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Fire Totals Large Home, GOODRICH, July 19, 2014 -At approximately 12:20 am on July 19, 2014, a house fire was reported to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Volunteer Fire Departments from Goodrich, Livingston, and Scenic Loop were dispatched to 114 Dogwood Street to find a large wood frame home completely engulfed in flames...more
Driver Rolls SUV, Walks Away...
GOODRICH, July 17, 2014 - At approximately 4:45 pm on July 17, 2014, the driver of a gray Mercury Avitar was west-bound on FM-1988 West (a short distance east of the subdivision of Shiloh Ridge). The driver apparently accelerated in a curve too fast and left the pavement to the right, struck a small driveway embankment and rolled into a ditch. His vehicle came to rest upside down in a drainage ditch. The driver was able to crawl out through a back window that was shattered during the rollover. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Trooper Barett Duren with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, the only injury the driver sustained was a small cut on his arm from crawling out the broken window from his turned over vehicle. The driver was cited for unsafe speed. A rollback wrecker from LakeView Wrecker recovered the vehicle and it will be stored in Livingston.
Nicollette "Paige" Saunders was only 22 and had embarked on a promising career in law enforcement as a Harris County Constable. Paige was born and raised in Livingston, graduated from Livingston High School and continued to reside in Livingston when her life tragically ended on July 9, 2014.
Lilley Sentenced to 18 Years, LIVINGSTON,July 9, 2014 -It took a Polk County Jury less than two hours to deliberate on the punishment for defendant Howard J. Lilley. The decision was swift and the punishment harsh as Lilley was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the crime of indecency with a child sexual contact...more
GUILTY: Shortly after 11 am today, a Polk County jury unanimously found defendant Howard J. Lilley Guilty of the crime of indecency with a child by contact. The punishment phase of Lilley's trial will be carried out later today. The verdict took just over an hour to be reached.
Large Barn Fire, SODA, July 7, 2014 -At approximately 8 am on July 7, 2014, a large barn fire was reported. Volunteer Fire Departments from Alabama Coushatta, Indian Springs, and Livingston responded to a huge barn located at the end of...more
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
On June 26th, 2014 the Polk County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division initiated an investigation into a theft of a low boy trailer with several tools off it from a construction site near the Indian Hills #2 sub-division.
At approximately 2:10 pm on July 6, 2014, a white GMC Sierra was east-bound on US-190 West. The driver stopped at the red light at FM-350 South and 190. As he was sitting at the red light, he was slammed from behind by a maroon Chevy Colorado. The impact appeared to have totaled Colorado while the Sierra had moderate rear end damage. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Sergeant Ronnie Bogany, and Officers Scott Pasky and Kevin Ward (all with Livingston Police Department). All parties appeared physically okay and refused medical treatment. The driver of the Chevy Colorado was cited for failure to control speed. The white truck was drivable and was driven from the scene while the maroon truck was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
July 6, 2014: There was a shooting that occurred sometime after 3 am at 445 Sunset Shadows near Scenic Loop. The shooter was taken into custody by Sheriff's deputies without further incident. The victim was still breathring when emergency personnel arrived and was promptly flown out. That's all the information we have at this time.
Boys and Girls Club Receives Donation from Women’s Power Lunch, LIVINGSTON, July 3, 2014 - The Memorial Medical Center – Livingston Women’s Power Lunch group recently collected items such as games, cleaning supplies and more to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Polk County. Paula Kimbro, Peggy Pounders, Dottie Piercy and Bunny Orr display some of the donated items. Each month the Women’s Power Lunch group collects items for various non-profit agencies. In July, attendees are asked to bring items for the SPCA of Polk County. 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.
POLL: Obama Worst President Since World War II (Reagan Best)
There was reportedly a bomb threat at the Polk County Judicial Center this morning (June 30, 2014) during the 10 o'clock hour. The center was emptied of personnel as law enforcement from Livingston Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff's Office cleared the building. Streets around the Judicial Center were blocked from traffic during the scare (except for S. Washington). The threat was apparently a hoax. That's all the information we have at this time.
Backside of Polk County Judicial Center (South Washington and Abbey Streets)
Polk County Loses One of Their Best Volunteers...
A memorial service was held on June 28th to celebrate the life of one of Polk County's most loved public servants and selfless volunteers...(Please click here for more)
Pickup Rear Ends 18 Wheeler...
