TEXAS COMMISSION ON JAIL STANDARDS ANSWERS COMPLAINT THANKS SENTINEL
A LETTER recieved in The Sentinel offices today addressed all of the complaints that were made regarding the non compliance issues at the Liberty County Jail of late. Director Wood dispatched an investigator who has completed and submitted his report and answered our questions. Just follow the 'LETTER' link in the first line to view it.
OFFICER OATES ANSWERS QUESTIONS
In a brief but pointwd interview, Polk County Environmental Officer, Deryl Oates aknowledged the presence of the dump out in the Wells Landing area north of Onalaska and adjacent to Kickapoo Creek. "That is the one that burned a couple of years ago", Officer Oates relayed to The Sentinel. "I have a case filed on it", Oates assured. "I have put up cameras before but they got stolen", he lamented.
In a gesture of transparency, the Polk Co Environmental Officer agreed to provide The Sentinel with documentation of his actions on this case. Oates was aware of the new pile started a little ways away from the burned dump.
POLK COUNTY 7/14/2019
PUBLIC ROAD USED FOR DUMP
A recorded and platted subdivision in Polk County has had a dump site for those property owners willing to illegally dump there for years with impunity and common knowledge. The dumps are located in a r.o.w. dedicated to public use by the original developer. One was burned out a year or so ago causing the dumpers to move down the hill to start a new one even closer into the immediate drainage basin of Kickapoo Creek. Both lie within a few miles, as the fish swims, of Lake Livingston. There are the remnants of a no dumping sign still nailed to a tree threatening fines for dumping but no enforcement or clean up effort has been made to date. Other property owners have been arrested and charged with felonies for 'trashy yards' that they own or rent but this dump on a road bed just goes on and on. The surrounding property owner here is a wealthy land owner who has the assets to clean the mess up but just doesn't. The area is well within the jurisdiction of Polk Co Environmental officer, Deryl Oates and the S.O. The Sentinel readers are asking, Officer Oates, "Why the Double Standard"?
The Sentinel has worked closely with the Environmental officer in SJC to bring such dumps to his attention and he got TCEQ to handle the problem. We will see how Polk County responds. The no dumping sign, the fence put up that has been torn down and the fire that was put out indicate there is knowledge of the dump in official hands.
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Poke them with a fork, they are DONE
No CNN coverage of this arrest like there was with Roger Stone
VIDEO POSTED ON PATREON PAGE
AGAIN- repeats same action- are you expecting a different result Detective?
This is a test. Story coming soon.
CLENDENON RIGHTS ROWDY'S WRONGS
SENTINEL COMMENTS PAGE POST
robert white (Sunday, July 07 19 10:13 pm EDT)
I can confirm Bill Stone was killed.
and yes one person has been questioned...but nobody knows what happened yet....it is still under investigation...there are so many rumors.....
Hi Mr. White, I don't know who you are or if you are family or a criminal justice worker privey to the case but there are plenty of undisputable facts.
The Sentinel submitted open records request early on but have not even gotten an official confirmation of the victim's name but, confident in our sources, we put his name and the circumstances out there that the public would know who was killed and that a murder took place in our midst. We held back his name for 3 days to make sure all kin was notified.
There are a couple of other facts including that at least one person of interest has been questioned. You are wrong on one point when you say, "nobody knows what happened". The killer(s) know what happened.
It was a Sentinel source that brought forward the facts surrounding the person of interest being questioned and we shared that info with the local and neighboring county LEO's who were effected by it. We cannot prove that the detectives did not already have the info but can prove that we submitted the name and circumstances for investigation prior to the person being interviewed.
We can also state as a matter of fact and public record that William 'Bill' Stone was arrested in Huntsville last May 8th at 2 am on a serious Drug Charge and was out on bond and facing trial when he was murdered. We receive the Walker County arrest reports daily and by back tracking, The Sentinel found his name is listed May 8th. Combined with the 1 am phone call and text to a Huntsville number would lead any reasonable person (detective or not) to surmise there is at least one other person of interest to be questioned.
Other leads and information have been submitted to The Sentinel. We have forwarded the information alleged to the Sheriff while protecting our source. Steve Watson
robert white (Saturday, July 13 19 04:28 pm EDT)
"I am family and you are correct the killers know what happened....what I meant was so many people are posting there opinions and telling the family this happened and this happened but they don't know their just spreading rumors ....the cops haven't even release nothing to us yet....they are still investigating it....so we would appreciate them keeping there theories to there self and tell the detective thank you"
We are all sorry for your loss and seeing the many expressions of sorrow on social media illustrates the community aspect of our lives but there is a killer in our midst. Who? Folks are still talking about the Natasha Atchley murder a quarter century later. Still asking, "Who"? The Sentinel has contributed everything I can to that investigation including names of people with information and knowledge of events surrounding it. There are quite a few unsolved murders in our area that all seem to show some of the same tell tale signs for years.
