Paige Rochelle Davila passed away on July 16th. A Celebration of Paige’s life will be held Saturday August 4th at the Decatur Civic Center from 11am-2pm.
Paige Rochelle Davila passed away on July 16th. A Celebration of Paige’s life will be held Saturday August 4th at the Decatur Civic Center from 11am-2pm.
It’s now time for the Center Broadcasting Community Spotlight of the week. This Week’s Community Spotlight will be shedding light on a special team that is working hard to take a bite of crime. From the Center Police Department, we would like to highlight Sergeant Scott Burkhalter and his partner Zitan. Sergeant Burkhalter began his law enforcement career in 2005 with the Shelby County Sheriffs Department. Sergeant Burkhalter later transferred to the Center Police Department where he eventually became the Officer in charge of the Canine Unit. Sergeant Burhalter and Zitan have been partners for three years. Zitan is a five year-old full blooded German Shepherd that has received extensive Narcotic Detection Training in Germany before coming to Shelby County. This dynamic duo is also members of the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association. As it stands now, Sergeant Burkhalter and Zitan is the only K-9 unit in both Shelby and San Augustine Counties, so the two are often called upon to come and assist other departments. We want to thank Sergeant Burkhalter and Zitan for all of their hard work. Be sure to check out their Spotlight photo on Center Broadcasting's Website cbc-radio.com under the community tab.
Shelby County Arrest Report for July 30th
Bobby Anderson, 31, of Shelbyville was arrested by Center Police for Possesion of Marijuana, Possesion of a Controlled Substance, Abandonment and Endangerment of a Child.
Coreena Adams, 27, of Shelbyville was arrested by Center Police for Possesion of Marijuana, Possesion of a Controlled Substance, Abandonment and Endangerment of a Child.
Brent Denby, 19, of Center was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Theft.
Kenneth Johnson, 47, of Timpson was arrested by DPS for Possesion of Marijuana.
Ariel Burleson, of Timpson was arrested by DPS for Possesion of Marijuana and Violation of Probation.
Jacob Cruse, 21, of Halletsville was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Indecency of a Child.
All Suspects are Innocent Until Proven Guilty Before a Court of Law
Applications for emergency farm loans for damages and losses caused by drought are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency offices located in Center, San Augustine, Jasper and Carthage. The Secretary of Agriculture recently named Shelby, Sabine, San Augustine, Jasper, Newton, Tyler and Panola Counties as being eligible for loans to cover part of actual production and physical losses resulting from drought, excessive heat, high winds and wildfires which occurred January 1, 2012 and continuing. According to FSA represenatives, farmers may be eligible for loans of up to 100% of their actual losses or the operating loan needed to continue the agricultural business, whichever is less. For farmers unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders, the interest rate is 3.75 percent. The FSA offices are open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
Official Voting begins today for the Shelby County District Attorney Race. Republican Candidates Kenneth Florence and Karen Price are on the ballot for Shelby County District Attorney. The winner will face Democrat Stephen Shires in November. In Nacogdoches County, Incumbent Chuck Hopson and Nacogdoches attorney Travis Clardy are also on the ballot in a winner takes all contest for Texas State Representative District 11. Registered voters who voted in the Primary can vote in the same Party Run-Off election. If a registered voter did not vote in the Primary, they may vote in either party’s Run-Off election. Precinct - 1 North, 1 Southeast, & 3 - First Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Precinct - 1 South, 1 Southwest, & 2 - Community House, Precinct - 4, 6 and 7 - First Baptist Church Fellowship in Shelbyville, Precinct - 5 - First Methodist Church Fellowhip Hall in Joaquin, Precinct - 1 West and 8 - First Methodist Church, Schiede Hall in Tenaha, Precinct - 9 North and 9 South - Texas State Bank Annex in Timpson. Voting locations are also listed on Center Broadcasting's Website cbc-radio.com.
Caddo District 5 Commissioner Joyce Bowman has revealed she is battling cancer. Bowman has been admitted to LSU Health for treatment of liver cancer. The 57-year-old elected official has been a tough and outspoken leader in the parish, most recently hosting a rally with law enforcement to take back the streets of Queensborough from crime and violence. Bowman ran unopposed earlier this year for the District 5 seat on the Commission and won the seat outright. Bowman is the first African-American woman to chair both the Caddo Commission and Shreveport City Council.
An instructor at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio is facing various charges at a court-martial resulting from a sex scandal at one of the nation's busiest military training centers. Tech Sgt. Christopher Smith faces up to a year in prison and a dishonorable discharge if convicted at his trial, set to begin Today at Lackland Air Force Base. Smith is just one of 15 Lackland instructors under investigation. Charges against Smith include trying to develop a personal relationship with a trainee and obstructing justice. Investigators have identified 38 female trainees as alleged victims.
Today is Monday, July 30, the 212th day of 2012 with 154 to follow.
Those born on this date:
They include English novelist Emily Bronte in 1818; auto pioneer Henry Ford in 1863; baseball Hall of Fame member Casey Stengel in 1890; English sculptor Henry Moore in 1898; businessman and philanthropist Henry W. Bloch in 1922 (age 90); baseball Commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig in 1934 (age 78); film director Peter Bogdanovich in 1939 (age 73); singer Paul Anka in 1941 (age 71); former California governor/actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1947 (age 65); and actors Jean Reno in 1948 (age 64); Ken Olin in 1954 (age 58), Delta Burke in 1956 (age 56), Laurence Fishburne in 1961 (age 51), Lisa Kudrow in 1963 (age 49) and Hilary Swank in 1974 (age 38); and writer/director Christopher Nolan in 1970 (age 42).
On this date in history:
In 1619, in Jamestown, Va., the first elected legislative assembly in the New World -- the House of Burgesses -- convened in the choir loft of the town's church.
In 1729, Baltimore, Md., was founded.
In 1930, Uruguay won the World Cup soccer tournament.
In 1932, Walt Disney released his first color cartoon, "Flowers and Trees," made in three-color Technicolor.
In 1936, author Margaret Mitchell sold the film rights for "Gone With the Wind" to MGM for $50,000, most ever for a first novel.
In 1971, Lunar Module Falcon, part of the Apollo 15 mission, lands on the moon.
In 1974, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, by a vote of 21-17, approved a third article of impeachment against U.S. President Richard Nixon, charging him with ignoring congressional subpoenas. Nixon resigned before the issue went to trial.
In 1975, former Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa was last seen outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. He was declared dead in 1982.
In 1976, Kate Smith made her last public appearance on this date, singing her signature number "God Bless America" on a TV program honoring the U.S. Bicentennial.