GOODRICH, June 27, 2014 - At around 5:50 pm on June 27, 2014, the driver of an 18 wheeler was south-bound on US-59 in Goodrich (a short distance south of the Goodrich Truck Stop). The driver of the 18 wheeler slowed down to make a left turn into the crossover and was slammed from behind by the driver of a silver Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. Troopers Darwon Evans and Kevin Burman were dispatched to the scene to investigate. Fortunately nobody was injured. The driver of the pickup was cited for failure to control speed and driving with and invalid license. His pickup was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
Over the course of the last month, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division initiated an investigation into several burglaries of the storage units located on FM 3126. Lawn equipment, fishing poles and tackle as well as other miscellaneous items were stolen from these storage units.
75 Years TDCJ for Jailhouse Brawl, LIVINGSTON, June 26, 2014 -On June 24, 2014, Beverly D. Armstrong, Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Polk County, Texas presented evidence against Joseph Bernard Cooper, on an indictment for one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and one count of Misdemeanor Assault. A jury found Cooper guilty of both counts...more
According to witnesses, an elderly man walked into his wife's room at Pine Ridge Health Care (located at 1620 US-59 North) and shot his wife to death and then turned the gun on himself. Units with Livingston Police Department were dispatched to the scene along with units from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. That's all the information we have at this time. We'll post an update when we're able to get more information.
Polk Countian, Brian C. Lathan's son was murdered in 2012. Since then he's going through a divorce, and states he's been threatened and his character has been tarnished over false allegations of spousal abuse. The divorce and slander allegedly has much to do with one of the lead investigators in his son's murder; our local Texas Ranger, Ron Duff. The following is Brian's letter that he asked be published on PolkCountyToday.com. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE)
My Soapbox of the Day... I don't mean to be a complainer, but sometimes I see things that are going on and I just gotta speak up, so here's another episode of my soapbox of the day. I don't know how to start this, so I'll just come out and say it. I get pretty annoyed when I see these idiots that have the nerve to drive around with parts of the male anatomy hanging off the back bumper of their truck, car, trailer or other transport medium. I mean, how inconsiderate of families can you guys be? Really? Driving around with "truck nuts" proudly displayed from the back of your vehicle? Lemme guess, it's a redneck thing and I wouldn't understand? Do you guys in your tiny little bitty minds somehow think that it makes you more manly? Maybe it's a glaring sign of how insecure you are? Did you ever stop to think, or do you even care that there's families with children / fathers driving with their little daughters and just plain ol people like me that find your stupidity repulsive? Do I offend you for calling you what you are (stupid)? If I do offend you, think about all the parents with their little kids that you have offended. I was driving to Houston yesterday, and some goombah in a pickup had a window sticker that illustrated two hands flipping off everyone behind them. You would think that if you're old enough to drive, that you would have gotten past the mentality of a twelve year old, but alas, all you proud truck nut guys and people with other obscenities proudly displayed for everyone to see haven't grown up yet. I've never seen a scientific poll on the issue, but I would bet that at least 90% of the rest of us view y'all as the self absorbed little jerks that you are. Just because it's not illegal doesn't mean that you should do it. A little piece of advice for you...GROW UP (please).
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Texas Governor, Rick Perry Appoints Ernie McClendon as Interim District Judge, LIVINGSTON, June 16, 2014 - Local attorney and 258th District Judge Candidate, Ernie McClendon has been appointed to the seat of 258th District Judge (the seat formerly held by Elizabeth Coker) by Texas Governor, Rick Perry. The appointment was made official on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm. McClendon won the primary as a republican candidate in a runoff election last month. He will be facing Democratic Candidate, Joe Roth in the November general election. McClendon is a practicing lawyer in Livingston/Polk County, but as a judge, can no longer practice private law. McClendon's law office is scheduled to close down on June the 28th (later this month).
Local Completes Naval Basic Training...
June 16, 2014 (FHTNC)--Navy Seaman Recruit Nathaniel D. Meza, son of Pedro I. and Nelly M. Hidalgo of Livingston, Texas, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Hidalgo completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Hidalgo is a 2012 graduate of Livingston High School, Livingston, Texas.
Well, a friend of mine (Deputy Rey Davalos) challenged me on facebook to take "The Cold Water Challenge". I know it's pretty silly, but hey, it's for a good cause. It works like this, Davalos called me and five other guys out to take the challenge or donate $100 to the 100 club or the fallen firemen's association. I accepted "El Rey's" challenge and called out six local men to step up to the challenge (you have to watch the video to hear I called out). To those who I called out, if you've already been challenged then disregard my challenge.
I was recently entrusted with two electric guitars that I was asked to keep for now. These two guitars have been in my family for some time (one for about 17 years and one for about 10 years). It goes back to when my kids had formed a Christian Rock band...more
Driver Avoids Deer, Strikes Guard Rail...
