The story headline links to a better view of the story and share features.
November 7, 2018 - On November 5, 2018, officers with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety went to a residence at 1153 FM 2026 in Center in response to reported illegal activity at the residence.
An SCSO investigator and DPS officer arrived on scene and identified one individual as Roy Denver Byrd Jr. who was known to have an active warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (SJF). Byrd was taken into custody without incident.
From left: Roy Denver Byrd Jr. and Juan Tramaine Tutt
Further information obtained on scene led the officers to a consensual search by the occupant of the residence and surrounding property. During the search, Juan Tramaine Tutt was found hiding in a closet in the residence. Tutt had multiple warrants out of Shelby County and was taken into custody without incident.
During the search in the closet area, approximately 2 ¼ ounces of marijuana was located. Officers also recovered eight ounces of suspected methamphetamine. Tutt also had $1,100 in cash that is believed to be derived from the sale of illegal narcotics. Seizure paperwork will be filed on the money.
At the time Byrd was booked into the county jail, additional illegal narcotics were found on his person. A warrant for Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility (F-3) was obtained and served on Byrd.
Multiple warrants are forthcoming for Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance as well as other charges on multiple individuals.
The SCSO extends sincere thanks to the Texas Department of Public Safety for their assistance.
November 6, 2018 - Shelby County had a good voter turnout for the November 6th midterm elections with 69% of the registered voters expressing their opinions at the polls. A record 53% of the total ballots cast were done during Early Voting and 47% were cast on election day.
City of Center final voting results are in and incumbent Jerry Lathan wins Council Member, District 2 with 126 votes to Rogers Yarborough's 68 votes.
In the Center ISD election, the four positions were won by Traci Willoughby (1,618 votes), Daphne LaRock (1,482 votes), John Henry Holloway (1,434 votes) and Deuce Wulf (1,350 votes).
Election results are below. City of Center and Center ISD results are below Federal, State, and County results. (All Boxes IN) *The Election Results are unofficial until they have been canvassed by the Shelby County Commissioners Court.
Registered Voters (Total) - 15,333
Ballots Cast Early - 5,562
Ballots Cast Election Day - 4,989
Ballots Cast Total - 10,551
Republican Party (Total) - 3,390
Democratic Party (Total) - 864
Libertarian Party (Total) - 14
Shelby County Election Results
|UNITED STATES SENATOR|
|Ted Cruz (REP)||EARLY||3,010|
|Beto O'Rourke (DEM)||EARLY||768|
|Neal M. Dikeman (LIB)||EARLY||11|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 1|
|Louie Gohmert (REP)||EARLY||2,994|
|Shirley McKellar (DEM)||EARLY||743|
|Jeff Callaway (LIB)||EARLY||29|
|Greg Abbott (REP)||EARLY||3,046|
|Lupe Valdez (DEM)||EARLY||704|
|Mark Jay Tippetts (LIB)||EARLY||26|
|Dan Patrick (REP)||EARLY||2,882|
|Mike Collier (DEM)||EARLY||812|
|Kerry Douglas McKennon (LIB)||EARLY||44|
|Ken Paxton (REP)||EARLY||2,945|
|Justin Nelson (DEM)||EARLY||765|
|Michael Ray Harris (LIB)||EARLY||32|
COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
|Glenn Hegar (REP)||EARLY||2,937|
|Joi Chevalier (DEM)||EARLY||708|
|Ben Sanders (LIB)||EARLY||62|
COMMISSIONER OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE
|George P. Bush (REP)||EARLY||2,894|
|Miguel Suazo (DEM)||EARLY||742|
|Matt Pina (LIB)||EARLY||92|
COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
|Sid Miller (REP)||EARLY||2,940|
|Kim Olson (DEM)||EARLY||749|
|Richard Carpenter (LIB)||EARLY||44|
|Christi Craddick (REP)||EARLY||2,952|
|Roman McAllen (DEM)||EARLY||714|
|Mike Wright (LIB)||EARLY||58|
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 2
|Jimmy Blacklock (REP)||EARLY||2,932|
|Steven Kirkland (DEM)||EARLY||740|
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 4
|John Devine (REP)||EARLY||2,934|
|R.K. Sandill (DEM)||EARLY||746|
JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 6
|Jeff Brown (REP)||EARLY||2,955|
|Kathy Cheng (DEM)||EARLY||751|
PRESIDING JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS
|Sharon Keller (REP)||EARLY||2,953|
|Maria T. (Terri) Jackson (DEM)||EARLY||724|
|William Bryan Strange III (LIB)||EARLY||37|
JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 7
|Barbara Parker Hervey (REP)||EARLY||2,964|
|Ramona Franklin (DEM)||EARLY||743|
JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 8
|Michelle Slaughter (REP)||EARLY||3,019|
|Mark Ash (LIB)||EARLY||288|
SENATOR, DISTRICT 3
|Robert Nichols (REP)||EARLY||2,946|
|Shirley Layton (DEM)||EARLY||719|
|Bruce Quarles (LIB)||EARLY||24|
|STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 9|
