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Onalaska Police Departmentis seeking public assistance in identifying any of the subjects listed in the pictures below. If you or anyone you know may recognize any of the subjects listed in the pictures below, please contact the Onalaska Police Department at 936-646-5376. Click here to visit Onalaska Police Department online.
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CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
On June 17, 2016 the Livingston Police Department received a complaint from a local business in regards to criminal activity. Upon further investigation, the police department was able to collect evidence at the scene and obtain security videos of the suspects and their vehicle while at the business. The suspects and their vehicle (white Chevrolet Suburban) are listed in the photographs.
If you have any information on this crime you are asked to contact Detective Leon Middleton at the Livingston Police Department (936)327-3117 or Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP(7867) 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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LIVINGSTON, June 21, 2016 - Our apologies. For the past day and a half, our internet has been down and we haven't been able to update the website. Something was down causing our internet to be disconnected. Technicians eventually resolved the problem and we're back up again. Thank you for your patience. - Editor
Obama, Hillary, and the usual leftist propaganda machine (called our national media) have seized on the opportunity to politicize the Orlando massacre and blame Christians, conservatives, guns, and Republicans for the massacre (rather than stating the obvious culprit: RADICAL MUSLIMS). Never mind that the guy stated to police why he was doing it (because he "pledged" to ISIS), no, they're still saying that they simply don't have a clue as to what the assailant's motive was. What is going on in the USA? The leftists (not progressives, there's nothing "progressive" about a leftist) are bastardizing common sense and logic as they continue to insult our intelligence, and dumb down our nation with false information, lies, half truths. One of the worst parts is that the leftists have infiltrated all levels of our institutions of education (from college on down to elementary schools). This infiltration of leftist indoctrination into our institutions of education paints a very bleak picture for our nation's future. -- Willie P. Openshaw, Editor
With ISIS plotting and planning the demise of Western Civilization (and running wild in Syria), Hillary Clinton is ready to increase the numberof Syrian refugees that Obama has allowed to come in to the USA, from 10,000 refugees, to 65,000 refugees...
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The Livingston Police Department is investigating a hit and run accident which occurred at a local business in the Livingston area. If you know the subject in the photographs or the vehicle please contact Livingston Police Department936-327-3117. (Reference LPD Case #16-05-05426).
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Willie P. Openshaw
MY SOAPBOX OF THE DAY...
LIVINGSTON, June 9, 2016 - Ya know, some people just refuse to be happy. You can give them the world and they'll choose to remain bitter, angry, and resentful towards others. They're like a stick in the mud. According to an online dictionary, a "Stick in the Mud" is: ... to be content to remain in an abject condition...(CLICK HERE FOR MORE)
AUSTIN, June 2, 2016 - Governor Greg Abbott today declared a state of disaster in Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Coleman, Colorado, Erath, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Kleberg, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Lubbock, Montgomery, Palo Pinto, Parker, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton Counties in the State of Texas...more
Texas Governor, Greg Abbott
Minor Accident, Nobody Injured...
LIVINGSTON, June 2, 2016 - At approximately 10:30 am on June 2, 2016, a tan Chevy pickup was north-bound on US-146, attempted a left turn onto Church Street, and was slammed by a silver Toyota Corolla. The driver of the Corolla was south-bound and, evidence at the scene suggests that the truck failed to yield (by Jack in the Box and Melbo's). Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Officers Kaleb Barker and Donald Dyson with Livingston Police Department. The officers were assisted by Trooper Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The driver of the pickup was cited for failure to yield. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered both vehicles and they'll be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
Driver Rolls Jeep, Walks Away, NEW WILLARD, May 29, 2016 - At approximately 12:25 pm on May 29, 2016, a Longview Driver was north-bound on US-59 when his driver's side rear tire had a blow out. His vehicle left the pavement to the right and rolled multiple times. The Jeep Wrangler came to rest on its driver's side. The driver crawled from his vehicle uninjured. Deputy Terry Valka with the Polk County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene along with Trooper Allen Stanton with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, the driver was not injured. No citations were issued. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered the Jeep and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
LIVINGSTON, May 27, 2016 - At approximately 5:15 pm on May 27, 2016, the driver of a red Ford Fiesta was north-bound on FM-350 South (about 2 miles north of 190 West). According to the driver, he was traveling at about 45 mph and began to hydroplane. His vehicle slid to the right and slammed into the end of a guard rail. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Corporal Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol. The vehicle passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries. No citations were issued. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered the vehicle and it will be stored at Pollock's Body Shop.