MT. ROSE, June 10, 2014 - At approximately 9:20 pm on June 9, 2014, the driver of a white Mercury Marquis was south-bound on FM-1988 South when he suddenly encountered a deer. The driver swerved right and left the pavement, then overcorrected back to the left, crossed over the opposite lane of travel and left the pavement and slammed head on into the guard rail at Tempe Creek. The vehicle spun around and came to rest facing north in the weeds. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputy Terry Valka with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Troopers Allen Stanton and Barret Duren. Fortunately, the driver wasn't injured. Traffic was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. No citations were issued. The vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
GOODRICH, June 10, 2014 - At approximately 6 pm on June 10, 2014, the driver of a silver 2011 Chevy Traverse attempted to cross over the north-bound lanes of US-59 from the Goodrich Truckstop. The driver failed to yield to an oncoming northbound silver 2014 Hyundai Tucson. The Hyundai broadsided the driver's side rear half of the Chevy. The collision caused the Chevy to spin around and come to rest in the crossover facing its opposite direction of travel. The Hyundai came to rest in front of the Chevy. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputies Terry Valka and Sergeant Lee Rogers (both with the Polk County Sheriff's Office) and Troopers Allen Stanton and Sergeant Nita Bowen with the Texas Highway Patrol. The driver of the Hyundai was checked out for precautionary reasons and didn't sustain any serious injury. Everyone else was okay. Investigating Trooper, Allen Stanton cited the driver of the Chevy for failure to yield right-of-way from a private drive. A rollback wrecker from LakeView Wrecker Service recovered the Hyundai and it will be stored in Livingston. The Chevy was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Pollock's Body Shop in Livingston.
The economy added 217,000 jobs in May, in line with expectations for an increase of 215,000 according to Bloomberg. May was the fourth month in a row with job gains above 200,000 - it's the first time that's happened since January 2000. And over the past four years, the economy has gained 8.8 million jobs, finally recovering all those lost during the Great Recession...(Click here for more)
Cars Collide on 190, LIVINGSTON, June 7, 2014 - At approximately 12:30 pm on June 7, 2014, the driver of a gray Pontiac G6 was east-bound on US-190 West and slammed into the back of a gray Toyota Corolla (Next to First United Methodist Church). Officers Brandon Brewer, Caleb Barker, and Chad Lilley were dispatched to the scene. Fortunately nobody suffered any serious injury. The driver of the Toyota was transported by ambulance to Livingston Memorial Hospital for precautionary reasons. Traffic on the east-bound side of 190 was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. The driver of the Pontiac was cited for failure to control speed and driving with an invalid license. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered both vehicles. The Toyota will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston while the Pontiac will be stored at Bounds Autoplex in Livingston.
Give Thanks (But don't break in to do it), LIVINGSTON, June 6, 2014 - On May 19, 2014, Officer Chad Lilley with the Livingston Police Department was summoned by faculty investigate an apparent break in. Officer Lilley found that the high school had indeed been wrongfully entered (by seniors who hung class of 2014 banners and letters of appreciation to faculty and staff). An investigation got underway. On June 5, 2014, officers with Livingston PD made two arrests of seniors of Livingston High School and charged the suspects with trespassing. More arrests are possibly expected as the investigation continues. The Livingston Police Department will forward their findings to the Polk County District Attorney's Office.
This is Polk County, we have a lot of tractor folks here. Be sure and visit my friends at Peters Tractor. - Editor
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating the following individual who is wanted on two FELONY warrants:
Jay Walton Westerman of Polk County is wanted for injury to a child / disabled with intent to cause bodily injury and injury to elderly disabled and serious bodily injury. If you or someone you know knows of the whereabouts of this man, please contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office or Polk County Crime Stoppers. Do not try to apprehend him. As always, you will remain anonymous.
Elderly Couple Hospitalized in Accident,LIVINGSTON, May 28, 2014 -At approximately 10:40 am on May 28, 2014,a 1998 green Ford F-150 driven by Reuel Walters, 89, of Livingston, was sitting at a stop sign on Tony Peebles Road at US-146. Walters attempted to crossover the south-bound lanes of 146 to the north-bound lanes, but failed to yield to an oncoming blue 2006 Dodge pickup...more
May 27th Local Election Results
258th District Judge Ernie McClendon: 2,383 Shelly Bush Sitton: 2,051
County Judge Benny Fogleman: 2,113 Sydney Murphy: 2,325
County Court at Law Judge John Wells: 2,127 Tom Brown: 2,237