In 1991, a special U.N. commission to Iraq announced it had found 46,000 chemical shells and warheads and 3,000 tons of raw materials for weapons.
In 1997, suicide bombers detonated two bombs in an outdoor market in West Jerusalem, killing 13 people.
In 2002, Pope John Paul II was present for the canonization of Pedro de San Jose Betanur of Guatemala, Central America's first saint, and Juan Diego of Mexico City, first American Indian saint.
In 2004, the U.N. Security Council adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution demanding Sudan disarm within 30 days and prosecute those responsible for thousands of deaths in Darfur.
In 2005, British police said they arrested six men and one woman in the failed July 21 London subway bombings. That brought to 13 the number of suspects in custody in the apparent, unsuccessful attempt to match the July 7 attack that killed 56.
In 2006, an Israeli air raid leveled a building housing civilians in the Lebanese village of Qana, killing at least 65 people, mostly women and children. Israeli officials said the wrong building was hit.
In 2008, embroiled in a corruption investigation into alleged events before he became Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert announced he was resigning his post as soon as his party chose a new leader.
In 2009, Britain, Australia and Romania pulled their remaining forces from Iraq, leaving the United States and its almost 130,000 troops as the sole remnant of the 2003 multinational invading coalition.
In 2010, more than 1,500 people were reported dead after Pakistan was wracked by record rainfall and massive flooding. Officials said 4 million had been displaced.
In 2011, the head of the U.S. program for Iraq reconstruction reported June was the deadliest month for the American military in two years with 14 soldiers killed.
Also in 2011, the man who admitted to killing more than 70 people in a rampage in Norway told officials he had plans to attack the royal palace.
IN FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Rosa Anna Pina, 27, of Lufkin, passed away Thursday in Lufkin. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Today at Watson & Sons Chapel. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
Pepe Aldo Pina, 29, of Lufkin, passed away Thursday in Lufkin. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., today at Watson & Sons Chapel. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Appleby.
Shelby County Arrest Report for July 28-29th
Jeremy Sims, 31, of Shelbyville was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for No Seat Belt, Failure to Appear, Forgery, and Theft.
John Escobedo, 34, of Joaquin was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Criminal Trespassing.
Eddie Reed, 38, of Timpson was arrested by Timpson Police for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.
Debra Pritchett, 56, of Center was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Assault and Family Violence.
All Suspects are Innocent Until Proven Guilty Before a Court of Law
The only local run-off race in Shelby County is for Republican Candidates Kenneth Florence and Karen Price for Shelby County District Attorney. In Nacogdoches County, Incumbent Chuck Hopson and Nacogdoches attorney Travis Clardy are also on the ballot in a winner takes all contest for Texas State Representative District 11. The Primary Run-off election will take place tomorrow. Registered voters who voted in the Primary can vote in the same Party Run-Off election. If a registered voter did not vote in the Primary, they may vote in either party’s Run-Off election.
Due to the repairing of a water line break the Sand Hill Water Supply customers starting at Clark Williams on Hwy 7 West to the end of the line at the Attoyac River Bridge are under a Boil water notice until we get the water sample results back.
Funeral services have been set for the brother and sister killed in a brutal attack by a Center man. Rosa Piña and her brother Pepe were stabbed to death in her home on John Kolb Road in Angelina County early Thursday morning. 31-year-old Terrance Barnes is charged with capital murder for their deaths. Days after the arrest of Barnes, authorities are still looking for the weapon used in the attack. One thing they are now sure of, 31-year-old Terrance Barnes killed the pair before fleeing into a wooded area miles away from the home on John Kolb Road. According to authorities, Barnes did confess to killing them. Before capturing Barnes, authorities called in help from more than a dozen of law enforcement agencies across East Texas to aid in the 11-hour search of the woods. A sensor located on the helicopter was able to pick up Barnes' body heat and lead officials to him. For now, authorities will continue looking for Barnes' weapon, which they're told he dropped in the woods. Barnes is set to be arraigned in an Angelina County courtroom this morning.
Thousands of ArkLaTex AEP customers are back in the light Sunday evening after coping with a power outage that at one point affected customers in both Caddo and Red River parishes. Earlier, as many as 5,039 customers in Caddo Parish were without electricity for about four hours. The outage, which began about 3:30 p.m., affected traffic in Shreveport, particularly in the Highland neighborhood along Kings Highway, Creswell, Line and Southern avenues. Shreveport police officers directed traffic in those areas.
A Texas death row inmate who was scheduled to die next week had his execution stayed Friday by the state's highest criminal court, which wants to review a petition that argues he is not mentally competent to be executed. Marcus Druery, 32, was condemned for the 2002 shooting and robbery of 20-year-old Skyyler Browne at Druery's family property in rural Brazos County. His execution was scheduled for Wednesday. According to Druery's attorney, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was deemed incompetent by a defense expert. Therefore, executing Druery would violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Druery was the next death row inmate scheduled to be executed. Two other inmates have scheduled executions in August. Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state, has executed six prisoners this year and 483 since 1982.
Today is Friday, July 27, the 209th day of 2012 with 157 to follow.
Those born on this date:
They include French novelist Alexandre Dumas the Younger, author of "Camille," in 1824; baseball Hall of Fame member Leo Durocher in 1905; actor Keenan Wynn in 1916; bluegrass star Henry D. "Homer" Haynes, member of the Homer and Jethro musical duo, in 1920; television producer Norman Lear in 1922 (age 90); actors Jerry Van Dyke in 1931 (age 81) and Don Galloway in 1937; singer/songwriter Bobbie Gentry in 1944 (age 68); figure skater Peggy Fleming and actor/director Betty Thomas, both in 1948 (age 64); singer Maureen McGovern in 1949 (age 63); and actors Maya Rudolph in 1972 (age 40) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in 1977 (age 35).
On this date in history:
In 1794, Maximilien Robespierre, architect of the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, was overthrown and arrested by the National Convention. Robespierre who encouraged the execution, mostly by guillotine, of more than 17,000 enemies of the revolution, was himself guillotined the following day.
In 1909, Orville Wright set a record by staying aloft in a plane for 1 hour, 12 minutes, 40 seconds.
In 1921, at the University of Toronto, Canadian scientists Frederick Banting and Charles Best successfully isolated insulin -- a hormone they believed could prevent diabetes -- for the first time.
In 1953, after two years and 17 days of truce negotiations, an end was declared to the war in Korea.
In 1980, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, deposed shah of Iran, died in an Egyptian military hospital of cancer at age 60.
In 1986, Greg LeMond, 25, of Sacramento, Calif., became the first American to win cycling's most famous contest, the Tour de France.
