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August 31, 2021 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the whereabouts of Derrick Lamarc Wyatt, 37, of Center.

Wyatt is described as a black male, 6’4” and weighs approximately 350 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Wyatt has felony warrants for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (F-3); Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility (F-3); and a Violation of Parole.

The SCSO is seeking assistance of the public with locating Wyatt. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact the SCSO (936) 598-5601.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Wyatt of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

August 31, 2021 - According to the Shelby County Jail log, Rodgers is in custody at the Shelby County Jail, as of August 30, 2021, under a motion for adjudication of guilt, with the original charge being unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Additional details are not yet available as to the circumstances of his arrest.


August 25, 2021 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Dakota Travis Rodgers, 24, of Center. Rodgers is described as a 5’9” white male and weighs approximately 175 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Rodgers has an active felony warrant for Violation of Probation.

Rodgers is considered armed and dangerous. He is actively evading law enforcement.


Sheriff Kevin Windham is seen with several of his deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers as they were searching for Rodgers near a residence on State Highway 7 West Tuesday, August 24.

The SCSO is seeking assistance of the public with locating Rodgers. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact the SCSO (936) 598-5601.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Rodgers of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

August 30, 2021 - A Mass Vaccination Clinic will be held Tuesday, August 31 from 3pm to 6pm at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center. Vaccines available are Moderna and Pfizer. Pfizer is now FDA approved and is available to anyone 12 years old and up. Minors will need a parent with them for authorization of the vaccination. No appointment necessary.

Bring your insurance card. There will be no out of pocket expense to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are scheduled to receive your second dose on September 3rd with Aurora Concepts, you can come to this mass vaccination clinic to receive your shot. Bring your vaccine card, if this is your second dose.

The Pfizer vaccine is administered in two doses three weeks apart. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses four weeks apart.

The clinic is hosted by Aurora Concepts Family Medical Practice. For more information, visit online https://www.auroraconcepts.net.

For COVID-19 Vaccine Information, visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

August 30, 2021 - According to the Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard, 6 new cases and 27 recoveries were reported since Saturday, August 28. The recoveries have helped decrease the estimated active cases to under 200.

Covid-19 new cases reported during the month of August is now 325. The number of deaths is 3.

August 30th Numbers: (changes since Aug. 29)
Confirmed Cases - 1,423
Probable Cases - 975
Fatalities - 76
Active Cases (Estimated) - 187
Recovered (Estimated) - 2,134 (9 new)

August 29th Numbers: (changes since Aug. 28)
Confirmed Cases - 1,423 (6 new)
Probable Cases - 975
Fatalities - 76
Active Cases (Estimated) - 196
Recovered (Estimated) - 2,125 (18 new)

August 28th Numbers: (changes since Aug. 27)
Confirmed Cases - 1,417 (12 new)
Probable Cases - 975 (5 new)
Fatalities - 76 (1 removed)
Active Cases (Estimated) - 208
Recovered (Estimated) - 2,107 (5 new)

August 30, 2021 - Garrison ISD announced via Facebook on Sunday, August 29th they are closing until Tuesday, September 7, 2021. A letter to the Bulldog Family citied the closure is due to the high number of staff members and students experiencing battles with COVID-19. The closure includes all extracurricular practices and games during the time of closure. Practices may resume on Monday, September 6th at 2:30pm.

The letter stipulates the closure will allow for the school to be deep cleaned and complete installations for providing clean air cycles in classrooms through new thermostats. To read the complete letter, click here.

August 28, 2021 - According to the Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard, 17 new cases and 5 recoveries were reported Friday. The new cases raised the estimated active cases to over 200.

The dashboard did have a disclaimer that 1 of the new confirmed cases was an older case reported by a lab. The number of fatalities did decrease by 1 which can happen when a death is reported to the wrong county. The reason for the decrease is unknown.

Covid-19 new cases for the month of August is now 327.