Fire at Bounds Autoplex...
LVFD Acts Quickly, LIVINGSTON, May 27, 2016 - At approximately 10 pm on May 26, 2016, the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to Bounds Autoplex at 401 Loop 59 South. What is believed to have been an electrical fire was quickly doused, saving the building from burning. There was a heavy smell of smoke throughout the customer service building (south side of dealership). Nobody was injured in the incident. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Driver Strikes 18 Wheeler, Charged with DWI, LIVINGSTON, May 26, 2016 -Shortly after 3 pm on May 26, 2016, a red 2011 Toyota Corolla, driven by Leanne Marie Van Wormer, 50, of Shepherd, was north-bound on US-59 in Livingston. According to witnesses, Van Wormer had been driving erratically and nearly struck other vehicles. Van Wormer's vehicle swerved from the fast lane into the slow lane as her vehicle struck an 18 wheeler driven by...more
The Polk County Sheriffs Office is requesting the assistance of the public in obtaining information in reference to a stolen vehicle.
On May 24, 2016, the sheriff’s office was contacted in regards to a stolen vehicle. The incident occurred from the approximately 1:30 and 2:00 in the afternoon. The vehicle was taken from an employee in the parking lot of the Trinity River Authority. The suspect vehicle left headed south on FM 1988 W. A surveillance video was recovered of a red or maroon crew cab truck pulling into and leaving with the stolen vehicle.
If you may know the identity of the suspect (s) or the identification of the vehicle in the video, contact Detective David Mitchell with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810 or Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
Former Police Officer Guilty of Aggravated Sexual Assault... Stories of Domination, Rape, Abuse, and Perversion Emerge in Court, LIVINGSTON, May 25, 2016 - On Tuesday morning (May 24) the trial of an accused rapist got underway in the 411th District Court of Judge Kaycee Jones. Former Police Officer, Mark Shawn Hamilton, could only sit and listen as the low points of his adult life were brought to light from the witness stand as his three ex wives testified and told dark, horrific stories of dominance, mental and physical abuse, rape, and sexual perversion...more
At approximately 9:15 pm on May 24, 2016, the driver of a black Honda Civic was south-bound on US-59. The driver lost control of his vehicle and left the pavement to the left and rolled. His vehicle came to rest upside down in the grassy median. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Corporal Javier Segura with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Zach Lenderman with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, the driver was not injured. The driver was cited for unsafe speed and possession of drug paraphernalia. The vehicle was recovered by LakeView Wrecker and will be stored in Livingston.
At approximately 11:30 am on May 24, 2016, a maroon Chevy Silverado was west-bound on US-190 West. The pickup was waiting to make a left turn onto Forest Hills Loop and was slammed from behind by a Silver Mazda Tribute. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scena along with the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department, Deputy Terry Valka with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Shawn Droddy with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The driver of the Maza was cited for failure to control speed. Both vehicles were recovered by George White & Sons Wrecker Service.
Elderly Woman Assaulted and Robbed in Her Own Home...
On May 20, 2016, at approximately 9:50 am, the Livingston Police Department was notified of a home burglary in the Oak Forest Subdivision. The home owner had been physically assaulted during the crime. The officers arrived at the scene and located the elderly victim with injuries sustained during the assault. EMS personnel were summoned to the scene. After speaking with the victim and investigating, the officers learned that when the victim arrived at her home and entered her house, she was assaulted to two black males. The suspects left the home after taking an undisclosed amount of cash, jewelry, and two firearms. The suspects gained entry into the home through a back window. According to a witness, a light gray or silver minivan (possibly a Dodge) was seen parked in front of the victim's home shortly after 8 am with nobody inside the van. According to the witness, the van's tail lights were on. The victim was transported to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital and was treated for injuries and released later in the day. The Livingston Police Department is following up on all leads and processing evidence at this time. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with any information pertaining to this crime is asked to contact Detective Leon Middleton at the Livingston Police Department at (936) 327-3117 or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 327-7867.