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING SJC
A San Jacinto County deputy was involved in a shooting today dealing with a man weilding a knife according to the MCPR. No details are released yet but you can follow the link to the police site to read more. Several officers made the call according to his story.
S.O. INVESTIGATES OWNER
POLK CO 7/2/2019
S.O. NEGLECTS CALL
A call to the Polk County S.O. was neglected by dispatch as not a legitimate call because the caller did not own the van he was reporting being stolen. A fellow property owner and neighbor recognized a van being driven past him with a broken window and tampered license plate as stolen off of a neighbor's land and called the sheriff's dept. It was a van out of town property owners in this lake community kept parked on their lot to camp in when they came up to clear the lot and prepare to build. When it drove by a neighbor, he knew the vehicle was being stolen by the broken window and stranger driving it. He called telling dispatch about the crime in progress. "Do you own the van" was the reply and then he was told he could not report the van stolen if he did not own it. Frustrated, he called another neighbor who also called the S.O. Once again, not being the owner of the van was raised as a reason not to take the report. A third neighbor called the same man asking about a stolen van and describing it with the broken window. She reported the van broken down but that the thieves got it started again. By the time the S.O. responded, the van was gone. It was only located when a vehicle fire was reported about a mile away as the crow flies. The latest is that the owners were contacted by the S.O. and informed that they would be fined if they did not remove the van in short order.
SJC DA AND SHERIFF ANSWER O.R.'S
In a timely and complete answer, San Jacinto County District Attorney's office and SJC Sheriff's office answered at least two different open records requests made on this case including one to The Sentinel. The release of the documents requested was complete and as an extra measure of transparency, the two agencies agreed to allow The Sentinel to review the officer's body cam footage of the arrest. "I won't give you a copy", ADA Dillon stated, "Because it is evidence in an open investigation".
Evans not only uploaded his live stream video the night of the arrest but has since done a live stream interview with "P and P News", a fellow youtuber. In the last week Evans has done one more live stream solo commentary from a friends front porch at midnight.
In the first two videos, Evans mentions The Sentinel by name. Based on those comments, we feel obligated to shine a little light on this whole ordeal.
Long time Sentinel readers will remember that the first "Audit" of SJC was done by News Now Houston and slammed our community with many false allegations. News Now Houston's owner, Earl David Worden, with Clint Evans in tow, shot some video in Coldspring and attributed every official vehicle he could spot at the SO, The Courthouse, The ESD offices and Paradise Grill and the doughnut shop as "surveilling them". It was that effort that earned Earl David Worden being 'outed' by The Sentinel for who he really is. Both men wanted to hide behind their anonymity, slam our beautiful community as tyrant filled with abusive lawmen and attack our 2nd largest industry, tourism. It took a week and a one second slip up of Worden's in a video he did for me to gain the information of exactly who he was and bring it to light on his own youtube channel. All of my comments to the auditor community over the last two years are chronicled HERE.
The sad fact is, nothing has changed in the 1st amendment auditor community. They are still fermenting lies and chaos. They are still telling lies on honest men and still using their platform to dupe the gullible in to sending them money.
SELF INFLICTION OF INJURIES ALLEGED
There has been no official statement released or Open Records request reply from SJC Sheriff on the case of You Tube Activist Clint Evans recent arrest case but a long time reliable source is allegeing that body cam video "he has seen" shows Evans inflicting his own injuries during the arrest scuffle. The Sentinel has not seen the video but did consider it substantial enough to call and interview Evans about the allegations. "That is a bunch of crap", Evans stated emphatically. He felt that the cruiser that pulled up to throw light on the scene was too close for that dash cam to pick up anything. As far as body cam footage goes, Evans did clarify that he did move his head "about 20 degrees" at one point in order to facilitate removal and protection of his glasses.
The Sentinel has requested opportunity to view the probable cause documents and video.
