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December 3, 2018 - (Update): Center PD press release - November 27, 2018 Center Police Dept responded to the 500 block of Lakewood Drive in reference to a male subject that had been shot.

The male subject was outside working in the backyard when he heard several shots. He was then struck in the right shoulder and was transported to the Center E. R. for treatment.

The victim was treated and released a short time later. The case is still under investigation.

Detective Nicole Faulkner


November 27, 2018 - A man was hospitalized Tuesday, November 27, 2018 following a shooting incident in Center which put officers on high alert just after 4pm.

Area residents may have witnessed law enforcement officers from multiple agencies converge on a wooded area just east of Loop 500 and State Highway 7 West in search of the shooter.

Units with Center Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and a Texas Game Warden were stationed around the area in attempts to ensnare the suspect.

Center Police Officer Steven Thornburgh and K9 Taz entered the woods with other officers in search of the individual who was described as being clothed in camouflage. 

At this time, the suspect has not yet been apprehended and the condition of the victim has not yet been released.

Additional information will be provided on Shelby County Today as it is made available by the Center Police Department.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect in this incident is encouraged to contact the Center Police Department at 936-598-2788.

December 3, 2018 - Weather statistics for November, 2018 prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Service Observer.
 
Highest Temp was 81 degrees on 11-01-2018
Highest Temp on Record was 91 degrees on 11-14-1942 and 11-11-1944
Lowest Temp was 26 degrees on 11-15-2018
Lowest Temp on Record was 12 degrees on 11-30-1976
 
Rainfall Recorded was 9.33 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 5.04 inches
Above Average by 4.29 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 16.58 in 1940
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.46 inches in 1999
 
Yearly Rainfall through November is 69.39 inches
Yearly Average through November is 48.77 inches
Above Average by 20.62 inches
First frost and freeze was 11-14-2018 with very light snow flurries - low was 29 degrees
Killing frost was 11-15-18 with 26 degrees

Click here for full weather report

Texas Rangers are seen where Aguilar was in hiding. They are currently investigating where the situation developed into a shootout between Aguilar and officers.

December 2, 2018 - While Center residents were preparing for the annual Christmas parade on the Center square, law enforcement officials were engaged in a quickly developing stand-off with wanted fugitive, Antonio Aguilar on December 1, 2018.

Center Police Officers, Texas Department of Public Safety, Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Shelby County Constables from Precinct 1,2 and 3, Tenaha Police Department and agencies from other areas joined in on surrounding the area to lock down access in and out of FM 2788 at State Highway 7 East.

As law enforcement units were set in place, assistance was called in from the Center Fire Department to bolster road blocks and traffic control at roadways surrounding the area as vehicles were still attempting to go around the road blocks.

What started at around 4pm Saturday, finally came to a resolution early Sunday morning about 11 hours later.

According to a press release issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Center Police Department received a tip at around 4pm from a confidential source that Antonio Aguilar was at a private residence in the city of Center. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene and negotiated with Aguilar for several hours.

Based on the preliminary investigation, at approximately 3:45am Sunday morning, Aguilar exited the residence with a rifle and fired at law enforcement officials. Law enforcement returned fire, fatally wounding Aguilar.

Mark Tuley, 58, of Center, was arrested by Texas Rangers (DPS) for harboring a fugitive; he was transported to the Shelby County jail for the felony offense.

No law enforcement officers were injured during this incident. This investigation is ongoing and no further details are available for release at this time.

December 2, 2018 - As of 4am December 2, 2018 the stand-off at Melton’s car lot (Owned by Mark Tuley) in Center came to an end with the sound of gunfire, according to sources residing in the neighborhood.

Traffic was flowing again on State Highway 7 as of 7am with there being no more road blocks.

Texas Rangers are on scene investigating the location. 

More information will be provided as it’s made available by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

December 2, 2018 - In honor and tribute to the memory of President George H.W. Bush and as an expression of public sorrow, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation ordering the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff from now until sunset on December 30, 2018.

Further, a National Day of Mourning has been appointed for December 5, 2018.
 
Read the proclamation here 

Center PD and DPS are seen coordinating with one another at FM 2788.

December 1, 2018 - Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies have amassed on State Highway 7 in Center at the intersection of FM 2788 where they have blocked off all access in and out of that area since around 4:30pm Saturday.

An individual is within a house near Melton’s car lot, and is apparently not complying with officers.

Law enforcement agencies have been scouring Shelby County for Antonio Aguilar after a shooting incident which took place on November 28, 2018.

