CHILI FUNDRAISER THIS SATURDAY!!!!!
Pointblank Volunteer Fire Department, just one of a dozen VFD's in San Jacinto County, will be hosting a chili fundraiser this Saturday beginning at 11 am and continuing until they are sold out. Come get a little 'fire' in a chili bowl and support a really good organization. It is easy to take these guys for granted until you need them.
The call is out for volunteers too. The VFD is looking for firefighters and drivers. "Young or old, it doesn't matter", chief said, "we can put you to work". There will be applications available at the chili cook off.
March 19, 2019
Message boards are set to help alert traffic to the upcoming work and traffic control and detours will be in place when crews are working. Vaca Underground Utilities, Inc., Houston, TX, will serve as contractor for the $125,000 sign replacement project. A total of 24 large signs will be replaced.
The night work is scheduled to begin at 9 pm each night and the roadway should be clear by 6 am ahead of peak travel hours. Lane closures on Wednesday will be during normal business hours. Motorists are urged to stay alert and reduce speed through this work zone, respect all traffic control and be prepared for possible delays.
For more information on statewide road conditions and closures, visit drivetexas.org.
The heart of our nation on the line.
Two of the three agencies uphold the Constitution - One violates oath.
TRINITY TRIANGLE MURDERS
An examination of the just the facts ma'am.
TEXAS AG KEN PAXTON QUOTES
“Today’s ruling represents a huge win for individual freedom, the First Amendment and the right of citizens to participate in government,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Waller County had to be stopped from using litigation to muzzle someone who simply called on it to stop violating state law. The Supreme Court’s decision should deter other Texas governments from similar conduct.”
LIBERTY COUNTY UPDATE 3/10/2019
EVIDENCE BEING WITHHELD
Despite numerous requests by the grieving mother, no DNA profile will be provided. With today's technology, forensic experts can literally paint a picture of someone from their DNA but all this mother knows is that the DNA under Carl Will's nails was female. Was it a black woman? Was it a white woman? Was it the woman's DNA that picked him up that evening or someone else? Blue, green, hazel or brown eyes? Any freckles? After 7 plus years, there is no excuse for not seeking the public's help in identifying Carl's killer. Not even a State Representative can manage to push this stalling tactic of witholding all the evidence off of high center. There is no legitimate excuse for that.
As revealed in a prior news story done by KTRE Channel 9 linked below, it took three years, according to Liberty County Sheriff Dept personnel, for the DPS lab to return the DNA test results for tissue found under Carl Will's fingernails. At this point, the only information investigators will release is that it is female DNA. Keep in mind, a woman picked him up who the family claims was named Megan Martin and that the food he ate just prior to her arrival was still in his gut undigested according to the autopsy report. That seems to prove that he was killed within hours of leaving his mom's home. Family members claim that Megan told their family she was related to a high ranking official. LEO's deny that being the case and every investigative reporter we have spoken with says they know for a fact that she was NOT related to that official. We do know that the girl's social media accts were scrubbed from the internet and the mom cannot get any information about the woman from investigators. When the mother leaned on a high ranking state official to look into the matter, he returned to her with one simple comment. "The Rangers claim she (Megan Martin) was never a suspect".
UNSOLVED MURDER TURNS SEVEN
September 1, 2018 rolled around without much fanfare. It seems that to most in Polk County that it was just another day and unremarkable but to one mother from there, this day like every day, was filled with anguish, torment, emptiness, memories and a whole lot of unanswered questions.
Rhonda Wills, who has since moved to Lufkin, is the mother of the young man, Carl Terrell Wills, that was gunned down and his body dumped and found under a bridge by a gator pond in rural Liberty County. Carl was shot in the back and in the right side of his head and most agree that it was a Polk County Crime that was spilled over into Liberty County. In that regard, this crime is similar to another unsolved murder of another Livingston youth named Natasha Atchley that is 25 years old and unsolved.
At 22, he was a young man and young father who had his whole life ahead of him. Carl was handsome, popular and a prominent athlete in Livingston High School that graduated in 2008. He had no problem attracting women and at the time of his death was dating a white girl much to the dismay of her family according to Carl’s friends and family. Carl was not only handsome, he was fairly light skinned. The initial police report on the finding of his body listed the victim as an Hispanic (H/M) Male.
The Advocate editor, Vanesa Brashier did a story after a year and then again near the five year anniversary of Carl’s death. KTRE channel 9 did a story on the three year mark and brought out the point that the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department investigator was still waiting on DNA test results from the DPS lab after three years. Other than the mother, the victim and investigators, neither of those news outlets went so far as to name names and ask the difficult questions. That opportunity, it appears, has fallen to The Sentinel.
