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June 18, 2019 - During the June 18, 2019 opening meeting of the Railroad Commission of Texas, Commissioner Christi Craddick stepped down as chairman and nominated Commissioner Wayne Christian for the position. The motion carried for agenda item 376 (Election of the Chairman of the Railroad Commission) and Shelby County's own Wayne Christian was appointed Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission.

Wayne Christian became the highest ranking elected official from Shelby County when he was elected as the 50th Texas Railroad Commissioner in November of 2016.

A statement from Wayne Christian concerning his appointment:

"Today, I was honored to be unanimously elected to lead our agency as Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas.

It is a privilege to serve on the Railroad Commission during this historic period of growth for our state’s oil and gas industry. Largely because of Texas, America is the largest producer of oil and gas in the world, giving us not only energy security, but national security as well.

During this period of unprecedented growth, we have also made great environmental gains. From 1970 to 2017, the six major pollutants monitored by the EPA decreased by 73%, while the U.S. economy grew 262% and its population by 60%.

As our energy sector has grown, the Railroad Commission of Texas has been there every step of the way to make sure production was done in a way that is safe and fair, preventing the waste of our resources and protecting the correlative rights of thousands of Texans.

As Chairman, I look forward to continuing to ensure our agency provides a consistent, predictable regulatory environment that allows businesses to thrive while protecting the public from bad actors."

June 17, 2019 - The Shelby County Constable Precinct 3 office is reporting on a drug related arrest which was accomplished through combined efforts with the Shelby County Sheriff's office.

Roy Cheatwood, Constable Precinct 3, reports he and Constable Newton Johnson were assisted by Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Tipton at a residence on County Road 2703 in the Rolling Hills Community at 1:30pm on June 8, 2019.

Tara McBeeThe officers were seeking to serve a felony warrant on an individual from Logansport, LA. Once that location was secured, and two individuals known to have a history with illegal substances were detained, permission was gained from the homeowner to conduct a search of the residence. 

During the investigation of the residence 6.4 grams of methamphetamine was discovered along with drug paraphernalia. As a result Tara McBee, 46, of Shelbyville was arrested for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, felony 2, and she was transported to the Shelby County Jail by Deputy Tipton.

Constable Roy Cheatwood encourages anyone who suspects illegal drug activity or other crimes to contact their local law enforcement authorities.

June 17, 2019 - According to Shelby County Commissioners' secretary Tracey Strong, the bridge portion of CR 1490 will be closed this week for repair. You will need to find an alternate route if you need to travel across the bridge.

June 17, 2019 - FM 2026 (Folsom Chapel Road) and CR 4293 was the scene of a major two-vehicle head-on collision Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Three were transported by ambulance from the scene for treatment of unknown injuries. 

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jesse Fountain, at around 10:20pm a 1997 GMC Sonoma driven by Emilio Bustos, 62, was southbound on FM 2026. When the GMC reached CR 4293, Bustos attempted to turn onto that roadway in front of a silver 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Kelsey Strong, 19, of Center who was northbound on FM 2026. 

The resulting collision was head-on, leaving the Chevrolet facing north in the northbound lane and the GMC across the southbound lane facing west.

Bustos and two passengers were trapped in the vehicle until Center Fire Department firemen assisted EMS in moving them to waiting ambulances.  

Cerilia Bustos, 61, and an 11-year-old minor male child were transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches for treatment while Emilio Bustos was taken to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of his injuries.

Strong was not reported to have been injured in the crash.

Additional information will be updated when it's made available.


June 13, 2019 - State Highway 7 West and CR 1145 was the scene of a three-vehicle crash Thursday, June 13, 2019.

The Center Fire Department responded to the scene, along with members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department to assist those involved in the crash.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jesse Fountain, at 5:45pm a grey 2018 Kia Forte driven by Dezmond Tyrel Daniels, 22, was westbound on State Highway 7 West. At that time a grey 2017 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Jonathan Gary Davis, 38, of Center was also westbound and was preparing to turn right onto CR 1145.