EAST TEXAS 7/5/2019
SENTINEL REACHES TARGET AUDIENCE
Knocking at the door of our one millionth page view, independence day anaylitics prove that our publication is reaching our target audience. Our You Tube channel has met all the criteria to be able to live stream current events except the minimum 1000 subscribers. If we can reach that goal, we will be able to bring our readers up close to events that matter to our communities in real time. That is an interesting concept that lil ole Sentinel will be able to go live without owning a studio and a million dollar van with all kinds of equipment. If our readers will simply subscribe to the channel at Sentinel Alert - Town Crier and then hit the notification bell, we will step up to the challenge of producing current content In Real Time. We have uploaded the officer involved shooting video and will release it soon.
PERSON OF INTEREST QUESTIONED IN BILL STONE MURDER
Although no official confirmation of even the identity of the victim has been received at The Sentinel despite our request for such, sources close to the investigation have confirmed that at least one person of interest has been questioned relating to the recent death of William 'Bill' Stone. Those same sources indicate that at least one other possible motive and person of interest is being looked into. Both have a Walker County connection. Bill Stone was laid to rest Tuesday with a funeral service held at FBC Coldspring two blocks from the scene of the crime.
CAPT SCHULTEA RETIRES
Long time TCOLE certified police officer Joe Schultea has retired from the SJC Sheriff's Dept amid the controversy over remarks he posted on the Harris County S.O. facebook page about their participation in the Houston gay pride parade. According to other news sources, SJC Sheriff, Greg Caper's comments about Schultea's retirement had to do with his departments 'anti discriminatory' policy.
Long time friends from their days at Harris County S.O., the men have brought many changes to the SJC Sheriff's dept ranging from communications to tactics.
Schultea was the Police Cheif at Patton Villiage when he and I met. One of his officers gave me a ticket on the main lanes. It was my exposing the fact that Patton Village did not have any jurisdiction up on the main lanes of Hiway 59 and that the city was passing out fraudulent city limit maps, even to their police chief that opened his eyes to the fraud being perpetrated against the citizens of Texas. A few weeks later, the Texas Rangers and Montgomery County DA raided the offices and arrested 7 city officials. The irony is, it was Montgomery County documents recorded in the clerks's office that I used to prove the fraud. No one will ever convince me that the county was not fully aware that Patton Village did NOT have jurisdiction over the main lanes for 2 decades and turned a blind eye to it.
Schultea and I sparked over a lack of transparency in the SJC Sheriff's dept but the fact remains, he comes from a long line of Law Enforcement officers and served for 42 years himself.
PHOTOS SUPPORT VICTIM NARRATIVE
Injuries sustained at the hands of two SJC Deputies support the off camera narrative of Clint Evans as he was being assaulted and arrested on TxDoT property near the Paradise Grill. His claim that his face was ground into the asphalt are proven by the 'Z' shaped laceration on his forehead that could only be made by pressing his head into the pavement and moving it side to side. Damage to his glasses has also been documented. This story would not be up and it would be taken care of in the court system except for one compelling fact. Sentinel sources say the deputies congregated in the parking lot of the Midway store afterwards and the deputy who did this was bragging and high fiving with his fellow officers. In the office he was bragging about, "I f^#ked up his face good" as if it was an accomplishment. This type action will NOT be tolerated in our community. I challenge any investigator, internal or otherwise to get the video from Midway and make it public. The video linked to the story below at the 16:27 minute mark and after Evans said three times, "You are grinding me into the asphalt", one deputy is plainly heard saying, "We want to."
UPDATE 6 PM
MOMMA GETS A CALL
In an about face, SJC Sheriffs office calls Clint Evans' momma and told her he would be released soon. There will not be any Trespass charges filed. No official comment has been given The Sentinel but reliable sources indicate the clandestine plan by the S.O. to violate Evans' rights was thwarted by our more mature members of the local criminal justice system. We are seeking documents to see who ordered the third charge in an attempt to pull a Lee Hon special and make the process be the punishment. We will report in full when that info is obtained.
UPDATE 5 pm
CHIEF DEPUTY ADDS CHARGES
Our JP's have always supported one another and communicated with respect to each other in the process of magistrating areestees at the jail on a near daily basis. This morning, JP 2 Blanchette made the rounds via Skype to the jail and set the bond amount on the two charges against Clint Evans and possible other people. Clint's mother was able to gather the funds to post bond and did so by noon. The bond was delivered to the jail for processing and the bonding agent told momma that the jail was processing him and it would be an hour or so. Three hours later, no bond release.
