LIVINGSTON, March 5, 2014 - At around 2:50 pm on March 4, 2014, a gold Toyota Camry was south-bound on Business 59. As the driver crossed over 190 (courthouse square) she was slammed by an east-bound Ford Sedan. The collision caused the Toyota to strike the courthouse lawn as the Ford pulled over to the shoulder on Business 59 next to the courthouse. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene, but fortunately nobody was injured. Livingston Police Officer Kevin Ward invesgiated the accident. The Toyota was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
SODA, March 2, 2014 - At approximately 3:30 am on March 2, 2014, a gray 2008 Dodge pickup driven by Joshua Wade Skinner of Colmesneil was east-bound on US-190 East, when his pickup crossed over the oncoming west-bound lanes, left the road to the left and jumped three culverts. After the third culvert, his pickup landed sideways and rolled. His vehicle came to rest upside down in the grass on the west-bound side of 190. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputy Cody Hardy with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and John Sikes with Alabama Coushatta Police Department. Hardy and Sikes were able to help free Skinner from his pickup. Trooper Allen Stanton with the Texas Highway Patrol investigated the accident. Skinner's pickup was recovered by LakeView Towing.
At around 11 pm on February 26, 2014, the driver of an SUV was north-bound on FM-350 south when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed over the south-bound lane and left the pavement and rolled it (a short distance south of Livingston High School. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and Corporal Terry White with the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The vehicle was recovered by Fawbush Body Shop in and will be stored in Goodrich.
Women's Power Lunch Collects Items for Childrenz Haven, LIVINGSTON, February 25, 2014 - Childrenz Haven was the most recent recipient of donated items from the Memorial Medical Center - Livingston Women's Power Lunch. Susie Adams (far right), Executive Director of Childrenz Haven, accepts the donations from representatives of the Women's Power Lunch including, from left, Charlotte Doughty, Rhonda Walsh, Elizabeth Coker, Joan Reeves, Wynona Presler and Bunny Orr. Donated items included monetary donations, snacks, children activity books and more. Each month the Women's Power Lunch group collects items for various non-profit agencies. In March, attendees are asked to bring items for MANNAFEST. The luncheon is free to the public. To learn more about The Women's Power Lunch and to view the 2014 schedule, please visit www.memorialhealth.org.
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The Livingston Police Department is investigating several Car Burglaries which have occurred in different subdivisions in Livingston. If you know the subject in the photographs please contact Detective Marty Drake at Livingston Police Department. If you have any information on this case you are urged to contact Livingston Police Department 936-327-3117 or Polk County Crime Stoppers @ 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward.
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Sheriff Kenneth Hammack advised that the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call on February 10, 2014 in reference to allegations of Stalking. An investigation was conducted and it was found that Tyler Jamison Castle has been harassing a female who had broken up with him in January of 2014. Castle makes continuous phone calls not only to her but her family also. Castle sends messages over facebook and email threatening to harm himself and her loved ones if she does not make contact with him. This has been ongoing for over a month. Sheriff Hammack stated Stalking is a very serious crime that should not be taken lightly. The law was recently changed making stalking a third degree felony.
Sheriff Hammack advised Tyler Jamison Castle has an outstanding warrant for Stalking if you see this person please call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-7867 or the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Onalaska Water and Gas Supply Corp. held a Ribbon Cutting on February 18, 2014. Board President, Rus Schmidt was joined by board members, Gary Evan, Joseph Crain, Richard Mckee and Bruce Price. Also joining members were management and other staff members, along with friends, family and Polk County Chamber Ambassadors (complete with a Chamber Ambassadors K-9, Joanie). Onalaska Water and Gas is located on FM 3459, by the high school. Office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30-4:30 and can be reached at 936-646-5393. Visit the website at www.onalaskawaterandgas.com.
Vape and Escape held a Ribbon Cutting on February 13, 2014. Vape and Escape is an electronic cigarette and accesories provider. Co-owners Ginger Murdock and Kim Keiser were joined by friends, family and Polk County Chamber Ambassadors. Vape and Escape is located at 411 E Abbey St in Livingston. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 10-6 and may be reached at 936-327-VAPE. Visit the website at www.vapeandescape.com.
