THE COLONIES 9/17/2018
On this day in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. Happy Constitution Day to the greatest country in the world!
"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within." - Joseph Stalin
TXDOT TRAFFIC ALERT: In Longview, FM 2087 closed just before the overpass at I-20 due to a fuel spill from an 18 wheeler. Traffic cannot drive over the FM 2087 Overpass due to the spill. Motorists must use alternate routes until the incident is cleared. HazMat is on the scene conducting cleanup operations.
UNIDENTIFIED SPOKESPERSON IDENTIFIED
NFL PLAYERS REQUEST CITIZENS PROTEST AGAINST FREE SPEECH
According to a text message to The Sentinel offices by former LULAC representative, Ms.Rosemary Covalt of Onalaska, "NFL PLAYERS" have requested that the community show up in protest to a school board meeting and demand the firing of the Supt for exercising his free speech rights in a public forum. My text reply was, "So let me understand this, Collin Kapernik has free speech rights but Lynn Redden doesn't?" Ms. Covalt replied that the text being sent to me was a mistake and it wouldn't happen again.
A little back story on Ms. Covalt is that she is the Onalaska resident who challenged me on the Vincent Embezzlement story, relaying accusations for others that The Sentinel is 'fake news'. It was her prodding that prompted the story that there were three reasons I dropped the topic from The Sentinel. 1) I was convinced there was a legit investigation going on. 2) No new news on it. 3) Other irons in the fire.
Once the indictment and arrest was made, Ms. Covalt contacted me again with 'information' and made a quick deposit to the, "Defend the 1st Amendment" fund via a check mailed in. Then she began weaving a tale of the deepest corruption that even culminated in murders. When I began asking for proof beyond the fact that there was a body found of a Polk Co young man in a neighboring county, she said she could deliver. It remains an unsolved murder but Ms. Covalt knew who did it.
Let me just say that her statements implicated two men, state officials, that she figured I would most like to prove guilty of the crimes. I pressed for the proof. Ms. Covalt provided me with a most interesting trial transcript but mostly it was a display of all her credentials and an effort to get me to publish based on her credibilty. After all, she was a former L.U.L.A.C. representative from Houston and knew Sylvester Turner and Sheilia Jackson Lee. She had a letter of commendation from a former Harris Co Sheriff for her work. After all this and a gift of a white erase board, our conversation turned back to me needing evidence before I can write her story. Several attempts by Ms. Covalt kept hittting that hard headed dead end until she broke and demanded her contribution back. I told Ms. Covalt, "that account is not accessible to me."
Her last texts were of the, "I have inside information on you". "You are not who you say you are." nature combined with threats to, "warn the community" about me. Being me, I asked her twice via text, "what info"? Nothing for weeks then I get this NFL Player claim she is making.
In weaving her story about the state officials, she claimed at the last that on a certain day, one of those state officials was going to be harmed due to a black/hispanic uprising. I say at the last because it was right before she demanded her donation back. That was mostly verbal exchanges in person and I don't record private citizens clandestinly. I can, however, produce the email to law enforcement that I penned to warn them of her statements and other concerns I had with comments and claims she made.
Ms. Covalt, Can you produce any evidence of said, NFL Player communications with you requesting the protests? Can you produce a name and number of an official source that represents the NFL Players to confirm your claim? Watson himself was interviewed and said he was focused on the team not this incident. The coach said he wasn't going to waste any time responding to Redden's comments. Both of them exercising their free speech rights. Is this just another uprising that doesn't exist?
HOUSTON NAACP PRESIDENT ENDORSING DONALD TRUMP. . . . . SORT OF
In a statement he made in an excerpt from this Houston Chronicle story, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President, James Douglas commented on a story brewing in Onalaska about a man stating his opinion about the performance professional athletes in an online sports discussion board. The quote reads as follows:
"On Thursday, James Douglas, the president of Houston's NAACP chapter, said he felt the post was racist but wasn't completely shocked.
"You would think a person in a position of leadership...would be more sensitive about what they say," Douglas said. "But I guess, given what's coming out of Washington D.C., people feel more emboldened and think they have a right to say whatever they want to say."
HELLO Mr. Douglas. This is still America. We do have a right to say whatever we want to. Whether you agree with it or not doesn’t matter. The most basic character of free speech is that it does offend someone. “Other than that, it is just noise” one Trump campaign official told me personally.
