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Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Bradley Horton is seen speaking with the passenger of the motorcycle as she sits by the motorcycle following the chase.May 22, 2015 - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was engaged in a bi-county vehicle chase on Monday, May 18, 2015 south of Shelbyville and the suspect driver is still being sought.

At around 12am Texas DPS State Trooper Ricardo Segura was entering Shelby County on FM 147 as he attempted to pull over a blue Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle which was speeding and had two riders. As the motorcycle was 1 mile from the intersection with State Highway 87 South the driver of the motorcycle laid the motorcycle down beside the roadway.

DPS Trooper Ricardo Segura investigated the Suzuki 600 motorcycle following the incident. He is seen being assisted by Gene Vail and his wrecker crew.When Trooper Segura brought his vehicle to a stop it was discovered the passenger was still with the motorcycle and her leg was trapped beneath it. While Trooper Segura removed the vehicle from atop the passenger, the driver fled into the woods.

Jamie Hagler, Constable Precinct 2, arrived shortly after with Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Bradley Horton to assist in the search for the suspect.

The passenger informed authorities she did not know the identity of the driver. Center Police Sgt. Scott Burkhalter arrived at the scene with K9 Taz to assist in searching for the suspect in the woods. ACE EMS transported the passenger from the scene to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for examination.

No information has been provided by DPS at this time pertaining to the suspect or passenger. Further information will be provided as it is made available.

Jamie Hagler, Constable Precinct 2, tried to gain information from the passenger relating to the driver of the Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle.

May 21, 2015 - Municipal Court Judge James Bogue swore in newly elected Timpson City Council members Kyle Allen, George Grace and Janell Baker at the recent Tuesday, May 19, 2015 meeting.

Judge Bogue remarked that all of the newly elected council members were re-elected to their seats on the council, "I want to congratulate you on being the winners and remind you that the people of this town place their confidence in you and this is no little thing. We are all proud of our city and those that care enough about it come to vote, and I congratulate you on getting those numbers."

Council members Allen, Baker, and Grace all stood by their seats, raised their right hands and took the oath of their office.

Once the council members were sworn in a vote was made by Councilman Allen to elect George Grace as Mayor Pro Tem to which Grace stated, "I decline." Grace then offered a motion to elect Ronnie Wolfe as Mayor Pro Tem with Councilwoman Baker seconding the motion and it passed.

During the meeting, as the council reviewed the consent agenda items, Wolfe presented a profit and loss statement specific to the police department and no other department. According to Wolfe, this report was projected over a seven month time period of 2015. This very likely means Wolfe is continuing his agenda toward the police department regarding a reduction in force, "We cannot continue that trend, and meet these obligations that we have with water and sewer that we've to look at so be thinking about that between now and time we budget."

A motion was then carried to approve the consent agenda item A through D.

Anniversaries of several city employees were mentioned during the meeting including Tommy Sparks' 29th year with the city; Kent Graham's 5th year with the city; and Thomas Jernigan's 2nd year with the city.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:10pm.

Approved items on the agenda:

    Items approved during the meeting include:
    Canvass General Election May 9, 2015.
    Resolution 05-13-2015, an order declaring the canvassing of the City of Timpson General Election, May 9, 2015.
    Minutes of the regular meeting held on April 21, 2015.
    Financial Statement for the month of April 2015.
    Accounts Payable - Unpaid bills for April 2015.
    Timpson Cemetery Grave site map.
    TCEQ Renewal Fees.
    Resolution of Authority and contact information for Austin and Texas State Bank Accounts, adding Leslie Leathers, City Secretary to noted accounts. Set up Leslie to utilize online Austin Bank.
    Adjourn.

May 21, 2015 - The Shelby County grand jury for the July term of the 273rd Judicial District Court met on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 and handed down indictments for 25 cases.

Daryl McSwain received two indictments for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony. The indictment alleges on August 21, 2014 McSwain threatened Dusten Byrd and Robert Mitchell Miller with imminent bodily injury by trying to ram his motorcycle and running him off the road and did then and there use or exhibit a deadly weapon, a 2001 black Ford during commission of the assault.

Massaud Williams was indicted for burglary of a habitation, second degree felony. The indictment alleges on July 11, 2014 Williams entered the home of Atoshia Ayers without her consent and attempted to commit theft of property including a flat screen TV, one PlayStation 3, one camera and four wheels. Williams was also indicted for evading arrest with prior convictions, state jail felony. The indictment alleges on December 6, 2014 Williams fled from Center Police Officer Steve Thornburgh who was attempting to lawfully arrest or detain him.

