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May 4, 2018 - Center ISD Special Bond election day is Saturday, May 5, 2018 from the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. at the Center Independent School District, Middle School Cafeteria on Malone Drive, Center, Texas 75935.

Proposition A
(For or Against)

The issuance of $20,000,000 of bonds by the Center Independent School District for School Facilities and levying the tax in payment thereof.

Proposition B
(For or Against)

The issuance of $10,000,000 of bonds by the Center Independent School District for School Facilities, to wit: Extracurricular Band, Agriculture, and Athletic Program improvements and levying the tax in payment thereof.

Links for additional information

  • Center ISD Bond Election Information - Link
  • Center ISD Notice of Election - Link

May 4, 2018 - Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that Melony Anderson was found safe and unharmed in Batesville, MS on May 3, 2018 and three subjects were taken into custody. Elizabeth Sanford, 36, Laurel Smith, 22, and Shannon Leonard, 27, all of Center, were arrested by the Batesville Police Department (BPD) on warrants out of Shelby County for Kidnapping (F-3)

Elizabeth SanfordShelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Investigators Carmen Fears, Chad Brown and Adam Renfro were able to ping a phone belonging to one of the subjects. The whereabouts of the subjects and Anderson was passed on to the Texas Ranger Jim Hicks who kept BPD abreast on their location.

Laurel Smith  Fears and Renfro will travel to Mississippi Monday, May 7 with Hicks to interview the subjects. They will be taken before a magistrate in Mississippi to sign extradition, after which they will be picked up by the SCSO and transported back to Center for arraignment on kidnapping charges.

Shannon LeonardThis case is still under investigation at this time.

The SCSO would like to thank the public and all media outlets who shared the press release concerning Anderson’s appearance. We greatly appreciate your assistance.

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May 3, 2018 - (Update May 3, 9:39pm): The Shelby County Sheriff's Department reports Anderson was located on Thursday afternoon, and she is safe. Additonal information is pending at this time.


(Update: May 3, 9:40am): Information we received indicates Anderson reportedly left Timpson High School May 2 at 3:30 p.m. in a dark colored early 2000 model Chevrolet Tahoe with a white male driver and a white female passenger. 
She is considered a runaway.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is seeking the whereabouts of Melony Skye Anderson. Anderson is 15 years old, 5'3" tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes. 

She was last seen wearing a gray shirt with pink palm trees the word Hollister printed in pink letters on the front, camouflage jacket, jeans and sandals. 

She was last seen at Timpson ISD in the afternoon hours of May 2, 2018. Anderson may be in the Logansport area. 

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact SCSO Investigator Adam Renfro at 936.598.5601 or 936.572.1354.

CAUGHT

May 2, 2018 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the whereabouts of Brittany Celine Barber, 30, of Joaquin. Barber is described as a 5’4” white female and weighs approximately 120 pounds. She has black hair and hazel eyes. Barber has two active felony warrants for Endangering a Child (SJF) and Possession of Controlled Substance (F-3).

The SCSO is seeking assistance of the public with locating Barber. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the SCSO (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 Barber of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

May 1, 2018 - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office was contacted this afternoon in regards to a video circulating on Facebook. The video shows a very young child being beaten and abused by a lady in a home that was reported to be in Tenaha.

The video has been investigated by the FBI who determined the video originated in Britain. We pray for the safety and protection of this child.

We would like to thank everyone who contacted us in regards to this matter.

Submitted by Leah Chase

April 29, 2018 - Center Police Officers were dispatched to two motorcycle crash incidents Tuesday, April 24, 2018, which resulted in their operators needing medical attention.

Officers were dispatched to first incident on Louisiana Street at the intersection with Railroad Avenue at just before 7pm. A motorcycle lay in the middle of the roadway and EMS saw to the medical needs of the operator of the motorcycle while officers investigated the crash.

According to Center Police Officer Jake Gross, a 2016 Harley Davidson driven by Marvin Wells, 55, of Joaquin was westbound on Louisiana Street (State Highway 7 East). 

At that time a 2004 Toyota Sienna van driven by Elva Ramos, 38, of Center was southbound on Railroad Avenue. Ramos traveled into Louisiana Street and failed to yield right of way at the stop sign, causing the Harley Davidson to t-bone the van.

Wells sustained unknown injuries resulting from the crash and was transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment.

The motorcycle was towed from the scene by Hughes Wrecker Service.

Ramos and her 11 and 7-year-old passengers were not reported to have received injury during the crash.

