Sheriff Willis Blackwell

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is here to provide the law enforcement services our community needs to enrich the quality of life we've come to enjoy in this area of East Texas. As your Sheriff, it is my honor to serve the citizens of this county. Although it is a job that is faced with many challenges, I look forward to those challenges each day. I greatly appreciate your trust and confidence.

Upon taking the oath as your Sheriff, I promised to have an open door. I will continue to be available for any citizen needing to speak with me. Members of this county will always be treated with the utmost respect. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office strives to make our county a place where people enjoy living. If you have any questions about your Sheriff’s Office, please feel free to contact me or any member of my staff. Having worked in law enforcement for 44 years, I know and my Deputies know that our community members are the key to keeping this county safe and the streets clean.

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Latest News

SCSO responds to dog bite incident
Leah Chase - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was informed of a post circulating on social media regarding a dog bite that occurred recently.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to an incident at the NMC Center Emergency Department on Sunday, Sept. 17 regarding a dog bite that occurred on County Road 2501.

The complainant stated she and a friend were riding a golf cart when two dogs ran to the cart and started barking. The complainant stated she was not concerned with the dogs as she had never had problems with them before. As the complainant continued to travel on the roadway one of the dogs, a German Shepherd, bit her on the shin of her left leg. The laceration from the bite caused the complainant to receive treatment at the emergency room. The complainant was concerned if the animal had been vaccinated for rabies.

SCSO Patrol Sergeant Jeff Gogolewski spoke with the complainant who stated she had spoken with the owner of the animal. The owner told the complainant the animal had been vaccinated but the owner’s son was seen removing the dog from the residence where it was later destroyed.

Sergeant Gogolewski traveled to CR 2501 and spoke with the owner of the animal and she stated she obtained a rabies vaccination from a store in Louisiana and she administered the shot to the dog in Feb. 2017. Louisiana law states only licensed veterinarians may administer rabies vaccinations to animals.

The owner provided a tag with a vaccination number but no paperwork supporting the vaccination. The owner was issued a citation for improper vaccination of dogs and cats.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office handles animal bites with great concern. It is our obligation and duty to ensure the safety of the citizens of our county.


Narcotics investigation results in arrest
Narcotics investigation results in arrest
Leah Chase - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Friday, September 08, 2017 that an arrest was made on a James Alford Tutt, Jr., 25 of Timpson, due to a narcotics investigation conducted by Chief Deputy DJ Dickerson.

Due to the narcotics investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Tutt for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance and on Friday, September 08, 2017 Chief Deputy DJ Dickerson located Mr. Tutt traveling on Highway 87 North and a traffic stop was initiated at the intersection of County Road 1456. Mr. Tutt was placed into custody for the warrant and additional narcotics were located on his person and within the vehicle.

Mr. Tutt was transported to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office jail facility by Deputy Kurtes Lawrence and Deputy Jordan Long who assisted in the traffic stop.

Mr. Tutt was charged and booked for the warrant for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, State Jail Felony and Possession of a Controlled Substance, State Jail Felony.

Mr. Tutt was arraigned by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Marla Denby with total bond set at $15,000. Mr. Tutt bonded out on Saturday, September 09, 2017.

So it continues…will you be next?


Contact Information

Office Address

100 Hurst Street

Center, Tx 75935

Sheriff's Office

(936) 598-5601

Crime Stoppers

(936) 598-7233

County Attorney

(936) 598-6100

District Attorney

(936) 598-2489