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November 27, 2018 - State Highway 87 (SH87) South was the scene of a two-vehicle collision Monday, November 19, 2018 which resulted in one driver being taken by ambulance from the incident.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Justin Sikes, at just before 8pm a red 2015 Nissan passenger car driven by Kiandre Tynique Cartwright, 19, of Shelbyville was southbound on SH87 in the vicinity of CR 2050.

At that time a white 2007 GMC Yukon XL driven by Michael Chad Hughes, 21, of Center was also southbound behind the Nissan. The Yukon failed to control speed and collided with the rear of the Nissan, causing damage. Both vehicles came to a halt on the southbound shoulder. 

An ambulance transported Cartwright to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of possible injuries.

Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department directed traffic at the scene until the vehicles were driven away.

November 26, 2018 Austin - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans that fraudulent emails are being sent from people impersonating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting users with fake tax documents. These emails often use the subject line “tax transcripts” in an attempt to bait people into opening links and documents that contain destructive malware specifically designed to steal sensitive financial data.

These new attacks come as consumers face IRS impersonation fraud on other platforms as well. The IRS will never call or email citizens to demand repayment for penalties. If consumers receive a fraudulent call or email, but believe they may have penalties, they are advised to call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040. 

“All Texans should be aware of unsolicited phone calls or emails from scammers impersonating the IRS. This is a nefarious attempt to trick taxpayers into downloading malware and divulging sensitive financial information,” Attorney General Paxton said. “My office stands ready to assist hard-working Texas consumers. The consumer protection section of our website contains several resources on how to recognize, prevent and report scams like this. Being informed is the best way to prevent fraud and loss.”

The OAG website provides timely resources to consumers who need help – including identity theft victims – and provides information on widespread and common scams. On this website, Texans have the opportunity to receive electronic alerts and other notices that help warn them about emerging scams that can lead to financial harm. Consumers can find more information on scams here:

The Consumer Protection Division also receives and reviews complaints submitted to the office by consumers. While the attorney general is prohibited from representing such individuals, these complaints are used by the office to help share priorities and identify issues affecting Texans. Consumers can file complaints by visiting:

November 26, 2018 - According to Kevin Jones, Center Motor Company is offering a $1,000 reward leading to the arrest and indictment of individuals who entered Center Motor Company and stole tools and small equipment between 6pm Tuesday, November 20 and 7am Friday, November 23, 2018.

If you have information regarding this crime, please contact the Center Police Department at 936-598-2788. Detective Bobby Walker is handling the investigation.

Center Motor Company is located on Hurst Street in Center next to Wal-Mart and McDonald's restaurant.

November 18, 2018 - A plane crash just east of Flat Fork Creek on State Highway 7 East is currently being investigated by Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers. It appears at this time all occupants of the plane were not injured.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jesse Fountain, at around 1:10pm a white and blue 2009 Jabiru USA Sport two-seater plane was flying from Baton Rouge, LA to Center Municipal Airport for fuel. The pilot, Leonard James Lorden, 53, of Mansfield, Texas landed at Williams Airport previous to Center in attempts to get fuel; however, the airport was out of the needed fuel at that time. 

As the plane approached Center, Lorden stated he had engine failure, and at that time he located a field to put the plane down. The plane came down in the field; however, did not immediately stop and crossed State Highway 7 East before striking the southbound ditch and flipping over onto its top.

Lorden and a 9-year-old female passenger were not injured as a result of the crash.

Additional units responding to the scene were officers with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Center Police Department, Constable Precinct 3 office, Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, and Center Fire Department. 

DPS is in contact with the FAA at this time, and the investigation continues.

As of 4:45pm, the plane was removed from the location to the Center Municipal Airport.

November 16, 2018 – EDITOR’S NOTE: FSIS and our public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health officials, are investigating a Salmonella Reading outbreak. Please note that FSIS is continuing to investigate illnesses associated with this widespread outbreak, and additional product from other companies may also be recalled. Salmonella is prevalent and can be present in raw poultry and meat – no raw poultry or meat is sterile. In addition to discarding the product associated with this recall, consumers can protect themselves now and in the future by ALWAYS cooking their turkey, and other poultry products thoroughly, to a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees, as measured using a food thermometer. The cooking process kills the Salmonella. No one should be eating partially cooked or raw turkey. Additionally, it is essential that people wash their hands after handling raw poultry, meat, and pet food to avoid cross contamination.

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, a Barron, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be associated with an illness outbreak of Salmonella Reading, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw ground turkey products items were produced on September 11, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT" with "Use by" dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018.
  • 1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O TACO SEASONED GROUND TURKEY" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018.
  • 1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 85% LEAN | 15% FAT" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018.
  • 1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-190” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.                                

FSIS, and its public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Health Services, have been conducting traceback activities for a sample of Jennie-O brand ground turkey in an intact, unopened package from a case-patient’s home. The patient tested positive for Salmonella Reading and the sample from the ground turkey matches the outbreak strain.   