Narcotics Detectives Bust Meth House, LEGGETT, February 18, 2014 -According to Polk County Sheriff, Kenneth Hammack, on Tuesday February 11, 2014 Detectives with the Narcotics Division and Criminal Investigation Division along with the Deputies with the Patrol Division from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to Fagin Farm Road in Leggett in reference to an open investigation involving the manufacture of methamphetamine...more
Driver Rolls Vehicle Delivering Flowers to His Wife, LIVINGSTON, February 17, 2014 - Shortly after 11 am on February 17, 2014, the driver of a 1999 Honda CRV was south-bound on US-59 (less than a mile south of the Livingston City Limits). The driver was about to deliver flowers to his wife for their anniversary when, according to the driver, he lost control of his vehicle, slid onto the shoulder, and was about to hit a construction sign. He opted to avoid the construction sign and took faulty evasive action causing his vehicle to roll (taking out a mailbox in the process). Fortunately, he was uninjured. Deputy Jacob Chapman with the Polk County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene along with Trooper Kevin Burman with the Texas Highway Patrol. The driver's wife who worked a short distance from the accident showed up to check on her husband. Trooper Burman cited the motorist for unsafe speed. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered the vehicle and it will be stored at Pollock's Body Shop in Livingston.
WEATHER UPDATE: Temperatures have remained just above freezing across northern areas this morning with patchy areas of light precipitation occurring. Precipitation coverage will increase across the area late this morning and this afternoon and then shift east of the area around midnight, shifting from west to east during the evening hours. The freezing rain advisory will continue as there is still a threat of freezing rain across the advisory area late this afternoon and through the evening hours. Accumulation amounts are still expected to be in the .01 to .10 inch range. See the attached graphics.
Connie Slocomb Withdraws Candidacy for County Court at Law Judge, LIVINGSTON, February 10, 2014 - Constance T. Slocomb, who filed for candidacy of Polk County Court at Law Judge has decided to withdraw her candidacy for the judge's seat. The following is a press release from Slocomb:
Dear Friends: I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for Polk County Court at Law Judge. After much discussion with family and friends, I have determined my personal and professional goals and desires can best be served in a private role where I am able to truly impact the lives of the individuals I sought to protect in announcing my candidacy. I am thankful for each of you who have supported me over the past months. I will forever be grateful for your kind words of encouragement.
Memorial Medical Center-Livingston Acquires Livingston Diagnostic Center,LIVINGSTON, February 9, 2014 - Memorial Medical Center–Livingston and the owners of the Livingston Diagnostic Center recently agreed to the sale of the Livingston Diagnostic Center to the Livingston Hospital. The transfer of ownership was completed last week. Livingston Diagnostic Center is a freestanding imaging center that has been providing excellent imaging and customer services to Polk County residents since 2005.
“This acquisition furthers our reach in Polk County and the surrounding communities,” said Memorial Medical Center—Livingston Administrator Randy Slack. “We already provide the utmost in quality service in our Imaging Department, and this expands our capabilities by providing an additional location for our patients to receive CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound tests and procedures.”
The transfer of ownership will not affect the staff at the Livingston Diagnostic Center. These employees are staying in place and have become an extension of Memorial Medical Center—Livingston’s overall imaging program, and a department of the hospital.
As a result of the transition, the Diagnostic Center now has a new name, Memorial Livingston Diagnostics.
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Just for Laughs (On a slow newsday)...
January 2009; PolkCountyToday.com celebrates its one year anniversary (Click the video below).
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Burglary Suspect Nabbed by Polk County Sheriff's Deputies After Being Seen on This Website, LIVINGSTON, February 3, 20147 - On January 14, 2014 the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division initiated an investigation into a burglary of a habitation. During the commission of the crime the suspect in this case was caught on video camera which had been placed inside by the owner of the property. Help from the public was solicited through crime stoppers and a picture of the suspect provided to local media for distribution. On February 3, 2014 acting on tips from the public, Detectives went to a residence which had been identified as the suspects. Detectives spoke with Samuel Loyd, W/M, 30, of Livingston, Texas who confessed to the crime. Detectives were able to recover nearly all of the property taken during the burglary. A warrant for the arrest of Samuel Loyd for burglary of a habitation was in the process of being signed at the time of this release. Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office wish to thank the public for the overwhelming response to the plea for tips on this case.
