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April 18, 2016 - A Center man has been arrested by the Center Police Department in connection with a burglary and arson investigation relating to the CASA of Deep East Texas office in Center.

Giovani AngelAccording to the arrest affidavit obtained by Shelby County Today, on Friday, April 8, 2016 at about 9am Center Police Detective David Haley responded to 131 Porter Street to investigate a burglary at the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) office.

When Detective David Haley arrived he observed smoke coming from the CASA office. As he entered the office, he observed all of the rooms were filled with smoke, and the whole office was ransacked.

CASA representatives advised Det. Haley three computers and some office supplies had been taken. It was also determined a large amount of files had been set on fire and burnt in the sink of the bathroom.

The affidavit states at 11:30am on April 8 the parents of Giovani Angel, 19, of Center contacted Det. Haley over concerns for their son in relation to some computers in their cargo trailer and asked Det. Haley to look at the items.

When Det. Haley arrived at the residence, he observed three computers with CASA stickers on them and some office supplies. Det. Haley reported finding some of the supplies in Angel's backpack along with a maroon toboggan which had a strong odor of smoke. The affidavit also states Angel's mother gave Det. Haley some clothing and stated Angel was wearing them and the clothing smelled like smoke.

Giovani Angel was arrested on April 12, 2016 and charged with burglary of a building, felony 4; and arson, felony 2.

April 18, 2016 - The National Weather Service has issued an Areal Flood Advisory on Monday, April 18, 2016 from 9:56am until 1:00pm.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Sabine County in Eastern Texas, Panola County in northeastern Texas, San Augustine County in Eastern Texas, and Shelby County in Eastern Texas.

At 9:55am, CDT, doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area. Up to two inches of rain has already fallen.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Cathage, Center, Milam, San Augustine, Logansport, Tatum, Hemphill, Tenaha, Timpson, Pineland, Beckville, Joaquin, Browndell, Neuville, Shelbyville, Bland Lake, Rosevine, Macune, Patroon and DeBerry.

Precautionary/preparedness actions - Turn around... Don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

A flood advisory means river or stream flows are elevated or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.

April 18, 2016 - The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through Tuesday morning (April 19th) for East Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, and portions of Southwest Arkansas and Northwest Louisana.

Persistent moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast to continue through Tuesday morning due to a nearly stationary upper-level low pressure area across the rockies. Widespread 1 to 3 inch rainfall totals have already fallen across portions of the watch area with an additional 2 or more inches of rainfall expected.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Food Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

April 15, 2016 - FEMA representatives will be present at the “Rio De Sabinas Heritage Fair” at the First United Methodist Church in Joaquin today, Friday, April 15th and tomorrow, Saturday, April 16th from 9am to 5pm. Anyone that hasn't registered with FEMA as a result of flood damages incurred during the March floods is encouraged to do so. 

April 13, 2016 - Loop 500 at the intersection with State Highway 7 East was the scene of a three-vehicle crash Monday, April 11, 2016.

When emergency personnel arrived during heavy rain, one vehicle was located in a drainage ditch while two others remained in the roadway.

According to the Center Police Department, at 3:35pm a silver 2012 Chrysler Sebring driven by Isharica Hubbard, 22, of Center with a 1-year-old female passenger crossed State Highway 7 (SH7) East from the south side of Loop 500 to the north side of Loop 500.

As Hubbard traveled across SH7 she failed to yield right of way to a gray 2015 Toyota Tacoma driven by Justin Daniel Klein, 34, with passenger William Keith Brown, 49, both of Center causing the Tacoma to collide with the passenger side of the Sebring.

A white 2001 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Jose Luis Hernandez, 39, of Center was traveling south on the north side of Loop 500 when it also was struck. The Malibu and the Tacoma remained in the middle of the roadway while the Sebring continued traveling into a ditch where it came to rest.

Hubbard and her passenger were transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department for treatment of unknown injuries,

Hernandez and his passengers, a 10-year-old male passenger, 11-year-old female passenger, and 2-year-old female passenger were not reported to have received any injuries resulting from the crash.

Klein and Brown refused treatment at the scene and were transported by Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell.

Hubbard was issued citations for no drivers license, failure to secure child in safety seat, and fail to yield right of way leaving a stop sign at an intersection.