Driver Flown From Major Accident, SODA, May 22, 2016 -At approximately 9:10 pm on May 22, 2016, a white 2004 Lexus ES-330, driven by Angel Lashee Blount, 19, of Conroe, was sitting at the stop sign at the entrance of Indian Springs subdivision. Blount pulled out onto US-190 East but failed to yield to...more
Beefed Up Law Enforcement Presence Slated for Memorial Day Weekend to Combat Drunk Driving...
Law Enforcement agencies in Polk and San Jacinto Counties will conduct a joint DWI Task Force over the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The "no refusal" effort is a product of collaboration between Texas Department of Public Safety officials in Polk and San Jacinto Counties, the judges of the 258th and 411th District Courts, the Polk Co...unty District Attorney's Office and the sheriff's departments and municipal police departments in the respective counties. Both counties will experience an increased law enforcement presence over the course of the holiday weekend with a view toward reducing the number of intoxicated drivers on public roadways. Judges and prosecutors will be on duty to prepare and issue search warrants directing that a blood specimen be obtained from suspected drunk drivers. According to Polk County Criminal District Attorney Lee Hon, the "no refusal" effort has been utilized for a number of years in Polk County over peak holiday weekends with great success. "Over the last nine years, we've yet to have an intoxication related crash in Polk County on our no refusal/DWI task force weekends. In fact, our DWI numbers have actually gone down on these heavy traffic weekends," Hon stated. "I was approached recently by San Jacinto County DPS Sergeant David Gustafson about expanding the concept to a joint effort between San Jacinto and Polk Counties and thought it would be a great idea,"Hon added. "Hopefully, the motoring public in both counties will benefit in terms of a safe holiday weekend as a result of this increased law enforcement presence," he concluded.
Nurses Honored with DAISY Award at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Livingston, LIVINGSTON, May 18, 2016 - Compassionate, caring, dedicated, committed, kind – the list goes on and on in an effort to describe nurses. These hardworking men and women oftentimes do not receive the thanks they deserve for the vital role they play in a patient’s experience. CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Livingston recently partnered with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to honor an employee who consistently demonstrates excellence through clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care...more
Dr. Libreros Speaks at Diabetes Support Group, LIVINGSTON, May 17, 2016 - Dr. Jairo Libreros, board certified Internal Medicine physician, spoke at the CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Livingston Diabetic Support Group meeting on Thursday, May 12. The group meets once a month in the hospital’s Community Conference Center to help those suffering from diabetes to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle habits.
Each month, a different speaker addresses the group on a variety of topics related to diabetes health. Dr. Libreros, a Memorial Clinics physician, spoke about how diabetes relates to hypertension.
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Traffic Stop Leads to Substantial Meth Bust, ONALASKA, May 14, 2016 -On the evening of May 12, 2016, Officer Christopher Lima with the Onalaska Police Department initiated a traffic stop in the subdivision of Impala Woods. The stop was made in reference to the vehicle's expired registration. When Officer Lima spoke with the driver, Brian Everett Hopper, 47, of Onalaska, he suspected drugs...more
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the assistance of the public in obtaining information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Indian Springs on or about May 2, 2016.
The property was taken from a residence located on Annie Lane. A pistol was stolen along with several other items.
If you may know the identity of the suspects or have any information in regards to these incidents, contact Detective Lee Rogers at 936-329-9024, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810 or 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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On May 6, 2016 at around 0230 hours a dark colored car pulls up to Crossin Movers off of US HWY 190 W and a black male exits the back seat and walks around briefly. He then gets into the plain white 2014 Dodge Dually and drives off with the truck. The car leaves with him. There are other people in the car as well. If you know the suspects, suspect vehicle, or the location of the stolen truck, please 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.
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Polk County Pct 1 Constable Department Ready to Round Up Fugitives...
Polk County Pct 1 Constable’s Department will be conducting a warrant round up in conjunction with other Polk County Agencies. This means that if you have an outstanding warrant out of Justice of the Peace Longino’s office, Pct 1 Constable Deputies will be knocking on your door at home or at work to serve outstanding warrants. In order to avoid the embarrassment and inconvenience between now and June 1st , if you contact Judge Longino’s office and take care of your warrants, you will not be arrested. Please contact Judge Longino in the New Court house at 101 West Mill Street Suite #152, Livingston (936-327-6841). Thank you for your cooperation.