Jahir Garcia-Luna and William Brandon Smith were each indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony. The indictments allege on August 18, 2014 Garcia-Luna and Smith caused bodily injury to April Rochelle Peterson by shooting her with an air-soft rifle which was the deadly weapon exhibited during the commission of the assault. Garcia-Luna and Smith were also indicted for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, third degree felony. The indictments allege Garcia-Luna and Smith, knowing an investigation was in progress, concealed an air-soft rifle with intent to impair its availability as evidence in the investigation.

Ashley Shaunte Fredieu was indicted for credit card/debit card abuse against the elderly, third degree felony. The indictment alleges on August 16, 2014 Fredieu presented to Walmart or used a Citizens Bank Master card with knowledge that the card had not been issued to Fredieu. The indictment continues by stating Fredieu did not have permission from the cardholder, Ola M. Gardner, an elderly individual.

Jamison Rashard Swindle received one indictment for possession of a controlled substance and two indictments for delivery of a controlled substance. The first indictment alleges on July 3, 2014 Swindle possessed phencyclidine (PCP) in an amount of four grams or more but less than 200 grams. The second indictment for delivery of a controlled substance, second degree felony, alleges on July 3, 2014 Swindle delivered cocaine to a "Cooperating Individual" in an amount of less than one gram. The third indictment delivery of a controlled substance, state jail felony, alleges on June 27, 2014 Swindle delivered cocaine to a "Cooperating Individual" in an amount of less than one gram.

Hollis Neel Farris was indicted for theft, third degree felony. The indictment alleges on July 7, 2014 Farris stole a 2 year old Black Angus Bull valued at less than $100,000 from Paul Hancock without his consent.

Erick Sanchez was indicted for assault bodily injury, third degree felony. The indictment alleges on July 18, 2014 Sanchez caused bodily injury to Milagro Gonzalez, whom Sanchez was dating, by impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of Gonzalez by applying pressure to the throat or neck and/or blocking the nose or mouth of Gonzalez.

David Nathan Lewis Jr. was indicted for failure to stop and render aid, third degree felony. The indictment alleges on May 4, 2014 Lewis drove a vehicle that became involved in a crash resulting in damage to a vehicle. The indictment continued to allege Lewis knowingly left the scene of the crash without giving his name, address, registration number of the vehicle he was driving or the name of his vehicle liability insurer to Jedediah Dale Davenport, the driver of the vehicle with which Lewis collided.

William Harold Lovell III was indicted for intoxication assault, third degree felony. The indictment alleges on August 15, 2013 Lovell was operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated and by reason of such intoxication caused serious bodily injury to Alicia Cruse. The indictment continues to allege Lovell did so by intentionally recklessly driving causing the vehicle he was driving to roll over.

(Dates in parenthesis indicate the date of the alleged incident)
Maria De Los Angeles Mendoza-Lemus, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, state jail felony (August 28, 2014).
Augustin S. Jimenez, driving while intoxicated, third degree felony (July 19, 2014).
Mitchell Lee Garrett, evading arrest, third degree felony (August 25, 2014).
Leonel Hernandez, evading arrest with vehicle, third degree felony (August 10, 2014).
Aubrey Calvin Pearson, failure to register as a sex offender, third degree felony (January 24, 2015).
Michael Sherman Johnson, possession of a controlled substance, third degree felony (July 30, 2014).
Carrie Moore Wilkins, driving while intoxicated with child passenger, state jail felony (August 18, 2014).
Glendon Dale Webb, possession of a controlled substance, state jail felony (July 5, 2014).
Chadwick Obrien Bradshaw, possession of a controlled substance, state jail felony (July 4, 2014).
Jose Luis Garay, evading arrest, third degree felony (August 16, 2014).

***Indictments and information are not a conviction, and are a matter of public record. All individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

May 19, 2015 (Album1, Album2, Album3) - The 10th Annual Shelby County Relay for Life event was held May 15, 2015 under the cover of the Shelby County Expo Center. Rain fell prior and during the event; however, the spirit of those Relaying wasn't dampened. Becky Parfait, event chairperson, welcomed everyone and announced this years theme - Blast from the Past, a decade of Relay for Life in Shelby County.

