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May 19, 2021 - According to the Center Police Department, a stabbing occurred at Shady Oaks fuel station on Saturday May 8, 2021 around midnight. An employee of the gas station was in their vehicle preparing to leave when a SUV pulled next to the pumps. A Hispanic male exited his vehicle and approached the employee's car and the employee rolled the window partially down.

The employee told him that the pumps were closed. He responded by reaching through the window with a knife and stabbing the victim multiple times. The suspect returned to his vehicle and left the scene. The victim required medical attention which included sutures and was later released.

The Suspect was described to be a Hispanic male, mid 20s to early 30s, short and stocky. If you have any information, contact Center Police Department Detective Nicole Faulkner 936-598-2788.

May 18, 2021 - FM 138 was the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Monday, May 10, 2021.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Dustin Ramos, at 9:38pm a grey 2017 GMC Yukon driven by Patricia Wright, 47, of Center was westbound on FM 138 at the 3000 block.

Due to fatigue, Wright left the roadway to the right and traveled for some distance before striking a culvert which caused the GMC to flip and come to rest on its top in the right side of the roadway.

No citations were issues at the time of the crash. 

Center Fire Department fire personnel responed to the scene to assist with traffic control.

May 18, 2021 - Constable Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood reports two incidents Sunday, May 16, 2021, which resulted in the recovery of stolen items. 

Between 4pm and 5pm on Sunday a call was received about a stolen firearm which had been taken on that day. Assisted by Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, Constable Cheatwood responded to the house where the gun had been stolen and through investigation a potential suspect was determined. 

As the investigation into the stolen gun was ongoing, another call was received of an enclosed cargo trailer which had been dropped off on a property located on CR 3252. While investigation into the stolen gun continued, the officers responded to the location of the stolen trailer, which was missing a license plate and vehicle identification number.

It was determined the trailer was a 2015 model 12-14 foot long and had been stolen out of Nacogdoches County, and was being sought by officers there. The firearm, a Sccy 9mm, was also recovered off a location on Connell's Ferry Road. Both of these investigations remain ongoing.

Constable Cheatwood reports this is the 40th vehicle recovered by his office in four years, and one of numerous stolen firearms. He expressed appreciation to members of the community for their help in these two cases and to the Texas Department of Public Safety for their assistance.

May 17, 2021 - A Shelby County Grand Jury handed down 110 indictments including several relating to a vehicle crash in 2020 that resulted in the deaths of five Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

The grand jury was impaneled for the July 2020 term of the 123rd Judicial District Court, and grand jury was held in both the 123rd and 273rd Judicial District courts. Due to COVID-19, there has been a backlog of cases and the grand jury impaneled just before pandemic restrictions were put in place is meeting once again to complete their duties.

Michael David Masterson was indicted for manslaughter, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Masterson, on August 16, 2020, recklessly caused the death of an individual, M.M., by operating a motor vehicle at an unreasonable speed, and/or by failing to maintain a single lane of traffic, resulting in a collision with a 2019 GMC truck.

Michael David Masterson was indicted for manslaughter, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Masterson, on August 16, 2020, recklessly caused the death of an individual, E.M., by operating a motor vehicle at an unreasonable speed, and/or by failing to maintain a single lane of traffic, resulting in a collision with a 2019 GMC truck.

Michael David Masterson was indicted for manslaughter, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Masterson, on August 16, 2020, recklessly caused the death of an individual, M.P., by operating a motor vehicle at an unreasonable speed, and/or by failing to maintain a single lane of traffic, resulting in a collision with a 2019 GMC truck.

Michael David Masterson was indicted for manslaughter, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Masterson, on August 16, 2020, recklessly caused the death of an individual, V.H., by operating a motor vehicle at an unreasonable speed, and/or by failing to maintain a single lane of traffic, resulting in a collision with a 2019 GMC truck.

Michael David Masterson was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony, The indictment alleges Masterson, on August 16, 2020, recklessly caused bodily injury to M.P. by operating a motor vehicle at an unreasonable speed, and/or by failing to maintain a single lane of traffic which resulted in a collision with a 2019 GMC truck. The indictment further states Masterson exhibited a deadly weapon in that of a 2010 Toyota Tundra.

