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July 31, 2018 - An investigation by Roy Cheatwood, Shelby County Precinct 3 Constable, into a questionable attempted use of a check at Quick Stop in Haslam resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

According to Constable Cheatwood, at around 9am Monday, July 30, 2018 he was alerted to the situation at Quick Stop and was advised that the subjects were in a possible stolen vehicle, a 2013 Dodge Challenger. 

Upon making contact with the suspect vehicle and the suspects inside at Nuway convenience store, Constable Cheatwwod reports the Dodge fled into Louisiana at a high-rate of speed. Constable Cheatwood notified the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, as well as DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Department, as the car was heading into their area. 

The suspects drove the Dodge into a neighborhood in Logansport where they reportedly ditched the vehicle and fled on foot. The vehicle was indeed determined to have recently been stolen by a group of juveniles in the Longview area. 

Cheatwood expresses appreciation to all law enforcement involved in recovery of the Dodge including Shelby County Sheriff's Department, DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Department, and the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. He also commended the employees of Quick Stop for their immediate action in reporting the suspected check to law enforcement.

The vehicle was impounded by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Department, and is awaiting retrieval by the owner. This incident remains under investigation at this time.

July 27, 2018 - Speed limits in Tenaha, in Shelby County, are scheduled to be lowered following a recommendation from TxDOT and approval by Tenaha City Commissioners.

The speed limit on FM 2695 will be lowered to 45 miles per hour from 55 miles per hour from FM 947 to Loop 157.

A new school zone will also be added with a speed limit set at 25 miles per hour when lights are flashing from a point approximately .038 miles northeast of FM 947 to a point approximately .241 miles north-eastward. When lights are not activated, the speed limit will be 45 miles per hour in either direction.

These new speed limits will be enforceable once signs are set. Motorists should stay alert when traveling through a school zone. It is illegal to use a cell phone in a school zone or text and drive in Texas.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.

July 27, 2018 - State Highway 87 North at FM 1645 was the scene of a major two-vehicle crash Thursday, July 26, which has put one child in a hospital in Houston.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper Taylor Buster, at 5pm, a grey 1998 International truck-tractor driven by Aubrey Dionyell Lacy, 37, of Center was traveling north on SH 87. A tan 2015 Jeep SUV driven by Sandra Zamarron, 23, of Tenaha reportedly disregarded the stop sign at the intersection of State Highway 87 and FM 1645 West and was struck by the truck-tractor. 

No citations have been reported at this time. No injuries were reported of Lacy at the scene. 

Zamarron had three child passenger age two, three and four. All were transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Additional reports from Texas DPS indicate the four-year-old child is currently at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston for treatment.

Center Fire Department directed traffic at the scene until it was clear. Trooper Buster was assisted with the investigation by Trooper Dustin Ramos.

July 26, 2018 - The Center Police Department responded to an unresponsive person on Sampson Street On July 5th at approximately 10:23 A.M. Upon arrival, Officers found Brakia Rashed Roland 27, of Center deceased.

Detectives were able to link Alvin Jerome Davis II, 26, of Center to the murder of the victim with forensic and physical evidence.

Detective Stephen Stroud presented the case to District Judge LeAnn Kay Rafferty, Judge Rafferty did issue two arrest warrants for Alvin Jerome Davis II for Capital murder and Aggravated Robbery.

This case is still under investigation.

Davis is currently being held at the Caddo Parrish Jail on unrelated Louisiana charges.

Submitted by Detective David Haley

Related article:
Center PD Rules Death of Center Man a Homicide (Updated)

July 26, 2018 - As a result of the suspension of Jenny Hicks as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 in Shelby County, it was necessary for another individual to be placed in that position during the interim. 

Per order of suspension by LeAnn K. Rafferty, 123rd Judicial District Judge, of Hicks and immediate placement of Jackie Kirkwood as acting Justice of the Peace to fulfill the duties of the office of Precinct 4, Hicks still retains the office; however, under suspension.

Anyone needing to reach Jackie Kirkwood as acting Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 can reach him at the following number: 936-572-3040

July 24, 2018 - (Declaration of Disaster Order) - Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison has initiated a Burn Ban for Shelby County effective Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

The Shelby County judge placed a ban on burning outdoors. Due to the extreme drought time in which the county is located, it is prohibited to burn any type of outdoor fire. Please do not burn trash, tree leaves or anything involving flames.


Spanish - El juez del condado de Shelby puso en effecto una prohibición de quemar al aire libre. Debido al extremo tiempo de sequia en la que se encuentra el condado, se prohíbe encender cualquier tipo de fuego al aire libre. Por favor de no quemar basura, hojas de arboles o cualquier cosa que implique llamas.

