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March 15, 2018 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office expresses our thoughts and prayers for all those involved in the tragic March 6, 2018 death of Louis Troy Risinger. Peace officers hope to avoid the use of deadly force throughout their careers, but when the circumstances result in its use, the outcome is devastating. The Sheriff’s Office can confirm Sergeant Jeffrey Gogolewski, a veteran officer, was involved in the shooting. We continue to work with the Texas Rangers to ensure to a thorough and complete investigation is conducted.

Related article: Sheriff's Department Responds to Hostage Situation

National Weather Service, Shreveport, Louisiana
6:07am CDT, Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018 - March Thunderstorms are expected to develop across the area after sunrise Friday morning. A few of these storms may become severe. A greater threat for severe weather is expected Friday afternoon and Friday evening, especially across Southern Arkansas and Northern Louisiana. A strong cap may limit thunderstorm develop Friday afternoon. However, any storms that form will likely become severe. Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes will be possible. The severe weather threat may decrease slightly after midnight, but a threat for large hail and damaging winds will persist into the early morning hours of Saturday with any storms that develop.

Scattered thunderstorms will persist across the area Saturday and especially Sunday as a stalled frontal boundary lifts back northward as a warm front. A few severe storms will be possible late Saturday and Sunday.

Thunderstorms chances will remain in the forecast through early Monday morning until a cold front moves across the area and brings drier and cooler conditions to the region.

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of south central Arkansas, southwest Arkansas, north central Louisiana, northwest Louisiana, east Texas and northeast Texas.

March 13, 2018 - U.S. Highway 59 North of Tenaha was the scene of a major two-vehicle crash Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and they were assisted by Woods Volunteer Fire Department as well as members of the Center Fire Department.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Taylor Buster, at 1:20pm a grey 2013 Dodge Ram 3500 driven by Lloyd Decourley, 83, of Frisco Missouri was northbound on U.S. Highway 59 North. 

Decourley failed to control speed and struck the rear of a white Peterbilt truck driven by Gary Ingram, Jr., of Carthage. The Dodge received major damage as a result of the crash and remained in the middle of the highway. The rear of the trailer the Peterbilt was hauling also was damaged and the Peterbilt came to rest on the northbound side of the roadway. 

Ingram was transported from the scene by ACE EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and Decourley was life-flighted by ETMC helicopter to LSU Hospital for treatrment of his injuries. 

Lonzo Weathered a passenger in the Peterbilt was not reported to have received any injuries. 

Firemen diverted traffic around the crash scene until the vehicles were removed from the roadway. 

Trooper Buster was assisted at the scene by additional DPS units.

Nacogdoches S.O. reports more arrests made on car burglary suspects

March 13, 2018 - More charges have been filed in the ongoing investigation by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office against a theft ring that is responsible for 26 car burglaries that occurred in Nacogdoches County. The Sheriff Office has identified two more suspects that were involved in the thefts and warrants were obtained for both suspects.

Kawmain Singleton

Kawmain Singleton, 23 years of age from Center, Texas, has been filed on for three counts of Burglary of a motor vehicle and Engaging in Criminal Activity a 3rd felony. He was arrested by NSCO deputies on Monday 03-05-2018, and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.

Jamonie Nash

Jamonie Nash, 18 years of age from Timpson, Texas, has also been identified by the Sheriff Office to being involved in these thefts. Nash was first arrested on 02-27-2018 for Theft charges, class A misdemeanor. Deputies obtained an additional warrant on the suspects involvement in the theft ring operation and Nash was arrested again on Saturday, 3-10-2018 for engaging in criminal activity a 3rd felony. Nash was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.

Jamarcus SuellJamarcus Suell, 23 years of age from Lufkin, who Sheriff Investigators have established was one of the ring leaders in this theft ring remains in the county jail on 20 counts of Burglary of a motor vehicle class A misdemeanor, 3 counts of theft of firearm, state jail felony. On 03-01-2018 an additional charge of engaging in Criminal Activity a 3rd felony was also file on the suspect. Suell still has several other charges pending in Sabine County as well.

The Sheriff Office has identified that this theft ring was responsible for car burglaries in Nacogdoches County, Sabine County, Shelby County, San Augustine County, and Angelina County, and may be possible linked to Newton and Cherokee county. The majority of this property that was stolen was moved back into the Lufkin area and then sold. If you have purchased any property from any of these individuals, it is highly likely that you are in possession of stolen property. Anyone that has purchased property from these individuals is encouraged to contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office or your local law enforcement agency.

