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January 12, 2015 - The driver of a vehicle involved in a single-vehicle crash was transported from the scene by ambulance on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

Emergency personnel with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and ACE EMS were dispatched to the scene early Saturday near Flat Fork Creek on U.S. Highway 96 North.

According to DPS Trooper Keith Jones, at 6:55am Kevin Clinton Fulmer, 31, of Timpson was traveling northbound on U.S. 96 North in a grey Buick Century when he left the roadway to the right. Fulmer then over corrected to the left causing the vehicle to cross all of the traffic lanes of the highway and leave the roadway on the southbound side.

The Buick continued down an embankment, struck a fence causing minor damage and came to rest in a shallow body of water just near Flat Fork Creek facing north.

Fulmer was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to NMC Center Emergency Department for possible injuries. He was also issued a citation for wrong side of roadway not passing in a no pass zone and driving while license suspended.

 

January 7, 2015 - Schoolchildren involved in a two-vehicle crash with a school bus and passenger car are safe tonight following the incident which took place on Hurst Street in Center.

The Center Fire Department arrived on scene at 3:46pm on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 and used jaws of life to help extricate the driver of a white Ford from her vehicle in front of Brookshire Brothers Grocery store. ACE EMS was on scene and moved the driver to an ambulance as members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Center ISD police officers and Center Police officers worked traffic control.

According to Center Police Officer Maegan Wright, Janet Glenn, 52, of Tenaha was traveling south on Hurst Street in a Center ISD bus full of schoolchildren. As the school bus was in front of Brookshire Brothers a white Ford four-door driven by Sandra Bray, 66, with passenger Elmer Bray, both of Timpson, pulled in front of the school bus causing the school bus to collide with the driver's side of the Ford.


ACE EMS transported Bray from the scene to the NMC Center Emergency Department helipad where she was life-flighted to LSU Hospital for treatment.

None of the schoolchildren were reported to have been injured as a result of the crash and were all safely moved from bus 15 to school bus 18 for transport.

Members of the Center Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Department, and Center ISD Police Department worked together providing traffic control at the scene.

No citations have been issued at this time.
 

January 7, 2015 -  Center ISD Police Officer Misty Ray is seen escorting students from the bus involved in the crash.

The Center Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle crash involving a Center ISD school bus and a four-door passenger vehicle which took place at 3:46 on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 on Hurst Street in front of Brookshire Brothers. The driver of the vehicle was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to NMC Center Emergency Department for treatment. All of the children on the school bus walked from the bus to another school bus for transport and appeared to be in good condition.

More information will be provided on Shelby County Today as it is made available.

January 7, 2015 - Due to water line break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water System, Sand Hills Water Supply, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This is for the customers that were out of water on January 6, 2015 from Mt. Herman on Highway 7 West to Attoyac River. This only applies to the customers that were out of water.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. 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, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.
If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact : Randall Lout @ 936-590-1599

January 7, 2015 - The Tenaha City Marshal's Office is investigating a burglary that took place in early December and the responsible parties are being sought.

Sometime between December 1, 2014 and December 5, 2014 an unknown person or persons entered the residence of Carl and Vickie Jernigan located at 168 Vine Street in Tenaha. Several firearms were taken from the residence.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the Tenaha City Marshal's Office at (936) 248-3841 or you local law enforcement agency.

January 7, 2015 - COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Changing the way the South recognizes and prepares for wildfire, a 17-year Texas A&M Forest Service employee was honored Tuesday with the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry.

Geospatial Systems Coordinator Curt Stripling received the award during the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Conference held at Texas A&M University’s flagship campus in College Station.

The Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry is one of 17 awards presented each year by the Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences as a way to recognize and celebrate the commitment and contributions made by those working under the umbrella of Texas A&M Agrilife.

The forestry award, in particular, is presented each year to someone who consistently goes above and beyond, making exceptional contributions and displaying exceptional commitment to the agency’s mission.

“Texas A&M Forest Service is recognized nationally as a leader in the development of wildfire risk assessments thanks in large part to the work and expertise of Curt Stripling. He is very deserving of this award,” Tom Spencer, department head of Predictive Services said.

Stripling’s most recent project helped take the highly complex nature of wildfire risk assessment and deliver it in an easy to use format designed to increase public awareness and understanding of the dangers of wildfire across the state of Texas and the South. Stripling continues to set a high bar in applying his training in forestry and geospatial sciences to produce and deliver state of the art products that help increase public awareness of wildfire risk.

Stripling earned a Bachelor in Science in forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University and has been a member of the Society of American Foresters since 1996.

“I’m elated to receive this award. It is always a good feeling when others wish to publicly recognize your efforts, especially with a prestigious award like this one. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who assisted with my nomination,” Stripling said.

Contact:

Texas A&M Forest Service Communications

979-458-6606, newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu

January 7, 2015 - While on patrol, Center Police Lt. Jeremy Bittick observed a silver 1998 Dodge pickup on January 6, 2015 at approx. 3:10pm, on the side of the roadway on Old Neuville Rd. The vehicle was just outside of the Center City Limits.

The vehicle appeared to have been sitting for several days. It was parked in a conspicuous manner, away from any buildings or residences. Out of suspicion, Lt. Bittick ran the License Plate (80VDV5) through dispatch for confirmation on any possible reports on the vehicle. The vehicle return came back as stolen out of Smith County, Texas.

Lt. Bittick called for CID Detectives for an initial investigation. Detectives Stephen Stroud and David Haley arrived at the scene at approximately 3:20pm and called for a wrecker.

Sgt. Duane Gordon arrived on scene and completed an inventory of the vehicle. Joey Ross Wrecker Service arrived at the scene at approx. 3:28pm with a roll-back wrecker and transported the vehicle to the Center Police Department where it is being held for further investigation by Smith County.

January 6, 2015 - Effective January 1, 2015 Timpson city utility customers being billed for garbage service should have received a green polecat for curbside pickup. This would apply to all customers currently receiving and paying for individual pickup, excluding the THA apartments and Timpson Sr. Apartments.

If you did not receive a cart, and feel you should have, please contact city hall 936-254-2421.

Polycart service will be Wednesday. Dumpster Service will be Monday/Thursday.

January 8, 2015 - Due to water main break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water System, Choice Water, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This is for the customers that were out of water on 1/06/2015 south end of 96 in the Spann’s chapel area.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. 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, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact
Vince Di Verdi at 936-590-9177 or 936-591-1205.


January 6, 2015 - A Center Crime Stoppers tip was instrumental in the arrest of a wanted suspect in Center who was allegedly involved in a stabbing.

According to a press release issued by Center Police Detective Nicole Faulkner, Center Crime stoppers received a call on the whereabouts of stabbing suspect Marcos Aguilar, 39, of Center on Monday January 5, 2015 at approximately 4:45 p.m.. Center Police Department officers responded to a residence at Pecan Grove trailer park and took the suspect into custody without incident. Aguilar was transported to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and booked into the county jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $100,000 by Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.

Earlier in the day first responders were dispatched to the incident in Center at 10:04am. Center Police Department officers responded to a 911 call at Pecan Grove Trailer Park in reference to a stabbing victim. The victim, Florentina Rojas Gonzales, 37, of Center reported she had been stabbed in the abdomen by her husband Marcos Aguilar.

Gonzales was life-flighted to LSU hospital for treatment of her injuries and no official information on her condition has been shared at this time.

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