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Lori Thompson The information on the accident on Providence Rd. concerning Charles Buffington has several incorrect statements. First..he didnt walk away from his truck..second..the rx bottle was his own medication that he has a legal script for..third...he wasn't intoxicated..fourth.. he wasn't taken to Conroe but lifeflighted to Hermann Hospital in Houston. When you or any type of media report false information on people before knowing all the facts it can ruin their reputation. Please be more considerate to the victim and family involved in this or other stories you report. This is his sister and I speak for the entire family concerning your story.
I'll address your complaints in the order that you typed them: Nowhere in the story does it say that he walked away. We never said the pill bottles were someone else's. Never said the prescrption drugs were illegal. Never said that he was intoxicated (but pill bottles lead to suspicion). Hermann Hospital? Okay, we were misinformed on that, but I'll go fix it right now and put Hermann Hospital. Thank you for writing. - Editor
Patriots Allegedly Cheated (My Soapbox of the Day)
Vic Koltys Your telling me a professional quarterback can't tell the difference between a properly inflated ball? Cheating is cheating ,that's what was done. As far as Belicheck is concerned the only good thing about him is he was a Giants defense coach. The best game was when the Giants ended their perfect season. Eli made an amazing throw and tyree's catch was phenomenal buck up buttercup. See what I mean? So many people hate the Patriots. LOL! Thanks for writing. - Editor
Willie,Thanks for sharing. I love reading about baby Clay and it is so nice that you report happy stories in the news! Keep sharing! Who can resist a good grandbaby story? :)
Clay seems to have the market cornered on cuteness. LOL! - Editor ----------------------------------------- Robert Openshaw Dayton Brother, that article about Clay was very fun to read, your writing ability is outstanding , it always reminds me of a modern Leon Hale....you were born to be a reporter!
Thanks big brother. I feel a little guilty being compared to Leon Hale. That's a lofty compliment! - Editor
Reader Disgruntled with Livingston Walmart
Michelle R. I agree with readers Jasper J, Jerry B., and Tammy H completely. Walmart does not care about the customers, they only care about their profits. Yes the new manager is awful and is very rude, not only to customers but the employees as well. How safe is Walmart food really when you see mice running from the meat bunkers to underneath the shelves where all the other food is stocked. Not only that, Walmart is full of birds and cats in the store. There was also a bat that was in the store that kept flying low getting so close to employees and customers. The management did not do anything to get rid of the bat and it took an employee to catch the bat with his coat and release it outside. Profit profit profit is all that Walmart cares about. When an employees loved dies, they are only given three days off and then get harassed and retaliated against for taking extra time to grieve. I thought Walmart was a family oriented company. Many people talk about how bad Walmart has gotten and how ridiculous the prices are on even the store brand items. I believe Walmart needs bit more competition, and maybe just then they might think twice about how to treat their customers and employees. -------------------------------------------- Tammy H Livingston @Jerry Bell, I see you mentioned one of my big gripes with this store. "Clogged isles during the busiest shopping times, moving products around from places that we just got used to finding..."
The moving items to different places is their idea of a brilliant marketing strategy. They figure while you are trying to find the item, you will see other items you will decide you need to buy along the way. True! I think Brookshire Brother's might employ a similar, more subtle strategy but I have no hard proof. For example, during the holidays I ran all over that store looking for quart size freezer bags. I couldn't find them anywhere. Unsurprisingly, they did manage to have an endcap display of Ziplock holiday decorated quart freezer bags ($$)but alas, no hint of store brand or any other storage bags on the entire aisle! ------------------------------------------------------ Jasper Jones Livingston I agree with you 100 per cent,if Sam Walton could see how the employees are treated now.i think he would be pretty mad. I've already heard some negative things about the new manager which I understand had already been demoted once from the way he treated the employees. Wal mart was once king of the hill but unless they change some things the future isn't looking all that bright. ----------------------------------------------------- Jerry Bell Livingston Just wondering if anyone else has noticed what a colossal mess Wal Mart has become since some genius decided to replace the former manager. Clogged isles during the busiest shopping times, moving products around from places that we just got used to finding and the employees having a look on there faces like they'd like to be anywhere except that store. I shop Brokershire Brothers where the employees thank you for shopping there and always smile and offer help. Wal Mart has become the largest producer of low wage sweatshop style employment in the world. When will the controlling interests in this city give way to Wal Mart's influence and either let HEB install a new HEB super store or maybe a Kroger's across the road from Tractor supply? I guess the citizens driving to Lukin or Conroe taking their taxes dollars with them hasn't hit home yet. Wake up controlling interests before Livingston goes back to being a wide spot in the road, with way too many fast food joints and it's citizens looking for another place to live.
Jennifer Onalaska Dee, I don't know the person that you speak about but even if you are driving someone somewheres then you have to be cautious of who is riding with you. In the state of Texas, if drugs are found in the car and no one claims the drugs or there is a big amount, all that are involved will go to jail and will have to prove their innocence. If the person claimed it was his or hers (didn't 're-read this article so I don't remember who she was with) then she probably wouldn't have gone to jail. It's an officer's decision. You have to understand that this bust this officer made is a big deal and I'm very proud of him for getting hard drugs like this off the street but you have to understand too that he was just doing his job. We may not all like how things go down but if you have to pat down every person that enters your vehicle to avoid for you going to jail then it is your responsibility as the driver to do so becuz you are liable and responsible for whatever is in your car even if it is not yours. --------------------------------------------- Dee Garrett I've known Tiffany Rushing for over 30'years and she is not a drug user or dealer.. Check her record she has never been arrested for anything like this.... I am so confused on why she was arrested for something that someone else said openly to the officer and heard by Tiffany that it wasnt hers but I gues what was more important was the "big bust"'than the truth... I just pray that a thorough investigation is conducted because an innocent mother, friend, and woman life is in jeopardy just because she chose to help someone drive because they were tired on a road trip gone bad... I pray and ask that true justice be served in Jesus name...
Looking Back at 2014
Kim I guess the officer Paige Saunders that also passed way in July of 2014 wasn't important enough to put in the Looking Back in 2014. WOW THANKS
Did you also thank us for thememorial videothat we took our voluntary time to put together that has nearly 5,000 views? - Editor
Concerned Driver Personally, I don't know whether or not the staff at Busters can be to blame for the trouble. I love west of town, and I have personally see someone pull out of the Busters lot going the wrong direction. It is terrifying and I am thankful I've never been in an accident. I think it's a big problem that needs an immediate solution ------------------------------------------------- Crystal Williams Rowan, I am familiar with the law and how bartenders are supposed to be responsible with limiting who they serve. Obviously you did not understand my comment so I will explain a different way for you. I am saying that don't think that someone of age doesn't know how to get around the law. They can drink before they go to the bar and after they leave. The bartender didn't drive them there and didn't drop them off. Liquor was in the car!!! You are just the type to make excuses for people breaking the law and not being responsible for themselves. We have cops that are responsible for people not committing crimes too but does that stop them from doing it?? I think not. Busters isn't family but I have met the owners before and they were very kind people. I have seen many accidents living in East Texas at other locations that also serve alcohol, Busters isn't the only one. I personally have only been there twice but can see how quickly people blame a bartender instead of the irresponsible drunk driving adult! You are not forced to order drinks....some hold their liquor better then others and may seem ok til it hits them. Your comments are a perfect example as to why there are so many needless law suits today. Placing blame on someone else besides them self. I am guessing since you assumed I am related to Busters it's ok for me to assume you or your family are the irresponsible ones driving drunk on the roads?? Not fun to assume correct??? This section is for opinions., I stated that at the beginning. Now if you can't handle my opinion that's ok because I have no interests in debating it because your opinion is of no concern to me beyond this point. Have a good day and stay sober! ------------------------------------------------ Thomas Purvis Livingston Does anyone that's throwing blame at Busters for over serving ever stop to think that just maybe the wrong way driver actually had been at the other bar ?? Tumbleweeds is also west of the crash site !!! --------------------------------------------------- Rowan Blanchard Crystal, A bartender is legally responsible for every drink he/she sells. A bartender also has a limit to the number of drinks they are supposed to sell, per hour, to each individual customer. A TABC licensed business is responsible for the actions of it's bartenders. These statements are not my "opinion" these statements are FACT and the LAW. Get with the program before it's YOUR family Buster's kills. ---------------------------------------------------- Crystal Previous Livingston Resident I know everyone has their opinions, so I will share mine. Busters is an establishment that serves alcohol. It is common that people will frequent this business for a drink. Alcohol was suspected in this terrible accident and also found in the possession of the vehicle. It is possible these people who CHOSE to drink and drive knowing that is against the law, also CHOSE to drink more once they walked out of Busters. I doubt Busters wants to lose their license over a few drinks, besides why is the blame always placed on someone else. Reminds me of our government. "Oh ok you don't want to work for a living well then we can just give you some of the tax payers money"--"oh you don't wanna follow the law and not drive drunk well we will just blame the bartender." What ever happened to holding people accountable for their own decisions??? Please people stop making excuses and be responsible for yourself!! The bartender didn't ask you to order another drink, nor did they know if YOU were the one DRIVING! -------------------------------------------- B. Johnson http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/index.asp ---------------------------------------- Dani Pfaff Livingston They need to go after Buster McNutty's for being irresponsible servingalcohol.... they are also to blame. I know that they may not be able to prove that this accident was caused by Buster's but they should be able to do something. I also know that they cannot have cops sitting in the parking lot but why can't they when there is so much of this happening. This is just too much! Praying for the families involved! If anyone else thinks they should be held accountable for their actions you can file a complaint here https://www.tabc.state.tx.us/ …/complain_about_a_location.asp ---------------------------------------- Dustin Brown I was informed that there was a possible comment by me this morning on your website. I went to the website to see and there is either someone with the same name commenting or someone using my name. The Dustin Brown that made this comment is not the Dustin Brown that works at Rural Pipe & Plumbing Supply and goes to Beech Creek A/G. Just wanted to clear that up. Thank you. ------------------------------------- B Johnson You said letters to TX Dot but why spend tax dollars to help drunk drivers when it is illegal to drive drunk? Maybe letters to TABC would help. Have law enforcement watch them closer for awhile. Like the lady said sue them a few times. I have been to Busters it's a nice place. I know the officers can not be there all the time. ------------------------------------ Dustin Brown Derek, Buster Mcnuttys should be shut down!! This place has always been a disgrace to our community and has don't nothing but been a place for people to get wasted and go out and kill someone. Apparently their bar tenders are not bright enough to tell if someone has had too much or not. I remember the good ole days when Livingston was dry and you didn't have to worry about someone pulling out of a bar here in town and killing one of your family members. Maybe it was a HUGE mistake for us to have changed that in the first place. What needs to happen is that everyone that wants to go there should have to be breathalyzed before leaving and giving them the option to find another ride home, or have the police take them home. You better beleive if one of my family members was to be in an accident due to that place I would do everything in my power to shut them down for good! Why in the world did they ever open back up anyways, the food is terrible. ----------------------------------------- meauho J Andrade Update: Hailey and Maci are in stable condition and Doctors believe they have stopped Hailey's internal bleeding. Hailey will need additional surgeries (most likely Sunday). Some public information is being posted here: https://m.facebook.com/Stormintexas?fref=nf ------------------------------------------ Rowan Blanchard Concerned Mom, I understand your heart is in the right place, but if you really want to stand for change there is a better way. I am a TABC certified bartender(retired due to health), and let me tell you it absolutely floors me that Buster McNutty's is still open. Does anyone know if any lawsuits have been brought against the establishment? Because I've not heard of any. Buster's has a responsibility not only to their patrons, but of the good citizens of Polk county and THEY ARE FAILING MISERABLY. And that responsibility is to abide by the rules set forth by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission pertaining to the sell of alcohol to an intoxicated person. The sheer number of accidents and arrests that happen outside that establishment prove they, the owners of Buster McNutty's and it's employees, are negligently disregarding the LAW. It is high time they paid for this blatant behavior. Texas law states "Selling an alcoholic beverage with criminal negligence to an intoxicated person is a violation of Section 101.63 of the Alcoholic Beverage Code.". Furthermore I'd like everyone reading this to find out if any of the bartenders/waitstaff have attended and passed "seller training", are they even certified?? Folks, it is HIGH TIME to flood the TABC with our phone calls, emails, and written letters, it is time to say WE WILL STAND FOR THIS DISREGARD OF PUBLIC SAFETY NO MORE!!! It is all fine and good to go after the drivers, recently a man was convicted of providing alcohol to a minor who killed two people, isn't Busters PROVIDING??? The answer is yes ------------------------------------------------ Concerned Mom Livingston
Is there anything that can be done to make the crossover more obvious to the intoxicated people leaving Buster McNutty's establishment? I have witnessed people driving the wrong direction several times. By the time one calls it in to 911 and an officer is able to respond, the people are usually gone. While at my husband's place of employment one night, my children counted 7 vehicles driving the wrong way in a period of about 90 minutes. I know that it is not effective to have a police officer babysit across from Buster McNutty's each night. Would the police be able to do something if the vehicles were filmed by citizens? Would this be a way to temporarily make Livingston safer by encouraging drunk patrons to get a ride home? I think it would shock others to know how often people drive the wrong way when leaving Buster's... and how far they drive before realizing their mistake.
A letter to our local TxDot branch would be the first step. - Editor
Carol Hand Good job more of this needs to happen. Now we need Rehabilitation Centers to keep these people from going back to their old ways. If POLK County does not have funds to build Rehabilitation Centers then apply for Grants to help these people. The Jail circle does not seem to be working. These rehabilitation centers need to be available to the poor as well as the paying with insurance.
Local Facts Observer Jessica Navarro, Aren't you the girl who was accused of burrying a little clay fake baby and staging a fuenral. Yep, your one to "state the facts" Just saying! Real good judge of character! ------------------------------------------------------------ Jasper Jones Livingston I read the story and unless I missed something,I didn't see anything written accusing anybody of doing anything wrong.pct was just stating what had happened and that the fire dept. was trying to determine what started the fire. If the fire was not caused by the car running into the house then you have nothing to worry about,the fire dept.should be able to determine that.if you have car insurance then they will have to take care or the damage that you caused by running into the house. ------------------------------------------------------------ Jessica Navarro On December 27,2014 my husband had a car accident.. This is a true statement, the facts that followed on Polk county to day are not true. They are fictional and I would like to set the record straight by saying the house he hit, a lady name Martha Islas dose live there. Who the home actually belongs to I am not sure. He started having some kind of car trouble and we know the lady that lived there so he pulled into her drive to check. HE NEVER WENT IN THE HOME, NO ONE WAS EVEN HOME MARTHA WAS IN HOUSTON. He got out the car popped the hood and checked to see if he could tell what the problem was. He was having trouble seeing so he got back in his car and cranked it. He tried to back up but the car would not go back fully because it was on a steep hill. He put the car in drive to go back down the hill to try and get more speed to go all the way up the hill but due to car trouble, when he put it in drive the car motor rpms went up and the car went forward and with him holding the brake all the way to the floor, it would not stop. The car went through the front wall, the wall had the door and a double window and a small amount of brick around the windows and doors, with NO wired in that wall at all. The accident happen around 8:30pm We left the scene at 10:10 pm and JUST SO HAPPENS THE OWNER WAS THE ONLY ONE LEFT AT THE SCENE AND WITH IN 45 MIN THE CALL WENT THROUGH TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. WHAT A THOUGHT THAT THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE THERE WITH THE POLICE NOTHING HAPPENED UNTIL AFTER EVERYONE BUT THE OWNER WAS THERE. HAVING SAID THAT, THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE THERE THEY WERE DISCUSSING HOW THEY WERE GOING TO KICK HER SISTER MARTHA OUT OF THE HOUSE NOW THAT IT WAS BEING REBUILT FOR THEIR SON TO LIVE IN. THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE PERSON THAT HEARD THEM MAKE THESE STATEMENT. PEOPLE THAT WERE OUTSIDE THE FAMILY AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EITHER FAMILY SEEMS TO ME SOMEONE NEEDS TO GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT AND EVEN REALIZE THAT IT SEEMS KINDA STRANGE WE WERE THERE THAT LONG FROM 8:30 PM-10:10PM AND EVEN THE COPS AND TOW TRUCK WERE THERE LONGER THAN 10:10PM AND NOW THE WHOLE HOUSE NEEDS REDONE.. POLK COUNTY SHOULD TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT THIS AND REALIZE THE HOUSE WAS SO OLD THE SINKS AND TUB WERE YELLOW AND GREEN AND IT WAS FALLING APART BEFORE THE WRECK. I KNOW THIS TO BE FACTS BECAUSE I WAS MARRIED TO THEIR BROTHER FOR 6 YEARS AND HAVE BEEN IN THAT HOUSE MANY TIMES. POLK COUNTY TODAY IS ALWAYS POSTING STORIES THAT ARE NOT COMPLETLY TRUE.. BEFORE MAKING STATEMENTS OR STORYS GET THE STORY CORRECT BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD MANY PEOLE COMPLAIN ABOUT FALSE STATEMENT THAT HAVE BEEN MADE THAT COULD DAMAGE REPUTATIONS AND HARM PEOPLES WAY OF LIVING. PUT YOURSELF IN THE SHOES OF ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF CRIMES THAT DID NOT COMMIT THEM AND HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS OR EVEN PAID MONEY OUT THAT COME TO FIND OUT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT OR THE CASE FACTS YOU GUYS POSTED WERE NOT TRUE. YOU MAY CONSIDER WHAT YOU ARE WRITING TO BE FACTS BUT THEY ARE NOT IN MOST CASES. WHILE TAKING COLLEGE ENGLISH I LEARNED THAT THIS IS WHAT SOCIAL NETWORKS AND GOSSIP COLLUMS DO TO GET PEOPLES ATTENTION. IN THIS TOWN THERE ARE ENOUGH PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE AND DOING NOTHING TO HELP OUR COUNTY. DO YOUR BEST WHEN PUTTING MY FAMILY ON YOUR PAGE TO TELL THE TRUTH SLANDER IS AGAINST THE LAW AND I'M TIRED OF PEOPLE WALKING UP TO US ASKING US QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SITUATION AND WHAT'S BEING SAID IS NOT EVEN TRUE. SO AFTER READING YOUR POST ON IT I DECIDED I'D TELL THE TRUTH. THERE IS MORE TO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE. THANK YOU AND HAVE A BLESSED DAY.