The crash was investigated by Center Police Officer Maegan Wright assisted by CPD Sgt. Duane Gordon, CPD Officer Jake Gross and Sheriff's Deputy Pete Davis.

April 12, 2016 - The jury that has been summoned for Monday, April 18, 2016 for the 123rd District Court Honorable Judge Charles "Brick" Dickerson presiding has been cancelled 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.

April 12, 2016 - On Sunday, March 06th, 2016 Patrol Deputy Bradley Horton took a report from a Christopher Adams regarding a burglary and theft incident that had occurred at his property located on County Road 3000 in Joaquin.

The unknown suspect(s) illegally appropriated the following property: a Gravely 50” Zero Turn Mower, a Briggs/Stratton Tiller Engine, a Dewalt 1/2" impact with battery, a handheld grinder, a skilsaw and a China Cabinet.

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 or 936-572-1468 and speak with Lieutenant Investigator DJ Dickerson.

Submitted by Lt. Investigator DJ Dickerson

April 11, 2016 - What began two weeks ago with the selection of a jury came to an official conclusion Monday, April 11, 2016 in the case of the State of Texas versus Johanna Vickers, a teacher found guilty of an improper relationship with a 16-year-old student, in the 123rd Judicial District Court with Judge Charles "Brick" Dickerson presiding. Judge Dickerson handed down the formal sentencing which was decided by a jury and Vickers was taken into custody of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Concerning causes 15-CR-19554, 15-CR-19555, and 15-CR-19556, Judge Dickerson asked Seth Johnson, Attorney for Vickers, if he had anything to say. Johnson responded with an inquiry as to the Judge's ruling on merger of counts 4, counts 5, and counts 6 on all cases which were improper relationship between educator and student.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Shires, representing the State of Texas, stated he believed each count presented different elements and therefore shouldn't be merged.

Both attorneys agreed to their knowledge there were no appellant precedents concerning the case and Judge Dickerson ruled on all cases, 15-CR-19554, 15-CR-19555, and 15-CR-19556, that counts 5 and count 6 would be merged with counts 4 with the explanation the counts related to the same incident date although in various ways.

The mergers reduced the number of counts from 17 to 11 in total.

Judge Dickerson then recited each cause and all counts of each reiterating the sentencing given by the jury. The defendant, Johanna Vickers, was found guilty for the offenses set out in cause 15-CR-19554, counts 1 through 6 with counts 5 and 6 being merged into 4 and sentenced for each count 3 years in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice along with a $10,000 fine per count for counts 1, 2, and 3. The defendant, Johanna Vickers, was found guilty for the offenses set out in cause 15-CR-19555, consolidated counts 1 through 6 with counts 5 and 6 being merged into 4 and sentenced for each count 3 years in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice along with a $10,000 fine per count for counts 1, 2, and 3. The defendant, Johanna Vickers, was found guilty for the offenses set out in cause 15-CR-19556, consolidated counts 1, 3, 4 through 6 with counts 5 and 6 being merged into 4 and sentenced for each count 3 years in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice along with a $10,000 fine per count for counts 1 and 3. The sentence is to be served concurrently for a 3 years total and the fines total $80,000.

Vickers was taken into the custody of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department until custody can be remanded to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

April 8, 2016 - Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 11th day of April, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

1.    Approve the minutes of the March 14, 2016 Regular Meeting, the March 17, 2016     Emergency Meeting, and the March 28, 2016 Special Meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.
2.    Approve and pay the monthly expenses.
3.    Approve Officers’ Reports.
4.    Public Comments on Agenda items.    
5.    Discuss and approve amendments to the Tri-County Community Action, Inc. commercial lease.
6.    Discuss and select an elected official to serve on the Board of Directors of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments.  Currently Shelby County members are Roscoe McSwain and Judge Allison Harbison.
7.    Request operating funding for Precinct 3.
8.    Adjourn

April 9, 2016 - Officials with the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Sabine  National Forest, have advised a prescribed burn located in Compartments 97 & 104 (Block B & D) 1,851 acres (Yellowpine Area).

Winds are predicted from the South and Southeast to  5 mph, gusting to 9 mph.

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