Driver Fails to Yield, T-Bones Another Vehicle, No Injuries... LIVINGSTON, August 28, 2015 - Shortly after 9 am on August 28, 2015, a black Ford F-250 was north-bound on South Washington (Business 59). As he proceeded through the intersection at Church Street (190), he was T-boned by a black east-bound (on Church St.) Lincoln Mark LT pickup. The driver of the Lincoln disregarded a red light and did not have the right of way. The driver of the Ford pulled over to the shoulder on N. Washington, the Lincoln came to rest facing north in the south-bound lanes of N. Washington. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and Officers Kaleb Barker and Nita Bowen with the Livingston Police Department. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The driver of the Lincoln was cited for running the red light and no insurance. Both vehicles were recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
School Bus Faulted in Wreck, Nobody Injured... LIVINGSTON, August 26, 2015 - At around 4:30 pm on August 26, 2015, a full size school bus with Livingston ISD was east-bound on Snail Road (near Liberty Road). A west-bound late model Dodge pickup struck the school bus that had six kids inside. Nobody was injured. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene for precautionary reasons along with Officers Adam Williford, Scott Paske, and Sergeant Ronnie Bogany (all with LPD). As it turns out, the driver of the bus was faulted for failing to share the road. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered the pickup and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. The bus was recovered by a heavy duty wrecker.
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I'm No Genius, But, Why Are Men So Stupid?...
What is it about men that makes us so stupid? I know we have testosterone and all that, but still, men (particularly young men) do the stupidest things. Yes, women are more emotional, but, us men, we're just so stupid. Everytime I watch the national news I see MEN either shooting eachother in places like Syria or Lebanon, or the local Houston news, or I see some guy just doing something stupid, like trying to jump...CLICK HERE FOR MORE!
On July 6, 2015 , a burglary of a habitation was reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office by a home owner off of Providence Rd. Several items of memorabilia were taken from the residence along with some jewelry. A investigation was conducted into the incident by detectives.
On August 11, 2015, two subjects were arrested on unrelated charges. Both subjects provided evidence of who committed the crime. Both William Shane Fry and Elisabeth Willis were named as being responsible for the burglary. Arrest warrants were issued for the subjects.
On August 15, 2015, Elisabeth was arrested and was booked into jail. The whereabouts of William Shane Fry is unknown at this time.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is asking help from the public of locating William Shane Fry. If anyone comes in contact or knows of his whereabouts don’t attempt to approach the subject and call 911. He should be considered as being armed and dangerous.
The Polk County Sheriffs Office is requesting the assistance of the public in obtaining information to the burglary of the Dollar General on State Hwy 146.
The burglary occurred between 10:30 p.m., Sunday, August 9, 2015 and 5:00 a.m., Monday, August 10, 2015. The subjects entered through the front door and took several items. The subjects left in a vehicle with an unknown direction of travel.
Recently, I published an editorial piece to remind myself (and many of us) that we "have it" in life a lot better than we often fail realize. The article also talked about a small team of missionaries from Central Baptist Church, in Livingston, that traveled Guatemala to help families that are homeless by building shelters for them to live. The team built a total of six shelters for homeless families. Additionally, they made contributions of time and labor to help a children's orphanage. A video has been produced that shows many of the amazing sights and sounds of their trip. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO!
Sometime this past weekend, suspects burglarized county vehicles where several items were stolen including heavy equipment batteries.
If you have any information you can contact Detectives at 936-327-6810 with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office or call Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
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LIVINGSTON, August 9, 2015 - At around 5:25 pm on August 9, 2015, the driver of a blue Chevy Blazer pulled out of the parking lot of Murphy USA gas station (Walmart parking lot). The driver failed to yield to an oncoming west-bound tan GMC Sierra pickup. The pickup broadsided the Blazer. The driver of the Blazer pull around into the parking lot of Taco Bell. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene, along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and Officers Scott Paske and Kevin Ward (both with Livingston Police Department). Fortunately, nobody was injured. The driver of the Blazer was cited for no driver's license, no insurance, and failure to yield from an open intersection. Vehicle recovery services provided by Fawbush Wrecker Service.
The Good Life Right Here Right Now... Next time you get a little hacked about something like, the lights going out due to a storm and it takes too long for workers to restore electricity, or your old mattress squeaks every time you move, or someone at McDonald's forgot to leave pickles off your hamburger... Stop for a minute and think, you have a delicious hamburger right in front of your face at nearly the snap of a finger...CLICK HERE FOR MORE!