We strive to be as accurate as possible. We get our information from the police and/or other authorities. - Editor
Red Livingston I read these comments about pit bulls and attacks on humans and the "idiots" that raise them...well, once again I cannot seem to keep my mouth shut! When it comes to Canines I consider myself to be a professional dog handler due to the level of training and yrs of experience I have. I have trained dogs professionally for a liscensed and creditable Guide Dog School and have worked with literally hundreds of dogs. Of course Service Dog Schools only use specific breeds for service/guide work. But, I can tell you that all breeds of canines are complex thinkers and even though they have evolved into a domestic pet they still possess the natural impulses and instincts of a wild canine. They are predators and though highly evolved they are cunning, methodical and calculating. They are pack animals and in an instant can take on that "pack mentality"... which means that they can join the pack within seconds not always taking into consideration of what the attack is all about. If one irritable Chihuahua is startled from his sleep and jumps up and runs after someone walking down the sidewalk...the rest will follow. It does not matter what breed of dog. So, If you are one of the many who love the Bully breeds and bring home one of these cute puppies you need to take full responsibility of owning a dog that when full grown will have the crushing pressure in its jaws at close to 450 psi (wolves1500psi). The difference is due to the angle in the cheek bone. It's still a horrendous amount of pressure,speaking from experience (I was biten in the knee by a lg male Chow Chow who's canines penetrated my femur bone) it felt like a bear trap! I think that owners are responsible in full for their pets actions and need to take more caution when owning certain breeds. I have worked as a Vet Tech for yrs and have found the average Pit Bull to be a big baby and very easy to handle, even when painful. But I also agree with the editors notes about (some) idiots that own them. One guy came into the clinic with a nine week old Pit puppy who had a tow chain for a leash! Really? That must have been the idiot he was talking about. Dogs do not have to wear 20#'s around there necks nor drag heavey chains around to gain muscle. Take them for runs and give them the exercise they need. feed them well and let them mature properly. Dogs chained up outside alone...are a dissaster waiting to happen. Dogs are nomads by nature and need to roam. Give them a lg, fenced yard or take them for daily walks for peace of mind. If you are one of the many Pit Bull owners who bring their big loveable Bullys into your house with you...then koodos to you! If you are one of the way too many idiots out there that tie their poor Pits to a tree with a heavey tow chain, with a dirty dog house or out unprotected in all kinds of weather, than you are the idiot referred in the post. Pull up your pants, go to the library and research proper pet care! Hock your sparkly teeth implants and buy your dog a nice kennel.If you own any dog with uncontrollable, vicious behavior, even a Pit Bull, please reconsider keeping it and placing more people in danger. Euthanasia is an easy way out for troubled dogs. Many dogs that are misbred can have mental and health issues. Not all dogs are "Breeding" quality. Prayers for the young woman who was injured in the mauling.
Melissa Livingston I was driving directly behind the truck that hit Mrs. Dodd and he did brake, also we had just come from a red light so he could not have been going to fast. I do believe he had changed lanes right before the accident (yet not in the intersection) which might be why she thought she could make it. Also Mrs. Dodd did not appear to be wearing a seatbelt because I was the first one to her in her vehicle and unless it came undone somehow from the force (which they should not do) she was not wearing one. I hope someone will update us on how she is doing. ------------------------------------------------ David A. Landgrebe I was at the scene of the accident after the impact I have questions it says that Donna Sack failed to yield right-of-way at an intersection, my observation to the accident leads to more questions than answers, where are the skid marks when Mr.Charles Delp's truck when he hit Mrs. Sack, it appears he never hit his brakes, it appears he wasn't observing the speed limit of 35 mph if he had of been the impact would not of been so bad this is only my opinion. I believe if Mr. Delp's had of controlled his speed watched his surroundings and used defensive driving the damage to his truck would not of been so severe and a 85 year old lady would not of been life flighted with critical injuries to Houston . The report says Sack may be facing a citation for failure to yield right-of-way at an intersection where is Mr. Delp's citation for failure to control speed?
There were long skid marks on the road where the pickup braked. Mr. Delps' speed isn't what caused the accident, it was Mrs. Sack failing to yield right-of-way that caused the accident. I understand where you're coming from, but regardless of the speed of the oncoming vehicle, you must yield to oncoming traffic that has the right-of-way. - Editor
Polk County Resident WOW is all I can say! If you go back and look all three of the people in that car have a long history of drug arrests, including prison time over drug convictions (public knowledge- all I did was a search on the names). I don't think this was the police officers fault, PCT;s fault or anyone else's fault that your kids didn't have Christmas or that "your man" might not have a job! Suck it up butter cup and get your life together, at least for your kids sake!! If your that worried about them then do something about it and stay from drug users! ------------------------------------------- Jasper Jones Livingston Wow,you are worried that they got your age wrong.i would be more worried about what might happen to my sorry -ss. Sounds like the same old story everyone has heard about a million times. I didn't know there were drugs in my car,that's not mine,its not my fault,why are you picking on poor pityfull me.you break the law and you get caught then take it like a man and quit whining like a little baby. ------------------------------------------ Alison Breteler Livingston Ms O'Bannon, don't play the 'victim' - you are known by the company you keep and you chose poorly. Quit whining! You will get your day on court and if you are not guilty, that will clear your name. In the future choose your companions wisely. As for the mistake in your age, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -------------------------------------- Shawn Obannon Thank u very much for publishing such lies on Xmas I was stopped by our city police and treated as if I was a liar I'm not perfect but far from what Polk county pd make me and my spouse Shawn out to be and having taking a man out of the cold and giving him (kevin) a ride we are treated like animals in your article so be it,but let me say this yes our passenger had warrants in which he ceased to the drugs that were found were not mine nor my man's Kevin even told the officers they it was his drugs but just to make the papers we were takin to jail now my kids have no Xmas and hopefully my husband still has his job so while everyone sits around and talks about this article when you start pointing fingers there are three more pointing back at u... and I'm not forty merry Christmas..
Jasper Jones Livingston Boo hoo, poor mr. Peters,he is a victim too I guess,all I can say is tough,maybe he will be more cautious about who he loans his vehicles too. So I guess he didn't deserve anything for his part in all of this according to you,but someone did because he received probation.so if he is such a good person ten yrs. probation will be easy to do.a lot better than spending it in jail. --------------------------------------------- Anonymous Livingston Oh yea he definitely needs to be locked up and taken away from his children and family for what he did. Which was? Nothing. He's guilty of giving Mr. Edwards employment and letting him borrow his truck on a daily basis. Mr. Davis is known criminal and obviously a liar. I seriously doubt that 23 year old Mr. Peters has $1000 cash to throw around. There was no need for anyone to bribe Davis nor anyone else. Mr. Edwards and the other party are guilty of doing the same thing that multiple others in Polk County do. Just so happened that one bad lapse in judgment changed the lives of many. That's a nightmare that Mr. Edwards and Mr. Peters have to live with for the rest of lifes. All the partys involved are in my prayers. -------------------------------------------- Jasper Jones Livingston Mr.peters should have been given some time in the jail as well.sounds like he got off light for what he did.it is a shame that we seem to have so many young people in this county who just don't care about anybody but themselves and I also notice a lot of disrespect for older people.
Jerry & Shirley Bell Willie,To echo our friend Marty's letter, what a great job you did on this coverage of our parade event. Having moved here from the over crowded California atmosphere to small town Texas has been such a blessing for us. This parade and the people of this small city cemented us here for good. We so look forward to this one event every year. Where else could you see a giant HEB hotrod shopping cart with Santa Claus on board or the synchronized riding mower guys. It's just not the same in the big city. Keep up the good work you do. You are appreciated. -------------------------------------------------- Marty Desselle Willie, you have outdone yourself. I'm guessing I live in a cave because I have NEVER heard that particular Alan Jackson song before and it was perfectly set to your footage. I wanted to go to the parade this year but now I feel that I have and it had to be better set to Let it be Christmas!
Thank you and Merry Christmas! Thank you for the kind words, Marty! - Editor
Ms. Jeffery I've tried to feel sorry for you and your family and every time I do I see Caleb standing there in church the day after the accident. I see him standing at that podium in the house of God and already trying to pin the accident on that poor child Jacob whose body wasn't even cold yet. Then I think of all the people Caleb has had convinced of his version of the "truth", they all said to me "it will come out in court", well, it certainly did. Caleb did all of this to himself and continued to make it worse with his lies. Mr. West, no words can express my condolences for your family, I don't know you and I didn't know Tiffany or Jacob, however, I don't know how anyone could read about your story and not feel sorrow.
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I am asking that you close the thread about Caleb. Things are being said that are simply not true, and it's very hurtful. I never stated anything about being a victim, no one apologizing, nothing about my kids all under one roof or all in the same bed on your forum. Unless someone has walked in our shoes, they do not know what we feel or are going through. Nor do we know what the West family is going through. My family thinks no more of themselves than anyone else. We are humble, hard working, quiet people. I, nor my son, are prideful. We were asked not to contact the West family, we did as we were asked. Mrs Slack is wrong in her accusations regarding my family and how we see ourselves. I'm not disputing that Caleb should've been punished, he was drinking and he never denied that. He deserved some form of punishment. That punishment has been assessed. He was taken straight to jail, he doesn't see any of this, and he has no way of contacting any of the West family to apologize as they have asked. I no longer live in Polk County, nor do any of my children. That is why Mr West hasn't seen any of us doing anything. I have shared Calebs story several times this week, and I hope it is reaching some of the people I've shared it with. I have three other children to raise, and I have to continue as normal as possible for them. We too have to adjust to the outcome of this situation. No one knows the remorse Caleb felt, no one knows him like I do. Trust me, he sheds more tears than any of you know, and he's tormented every night over this. Numerous times he asked me why it wasn't him, why couldn't he be the one who died. I've been quiet, hoping this would all go away, but it's just getting worse. No one in either family needs to continue to hash this out. The West family lost two precious members of their family, my heart aches for them, as it has since that night. I never felt myself a victim, never. They suffered a great loss and nothing can change that. My loss is different and in no way compares to theirs, I know that. However, that doesn't mean my family and I don't hurt over it. Please, for the sake of everyone involved, end this so that everyone can try to move on with their lives.
---------------------------------------------- Arthur West Goodrich Well Ms. Robin it sure sounds like you have taken sides. As for your facts
1. You were not under the rule as you did not testify but yes everyone in the court room was supposed to turn their phone off no calls, no texting. No they did not accuse you and Ms. Jefferies texting just that you were texting someone outside of the court room.
2. Well I saw Caleb every day in the hallway and he had 3 or 4 opportunity’s in the court room and he Never tried to offer an apology or take responsibly for his actions, his only response was that he was a Victim. (His actions and his irresponsibly is why he is in prison)
3. As far as being a victim I hope he nor anyone else has to go thru what my family has , Ms. Jefferies stated in PCT how nice it was to have all her children with her and all in the same bed and how no one has apologized to her well Ms. Jefferies let me be the First to apologized to you
1. For your son getting drunk
2. For your son killing Tiffany and Jacob
3. I don’t know if you had to get up all hours of the night with a 10yr old and 4 yr old trying to explain to them where their Mother and brother are and why they had to die
Just to let you know something I never wanted Caleb to go to prison but I thought he needed jail time my thought was that at every holiday he report to the county jail for 36 to 48 hours but after all his lies stating it was Jacob fault and stating my kids was dirt under his feet my thoughts changed and since he has not taken responsibly for his actions nor offered an apology I am going to be there when he comes up for parole and do everything in my power to see he stays in Prison the full 10 years maybe his attitude will change by then .
Well it has been 3 days since I challenged Caleb family to join me in going to the High School to talk to the kids about drinking, texting, talking on the phone while driving as I thought and have been told by many people that know his family they are only interested in what best suites them. I am glad this is over and justice has been served not only in the case against Caleb but also the owner of the truck Kalen Peters who tampered with evidence and witness he received 10 years’ probation
My hat goes off to the District Attorney Lee Hon and his staff.
My life and my world changed on December 8, 2012 but Mr. Joe Martin is an outstanding man both personnel and professionally he has helped me in seeing that no matter what God has a reason for what happens. Joe Martin is going to be sorely missed by the DA’s office. He is an Honorable Man. ------------------------------------------------- Denise
First of all I would like to say that I am glad that this trial has finally come and gone! In my opinion Mr. Edwards did not get enough time for the crime committed! Not only did he take the lives of two innocent people that night but he was also under age and drinking! Why is the person that supplied him with the alcohol not being looked at for charges as well?
I do not think that people understand the consequences to drinking and driving. Some people think that just one drink is ok and then drive! It's not!! You are still under the influence! I also do not feel that parents are more worried about being the "cool" parents and give their children way to much leniency and not enforce the law! Kids go out and party and drink, while the parents sit home thinking It's ok it won't happen to my child! Wake up parents, It can happen to your child!! Be a parent before you try to be your child's friend!!! You do not want that phone call or a knock at your door with tragic news!
As far as this case goes, well I knew Jacob and I met Tiffany a time or two and they were great young people! They did not deserve this! But for what ever the reason may be, God called them home that night! For whatever reason, Caleb was behind the wheel after drinking and took to lives after he chose to drink and drive! My heart breaks for Jacob and Tiffany's family and friends! I was sure hoping that Mr. Edwards would have had more remorse or that he would have taken responsibility for his actions for what he did, but as we all see he did not! I seen Mr. Edwards on numerous occasions in public in the past two years and I could not believe nor understand how cocky he is and how he still chose to drink and party after what he had done! But then again, I did understand that his family and friends were obviously not showing him the error of his ways and making what he did ok. The whole thing about "big Timers" in this town that supported him is completely out of line! Just because you might be "Big" in a town does not mean that you should condone such behavior! If one of my children were sitting in Mr. Edwards shoes I would be there for them for support and let them know that I love them, but I would expect them to take accountability for their actions and accept the Justifiable punishment!! I don't care how "big" a person is right is right and wrong is wrong!!
