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December 22, 2018 - County Road 2010 was the scene of a single-vehicle crash December 23, 2018 which resulted in the driver being transported for medical attention.

Units with Center Police Department and Center Fire Department were first to the crash. They assisted ambulance personnel in extricating the driver to an ambulance.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jesse Fountain, at 12:15am a black 2007 Hyundai Sonata owned by Melinda Crouch and driven by William Elvis Rowland, 40, was traveling southbound on CR 2010. 

At that time, Rowland failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, and traveled off to the right where the Hyundai struck a fence and a tree head-on. 

Upon investigation it was determined Rowland was intoxicated.

Rowland was transported from the scene by ambulance for treatment at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. The crash remains under investigation, charges are pending its completion.

 

December 24, 2018 - A Sheriff's Department vehicle chase came to a halt late December 22, 2018 when a Shelby County Constable and Tenaha Police Department Unit brought the fleeing vehicle to a stop.

Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Taylor Fanguy was pursuing the white Dodge truck through the streets of Timpson until it finally made a run toward Tenaha from Bear Drive onto U.S. Highway 59 North.

At that time Jake Metcalf, Constable Precinct 4, and Kurtes Lawrence, Tenaha Police Department, converged on the location with Deputy Fanguy and all three turned down Railroad Avenue just behind the white truck.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at 10:40pm a white 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 owned by Michael Nichols and driven by Ashley Nicole Pavlock, 30, of Timpson turned left onto Railroad Avenue off U.S. 59. 

The Dodge was struck in the rear left with the front of a black 2017 Ford Explorer owned by Shelby County and driven by Jake Metcalf, Precinct 4 Constable, as he made a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver on the Dodge.

The Dodge then slid around and a black 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Tenaha Police Department unit driven by Kurtes Lawrence struck the driver's side door of the Dodge as all vehicles came to rest in the roadway.

Once the officers retreived Pavlock from the truck she was arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail on charges of evading arrest, felony 4; criminal non support, felony 3; driving while license invalid (DWLI) - enhanced with prior convictions for DWLI to a class b misdemeanor; expired registration, misdemeanor c; no insurance, misdemeanor c.

December 20, 2018 - A three-vehicle crash took place at the intersection of State Highway 87 South and Loop 500 December 14, 2018. 

Emergency personnel with the Center Fire Department responded to the location to assist with traffic control and other units until ambulances were available to arrive. 

According to Center Police Officer Andrew Williams, at 11:23am a 2012 Ford Focus driven by Timoteo Martinez, 54, was northbound on State Highway 87. 

Martinez failed to yield right of way at the intersection with Loop 500 to a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Mary Thomas, 36, causing the two vehicles to collide. 

The collision sent the Suburban into the westbound traffic lane of Loop 500 where it struck the front left quarter of a blue Volvo truck-tractor that was stopped at the westbound stop sign. The Volvo was hauling chemicals and was driven by Demones Lewis, 43.

Thomas was transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of non life threatening injuries.

Martinez had an infant child restrained in back of the vehicle he was driving and it was uninjured.

All vehicles were towed from the scene due to damage. No citations have been issued at this time.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is currently investigating a two-vehicle crash on US 96, about five miles south of Center.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:45am, a 2012 GMC pickup was traveling north on US 96. For unknown reasons the driver of the pickup drove over into the southbound lanes and struck the side of a 2012 Peterbilt truck-tractor semi-trailer. The truck-tractor semi-trailer then drove off the roadway and overturned; spilling diesel fuel and then catching fire.

The driver of the GMC is identified as Andrew Williams, 28, from San Augustine. Williams was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center- Shelby Emergency Department for treatment.

The driver of the Peterbilt is identified as Rodney Christian, 46, from Lufkin. Christian was also transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center- Shelby Emergency Department for treatment.

A HazMat crew and first responders are on scene conducting cleanup efforts.

Motorists should use caution while traveling through his area.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

December 19, 2018 - Gary Rholes, Shelby County Attorney, was arrested December 18, 2018 according to the Shelby County Jail log.

The jail log indicated Rholes was arrested by Center Police Department Officers on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

According to the jail log, a personal recognizance bond of $500 was set.

Center Police Department has provided no information on events leading up to the arrest at this time.

December 19, 2018 - Center Police Department is currently investigating a single-vehicle crash on Loop 500 just west of the US Highway 96 South intersection.

The driver was transported from the scene by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department.

Traffic delays are likely on this route as the truck is righted and moved back up to the roadway.

More information on this incident will be provided as it’s made available.

$5,000 Reward for Murder Suspect Andres Hernandez


Fugitive: Andres Hernandez, Hispanic male, 33 years old, approximately 5’7”, 150 lbs., black hair, with brown eyes, and tattoos on his chest and arm.

December 17, 2018 (Crime Stoppers Flyer English, Spanish) - Crime Stoppers and Federal Bureau of Investigation need the public's assistance locating Fugitive Andres Hernandez, who is wanted for Murder and Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

Crime Stoppers of Houston believes he is in the area of Nacogdoches/Center/Lufkin, TX.

On Saturday, April 21, 2007, the Fugitive Andres Hernandez murdered the victim in the 9600 block of Long Point Road in Houston, Texas. During the incident, Andres Hernandez stabbed the victim with a six inch fixed blade steak knife. After committing the murder, Hernandez fled the scene and has not been apprehended.

Hernandez is believed to live in the Shelby County, Texas area and frequents both the City and County of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. All tipsters remain anonymous.

December 15, 2018 - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two-vehicle crash last night, about one half mile west of Joaquin, involving a commercial motor vehicle.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 9pm, a 1999 Chevrolet pickup turned right onto US 84 from FM 2428 to travel east. The driver of the pickup reportedly drove over into the westbound lane of US 84 and struck a 2019 Mack truck-tractor semi-trailer head-on.

The driver of the Chevrolet is identified as Jose Ruiz-Hernandez, 43, from Joaquin. Ruiz-Hernandez was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by Shelby County Justice of the Peace Judge. Three child passengers traveling with Ruiz-Hernandez, ages two, five and 10 were transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment.

The driver of the truck-tractor is identified as James Small Jr., 47, from Shreveport, Louisiana. Small was also transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department where he was reportedly treated and released.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

December 14, 2018 - Those Guys in Tenaha are at it again! And this time, they are joined by the Shelby County DA and his sidekick/investigator. The recovery of the evidence displayed (the corresponding companion to the one left at the scene of the crime) led to the solving of not one, but two, burglaries. Lesson to all you Cinderellas out there – if you commit a burglary, we will catch you, especially if you leave a slipper behind!!!

Seriously, though, the point of our messages is that in 2018 in Tenaha and in Shelby County, there is no such thing as a “minor” or “inconsequential” felony crime. These matters certainly were not inconsequential or funny to the folks who had their buildings broken into and property stolen. The City of Tenaha PD and the District Attorney are working overtime to serve and protect our citizens.

December 14, 2018 - Hurst Street in Center at the intersection of Nacogdoches Street was the scene of a two-vehicle crash Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

According to Center Police Officer Damarcus Williams, at 9am a white 2012 Ford Mustang driven by Hannah Choate, 19, of Center was northbound on Hurst Street in Center. 

As the Mustang traveled through the red light at the intersection of Nacogdoches Street, it t-boned a red 2013 Ford Focus driven by Madason Bowlin, 18, of Center.

Bowlin was transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for possible injuries. 

No citations were issued at the time of the crash. 

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