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November 18, 2015 - Center Municipal Court is offering Amnesty starting Monday, November 16, 2015 through Thursday, December 31, 2015.

If you have a Citation and your name is on this list and have not paid that Citation in full, then $235 fine for your 'fail-to-appear' will be DISMISSED if you pay before December 31, 2015. Citations must be paid in full; we will NOT offer payment plans for these Citations.

You may pay in person at the Center Municipal Court located at 1020 Shelbyville Street (936-598-3080) across from Tyson Foods or pay by phone by calling 1-800-444-1187. You may also pay online at www.trafficpayment.com. Paying by phone or online, you will need the citation number, driver license number and the full name of the person who received the citation.

Any Citation not paid in full by December 31, 2015 will result in the issuing of a Warrant for Fail to Appear and You Will Be Arrested!

Payments must be paid in full, contact the court at 936-598-3080. In order to pay your warrant online you will need your citation # before you call trafficpayment.com or call 1-800-444-1187. You can come to the court to pay; you must bring the exact amount. NO CREDIT CARDS AND NO PERSONAL CHECKS.

If you feel like your name is on the list in error, contact the court and we will get the matter resolved. Disregard if you have paid and we have not taken you off the list. We will try and update the list as often as we can.

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Almaguer, Pedro (Center TX) - $165 
Angel, Giovani (Center TX) - $440 
Arnold, Sara (Lufkin TX) - $190 
Barahona, Arcadio (Center TX) - $220 
Barahona, Arcadio (Center TX) - $220 
Barnes, Tiler (San Augustine TX) - $198 
Barnes, Lajagger (Center TX) - $570 
Beasley, Joshua (Joaquin TX) - $680 
Belorse, Zack (Center TX) - $165 
Biddy Jackson, Stephanie (Center TX) - $420 
Bledsoe, Steven (Logansport LA) - $915 
Brinson, Curvie (Center TX) - $1,260 
Brown, Shanaeta (Logansport LA) - $180 
Brown, Henry (Minden LA) - $570 
Brown, Lauren (Center TX) - $250 
Bush, Yolanda (Center TX) - $800 
Bushiey, Justin (Joaquin TX) - $180 
Camarillo, Jose (Center TX) - $165 
Carrell, Tommy (Buna TX) - $250 
Castillo, Rosa (Center TX) - $250 
Chable-Ramirez, Raul (Center TX) - $250 
Charles, Catrina (Lake Jackson TX) - $345 
Chisenhall, Crystal (Center TX) - $270 
Claybrook, Krystal (Mansfield LA) - $180 
Cleveland, Christopher (Center TX) - $150 
Coleman, Brea (Shelbyville TX) - $370 
Collins, Connie (Center TX) - $515 
Cooks, Aubrey (Center TX) - $150 
Cordova, Rachael (Grand Cane LA) - $180 
Cowherd, Candace (Center TX) - $620 
Cox, Jason (Center TX) - $240 
Davis, Claressa (San Augustine TX) - $250 
Doggett, Jodie (Shelbyville TX) - $250 
Driver, Triston (Center TX) - $735 
Evans, Haley (Center TX) - $385 
Evans, Rachel (Center TX) - $435 
Flournoy, Wesley (Shelbyville TX) - $735 
Gann, Jesse (Center TX) - $220 
Gann, Jesse (Center TX) - $270 
Garduza, Jose (Center TX) - $220 
Garner, Joey (Center TX) - $250 
Gay, Ronnie (Center TX) - $350 
George, Shaylon (Center TX) - $735 
Glenn, Destini (Center TX) - $995 
Green, Samuel (Mansfield LA) - $430 
Greene, Raven (Garrison TX) - $250 
Gregory, Austin (Tenaha TX) - $350 
Gregory, Shanne (Bossier City LA) - $570 
Gunter, Joseph (Glemora LA) - $196 
Hall, Marcus (Center TX) - $735 
Hall, Shakimberly (Mansfield LA) - $530 
Handy, Quiency (Shelbyville TX) - $196 
Harrington, Kristy (Benton LA) - $250 