In 1989, a Korean Air DC-10 crashed in heavy fog while attempting to land at Tripoli airport in Libya, killing 82 people, four of them on the ground.
In 1995, the leaders of the three largest industrial labor unions in the United States -- the United Automobile Workers, the United Steel Workers of America and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers -- voted to merge by the year 2000.
In 1996, a bomb exploded at Olympic Park in Atlanta during the Summer Games. One woman was killed and more than 100 people were injured.
In 2002, nine coal miners were trapped 240 feet underground in southwestern Pennsylvania when a wall collapsed, inundating them with water. A daring 3-day rescue operation saved them all.
Also in 2002, in one of the worst air show tragedies, 83 people were killed near Lviv, Ukraine, when a jet fighter crashed amid spectators.
In 2003, legendary comic Bob Hope died of pneumonia at his home in Toluca Lake, Calif., He was 100 years old.
In 2003 sports, Lance Armstrong became the second cyclist to win the Tour de France for a fifth consecutive year.
In 2004, a major U.S. Muslim charity and seven officers were charged with providing millions of dollars to Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist group blamed for dozens of suicide bombings in Israel.
In 2006 sports, American Floyd Landis, who won the Tour de France cycling classic, tested positive for higher levels of testosterone than allowed.
In 2007, forensic experts exhumed remains of 131 Bosnian Muslims massacred by Bosnians Serbs and buried in a mass grave at Srebrenica in 1995.
In 2010, the U.S. Congress approved legislation providing another $60 billion to finance the wars in Iraq an Afghanistan.
Also in 2010, BP chief Tony Hayward, who bore the brunt of anger over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, will leave Oct. 1, replaced by Robert Dudley, the London company's first American chief executive officer.
In 2011, the majority of jobs created in the current economic recovery were lower-paying ones while higher-wage positions declined during the first quarter of 2011, a government report said.
Jean Carroll Lout, 83, of Buna, passed away Tuesday at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Graveside service will be 12:00 p.m., today at Rather Cemetery, FM 139 at 87 in Shelbyville.
Billy Ben Bradshaw, 68, of Center, passed away Wednesday, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., today at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., tomorrow at Hurst Street Church of Christ in Center. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center.
John David Mixon, 43 of Garrison, Texas passed away Friday, July 20 at home. Visitation will be held at Garrison Funeral Home, today from 6-8pm. Funeral Services will be held Saturday at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Garrison at 2pm. Graveside services will be held immediately following the funeral at Cold Springs Cemetery.
Shelby County Arrest Report for July 26th
All Suspects are Innocent Until Proven Guilty Before a Court of Law
Yesterday, the Center Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at 191 FM 3471 Shelbyville, Texas 75973. Bobby Anderson, 21, and Coreen Nicole Adams, 27, were found in possession of approximately 1.5 lbs of Marijuana. This was the result of a lengthy undercover narcotics investigation conducted by the Center Police Department’s Narcotics Division and Pct. 2 Constable Shad Sparks. The two subjects were charged with Possession of Marijuana State Jail Felony and each were charged with two counts of Abandon/Endangering a Child. There are several arrest warrants pending in this case and more search warrants to be executed in the area.
Last month, 15-years after Kenneth Wayne Boyd's arrest, Shelby County District Judge Charles Mitchell agreed with Boyd's defense team that his conviction should be tossed out because evidence in his case was wrongly suppressed by prosecutors, and that they used knowingly false testimony. However, Boyd who convicted of killing three people must now wait until possibly mid-September before an appeals court returns to make a ruling that could set him free. Karren Price is now in a run-off election against current D.A. Kenneth Florence, that could make her D.A. once again. An appeals court could now grant Kenny Boyd a new trial or even set him free, when they return from their summer break. Two private investigators are working with the Center Police Department since the department has re-opened the triple murder investigation as an open case.
Angelina County authorities have captured the man believed to have stabbed his girlfriend and her brother to death on John Kolb Road early Thursday. 31-year-old Terrance Demound Barnes was found sometime afte 10 p.m. Thursday, hiding under a log on Deer Creek Road, off of FM 1669. Sheriff's Office Captain Allen Hill says authorities found tracks and brought dogs in to sniff out the scent. A helicopter was positioned over the area, where Barnes was located a short time later. Hill confirmed Barnes is in the custody will be booked into the Angelina County Jail. Barnes has previous convictions for assault and drug charges. Information on possible charges for Thursday's deadly stabbing are not expected to be available until this morning.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced more than 90 arrests from all over the country in the first- ever nationwide crackdown on bath salts and other synthetic designer drugs. Nearly five million packets of synthetic drugs which are typically marketed as bath salts or herbs were confiscated by the DEA during the nationwide sting called Operation Log Jam. Shreveport and Bossier City were on the list of cities the DEA targeted. Bath Salts are being treated as controlled substances since they are proven to be chemically and or pharmacologically similar to a schedule 1 or schedule II controlled substances.
The drugs are said to mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD or meth.
If you see the political ads, you may think only Republicans David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz are running to replace retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. But there's also a run-off on the Democratic side. There is also Democrats Grady Yarbrough and Paul Sadler vying for that nomination to lead them to Washington, D.C. Ted Cruz is running for Senate. It's well documented that he's taking on Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. They've been seemingly all over in their efforts to win the Republican nomination. But whoever wins on Tuesday isn't finished campaigning. He'll take on Yarbrough or Sadler to win the seat in November. According to Sadler, All of the media and all of the attention has been focused on the four Republican candidates. While neither Yarbrough nor Sadler would likely say their punting, it could take a Hail Mary for them to score a victory in November.
Angelina County authorities are on the hunt for a man believed to have stabbed his girlfriend and her brother to death in an incident on John Kolb Road early this morning. Capt. Allen Hill said the suspect is Terrance Demound Barnes, 31, who was living at the house but is from Center. According to authorities, Barnes stabbed his girlfriend during a disturbance around 1:30 a.m. The woman's sister ran into the room and tried to pull Barnes off of the girlfriend, who was holding an infant. The girlfriend's brother then came into the room and got in a fight with Barnes and was stabbed. The girlfriend, who was already seriously injured, ran out of the house and Barnes caught up to her in the driveway and cut her throat. Both victims were reported dead at the scene. The victims' identities will not be released at this time. Barnes is a 1999 graduate of Center High School. If you have any information or know the whereabouts of Terrance Demound Barnes, please contact local authorities.
Today is Thursday, July 26, the 208th day of 2012, with 158 to follow.