Driver Slams Into Tree, 4 Hospitalized, MOSCOW, August 4, 2015 -At approximately 3:40 pm on August 4, 2015, a silver 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 driven by Kimerlee Mae Smikal, 24, of Livingston, was east-bound on FM-62 when according to Smikal, she had to cough, when she coughed she lost control of her pickup and left the pavement to the right...more
Driver Leaves Road, Strikes Tree... SODA, August 3, 2015 - At approximately 5 pm on August 3, 2015, the driver of an older model red sedan was west-bound on US-190 East and apparently blew a tire causing her to lose control. Her vehicle left the pavement to the right, rolled down the embankment and struck a tree. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene, along with Sergeant Lee Rogers and Lieutenant Mark Jones with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Chris Cain with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, she wasn't hurt but was transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital for precautionary reasons. She was cited for no insurance and driving with a suspended license. A roll back wrecker with Ken's Towing recovered the vehicle and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. Special thank you: Ken withKen's Towing
Robert Frank Holzman was arrested last night (07/29/15) in Trinity County. Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff's Office were able to find out where he was hiding. Trinity Police Department moved in and made the arrest. Holzman was recently featured on this webstie in a Crime Stoppers Alert.
The Polk County Sheriffs Office is requesting the assistance of the public in locating Robert Frank Holzman. The subject is wanted and has a felony warrant for an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle that occurred on or about July 18, 2015. One subject has been arrested and is good friends with Holzman. Holzman is known to stay in the Cleveland and Shepherd area.
If located don’t attempt to make contact with subject and call 911 for your local law enforcement. This subject could possibly be armed and should be considered as dangerous.
Crime Stoppers Tips Help Livingston PD Quickly Identify Suspect... LIVINGSTON, July 28, 2015 - On July 24, 2015, the Livingston Police Department sent a Crime Stopper Alert to PolkCountyToday.com in regards to an RV that was involved in a hit and run accident. LPD furnished a picture for us to publish. Thanks to a flood of tips, in less than two hours, LPD had the suspect positively identified. 36 year old Corey Wayne Hoffpauir, of Onalaska, has since been arrested and booked into Polk County Jail. The tide of tips was so overwhelming that LPD asked us to take the Crime Stopper alert down.
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Welcome to a new sponsor...Baskin Builders has been serving Polk County 1966. With new homes under construction you can choose your colors. Baskin Builders is currently building in the restricted subdivision of Goodrich North off Highway 59 just a few miles south of Livingston. Give 'em a call at 936-329-4132! See their ad on the left side of this page!
Polk County 4H Club Drill Team... We were invited out to the Polk County Youth Rodeo on Friday (July 17) to film the Polk County 4H Club Drill Team. You can click on the video below to watch.
Two Vehicle Accident, Nobody Injured... SODA, July 19, 2015 - At around 10:30 am on July 19, 2015, the driver of a brown Kia Soul was west-bound on US-190 West. The driver attempted a left turn into the parking of Livingston Gospel Assembly Church, but failed to yield to an east-bound gray Toyota Camry. The driver of the Camry swerved to avoid the collision, but still swiped the back half of the Kia Soul. The collision sent both vehicles to the south side of the pavement. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputy Janie Cain with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Allen Stanton with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The driver of the Kia Soul was cited for failure to yield right-of-way. Both vehicles were recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. Special thank you: Ken withKen's Towing
Man Hunt Is On for Murder Suspect... CORRIGAN, July 19, 2015 -East Texas law enforcement are now on the lookout for Steve White. White is the suspect in an early morning fatal stabbing that took place in downtown Corrigan...more
Ribbon Cutting... LIVINGSTON, July 16, 2015 -The Retreat Home Owners Association held their official Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the Chamber Office today (July 16). The Retreat is a community that's located near CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital right off West Park Road. The Retreat is designed for residents who are 55 years of age or older and perhaps retired. According to the Home Owners Association President, Ron Ammons, The Retreat has very good security and lawn service is automatically provided for their residents. Ammons stated that there's lots of home sites available for those who would like live in a quiet community and be around other people their age. Give 'em a call at 936-328-3725.
Ron Ammons cuts the ceremonial ribbon.
Motivated and Relatively Young, Two Men Ready to Head Up a Semi-Pro Football Team in Livingston...
LIVINGSTON, July 15, 2015 - The Livingston Warhawks semi-pro football team is readying to launch its inaugural season in early 2016. The team is part of a league called the Texas United Football Alliance which consists of over 20 teams...CLICK HERE FOR MORE!
