CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin Earns Prestigious Stroke Award
LUFKIN, May 2, 2015 - Located deep in the heart of the Stroke Belt, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin recognizes the desperate need for quality stroke care and improving the lives of our community. For the fourth year in a row, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association awarded CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin with the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke GOLD PLUS Quality Achievement Award for outstanding stroke care (PLEASE CLICK HERE TO KNOW THE SYMPTONS OF A STROKE)
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
CORRIGAN POLICE DEPARTMENT NEEDS YOUR HELP: On Monday 4-27-2015 around 8:30 pm Corrigan PD received a 911 transfer from Polk County regarding an “armed robbery” which had just occurred at 303 South Home Street, Corrigan Texas which is better known as the “Family Dollar” store. The caller advised the suspects had entered the store on foot and displayed a black pistol demanding the store money before leaving the store on foot.
Two unknown suspects entered the store first suspect was wearing a RED flat brimmed hat, Dallas Cowboys Hoody, black pants and was carrying a black pistol. He was able to convince the store employees to give him (and the other suspect who was helping him) the cash the store had on hand. The other suspect was described as short, and small, wearing a Red and Blue striped jacket with a “Chicago Bulls” ball cap.
It appeared neither suspect was wearing gloves, so different items they had touched during the robbery was taken as evidence so they could be processed for identifying information. No store customers were inside the store when the robbery occurred due to it being close to closing time for the business.
The actors fled the scene on foot after taking the store cash and several cartons of misc. cigarettes. The store manager is currently processing the store receipts to get a total loss value for the event. The scene was processed and the investigation is on-going at this time. If you or anyone you know may have any information on the identity of the suspects in the pictures below, please contact the Corrigan Police Department at 936-398-2551 or Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP. Your identity will remain anonymous.
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WELL THAT'S ONE WAY TO START YOUR MONDAY... LIVINGSTON, April 27, 2015 - At 4 something am, my wife woke me and stated that her smart phone alerted her of a possible tornado nearby. Sure enough, the house was shaking and all three dogs were in the bed. A window blew out and water started coming in...CLICK HERE FOR MORE
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting sealed bids on property located in the Canyon Park Subdivision in Onalaska, Texas. The property is located off of Huckleberry to the left of the community center and water office. The property has a building with hang over to the front with a shed and hang over to the left of the shed and has two lots (48 and 49). The property has been maintained and has working utilities.
The bids need to be sent to:
Lt A Lowrie Polk County Sheriff’s Office 1733 N Washington Livingston Tx, 77351
Starting bid for the property and buildings will be $10,000.00. The sealed bids will be opened on June 1st, 2015 at 10:00 am and the winner will be notified at that time.
Accident on 146 Turns Fatal... The Major Accident that occurred on US-146 on February 18, has turned fatal... (CLICK HERE FOR MORE)
Workforce Solutions will host 2 information sessions on Monday, April 20 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Polk County Commerce Center (Angelina College Sub-campus). Representatives from Workforce Solutions, Texas Workforce Commission and Angelina College will be providing information about services available and unemployment insurance. Workforce Solutions will also host a hiring event the same day at the Workforce Solutions office in Livingston. Employers will be onsite ready to accept applications, interview and hire!!
Tribal Police Feeling Pressure from Tribal Council, LIVINGSTON, April 15, 2015 -According to a lawyer representing the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas, the tribe is a sovereign nation. Under the pressure of the tribal council, the tribal police (licensed by the State of Texas) are instructed to run their cases through "Tribal Court" (even though law states that the tribe does not have prosecution authority). As peace officers licensed by the State of Texas, the tribal police officers have been educated and trained to uphold Texas law, but according to some of their police who spoke on the condition of anonymity, they're being pushed by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Council to do something entirely different...more
Driver Rolls Vehicle Into Ditch... LIVINGSTON, April 14, 2015 - At approximately 9 pm on April 13, 2015, the driver of a green Pontiac G6 was south-bound on Old Woodville Road (approaching East Church St.). The driver says he was texting when his vehicle veered too far left and struck a guardrail and continued until the angled guardrail forced his car to roll on its side into a ditch. Sergeant Chad Ward, and Officers Jason Thomas and Adam Williford (all with Livingston PD) were dispatched to the scene. The driver wasn't injured but did have an open container of beer in his vehicle. Sergeant Ward performed a field sobriety test and the driver passed. However, he was cited for open container, failure to maintain a single lane of traffic, no insurance and expired registration. His vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towingand will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
The Lowdown on Livingston Walmart Super Center... Walmart did in fact close down on April 13, 2015. Since they were closing sometime shortly after 7 pm, it only stood to reason that they had sales on perishable items like produce and meats. Rumors were swirling...CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Walmart: Rumor Has It... Rumors are swirling fast and furious all over Polk County about our Livingston Walmart Super Center. Some of what we've heard is that they're supposed to close down tonight. We're hearing everything from "It's to kill birds that got in the store" to "Routine maintenance" to "Closed for remodeling until December". Well, we've heard from a credible source that Walmart is supposed to close down tonight at 7 pm and it will be closed indefinitely (meaning, they don't know when they'll reopen). As to why, that has not been released to us. It does seem a little odd seeing how they look like they're about to open an newly installed gas / service station in the parking lot.