I agree with an earlier post, this tragedy should be used as an example to our children that drinking and driving is not acceptable and should not be tolerated!! I feel that the schools and community should come together and reach out to our youth and be more supportive with this issue. This year on prom night I was stopped at a local gas station getting gas and saw under age kids all dressed up and buying alcohol to go "party". I spoke to the kids and asked them what they were doing with the alcohol because I knew they were under age and the very rudely told me to mind my own business and cussed me! Then they got into a truck and drove away! I entered the store to let the store clerk know that they had just sold alcohol to under aged kids and they argued with me saying that they had an ID that showed they were 21!! I then called the police department to report it and it did not seem to be of importance, because I sat there waiting for a deputy for over an hour and a half and the deputy never came, so I went home. To me this falls on the parents of those kids, the store owner and the police, who are all adults and should be more concerned with teaching these kids to have more morals and respect not only for the law but for others and themselves!! I have talked to several parents that have said "they are 16, 17, 18 years old and they are just kids being kids" REALLY!! Because that kind of attitude is one of the reasons why this senseless tragedy occurred! I personally am tired of hearing the excuses and I feel that parents need to wake up and be more of a positive role model in their children's lives, so that we do not have to endure another tragedy such as this!!
To the family and friends of Jacob and Tiffany:
I pray that you can finally find some peace. I pray that you will all reflect on the good memories with them and know that they both can rest in peace now. I pray for healing for you all! I pray that you receive the closure that you all so much deserve and need! God Bless you all!
To Caleb Edwards and family:
I pray that you all will help each other to learn from this and to teach others that drinking and driving is not acceptable and it is a law, that you will help with youth programs to deliver the message that underage drinking is not acceptable, it is a law! I pray that you use this outcome in a positive way to help change the lives of those who are in need of seeing what can and will happen if they drink and drive! You could do great things with this and help to save the lives of many, but if only one, then it was successful! I also pray that You, Caleb can come to terms with what you have done and will accept your punishment dutifully and can reach out to the family of Jacob and Tiffany and give a sincere apology for your actions that night and then after!!
God Bless everyone involved!
----------------------------------------------- Jasper Jones Livingston He didn't get enough time,with his attitude they should have doubled it. ----------------------------------------------- Robin Livingston I am not here to bash anyone nor take sides I have a few FACTS that I want to express. Yes I was in the Court Room during the trial. My heart goes out to the Family of Jacob and Tiffany. I could never imagine the pain and hurt that you are going through. My heart hurts for the babies that will only have memories of their mother who was described as an amazing women and always willing to help others. Jacob was also described as an amazing young man whose life was taken too soon. My heart also for Caleb’s 3 younger siblings and his mother that is hurting also. I agree Caleb did wrong and needs to be punished.
Fact 1. While Mrs. Jeffery was on the stand My self and Mrs. Jeffery were accused of talking about the case outside of the Court Room which is far from the truth. I my self was under The Rule and so was Mrs. Jeffery she was also under Oath. I would not risk my job, going to jail or causing a miss-trial. If it needs to be know what we talked about…. We were talking about our children, grades, our husband’s jobs, hunting, shoping and the town she is now living in.
Fact 2. Ms. Kahle myself, Caleb and 3 other people were sitting at a table in the dining area at the Judicial Center waiting for the sentencing phase to be completed, a man walked up to the snack machine and Caleb stated “ Is think that is Tiffany’s dad and if so I would like to talk to him” The male that was sitting with us got up and went over to the man at the vending machine and said, “Excuse me sir are you Tiffany’s dad” his response was “yes” the male that was with us stated “Caleb would like to speak with you if that is ok” the man said “Let me get advised from the Attorney” he got his stuff out of the vending machine and walked off. At that point we never seen the man back down stairs.
--------------------------------------------------- Arthur West To the citizens of Polk County I am the Father of Tiffany and Jacob I have stayed off this web site and face book for 2 years I have some things I need to get off my chest.
1. To all the people who said right after the accident for the facts to come out and you will see Caleb was not at fault well I have known for a year and half who fault it was (1) he was drinking and under the age of 18, (2) He was intoxicated, (3) He was 100% in the south bound lane.
2. Even after all the evidence Mr. Edwards still refuses to accept responsibly for his actions even stating the jury got it wrong.
3. It was bad enough losing 2 children but all the lies about the wreck being Jacob fault and he was not my son Let me state this He was MY SON.
4. Even after Caleb was incited he still drove and drank even though he signed papers he would not well Mrs West (Grandmother Duff)how do you feel now you need to take some responsibly also because you helped get him out of trouble all his life, I cannot Believe he would call you and you would let him know where the officers were so he could drive home (Caleb stated this on the stand).
5. As I stated in court there were no winners the only people that can be winners if 1 person , drinks and chooses not to drive to all teenagers in Polk County if you think you have to drink please call me I will come pick you up and take you home I to would like for all the bashing to stop BOTH families are hurting the only reason Caleb is going to prison is his refusal to accept responsibly he still refuses and breaking the probation he already was on.
6. I Challenge Caleb Family to Join me in going to the High School and talk to the kids about drinking, texting, talking on the phone while driving If we can get through to just 1 child it will be an success.
Ps. To Caleb I truly hope to someday get a letter from you accepting responsibly for your actions. ------------------------------------------------ Michael Martin Houston I have no comment on this case but I now do see how the justice system works and people wonder why some folks fly of the handle and go on shooting sprees. ------------------------------------------------- Jessica Stokely-Whitworth Livingston Today i am writing this to you with a heavy heart. I myself did sit in that court room behind Mr Edwards through closing arguments as well through the punishment phase. Let me first off say this there is nothing inside of me that could ever sympathize with the family of Jacob and Tiffany because i have never been through something like this. I was completely blown away by the victim impact statement from Mr. west in which i found remarkable, forgiving and what i can hope that in the future that Caleb can always remember when he does enter the next phase of his life outside of those prison walls. I entered that courtroom to stand beside a family i love dearly and a boy in which i think a awfully lot about and no i am not blind to the facts of the case. Caleb has been around us a lot after the wreck and i can not begin to express how the negative words affected me in that courtroom but i also understand the facts surrounding the case and wish i had done more to help him down the path of least resistance.
Today i am going to challenge each and every one of you to do something. I learned a lot from this trial and the most important thing is we all could be sitting on either side meaning the prosecution side or the defendant side. We all have made some type of mistake however i believe that the biggest thing we need to know is when we make mistakes we dont take them for granted. Take responsibility in some form for a action, and make something positive from it. So what is my challenge. Lets flood this community with education about drinking and driving and the fact that it doesn't matter how much or how little to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle! Not only in relation to a vehicle but drinking responsibly regardless of age. The kids of our town today are the future of tomorrow what can we do as a whole to encourage them to make better decisions and teach them what the path of life is right. What child teenage or young adult can we decide to mentor when they do make those poor choices and help them to better their lives.
I know that Caleb has a very loving, caring and giving family however i fault myself for not doing exactly what i mentioned above giving tougher love after the wreck. So with that being said as a whole community why not stop before we continue the bashing and focus our efforts into what we are going to do in the future to help prevent these types of accidents in our community. Over the last couple of years we have had 2 accidents involving alcohol in some form or fashion and 2 incidents related to firearms. Did you know that the 4 H has a shooting sports program this could be something that could help to teach our children the correct way to handle firearms thus more improving the future of our children. Can we start a campaign for alcohol awareness outside of red ribbon week. Can we find those children whom are taking the wrong path in life and choose to try to mentor them such as central baptist church Empower program? The answer to these question are YES we can! So to my fellow community lets take this negativity and focus on our future as a community and these children who need all of us. You ever heard that statement it takes a army to raise a child? With a heavy heart, deepest condolences to both families
So did he get 10 years or 20? The headline says 10 and at the bottom it says 10 years for each count. Which is it? Can't we proof read this stuff.
Yes, but the article clearly states that the sentences are to be served simultaneously. - Editor ----------------------------------------------------------- Jessica Slack Miss Heckman, could you please define "big timers"? I'm almost positive that him and his family placed themselves under this title, and that's why he is where he is. After being found guilty, Mr. Edwards still insisted in front of the same jury that found him guilty, that he was innocent and the "victim" here. Sometimes just stepping up and admitting your wrong doing and taking responsibility will get you a long way. Had he and his family just swallowed their "big timer" pride 2 years ago and not blamed everyone else, he would more then likely be on probation. After ALL of his "big timer" attitude, Mr. West still showed remorse for Caleb and his family. Maybe that sunk in to him and when he gets out, he can be half the man Mr. West is.And Mr. West didn't speak to you, you were never in the courtroom. Neither were all the people who are on FB claiming to see the remorse that Caleb never showed. I know, I was in there all week, doing my job, Passing notes to the prosecutor. -------------------------------------------- Daniel Khale Nederland I'm sorry. I just can't let it go. Ms. Gwyn, I have to point some things out since they are apparently lost to some. I, like many others, am glad that justice was served. I've said as much already. Your statements appear to be doing nothing but trying to justify the actions of the convict. I just can't understand why there are people that are trying so hard to make people be okay with what he did. It's quite baffling. As a parent to two young children (so far), if they get in their teenage years and pull a similar stunt, I would be encouraging them to take responsibility and accept their punishment. It is blatantly obvious who was in the wrong in this case. There is NO question about it.
Some of the things you said in your letter do not help your case at all. I'm curious to know how old Caleb was when he was with the 16 yr old. Hopefully he was the same age or younger. If not, then that's bad. If he was a minor, why was he having sex anyway? Yes, the average age that people lose their virginity in today's society is around 13. That doesn't mean that parents and guardians should condone the behavior. In the end, all of the information about the girlfriends is irrelevant. It was only the prosecution's attempt to paint a picture of Caleb's character.
As far as his character goes, I am sure that he is mostly a great guy. But he is definitely no angel. He has an apparent pattern of criminal behavior. The way I worded that sounds bad, doesn't it? It's true though. For a moment, let's put the accident aside and look only at Caleb's criminal behavior.
1. While the legal limit of alcohol in a person's system is indeed .08 BAC, the tests weren't taken immediately. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to conclude that his BAC was higher at the time of the accident. My retort, however, would be what was the legal limit for Caleb? I'm sure I don't have to point out that he was underage. This being the case, the legal limit for him would be 0.0000000000000000 BAC. He shouldn't have been drinking, let alone driving. What's more shocking was that he was on his way to get MORE alcohol! FROM WHERE?! He isn't old enough to buy it! Who was going to supply it for him? On second thought, I think I would rather not know.
2. He admitted to partaking in alcohol even after making a deal with the state to not drink. I appreciate his honesty but again, this adds to the pattern of criminal behavior. From what I understand, he was not supposed to drive either. This is something else he admitted to doing. Lucy, we got a problem!
3. This last thing isn't necessarily criminal, but in some peoples' eyes, it should be. Two years since the accident and he has never apologized to the West family. Would it bring Tiffany and Jacob back? No. But it would make a heck of a lot of others respect him more. Even after having it mentioned in the court he never offered up an apology of any sort. Not even a fake one just to appease the family. Sounds pretty stubborn to me.
If I were the family of Caleb, I would stop trying to stick up for him and just accept the fact that he isn't a saint. He is flawed, as we all are. When he makes a mistake, even a little one, let him...no, MAKE him face the consequences. It's what many people would consider "Growing Up". That is how we learn from our mistakes. I firmly believe that many of today's criminals were simply taught that they could do no wrong. Mommy or daddy, or their friends-in-high-places would bail them out of any trouble instead of letting them face the fire themselves. I hope this makes sense. If it doesn't, I'm not sure what else to say to make it any clearer.
Have a blessed day!
Respectfully, --------------------------------------------------- Brittany Goodrich I would like to say first off that I thought the article was very well written. Great job Willie! Next, Gwyn, who appears to be Mr. Edwards girlfriend is quite on the defense about his ex's who testified. You were not around when they were with him so please do not even try to go there! You only know what he has told you. You also must not be familiar with the law...having sexual relations with a minor is illegal regardless if there was consent. I don't believe the matter at hand was how amazing of a person Mr. Edwards or who took the stand in his defense...he went to trial for getting behind the wheel after drinking and taking two innocent lives. It does not matter if he was two times over the legal limit or at legal limit..the law is the law. He broke the law and unfortunately his bigger timers who testified on his behalf won't be with him for his five year sentence in prison. Hopefully this time will allow him to reflect on his decisions that he has made in life. I'm sure the victims parents would love an apology that would be a great start for Mr. Edwards. ------------------------------------------------------ John Flores
I want to clear something up for people, because following this case has made me ashamed to be from Livingston. Yes, it was an accident, but Mr. Edwards killed a son and a mother. There are parents who will never get to hold their children and there is a daughter that will never get see her mother again. He made the mistake of making a stupid decision. I don't care about how much of a "good" person he was (and I trust PCT reporting and the press release to say that I personally dont see him as a good person). Everyone defending him, you people are the reason why people do stupid stuff. I trust the evidence provided by a police officer over what Mr. Edwards and his friends parents have to say. Judging from what I read, Mr. Edwards hasn't learned his lesson and he still doesn't take responsibility of his actions. He got less then what he deserved. I pray for those involved in this accident. I pray that those who defended Calebs actions will never be put in the shoes of Jacob and Tiffanys loved ones, to see people try to defend the actions of the person who killed their friend,parent, or child. Mr. Openshaw thank you for your reporting on this case. ------------------------------------------------------ Sarah Moore Livingston I am glad this case is finally put to rest. I don't know why it took so long. Caleb's story kept changing about the amount of drinks from 1 or 2 to 3 or 4 and even some Crown Royal. But at the trial he changed his story about the amount of drinks yet again, this time claiming he wasn't drinking at all that night, even though the police reports show differently. I wish the sentence had been more because, with good behavior, he will most likely only serve 5 years. I pray that this will be enough time for him to reflect on what he did. From what I have read, he doesn't even seem to feel remorse, even from testimony at the trial from the cell phone calls. I feel sorry for the family of the victims. All they have left now are memories and that's because of the careless actions of Caleb. I also think that the owner of the truck that Caleb "borrowed" that night should have a large part of the blame as well. Had the owner not allowed an already intoxicated under-aged person to use his truck, this entire ordeal might have been avoided. It's against the law for someone to allow an under-aged intoxicated person to drive their vehicle. I can't imagine how horrific it was for the parents of the victims to be following and see what happened and having to say goodbye to their loved ones right there at the scene. Polk County needs to get tougher about driving while intoxicated. I am not privy to other counties, but Polk County seems to have an unusually high amount of drunk drivers. Until Polk County gets tough, I don't see things changing. They need more than a slap on the hand. ---------------------------------------------------- Daniel R. Kahle Nederland, TX Today, justice was served. I can't say that I am elated that a young man will now have several years of his life spent behind bars due to careless thinking, but I am grateful that he is paying for the results of his actions. I hope and pray that he takes this time to reflect on his actions and it really sinks in how much unnecessary hurt he has caused a family who didn't deserve to have their children taken from them. I hope and pray that he leaves prison and becomes a great man who will influence others to make better choices than he did. Chances are that he will get out on good behavior, so he will not have to spend the entire 10 years behind bars. He will still be young enough to salvage his life and become someone great. I don't really understand why justice has taken this long to be served though. Two whole years has passed since the incident with the young man responsible for two deaths carrying on with his life, all the while the mother and father of those killed were left with a huge, painful gap in their lives, awaiting conclusion and justice. Were it me who committed the crime, I would want to serve my time immediately. Why prolong the inevitable? The sooner I was punished, the sooner my punishment could end. I feel for the mother of the convict. I know how much she must love her son. I know how difficult it will be to say goodbye for a time. In the end, this outcome is what is best for him. He made a decision and is reaping the consequences. My advice? Visit him when you can, but not too often. He needs time to reflect. Encourage him to make good decisions while he is incarcerated so that he can become a trustee and, perhaps, get out on good behavior. Encourage him to be a voice against drinking and driving. Help him to feel genuine remorse for his actions. Last but not least, cherish the time you have with your children, including he who is incarcerated. Even though he will be behind bars, you will still get to see him and tell him you love and miss him. That's more than the parents of Jacob and Tiffany are able to do. God bless the parties involved.
- I pray justice is served for Jacob and Tiffany. Regardless of how "good" of a person Caleb might be he was still drinking and driving. He should pay for his actions. To make matters worse he kept changing his story from "one beer to 4 beers" to "I had some crown royal". Drinking and driving was CLEARLY a factor in this tragic situation. I will pray for every one who is involved or at a loss in this horrible situation.