After the first motorcycle wreck, the second one occurred at around 11:50pm on the Center square at the intersection of Cora and Shelbyville Street.

A 2017 Harley Davidson Motorcycle driven by Cameron Alan Copelin, 34, of Shelbyville was traveling east on San Augustine Street approaching the intersection at Shelbyville Street. 

While entering the square at a high-rate of speed, Copelin attempted to turn right onto Shelbyville and lost control of the bike, laying it on its side. Copelin and his bike skidded approximately 20-25 feet into the intersection where he struck the front driver's side tire of a 2006 Ford Expedition. The Expedition was driven by Lana Hutto, 47, of Tenaha. The collision caused damage to the tire and motorcycle. 

Copelin refused medical care at the scene, but was taken by private vehicle to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department to be treated for injuries. The motorcycle was towed by East Texas Towing and Storage. 

The second crash scene was investigated by Center Police Officer Brian Wright.

April 27, 2018 - Officials with the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Sabine National Forest, have advised a prescribed burn located in Compartments 29/34/35, 2197 acres (Block C & D ) in Shelby County. This area is located near Dreka, off of FM Highways 139 & 3184. Please use caution and turn your lights on.

Please see the attached full map of the projected burn areas by clicking the map image.

Winds will be Northwest at 4 mph gusting to 8 mph.

Ignition time of 10:30am and completion estimated at 5:30pm with helicopter assistant.

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

April 24, 2018 - A Shelby County Grand Jury handed down 41 indictments including a Tenaha Teacher for improper relationship between educator and student Thursday, April 19, 2018. The grand jury was impaneled for the January 2018 term of the 273rd Judicial District Court.

Billy Earl Greer was indicted for forgery against elderly individual, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on February 6, 2017, Greer with intent to defraud and harm Louise Greer, an elderly individual 65 years of age or older, executed a writing so it purported to be the act of Louise Greer, who did not authorize the act. The writing was a check drawn on Louise Greer's Farmers State Bank account in the amount of $372.71.

Derwin Wayne Armstrong was indicted for burglary of a building, state jail felony. The indictment alleges, on July 5, 2017, Armstrong entered a building or portion of a building without the consent of Steve Justice, the owner, and attempted to commit or committed theft of a cart full of fireworks owned by Justice.

Steven Lynn Harkness was indicted for theft, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on October 23, 2017, Harkness unlawfully appropriated, by acquiring or otherwise exercising control over contract services for hauling storm debris from Hurricane Harvey valued at $2,500 or more but less than $30,000 from Bill White, the owner.

Maria Harkness was indicted for theft, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on October 23, 2017, Harkness unlawfully appropriated, by acquiring or otherwise exercising control over contract services for hauling storm debris from Hurricane Harvey valued at $2,500 or more but less than $30,000 from Bill White, the owner.

Juania Lee Briggs was indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, state jail felony. The indictment alleges, on November 19, 2017, Briggs operated an automobile without the consent of Denisa Marie Huskey, the owner.

Abdifatah Mohamed was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony. The indictment alleges, on January 17, 2018, Mohamed threatened Abdirisak Ali Muse with imminent bodily injury, and Mohamed did then and there exhibit a knife during commission of the assault.

Abdirisak Ali Muse was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, first degree felony. The indictment alleges, on January 17, 2018, Muse Mohamed threatened Abdifatah Mohamed with imminent bodily injury, and Muse did then and there exhibit a knife during commission of the assault.

Eric Eugene Page was indicted for assault on a public servant, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on January 31, 2018, Page recklessly caused bodily injury to Center Police Officer Andrew Williams by biting Officer Williams on the inside of his right thigh. The indictment further alleges Page bit Williams on his right hand and Page knew Williams was then and there a public servant conducting a traffic stop.

Eric Eugene Page was indicted for assault on a public servant, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on January 31, 2018, Page recklessly caused bodily injury to Center Police Officer Spencer Anderson by biting Officer Anderson on the right hand and Page knew Anderson was then and there a public servant conducting a traffic stop.

Eddie Joe Chisenhall was indicted for evading arrest, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on February 2, 2018, Chisenhall while using a vehicle, intentionally fled from Officer Steven Thornburg, a person Chisenhall knew was a peace officer attempting to lawfully arrest or detain Chisenhall.

Curvie Brinson was indicted for evading arrest with a vehicle, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on March 9, 2017, Brinson while using a vehicle, intentionally fled from Officer Steven Thornburg, a person Brison knew was a peace officer attempting to lawfully arrest or detain Brinson.

