Driver Overshoots US-146... SCHWAB CITY, February 19, 2015 - At around 7:30 pm on February 19, 2015, a blue Mini Cooper driven by a Livingston man was west-bound on FM-2610. According to the driver, an east-bound driver had their brights on and it caused him to lose vision of the road, causing him to overshoot 146. His vehicle crossed 146 and drove into the edge of the woodline. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the South Polk County Volunteer Fire Department, and Trooper Zach Lenderman with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, the driver wasn't injured. His vehicle was pulled from the weeds by friends, and after pulling the front bumper off, the driver was able to drive his vehicle home.
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Driver Rolls Travel Trailer, Nobody Injured... LIVINGSTON, February 12, 2015 - Shortly before 11 pm on February 12, 2015, a driver was south-bound on US-59 in a white Dodge Ram 5500 pulling a large travel trailer. According to the driver, the travel trailer had a slide out portion that would not stay secure and he already had to stop two times to resecure the section. As he was south bound on the 59 bypass in Livingston, he was using his mirrors to observe the trailer and drifted off the pavement to the right. He over corrected back to the left, left the pavement again and rolled the travel trailer. The travel trailer was totaled. Sergeant Darrell Newman and Officers Donald Dyson, Dallas Early, and Tito Reyes were dispatched. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The mess was cleaned up by Ken's Towing and was stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
Woman Passes Away From Injuries in House Fire, SODA, February 11, 2015 - A house fire that totaled a house on February 6th in Soda also claimed a woman who passed away two days later. Firemen found 42 year old Jodi Rupersburg passed out by her bed in her burning home. She flown to Houston with burns and smoke inhalation. Rupersburg passed away 2 days later (February 8). Rupersburg is survived by her husband, a son, her parents and numerous other family and friends.
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission List of Complaints on Polk County Businesses
Attached lists are TABC Complaint Investigation Results for Polk County from 6/21/2007 to 1/7/2015. This is the largest date spread available on their web site. All are public record and can be found here.
First list is by date. Second list is by trade name (alphabetical order)
Lists a total of 73 complaint investigations for Polk County during that period with 10 violations found. In other words, 17% of complaints to the TABC in this 7 ½ year period resulted in a violation.
Large Trailer Turns Over in South Livingston, LIVINGSTON, February 10, 2015 - Shortly after 7 am an 18 wheeler UPS truck pulling two trailers was south-bound on US-59 in the south end of Livingston when the driver fell asleep. His truck left the road and he over corrected causing his rear most trailer to turn over. Livingston Police and Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office were dispatched. Additionally, Corporal Ramey Bass and Trooper Barret Duren were dispatched to investigate. Fortunately, nobody was injured. At time of press (8:45 am), the accident is being cleaned up.
ALLEGED THIEF TURNS HIMSELF IN AFTER SEEING HIS PICTURE ON THIS WEBSITE...
A Crime Stoppers alert that was posted on this website on January 29, 2015, has reportedly prompted the suspect to turn himself in. The suspect reportedly called the Polk County Sheriff's Office distraught that his picture was on this website in a Crime Stopper alert. The man admitted to stealing, and asked if he could return the merchandise. At time of press, that's all we know about this case.
Junior Posse Coming to Polk County Sheriff's Office
Call them Ambassadors of Good Will or just call them cute. The Harris County Junior Deputy Sheriff’s Mounted Posse are riding tall in the saddle, spreading the word about the forth coming 83rd Annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. This event which honors Texas Western tradition begins with the HLSR parade on February 28, 2015. The youngsters, clad in matching Western Sheriff’s attire of cowboy hats, black boots, chaps, vests and badges will be riding through Texas to spread the word on this great event in “Texas Style”.
The diminutive Junior Deputies will brave the cold and gusty winds to bring these proclamations to surrounding cities and counties in the old style method of delivery, “the pony express ride”. The junior deputies range in age from 6 to 20. The Posse in its 64th year is the oldest youth riding group in the state of Texas.
During the year these kids practice their horsemanship, as well as their citizenship, in parades, rodeos, and local events.
They'll be riding in to Polk County on February 7th at 9 am to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. For any other information on this event please call Al Blendermann at 713-817-7768. Please visit the Posse website for a visual glimpse are what these leaders of tomorrow are doing today. www.hcsoexplorers.com
MY SUPERBOWL PREDICTION... I'm no expert on anything (except being goofy), but after the beat down that the Patriots put on the Colts, I can't help but think that the Patriots will beat the Seahawks by at least 10 points. Please, all you Patriot haters out there, don't go blaming deflated footballs on that butt kicking that the Colts got. Hey, I could be wrong, Seahawks' head coach, Pete Carrol seems to be a master at getting his team fired up for big games (especially defensively). So we shall see what we shall see. If I am wrong, feel free to send me an email and pour some salt and lemon juice into the wound, firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post it in Letters to the Editor.
