Halloween Safety Tips from the Texas Department of Public Safety, AUSTIN, October 30, 2014 – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers to use extra caution in areas where children are likely to be gathering this Halloween. DPS is also encouraging parents and trick-or-treaters to make safety a priority.
“Halloween can be a fun time for children and families, and we encourage Texans to enjoy this time responsibly,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Drivers can do their part to keep Halloween celebrations safe by using extra caution and watching out for pedestrians along neighborhood streets. Parents and children should also keep safety tips in mind while trick-or-treating.”
Drivers should expect and be prepared for children and adults walking along streets and in neighborhoods. DPS offers the following tips to help ensure the safety of Texans on our roadways during Halloween:
Don’t drink and drive. (Designate a sober driver or take a cab.) Eliminate distractions, including the usage of mobile devices. Slow down; and further reduce speeds in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
Parents can check the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry for offenders in their neighborhood by downloading the free DPS mobile app for use on iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets. The app provides interactive and easy-to-use maps for searching registered sex offenders by location, name, route and proximity. Users can also report suspicious or criminal activity with the mobile app. (Do not use the DPS app when your vehicle is moving.)
Texans can also stay safe by using these Halloween safety tips:
Look both ways before crossing roadways, and always walk; don’t run. Cross the roadway at intersections and crosswalks. Travel in groups with adult supervision. Do not enter the cars or homes of strangers, and avoid homes without visible porch lights. Make sure children know their home phone number and how to call 911 or their local emergency number in case they have an emergency or become lost. Take all treats home for an adult to inspect before eating anything, and never eat unwrapped candy.
Individuals should also keep the following tips in mind when selecting a costume:
Avoid toy guns and knives – they could be mistaken for a real weapon. Wear costumes that are light in color, or place reflective material on the costume, so drivers can see you. Consider using face paint instead of masks to allow for better visibility and peripheral vision. Carry a flashlight.
PolkCountyToday.com Hits Report...
Occasionally we publish a website traffic report of PolkCountyToday.com for our readers. Below we've provided a hits report for the month of October 2014. So far this month PolkCountyToday.com has received over 480,000 total hits. The October report shows a day by day report of total hits with a summary of hits so far for this month.
The second report shows the total hits we've received so far this year (since January 1, 2014) with month by month totals. While we're easily averaging over 500,000 total hits per month, April saw a dip into under 400,000 total hits. In contrast, July - September surged to over 600,000 hits.
These website traffic reports are accurate reports provided by our website provider on demand.
The Livingston Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public in locating Jackie Tyrell Johnson. Johnson is wanted on multiple felony offenses which include Burglary of Habitation in Livingston. On October 25, 2014 Johnson committed the offense and fled the scene driving a early model dark colored Chevrolet Camaro. It is unknown of his whereabouts but has multiple addresses which include Livingston, Cleveland and Humble. If you know the whereabouts of Jackie Tyrell Johnson 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 Johnson's arrest.
Jackie Tyrell Johnson
Jackie Tyrell Johnson
US-146 near Galloway Road
A Mess on 146... LIVINGSTON, October 27, 2014 - Shortly after 2 pm on October 27, 2014, the driver of a black Chevy pickup was pulling a trailer with a tractor north-bound on US-146. The trailer began whipping as the driver lost control. The trailer turned over spilling the tractor. Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the scene, representatives from TXDot, and Trooper Zach Lenderman with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the accident. Traffic on the north-bound side was re-routed to share the south-bound lanes of traffic. LakeView Wrecker Service was summoned to clean up the mess.
Man who assaulted Corrigan Police Officer in Custody...
The man who assaulted a Corrigan Police Officer as he was being arrested for possession of drugs is now in custody of Corrigan Police Department. Jamarcus Royce Hardy, 25, of Shreveport, Louisiana, has reportedly turned himself in to Corrigan PD. Hardy was being placed under arrest on the night of October 19, 2014 (5 days ago), when he struck the arresting officer and fled into the nearby woods. A warrant for Hardy's arrest was issued for assaulting a public servant, for possession.
