LIBERTY CO JAIL ADMIN AND COUNTY JUDGE IGNORE O.R. REQUEST
An open records request sent to the administrator of the Liberty County Jail facility and the County Judge has been IGNORED. The request was written with the intention of getting to the bottom of the problems plaguing the contracted private jail facility. We are sitting on letters from a half dozen inmates that paint a grim picture of the condtions in the jail. The jail had an inmate die AFTER our O.R. request was submitted.
EAST TEXAS 6/16/2019
NATIONAL TREND TAKES ROOT IN MONTGOMERY AND LIBERTY COUNTIES
A news story out of New York proves that there is corruption and false charges leveled against the innocent just to make corrupt police officers appear to be more effective and as a 'Super Cop'. (NOTE it was only 8 cops out of a force of thousands) What a travesty it is to all of the honest men and women who don the badge on a daily basis that are honest and trustworthy. The sad news is that the practice is spreading and has infected a few East Texas LEO's.
A recent 'Probable Cause Audit' conducted by The Sentinel exposed this exact practice in East Montgomery County Pct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden's office. Although Hayden fought to keep the records from becoming public, The Sentinel did prevail in the effort and obtained the records by ruling from the OAG. To his credit, Montgomery County DA dropped the false drug charges based on The Sentinel proving that Hayden's deputy LIED through his teeth about the reason for the stop and filed drug charges for drugs the man did NOT possess. To the DA's injury of reputation, he did NOT file any charges on the deputy for falsifying a police report. The whole scenario lends credence to the complaints to The Sentinel by many in the New Caney/Porter area that Hayden and his deputies are profiling people and making stops with no probable cause.
Within weeks of having the false charges dismissed and getting out of jail, the same man was chased and run to ground right after passing a license plate reader deployed on US 59 just south of Cleveland. Once again he landed in jail on drug charges. Drugs he claimed from the get go that he did NOT have. The first narrative put forth by one of Hayden's deputies was that he recieved a call on his personal cell phone from a driver stating the man had thrown 'something' in the ditch during the chase and Hayden's deputy back tracked and said he found a large bag of meth in the ditch. Then the narrative changed to the arresting officer claiming that the passenger ran into the woods after the stop and had the meth on her. The rub is that they were on a motorcycle, he had no backpack and she was wearing a bikini.
When The Sentinel made a call to the Liberty County criminal justice system with a simple inquiry of which narrative they were going to stick with, the drug charges were dropped and the passenger was released. Now all that remains to be seen is IF IF IF the Liberty County DA will file charges for filing a false police report.
Sheriff Calls Sentinel - see upate
AGAIN- repeats same action- are you expecting a different result Detective?
This is a test. Story coming soon.
STATE'S ATTORNEY SEEKS REDUCED CHARGE
No resolution in the sentencing phase of the case surrounding the death of PCSO jail inmate, Antwaun Bogany has been reached as of yet. According to someone close to the investigation, the best offer to settle was to reduce the State Jail felony charge of injury to the disabled with criminal negligence to a misdemeaner with 15 days in jail and suspension of the jailer's license as full punishment. Texas Penal Code 42.o9 requires harsher punishment for someone who lets a dog die for lack of medical treatment.
Back in 2015, the Polk County Jail was out of compliance with the state's jail standards and an inmate died. Two months ago, Polk County Jail was cited again for being out of compliance with the state's jail standards and an inmate died in custody.
Liberty county jail was cited for being out of compliance with the state's standards in April and is still out of compliance. Liberty County had an inmate die a few weeks ago and has another inmate who is epileptic but denied his medication. According to sources in the jail, the inmate had three hard seizures in a short time and was bleeding from his mouth when staff came and took him out of the tank and put him in a cell by himself. He was later returned to the tank and STILL NO MEDS.
What is painfully apparent in East Texas is that bottom line budget numbers outweigh the responsiblilty of these county jails to see to the medical needs of people in custody.
EAST MONT CO 6/9/2019
CRITICS SILENCED BY FACTS
From the Montgomery County Police Reporter publisher, Scott Engle who questioned the integrity of The Sentinel on through fb buddy Jeff Buchannan's unfouded claims and fellow officer's wife's fake friend rant, the recent, "Tampering With Evidence" story published on The Sentinel has caused a stir in East Montgomery County.
Engle has remained silent on the story or any story The Sentinel publishes for that matter. Jeff Buchannan tried twice and was returned to them sliced and diced with facts and now a wife is silenced by her own husband's suspension. A suspension that is the state's Highest Law Enforcement Agency POLICING THEIR OWN and saying her husband (and his bosses) is/are a liar and a fraud and the state intends to prove it if you challenge them.