Michael David Masterson was indicted for manslaughter, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Masterson, on August 16, 2020, recklessly caused the death of an individual, Sandra Parks, by operating a motor vehicle at an unreasonable speed, and/or by failing to maintain a single lane of traffic, resulting in a collision with a 2019 GMC truck.

Alfredo Dalton Ramires was indicted for intoxication manslaughter, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Ramires, on July 11, 2020, operated a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated, and did by reason of such intoxication cause the death of Kailey Agnew by wrecking a Jeep, causing it to flip over on Agnew.

Geoffrey Hunter Dubea was indicted for injury to child, elderly or disabled individual, first degree felony. The indictment alleges Dubea, on February 23, 2021, caused bodily injury to Phillip Baker, an individual 65 years of age or older, by pushing him down causing Baker to strike his left arm on a kitchen bar.

Geoffrey Hunter Dubea was indicted for injury to child, elderly or disabled individual, first degree felony. The indictment alleges Dubea, on February 23, 2021, caused bodily injury to Phillip Baker, an individual 65 years of age or older, by striking him on the forehead causing Baker to fall to the floor and hit the back of his head.

Jerry James Bell was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Bell, on August 31, 2020, recklessly caused bodily injury to Ricky Robinson by striking him multiple times with an aluminum bat during the assault.

Brandon Cummings was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Cummings, on July 24, 2020, recklessly threatened Elizabeth Barton with imminent bodily injury while exhibiting a knife during said assault.

Romel Crump was indicted for injury to a child, elderly or disabled individual, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Crump, on August 15, 2020, caused bodily injury to a 14-year-old child by hitting her in the face and causing her lip to bleed.

Gabriel Hernandez was indicted for deadly conduct, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Hernandez, on December 12, 2020, discharged a firearm in the direction of Shadarian Rasheem Hall.

Jimmy Drew Harris was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Harris, on September 8, 2020, recklessly caused bodily injury to Kody James Newman by shooting him in the left forearm with a Jimenez 9mm semiautomatic pistol.

Jimmy Drew Harris was indicted for deadly conduct, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Harris, on September 8, 2020, recklessly caused bodily injury to discharge a firearm in the direction of Big Texas Hair. The indictment further alleges Harris was reckless as to whether the business was occupied when firing the weapon at individuals.

Kody James Newman was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Newman, on September 8, 2020, recklessly caused bodily injury to Jimmy Drew Harris by causing Harris to be in fear for his life when Newman exhibited a Bersa .380 semiautomatic pistol.

Craig Alan Borders was indicted for aggravated assault, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Borders, on July 7, 2020, recklessly caused bodily injury to Randy Fountain by striking him in the head with a pipe.

Joseph Rondell Gibson was indicted for assault - prior conviction, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Gibson, on August 17, 2020, recklessly caused bodily injury to Brittany Lewing, a member of Gibson's family as defined by the Family Code, by striking her in the nose. The indictment further states Gibson had previously been convicted of a similar offense under the Family Code.

Edward Benard Miles was indicted for assault family violence with prior conviction, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Miles, on October 19, 2020, recklessly caused bodily injury to Tyonronda Adams, a person whom Miles has or had a dating relationship with as defined by the Family Code, by hitting her in the face and ripping her shirt off. The indictment further states Miles had previously been convicted of a similar offense under the Family Code.

Darron McCollister was indicted for aggravated assault, second degree felony. The indictment alleges McCollister, on January 24, 2021, recklessly caused bodily injury to Sharon Polley by hitting her with a wooden stick.

Jose Rangel Vega was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Vega, on August 1, 2020, recklessly caused bodily injury to Maria Guadalupe Vega by yelling and cursing at her in a very aggressive manner while exhibiting a kitchen knife.

Christopher Scott Tyre was indicted for sex offenders duty to register 10 years, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Tyre, on January 2, 2020, while knowing he was required to register with local law enforcement authority in the county where Tyre resided or intended to reside for more than seven days, namely Shelby County, because of a reportable conviction for indecent behavior with a juvenile/transmission of electronic communications, Tyre failed to register with the local law enforcement authority.