The Livingston Police Department is investigating a Theft case which occurred at a local business in the Livingston area. If you know the subjects in the photographs or the vehicle please contact Livingston Police Department 936-327-3117. (Reference LPD Case #16-04-03810).
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Texas Department of Transportation Continues Work in Polk County...
US 190: Construction crews will continue to work on widening sections of the roadway to add passing lanes and entries to driveways and side roads.
US 190/FM 350 North: Workers will replace driveway entries.
FM 1988: Crews will place embankment for side headers and set deck panels for the new bridge at Long King Creek.
Livingston State Park: Crews will continue to reconstruct camp loops and parking areas at Yaupon and Red Oak Camp. Access to both loops is closed.
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
Sheriff Hammack is needing the public's help in capturing Cedric Jackson.
On April 29, 2016 a Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy was patrolling the Pine Hollow subdivision south of Corrigan when he observed Jackson at a families residence. The deputy was aware of Jackson's warrants and attempted to arrest him. Jackson fled into the woods.
Jackson is wanted for the following: Assault Impede air ways Family Violence and Motion to Revoke Probation for Theft in Polk County. Three warrants issued by Diboll Police for Assault Family Violence, Burglary and Interference with Emergency Call.
The Polk County Sheriffs Office is requesting the assistance of the public in obtaining information in regards to identifying the vehicle in this photograph.
The vehicle is a Dodge Ram four door truck with the rear driver side window broken and taped. The vehicle body style is from a 2012 to present day. Several thefts have occurred in the Lake Livingston Village sub-division and this vehicle is in question.
If you may know the identity of the suspects or the vehicle, contact Detective David Mitchell with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810 or Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
The Polk County Sheriffs Office is requesting the assistance of the public in obtaining information in regards to the identification of this man.
The subject is wanted for questioning in regards to a stolen vehicle that occurred on April 23, 2016. He has given the name to several people as Gary Harris.
If you may know the identity of the subject, contact Detective David Mitchell with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810 or 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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CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Volunteer Auxiliary, Livingston, Texas
The Auxiliary celebrated another successful year at its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at My Place Eatery in Livingston, Texas. The new officers for 2016-2017 were installed by Executive Assistant Peggy Stapleton of the hospital's Administration Department (center in photo). Also shown, l-r, are Marlene Judson, Treasurer; Vicki Jones, President-Elect; Lynne Gevirtz, President; and Pat Milner, Secretary.
The Livingston Police Department was dispatched to a hit and run accident at approximately 1 a.m. on April 21, 2016. According to witnesses, the suspect was driving a red Dodge pickup and after striking the unattended vehicle they fled the scene. The driver is going to be the white male wearing the blue shirt in the photograph along with his passenger. Anyone with information on their identity or location can contact Detective Leon Middleton at the Livingston Police Department or Crimestoppers at 936-327-7867. Anyone providing information will remain anonymous.
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In the early morning of April 12, 2016, Aarmco R.V. Sales contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in regards to damage to several travel trailers.
Patrol Deputies and Detectives responded to the scene and were able to locate physical evidence. The business was able to provide a surveillance video of the incident and shared it on social media. A detective with the Cleveland Police Department watched the video and was able to provide a positive identification of the suspect. He contacted the sheriff’s office and provided the information for James Neslund who resides in Cleveland.
An arrest warrant was issued for James and he was arrested on April 19, 2016. After the detective conducted an interview James confessed to his involvement of a burglary that occurred in December of 2015. He stated he had gone into several travel trailers at Aarmco and took televisions.
Also...The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the assistance of the public in obtaining information in regards to a theft that occurred in Wilson Lake Estates.
The property was taken from the POA. Several pieces of gardening equipment were taken.
If you may know the identity of the suspects or have any information in regards to these incidents, contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810 or Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
The Polk County Sheriffs Office is requesting the assistance of the public in obtaining information in regards to several thefts in the Lake Livingston Village sub-division.
The property has been taken from residences, including boats and travel trailers.
If you may know the identity of the suspects or have any information in regards to these incidents, contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810 or Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
Close Call on 146...