 

 

#RFL Blast From the Past, A Decade of #RelayforLife in Shelby County - Video of Opening Ceremonies of the 10th Annual Shelby County Relay for Life - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link - http://www.shelbycountytoday.com/article4.php

Posted by Shelby County Today on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 

The first lap of the event began with the Teams Lap after which a special entrance was arranged for survivors and caregivers. Each survivor and caregiver spoke to the crowd announcing their name and why they became a part of Relay for Life prior to starting the survivor lap and the caregivers lap. The luminaria ceremony was held at 9:30pm and included a slide show honoring survivors, caregivers, and those loved ones lost followed by a special lap, the memory lap. Walkers walked in the dimly lit arena with only the light of the luminaria bags to guild them.

Other activities enjoyed by all were a Fight Back Scavenger Hunt, a Blast From the Past Contest, Crazy Hat Contest, and a Talent Show.

During the event, teams drew winners for various fundraisers and some of the results were:

  •     Portacool Team raffled off a Pink Portacool which was won by Sharon Peace.
  •     Texas State Bank team raffled off a Homemade quilt which was won by Johnny Hensley.
  •     Team Never Give Up, Always Look Up raffled off a metal horse shoe art. The winners were 'I Love You' won by Henry Morris, cross won by Melinda Hughes, an Angel won by Doris Nobles, and the BBQ pit was won by Dana Havens.
  •     Timpson ISD Team raffled off a personalized beach bag which was won by Sandra Gray.
  •     Shelby Savings Bank team announced the winners of the raffle to be Leroy Newman won the 2 Yeti coolers, Lori Davis won the 55” LED TV, Michael Lee won the 128GB iPad & $100 iTunes gift card, and Dr. Dixon Golden won the 12 gauge shotgun.
  •     Smyrna Church team raffled off a Kindle Fire won by Lorelei Mathews, Steven McCann won a $50 Jamberry gift certificate, Stacey Scarborough won a decorated window pane.
 

#RFL Blast From the Past, A Decade of #RelayforLife in Shelby County - Video of the Talent Show during the 10th Annual Shelby County Relay for Life - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link - http://www.shelbycountytoday.com/article4.php

Posted by Shelby County Today on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
 

#RFL Blast From the Past, A Decade of #RelayforLife in Shelby County - Video of the Team and Survivor Walk at the 10th Annual Shelby County Relay for Life - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link - http://www.shelbycountytoday.com/article4.php

Posted by Shelby County Today on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
 

#RFL Blast From the Past, A Decade of #RelayforLife in Shelby County - Video of Always Look Up during the 10th Annual Shelby County Relay for Life - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link - http://www.shelbycountytoday.com/article4.php

Posted by Shelby County Today on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 

Shelby County Today was on scene as officers searched the vehicle where they recovered a large amount of narcotics and money. Center Police Officer Jake Gross is seen at the back of the vehicle as Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Bradley Horton searches the passenger side of the vehicle with Sgt. Scott Burkhalter.

May 20, 2015 - Shelby County Today was on scene as officers searched the vehicle where they recovered a large amount of narcotics and money. Center Police Officer Jake Gross is seen at the back of the vehicle as Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Bradley Horton searches the passenger side of the vehicle with Sgt. Scott Burkhalter.

Center Police Department traffic stop nets an assortment of drugs, a gun, and over $30,000 in suspected drug money in the early hours of Tuesday morning on Hurst Street.

According to a Center Police Department press release, Sgt. Scotty Burkhalter with his K9 partner, "Taz", observed a black Chrysler 300 leaving Wal-Mart parking lot without headlights turned on at 1:30am on May 19, 2015. Sgt. Burkhalter initiated a traffic stop in the 800 block of Hurst Street and made contact with the driver of the Chrysler, Benny Earl Holmes, 25, of Tenaha.

Burkhalter observed Holmes was reaching into the floor board of the vehicle while Burkhalter was talking to him. Burkhalter ordered Holmes to get out of the vehicle and to show his hands. He complied after several commands to do so.

Coming from the vehicle Sgt Burkhalter smelled a strong odor of Marijuana and placed Holmes into custody for further investigation.

Arriving on scene and assisting Burkhalter was Center PD Officer Jake Gross along with Shelby County Sheriff Deputy Michael Griffin and Deputy Bradley Horton. During the investigation a .380 caliber pistol was located in the floorboard next to two big bags of marijuana.

