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Update from TxDPS - At approximately 3:50 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two vehicle crash on SH 87 involving a Shelbyville ISD school bus.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2014 International school bus was stopped facing north on SH 87 with red lights activated and unloading students. A 2009 Pontiac passenger car traveling south on SH 87 reportedly crested a hill and attempted to stop but slid into the northbound lane and struck the front of the bus.

The driver of the bus is identified as Marla Denby, 54, from Shelbyville. The driver of the Pontiac is identified as Matthew Gamble, 16, also from Shelbyville. A passenger with Gamble was transported to a Center hospital for possible treatment.

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


January 8, 2018 - State Highway 87 South was the scene of a two-vehicle bus versus passenger car incident Monday, January 8, 2017 at 3:50pm.

Just over a mile south of FM 147 a red Pontiac G8, which was traveling southbound, appeared to have crossed over into the northbound traffic lane and side skidded into the front end of a stopped Shelbyville ISD bus traveling northbound.

The Pontiac came to rest in the barrow ditch along a driveway, while the school bus remained in the northbound traffic lane.

School officials were at the location when emergency responders from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Shelby County Sheriff's Department, ACE EMS, and Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department arrived. 

The passenger in the Pontiac was transported from the scene by ACE EMS for treatment of minor injury and for observation.

Students on the bus were safely transferred from one bus to another. Some students were picked up by parents.

Injuries to anyone on the school bus were not apparent at the crash location, and were not reported at this time. Texas DPS Troopers Jonathan Stinson and Taylor Busters are currently investigating the crash. They were assisted at the scene by Troopers Jimmy Faulkner and Keith Jones. 

Kiesha AllredJanuary 5, 2018 - One suspect has been arrested following two burglaries that occurred December 11- 12, 2017 at a property on Highway 59 North in Tenaha. Two additional suspects have been identified and warrants have been issued for their arrest.

On December 11 two suspects entered a building on the property removing various tools, welding machine and a 4-wheeler. On December 12, one of the suspects returned to the property with the third suspect and forcefully entered the home. During the course of the burglary of habitation, it appeared that a chain was hooked to a large safe which was then pulled through the front door of the home causing structural damage. The suspects also took two televisions.

Aaron JeffreyAntoine PierceThe Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) released video surveillance and photographs of the suspects on their website, Facebook page and to media stations across the area. Within a few days, the Panola County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SCSO with a positive identification of one suspect. She was identified as Kiesha Allred, 36 of Henderson.

On December 14, SCSO Investigator Carmen Fears interviewed Allred at the Panola County Sheriff’s Office. Allred explained how the burglaries occurred and confessed to her involvement in the situation. At that point, Allred was served two warrants, arrested at the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the SCSO.

Allred was arraigned by Shelby County Justice of the Peace Pct. 5 Mike Crouch. She posted bonds totaling $55,000 and was released the same day.

The PCSO played a huge role in helping the SCSO with this case. PCSO recovered the majority of the stolen property from two of the suspect’s respective residences which has been returned to the property owner.

The SCSO is once again asking for help from the community. Suspects Antoine Pierce and Aaron Jeffery are wanted in connection with this case. Pierce has an active warrant for burglary of a habitation and burglary of a building. Jeffery is wanted for burglary of a building. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these two individuals, please contact SCSO Chief Deputy Kevin Windham at (936) 572-1972 or (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 Pierce or Jeffery 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.

January 5, 2018 - Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Candace Harper, 24 of Center.

Candace HarperOn November 7, 2017, Farmers State Bank contacted the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) in regards to an employee theft. SCSO Investigator Carmen Fears met with bank officials November 8 and was informed that Harper had allegedly stolen $14,142.25 during her shift on October 20.

Bank officials met with Harper on November 1 to discuss the missing funds. Bank officials told Fears that Harper wasn’t sure what happened to the missing funds but the till could have possibly been miscounted. Bank officials told Harper she was being terminated because she did not follow policy of reporting a shortage in her till before leaving. Bank officials gave Harper the opportunity to return the missing funds by November 3 without pursing any involvement with law enforcement. The money was not returned by that date.

Fears met with Harper on November 22 at the SCSO. During the course of the interview, Harper admitted to taking the money on October 20.

Warrants were issued and Harper was arrested on December 14. She posted $5,000 bond and was released the same day.

Submitted by Leah Chase

January 5, 2018 - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department responded to 56 emergency calls in 2017. The calls cover a wide variety of situations, ranging from assisting EMS to full blown structure fires. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: 23 (5 of these involved extrication)
  • Vehicle fires: 4
  • Grass/ woods fires: 10
  • Storm damage/ clear roads: 4
  • Landing zone for helicopter: 2
  • Special rescue: 1
  • Structure fires: 11

Six of the calls listed were for mutual aid to neighboring departments.

