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August 7, 2018 - Center Fire Department (CFD) was dispatched to a house fire July 27, 2018 on CR 1465 at 5:15am in Mt. Gillion. 

When the firemen arrived at the mobile home residence, owned by Levi Bell, it was engulfed in flames and had mostly burned to the ground. 

The firemen extinguished flames surrounding the structure and prevented further spread. The house was a total loss and the cause is not known at this time. 

The firemen returned to the station at 7:30am.

On the following morning, July 28, 2018, at 6:55am CFD firemen were dispatched to assist Tenaha VFD in fighting a house fire on CR 4240 at the residence of Doug Dobos. 

According to CFD Fire Chief Keith Byndom, the fire was contained to a front room area.

Firemen returned to the station at 9am.

Stolen Ford Explorer recovered by Shelby County Constable Roy Cheatwood.

August 7, 2018 - In joint operations, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and Constable Precinct 3 have arrested three individuals resulting from an investigation into a burglary of a habitation and a stolen vehicle.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department received a call from a residence on Childers Street in Joaquin on Sunday morning, August 5, 2018 regarding a stolen white Ford Explorer. In response to the call, Deputies Josh Tipton and Jesse Travis went en-route.

Christopher BurchDuring that time, Constable Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood, observed an unoccupied white Ford Explorer at the roadside park where U.S. Highway 84 and State Highway 7 intersect in Joaquin. When Constable Cheatwood reported the unoccupied vehicle to the Sheriff's Office, it matched the information of the stolen Explorer.

It was determined the Explorer had been stolen sometime Saturday night from the residence on Childers Street. While Cheatwood was on scene at the roadside park, the owner of the Explorer arrived at the location and confirmed for Constable Cheatwood and Shelby County Sheriff's Lt. Investigator Del Birdwell, the Explorer was his and he had not given permission to anyone for its use.

Dorvel WilliamsAn inventory of the Explorer was taken, it was processed and then returned to the owner. According to Investigator Birdwell, from the time the vehicle was reported stolen until the time the owner laid eyes on his vehicle was less than two hours.

As Constable Cheatwood was en-route to another call at Quick Stop in Haslam early Sunday morning, he witnessed an individual enter a residence on Coulter Street he knew to be unoccupied. After the call he was responding to completed, Cheatwood received a call there were three individuals with a vehicle backed up to the residence on Coulter Street and they had entered the building.

Annie MurrayWhen Constable Cheatwood arrived at the scene, the suspect vehicle was no longer at the house. Cheatwood looked in the front door and then contacted the Shelby County Sheriff's Department as he thought there may still be someone in the house. While awaiting assistance, Cheatwood spoke with an individual who provided a photograph of the vehicle which had been at the house. Cheatwood knew the owner of the vehicle in the photo and he was also able to identify one individual captured in the image.

At that time, Deputies Tipton and Travis arrived at the residence. Cheatwood was able to gain permission from the owner by telephone to enter the building by whatever means necessary and they forced entry into the house. It was apparent upon entry someone had been using the house.

Methamphetamine recovered by Shelby County Sheriff's Investigator Mandy Fears.

The vehicle in question was well-known by the officers involved. It was later spotted, and Constable Cheatwood alerted Deputy Tipton of its location and Tipton made contact with the vehicle at Joaquin Quick Stop. Individuals identified in the photograph were inside the vehicle and were subsequently arrested. A warrant will be issued for the third individual identified in the photo.

It was determined the suspect Cheatwood identified from the house is also a person of interest in the theft of the Explorer. According to Constable Cheatwood, while seeking the location of the third suspect he indicated to Investigator Mandy Fears a residence where the suspect might be found. While at that location, Investigator Fears was given consent to search by the owner. A female at the residence was found to be in possession of 4.23 grams of a substance which field tested to be methamphetamine. She was then taken into custody.

Constable Cheatwood expressed his appreciation to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Investigator Birdwell, Deputy Josh Tipton, Deputy Jesse Travis, Investigator Mandy Fears, and the citizens.

"Without their help, we're not law enforcement," said Cheatwood. "We cannot do it without the citizens who led us all into this that's taking place now."

Those individuals arrested at this time as a result of these investigations include, Dorvel Williams, 51, of Joaquin - burglary of a habitation; Christopher Burch, 47, of Mansfield, LA - burglary of a habitation; and Annie Murray, 37, of Joaquin - possession of a controlled substance.

Lt. Investigator Birdwell indicated the female subject from the burglary of a habitation is actively being sought, and in addition to their efforts, Sgt. Armstrong with DeSoto Parish is pursuing leads on the Louisiana side.

August 6, 2018 - State Highway 7 West at the intersection of FM 711 was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Friday, August 3, 2018.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jonathan Stinson, Troopers were dispatched to the crash at 6:45pm. Upon arrival, it was determined and after interview with the driver of a Nissan pickup truck, Marion Ward Storm, 73, of Joaquin, she was traveling around 65 mph in the inside lane when she stated another vehicle in front of her was preparing to turn left on FM 711. 

Storm took evasive action in attempts to avoid colliding with the other vehicle and jerked the wheel to the right. This caused the Nissan to go into a side-spin and travel off the roadway to the right where it clipped a roadway sign and then collided with a metal pole before flipping over onto its top, where it came to rest.

Storm received a possible leg injury and was transported by private vehicle to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment. 

She was issued a citation for unsafe speed.

A fireman from the Huxley Volunteer Fire Department was in the vicinity during the crash investigation and assisted with traffic control. The truck was towed from the scene by Hughes Wrecker Service.