-------------------------------------------- Rebecca Maldonado This young man made a choice when he got behind the wheel to drive under the influence and killed to innocent people what I don't understand is that it's manslaughter and he will only get 2 to 20 years what about a murder charge for real people!!! This county is so easy on the people of who have names in this town but when it comes to other people they give 99 years right away....smh
Paula K Richey Onalaska My whole family are avid hunters, so what I am about to say is not anything downing hunting or hunters! But I just wonder.....do some of the folks that post pics of bucks that they have harvested know that there is a measurement regulation in Polk County? There IS a 13 inch rule!! Now, some of the bucks posted are quite nice, but I surely do believe that there are a few that just don't make that 13 inch rule. It's just something that I have noticed over the past several years. Happy hunting all, but let's hunt by the rules! It makes for much better quality bucks here in our area.
Kyle Rice Principal, Cedar Grove Elementary Hey Willie,I appreciate your highlight work during the football season. Your top ten features my son, Ryan Rice, and my nephew, Keegan Mitchell, in 6 of the top 10. I didn't know if anyone actually knew they were cousins. They have grown up together and played sports together since they were in youth sports. Of course now they are in high school and about to graduate, Keegan and his brother Christian attend Corrigan, and Ryan has always attended Livingston We still remain very close with them to this day. Thanks again for featuring these two young men.
Thank you for the kind words. All thanks is due to our Sports Video Editor, Willie A.Openshaw. His artistic vision is second to none. - Editor
Thugs Riot, Burn, Loot in Missouri Following Grand Jury No Bill of Officer Darren Wilson
Jasper Jones Livingston Looters should be shot no questions asked.nothing gives them the right to break into someone else's home or business and steal. -------------------------------------------- Janet Clay Livingston I don't get it. Why destroy your own town? How is that going to change anything? Why not put down the liquor that you looted, get off your butts, go to school or get a job & put yourself through school & run for office to make changes. You don't like the politicians in your town/state, make a change. You voted them in! Ben Carson did it, Colin Powell did it & Martin Luther King did it. Brown made an adult choice to rob that store. Put yourself in the storeowners shoes, wouldn't you want the guy arrested for stealing from you? Now put yourself in the policeman's shoes, wouldn't you also defend yourself if a thief was resisting arrest? And what was Mama Brown teaching her son when she too was arrested for stealing in her past! Break the cycle people. Make something of your life before you protest, loot & look like an idiot on TV! Ridiculous. And those young folks are our future?! Lord help us!
JD Havard Onalaska A seventy year old. I shudder to think of all the children he's been in contact with over the years. If this pervert wants to commit an assisted suicide, I'm sure he can find plenty of assistance.
J Bell Livingston I'd like to echo Mr. Jones' opinion in the letters to the editor as to the suspect in the fire on Rayon Road. Please tell me that a judge won't grant him bail so he can flee and do more harm. This is a rural quiet community where we all look out for each other. We don't need this kind of person around to put fear into the children that live on this road. Also I don't see a charge of arson in his list of charges. What happened there? I trust the county judges to do the right thing. I think this fella has had enough chances. Time to pay the piper. I now clear why most of my neighbors have guns. --------------------------------------------- Japsper Jones Livingston How does this guy who is a complete idiot keep getting out of jail? From the looks of things he is going to hurt someone really bad if he is not stopped soon. He is a useless piece of ---- who needs to be locked away for good. --------------------------------------------- Jerry Bell Rayon Road, Livingston I live two doors down on Rayon Road where the fire happened yesterday. I had feared it was my next door neighbor's home. I can't praise these first responders enough for not only their professionalism but bravery running into an inferno to not only save the people but also the animals. They came so fast not only in the fire trucks but their own personal vehicles and were on that fire in a heartbeat. I belong to the Escapee's organization and each year we have a fund raiser for these guys and the department. This year I will double my donation as I could see my own home go up in smoke and lose everything I own. I will sleep better knowing I have these guys on my speed dial. They were here for me last year when I had a heart problem and got me stabilized and to the hospital. We are forever grateful as one of our sons from California is a firefighter and he said, "I have a lot of respect for people in this department that do for nothing what I get paid a whole lot of money for doing". That spoke volumes to us. Thank you all Livingston Firefighters from your grateful citizens.
Jeanette Poyts It is a shame that we can no longer trust our public schools to run through background checks it is so easy with Internet our kids have the right to be safe from pedifiles. --------------------------------------- Barney Lawrence I noticed that this principal is only 36 years old, and has already previously worked for 5 school districts. I'll bet he was caught before and passed along quietly. If not, he certainly doesn't hold down a job long. His "soul patch" will be more fitting for his next job, say construction? ------------------------------------- Kim Futral The students that came forward are to be commended for their actions. Good job kids!!! Prayers for the victim as well as all the others that have been hurt by this educator's actions. I hope he gets a speedy trial & enjoys his new home & friends.
Be on the Lookout
On your topic of "Be on the Lookout" in which the is a photo of a man and a woman. I have no idea as to the identity of the man in the photo, but the woman looks like Tonya Wilson. I am not 100% certain of her identity but it looks a lot like her and she has past history of burglarizing abandoned homes and/buildings. ------------------------------------------------ Be on watch out for grey Ford ext cab with red on lower body broken passage window with no front linsece plate. My wife saw men got out and looking around on my property then went to burnt down house next to my property took few stuff from their shed then went to other road to abandoned house on dead end road that how I saw and confronted them they got scared of me. I took Quick Pics before I left. All of that happened at nugent cove but still I want everybody over there to be on look out. Already reported to police. I attach some of Pics for y'all to be on look out.
Dana Elliott Bulldog Family Just wanted to thank you for coverage of our season. It has become a Sunday night ritual at our house to watch your highlight reel. They are great! Excited for the playoffs! Go Dogs!!! -------------------------------------------- Bob Barrett & Family Dallas My family wishes to express our gratitude for your great efforts to post the Corrigan Camden highlight videos each week. I show the videos to people in this area and they can’t believe the caliber of small football in Southeast Texas. Though we live in Dallas, as a family we love to keep in touch with CCISD and Polk County.Thanks for the hard work (even traveling to Baja Louisiana).
P. Brooks Has anyone heard any new's how our Chastity Gray is doing? Can anyone give us an update, please? Our prayer's are for all families involved. God Bless. -------------------------------------------------- Judy M. Rogers Onalaska Has anyone heard how Ms. Gray is doing...My heart goes out to the families and I pray to God all is ok. Please update!
Pete Chamlee, MSgt, USAF (Ret) God bless you, Sergeant and Wonderful person!!! Enjoy your retirement. You damn well earned it!
I didn't know that Sgt. Nita Bowen was retiring until I read your article about it. I want to thank you for the wonderful pictures you shared and the write up you did on her. If anyone ever deserved this kind of thanks for her dedication to her profession this lady surely does. She just seemed to always be on scene no matter what was going on in Polk County. There have been times that I wondered if she every took a day off. Thankfully I have never been on the receiving end of her work duties but I have gotten to know her through a mutual friend Brenda Hambrick. I've spent time with her at Gokeys Old Town Emporium and have really enjoyed getting to know her a bit. Her wry sense of humor and the stories that I've heard her share about family, growing up here and the occasional humorous work related ones always gave me a good chuckle. Although quiet spoken I always sensed that she was not one who anyone would ever want to try to get anything over on when she was on the job. I hate to hear that she is retiring, PCSD is losing a very special officer in this lady. I wish her the very best in what ever she will be doing in life after retirement. God Speed Sgt. Bowen in the rest of your life. It really has been an honor in getting to know you.
--------------------------------------------- Ed Mays
I am sad to see her retire but at the same time glad she is able to do so and enjoy more of what God has given her on this earth. I have met this Lady, this Trooper, on many scenes and always, always, she treated me with respect, like she had known me forever. She set an example that could and should be followed by many other Law Enforcement. She will be missed, but I bet from time to time if we look up, we will find she cannot pass up anyone in need. Nita Bowen, I am proud to have known you and so thankful to have had the chance to see a different kind of Law Officer than we encounter from time to time in this evil World. They set the bar high, Nita Bowen set it even higher and met it with ease. Enjoy your retirement Trooper and if I can ever do anything for you, let me know.
Thank you for the beautiful tribute for Nita Bowen. I can tell you personally that she is a kind and gentle soul. She has always been there for anyone that needed her.
My husband Will and I are heart broken. James, his wife Jennifer, and their three beautiful children are very special to us. James worked at Walmart and I know he will be missed not only by his family but by many friends and co-workers.
Just wanted to say Thanks for the update on this man. I don't know him but have looked on the letter to editor section daily for any new post on his condition. I am praying for him and his family this is such a terrible accident. Also Thanks to Mr Willie for doing such a wonderful job on the happenings around our county. Despite a lot of negative feedback at times, you do a wonderful job !!!
Alan is still in quite serious condition, on a ventilator, and sedated. He has had two surgeries for debridement of burned tissue and two skin transplants in the last few days. His feet were not affected as he had on good boots, but his upper body was 50% 3rd degree burns plus his face, head, and hands. It will be a long road to recovery. His family is with him and all of us that were in the Texas Air National Guard are praying for him.
My son and i watched the plane go down and were the first on the scene. I called 911 as the plane was still going down. I have over 35 Years dealing with emergency situations. I was on the phone with para medics following their instructions when Billy youngs wife arrived. You don't just throw someone in a truck and haul ass the damage you can do can be worse than what the accident caused. I have delt with many an injured person while waiting on an ambulance. Is your wife a trained first responder Billy Young? Life fight from Houston was also already in route to the scene. Get some first responder training and some experience before you talk about screwing up.
Hello I am writing this e-mail concerning the aircraft accident on 942. The Aircraft was an 2008 Lancair Legacy with an IO 550 continental engine rated at 310 horse power.This is a kit plane built by an individual and is considered experimental .They are fast I guess close to 250 mph .My wife and son were one of the first ones on the seen of the accident.I was not there at the time I was offshore. From what I hear some of the people who live across the hiway showed up and really screwed things up.I think it was an hour before the accident victum left the scene. They should have put him in the truck and took him to the local hospital and then life flight could have picked him since he was walking around.I am a pilot and own my own aircraft and have flown for 30 years. Thank you
I just wanted to compliment the News team for there coverage and for reassuring myself and some friends that I had been flying from Lufkin Texas at the time of this accident that this Pilot survived and that he should recover. Our original point of take off began when myself my wife a some long time family friends Desmond Allred and his two Grand children Atlantis, and Cheyenne had Departed in my Bonanza V35 from Lufkins Municipal Airport when it had been less than 10 mins I heard the N550A request a VFR Flight Following from Jasper over to Buchanan shortly there after I heard a cry for help from the aircaft " I need a nearby airport" the Houston Center Controller responded that "Livingston was 10 miles away" "I dont think I can make that sir" he responded there was a pause and then the pilot said " she's on fire" I am going to have to shut it down", "looks like I am going to have to put it down in a field here" later on here replied " I am not going to be able to hold this SOB" and soon afterwards there was no more discussions. I called the Controller and asked if I could be of any assistance and he responded that "if I could verify his location and where he put down at that could be of some use" I called for a direction from his last radar interrogation and he responded that " I should fly on a heading of 150 degrees and 10 miles as I got closer we could see the fire and the smoke on the ground. I made a couple of circles around the field and when I had made the final circle I could see that an ambulance had made it to the field and that help had been summoned. Before this had happened I had given some direction to the location of the fire and smoke and was told that firetrucks where in route. We passed overhead and saw the emergency vehicles and then recieved an indication from the controller that there were other planes that had been flying along with him, and were on there way back to follow up on there friends situation. From all appearances it looked as if the plane was unrecognizable and that it was unsurvivalble. However me being a reciepient of two accicents of my own can only acknowledge how important that it is for pilots to never give up but to keep flying that baby until the wings fall off. We are so thankful that he made it out alive and that although he is in critical condition he should recover. Our prayers and praise go out to this brave gentleman. Cheers for a good recovery. Credit should go to the Houston Center Controller who offered the help to save this man and for his alertness during a stressfull time.
Hello, As an air race fanatic, it was difficult to read that such an amazing race pilot had to end up in this situation. I would like to give a huge thanks to the Livingston Firemen and PhiAir and everyone involved for the incredible response to the crash. Getting Alan out of that situation is a miracle and I can not express how thankful I am for the response. An infinite amount of prayers to Alan and the Crawford family for a full and speedy recovery. Thanks once again for giving us aviation enthusiasts the hope that Alan will fully recover!
Thank you Deputy Lowery, EMS workers, for seeing that this young lady has something wrong with her and called her grandmother. Mental illness is real. People have issue's other than using drugs. Hopefully the grandmother took the young lady to the Burke Center. Thanks again Deputy Lowery, EMS workers and the the people at the store for calling to get her some help and not ignoring her needs. SEE THEIR ARE GOOD POLICE OFFICER'S AND PEOPLE IN POLK COUNTY.
Pat Phillips I remember the 1st time I met Rob Thomas. I lived off of Bonds Rd on 350 N and Rob also lived off of 350 N. It was MY 1ST day at POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE as a dispatcher. Well I just happened to be running late :-((((( and as I topped the little rise just before Rob's turn off I met him. Oh yea I GOT STOPPED. This was my first of many years working with Rob Thomas. Thank you Rob for all you did in the 21 years you were with the PCSO as 14 of those years I considered you a good friend. God Bless you and enjoy life and your family because both are precious things. ------------------------------------------------ Pete Chamlee, MSgt, USAF (Ret) First Sergeant Polk County, TX A heartfelt thank you and Job Well Done to Sergeant Robert Thomas! I had the great honor to meet him through Sgt Waller and I have admired him immensely over the several years since. Good luck to you, Sir!
My Soapbox of the Day (St. Louis, MO)
Why don't you keep your news in polk county and stop worrying about Ferguson, Missouri.
It's in our face on television no matter what county ya live in (even here in Polk County). So there. - Editor
If you think racism doesn't affect police decisions, think again. The police, by the nature of their job have to be a close and closed" brotherhood" for lack of a better word. Racism or prejudice isn't just about color, nationality,etc.. Police have long maintained a "us against them"mentality, sometimes out of necessity. While suspects are separated to prevent corraborating stories, police confer to do so. Somtimes it seems justified. But the policy of the ends justifying the means is a dangerous thing. Parts of St.Louis,Newark,Houston, etc.. Are in effect war zones and most people can't imagine the level of depravity there. I don't have an answer,don't know if there is one.
are you assuming the policeman is telling the truth. not all policemen are honest.
I would like to know why we don't see the same outrage going on when a cop shoots a white person.why is it always race motivated with these people? I guess if you are white you are not allowed to defend yourself except against another white person. I am personally fed up with all the media pushing this stuff down everyone's throat just to egg it on. If you do something wrong it doesn't matter what color you are,you take your chances and you pay the price of your actions.
Well Willie, given the climate of tension there, the officer should have thought of the possibility he was being led into an ambush. But being a former MP at Ft Bragg in 77-79 where we called the surrounding town of Fayetteville Fayettnam I know it's difficult to make those kind of decisions quickly. That place is a hellhole and it's fortunate the officer wasn't killed. I don't know what they're gonna do short of martial law.
It looks like a propane tank truck to me. It is labeled “PROPANE” on the rear bumper. Perhaps the company name of Shaw Butane is confusing. If the driver got “burns” while trying to stop a leak, it is possible they were frostbite burns. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence of a propane (or butane) fire. If it was a propane fire on a tank that size, one would expect it to leave a crater from the explosion. This is a somewhat confusing report.
My fault. I think it was propane. Must have been frost bite burns because there was no fire. The investigator was not very forthcoming with information so I do my best with what little infomation I was able to glean. - Editor
Supportive Words from Mississippi
Larry Alexander Livingston Willie, I agree with Pastor Garrett about your reporting. Me being in Saudi Arabia, it keeps me posted on Livingston as well. Thank you again for your good work.
Please allow me to express my sincere and grateful appreciation for the stories you offer on Polk County Today, online. Having pastored in Onalaska for 17 years, served as Mayor of the City of Onalaska, and also on the OISD Board of Trustees, along with watching my daughters grow up in Polk County, now that I am living in Mississippi, I find your stories bring us back home again. I have so many friends in Polk County, they would be too numerous to mention. To see what is happening there has been a great source of home for my wife and I. Once again, thank you for your in depth and straightforward reporting and for making it available online.