|Chris Paddie (REP)||EARLY||3,052|
|JUSTICE, 12TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 3|
|Greg Neeley (REP)||EARLY||3,011|
|DISTRICT JUDGE, 273rd JUDICIAL DISTRICT|
|James A. (Jim) Payne, Jr. (REP)||EARLY||2,962|
|Allison Harbison (REP)||EARLY||3,127|
|Lori Oliver (REP)||EARLY||3,098|
|Jennifer Fountain (REP)||EARLY||3,097|
|Ann Blackwell (REP)||EARLY||3,042|
|COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 2|
|Jimmy Lout (REP)||EARLY||638|
|COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 4|
|Tom Bellmyer (REP)||EARLY||592|
|JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT NO. 1|
|Melissa Crouch (REP)||EARLY||1,733|
|JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT NO. 2|
|Marla Denby (REP)||EARLY||418|
|JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT NO. 3|
|Margie Anderson (REP)||EARLY||453|
|JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT NO. 4|
|Jackie Kirkwood (REP)||EARLY||146|
|Jenny L. Hicks (DEM)||EARLY||47|
|JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT NO. 5|
|Tracy Broadway (REP)||EARLY||260|
|Write-in Candidate: Mike Crouch||EARLY||75|
City of Center Council Member, Distrist 2 (Final Results)
Jerry G. Lathan - 126
Rogers Yarborough - 68
Center ISD School Board (4 Positions, Final Results)
Traci Willoughby - 1,618
Daphne LaRock - 1,482
John Henry Holloway - 1,434
Deuce Wulf - 1,350
Greg Hubbard - 1,222
Joyce Edwards - 620
November 6, 2018 - These numbers should be a reality check for all Texas drivers. Every day since November 7, 2000 at least one person has died on Texas roadways. It's time to change the way we drive. Buckle up and don't drive distracted. #EndTheStreakTX
November 6, 2018 - The Center Police Department (CPD) reports the arrest of an individual following his alleged attempt to flee and apprehension with the assistance of a CPD K9.
According to a Center Police Department press release Sgt. Knowlton, of the Center Police Department, conducted a traffic stop on Arcadia Road with a vehicle for a traffic violation on October 30, 2018 at approximately 7:45am. During the traffic stop the driver of the vehicle was identified as Troy Anderson and was known by Sgt. Knowlton to have an active parole warrant for his arrest.
After instructing Mr. Anderson to exit his vehicle, Mr. Anderson placed his vehicle in drive and sped away from the scene.
Pursuit of the vehicle was then conducted with the pursuit ending on CR 1490- after the suspect vehicle became stuck in a ditch. Mr. Anderson then fled on foot where he was apprehended a short time later by K9 Elliott.
Suspected methamphetamine was later recovered from Anderson’s vehicle and a firearm- that was reported as stolen out of Timpson - was recovered after it was removed from Mr. Anderson’s right hand by K9 Elliott.
Mr. Anderson was subsequently arrested and booked into the jail for the following charges:
1. Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG1>=1G<4G
2. Evading Arrest/Detention w/ a Motor Vehicle
3. Tampering/Fabricating Physical Evidence w/ Intent to Impair
4. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
5. Parole Warrant
Additional charges are expected in this case.
October 22, 2018 - An election for the City of Center was ordered to be held on November 6, 2018 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM for the purpose of electing the following officers:
District II - Council Member (Rogers Yarborough and Jerry G. Lathan)
District IV - Council Member (Randy Collard - Unopposed)
At-Large - Council Member (Leigh Porterfield - Unopposed)
At-Large - Council Memberd (Terry Scull - Unopposed)
Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted at the Shelby County Clerk's office located at 124 Austin Street starting October 22, 2018 and ending November 2, 2018.
Shelby County Clerk's Early voting schedule: October 22 (7am to 7pm); October 23 to Oct 26 (8am to 4:30pm); October 27 (10am to 2pm); October 28 (12noon to 4pm); October 29 (7am to 7pm); and October 30 to Nov 2 (8am to 4:30pm).
Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to the Shelby County Clerk at P.O. Box 1744, Center, Texas 75935, Attention: Jennifer Fountain. Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on October 22, 2018.
November 5, 2018 - The following people have a warrant for theft by check:
- Misti L. Hogue, 9/21/98
- Nicholas S Roberts, 1/14/82
- Laroderick Caraway, 10/29/84
- Ryan Chandler, 12/30/91
- Misti Anderson, 5/5/86
- Florencia Covarrubias, 3/5/53
- Gregory Gady
- Nora Gonzalez, 6/27/77
- Kaylie Gundermann, 1/8/96
- Karen Gundermann, 3/9/57
- Heather Lilly, 10/22/76
- Edith Lafata, 11/20/63
- James Hewitt, 8/17/64
- Jonathan Thomas, 6/25/83
- Johnny Sanders, 11/23/55
- Seth Matthews, 2/7/96
- Nathan Sears, 2/9/93
- Colby Slaydon, 1/7/93
- Andrea Starghill, 5/26/74
November 4, 2018 - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one-vehicle crash early this morning on SH 147, about three miles south of San Augustine.