La Casita Mexican Restaraunt held a Ribbon Cutting on Friday, October 24, 2014. Although La Casita is not a new restaraunt and has been in business since 2006, it has undergone a huge transformation. The facitlities comes with new staff members, and new menu items. They now serve breakfast, have a full bar, new decor and a new patio for your outside dining enjoyment. La Casita also offers a beautiful banquet room for just about any occasion. Marina Sustaita, Owner was joined by her son Anthony Reyes, Managers from both Livingston and Onalaska locations, Sandra Ortega and Jorge Ramos, staff members Rosy Gonzalez, Aracely Valenzuela- Estaban, Carolina Rosa and Alvaro Garcia, friends and Chamber Ambassadors. La Casita is open 7 days a week, serves breakfast from 7am-11am and lunch and dinner from 11am-9pm with lunch specials available. For great authentic mexican food visit La Casita at 215 S Washingston in Downtown Livingston or for take out, give them a call at 936-328-5833.
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Jerry Mosely turned himself into the Polk County Sheriff's Officeon the outstanding warrant for burglary of a habitation. The sheriff's office would like to thank the public for the information they have received in reference to this case.
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
The Polk County Sheriffs Office is requesting the assistance of the public in locating Jerry Mosely. Mosely is wanted for Burglary of a habitation in Polk County. In the early morning hours of October 20, 2014, Mosely committed the crime and fled the scene. His whereabouts are unknown.
The Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs went to Hemphill and slaughtered the Hornets 52 - 0.
Story, pictures, and highlight reel coming later.
Alabama Coushatta Police Department Recognizes National Domestice Violence Awareness Month, ALABAMA COUSHTTA TRIBE, October 18, 2014 - The Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas Police Department joins the nation in commemorating October 2014 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. ACTPD recognizes and honors the mothers, sisters, and daughters who have been victims and survivors of domestic violence. We recognize these women for their courage and commitment to transforming their lives in providing a better life for themselves and their families.
Nearly two out of three Americans 15 years of age or older know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, and domestic violence. Homicides claim the lives of three women every day. Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas Police Department is committed to helping reverse these statistics by supporting national, regional, and local initiatives such as its HopeLine Campaign that is conducted annually in partnership with Verizon Wireless.
On behalf of the Alabama Police Department and hundreds of communities we serve, we want to honor the advocates and victim service providers who work countless hours in delivering domestic violence support services. Additionally, we encourage survivors and their loved ones who are seeking assistance to reach out to their local social service departments or by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visiting www.TheHotline.org.
LIVINGSTON, October 16, 2014 - Early this morning (10/16/14), a vehicle crashed into an antique store located off the 59 bypass in Livingston. Officers with the Livingston Police Department were summoned. The driver crashed through a large plate glass window, damaging the building and some of the merchandise inside the store. Building owner Marvin Hicks opted not to press charges on the elderly driver. Fortunately, Hicks' building is insured.
The driver of the little truck (right) was unhurt.
Not as Bad as It Looks...
GOODRICH, October 15, 2014 - At around 6:30 pm on October 15, 2014, the driver on an 18 wheeler was north-bound on US-59 and attempted an illegal crossover by the Goodrich Truckstop. A north-bound maroon Chevy S-10 pickup came from behind the 18 wheeler and slammed into the side of the rig. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and troopers Chad Seamans, Barett Duren, and Zach Lenderman. Fortunately, neither driver was injured. The driver of the 18 wheeler was cited for the accident for attempting the illegal crossover. The pickup was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
The Polk County Sheriffs Office is requesting the assistance of the public in locating William Scott Hymer. Hymer is wanted for Aggravated Assault and Theft of a Firearm in Polk County. He is known to frequent Livingston and the Shepherd area in San Jacinto County Texas.
