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August 24, 2020 - State Highway 87 South near just south of CR 3012 was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Sunday, August 23, 2020.

When emergency personnel arrived, a Jeep was found partly submerged in a pond.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Dustin Ramos, at around 7:15am a white 2000 Jeep Wrangler driven by Anthony Allen Jr., 42, of Baytown was northbound on SH 87 South.

It appeared the Jeep left the roadway to the right, traveled over a culvert and took evasive action to miss striking a fence. The Jeep then traveled left across SH 87 where it drove through a ditch and then through a fence where it finally came to rest in a pond.

Allen had left the scene, and was located by a Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy during the crash investigation. He was transported by ambulance the Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department.

The crash remains under investigation.

August 24, 2020 - The Shelby County Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Management Director, Judge Allison Harbison are keeping abreast of information on the current situation with Tropical Storms Marco and Laura.

We are participating in daily conference calls with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS). 

While TS Marco doesn’t seem to pose much of a threat to Shelby County, TS Laura’s impact on our county remains to be seen until more  information is available as to its direct path and strength. 

Shelby County is still considered a “pass through” county in the states’ coastal evacuation and sheltering plans. There will not be bus loads of evacuees sent to our area but these evacuees will be directed  to areas such as San Antonio and possibly Dallas/Fort Worth where larger shelters are located and resources are more readily available. There could possibly be self-evacuees that fill local hotels and stay with relatives/friends locally. There are no current plans to open shelters for self evacuees because of limited resources available and, due to the COVID Pandemic, sheltering poses even more challenges that would prove to be difficult. 

We encourage everyone to listen closely to your local weather sources to keep informed of impacts to Shelby County from these storms which could include heavy rain/flooding, high winds, and possible tornadoes.  There is also the possibility of power outages.

Personal, family preparation  for any disaster is always important. Following is list of suggested items for a Disaster Preparedness Kit:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

August 24, 2020 - Shelbyville Street in Center was the scene of a single-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle Thursday, August 20, 2020.

According to Center Police Officer Justin Whitton, at around 9:20pm a silver Harley Davidson motorcycle ridden by Matt Williams, 64, of Mt. Enterprise, was westbound.

As the motorycle entered a curve in the roadway just before Nancy Street, Williams lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the street to the left and over a culvert before the motorcycle came to rest on its side.

Williams was transported from the scene by ambulance to Nacogdoches where he was placed in an ICU for treatment.

During the crash investigation, emergency personnel noted a baby snake hanging from the motorcycle and what appeared to have been a nest of them in the path of the motorcycle near the culvert. 

August 24, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:15am on Monday, August 24, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 2 new cases and the cumulative case count is now 423. The death count is 14 for Shelby County. (The DSHS website dashboard shows 18 deaths for Shelby County as of Aug 5th.)

According to the state's algorithm to determine recoveries, there are 3 new recoveries reported and the total of recoveries is 377. The number of active cases is 32.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Active Cases in each zip code: (Change in Data)

Center (75935) - 15 (1 new, 1 recovery) 
Joaquin (75954) - 7
Shelbyville (75973) - 3
Tenaha (75974) - 3 (1 recovery)
Timpson (75975) - 4 (1 new, 1 recovery)

Cumulative Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 280 (1 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 29
Shelbyville (75973) - 27
Tenaha (75974) - 50
Timpson (75975) - 37 (1 new)

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 40 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 137 cases
Ages 41 to 60: 128 cases, 4 deaths
Ages 61 to 80: 74 cases (2 new), 4 deaths
Ages 81 to 100: 35 cases, 6 deaths 
Age unknown: 7 cases

August 24, 2020 - Loop 500 in Center at the intersection of U.S. Highway 96 South was the scene of a two-vehicle crash.

According to Center Police Officer Brian Wright, at 11:45am a white 2015 Nissan Versa driven by Lah Say, 18, of Center with passenger Traveoon McCollister, 18, was southbound on U.S. Highway 96 and was attempting to turn left onto Loop 500. 