Eric, often this job seems like a thankless job, but when I get a letter like that, it makes it all worth it. Thank you. - Editor
Soldiers With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Angela Bailey Westerman PTSD...An alarming number of our Iraq and Afghanistan Heros are in prision now. More of our Heros committ suicide than actually die on the battle field. Our men and woman trained to kill. Put in forien countrys, Bombs going off daily. Never being able to fully relax. Holding a gun knowing any minute you may have to use it. The men selected to go out into the field and use there weapons. Having to live with the lives they took so you the one that doesn't care enough to understand the battle the war in there heads once they come home, so you can continue to go to church, run to walmart, watch the game with your buddy's, HAVE YOUR FREEDOM! How hard it must be on these men and woman and there family's. even there family's there wives can't comprehend there battle within. I don't see PTSD awareness challenges running wild on facebook. Most of these men are taught to be fearless, be strong, to not be weak. How can we expect them to accept once they come home that they need help. It was wired into them to be Warriors. Yes I've heard prayer from time to time for our men in woman but do they actually know what to pray for "a healing in there soul"..... Dont wait untill its to late to learn everything you can about PTSD
I don't understand how showing a video of this would upset anyone. Its starting to seem like everytime you show something from just a gate to a wreck somebody's feelings are getting hurt. I don't believe I've ever seen as many crybabies as I've seen on here lately.i wonder if channel 13 or channel 11 have to get permission to show all the things they show? All you crybabies and whinners who don't like what you see on here well this is still a free country so go somewhere else to get your news. Just a thought.
I understand that you want to keep people informed about what is going on but that's ridiculous that you didn't contact the family before putting that video of Sidney up. I know one of his family members and they were very upset about it. It's sad that the world is coming to this. The next time something like this happens please be respectful by getting permission from the family before posting it online.
Do you email all the other news outlets in this quadrant of Texas and shake your finger at them for not contacting family and getting their permission first? - Editor
I want senic loop here in Livingston texas to put street lights up and down that road. The love of my life got killed by a hit and run driver. Whoever you are you have no heart or anything to hit a 31 year old young man. Turn yourself in cowards.
I wish the atv shops encouraged parents more about safety precautions. My dad used to own ricks recreational and he always told us his kids that we were not to get on a fourwheller without helmets body gear and boots I listened my brothers didn't always listen. But we were told where we could and couldn't ride and also fourwheelers are made to where you can adjust the speedometer ibused to get so mad at my dad because mine went slower than my brothers but I am thankful to this day for that. Anytime parents came in to buy a atv for their child my father heavily suggested all the safety equipment along with the speed adjustment. He'd even discount it or include it all in the sales price because he's as well had kids (me and my brothers) that enjoyed our atvs. I would suggest whn seeking a new atv you ask about lowering the speed to put a governor on the speed and ask about all safety gear and the precautions to take. Its very important. No parent wants to loose their child and no dealership wants to hear how what they sold killed someone. Safety first or don't ride. I do not mean any disrespect to anyone I just want people To know that atvs can be made safe and personal safety is available and the dealership is always willing to provide buyers with all the information.
Well said Mr. Mays…..Amen!
My intention is not to point the finger at anyone in this time of tragedy, but to encourage more safety when it comes to kids and atv's. It is again a sad time that we have had 2 more children taken from this World in such a tragic way. While their Families are suffering after this loss, understand it does not end there. My Granddaughter is torn because she knew one of these young men well. When something like this happens it affects others than Family. Be there for the Families but also keep in mind, these young men had friends. Those friends being young as well are struggling to understand why this had to happen to this child and at this time in their life. This is a time to keep a close watch on our Children as they grieve. Different people grieve in different ways. Some show open emotion while others hold it in. Watch for signs and at this time they need understanding and hugs. Sometimes a hug can be worth more than a hundred wrong words while we try to be helpful. May God shower those affected with His Never Ending Love and give them strength as they struggle to move on. Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. This is just further proof we are not promised one minute of any day, Love not hate is the key while we are here.
If the worst thing in life is someone misspelling your name then you are lucky.i am pretty sure everyone knows who you were talking about weather you used a k or a c. I think big sister just got a little carried away and maybe spoke before she had time to think about what or how to say what she meant to say.
Big sister all you did was just humiliate your brother .. imagine the heck his going to catch now from all the kids at school .. Sometimes it’s just better not to say anything at all or just so some respect and politely state your problem with the person you have the problem with .. and if you try doing that you will that you will notice things will go smoother for you …
It looks to me like Willie has made your little bro look pretty good and you can't even appreciate it.
To Big Sister Kami: REALLY????? A misspelling of name and you go ballistic????? When my daughter, Mandy Drager, was crowned Miss Polk County 2010, the Polk County Enterprise misspelled her last name not once, not twice but three times! I certainly did not go off the deep end! There are way too many important things going on to have a hissy fit over this! And there are so many players who NEVER get their names in the press! How do you think THEY feel! Just grow up and quit being a brat!!
This letter is in reference to big sister Kami..... First of all, how rude and disrespectful of you for writing such a mean and ungrateful letter. This is a free website so it costs you nothing to read about your little brother. In fact it cost you nothing for the publisher/editor and his crew to come and cover the game at all. He does it because he wants to and because most of the people in this community enjoy it, and appreciate it. I don't think many people realize the hard work that goes into doing a segment of the game. Between the pictures, commentary and highlight reel, it is literally an all night event. While most are going home or celebrating their victory and some even just going to sleep, I know for a fact that they stay up all night putting it together, cutting video, getting a song ready, going through photos and then editing them. Show some respect and I seriously doubt the misspelling of your brothers name has upset your whole family. If you were my daughter I would be ashamed of you right now. In all honesty, I've lived here nearly 3 years and have never once seen your brothers name posted "everywhere" in fact I've never seen it ANYWHERE! A word of advice, a simple"Thank You for what you do and taking the time to cover the game but just to clarify, my brothers name is spelled Kurt." That is much more civil and respectful.
My brother #12 has been the quarterback for the Livingston Lions for 2 years now and yet you still can't get his name spelled correctly. It is not a common mistake when his name is posted everywhere. He does not deserve to be humiliated when he has worked so hard to get where he is. It is in fact spelt KURT so maybe by the next game you can fix this "error" before you upset the whole family.
Really? You think I've "publicly humiliated" your brother because I misspelled his name? Wow. I didn't know that I was making your brother look so horrible. I'll pay attention from now on. Next time I'm showing the world how he's diving into the endzone or completing a pass, I'll try not to humiliate him so badly. - Editor
I find this accident a bit odd, was speed a factor? It seems to have caused a LOT of damage considering. Another odd thing is Ms. Allens clothing, it appears that she is wearing pajamas which begs the question, what on earth was she doing?
Elnora you have no clue as to what takes place with Law Enforcement and these fields. Your not the only one who believes since no one is being caught then someone has to be getting paid to tip people off. How about just saying thanks to the many Law Enforcement Officers who are trying to do the job right and trying to keep this dope off the streets and out of kids hands, or everyone who believes like Elnora to go get the schooling, put a badge on and see what really happens to Law Enforcement Officers on a daily basis. A big thanks to all the Law Enforcement agencies who have helped Polk County and surrounding counties with this problem in our area and continue doing it right even when the public does not seem to back you.
It seems strange that only one person has been caught in the many marijuana fields found in Polk County. Why does law enforcement rush in to destroy the fields? Those plants aren’t going anywhere on their own. Why not have surveillance teams to watch them? The federal Drug Enforcement Agency has the manpower to do this. Could it be that someone in a government position doesn’t want anyone caught? Is someone in authority being paid off to look the other way? The growers are apparently very well funded and well armed, but they COULD be located in the field and arrested.
The Drug Cartels are alive and well in the USA!! In every way possible!! Shut them down or be used by them, and the people and drugs they smuggle into the US!! They own property, have bank accounts,run their criminal networks, and operate with impunity!! Chop this snake's head off!! Get these Thugs the Hell out of our country!!
Willie,Thank you for the video and pictures of Friday night’s game! Your view from the press box is outstanding. Being able to have a closer view of my son “in action” is priceless. Looking at the pictures and watching the video this morning only intensified the pride I feel while watching my son (Shane Nelson #75 / Class of 2015) and his teammates play. GO LIONS!
Thank you, Kristi (a rare thank you). You're very welcome :) - Editor
Disgruntled at Willie P.
Man,what did you do or say to get mr.reeves all bent out of shape. I guess I missed that one.
Your guess is as good as mine :P - Editor
William p openshaw is stupid nobody cares what his retarded *** thinks he can't even get the news right he needs to learn get your damn facts right and shut the f up about what your gay *** opinion is
This must had happen right after I left from my parents house which from the pictures you can see my parents house just a few feet away my children stay there while my husband and I work overnights. People need to learn that the speed limit is 55mph, not any faster. My brother when he was 11 was hit by a drunk driver while my uncle and cousin with my youngest brother were stopped at a stop light n Houston on West Rd/I45 and got hit from behind at 70+mph. All survived but my brother got the worst. Please keep your friends n family from drinking and driving. This could have easily turned for the worst and if my kid were effected by this in anyway... Let's just say I can't express my feelings and thoughts on here.
18 Wheeler Mishap at the Goodrich Truckstop (See Top Headlines Page)
It was a terrible idea to leave all of the crossovers at the truck stop, it is confusing unless you live here. I only pass by there once a week and already I have seen 4 trucks pulling out of the truck stop trying to go south and blocking the entire roadway causing people to slam on their brakes. All the crossovers except the truck crossovers on each end should be eliminated. I'm sure the residences of those neighborhoods affected can afford to drive an extra quarter mile if it saves lives.
Condolences to the family...I had the privilege of working with him and he was always the same when you saw him.
Thank you Willie for the tribute to my friend and past partner at the Sheriff's Office, Randy Turner. Randy was the type of friend who would give his last dime to someone in need before taking it for himself. If you needed help with something, no matter the date, time, or inconvenience for him Randy would be the one to step up and be their. Randy will be remembered by me for the rest of my life and will be missed. If I gain anything out of the passing of my brother I hope it is to be the type of friend he was to others under any circumstance! See you on the other side brother!
Well said Willie……a true loss for our county…May God be with his family and comrades.
Thank You for a great article about a Man who will be missed by all. He was my friend as well .Not long after I moved to Polk county He moved into a house across the street from me . I am disabled to the point of little use of legs and upper strength. He was there for me when I had no one else and saw the challenges that I had as a man struggling to figure out ways to live on my own. He helped me not just physically but mentally as well with his words of encouragement . He helped me more than anyone could ever imagine and made me a part of his family. He introduced me to his mother who is a dear friend along with his three sons and family members that were a huge part his life. He loved his family with all of his heart and soul. I could go on and on about him but I know that everybody that he knew understand what I wish my words could say . He loved his job with Sheriffs department and a special thanks go out to all that are helping get his family through this difficult time. Please take a minute to pray for his loved ones ..
Willie,I too was saddened to learn of the death of Randy Turner. He was, without a doubt, one of the most likeable personalities in the Polk County law enforcement community that I’ve ever worked with. He always seemed to be smiling, was quick to make a joke, and was just, in general, fun to be around. Given the tragedy and crime that our law enforcement officers encounter on a daily basis, a positive attitude such as that displayed by Randy is a rare attribute. I don’t know what personal demons Randy might have been struggling with in his personal life, but I do know that you don’t leave behind such an extensive wake of good friends and fond memories if you weren’t a genuinely good person yourself. I know he will be missed by many. Thank you for your kind tribute to this good officer and friend to all of us in Polk County law enforcement.
Condolences to the family...I had the privilege of working with him and he was always the same when you saw him.
Willie, sir, I find you guilty of superior mindset commonsense drawing of conclusions. Someone must have taught you well...
The entire subject of hometown looting is so ludicrous, and you have addressed it so well that I will refrain from putting my own personal "stink" on the already decomposed subject. Instead, I am inclined to draw attention to that certain something which is subtle, lurking beneath the two extremes you have addressed here:
1. Hometown boomerang looting that is sure to economically or otherwise negatively impact the very community the foolish ones abuse, and
2. The crafty slant that an imposing portion of Caesar's world media places upon such contrived dramas.
Where these two extreme and nonsensical tactics intersect there is a subtle reality buried beneath that very point of intersection, which is this:
1. A deliberate agenda that promotes civil unrest and class envy within a community; (there's the vertical line )
2. Calculated misguided media labeling of good as evil and evil as good. (there's the vertical line | )
The collective public, however, does appear to be evolving more into savvy eye-witness vigilance regarding attempts to distract attention away from any obvious mischief. Yet, others remain asleep in a delusional dream-state, preferring to worry and fight rather than to peacefully and respectfully confront the very sovereigns to whom at each election they continually yield their right to self-governance.
You nailed it Willie. But then I knew you had to be good with a hammer having seen your skill in furniture design and production.
I see everybody saying poor kid . But all reality he wasn’t being a kid he put his hands on a cop and the cop let his training take place. If he was worried about his schooling he wouldn’t have been committing a crime .. And for all the ones acting stupid cause of his death they are just showing their true colors . And the media don’t go all out for a white person being killed by a black it happens all the time .. where’s the coverage on those at and if whites acted like they are every time a killing happened America would be a war zone………….these are just my thoughts I don’t ask of nobody to like them I’m sure somebody will be upset by them. It gets old hearing that its wrong for the cops to protect them self’s… yes there are times when they let the title of being a cop go to their head’s and they act like idiots as well …. And I’m just sick of the its cause I’m black no its not cause your black its cause you broke the law and now it’s time to pay for your wrong doing …________________________________________
To JASON I AM NOT another brainless "sheeple" who believes all the crap she is fed by the uber liberal national media AS YOU SO PUT I JUST FEEL BAD FOR BOTH SIDES OF IT AND NONE OF WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING IS INFLUERENCING THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT THE WHOLE SITUATION IF THAT HAD HAPPENED TO MY SON OR BROTHER I WOULDN’T WANT PEOPLE TO GO AROUND LOOTING AND ACTING CRAZY I WOULD WANT JUSTICE FOR WHOEVER IS WRONG AND FOR YOU TO SAY I AM BRAINLESS MEANS THAT YOU READ BUT DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS SAYING MAKES ME WONDER ABOUT YOUR BRAIN BUT I WOULD NEVER DARE SAY YOU WAS BRAINLESS YOU MIGHT SHOULD JUST THINK BEFORE YOU TYPE. AND TO BE PLAIN IT ALSO STATES THAT MIKE HAD HIS HANDS IN THE AIR WHEN HE WAS SHOT IN KILLED BUT I AM NOT DEBATING WHO WAS RIGHT OR WRONG I AM JUST SAY HE WAS A YOUNG MAN GETTING READY FOR COLLEGE AND TO BE KILLED LIKE THAT AND EVERYONE WANTS TO GO AROUND LOOTING AND DO THINGS THAT ONLY BENEFITS THEM AND NOT TO GET JUSTICE FOR MIKE BROWN OR EVEN THE COP THEY ARE IN IT FOR THEIRSELVES.
Mary M. Duff
I often wonder as well.... then you have those who are offended by race this and race that and file a law suit... can I take offense then at an adopt a highway sign that says black student pride something or other.... White's wouldn't dare have a Caucasian student pride group we would get sued. ....
Just saying it's all a bunch of bull. They need to go home, grow up and get over the damn race card that the liberals have them trumping out there all the time.
Ms. Wyatt appears to be another brainless "sheeple" who believes all the crap she is fed by the uber liberal national media. If folks like her would expand their horizons a bit and listen to both sides of a story this country would be a lot better off. I don't know all of the facts, but the evidence now shows that the police officer may have indeed been in fear of his life and shot in self defense. The giant "kid" he shot had already crushed the officers eye socket in a brutal beating he gave him inside the squad car. There was also a struggle for the officer's gun in car. When the officer recovered from the beating enough to get out and order the 2 men to stop he was charged by the giant and shot until he stopped charging. A taser would probably have been a better choice of weapons, but we don't know if that was even an option. I guess all the libtards out there think the officer should have let the guy finish beating him to death. We live in a sad world full of people who don't know how to think or do for themselves.
Those who are pillaging the neighborhood see this as an opportunity. The protests are a perfect diversion for taking what they want with little fear of arrest or confrontation by law enforcement. Otherwise, they would have to resort to other means of avoiding arrest while pursuing their chosen profession – stealing, drugs, etc. Others come from across the nation to take advantage of this opportunity. They really don’t give a damn about who got shot or why.
