MY SOAPBOX OF THE DAY Why on Earth Would Someone Do This? As a resident of the City of Livingston, I have to give all credit to the Livingston City Council, Mayor Clarke Evans, and the Staff of this fine town. I believe that Livingston is a very well run town and is kept nicely by its residents and city workers. This town has very affordable electricity, trash pickup, and fresh water (they even provide trash bags). They get involved in community events like Easter Egg Hunts for the Kids, and Relay for Life. The city has nice parks like Pedigo Park and Matthews Park. Speaking of Matthews Park, my wife and I just love the walking track, as do many folks around here. The park is mowed and manicured by the city and is such a nice luxury to have at our convenience. There's also a section with children's playground equipment. That leads into my soapbox today. The city recently (in the last couple of days) installed some new playground equipment for kids. What annoys me is, some goof, some doofus, some Beavis and Butt Head type idiot came along and decided to mark the newly installed kids' equipment with what looks like gang graffiti. Really? A kids playground? In Livingston, Texas? Really? Whoever did this, if you want to be a "gangsta" or whatever, that's your problem, but geez, leave the kids alone. You haven't intimidated anyone. You've just made it public that you're a goof.
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Body of Girl Found in San Jacinto County: Family Seeking Help for Funeral Expenses This was my sister that was found. We are devastated and shocked that this could happen to our loved one. She was only 32 and left behind 3 children. My mother is broken and we need answers. We need so much help from prayers to any amount that can be given. If there is any way you can help get the word out it would be so greatly appreciated. Please i beg of you if you can share this you have no idea what it would mean to me and my family. Please help us. (CLICK HERE TO DONATE)
God bless, Mandy Tesoro
Body of Female Found in San Jacinto County Identified... SAN JACINTO COUNTY, March 28, 2015 - On Thursday, March 26, 2015 the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the identity of the deceased female at the Trinity River Bridge...more
Uninhabited Mobile Home Burns... GOODRICH, March 28, 2015 - Shortly after 10 pm on March 27, 2015, a mobile home fire was reported. Volunteer firemen and trucks from Goodrich and Livingston Volunteer Fire Departments arrived at a mobile home off of Ellis Grimes Road (off FM-2969). The mobile reportedly hasn't been lived in for about six months. The home appeared totaled from fire, smoke, and water damage. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the incident.
The Livingston Police Department is investigating a Theft case which has occurred at a local business in the Livingston area. If you know the subject in the video please contact the Livingston Police Department. (Reference LPD Case #15-03-02124).
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.
JURY CANCELLED... The jury called by Judge Jamie R Jones, Justice of the Peace Precinct Four for justice court on March 26, 2015, at 9:00 AM has been cancelled.
Ledys Geovanny Alverenga, in Judge Kaycee Jones' Court, March 24, 2015
Human Trafficking, Sexual Conduct With Minor Retrial Underway, LIVINGSTON, March 24, 2015 - The retrial of 27 year old Ledys Geovanny Alverenga is under way in District Judge Kaycee Jones' 411th District Court. Alverenga is facing charges of human trafficking and sexual conduct with a minor (16 yr. old female). Alverenga was stopped for traffic violations by Trooper Kevin Burman in May of 2014 and found to be in custody of a 16 year old girl from Honduras. Neither had proper identification and the circumstances seemed suspicious. An investigation lead to allegations of human trafficking and sex with a minor. The case was initially tried on March 10th, but was declared a mistrial due to problems with interpreting to the jury from Spanish to English. The trial is expected to last two to three days.