August 28th Numbers: (changes since Aug. 27)
Confirmed Cases - 1,417 (12 new)
Probable Cases - 975 (5 new)
Fatalities - 76 (1 removed)
Active Cases (Estimated) - 208
Recovered (Estimated) - 2,107 (5 new)

August 27th Numbers: (changes since Aug. 26)
Confirmed Cases - 1,405 (14 new)
Probable Cases - 970 (9 new)
Fatalities - 77 (1 new)
Active Cases (Estimated) - 197
Recovered (Estimated) - 2,102 (5 new)

August 28, 2021 - North Center Street in Tenaha was the scene of a structure fire Friday afternoon, August 27, 2021.

Emergency personnel was dispatched to the scene of the fire at around 1pm.

When they arrived, the majority of the structure was already burned to the ground.

While the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) personnel worked at extinguishing flames and preventing further spread of the fire to nearby houses, Tenaha Police Department officers blocked both ends of the roadway to prevent traffic interfering with the fire fighters.

Once the fire fighters were confident the blaze was contained to what remained of the structure, they returned to the station around 2pm.

According to the Tenaha VFD, the structure was not occupied, there was no electricity being supplied to the structure, nor natural gas at the time the fire ignited. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

August 27, 2021 - According to the Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard, 23 new cases, 1 new death, and 5 recoveries were reported Friday. Estimated active cases increased to 197.

The new cases pushed August Covid-19 numbers to 310 new cases for the month.

August 27th Numbers: (changes since Aug. 26)
Confirmed Cases - 1,405 (14 new)
Probable Cases - 970 (9 new)
Fatalities - 77 (1 new)
Active Cases (Estimated) - 197
Recovered (Estimated) - 2,102 (5 new)

August 26th Numbers: (changes since Aug. 25)
Confirmed Cases - 1,391 (8 new)
Probable Cases - 961 (4 new)
Fatalities - 76 (1 new)
Active Cases (Estimated) - 180
Recovered (Estimated) - 2,097 (19 new)

August 27, 2021 - One individual has been arrested and charged in connection to a stabbing incident which took place August 22, 2021.

According to the arrest affidavit of Center Police Detective Bobby Walker, when officers arrived at the scene of the stabbing incident in the 200 block of McCowan Street, the victim was determined to be Eric Jermaine Gardner who had been stabbed in the lower torso. Emergency medical services transported Gardner by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department where officers showed him a photo of Shya Nekisha Stansberry-McDaniel. At that time Gardner identified Stansberry-McDaniel as his assailant, and advised her hair was in braids at the time of the incident.

The affidavit alleges, Stansberry-McDaniel stabbed Gardner with a knife during the assault.

According to Shelby County Jail records Tenaha Police Chief Scott Burkhalter arrested Shya Nekisha Stansberry-McDaniel, 25, of Center August 25, 2021, on the Center Police Department warrant without incident. She has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony 2. A bond of $200,000 has been set by Donna Hughes, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.

The Center Fire Department was called out to assist with traffic control at the scene of this incident as there was a large crowd. Just previous to this incident, the fire department had also been called out to the shooting incident at the new Tyson Feed Mill road located just off Loop 500.

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August 26, 2021 - Tennessee Road (FM 947) in Tenaha was the scene of a single-vehicle crash August 24, 2021.

Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) and Tenaha Police Department were each alerted to the scene at 3pm where the truck involved remained in the roadway at the intersection of Tennessee Road and Hickory Lane.

According to Tenaha Police Chief Scott Burkhalter, a white Ford pickup truck driven by Jonathan Hurst, 31, of Tenaha was eastbound on Tennessee Road at an unsafe speed. The truck left the roadway to the right through a curve  and struck a manhole cover where the truck then rolled and came to rest back in the roadway on its driver side.

Hurst sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash; however, he refused medical treatment. Hurst was issued citations for failure to control speed, and failure to display driver's license.

Tenaha VFD diverted traffic around the crash scene until the vehicle was removed by a wrecker.

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