I agree with your assessments, Willie. I, too, don't understand all the looting, pillaging, stealing, wreaking havoc, causing problems. That is not going to undo what was done. It is not helping. Even the President asked that the looting and trouble stop. The whole thing is a travesty but its time to band together, not driving things further apart. My big question is WHY?? What is all the rioting helping? Simple answer: It's not!
I know I am telling my age, but I remember Watts. The same thing happened then so that shows that the only thing changed is the locale. These people know that a bleeding heart will help them rebuild &/or repair at no cost to them. I agree that the national media has done it again. I have been through Ferguson a few times while I was driving a truck & I saw very few areas that I would stop for fear of being mugged or worse. The town is about 70% black & you can tell most don't care diddly about their area. I am not biased in any way but I don't think these people care one little bit about the young man that was shot. I feel that it is an excuse to tear things up & show their stupidity.
Agree with u 100% and that isn't what dr king had in his dream. It's more of insult to dr king and his people who being thrown rocks at while they march to get better future for those people but of they act like an animals.
I agree with you Willie
TO ALL WHO MADE A STATEMENT ABOUT THE LOOTING AND OTHER STUFF HAPPENING IN FERGUSON MISSOURI, YOU HAVE MISSED THE BIG PICTURE A 18 YR OLD BOY WAS KILLED!! WHETHER HE WAS BLACK OR WHITE HE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE KILLED AND WITH ONLY 2 DAYS BEFORE HE STARTED COLLEGE!!! AND WHETHER THE OFFICER WAS BLACK OR WHITE DOESN’T MATTER EITHER HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WERE IN THE BROWN FAMILY’S SHOES BCUZ I SEE IT THIS WAY WITH ALL THE LOOTIN AND JUNK GOING ON ITS GOING TO TAKE LONGER TO GET JUSTICE FOR THEIR SON MIKE BROWN. PEOPLE TODAY ARE STUPID BUT DON’T MAKE IT SEEM LIKE THEIR ON STUPID IN FERGUSON MISSOURI.
I agree with you 100% on your "soap box today" ....
I agree with everything you said.what I see is racism against whites. If it had been a black police officer who shot a white teenager would we be seeing the looting and destruction.i don't think so.and the media fans the flames for their own reasons.its really a sad state of affairs that people use something like this to loot and burn innocent people's property.
Thanks for speaking up. The White people don’t burn & loot the town when Black people kill white people. The black people here in question are acting completely stupid & wrong. We WHITE people have more WRONG done to us from BLACK people then what white people do to the blacks. I am white…..my two kids are half black & half white. I understand racist actions. NOTHING gives any color person or persons to wrong another person or there property. Nothing has ever been changed from burning & looting. The media has made too much out of this. The president, al sharp and all who are on the same page together….would not ever know the truth if it slapped them in the face. Wrong is wrong & right is right…..this whole issue is wrong actions from stupid people.
Willie, While I commend you for trying to give insight to the TRUE temperment and nature of pit bulls, I feel that your statement “That may be because probably around 90% of people that own pitt bulls are idiots who make them that way” is a direct contradiction to that cause. Not to mention it’s just a ridiculous and unfounded statistic. According to that statement then 90% of pit bulls are blood thirsty killers? Again ridiculous. I have owned pit buls my entire life since a young man in middle school, and during that time I was bitten once.. by a neighbors little fluffy haired lap dog as I was jogging down my street. It’s horrible what happened to Brad’s wife. I wish her a speedy recovery, however to go on a witch hunt against an entire breed due to one owner’s negligence is just outright ignorant. If everyone that ever had any type of negative incident that affected their lives were able to get regulations and government oversight in place then we would have no freedoms left. I’ve read about several deaths related to firearms in Polk County today within that past few years. Way more so than pitbull attacks. Should we then set government regulations banning firearms in Polk County? What about cars? More people die in car wrecks than people bitten by dogs every day. Sound ridiculous to ban vehicular transportation? No more so than banning a breed.
Yes, that was a number I just pulled out of the air. But I was only trying to illustrate a point. The dogs are not naturally that way, it's the owners brutish mentality and treatment of the dog that makes the dog that way. - Editor
I have been doing extensive research on dog bites, dog attacks, and breeds of dogs. Yes no doubt all dogs will bite, no argument there. Pit bulls account for 75% of dog attacks, then Rottweilers Chows and German shepherds, The thing about pit bulls is their strength, and the instinct that was bred into them to fight. You cannot love that instinct out of them, they can sleep with you, play with you, y'all can eat ice cream together, but when something triggers that instinct there ain't a damn thing you can do about it. Whole countries have outlawed these dogs. Enjoy your pit bulls now because its just a matter time, too many people are getting hurt, Google this stuff, look at the YouTube attacks.
That may be because probably around 90% of people that own pitt bulls are idiots who make them that way. - Editor
All animals have aggressive instincts. I do not believe that Pitts should be "regulated". If anyone would take the time to research it's not just Pitts that do these things. With that being said; why is everyone so quick to condemn the Pitt breed. I say leave them be and if it's not your dog stay away at all times no matter the breed. People are bitten by many different breeds all the time, but we only hear about the Pitt breed. My small breed dogs are more aggressive than my Pitt. Its all about what they believe belongs to them and that's with ANY breed. Just my opinion!
I am so sorry for what happened to your wife & the suffering your family is going through. And I can relate to the no response help from Animal Control. Although I agree about Pit Bulls, attacks are happening from other breeds of dogs. There needs to be a leash law in Polk County & a very stiff fine for violators. Our neighborhood has a chocolate Lab that has not only attacked every dog on the street but is now going after people! Everyone here walks their dogs on a leash & although I don't like the chocolate Lab, which has attacked my dogs 5 times now, I feel sorry for her. She is kept on an upstairs balcony constantly - I'd be ticked off too if that was my living condition! The owners seem to think that she responds to voice commands, not hardly. She has actually bitten my larger dog & has attacked my Dauchsand several times. But the owners just don't seem to care. If we kick at the dog or try to hit it, the owners yell at us! Everyone has complained to no avail. I guess it takes a brutal attack like your wife to get the county to take notice. I'm tired of the attacks & I'm tired of all the strays out here. If there's a budget problem for Animal Control then we need to fix it. I too will be at the next Council meeting. We should be able to enjoy our walk without having to carry an arsenal of protection.
Jasper Jones Livingston So what if you showed a gate.that doesn't mean a darn thing, another great pic that is just showing us what is going on.you were just stating a fact of what was going on and nothing else.you didn't show anything or say anything wrong. Sounds like to me someone is a little touchy on the subject. Jasper jones Livingston Tx. ------------------------------------------
As journalist in a very small town it is in your best interest to protect the citizens of the town you’re covering. You have plastered a picture of a private citizen’s gate front in center of the article. I am close friends with the people behind the gate and for you to use your media platform in this way and imply that the illegal activity was taking place behind the gate in completely irresponsible. The only thing that has happened behind that gate is the private citizens opened their property to four branches of law enforcement and allowed them to set up their command center without hesitation. I will assume your argument will be that you printed “off a gated, un-named dirt road”, that won’t fly with me. You have irresponsibly left it up to the readers to make assumptions and that’s just down right bad journalism. Maybe this can be a lesson that when “writing” an article use less picture and use more words.
Signed, Concerned for our Community, Citizens, Friends, Family's
I want to thank you for reporting on James Buckner. Kathy is my sister. I live in Austin. Your articles made it possible for me to be informed of the continuing changing situation. It also relieved my sister, Kathy, from having to relay the painful events of the day. Thank you for this information you provided me in one of the most difficult crisis my family has ever had to face.
You're very welcome. Y'all have our condolences. - Editor
In regards to James Stanley's comment - Mr. Stanley should clean up his rental properties in the area (Shelter Cove) and rent to reputable citizens that DON'T sell drugs and keep their properties clean! He recently had tenants arrested for selling drugs in Shelter Cove. Nice talk from a land lord regarding his drugged out tenants in OUR community!
IMHO it's wasted of tax payer money. Don't get me wrong I'm against drugs but we should be more focus on dangerous weed like synthetic weed such as k2' spice and etc... Those will cause a brain dead for sure even if it's your first time while marihuana has been around for decades and they seem doing ok beside it's addictive.
Texas is finally moving toward de- criminalization of weed as it should be, and I believe this time it will lead to legalization at last. Then there will be no money in weed for the cartels. This grow wasn't just a couple of amateur potheads, this was no doubt an organized effort with money behind it.
Yes Mr. Editor, These are all LAWS. I give you that. But please consider; There was once a law against alcohol. (Prohibition.) There was once a law against sodomy. (Homosexuality.) There was once a law against murder. (Abortion of a Fetus.) Politicians and the Christian Right point the finger at this being the problem with society while having no problem with the other things that they see as admissable in 2014 because it fits their lifestyle. They say that their faith is evolving. Jesus loves us all. Because there is no law against it doesn't make it wholesome. Laws are made up on basic principles that we have all gathered from our holy books but every year the "laws" seem to disappear and the "church" is more accepting. I may have went on a tangent but it was to bring attention to the fact that HEY!, maybe alot of folks are forgetting what the Bible teaches. You can't cut and paste. Truth is constant. Believe it all and accept it or it doesn't work for you. P.S. Please don't let my grammar or mispilling of stuff take away from a simple message.
Anthony use your spell check! Errors detract from the message you want others to comprehend!
Wow,sounds like someone is really mad about the hunter turning in the fields of Mary Jane he found. Wonder why?
If that out-of-season dear hunter would have found several kegs of Miller Light this would have never made the news, BUT, he found the "devil weed" that you hypocritical protestants can't comprehend as an all-so-common part of everyday life for people in America. Prohibition didn't work and Marijuana is soon to be a commodity just like corn. What bothers me is that so many churches accept homosexualality but have a REAL hard time accepting something like POT use. Where is the moral gauge? How is one thing OK while the other is totally ignored? I have talked to so many so-called Christians that have no problem with homosexuals or their friends that are straight and promiscuous. How can one sin be permissible and the other still held in contempt? Hypocrites. Hypocrites. Hypocrites. Your bounds of modesty is surrounded by floating parameters, and your definition of virtuousnes bares an asterisk as a moral disclaimer. OK. Whatever. Sleep well you heathens.
Anthony, this marijuana bust has NOTHING to do with any churches. It has EVERYTHING to do with the laws of the State of Texas. - Editor
Great work by the Polk County, Sheriff Dept. If they run short of something to do there is enough drug work in Shelter Cove to keep one deputy working full time.
The drug cartels are alive and well all over the USA!! Keep the frigging border open for them and watch it get worse!! The border states are not the only ones affected!! It is in all 50 states! Horrible lack of action by decades of worthless politicians!! Imagine being a generational landowner on the border, their lives at risk and their land rendered worthless!!! The USA is being bled dry and destroyed!!
God bless observant deer hunters! Thank you all law enforcement agencies & parties involved in cleaning up our county! Beware "druggies" - the eyes of Texas are upon you!
I've known Pastor Reyes and his sons .while, They have worked on my house here in Livingston and have done impeccable work , I've never met a more humble man in my life,. I will vow that this is a man of character and integrity and the Lord knows his heart as well as his innocence. In my book this is nothing more than malicious slander against a very godly man. A man of valor and a veteran of the Cross. May the Lord be with him and the truth be brought to the light.
First, even though I am a resident of Goodrich, I do not know this family and have never attended the church. I hope he didn't do it. Having said that, I see the letter from the attorney as a "used-car sales tactic" to sway the public and potential jurors. Pathetic. Just my two cents...
Save it for the courtroom.
You hit the nail on the head mr.copeland.no telling how many laws he has broke by helping illegals get free stuff that the rest of us tax payers have to pay for.and we need to look at first national bank who had him working for them also. Hurting children might not be the only thing he is guilty of.we will just have to wait and see.
I know the young lady who came out about the pastor. I can't belive that I read a note on polk county today that say she was probably mistaken who had sexual molested her! When you are being victimized you dont for get who did this to you! very mad she is being victimized again! I will say race has nothing to do with this!!!!
Gosh, hundreds of relatives...how many has he brought across the border and assisted in getting on every US freebie possible!? Hispanic males have a tendency to sexually exploit very young children! We need to open the US borders to allow as many as possible into our country...they so enrich the US! Pressure this victim on all fronts, try her in the media, discount her memories as vague and false! Kids are pretty sharp, they pick up on things adults are oblivious to, bet she remembers plenty! No sympathy for sex offenders or immigrant freeloaders! Go back to your own country and do something to improve it, for those that are unable to come here to drain the US system dry!
What is going on in Our community?????First the judge now pastor.
It is so dangerous to not give your full attention to driving, no matter what the distraction is, concentrate on your driving or pull over and stop! Very sorry this man lost his life, prayers for his family!
I know for a fact that daddy long legs are dangerous and can cause injury.i was working on a porch one time and one dropped down on my face and I hurt myself getting out from under the porch causing a bad injury to my head and more injury to my pride.
Your absolutely right Willie. I heard this "myth" years ago and it really is true. Daddy long spiders use to bother me a lot. But never again. I was raised to believe that Daddy long Leg Spiders were in fact the and therefore dangerous they were assumed but they are uncapable to puncture thru our skin so they really can't hurt us if they get on you. I hope this answers questions that those that don't understand Daddy Leg Spiders. They are such a funky bug you can almost either laugh at or felt kind of sorry for its pit a full life. Thanks for clarifying it Willie
correct about them, they are harmless. but there is a long leg spider also know as a cellar spider that has a bite. ignorance is bliss or as I say Ignorance is just ignorance.
Under age,no drivers license,and falling asleep at 7:30 pm, where and how did he get this truck to drive? And why would someone so young be that sleepy at7:30 pm.they were just lucky that they didn't kill themselves are someone else.
Whew, that was a bad one!! I'm going to drive real careful after those photos, its good to have them posted, they are a deterrent for everyone who sees them! Be careful out there, it only takes a minute to change or end your life, or someone else's!
This is the absolute BEST sentencing short of the death penalty that this MOST DISHONORABLE judge could have received. Too many times judges and higher officials are excused or protected because of their social or political status and reach in the communities they are serving. After the sentencing and trial was over, I was told by my administrative assistant whose friend was on this jury, that there was no way they were going to give him probation after all of the evidence was presented to them. They were very convinced obviously of his guilt and its times like this that give me hope still in our judicial system's ability to enforce justice in the land. I was also told that there was another victim witness in the trial, a woman in her 50's who was fondled by this pervert when she was a young girl. Death penalty I say. Obviously the Bubbas in the joint will probably assist with that sentencing or nonetheless make the ol' boy wish he had gotten the death penalty. Sad life ahead for Howard J. Lille, no more to be called The Honorable.
I'm as anti- animal cruelty as the next guy, I guess, but is it necessary to arrest these offenders and tow their vehicle for a misdemeanor offense? Before any guilt or innocence is proven, they're out $300 bucks or so plus bonding out. I'm pretty sure they could be issued a citation. Before you call the police and cost someone a bunch of money, think about it.
The dogs were left in the truck for three hours total. Also, the guys arrested were bailed out by their boss the same day and that after he let an unlicensed driver operate his vehicle, the one towed, he picked the dogs up and took them home. Just figured someone might let ya know.
I just read the article about an overbearing busy body sticking her nose where it shouldn't be-and the subsequent brain dead actions by Livingstons "finest". It sickens me to know that we now live in a society where NAZI brown shirts are alive, well and, welcome. They're watching us, waiting for us to step out of line and then; WHAM! Phyllis Bridge and the Livingston police officers associated with this situation are some of these very NAZI types. Her actions, and those of the Livingston police boobs, demonstrate a complete loss of civility and common sense in society. She knew the police would figure out whatever reason they could to take someone to jail. I'm sure she's very pleased with herself that those men were jailed. This is disgusting.
So now you're thinking I hate dogs. Wrong. I hate the loss of basic human rights and common sense. I also hate that simpletons like Ms. Bridge are able to manipulate other simpletons like the Livingston police officers into doing their "deeds".
Why am I being so harsh and why have I taken the time to write this? Because I can think; and can remember when other people could too. I was also once a cop-a real one from a far more civilized part of the country-and I would NOT have arrested these men. Why not? Well, to begin with cops are not veterinary experts, nor is Ms. Bridge. Dogs play and work outside in the desert sun all day long without injury. They live in back yards and open fields. They will not die in the back of an open pick up truck. Despite the opinion of Ms. Bridge and the cops, they'll be hard pressed to get a conviction. All they've accomplished is costing two men a lot of money and frustration.