Robert Delanty Calhoun was indicted for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on January 12, 2018, Calhoun knowing an official proceeding was in progress, intentionally or knowingly altered, destroyed or concealed evidence. It's further alleged Calhoun did this by placing a PCP-dipped Moore cigarette into his mouth, chewing it, and/or swallowed it, with intent to impair its availability as evidence in the investigation or in any subsequent official proceeding.

Adria Simone Polley was indicted for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, state jail felony. The indictment alleges, on March 12, 2018, Polley knowing an official proceeding was in progress, intentionally or knowingly altered, destroyed or concealed evidence. It's further alleged Polley did this by hiding a PCP-dipped Moore cigarette under her legs with intent to impair its availability as evidence in the investigation or in any subsequent official proceeding.

Jarrad Kinney was indicted for burglary of a habitation, second degree felony. The indictment alleges, on March 5, 2018, Kinney entered a habitation without the consent of Allen Gossett, the owner, with intent to commit theft or attempted theft of a 65" TV, Playstation 3, electric hot plate, air fryer and Kitchen Aid mixer, owned by Gossett.

Jennifer Etievant was indicted for credit card/debit card abuse, state jail felony. The indictment alleges, on January 12, 2018, Etievant presented or used a debit or credit card in the name of Billy Kyle Hendricks, with knowledge the card, whether or not expired, had neither been issued to Etievant nor used by her with the consent of Hendricks.

Jennifer Etievant was indicted for credit card/debit card abuse, state jail felony. The indictment alleges, on January 12, 2018, Etievant presented or used a debit or credit card in the name of Billy Kyle Hendricks, with knowledge the card, whether or not expired, had neither been issued to Etievant nor used by her with the consent of Hendricks.

Kevin Jacob Zamora was indicted for credit card/debit card abuse, state jail felony. The indictment alleges, on January 12, 2018, Zamora presented or used a debit or credit card in the name of Billy Kyle Hendricks, with knowledge the card, whether or not expired, had neither been issued to Zamora nor used by her with the consent of Hendricks.

Kevin Jacob Zamora was indicted for credit card/debit card abuse, state jail felony. The indictment alleges, on January 12, 2018, Zamora presented or used a debit or credit card in the name of Billy Kyle Hendricks, with knowledge the card, whether or not expired, had neither been issued to Zamora nor used by her with the consent of Hendricks.

Edward Bernard Miles a/k/a E.B. Miles was indicted for assault family violence with prior convictions, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on April 4, 2018, Miles recklessly caused bodily injury to Tyonronda Adams, a person whose relationship to or association with Miles is described by Section 71.0021(b), 71.003, or 71.005 of the Texas Family Code, by grabbing her arm and forcing his fingers inside her mouth. The indictment further describes Miles was previously convicted of the same charge.

Rodolfo Gray was indicted for assault family violence with prior convictions, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on April 4, 2018, Miles recklessly caused bodily injury to Jimyria Garrett, a person whose relationship to or association with Gray is described by Section 71.0021(b), 71.003, or 71.005 of the Texas Family Code, by grabbing her arm and forcing his fingers inside her mouth. The indictment further describes Gray was previously convicted of the same charge.

Rodolfo Gray was indicted for burglary of a habitation, first degree felony. The indictment alleges, on February 13, 2018, Gray with intent to commit an assault against Roger Dale Shoemaker, entered a habitation without the effective consent of Shoemaker, the owner.

(Some of the following content contained within indictments is of a sensitive nature and may not be suitable for younger viewers.)

Nathan Randall Peace was indicted for sexual assault, second degree felony. The indictment alleges, on February 26, 2017, Peace caused sexual penetration of a child who was then and there younger than 17 years of age and not the spouse of Peace and by his sexual organ.

Cynthia Suzett Hughes was indicted for improper relationship between educator and student, second degree felony. The indictment alleges, on June 15, 2017, Hughes, an employee of Tenaha High School, communicated in a sexually explicit manner with a minor by sending nude photographs of herself via "Snapchat" to a minor who was enrolled at Tenaha High School.

Angel Gonzalez was indicted for indecency with a child, second degree felony. The indictment alleges, on May 4, 2017, Gonzalez engaged in sexual contact with a child younger than 17 years and not the spouse of Gonzalez by touching the breast of the child.

