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COLDSPRING 5/25/2018  10:15 AM


High school students are being transported to Jones campus by bus.  Parents may pick up kids there.


Christopher Lima

ONALASKA 5/24/2018


Corrigan PD officer Christopher Lima was cited for Disorderly Conduct in a bar in Onlaska Texas recently after being involved in a skirmish with a man and a woman at that establishment.  According to official sources, Lima was not arrested but given a court summons for the class 3 misdomeanor offense. 

    Other sources show that Lima was cited for a Disorderly Conduct or Disturbing the Peace charge about 6 months ago in the same area of Polk County to which he plead 'no contest' but was found guilty of and paid the fine. 

    The most recent event at the bar spilled out into the county jurisdiction, possibly Lima's home, where multiple sources claim Lima discharged his weapon during the event.  The Sentinel has submitted open records requests but has not found the Polk County Sheriff's Office nor Corrigan PD Chief, Darrell Gibson forthcoming with any real answers.  "Call the Texas Rangers" was chief Gibson's reply to our direct question followed by a hang up.     

    We immediatly called back reminding the chief we had a right to know if Lima is employed there.  We were able to determine that there is no Ranger investigation into the allegations of a weapons discharge as far as Gibson knows and that Lima is still employed by Corrigan PD.  

     Lima was a former investigator for the Polk County DA's office during 2014/15.  He worked for the Polk County Sheriff's office for seven years prior to that but started his LEO career with the SJC Sheriff's Dept.

     Lima came onto The Sentinel radar in January of 2018 when he contacted us offering to give evidence of corruption on Polk Co. S.O. and on the DA.  The timing was suspicious and the incidents he related were really old news.  In vetting him as a source, we were cautioned not to trust him as he was close with the very people he claimed he was offering info on.

    Despite our best efforts with the Polk Co S.O. and Corrigan PD, it appears both agencies are circling the wagons to protect Lima and Corrigan PD Chief, Darrell Gibson has taken a very hostile attitude toward The Sentinel questions.  We have had no success even getting Byron Lyons on the phone.  At least Gibson did answer the call.   The Sentinel did reach out to Lima for two days in a row seeking comment but those contacts were ignored.

All Hat, No Mettle

LIVINGSTON 5/25/2018


Polk Co asst. District Attorney, Tommy Coleman, in a continuation of a pattern he has developed over the years, continues to withhold evidence  that was ordered released by the OAG several weeks ago.  In an equally corrupt but polar opposite occurance to the withholding of exculpatory evidence in trials in Williamson County as asst DA that would have proven the accused's innocence, now Coleman is withholding evidence that can prove the crimes of his boss, Polk County District Attorney.   In Williamson county, Coleman let a man rot in prison that he knew was innocent. 

    The documents were requested from the Polk County Sheriff Dept and promply provided by them to the DA's office for dispersement.  Despite the basic nature of documents sought and explicit clarification by The Sentinel in the request that we did not want personal financial information but only what was legally available under the Texas Open Records Statutes, Coleman submitted some of the documents as a, "representative sample" to the OAG and requested an opinion.

    In the quickest ever return by the OAG in our 30 plus years of exposing the corrupt public servants, the OAG ordered the release of most of the documents that we requested.  Coleman, as of this date, has IGNORED that order and continues to withhold evidence vital to The Sentinel's case against the DA.  


LIVINGSTON 5/22/2018


    Multiple accounts of conversations with Polk County assistant criminal District Attorney, Tommy Coleman with various constituents in the community have been related to The Sentinel by concerned readers who have the same story.  "He said your publication is full of lies and skews the truth", is the most common theme.  

     In that assertion according to these readers, Coleman points to a lack of prosecution of Linda Vincent on embezzlement charges and my retraction of and apology for the "Anatomy of Corruption" story regarding the so called, "Hon Pool Party" Coleman refers to as 'alleged'. 