Now that you dropped the ball, Mr. Douglas, can I point out that since you label anyone who cherishes and exercises their free speech rights as, “they”, do we Americans have a right to wonder if our black civil rights leaders are for the American ideal and will step up to defend our freedoms? Or do we need to be vigilant about them trying to import some of that African form of government that is the embodiment of tyranny and oppression and stifles free speech? Are you an African Mr. Douglas, or an American? We need to know.
SJSUD HEAVY HANDED
The San Jacinto Special Utility District has issued a threat to disconnect service letter to a 100 percent disabled Viet Nam Vet because he has a water hose running to his travel trailer off of his main house hydrant. The trailer is parked beside his driveway in the front yard, setting on aired up tires and the license plate is current. The RV is not listed on the tax roll as a structure but is listed on the DMV roll as a vehicle in current use. “I saw them pull up in their truck”, the old vet said, “and I even waved at them”, he added speaking of the SUD truck, “But I didn’t have any idea what they wanted until I got this”, he said indicating a letter he has from the district.
There are no permanent water connections and no sewer connection with it. “My wife just wanted to clean it out good”, he said “and keep it clean and ready for our next trip”. “Sometimes we like to sit out there in the AC and just get out of the house for a little bit”, he lamented. With his disability crowding the vet’s health, he acknowledged that traveling is not as easy as it used to be.
All of their vehicles, including this RV have current tags. Their home is simple but paid for. They have no plans to add any other residential, commercial or industrial improvements to this single family home site that would trigger a second tap.
Apparently we will have to wait until Tuesday to get any answers because whoever answered the phone was too busy demanding answers from me to answer any questions. Even though it is all public information I was seeking, she thinks because I am not a customer, it is none of my business. When I pressed the point of just wanting a copy the Districts Policy referenced in the letter, she hung up on me. It makes me wonder if she knows the policy she refused to provide me that is referenced in the letter and she admitted, not published on the SJSUD official website, has absolutely no bearing or application to a paid in full disabled vet hooking a hose to his camper trailer in his own driveway between trips.
Open records request submitted via the SJSUD official website.
SENTINEL ALERT PASSES MILESTONE
A steady growth in readership for The Sentinel Alert has passed a new milestone this month. Our page analytics shows that for the first time, we have passed a quarter million page views in one year. Our total for last year was 242K page views but we are at 271,428 page views as of today since Jan 1, 2o18. Thank you Sentinel Readers.
SJC, SJC SHERIFF & GREG CAPERS SUED
Former SJC Deputy Mike Flynt's lawyer filed a 60 plus page 'Whistleblower' lawsuit against San Jacinto County, SJC Sheriff and Greg Capers personally. The suit was filed about 4:30 PM Friday afternoon.
Flynt was terminated and arrested on a warrant signed by 411th District Judge, Kaycee Jones for alleged falsifications on his employment application with the S.O. and bond was set on Flynt for 60 Thousand dollars.
When the termination of Mike Flynt and his arrest were made public by the Sheriff's Dept public information officer via a press release, The Sentinel did publish that document and did a follow up interview with Mike Flynt. All of the Sheriff Dept 'media partners' also published the document.
Now that Mike Flynt has filed his answer to those charges, The Sentinel has chosen to publish that document as well. The document is 68 pages long and may take a few minutes to load completley but can be seen at the top of the page HERE If it does not load, you may need to install or update Adobe Flash.
WHO IS THE SENTINEL??
WHAT do we do??
WHY does it matter???
WHEN did we arrive???
WHERE are we headed???
These questions and other have been posed to our operation often of late. They are questions that we will undertake to answer in the near future if circumstances allow. Page analyitics show another uptick in views from Bryan, the place of my birth, just like those that preceeded the last investigation of The Sentinel by the Texas Rangers out of the Bryan, Texas DPS office. What is even more interesting is a five fold increase in views from Ashburn, Va, a part of the Washington D.C. metroplex in one day. The analytics have shown a steady presence of Ashburn for a few views a day for over a month now. According to Wikipedia, 70 percent of the world's internet traffice passes through Ashburn, Va. and the N.S.A. is located there.
INTERVIEW HELD - STAY TUNED FOR ARTICLE
DEMOCRAT JUDGE CANDIDATE AGREES TO SENTINEL INTERVIEW
Shepherd's Mayor, Earl "Downtown" Brown has invited The Sentinel to the Democrat Party headquarters in Coldspring for an opportunity to interview him regarding his bid for election as the C.E.O. of San Jacinto County. Our schedules show an opportuninty early this next week for a likely meeting.
COMMUNITY RALLIES BEHIND YOUNG MAN
A 17 year old hispanic male who was caught up in the dragnet of a recent drug bust in San Jacinto County has garnered the support of many in the Shepherd community. "He is a good kid", one Shepherd parent put forth, "that never seemed to want to go home", he added.
With a reputation of being a good student, very respectful and never even a hint of drug activity in the Shepherd schools, Reymundo Casas spent a lot of his non school time with a local family who owns a business and is more than willing to vouch for the integrity of the young man.
"We never knew what his home life was like", they shared with a reliable Sentinel source, "we always dropped him off on the road and couldn't see back there where the house was"
Placed on a 200K bond by JP Sewell, young Casas is currently in the San Jacinto County jail for what may end up being just a wrong place, wrong time situation. A bond reduction hearing is going to be sought with a large contingent of Shepherd residents, students, parents and even some school personel have stated they will show up to support the young man at that time. Some fund raisers have been planned but as one student's parents lamented, "There is no way we can raise enough money to meet the current bond amount".
"It boils down to what I.C.E. has to say", one SJC official shared. According to the Sheriff's press release, several other youngters in the family were sent to live with relatives in Houston. Reymundo was born in the US according to some close to the situation.
A letter received from the DPS Counsel's office in response to a Sentinel open records request states that a diligent search has been made but they do not have a single document responsive to my request that shows their agency ever received or responded to a request for an investigation in the alleged aggravated assault committed by Lima on April 21st. This letter refutes the claim that Chief Lyons "turned it over" to The Rangers.
COLEMAN SEEKS OAG OPINION
On the 11th business day after The Sentinel submitted the open records request noted below, Asst DA Coleman penned a letter requesting an open records opinion from the OAG regarding the evidence we are seeking. In that letter, Coleman seeks to withold entire documents because they may contain an officer's address, a birth date, a DL number, motor vehicle info, Social Security number and such. We are fully aware that those personal identifiers are not public and addressed that point in the request with the language limiting our request to, "information available by public information laws". That one line excludes the personal identifiers that are commonly known to be unavailable under the open records laws. Coleman knows that, I know that so it seems that the OAG needs to give Coleman a crash course on how to REDACT that information from an other wise public document. Take an incident report for instance. Coleman needs to redact the DL number, the address of the officer if the crime occured at his home and his birthdate and release the rest of the document. Coleman makes the asinine (and time wasting ie: stalling) argument to the OAG that the entire document needs to be witheld because of two lines of entry in the form. He knows better. The most ludicrous objection of all that Coleman makes in his effort to thwart the public's right to know is that the entire Lima file (404 pages) is of, "no legitimate concern to the public." The subject of the open records request was the April 21st incident regarding the allegations listed below plus any complaints filed against Lima for the last 10 years and/or any 'non prosecution' forms signed by anyone in favor or not prosecuting Lima for the last ten years. In respect for Byron Lyons getting all the documents to the DA quickly and for the work load on the DA's office, I have changed the below headline from "Violates Law" to "Stall"
POLK COUNTY OFFICIALS STALL
Fully aware that the Texas Office of Attorney General will write all kind of letters ordering the release of records requested but apparently has no teeth they are willing to use on enforcement, Polk County officials have decided to stall on the open records requests from The Sentinel United Alliance when delivery of the records could prove more corruption.
In April of this year, Corrigan Detective, Chris Lima was cited for three counts of disorderly conduct by the Onalaska PD. Lima was scheduled for trial in August but pled out to Public Intoxication before his trial date. The Onalaska PD incident reports from that night included a narrative alleging not only that Chris Lima held a gun to a man's head and actually fired off some shots at his home in County jurisdiction but that the Polk County S.O. Sargent not only dismissed the allegations against Lima but requried the alleged victim of his alleged gun play antics to sign a 'non prosection' form before letting him leave the scene.