The mother’s questions are normal. Who killed my baby? Why did they kill him? How come there has not been an arrest? What has the law found out? Why did the woman that picked him up that day disappear? Whose daughter is she really?
There are a few facts that remain undisputable. Carl had been incarcerated in the Polk Co jail for nearly the whole month of August for unpaid traffic tickets and was released just days before his death. Carl was dating a white woman named Megan Martin at the time of his death and she picked him up around 7 pm in the evening that fateful day. Carl had eaten a bowl of Ramen noodles just prior to leaving on the date with Megan Martin. She had picked him up several times in the past and was a bit older than Carl and had a child. All of Megan Martin’s social media accounts were scrubbed from the internet when the family started looking for answers and she dropped out of sight. Carl did not call his momma that Wednesday night Megan picked him up nor all day Thursday or even Thursday night. It was Friday about 4 pm when the law made the dreaded knock on Rhonda Wills’ door with a most unenviable task to perform.
The autopsy report shows that the Ramen Noodles were still in Carl’s stomach, mostly undigested. Other indicators prove that Carl had been dead for a while when his body was found. Carl lived in Polk County but his body was found on Plantation Ranch road in Liberty County just south of Rye. Other than the Chain O Lakes campground, there is not a lot of development in the area. He was left under a bridge. The man that found him was employed at the same place Carl Worked.
In the heartbreaking and tear wrenching process of interviewing this mother of a slain child, there were several red flags that jumped out to The Sentinel. Some of them Rhonda had questioned but the others never caused her any pause. Yes she wondered why one of the most up and coming black LEO’s in Polk County and a local school mate and friend of Rhonda’s that stepped forward offering to help with the investigation was shunned and told that his help was not needed. Considering the mistrust many in the black community have for law enforcement, it would seem that a black cop with a good reputation in Polk County who was raised there and had the trust of that community would have been a welcomed asset on the investigation team. We have more red flag questions to ask.
NEWS NOW HOUSTON OVER EXPOSED
Earl David Worden aka News Now Houston shot and published some video in Coldspring on his youtube channel that was false, misleading and derogatory against the Community of Coldspring and San Jacinto County as a whole back in 2017. In it, he and his followers accused us of many wrong doings and unsubstantiated claims here in The Heart of Texas. The one that proved he was fake news was when he zoomed his camera across Highway 150 in on two SJCSO patrol vehicles out in front of the doughnut shop that morning and claimed for the internet reality that they were doing surveillance on him.
Then he took quite a few shots around our two block town and any official vehicle, parked or moving, was watching him according to E D Worden's narrative. Never mind that he strolled between the courthouse, the ESD building and our Sheriff's Dept.
His refusal to identify himself to our Jail Captain, charged with the duty of protecting the inmates just as much as he is in keeping them in custody set me on a mission. I knew that jailers dad. He was a long time lawman before him. This man himself retired from a long career with TDC/TDCJ safely transporting prisoners. He has been jail captain for several years now and done a great job. The Sentinel has never had a complaint regarding physical mistreatment of or the escape of any inmate in the SJC Jail since he has been there. I know our DA and Sheriff's representatives work closely to keep the Dockett moving. I know several surrounding counties contract with the SJC Jail to keep some of their inmates housed here.
Who was this cat? I had to know so I scoured his channel and found one slip up Earl made in his quest for anonymity. When The Sentinel exposed the identity of NNH and his background info, we were labeled as a "Troll". I did what I could do and the screen snip of my comments on his video is above. A video that proves God has a sense of humor and loves irony the most. "What Is Your Name" is the title of the video quoting our jail captain's question to him and the very video resulting in the full name, Earl David Worden being published in relation to his 'journalism' efforts.
Worden and I did speak once after someone we both know requested that I email him the details of my case. In the conversation, Worden proclaimed an intense interest in my case since our first amendment is on the line but has since proven that donations and subscribers are the main focus of his efforts. Instead of donating even one dollar to The Sentinel 1st amendment legal defense fund, Worden bought himself a corvette to tool around in.
Now he is arrested on Agg Sexual Asslt of a Child charges and hollering for more money.
Just like any other citizen, E D Worden is entitled to his day in court. Many have jumped on his bandwagon telling folks what really happened when E D Worden was convicted of rape back in the 80's until they compared notes and realized that Worden had told several different versions, none of which match the court's findings.
With all that said, there is a definite pattern of police and prosecutors making an extra effort and filing new and/or resurrecting old charges to silence their critics that publish evidence of crimes committed by officials.