I BELIEVE IN MY RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS... I'm not talking about for hunting, I'm talking about for defense of my home and family (nothing wrong with hunting, I enjoy deer meat). Numbers don't lie, in communities where citizens are allowed to own guns, crime is the lowest. I get annoyed at these people who get on TV every time I turn around and they want to take my guns away. They want to take away my ability to defend my home, my family, myself. Why? As if criminals are going to obey the laws and stop carrying guns and other weapons intended be used against me. (It's crazy aint it?, these leftists like Michael Moore actually believe this). What would happen if all us law abiding citizens had to give up our guns? That sure would give the criminals the upper hand (Yep, take our guns away, that would fix everything! Man that's just so brilliant! note: sarcasm). Enjoy the video I've posted below.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, LIVINGSTON, January 28, 2015 -Cancer treatment is most effective when caught early, and of all the gynecologic cancers, only cervical cancer has a specific screening test—the Pap test. CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Clinics physicians encourage women to get their regular Pap tests in honor of Cervical Cancer Screening Month and Cervical Health Awareness Month...more
Pride and Joy... Miss Polk County Pageant is Tonight
LIVINGSTON, January 24, 2015 - Daughters of local parents are set to take the stage this evening at 7 pm in the Florence Crosby Auditorium at the Livingston Intermediate School (the Old High School) for the annual Miss Polk County Pageant. Over $5,000 in prizes and scholarships will be on the line. This year, six lovely candidates will be competing. The evening will feature a talent portion, and an evening gown competition. Some entertainment will be provided by the locally renowned Studio C Dancers. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Click thumbnails below to read about each contestant (the contestants are listed in no particular order).
We're still here. News comes in waves, folks. -- Editor
Willie P. Openshaw
My Soapbox of the Day... Man, I didn't know that so many people just hated the New England Patriots. Everytime I look at the national news, it seems like every person that can, including a bunch of current and ex NFL players, aren't wasting any time getting their jabs in on the Patriots' head coach, Bill Belicheck and his top quarterback, Tom Brady. Unless you've been living under a rock, then you've heard that the Patriots have been accused of cheating (again) by the whole world (last time was the 2007 spygate scandal). But man, the barbs that these people are throwing out are viscous attacks on Belicheck's and Brady's character and credibility. This time, Belicheck and Brady have allegedly deflated some footballs to the point that the footballs have a more spongy softness to them, making the balls easier to throw, kick and catch. Honestly, I seriously doubt that Brady or Belicheck had anything to do with the balls being deflated, but hey, I guess you just never know. At any rate, I further doubt that the balls impacted the game to the point that they enabled the beatdown that the Patriots put on the Colts last Sunday. Personally, other than when the Patriots are playing the Texans, I've never had a problem with them. Honestly, I've always kinda liked the Patriots. I cheered for them when they almost capped off a perfect season a few years ago only to have the Giants' Eli Manning weasel out of the grasps of a game ending sack to complete a freakish pass and go on to an improbable win. I'll be cheering for the Patriots again this Super Bowl. I know that Tom Brady is pretty annoying and primadonnaish, but he is a heck of a good quarterback and one of the very best to have ever played the game. As far as Bill Belicheck, I think he's a mastermind of the game of football. There is a team out there (especially their obnoxious fans) that I admit does annoy me (they're based in north Texas, but I wont mention their name). Well, that's my soapbox of the day. Go Patriots! Willie P. Openshaw, Editor
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Willie P. Openshaw
Life's Firsts... Well, the other day I experienced a first. Actually there were four of us who experienced this moment. Okay, it was my first time seeing a grandchild of mine get his first haircut. For my grandson, Clay Randall Vess (now 10 months old), this was a big deal. His mom (Zuni) was all emotional, his dad (Josh) handled it like any dad would (not nearly as emotional as mom). I know that in our privileged birthright as folks living in the USA, to the rest of the world, this is not exactly an earth shattering event (like the birth of a grandchild), but still. I believe that it's things like this, and the significance we place on these events helps keep families close...(Click here for more)
Pickup Strikes Horse, Nobody Injured, Horse Killed, LIVINGSTON, January 18, 2015 - Shortly before 7 am on January 18, 2015, a motorist driving a Chevy pickup was north-bound on US-59 north of Goodrich. According to the driver, a horse came out of nowhere and was coming straight at him in his lane. The pickup struck the horse. The horse was killed on impact. The driver pulled over to the right side of the road. Deputy Janie Cain with the Polk County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene along with Trooper Zach Lenderman with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, the driver wasn't physically hurt, although his truck sustained heavy damage and may be totaled. It is not known to PolkCountyToday.com who the owner of the horse is. TxDot was summoned to remove the deceased animal. 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 Editor's Note: If you're offended at the site of a dead horse, don't click on the thumbnail below for a larger picture of the dead animal.
BUSTER MCNUTTY'S... With the recent fatal head on collision on 190 West, Busters has been the talk of the town (and not in a good way either). Buster's has a history through the years of driver's leaving their establishment and driving away in a state of alcohol induced intoxication. To see more of Busters' dubious history, just go to our search page and key in Buster McNutty's.
Early Morning Rollover... LAKESIDE VILLAGE, January 12, 2015 - Shortly before 8 am on January 12, 2015, the driver of a black Accura QX60 was west-bound on East Lake Driver in the subdivision of Lakeside Village. The driver became distracted. Her vehicle left the pavement to the left and slide into the tall weeds turning over on its driver's side in the process. Passers by went to help and assisted the driver and her child passenger from the vehicle. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputy Terry Valka with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Corporal Ramey Bass and Trooper Zach Lenderman with the Texas Highway Patrol. Both vehicle occupants were checked out by EMS personnel and were physically okay. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered the vehicle and it will be stored at Pollock's Body Shop.
In the latest scam, a caller will contact the victims and advise them that they are a relative who is currently incarcerated in a jail in another state and they need money to bail themselves out as well as travel expenses etc…. The victim in turn sends money via Green Dot cards or Western Union and the victim never will be able to recoup their loss.
Sheriff Hammack would like to make this known to the public in case you receive a call along the same lines. Be aware that scams are being sent via email and phone and you need to take caution when something sounds out of the ordinary.
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