    The Sentinel has not published any more on the embezzlement story of late for several reasons.  We are convinced that there is a legitimate investigation underway by an outside agency's 501 (c) 3 specialist.  No new evidence has come to The Sentinel lately.  Plate is full with current corruption investigations.

    "Your reputation is on the line", was the most recent admonition from a reader that I have never met nor spoken with before.  In that line of thought and with much prayer and contemplation, we have decided to publish the 'Hon Pool Party' documents in their entirety with careful redaction above and beyond what was redacted by the Livingston City Attorney before releasing them to us a few years ago.  All names, including the convicted rapist will be redacted by The Sentinel as the story is not about any of those young people who are moving on with their lives.  The story is about who is the liar here, The Sentinel or Tommy Coleman and his 'alleged' label for the incident. 

    The documents have been redacted and the page is almost built but I have to get out and make a little hay today while the sun is shining.  Look for that publishing in the next few days.  Here is one page of that report.


Steve Watson - Publisher.



After dating his O.R. request response letter to The Sentinel for the day BEFORE we published the story below in which he then references our story, Capt Sparta makes several other claims that just don't ring true. 

    Our request asked for 'any document' related to the stop which Sparta blanketly denied having since, "no arrest were made" yet he was able to glean the victim's name and phone number from somewhere to call her the day our story was published.  In that call, Sparta assured her that they would rather handle the complaint there in his office rather than on "social media".   Here is Merriam Webster's definition for 'Social': a : marked by or passed in pleasant companionship with friends or associates  

    That doesn't describe The Sentinel Alert - Town Crier publication in the least.  It does describe the posts your deputy Deweese made on his friends social media site depicted below. 

     The Sentinel is a hard-core investigative journalist news site.  As the graph depictes in the attached photo, nearly two thirds of our readers have a 'favorites' direct link to our web site.  The majority of the remaining readership searches for us on search engines with the phrase, "Sentinel" to find us.  We don't advertise or even pass out cards so it is all word of mouth and relevant news that has built our following.  You can see that it is a minimal amount of our readership that is routed to us via 'social media'.  You may wish The Sentinel was 'social' in nature but alas, we are not. 

     On another note regarding your lying answer letter, our research shows that LEO body cams come with an extra battery, can be charged in the car and are advertised to be able to record for 12 hours straight without recharging.   My sources say that dash cams are hardwired into the patrol unit's electrical system.  Are you or your deputy tampering with evidence Capt Sparta?

capt sparta and constable sam houston

SJC PCT 3 5/17/2018


Allegations of a non consent search and unwarranted stop were made to The Sentinel Alert by a 50+ year old woman, a tourist, who was driving alone and in the vicinity of Shell Oilfield Road searching for the 'Hunter's Camp' that is located there.  She alleges that there was no reason to stop her and that Pct 3 Constable Deputy, Nathan Deweese, performed a non consent search of her vehicle by threatening her with arrest if she did not let him search.  According to the lone female, there was no citation issued.  Her allegations were accompanied by a video clip she provided that does show Nathan Deweese rifling through her car. 

    As is our method of investigation, The Sentinel filed an open records request with Constable Sam Houston after reviewing the video and a lengthy interview with the woman in order to get some answers.  In another blatant expression of his, "above the law" mentality so often displayed by this corrupt constable, he has ignored the request.  To his detriment, most will surmise that he and his department have something to hide.  It NEVER fails that when elected officials ignore or resist open records requests and we take the issue higher up, there is evidence of wrong doing that they are trying to suppress.

    Constable Houston, in a spirit of fairness, we give you until Monday next to reply to the request before we advise the OAG of your violation of the law.


    Just for the record, Keith Black and Nathan Deweese, I count it GLORY that corrupt men like you both count me as an enemy.  On advice of counsel, I will refrain from commenting on the lawsuit you filed against me Black but I will address the lies in your opening statment.  The only part you got right was that the judge has been recused from the case and rightfully so after the illegal and unconstitutional actions he took against me and then later vacated.