The Sentinel submitted an open records request for those specific documents August 20th and that request has been illegally and totally ignored. According to Chief Lyons, that request was turned over to Asst DA Tommy Coleman and the investigation of the incident was turned over to the Texas Rangers. We will follow up on that claim with DPS.
The Sentinel has reached out to the alleged victim for comment but has not heard back. Chris Lima claims he had proof to show he was not guilty that would come out at his jury trial but then he pled to Public Intoxication instead. It seems that Polk County does not want to release the non prosecution forms if they exist.
CHIEF LYONS SHEDS LIGHT
Byron Lyons, Polk Co S.O. Chief Deputy stated for the record that the videos were purged after 90 days because they were not part of an investigation. The only problem with that is our first open records request was well within the 90 days. "Tommy Coleman handles all of our open records requests", Lyons noted. Our readers may remember that open records request was the one Coleman went to the OAG twice to try and block. When the OAG ordered him to release the documents for the second time, Coleman sold me 14 blank pages at a dollar a page and then failed to release the dashcam or body cam. Coleman effectively stalled the release until after the 'purge date' passed. The collusion to effect an illegal eviction, make a stop with no probable cause and then cover up the crimes committed by Polk Co law enforcement is as obvious as the big ole nose on my face.
Occupations Code Sec. 1701.660. RECORDINGS AS EVIDENCE. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a recording created with a body worn camera and documenting an incident that involves the use of deadly force by a peace officer or that is otherwise related to an administrative or criminal investigation of an officer may not be deleted, destroyed, or released to the public until all criminal matters have been finally adjudicated and all related administrative investigations have concluded.
INEPT OR CORRUPT? YOU DECIDE
Probable Cause for the traffic stop on Bartunek, it appears, has come down to believing him or the former Polk County Detective, Byron Dunaways' incident report with no video to back it up. Although plainly requested in my first open records request by language that said, "any recording" pertaining to preparing or delivering the Criminal Trespass Warning to Anthony Bartunek, other investigators seeking proof thought that they (sic) might "play dumb" and that is why no video was released. Surely any department the size of Polk Co S.O. has that video technology. The Sentinel did a follow up open records request specifically for the dash cam and body cam footage and received this official reply.
FREE PRESS OUTLAWED IN POLK COUNTY
The most powerful law enforcement officer in Polk County has filed a Felony Criminal Stalking complaint on The Sentinel for daring to show up, photograph and interview several folks at a public meeting in a public venue that was attended by Senator Nichols, a Senator Ted Cruz representative, a District Judge, a District Judge elect, a Polk County Commissioner, the Republican party Chairman, his Public Information officer and a score of active Polk County Republicans. 'Tyrant' District Attorney, William Lee Hon filed the complaint with Livingston PD on August 9th according to Lt Matt Parish who is investigating the complaint based on Sec 42.o72 of the Texas Penal Code.
The Sentinel published photos and a story August 6th that is posted HERE after interviews that were done in this public venue and over the phone.
"Once we complete the investigation", Lt Parish said, "we will turn it over to the District Attorney and I am sure a special prosecutor will take a look at it."
WASHINGTON D.C. 8/24/2018
"The technology is being adopted around the world, with China a heavy user of facial recognition for law enforcement."
WILLIAMSON CO. JUDGE SUSPENDED
Dan Gattis, County Judge of Williamson County was suspended by the Judicial Ethics Commission for attempting to stifle the free speech of the county sheriff, according to an Austin American Statesman article.
Judge Gattis was a former state representative and Williamson County prosecutor according to a Texas Observer article, during the time John Bradley was the Williamson County District Attorney. Another article claimed the Dan Gattis in the prosecutor's office was Dan Gattis Jr, son of the Judge. John Bradley was the DA that Polk County Asst DA, Tommy Coleman was training under when it came to light that Coleman withheld exculpatory evidence allowing a man to rot in prison that he knew was innocent accoding to a, "Grits for Breakfast" article written right after the 2010 event. An excerpt from the article reads:
"Mr. Coleman then told defense counsel the state had been emailed the piece of evidence in question but had not produced it to the defense. When defense counsel questioned why Mr. Coleman failed to disclose the information during the trial, (defense) counsel was told ‘it’s too late now, your guys already pled.’” (emphasis in original)
Like his boss, John Bradley, says the Watchdog, the same prosecutor openly mocked requests for DNA testing that ultimately exonerated Mr. Morton: "During one of the Michael Morton hearings in September of this year, Coleman was overheard by several people mocking Morton's attorney, John Raley, who had argued for the relevance of a key piece of evidence which played a pivotal role in exonerating Morton. In a demeaning tone, Coleman said, "Ewwww! Bloody bandana! Bloody bandana!" in a cynical attempt to discredit the evidence."