Harris, Justin (Carthage TX) - $180 
Harvey, Paul (Carthage TX) - $180 
Hawkins, Latoya (San Augustine TX) - $250 
Hendricks, Billy (Timpson TX) - $165 
Henry, Tony (Tenaha TX) - $165 
Hernandez, Maria (Center TX) - $750 
Hernandez, Paloma (Center TX) - $400 
Hill, Donald (Logansport LA) - $220 
Hodge, Sylvia (Carthage TX) - $250 
Holloway, Ashley (Center TX) - $250 
Holmes, Benny (Marshall TX) - $750 
Huichapa, Pablo (Center TX) - $220 
Hutto, Sheila (Carthage TX) - $184 
Jackson, Seneca (Nacogdoches TX) - $180 
Jackson, Eric (Center TX) - $165 
Jackson, Rodney (Center TX) - $180 
Jacobs, Yvonnie (Center TX) - $735 
James, Dekota (Center TX) - $270 
Jenkins, Dexter (Logansport LA) - $400 
Johnson, Emmanuel (Center TX) - $430 
Kiel, Mercedez (Orange TX) - $815 
Landaverde, Jose (Houston TX) - $650 
Lawery, Kevin (Hauthton LA) - $250 
Leflett, Charles (Joaquin TX) - $188 
Lister, Daraymoss (Center TX) - $180 
Lovett, Tracy (Joaquin TX) - $750 
Lovett, Tracy (Joaquin TX) - $400 
Lutz, Evan (Shelbyville TX) - $785 
Maciel, Eduardo (Center TX) - $165 
Martin , Jody (Center TX) - $250 
Martinez, Alberto (Tenaha TX) - $735 
Mathis, Jessica (Irving TX) - $250 
Mcgee, Dacory (Center TX) - $220 
Moore, Michael (Lafayette LA) - $435 
Moore, Billy (Shelbyville TX) - $528 
Moorman, Edward (Joaquin TX) - $270 
Nava-Sevastian, Indeleecio (Tenaha TX) - $220 
Pacheco, Chany (Center TX) - $180 
Parks, Lance (Center TX) - $250 
Parks, Shanoveiah (Nacogdoches TX) - $942 
Patton, Jessica (Center TX) - $350 
Patton, Travis (Center TX) - $220 
Payne, Michelle, Splendora TX, - $470 
Pennington, Michael (Nacogdoches TX) - $515 
Perez, Elizabeth (Shelbyville TX) - $735 
Peterson, Gregory (Center TX) - $400 
Pinkston, Kandace (Mountain Pine AR) - $500 
Polley, Timothy (Mckinney TX) - $250 
Polley, Sebrena (Houston TX) - $198 
Polley, Adria (Center TX) - $150 
Preston, Jermain (Center TX) - $165 
Pugh, Curtis (Winona TX) - $250 
Reyes, Ismael (Center TX) - $270 
Riggs, Casey (Austin TX) - $250 
Rios, Kenia (Center TX) - $250 
Rios, Christian (Center TX) - $350 
Robertson, Christopher (Center TX) - $165 
Robertson, Christopher (Schulenburg TX) - $220 
Rodriguez, Claudia (Tenaha TX) - $570 
Rodriguez-Torres, Nicolas (Center TX) - $530 
Ross, Shanquita (Mansfield LA) - $350 
Rushing, Terrance (Center TX) - $570 
Samford, Robert (Center TX) - $180 
Sampson, Madison (Diana TX) - $180 
Sandiego, Daniel (Center TX) - $400 
Segura, Trina (Center TX) - $535 
Sims, Michael (Center TX) - $820 
Small, Stephanie (Center TX) - $180 
Smith, Michael (Center TX) - $250 
Smith, Spencer (Mesquite TX) - $250 
Stanley, Colton (Center TX) - $600 
Stout, Daphne (Houston TX) - $250 
Suell, Elizabeth (Center TX) - $400 
Taylor, Jarvis (Center TX) - $250 
Thomas, Jennifer (Nacogdoches TX) - $620 
Thomas, Michael (Shreveport LA) - $400 
Vaughn, Samantha (Center TX) - $270 
Villegas, Cristian (Houston TX) - $620 
Wade, Alton (San Augustine TX) - $735 
Wadkins, Kattie (Logansport LA) - $250 
Wagstaff, Gloria (Shelbyville TX) - $250 
Washington, Sherrel (Center TX) - $570 
Weaver, Danny (Dallas TX) - $270 
Weeks, Emerald (Mansfield LA) - $180 
Williams, Julie (Timpson TX) - $250 
Williams, Dustin (Center TX) - $665 
Wright, Jeffery (Center TX) - $180 
Zamora, Kevin (Timpson TX) - $250

November 18, 2015 - The following cases were disposed of in the Shelby County Court on the November Docket. Judge Allison Harbison was the presiding judge and County Attorney Gary Rholes represented the State.