LIVINGSTON, April 19, 2016 - At approximately 11:45 am on April 19, 2016, a black 2003 Chevy Trailblazer was south-bound on US-146. According to the driver, another south-bound vehicle pulled into their lane nearly hitting them. To avoid a collision, the driver cut left into the north-bound lanes. This caused the vehicle to nearly have a head on collision with a north-bound white 2006 Chevy Avalanche. The two vehicles scraped passenger's sides. The Trailblazer spun around and came to rest in the north-bound lanes while the Avalanche pulled to a stop facing north. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Sergeant Glen Edwards and Deputy Janie Cain with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Troopers Allen Stanton and Darwon Evans with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. The driver and passenger of the Trailblazer were transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital for precautionary measures. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
On Sunday April 17, 2016 and motorcycle was stolen from a residence in Goodrich. The motorcycle was last seen that evening. This morning the owner got up and went outside and noticed it was missing. Please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Officeat 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.
FBI Investigating Alleged Murder at the Alabama Coushatta Tribe, ALABAMA COUSHATTA TRIBE, April 18, 2016 - The FBI is investigating the murder of 28 year old Spencer James Sadler, of Livingston. Sadler was allegedly murdered while at the reservation on April 17th. According to a tribe spokesman, the tribe is fully cooperating in the investigation.
Spencer James Sadler
Man Allegedly Bludgeoned to Death at Alabama Coushatta Reservation...
Spencer Sadler was murdered Sunday morning April 17 2016 (brutally beaten to death) on the reservation while attending a party at his best friends home. Two suspects have been arrested in connection with his death. One has confessed to his direct involvement to the beating and the other (his best friend) suspected to be involved in trying to cover up this crime. My concern and reason for this letter is the hush, hush on information being available to the family and the media. Had this been the death of someone of a different race by someone of a different race and not on sovereign land, (White lives matter) this would be all over CNN and all other major news media for days. The family is in complete shock over this event and the way it is being handled by the reservation police. Local Livingston and Polk county authorities have been refused access to the investigation to best of my knowledge. Rumor has it that a federal organization has been called in to investigate the "possibility" of a cover up and all those involved. I am not law enforcement are am I a detective by any measure, but as a family member arriving on the scene I could tell there was something wrong with this picture. I believe that media involvement would bring a lot of answers into the light. The family needs information about this horrific and barbarous act. Names of all those alleged to be directly involved in the slaughter and attempted concealment, along with Charges being brought against same, and all other actions being pursued. Why this happened is not my immediate concern. Who where and How is. Spencer was survived by his six year old daughter of Indian descent,farther, mother, and several brothers and sisters. This execution (let us call it what it was) demands exposure to the world and Spencer deserves a voice. I fully intend to scream his message loud and long until he is heard. Should anything I have written here not be the truth then I would ask that you would enlighten me. Truth is the ultimate foundation knowledge. Spencer WILL be remembered and he WILL be heard. Should you feel this letter is worthy of publication (I hope you would) then this is the first syllable of Spencer's voice. More to come.
I've heard rumors of a homicide at the reservation in the last 48 hours. I also know that the reservation has their own police department, and try to have their own justice system, however, MURDER calls for more than tribal investigation/justice (in my opinion). I also know that tribal elders would not welcome my presence at their reservation. - Editor
Bullying Out of Control at Livingston Junior High? (Letter from a reader)...
Dustin was assaulted by 3 classmates, while in school at Livingston Jr High on March 28. The assault has left him cross-eyed due to brain and eye injury. Dustin has returned to school and is now receiving death threats. The school has not taken this incident serious at all,giving one student only 2 days of in school suspension. The story was picked up by FOX news and has gained some attention but the school is NOT doing much to handle this situation. Since the story has aired I have been contacted by many other parents who have had similar issues at LJH. One parent confided that recently her daughter had considered suicide because she could not deal with this any longer. That makes now 2 that I know of that is to the point of taking their life rather than being bullied. It is time to take a stand and let everyone know how this school is handling the major BULLY issues that are going on there.There has to be punishment that fits the offense!!! Dustin may have permanently crossed eyes from his assault!! When will it be enough? When the death threats are carried out? Lets Hope Not!!! Join Me and lets show our kids the support they deserve....
Please bring signs or wear shirts to support this protest. I ask that you keep them clean and respectful . There will be NO violence tolerated. No screaming of profanities . This will be a PEACEFUL Protest!!!! For our children.