Those born on this date:
They include artist George Catlin, painter of American Indian scenes, in 1796; Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw in 1856; Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, founder of analytic psychology, in 1875; British novelist Aldous Huxley in 1894; comedian Gracie Allen in 1895; U.S. Sen. Estes Kefauver, D-Tenn., who led the 1950-51 Senate investigation of organized crime, in 1903; actor Vivian Vance in 1909; Erskine Hawkins, trumpet virtuoso, band leader, in 1914; storyteller Jean Shepherd in 1921; actor Jason Robards, movie producer Blake Edwards and baseball Hall of Fame member Hoyt Wilhelm, all in 1922; children's author Jan Berenstain in 1923; filmmaker Stanley Kubrick in 1928; rock star Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones in 1943 (age 69); British actor Helen Mirren in 1945 (age 67); tennis player Vitas Gerulaitis in 1954; Olympic gold medal skater Dorothy Hamill in 1956 (age 56); and actors Kevin Spacey in 1959 (age 53), Sandra Bullock in 1964 (age 48) and Kate Beckinsale in 1973 (age 39).
On this date in history:
In 1788, New York becomes the 11th state of the United States upon ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
In 1847, Liberia became a republic and Africa's first sovereign, black-ruled democratic nation.
In 1908, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was born when a group of newly hired investigators was ordered to report to the Justice Department. The special unit officially became the FBI in 1935.
In 1941, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur was named commander of U.S. forces in the Philippines.
In 1948, U.S. President Harry S. Truman orders desegregation of the U.S. military.
In 1956, Egypt created a crisis by nationalizing the British and French-owned Suez Canal.
In 1984, "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" became the first network television show to be broadcast in stereo.
In 1990, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 408-18 to reprimand Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., for actions he took on behalf of a male prostitute.
In 1992, under pressure, Iraq backed down and agreed to allow U.N. inspectors to look for documentation on weapons of mass destruction.
Also in 1992, Motown singer/songwriter Mary Wells died of cancer at age 49.
In 2005, the shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral in the first launch since the 2003 Columbia tragedy.
In 2007, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed anti-terrorism legislation that enhances screening of air and sea cargo and allocates more funds to states deemed at risk of attack.
In 2008, the U.S. Senate used a rare weekend session to pass a landmark housing bill meant to mitigate the ongoing mortgage crisis. The bill, which offered up to $300 billion in loan guarantees for consumers saddled with subprime, adjustable-rate mortgages and facing possible foreclosure.
Also in 2008, bombs concealed in tea boxes rocked the second Indian city in two days, killing at least 29 people and injuring 88. Nine explosions in a similar attack the day earlier at Bangalore killed two and injured 29 others.
In 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Also in 2009, Nigerian security forces clashed with a radical Islamic group in a 5-day battle that left a reported 700 people dead.
In 2010, the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, said the decision to post more than 75,000 secret U.S. Afghan war documents on the Internet was to give a complete picture of the conflict. The White House called the deed "a potential to be very harmful."
In 2011, U.S. Rep. David Wu, a 7-term Oregon Democrat, announced he would resign after a published report alleged he had made unwanted sexual advances on the 18-year-old daughter of a friend and campaign donor.
Also in 2011, 61 percent of likely U.S. voters, who expressed dislike for both parties, said they thought congressional members were doing a poor job, a Rasmussen Reports survey indicated.
IN FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Local authorities are searching for a suspect involved in a carjacking incident on Sunday July 22, at approximately 11:20 p.m. A 911 call was received by the Center Police Department shortly after concerning the stolen vehicle. The suspect took the white 1999 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab 4X4 pickup truck with license plate BD4-8928 from the Shofner Washateria located at 111 Thomas Street in Center. The pickup has a black brush guard on the front of the truck, a black tool box in the bed, and a Texas emblem on the rear window. The suspect is described as a black male 6'1" to 6'4", wearing a black shirt, black pants, black shoes, and a black cloth over his face. Anyone with information is asked to contact Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-7233 (SAFE) or you can visit centercrimestoppers.com to submit a web tip.
The City of Center is announcing that the highly anticipated Mini-Park Grand Re-Opening and Dedication Ceremony scheduled for tomorrow at 10:00 am. Children of all ages are welcome to attend and be the first to enjoy the City’s new splashpad. According to Mayor David Chadwick, the work done on this park is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Frances Oates who served on the City Council for nearly 30 years and was instrumental in advocating for our community’s youth. All residents are encouraged to attend the ceremony and to bring their swimsuits. Mini-Park is located immediately behind the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library between Henrietta and Fair Streets.
Early voting began Monday for the Primary Run-Off race and ends Friday, July 27th. The only local run-off race is for Republican Candidates Kenneth Florence and Karen Price for Shelby County District Attorney. The Primary Run-off election will take place on July 31st. Registered voters who voted in the Primary can vote in the same Party Run-Off election. If voted Democrat in Primary May 29th election, you must vote Democrat in Run-Off elections. If voted Republican in Primary May 29th election, you must vote Republican in Run-off elections. If a registered voter did not vote in the Primary, they may vote in either party’s Run-Off election. Early voting is held at the Shelby County Clerk's office located at 124 Austin Street, Center, Texas.
A two vehicle accident was reported at Approximately 11:30 am yesterday at the intersection of FM 711 and State Hwy 7 West. DPS officers responded to the accident that involved a Tyson tractor trailer truck and a GMC Sierra pickup truck. The Tyson truck driven by Felix Boykins, 37, of Mansfield, LA was traveling down FM 711. According to reports, faulty brakes caused the accident at the intersection of Hwy 7. The Tyson truck then struck the GMC pickup and thereby pushed it over onto its left side. A number of chicken crates containing live chicken were thrown from the trailer allowing chickens to run about causing further traffic issues. West Shelby Fire Department responded to assist with traffic control. No injuries were sustained from the accident.
A Center man died after driving into a tree Wednesday morning on State Highway 7 in Shelby County. Billy Ben Bradshaw, 68, died at 10:15 a.m. At LSU medical Center in Shreveport, La. According to the DPS report, Bradshaw was driving a 2005 Chevy 1500 eastbound on State Highway 7 at 7:50 a.m., a tenth of a mile east of County Road 3153, when he drove off the road and struck a tree. Watson & Son Services Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In a Press Conference yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal said he is waiting to hear from LSU on how they will handle massive cuts to the Medicaid budget. LSU Health System leaders are crunching the numbers and trying to figure out how to slash nearly $330 million from their budget. The network of charity hospitals treat roughly 20 percent of the state's uninsured. Jindal says he hopes LSU's plan involves big cuts, but not shutting down any hospitals. Lawmakers have said they don't understand how the university-run health care system can shrink it's budget by $329 million this year without shutting facilities.