     As for my 'sources', you and all The Sentiel readers know that my source is your own personel file from when you were employed by the probation dept before your TERMINATION for your criminal acts.  We can publish that all again if you want but I would just rather let the visiting judge study the file he has and make his decision based on those documents compared to the articles that I wrote.  It has been nearly a month since the last hearing and no word yet.  According to my sources, he studied the file to a great extent before the hearing he presided over and did not give a decision that day or since.   It was reported to The Sentinel that even after a whole day on that one case, your star attorney, Mary Olga Lovett with all her prowess and power as a global attorney, left the courtroom and did NOT look like a happy camper.  So much for your slam dunk. 

    And now for your mealy mouthed 'wont face me' comment.  I will face you anytime you don't run when you see me out in the real world.  The only mark you are leaving on SJC REGARDLESS of the decision the judge eventually makes, is of an ex public servant that violated our trust and was outed for it. 

    It is only fitting that you 'birds of a feather' flock together.  Capt Sparta was convicted of sexually assaulting a child before he was 18 so the record is sealed but I have it.  Nathan Deweese was indicted, charged and arrested for an abusive crime against a woman from his past.   The most recent story speaks to his ongoing criminal acts against women.  Constable Houston, as his page shows, is guilty of, among other things, abusing his authority to try and coerce a beautiful young woman to meet up with him one on one if she didn't want to lose her kids or see her baby daddy go to jail.   Praise God you and your klan count me as an enemy. 

   As for the 'let you breathe' comment, that is not my decision.  It hasn't been a mistake I made.  The longer you have breath, the more asinine and ignorant comments you make.   Ever heard the old adage, give them enough rope and they will hang themselves?  You are small potatoes in the grand scheme of things.  I know you and your coharts are hoping that the corruption battle that is in my sights today will take The Sentinel down.  I could be wrong, I have been wrong before but I believe Sparta ignoring my open records request the day after my arrest was because he figured I was down for the count.  Don't hold your breath on that one.  I serve a God that brings down the mighty with the weak and confounds the wise with the simple.  That way there is no doubt about the source of the power that actually accomplishes the feat.  You have my address and phone number.  I can't say it any plainer than that.


Steve Watson


This is not the first time allegations against Sam Houston and his Capt Sparta and Deputy Deweese harrassing female motorists with threats and illegal searches have been made to The Sentinel.  There are two basic differences this time.  1) we have video proof of the search. 2) no allegations of stolen money this time.

LIVINGSTON 4/14/2018


     In a balanced and well written story published in the SJ News Times, The Polk County Enterprise and then subsequently published on their web site, it was reported that The Texas Rangers executed a search warrant on The Sentinel office/home, confiscating a computer and then after that, the arrest warrant was issued and I surrendered.  Both events occured but in the opposite order.  My arrest was first (April 25) and the SEARCH warrant wasn't executed until May 1st, nearly a week later. 

     It may not seem important to most but if the error is left to stand, it could be constured and many will think that the arrest warrant was based on evidence found on the computer that was confiscated.  THAT IS NOT THE CASE.  The arrest warrant was based solely on the indictments and not on any computer files.    It has been two full weeks since the computer equipment was taken. 

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Several documents ordered released to The Sentinel by OAG letter dated April 27, 2018 show that the three sniper rifles used in the death of four of the Cossak Bikers at the Twin Peaks in Waco, Texas were assigned to three of Waco's PD officers.   We will refrain from publishing the LEO's names at this point but ATF records prove the men were each issued a suppressor also. 

   The narrative long posted on the Waco public website denies that they had any snipers deployed but evidence documents obtained by The Sentinel prove there were at least two snipers firing from the roof of the Don Carlos that killed four of the Cossack Bikers.  That same evidence also proves the first Cossack shot by the Waco PD Snipers fired within seconds of the first punch thrown dropping Boyett instantly while he stood next to his son, Cody Ledbetter. 

    One eye witness (patron, not a biker) described that death as almost instantaneous when the shooting started.

