Couple arrested for child endangerment
Couple arrested for child endangerment
Leah Chase - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Aubrey Neal Graves, 47, of Center and Jessica Hedges, 32, of Center.

On December 19, 2017 Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Chad Brown was notified by Child Protective Services (CPS) that a court order had been issued by the State of Texas to remove a one year-old child in the care of Graves and Hedges. Brown tracked Graves and Hedges to a motel in San Augustine on December 20, where officers with the San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office detained the two and CPS took custody of the child.

On December 21, 2017 a hair test was performed on the child and a positive result was returned for methamphetamines.

A warrant was issued for Graves and Hedges for Abandoning/Endangering a Child (SJF) on January 11. The two were arrested in San Augustine County January 12 and released January 14 after each posted $10,000 bonds.

The SCSO would like to thank the San Augustine Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with this case.

                            

 Aubrey Neal Graves                                                                        Jessica Hedges

 

 

SCSO warns residents of scam
SCSO warns residents of scam
Leah Chase - Friday, January 12, 2018

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office warns area residents of a scam circulating.

The caller is impersonating a law enforcement officer with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The caller is stating they have warrants for not appearing for a grand jury summons. The caller will request that you pay court costs and/or a retainer fee.

The number the caller is using belongs to a Shelby County employee. Once the call is answered, the caller will give instructions to call what appears to be a switchboard at the Shelby County Courthouse. They will ask you for your credit card information. This is a scam. DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY INFORMATION.

If you have any questions concerning this scam, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936.598.5601.

 

SCSO seeks location of Stephens
Leah Chase - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of 54 year-old Teresa Glynn Stephens. Stephens was last seen in Shelby County in the Spring of 2016. Stephens may also go by the names Teresa Glynn Roof or Teresa Glynn Kocyba. She is described as a white female, 5’10” and 200 pounds.
Stephens has ties to South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas City, Tx.
If anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts or any information on Stephens, you are urged to contact Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Kevin Windham at (936) 598-5601 or (936) 572-1972.

 

Runaway reunited with family in Hidalgo County
Runaway reunited with family in Hidalgo County
Leah Chase - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A juvenile reported as a runaway by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 11, 2017 has been reunited with her family.

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that Monica Marie Carter, 16, of Joaquin, was detained by immigration and customs officers at the Mexico border in Progreso, TX on Jan. 8, 2018 as she attempted to cross back over into the United States. Carter was transported to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detention Center where she was turned over to family members.

Carter fled Shelby County with 29 year-old Tommy Gene Riley of Lufkin. United States Customs Agents notified the SCSO that Carter crossed into Mexico on or about Sept. 15, 2017.

This case was under the investigation of SCSO Chief Deputy Kevin Windham.

 

Chadwick wanted by SCSO
Leah Chase - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

 

Jeffrey arrested in connection with recent burglary
Jeffrey arrested in connection with recent burglary
Leah Chase - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Another subject has been arrested in connection with the recent burglary that occurred December 11- 12, 2017 at a property on Highway 59 North in Tenaha.

Aaron Jeffrey, 45 of Carthage, was arrested and taken into custody by the Panola County Sheriff’s Office on January 6. He is awaiting transport to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey is charged with burglary of a habitation

The Shelby County Sheriff’s is still seeking the whereabouts of Antoine Pierce, 33, of Marshall. Pierce is described as a 5’9” black male, and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has brown hair and black eyes. Pierce has two active warrants for burglary of a habitation and burglary of a building.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these Pierce, please contact SCSO Chief Deputy Kevin Windham at (936) 572-1972 or (936) 598-5601.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Pierce of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

Antoine Pierce

 

One arrested, two wanted in connection with recent burglaries
One arrested, two wanted in connection with recent burglaries
Leah Chase - Friday, January 05, 2018

 

Harper arrested for theft
Harper arrested for theft
Leah Chase - Friday, January 05, 2018

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Candace Harper, 24 of Center.

On November 7, 2017, Farmers State Bank contacted the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) in regards to an employee theft. SCSO Investigator Carmen Fears met with bank officials November 8 and was informed that Harper had allegedly stolen $14,142.25 during her shift on October 20.

Bank officials met with Harper on November 1 to discuss the missing funds. Bank officials told Fears that Harper wasn’t sure what happened to the missing funds but the till could have possibly been miscounted. Bank officials told Harper she was being terminated because she did not follow policy of reporting a shortage in her till before leaving. Bank officials gave Harper the opportunity to return the missing funds by November 3 without pursing any involvement with law enforcement. The money was not returned by that date.

Fears met with Harper on November 22 at the SCSO. During the course of the interview, Harper admitted to taking the money on October 20.

Warrants were issued and Harper was arrested on December 14. She posted $5,000 bond and was released the same day.

 

 

Man killed in hunting accident
Man killed in hunting accident
Leah Chase - Thursday, January 04, 2018

On December 27, 2017, The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting accident on County Road 3373 in Joaquin.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that a juvenile and a family member had been in the area hunting. After the individual finished hunting, the juvenile was attempting to unload his gun when the instrument accidentally discharged striking Francisco Gomez, 22 of Georgia, in the chest.

Gomez was pronounced deceased at 12:16 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Margie Anderson.

This case was under the investigation of the SCSO and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department..