Struggling with debilitating budget cuts and devastating droughts and wildfires, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Wednesday it is seeking official corporate partners, allowing banks, hotels or other large businesses to use the agency's well-known logo and brand in exchange for cold, hard cash. While other state park agencies have considered corporate sponsorship deals for specific projects, industry officials believe this could be the first time a department that oversees a state's natural resources actively seeks contract-based partnerships. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, responsible for overseeing and maintaining more than 90 parks, as well as issuing hunting and fishing licenses, had its budget cut by $114 million or 17.6 percent in the biannual 2010-12 budget.
Sherman Hemsley, best known as George Jefferson died Tuesday at his El Paso home. He was 74. Hemsley played Jefferson for two years on “All in the Family,” from 1973-75, then starred opposite Isabel Sanford from 1975 to 1985 on their own spinoff, “The Jeffersons where George was the owner of a chain of seven dry cleaning stores. George lived with his wife "Wheezy" in a luxury high-rise apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Hemsley's character George stands out without a doubt as one of the most enjoyable and beloved characters in television history.
Ruth McAdow, 96, of San Augustine passed away Thursday July 12th. Services are will be Tomorrow at 11:00 am at Memorial Presbyterian Church in San Augustine.
John David Mixon, 43 of Garrison, Texas passed away Friday, July 20 at home. Visitation will be held at Garrison Funeral Home, Friday from 6-8pm. Funeral Services will be held Saturday at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Garrison at 2pm. Graveside services will be held immediately following the funeral at Cold Springs Cemetery.
Shelby County Arrest Report for July 24th
All Suspects are Innocent Until Proven Guilty Before a Court of Law
Local authorities are searching for a suspect involved in a carjacking incident on Sunday July 22, at approximately 11:20 p.m. A 911 call was received by the Center Police Department shortly after concerning the stolen vehicle. The suspect took the white 1999 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab 4X4 pickup truck with license plate BD4-8928 from the Shofner Washateria located at 111 Thomas Street in Center. The pickup has a black brush guard on the front of the truck, a black tool box in the bed, and a Texas emblem on the rear window. The suspect is described as a black male 6'1" to 6'4", wearing a black shirt, black pants, black shoes, and a black cloth over his face. Anyone with information is asked to contact Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-7233 (SAFE), text Center PD and your message to 274637, or you can visit www.centercrimestoppers.com to submit a web tip. Remember, you will remain anonymous, and could receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
The City of Center is announcing that the highly anticipated Mini-Park Grand Re-Opening and Dedication Ceremony is scheduled for Friday July 27, 2012, at 10:00 am. Children of all ages are welcome to attend and be the first to enjoy the City’s new splashpad. According to Mayor David Chadwick, the work done on this park is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Frances Oates who served on the City Council for nearly 30 years and was instrumental in advocating for our community’s youth. A Center resident suggested that we dedicate this park in her memory and the Council agreed.” Mrs. Oates passed away while in office in 2010. Construction at Mini-Park began in mid-April 2012 and took nearly 90 days to complete. All residents are encouraged to attend the ceremony and to bring their swimsuits. Mini-Park is located immediately behind the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library between Henrietta and Fair Streets.
On August 31st, all of the production at the Shreveport General Motors plant will stop. For years, city, parish, state leaders, and the UAW have worked hard to prevent the complete shut-down. The plant even scaled back in production in hopes of delaying or even preventing a full shut-down. It's hard to overstate GM's economic impact to the Shreveport/Bossier area. At one time 3,000 employees were on the payroll - that's two production shifts and a maintenance crew turning out vehicle after vehicle. Over time, the workforce decreased to just one shift - 800 workers. And unlike other plants, it was a gradual reduction. Two million dollars in federal grant funding will be used to help those plant workers, and it's suppliers who are affected by the closure.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is warning property owners it may have to curtail water rights if a drought that has plagued the state for the past year persists. Although some areas of the state, including the Dallas area and Southeast Texas, have been drenched by rains this spring and summer, most of Texas remains in some form of drought. Most of West Texas and deep South Texas are still in severe or exceptional drought. The state agency says it informed water rights holders Tuesday it may begin to administer those rights on a priority basis. Texas law allows landowners with property along a stream or river to use the water. The TCEQ is responsible for ensuring there are no shortages, especially in times of drought.
The City of Center is announcing that the highly anticipated Mini-Park Grand Re-Opening and Dedication Ceremony is scheduled for Friday July 27, 2012, at 10:00 am. Children of all ages are welcome to attend and be the first to enjoy the City’s new splashpad.
"This park was the first project undertaken in our Parks Master Plan," reports Center Mayor David Chadwick. "The plans called for this park to receive a splashpad, new pavilion, playground equipment, a walking trail, restrooms and landscaping. You almost cannot recognize this as the same park."
"The work done on this park is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Frances Oates," continued the Mayor. "Mrs. Oates served on the City Council for nearly 30 years and was instrumental in advocating for our community’s youth. A Center resident suggested that we dedicate this park in her memory and the Council agreed." Mrs. Oates passed away while in office in 2010.
The renovation of Mini-Park is but one component of the City’s Parks Master Plan. The City is already working on other parts of the plan such as the first phase of a trail and sidewalk system, an expansion of Center Park with additional softball fields, and a renovation of Community House. Center City Manager Chad Nehring explains, "All this work is in conjunction with the City’s annual Capital Improvements Program."
Construction at Mini-Park began in mid-April 2012 and took nearly 90 days to complete. All residents are encouraged to attend the ceremony and to bring their swimsuits. Mini-Park is located immediately behind the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library between Henrietta and Fair Streets.
IN FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Major Horton, 69, of the Mount Gillion Community passed away Sunday morning at Holiday Nursing Home in Center. Services are pending.
L.W Garrett, 71, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Services are pending.
Ruth McAdow, 96, of San Augustine passed away Thursday July 12th. Services are will be Thursday at 11:00 am at Memorial Presbyterian Church in San Augustine.
Shelby County Arrest Report for July 23rd
Center 12 year old Dixie Youth Majors Tight Base State Champions are preparing to travel to the 2012 Dixie Youth Majors & AAA World Series to be held in Bartow, Florida next week. In preparation, the boys are hosting a Hamburger Fundraiser on tomorrow on the downtown square from 11am to 1pm. Plates are just $6. If you are interested in pre-ordering a plate, please contact Jessica Quigley at 591-5854. Be sure to show your support of this State Championship team!