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust, CORRIGAN, July 12, 2015 -At 4:43 pm on July 11, 2015, Officer Dakoda Hernandez with Corrigan Police Department was patrolling on South Home Street in Corrigan when his radar spotted a blue 4 door car that passed him at a high rate of speed. Officer Hernandez initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. Hernandez was quickly joined by Deputy Cody Hardy with the Polk County Sheriff's Office...more
Kids Playing With Fire... 2 Story Vacant House Burns, LIVINGSTON, July 9, 2015 - At approximately 4:40 pm on July 8, 2015, Livingston Volunteer Fire Department responded to a 2 story house fire located off South Washington (a short distance west of Camp Cho Yeh). The brick and stucco structure had smoke billowing out from its windows. Nobody lives in the house. A preliminary investigation by Livingston Police revealed that some local kids were in the abandoned house playing with fire and caused the house to catch fire. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the incident.
'Nothing to debate': Second Amendment, legal gun in my purse saved our lives
...Get a gun, get legal, be responsible, trust yourself. Don't trust yourself? Then don't carry. But for God's sake then, shut the f**k up about it, because that's where your involvement ends...
Now that we're in the middle of another blistering, sultry, typical East Texas summer... ...we have a tendency to use more electricity (especially to cool our homes). Here's a super video that we ran across on YouTube that shows you how to cut your electric bill by 50 percent. Nothing expensive, just common sense (50 PERCENT FOLKS... IT'S WORTH A LOOK)...
Drug Bust at Gas Station, CORRIGAN, July 7, 2015 -On the afternoon of July 6, 2015, Officer Dakoda Hernandez with Corrigan Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a white Dodge Charger off US-59 in Corrigan. The vehicle, driven by Brandon Dewayne Timms, 26, of Winona, pulled into the parking lot of the Shell station...more
Local Driver Rolls Vehicle, Nobody Injured... Shortly before 4 pm on July 3, 2015, a red 2002 Ford Explorer was west-bound on FM-1988 East (just west of Peebles Cemetery). The driver left the pavement to the right, rolled through the grass for over 25 yards, turned over and slammed into a utility pole. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputy Cody Hardy with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Corporal Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol and Trooper Darwon Evans (also with the Highway Patrol). EMS personnel from Americare checked the vehicle occupants and nobody was hurt. No citations were issued. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered the vehicle and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
What the hell! Okay, so we all know about ISIS (the Islamic terrorist group that's wreaking hellish havoc in the Middle East). This blood thirsty group of holier than thou death freaks are burning people alive, decapitating people, and slaughtering men women and children for anything they feel doesn't align with fundamentalist Islam. Further, I'm sure by now everyone knows that our fearless president (obama) is doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (that amounts to anything) to stop this group that has turned Iraq upside down (since our men shed blood and gave their lives to turn Iraq into a democracy). On the other hand, the Kurdish Muslims who are pro western and do believe in human rights and are friendly to the USA are ferociously fighting ISIS. Obama REFUSES to help the Kurds by providing arms to them (he SHOULD be arming them to the teeth), nonetheless the Kurds aren't backing down, and they're taking ISIS to task in combat. HERE'S THE KICKER, not only is our fearless president not doing anything to help the Kurds, but now, he's blocking other countrys from getting arms to the Kurds. I simply cannot understand our so called president. The world burns and he just fiddles. Our economy is stuck in a stagnant state when it should be thriving and he just acts like everything is hunky dory. I believe that we will survive the eight years that we've suffered under this puzzling, seemingly aloof president, but the damage that he's caused and continues to cause will leave a disaster for the next president. I try to keep my reporting just local, but when I saw this I had to say something.
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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Joseph C. Roy and Stacy Pharris Tullos Roy. They have several felony warrants and were last seen in the Onalaska/Livingston area operating Walkers Waterfront Campground during the month of May. They are from Tanaha, Tx area in Shelby County and were last seen driving a 2003 Silver Chevy Van TX LP FKV0285. They may be traveling with two young males around the ages of 9 and 13.
If you know their whereabouts or have any information you can contact your local law enforcement agency, Polk County Sheriff’s Office @ 936-327-6810, or call Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
I'm no big Donald Trump fan, but for NBC to dump him, while employing a VERY WELL KNOWN hatemonger like Al Sharpton is hypocrisy of the highest order. The double standard that is so OBVIOUS in the USA today is like a 2,000 lb. gorilla in the room that everybody is afraid to talk about. - Willie P. Openshaw, Editor
Accident Hospitalizes 1, SCENIC LOOP, June 28, 2015 -At approximately 8:25 pm on June 28, 2015, a silver 2003 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Shasha Prentice, 21, of Livingston, was west bound on Scenic Loop (FM-3277). For some reason, Prentice's vehicle left the pavement to the left...more
Crime Stopper Tip Leads to Arrest... LIVINGSTON, June 26, 2015 - Only a couple of hours after a Crime Stopper alert was posted on this website, suspect Shawn Steven Obanon, 40, of Livingston, was placed under arrest and charged with burglary of a habitation. The tip was phoned into the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Shawn Steven Obannon, DOB 11/21/74, out of the Livingston area. Obannon has active felony warrants and may be in San Jacinto County and/or Polk County.