July 24, 2018 - An immediate temporary suspension of Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Jenny Hicks was filed in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Judge Leann Rafferty presiding, and served by Constable Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 effectively removing her from office.

As a follow up to the petition filed July 12, 2018 by Shelby County Attorney Gary Rholes to remove Jenny Hicks from office, an amended petition was filed Tuesday giving additional reasons for the immediate suspension. Hicks has served as Justice of the Peace of PCT 4 since January of 2015 after being elected to the position.

The amended petition includes portions of a Texas Rangers' Investigation Report which sites specific instances where some fines were paid in cash to the Municipal Court (of Tenaha) and not deposited. The investigation revealed deposit details against the receipt registers had a delinquency of $6,685.60 in fines unaccounted for. Specific incidents were mentioned in the report pertaining to voided citations, as well as, citations marked to have been paid by community service in the computer system when the citation was paid in cash.

According to the report, during an interview with Texas Rangers, Hicks confirmed she had been Tenaha Municipal Court Judge since 2009 until 2016. Hicks had no explanation for the high number of voided citations and denied having stolen any money from the court.

An additional amendment was a letter from Shelby County Treasurer Ann Blackwell to Attorney Rholes. Blackwell stated, "I am extremely concerned for the financial aspect with the situation in JP Precinct 4. I fear there is money for payments "floating around" unsecured and unaccounted for."

Blackwell cited Hicks' failure to report collections to the Treasurer's office by the deadline dates of the 15th and the last day of each month. She also reported Hicks has not turned in a report or collections since April 2018 and fees collected by an online payment system are sent out to the JP by check which have yet to be turned in. Blackwell advises the Post Office is collecting mail for Hicks in a box because JP Hicks is not picking it up.

Blackwell continued by mentioning no one has access to Hicks computer system and Hicks unwillingness to do her job is preventing the money collected from being distributed to the state, county, etc.

Blackwell ended her letter stating, "This type of behavior from an official elected by the citizens of her precinct is appalling. She continues to reap the benefits of an employed county official receiving a paycheck, insurance, and earning retirement. Precinct 4 deserves better." 

Related articles:
Petition to Remove JP Hicks Filed
SC Justice of the Peace Under Investigation

July 24, 2018 - Pepperidge Farm has been notified by one of its ingredient suppliers that whey powder in a seasoning that is applied to four varieties of crackers has been the subject of a recall by the whey powder manufacturer due to the potential presence of Salmonella.  Pepperidge Farm initiated an investigation and, out of an abundance of caution, is voluntarily recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers. The products were distributed throughout the United States. No illnesses have been reported. No other Pepperidge Farm products in the U.S. are subject to this recall.

The following four varieties with the indicated codes are subject to this recall:

  • Flavor Blasted® Xtra Cheddar
  • Flavor Blasted® Sour Cream & Onion
  • Goldfish® Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar
  • Goldfish® Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel

Different packaging options are included in this recall. Consumers are encouraged to read the chart located here for more information.

Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. Recalled product should be discarded or may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

You may also click here for reimbursement if you have the product, sell by date and package code listed in the chart provided.

Consumers with questions may call Customer Service at 800-679-1791, 24 hours a day, for more information. Our Customer Service specialists are available M – F 9AM – 7PM EST.

July 23, 2018 - The National Weather Service, Shreveport, LA issued at 6:04am Monday, July 23, 2018, a Hazardous Weather Outlook for portions of north central Louisiana, northwest Louisiana, east Texas and northeast Texas.

Today and tonight... a Heat Advisory is in effect from noon until 7 PM CDT this evening for portions of East Texas and Northern Louisiana. Hot temperatures combined with high humidity will result in heat index values between 105 and 108 degrees this afternoon. If outdoor activities are planned, make sure and take frequent breaks, drink plenty of liquids and move activities into the shade if possible.

There is also a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and this evening, mainly south of a line from Jacksonville Texas to Winnfield Louisiana. Any storms that develop will be capable of gusty winds and dangerous cloud to ground lightning.

Tuesday through Sunday... after some slightly cooler weather, afternoon heat index values may once again climb above 105 degrees Friday through Sunday.

Chances for thunderstorms will return to the forecast during the weekend as a cold front moves south across the Plains.

July 20, 2018 - An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect until 8 pm this evening.

At 11:24am CDT, Friday, July 20, 2018 the National Weather Service of Shreveport issued an excessive heat warning for the following areas: 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, and San Augustine.

The EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

Maximum heat index values of at least 110 degrees Today through this evening. Heat related illnesses will be possible for those involved in outdoor activities and home bound persons without air-conditioning or circulated air.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances, as car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

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