I have had about a belly full of people calling me a liar but never producing any proof. When I make a claim, I produce proof. Every cloud has a silver lining though and the lining here is that just when the attacks get to be the most intense, our criminal justice system steps in and takes care of business. Hmmph, there it is. This text message exchange proves the people arent stupid and can see through false fronts and propaganda efforts. The provable facts of the matter do that to an informed public. Much like the Linda Vincent case last year. The intensity and regularity of attacks by her friends and family got the most intense just before the golden hammer came down.
But alas I have to leave EMC for a bit and focus on the Polk County Parade again for a bit since, after all, that is the county trying to put me in prison over my expose' articles.
'mcpr' deafeningly quiet about suspension. shhhhh
CONSTABLE AND FOUR DEPUTIES SUSPENDED
Precinct 4 Montgomery County Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden and four of his Deputy Constables have been notified that the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), plans to issue a six month suspension of their Law Enforcement Licenses.
This is a case The Sentinel first reported on regarding Hayden falsifying employment records. Records he and the Mont Co DA fought us over obtaining. The DA's refusal to do anything led to the information being forwarded to TCOLE Director, Kim Vickers with the evidentary documents.
The Golden Hammer Article goes into way more detail and a whole nother veiw of the matter.
In a prompt reply to a Sentinel Open Records Request, Sheriff Capers PIO provided the legally available information related to yesterday's dispatch of a deputy to the SJC Appraisal District. The report shows an irate tax payer made the threat, "What I am going to do is going to end up on the news", prompting the call for a deputy. In the report, it was noted that other employees of the Appraisal District have been threatened multiple times during the ARB hearings by other people. A quick look at the appraisal district records of the house that belongs to the alleged terrorist prove that the 40 year old house was nearly doubled in value back in 2017 despite the fact that it was homesteaded and no additional improvements have been made.
SJC APPRAISAL DISTRICT CALLS LAW OVER ALTERCATION
According to reliable but unofficial sources, SJC Sheriff's Dept dispatched a deputy to the San Jacinto County Appraisal District regarding a disturbance. We have sought an official statement and confirmation but thus far, no reply. A Sentinel reader submitted a link to a web site touting itself as an appraisal district watchdog at www.sjccadwatchdog.com that was created in February of this year according to ICANN whois. Other than the creation date and expiration date in Feb of 2020, there is no other information available. A quick persual of the site shows it is a whistleblower site aimed at exposing corruption within the SJC Appraisal District.
HOOPS AND HURDLES THEN JUSTICE
The Montgomery County DA's Public Integrity unit has responded to the email at left with the one above. Included with the email is an 18 point list of must do's and time limits before they will look at the evidence they already have most of and blame me for not investigating the crimes committed by Kenneth Hayden and his deputies if I don't meet their requirements. The absolute irony is that most of the evidence are documents they already have because they fought (and lost) my open records request seeking them in the first place. We are working on compiling the evidence and will meet the deadline but just call out the absolute absurdity of them pretending they don't have much of it already.
LIBERTY/POLK CO 6/2/2019
TEXAS RANGERS INVESTIGATE TWO JAIL DEATHS
A young middle aged man died over the weekend who was incarcerated in the Liberty County Jail. According to official sources, the inmate was life flighted before he died and the Texas Rangers were called in immediatly to conduct the investigation. Unofficial sources in the jail claim the man suffered a seizure before being transferred. He is NOT the inmate referenced in the prior story who is epileptic that has been denied his medication.
Polk County jail also suffered the death of a female inmate last Thursday morning when she was found unresponsive according to several media sources who reported the death. The Rangers also are conducting that investigation.
ATTORNEY GENERAL FULLY AWARE
The screen shot of The Sentinel Alert analytics page for the last seven days proves that the most powerful law enforcement agent in the State of Texas is FULLY AWARE of the goings on in Rowdy Hayden's office. These 300 plus page views from Austin IMMEDIATLY after a reader did send word that they personally forwarded a link to the Tampering with evidence story to the Attorney General show a ten fold increase over the normal readership from there. Our target audience is East Texas. We garner a lot of views from Ashburn Va, Chicago Il and Los Angeles on a regular basis. France is our highest European audience but this snip of the Austin views since the story broke makes the ensuing silence from any investigative or journalism outlet DEAFENING. They know and are not willing to acknowledge it. How long will the lawlessness of Rowdy Hayden be tolerated? The Sentinel has proven with hard documented evidence that Hayden's crew has violated the law blatantly, Over and Over again the last two years. Apparently that doesn't fit the narrative of the main stream media outlets or the priorities of the OAG. But by all means mr attorney general, don't let those tow truck drivers gouge us during a storm.
EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY 5/22/2019
MCPR CHALLENGES SENTINEL CREDIBILITY
In a snappy ALL CAPS reply submitted by a man we don't know, Montgomery County Police Reporter repeats information already published in The Sentinel story then attacks our credibility with a veiled accusation. He insinuates that The Sentinel is hiding something. If MCPR wants a wider shot of the scene, we deliver. All that wide view does is to raise a few more questions that maybe MCPR can get answers to. 1.Who is the guy in all black that is beside the deputy within 7 seconds of him discharging his service weapon? My sources indicate he is drug task force so that raises my next question. 2. Is he telling the deputy to reposition the body? If we look back at the previous photo included with the original story below, there is a shadow of a man creeping into the lower right corner of the screen snip. That brings up question 3. Is it the same guy? The deputy looks toward the shadow and nods just before he circles around and kicks the gun closer to the body and spins the handle toward the dead man. It is immediatly AFTER this brief conversation depicted in this 'WIDE ANGLE' shot that the deputy moves the body stretching the arms out toward the weapons as the man in black exits stage right. Any more questions or accusations MCPR? I have plenty of answers and questions. Steve Watson - publisher
PS MCPR dude. Remember, the focus of my story is the Tampering with evidence, NOT the shooting. Thanks for verifying my suspicion that there were other policemen there that DID witness/solicit? the tampering with evidence. The only possible conclusions there are that MC Constable withheld evidence from the grand jury or the grand jury is in cahoots with the criminal act. NEITHER action is acceptable.
MONT CO. PCT 4 DEPUTY TAMPERS WITH EVIDENCE
In the immediate aftermath of a tragic shooting that occurred in Kingwood in Oct of 2017 and claimed the life of a father, husband and convicted felon, an East Montgomery County Pct 4 Constable deputy Tampered with evidence to 'reset' the scene. Out of his jurisdiction and in HPD's, it ended up being a Harris County Grand Jury that aquitted Rowdy Hayden's deputy of this ME ruled 'homocide'. Hayden's own 'internal affairs' investigation cleared him almost instantly according to their propaganda machine MCPR.
The Sentinel is not going to comment on the shooting at this point but evidence has surfaced that PROVES without doubt that Rowdy Hayden's deputy and his department tampered with evidence to make the scene match their narratives. (note the plural, narratives) That is the reason we are not using the deputy's name.
In the above screen snip of a video, the deputy is seen kicking the suspects gun closer to the body and turning the handle to be closer to the dead man. In the second photo BELOW, the deputy is pulling the victim's arms out from under his body and stretching it toward the gun.
This screen snip shows that Hayden's deputy has already pulled the right hand out toward the spent tazer and is pulling the man's left hand out toward the gun that he had thrown away from himself before the deputy unholstered his service weapon and shot the man. Further tampering of evidence occured according to an eye witness that The Sentinel has interviewed who filmed
the entire incident with his cell phone from twenty feet away. His phone was taken from him at the scene and when the witness got it back, the video was deleted.
That creates the delimia of did the grand jury IGNORE the proof that the deputy tampered with evidence or did they never see the evidence? Neither answer is ACCEPTABLE.
According to Sentinel sources close to the investigation, this same video was provided to them but only the dash cam (facing the other way) and body cam footage were presented to the Grand Jury. The excuse for failing to use this evidence according to him was that they could not open the file. We are hoping to get more answers and confirmation for The Sentinel readers in the near future. One thing we can and will prove is that rank on the scene allowed the tampering and may have suggested it. If the past has been any indicator, there will be a full court press by Constable Hayden's office to STOP The Sentinel from getting any open records.
NOT GUILTY VIA DIRECTED VERDICT
Former County Judge, John R. Lovett Jr was found not guilty today by a Mongomery County jury based on a 'Directed Verdict'. Once the State rested their case, Judge Phil Grant took the decision away from the jury and directed them to bring back a 'Not Guilty' verdict because, according to the judge, there was no evidence for them to weigh or to convict Lovett on. In the legal definition of 'directed verdict' in a criminal case, there is an interesting factor. The following is from a legal site.
