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Update: On May 31st, DSHS reported 4 new confirmed cases for Shelby County that were later discovered, had previously been reported. So those 4 cases have been subtracted. Shelby County has a total of 201 cumulative cases of COVID-19. The other numbers below still include the 4 cases double counted. The June 2, 2020 report corrects all the statistics - click here to view.


June 1, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 9am on Monday, June 1, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 9 new cases to them for a total of 205 cumulative cases of COVID-19, 84 recoveries, and 6 deaths for a total of 115 active cases.

DSHS also reports of the 196 cumulative cases, 22 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery. 

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages: (New cases since last report from May 29th)

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 148 (5 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 9 (1 new)
Shelbyville (75973) - 11
Tenaha (75974) - 19
Timpson (75975) - 18 (3 new)

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 11 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 63 cases (3 new)
Ages 41 to 60: 76 cases (4 new), 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 37 cases (1 new), 2 death
Ages 81 to 100: 13 cases (1 new)
Age unknown: 5 cases

May 30, 2020 - State Highway 7 West at CR 1165 was the scene of a two-vehicle crash Saturday, May 30, 2020, sending one driver to the hospital.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at 4:40pm on Saturday, May 30, 2020, a black Cadillac SRX driven by Damarius Abigail Balderas, 26, of Center with passenger Carlos Adrian Gonzalez, 28, was exiting CR 1165 and failed to yield right of way to oncoming traffic on State Highway 7 (SH7).

The Cadillac was then struck by a black 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Amber Nicole Chisenhall, 36, of Center which was eastbound on SH 7. 

Following the collision, the Cadillac was spun around onto the shoulder beside SH 7 facing east. The Jeep continued east and Chisenhall was able to bring the Jeep to a stop on the eastbound shoulder.

Chisenhall was transported from the scene by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of unknown injuries.

Balderas was issued a citation for fail to yield right of way.

West Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department fire personnel were on scene to divert traffic around the incident and Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies assisted with the investigation.

May 29, 2020 - The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) has issued the results of a preliminary crash investigation relating to the May 20, 2020 crash which took the lives of John and Carolyn Scull.

Although the information is detailed, it doesn't provide a conclusive determination of the cause of the incident.

According to the NTSB report, on May 20, 2020, about 4:40 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna T206N airplane, N51610, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Center. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal cross-country flight.

According to preliminary information, the airplane departed from the Astronaut Kent Rominger Airport (RCV), Del Norte, Colorado about 9:20am mountain daylight time. The flight had stopped at the Gainesville Municipal Airport (GLE), Gainesville, Texas, and the pilot purchased 65 gallons of fuel. The flight departed GLE about 2:40 CDT and was performing a visual landing at Center Municipal Airport (F17), Center, Texas.

Eyewitnesses saw the airplane approach runway 35 and heard the airplane's engine noise as the airplane did a go-around or aborted the landing. The next time the witnesses saw the airplane it was in a south of the runway in a vertical nose-low attitude just before the airplane impacted the ground.

The wreckage was located in a wooded area, south of runway 35. Impact signatures were consistent with a near vertical impact angle. There was no postimpact fire. All major flight control surfaces were accounted for at the accident site. The engine was driven into the ground approximately 5 feet.

Preliminary weather information for the accident flight was collected. A sounding model showed the potential for a broken to overcast layer of clouds at 1,500 ft above ground level. The nearest aviation weather reporting facility located 22 nautical miles from the accident reported a broken ceiling at 1,300 ft. Infrared satellite imagery showed a layer of low stratiform clouds over the accident site with cloud tops near 3,000 ft.

The wreckage was recovered and retained for further examination.

May 29, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 9am on Friday, May 29, 2020, TxDSHS has reported to them 196 cumulative cases of COVID-19, 78 recoveries, and 6 deaths for a total of 112 active cases.

DSHS also reports of the 196 cumulative cases, 19 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery. 

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages: (New cases since last report from May 20)

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 143 (11 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 8
Shelbyville (75973) - 11
Tenaha (75974) - 19 (1 new)
Timpson (75975) - 15 (1 new)

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 11 cases (2 new)
Ages 21 to 40: 60 cases (3 new)
Ages 41 to 60: 72 cases (3 new), 4 death (1 new)
Ages 61 to 80: 36 cases (1 new), 2 death
Ages 81 to 100: 12 cases (4 new)
Age unknown: 5 cases

Editor's Note: Shelby County Today will update the numbers provided by the Shelby County Emergency Management office in a county situation report Monday-Friday providing the number of cases, recoveries, deaths, and zip code/age statistics. All the data reported in the situation report is confirmed data and not estimated. The recoveries reported by the Emergency Management Office are actual recoveries which have been verified. The recoveries and active cases reported on the TxDSHS website are estimated numbers. Shelby County Today will not be posting the DSHS reported number of cases on a daily basis but will once a week report all of the counties cumulative case counts.

May 28, 2020 - An overpass on U.S. Highway 96 North was the scene of a single-vehicle crash Sunday, May 24, 2020.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jesse Fountain, at 2:20pm Troopers were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 96 North just past County Road 4360.