    All the charges were dropped on Cody Ledbetter within weeks of The Sentinel publishing the proof that there were snipers and that Boyett was shot almost instantly by a sniper. 

    None of the stories that we have read pertaining to the recent indictments mention snipers or that 4 were killed by LEO's. 






The Trump administration has 'edited' the policy manuel the federal attorneys use that has stood firm and unchanged on the rights of a free press for decades.  Trump's personal problems have clouded his judgement in this instance.  The article linked to the headline, from which this quote comes, explains it.

"Also gone is a section on the need for free press and public trial, which previously stated that employees should consider “the right of the people in a constitutional democracy to have access to information about the conduct of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and courts, consistent with the individual rights of the accused”."



The Natasha Atchley murder, some alledge rape and murder, remains unsolved twenty six years ago today.  The Sentinel has worked on the case a bit and even called a prison to request an interview with an inmate a year ago.  The next day, a cold case investigator called and asked me not to do the interview so as not to interfere with their investigation.  "They will lawyer up" was his reasoning if I contacted the man serving a 60 year sentence for a ten year crime in the TDCJ unit farthest from here.  "He was railroaded for what he knows and his entire inheritance stolen by the system" one friend claims. 

   A group of local sleuths, friends and family have refused to let the case die.  The reward has been increased and new eye witnesses have come forward with very disturbing but matching stories.   It has long been said that it was a Polk County crime that happened in San Jacinto County.  There is a group on facebook called 'Justice for Natasha' that is keeping the investigation alive, challenging the status quo and invading the heretofore power structure with social media that has become more powerful than the old guard that has kept their secrets so long.   Social media that brings distant witnesses to our very livingrooms. 


These police artist composite drawings for a 34 year old unsolved murder were not released at the time the actual investigation was going on.  There are more details in the story linked to the headline but B. A. Drew has informed our office that a critical call with new information has surfaced just since his contributed story was published.  Thank you Sentinel readers.  We are glad to welcome Mr. Drew to The Sentinel Alert publication.

POINTBLANK 4/30/2019


A letter from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's Open Records Division to the City of Waco and carbon copied to The Sentinel offices has ordered the city to forward some of the documents requested. The request was geared toward proving whether the city owned the rifles used in the Twin Peaks biker shooting or not.  Sentinel readers may recall (stories on Texas page under Waco) that two of the three 'counter sniper' rifles were accounted for by the manufacturer (Remington) but the only Colt gun used that day does NOT appear in the S/N data base according to Colt.   Waco has contstantly denied deploying snipers to the scene prior to the beginning of the altercation that led to the death of 9 bikers, 4 at the hands of LEO snipers. 

   The Sentinel's best effort to get to the bottom of the question raised by bikers via calls to
The Sentinel the day after the incident proved there were snipers and that they began firing within seconds of the first punch thrown.   Further investigation by The Sentinel and Waco Activist, R.S. Gates, proved that the snipers had been quietly no billed by the grand jury very soon after the shooting and during the time their presence was being denied by Waco PD.

   The corrupt DA, Able Reyna, was defeated by the ballot box full of informed votes and is on his lame duck way out.  Within a couple of weeks of our publication of proof that the snipers were pre deployed and did fire on bikers within seconds of the first punch, they dropped the case against Cody Ledbetter, whose father was gunned down instantly right next to him.  Now all but 24 of the 170 bikers are likely to have their charges dropped. 

   We at The Sentinel add a second notch to our 'corrupt DA removal by informed voter' belt.  SJC'S own Mark Price was the first.  Price filed bogus charges on The Sentinel and others when we began to expose his crimes with proof and he had me arrested.  The charges were dropped and he suffered his own felony charges at the hands of the OAG and was soundly defeated at the ballot box.   The Sentinel is still kickin and he and Reyna are gone.  A pattern is developing.

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COLDSPRING 4/30/2018


After a fast track bond was aquired by the SJC Auditor's office, Justice of the Peace Pct 3 Randy Ellisor had the honor of administering the oath of office yet again to San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner.  The Sentinel was the only media in attendence for the commissioners court meeting. 


