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October 28, 2015 - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is seeking the whereabouts of Norman Louis Wood. Wood is described as a white male, 5'9, 160 pounds, 47 years of age with brown hair and green eyes. His last know location of residence was the area of Highway 84 in Joaquin.

Wood is wanted by the SCSO for failure to register as a sex offender.

Anyone with information regarding his location is asked to contact SCSO Investigator Kevin Windham at (936) 598-5601.

Submitted by Leah Chase

October 27, 2015 - Center Roughrider Football Update for October 29th and 30th.

Thursday, October 29th
Our middle school football teams will play Pleasant Grove at Roughrider Stadium. The 7th and 8th grade white teams will play a scrimmage format beginning play at 4:30pm. The 7th grade purple team begins play at 5:30pm with 8th grade purple team to follow. Our freshman and JV will combine forces this weak. They will travel to Pleasant Grove to play at "Eagle Stadium", located at 406 Mcknight Rd. Texarkana, TX 75503. The game will begin at 4:30pm.

Friday, October 30th
This will be the final varsity home football game of the 2015 season. Reserved seating is still available. Contact Stephanie at 936-598-6173 for more information. Also note, both Roughrider band and cheer seniors will be recognized. Come on out and support your Riders!

October 26, 2015 - The Shelby County Commissioners lifted the burn ban in Shelby County by a motion which carried due to the much needed rain recently landing in the area to the relief of many in the county.

Six roads were approved by motion which carried for closure in Precincts 3 and 4 per requests made by TxDOT. These roads will be closed for TxDOT to reconstruct bridges. Judge Allison Harbison was assured by Commissioners Bradley Allen and Travis Rodgers travelers would be able to find alternate routes.

Roadways included in the closure are CR 3564 at Hilliard Creek - projected cost to the state $314,440; CR 3455 at Spinney Creek - projected cost to the state $470,000, and Shoat Creek $328,900 (two locations); CR 4256 at tributary of Flat Fork Creek, CR 4916 at Flat Fork Creek - projected cost to the state $471,000, CR 4670 at McFadden Creek - projected cost to the state $445,900.

A motion was carried to approve the purchase of a Recorder from VistaCOM for the Sheriff’s Department upon the payment of $15,000.00 from DETCOG (Deep East Texas Council of Governments). According to a letter submitted by Van Bush, Regional 9-1-1 System, the DETCOG Strategic plan for 9-1-1 service delivery for the region for Fiscal Year 2016 has Shelby County scheduled to replace its voice recorder system.

DETCOG will reimburse Shelby County in the amount not to exceed $15,000.

"I suggest that we approve the purchase, let DETCOG know that we've approved the purchase, and then wait on them to pay it to buy it. So, we make sure we can get our money for the grant so we don't lose the money like we have in the past sometimes," said Judge Harbison.

A motion was made by Jimmy Lout, Commissioner Precinct 2, and seconded by Travis Rodgers, Commissioner Precinct 3, followed by a question from Rodgers confirming the county would wait until DETCOG has paid before making the payment for the recorder.

Agenda items receiving approval include:
  •     Pay monthly expenses.
  •     Road Closure Requests from TxDOT for:
    A. CR 3564 at Hilliard Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-051.
    B. CR 3455 at Spinney Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-052.
    C. CR 3455 at Shoat Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-053.
    D. CR 4256 at Tributary of Flat Fork Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-054.
    E. CR 4916 at Flat Fork Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-055.
    F. CR 4670 at McFadden Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-056.
  •     Agreement from TxDOT to contribute Right of Way funds for:
    A. CSJ No. 0123-08-013, FM 415 at Bear Creek, Shelby County (Precinct 4).
  • Resolution to nominate Robin Connell and Mac Warren to the Appraisal District Board of Directors.
  • Lift Burn Ban.
  • Award janitorial bid to Jo Stone.
  • Adopt the 2016 Shelby County Resolution for Indigent Defense Grant Program.
  • Adjourn 9:45.

October 26, 2015 - The following cases were disposed of in the Shelby County Court on the October Docket. Judge Allison Harbison was the presiding judge and County Attorney Gary Rholes represented the State.