Heavy Rainfall/Flood Threat Friday PM through Saturday PM
A storm system will approach from the west on Friday and combine with well above normal moisture and a slow moving front to produce heavy rainfall. The heavy rainfall threat will likely begin late Friday afternoon across western areas and slowly shift east/southeast Friday night into Saturday morning with the front. The precipitation should taper off across eastern areas Saturday night. Widespread 1 to 3 inches are expected with isolated amounts of 4 to 6 inches possible. We are monitoring the flood potential given the nearly saturated grounds. We still have several rivers/creeks that are near or slightly above bankfull,and the expected rainfall amounts would send many creeks/rivers back into flood status. A Flash Flood Watch will likely be issued for at least portions of southeast Texas on Friday. THIS ALERT PROVIDED BY THE POLK COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Truck Slams Car From Behind, SCHWAB CITY, March 19, 2015 - At approximately 5 pm on March 19, 2015, the driver of a green Volkswagen Bug was north-bound on US-146 (a short distance north of FM-1988) the driver slowed to make a turn and was slammed from behind by a White Dodge Ram 3500. The driver of the Volkswagen pulled into an adjacent parking area while the truck remained in the left lane. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputies Jacob Hopper and Cody Hardy, both with the Sheriff's Office, and Trooper Chad Seamans with the Texas Highway Patrol. The driver of the Volkswagen opted to be transported by Ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital for safety precautions but appeared just fine. The driver of the Dodge was cited for failure to control speed. The Volkswagen was recovered by LakeView Wrecker and will be stored in Livingston. The pickup was driven from the scene.
The Livingston Police Department is investigating a Forgery case which has occurred at a local business in the Livingston area. If you know the subjects in the photographs please contact the Livingston Police Department. (Reference LPD Case #15-03-02395)
Driver Falls Asleep, Rolls Pickup... LIVINGSTON, March 18, 2015 - Shortly after 8 am on March 18, 2015, the driver of a red Ford F-150 was north-bound on US-59 when, according to the driver, he fell asleep at the wheel and left the pavement to the right. His vehicle rolled and came to rest upside down on the right side of the pavement about one mile south of the Livingston City Limits. Officer Kaleb Barker with Livingston PD was the first to arrive. The driver was unharmed. Additionally Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched, Deputy Cody Hardy with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Trooper Barett Duren with the Texas Highway Patrol. Trooper Duren cited the driver for driving with an invalid license. A roll back wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered the vehicle and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
While on the Scene... A passing brown pickup apparently was paying more attention to the wreck than his driving and left the pavement to the left, and slid down into the drainage area in the center median near the south-bound side of 59. The driver was unhurt, but his pickup was stuck. His truck was pulled out of the predicament by Ken's Towing.
Gunman Shot By Police in Onalaska... ONALASKA, March 17, 2015 - At approximately 12:30 pm on March 17, 2015, Polk County Sheriff's Office Dispatchers dispatched Officers with Onalaska PD to Valero (off 190 W. in Onalaska). Dispatchers stated that there was a man with a shotgun on the premises. According to a witness, the gunman entered the store with a pump action shot gun and fired several shots in the store. Officers with Onalaska PD arrived. The gunman (now in the parking lot) fired at the police who returned fire and shot the gunman. Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Police Chief, Ron Gilbert, Sheriff Hammack, DA investigators (and District Attorney Lee Hon), and a Texas Ranger were dispatched to the scene. The gunman was rushed to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital by Americare Ambulance Service. The gunman died at the emergency room a short time later. One Officer with Onalaska PD took several bbs from the shotgun but was walking around and doing fine.
That's all the information we have at this time. We'll publish the full story with pictures as soon as we get more details.
LIVINGSTON COUPLE REPORTEDLY KILLED IN LOUISIANA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT...
HINESTON, March 16, 2015 - A Texas man and his wife after they were ejected from their motorcycle when a car turned in front of them on Highway 121 in Hineston community in Rapides Parish, La., Louisiana State Police said.
Master Trooper Scott Moreau says Ronnie L. Fillingim and Sharon Kay Fillingim, both 59 and from Livingston, were wearing helmets.
Moreau says the Fillingims were taken to a hospital in Alexandria where they were pronounced dead.
Moreau says the accident happened around 12:30 p.m. Sunday when Larry R. Callahan, 62, of Calcasieu, La. tried to make a left turn into a store parking lot.
Editor's note: This information was received in an email and has not been verified by PolkCountyToday.com.
