roadway to the right where it clipped a roadway sign and then collided with a metal pole before flipping over onto its top, where it came to rest.

Storm received a possible leg injury and was transported by private vehicle to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment. 

She was issued a citation for unsafe speed.

A fireman from the Huxley Volunteer Fire Department was in the vicinity during the crash investigation and assisted with traffic control. The truck was towed from the scene by Hughes Wrecker Service.

August 3, 2018 - The City of Huxley will be conducting a free chlorine burnout of its water distribution system. The burnout will begin on Monday, August 6, 2018. This event will last a maximum of 30 days.

Currently the City of Huxley uses chloramines for disinfection of the drinking water. Chloramines are created by combining chlorine and ammonia. During this free chlorine burn, the disinfection process will be changed from chloramines to free chlorine. Free chlorine is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. Customers may notice increased flushing throughout the water distribution system during this time period, and possibly the following free chlorine burnout. 

This will allow flushing of the system to help remove sediment from the pipes and distribute the change in disinfectant.

It is important to understand that during this temporary change there may be some discoloration or cloudiness in the water and possibly a slight chlorine odor or taste. If this is experienced, customers may want to run the water through the tap until it clears. Minor pressure fluctuations and small air pockets may also occur. Flush valves should remove a majority of the color and odor, but some may reach customer lines during the process.

Is the Water Safe to Drink?

Yes, the water is safe to drink throughout this process.

Any odor and color issues will be nuisance only, which will subside as the flushing is completed. Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time. Cleaning additives are readily available at local stores to help prevent or remove any discoloration that may occur. Customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should consult their doctor to advise them if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures. Customers utilizing the water for aquariums should monitor both free and combined chlorine residuals.

During normal business hours residents may call 936-368-2633 or 936-368-2266 with any questions concerning the free chlorine burnout. The City of Huxley Water Utilities Department appreciates residents’ patience and understanding as it works to further improve the quality of the water for all customers.