On December 28, 2014 and approximately 7:15 p.m. an unidentified white male and white female entered the Dollar General located at 380 FM 2457 in Livingston, TX. The male suspect was seen on surveillance video taking the store’s handheld scanner that is used for inventory. The female is believed to be his pregnant girlfriend. The male was wearing a black jacket with white stripes and blue jeans and the female was wearing a pink hoodie and blue jeans.
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).
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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.
HYDROPLANE... Driver Slams Into Guard-rails, NEW WILLARD, December 28, 2014 - At approximately 3 pm on December 28, 2014, the driver of a black 2012 Nissan Altima was south-bound on US-59 in the vicinity of Milton Creek. The driver hit a patch of water and her vehicle began to hydroplane. Her car slid left and slammed into the left guardrail, bounced off then crossed both lanes and struck the guardrail on the right side. Trooper Barett Duren was dispatched to investigate. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The driver says that a vehicle in front of her suddenly slowed down and she swerved to avoid a collision. The driver was cited for no driver's license. Her vehicle was recovered by Fawbush Wrecker Service and will be stored in Goodrich.
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Our Apologies: We weren't able to update PolkCountyToday.com for two days as our website provider was pulling routine maintenance and we weren't able to log in. Maintenance is something that they routinely do, but this was the longest it's ever taken. Thanks for reading our website. We'll continue to update this site with news and other happenings as frequently as possible. - Editor
Your Tips Lead to Arrest of Theft Suspect: Livingston Police Department has identified, found and arrested a theft suspect after receiving numerous calls regarding a Crime Stopper alert on this website. Keith Lee Pate, 48, of Livingston was arrested by Livingston Police yesterday (December 23, 2014).
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The Rest of the Story: On December 12, 2014, a Polk County jury sentenced 20 year old Caleb Edwards to 10 years in prison for the December 2012 automobile accident that claimed a brother and sister. Edwards at the time was driving his friends truck, and was furnished alcohol by his friend, Kalen Peters. So what happened to Kalen Peters? Click Here
Car Stops for School Bus, Gets Slammed, BEACH CREEK, December 17, 2014 - At approximately 3:40 pm on December 17, 2014, the driver of red Chrysler PT Cruiser was west-bound on US-190 East and had stopped for a school bus when it was slammed from behind by a white Chevy Sonic. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Troopers Ashley McBride and Allen Stanton with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The driver of the Chevy Sonic was cited for failure to control speed. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered the Chevy Sonic and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston while the PT Cruiser was recovered by Fawbush Body Shop and will be stored in Goodrich.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the burglary of a storage shed at a residence in the 200 block of Bristol. Suspects entered the shed and took three motorcycles, a generator, and an assortment of motorcycle related equipment and parts. The burglary occurred sometime during the night of December 14, 2014. If anyone has any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect (s) in this burglary please contact Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP or the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810.
The Livingston Police Department is currently investigating a theft that occurred at the Walmart Supercenter on December 9, 2014 at approximately 4:30 pm in which a white male entered the store and proceeded to the back of the store where he waited in the layaway line. While waiting this white male grabbed a box containing a flat screen TV and exited out the rear doors of the store. The white male is observed wearing a camouflage hat, white t-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes. The suspect later loads the TV in his vehicle(see photograph) near the automotive department which is believed to be a Chevrolet Impala. If you know the identity of the suspect you are asked to contact Detective Leon Middleton at the Livingston Police Department at 936-327-3117 or Crime Stoppers at 936-327-7867 where you will remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to his arrest.
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Deceased Person Found in Burned Out Car Positively Identified...CLICK HERE
GUILTY OF INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER X2: A Polk County Jury took less than two hours to find 20 year old Caleb Luke Edwards of Livingston guilty of two counts of intoxicated manslaughter. Edwards is now facing from 2 to 20 years of possible prison time. The punishment phase is to began this afternoon (12/10/14) and will continue tommorrow. We will update this story as soon as proceedings are complete. See related story
2 Vehicle Accident... LIVINGSTON, December 11, 2014 - Shortly before 6am on December 11, 2014, a black GMC Yukon was south-bound on FM-1988 South. The driver attempted a left turn onto FM-3126 and veered into the north-bound lane, at that moment a the driver of a south-bound tan GMC 2500 decided to pass and slammed the Yukon from behind. The collision sent the Yukon off pavement and into a ditch. The pickup pulled over to the right side of FM-1988. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Troopers Chad Seamans, Zach Lenderman, Allen Stanton and Donny Akers. The driver of the Yukon was taken to CHI Memorial Hospital in Livingston to be checked out for minor injuries. The driver of the Yukon was cited for no turning indicator while the driver of the pickup was cited for passing in a no passing zone. Both vehicles were recovered by LakeView Wrecker and will be stored in Livingston. Special thank you: Ken with Ken's Towing
DRIVER ROLLS VEHICLE, WALKS AWAY... GOODRICH, December 9, 2014 - At approximately 9:45 pm on December 9, 2014, the driver of a silver 2003 Chevy Trailblazer was south-bound on US-59 South about a mile south of Goodrich. The driver says that he swerved to avoid an animal and lost control of his vehicle and rolled it. His vehicle came to rest upside down in the left lane of the south-bound side of 59. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Chris Cain with the Texas Highway Patrol. Amazingly, the driver walked away unhurt. No citations were issued. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered the vehicle and it will be stored at Pollock's Body Shop in Livingston.