At around 4 pm on February 1, 2014 the driver of a 1998 Jaguar sedan was north-bound on US-59 in the area of New Willard. The driver's car caught fire. She pulled over to the right shoulder of 59 and escaped her burning vehicle without injury. The Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene along with Deputies Kenneth Flethcher and Corporal Terri Mayer with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Kevin Burman with the Texas Highway Patrol. The fire started in the rear of the vehicle, but at time of press, it is not known what caused the fire. A rollback wrecker from Fawbush Wrecker Service recovered the burned out vehicle and it will be stored in Goodrich.
Vehicles Collide on 190 West at 350 North...
At around 5:30 pm on January 31, 2014, the driver of a white Ford F-150 pickup was sitting at a stop sign at 350 North and 190 West. The driver decided to pull onto 190 but failed to yield to a white west-bound Chevy Sonic. The truck broad sided the car knocking the car into the center median. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Officers Kaleb Barker and Dallas Early (both with Livingston PD). Fortunately, nobody was injured. Both vehicles were recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop.
Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Saves Home...
At approximately 9:15 pm on January 29, 2013, the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department dispatched trucks and men to 300 Post Oak Road (at Dogwood) to find a home on fire. Smoke was coming from the house as firemen entered the home and located the fire. They were able to extinguish the flames in a matter of minutes and save the home from burning down. Nobody was injured during the incident. The cause of the fire is not known to PolkCountyToday.com.
Fire at 300 Post Oak Road (near the auction barn off 146).
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The Livingston Police Department is investigating a Credit Card abuse which occurred at Wal-Mart located in Livingston. If you know the subject in the photographs please contact Detective Marty Drake at Livingston Police Department. LPD Case # 140100571
Update from Polk County Office of Emergency Management
The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) reports that there is no ice on roads or bridges at this time. If traveling, please continue to drive with extreme caution. The Polk County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will officially deactivate tonight at 8:00 p.m. The Polk County Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor weather conditions overnight. Please stay tuned to this media outlet, the Office of Emergency Management Public Notices link on the Polk County, TX Website at www.co.polk.tx.us or the Polk County Emergency Management Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/PolkCountyEmergencyManagement for additional information.
Do you recognize the person in this picture?
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
On January 14, 2014 the Polk County Sheriff's Office initiated an investigation into a burglary of a building located off of Sundance Road near Mangum Road in Blanchard.
During the commission of the crime the suspect forced entry into an attached garage and took a weed-eater, gas can, blower, and other miscellaneous items.
The crime was caught on video and appeared to have taken place in the early morning hours of the 14th day of January.
If you recognize the person in the picture attached you are urged to contact Detective Christopher Lima at 936-329-9027 or you may also call Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where you can always remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward.
Another 18 Wheeler Loses It...
On Tuesday morning an 18 wheeler was north-bound on US-59 in Livingston and slid out of control on the iced over north end overpass. The rig slid off the pavement to the right. A heavy duty recovery vehicle from Riley Wrecker Service out of Corrigan helped get the rig back on the road.
Editor's Note:As I was driving to this scene, several 18 wheelers passed me at high rates of speed (as if it was summer time). The roads were iced over and I was taken aback by the carelessness of some of these big rig drivers' driving habits on icy roads.
Weather Advisory Update from Polk County Emergency Management
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain and sleet in effect until Noon today. The Winter Strom Warning has been cancelled. Ice accumulations on elevated roadways and possibly some surface roads are expected throughout the day today. Elevated roadways may become impassible. Currently, the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) reports that no roads or bridges are closed at this time. Ice has been reported on the Moscow overpass and the bridges from the Neches River to Moscow; however, TXDOT has rocked the northbound and southbound lanes of US Hwy 59 and the bridges are still passable. Our Office will continue to update you on current weather and road conditions. If traveling, please drive with extreme caution and reduced speed. Leave plenty of room between you and the motorist ahead of you. Please allow extra time to reach your destination. Avoid sudden breaking or acceleration and be especially cautious on hills or when making turns. Please visit each school’s website for school closure information. Polk County Offices will be closed today and reopening on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 will be delayed until 10:00 a.m. The Polk County Emergency Operations Center is activated. Please stay tuned to this media outlet, the Office of Emergency Management Public Notices link on the Polk County, TX Website at www.co.polk.tx.us or the Polk County Emergency Management Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/PolkCountyEmergencyManagement for additional information.