Center Police Officer Robert Lee is seen turning drivers back as they approach FM 2788.

It’s unknown the total number of streets which are blocked off by law enforcement. However, Louisiana Street (SH 7) is impassable beyond FM 2788 due to a road block and isn't open to traffic until after Loop 500. And Loop 500 is also closed off from the other end of FM 2788 to SH 7. Law enforcement are holding the inside parameter and the Center Fire Department has assisted with redirecting traffic outside the control area.

Travelers should consider alternate routes to avoid being turned around by law enforcement.

More information will be updated on Shelby County Today as it’s made available.

Tenaha PD Officers joined Center PD on top of the hill at FM 2788 on SH 7.

November 30, 2018 - The following criminal defendants failed to appear for felony court in the 123rd Judicial District Court during November 2018:

  • Phillip Dalton Evans
  • Mario Gareza-Cuapia
  • Candance Dyan Harper
  • James Randy Hoffpauir
  • David Earl Kelley
  • Luke Merrell
  • Tyler Lee Morris
  • Donald Wayne Moss
  • Marsh Glenn Odom, Jr.
  • Charles Allen Railey
  • Jeffery Dwayne Scott
  • Nathan H. Wedgeworth
  • Christopher Wyuts

On November 30, Judge LeAnn Kay Rafferty entered a order directing District Clerk Lori Oliver to issue an arrest warrant for each individual and to forfeit each Defendant's bond. 

If you are listed above, please contact the Court Manager, Karen Warr, 936.598.9928, to schedule a court appearance. 

November 30, 2018 - The manhunt which started Wednesday, November 28th for Antonio Jaso Aguilar of Center, Texas has led to him making the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list by Texas Department of Public Safety.

The DPS website states an up to $7,500 reward is offered for the arrest or apprehension of Aguilar. To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the following methods:

  • Call the Texas Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477)
  • Submit a web tip through the Texas 10 Most Wanted website or Facebook page
  • Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App 

All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name. Callers’ anonymity is guaranteed by law and you could earn up to the CASH REWARD amount listed for each fugitive. These fugitives should be considered Armed and Dangerous! Never try to apprehend a fugitive yourself.

Details on the webstie about Aguilar: Antonio Jaso AGUILAR is a violent fugitive with ties to Shelby County, including the cities of Center and Joaquin.On November 28, 2018, AGUILAR allegedly exchanged gunfire with a Texas DPS trooper following an attempted traffic stop in rural northeast Shelby County. AGUILAR fled from the scene and his whereabouts since then are unknown.The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has since issued a warrant for AGUILAR’s arrest for Attempted Capital Murder.In addition, on February 15, 2017, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a warrant for AGUILAR’s arrest for Parole Violation (Original Offenses: Burglary of a Habitation x2).AGUILAR was last seen armed with an assault rifle and should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

For more details, click the following link - https://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/MostWanted/Fugitives

November 30, 2018 - The Texas Department of Public Safety and area law enforcement officers continue to search for Antonio Jaso Aguilar. Aguilar is wanted for Attempted Capital Murder of a Peace Officer stemming from an incident that occurred on Wednesday, November 28 in Shelby County, Texas.

Aguilar is described as a white Hispanic male, 5’10”, 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has multiple upper body tattoos and a large tattoo on his upper back. The word "DIRTY" is tattooed vertically down  his right forearn and the word "SOUTH is tattooed vertically down his left forearm.

The silver Cadillac SUV Aguilar was driving has been recovered and at this time, his means of transportation are unknown.

Aguilar is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding his location or whereabouts is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5601.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Aguilar of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution (F-3).

Leah Chase, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Media Relations

November 29, 2018 - The Center Fire Department was paged out to a single vehicle rollover on US Hwy 87 North at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

According to Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jesse Fountain, a gray Chevrolet Avalanche was southbound on US 87 North, nine miles north of Center near CR 1615, when the driver took evasive action to avoid hitting deer in the roadway. The driver, Regina Marshall, 56 of Center, to swerve to avoid the deer when she lost control of the vehicle and it exited the roadway to the right. The vehicle turned sideways and side-skidded before overturning and striking a metal pipe fence. The vehicle came to rest on its top just inside a private driveway.

Marshall was transported by ambulance to the Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department and then flown by life flight to a Shreveport Hospital.

The Center Fire Department assisted with traffic control and picking up the crash scene which was littered with miscellaneous Christmas decorations which had been ejected from the vehicle.

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