Now we have a Judge who was removed by the Ethics commission after the Sheriff brought forth the evidence that the Judge threatened him and violated his free speech rights just because the sheriff published some comments the judge did not like. The evidence indicates that the Williamson County DA's office under Bradley, where Coleman also worked, was a training ground for corruption. Anyone who denies a man due process and/or squelches free speech promotes a statist agenda, I don't care how many republican labels he hangs on himself. Based on Hon's recent actions against The Sentinel, Coleman's 'training' has come in handy.
LIMA CLAIMS HIS EMAIL WAS HACKED
After a lengthy verbal battle ensued on Lima's fb page late into the night in which Lima professed that "that blog in San Jacinto County" was just a puppet for the Polk County G.O.P. Public Information officer and that said P.I.O. fed news about anyone that crossed him to The Sentinel, evidence came to light that Lima had 'ratted' on his fellow L.E.O.'s in Polk County via emails sent to The Sentinel last January. The evidence was in the form of a series of emails Lima initiated with The Sentinel at that time offering us 'evidence' on high ranking public officials in Polk Co, in particular a former boss of his. When The Sentinel got wind of the fb rant, we attempted to view it for ourself and found we were blocked from his fb page. A group of Polk County readers did provide the transcript, confront and challenge The Sentinel to address Lima's claims that The Sentinel had a puppet master. We responded by releasing the emails that prove Lima is lying. His email, despite his claims and the false accusations against the men we released the emails to, WAS NOT HACKED. The emails are original and still intact in The Sentinel Alert email account. We are considering publishing them here in the interest of full disclosure.
FORMER ONALASKA L.E.O. PLEADS TO PUBLIC INTOXICATION
Three counts on a disorderly conduct charge leveled against Christopher Lima were reduced to a charge of Public Intoxication which, according to Lima, he pled "no contest' to. Lima had initially demanded a jury trial and in communication with The Sentinel, claimed he had all the evidence he needed to prove he was not guilty of the charges. Lima was once employed by the Onalaska PD Dept but is now a detective with the Corrigan PD.
"No one in that crowd seemed embarrassed that this man had been shoved into the pool for holding up a quite innocuous sign, intended to provoke thought. For those in this sudden mob, he had it coming. He was on the wrong side. No one appeared to think that free speech was being violated, or still worse, that if it was, it should matter. The object of all this scorn deserved to be shut up, to have his sign taken away"
UPDATE OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE
MEDIA RELEASE Sheriff’s Office Conducts Raid on Gambling Location in Point Blank Texas On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, members of the San Jacinto
County Sheriff’s Office executed Search and Arrest Warrants on the “Point Blank Icehouse”, located 10200 State Highway 190, Point Blank, TX. Sheriff Greg Capers authorized an investigation into
ongoing criminal activity reported at that location, consisting of Money Laundering and Illegal Gambling. Arrested during the raid are: • Alex Mendoza w/m 30 of Conroe, TX • Frank Malone
w/m 55 of Point Blank, TX • Joe Melvin w/m 55 of Point Blank, TX
Asset Forfeiture resulted in approximately $60,000 in cash and property. This case is ongoing with additional charges pending.
SJC SHERIFF RAIDS P.B.I. TAVERN
A raid took place at the fairly newly opened P.B.I. Tavern in Pointblank today. One deputy was heading into the establishmnent with some large bolt cutters when we were there. Several vehicles were hauled off. Several arrests were also made.
We have reached out for a statement to the SJC Sheriff's dept and will follow up when that infomation is received. One source confirms that the gaming machines were confiscated.
The warrants were signed by Judge McClendon and were for gambling charges.
NEW CANEY 8/8/2018
Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constable, Rowdy Hayden and his Chief Deputy Welch are, according to a, 'Golden Hammer' article, under investigation for the allegations of falsifying employment documents within his department. The T.C.O.L.E. invesgtigation resulted in the Agency coming in and looking at his files a couple of days last June. This on site search of Hayden's records occured just 35 days after The Sentinel published records obtained by open records that proved the employment process was compromised by his department and records were being falsified. The headline is linked to The Sentinel page with those stories and the Golden Hammer article link is there too.