LIVINGSTON, January 24, 2014 - After a two year layoff (due to auditorium reconstruction) the Miss Polk County Pageant is on again. The last Miss Polk County Pageant was held in 2011 (and was won by Brook Haynes). The 2014 pageant will feature 8 contestants, all students of Livingston High School. The pageant will feature a talent portion and evening gowns. Master of Ceremonies will be Entertainer, Debbie Mayes. There will also be entertainment provided by the Studio C Dancers. The winners of the pageant will be awarded scholarships to further their education. It all goes down Saturday night (January 25th) at 7pm in the Florence Crosby Auditorium at the Livingston Intermediate School (old high school auditorium). Adults $12, Students $6. Refreshments will be served.
Please click on each image below to learn about each contestant (listed alphabetically).
The Polk County Office of Emergency Management has issued the following warning for those who live, work, or are visiting in Polk County or the participating jurisdictions within our jurisdiction. It has been necessary to close certain bridges due to the thick icing that has occurred overnight in the County. At this time, the following bridges have been closed by law enforcement officials:
1. The big bridge on U.S. Highway 190 over Lake Livingston from Onalaska into San Jacinto County
2. The bridge on FM 3278 from Polk County to San Jacinto County
The following bridges and routes are dangerous and are extremely hazardous for driving:
3. The U.S. 59 South Polk County line Neches River bridge
4. The U.S. 59 South and northbound lanes at Piney Creek bridge north of Corrigan City limits
5. The U.S. 59 South Goodrich Overpass
6. The FM 942/Rayburn Hills Camden area
Traffic has been reported as stopped and backed up at the above listed areas due to multiple traffic accidents in those locations. Please avoid these routes. Please avoid travel if possible at this time. Our Office will continue to update you on road closures and openings as the day progresses. Please stay tuned to this media outlet for additional information on the current emergency situation.
Busy Day for the Troopers...
About time the roads started icing over last night (January 23, 2014) the calls started going out to the local troopers for accidents as far north as the Agelina County Line (north of Corrigan), to as far south as south of Goodrich. Most accidents were minor as vehicles were slipping and sliding into ditches, trees, and medians. The troopers were assisted by police, Polk County Deputies, and wreckers. Many parts of the roads in Polk County were completely iced over with hardened ice.
Trooper Chris Cain works a wreck in Goodrich on Friday morning.
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING:
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning now in effect from 9 p.m. this evening to Noon Friday. Freezing rain and sleet tonight could possibly transition to a mix of snow and sleet Friday morning. Please be careful as highways and highway bridges will be dangerous. Temperatures are not expected to elevate above freezing until 3 p.m. Friday. Please do all you can to protect people, pets, plants, and pipes. Our Office will continue to update you on weather and road conditions.
Please stay tuned to this media outlet, the Office of Emergency Management Public Notices link on the Polk County, TX Website at www.co.polk.tx.us, or the Polk County Emergency Management Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/PolkCountyEmergencyManagement for additional information.
Polk County Offices Closed on Friday...
Due to bad weather, all Polk County offices will be closed on Friday (January 24) and are scheduled to reopen on Monday morning (January 27).
Construction to Begin to Improve U.S. 59 North of Goodrich Near Truck Stops, LUFKIN, January 23, 2014 - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is set to start work next week on a project designed to improve safety in the area of the truck stops north of Goodrich in Polk County. The $1.6 million job was awarded to Moore Brothers Construction Company of Lufkin, Texas, by the Texas Transportation Commission last September.
The project comes after numerous meetings in late 2012 and early 2013 between TxDOT, area residents and business owners to discuss the proposed design and other ways to improve safety while, at the same time, maintain access along the route. Citizens expressed concerns about safety in the area due to the high volume of truck traffic.
According to TxDOT, the contractor will set barricades for the project on Monday, January 27 with prep work getting under way later in the week. Improvements planned for the area include modifying crossovers, constructing truck turn-a-rounds , adding acceleration and deceleration lanes, illumination, and a final surface overlay.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and use caution when driving through the work zone. At times detours may be put in place requiring motorists to allow extra time to reach their destinations or to use other routes to avoid delays.
The project is expected to be completed in late spring or early summer 2014.
