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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.

Election Statistics

Registered Voters (Total) - 15,333

Ballots Cast Early - 5,562
Ballots Cast Election Day - 4,989
Ballots Cast Total - 10,551

STRAIGHT PARTY
Republican Party (Total) - 3,390
Democratic Party (Total) - 864
Libertarian Party (Total) - 14


Shelby County Election Results

FEDERAL        
UNITED STATES SENATOR        
  Ted Cruz (REP) EARLY 3,010  
        PRECINCT 2,995  
      79.43% TOTAL 6,005  
  Beto O'Rourke (DEM) EARLY 768  
        PRECINCT 753  
      20.12% TOTAL 1,521  
  Neal M. Dikeman (LIB) EARLY 11  
        PRECINCT 21  
      0.42% TOTAL 32  
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 1        
  Louie Gohmert (REP) EARLY 2,994  
        PRECINCT 3,001  
      79.74% TOTAL 5,995  
  Shirley McKellar (DEM) EARLY 743  
        PRECINCT 724  
      19.51% TOTAL 1,467  
  Jeff Callaway (LIB) EARLY 29  
        PRECINCT 27  
      0.74% TOTAL 56  
STATE        

GOVERNOR

       
  Greg Abbott (REP) EARLY 3,046  
        PRECINCT 3,083  
      81.30% TOTAL 6,129  
  Lupe Valdez (DEM) EARLY 704  
        PRECINCT 662  
      18.12% TOTAL 1,366  
  Mark Jay Tippetts (LIB) EARLY 26  
        PRECINCT 18  
      0.58% TOTAL 44  

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

       
  Dan Patrick (REP) EARLY 2,882  
        PRECINCT 2,843  
      76.63% TOTAL 5,725  
  Mike Collier (DEM) EARLY 812  
        PRECINCT 843  
      22.15% TOTAL 1,655  
  Kerry Douglas McKennon (LIB) EARLY 44  
        PRECINCT 47  
      1.22% TOTAL 91  

ATTORNEY GENERAL

       
  Ken Paxton (REP) EARLY 2,945  
        PRECINCT 2,943  
      78.73% TOTAL 5,888  
  Justin Nelson (DEM) EARLY 765  
        PRECINCT 768  
      20.50% TOTAL 1,533  
  Michael Ray Harris (LIB) EARLY 32  
        PRECINCT 26  
      0.78% TOTAL 58  

COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

       
  Glenn Hegar (REP) EARLY 2,937  
        PRECINCT 2,957  
      79.43% TOTAL 5,894  
  Joi Chevalier (DEM) EARLY 708  
        PRECINCT 705  
      19.04% TOTAL 1,413  
  Ben Sanders (LIB) EARLY 62  
        PRECINCT 51  
      1.52% TOTAL 113  

COMMISSIONER OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE

       
  George P. Bush (REP) EARLY 2,894  
        PRECINCT 2,916  
      77.96% TOTAL 5,810  
  Miguel Suazo (DEM) EARLY 742  
        PRECINCT 728  
      19.72% TOTAL 1,470  
  Matt Pina (LIB) EARLY 92  
        PRECINCT 81  
      2.32% TOTAL 173  

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

       
  Sid Miller (REP) EARLY 2,940  
        PRECINCT 2,927  
      78.66% TOTAL 5,867  
  Kim Olson (DEM) EARLY 749  
        PRECINCT 763  
      20.27% TOTAL 1,512  
  Richard Carpenter (LIB) EARLY 44  
        PRECINCT 36  
      1.07% TOTAL 80  

RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

       
  Christi Craddick (REP) EARLY 2,952  
        PRECINCT 2,952  
      79.25% TOTAL 5,904  
  Roman McAllen (DEM) EARLY 714  
        PRECINCT 727  
      19.34% TOTAL 1,441  
  Mike Wright (LIB) EARLY 58  
        PRECINCT 47  
      1.41% TOTAL 105  

JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 2

       
  Jimmy Blacklock (REP) EARLY 2,932  
        PRECINCT 2,929  
      79.82% TOTAL 5,861  
  Steven Kirkland (DEM) EARLY 740  
        PRECINCT 742  
      20.18% TOTAL 1,482  

JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 4

       
  John Devine (REP) EARLY 2,934  
        PRECINCT 2,954  
      80.04% TOTAL 5,888  
  R.K. Sandill (DEM) EARLY 746  
        PRECINCT 722  
      19.96% TOTAL 1,468  

JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 6

       
  Jeff Brown (REP) EARLY 2,955  
        PRECINCT 2,960  
      79.92% TOTAL 5,915  
  Kathy Cheng (DEM) EARLY 751  
        PRECINCT 735  
      20.08% TOTAL 1,486  

PRESIDING JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS

       
  Sharon Keller (REP) EARLY 2,953  
        PRECINCT 2,953  
      79.54% TOTAL 5,906  
  Maria T. (Terri) Jackson (DEM) EARLY 724  
        PRECINCT 730  
      19.58% TOTAL 1,454  
  William Bryan Strange III (LIB) EARLY 37  
        PRECINCT 28  
        TOTAL 65  

JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 7

       
  Barbara Parker Hervey (REP) EARLY 2,964  
        PRECINCT 2,980  
      80.24% TOTAL 5,944  
  Ramona Franklin (DEM) EARLY 743  
        PRECINCT 721  
      19.76% TOTAL 1,464  

JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 8

       
  Michelle Slaughter (REP) EARLY 3,019  
        PRECINCT 3,062  
      91.11% TOTAL 6,081  
  Mark Ash (LIB) EARLY 288  
        PRECINCT 305  
      8.89% TOTAL 593  

SENATOR, DISTRICT 3

       
  Robert Nichols (REP) EARLY 2,946  
        PRECINCT 2,978  
      80.05% TOTAL 5,924  
  Shirley Layton (DEM) EARLY 719  
        PRECINCT 713  
      19.35% TOTAL 1,432  
  Bruce Quarles (LIB) EARLY 24  
        PRECINCT 20  
      0.59% TOTAL 44  
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 9        
  Chris Paddie (REP) EARLY 3,052  
        PRECINCT 3,156  
      100% TOTAL 6,208  
JUSTICE, 12TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 3        
  Greg Neeley (REP) EARLY 3,011  
        PRECINCT 3,103  
      100% TOTAL 6,114  
DISTRICT JUDGE, 273rd JUDICIAL DISTRICT        
  James A. (Jim) Payne, Jr. (REP) EARLY 2,962  
        PRECINCT 3,057  
      100% TOTAL 6,019  
COUNTY        
COUNTY JUDGE        
  Allison Harbison (REP) EARLY 3,127  
        PRECINCT 3,187  
      100% TOTAL 6,314  
DISTRICT CLERK        
  Lori Oliver (REP) EARLY 3,098  
        PRECINCT 3,192  
      100% TOTAL 6,290  
COUNTY CLERK        
  Jennifer Fountain (REP) EARLY 3,097  
        PRECINCT 3,168  
      100% TOTAL 6,265  
COUNTY TREASURER        
  Ann Blackwell (REP) EARLY 3,042  
        PRECINCT 3,125  
      100% TOTAL 6,167  
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 2        
  Jimmy Lout (REP) EARLY 638  
        PRECINCT 655  
      100% TOTAL 1,293  
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT NO. 4        
  Tom Bellmyer (REP) EARLY 592  
        PRECINCT 946  
      100% TOTAL 1,538  
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT NO. 1        
  Melissa Crouch (REP) EARLY 1,733  
        PRECINCT 1,113  
      100% TOTAL 2,846  
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT NO. 2        
  Marla Denby (REP) EARLY 418  
        PRECINCT 526  
      100% TOTAL 944  
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT NO. 3        
  Margie Anderson (REP) EARLY 453  
        PRECINCT 656  
      100% TOTAL 1,109  
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT NO. 4        
  Jackie Kirkwood (REP) EARLY 146  
        PRECINCT 254  
      72.99% TOTAL 400  
  Jenny L. Hicks (DEM) EARLY 47  
        PRECINCT 101  
      27.01% TOTAL 148  
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT NO. 5        
  Tracy Broadway (REP) EARLY 260  
        PRECINCT 414  
      67.27% TOTAL 674  
  Write-in Candidate: Mike Crouch EARLY 75  
        PRECINCT 253  
      32.73% TOTAL 328  

Texas Elections Results, Office of the Secretary of State


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!!!

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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:

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