  • Craig Beene - Criminal Trespass (Class B) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 39 days Shelby County Jail.
  • Kimberly Sepulvado - Theft (Class B) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 12 months probation, attend and complete Theft Program.
  • Christina Carpenter - Theft (Class B) - $600.0 fine, $262 court cost, 12 months probation, attend and complete Theft Program.
  • Marlon Odom - Fail to Stop and Render Aid (Class B) - $500 fine, $262 court cost, 6 months probation
  • Gary Simon - Driving While License Suspended (Class B) - $500 fine, $262 court cost, Final Judgement
  • Linda Parent - Evading Arrest (Class B) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 20 days Shelby County Jail.
  • Melton Garrett - Driving While Intoxicated (Class B) - $1,200 fine, $412.10 court cost, Final Judgement
  • Lucio Gomez - Driving While Intoxicated (Class B) - $1,200 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours Community Service, attend and complete DWI education class.
  • Sebastian Nova - Criminal Mischief (Class A) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, $600 restitution, 12 months probation, 40 hours Community Service.
  • Michael Skinner - Cruelty to Animals (Class A) - $400 fine, $262 court cost, Final Judgement
  • Cheryl Lowery - Driving While Intoxicated (Class B) - $1,200 fine, $412.10 court cost, 6 months probation, attend and complete DWI education class.
  • Jamie Horn - Driving While Intoxicated (Class B) - $1,200 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, attend and complete DWI education class
  • Maranda Whitton - Assault (Class A) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours Community Service
  • Brian Sigler - Possession of Controlled Substance (Class A) - $700 fine, $322 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours Community Service, attend and complete Drug Offender program
  • Sandy Brown - Resisting Arrest (Class A) - $700 fine, $292 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours Community Service
  • Scotty Pate - Possession of Marijuana (Class B) - $600 fine, $322 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours Community Service, attend and complete Drug Offender Program
  • Telsa Ritchie - Theft (Class A) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 45 days Shelby County Jail
  • Charrika Holman - Failure to Identify (Class A) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 12 months probation
  • Kadeiro Tibbs - Possession of Marijuana (Class B) - $600 fine, $322 court cost, Final Judgement

Dipa PatelVirendra PatelAngel Gonzalez

November 17, 2015 - The Center Police Department performed a raid on the Loop 500 Convenience Store on Friday, November 13, 2015 which resulted in the arrest of at least one suspect.

Shelby County Today was on scene at 9:25am as Center Police officers were removing a large number of computers and other evidence from the business while many would be customers were turned away on their arrival.

The store is currently closed for an unknown length of time and one man was escorted out of the building in handcuffs as the doors were locked. The Center Police Department has not yet shared what the arrest is pertaining to at this time.

Shady Oaks Convenience store, which is just up the road from the Loop 500 Convenience Store location was the scene of a raid on October 22, 2015 from which several gaming machines were removed from the store and three individuals were arrested.

Center Police Detective Stephen Stroud(Update) According to a press release issued by the Center Police Department, Detective Stephen Stroud with the Center Police Department executed a Search and Seizure Warrant on the Loop 500 Convenience store on November 13, 2015 in relation to an investigation into illegal gambling.

Approximately $170,000 in cash and gambling machines were seized from the alleged illegal activities. Virendra Patel, 43, of Center; Dipa Patel, 31, of Center; and Angel Gonzalez, 26, of Center were arrested for Engaging in Criminal Activity, Keeping a Gambling Place, Promotion of Gambling and Possession of Gambling Devises. All subjects later bonded out and were released from the Shelby County Jail. Each received a combined bond amount of $20,000.

This investigation is ongoing, as the Center Police Department is investigating other possible crimes that are associated with this case.

November 17, 2015 - DETEC Reports of Outages

(Update) As of 7 PM, DETEC is reporting less than 50 meters out.


As of 4:30 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 500 outages.
Crews will continue work until all power is restored.


As of 4 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 1000 outages with the majority in south east Shelby County.
Crews will continue work until all power is restored.


As of 2 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 1500 outages. The majority of these outages are in the south east portion of the system from Shelby County to Sabine County. High winds, downed trees, and lightning have been the main causes.
Crews are continuing to work to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
To report an outage, please call 1-800-392-5986.


As of 9:45 AM, the transmission outage has been restored.  Crews are now working to restore scattered weather related outages now.Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is currently experiencing a transmission outage that affects the following substations:

Holly, San Augustine, Black Ankle, Pendleton, Hemphill, Six Mile

Scattered outages are also being reported in Shelby and Nacogdoches Counties.

DETEC crews are investigating the transmission outage at this time and will work to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.

November 17, 2015 - Due to the heavy rains which have developed in Shelby County, some roadways are becoming flooded. The roads which are currently being reported as having some flooding are U.S. Highway 84 in Joaquin, U.S. Highway 84 West leaving Timpson heading toward Mt. Enterprise, and a viewer has reported State Highway 87 North heading out of Timpson.

If you know of any roadway in Shelby County that is flooded and which travelers should be aware of, please contact Shelby County Today so we may share that information.