Garbage Truck and 18 Wheeler Collide, SEVEN OAKS, January 21, 2014 - Shortly after 4 pm on January 20, 2014, a garbage truck driven by Paul Gorman, 60, of Houston, was north-bound on US-59 in the area of Seven Oaks. Gorman had allegedly stopped in the right hand lane of traffic (a complete stop) when an 18 wheeler container truck hauling makeup remover struck Gorman from behind...more
At approximately 12:45 pm on January 19, 2014, the driver of a tan Buick Ranier pulled onto S. Houston (146) from Mill Street (by Melbo's) and failed to yield to a south-bound tan Chevy Venture minivan. The two vehicles collided sparking a fire in the engine compartment of the Buick. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene along with Americare Ambulance Service and Officers with Livingston Police Department. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The driver of the Buick was cited to failure to yield right-of-way from a stop sign. The Buick was towed by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Pollock's Body Shop in Livingston while the Chevy was towed by LakeView and will be stored in Livingston.
Now that we're in the middle of winter, on the cold days, it's tempting to fire up the chimney or wood burning stove. That's all fine and good, but just make sure that you're safe about it. Housefire incidents increase during the winter months (housefires often originate from improperly maintained chimnies), so it's a good idea to follow these safety tips concerning your chimney. Follow these tips and stay warm and safe!
On January 10, 2013 between the hours of 5:45 am and 6:20 am landowners property located just off of Highway 59 south of Corrigan, Texas was forced entry into and a barn located on the property burglarized. During the commission of the crime the suspect(s) targeted a 2002 Kubota Tractor, Model #L4610GST, 46 horse power, with front end loader and box blade attached to the tractor. The barn which was burglarized has been targeted several times within the last four months and each time the suspects have made out with equipment. The suspect(s) were believed to be driving a newer model Dodge 3/4 ton pickup with possibly a ranch hand bumper on both the front and back of the pickup. The truck had mud grip tires and was pulling what appeared to be a 16 foot flat bed trailer which the equipment was loaded on. The truck left in an unknown direction of travel on Highway 59.
Any help in identifying the suspect(s) in this case would be greatly appreciated.
If you have any information on this case you are urged to contact the following case manager or Polk County Crime Stoppers @ 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward.
Detective Christopher Lima Polk County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division 1733 N Washington Livingston, Texas 77351 Office: 936-329-9027
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On December and the 29th, 2013, the Polk County Sheriff's Office initiated an investigation into a theft of a disaster relief trailer from the Pine Forest Baptist Church. The trailer contained several power tools and miscellaneous landscaping equipment.
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Car Fire in Texas Landing Subdivision...
Shortly after 2 am on January 11, 2014, a vehicle fire was reported to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene along with Sergeant David Ramsey with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Kevin Burman with the Texas Highway Patrol. The car (a 1995 Chevy Lumina), was near the exit of the subdivision when it caught fire. The driver and his family escaped injury. The fire was extinguished and nobody was injured. The burned out vehicle was recovered by Fawbush Wrecker Service and will be stored in Goodrich. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Guilty, But Defiant, Defendant Sentenced to Prison After Trying to Sexually Assault His Own Niece...more
Glitches and Technical Problems are an Everyday Reality in a High Tech World...
Our Apologies. We try to have our stories up in a timely manner for our readers, but we have occasional glitches that seem to hold things up. It's just part of our everyday world. The thought of having a device in your home called a computer, or a smart phone was nothing more than a wild fantasy 50 years ago (1964). But today, they're a reality. These are things that we have come to depend on for information in this high tech information age. At our end, we're trying to pump out the news that matters to us local folks. It's all done electronically, and in such a high tech (man made) world, there's inevitable problems from time to time. For example, the big police chase that started in Livingston and ended in Humble; it was supposed to be published online before 8 in the morning (on Jan. 6), but technical issues held everything up. We managed to finally get it to work sometime around 2 pm (along with the current Daily Arrest Report, etc.). Sure enough, we began receiving emails wondering why we hadn't covered the big story. Again, our apologies. For some really cool high tech stuff, can you believe that you can now print a working gun?
Have a great day! - Willie P. Openshaw, Editor
Driver Turns Over Dump Truck, BLANCHARD, January 7, 2014 -At approximately 9:30 am on January 6, 2014, Michael Tomes, 46, of Onalaska, was driving a dumptruck. Tomes dumped his load on some private property in the 1400 block of FM-3126. As Tomes was exiting the property, his truck load container was still in an upright position...more