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March 6, 2015 - Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurtes Lawrence, while on routine patrol in the Joaquin area, conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Bruce Cohoon with passenger Tara Ann McBee. During the course of the traffic stop Deputy Lawrence was led to believe that there might be possibly narcotics in the vehicle due to the actions by the occupants.

Deputy Lawrence conducted a consensual search of the vehicle and upon further investigation discovered drug paraphernalia as well as syringes with one containing a clear liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Tara Ann McBee, 42 yr old white female of Shelbyville, Huxley area, was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance (Felony 3) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdeamor C). Maxie Eaves JP 1 set bond at $4,000 for the Possession of Controlled Substance and a fine of $235 for the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bruce Cohoon of the Joaquin area received citations and was released at the scene.

March 4, 2015 - A single vehicle rollover occurred Saturday evening on FM 414, Sardis Road, causing one side of the roadway to be blocked while the scene was worked by emergency responders.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Daniel Dellinger, a green 1996 Chevy Silverado was westbound on FM 414 when the truck left the roadway to the right and struck a culvert causing the pickup to go airborne, flip end over end, and come to rest on its top facing east shortly after 7pm on Saturday, February 28. 2015.

The driver, Brandon Sowell, age 26, of Center, reported to the trooper he was texting his wife 'he was on his way home' when the pickup drifted off the roadway. With a narrow shoulder and the pickup exiting just before a culvert, Sowell had no time to react before striking the culvert and crashing.

The westbound lane of traffic was blocked by emergency personnel and law enforcement working the crash. Center Fire Department responded to the scene to assist with traffic control directing both lanes of traffic through on the eastbound side only of the highway. ACE EMS responded to the scene but no transport was needed. Shelby County Sheriff's Department Deputy Adam Renfro was first on scene and secured the area until DPS could arrive and investigate the crash.

Two minors ages 4 and 5 were in the pickup at the time of the crash. All occupants of the pickup were buckled and no injuries were reported. Sowell was cited for driving on shoulder when prohibited.

March 4, 2015 - On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at approximately 7:18pm Officer Jacob Gross of the Center Police Department was en route to the auto-pedestrian crash on Tenaha Street when he was diverted to Center Place Apartments located at 705 Clifford Street in reference to a possible gunshot victim who had passed out.

Once on scene, Gross was informed the call was medical only and was directed inside to one of the apartments where he observed Joann Lockett, 58, of Center sitting in a chair not responding to family members. Gross did not observe any movement of Lockett's eyes and listened for breathing but did not detect any.

With the assistance of family members Lockett was laid down on the floor where Gross began CPR. Gross continued to perform CPR until ACE EMS personnel Bobby Ritter and Steve Dudley arrived on scene and began providing care.

After working on Lockett for several minutes, a pulse was detected and once stable enough she was transported to the Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center EMergency Department where she was seen by hospital staff.

Lockett was then transported by ACE EMS for further care to Nacogdoches Medical Center located in Nacogdoches.

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(Photos by Shelby County Today) Bobby Carlsen (left), District Attorney Investigator, is seen indicating the direction of Center Place Apartments as Jade Lavergne, Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper, and Jeremy Konderla, Center Police Officer, (both near yellow coat) examine the crash scene.March 4, 2015 - According to a Center Police Department press release, the pedestrian killed in the auto-pedistrian crash was Johnie Nash, age 63 of Center.

On Tuesday March 3, 2015 at approximately 7:15pm Officer Jeremy Konderla was dispatched to the 700 block of Tenaha Street in reference to an Auto-Pedestrian crash that had occurred. Once on scene Officer Konderla began to investigate the crash and learned that a 1999 White Ford Explorer driven by Russell Jones, 36 of Center, was traveling North on Tenaha Street when a pedestrian, later identified as Johnie Nash, 63 of Center, began crossing the street while not at a crosswalk.

Witnesses at the scene stated that Jones attempted to stop before striking Nash but was unsuccessful and hit on the driver's side causing damage. Nash was taken by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Clinic - Center where she was pronounced dead by Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Pct. 1. Nash was then taken by Community Funeral Home to their facility until Funeral arrangements can be made. The crash is currently under investigation and is ongoing.