On July 13th, a special meeting of the governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court was assembled in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse. Shelby County Judge Rick Campbell opened the meeting and then adjourned to executive session. Following executive session the Commissioners' Court reconvened. Judge Campbell made a motion and it was then seconded by Commissioner Rodgers. A settlement of $260,000 will be offered to the plaintiffs in hopes of settling the lawsuit. Precinct 4 Constable agrees to the Consent Agreement before the Court. The Court agrees to buy the video equipment and pay for the monitor. The Sheriff and the other four (4) Constables will be left out of the Consent Agreement. The motion was modified to include the Commissioners' Court's request that the District Attorney's office be allowed to participate in the agreement. The motion carried out and the meeting was adjourned. It should be noted that the above stated terms are not a final settlement of the lawsuit until the Plaintiffs accept the terms as authorized by the Commissioners' Court. If the plaintiffs reject the settlement terms for any reason, then negotiations will resume.
Early voting began Yesterday for the Primary Run-Off race and ends Friday, July 27th. The only local run-off race is for Republican Candidates Kenneth Florence and Karen Price for Shelby County District Attorney. The Primary Run-off election will take place on July 31st. Registered voters who voted in the Primary can vote in the same Party Run-Off election. If voted Democrat in Primary May 29th election, you must vote Democrat in Run-Off elections. If voted Republican in Primary May 29th election, you must vote Republican in Run-off elections. If a registered voter did not vote in the Primary, they may vote in either party’s Run-Off election. Early voting is held at the Shelby County Clerk's office located at 124 Austin Street, Center, Texas.
The idea of creating a statewide DWI tracking system is gaining steam again. According to sources, the 2004 death of an ambitious Louisiana project called the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System dashed hopes for a statewide DWI tracking system that was to be tied to it. But interest in reviving that program may be growing. The Louisiana state Legislature recently requested that the mothballed Integrated Criminal Justice Information System policy board reconvene and report its progress to state lawmakers during the 2013 regular session. Prosecutors, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Louisiana and others say a computer system that allows authorities to more easily verify previous DWI convictions and sentences across the state's many court jurisdictions would be a strong weapon against repeat drunken-driving offenders.
Investigators continue the difficult task of trying to identify 14 suspected illegal immigrants who were killed when a pickup truck packed with nearly two dozen people crashed in South Texas during an apparent smuggling run. They're also looking for clues about who else might have been involved in the operations. The men, women and children were carrying toothbrushes, toothpaste and changes of socks and underwear but no identifying documents. Authorities said the white Ford F-250 was carrying 23 immigrants from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala when it veered off a highway and crashed into trees Sunday night. The crash happened on a highway about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio and about 150 miles northeast of the Mexican border.
Today A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.
Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.
Friday Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 76.
Sunday Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99.
Center City Council Regular Meeting Agenda - July 23, 2012 The Center City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 5:00pm in the Council Room at City Hall. The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:
I. Welcome guests and visitors
II. Approval of Minutes of the Regular Meeting on July 9, 2012.
III. Consider Discussion and Possible Action on the following:
A. Approve Resolution 2012-15 Parks & Wildlife Grant Application.
B. Approve Resolution 2012-16 Center Point Rate Filing.
C. Approve Resolution 2012-17 Authorizing Mayor to Execute Agreement with TXDoT for the Closure of a Portion of Shelbyville Street on Saturday, October 6, 2012 for the East Texas Poultry Festival
D. Approve Agreement for Audit Services, Axley & Rode, LLP.
E. Approve SECO Grant Contract.
F. Consider Pineywoods Outreach Request.
IV. Items of Interest from Council and City Manager, and Citizens, No Action Items. A. Center Mini Park Grand Opening Friday, July 27, 2012 10am. V. Executive Session
A. Litigation Consider entering executive session for legal consultation with the City Attorney and discussion of pending litigation, personnel matters and land acquisition with possible action related thereto upon reconvening in open session in accordance with Local Government Code Section 551.071, 551.072, and 551.074.
IN FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Tommie Jean Kerr, 72, of Center, passed away Saturday in Nacogdoches. Graveside services will be held today at 1:30 PM at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
Paige Rochelle Davila passed away on Monday at the age of 17. A Celebration of Paige’s life will be held Saturday August 4th at the Decatur Civic Center from 11am-2pm.
Shelby County Arrest Report for July 21-22nd
The Center 12 YO Dixie Youth Majors Tight Base State Champions are preparing to travel to the 2012 Dixie Youth Majors & AAA World Series to be held in Bartow, Florida August 4 thru August 9th. In preparation, the boys are hosting a Hamburger Fundraiser this Wednesday on the downtown Center square from 11am to 1pm. Plates are just $6. To pre-order a plate, contact Jessica Quigley with CBC Broadcasting at 598-3304.
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court will be held on the 23rd day of July, 2012 at 9:30am in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse to deliberate and consider action on the following items 1. Approve and pay monthly expenses and amend budget line items accordingly. 2. Update by the Auditor regarding TAC Health Insurance rates for 2012-2013 Plan year. 3. Eric Carver of Axley and Rode to address the court concerning the completion of the FY 2011 Audit. 4. City Manager Chad Nehring to address the court concerning the Sidewalk Enhancement project by the City of Center. and 5. Danny Lawrence to give update and information on radios that need added or upgraded for the Commissioners.
Severe thunderstorms attacked the area late Saturday afternoon and evening causing storm damage to a large portion of Shelby, San Augustine, Sabine and Nacogdoches Counties, in addition to DeSoto Parish. The National Weather Service detected several lines of severe thunderstorms that produced quarter-size or larger hail, damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, dangerous cloud to ground lightning, and heavy down pours of rain. The weather service issued several severe thunderstorm warnings starting before 6 p.m. and continuing until 8:30 p.m. as the storms moved south out of the area. In Center, there were several trees and tree limbs reported in roadways and downed at residence. Same goes out in Shelby County, as several trees were reported blocking secondary roadways such as FM 138. Another weather related incident was the interruption to electrical service area wide. According to AEP SWEPCO and Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative: The National Weather Service says Saturday’s severe thunderstorms can be attributed to combinations of daytime heating, disturbances aloft and a moist and unstable atmosphere. Saturday’s daytime high temperatures before the storms rose well above forecast highs, as they topped out into the triple digits. According to Jim Forbes, Saturday's 100 degree day was the first day in July to reach triple digits. Rainfall for Saturday was 1.04 inches. Thunderstorm activity Sunday was sparse and not as intense.
President Barack Obama visited the Baton Rouge teenager wounded in the mass shooting inside a Colorado movie theater. The president stopped by the hospital room of Bonnie Kate Pourcay at the University of Colorado Hospital early Sunday evening. Obama offered words of comfort to Pourcay and her friend, Elizabeth Sumrall, who was with her inside the theater. While Pourcay was shot in her knee, Sumrall was not injured. Obama also visited several other patients at the same hospital, seeking to provide comfort to hurting and grieving victims and relatives after the movie theater massacre that left 12 people dead and dozens injured.