At that time a black 2019 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Leonard Dupuis, 67, of Center was northbound. Both drivers had a green light; hoever, the Nissan did not have a turn signal, and when it turned left toward Loop 500 it collided with the Dodge.

Minor injuries were reported, but all involved refused treatment from EMS.

No citations were reported at the time of the crash.

August 23, 2020 - The Texas Department of Public Safety was called to a two-vehicle crash on CR 1430, when one driver is reported to have struck another in reverse.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, Friday, August 21, 2020, at 1:01pm a 2018 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by a 15-year-old minor driver was traveling on CR 1430, when the driver passed a driveway where he was intending to turn. 

The driver stopped and backed without safety and struck a Kia Sol driven by Barbara Simmons Fulbright, 47, of Center.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

The 15-year-old was cited for back without safety.

August 23, 2020 - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on County Road 3542 at 3:43am on Sunday, August 23rd.

At 3:50am first arriving units discovered a double wide manufactured home with heavy fire showing from the rear of the structure. Along with mutual aid from Desoto Fire District #1, firefighters performed an interior attack.

The home sustained heavy fire damage throughout, but firefighters were able to salvage some of the family’s belongings. Units returned to the station at 7:20am.

August 23, 2020 - FM 2026 was the scene of a single-vehicle crash through a pipe fence on August 15, 2020.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at around 10:30pm a white 2012 Dodge pickup truck driven by Frisco Cole Olvera, 21, was eastbound on FM 2026. 

The truck was traveling at an unsafe speed when it entered into a left-hand curve and exited the right side of the roadway, formerly CR 1039. Olvera took faulty evasive action, over-correcting left, before entering into a side-skid where the truck struck a road sign before traveling through a ditch. 

Following the ditch, the truck then traveled through a pipe fence where it came to rest on the other side on McAdams Propane property on its top.

Olvera was transported by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for possible injuries. 

He was issued a citation for unsafe speed.

August 21, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:16am on Friday, August 21, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 6 new cases and the cumulative case count is now 421. The death count is 14 for Shelby County. (The DSHS website dashboard shows 18 deaths for Shelby County as of Aug 5th.)

According to the state's algorithm to determine recoveries, there are no new recoveries reported and the total of recoveries is 374. The number of active cases is 33.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Active Cases in each zip code: (Change in Data)

Center (75935) - 15 (2 new) 
Joaquin (75954) - 7 (2 new)
Shelbyville (75973) - 3 (2 new)
Tenaha (75974) - 4
Timpson (75975) - 4 

Cumulative Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 279 (2 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 29 (2 new)
Shelbyville (75973) - 27 (2 new)
Tenaha (75974) - 50
Timpson (75975) - 36 

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 40 cases (2 new)
Ages 21 to 40: 137 cases (2 new)
Ages 41 to 60: 128 cases, 4 deaths
Ages 61 to 80: 74 cases (1 new), 4 deaths
Ages 81 to 100: 35 cases (1 new), 6 deaths 
Age unknown: 7 cases

August 20, 2020 - There is a lot of national coverage regarding how the USPS will not be able to handle the influx of ballots by mail this November. The state of Texas is not one of the states directly in question, and both our local and state agencies do not anticipate any issues. However, here are a few helpful hints for voters to ensure that ballots will make a timely return by Election Day.

  • Apply and request a ballot by mail NOW, do not wait for the October 23rd deadline.
  • As soon as you get your ballot mark it and return it; do not hold off on voting and mailing it back.
  • If you request an application at the deadline, return it in person to the county clerk's office. 
  • Also, Governor Abbott has made state provisions for voters to return their ballot by mail in person to the county elections office for the entire three-week early voting period, not just on election day as it has been prior. You will be required to show your picture ID and sign our ballot by mail register.
  • Ballots will be mailed out approximately mid-September.

You can call the Shelby County Clerk's office to request an application to vote by mail, or for any other questions, at 936-598-6361.

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