When The Sentinel called on behalf of the mom to find out what was happeing, we were told by Chief Todd that the magistrate (he couldn't remember who) had failed to magistrate both charges this moring so they could not process Evans out. My question was, whose failure was it? The jail for not presenting the charges or the magistrate's fault? It was one of those questions I already knew the answer to. When I pressed Todd about who the magistrate was, he claimed he didn't know again. I called the jail and finally got a strait answer from Capt Loving's jail staff that the magistrate had magistrated Evans on both charges this morning but more charges have been recently added, ie: Trespassing. At this point, I called Todd to make sure he understood that Evans was entirely on TxDoT property when he was arrested and that adding charges AFTER bond is set already looks retalitory (chickens#@$t) but it was going to make his department look stupid if they pressed those bogus charges. How many times do we need to be embarassed in one week? My voice does project and I don't get talked over too easy but Todd warned me that I was yelling and being recorded. Good, I believe was my reply. I went on to tell them this was their opportunity to back up and do the right thing.
LOCAL AUDITOR BLOODIED IN P.I. ARREST
Clint Evans, otherwise known on Youtube as, "Concerned Citizen Where Is The Constitution", a SJC native, was tackled and arrested last night while filiming from the State Highway R.O.W. in downtown Coldspring. A couple of SJC Sheriff's deputies effected the arrest after claiming to smell alcohol on Evans. There was no sobriety check or breathalyzer test conducted before or since the arrest. Evans speech was articulate with no slurring but the officers claimed Evans was a danger to himself and/or others and that for his safety, they were going to arrest him. "If I feel . . . ." was the arresting officer's stated justification for the arrest. In a nearly 20 minute video, Evans inquires about the latest scandal at the Sheriff's department regarding the Gay Pride Parade comments Capt Schultea made on the Harris Co S.O. FB page accusing fellow HCSO officers of engaging in oral sex acts on the side. Evans calls it 'Twitter" but it is a FB post.
It is only after the officers were apparently leaving that they huddled up and then decided to come back and arrest Evans during the last few minutes of his live streamed video. We have confirmed that Evans is in the SJC Jail and charged with P.I. and resisting arrest, search etc, both misdemeanors.
WILLIAM 'BILL' STONE FOUND BY FAMILY MEMBER
The body of Bill Stone was discovered in a small building near his mother's home by a family member. No official press release as of yet but others have named him on social media and it has been three days so The Sentinel will confirm that Bill Stone is the victim. The S.O. is waiting on the M.E. ruling as to homicide or suicide but reliable Sentinel sources indicate a very strong possibility of foul play. Also close relatives say Bill would never have taken his own life. Some initial observations point to foul play.
UPDATE 12:30 pm
Out of town PIO called on drive in. He confirms that yes there was a killing Coldspring. No info yet waiting ruling from M.E. on cause of death. We will continue to withold name and location so as not to interfere in investigation.
COLDSPRING 6/23/2019 9 am
MURDER IN OUR MIDST ?
Despite and early morning request to the Sheriff's dept P.I.O., no official statement has been forthcoming . The Sentinel is notifying the public that there was a killing in the City of Coldspring last night. Very reliable Sentinel sources have confirmed the death and provided other details but until we hear from our PIO, we will not release the name of the victim. Suffice it to say, foul play is suspected.
GEO CONTACTS SENTINEL, SORT OF ANSWERS.
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. Ignore is the root of ignorance. 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. We submitted our complaint for the violation of state open records law that has been committed by the judge and jail admin to the OAG today. To my delight as a records hound, the process no longer requires me to write a letter, print it out and mail it in snail mail. Now I can submit my open records violation complaints the same way I submit my open records requests, from my arm chair. Life is good.
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 Montgomery county constable deputies (as evidenced in the MCPR story and photos) 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 acanvas bag containing 6 oz of meth and a scale in the ditch. MCPR has pictures of the meth where it was 'found' in the ditch and then displayed on the hood of the patrol vehicle. Engle doesn't say, "allegedly" threw the drugs in the ditch but states it as a fact. The photos show plastic bags in the pouch. Those retain finger prints really well. Was the evidence fingerprinted? If the suspects prints were on the baggies, why are the drug charges dropped? If they weren't fingerprinted, why not?
When it came to the first hearing regarding this man's future, the narrative changed to the arresting officer claiming that the female 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. We are ESPECIALLY suspect of a police agency that we have PROVEN has lied on this same man before claiming and charging him for drugs he did not possess.
When The Sentinel made a call to the Liberty County criminal justice system and spoke with the official who testified to the new story (a matter of record) with a simple inquiry as to which narrative they were going to stick with, the drug charges were quickly 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 at least one officer filing a false police report.
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.
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