BIG SANDY GOES DOWN SWINGING IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP... The Big Sandy Wildcats faced the Canadian Wildcats yesterday afternoon (March 14) in the San Antonio Alamodome. Big Sandy led for most of the game: End of first quarter: Big Sandy 18, Canadian 11. Halftime: Big Sandy 33, Canadian 32. End third quarter: Big Sandy 49, Canadian 47. End of game: Big Sandy 60, Canadian 68. Congratulations to the Big Sandy Wildcats and an absolutely awesome season.
DEFENSE CALLS FOR MISTRIAL. TRIAL RESET... LIVINGSTON, March 13, 2015 - The trial of 27 year old Ledys Alvarenga has been declared a mistrial by Ledys and his attorney. District Judge, Kaycee Jones and Prosecutor, Polk County District Attorney, Lee Hon, agreed to have the trial reset to March 23rd. The problem was the transcript from the video taped interview with Alvarenga wasn't ready yet. The process of actually transcribing over an hour of conversational Spanish from a rough recording is tedious to say the least. The process is very time consuming. Alvarenga was on trial for his alleged involvement in human trafficking and he allegedly had sexual conduct with a minor while staying at a motel in Livingston in 2014.
MISSING KATY BOY LAST SEEN IN LIVINGSTON...
Willie P. Openshaw
MY SOAPBOX OF THE DAY
These Problems Aren't Just in Ferguson... I don't know why I do this, but I read the overwhelmingly liberal USAToday.com regularly. They seem to have a knack for rubbing my fur the wrong way. Everytime one of our nation's police justifiably uses deadly force (so they can get home alive to see their family), the USAToday just can't wait to jump all over story and put inflammatory headlines like "Unarmed Black Teen Killed by White Police Officer" (CLICK HERE FOR MORE)
TRIAL ON HOLD UNTIL FRIDAY: The trial of Ledys Geavanny Alvarenga (charged with human trafficking and sexual conduct with a minor) is on hold until Friday morning. The reason is a video that's over an hour long and needs to be interpreted for the jury. An interpreter listens to the video taped interview with Alvarenga, and interprets what is being said for the jury. The problem is, some of the video is hard for the interpreter to understand and the process is paifully slow. For this reason, the interpreter is to be provided with a typed copy of the video which will speed up the process.
In Case You Haven't Heard... The Big Sandy Wildcats varsity basketball team knocked off the Tehana Tigers over the weekend 59 to 38. The Wild Cats are now headed for the State Championship (to be held in San Antonio on Friday).
BIG SANDY BUZZER BEATER BEATS BOBCATS... JEWETT, TEXAS, March 6, 2015 - The Big Sandy Wild Cats knocked off the Karens Bobcats 57-56 in dramatic fashion as Junior, Benson Williams drained a three pointer from downtown at the buzzer. The game was a Texas High School Playoff as the Big Sandy Wild Cats are one game away from state final. Video shot with an I-Phone by Willie A. Openshaw
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Motorcycle Catches Fire While Being Driven, FOREST SPRINGS, February 27, 2015 - At approximately 6:15 pm on February 27, 2015, the driver of a Kawasaki Ninja was driving his motorcycle in the subdivision of Forest Springs (off 146 South about 8 miles south of Livingston). According to the driver, he had just shifted into second gear and heard a pop, looked down at the engine and fire was coming out. He stopped his motorcycle at Forest Springs Drive and Crosstimbers. The fire quickly grew and burned the motorcycle to scrap metal. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to extinguish the fire. Additionally, Trooper Chad Seamans was dispatched to investigate. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The motorcycle was recovered by a friend.
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.
It's Cold Outside! Gitcha Some Quality Firewood Cheap!... Don't forget that winter is still gonna be here for awhile. Ken Moye with Country Boy Firewood of Livingston still has huge amounts of seasoned, dried, hard wood that's split and ready to use! Bring your pickup and he'll load the firewood for you at a price you'll love! Give Ken a call at 936-967-0731 or 409-781-6739!
Ken Moye has lots of seasoned, dried, hard wood for your fireplace or woodburning stove!
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.