Instead of destroying the ability of two functional members of society to provide for their families the cops should have simply contacted them and resolved the situation. But no, we live in the new NAZI state where the only solution is jail. Now the truck owner has to get is truck back (at a significantly higher cost than a normal tow), both men have to defend themselves from the police state stupidity (of the cops and Ms. Bridge) and, the dogs are no doubt scared to death and will probably never see there owners again.
I truly hope the two men who were arrested seek the fullest of financial restitution from the city of Livingston and Ms. Bridge. Unfortunately, given their names (and obvious ethnicity) they'll probably pay up and move on. I'm sure that entered into the cops decision to arrest-they knew there'd be little to no resistance.
Well I've said what I needed to say. But just an FYI for Ms. Bridge, my 14 year old shepherd mix goes with me everywhere. When I go to WalMart, he goes with me and waits in the car-windows open of course. If you have a problem with that I strongly suggest you keep it to yourself.
I don't think anyone said that there was two are three police officers sitting around waiting on them to get back. There was one officer and the animal control officer. They did wait on them to come back so as far as I know they now how to tell time and they said it was over a hour before these two idiots came back.you don't go in a store for that long and leave your animals unattended.then you lie about how long you were gone.they got what they deserved.
Kevin L. Milner
OK I'm going to get on a Soap Box , this situation was blown way out of proportion. People need to make sure they tell the truth. No the gentlemen probably weren't in gone for an hour but they were probably gone longer than ten minutes. Jasper Jones , a simple question for you , Do you know how long they were gone and do you really think that LPD had two or three officers sitting there the whole time? I don't think they would , so how do they know how long it was? I agree with Tony A. , dogs enjoy riding in the bed of a truck , mine does but now I won't be doing around Livingston. As far as the comments of having a dog in the A/C , if that's how you treat yours that's fine but mine stays outside all the time. Dogs are animals like horses ,cows ,goats ,chickens and such. We have domesticated these animals from wild animals, several generations. As far as the cooler being in the truck ,yes there is one, if you look at the picture of the truck being loaded you can see it in the drivers side far rear of the bed. I would also like to know who assessed the condition of these dogs to be "one could hardly drink, and the other seemed too weak." If this was the condition shouldn't the dogs have went immediately to a vet not sitting in the air conditioned truck waiting to see when the owners would come out. the next question I have is how does the complainant know exactly when these two gentlemen went into the store? This story seems to have too many assumptions and not enough facts.
If they are such great men why did they lie about how long they really left the dogs in the truck.if you leave your dogs unattended for that long in a public parking lot anything could happen. Someone could be bitten or maybe worse. If you lie it's going to come back and bite you in the a-- So don't lie to the police.
@ Tony Atchley ... I agree. -----------------------------------------------------
Willy, I am on the same page with Tony with a working dog in the back of a truck. I grew up working cow dogs and those dogs love to be in the back of a truck. They want to go to work and that is their reward is to work. I know some people have "lap dogs" and they are use to air conditioning. I personally know the owner of these two dogs and know their condition. These two dogs are fed and watered on a constant basis and there was a cooler with ice and water in the back of the truck at the time of their arrest. A working dog, which they think a play time love what they do. I don't know how a man can get arrest for having two working dogs in the bed of the truck when they have water. If the dogs were exposed to sun so be it? Are we now going to have to put a vest with an umbrella holder on all dogs or what. I've worked cows and other ranch work with the owner and he has never been cruel to those dogs in any way shape or fashion. The dogs are acclimated to heat due to their play. I will tell you I have seen those dogs tired and the pictures I've seen on the website they were no where near in danger of death. If this is the case I hope Livingston police department will arrest every one with a dog in the back of their truck instead of just one man that has never been in any kind of trouble in his life. There is a lot of drugs floating around Livingston and it seem the only ones you report that do anything about the problem is the sheriff's office.
Sincerely, A dog lover, but not a animal activist! Every dog has a want in life, some want to be lazy and yet some want to play. The difference is find what makes your dog happy! Those dogs are very happy dogs! That's what they live for, that is their waking up everyday
I normally wouldn't have anything to say about something in the newspaper but I know this man personally and saw him and the dogs that day at Walmart. To the person who said treat your pets as family your 100% right and this man treats those puppies as his children. What's not mentioned in the article is that there was a cooler of water in the bed of the truck for the dogs that he had just iced down before he went in. I think he is being made to look like some villain by a community member who is known to be a nosyrosey and has something bad to say about everyone and I think this newspaper did a hack job of reporting the story by taking a picture of one corner of the entire bed of a full size dually pickup truck and making it sound like the dogs were cramped in. I agree with the man when he said is the highlight of the dogs day to ride in the back of the truck to town. Shame on yall for the way you have made him out to be a monster
That section that I took a picture of was the only available space in the bed of the truck. Secondly, we don't do hack jobs, we just report what happens. - Editor
I know Joaquin personally and his love for, not only his own animals, but also mine and others. He is a good, caring man. I am blessed to know him and I would not hesitate to leave my animals in his care.
I am glad to see someone called in and got Melissa and the LPD out there and they were able to take the offenders to jail.
People have dogs and say they love them but, then they leave them to bake in the heat.
If you asked them if they would leave their 3yr old child back there they would say "No Way" .
A pet should be part of your family and treated as such with heat in the winter and AC in the summer and lots of love.
Thumbs up to our police dept...
Thanks for all you do,
first of all i am from livingston - i grew up in goodrich my name is tony and i'm not sure where all these peta members came from that are now living in our town - i don't know who these two guys are and don't know the entire story - i only read your side of it and it seems like bs to me for them to be going to jail over their dogs in back of the truck - if this is the direction everything is headed in this town - we may aswell move up north - for as long as i can remember the best day a dog had was to get to go for a ride in their master's truck - this story you have published has me contemplating whether or not it's worth it to have an animal - if some old nosybody can call the law and get me put in jail for making my pet happy this entire system is totally screwed - i have a million things running thru my head at the moment - however i can't think of one that would be suitable to post on this public page - i encourage anyone who thinks like this lady and those cops do to tune in to kicks 105.1 around 7am and listen to earl pitts - WAKE UP AMERICA - this would do you all some good
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Keep up the good work. Even when I am home from Saudi Arabia, you keep me posted on the local news better than anyone else.
Thank you, Larry, for being a reader. - Editor
Pets in Distress
I wanted to thank you for posting the notice that Bootsie was missing. I received a couple of leads, which led to his return. I also want to express my deepest appreciation for all those on the Indian Hills peninsula that have walked, called and looked for Bootsie. I could not have imagined that I would be moving into a community that obviously knows what community is all about. I feel so blessed to be here and am looking forward to meeting everyone and becoming a productive member of the community.
Again, my sincere thanks and appreciation!
You're very welcome. At least 50% of the time when someone lists a pet in distress on this website, they locate their pet and a joyful reunion between the pet and its owner occurs. - Editor
I would like to say that these posts are in no way directed at Ron Duff's family; I hate the thought of them being hurt. Having said this, he should have thought about Brian and what he was doing to him, as it is quite obvious he has never been a friend of Brian's.
Willie, thank you, for all you do!
Willie Openshaw helps get issues that might otherwise be swept under the carpet, brought into the light, when it is obvious they need to be examined! He weathers the inevitable criticism, yet tries to do the right thing! He may step on some toes, and offend people at times, but he works hard on the PCT that all of us read and post on. He has good instincts regarding when to shut a thread down or moderate.
This Texas Ranger's conduct needed to see the light of day, and Brian Lathan needed a forum to defend his honor from a destructive agenda. Those who abuse their power at any level should expect to be exposed for doing wrong, and their actions examined! You play mean/selfish, and bend the rules for yourself, you pay for it at some point! Every county in Texas should be so lucky as to have a site like this!
Thank you. It's more work than people realize, but it's worth it. - Editor
To Niski paredes, if mr Lathan wants this shut down then that's his right to ask for it not you. Here we go again with someone worried about a Texas rangers feelings.he deserves no sympathy,he needs to be dealt with by his superiors.he should have had more concern about his family and what he was going to put them through before he started this.but I guess he didn't care so why should you be concerned about it? You should be mad that he was doing this while he was suppose to be working.who pays his salary?taxpayers?
NiskiParedes brings up a good point about the Duff family. We as individuals are responsible for our actions. In my mind this reflects on no one but Ron Duff. His family has nothing to do with his actions. It is not my intention to harm anyone with my comments. What ever pain the Duff family may be going through with all of this has been brought on by Ron Duff and I feel bad for them and I wish I had mentioned this in my prior comments. All this being said does not diminish the need for an internal investigation.
Willie, you need to keep this thread open. No one has said anything that is not true. Ranger Duff obviously did not give a second thought to his family or Brian would never had to write that letter. It's not that I do not feel bad for his family because I do. But what Brian and his family have been through cannot even be compared to the Duff family. Ranger Duff made that bed and now he is going to have to suffer the consequences for it. All of this is a direct result of his actions. You say people can get on here and say what they want about people. People shouldn't do things that can tear families to shreads either including his own. Why don't you mention that? I cannot help but wonder if this was your family if you would be so quick to want it shut down. Your issue with all of this should be directed at Ranger Duff not the Latham family. JMHO though....
Willie, Just my honest opinion... but I think the letters about this subject should be closed and not let anyone else post their opinions of the matter.... Im sure it took a lot from Mr Lathan to sit down and write about what he has been through and what his has had to deal with pubically. its a shame for people to set back and say what ever they want to about someone.... I just think enough has been said and it may get out of hand.... Im not taking sides about this, but just think how the family and children of Duff feel and what they may be going through reading all of this as well. JMHO Though
Well for anyone that knows Brian has to know this took a lot for him to write this letter. I know some will criticize and others of us will stand beside him for defending himself. We should all remember NO-ONE has a perfect life but Brian and Tabitha had a good life before Rhett was taken from them! This tragedy caused their life, their whole world to be turned inside out! The amount of sadness and stress Brian and Tabitha must have been feeling is something that most of us will never know! They lost a child in a most tragic way and their lives began to revolve around a process of finding JUSTICE for Rhett!!! I would have to assume that would put a strain on any marriage! Ron Duff knew all of this! He knew the heartache, the stress that not only Tabitha was dealing with but what Brian was dealing with as well! Ron Duff had no regard for Brian! He had no problem being a part of something that would only cause more tragedy for our family! People of this community should know that Ranger Duff took advantage of a tragic situation, of Brian, Tabitha and Brooke and there is no denying that! Ron Duff came in their home as an investigator, as law enforcement as a TEXAS RANGER and started calling and texting Brian’s wife! That is not an opinion it is a fact and I have to believe that Ranger Duff knew that what he was doing was wrong on a personal and PROFESSIONAL level! So for those people that want to gossip about rumors they hear that Tabitha was abused- Do you find it strange that in 25 years there were no reports of abuse, you never saw a mark on Tabitha, she never spoke a word about abuse, and her friends “who know her so well” never saw or reported any type of abuse! It wasn’t until Ron Duff and Tabitha were confronted about ALL the text that the word “abuse” was ever spoken!? Brian may not be perfect but he is a good man that would not and has not abused anyone and Tabitha knows this! Brian has always treated Tabitha with respect, tried to make sure Tabitha and the kids were happy, valued their marriage and has always worked hard to provide for his family that he loves dearly!! As a Texas Ranger, Ron Duff should always show good moral character and habits! I don’t believe coming into Brian’s home and initiating a personal relationship with Brian’s wife falls under good moral character. This needs to be investigated and Ron Duff needs to be held accountable for his very unprofessional actions as a TEXAS RANGER!
How many other women have been preyed upon by Ranger Duff?
This is a tragedy no one should have to endure. As parents, we always think that we should be able to protect our children no matter what the situation , even after they are grown! Murder is such an unforgiving act, especially when it happens to your child. In this case there is a double tragedy, for not only did Mr. Lathan lose a son but he lost his entire family. For people who have been blessed enough not to experience grief due to the loss of someone you hold close you can't possibly understand what one goes through. There are several stages of grief. Typically, when it is the loss of a child the parents tend not to communicate with each other about the loss because the pain is so great. Each one wondering could they or their spouse have done anything to prevent the incident. It is sheer torture! While i know none of the people involved in this love triangle i do know human nature. After losing a child couples sometimes tend to turn away from each other attempting to come to terms with their own grief on a personal level so that they may be strong for their spouse. They are very vulnerable!! And sometimes while processing their own grief they somehow lose one another. Regardless of what went on the Texas Ranger overstepped his boundaries! When the situation began to take on a more personal nature he should have excused himself from the case. After all he is not a grief counselor..he is a Texas Ranger!! Everybody seems concerned about Willie allowing Mr. Lathan to use his forum to publicize his letter! I say Good Job Willie! This man has been through hell and back! I would not wish any of this on anyone! Let the man process his feelings! Processing his feelings is part of the healing process! And as far as the alleged abuse ...they were married for a very long time ...so it is hard for me to absorb that allegation! I always say people will only do to you what you allow them to do! But May God Bless them all because it sounds like each one of them are fighting their own personal demons!! But as a parent, my heart goes out to the Lathan family! May GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU DURING YOUR DARKEST HOURS!! For everybody else out there don't judge the Lathans too harshly, the loss of a child changes people and their outlook on life ! Every time i hear about someone losing a child it breaks my heart! That is not something that someone recovers from easily if EVER!
Thanks for posting the professional conduct rule! So many people have been hurt by this man's actions, including his own family! We all have times when we want or lust after something or someone we don't need to have. It is a human weakness, the difference is what we do about it. If you take the time to really think, pray to God to help you, try to take the high road, maybe just ignore your wants until they pass, don't act on your lusts/wants, then you can get past it! And not hurt innocent people by pursuing what you should not, some of whom were experiencing the worst grief of their lives! What timing, I have to ask what are you thinking, if at all! This man really needs to do some serious soul searching regarding the havoc his actions have had on so many lives! Really, you had to do this/have this, no matter the emotional cost to so many? That is the definition of selfish Tabatha, you have been taken advantage of in the worst way at the worst time of your life! I am sorry for you in many ways and hope God will help you get past this additional ordeal. I sincerely urge you to run the other way as fast as you can! Nothing good will ever come of it, move forward to more positive things in your life, rebuild your life with your family that loves you, and put this damaging relationship with this selfish man behind you! Think of yourself and your family, take the time to heal each other, you don't deserve this. There is no place in your life for those that bring such negativity, deep hurt, and sorrow to so many! May God help you all!
I have known Brian and his family for over thirty years...and I will tell anyone and everyone that they are a very remarkable family. They define family. When you hurt one of them, you hurt all of them. I understand that some of you think that I am exaggerating on this. That's okay. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I can sincerely say that what has happened to the Lathan family is devastating because I watched it. Every day I watched all of them struggle to understand why something so senseless could take their beloved Rhett from them. Not just Brian, Brooke and his family...Tabitha too. My heart breaks for her because what she has endured is beyond my comprehension. I can say this because I know how this kind of loss feels...sudden loss...and it was my husband not one of my sons. To lose a child... I can't even imagine how that must feel and I do not ever want to know. I will say that unless you have lost an immediate family member you should not even be commenting on any of this because you simply do not understand. Brian has not even had a chance to properly grieve for his son because a Texas Ranger decided that he wanted Brian's wife. What kind of man does that? It certainly changed my opinion of the Texas Rangers. Texas Rangers are suppose to be the best of the best...the elite. Brian didn't ask for any of this. And this is nothing against Tabitha...I love Tabitha. I do think she was taken advantage of during a very difficult time by someone she was supposed to be able to trust. People grieve differently and no one can say what they would do in the same circumstance unless you have been there. The Texas Ranger is different. He knew better than to hit on a woman that just lost a child and to come into their home as if he were a friend. Like a thief in the night....he tore down what was left of a grieving father and daughter. So it's not a far reach to see that all of the rumors going around about Brian come from one source. Anyone that would steal a man's wife does not have any problem spouting lies to justify what he has done. Brian has never beat Tabitha or anyone else...he is a good man. People need to remember that not only is all of this hurting Brian but it is devastating to Brooke. She has had to deal with more in her young life than most people will ever deal with in a lifetime. And that is just tragic.