STATE REP CALLS SENTINEL
District 19 State Representative, James White did call The Sentinel today and give a lengthly interview regarding the Sentinel story and the allegations that have been made. In that conversation, Rep White at first claimed he had not received my follow up email narrowing the scope of my request . . . then he found it. A portion of it read;
STATE REP CONTINUES TO IGNORE SENTINEL OPEN RECORDS REQUEST
State Rep, Dist 19, JAMES WHITE apparently considers himself above the open records laws of the State of Texas. His blatant violation of the law so far remains unprosecuted by any local or state officials.
STATE REP IGNORES SENTINEL OPEN RECORDS REQUEST
Texas State Representative, Dist 19, James White has gone from 'resisting' The Sentinel inquiries with the typical 'legalistic' language used to stall us to out right ignoring a legal, binding and duly submitted Sentinel Alert open records request.
In an open records effort that has been underway since the first week of May, The Sentinel has sought records as evidence to prove multiple allegations made by White's constituents, both to him and The Sentinel, that one of the DA's in his District was engaging in a pattern of illegal, retaliatory and corrupt activities that were being reported to him as the next step up, and were complaints White persistantly ignored.
Our first effort was met with the return of one unsigned letter submitted to White detailing mutliple allegations of wrong doing on the part of the DA by a group who claimed to be his constituents but declined to sign the letter based on a fear of retaliation.
White's legal response was to inform The Sentinel that he would not release any of the other signed complaint letters because he wanted to protect the identity of his constituents.
The Sentinel response pointed out that we have a long history of NOT revealing sources that could cause them harm so my thus far unanswered question to Rep White was, "Who are you protecting them from?"
It is those same folks who after complaining to White about the DA and with no place left to go, are complaining to The Sentinel about White.
BLANTON RELEASED ON BOND
BOUQUET OF FLOWERS RESULT IN MISTRIAL
A Trinity man, Laymond Blanton, who was arrested and charged with murder for shooting a biker motorcycle club 'prospect' named Jacob Feller, in front of Blanton's home was convicted at trial last Tuesday. It was the next day at the sentencing phase of the trial that a mistrial was declared by 411th District Judge, Kaycee Jones. It came to light that one of the jurors' wife purchased and then delivered a bouquet of flowers to the brother of the widow of the slain biker to give her after hearing her testimony.
Theresa XXXXX, wife of the juror stated in a Fb post that has since been deleted, "It was all my fault this happened. The juror did not send the flowers, I did. I am his wife. He had nothing to do with it."
According to a Trinity County Judge, Doug Page quote on a Trinity County news site, Blanton will be retried. Blanton remains in jail on a 100k dollar bond.
CORRECTION: A prior published version of this story contained a narrative based on an interview I did with a witness nearly a year or so ago. In error, I reported that the day of his death, Feller stated, "Shut up old man, you don't know when I am coming back", and that he then got off his motorcycle and was shot by the homeowner.
The error was brought to my attention. The statement was made verbatim but it was made a few weeks before by the biker, a Bandido 'Prospect', to the old man in a prior encounter that was witnessed at the old man's house. Also, it was Feller's companion the day of the shooting, a fellow biker named Nathan Shelton who actually dismounted his motorcycle when Blanton fired warning shots. Feller was shot while still on his bike.
This incident occured just over a year after the Waco Twin Peaks event that resulted in 9 biker's deaths. It was during the time frame that the mass media was vigorously promoting the false LEO narrative that bikers were all criminals and murderers and that bikers even had a 'hit contract' out on anyone in uniform.
Blanton's attorney is Jack B. Carroll out of Houston.
POLK CO. DA AND SHERIFF'S OFFICE CONSPIRE TO VIOLATE RIGHTS
Abuse of Official Capacity and Falsifying an Incident Report are the only way to accurately describe the events that unfolded the evening of January 23, 2018 against Anthony Barunek, commonlaw husband of Rita Hon, DA Hon's mother.
