On June 13, 2013 the Polk County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division initiated an investigation into a burglary at the Corner Shell Gas Station located at the corner of Highway 190 and Farm to Market Road 2457.
At approximately 2:28 am two males forced entry into the business and targeted only the ATM machine. The suspects were able to make it off with an undisclosed amount of cash during commission of the crime.
On June 13, 2013 the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a felony theft off of FM 2457 at the Pitt Stop Cafe'. During commission of the crime the suspect(s) took tires and rims off of a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Cafe'. The rims and tires were taken off of a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado Texas Edition. (20" FACTORY RIMS AND TIRES)
Anyone with information which may aid investigators in developing a suspect or suspects in this case are urged to contact Detective Christian Schanmier at 936-329-9029 or call Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where your tips can remain anonymous and you may collect a cash reward.
Phone Scam Alert...
I have received a call recently about a scam that is taking place in our area. The caller stated that a young man called her and stated that he was her grandson. The young man stated that he had joined the Red Cross and they had sent him overseas and he needed $1800.00.
The young man attempted to masquerade as a family member and get the caller to send him money or give him her credit card number. The lady caller was very good in recognizing that he was not her grandson, but did say he sounded like one of her nephews.
Be aware if this happens to you and if you have caller ID, capture the number and report it to your local law enforcement agency. Do not give out your personal information such as your address, social security number, on credit card or banking information.
On June 6, 2013 the Polk County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division initiated and investigation into the felony theft which occurred at the Economy Inn in Livingston, Texas.
During the commission of the crime the suspect(s) took a black 6x10 utility trailer with fold up back gate which had a 2012 Can Am, yellow, UTV on it (side by side 4-wheeler).
A witness at the scene remembers seeing an older model, blue, dodge pickup earlier that day pull up next to the trailer and UTV. The vehicle was occupied by one white female and driven by a black male.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division is seeking help in recovering the property or identifying and developing suspects in this case.
Changes Planned for Traffic Signals in Corrigan, LUFKIN, June 13, 2013 - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is advising motorists of new traffic signals being implemented next week at U.S. 59 and U.S. 287 in Corrigan. The old span wires will be removed and replaced with new steel poles with mast arms.
According to TxDOT, the new signal equipment includes the latest in technology in audible pedestrian buttons. Drivers will also see some changes in how the new signals operate. The old 3-section signal heads that were designated for the left turn lanes have been replaced with 5-section heads. The new 5-section heads will be shared by both through traffic and left turns. The new signal head configuration provides for a protected/permissive movement. Vehicles wishing to make a left turn can do so when a green ball is displayed and gaps in oncoming traffic are adequate to make the maneuver safely.
TxDOT says by utilizing the 5-section signal head the traffic controller can provide a protected movement for the left turns during peak traffic times. The protected movement will be active when the green arrow is displayed. Also, when a green ball is displayed for a left turn, drivers must first yield to oncoming traffic prior to making a left turn. These changes should help reduce delays and allow the signal to operate more efficiently. TxDOT anticipates the new signals to be placed into operation on Tuesday June 18th.
TxDOT’s contractor will be on the project performing final inspections and cleanup for the next few days. Motorists are urged to obey all traffic laws, and to continue to use caution as it may take weeks for drivers to get acclimated to the changes.
For more information, call Kathi White at (936) 633-4395. Other contacts are Richard Ivy at (936) 633-4384 or Brad Tiemann at (936) 633-4472. Information about TxDOT is also available through the department’s web site www.txdot.gov.
Memorial Medical Center-Livingston Offers Pediatric Echocardiograms...
LIVINGSTON, June 12, 2013 - Memorial Medical Center-Livingston is committed to the hearts of our smallest patients. The hospital now offers pediatric echocardiograms in the state-of-the-art Imaging Center. Echocardiography has become the primary imaging tool in the diagnosis and assessment of congenital and acquired heart disease in infants, children, and adolescents, according to a report from the Task Force of the Pediatric Council of the American Society of Echocardiography.
Recently, Memorial received a new attachment for the hospital’s current echocardiograph machine. Pediatric echocardiograms are now performed on newborns and pediatric patients in Polk County, and local physicians can order an echocardiogram as an outpatient test for any pediatric patient.
Trained sonographers can detect cardiac abnormalities, including murmurs, in children from birth to adolescence.
Ashley Vickery, RRT-NPS, RCS, RDCS (AE), Kim Vickery, CRT, and Sheila Wright, RRT, RCS show off the new pediatric echocardiogram attachment to Memorial Medical Center-Livingston’s cardiac echo machine.
For newborns, the test allows a pediatrician to evaluate the source of a heart murmur to determine if the newborn needs to be seen for an outpatient follow up appointment, or if the baby needs to be transferred due to a serious condition.
“This new transducer for pediatric echocardiograms allows us more options for diagnosing our tiniest patients right here at home,” said Chief of Pediatrics Carol L. Jacobs, MD. “It can be scary for any parent when their child needs to have their heart evaluated, but we can lessen this stress by keeping our patients here in Livingston for those tests.”