Angel Gonzalez was indicted for indecency with a child, second degree felony. The indictment alleges, on May 4, 2017, Gonzalez engaged in sexual contact with a child younger than 17 years and not the spouse of Gonzalez by grabbing the genitals of the child.

(Dates in parenthesis indicate the date of the alleged incident):

  • Joseph Ray Nash, delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second degree felony (February 9, 2018). 
  • Miguel Demonte Johnson Jr., possession of a controlled substance (ecstasy/MDMA), second degree felony (March 3, 2018).
  • Derwin Wayne Armstrong, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), state jail felony (March 19, 2018).
  • Amanda Darlene Chambers, possession of a controlled substance (ecstasy/MDMA), state jail felony (March 11, 2018).
  • Eric Eugene Page, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (January 31, 2018). 
  • Eric Eugene Page, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (February 3, 2018).
  • Trumaine Willis Bazile, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), second degree felony (January 26, 2018). 
  • Juanita Lee Briggs, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first degree felony (March 17, 2018).
  • Juanita Lee Briggs, delivery of a controlled substance (Xanax), state jail felony (March 17, 2018).
  • Koury Lyle Nowell, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second degree felony (December 7, 2017). 
  • Sonya Rana Golden, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second degree felony (December 7, 2017).
  • Christin Janel Taylor, possession of a controlled substance (ecstasy/MDMA), state jail felony (October 16, 2017). 
  • Adria Simone Polley, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), state jail felony (March 12, 2018).
  • Terrence Deshon Williams, possession of a controlled substance (codeine), second degree felony (December 7, 2017).
  • Mackynzie Chandler, possession of a controlled substance (ecstasy/MDMA), state jail felony (January 25, 2018). 
  • Elisha Marie Remedies, unlawful possession of a firearm, third degree felony (February 5, 2018).

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.

April 23, 2018 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) executed multiple search warrants on April 19, 2018, throughout Shelby County.

James Cody Fleming

The search warrants were issued after several months of investigations into a rash of burglaries. 

Execution of the search warrants uncovered a multitude of suspected stolen property including power tools, firearms, hunting and fishing equipment, electronics and numerous other items.

Marijuana, prescription pills and 46+ grams of methamphetamines were also found at a location along with $5,600 in currency.

James Melvin Fleming

James Cody Fleming, 34, of Center was arrested and charged with Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (F-1) $50,000 Bond; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon (F-3) $15,000 Bond and Violation of Parole – No Bond.

James Melvin Fleming, 64, of Center was arrested and charged with Prohibited Weapon (F-3) $15,000 Bond and Tampering with Identification Numbers (M-A) $5,000 Bond.

Stephen McCoyStephen McCoy, 24, of Joaquin was arrested and charged with Violation of Probation- No Bond.

Rebecca Simmonds, 21, of Center, was arrested and charged with POM (M-B) $2,500 Bond; POCS (SJF) $2,000 Bond; POCS (M-A) $5,000 Bond and Abandoning/Endangering a Child (SJF) $15,000 Bond.

Rebecca Simmonds

Lillian Jernigan, 19, of Center was arrested and charged with Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (F-1) $50,000 Bond.

Bruce Cohoon, 39, of Joaquin was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon (F-3)$15,000 Bond and Tampering with Identification Numbers (M-A) $5,000 Bond.

Lillian Jernigan

The six suspects were booked into the Shelby County Jail without incident and all remain in custody at this time. More charges will be added.

Officers involved in the search warrants included Sheriff Willis Blackwell, Chief Deputy Kevin Windham, Lieutenant Del Birdwell, Investigators Chad Brown, Mandy Fears and Adam Renfro, SCSO Deputies Ruth Gonzales, Jordan Long, Jim Ed Matthews, Roy Bailey and Taylor Fanguy

Bruce Cohoon

Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to thank DPS Officer Taylor Buster and Jessie Fountain, Constable Zack Warr and Shelby County District Attorney Investigator Joey Haley for their assistance with the execution of the search warrants.

Leah Chase, SCSO Media Relations

 

April 18, 2018 - The following criminal defendants failed to appear for a felony arraignment hearing on Wednesday, April 18, 2018:

Tristen Javan Durden
Darren Askew
Eric Jerome Nobles
Ruben Munez Soto

Judge LeAnn Rafferty, presiding judge of the 123rd Judicial District Court, issued warrants for each defendant's arrest and further, forfeited each defendant's bond. 

Each defendant needs to immediately contact the Court Manager, Karen Warr, at 936-598-9928 to schedule a court appearance.

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