Not only did Hon and the S.O. conspire together to illegally evict a man from his own home, the reporting officer (an officer The Sentinel warned the readers about last year) conspired to make false entries on his incident report in order to cover up the criminal conspiracy that unfolded that evening. The green ticket in the redacted photo below was the Criminal Trespass Warning (ctw) issued to Bartunek that evening just hours after Bartunek claims Hon called ordering him to "get out of town by dark". At this point, Bartunek had been living with Rita Hon for 5 years at the Mills Street address and the Mills street address was on all of Bartunek's official papers, (DL, CAD, SO Registry) and Dunaway accurately reflected that fact when he wrote the ticket. Dunaway used Bartunek's DL address to issue the ticket. It was only later when Dunaway was filing the official incident report that he either decided or was instructed to put the Ollie Loop address down for Anthony Bartunek. I mean, it looks bad when you criminally trespass a man from his own home OF RECORD without any legal grounds to stand on.
When The Sentinel requested these records that Coleman fought the release of so vigorously, we did specifically request any Power of Attorney on file with the S.O. to base their actions on. In that request, we specifically waived any request for personal financial info or personal identifiers but just wanted to see that there was a POA on file and see if Lee Hon even had the power to initiate a legal eviction process. There was no document delivered. There is no such document on file in the County Clerks office as of March of this year. The summation is this. Hon and the Sheriff evicted a man from his own home on the say so of a man that did NOT own the property and who offered no proof of any right to even do a legal eviction, much less this illegal, abusive and oppressive act. Rita Hon, the owner of record, AND her family promised her husband that he could live in the house the rest of his days according to Bartunek's interview with The Sentinel.
RECORDS ARRIVE AT SENTINEL OFFICE
A mostly un responsive effort including 14 blank pages with only a page number out of the 5o documents contained in the envelope arrived at The Sentinel office but it still provided enough evidence to prove 'Abuse of Official Capacity' against William Lee Hon.
COLEMAN STILL WITHOLDING RECORDS
State Rep James White still turning blind eye to DA antics
TOMMY COLEMAN STILL WITHOLDING RECORDS
In DIRECT violation of the very laws he swore an oath to defend and uphold, Tommy Coleman continues to withold records from The Sentinel. You need to release the documents to me that the OAG ORDERED you to release. I need them for my defense in the case against me. We know there are channels throught the OAG to call your hand but that takes time. This call out is instant. All I have to do is press the 'publish' button and the whole world knows you are still violating the law .
TOMMY COLEMAN WITHOLDS RECORDS
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.
CORRIGAN CITY ATTORNEY GOES SILENT
A simple request to see the minutes and agendas was interpreted by the City Attorney for actual copies resulting in the big bogus three day bill presented by City Attorney, Tatum. Since we have clarified for the City Attorney that the original request was for copies but ended when they sent, "no documents responsive to your request" answers. My followup request was to "see" all the agendas and minutes. I am not asking for copies of all that but just want to examine them for myself. I felt it a necessary step when the same attorney mis interpreted my initial request for the agenda's and minutes containing payment to the PD items where Ms. Gibson was "PRESENT" to vote. The City Attorney interpreted that simple and plain request into wanting minutes Mrs. Gibson actually voted "FOR" payment.
Then there was the delay of City Attorney being out of office for an extended period. Now a request to simply "see" the documents morphed into a big big bill claiming the secretary needs three days just to pull the agendas and minutes of those meetings and make copies that I never asked for. My last clarification, nearly two weeks old now, has been met with silence by the Corrigan City Attorney.
Why? It is truely my hope to view the minutes and report that all is well in the City of Corrigan business practices.
CORRIGAN CITY ATTORNEY STALLS OR EXPOSES INEPT FILING
Three Hundred and Eighty dollars is how much the Corrigan City Attorney, Luan Tatum, estimated it would cost to lay the city council agendas from during the Gibson's reign as mayor and police chief on the table for me to inspect. Tatum alleges that it will take three full days of effort to get those most basic documents out of the file drawers. Tatum's first response to my inquiry for copies was, "there are no responsive documents". That response was to my original request for complaints on a Corrigan PD officer and then my later request for the agenda minutes where Ms Gibson voted to pay the PD. Mr./Ms. Tatum seemed confused by the phrase, 'payment to the PD' as they asked for two clarifications and sent me a big bill requiring half down before they would even start.