If you know their whereabouts or have any information you can contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810 or call Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
Shawn Steven Obanon, 40, of Livingston
On June 23, 2015, in the late evening hours, several burglaries occurred in Texas Landing, Indian Hills, and Four Corners subdivisions. We are asking for any information relating to the crimes and the recovery of the stolen golf cart, tractor and other items.
If you have any information you can contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810 or call Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
In May the unidentified male in the picture, along with a white female going by the name of Joseph and Carolyn Roy A’ were in the process of purchasing Walker’s Waterfront. The suspects were managing the business during that time and after a month it was discovered that they were fraudulently purchasing the property. They also stole a large amount of money from the business. They were last seen driving a 2003 Sliver Chevy Van with TX LP#FKV0285 and believe to be from the Tenaha, Texas. It is believed that they have a parent by the name of Carolyn A Roy that lives in Tenaha, Texas. If you can identify the suspects please contact Detective Byron Dunaway of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-329-9029.
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Pharmaceutical Truck Turns Over, GOODRICH, June 23, 2015 -At approximately 1:45 am on June 23, 2015, a large cargo truck driven by Eduardo Garcia, 43, of Houston, was north-bound on US-59 in the vicinity of Goodrich (a short distance south of the 1988 overpass). According to Garcia, he swerved to avoid a deer...more
Attacking the Confederate Flag is Wrong and Off the Mark... Editorial by Charles Austin Miller Attacking the Confederate flag is a diversionary tactic, attempting to blame slavery on the South, on the Confederacy, and on a fluttering banner. Barack Obama is deliberately perpetuating a lie that is nothing short of historical revisionism...CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
Rough Number Crunching on the Dam... Over the past 31 days, Lake Livingston Dam's average discharge has been 66,584 cu ft/sec. or almost 1/2 million gal/sec. (7.48 gal/cu ft). That's an average 43 billion gal/day. Peak discharge of 72,600 cfs equalled nearly 47 billion gal/day. Over the last 31 days, 1,334,000,000,000 (One TrillionThree Hundred Thirty Four Billion) gallons have gone through the Lake Livingston Dam. Enough water to fill up the Houston Astrodome 4,169 times!
Traffic Accident, Nobody Hurt... LIVINGSTON, June 19, 2015 - At approximately 11:20 am on June 19, 2015, the driver of a green Ford Free Star was south-bound on South Houston (US-146) and attempted to make a left turn into the parking lot of a Valero convenience store/gas station. The driver failed to yield to a red north-bound Ford Edge. The two vehicles collided. Officers Brandon Brewer, Chad Lilley, and Kevin Blackburn (all with Livingston PD) were dispatched to the scene. Fortunately, nobody was injured. Traffic on the north and south bound sides of the road was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. The driver of the Ford Free Star was cited for failure to yield right-of-way and no driver's license. Both vehicles were recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
LIVINGSTON, June 15, 2015 - Well, Sunday morning a transformer blew out that was close to our house. Suddenly we (and other folks in the vicinity) found ourselves without power. After about 20 minutes I called the City of Livingston and they informed me that a transformer had blown out off Pan American Drive. No big deal. It wasn't hot yet so we, in all our luxuries of living in the USA, might survive the morning...CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
New District Clerk Appointed, LIVINGSTON, June 15, 2015 -Bobbye Richards will take the oath of office as the new Polk County district clerk effective July 1. Appointed by 411th District Judge Kaycee L. Jones and 258th District Judge Ernest L. McClendon, Richards will fill the unexpired term left by the May 21 resignation of Kathy E. Clifton...more
Allow Me to Brag for a Minute About a Friend... Angie Hernandez Openshaw
LUFKIN, June 15, 2015 - Just about everyone that I know has a milestone (or milestones) in their life that they can always sit back and reflect on. Often it's a graduation of some sort. Whether it's kindergarten, high school, college, or some kind of trade or vocational school. It's very important to us and will always hold a special place in our hearts and lives...CLICK HERE FOR MORE
I'm No Environmentalist, But... Willie P. Openshaw
LAKE LIVINGSTON, June 11, 2015 - I received a text from a friend the other day. This friend of mine has a home on Lake Livingston and told me that he got in his boat and went out on the lake recently and was taken aback by the amount of trash that was floating on the surface of Lake Livingston. He said the trash ranged from water bottles to beer bottles to beer cans, rubber balls, plastic ware, pizza boxes, pieces of styrofoam and other unmentionables...CLICK HERE FOR MORE
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