The search concluded with the seizure of 13.6 grams of methamphetamine, powder cocaine, over a quarter pound of marijuana, a large amount of assorted pills, $30,616 in US Currency, and a pistol.

The suspect was charged with seven (7) felonies which includes possession with intent to distribute and money laundering. Holmes was taken to the Center Police Department.

The Center Police Department wants to thank Sheriff Willis Blackwell for his deputies and the help they provided.

In the center, Walter "Buster" Bounds surrounded by his family

May 20, 2015 -  (More Photos) Walter "Buster" Bounds was honored by the Shelby County Historical Commission when the title of Town Historian was bestowed upon him on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in the courtroom of the Historic Courthouse. He is only the second Town Historian to be named; the first being Mattie Dellinger.

Prior to presenting Bounds with a plaque, Shelby County Historical Commission president, Colleen Doggett said, "Buster [Bounds] is being honored even though he is very humble and he says he doesn't know all that much about the history and doesn't know why he would be honored in this way. But he is a humble person. I've never gone to Buster and asked for information or help with something that the answer is always yes, it's never no."

Doggett addressed the large crowd in attendance at the Historic Courthouse, "We're here to honor someone who from high school days has been preserving history." Doggett referenced an interview she had with Bounds, "Buster told me a story about his high school days when he was the editor of the yearbook and he had access to all the class pictures and everything. So, he carried them home to work on and he didn't take them back up to school which turned out to be a good thing because the next year the school burned down. So, see he started preserving history when he was about 18."

Morris Bounds, Buster’s father, started at the insurance agency in 1965 dividing his time between insurance and managing Lunsford Buick Company. The Bounds family also raised chickens in the old days before Shelby County converted to modern broiler houses. His cousin H. B. “Bob” Bounds ran the Bounds Processing Plant located behind the old ice house from 1946 well into the 1950s and processed the first batch of chickens for Mr. Cordray that brought the modern growing methods to Shelby County. Buster is the third child of three children and the only boy. During his youth the family lived on Pecan Street which isn't far from the square allowing him to be able to walk all over the town and be observant of what was happening. He met his wife, Carolyn Bounds, after accepting a teaching job at Ottawa Township High School in Ottawa, Illinois. After marrying, the couple moved back to Center and began running the insurance agency.

Dixie Dellinger, daughter of the 1st Town Historian Mattie Dellinger, thanks Buster Bounds for the kind words about her mom."Now before I knew Buster very well, I would see him around town with his video camera doing a school play out at Shelbyville and this and that. It didn't matter. He's been to Garden Club, Reading Club, for different programs for filming." She continued to say, "What is really wonderful; people know that Buster has served as the chairman of the Historical Commission and they'll drop things by and he has a wonderful long filing closet that the first time I saw it it was stacked almost to the ceiling with old maps and this and that." Doggett referenced when she needed something for research he knew exactly where to find it.

"When you have family stories write them down; listen to the people. When you have family photographs and there in a frame or whatever put a little envelope on the back that tells who all the people were and what the occasion was for that picture to be made," explained Doggett was good advice Bounds gave many times at historic cemetery dedications.

His video archive includes interviews with people telling the history of the area, events, ribbon cuttings, reunions, celebrations, birthday parties, band and choir concerts, parades, piano recitals, awards ceremonies, ground breaking, open houses, plays, weddings, funerals, honorees, book reviews, weather events, changes in the business community, flower shows, demonstrations, dedications, and the list goes on and on.

Bounds wanted to express a word or two as he unfolded a speech bringing chuckles and smiles from the audience, "Surprises are greatly overrated and I would like to say a word or two but I'll talk fast." "I did want to thank the members of the Historical Commission. I am truly humbled to be designated town historian and I will not take the responsibility lightly, I promise.

"My contribution to the collective wisdom will be different from what the past Town Historian, Mattie Dellinger, collected and passed on to us. Mattie passed down a written legacy of her detailed insights into our community and the families that we call this place 'home.' There will never be anyone, Dixie [Dellinger], never anyone like Mattie. She and her brand of collective wisdom are greatly missed. You can find all her newspaper articles in the museum in one book.