August 3, 2018 - The City of Huxley will be conducting a free chlorine burnout of its water distribution system. The burnout will begin on Monday, August 6, 2018. This event will last a maximum of 30 days.

Currently the City of Huxley uses chloramines for disinfection of the drinking water. Chloramines are created by combining chlorine and ammonia. During this free chlorine burn, the disinfection process will be changed from chloramines to free chlorine. Free chlorine is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. Customers may notice increased flushing throughout the water distribution system during this time period, and possibly the following free chlorine burnout. 

This will allow flushing of the system to help remove sediment from the pipes and distribute the change in disinfectant.

It is important to understand that during this temporary change there may be some discoloration or cloudiness in the water and possibly a slight chlorine odor or taste. If this is experienced, customers may want to run the water through the tap until it clears. Minor pressure fluctuations and small air pockets may also occur. Flush valves should remove a majority of the color and odor, but some may reach customer lines during the process.

Is the Water Safe to Drink?

Yes, the water is safe to drink throughout this process.

Any odor and color issues will be nuisance only, which will subside as the flushing is completed. Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time. Cleaning additives are readily available at local stores to help prevent or remove any discoloration that may occur. Customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should consult their doctor to advise them if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures. Customers utilizing the water for aquariums should monitor both free and combined chlorine residuals.

During normal business hours residents may call 936-368-2633 or 936-368-2266 with any questions concerning the free chlorine burnout. The City of Huxley Water Utilities Department appreciates residents’ patience and understanding as it works to further improve the quality of the water for all customers.

August 1, 2018 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to a burglary call July 30, 2018 off CR 3341 in Joaquin. Upon arrival, officers met with the home owner who stated someone forced entry into the home and stole several guns.

As previously reported, Roy Cheatwood, Shelby County Constable Precinct 3, made contact with the suspects in the vehicle after being alerted to a situation at Quick Stop in Joaquin.

Cheatwood reported the individuals left the scene and crossed over into DeSoto Parish where they abandoned the vehicle.

The vehicle was impounded by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office. Investigators with the SCSO inventoried the vehicle and located the guns stolen from the home in Joaquin in the trunk of the car.

Cheatwood identified a suspect in the vehicle as having ties to the homeowner in Joaquin. The other suspects have not been identified or apprehended at this time.

The SCSO would like to thank Constable Cheatwood and Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office for assisting with all areas of this investigation. By working closely with Constable Cheatwood, we were able to recover the stolen property in one day. The case is still under investigation.

August 1, 2018 - Use caution traveling down Nacogdoches Street. Work crews are detouring traffic near the intersection of Nacogdoches and Wheeler Street. 

August 1, 2018 - According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Hill turned himself into the Dallas County Sheriff's Office July 31. Hill posted bond and was released the same day.

July 31, 2018 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking the whereabouts of Prince Earl Hill, 50, of Center.

Hill is described as a black male, 5’6”, 265 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He is wanted by the Irving Police Department for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony 2.

Hill’s last known address was 386 Lakewood Drive in Center, Texas.

If you have any information regarding this individual, you are urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department at 936-598-5601 or call 9-1-1 immediately.

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 Hill 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.

July 31, 2018 - WEATHER STATS for July 2018 prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Service Observer.
Highest Temp was 107 degrees on 7-23-2018
Highest Temp on Record was 110 degrees on 7-26-1954
Lowest Temp was 68 degrees on 7-26-2018
Lowest Temp on Record was 55 degrees on 7-15-1967, 7-07-1970 and 7-08-1972
Rainfall Recorded was 2.94 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 3.31 inches
Below Average by 0.37 inches
Highest Recorded for This Month was 10.19 inches in 2002
Lowest Recorded for This Month was 0.19 inches in 1947
Yearly Rainfall through July is 32.41 inches
Average Rainfall through July is 31.24 inches
Below Average through July by 1.17 inches
11 triple digit days in July!!!   Had one in June for total of 12.  
Stay Cool and remember Shelby County Schools start in August!!!  

For full weather report click here.

July 31, 2018 - The Center Fire Department responded to the aid of Timpson Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday, July 24, 4:45pm in regards to a hay meadow which had caught on fire.

The field was located just off State Highway 87 North near County Road 4012 and a large portion of the field was scorched by the fire. A hay baler on the location had burned. The fire departments worked together to extinguish remaining flames on the field and in nearby woods.

Firemen returned to the station at 5:15pm.

Public records indicate the property is owned by WM and Gloria Sprague.

July 31, 2018 - ADM Animal Nutrition, a division of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), is recalling 200-pound tubs of Mintrate® 36-15 Breed Right Tub cattle feed, product number 54549AAA6H, because the product may contain elevated levels of non-protein nitrogen, which could be harmful to cattle. Excessive levels of non-protein nitrogen can be toxic to cattle and can cause muscle tremors (especially of face and ears), abdominal pain, bloat, frothy salivation, excessive urination, teeth grinding, incoordination, weakness, shortness of breath and possible death.

There is one lot number involved in this recall: Lot # QE12918. The product was distributed between May 24, 2018, and June 29, 2018, and could have been purchased in Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas.

ADM Animal Nutrition received a report from one customer claiming this feed may have resulted in death loss. The company immediately began investigating and initiated the recall upon receiving confirmation that the feed may contain elevated levels of non-protein nitrogen. ADM has been in direct contact with the customer and distributors involved in this recall, and all product has been removed from retail shelves.

The lot number, QE12918, can be found at the bottom of the label. Click heredisclaimer icon to view an image of the label. Customers who have purchased the recalled feed should immediately stop using it and return it  to their distributor or directly to ADM Animal Nutrition for a full refund. Please direct any customer inquiries to 800-217-2007 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday.