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March 26, 2019 - Haslam Strip (U.S. Highway 84) was the scene of a fatal auto versus pedestrian collision early Tuesday morning, March 26, 2019 just east of CR 3590.

Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department firemen responded to the scene and requested an ambulance at the location.

Although ambulance personnel were on the way and a life flight helicopter was requested, the pedestrian succumbed to her injuries.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jonathan Stinson, at 6:30am a black 2015 Toyota Camry driven by Joshua Thoma Hankins, 35, of Logansport, LA. was westbound on U.S. Highway 84 in the inside lane on his way to work. 

At that time a female pedestrian Doris Washington, 76, of Center was crossing the street from the First Baptist Church parking lot to get coffee at a restaurant on the other side of the highway. When the woman crossed into the inside lane, she walked into the path of the Toyota.

Margie Anderson, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, later pronounced the woman deceased at the scene.

Hankins was not reported to have received any injuries.

Trooper Stinson was assisted at the scene by DPS Cpl. Jimmy Faulkner and Trooper Brent Murray.

Roy Cheatwood, Constable Precinct 3, also responded to the incident.

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March 25, 2019 - The Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Regional 9-1-1 Program is pleased to announce the availability of Text-to-9-1-1 service in Shelby County. Text to 9-1-1 is a service that allows citizens to send a text message directly to 9-1-1 for assistance in the event they are unable to make a voice call.

It is important to remember that text to 9-1-1 services should only be used in an emergency situation when someone is unable to speak or hear. If you need emergency help and are able to call 9-1-1, please do so.  It takes longer to get your location and other vital information when communicating through text messages.

When texting 9-1-1, you need to know your exact location and the nature of your emergency. Use street signs, mile markers, cross roads and land marks to help identify your location. Use simple language and no abbreviations or slang. Please do NOT TEXT and DRIVE! Pull over to a safe location before sending a text to 9-1-1.  

To use Text to 9-1-1, simply send a text as you would normally. In the recipient field enter 911, compose the message and push send. Once your text is sent, the 9-1-1 system will send an automated message asking the individual texting for the address of the emergency. This starts the text session between the 9-1-1 dispatcher and the individual needing emergency help.    

Text to 9-1-1 is intended for emergency situations where a person is deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, can’t make a voice call, or when speaking out loud would put the individual in danger.  Text-to-9-1-1 provides a silent alternative in cases such as a child abduction, active shooter or domestic abuse.

In 2018, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received 13,344 emergency 9-1-1 calls. Nearly 200,000 calls were made to 9-1-1 in the 12-county DETCOG region last year, and approximately 83 percent of those 9-1-1 calls were from cellular phones.

If you are in an area where texting service is not available to 9-1-1, you will receive a ‘bounce-back’ message telling you to make a voice call.  If you would like more information about Text-to-9-1-1, please contact Van Bush, DETCOG Director of Regional 9-1-1 Network, at 409-381-5263 or email at You can also visit DETCOG’s website at

March 24, 2019 - At 1:55 a.m. on Sunday, March 24th, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 104 Marshall Street.

Firefighters arrived to find a single wide mobile home fully involved. The homeowner awoke to find the fire and safely escaped. The mobile home and it’s contents were a total loss.

Fire department units returned to the station at 4:00 a.m. 

Cassandra "Cassie" BeringMarch 22, 2019 - Governor Greg Abbott released a a press release naming appoints to the Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board which included Tenaha native Cassandra "Cassie" Bering who is a 1984 Tenaha High School graduate.

Austin – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Cassandra “Cassie” Bering, Richard Dean, and Ryan Dollinger to the Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for terms at the pleasure of the Governor. The board advises the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division on programs and preventative solutions and submits recommendations regarding federal compliance issues and federal grant disbursements.

Cassandra “Cassie” Bering of Fort Worth is a contract monitor with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Private Facilities Contract Monitor Oversight Division. She is former president of Brite Divinity School Black Seminarians Union and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Bering received a Bachelor of Science in family/child development from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University Brite Divinity School. She is currently a student in the Doctor of Ministry program at Regent University.