Christopher Scott Tyre was indicted for failure to register as a sex offender, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Tyre, on August 16, 2017, while being a person required to register with the local law enforcement authority in the county where Tyre resided or intended to reside for more than seven days, Shelby County, because of a reportable conviction of indecent behavior with a juvenile, intentionally or knowingly failed to register with the local law enforcement authority in Shelby County.

James Eric Raybon was indicted for unlawful possession of a firearm, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Raybon, on November 26, 2020, having previously been convicted of a felony offense, knowingly possessed a firearm after the fifth anniversary of Raybon's release from confinement following conviction of the previous felony at a location other than the premises where Raybon lives, Toledo Bend Reservoir.

James Eric Raybon was indicted for deadly conduct, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Raybon, on November 26, 2020, discharged a firearm at or in the direction of Cody Dwight Cooper.

James Eric Raybon was indicted for deadly conduct, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Raybon, on November 26, 2020, discharged a firearm at or in the direction of Hunter Calvin Smith.

James Eric Raybon was indicted for deadly conduct, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Raybon, on November 26, 2020, discharged a firearm at or in the direction of Adolf Cutter Smith.

Jerrard Jevon Dewalt was indicted for burglary of a building, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Dewalt, on May 15, 2020, entered a building without consent of Keith Byndom, the owner, and attempted to commit or committed theft of a ladder and pole saw owned by Byndom.

Cody Wayne Denby was indicted for criminal mischief, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Denby, on September 17, 2020, damaged or destroyed a house door, house window, air conditioner, television, dresser mirror, iPhone, window of a 2015 GMC Yukon, window of a 2019 Lincoln belonging to Pat Adams and Patti Redmon. It's alleged Denby caused pecuniary loss of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000.

Daniel Boyd Eaves was indicted for burglary of a habitation, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Eaves, on September 24, 2020, with intent to commit theft, entered a habitation without the effective consent of Bency Hooper, the owner.

Daniel Boyd Eaves was indicted for burglary of a habitation, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Eaves, on September 24, 2020, with intent to commit theft, entered a habitation without the effective consent of Maxie Eaves, the owner.

Daniel Boyd Eaves was indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Eaves, on July 6, 2020, operated a motor vehicle without consent of Latoya Howard, the owner.

Tydrick Jarome Davis was indicted for theft, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Davis, on November 6, 2020, took a hunter green 2019 Polaris 570 Sportsman four-wheeler, valued at $2,500 or more but less than $30,000 without consent of the owner Michael Brian Collins.

Tyquon Shonta Bussey was indicted for evading arrest, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Bussey, on January 8, 2020, intentionally fled in a vehicle from Deputy Josh Tipton.

Kay Frances Bussey was indicted for burglary of a habitation, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Bussey, on October 23, 2019, with intent to commit theft entered a habitation without the consent of the owner, Ruthie Latin.

Daniel Blaine Bushiey was indicted for burglary of a habitation, first degree felony. The indictment alleges Bushiey, on August 16, 2020, entered a habitation without consent of Kensi Shaw and Callye Goelden, the owners. The indictment further alleges, Bushiey attempted to commit or committed an assault against Shaw and Goelden.

Christopher Rashad Martin was indicted for evading arrest, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Martin, on September 17, 2020, intentionally fled in a vehicle from Officer Justin Whitton.

Jokevion Zajuan Leary was indicted for burglary of a habitation, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Leary, on August 8, 2020, with intent to commit theft entered a habitation without the consent of the owner, Luz Perez.

Heather Fowler was indicted for evading arrest, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Fowler, on October 8, 2020, intentionally fled in a vehicle from Constable Justin Fanguy.

Giovani Tyrone Johnson was indicted for unlawful possession of firearm, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Johnson, on November 16, 2020, having previously been convicted July 25, 2019 of the felony offense of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, knowingly possessed a firearm before the fifth anniversary of his release from confinement following that conviction.

