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August 24, 2018 - The jury that has been summoned for Monday, August 27, 2018 for the 123rd District Court, Honorable Judge Leann K Rafferty presiding, has been cancelled due to the scheduled cases being resolved or passed. Anyone receiving a summons for that day is released from jury service until they receive a future summons.

September 12, 2018 - The Commissioners’ Court removed the burn ban during their September 12th meeting.

August 22, 2018 - The county wide burn ban was reinstated this morning by the Commissioners’ Court. The situation will be reevaluated next Wednesday, August 29th in Commissioners’ Court.

August 16, 2018 - Roy Cheatwood, Shelby County Constable for Precinct 3, was recently informed of a stolen bus from Center when he was contacted by an acquaintance of the owner who expected Cheatood would have a knowledge of the area.

According to Constable Cheatwood, the missing vehicle was a yellow 1992 International School bus, had been gone for 2-3 weeks. As Constable Cheatwood, accompanied by Precinct 1 Constable Zach Warr, searched into Panola County their efforts garnered positive results.

Constables Cheatwood reports, he and Warr were on CR 414 in Panola County where they discovered a yellow school bus, resembling the missing one, on a property that had several other vehicles parked. Upon making this discovery, the constables reached out to the Panola County Sheriff's Department to assist them in their find.

Information uncovered in the investigation suggested the individuals were familiar to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department therefore they contacted Sheriff Willis Blackwell along with Investigator Del Birdwell who both traveled to the property. 

It was determined the school bus at the location was the one being sought by the constables. A pickup truck on the land was also found to have been stolen out of Harris County. Both vehicles were towed from the property and a male and female were taken into custody by the Panola County Sheriff's Department.

Once arrest information is available it will be reported here.

Constable Cheatwood expressed appreciation to Constable Precinct 1 Zack Warr, Panola County Sheriff's Department and investigators, as well as Sheriff Willis Blackwell and Investigator Del Birdwell in solving the theft of these vehicles.

In another investigation earlier in August, Constable Cheatwood reports the recovery of another stolen vehicle in Joaquin.

According to Constable Cheatwood, on August 9, 2018 a Detective from Beaumont was in the area searching for the vehicle. Constables Cheatwood and Warr met with the Detective and after learning a possible name of an individual involved, a phone call was made by Cheatwood and the vehicle was located in a Joaquin junk yard.

Constable Cheatwood reports the SUV had been stripped previous to being taken to the junk yard. This investigation continues.

August 15, 2018 - The burn ban for Shelby County has been lifted. The Commissioners Court would like to stress that anyone burning should still be cautious. The northwest part of the county is still fairly dry so please be safe and careful when burning.

On August 14, 2018 the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Department reported on Facebook that the body found in Mississippi is believed to be the missing Benton man.

A body found this morning in a field off Highway 16 near Benton, Miss., is believed to be a missing Benton man, according to detectives with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.

Shawn “Corey” King, 32, of Benton, La, went missing back on August 3, and Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives traveled to Mississippi this morning to assist with the investigation after King’s truck was found wrecked and abandoned on the 12000 block of Highway 16. His body was found earlier today not far from where the wreck occurred. King’s family has been notified.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Office will conduct the investigation.

August 13, 2018 - The Bossier Sheriff’s Office seeks the public’s help in locating a Benton man who has been missing since August 3.

Shawn Corey King, 32, of the 2000 block of Chelsy Drive in Benton, was last seen in his black 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe (LA license plate 914AVZ) at a gas station near Louisiana Downs around 8:30 p.m. Friday night. Bossier detectives say he may also be driving a 2016 black and silver Harley Davidson motorcycle. Corey was supposed to start a new job in Ruston on Aug. 6, but he had not returned home to get his bag that he had begun to pack for his trip. His family is concerned for his welfare.

Corey is described as a white male, 5' 8", 128 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. He is known to have ties to Desoto and Sabine Parishes.

If you know the whereabouts of Corey or his vehicle, please contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203. Or contact his mother, Shelia King, at 318-465-7779.

No amount of information is too small to report, thank you!!

August 13, 2018 - The Center City Council will meet in a Workshop Session on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 4pm in Council Chambers at Center City Hall. The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:

I. Budget Workshop.

II. Capital Improvement Plan.

August 9, 2018 - Recently suspended Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 Jenny Hicks was indicted August 1, 2018 on charges related to allegations of theft and abuse of official capacity while Hicks was Municipal Court Judge for the city of Tenaha.

Jenny HicksA Shelby County Grand Jury impaneled for the July 2018 term, of the 123rd Judicial District Court indicted Hicks for theft, third degree felony. The indictment alleges, on or before January 1, 2017, Hicks took the sum of $6,685.60, the value of which is $2,500 or more, but less than $30,000 from the City of Tenaha, the owner. This was also allegedly done without the consent of the City of Tenaha, and with intent to deprive the city of said property.

The indictment indicates Hicks was a public servant at the time of the offense (City of Tenaha Municipal Judge), and the property appropriated came into Hicks' custody, possession, or control by virtue of her status as a public servant.

A second indictment handed down by the grand jury was for abuse of official capacity, state jail felony. The indictment alleges, on or before January 1, 2017, Hicks did with intent to obtain a benefit or intent to harm or defraud another. Hicks is alleged to have intentionally or knowingly misused government property, services, personnel, or any other thing of value belonging to the government that has come into Hicks possession by virtue of her position or employment as a public servant, City of Tenaha Municipal Judge, or through her public servant office. The indictment further alleges, Hicks unlawfully appropriated and/or misused traffic fines paid to the City of Tenaha in the amount of $6,685.60, the value of which is $2,500 or more, but less than $30,000.