Upon arrival at the scene, it was determined a green 2001 F-150 driven by Juan Flores, 29, of Timpson was traveling northbound when a witness stated they were passed by the F-150 when it spun out of control. 

The F-150 then crossed the southbound traffic lanes before striking a concrete barrier at an overpass head-on. Due to the possibility of injury, the Center Fire Department was called to the scene with Jaws-of-Life to help extricate Flores from the vehicle.

Flores was transported from the scene of the crash by ambulance to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of possible injury.

He was issued a citation for failure to control speed and no driver's license.

May 26, 2020 - A Shelby County Today viewer has reported a tree across Stephens Street, blocking the roadway, and a power outage as a result which began around 7am.

As of 9:23am, the tree remains across the roadway and the power is still out. 

May 26, 2020 - The water has receded at Risinger Creek and CR 4323 is now open again to regular traffic.


May 25, 2020 - Commissioner Tom Bellmyer announces County Road 4323 at Risinger Creek is currently under water and impassable to car traffic.

Barricades have now been established, and once the roadway clears will be removed and this information updated.

 

May 25, 2020 - Significant Weather Advisory for Southwestern De Soto and Northwestern Sabine Parishes, Eastern Shelby, Northeastern San Augustine and Northwestern Sabine Counties until 6:30pm.

At 5:28pm CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over San Augustine, or 20 miles south of Center, moving northeast at 25
mph.

Half inch hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with this storm.

Locations impacted include...
San Augustine, Converse, Bland Lake, Patroon, Huxley, Stanley, Hurstown, Sexton, Calgary, Toledo Bend Reservoir North and Jordans Store.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm.

Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

This storm may intensify, so be certain to monitor local radio stations and available television stations for additional information and possible warnings from the National Weather Service.


Fire personnel are seen in the above photo gaining access to property as they attempted to locate the crashed plane.

May 21, 2020 - A wooded area near the Center Municipal Airport was the location where Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers and Center Fire Department firemen were dispatched to when it was reported a plane had taken a nose dive and crashed just before 4:40pm Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Authorities were feverishly searching a property just behind the woods and after a short time it was determined the plane was not located in the open field and the attention of fire personnel, law enforcement and EMS was quickly turned to the wooded area.


Searchers traveled in several directions as the search began.

Once inside the woods, directly behind Watson and Sons Funeral Home, the plane was located around 100 yards from the treeline where the majority of searchers had entered on the south-eastern side of the property.

Fire personnel worked painstakingly under the direction of Texas Department of Public Safety to extricate the members of the party within the airplane, and when it was determined the remainder of the efforts required the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) the operation was put on hold until those officials could arrive and continue their investigation. 

Neighbors to the crash site were quick to offer help to all the first responders in the area, including allowing access to their property.


Several law enforcement agencies joined in the search for the location of the plane which crashed near the Center Municipal Airport.

Donna Hughes, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, pronounced the pilot and passenger at the scene of the crash and they were identified as John D. Scull, 73, and Carolyn Hooker Scull, 81.

At this time the cause of the crash remains under investigation.


UpdateThe plane crash that occurred yesterday has resulted in the deaths of two Tenaha residents. The pilot is identified as 73-year-old John D. Scull and the passenger has also been identified as 81-year-old Carolyn Hooker Scull.


Update: The investigation of the plane crash continued Thursday, May 21 with FAA and NTSB on scene along with local authories. Shelby County Justice of the Peace Pct 1 Donna Hughes preformed the inquest and confirmed the crash resulted in two fatalities, a male and a female.

JP Hughes expressed her thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.

Additional information is anticipated today from the Texas Department of Public Safety.


May 20, 2020 - Authorities are currently investigating a small plane crash that occurred at 4:40pm Wednesday, May 20, 2020 behind Watson and Sons Funeral Home located off State Highway 7 east of Center. The Center FD is on scene assisting law enforcement.

According to a press release issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Troopers responded this afternoon to a report of a plane crash in Shelby County.

The preliminary information indicates at approximately 4:40p.m., DPS Troopers along with other first responders located the crash site, just south of the Center Municipal Airport. At this time details surrounding the cause of the crash and the identity of the occupant or occupants is not immediately available.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been notified to conduct the investigation.

May 20, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 10am Wednesday, May 20, 2020, TxDSHS has reported to them 183 cumulative cases of COVID-19, 52 recoveries, and 5 deaths for a total of 126 active cases. 

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages: (New cases since last report from May 18)

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 132 (3 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 8 (1 new)
Shelbyville (75973) - 11 (1 new)
Tenaha (75974) - 18 (1 new)
Timpson (75975) - 14 (1 new)

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20 - 9 cases (2 new)
Ages 21 to 40 - 57 cases (5 new)
Ages 41 to 60 - 69 cases, 3 death
Ages 61 to 80 - 35 cases, 2 death
Ages 81 to 100 - 8 cases
Age unknown - 5 cases

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