The Center Police Department would like to thank Trooper Jade LaVergne of the Texas Department of Public Safety as well as Investigator Bobby Carlsen of the Shelby County District Attorney's Office for their assistance at the crash scene.

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March 3, 2015 - The Center Police Department is currently investigating an incident involving a vehicle striking a pedestrian.

Center police officers and ACE EMS were dispatched to the scene on Tenaha Street just near the Dollar General store before 7pm on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

When the officers arrived, a Johnie Nash, 63 of Center was found to be lying in the middle of the roadway and a white Ford Explorer which struck her was parked by the side of the roadway.

An eyewitness to the incident indicated the driver Russell Jones, 36, of Center did not have any time to react as Nash was reported to have crossed right in front of the Explorer.

ACE EMS transported the pedestrian in an unknown, yet suspected to be serious, condition to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department.

The Center Fire Department provided traffic control at the scene while Center Police Officer Jeremy Konderla, assisted by Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jade Lavergne, investigated the crash scene.

March 3, 2015 - An Arcadia family has lost its residence to a fire which took place on Monday, March 2, 2015. Two fire departments were dispatched to fight the fire as it raged late into the night.

Firemen with the Center Fire Department (CFD) were first to be dispatched to the residence of John York located at 6605 FM 138 at 7:53pm, and when they arrived the fire was fully involved with the majority of the house engulfed in flames. The fire appeared to have originated in the garage on the right side of the home for an unknown reason.

Efforts were made by the firemen to knock back the flames and consolidate the fire to one area; however, the fire continued to burn through the middle of the house. The assistance of the West Shelby Volunteer Fire Department (WSVFD) was requested and they arrived on scene at 8:32pm with an additional supply of water. Both departments worked together to extinguish the flames and once their water was depleted, WSVFD returned to the station at 10:50pm. The CFD gained control of the fire at 11:45pm and remained at the scene until 1:05am.

Some items were able to be recovered from within the home. The house was a total loss.

March 2, 2015 - Traffic north of Tenaha is blocked as emergency crews are working to remove a truck tractor which is blocking the entire north side of U.S. 96 North outside of Tenaha.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jimmy Faulkner, at 11:50am on Monday, March 2, 2015 Oscar Alvarado, 35, of Houston was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 96 North in a blue 2007 Peterbilt owned by Rush Truck Leasing of San Antonio and was hauling a non hazardous frack mud. As Alvarado was traveling through a curve in the roadway he over corrected and the truck tractor overturned causing it to block both northbound traffic lanes.

The Tenaha City Marshal's Office, Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) were first to arrive at the scene followed by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. Once Alvarado was outside of the truck an ambulance was requested. Alvarado was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of minor injuries.

Alvarado was issued a citation for failure to drive in a single lane. It was expected for the mud to be moved from the tanker to another before the crashed truck tractor could be up righted; however, it is now upright. The TVFD is directing traffic into a southbound lane to detour around the wreck scene. It is advised travelers should take an alternate route if possible as attempts are still being made to clear the crash scene.

March 2, 2015 - According to Jim and Ann Forbes, Center had the following weather stats for the month of February 2015.

Highest Temp was 77 degrees on 2-09-2015
Highest Temp on Record was 90 degrees on 2-21-1986
Lowest Temp was 27 degrees on 2-24 and 2-27-2015
Lowest Temp on Record was 0 degrees on 2-02-1951

Rainfall recorded was 3.14 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 4.95 inches
Below Average by 1.81 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 8.90 inches in 2003
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.24 inches in 1996

2 inches beautiful large snowflakes fell on 2-25-2015
Total Rainfall recorded in 2015 is 12.97 inches

Center Weather Stats Report for February - Link

February 27, 2015 - Currently a private insurance company, HomeServe, is selling a home insurance product and possibly implying it is associated with or endorsed by the City of Center or Center Utilities.

While the product they are selling is legitimate and potentially beneficial for homeowners experiencing some types of water or sewer line problems on their private property, it is in no way associated with or endorsed by the City of Center or Center Utilities.

February 25, 2015 - Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is diligently working to help keep the roadways safe. Local departments are reporting the current roadway conditions which can be viewed at the following link, currently shows most of Shelby County roadways to have ice and snow.