COLDSPRING 4/30/2018


In a brief but intense one agenda item special called meeting, SJC Commissioners discussed and then voted to fill the void left by the removal of Judge John Lovett Jr. after his recent arrest.   Faulkner, who was in county court defending a client, was informed of the decision.  The auditor left to prepare the bond and arrangements are being made to swear Judge Faulkner in.  This makes at least 3 times Fritz Faulkner has been appointed to the Judge's office to fill a vacancy.

POINTBLANK 4/20/2018


An OAG opinion sought by the Montgomery County Attorney, J.D. Lambright asst Sarah Stallberg was returned to her in late March.  In it, she was instructed to forward most of the records I requested.  We waited two weeks and then called early this week.  Sarah Stallberg did aknowledge receipt of the OAG instructions and told The Sentinel, "I will get those out to you this week."  We did verify to her that we wanted them email and made sure she had the correct address.  The courthouse has closed and no records received this week.  Apparently Montgomery County doesn't think it is any of the public's business if Rowdy Hayden hires a deputy constable that has a theft conviction or that the OAG instructions and her verbal committment matter.   Here is your come uppins young lady.  We understand a heavy work load but disdain falsehoods from public servants. 

UPDATE 4/25/2018


Once again the pattern holds that when The Sentinel asks for open records and the agency stalls with a bogus OAG opinion request, they are trying to cover up or cover for an illegal act.  It NEVER FAILS.  In this instance, one of Hayden's deputies was harboring a woman who was on the lam hiding her 5 year old daughter from the baby's father in violation of standing court orders. 

   The deputy knew what she was doing, knew it was a violation but hid her and the child anyway.  When The Sentinel filed a written complaint via email detailing the deputy's illegal actions, Constable Hayden's office met the complaint with the assertion that I would have to come in personally, provide ID to prove who I was and hand write and sign a copy of the complaint before they would take action on it.  We did none of the above but submitted an open records request via the same email. In that email, we attached records The Sentinel had already obtained showing the deputy had a prior theft convicion when he was 19. 

  There is no requirement under the open records statutes that any agency has to answer questions so we requested the basic documents to get our own answers.  Application for employment, basic prehire background check, any prior complaints filed against the deputy, etc.  Pretty basic fare.

   The Sentinel's effort was spent to help locate a missing child for the father.  The Montgomery County Attorney stalled with a bogus OAG opinion request.

   During that time, a Sentinel investigator fb sleuth found a tag about a softball game the child would be playing in and the child's father and his family showed up to the game getting to see the child for the first time in months.  The deputy constable hid himself in the press box the entire game and kicked the woman to the curb shortly after.   That made for the third time the child had suffered moving with her mother in just a few months. The father's enforcement action finally made it to court and the judge told the mother that he wasn't known for putting mothers in jail, "Unless they do it again".  The child was recently reunited with her daddy and his family. 

    Meanwhile, back at The Sentinel, we got the records that prove the deputy's application said, "No" under the 'ever been arrested/charged' with a crime question.  There may have been a legal expungment of the crime from his record and therefore legal for him to answer 'no' but that doesn't change the fact that it was a lie.  One of the main arguments that the Montgomery County attorney made trying to withold the information was because it was "embarassing" to him. 

    With much consideration, The Sentinel has decided not to publish the deputy's name.  Despite his flaws like we all have, Sentinel vetting has shown that he comes from a good family with roots local to his community and that he has a passion for police work.  In his youth, he has made some mistakes but has opportunity to learn from them.   We don't expect perfection but we do expect honesty.

    The Sentinel decision not to publish this young constable deputy's name is based on several factors.   It was 'petty theft', less than 500 dollars.  The application check box pictured below shows that the young man's immediate inclination was to tell the truth.  That speaks to his raising.  The interview notes on the right show that it was the higher up person in the constable's office that is the liar because if you are unable to contact walmart, you are an idiot. 


