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June 2, 2021 - U.S. Highway 96 North at Loop 500 just outside of Center was the scene of an 18-wheeler rollover May 29, 2021.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, DPS was notified of a one-vehicle rollover crash at 12:50am on U.S. Highway 96 North just north of SL 500.

Investigation indicated a red 2015 Freighliner owned by ABC Trucking and driven by Charles Vander Ivory, III, 39, of Merrero, LA. was southbound on U.S. 96 pulling a 2018 Pratt trailer owned by Sand Box Location out of Katy when the truck-tractor entered a small left curve and exited the pavement. Ivory over corrected left and overturned both units right and top coming to rest in the roadway, blocking all lanes of U.S. Highway 96.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. 

Ivory was issued a citation for failure to maintain a single lane. 

The Center Fire Department was on scene until the scene was cleared around 5am.

June 2, 2021 - On May 31, 2021, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Shelbyville public water system, 2100014 to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of 06/02/2021.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Rodney Warr (936 591-5338)

June 1, 2021 - Due to a broken water main the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Shelbyville water system ID# 2100014 to notify customers that were without water 05/31/2021 on FM 414 and CR 2050 and all side roads (anyone without water) to boil their water, prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. 

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice. 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Rodney Warr 936-591-5338.

June 1, 2021 - DPS Troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on US-59 on May 29, 2021 at 11:01pm, approximately nine miles south of the city of Carthage in Panola County. The investigators preliminary report indicates that the driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling the wrong way on the multilane divided highway. The driver was southbound in the north bound lanes when it struck  a 2015 Ford F150 head on.

The driver of the Chevrolet was identified as Morgan Leon Baker, 32, of Timpson. Baker was pronounced at the scene by Judge Toni Hughes and was taken to Jimerson Lipsey Funeral Home in Carthage.

The driver of the Ford was identified as Juan Francisco Burgos, 39, of Conroe. Burgos was pronounced at the scene by Judge Toni Hughes and was taken to Jimerson Lipsey Funeral Home in Carthage. Also pronounced at the scene was a one-year old male child. 

Another passenger, Maria Felix Burgos, 37, of Conroe was transported to Christus Good Shepard Hospital – Marshall in critical condition. 

Another passenger, a 15 year-old female, was transported to LSU Medical Center – Shreveport in serious condition.

May 31, 2021 - According to the Texas DSHS Covid-19 Dashboard, there have been 1 new death, 33 new cases, and 35 new recoveries reported during the month of May.

The active cases went from 20 at the end of April down to 17 at the end of May.

May 31st (12:55pm) Numbers: (changes in May)
Total Confirmed Cases - 946 (14 new)
Total Probable Cases - 761 (19 new) 
Total Fatalities - 68 (1 new)
Total Estimated Active Cases - 17
Total Estimated Recovered - 1,622 (35 new)

April 30th (2:50pm) Numbers: (changes since April 1st)
Total Confirmed Cases - 932 (30 new)
Total Probable Cases - 742 (44 new)
Total Fatalities - 67 (1 new)
Active Cases - 20
Total Estimated Recovered - 1,587 (138 new)

From April 26 through May 30, Shelby County has administered 1,144 vaccinations. The total number of vaccinations administered to persons living in Shelby County is 9,794 as of May 30, 2021. Doses Administered are doses providers have entered into ImmTrac2, the Texas Immunization Registry, by recipient county of residence.

The county has an estimated population of 20,862 of people 12 years of age and older.

Additional Vaccination Numbers:

One Dose Vaccinated Graph Above

One Dose Vaccinated
Number of People Vaccinated with at least One Dose: 5,802
Percentage of Population 12+ Vaccinated with At Least One Dose: 27.81%
Percentage of Population 65+ Vaccinated with At Least One Dose: 56.42%

Fully Vaccinated Graph Above

Fully Vaccinated
Number of People Fully Vaccinated: 4,760
Percentage of Population 12+ Fully Vaccinated: 22.82%
Percentage of Population 65+ Fully Vaccinated: 48.85%

Due to a sufficient supply of vaccines, DSHS is no longer making vaccine allocations. Enrolled providers may order doses as needed.

May 28, 2021 - A gas field location off U.S. Highway 96 North just south of CR 4356 was the scene of an mysterious incident early Friday, May 28, 2021.

Residents in the area reported hearing a loud noise, and in the light of day a large amount of piping which had been underground had come to the surface in a chaotic looking jumble of metal. Pipes were also cast out into a nearby cattle field.

Power lines to the site were visibly disconnected from the location, and several residents in the vicinity were also impacted by a power outage. Utility crews were in the area working at reconnecting the lines.

A resident in the area suggested a tornado may have blown through during the morning, as there were some twisted trees nearby. At the time Shelby County Today was on scene a search for the well head was ongoing.

Shelby County Today reached out to the company that manages the site, Eagle Oil & Gas, and they confirmed, "There was an incident at our Griffith No. 1 well this morning. At present, we have personnel on the ground assessing the situation."

Additional details on what caused the incident to occur are not yet available, and will be updated as soon as they are made available.

May 28, 2021 - Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 87 North just past CR 1000 Friday, May 28, 2021.

When officers arrived, a white 2015 Chevrolet Camaro was disabled and had come to a halt in the parking lot of a nearby auction barn. The second vehicle involved was also disabled and had come to rest off the roadway in front of a residence.

As officers approached the second vehicle, a white 2015 Dodge Charger, to offer assistance to the occupants the situation suddenly escalated to a tense one as the driver was discovered to be in possession of a handgun. A Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy returned to his patrol vehicle, armed himself with a rifle and called for backup. 