Dauben was later convicted on the child rape charge that came up on him from 4 years before and is currently incarcerated for that conviction. This screen snip above is the front page of Dauben's old web site, The Ellis Co Observer.com for today.
Here is NNH facing the same boat as Joey Dauben. Already a convicted sex offender, E.D. Worden is easy pickings. All anyone has to do is tell someone that he is a convicted sex offender and they are automatically prejudiced. That is just human nature, judge, jury or just ole Joe Doe.
My only other contact with NNH was a recent video E.D. Worden did about the botched drug raid suggesting the fenced and burglar barred residence on Hardy Toll Rd instead of Harding "looked more like a drug house" than the one where the raid took place. My comment on the you tube comments was that he might want to think twice about publishing video of a private residence suggesting it was a drug house because it was fenced, burglar barred and had video cameras.
There in lies the whole point. What constitutes Fake News? No publication will ever be totally free from making errors but when people are allowed to operate in an annonymous capacity, they tend to be more reckless. It is the credibility of the author that is on the line with any news story they publish when all their contact info accompanies the article.
As the long list of journalists targeted for punitive legal action after publishing damning information on public officials proves, retalliation is alive and well within the State's ranks. Even if that retaliation is only a more aggressive or targeted investigation it is wrong but it is criminal when prosecutors and police resort to illegal actions, outright lies and tampering with evidence or witholding exculpatory evidence to attempt to silence their critics just for being a critic. When there is not even a criminal complaint yet there is an investigation, that speaks volumes. When those servants violate the law and leave a 'paper trail' to prove their crimes, that is when people like The Sentinel get involved. We pluck those tidbits up and file them for our use.
Real journalism is not for the faint of heart or the seeker of riches these days. It is not for those who don't want their every past thrown up to them and every attack possible made against them and their family. Real journalism is not for liars and it is not for hire and can't be bought. Real journalism is a dangerous pursuit.
EXPERT GIVES APPROVAL
A campaign finance expert has stated that the Hon campaign finance documents we submitted for his perusal are in order as far as the numbers go. The 'in kind' contributions are the variable leading to the different totals.
POLK CO COMMISSIONER UNDER SCRUTINY
An anonymous letter received at The Sentinel offices February 8th of last year, nearly three months after we broke the Linda Vincent embezzelment story w/o names, also made some serious allegations against incumbant Pct 1 Polk County Commissioner, Bob Willis. EVERY claim the letter made that was subjected to Sentinel Scruity (Truth Demands Scrutiny) proved to be true. The letter was the impetus for the story regarding William Lee Hon doing an illegal eviction and his mother's marital/living status that landed me in Hon 'hot' water for publishing some addresses to prove the allegations.
The letter made some disturbing allegations against Commissioner Bob Willis, his foreman, Kenneth Hambrick and his secretary, Brenda Gokey Hambrick also. To protect our source of this hand written letter, I have transcribed a portion of the letter to publish here today instead of screen snipping the original. The original is and has been in the hands of the DOJ and my attorney.
I have sent information to the Texas Rangers and the Attorney Generals Office but they have never done anything. The Attorney generals office protects our District attorney and his buddies. I’m trying you now.
Hon has known about Mrs. Vincent for a long time just like he knew about XXXXXXXXX, but he didn’t do anything and won’t until he can make himself look good. Meanwhile his friends Mr. Willis and Mr. Hammack (sic: Hambrick) and Mrs. Brenda Gokey Hammack (sic: Hambrick) use county equipment on private stuff. They run their business out of his office."
The letter goes on to touch on several topics but ends with this paragraph.
Mr. Hon and Mr. Willis are trying to get Mr. Fogleman elected so don't be surprised if they accuse her (ie: Judge Sydney Murphey) of things. They do not like her because they can't control her.
Any Polk Countian who keeps up with politics knows that the anonymous writer nailed it in that last paragraph. Fortunately, the Polk County voters saw through this ploy and told Fogleman, "No Thanks". With the primary season just ahead for the next round of elections in Polk County, we feel that despite the litigation pending against my first ammendment rights, it is imperative that we continue with the long standing purpose of The Sentinel of sending the most informed voters possible to the polls.
WilGo (Willis Gokey) real estate business did operate out of Bob Willis' precinct office for quite some time. They did so openly to the point that customers and clients often went there to conduct private business. This story is not about the business enterprise and I will dispense with publishing all the proof documents UNLESS Willis or either Hambrick refutes the claim or dinigrates The Sentinel reputation.