Hicks was arrested August 8, 2018 on the charges of theft, third degree felony, and abuse of official capacity, state jail felony, by Roy Cheatwood, Precinct 3 Constable, and he was assisted by Zach Warr, Precinct 1 Constable, in making the arrest. Hicks was then transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was held on a $7,500 bond for the theft charge and a $5,000 bond for the abuse of official capacity charge. 

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August 9, 2018 - Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Christopher Wuyts, 34, of Porter, and Nicholas Winder, 23, of The Woodlands, after a recent traffic stop revealed a large amount of cash and currency.

Christopher WuytsOn August 7, 2018 at approximately 4:30 p.m. while on patrol, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Sergeant Josh Tipton observed a 2001 white Ford pickup at an intersection in Tenaha. Tipton observed both the driver and passenger to be visibly nervous and reaching for items in the vehicle.

Nicholas Winder

When the light turned green, Tipton drove through the intersection continuing to monitor the subjects. Upon passing the vehicle, Tipton observed the driver to make a turn off US Hwy 59 onto a side road without using a turn signal. Tipton turned around and caught up to the vehicle at a stop sign. The vehicle turned back on to US Hwy 59 North failing to signal again.

Tipton ran the vehicle identifiers through the SCSO Communications Division and no record was found on the vehicle. At this time, Tipton turned on his lights and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle traveled .3 miles before stopping prior to going into Panola County.

Tipton contacted both the driver and passenger who both appeared extremely nervous. While obtaining information regarding travel plans, the stories did not match. At one point during the roadside interview, the driver admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle. After talking to both subjects for an extended period of time, Tipton requested to do a search of the vehicle and permission was denied. Tipton contacted the SCSO Communications Division and requested K-9 assistance from Panola County, if available. 

Officer Richard Mojica and K-9 Roxie responded to the location. Prior to Mojica’s arrival, Shelby County Constable Pct. 4 Jake Metcalf arrived to assist Tipton with the scene.

Once on scene, K-9 Roxie performed a free open-air sniff around the vehicle and alerted a positive response of narcotics. A probable cause search was conducted. 

During the search, a large quantity of what is believed to be liquid methamphetamine was found. The total weight was over six (6) pounds. Approximately 20 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine was found, along with a large variety of pills and what is believed to be injectable testosterone as well as anabolic steroids. These items will be sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety lab in Tyler for testing.

During booking at the SCSO, Wuyts, driver of the vehicle, was found to be in possession of $5352.41 in U.S. currency and coins. The currency is believed to be derived from the sale of illegal narcotics. During the investigation, a $50 dollar bill was found to be counterfeit, dropping the total to $5302.41.

Wuyts and Winder were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (F-1); Possession of a Controlled Substance (F-3); Forgery (F-3); and Possession of Dangerous Drug (M-A).

Officers assisting with this search included SCSO Lieutenant Del Birdwell, SCSO Deputy Kurtes Lawrence, Constable Pct. 4 Jake Metcalf and DPS Trooper Sean Smith. The SCSO would like to extend great appreciation to Panola County Sheriff Officer Robert Mojica and K-9 Roxie for their assistance with this stop. The SCSO would also like to thank Joey Ross Towing for their assistance with removing the vehicle from the scene.

Seizure paperwork has been filed for the currency and vehicle obtained from this arrest. 

Wuyts and Winder are being held at the Shelby County jail on bonds totaling $1,010,000.00 They were arraigned by 123 District Judge Leann Rafferty.

August 9, 2018 - A former Shelby County Sheriff's Jailer has been indicted and arrested on charges alleging illegal activity while he was a jailer.

A Shelby County Grand Jury impaneled for the July 2018 term, of the 123rd Judicial District Court indicted Korey Lanier McClure on three charges. According to the indictment, the first charge of Official Oppression, misdeameanor - class A, alleges on May 16, 2017, while acting in the color of his office or employment as a public servant (Shelby County Jailer) McClure intentionally subjected an inmate to sexual harassment. This is alleged to have been done by sending pictures and/or text messages containing unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, the submission to which is made a term or condition of the inmate's exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, either explicitly or implicitly.

The second charge included in the indictment of bribery, second degree felony, alleges on the aforementioned date while a Shelby County Jailer, intentionally or knowingly solicited, accepted, or agreed to accept a benefit, other than a political contribution. The indictment further alleges, exchange of sexual favors from or with an inmate, as consideration for McClure's decision, opinion, recommendation (or promise to make recommendation) for favorable treatment in the inmate's pending criminal case.

The third charge included in the indictment of abuse of official capacity, misdemeanor - class a, alleges on the aforementioned date, McClure with intent to obtain a benefit or with intent to harm or defraud another, intentionally or knowingly violated one or more laws relating to his office or employment. The indictment further alleges, this was acheived through bribery and/or official oppression (as set forth hereinabove), and/or prostitution (by knowingly offering or agreeing to pay a fee to the inmate, who had been in custody at the Shelby County Jail, for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct with the inmate).

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August 7, 2018 - Center Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the intersection of John C. Rogers Drive and King Street.

When the firemen arrived, smoke and flames were emanating from the passenger side of the engine of a Ford F150 Custom pickup truck. Firemen were able to extinguish the flames and prevent the fire from overtaking the vehicle. Once the fire was out, the scene was cleared and the vehicle was towed by Hughes Wrecker Service from the location.

Not long after the truck was taken from the scene, the flames reignited and the fire began to overtake the truck. The wrecker had to stop in the road on Nacogdoches Highway (State Highway 7 West) at the intersection with Lillian Street.

Firemen responded to the location at Lillian Street to fight the fire which engulfed the truck. The fire was extinguished; however, the truck was a total loss. The fire is believed to have possibly started when the brakes got too hot and ignited the front tire and engine.