Richard Dean of Wolfforth is the executive director of administrative services with Frenship Independent School District. He is a founding member of the Texas Juvenile Justice Association and former president of the Texas Juvenile Detention Association and served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee to the South Palins Association of Governments. Currently, he is a member of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Texas Association of School Business Officials, and the Texas Association of School Administrators. Dean received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from Texas Tech University, a Masters in Education from Wayland Baptist University, and a principal certification from Lubbock Christian University.

Ryan Dollinger of Beaumont is a Licensed Master Social Worker at Curo Health Services. He is the NLIC Representative and past chair of the Southeast Texas Branch of the National Association of Social Workers, board member of CASA of Southeast Texas, and member of Nederland Professional Lions Club. Previously, he was the charter president of the Lamar University Lions Club. Dollinger received a Bachelor of Social Work from Lamar University, Master of Public Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Social Work from Texas State University. 

March 20, 2019 - The City of Tenaha is currently experiencing phone service interruption due to a server crash.

A statement has been issued regarding the situation and it reads as follow: "We sincerely apologize that the phones are still out. They have ordered a new server and it is en route from Chicago, Illinois. When it arrives they will install. If you need to contact us for anything please leave a message and we will respond. If you need to pay water bill you can pay online at to pay a citation you can pay at"

March 18, 2019 - Alert: An overturned wood chip truck has been reported on FM 83 West near Hemphill in Sabine County. Motorists should prepare for delays as this scene clears.

Reduce speed and allow emergency responders to work safely.

2:45pm - 18 Mar 2019

March 15, 2019 - State Highway 7 West just over one mile from the Nacogdoches County line was the scene of a crash Wednesday, March 14, 2019 which involved three motor vehicles and a trailer.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jonathan Stinson, at approximately 3pm a silver 2004 Mazda driven by Ambria Breunna Garrett, 20, of Center was westbound on State Highway 7 West during inclement weather.

At that time the Mazda hydroplaned and traveled into the eastbound traffic lanes where the rear of the Mazda struck a white 2018 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Roy David Kline, 61, of Center in the front left quarter panel causing the wheel to detach from the pickup.

The wheel traveled across the highway and into the path of a black 2017 Dodge Ram 3500 hauling a trailer and driven by John William Langley II, 37, and his 14-year old son both of Ratcliff. The Dodge struck the wheel and caused major damage to the front left corner of the truck and the undercarriage. 

No injuries were reported resulting from the crash. Garrett was issued a citation for unsafe speed.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department assisted at the scene with traffic control.

March 14, 2019 -

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a single-vehicle crash on US 96 yesterday afternoon, about two miles north of Center.

US Highway 96 North was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Thursday, March 14, 2019. Emergency personnel responded to the scene to direct traffic and assist with the driver while Texas DPS investigated the incident, which occurred at the entrance of Cedar Creek housing development just over two miles north of Center. 

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jesse Fountain at approximately 4:20pm, a grey 2014 Dodge passenger car driven by William Nash Jr., 46, of Center was southbound on US Highway 96 when the Dodge drove off the roadway to the right and struck a guardrail head-on.

Nash was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department in Center for possible treatment.

March 13, 2019 - Emergency responders were alerted to a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 96 North outside of Tenaha on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

One individual received possible injuries as a result and was transported to a hospital. 

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers Dustin Ramos and Taylor Buster, at 11:45am during inclement weather Judy Willard, 52, of Carthage with passenger Vince Willard, 48, were southbound on U.S. Highway 96 in a silver Hyundai Odyssey minivan in the outside lane.

Willard stated another vehicle was changing lanes into their Hyundai, and in attempts of avoiding a collision the Hyundai left the roadway and entered a side skid before colliding aith a culvert and flipped over CR 4382 and came to rest on its top facing the roadway beside a large culvert.

Vince Willard was transported from the scene by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of unknown injuries. 

Additonal units with the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department and Tenaha Police Department were also at the location to assist the troopers.