The FBI failed to recognize the threat posed by U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan before he killed 13 people at Fort Hood because poor organization, overwork and concern about a “politically sensitive” case led to an assessment that was rushed and incomplete, according to an independent report released Thursday. Former FBI Director William Webster concluded that the mistakes made by the FBI agents were not intentional and that those agents should not be held responsible, or punished, for failing to prevent the November 2009 shooting. Hasan is accused of opening fire with two pistols at the military installation, killing fellow soldiers who were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. A Pentagon review of the Fort Hood events immediately after the shooting led to new reporting rules intended to prevent future attacks on military installations.
SHELBY COUNTY ARREST REPORT FOR JULY 18TH
If you are a veteran of the Korean War, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary would like your participation in the laying of a Memorial Wreath. Friday July 27th 2012 marks the 59th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended the Korean War. A ceremony will take place at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Court House in Center at 10:00 am on July 27th. A Memorial Wreath will be placed and TAPs sounded in honor of the 33,686 killed in action and those who served and have since passed. The 7,953 still missing in action from that war will also be remembered.
At approximately 5:58 p.m. on Tuesday, Deputy Sheriff Lester Pitts discovered a black 2001 Ford Expedition that had been abandoned. The abandoned vehicle was parked behind a residence in Center. Upon further investigation, Deputy Pitts was notified that the abandoned vehicle had been reported stolen from Nacogdoches County by the owner. While the vehicle has been returned to it's owner, authorities are still investigating various items removed from the stolen vehicle.
Desoto Police say Lufkin native and Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant was arrested Monday because of an accusation from his mother that he attacked her. According to sources, Bryant is accused of grabbing Angela Bryant's hair, slapping her in the face and pushing her in the chest when she asked him to leave her home on Saturday. Bryant surrendered himself on a Class A family violence charge on Monday and immediately posted his bond. Police said Bryant has been cooperative in the investigation. Angela Bryant has been arrested six times since 1995, including drug delivery and assault charges.
A grand jury has indicted Brandon Scott Lavergne for the aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder of 22-year-old Mickey Shunick. Shunick was last seen riding her bike in Lafayette in the early morning hours of May 19. Lavergne was also indicted on first degree murder charge for the death of 34-year-old Lisa Pate. Pate was last seen in Lafayette in June of 1999, and according to yesterday's indictment, is believed to have been killed on or around July 3, 1999. Her remains were found in Church Point, LA, in late September of that year. Police say Lavergne is originally from Church Point, just north of Lafayette. Lavergne is scheduled to be in court next Friday, July 27, 2012.
A Texas man convicted of carjacking and fatally shooting a stockbroker was put to death Wednesday, becoming the first prisoner in the nation's most active capital punishment state to be executed under a procedure using one lethal drug instead of three. Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials announced last week they were modifying the three-drug injection method used since 1982 because the state's supply of one of the drugs has expired. Yokamon Hearn, 33, was executed using a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital, which had been part of the three-drug mixture since last year. Hearn showed no apparent unusual reaction to the drug as his execution began. He was pronounced dead about 25 minutes after the lethal dose began flowing.
Lewis Morris Deloney, 95, lifelong resident of Center, passed away Monday at Green Acres Nursing Home. Visitation will be today from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home. Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. tomorrow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Funeral services are pending for Tommy Lynn Wheeler, Sr., 78, of Timpson, TX. Mr. Wheeler passed away Tuesday in Nacogdoches. Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson is in charge of arrangements.
SHELBY COUNTY ARREST REPORT FOR JULY 17TH
Ricky Clark, 57, of Spring was arrested by Timpson Police for Assault.
Redarryl Davis, 21, of San Augustine was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Failure to ID and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Tania Velazquez, 29, of Center was arrested by Center Police for Theft.
Toderick Barnes, 31, of Joaquin was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for a Violation Probation.
Lee Hewitt, 64, of Center was arrested by Center Police for Assault.
Loterika Barnes, 35, of Center was arrested by Center Police for Criminal Mischief.
A local young lady will be featured on the TLC Channel's Toddlers & Tiaras at 8 p.m. Tonight. 10-year old Jasmine Cooks will be among the contestants in the Miss Mardi Gras Madness Pagent in Shreveport. A camera crew followed Jasmine for two days to film her and her family, which will be shown during tonight's episode. By the way, Jasmine won the title of Miss Mardi Gras Madness Outfit of Choice Supreme. Jasmine is the the daughter of Robert and Tiffanie King and Robert Cooks, and the Granddaughter of Y.D and Sandrel Jackson along with Lula Cooks and James and Barbara Edwards. Jasmine will be honored at T&R Steaks and More from 7 p.m. Tonight. All friends and family are invited. Again, that's at 8 p.m. Tonight on the TLC Channel.
Former Shelby County district attorney Karren Price and current assistant district attorney Kenneth Florence aren't timid in airing each others perceived dirty laundry. Florence pulls out a judge's recent agreement with a convicted murderer's appeal argument. It claims price poorly handled a capital murder case twelve years back. District Judge Charles Mitchell has found that Ms. Price has a demonstrated pattern of committing prosecutorial misconduct. According to Florence, someone who has done this before repeatedly, as the findings say, shouldn't be voted into the office again. Price returns fire pointing out Florence's connection with former Shelby County DA Lynda K. Russell, who for more than three years has been under investigation by the justice department on corruption charges and named in a class action civil lawsuit alleging highway robbery of minority drivers. According to Florence, he was hired after allegations came to light and was not involved in any of that. Price recants that Florence left the DA's office when he thought the fire was a little hot, and then came back when he thought the fire was turned down so he could get this appointment, maybe to shield himself from some liability, Price said. The primary runoff is July 31, with early voting taking place July 23 to 27.
A federal judge in Shreveport, Louisiana has handed down a life sentence to a Fort Bliss Sailor for his part in a global online network of child porn. Two others, Jonathan Mayor from Newport, Tennessee, and Micah turner from Roy, Utah were sentenced to 17 1/2 years. Their sentences are the result of a federal investigation that started in the Ark-La-Tex in 2009. The investigation was called Operation Delego and it targeted 72 Dreamboard members from fourteen countries including the U.S. Prosecutors describe Dreamboard as a once highly managed website- based community dedicated to the sexual abuse of children and the creation and dissemination of graphic images and videos of child sexual abuse throughout the world. In all, 42 members have been convicted. Their sentences range from fifteen years to life in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office estimates that prosecuting all of these cases will take about two years.