Shortly before noon on October 13, 2014 an 18 wheeler hauling a massive load of 2x4 lumber rear-ended another 18 wheeler. Both rigs were south-bound on US-59 between Leggett and Seven Oaks. The collision caused both trucks to leave the pavement to the right. The 18 wheeler hauling the lumber turned over causing a soggy mess. Sergeant Lee Rogers and Deputy Janie Cain with the Polk County Sheriff's Office were dispatched along with Troopers Kevin Burman, Donny Akers, Darwon Evans and Sergeant Sam Lattner. One driver bruised his arm. Traffic is partially blocked for cleanup. At time of press (1:30 pm), the mess is being cleaned up by Riley Wrecker Service out of Corrigan.
In August 2014 a homeowner on Rock Island Road visited his weekend camp house and discovered it had been burglarized. Several items were stolen. Because of a recent rash of burglaries in the area the homeowner installed a video surveillance camera inside the house. The video showed this white male suspect entered the house on August 11, 2014. If anyone recognizes this subject please contact Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP.
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Willie P. Openshaw
MY SOAPBOX OF THE DAY
Here We Go Again...
So last night (10/08/14) in St. Louis, MO, a uniformed off duty police officer got out of his car, and a group of four black males took off running. The officer pursued the men on foot and they split up. The policeman stayed with one of the men and when he approached the teen, the young man pulled a gun and began shooting at the officer. The officer returned fire, and the man was killed (so says the preliminary news reports).
Okay, now there's protests going on in St. Louis that have turned violent and resulted in several police cars with broken out windows and sporadic gunfire can be heard in the vicinity. Pictures in the news show enraged black males confronting law enforcement in the street as news cameras go crazy and reporters descend on the hot spot. People (white and black) are carrying signs that say things like "Black lives matter" and the usual misconstrued inflammatory language.
Okay, I have couple of questions:
1. What was the policeman supposed to do when he's in uniform and comes upon 4 men who take off running at the site of him? Is he supposed to just look the other way? Then what kind of policeman would he be? If I can answer my own question, the officer did the right thing and pursued the men. He's trained to investigate suspected criminal activity. Technically, policemen are never "off duty". When they see crime (or suspected crime) happening, off duty or not, they're expected react.
2. When the young man pulled his gun and began shooting gunshots at the officer, what was he supposed to do? Try to talk and reason with a thug who's blasting away at him?
3. Why does race have to come into these things every time? The media certainly doesn't help matters when they're just egging on the seething anger that these young black males ( just by their media presence). Of course, the national media words it "Black Teen" killed by police (geeezzzz).
I'm no expert in anything (except being goofy) but I'd like to offer some common sense advice to the parents, leaders, and anyone else who's an influence in the lives of these young men. Stop telling them that the police are after them. Really, stop it. The police aren't driving around the city just looking for a innocent young black teen to shoot. They are looking for criminal activity. That's what they're trained to do and expected to do. As far as taking to the streets and burning and looting, that's not going to do anything to advance any cause at all. So calm down. Of course black lives matter, all lives matter. That's not even the issue here, so calm down.
Corrigonian Moving Up the Ranks as a US Marine, CAMP PENDLETON CALIFORNIA, October 2, 2014 - Tyson Dickens was promoted from Staff Sgt. to Gunnery Sgt. on Oct 1st, 2014. Tyson joined the Marines June 2000 after graduating from Corrigan Camden ISD. Since, he has had several tours of duty in both the Afghanistan and Iraq areas of operation. Tyson, when not working in his main MOS of Aviation Ordnance, has served as both a watch stander, and a Detachment Commander for Marine Security Guard (MSG) at several embassies, including Paris, Moscow, Malta, Saudi Arabia, and Haiti. Tyson is currently assigned with the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 of the 3rd Marine Aircraft wing located at camp Pendleton.
Fire Totals Home in Forest Springs, SCHWAB CITY, September 25, 2014 -At approximately 4:45 pm on September 25, 2014, a fire was reported to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Firemen from South Polk County, Livingston, and Scenic Loop arrived to a double wide mobile home located off Sunny Drive in the Subdivision of Forest Springs to find the home engulfed in flames...more