COUNTY CLERK CANDIDATE AND SJC DEPUTY ARRESTED
The recent arrest of Ray Robertson on a recent 'Ammended Order' from old charges out of Liberty County raises as many questions as it answers. "No Comment" was Deputy Robertson's on advice of counsel answer to Sentinel questions about the charges but he did venture to answer a few others. Yes it is true that he is the Democrat candidate on the ballot for Liberty County Clerk in the upcoming general election. Yes he is the pastor of a small church in Cleveland.
An interview with the SJC Sheriff's dept spokesman over two weeks ago stated that there was an investigation into the situation that was on going and Robertson is still employeed by our sheriff's dept. A more conclusive answer recently received showed the Sheriff's department is standing behind the deputy.
Is the 'Ammended Order' just dirty politics Liberty County style?
POLK COUNTY DA ‘TOUGH ON CRIME’?
Statistical data derived from The State of Texas Office of Court Administration website at first glance indicates that The Polk County District Attorney is extra ‘tough on crime’. Research via open records led to documents proving a total of 616 felony cases were dismissed by Polk County DA's office since January of 2015 through January of 2018. That initially seemed like an excessive amount but when you compare that with the total of cases filed for the same three year time period numbering 3035, you come up with an average of about 20 percent of the Polk County felony cases ending in dismissal.
If we compare Walker County cases to the Polk County numbers, we find 408 felony cases dismissed out of 1716 felony cases filed in Walker County for an average of just over 23 percent of their felony cases being dismissed. The Sentinel has never had the first complaint on the Walker County DA’s office or Sheriff Department so we tend to view them as a relative ‘bench mark’ for what is normal or an average for an ethical operation in East Texas.
A quick look as San Jacinto County shows 312 dismissed out of a total of 1163 filed for 27 percent dismissed. In all fairness to DA Robert Trapp and his office, the number is higher than the the three year period prior to all the gambling raid arrests.
Montgomery County had 3997 dismissals of felony cases out of 17,231 filed for an average of 23 percent.
Liberty County showed that out of 3075 felony cases filed, only 358 were dismissed for an average of just over 10 percent. Liberty County population is 1.6 times the population of Polk County yet Polk County files just as many felony cases.
Angelina County had 353 dismissed out of 3088 cases for 11.4 percent dismissed. Once again, 1.6 times as high a population count as Polk County but very near the same number of felony’s prosecuted with a noticeably lower dismissal rate.
Trinity County had the lowest percentage of dismissals of all. 16 dismissed out of 170 felony cases filed for just under ten percent dismissed.
None of those number really jump out at you other than the lower than average percent of dismissals in Liberty, Angelina and Trinity Counties.
Now let’s add in one other factor. Population numbers so we can talk per capita.
Walker County’s population is 72 thousand. 2.3 percent of the population was charged with a felony crime in the three year period. That is 2.3 people per 100 of population. Add in the fact that Walker County has 1.5 times the population of Polk County but only half the felonies filed on its citizens.
In San Jacinto County, population 28K, 4.1 percent of the population was charged with a felony crime in the same time period but once again, that includes all the gambling raid arrests.
In Montgomery County, population 510K, 3.0 percent of the population was charged with a felony crime. That amounts to 3 people out of every 100 being charged with a felony
In Liberty County, population 83K, 3.7 percent of the population was charged with a felony.
In Trinity County, population 14.5K, only 1.1 percent of the population was charged with a felony.
In Angelina County, population 88K, 3.5 percent of the population was prosecuted for a felony.
In Polk County, population 49K, a Whopping 6.2 percent of the population has been charged with a felony during the same three year period. That figure means that on a per capita basis, in Polk County you are over five times more likely to be charged with a felony than you are in Trinity County, nearly three times more likely than in Walker County and nearly twice as likely to be charged with a felony in Polk County than you are in any other county around in East Texas. That means that 6.2 people out of every hundred count of population in Polk County gets charged with a felony. There must be a reason for Polk County exceeding all their neighbors in felony prosecutions. Three possible reasons for the abnormal statistics have been proffered by Sentinel United Alliance members for consideration;
Political ads by William Lee Hon have claimed that he is “Tough on Crime”.
The higher ratio of criminals just doesn’t seem plausible.
Are allegations of 'abuse of official capacity' based in fact?
Further investigation seems to be warranted.
HOLIDAY VILLAGES 6/18/2018
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POLK COUNTY DA SET TO RELEASE DOCUMENTS
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