My Soapbox of the Day... I simply can't understand the point of burning and looting your own neighborhood and town simply because you're feeling like you're being picked on. I guess if I get a ticket for driving 3 miles over the speed limit and feel I was being picked on by the police, then I'll go home and trash and burn my estate to advance my cause of justice. Hmmmm...What a brilliant plan (note: sarcasm). Another thing I can't understand is why the national media treats these hooligans like they're a bunch of martyrs. The national media actually gives these rampaging looting thugs some sense of legitimacy. Really? Is it just me? I get the sense that the majority of these thugs are enjoying all this (golden opportunity to loot and get free cigarettes, alcohol, and any other thing that isn't nailed down). I think this was just an opportunity for them to have an outrageous block party and have no accountability for their actions whatsoever. Another thing, "Mike Brown was shot execution style". It seems like everyone who's on the side of the thugs knows without a doubt that the policeman (Darren Wilson) shot Brown like an animal, execution style, in broad daylight, in front of all kinds of witnesses. Really? So these people, seething with anger, go crazy, ready to kill, destroy and burn before the situation can even be investigated. Do these people really care about Mike Brown? Or are they just looking for a reason to release their obvious underlying hatred? Are they angry at the whole world because they hate their lives and their lot in life (lives, I might add, that are in their predicament based on their own poor decisions). That's a heck of a way to advance your cause (whatever it is).
The Livingston Police Department is investigating a Burglary of a Building occurred at a local business in the Livingston area. If you know the subjects in the photos please contact Detective Marty Drake at Livingston Police Department. (Reference LPD Case #14-08-07986).
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.
Wind damage in Onalaska...
Two homes experienced damage due to high winds approximately 5pm yesterday (August 11). The roof from a boat house appears to have been ripped off, airborne, subsequently crashing into a 2 story home. Also one home had a portion of its roof lifted off and then crash at they're neighbors.
In most cases, when pitt bull dogs are brought up in the news, it's in a very negative light. I once owned a pitt bull many years ago when I was 17. Black Jack was a 55 lb. black pitt bull dog. He was quite friendly. I don't think that Black Jack was particularly aggressive. He was kept in our large fenced yard. Since the yard was fenced, he couldn't get out. There was a neighbor down the road who owned a Labrador "Baby". Baby would frequently come down to our house and run up and down the fence harassing Black Jack...CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Fire Damages Home...
LIVINGSTON, August 10, 2014 - At around 1:30 pm on August 9, 2014, fire departments from Livingston, Scenic Loop and Onalaska were dispatched to a brick home located at 209 Yell Street. Firemen arrived to find the home on fire and were able to save the home, however, one side of the home suffered heavy damage. Fortunately, nobody was injured. An investigation into the incident is underway.
Police Catch Alleged Thieves Red Handed, LIVINGSTON, August 4, 2014 -At approximately 1 am on August 4, 2014, Sergeant Chad Ward with the Livingston Police Department was on patrol. Officer Ward made a routine drive through of the parking lot of Lowe's and drove upon to men that had just loaded a large zero turn radius riding lawn mower into the back of their pickup...more
Blown Tire Causes Truck / Travel Trailer to Wipe Out...
MOSCOW, August 4, 2014 - At approximately 6 pm on August 3, 2014, a husband and wife (and their two dogs) who are Nacogdoches travelers were south-bound on US-59 with their pickup pulling a travel trailer and a small fishing boat. The front passenger's side tire blew out causing the truck to slam into the guardrail. The truck continued sliding along the guardrail until it reached the end of the railing and moved further right into the grass causing the rig up to roll down the embankment from the Moscow overpass bridge (a short distance north of FM-350). Trooper Darwon Evans with the Texas Highway Patrol was dispatched to investigate. Fortunately, nobody was injured. No citations were issued and the rig was recovered by a wrecker company out of Nacogdoches.
LEGGETT, July 31, 2014 - Shortly before 8 pm on July 31, 2014, an 18 wheeler was south-bound on US-59 in the Leggett area when a tornado is believed to have blown the rig over. The vehicle came to rest in the south-bound lanes. Troopers Darwon Evans and Barett Duren were dispatched to the scene along with representatives with TXDOT to help manage traffic. Traffic was partially blocked on the south-bound side of 59 as the accident was being investigated and cleared. Fortunately, nobody was injured. A heavy duty wrecker from Riley Wrecker Service out of Corrigan recovered the rig and it will be stored in Corrigan.
Okay, in the business of reporting the news, we at PolkCountyToday.com strive to report the facts only. Yes, I will throw in commentary from time to time as a separate piece from the factual report. We also strive for our words to be as clear as possible. Having said that, we've received correspondence from readers regarding the massive marijuana grow in Goodrich, and the use of inmates in the operation. Here's a verbatim quote from the article (written by yours truly) that's causing a fuss:
"Inmates from the Polk County Jail were also used in the massive operation to uproot the plants."
The sentence is quite clear (to me anyway) that inmates were used during the massive operation. I've had people asking why inmates are being used to "uproot the plants". A massive operation to uproot marijuana plants entails many jobs. Drivers, runners, loaders, and plant pullers just to name a few. The inmates WERE NOT USED TO ACTUALLY PULL THE PLANTS. They were used to load plants that had already been uprooted by police. So there ya go. I guess I should've been more clearer and stated the exact job that the inmates were doing. At any rate, no harm done. Have a great Thursday!
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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.