November 17, 2015 - According to the National Weather Service, Shelby County remains under a Tornado Watch 4PM. Additional counties under watch include Angelina, Bowie, Cass, Chambers, Fort Bend, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Marion, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, and Waller.

The national weather service in Shreveport has issued a flood warning for urban areas and small streams in Shelby County remains in effect through this evening until 12-midnight. Some areas that will experience flooding include: Center, Timpson, and Tenaha. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water in urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage areas and low lying spots.

(Update) Through this evening excessive heavy rainfall is expected to occur as a strong upper level storm system and associated cold front advance into the four state today. A squall line of thunderstorms will bring some heavy rainfall rates while tracking eastward through the region. Total accumulations will range from near two to four inches with locally heavier amounts possible.

Do not attempt to travel across flooded roads. Find alternate routes. It takes only a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway.

The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground. To report flooding, have the nearest law enforcement agency relay your report to the national weather service forecast office.

November 16, 2015 - The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Monday, November 16, 2015 6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
4. Discussion & Council action on Payment of Bills.
5. Discussion & Council action approval of Joaquin Public Safety Development Corporation’s vote on proposed financial agreement.
6. Discussion & Council action on proposed financial agreement with Joaquin Public Safety Development Corporation.
7. Discussion & Council action on proposed uniform agreement.
8. Discussion & Council on proposed agreement with Intuit (Quickbooks).
9. Discussion & Council action on proposed agreement with Cellular One for water tower use.
10. Discussion & Council action on Employee Handbook.
11. Discussion & Council action on suspension of Utility Bills for the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department.
12. Executive Session-Economic Development.
13. Discussion & Council action on longevity compensation.
14. Open Forum.
15. Adjournment.
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.

Posted by Amanda Willey on November 13, 2015 at 10:54 a.m.

November 13, 2015 - Tenaha Street in front of Sonic Drive Thru was the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Center on Thursday, November 12, 2015.

Traffic was at a steady flow as officers worked to investigate the crash and direct traffic while medical personnel treated those involved in the crash.

According to Center Police Officer John Welch, at 3:35pm a white 2012 GMC Terrain driven by Dillon Tolleson, 23, of Center was traveling south on Tenaha Street when she struck a black Toyota Land Cruiser driven by Michaelene Walker Parker, 50, of Livermore, Colorado.

Parker was stopped with her left indicator on preparing to turn left into Sonic when Tolleson stated she began coughing and didn't see the stopped Toyota. Tolleson and Parker were both transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of their injuries.

No citations have been issued at this time, the crash remains under investigation.

Center Police Officer Angela Nash assisted with the investigation and directed traffic at the scene.

Update: On Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 05:05pm, Derrek Monroe Hughes turned himself in at the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and was booked for the warrant of Theft of Livestock, Felony 3.


November 13, 2015 - Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of Derrek Monroe Hughes, 25, of Shelbyville. Hughes has an active warrant for Theft of Livestock, a 3rd Degree Felony.

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.

If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may call the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 936-598-5600 and speak with Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson.

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 Derrek Monroe Hughes of impending discovery or apprehension will be arrested and charged in accordance with Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a 3rd Degree Felony.

November 12, 2015 - Shelbyville was the scene of a two-vehicle crash involving a van full of children on Highway 87 Thursday, November 12, 2015.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department Chief Shad Sparks; Jamie Hagler, Constable Precinct 2; and school personnel including Shelbyville ISD Police Chief Jud Matthews all responded to the scene of the crash which had one vehicle in the Family Dollar Parking lot and another in the U.S. Post Office parking lot.

ACE EMS personnel arrived on scene and began treating those involved in the crash. EMS transported the driver and front passenger of the van to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment. Six children which were in the van that crashed were moved to a Shelbyville ISD van and Elementary School Principal Mike Furlow drove them to the hospital as a precautionary measure and for treatment of some minor injuries.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jeff Pirtle, at 7:45am a brown 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Mildreth Guerra, 21, of Center failed to yield right of way at a stop sign where FM 417 and State Highway 87 South intersect.

Demetrus Lofton, 38, of Center was traveling south on Highway 87 in a white Ford Transit 350 XLT van with front passenger Atovia Smith, 24, of Center and six children on their way to school when Guerra pulled out in front of the van, causing the two to collide. The vehicles deflected off one another sending the van into a ditch and into the Family Dollar parking lot where it came to rest. The Explorer continued into the opposite ditch, over a culvert and into the U.S. Post office parking lot where it came to rest on a curb.

Guerra refused medical treatment at the scene, she was cited for fail to yield right of way at stop sign, no driver's license, and no registration.

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