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
Accident Hospitalizes 4, BLANCHARD, June 9, 2015 -At approximately 1:30 pm on June 9, 2015, a Silver 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe, driven by Carol Bardwell, 73, of Livingston, was sitting at the crossover at the Corner Shell (FM-2457 at 190 West). Bardwell attempted to cross over to FM-2457 from 190 West, but she failed to yield to...more
Small Plane Burns at Airport, LIVINGSTON, June 6, 2015 -At approximately 5:45 pm on June 6, 2015, the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Americare Ambulance Service, and Officer Tito Reyes with Livingston Police Department were dispatched to Livingston Municipal Airport to deal with a burning plane...more
Driver Slams Into Light Pole, Walks Away, LIVINGSTON, June 5, 2015 - Shortly after 6 pm on June 5, 2015, the driver of a white 2003 Ford F-250 was south-bound on US-59 just south of the Livingston city limits. According to the driver, another vehicle cut in front of him nearly causing a collision. The driver of the pickup swerved to avoid the collision and lost control. His pickup left the road to the left into the grassy center median, turned on its side, and slammed roof first into a light pole. Amazingly, the driver wasn't injured and crawled out of the truck. Troopers Zach Lenderman and Chad Seamans were dispatched to the scene along with deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Traffic on both sides of 59 were partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. Trooper Lenderman cited the driver for driving with an expired driver's license. The pickup was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. Special thank you: Ken withKen's Towing
OOOPS! My Boat's Sailing Down the Highway... Boat Crashes Into House Off 146, LIVINGSTON, June 4, 2015 -Shortly before 12 noon on June 4, 2015, a red Dodge Ram 2500 pickup driven by Lawrence Barnett, 61, of Livingston, was north-bound on South Houston (146). According to Barnett, he was driving down the hill on 146 pulling a boat on a trailer. He looked into his rear view mirror and noticed that his boat and trailer were gone...more
Click here for a nice aerial view of Lake Livingston Dam filmed yesterday (June 2, 2015).
Intoxicated and Crazed, Man Assaults Police, Tries to Take Gun, LIVINGSTON, June 2, 2015-On June 1, 2015 the Livingston Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of West North street to assist Americare EMS with a subject involved in a disturbance. Americare EMS said that they had received a 911 call of a man who had fallen in the road and was vomiting. When they arrived they tried to determine if the subject needed assistance but he refused to cooperate with them...more
The Polk County Sheriffs Office is requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the subject in the photographs. The subject is wanted for questioning about a burglary that occurred on or about May 7, 2015. The subject is seen pawning the stolen property at a local pawn shop in Livingston.
Ribbon Cutting... Casa Della Tire New Location, LIVINGSTON, May 28, 2015 - At 11 am on May 28, 2015, Casa Della Tire held a ceremonial ribbon cutting and grand opening of their new location at 1009 North Washington. Owner Javier Casas, wife Marissa, and Javier's Mom, Adella, were surrounded by friends, family, and Polk County Chamber members as they cut the ribbon officially marking their grand opening. Casa Della Tire offers new and used tires. New tires include Goodyear, Firestone, and Toyo. Additionally, they fix flats, rotate and balance tires, change oil, offer brake service, minor body repair and will soon be offering front end alignments. Stop in, visit, and say hello. You can reach them at 936-327-9110.
Lake Livingston Water Levels and Dam Release Rate...
As of Thursday morning May 28, 2015, current Lake Livingston level is 133.00 msl (mean sea level) which is 2.00 feet above the normal pool level of 131.00 msl. Release is 72,600 cfs (cubic feet per second, 1 cubic foot of water = 7.48 gallons). This lake level and corresponding release is in response to rainfall within the Trinity River watershed which includes local rainfall along with that from the Dallas, Fort Worth area and up to the headwaters of the river including all tributaries. The current release is expected to continue into next week as high flows move downstream from the Oakwood and Trinidad areas of the Trinity River. Although currently stable, additional rainfall in the area could cause increases in levels and releases to occur.
Flows of this proportion have not been recorded on Lake Livingston since September of 2005. Lake level and discharge information is updated on a 24 hour recorded information line at the dam which is 936-365-3922 and on the Trinity River Authority webpage at www.trinityra.org. Residents along the Trinity River should contact the Emergency Management Coordinator in the county they reside in for flood related information.
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On May 24, 2015 the Livingston Police Department received two complaints of graffiti that had been found on two separate businesses by business owners. The reports show that the graffiti occurred during the night hours of Saturday May 23 or the early morning hours of May 24. The suspect(s) used two different color paints to cause damage to the structure of the local businesses. The Livingston Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation regarding this damage and is asking for the public’s help in providing information of the suspect(s) responsible for these crimes. If you have any information on this crime call Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP(7867) or contact the Livingston Police Department at 936-327-3117 and ask for Detectives Marty Drake or Leon Middleton. Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information provided leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
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Nasty Weather Again... We had more strong winds and heavy rains on Monday night as a tornado watch was on for Polk County. It got scary for a about 20 minutes. The winds hitting my house were violent, the rain was hard. My dogs (Mixi, Molly, and Heidi) were crowded around me. In the interest of safety, we all went into the bathroom and waited for the storm to pass. The winds finally tapered off but the rain remained heavy. Soon the rain lightened up and again, I jumped in my old pickup and drove around town looking for downed trees and/or damage. Fortunately, there was none that I could see. Supposed to rain all week. So be sure to make safe comofortable provisions for you pets.
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