Ms.. Lake: You accused us of making a daughter hate her mother , and I know there is not one person on here that would want that to happen! I have not seen anyone say anything bad about Tabitha. You said we were destroying what was left of a family & I don't agree here either. I know a lot of the people who are writing in and each one would do anything they could to help, however they could! Lastly you said we were doing a ridiculous public roast To whom? Ron Duff? I think he did that himself. With all this being said, Mam, I think you just judged! Be careful, you are sailing in the same ole boat your trying to sink!
To Susan Lake
The paper didn’t publish nonsense and the letter Brian wrote is letting the people of his community know what happened. Brian has proof of the inappropriate relationship Texas Ranger Ron Duff started with his wife just after the murder trial of their son! The simple fact here is Ron Duff came in Brian’s home as law enforcement, as an investigator returning Rhett’s belongings and Ron Duff crossed a line! Brian is the victim here not Ron Duff! No one is ganging up on Ron Duff and this is not a lynch mob. Brian is simply stating the facts and Ron Duff needs to be investigated for HIS MISCONDUCT AS A TEXAS RANGER! What if this has happened to other families he has crossed paths with over the years? The community in which Ranger Duff serves, has the right to know!
Mrs. Luke, you, obviously, have missed the whole point of these posts and need to reread them. I believe you will find that most every post makes a point of stating that Tabitha has been taken advantage of in a most vulnerable state of mind. She has been manipulated by a professional at manipulating people; sadly, he needs to be good at it with the position he holds as a Texas Ranger. The point of these posts were to set things straight, that have been said about Brian that are outright lies. Not once, have you mentioned these in your posts. What you have "tried" to do, is use Bible scriptures to make a wrong, right. Not only did Brian and Tabitha lose a son, and Brooke, her brother, this family has lost a vital part of ourselves; we have lost one of our kids and we are still grieving! We have, now, lost Tabitha (who we love), so don't you dare talk about us "roasting" anyone. We trusted Ron Duff and thought he genially cared! And, don't you dare lay Brooke's feelings on us; we DID NOT do this. We love that child more than you will ever know and have put her feelings, front and center, of everything we say and do. Before we post anything we make sure it has nothing in it that would hurt her or make her hate us; because, you see, that is our greatest fear, losing Brooke. Tabitha controls the relationship she has with her, not us. Lastly, marriage is sacred in the eyes of God, it has nothing to do with "owning a family"; and, vows (of anything) seems to be a thing of the past, just, "meaningless chatter for the moment at hand". You are the one that has twisted the comments made, as well as the scriptures quoted, as Jesus told the woman to go her way and "sin no more"; he didn't condone her actions, instead, he forgave her, and told her not to do it, again. None of us claim to be Jesus, and we are far from perfect but, we do know a wrong from right. How do you "teach or train, a child" without teaching them wrong from right? It cannot be done.
It appears that most of you are going to justify what you are doing here by trying to twist my comments. I am not going to play games with people who are dead set on being "right". I was not accusing anyone of anything, and I was trying to point out that two wrongs don't make a right and bashing people with only one side of a story is wrong. Tabitha lost a child too and is also grieving. Throwing out negatives publicly is sure to get back to her and her daughter. Making a daughter hate her mother over this is even more devastating. I was just trying to get you to see what this is doing to everyone. You are helping to destroy the family that is left. Obviously you are determined, so I am not going to waste anymore time with this ridiculous public roast.
First off, I want to express my deepest most heartfelt condolences to the Lathan family, you have been through so much! I can totally understand how you would want to get on here and clear you name! I also appreciate PCT for letting you do so! Second, Ms. Lake, how much more public can it get when it was brought up in Mr. Lathan's son's murder trial? Also, I think when you work as a PUBLIC servant your life and or actions are in the publics eyes all the time. Right or wrong, that is the way it is! I think Ron Duff betrayed the whole Lathan family, including Tabitha and Mrs. Duff! I have heard many cases when someone is going thru something bad and you have a "hero" per say, come in and save the day, as Ron Duff did (so to speak, being lead detective for solving their babies murder case and getting a conviction), that it is not uncommon for a person to look at them as a hero and have feeling for them. This happens all the time between doctors & patients, or Peace Officer & victim etc.... I do believe they have a name for this. This is where you have to be a PROFESSIONAL and use your head! I am in no way saying Tabitha is innocent, but I know how mixed up and confused she was/is! I believe that she was taken advantage of in a horribly confusing time in her life. All around it is such a sad situation and I do believe Ron Duff failed many people! Also if you want to quote the bible I do believe it says not to commit ADULTERY! I am not preaching, I just about fell out of my chair seeing you take up for the person that should have been guiding that family, not ripping them into shreds even more!! Just my opinion and how my heart feels!!!!
Mrs. Lake-I think you are a bit confused; these posts were not made based on an "opinion". Most often when a spouse suspects an affair is going on, even without proof, "an affair is usually going on", but when you have proof, as Brian does, it's not just an "opinion", it's reality. I would like to ask, how many cheaters do you know that says, "Heck yeah, I'm cheating!"
Brian wrote this letter because, not only have people approached him with the rumor of him abusing Tabitha, members of our family have been approached about it as well. How do you think something like this makes a person feel? When someone does something wrong, and another points it out, I am sorry, but this is not judging nor is it casting stones; again, some things are just wrong. Being a Texas Ranger comes with much responsibility to the public, including, living a personal life of, fidelity and morality. "What you do in the dark will be brought to the light!". We may not be handling this in the best way but, to us, it is the only way. "Texas Administrative Code Next Rule>> TITLE 37 PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS PART 1 TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY CHAPTER 1 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION SUBCHAPTER H PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT RULE §1.113 International Association of Chiefs of Police Canons of Police Ethics (6) Private conduct. The law enforcement officer shall be mindful of his special identification by the public as an upholder of the law. Laxity of conduct or manner in private life, expressing either disrespect for the law or seeking to gain special privilege, cannot but reflect upon the police officers and the police service. The community and the service require that the law enforcement officer lead the life of a decent and honorable man. Following the career of a policeman gives no man special perquisites. It does give the satisfaction and pride of following and furthering an unbroken tradition of safeguarding the American republic. The officer who reflects upon this tradition will not degrade it. Rather, he will so conduct his private life that the public will regard him as an example of stability, fidelity, and morality."
Miss lake I notice you like to quote from the bible a lot and you also like to take up for this Texas ranger a lot.how do you know so much? How do you know what we know are don't know? Are you calling the man who wrote his side of the story a liar? The ranger was married,she was married,isn't there something in the bible about what they did being wrong? Are you kin to this ranger?seems to me you are also quick to point a finger and condem.better read your bible some more about judgeing people. What they did was wrong,end of story.
No Susan Lake I am not without sin nor do I claim to be. What Ron Duff does in his personal life I could not care in the least, but as a taxpayer, what he does as Texas Ranger does concern me and he has mixed personal and professional life in this situation. To answer your question,no, I do not wish to air my dirty laundry in public, but I was never accused of this kind of behavior while in the performance of my duties as a public servant and yes I was a public servant for 30 years, HFD. I am not claiming the man is guilty, but I think there should be an internal investigation. By the scriptures you are quoting it seems to me you may be inclined to think he is guilty. I have been trying to figure out what you mean by, "you do not OWN a family", If that is to mean that it is okay for a Texas Ranger involved in an investigation manipulating a vulnerable family situation for his own pleasure, then you need to do a little more reading in that Bible you been quoting.
In response to Jasper Jones and Michael Richardson: Glad you boys are so self-righteous and without sin that you can blame a man for something you know nothing about other than that somebody wrote a letter with their opinion. Did you see Ron do something? Do you have any evidence? You want to dismiss his record and try to pin something on him without any proof at all. Even the Bible says you need 2 witnesses that actually saw the incident. You boys care to air your laundry publicly based on what someone else “thinks” you did? Or is it safe to say that you are free of any sin? I think you might want to take a look at John 8:7: “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Do you really want to throw rocks?
To lose a child has to be the most horrific event a family could go thru, and I hope I never endure that experience. It is often said that tragedy changes people and forever damages the soul. Keeping that in mind, people make choices they might not would have prior to tragedy. I do not know the Lathan’s, and in no way defend adultery. However, two wrongs never make a right and to publicly bash anyone’s reputation is wrong. To post this letter on a public news entity was in very poor taste and if everyone in Polk County did this when their marriage ended due to an affair, we would never get any real news. Unfortunately we live in a world where marriage vows aren’t forever sacred to some. I am in no way defending the situation, but I do know there are two sides to every story. Again, I just felt it to be in very poor taste for Ranger Duff to be publicly attacked in this manner.
I can't believe anyone would take up for this Texas ranger. Wasn't he married also.if some of you don't like what is on this site then don't come here.this site keeps us informed on what is going on around here.there is no excuse for what he did to this family and his own.seems like your Texas ranger needs to read the bible.he has lost his credibility as a Texas ranger.
Not buying it Susan Lake! I am not sure what, "you do not OWN a family", means, however, "Ron Duff has been an upstanding Texas Ranger and has quietly taken care of the community all these years, and has dealt with countless tragedies", does not excuse his conduct in this situation. Do you think Brian Lathan has not also taken care of his community and dealt with countless tragedies? The Texas Rangers are an honorable organization and I have the utmost admiration for them, but regardless of Ron Duff's record, this should be investigated if the Texas Rangers are to maintain their honor and integrity. Perhaps Brian does not have a problem publically airing his business because he has nothing to hide or more importantly maybe to call public attention to someone not worthy of wearing a Texas Ranger badge. Only an investigation will determine this.
First, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to Mr. Lathan for the loss of his child. Nobody should ever know that kind of pain, and I’m so sorry this happened. I would like to point out that you do not OWN a family. Nor is anyone “perfect”. Ron Duff has been an upstanding Texas Ranger and has quietly taken care of the community all these years, and has dealt with countless tragedies with nothing but praise. I believe that is in poor taste to publically air your business, and I cannot believe this was published in a reputable public forum. Before you all jump in and attack the character of a Texas Ranger, maybe you should take a quick Peek at Matthew 7 and remember that YOU are not perfect either!
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. 6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Consider all of the good things that this man has done in your community and realize that none of you (including myself) are aware of the actual circumstances. You are just reading someone’s opinion and taking part in gossip. Do you REALLY want to start casting stones? Before you judge this man, and take part in a gossip war, remember that one day you will be judged just as harshly as you have judged others.
A Very Sad Aunt
This is in regards to the letter that Brian Lathan wrote. I am so very proud of Brian and for everything that he stands for. This has been the worst two years of Our lives. We have lost several members of our family through the years, but having one of our children MURDERED is the worst thing that could happen to a family.
On the last day of the trail, I remember going to Ranger Duff and telling him "thank you" for his help in the investigation. He was on his phone and he looked up as I said this to him and his reply was "sure" and started looking at his phone again. It was very hard to walk up to him without crying and all he said was "sure". I did not know at that time what he knew, that we were about to loose another member of OUR family. I have not talked to Tabitha since January 10, 2014. And I do not "THANK" him for that!
Now that I look back, I see things differently.The way I see things, Ranger Duff used the DEATH of Rhett to take advantage of a VERY SAD AND DELICATE situation. Then he used Brooke to further his agenda. I don't see how anyone can think that this is acceptable behavior from anyone, surely not the leading investigator on this case.
As a family we tried to do everything in our power to stand strong and help our family. We have a large family, that I am very PROUD of, yet I fell like we have failed Brian, Tabitha, Brooke and Rhett.
Who knows what the future holds, but I firmly believe that Ranger Duff should be held accountable for his actions in this situation.
I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. They have helped us through some horrible times.
First of all let me say that I do not know any of the parties involved in this case so I am not taking sides whatsoever. What I do know is that every time someone tells a story it gets slanted in their favor. So what is the real truth? Who knows. With that being said, if there is a valid complaint against the Texas Ranger, the complainant should assemble all of the facts...dates...time....etc, and file a formal complaint with the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin. Just because this guy is a Ranger it does not mean he cannot be complained on. Even Rangers have to answer to someone. If it is THAT important to you, then a trip to Austin would surely fall within the bounds of reason. What I find somewhat disturbing is that Polk County Today is allowing their forum to be used as a sounding board for someone's personal agenda. I thought this was a news reporting entity. When you start getting personal, you lose credibility. Stick to the facts and GET IT RIGHT!
Why is it that the guilty always bark the loudest and spread the most lies? In this particular case, we all know first-hand that Brian has never abused Tabitha. Yes, you folks in Livingston know it, too. The truth is -- he was the perfect husband who worked multiple jobs to provide for her and those kids, while still keeping Tabitha on a pedestal. I can say this because I still love Tabitha, though I’m upset, disappointed and extremely hurt by her actions. She was a part of our family for 25+ years and we accepted her whole-heartedly. It’s tough to just disregard her – particularly since she’s Brooke’s mother. It is sad and disheartening though, to know that we obviously were never as special to her. You see, family means something to us. The tragic death of Rhett has forever devastated our family. While we are extremely grateful to all law enforcement agencies who handled the investigation to ensure justice was served in Rhett’s murder, it is disappointing to know that a “Texas Ranger” would abuse his power and influence to prey on a woman, who quite honestly, was an emotional wreck and is eternally damaged by the death of her child. As reflected in the Bible, there’s a special place for people like this. I understand that Tabitha is certainly not innocent in the situation; however, Mr. Ranger is skillfully trained to manipulate people and my personal thoughts are that he did just that. Hang in there Brian – you and Brooke are deserving of great things. You don’t have to defend your family name. Anyone who really matters knows the truth and loves you for who you are – a wonderful man who has always put his family first and there’s certainly no shame in that!
Ron Duff is a disgrace to the Texas Rangers and an immoral *** personally! To ingratiate himself into the lives of a family that lost a Son to murder under the guise of helping the Daughter, then to pursue an adulterous relationship with the Wife, thus breaking up the marriage of the parents! This behavior is crossing the line of professionalism with his personal lust of another man's Wife! I don't think he belongs in Law Enforcement, he has thrown away his "good name" and the trust of the people he is supposed to serve! I can't say much for a wife who would fall so easily for that line of BS, and not work hard to keep her family together either! Brian Lathan might well be better off now. There are many good women out there with higher morals for him to share his life with! Prayers to this family, they have gone through so much!
I have known Brian Lathan for 13 years and I was assigned to the same fire station as Brian for 5 years. Brian is a man of good character and I have great respect for him. I do not believe for a second the accusations made against Brian. Being an abuser is not in his nature. It is clear to me it is a cover for another's illicit behavior. I admire and respect the Texas Rangers and this needs to be investigated. I hope this type of behavior is not acceptable for a Ranger. I realize an employer should not get involved in ones personal life, but this incident occurred in the performance of this Ranger's duties and he needs to be held accountable.
Seems to me that this Texas ranger has no morals.he knew this woman was married and still fooled around with her. I would think a Texas ranger would have more honor and pride than that.what a shame,I hope his higher ups take care of this problem.he makes the Texas rangers look bad.
Thank you for publishing Brian's letter; though, anyone with any sense knows he has never abused Tabitha; and anyone that even suggests such a thing is only looking for continued drama, drama, we can do without! We are a private family who has learned, at times, you have to step out of your comfort zone to take care of business and we are willing to do, just this, if need be. We have been pushed into, yet, another corner and not by choice-we are sick of it! I, myself, have realized, "oath of office" is, merely, three words, with no, real meaning. We had to sit back and remain silent, for the most part, when Rhett was murdered, so that justice could prevail: We no longer have to do this, we no longer will. You come after one of us, you come after all of us; after all, isn't that what "family" is all about?
I would like to ask this; why is it that all of a sudden, people that called Brian, "friend", only, months ago, criticize him now? Tragedy, has changed him, somewhat, but his values, his morals, remain the same!. He was not an abuser then and he is not one now and all of you know it! Another thing, the Bible does not change, it remains the same; there are some things that are wrong and they will always be wrong. You cannot live like the devil and make it to heaven; saying this, is not judging-some things are just wrong! If we all make it to heaven, living life, as we pleased, what would make heaven so special? Nor, is this "casting stones", it is what it is, it is either, right or wrong; it does not change to suit ones fancy!
Lastly, I do know this, being a Texas Ranger goes far beyond, merely, carrying a badge, and this "Ranger" has our gratitude for a job well done, but at the end of the day, he did what he is paid to do and he did not do it alone. I feel he is hypocrite and has taken advantage of someone during the most heartbreaking time in life-the murder of their son and it is sad!