Jodie Lynn Miller was indicted for theft, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Miller, on May 29, 2020, took a 28-foot Wildwood RV valued at $2,500 or more but less than $20,000 from the owner, Harby Davis, without Davis' consent.

Jamarious Preston was indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity, first degree felony. The indictment alleges Preston, on November 20, 2020, with intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination, the combination consisting of Preston and Deondrick Jones, Sakendrick Calhoun and Jaterious McCallister, who collaborated in carrying on criminal activity, the offense of burglary of a habitation.

Jamarious Preston was indicted for burglary of a habitation, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Preston, on October 13, 2020, entered a habitation without the consent of the owner, Mack Hamilton and committed theft of property by taking 20-30 pairs of designer shoes owned by Hamilton.

Jamarious Preston was indicted for burglary of a habitation, second degree felony. The indictment alleges Preston, on October 13, 2020, entered a habitation without the consent of the owner, Mack Hamilton and committed theft of property by taking 12-30 pairs of designer athletic shoes owned by Hamilton, valued at $2,500 or more but less than $30,000.

Larry Dewayne Thomas was indicted for burglary of a building, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Thomas, on October 8, 2020, entered a building without the consent of the owner, City of Center and committed theft of a bow and additional items owned by City of Center.

Larry Dewayne Thomas was indicted for burglary of a building, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Thomas, on October 8, 2020, entered a building without the consent of the owner, City of Center and committed theft of a computer owned by City of Center.

Adria Simone Polley was indicted for evading arrest, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Polley fled in a vehicle from Corporal Steve Thornburgh.

Adria Simone Polley was indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Polley, on November 28, 2020, operated a black Toyota Scion hatchback without the consent of the owner, Lashelda Hall.

Joseph Tyrelle Simpson was indicted for theft, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Simpson, on September 4, 2020, took a 2016 green Polaris Ranger 900 valued at $2,500 or more but less than $20,000 from the owner, Mary M. Schulze, without her consent.

Joaquin Pallares was indicted for assault on a public servant, third degree felony. The indictment alleges Pallares recklessly caused bodily injury to Officer Justin Whitton by attempting to grab Whitton's legs and drag him to the ground. The indictment further states Pallares knew Whitton was then and there a public servant, a Center Police Department officer attempting to arrest Pallares.

Ben Jefferson Osteen was indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Osteen, on August 5, 2020, operated a motor vehicle without the consent of Robert Glen Redmon, the owner.

Hunter Paul Smith was indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Smith, on July 30, 2020, operated a Chevrolet Silverado with ASP Swimming Pool on the body without the consent of Kara Bozeman, the owner.

Kristin Page Wilburn was indicted for evading arrest, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Wilburn, on May 18, 2020, used a vehicle to flee from Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, who was attempting to lawfully arrest or detain Wilburn.

Casey Denver Robison was indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Robison, on January 24, 2020, operated an automobile without the consent of Gustavo Florencio.

Jermichael Cartrail White was indicted for evading arrest, state jail felony. The indictment alleges White, on July 29, 2019, used a vehicle to flee Officer Chris King.

Jermichael Cartrail White was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, first degree felony. The indictment alleges White, on July 29, 2019, recklessly caused bodily injury to Michael Jones by shooting a firearm and striking Jones in the side of the neck while White was exhibiting an AK47.

Jermichael Cartrail White was indicted for burglary of a habitation, first degree felony. The indictment alleges White, on July 29, 2019, entered a habitation without the consent of the owner, Rachelle Walker. The indictment further alleges White attempted to commit or committed aggravated assault with a deadly weapon when entering the house with a firearm and searching for the occupant, and firing and striking the occupant as they exited the rear of the residence.

Zenas Montre Whitaker was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, first degree felony. The indictment alleges Whitaker, on July 7, 2020, recklessly caused bodily injury to an individual by striking her repeatedly with a baseball bat about her face and body.

(Some of the following content contained within indictments is of a sensitive nature and may not be suitable for younger viewers.)