What this story is about is how does a sitting commissioner and his secretary get by with blatantly violating the law right under the nose of the County Prosecutor? Let me answer that question in pictures.
To answer the question, yes The Sentinel has obtained William Lee Hon's campaign finance reports for the 2014 election via an open records request and built a spread sheet so we might pluck a few plums from that 38 pages of reports. From my calculation, it appears Hon's periodic reports required under law lists 26K in campaign contributions but the itemized report of individual donations only totals 21K. Because I am no expert in campaign finanance, I have submitted the entire file to one of the most knowledgable campaign finance experts I know from a different county. He is perusing those reports as we speak. Next we will seek the 2010 campaign finance reports.
To Commissioner Bob Willis; It is my sincere hope and desire for the good of the people of Polk County that some good men will step up to run against you. The Sentinel never endorses candidates and we won't endorse any who choose to run against you but you have my word that I have every intention of getting in the trenches with you and your corrupt operation if you run again. The voters will be fully informed. It is that simple.
THE DEVIL NEXT DOOR
December 6th of 2018 was eventful for the Pointblank Community when Vance May, a wanted felon, was closed in on by the SJC Sheriff's Dept and members of The Gulf Coast Area Task Force at his home and shot himself just as the lawmen closed in.
This is more than just a statistical event in the fact that Vance May
is was the neighbor who was responsible for putting a bullet through my oldest son's
kitchen window that, other than for the Grace of God and a 5 lb bag of sugar on the pantry shelf, would have blown my daughter in law's brains all over my grand daughter.
He was also the Vance May that was responsible for another bullet whizzing right by my baby boy's head on video on a different occasion and richoetting off his momma's car that she had just exited. This first photo is one I took after I got home that day and went up the hill to tell May if one more bullet came our way, I was going to kill him. He wouldn't answer his door. We called the law both times but nothing was done other than getting May to pay for the window. My frustration at that prompted me reaching out to another agency for help. One of the emails in the exchange is below:
Fast forward a little and it is also the same Vance May who was shot in an officer involved shooting in downtown Pointblank. According to sources, May was armed at the time but did not get a shot off at the officer. The young deputy had only been on the force a few days at the time and there was a storm over the shooting because the officer had been involved in two shootings in his last jurisdiction. The Beaumont press was ready to crucify the young deputy but for The Sentinel stepping up for him. We documented that both Jefferson county shootings were determined to be justified. One was a clean kill shot on a gunman holed up with hostages in a trailer park in the line of duty. The other was self defense according to the DA's investigation. The shooting in PtBlank was investigated by The Rangers. According to offiical sources, May was inadvertantly discharged from the hospital after a months long recovery w/o the Rangers being notified.
According to reliable and official sources, the SJC Sheriff dept and Task Force came in from the direction reccomended by the local hunter using the barn for cover and were at May's door unseen until too late for May to "Shower Down" on anyone. Those same sources say that May shot himself in the bathtub almost immediatly after they called out and began to make entry. Thank the Lord and some concerned citizens that none of our LEO's were killed.
"THE PROCESS IS THE PUNISHMENT"
After extensive research into the Criminal Justice system in Polk County, the sentiment expressed this morning by former Secret Service agent, Dan Bongino on the early morning news about the Meuller Witch hunt that I quoted above seems to apply to the facts of public record in Polk County. With a list of over 600 cases "dismissed" in the last 4 years AFTER arrest, bond and hiring an attorney, more than one victim of false charges interviewed by The Sentinel has the same story. "I did a year in jail and they never had any evidence". In many cases, the victim lost their job and all that was given as a reason for the dismissal is a box checked that says, "in the interest of justice"
NEW CANEY 1/3/2018
MONTGOMERY CO PCT 4 CONSTABLE PRELIM AUDIT
Records received at The Sentinel offices today show that the recent TCOLE preliminary audit of Constable Rowdy Hayden's offices showed "No Deficiencies Noted" as far as required documentation on hand. The entire audit investigation is not yet completed according to the Montgomery County Attorney's office. The quick response to our open records request is appreciated and a great improvement over the last experience with Hayden's office.
KEITH BLACK'S LIES OUTED ONE MORE TIME
Multiple fb and comment postings of Keith Black, former probation officer outed by The Sentinel for his crimes, claim that he has a judgement against The Sentinel for what he claimed were libel and lies in a 100K lawsuit he filed some time back. At left is a photo of The Order VACATING the judgement and the illegal order shortly after it was handed down.