The driver of the vehicle responded to commands by the deputy to exit the vehicle; however, he kept reaching inside the car and the passenger wasn't exiting the vehicle. Additional officers with the Sheriff's Department and Texas Department of Public Safety arrived at the location of the vehicle and also were armed with rifles to back up the deputy.

EMS personnel is seen waving off additional medical personnel until officers resolved the situation.

After some time, the passenger complied with officers orders as well, and both were taken into custody without incident. It was later learned the lack of compliance by the passenger may have been due to a medical condition.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, when troopers arrived on scene at 10:05am investigation determined a white 2015 Dodge Charger driven by Secorrie Horton, 41, of Center was northbound on State Highway 87 (SH 87) North.

At that time, a white 2015 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Laurie Eldridge, 45, was southbound on SH 87 when the Charger entered the wrong side of the roadway when not passing and struck the Camaro on its right front quarter panel with the right rear quarter panel of the Charger.

Eldridge was transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of minor injuries.

Horton was arrested and charged with wrong side of roadway not passing, no driver's license, and unlawful possession of a firearm by felon.

Robert Calhoun, 50, a passenger in the Charger was later released from custody and no charges are expected.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

May 28, 2021 - AG Paxton reports on five individuals arrested during its Law Enforcement Round Up and one of the fugitives was a Shelby County man.

The Child Exploitation Unit made one arrest last week.

In Williamson County, Peter Ray Craig was arrested on five counts of Possession of Child Pornography with Prior Conviction. This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of images of child pornography to an online photo storage platform. On May 20, investigators executed a search warrant at Craig’s home in Round Rock where more files of child pornography were found. During an interview, Craig confessed to uploading and storing files of child pornography. Four additional counts of Possession of Child Pornography with Prior Conviction were added to Craig’s charges. Investigators seized his cell phone for examination by the Digital Forensics Unit. Craig was transported to the Williamson County Jail.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.

Photo from Shelby County Jail

In Shelby County, Joseph Philip Landry was arrested in Center on May 20. Landry had outstanding warrants from the State of Louisiana for 30 counts of Pornography Involving Juvenile (under the age of 13) and one count of Unauthorized use of a Wireless Router System; Pornography involving Juveniles (under that age of 13) issued by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation. The Unit was assisted by the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

In Travis County, Zaoin Deshone Gilmore was arrested in Austin on May 17. Gilmore had an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon issued by the Round Rock Police Department. This arrest was made while working with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.

In Dallas County, Anthony Michael Arce was arrested in Rowlett on May 19.  Arce had outstanding warrants for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, 1st Degree Felony and Sexual Performance by Child, 2nd Degree Felony issued by the Marble Falls Police Department.

In Harris County, Gary Wayne George was arrested in Houston on May 19. George had open felony warrants for Rape and Possession of Pornographic Material-Minor issued by the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office. George also had a non-extraditable warrant for a Probation Violation issued by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. George is a convicted sex offender. In 1996, he was convicted of Attempted Sexual Abuse in Montgomery County, Alabama. This arrest was made while working with the United States Marshals Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force out of Houston.

May 27, 2021 - Due to inclement weather forecast, Shelbyville High School graduation will be held in the S.I.S.D. Gymnasium, May 28 at 7pm. Please plan accordingly and arrive early. 

May 27, 2021 - Texas Transportation Commissioners on Wednesday approved more than $271.5 million in new construction projects statewide, with more than $12.1 million earmarked for projects in the Lufkin District.

Angelina County was approved for bridge replacements on FM 2497 totaling $5.2 million. The work will be in two locations, at Cedar Creek and Cedar Creek Relief at the estimated costs of $2.6 for each location. There has been no timeline for completion set.

Nacogdoches County was approved for a $5.4 million bridge replacement project on SH 21 at Atascoso Creek. No timeline for completion has been set.

Sabine County was approved for a bridge maintenance project located on FM 83, FM 2024 and US 96 estimated at a cost of $1 million. Work on FM 83 will be located at Housen Bayou Relief at an estimated cost of $259,687. FM 2024 will be located at Housen Bayou at an estimated cost of $253,197. Work on US 96 will be located at Devil’s Ford Creek at an estimated cost of $482,263. No timeline for completion has been set.

A $311,290.55 project was also approved for intersection improvements at a location in Angelina County and four locations in Shelby County. These improvements will include upgrading signal detection equipment on US 69 at FM 326 south in Angelina County. Improvements in Shelby County include installing a traffic signal on US 96 (Hurst Street, entrance beside McDonalds) at Foster Road, install flashing beacons and illumination on SH 7 at FM 139, installing flashing beacons and illumination on US 84 at SH 7 and upgrading signal detection equipment on US 84 at SH 7.

As these projects begin, motorists are urged to obey all signage and stay alert for closures, moving equipment and workers. Obey all work zone speed limits. Fines double when workers are present.

For more information, contact or call (936) 633-4395.

May 27, 2021 - Center Fire Department personnel discovered a man who was incapacitated at a Pecan Grove trailer park house fire Saturday, May 22, 2021.

Around 3pm, when fire personnel first arrived at the scene, a mobile home which appeared to be abandoned and was surrounded by undergrowth, was already mostly burned to the ground.

Fire personnel began working to extinguish the flames of what remained of the structure. After putting out a lot of the fire at the front of the building, the fire personnel made their way into the woods to fight fire on the backside of the home.
To their surprise, they discovered an apparently incapacitated man on the ground near the mostly burned down structure.

Center Police Department and EMS personnel were requested to the scene and the man was eventually rescued from the fire as emergency responders helped him out of the wooded area. He was then walked to an ambulance so he could be medically evaluated.

According to the Center Fire Department, the fire was later determined to be a controlled burn.