Daniels failed to control speed behind Davis and the Kia struck the rear of the Chevrolet, which subsequently was propeled forward by the impact and the truck then collided with a white 2015 Jeep Wrangler driven by Mathew Allen, 56, of Center and pushed it into a ditch and over a stop sign.


Daniels was transported by ambulances to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of minor injuries and was later released. He was issued a citation for failure to control speed.

All vehicles were towed from the crash location.

June 13, 2019 - On June 12, 2019, a deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop on County Road 1210 in Center.

From past dealings, the deputy was able to identify the subject as Bradley Fountain, 31, of Center. As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver and a female passenger fled the scene at a high rate of speed. The deputy pursued the fleeing vehicle, eventually losing sight.

Additional law enforcement officers patrolled the area looking for the subjects. The vehicle was later found abandoned on private property. The vehicle was impounded.

On June 13, 2019, a felony warrant was signed on Fountain for Evading Arrest/Detention with a vehicle. Fountain is also being sought for other warrants including Violation of Probation and Possession of Marijuana.

Bradley Fountain

During the investigation and search for Fountain, SCSO deputies responded to a residence on CR 1168. Deputies had a prior knowledge of the female subject frequenting a residence on CR 1168. When deputies arrived, they observed multiple subjects at the residence. A male subject deputies identified as Joshua Dupree, 34, of Center, fled on foot at the sight of the officers. A foot chase ensued but officers lost sight of Dupree as he fled into the woods.

Joshua Dupree

A male subject on scene was identified as Mitchell Permenter, 32, of Nacogdoches. Permenter was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Nacogdoches County.

On June 13, 2019, a warrant was signed on Dupree for Evading Arrest/Detention. Dupree has existing warrants out of Shelby County for Violation of Probation, Failure to Appear and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

The SCSO is seeking assistance of the public with locating Fountain and/or Dupree. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the SCSO (936) 598-5601.

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 Fountain and/or Dupree of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

June 10, 2019 Nacogdoches - Just before 1:00 a.m. Monday morning, June 10 Nacogdoches Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a fire at 4810 North St which is also known as Walmart Superstore. Firefighters located a fire in the clothing section of the store that employees were attempting to extinguish with fire extinguishers. Fire crews were able to get the fire extinguished. At this time no individuals are believed to have been injured as a result of the fire.

Fire and Police Department Personnel determined the fire was a result of arson and immediately began an investigation to determine who the suspect was. Officers located a person of interest still on the scene. During the course of the investigation, Officers developed probable cause to believe this individual was the person who intentionally set the fire and placed him into custody on the charge of Arson F-2. The suspect was identified to be Scott Gilbert 38 years of age from Arkansas. The suspect is currently at the Nacogdoches County Jail.

The store suffered extensive smoke damage and is currently closed. At this time it is unknown when the store will be reopened.

June 7, 2019 - The intersection of Hurst and Crawford Streets was the scene of a two-vehicle collision in a construction zone Friday, June 7, 2019.

It appeared a black Mercury Grand Marquis passenger had been traveling south on Hurst Street when the car collided with an International truck hauling a water tanker.

As a result the Mercury received damage to its front left quarter panel and the International received some damage to its passenger side.

It appeared no one involved had any injuries. No additional information is available at this time pending the release of information by the Center Police Department.

Travelers are urged to use caution when traveling through area construction zones.

June 7, 2019 - The Jury that was summoned for Monday, June 10, 2019, for the 273rd District Court, Honorable James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, has been cancelled. 

All cases scheduled have been resolved or passed. 

Anyone receiving a jury summons for this day is released until the receive a future summons. 

June 5, 2019 - The intersection of San Augustine and Houston Streets in Center was the scene of a single-vehicle collision with a retaining wall Wednesday, June 5, 2019. 

Just after 9:36am, a green Chevrolet pickup truck apparently was westbound on San Augustine Street when it left the road to the right and collided with a brick retaining wall just past Houston Street.

The collision caused major damage to the pickup truck and resulted in the collapse of the wall. 

After the crash, the driver was able to cross the street to a car dealership where he called for help.

No further information is available at this time. Additional details are pending the release of information by the Center Police Department.