The JVFD proudly serves the Joaquin community, and stands ready to respond to help our neighbors.

January 4, 2018 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting accident on County Road 3373 in Joaquin on December 27, 2017.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that a juvenile and a family member had been in the area hunting. After the individual finished hunting, the juvenile was attempting to unload his gun when the instrument accidentally discharged striking Francisco Gomez, 22 of Georgia, in the chest.

Gomez was pronounced deceased at 12:16 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Margie Anderson.

This case was under the investigation of the SCSO and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

January 3, 2018 - The following cases were disposed of in the Shelby County Court during the month of December, 2017. Judge Allison Harbison was the presiding Judge and County Attorney Gary Rholes represented the State.

  1. Jeremy Deas- UCW- Class A- $600.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 75 days in the Shelby County Jail, Final Judgment.
  2. Holly Brown- Harboring a Runaway Child- Class A- $300.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 6 months Deferred Adjudication, 40 hours Community Service.
  3. Dalton Miller- Violation of a Protective Order- Class A- $600.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 30 days in the Shelby County Jail, Final Judgment.
  4. Dalton Miller- Criminal Trespass- Class B- $500.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 30 days in the Shelby County Jail, Final Judgment.
  5. Venita Jones- Obstructing a Public Roadway- $600.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 12 months Deferred Adjudication.
  6. Rocky Pless- Theft- Class B- $400.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 12 months probation, attend and complete Theft program.
  7. Duntae Polley- Assault- Class A- $262.00 court cost, Final Judgment.
  8. Luke Merrell- Theft- Class B- $262.00 court cost, 60 days in the Shelby County Jail, Final Judgment.
  9. David Fountain- Disorderly Conduct- Class C- $100.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, Final Judgment.
  10. Angel Morales- Obstructing a Public Roadway- Class B- $800.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hrs. Community Service, attend and complete DWI education program.
  11. Charles Fountain- POM- Class B- $600.00 fine, $322.00 court cost, Final Judgment.
  12. Alberto Cuero- POM- Class B- $600.00 fine, $322.00 court cost, Final Judgment.
  13. Jimmy Jones- DWI- Class B- $800.00 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hrs. Community Service, attend and complete DWI education program.
  14. Marsh Odom- POM- Class B- $600.00 fine, $322.00 court cost, 25 days Shelby County Jail, Final Judgment.
  15. Derwin Armstrong- Criminal Mischief- Class B- $500.00 fie, $262.00 court cost, 25 days in the Shelby County Jail, Final Judgment.
  16. Nai Thu- DWI- Class B- $1200.00 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hrs. Community Service, attend and complete a DWI education program.
  17. Michael Anderson- POM- Class B- $300.00 fine, $322.00 court cost, Final Judgment.
  18. Chad Taylor- Assault- Class A- $262.00 court cost, 90 days in the Shelby County Jail, Final Judgment.
  19. Chad Taylor- Resisting Arrest- Class A- $262.00 court cost, 90 days in the Shelby County Jai, Final Judgment.
  20. Matthew Owens- DWI- Class B- $1200.00 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, attend and complete DWI education program.
  21. Nathan Peace- Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor- Class A- $500.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 40 days in the Shelby County Jail, Final Judgment.
  22. Pedro Carbojal- Fictitious Drivers License- Class B- $600.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours Community Service.
  23. Cody Holt- Assault- Class A- $600.00 fine, $262.00 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours Community Service. 

January 3, 2017 - Late Tuesday night around 10:30pm fire crews from Huxley, Shelbyville and Joaquin were called out to a house fire on FM 3172 just past the FM 139 split in Huxley. 

When fire crews arrived flames could already be seen coming out of the attic. Fire crews quickly started battling the fire to try keeping it off a detached garage that firemen said looked to have some sort of living area in the back. 

Fire crews were also able to keep the fire off of a nearby barn. Getting water to the scene proved to be a larger task as the fire department tanker trucks were having to return to the Huxley firehouse to refill. 

According to firemen on scene the occupants were able to make it out; however, the husband was taken by private vehicle to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is unknown at the time. 