When we learn more, we'll post it right here. - Editor
1 Hospitalized in Rollover Accident, LIVINGSTON, April 10, 2015 -At approximately 2:30 pm on April 10, 2015 a green 1999 Nissan Altima driven by Mary Dunbar, 85, of Onalaska, was in the parking lot at South Point at the south end of Pan American Drive. Dunbar attempted to pull across the south-bound side of Pan American but failed to yield to an oncoming...more
Webworms Have Invaded... We've been getting email from folks asking if we know anything about the webworms that have been suddenly popping up everywhere in this part of Texas. To be honest, I've been living in Polk County since 1991 and this is the first time I've seen so many on the scale that we've been seeing them in the last couple of weeks. When I was growing up in East Houston, we had 'em there and they would infest parts of our trees in the yard with their webs. I know that they wont sting (like an asp) and they're totally harmless, but they're mostly just kinda annoying. I've heard that they make good fishing worms. At any rate, I'm no expert on webworms, but if you want to get rid of 'em, here's a website that I found that might help. Good luck! - Editor
SUV T-Bones Pickup, No Injuries... LIVINGSTON, April 4, 2014 - At approximately 4 pm on April 4, 2015 - The driver of a black Ford Expedition was south-bound on South Houston (146) in Livingston. A red Ford F-150 was east-bound on Abbey and attempted to cross Houston but failed to yield to the driver of the Expedition and got t-boned by the Expedition. Officers Kaleb Barker, Tito Reyes, and Sergeant Lewis Milner were dispatched to the scene along with Livingston Volunteer Fire Department. Fortunately, nobody was injured. Investigating Officer, Kaleb Barker cited the driver of the pickup for failure to yield right-of-way from a stop sign. Traffic was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered both vehicles and they'll be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
SENSELESS DEATHS ON THE RISE DUE TO DISTRACTED DRIVING TxDOT launches ‘Talk, Text, Crash’ campaign to help curb deadly trend
With more people dying senselessly on Texas roads due to distracted driving, the Texas Department of Transportation kicks off its annual “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign to urge drivers to give their full attention to the road. TxDOT’s campaign coincides with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.
“Nearly 1 in 5 traffic crashes in Texas is caused by a distracted driver,” said TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton. “Last year, 468 people were killed because someone took their attention off the road. How important is a fleeting distraction when it could end in the death of someone, perhaps even one of your loved ones?”
Distracted driving-related crashes in Texas are highest among 16- to 24-year-olds. In 2014, there were 100,825 crashes in Texas involving distracted driving — up 6 percent from the previous year.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers using a mobile phone are four times more likely to cause serious injury in a crash. Text messaging is particularly dangerous. New research conducted last year by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute showed it takes a driver double the amount of time to react when they are distracted by text messaging. Additionally, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.
While mobile phone use is the most recognizable driving distraction, any type of behavior that draws a motorist’s attention away from driving is dangerous. TxDOT urges drivers to refrain from:
Texting or checking email
Eating and drinking
Programming a navigation system or adjusting music
If a distraction absolutely requires immediate attention, TxDOT reminds drivers to pull over to a safe location and come to a complete stop before diverting their attention.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.
Hauled Truck Catches Utility Line... LIVINGSTON, March 31, 2015 - At approximately 5 pm on March 31, 2015, a furniture truck from Pedigo Furniture was being hauled by a rollback wrecker from the parking lot of a Shell station off Pan American Drive (South Livingston). As the wrecker (with LakeView Wrecker) was exiting the parking lot onto Pan American, the truck that was being hauled, caught what police described as a sagging cable. The cable (reportedly owned by LivCom Communications) was not properly maintained and was sagging low and not up to regulation height. Sergeant Ronnie Bogany and Kevin Ward were dispatched to the scene along with utility trucks from LivCom Communications to clean up the mess. Nobody was injured. Click here to visit Pedigo Furniture's website!
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