Far from holding you above the law or immune from scrutiny, that badge is rather a symbol of the trust the public has placed in you.  A trust that is to be held in the highest regard or we will take it away.  If you have a ranking officer in your office who is telling you to lie on your application and then conspires to cover up your crime for you, don't follow his lead but rather follow the instincts your parents raised you with.  Stand on the truth always.  It is the only solid ground. 

COLDSPRING 1/17/2018


                Citing the steady encroachment of Conroe and The Woodlands along with the increase in noise pollution, air pollution and gang activity, Thomas Franklin gave a presentation to the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce regarding the reasons B.S.O.A. Camp Strake moved from I 45 in Montgomery County to a rural forested site in San Jacinto County.  A Chamber luncheon was the venue for the most recent update on the progress of the project.  “We really want to thank SJC Judge John Lovett and Pct. 3 Commissioner Thomas Bonds for all their help”, Franklin said stating that it was a daunting task to get all of the different agencies involved on the same page so they could move forward.  Crediting SJC Commissioner’s court as a whole for the successful progress, Franklin was quick to point out the ‘extra mile’ effort of these two men.

                Franklin spoke to a few particulars about the camp.  “It is a 2816 acre tract is made up of two separate parcels”, Franklin elaborated.  “You have to drive two miles through national forest lands to get there”, Franklin stated with an appreciative smile and a nod.  He contrasted the old and the new pointing out that a large portion of the old camp lays within the 100 year flood plain, had highway noise and the scout trails had to cross roads at some spots.  “Once the scout gets out of his car here, he won’t cross any roads during their time here”

                The new facility will be for Boy Scout training and adult scout leader training only to begin with but there are plans to expand the use to the Cub Scouts also in the near future.  “Our original target date of Summer 2019 is a no go”, Franklin informed the crowd citing a few unplanned set backs.  “Winter Camp 2019 will be our first.”, he elaborated.

                There is a 28 acre lake being built but not authorized to fill yet that is located on the East Fork of the San Jacinto River drainage area.  Franklin shared this satellite google map of the project with notations of where and what the different portions of the property have been or will be developed as.  In appreciation of the rural nature and beauty of SJC, Franklin joked that at least a few times a year, “Camp Strake will be the largest city in San Jacinto County”. 

                Having learned from past mistakes, Franklin elaborated on the problem they had before by using all outside contractors to build and maintain the old facility.  “We found that when we had an emergency plumbing or electrical problem, we didn’t know any local contractors to call on”, Franklin shared along with a resolve to use more local people for this project. 

                After his presentation, this reporter noticed the shooting ranges on the map and asked Franklin if David Hogg was ok with them teaching youngsters how to shoot guns.  “Who?” was his response.  “The little communist  from Florida that is trying to take away our 2nd Amendment rights", I clarified.  Franklin nodded then and assured The Sentinel quite matter of factly, “We will continue to do shooting sports.”

Thomas Franklin
Luncheon Catered by "A Taste Above" catering

   Now about the food at the luncheon.  Great salads, fruit and vegetable.  Tasty stuffed pork loin and the service was 1st class all the way but the rest of this box is going to be spent on the potatoes.  Fresh mashed they were and mixed with just the right amount of everything an American potatoe lover could love.   Bacon and cheese and some green and red stuff.  There were other and spices and I have had good mashed potatoes in my life but these were the best I remember. 

POINTBLANK 3/13/2018


The graph image at left is a screen snip of our analytics page back to the beginning of The Sentinel publication.  The first three sections of one year each show a steady growth in readership.  The last section drops off, not because the page views have been diminished but because it is only two and one half months into the year and we are nearly halfway up to the entire total for last year.  Any of the readers can do the math.  As of today, we have over 111,000 page views for just Jan, Feb and half of March, 2018.  We are averaging well over 40,000 page views per month right now.  Over 80 percent of our views are in East Texas.  Our targeted audience is being reached.


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