"I shouldn’t tell this - I tried to out-Mattie Mattie once. I decided I was going to challenge her with a story about Rebie Childs who was convicted of murder in the 1930s and she spent her time while in Huntsville singing with a popular vocal group on the radio. Mattie listened to be sure I didn't know anything new about the Rebie Childs and she responded with kindness, “Yes, Rebie and I were in the same Sunday School class and I never trusted her.” And, to finish with a slam-dunk -- honest truth -- Town Historians don’t lie; she fished around in her purse and found a yellowed copy of the front page of the Light Champion filled with pictures and details about Rebie’s trial. Mattie and her memories are truly missed. There will never be another Mattie Dellinger.

"My contribution is though a new medium – a medium that is tricky to collect and very tricky to preserve and use. It is the medium of video. In the past few years I’ve collected over 14 TB of video and audio files which represents roughly 1,400 hours of filming.

"It is depressing to realize that I’ve stored more video than anyone will ever see -- or want to see. Few of my projects have a commercial value but my hope is that they will have a legacy value for 'our people.'

"Today we have an opportunity, everybody has a video camera or a cell phone, or whatever it is they are using and commercial value is not the only gauge for success. I’m still collecting at the rate of around 3 TB per year and as cameras upgrade – a certainty – that number could easily double. And before my lights and microphones get switched off, I hope to have tamed all this information into a searchable database that actually can be used. That may be the hardest part.

"Again, thanks for honoring me and my work with this designation. I can’t think of anything more satisfying than to be told that my work is important to the community I love and I love you all."

Following the plaque presentation and the speech, everyone was invited to enjoy refreshments in the transportation room downstairs.

May 20, 2015 - Mayor Orinthia Johnson swore in newly elected council members Natalie Harris, Michael Baker and Claudine Howard at the recent Tenaha City Council meeting held on Monday, May 18, 2015.

Ron Barker, election judge, read the voting results for the council and following the council approving the canvass of votes Mayor Johnson administered the oath of office to the council members.

As council members reviewed the financial statements, councilwoman Harris asked if the council could meet at a time previous to a meeting to go over the budget to gain a better understanding of the finances.

Mayor Johnson stated, "That's gotta have a called meeting or something like that, no can't do it."

Stephen Shires, legal council for the city, suggested the council could have a financial workshop to meet her request.

Shires spoke with the council about a truck ordinance and dog ordinance which the council requested at their previous meeting and which he has written. During the meeting the council members reviewed the truck ordinance and Shires stated he would be sending City Secretary Clark the animal control ordinance.

Although Shires says once a dog is captured there is no place to take them, which is a countywide problem, adopting the ordinance is a step in preparation for such a solution in the future. The ordinance incorporates the "Dangerous Dog Act" allowing law enforcement to take proper and necessary action if a situation occurs.

The council approved a motion to review the truck ordinance and table the item until the next meeting. Another motion was then approved to table the animal control ordinance until the next meeting.

Public comment was heard during the beginning of the meeting from four of Tenaha's citizens. Curt Lawrence spoke regarding mowing in and around the city. He stated he has been a resident of Tenaha for five years and has his own business. Lawrence said he has helped the city to clean up and cut grass when George Bowers was mayor and he would like to help in any way he can.

Linda Perry spoke about the tall grass and the need for maintenance on Loop 157 and at McNeil Park, "The grass is getting so high you can't see the traffic coming. It's not the city's problem, but what can we do to get the state highway department to come see about it and take care of it? Because it's dangerous, if we have some bad accidents where people can't see the traffic coming out there it's going to be a problem.."

Perry wanted to clarify McNeil Park does not belong to the Tenaha Beautification and Events Committee, but does belong to the city, "We're just helping to get it fenced and donations to get tables and benches and it's not being mowed very well and especially the outside and the weeds and the concrete. When we had our garage sale all of that was grown up and needed to weed-eat it and if you poisoned it, you wouldn't have to weed-eat it all the time."

Dewayne Reese stated he is shocked that in 10 years as a resident of Tenaha not a whole lot has changed, "What really got me to the point where I really need to get active is that schools about to be out and our kids have nothing to do. I didn't know Tenaha had a park until my wife told me and when I went around there I was literally blown away and I was like 'we can't spend no money on our future, we can't spend no money on our children? We can't buy them a basketball goal and concrete where our children can get themselves busy?'"

Reese suggested change would come when citizens hold public officials accountable and they could be voted out, "We elect y'all in, we can get you out."

Claudine Howard, Councilwoman, invited Reese to participate with the Tenaha Beautification and Events Committee in working to improve Tenaha.