  •     Travis Patton - Probation Revocation, original charge Assault (Class A) - 10 months Shelby County Jail
  •     Maegan Flowers - Probation Revocation, original charge Theft (Class B) - 50 days Shelby County Jail
  •     Virgina Hunter - Theft (Class B) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours community service, attend and complete theft program
  •     Lashonia Parks - Resisting Arrest (Class A) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 12 months probation
  •     Gilberto Arriaga - 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
  •     Joey Martinez - Possession of Marijuana (Class B) - $200 fine, $322 court cost, credit for 6 days Shelby County Jail
  •     Christopher Hornback - Driving While Intoxicated (Class B) - $1,200 fine, $412.10 court cost, 120 days confinement in a rehabilitation facility
  •     Jermonte Monroe - Possession of Marijuana (Class B) - $600 fine, $322 court cost, 12 months deferred adjudication probation, attend and complete drug offender program
  •     Jeffery Aswell - Criminal Mischief (Class A) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 30 days Shelby County Jail
  •     Cortez Cartwright - Driving While License Suspended (Class B) - $500 fine, $262 court cost, 12 months probation
  •     Lataurus Jackson - 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
  •     Colton Bush - Reckless Driving (Class B) - $500 fine, $262 court cost, 6 months probation
  •     Gregory Frazier - Driving While Intoxicated 2nd (Class A) - $1,200 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, 30 days Shelby County Jail, attend and complete repeat offenders DWI education class
  •     Glen Nobles - Theft (Class C) - $200 fine, $262 court cost, final judgement
  •     Jeffery Burris - Driving While License Suspended (Class B) - $300 fine, $262 court cost, final judgement
  •     Nick Coronado - Furnish Alcohol to Minor (Class B) - $200 fine, $262 court cost, final judgement
  •     Jasmine Moore - Theft (Class B) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 60 days Shelby County Jail, final judgement
  •     Alberto Lopez - 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
  •     Loura Orndorff - Theft (Class B) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours community service, attend and complete theft class
  •     Lisa Kettler - Theft (Class B) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours community service, attend and complete theft program
  •     Cidnee Williams - Theft (Class B) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 12 months probation, 40 hours community service, attend and complete theft program
  •     Rodrick Woodard - Failure to Identify (Class B) - $600 fine, $262 court cost, 12 months probation
  •     Delores Walker - Theft (Class B) - $400 fine, $262 court cost, 6 months deferred adjudication probation, attend theft program
  •     Donald Green - Driving While Intoxicated (Class B) - $1,200 fine, $412.10 court cost, 12 months probation, attend DWI education program

October 26, 2015 - The Burn Ban for the City of Joaquin Has been lifted.


 

Timpson Police Officer Jake Metcalf is seen examing the GMC which was involved in the crash Friday.
October 24, 2015 - The intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 84 in Timpson was the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Friday, October 23, 2015.

When emergency personnel arrived at the scene one truck was in the southbound traffic lane while another was partially in an intersecting lane and on the median facing west.

According to Timpson Police Officer Jake Metcalf, at 4:30pm he was dispatched to the crash scene. A maroon 1989 GMC pickup truck driven by Debbie Hamilton, 25, of Jacksonville was traveling east on U.S. Highway 84 when she stopped at the intersection with U.S. Highway 59. The GMC pulled out into U.S. 59 and failed to yield right of way to a maroon Ford F-250 driven by Jeffery Fanguy, 48, of Timpson who was traveling south on U.S. 59 causing the Ford to collide with the left rear quarter panel of the GMC, and causing damage to both vehicles.

The Ford remained in the southbound traffic lane, while the GMC spun around across the median and came to rest facing the southbound traffic lanes. The Timpson Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene for traffic control and assisted the Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service personnel (TVAS) in moving injured parties to the waiting TVAS ambulance and ACE EMS ambulance.

Fanguy was not reported at the scene to have been injured. Luman, Hamilton and three other occupants from within the GMC, a 4-month-old male child, 18-month-old female child, and 7-year-old female child were all transported to a hospital in Nacogdoches for treatment. Hamilton was cited for failure to yield right of way an intersection resulting in a crash, and displaying two registrations.

