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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.
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.
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!