The scan is reviewed by Pediatric Heart Specialists in Dallas and the results are returned to the primary care provider in less than 24 hours.
On Friday June 7, Emergency Hospitals of Texas held a 3 hour Livingston job fair. According to Community Outreach Director, Traci Casiano, there were about 75 applicants that attended the job fair. "With less than 2 months before opening, we are trying to get all positions filled" said Casiano. People can still go to website and send a resume if for some reason they were not able to make it out to the job fair.
(L-R) Marvin Miller, Community Outreach Director, Stefanie Nelson, Project Development and Operations Director, Rohda Gokhale, RN/Nurse Mananer, Traci Casiano, Communications Ourtreach Director
On May 22, 2013 the Polk County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division launched an investigation into several batteries taken from the Goodrich Independent School District bus barn. During commission of the crime the suspect or suspects made entry into the property of GISD and took several large batteries from the entire bus fleet. It is believed the suspect or suspects may have taken the batteries to nearby recycle yards for quick cash due to the high prices paid for the batteries though this information has not been confirmed. The Criminal Investigation Division is seeking help from anyone who may know who took the batteries or may have information that leads to the recovery of the school bus batteries. Any information in this case can be provided to Detective Christopher Lima by calling 936-329-9027 or by contacting Polk County Crime Stoppers by calling 936-327-STOP.
On May 28, 2013the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Peters Tractor & Equipment Co. for a theft call. Upon arrival Deputies were informed by management of twenty seven batteries that were taken from the equipment. The theft took place between 1PM on Saturday May 25, 2013 and 8AM on Tuesday May 28, 2013. If you have any information regarding the batteries that were taken from these tractors please contact Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP or Detective Darrin Crow at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office 936-327-6810.
Any information received can result in a cash reward and you can remain anonymous.
A SOBER DRIVER IS THE MOST VALUABLE PERSON (MVP) AT YOUR SUMMER PARTY
TxDOT Urges Texans to Line up a P.A.S.S. to Avoid Arrest, Injury or Death, AUSTIN, May 30, 2013 - Whether attending a backyard barbecue, going to an outdoor concert or enjoying a lazy day on the river, Texans are planning for summer fun. As plans are made, more thought must also go into planning for a sober driver if drinking is involved.
Over the past five summers, alcohol-related fatalities increased by more than 10 percent in Texas. To curb this trend and help reduce drinking and driving, the Texas Department of Transportation is reminding Texans to obtain a Summer P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) and make a sober driver an essential part of their summer plans.
“We’re reminding people that drinking and driving can land them in jail or worse,” said TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson. “Don’t drink and drive. You can’t afford a DWI and it could very well get you and others killed.”
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey, 40 percent of drivers who consumed alcohol felt it would be safe to have three or more drinks within a two-hour period before driving. A portion of that 40 percent believed they could have five or more drinks. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Numerous studies have shown that consuming as little as one drink can impair your ability to safely operate a vehicle.
In the summer of 2012 (June 1 – Aug. 31), there were 6,576 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Texas, resulting in 2,486 serious injuries and 302 fatalities.
Memorial Medical Center-Livingston Introduces 24-Hour Surgical Care, LIVINGSTON, May 28, 2013 - Memorial Medical Center-Livingston now offers 24-hour a day, 7-days a week coverage in the area of general surgery.
Surgeons Dr. Steve Cox and Dr. Frank S. Walker Jr. have provided Memorial’s service area with exceptional surgical care for years. Dr. Cox and Dr. Walker will be on call Monday morning through Friday morning.
New to Livingston, the surgeons with Angelina Surgical Associates, Dr. Alan Bassin, Dr. Gregory M. De’Armond, and Dr. Darry G. Meyer, along with Dr. Melvin Cole, will rotate each weekend in the Memorial Livingston Emergency Department, providing surgical care such as gallbladder removal, hernia repair and procedures for other abdominal issues.
The addition of the new surgeons will allow local residents to remain closer to home for general surgery procedures.
“Memorial Medical Center-Livingston is adding four surgeons to our base of physicians, which only lends itself to an expansion of what we’re already capable of doing here in Polk County,”Memorial Medical Center-Livingston Interim CEO Earl Denning said. “All six of the general surgeons now serving our area are highly qualified with decades of experience between them. We’re grateful they are here.”
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Not Paying Attention...
At around 2 pm on May 26, 2013, an older model Chevy truck driven by 18 year old Monte Brigance of Livingston pulled out of the parking lot or Raceway in Livingston and headed east toward the traffic light on the east-bound side (next to McDonald's). Brigance was apparently going way too fast and not paying attention when he slammed a black Nissan truck from behind and knocked the Nissan into a blue Dodge pickup. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Officers Adam Williford, Scott Paske, and Sergeant Ronnie Bogany (all with Livingston PD) and Troopers Kevin Burman and Darwon Evans. Nobody was seriously injured, the driver of the Nissan was driven to Memorial Hospital by Ambulance for precautionary reasons. Brigance was cited for failure to control speed. A roll back wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered 2 of the vehicles and they'll be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
Dude! I wasn't paying attention and got my truck smashed!