If you unknowingly purchased property that is stolen, and turn that property into law enforcement, no criminal penalties will be filed against you. The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office continues to work this investigation and will continue to file charges on all those involved in this theft ring operation.

March 12, 2018 - A high-speed pursuit started around 2pm Monday, March 12, 2018 after a female fled Wal-Mart in Center and continued for over 30 miles before coming to an end in Louisiana.

Iesha HubbardThe Center Police Department followed the suspect which was driving a black Chevy Impala from Wal-Mart onto US 96 North at speeds over 100 mph. Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Troopers soon joined the chase in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

Road spikes were deployed outside of Tenaha on US 96 where the speed limit changes to 55; however, the Impala entered oncoming traffic lanes to avoid the spikes. The vehicle then turned onto US 84 traveling east in the direction of Joaquin. Spike strips were again deployed by a DPS Trooper near the Crystal Lake area where the suspect was unable to avoid contact and both front tires were hit slowing down the Impala.

The vehicle, with law enforcement following, turned at the US 84 and SH 7 intersection in the direction of Louisiana, east on US 84. After crossing the Logansport bridge around 2:17pm, DeSoto Parish officers joined the pursuit which finally ended east of Stanley on US 84 almost to Mansfield.

The driver, Iesha Hubbard, age 22, was taken into custody by DeSoto Parish officers and booked into the DeSoto Parish Jail for aggravated flight from officer (Misdemeanor) and criminal damage to property-simple (Misdemeanor) with a status of not bondable.

Pending charges in Shelby County are unknown at this time.

March 12, 2018 – Emergency responders were dispatched to a fatality crash on SH 87 South near Patroon Grocery on Friday morning, March 10, 2018.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) press release, Troopers investigated a one-vehicle crash on SH 87 approximately eight miles South of Shelbyville. The preliminary crash investigation indicates at about 7am a 2003 Ford pickup was traveling north on SH 87 when the truck drove off the roadway to the right then reportedly slid back across the roadway and into a creek on the west side of the road.

The driver of the Ford is identified as Daran Oneill Jr., 31, from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Oneill was pronounced deceased at the scene by Shelby County Justice of the Peace PCT 2, Marla Denby.

Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department and Center Fire Department were both dispatched to the scene to assist with traffic control and extrication while DPS Troopers measured and investigated the crash.

Hughes Wrecker assisted with removing the pickup from the creek and David Shield towed the wreckage from the site. ACE EMS also responsed to assist if needed. Watson and Sons Funeral Home transported Oneill, Jr. from the scene.

DPS State Trooper Taylor Buster investigated the wreck and was assisted by State Troopers Jonathan Stinson, Brent Murray, Keith Jones, and Sean Smith. No additional information is available at this time.

March 12, 2018 - On March 8, 2018, at approximately 7pm the Tenaha Police Department executed a search warrant on a residence located on the 400 block of Pine Street in Tenaha, Texas following an ongoing narcotics investigation. Subsequent, to the service of this search warrant, law enforcement officers located and seized illegal narcotics from the occupants located within the residence. In addition to packaging materials and paraphernalia used to facilitate the sale of narcotics, a quantity of Hydrocodone and Xanax pills, and US currency, believed to be the proceeds of illicit drug sales, were also seized.

Rodolfo GrayAs a result of this investigation, Rodolfo Gray, 28 years of age, was taken into custody without incident and charged with the following offense - Manufacturing Delivering Controlled Substance PG 1>=1G<4G 481.112(C) HSC F1 enhanced.

The Tenaha Police Department would like to give a special thanks to the Center Police Department and PCT 4 Constables Office for their assistance with this case and their valiant efforts in attempts to rid the sale, use, or manufacturing of illegal narcotics.

March 9, 2018 - The following criminal defendants failed to appear for a felony arraignment hearing in the 123rd Judicial Court, Shelby County, Texas:

Luis Rosas Sanchez
Stephanie Danielle Nash
Larry Gene Barrett, Jr.
Jonathan Blake Lout
Felipe Lopez Mata
Little Boy Harrison
Jacqueline Flores

As a result, District Judge LeAnn Kay Rafferty ordered each defendant’s bond be forfeited and that a capias issue for the arrest of each defendant. Each defendant must immediately contact the Court Manager, Karen Warr, 936-598-9928 to schedule a court appearance.

March 8, 2018 - On March 6, deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to a report of a hostage situation on County Road 2798 in Shelbyville.

The preliminary investigation indicates SCSO deputies responded to the residence of the reported hostage situation at approximately 10:04 p.m.

A male suspect reportedly exited the residence displaying a firearm and was shot by law enforcement after the suspect refused to comply with verbal commands to drop the weapon. The suspect, Louis Troy Risinger, 70, was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Shelby County Justice of the Peace.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers were notified and are assisting with the investigation.

