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November 19, 2015 - Sometime between the dates of October 10, 2015 and November 4, 2015 suspect(s) unknown burglarized the residence of the late Shorty Goings located on County Road 2517 in Shelbyville, Texas.

Suspect(s) unknown illegally appropriated the following property: a 2003 Honda Rubicon, a 2006 Cub Cadet Zero Turn Lawnmower, Stihl weedeater, Echo gas blower, white microwave, Mr. Coffee coffee pot, a Craftsman tool cabinet (4 drawer), a Craftsman top chest (9 drawer), miscellaneous tools, an Orion telescope, (3) battery chargers, a Huskey air compressor, various pots/pans, kitchen items, rugs, cast iron dutch oven, along with several firearms.

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 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 at 936-572-1468 or Investigator Kevin W. Windham at 936.572.1972.

If anyone has any information in regards to the burglaries or if anyone has been approached to purchase items from someone please call the Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5600.

Christopher AskewDerrek HughesNovember 19, 2015 Center, Texas – Two East Texas men were arrested on November 4 and November 13, 2015 and charged with felony theft of livestock after stealing three cows from a Carthage, Texas rancher.

This case was jointly investigated by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigators DJ Dickerson and Kevin Windham.

According to Hand, on Oct. 30 the victim realized that three of his cows were missing from a pasture he leases in Shelby County. The victim called TSCRA Market Inspector Pat McGuigan to share this information, and McGuigan contacted Hand who requested the victim file a report with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Hand maintained contact through the weekend with the victim and TSCRA Market Inspectors Mike Witcher and McGuigan. Since two out of the three missing cows were branded, Witcher readily remembered inspecting the cattle as they went through the Nacogdoches Livestock Exchange on Oct. 29.

Hand interviewed Nacogdoches Livestock Auction Exchange employees. It was revealed that the suspects Christopher Lance Askew, 30, and Derrek Monroe Hughes, 25, gave the employees inconsistent statements, so they documented the sellers in case of future problems. This documentation eventually led to the names of the suspects.

Hand gathered evidence and statements in neighboring counties while Dickerson and Windham worked through information and intelligence locally. These combined efforts led to arrest warrants being issued for Askew on Nov. 4.

After receiving a call from a citizen on Nov. 4, Hand, Dickerson, Windham and Shelby County Chief Deputy Shad Sparks responded to the scene where they found Askew passed out behind the wheel of a pickup in the middle of a public road with the engine running. After resisting arrest, the suspect was eventually placed under arrest for felony theft of livestock, felony driving while intoxicated (DWI), resisting arrests, obstruction of a passageway and four counts of felony and misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine, codeine, PCP and marijuana.

Authorities identified the trailer used to haul the stolen cows along with the collection of other evidence. This led to an arrest warrant being issued on Hughes, the second suspect, who was not immediately located. Dickerson placed Hughes on the local crime stoppers list and Hughes turned himself into deputies on Nov. 13.

Hughes was placed in the Shelby County Jail on a $10,000 bond and Askew was placed in the Shelby County jail on eight different bonds totaling $165,000. Hand coordinated with the victim to identify and photograph the stolen cattle once their location was obtained. Two of the three stolen cows were recovered and returned to the victim.

“This case provides a great example of TSCRA Special Rangers working closely with TSCRA Market Inspectors, local investigators and livestock markets to arrest thieves and return stolen cattle to the rightful owner,” said Hand. “Identification of the cows was easier in this case since two of three stolen cattle were branded. I can’t stress enough how important it is for ranchers to brand and keep a close watch over their cattle.”

TSCRA appreciates the assistance and hard work of authorities of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office: Sgt. Dickerson; Investigator Windham; Sgt. Derek Barbee; Deputy Roy Bailey; Chief Deputy Sparks; and employees of the Nacogdoches Livestock Exchange, especially Lead Clerk Lynnelle McElroy.

TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

TSCRA is a 138-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 17,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.

November 19, 2015 - Kindergarden students from Tenaha Elementary enjoyed a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Students were dressed as pilgrims and indians to add to the festivities!

November 18, 2015 Travelers attempting to go around the Center square Wednesday afternoon from Shelbyville/Tenaha Street onto Nacogdoches Street saw traffic delays due to an 18-wheeler running into a barrier post located in front of Toledo Finance with its trailer.

The Center Police Department was dispatched to the scene at 3:43pm along with wrecker service Joey Ross Towing. Upon arrival on scene a truck-tractor driven by Lorenzo Arevalo, 32, of California, and owned by SS Trucking Lines out of California was found stuck with the concrete post caught underneath the trailer. After multiple failed attempts to maneuver off of the post, Robert Berry used the bed of the wrecker to lift the trailer high enough to have clearance over the top of the post and then pushed the rig forward until it was freed from the barrier.

The driver reported to Center Police Officer Angela Neal, he had made a wrong turn and his GPS had rerouted him to his current location on the square. The driver's destination was Tyson Foods of Center and once the truck-tractor was free, the driver was provided the best directions to safely reach his destination. Arevalo was cited for truck off of truck route due to signs posted outside of Center directing trucks to travel around Loop 500.

Officer John Welch assisted Neal with the traffic incident.

November 18, 2015 - County Commissioner Precinct 1, Roscoe McSwain, would like to notify the public that the Mill Creek Bridge on CR 1006 is now closed for repairs. The state will be building a new bridge beginning December 7th, and the construction will last about 10 weeks. 

November 18, 2015 - County Commissioner Precinct 1, Roscoe McSwain, would like to notify the public that the Mill Creek Bridge on CR 1006 is now closed for repairs. The state will be building a new bridge beginning December 7th, and the construction will last about 10 weeks. 

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 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 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.