After slamming Bush-era tax cuts and calling Mitt Romney a business “outsourcer,” President Obama said Tuesday in Austin that he would remind the world why America is the best country in the world if he was sent back to the White House. Obama’s remarks came during a 35-minute speech to about 1,100 supporters at the Austin Music Hall, where he also jabbed at Republicans for their opposition to expanding health care and their efforts to gut funding for family planning. Obama sought to distinguish himself from Romney on immigration, though he didn’t mention his recent order to grant some immigrants relief from deportation proceedings. The event was open to supporters willing to pay $250 for general admission seating or $1,000 for preferred seating, according to the campaign website.
SHELBY COUNTY ARREST REPORT FOR JULY 16TH
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors join managers Dawn Barnes and Justin Timmons in inviting the public to the grand opening ribbon cutting for East Texas Extended Care Tuesday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m. located at 310 Jacob Street in Timpson. East Texas Extended Care is open Monday through Saturday opening at 8:00 a.m. with a variety of closing times with the latest being 8:00 p.m. To contact East Texas Extended Care call 936-254-3338.
July 14th, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. not only marked the initiation of a new event at the annual What-A-Melon Festival but also marked the official start of the What-A-Melon Crawl . In spite of the damp weather, over 300 runners young and old showed up ready to run or walk. To get things running, the 1K kids fun run kicked off on the downtown center square with Alex Jones finishing in 1st place and then Arya Vyas in 2nd place. In the 5K Run/Walk, Robert Smith was the first male runner to cross the finish with a time of 00:17:48. A little over six minutes later, Destiny Bellamy finished with a time of 00:23:45 giving her the distinction of being the first female finisher. The event was hosted by the Rotary Club of Center and all proceeds benefited the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Two conservative East Texans are vying to represent the area as District 11 State Representative. Incumbent Chuck Hopson says he still has some items on his agenda that he hopes to accomplish by serving another term in office. However, his opponent, Lawyer Travis Clardy, says it's time for a newer and fresher voice for the people and going into a run-off election against his incumbent opponent Chuck Hopson has further fueled his desire to gain the District 11 State Representative position. And in the Shelby County District Attorney race, Interim DA Kenneth B. Florence finds himself in a runoff against former DA and Stephen F. Austin State University professor Karren Price. Only 102 votes separated the two top vote getters in the Primary, with Florence getting 1,177 to Price's 1,075. The runoff winner will in November go against Democrat Stephen Shires, who did not have an opponent in the Primary. The primary runoff is July 31, with early voting taking place July 23 to 27. Registered voters who voted in the primary can vote in the same party runoff election.
State Senator Karen Carter Peterson says Governor Bobby Jindal's decision to refuse expansion of the state's Medicaid program under the recently upheld federal health care law is akin to him signing a death warrant for community hospitals. Peterson, head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, spoke at the Press Club of Baton Rouge Monday on the Medicaid cuts and the governor's rejection of the federal health care overhaul in Louisiana. The state Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday it will have to cut $329 million from the public health care system run by LSU. Peterson says Jindal has failed in his duty as governor by ignoring the significant improvements the law will bring to the state's uninsured citizens as he instead courts Mitt Romney's campaign trail and the Republican Party.
It may seem like the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is going from Technicolor back to back-and-white, but officials say they’re changing the look of the state license plate for good reason. The new general-issue license plate is called the “Texas Classic.” Gone are the read and blue colors and scenic backdrops. The Texas Classic is white with black lettering. The Texas star is in the upper left-hand corner and a small state silhouette sits in the middle of the plate number. Texas Department of Motor Vehicles officials say the new plate design is meant to increase public safety. The plates will include two new embedded security threads that will make it easier for law enforcement officials to spot legitimate plates. â€¨The symbols on the new plates are also bigger, with the numbers and letters being a full inch wide and more than 2 and a half inches tall. Along with the new plate comes a new license pattern. Plates will now be issued with three letters followed by four numbers. Administrators say the pattern change is meant to help make the license plate number easier to remember. The new Texas Classic plates are being shipped to all 254 Texas county tax offices, but they won’t be issued to the public until the current license plate inventory is used up.
Gloria Fern Gunter, 85, of Tenaha, passed away Saturday at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center. Visitation will be held at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., today at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., tomorrow at Watson & Sons Chapel. Burial will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in Shelby County.
Kathryn Burton Payne, 85, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., today at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., tomorrow at Watson & Sons Chapel. Burial will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery in Shelbyville.
Joe Gaddy, 74, of Timpson, passed away Friday in Longview. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., today at Watson & Sons Chapel. Burial will follow at Forest Chapel Cemetery in Chicota, Texas. Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., tomorrow at Forest Chapel Cemetery in Chicota, Texas.
SHELBY COUNTY ARREST REPORT FOR JULY 14TH & 15TH
In spite of all the rain last week, the 23rd annual What-A-Melon Festival went off without a hitch. The crowds increased as the days went by enjoying all the great food, sites, and sounds. The highlight of the fesival by far was the Largest Watermelon Contest. There were 27 entries in the contest this year but one young lady reigned supreme. The largest watermelon belonged to Olivia Johnson. Olivia's largest watermelon won her the grand prize money for the 4th year in a row! Last year Olivia won with a watermelon weighing 146.5 lbs. But thanks to the rain and some talented farming, Olivia's winning watermelon weighed 168.75 lbs. 2nd,3rd, 4th and 5th places winners were also apart of Olivia's family, making it a victory for the whole family. Overall, the annual What-A-Melon festival was a great for all.
A Texas man is lucky to be alive after a train collided with the tanker truck he was driving Sunday afternoon in Keithville. Casey D. Blakeney, 31, of Jacksonville, Texas suffered moderate injuries in the wreck. Caddo Parish deputies working the wreck say Blakeney underestimated how long it would take his empty tanker truck to cross the railroad track. Blakeney was driving west on Vardaman Road just west of Keithville-Keatchie Road about 3:30 p.m. when he stopped on the tracks just past the posted yield sign. He tried to move but was struck by the southbound Union Pacific Railroad train before it cleared the tracks. The truck was pushed off the tracks and onto its side. The train did not derail. Blakeney was taken to LSU Health Center. Deputies cited him for failure to yield at a railroad crossing.
Texas heat in the summer time can be down right brutal. Unfortunately, there are many Texas without air conditioning. So the the Dallas County Health and Human Services has a program that donates air conditioning units to people in need. The health department partnered with the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity to deliver the units Satuday morning– providing some much needed relief to families struggling this summer. 75 air conditioning units were installed with dozens more being rolled out this month.
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