URGENT WEATHER MESSAGE: Hard Freeze Warning
3:24 PM CST Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2, 2018 - A Hard Freeze Warning is in Effect from 10 PM This Evening until 10 AM CST Wednesday for all of the Four State Region... Sevier, Howard, Little River, Hempstead, Nevada, Miller, Lafayette, Columbia, Union, Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Lincoln, De Soto, Red River, Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita, Sabine, Natchitoches, Winn, Grant, Caldwell, La Salle, McCurtain, Bowie, Franklin, Titus, Camp, Morris, Cass, Wood, Upshur, Marion, Smith, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Rusk, Panola, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Angelina, San Augustine

Including the cities of De Queen, Nashville, Mineral Springs, Dierks, Ashdown, Hope, Prescott, Texarkana, Stamps, Lewisville, Bradley, Magnolia, El Dorado, Shreveport, Bossier City, Minden, Springhill, Homer, Haynesville, Ruston, Farmerville, Bernice, Mansfield, Stonewall, Logansport, Coushatta, Martin, Arcadia, Ringgold, Gibsland, Jonesboro, Monroe, Many, Zwolle, Pleasant Hill, Natchitoches, Winnfield, Colfax, Montgomery, Dry Prong, Clarks, Grayson, Columbia, Jena, Midway, Olla, Idabel, Broken Bow, Clarksville, Bogata, Mount Vernon, Mount Pleasant, Pittsburg, Daingerfield, Lone Star, Naples, Omaha, Atlanta, Linden, Hughes Springs, Queen City, Mineola, Winnsboro, Quitman, Hawkins, Gilmer, Big Sandy, Jefferson, Tyler, Longview, Marshall, Jacksonville, Rusk, Henderson, Carthage, Nacogdoches, Center, Lufkin, San Augustine, Hemphill, and Pineland

The National Weather Service in Shreveport, LA reports a HARD FREEZE WARNING remains in effect from 10pm this evening to 10am CST Wednesday.

* EVENT...An arctic airmass will remain in place through tonight, allowing temperatures to fall into the lower and middle teens across all of the ArkLaTex.

* TIMING...Temperatures will fall into the lower and mid teens overnight, climbing above freezing by mid to late morning Wednesday.

* IMPACT...Precautions should be taken to protect pipes and provide warm shelter to people, plants, and pets through Wednesday. Prolonged exposure could lead to hypothermia and may harm pets and livestock.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Hard Freeze Warning means dangerously cold temperatures are imminent or highly likely. Prolonged exposure could be dangerous to humans, pets, and plants. Check on elderly friends and family to ensure they have proper heating sources. Provide pets with adequate shelter and access to unfrozen water. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

A Hard Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

January 1, 2018 - 2017 Yearly Stats are prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Observer.

  • January had a high of 77 and low of 17 with a recorded rainfall of 5.92 inches. (January: 17 degrees low on 1/7/2017 and Last Freeze on 1/27/2017)
  • February had a high of 84 and low of 33 with a recorded rainfall of 1.51 inches.
  • March had a high of 86 and low of 34 with a recorded rainfall of 2.43 inches. (March: Last Frost on 3/14/2017)
  • April had a high of 89 and low of 44 with a recorded rainfall of 4.60 inches.
  • May had a high of 92 and low of 46 with a recorded rainfall of 7.53 inches.
  • June had a high of 95 and low of 59 with a recorded rainfall of 6.72 inches.
  • July had a high of 97 and low of 66 with a recorded rainfall of 4.38 inches. (Highest Temps in Summer Months never reached 100 degrees)
  • August had a high of 97 and low of 66 with a recorded rainfall of 14.21 inches. (August Rainfall helped by Hurricane Harvey )
  • September had a high of 93 and low of 55 with a recorded rainfall of 1.56 inches.
  • October had a high of 93 and low of 30 with a recorded rainfall of 1.47 inches. (October: First Frost 10/28/2017 and First Freeze on 10/29/2017)
  • November had a high of 88 and low of 31 with a recorded rainfall of 2.00 inches.
  • December had a high of 80 and low of 24 with a recorded rainfall of 3.50 inches. (December 25: Low of 29 degrees and High of 50 degrees) and (December ended the year with Arctic Blast moving in)

Total recorded rainfall was 55.83 for 2017. Average rainfall was 54.20 for a difference of +1.63 for the year.

Full Weather Report for 2017

January 1, 2018 - Center weather statistics for December 2017 are prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Service Observer.
 
Highest Temp was 80 degrees on 12-04-2017
Highest Temp on Record was 84 degrees on 12-06-1956
Lowest Temp was 24 degrees on 12-09-2017
Lowest Temp on Record was 02 degrees on 12-24-1989

Rainfall Recorded was 3.50 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 5.43 inches
Below Average by 1.93 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 14.23 inches in 2002
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.87 inches in 1980

12 Months Rainfall is 55.83 inches
12 Months Average is 54.20 inches
Above Average by 1.63 inches

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Full weather report for December 2017

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