FSIS, the CDC, and state public health and agriculture partners, have been working together on an illness cluster involving 164 case-patients in 35 states. Patients have reported eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different stores, handling raw turkey pet food and/or raw turkey, or working with live turkeys or living with someone who handled live turkeys. FSIS continues to work with the CDC and state health departments on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available. Based on the continuing investigation, additional product from other companies may also be recalled.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at      

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume raw poultry product that has been cooked to a temperature of 165°F. Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are essential in preventing foodborne illness. You can't see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. In every step of food preparation, follow the four guidelines to keep food safe:

  • Clean—Wash hands and surfaces often.
  • Separate—Separate raw meat from other foods.
  • Cook—Cook to the right temperature.
  • Chill—Refrigerate food promptly.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Jennie-O Consumer Engagement Team at 1-800-621-3505, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Central Time Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time Saturday and Sunday. Media with questions can contact or 507-434-6352.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

November 14, 2018 - On November 9, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) required our public water system (Flat Fork WSC), PWS ID (2100007) to issue a Boil Water Notice (BWN) to inform our customers that due to the presence of contaminants or an interruption in service, water from our system must be boiled prior to consumption.

Our system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling as of November 14, 2018.

If you have questions, contact (Gayle Warr) at 936-591-5502. If a customer wishes to reach TCEQ, they may call 512-239-4691.

November 9, 2018 - Due to a water main break that has occurred in the water system, the Texas Natural Resource Commission has required the system to notify customers to boil their water prior to consumption. This notification is for customers that were out of water on November 9, 2018.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to consumption.

The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source. When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, water system officials will notify you.

If you have questions regarding this matter you may contact Gayle Warr at 936-591-5502 or email - gayle

November 11, 2018 - Emergency personnel were dispatched to U.S. Highway 96 South early Sunday, November 11, 2018 for a two-vehicle fatal crash.

When Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper arrived at the scene just over one mile north of the San Augustine County line, it was determined the driver of a passenger car involved in the crash had lost his life.

Jackie Kirkwood, Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, pronounced Marquis Musco, 23, of Shreveport deceased and Mangum Funerall Home transported him from the scene. Center Fire Department firemen assisted in extricating Musco from the vehicle.

According to a press release issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 6am, a white 2011 Buick passenger car driven by Musco, was traveling south on US 96.

For unknown reasons the Buick crossed over the center of the roadway and into the northbound lanes, where it was struck by a blue 2017 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer owned by SCL Inc. of Shelbyville and driven by John Cooper, 26, of Mansfield, LA.

Cooper was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department where he was treated and released.

The crash was investigated by Texas DPS Troopers Brent Murray, Keith Jones and Cpl. Jimmy Faulkner. 

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

Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies assisted with traffic control at the scene along with firemen.

November 8, 2018 - Emergency personnel were searching for the location of a hunter Wednesday, November 8, 2018 that was reported to have been injured.

The Center Fire Department was dispatched to the scene on CR 1006 (City Lake Road) south of Center at 6:18pm to the Mill Creek Hunting Club.

Due to deep mud, rescuers had to travel on foot around 300 yards into a wooded area to reach the man who is reported to have fallen from a deer stand. As the hunter's truck was already part of the way into the woods, ambulance personnel were able to walk him to his truck where he was then driven out.

The hunter was taken from the scene by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment.

Center Fire Department firemen returned to the station at 7:20pm.

Additional units on scene included Texas Game Wardens, and Shelby County Sheriff's Department deputies.

November 8, 2018 - Loop 500 and State Highway 7 (SH 7) East was the scene of a two-vehicle crash Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Emergency personnel with several agencies responded immediately to the scene. Units with the Center Police Department and Center Fire Department directed traffic at all ends of the highway intersection.

According to Center Police Officer Robert Lee, at 12:29pm Daniel Perry McLean, 75, was driving a silver Chevrolet HR on Loop 500 from the direction of State Highway 87.

As McLean entered SH 7 a Nissan Pathfinder driven by Diane Ross Walker, 72, was eastbound on SH 7 and was unable to avoid colliding with the Chevrolet. Both vehicle received major front end damage as a result of the collision 

Both vehicles came to rest in the middle of the highway.

McLean and Walker were both transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of possible injuries.

November 7, 2018 - On November 5, 2018, officers with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety went to a residence at 1153 FM 2026 in Center in response to reported illegal activity at the residence.

An SCSO investigator and DPS officer arrived on scene and identified one individual as Roy Denver Byrd Jr. who was known to have an active warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (SJF). Byrd was taken into custody without incident.

From left: Roy Denver Byrd Jr. and Juan Tramaine Tutt

Further information obtained on scene led the officers to a consensual search by the occupant of the residence and surrounding property. During the search, Juan Tramaine Tutt was found hiding in a closet in the residence. Tutt had multiple warrants out of Shelby County and was taken into custody without incident.

During the search in the closet area, approximately 2 ¼ ounces of marijuana was located. Officers also recovered eight ounces of suspected methamphetamine. Tutt also had $1,100 in cash that is believed to be derived from the sale of illegal narcotics. Seizure paperwork will be filed on the money.

At the time Byrd was booked into the county jail, additional illegal narcotics were found on his person. A warrant for Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility (F-3) was obtained and served on Byrd.

Multiple warrants are forthcoming for Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance as well as other charges on multiple individuals.

The SCSO extends sincere thanks to the Texas Department of Public Safety for their assistance.