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 12:30 a.m., a 2014 Chevrolet passenger car was traveling north on SH 147. The driver was reportedly traveling at an unsafe speed when the vehicle drove off the roadway to the right, overcorrected to the left and crossed back over the roadway to the left and struck a tree.
The driver of the vehicle is identified as Octavian Burrell (former Shelbyville Dragon), 21, of San Augustine. Burrell was pronounced deceased at the scene by a San Augustine County Justice of the Peace.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
October 22, 2018 - Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at: Shelby County Clerk's Office, 124 Austin Street, Center, Texas between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. beginning on October 22, 2018 and ending November 2, 2018.
Early voting schedule: October 22 (7am to 7pm); October 23 to Oct 26 (8am to 4:30pm); October 27 (10am to 2pm); October 28 (12noon to 4pm); October 29 (7am to 7pm); and October 30 to Nov 2 (8am to 4:30pm).
Sample ballots for November 6th Election are listed below. Election day polling locations open at 7am and close at 7pm.
Ballots and polling locations
Click each precinct to see the ballots for each area
- Precinct 1 N (Center) - Polling location is at First United Methodist Church, 211 N. Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935
- Precinct 1 SO (Center) - Polling location is at Church of Christ, 110 Hurst Street, Center, Texas 75935
- Precinct 1 SE (Center) - Polling location is at Pineywoods Family Outreach Center, 255 Haley Drive, Center, Texas 75935
- Precinct 1 SW (Center) - Polling location is at Center Community House, 423 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935
- Precinct 1 W (Center) - Polling location is at JOI Ranch Building, 5198 FM 2026, Tenaha, Texas 75974
- Precinct 2 (Aiken) - Polling location is at Excelsior School, 11270 St. Hwy 7 W, Center, Texas 75935
- Precinct 3 (Sardis) - Polling location is at Campti Pentecostal Church, 6153 FM 414, Center, Texas 75935
- Precinct 4 (Huxley) - Polling location is at Lydia Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 14998 FM 139, Shelbyville, TX 75973
- Precinct 5 (Joaquin) - Polling location is at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 175 Faulkville Road, Joaquin, TX 75954
- Precinct 6 (Dreka) - Polling location is at Dreka Pentecostal Church, Fellowship Hall, 1193 FM 2427, Shelbyville, Texas 75973
- Precinct 7 (Shelbyville) - Polling location is at First Baptist Church - Shelbyville, Fellowship Hall, 5030 SH 87 South, Shelbyville, Texas 75973
- Precinct 8 (Tenaha) - Polling location is at First United Methodist Church Fellowhip Hall, 226 N. George Bowers Dr., Tenaha, TX 75974
- Precinct 9N (Timpson) - Polling location is at Texas State Bank Annex, 830 N 1st Street W, Timpson, TX 75975
- Precinct 9S (Timpson) - Polling location is at Timpson School Gym Foyer, 836 Bear Dr., Timpson, TX 75975
Application for ballot by mail shall be mailed to:
Jennifer Fountain - Shelby County Clerk
P.O. Box 1987 or 124 Austin Street
Center, Texas 75935
Application for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on October 26, 2018.
November 1, 2018 - Weather statistics for October 2018 are prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Service Observer.
Highest Temp was 91 degrees on 4 days: 10-04, 05, 06, and 07, 2018
Highest Temp on Record was 100 degrees on 10-01-1953
Lowest Temp was 44 degrees on 10-22-2018
Lowest temp on Record was 26 degrees on 10-31-1993
Rainfall Recorded was 14.66 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 5.32 inches
Above Average by 9.34 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 18.94 inches in 2009
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.00 inches in 1952 and 2005
Yearly Rainfall through October is 60.06 inches
Yearly Average through October is 43.73 inches
Above Average by 16.33 inches.
Note: Rainfall falling Halloween is recorded on November 1, 2018
Don't forget to Fall Back Sunday Morning and get your hour of sleep you lost when we Sprang Forward!!!
October 31, 2018 - SWEPCO is preparing for the potential impact of severe storms across much of its Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas service territory this afternoon and tonight. The storms are forecasted to bring 60 mph wind gusts and frequent lightning, with the possibility of flash floods and tornados.
SWEPCO is carefully monitoring the weather system, with crews on the alert and materials ready.
SWEPCO serves 535,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle.
Public safety reminders:
Downed power lines - Never touch a downed line, or go near it, no matter how harmless it looks. The line could be energized. Don’t touch anything in contact with the line, such as trees, fences or puddles of water. Stay away, and keep others away, especially children and pets. Call SWEPCO or 911 immediately.
Portable generator safety – If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators can "backfeed" electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers' instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator.
How to report, track outages
· Use the SWEPCO app, available for download via the App Store or Google Play.
· Visit SWEPCO.com/OutageMap to find detailed information without logging into your account
· Sign up for text and email updates, including estimated time of restoration, at SWEPCO.com/Alerts.
· Call 1-888-218-3919 to report your outage