Zenas Montre Whitaker was indicted for aggravated sexual assault, first degree felony. The indictment alleges Whitaker, on July 7, 2020, caused penetration by Whitaker's sexual organ without consent. The indictment further alleges, Whitaker caused serious bodily injury to or attempted to cause the death of the same individual.

(Dates in parenthesis indicate the date of the alleged incident):

  • Prince Earl, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), state jail felony (October 24, 2019).
  • Joshua Steven Cooley, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second degree felony (September 26, 2019).
  • Randle Roydell Calhoun, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), third degree felony (December 4, 2020).
  • Joshua Miles Bearden, driving while intoxicated - 3rd or more, third degree felony.
  • Tyquon Shonta Bussey, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (February 18, 2020).
  • Toderick Sedale Barnes, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (November 16, 2019).
  • Toderick Sedale Barnes, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (November 18, 2019).
  • Jennifer Lea Langford, possession of a controlled substance (MDMA/Ecstasy), third degree felony (September 17, 2020).
  • McClendon Harrison, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (methamphetamine), first degree felony (September 27, 2019).
  • Shadwrick Barnes, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (January 18, 2020).
  • Timothy Paul Johnson, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (May 19, 2020).
  • John Lloyd Bailey, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (August 20, 2020).
  • Tycus Boyd, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (April 22, 2020).
  • Jennifer Lynn Babin, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (January 24, 2020).
  • Justin Carl Haessly, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second degree felony (February 23, 2021).
  • Craig Alan Borders, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), third degree felony (May 15, 2020).
  • Craig Alan Borders, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), third degree felony (May 27, 2020).
  • Brittney Nicole Jones, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (August 17, 2020).
  • Casedrick Goodwin, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), state jail felony (May 8, 2020).
  • Jacovian Tyquan Johnson, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (October 25, 2019).
  • Gary Blackshire, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second degree felony (June 18, 2020).
  • Lester Paul Mann, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), state jail felony (September 17, 2020).
  • Evan Russell Luts, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (September 17, 2019).
  • Jacorey Johnson, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (November 22, 2020).
  • Quinnon Gardner, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), third degree felony (September 14, 2020).
  • Louis Wayne Fox, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (December 8, 2020).
  • Breanna Diane Fleenor, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (May 21, 2020).
  • Giovani Tyrone Johnson, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), state jail felony (December 9, 2020).
  • Edwin A. Humphrey, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (August 23, 2020).
  • Htookaw Jasonrain, driving while intoxicated with child passenger, state jail felony (December 20, 2020).
  • William Lee Jacobs, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (March 28, 2020).
  • William Lee Jacobs, prohibited substance in an adult correctional facility (methamphetamine), third degree felony (March 28, 2020).
  • Julie McMahon, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (October 30, 2020).
  • John Cody McDaniel, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second degree felony (October 30, 2020).
  • Darron McCollister, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), third degree felony (December 10, 2020).
  • William Douglas Themis, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (November 5, 2020).
  • Steven Dwayne Williams, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (December 8, 2020).
  • Jamison Rashard Swindle, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), state jail felony (September 3, 2020).
  • Mark Allen Stone, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second degree felony (March 5, 2020).
  • Adria Simone Polley, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), third degree felony (November 28, 2020).
  • Joseph Victor Shofner, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (May 28, 2020).
  • Randall James Spurlock, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (October 7, 2020).
  • Jeffrey Brian Sowell, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (March 7, 2020).
  • Miguel Antonio Robledo, Jr., possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (March 18, 2019). * Corrected date
  • Kristin Page Wilburn, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (May 18, 2020).
  • Katherine Tiana Yarbrough, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (January 27, 2020).
  • Ryan Michael Thompson, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third degree felony (September 17, 2020).
  • Ricky Lynn Price, possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine), third degree felony (July 19, 2020).
  • Shoneta LeCarl Thomas Jr., possession of marijuana, state jail felony (April 15, 2019).
  • Jennifer Aylene Watson, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), state jail felony (November 25, 2020).
  • Eluid Izquierdo Vidal, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second degree felony (February 1, 2020).