A judge may order a directed verdict as to an entire case or only to certain issues. In a criminal trial, when considering a motion for a directed verdict in a criminal case, the trial court is concerned with the existence or nonexistence of evidence, not its weight.
Judge Grant, by his action today, states there is no evidence. That will open the door for a lawsuit against San Jacinto County.
According to Lovett, none of the witnesses offered any real 'damaging' testimony. The remaining charge Lovett was most recently arrested on has NOT resulted in an indictment yet according to Lovett.
Judge Grant was a prosecutor for Harris County, Williamson County (Under John Bradley) and most recently, Montgomery County prosecutor's office before being appointed and elected as the 9th District Court Judge.
JURY PICKED AND LOVETT TRIAL BEGINS
SJC County Clerk, Dawn Wright was one witness to take the stand today in the beginnings of the trial of former county judge, John Lovett on various charges. The questioning today was in regards to the after hours entry of the clerk's office and using the stamp without authorization. One of the clerks who was on duty that day also testified. The state projects a few days for trial and has called former judge's secretary, Silvia Haro as a witness. There were other subpoena's issued by The State. More after tomorrow's court day.
FORMER JUDGE ARRESTED ON CHARGES
John R. Lovett Jr was arrested last Thursday on charges of 'Impersonating a public official' and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. He made bond Friday. As reported below back in February by The Sentinel, The Office of Attorney General in cooperation with the San Jacinto County Sheriff's dept did conduct a search warrant at Lovett's home in Shepherd and seize the evidence this newest charge is based on.
There is a more indepth story on the Conroe Courier web site that only has one factual error. Their reporter stated that Lovett was alleged to have entered the San Jacinto County County Clerk's office with a pass key and used her time stamp to, "approve a commissioner's court agenda". There is no legal requirement for the agenda to be time stamped or 'approved' by the clerk. It is a good practice but the only legal requirement is that the agenda be publically posted on time. The County Clerk in SJC is not charged with preparing or approving the agenda.
The troubling aspect of the case is that Lovett, who was a concealed weapon permit holder, used the expired badge to bypass the Montgomery County Courthouse security the day he was in court on the prior breaking and entering charges he was facing and may well have carried his weapon into the courtroom. Those were the charges that forced his removal from office.
EX COUNTY JUDGE UNDER INVESTIGATION, HEARING POSTPONED
Allegations of using his 'County Judge' badge to gain privileged entry in several locations after he was removed from office as the SJC County Judge have resulted in postponement of the scheduled hearing for John Lovett Jr to allow for additional investigation time and possibility of additional charges being filed. .
Although The Sentinel has not received any official confirmation, reliable sources state that a recent search warrant was executed at his current residence just outside Shepherd, Texas and that some evidence was seized.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PCT 4 CONSTABLE IGNORES PUBLIC
Multiple calls and requests for answers to pertinent facts surrounding their own cases by several people go unanswered based on a simple lack of respect for his constituents. "Well who are you" is a pat answer. "What interest do you have" is another. Hayden's office does not seem to understand the concept of public information or innocent until proven guilty. Barry Welch and Lt Warwick are constantly complained on to The Sentinel for their lack or response to public requests for action and/or information.
In that vein and since Hayden's office miserably failed our last probable cause audit, we are preparing another one. This time, the audit will be on three agencies on seperate cases that ended up with one of the department's officers killing a suspect. Let us see how Pct 4 ranks this time. Will they be open and forthcoming or retreat behind an OAG opinion again. Either way, we will extract the information. Stay tuned to The Sentinel.
Two of the three agencies uphold the Constitution - One violates oath.
EAST MONTGOMERY CO 3/28/2019
CORRUPT CASE CRUMBLES
Noting, "Lack of Evidence", the Montgomery County DA's office, in order to seek truth and justice, was forced to move for a dismissal of charges on a case that Pct 4 Constable Hayden started with a lie and built on more lies. The irony is that the case ended up exposing the Truth about "Rowdy's Rules" of conduct within his department.
Unlike most cases The Sentinel looks into where there are mutiple complaints about one person that is compromising the integrity of the department or agency with their illegal antics, we have yet to have the same officer named. Each and every complaint is about a different officer within the Pct 4 Constable's office including rank.
Sentinel readers will remember last year when we exposed the falsifying of employment records that led to the TCOLE audit, we never named the young deputy. The reason is, the records were falsified by the department, not the applicant who became a deputy.
There have been multiple complaints about no probable cause stops, profiling and even targeting individuals for traffic stops with false allegations as this case was.