I'm Getting Sick of This, MARCH 14, 2016 - According to Chicago Mayor, Rham Emanuel, the Chicago Police Force is out hunting down young black men to kill (yes, I'm paraphrasing, but that's pretty close to what he's saying). I wouldn't trust ANYTHING that Rham Emanuel says. I wouldn't trust this so called panel that's been assembled to be honest with the public about what's REALLY going on in Chicago. What this really is, is a leftist ploy to hold on to power in the face of their complete and utter failure. The black side of Chicago is a cesspool of filth, corruption, failure, and probably lots of embezzlement from it's so called leaders. It's 100% liberal democrat and continues a downward spiral. The quick answer? Blame the racist boogie man! This is how they (rham emanuel and his maggots) plan to keep their power (while throwing the police under the bus). Nothing is going to change for the black side of Chicago from this, other than the murder rate is about to get even worse. It further annoys me how the national media will treat this so called study/report as if it's actually credible. Not only am I sick of these TOTAL MORONS throwing our nation's police under the bus for the failures of liberal policies, but I'm sick of the so called "systematic racism" accusations that they allege that America is eat up with. Stop it! It's a lie!
LIVINGSTON, April 13, 2016 - At 1:30 pm today (04/13) a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Church Street Financial Services (located at 2123 W. Church Street in Livingston). The entire staff of CFS was on hand for the occasion as well as friends, investors, supporters and some staff from First National Bank of Livingston. Church Street Financial offers:
• Wealth management
• Insurance services
• 401 K
• Retirement planning
• Estate planning
CFS is a division of First National Bank of Livingston. Give Church Street Financial a call at 936-327-7789! Visit their website!
Cecil Langston, President of Church Street Financial, is joined by Vice President Andy Evans to cut the ceremonial ribbon.
Late Night Standoff Ends With Nobody Hurt, ACE, April 13, 2016 - At approximately 9:45 pm on April 12, 2016 reports came to the Polk County Sheriff's Office in reference to gunshots being fired and vague threats. Neighbors from the subdivision of Taylor Lake Estates reported that a man was going to put all kinds of stuff on Facebook about what was about to happen (an apparent reference to an ultimate standoff with law enforcement)...more
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
The Polk County Sheriffs Office is requesting the assistance of the public in obtaining information in regards to a theft that occurred on State Highway 146 on April 3, 2016.
Livingston Telephone Company contacted the sheriff’s office to report their telephone wire had been taken. Unknown suspect/s cut the wire from the telephone poles.
If you may know the identity of the suspects or have any information in regards to the vehicle, contact Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
Sheriff Hammack reports efforts to reduce criminal activity in several areas of Polk County with deputy saturation.
On Friday, April 1, 2016 eight additional patrol deputies were assigned to patrol several target areas of Polk County where criminal activity related to drugs have been report. This activity is commonly referred to as a Patrol Saturation. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has experienced an increased number of vehicle pursuits, thefts and burglaries in some of these areas. This criminal activity is commonly linked to drug activity.
The saturation event is designed to increase the officers presence in an area, increased the traffic stops, identify potential criminals, locate drug trafficking sources and provide a greater feeling of security for the good citizens in those areas.
In the April 1, 2016 event, 8 arrest were made for narcotic and intoxication offenses, a residential search warrant was executed and multiple warrants cleared.
Sheriff Hammack says future saturations are to come.
LIVINGSTON, April 6, 2016 - On Wednesday afternoon (April 6) The Blue Duck Restaurant & Bar had its official ribbon cutting. Manager and head cook, Gunnar Crew did the honors of cutting the ribbon. The blue duck offers dinner and lunch everyday except Sunday. The Blue Duck features daily lunch specials and has a different fish special every Friday. Crew was proud to point out that their food is fresh and never frozen. Among other things, the Blue Duck offers steaks, burgers, seafood, and according to Crew, they're really proud of their grilled pork chops. Crew stated that they offer a wealth of craft beers, a diverse selection of wines, and liquor of all kinds. The Blue Duck also offers different sections of the building that can be used for party groups. Located at 410 North Washington in Downtown Livingston (the old Mistrot Bldg), you'll love how the building has been renovated and a decor of a warehouse style restaurant. Give 'em a call at 936-327-2385.
Manager and Head Cook, Gunnar Crew cuts the ceremonial ribbon.
