Two People Dead, One Injured in Shooting in Panola Friday Night
Posted July 29, 2017

By Elaine Etheridge

Two people were shot to death and a third injured in a shooting that happened at a trailer in Panola, west of Bethany Friday night.

fatalshootingPanola County Chief Deputy John Depresca says a 9-1-1 call came in at around 8:45 pm that shots were fired on a private road near County Road 334 between Panola and Bethany.

Deputies arrived to find two victims lying on the ground in front of the trailer house.  Depresca said additional deputies searched the trailer and discovered there were no shooters in the house, but a man’s body was found face down in the living room with two gunshot wounds.

Medical personnel determined one of the victims found outside was still alive and the other was deceased, according to the chief. Air Ambulance was called and the victim was flown to LSU Hospital in Shreveport.

Depresca said numerous shell casings were discovered on the ground in front of the trailer house and a passing motorist reported he saw three black males leaving the driveway of the residence in a gray or black vehicle, possibly a Nissan.

The identities of the two deceased and the surviving victim are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Depresca said investigators will be trying to interview the surviving victim to find out a description of the shooters, who haven’t been identified.

No arrests have been made.




at a trailer in Panola.


Center Crimestoppers Offering Reward for Wanted Timpson Man
Posted April 15, 2017

By Elaine Etheridge

Center Crimestoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of 42-year-old Rick Eugene Warren, of Timpson, who has an active felony warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Rick Eugene Warren

Rick Eugene Warren

Warren is described as white, five feet, 9 inches tall weighing 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Center Crimestoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. If you have any information, you are asked to call Center Crimestoppers at 936-598-SAFE, that’s 7233, or submit a tip online at Center Crimestoppers dot com.



Center PD Celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
Posted April 13, 2017
This week marks the annual National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW). Held every year during the second week of April, NPSTW is a time to recognize telecommunications personnel in the public safety community for their service and commitment to the profession.
L to R: Karen Shields, Bailey Lee, Tiffany Ryals, Communication Supervisor Donna Dugger Daniel Williamson, Jolene Tindol, and Amy Lindley  Not pictured: Jennifer Stroud and  Deanne Evans

L to R: Karen Shields, Bailey Lee, Tiffany Ryals, Communication Supervisor Donna Dugger
Daniel Williamson, Jolene Tindol, and Amy Lindley Not pictured: Jennifer Stroud and
Deanne Evans

Telecommunicator Week provides an opportunity to recognize the men and women who staff our Police Departments, Sheriff’s Office, EMS Offices and 9-1-1 centers across the Nation.
It highlights a profession that demands unique professional skills and personal attributes of people willing to make sacrifices like working weekends, shifts, and holidays, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
It is to help to instill a sense of pride and personal satisfaction in telecommunications, knowing that their essential, and often heroic work, is being recognized and not forgotten.”
The Center Police Department and the PD’s Ladies Axuiliary extends its appreciation to the telecommunicatiors and other public safety personnel for the important work they do every day to keep their communities safe and secure.


Traffic Stop in Marshall Leads to Big Drug Bust
Posted April 10, 2017

By Elaine Etheridge

A traffic stop in Marshall has resulted in two arrests and the seizure of of more than 87 grams of Methamphetamine. On Saturday at around 1:45 am, Marshall Police conducted a traffic stop on a red Ford Mustang in the 1700 block of East End Blvd. South.

Tobias Prudencio

Tobias Prudencio

When officers approached the vehicle, there was a strong smell of marijuana. The driver, identified as Tobia Prudencio, 30, of Marshall, refused a search of the vehicle, claiming there were no drugs inside.

Prudencio and his passenger, Stephani Carbajal, 19, of Maryland, were both detained at the scene while a police K9 was deployed.

The K9 alerted on both the driver and passenger side doors. As a result, approximately 87.5 grams of Methamphetamine, two digital scales, a .45 caliber handgun and small bags commonly used in the sale of narcotics were found inside the vehicle. Soon after searching the vehicle, police learned the car had been reported stolen in Maryland.

IMG_1895Prudencio was arrested and charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Carbajal was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1.

Both Prudencio and Carbajal were booked into the Harrison County Jail.


Marshall Police Investigate Fatal Shooting Early Friday Morning
Posted March 4, 2017

By Elaine Etheridge

Marshall Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead. At around 1 am Friday, officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Paula Street in the Belaire Manor Apartment complex regarding a possible shooting.

Leon Bowman

Leon Bowman

When officers arrived on the scene, they found 22-year-old Michael Phelps, Jr., dead inside one of the apartments from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. After interviewing witnesses, detectives concluded that 30-year-old Leon Bowman caused the death of Phelps. Bowman was booked into the Harrison County Jail, where he is charged with manslaughter.