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

***Update*** Election results are all in and three county races are yet to be decided. There will be two run-off races in the County due to no candidate in each race receiving over 50% of the vote. In the Shelby County Commissioner Pct 4 race, incumbent Bradley Allen (48.71%) and opponent Tom Bellmyer (32.88%) will have to wait until the May 22, 2018 for the Primary Runoff Election. The second race to be pushed into a runoff is the race for the Justice of the Peace Pct 1 position. Incumbent Melissa Crouch received 43.52% of the votes and opponent Randy Robertson received 29.32% of the votes.

The Justice of the Peace Pct 4 race won't be decided until the November 2018 Election day when Jackie Kirkwood (REP) will be on the same ballot with Jenny L. Hicks (DEM) which was the only race on the County level to have both Democratic and Republican candidates.

March 6, 2018 - Election day voting time is over and ballots are being counted as boxes from election polling locations are coming in. All local elections will be decided during the March Primary as the majority of candidates filed with the Republican party except for one. Only the race for Justice of the Peace PCT 4 had a Democratic candidate resulting in their matchup being in November.

Election results are below. Check back as the numbers will be updated as boxes come in. (All Boxes IN)

Election statistics

Registered Voters (Total) - 15,036
Ballots Cast (Total) - 3,629
Ballots Cast (Republican Party) - 3,357
Ballots Cast (Democratic Party) - 272

Shelby County Democratic Local Election Results (Federal and State Elections not listed below will be added)

  Jenny L. Hicks EARLY 9  
        PRECINCT 12  
        TOTAL 21  
  Patsy A. Handy EARLY 100  
        PRECINCT 129  
        TOTAL 229  

Shelby County Republican Local Election Results (Federal and State Elections not listed below will be added)

  Robert Nichols EARLY 937  
        PRECINCT 1479  
        TOTAL 2416  
  Chris Paddie EARLY 833  
        PRECINCT 1393  
      69.74% TOTAL 2226  
  Garrett Boersma EARLY 361  
        PRECINCT 605  
      30.26% TOTAL 966  
  James A. (Jim) Payne, Jr. EARLY 909  
        PRECINCT 1436  
        TOTAL 2345  
  Allison Harbison EARLY 1033  
        PRECINCT 1670  
        TOTAL 2703  
  Lori Oliver EARLY 1028  
        PRECINCT 1644  
        TOTAL 2672  
  Jennifer Fountain EARLY 1013  
        PRECINCT 1607  
        TOTAL 2620  
  Ann Blackwell EARLY 731  
        PRECINCT 1252  
      63.95% TOTAL 1983  
  Donna Whitney EARLY 439  
        PRECINCT 679  
      36.05% TOTAL 1118  
  Jimmy Lout EARLY 183  
        PRECINCT 244  
        TOTAL 427  
  Bradley Allen *** Run Off Race EARLY 87  
        PRECINCT 347  
      48.71% TOTAL 434  
  Kevin Foster EARLY 33  
        PRECINCT 84  
      13.13% TOTAL 117  
  Tom Bellmyer *** Run Off Race EARLY 77  
        PRECINCT 216  
      32.88% TOTAL 293  
  Sammy K. Todd EARLY 9  
        PRECINCT 38  
      5.27% TOTAL 47  
  Randy Robertson *** Run Off Race EARLY 210  
        PRECINCT 240  
      29.32% TOTAL 450  
  Melissa Crouch *** Run Off Race EARLY 335  
        PRECINCT 333  
      43.52% TOTAL 668  
  Tommy Moody EARLY 199  
        PRECINCT 218  
      27.17% TOTAL 417  
  Marla Denby EARLY 111  
        PRECINCT 214  
        TOTAL 325  
  Margie Anderson EARLY 107  
        PRECINCT 189  
      51.93% TOTAL 296  
  Deborah Sharp EARLY 12  
        PRECINCT 20  
      5.61% TOTAL 32  
  Darrell Alford EARLY 64  
        PRECINCT 178  
      42.46% TOTAL 242  
  Jackie Kirkwood EARLY 41  
        PRECINCT 119  
        TOTAL 160  
  Vernett Richardson EARLY 28  
        PRECINCT 165  
      33.92% TOTAL 193  
  Tracy Broadway EARLY 80  
        PRECINCT 296  
      66.08% TOTAL 376  
  Leigh Porterfield EARLY 996  
        PRECINCT 1595  
        TOTAL 2591  

Texas Elections Results, Office of the Secretary of State