2 Vehicle Accident, No Injuries...
LIVINGSTON, April 6, 2016 - Shortly before 4 pm on April 6, 2016, a black GMC Sierra was north-bound on South Washington when a silver Chevy Cavalier pulled out from Garner Street and failed to yield. The vehicles collided. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, and officers Kevin Ward, Scott Paske, Sergeant Ronnie Bogany, and Adam Williford with Livingston Police Department. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The driver of the Chevy Cavalier was cited for failure to yield right-of-way from a stop sign. Both vehicles were recovered by Ken's Towing. The pickup will be stored at J&C Body Shop in Livingston, while the car will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
Sheriff Hammack and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in obtaining information in regards to a theft that occurred on Old Highway 35 North in Seven Oaks.
On Friday March 25, 2016 a theft was reported on Old Highway 35 North in Seven Oaks.
The suspect(s) stole an ATV from a residence and fled the scene.
Sheriff Hammack request anyone with information in leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) who might have been involved on the theft of the ATV, contact Detective Lee Rogers with Polk County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division at 936-329-9024 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.
Longtime Internal Medicine Physician Joins Memorial Clinics as Chief Medical Officer
David Glenn, M.D.
LUFKIN, April 6, 2016 - With its ever-expanding directory of physicians and nurse practitioners in eight East Texas counties, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Clinics welcomes the tenured medical experience of David Glenn, M.D. in his new role as President & Chief Medical Officer.
Board Certified Internal Medicine physician Dr. Glenn began his practice at Angelina Internal Medicine Associates in 1986. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University, where he also did his Internal Medicine internship and residency.
As physician leader of CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Clinics, Dr. Glenn will work closely with the hospital leadership team to develop and deploy strategies to ensure the growth and viability of the physician enterprise. Using his 30 years of experience in the medical field, Dr. Glenn will be the physician voice and liaison between the Memorial Clinics physician partners and the hospital.
Since 2009, Memorial Clinics has provided quality outpatient medical care across East Texas. More than 30 physician partners are currently serving the needs of the communities in Lufkin, Livingston, San Augustine, Groveton, Cleveland, Coldspring, Hemphill and Center.
“The mission of CHI is to create healthier communities, and we believe we are helping to fulfill that mission by providing excellent care in our more rural areas,” said Rick Hefner, Vice President of Physician Enterprise. “Dr. Glenn will collaborate with this talented group of medical professionals to provide leadership and support so that we may continue to expand our diverse services.”
Dr. Glenn will assume his new fulltime role on April 11, and close his clinic on April 8.
“As difficult as it is to say good-bye to my patients, I look forward to the new opportunities and challenges afforded to me by CHI St. Luke’s Health and Memorial Clinics,” said Dr. Glenn. “The physicians and nurse practitioners at Memorial Clinics pride themselves on delivering exceptional health care in state-of-the-art facilities that offer the latest in technology and patient comfort, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that.”
Memorial Clinics physicians specialize in Family Practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cardiology, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Allergy/Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat), and Chiropractic Care.
LIVINGSTON, April 5, 2016 - Shortly after 4 pm on April 5, 2016, the driver of a silver 2015 Ford F-150 was north-bound on Pan American Drive in Livingston. The pickup was pulling a 16 foot trailer and the trailer began to whip. The driver totally lost control and left the pavement to the left and rolled three times in the grassy median. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Officers Adam Williford, Sergeant Ronnie Bogany, Scott Paske, Kevin Ward and Melissa Blackburn (all with Livingston Police Department). The driver refused medical treatment and appeared okay. A rollback wrecker from LakeView Wrecker recovered the pickup and trailer and they will be stored in Livingston.
...in the evening hours a 2013 White Chevy truck was stolen from a residence in Creekside off of Fm 356 in Onalaska. If you have seen this truck or have any information please 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.
CONSTRUCTION SLATED FOR LAKE LIVINGSTON STATE PARK
LUFKIN, March 28, 2016 - A construction project is scheduled to begin next week at Lake Livingston State Park that will rehabilitate roadways within the park area.
Drewery Construction, contractor for the $2 million project, met with TxDOT officials recently at the Lufkin District’s Livingston Area Office for a pre-construction meeting, signaling the beginning of the project that should be completed in about five months.
The park will remain open during construction, but some areas could be restricted as the project progresses. The construction includes a $2 million rehabilitation of roads, parking lots and campsite pullouts in the Youpon, Red Oak and Piney Shore camping areas.