The follow up hearing was held nearly 8 months or so ago and the judgement nor the prior order were upheld or reissued by the visiting judge. An eye witness relayed to The Sentinel, the day of the hearing which ended after 5 pm that neither Sissy Prigmore or her Co Counsel, Mary Olga Lovett, "Looked like happy campers". The next document that was prepared and submitted to the file was an order for Keith Black to pay my attorney fees. It stands as correspondence only as of the date of this article because it has not been signed by the judge who held the new hearing. The Sentinel did not personally attend the final hearing as our answers and the evidence submitted in the very beginning PROVED every word I wrote about the probation department and former probation officer Black. My most educated guess after 30 years of outing corruption is that the court would just as soon let the whole mess die a quiet death so the system can pretend it never happened. If not, I could sure use some of the attorney fees paid to The Sentinel attorney about now.
TOMMY COLEMAN LIES TO ENTERPRISE
From Enterprise Article;
"Based on the content of that conversation and possibly others, Lima came to suspect that Hock may have been alerting Steve Watson — a San Jacinto County resident who operates a website at sentinelalert.org — to sensitive information.
"Coleman referred to instances where Watson was provided with information that led to derogatory posts about the district attorney’s office on his website."
NUMBER ONE - I have the highest regard for the office of District Attorney. It is the most powerful office in the county and is called to the highest duty among us, TO SEEK THE TRUTH. Not get convictions, not put people in prison but to SEEK THE TRUTH ONLY.
The Sentinel has never had the first complaint about any of the other ADA's and has NOT derided the OFFICE of District Attorney, just TWO, count them TWO of the individual men who occupy positions in the office whom have committed multiple criminal acts. ie; DA William Lee Hon and ADA Tommy Coleman.
NUMBER TWO - "Was provided with. . . . " BS. I am and have been a Public Records Hound, Watchdawg, PITBULL for years. Much to your chagrin, even your most powerful position and willingness to oppose the release of public information has not prevailed against my efforts. Any information that I have obtained from the Polk County Clerk and the Polk Co District Clerk has been obtained via a legally filed open records request. That includes the recently requested and obtained mail in ballot list for the last primary that shows who all voted by mail in ballot. My efforts were to investigate allegations about the Escapee's influence (no wrong doing found) but on that list, I saw where someone had requested Rita Hon's mail in ballot on January 1st of 2018 but instead of mailing it to the address on her records, the ballot was requested to be mailed to William Lee Hon's mailing address. This intrigued me because it was three weeks BEFORE Rita Hon was removed from her home and put into an assisted living facility. That record shows that Rita Hon's ballot was mailed to Lee Hon's address and returned signed February 9th. The irony is I would not have recognized the number if it werent for the criminal charges filed on me about it but I found that interesting in light of the fact that all her other legal mail was going to her then residence address. I am talking about banking, tax, appraisal notices etc so I open records requested a copy of the ballot request letter and a copy of just the signature on the Ballot. My thinking was that I would compare those signatures to the marriage certificate that we know Rita Hon signed infront of the County Clerk deputy the day she and her husband filed it. Here was the answer I received;
According to the full time caretaker, life partner and business helper that was caring for and the constant companion of Rita Hon in January, Rita Hon DID NOT request that mail in ballot. Even though the Polk County Clerk refused my open records request, we can glean from the email that the signature on the ballot request letter matched the signature on the ballot 'carrier envelope'. Forgive me if I am suspicious because even if you are DA, it is ILLEGAL to cast a ballot for another person. I did accept the Clerk's position as legal and accurate and have not persued that matter any further. Maybe someone with the power to look at those records should re examine all the signatures.
So you see Tommy Coleman, your statement of fact that 'Watson WAS provided with . . .' is just another damn lie. You could have said, "We suspect that Watson was . . ." but you state as fact something you cannot and will not be able to prove. On the other hand, I am going to prove that you and your boss have violated the law, my rights and every shred of decency we expect from our prosecutors. I am going to prove that you guys withheld exculpatory evidence from the grand jury to obtain several indictments. That is not a threat. It is not retaliation. It is just a plain simple FACT of the matter. I, for one am sick of you, Hon and Lima dinigrating the good name and reputation of the clerks in Polk County just to fit your thwarted corrupt political agenda.
According to a document posted on line, the jury decision found a man guilty of illegally carrying a weapon who has never been convicted of a felony. It is based on a 2014 law that any American knows won't stand federal scrutiny. A more indepth article is HERE. A deep valley county jury made the finding, I guess thinking they are in the old country under some dictatorship.
For background information, our Texas Page and the Waco side bar have much pertinent information. The state put out a false narrative from start to finish and here is the Waco Twin Peaks effort moving forward.
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