When you consider that citizen complaints are often met with being ignored or if you press, attempts to intimidate, where is the public service in that? "You will have to come down in person and ID yourself and sign it and then we will investigate you before we ever investigate him." would be pretty standard fare according to trustworthy Sentinel sources. Or the perpetual stall tactic of, "Officer so and so is the only one allowed to do that and he's not here".
When every single open records request, even the most basic with long settled opinions published, is met with Constable Hayden wasting the county attorney and OAG's time just to stall, something is being hidden. By extracting those documents anyway, The Sentinel has PROVEN beyond any reasonable doubt that Montgomery County Pct 4 Constable Kenneth "Rowdy" Hayden is perpetrating, overlooking and then defending criminal acts within his department. The evidence proves Hayden is either highly incompetent and unaware of his surroundings or the source of the corruption. Neither answer is good for the citizens of East Texas and especially East Montgomery County.
TRINITY TRIANGLE MURDERS
An examination of the just the facts ma'am.
TOMMY COLEMAN LIES TO ENTERPRISE
From Enterprise Article;
"Based on the content of that conversation and possibly others, Lima came to suspect that Hock may have been alerting Steve Watson — a San Jacinto County resident who operates a website at sentinelalert.org — to sensitive information.
"Coleman referred to instances where Watson was provided with information that led to derogatory posts about the district attorney’s office on his website."
NUMBER ONE - I have the highest regard for the office of District Attorney. It is the most powerful office in the county and is called to the highest duty among us, TO SEEK THE TRUTH. Not get convictions, not put people in prison but to SEEK THE TRUTH ONLY.
The Sentinel has never had the first complaint about any of the other ADA's and has NOT derided the OFFICE of District Attorney, just TWO, count them TWO of the individual men who occupy positions in the office whom have committed multiple criminal acts. ie; DA William Lee Hon and ADA Tommy Coleman.
NUMBER TWO - "Was provided with. . . . " BS. I am and have been a Public Records Hound, Watchdawg, PITBULL for years. Much to your chagrin, even your most powerful position and willingness to oppose the release of public information has not prevailed against my efforts. Any information that I have obtained from the Polk County Clerk and the Polk Co District Clerk has been obtained via a legally filed open records request. That includes the recently requested and obtained mail in ballot list for the last primary that shows who all voted by mail in ballot. My efforts were to investigate allegations about the Escapee's influence (no wrong doing found) but on that list, I saw where someone had requested Rita Hon's mail in ballot on January 1st of 2018 but instead of mailing it to the address on her records, the ballot was requested to be mailed to William Lee Hon's mailing address. This intrigued me because it was three weeks BEFORE Rita Hon was removed from her home and put into an assisted living facility. That record shows that Rita Hon's ballot was mailed to Lee Hon's address and returned signed February 9th. The irony is I would not have recognized the number if it werent for the criminal charges filed on me about it but I found that interesting in light of the fact that all her other legal mail was going to her then residence address. I am talking about banking, tax, appraisal notices etc so I open records requested a copy of the ballot request letter and a copy of just the signature on the Ballot. My thinking was that I would compare those signatures to the marriage certificate that we know Rita Hon signed infront of the County Clerk deputy the day she and her husband filed it. Here was the answer I received;
According to the full time caretaker, life partner and business helper that was caring for and the constant companion of Rita Hon in January, Rita Hon DID NOT request that mail in ballot. Even though the Polk County Clerk refused my open records request, we can glean from the email that the signature on the ballot request letter matched the signature on the ballot 'carrier envelope'. Forgive me if I am suspicious because even if you are DA, it is ILLEGAL to cast a ballot for another person. I did accept the Clerk's position as legal and accurate and have not persued that matter any further. Maybe someone with the power to look at those records should re examine all the signatures.
So you see Tommy Coleman, your statement of fact that 'Watson WAS provided with . . .' is just another damn lie. You could have said, "We suspect that Watson was . . ." but you state as fact something you cannot and will not be able to prove. On the other hand, I am going to prove that you and your boss have violated the law, my rights and every shred of decency we expect from our prosecutors. I am going to prove that you guys withheld exculpatory evidence from the grand jury to obtain several indictments. That is not a threat. It is not retaliation. It is just a plain simple FACT of the matter. I, for one am sick of you, Hon and Lima dinigrating the good name and reputation of the clerks in Polk County just to fit your thwarted corrupt political agenda.
Publisher - Stephen C. Watson
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