The Fiscal Year 2014 audit was a point of discussion for Marie Crawford during the public comment, "The state statute, financial statute says the audit was supposed to be completed 180 days after the end of the fiscal year. We are now into day 230."

Mayor Johnson stated he has spoken with Norman Wright, city's auditor, on the week previous to the meeting and he stated he would be in Tenaha on the first or second week of June. Sheryl Clark said Wright's intent is to have the audit completed by the end of June.

Some of the water customers have asked how many gallons they actually receive for a minimum. Stacy Cranford, water department manager, recommended the minimum be from 0 - 1,000 bringing the average bill to for $26.50. Tommy Rinkle, councilman, recommended 0 - 2,000 gallons and Cranford agreed.

Cranford gave an update on the current status of negotiations with BNSF regarding the Railroad Street area, "I wanna kind of let the citizens know at this meeting so if you have a concern with it we're going to try to schedule our Tenaha Economic Development meeting for next Tuesday (May 26, at 4:30pm)."

The City of Tenaha asked for a contribution to the city from BNSF and according to Cranford a reimbursement for the loss of the street, utility loss, property tax loss, utility relocation, reconstruction of West Railroad due to traffic diversion was requested and totaled over $400,000. BNSF countered by offering $11,520 for utility relocation, $25,000 for a crossing closure, and $7,623 for the cost of the street, totaling $44,143.

"The only thing that they can claim imminent domain on and take from us, is where that actual crossing is going to be," said Cranford.

Cranford continued by suggesting telling BNSF to just put a crossing in and let the city keep their street.

"We can force them to build a crossing and save our street and that would probably be the thing to do is just say, 'look we just want to keep our street,'" said Rinkle.

Toward the end of the meeting Mayor Johnson thanked Larry Terry for his service on the council and congratulated Natalie Harris, Michael Baker and Claudine Howard.

Approved items on the agenda:

    Minutes of the previous meeting.
    Financial statements.
    City of Tenaha Employee Handbook.
    Authorization of Mayor to accept contract with NetPLEA Services Government Collections and Consulting to collect warrant fines, contingent on change of indemnity language.
    Purchase a 52 HP Kubota tractor and finish mower package with a $31,800 financed through Kubota at 0% interest and $565.30 a month for 60 months for parks and streets. Baker abstained from voting.
    Adjourn.

Items discussed and tabled:

    Truck ordinance.
    Animal control ordinance.

May 20, 2015 - Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that sometime on Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 10pm to Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 4am, unknown suspect(s) entered into several vehicles in Shelby County. Areas in which the burglaries occurred was in the James/Antioch Communities on County Road 3215 and FM 2608. Suspect(s) stole a Pioneer stereo system and money.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5600 and ask to speak with Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant DJ Dickerson or Investigator Kevin W. Windham.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember, you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

May 20, 2015 - Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on April 11th, 2015 suspect(s) entered onto the property of a deer lease located on County Road 1017 in Center, Texas and stole items such as a utility trailer with deer stands, deer feeder, solar panels, trail cameras, and buddy heaters. A photograph was provided from a trail camera that shows a vehicle of interest that was on the deer lease on April 09th, 2015 at approximately 12:33pm. The property was stolen on April 11th, 2015 at approximately 12:42am. Photographs were also provided depicting the some of the stolen property.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5600 and ask to speak with Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant DJ Dickerson or Investigator Kevin W. Windham.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information.Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember, you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

May 20, 2015 - Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to report that on the 12th of May at around 12am Sergeant Michael Griffin while on routine patrol made a traffic stop on a vehicle for an expired registration on Martin Luther King Drive in Center. Sergeant Griffin identified the driver as James Allen Watson, 41, of Joaquin with passenger Crystal Monique Steffen, 26, of Center.

During the course of the traffic stop, Sergeant Griffin observed the driver to be nervous and was denied consent to search the vehicle. Sergeant Burkhalter and K9 Taz with the Center Police Department was contacted to perform an open air sniff around the vehicle. K9 Taz alerted on the vehicle as containing possible narcotics and a search of the vehicle was performed.

During the search a usable amount of methamphetamine was located along with several items of drug paraphernalia. James Allen Watson was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance (state jail felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (class C misdemeanor).

This illustrates the inter agency cooperation between different law enforcement agencies committed to make Shelby County a better place. We would like to stress if you observe anything you believe to be suspicious or believe there is illegal drug activity in your neighborhood to please feel free to call your local agency or report it to the Center Crime stoppers.

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