October 23, 2015 - Nacogdoches, Texas, Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM

The Hospice of East Texas Light up a Life Ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 12, at 5:30 PM, 2015 indoors at The Hospice of East Texas Shop located 1012 N Street.

Join us for a roll call and candle lighting ceremony in memory of your loved one to celebrate their life during the upcoming holiday season. Anyone from the community is invited to honor the memory of a friend or family member by attending this free event and will receive a keepsake candle. Special music and refreshments will be provided.

The holidays can be particularly hard on families dealing with loss and grief. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to make a new memory.

The Hospice of East Texas has served the East Texas region for over 30 years. Each patient and family are surrounded with a team of physicians, nurses, certified nurse aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement staff and volunteers. All resources are tailored to the individual needs of each patient and their family to provide a better quality of life and to celebrate life for whatever time remains.

For more information visit our website at www.hospiceofeasttexas.org or contact Jessica Henderson at 936-615-6404.

October 23, 2015 - The jury that has been summoned for Monday, October 26, 2015 for the 273rd District Court Honorable Charles R. Mitchell, presiding has been canceled due to the scheduled cases being resolved or passed.

Anyone receiving a summons for that day is released from jury service until they receive a future summons.

 

Bilal MotonYounus MotonLidia MotonOctober 22, 2015 - Travelers on Thursday morning, October 22, 2015 were turned away from the doors of Shady Oaks in Center located just off Loop 500 at 87 South as members of the Center Police Department, and three Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies were performing a raid on the location.

At this time no official word was initially issued by law enforcement; however, one potential customer of the convenience store reported to Shelby County Today that officers with the Center PD were at the location at 5:30am and instructed her to leave. Another potential customer at the scene reported seeing gaming machines being hauled away from the location.

According to a press release issued by Center PD Detective Stephen Stroud, on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at approximately 5am Center Police Lead Detective David Haley with the assistance of Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Bradley Horton served a search warrant at the Shady Oaks Convenience Store along with twelve arrest warrants.

Center Police Detective David Haley (left) and Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Bradley Horton (right) are pictured with evidence gathered from the Shady Oaks Convenience Store on October 22, 2015.The Center Police Department opened an active investigation approximately two months ago into illegal gambling at Shady Oaks Convenience Store. This investigation led to twelve arrest warrants and a search warrant for the store.

Upon arrival, Younus Moton, 56, and Lidia Moton, 52, were arrested for Keeping a Gambling Place (Misdemeanor A), Possession of Gambling Device/ Equipment (Misdemeanor A), Gambling Promotion (Misdemeanor A) and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - Gambling Promotion (State Jail Felony) and transported to the Center Police Department.

Approximately twelve Gambling machines were seized along with approximately $9,100 in cash. Bilal Moton, 28, was later arrested at the Center Police Department for Keeping a Gambling Place (Misdemeanor A), Possession of Gambling Device/ Equipment (Misdemeanor A), Gambling Promotion (Misdemeanor A) and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity- Gambling Promotion (State Jail Felony) as well.

The investigation was sparked by Shelby County Attorney Gary Rholes and Shelby County Assistant District Attorney Stephen Shires who assisted throughout the entire investigation.

October 19, 2015 - Emergency personnel was dispatched to a crash at the U.S. Highway 59 ramp in Tenaha on Monday, October 19, 2015.

Tenaha City Marshal's Office, Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department and Tenaha Constable Precinct 4 were first on scene followed by Shelby County Sheriff's Department officers and Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers. City Marshal Jimmy Wagstaff and Constable Bryan Gray positioned their vehicles at either end of a tractor-trailor which was laying in the middle of the roadway.

Firemen directed traffic from either end of the crash scene to prevent another crash and protect the other emergency personnel on scene.

According to City Marshal Wagstaff, at 4:40pm a red 2003 Kenworth hauling a trailer filled with rolls of newsprint paper driven by Jason Jones, 55, of Jamestown, Tn. was attempting to enter the overpass from U.S. Highway 59 South to 59 North.

As Jones entered the overpass, the load shifted and the tractor-trailer overturned. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash, and no citations have been issued at this time. As of 9:04pm, the roadway is clear.

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