Chief Jesus  “Eddie” Campa stated, “I’d like to thank the community for their cooperation during this investigation. Without the community’s help and our diligent detectives, the suspect probably wouldn’t have been apprehended so quickly. I’d like to offer our sincere condolences to Mr. Phelps’ family during this time of grief.”

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of Phelps’ death. This is the first homicide in Marshall for 2017. The case remains under investigation.


Carthage Junior High Cheerleaders Announced for 2017-18
Posted March 4, 2017

Carthage Junior High held cheerleaders tryouts Friday afternoon. April Bagley announced the 2017-18 cheerleaders.

cheerThey are Emily Anderson, Melissa Salizar, Alissa Parker, Destiny Haso, Kaylie Heathernack, Chandler Glaze, Lydia Foley, Latasha Sanchez, Haley Smith, Sadie Smith, Heaven Ingram and Maki Lewis.


Carthage High School Announces 2017-18 Bulldog Belles
Posted March 3, 2017

Carthage High School held tryouts for Bulldog Belles on Thursday. Roberta Collinsworth, director of Carthage High School Bulldog Belles, announced the new line for 2017-18.

bellesThey are: Tabitha Atkins, Constance Barber, Taylor Barton,  Crosbey Beatty, Brooke Cabello,  Kailee Dowdy, Lissed Gonzalez, Lt. Savanna Gwen, Katelynn Harris,  Niki Heim, Tony Jeter, Kayla Jones, Chaylan Luker, Capt. Annie Mahaffey, Lt. Emily Pyle, Lt. Madison Smith, Mary Smith, Megan Spradlin, Kristin Wall, Lt. Shelby Walters, Laurna Wolback and Tristan Wolback.

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Carthage Bulldog Belles.


Beckville Man Charged with Trying to Run Over Sheriff’s Deputy
Posted February 21, 2017

By Elaine Etheridge

A Beckville man is charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer after fleeing police in a chase that ended in Tatum early Tuesday morning.

16830664_1342107405847114_5216504737498297940_nPanola Co. Sheriff Kevin Lake says Steven Mullican, 28, was driving on the wrong side of the road on FM 959.  Deputy Josh Nagle tried to stop him, Mullican fled, turning onto Hwy. 149, and then turning right just before Hwy. 43, crashing through a cyclone fence.

As Deputies Chad Gray and Nagle approached the vehicle, Mullican reversed his vehicle striking two Panola County patrol units. Nagle was struck by the vehicle and knocked to the ground.  Mullican went forward again, trying to run over Nagle. Nagle and Gray fired at Mullican, hitting him in the side, according to Lake.

Mullican is in stable condition at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview. Nagle was treated for non-life threatening injuries at ETMC, Carthage.

The vehicle Mullican was driving was found to be stolen.

Lake said more charges will be filed against Mullican.


Carthage Police Release More Details in Man’s Death
Posted October 11, 2016

One man is dead following an altercation between a father and son.

drug arrestCarthage Police Chief Jim Vanover tells KGAS News that Robert Lee Barkins, Jr., 44, was killed after being hit by a car and pinned against a tree on Cook Street.

The incident happened Monday at around 12:30 pm.

Vanover said Barkins’ father, Robert Lee Barkins, Sr., 66, was treated and released from a local hospital for injuries to his head from his vehicle crashing into a tree.

The victim’s body was taken to Dallas for an autopsy, but police have confirmed that the car that hit him was his father’s vehicle.

According to Vanover, there was evidence that “there had been some sort of violence going on there.”

Family members told investigators the men got into an argument Monday morning and it escalated. Vanover said a handgun was recovered with two magazines.

Barkins’ Jr. was from Tyler and had recently moved to Carthage to help his father, who is a mechanic, in his business.

Vanover asks anyone with any information to contact the Carthage Police Dept. at 903-693-3866.



Tuesday Last Day to Register to Vote in November Election
Posted October 11, 2016

Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in November election. The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 8.

voteEarly voting takes place from October 24 – November 4.  To vote in Texas, you must be registered. Simply pick up a voter registration application, fill it out, and mail it at least 30 days before the election date. Get your application here.

You are eligible to register to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
  • You are at least 18 years old on Election Day;
  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
  • You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Are you already registered?

To confirm your voter registration status, you may select one of three methods to perform a search:

  • Your Texas driver’s license number, if you provided it when you applied for voter registration;
  • Your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on your voter registration certificate;
  • Your first and last name.

Find out if you are already registered.


Carthage Police Investigating Man Being Run Over
Posted October 11, 2016

Carthage Police are investigating an altercation in which a man on foot was hit by a vehicle on Cook Street.

police-sceneAssistant Chief Blake Smith says officers were dispatched Monday at around 12:30 pm to find a man had been run over by a vehicle and was pinned against a tree.

Smith said the incident was “more than just a crash. There was a gun involved..”

The identity of the people involved hasn’t been released. Police continue to investigate to piece together what actually happened.

The man was taken to the hospital. There’s no word on his condition. No other details are being released at this time.