Indictments and Information are not a conviction, and are a matter of public record. All individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

May 13, 2021 - (Video) - Center Fire Department fire personnel honored their fellow fireman Wade Howell at his memorial service held Thursday, May 13, 2021. 

A multitude of fire trucks were gathered at Watson & Sons Funeral Home from Center Fire Department, Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department, Huxley VFD and San Augustine Fire Department.

There was also a presence of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department for the service amongst many friends, family and community members to honor and remember Howell.


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May 13, 2021 - Commissioner Bellmyer says the roadway no longer has barricades and is once again open to traffic. 


May 12, 2021 - Tom Bellmyer, Commissiner Precinct 4, has issued a Road Closure announcement for CR 4323.

According to Commissioner Bellmyer, CR 4323 at Risinger Creek has water over the roadway, and as a result it has been closed off with barricades until it is once again passable by cars. 

May 14, 2021 - Correction: US Flag Code § 7 (m) states "The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day."

This year, Saturday, May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day and also Armed Forces Day. 

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and Auxiliary encourage you to proudly fly your flag at full staff on this day in honor of both Peace Officers memorial Day and Armed Forces Day.


May 13, 2021 - Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. It is celebrated May 15th of each year. The event is sponsored by the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and is implemented by the FOP Memorial Committee.
 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and Auxiliary Center, Texas invite you to join us in proudly flying your US Flag at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down on Saturday, May 15, 2021 in honor of this special day.
 
All flags flying with the United States Flag should also be lowered. If you have a flag that cannot be lowered, respect for the day can be shown by tying a black ribbon or cord to the top of the staff.
 
Questions please contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at chiefhume95@gmail.com or 936-332-0349.

May 12, 2021 - Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated a two-vehicle crash yesterday morning on SH 103, about four and one half miles east of Etoile.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 10:25 a.m., a 2015 Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer transporting timber was traveling west. A 2004 Ford pickup was also traveling west in front of the commercial vehicle. Investigators believe the driver of the Ford made an unsafe turn in front of the Kenworth and was struck in the driver’s side. The commercial vehicle then traveled off the roadway to the left and struck a tree.

The driver of the Kenworth is identified Kenedy Edwards, 54, from Center. Edwards was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Nacogdoches County Justice of the Peace.

The driver of the Ford was transported to CHI St. Luke's Hospital in Lufkin by medical helicopter for treatment and then transferred to a Bryan hospital for additional treatment. The identity of the driver is not immediately available at this time.

This crash remains under investigation.

Additional information is not available at this time.

May 11, 2021 - The Child Exploitation Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.

In San Augustine County, Christopher Scott Tyre was arrested in San Augustine on one count of Promotion of Child Pornography on May 4. This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of an image of child pornography to a social media platform. Investigators seized several items for examination by the Digital Forensics Unit from Tyre’s home. Tyre was booked into the San Augustine County Jail without incident.

In Bexar County, Joe Anthony Salinas was arrested in San Antonio on May 5. Salinas was charged with Possession of Child Pornography, Promotion of Child Pornography, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact. This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of child pornography to a social media account, with the potential of a live victim. Investigators searched Salinas’ home and found clothing from a child pornography image. Several items were seized from the home for examination by the Digital Forensics Unit. Salinas was transferred to the Bexar County Jail without incident.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.

In Bexar County, Omahar Aranda was arrested in San Antonio on May 3. Aranda had outstanding warrants for two counts of Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact issued by the Kimble County Sheriff’s Office. The arrest was made with the help of the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio.

In Tarrant County, Robert Alan Holtsclaw was arrested in Fort Worth on May 6. Holtsclaw had an outstanding warrant for Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact issued by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

May 11, 2021 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred on or around April 18 on County Road 2932 in Shelbyville.

The suspect(s) gained entry into the home through a window and pried open a safe and removed numerous guns and other items. Entry was also made into a shop on the property where the suspect(s) allegedly stole tools from the building.

The SCSO is seeking assistance from the public regarding this burglary. If you have any information relating to this case, you are urged to contact SCSO Investigator David Haley at 936-598-5601.

Leah Chase, SCSO Public Relations

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