Motorists are urged to obey all signage and be alert to moving equipment and workers in the park area. Reduce speed and remember that traffic fines double when workers are present.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.
Driver Fails to Yield, Cars Collide, No Injuries, LIVINGSTON, March 27, 2016 - Shortly before 2 pm on March 27, 2016, a white Lincoln Town car attempted to crossover from the south-bound lanes of 59 to the north-bound lanes a short distance south of the Livingston City Limits. The driver failed to yield to an oncoming north-bound white Toyota Prius. The Toyota slammed into the rear driver's side fender of the Lincoln. The Lincoln was knocked into the grass on the right side of 59. The Toyota came to rest in the right-hand lane a short distance ahead. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Corporal Jacob Chapman with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Troopers Shawn Droddy and Darwon Evans with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries. One of the vehicles had a cat passenger. The feline escaped injuries. Both vehicles were recovered by Harrison Wrecker Service and will the stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
Burglary of a Building, Arson, Suspect in Deep Trouble, LIVINGSTON, March 27, 2016 - At approximately 9:40 pm on March 26, 2016, Sergeant Darrell Newman and Dallas Early with Livingston Police Department, were dispatched to Livingston Lawn and Garden off Pan American Drive to investigate an alarm. When the officers showed up, everything seemed normal and there were no problems. They were then alerted that there was suspicious activity at...more
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
The Livingston Police Department is investigating a Theft case which occurred at a local business in the Livingston area. If you know the vehicle in the photographs please contact Crime Stoppers. (Reference LPD Case #16-03-02734).
If you have any information on this crime call Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP.
Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information provided leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
In the early morning of March 18, 2016, Livingston Police Department received a call in regards to a suspicious vehicle in the Brookshire Brothers parking lot.
An officer made contact with James Simpson and Lauren Butler. He was advised both subjects had outstanding warrants and they were placed under arrest. The officer ran the information on a truck and travel trailer that didn’t show them as the owners. They were unable to give any information for the truck or trailer, so it was placed into impound.
Later that morning a call was placed to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in regards to a stolen trailer. The victim said her travel trailer was missing from outside her business. Detectives investigated the incident and were able to return the travel trailer to the victim.
An arrest warrant was issued for James Simpson and he was arrested for the offense.
Start the Day with Laugh Café at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Livingston
LIVINGSTON, March 24, 2016 - They say laughter is good for the soul, but did you know it is also good for your health? Join CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Livingston in its first ever Laugh Café. Bring your best joke to share with the audience and start laughing your way to better health. Local surgeon, Dr. Frank S. Walker Jr, our featured guest, will explain the importance laughter can have on your health, and there’s no better way to start the day than with a few belly laughs.
Laugh Café will be held Tuesday, March 29 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the hospital dining room. A continental breakfast will be provided with complimentary admission for the first 75 guests. There will also be door prizes and give-a-ways.
The Livingston Police Department was dispatched to a local retail merchandise business on March 21, 2016 to investigate a theft that already occurred. Upon further investigation, management of the local business was able to determine that a Dewalt Miter saw was missing from inventory. The loss prevention department began reviewing security video and found a white male selecting the Dewalt saw from the shelf and exited the store without rendering payment. The white male in the video is wearing a light colored dirty shirt with a hole in the front, blue jeans and a green/tan colored ball cap. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation or knows the identity of the suspect is urged to contact Detective Leon Middleton at the Livingston Police Department at (936)327-3117 or Polk County Crimestoppers at(936)327-7867. Any and all information will remain anonymous.
Forest Fire Snuffed Out, SEVEN OAKS, March 22, 2016 -Shortly after 2 pm on March 22, 2016, a forest fire was reported from Seven Oaks. Volunteer firemen and trucks from Livingston and Corrigan were dispatched to US-59 (north-bound side) at Weatherford Road where an abandoned building had caught fire...more
Three Arrested on Felony Drug Charges, SEVEN OAKS, March 20, 2016 - Shortly before 3 pm on March 20, 2016, Trooper Kevin Burman with the Texas Highway Patrol made a routine traffic stop for speeding. The stop led to a vehicle search and what appeared to be a relatively large amount of dope. Three people were arrested and are facing felony drug charges (Story coming as soon as we get all the information).
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