Free speech is the soul of our nation and the foundation of all our other freedoms. If we can’t speak out against injustice and evil, those forces will prevail. Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced. Pamela Geller
“But a constitution of government once changed from freedom can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”—John Adams
BABIN'S BOY BREAKS BOUNDARIES
Polk Co DA, Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon strikes out after two fouls. Since he has blatantly violated a district court judge's standing order to hand over exculpatory evidence to a defense attorney in 2016, Hon more recently ignored the 129th district court judge's order to hand over the same evidence to the same party in a civil case arising from his failed Polk Co prosecution attempt. A Sentinel story last week outlining the "Contempt of Court" actions to be pursued against "the kid" in Harris County, Hon made an unethical effort to circumvent both the original 'visiting judge' order from 2016 and the recent 129th district judge order by applying for a "Motion for Protection" in the 411th court in Polk County. Even though a visiting judge had been assigned to that case, Hon took the motion to his former employee in a desperate bid to keep from revealing the truth about his Grand Jury antics. District Judge, Kaycee Jones DENIED Hon's motion and for the third time, ordered Hon to hand over the evidence citing legal precedent case law AND the visiting judges original order.
According to other district clerk files, Polk County's DA has a penchant for ignoring recussal actions and proceeding illegally when , as the appeals court so succinctly stated in the overturn of the McCarty case, his actions are "Calculated to harm the defendants rights"
BILL STONE MURDER ON TRACK TO REMAIN UNSOLVED
The absolute refusal by SJC investigators to collect what may end up being the key evidence to solve the crime speaks volumes about the intent to let this murder ride off into the sunset unsolved. Around the first of July, The Sentinel forwarded pertinent and time sensitive evidence to the S.O. that we thought they would want to follow up on and here it is August 21st and the S.O. has NOT made the first attempt to collect the evidence offered. I gave them a portion of the documents in an email but according to the detective that I spoke with, they cannot peruse the documents unless the 'owner' of the documents gives them permission. Keep in mind, the owner is the one who provided them to me with express permission for me to share them with investigators. The S.O. NEVER contacted me. When I finally called in, the detective said he needs a signed permission form to view the documents but has NOT, as of yesterday, made any effort to obtain that signature. The owner, an SJC resident, is willing to sign, just unable to travel at this time.
To add insult to injury, an associate of Stone's who confesses that he was 'slinging' a little himself and brought the investigators a lead indicating Stone may have been killed in another location and moved to where the body was found alledges they not only have not attempted to collect that DNA evidence but instead, the investigator began to question him about any association between 'that sentinel guy' and Bill Stone.
"Your name came up" is an exact quote from the person who has turned to The Sentinel to try to get the evidence he alledges is there to be collected. I don't know this guy or have any relationship with him but if his allegations are true, it would explain why no bullet was found in the room where the body was found even though the wound was a through and through shot from a small caliber weapon according to a family member.
Other people close to Stone allege that his truck was not parked where he "always parked" but was left in a position that would have afforded room for another vehicle to be pulled in beside it.
It is my sincere HOPE that I have to eat crow on this story. The sooner the better but all indicators are that less than a robust effort is underway to solve this murder.
APPEALS COURT EXPOSED DA'S 'ERROR'
Special Prosecutor, Willam Lee Hon was appointed to prosecute a Liberty County Commissioner after he was indicted on crimes. The conviction Hon obtained was overturned at the appeals court level for Hon's unethical practice. The Court stated:
“We conclude the evidence in this case was legally sufficient to support the jury’s finding that McCarty knowingly or intentionally misused government personnel and property under the statute,” the opinion read. “We further determine the indictment was sufficient to put McCarty on notice and allow him adequately to prepare a defense. Nevertheless, the trial court erred by failing to submit accomplice-witness instructions for Bolt and Murphy, and we conclude this resulted in harm ‘calculated to injure the rights of the defendant.’”
The Chronicle story goes on to explain that the witnesses Hon brought against McCarty were in a position to have been prosecuted themselves but Hon failed to inform the jury of that fact. The court stated that Hon "calculated to injure the rights of the defendant". If I had to sum up all the compliants on Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon from all sectors over the years, in one expression, the court said it best. So now we know without doubt that The State of Texas is FULLY aware of Hon's lack of integrity and still does nothing about his crimes.
YOUTH FOUND UNRESPONSIVE NEAR HOME
Unofficial sources have confirmed that a Shepherd school student was found unresponsive and declared dead last night just north west of the city of Shepherd. Our sources indicate the minor was 16 years old and was a student of the Shepherd High School. It was his friend who found him according to a reliable source. No press release has been received as of yet.
HAM ARREST AND SJC SHERIFF INVOLVEMENT
After the recent display of Victor's comment and my 'jump the gun' response, The Sentinel did obtain more accurate information as to exactly what went on in that case. At the time, there was no public release of info and all I remember about the case was praying the man would be caught and for our deputies searching the Morris Creek bottoms for a crazy man. In a bid to clarify accurate details, a reliable Sentinel source was a great help. It turns out that the initial warrant issued for the manhunt for James Ham wasn't for murder. It was for aggravated sexual assault on his wife. SJC responded to the call, arrested him while he was asleep in his bed with his hand clutching the pistol he allegedly used to rape his wife who was trying to leave him. When the murder occurred the judge revoked his bond and issued the warrant. San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office only operated in a supporting role during the manhunt and evidence collection after the murder. The entire investigation was lead and conducted by the Federal Postal Police, the FBI, and they were assisted by the Texas Rangers.
SHAKE DOWN ALLEGATIONS SURFACE
Very troubling allegations have risen from the recent death of Corrigan PD officer, Joe Marvin Robertson.
Allegations of a 'shake down' racket in Corrigan that has been ongoing that Officer Robertson was threatening to expose led to his murder. One source claims Robertson chose his church to meet with someone after his arrest thinking it would be a 'safe space'. Several troubling facts. Robertson had faced and fought more serious charges just a year ago. Robertson had established a pattern for exposing corruption in police departments via his facebook page. Robertson had communicated with The Sentinel on police corruption in another department in the past. Black men have a low probability of committing suicide by gun in texas. Less than a third of the rate of white men.
FMR DEPUTY FOUND DEAD IN CHURCH
Joe Marvin Robertson, a former SJC Deputy was found dead in the church he pastored in Cleveland and it is alleged to be a suicide. As the journalist who broke the story of Robertson's arrest while he was working for SJC Sheriff, I did take the time to interview him at that time. He was upset about the bogus nature of the charges that were being perpetrated against him right when Robertson filed to run for Liberty County Clerk. We did run a story at the time about the incident and it did seem to be a set up of taking an old case that was nothing to start with and then the city making it resurface during election season. If you read Joe Robertson's FB page, you will see he had a heart for fighting injustice in the law enforcement community, had a lot of friends and plenty to live for. Joe did pastor a local church in Cleveland and it was the scene of his death. His attorney would not let him give me the evidence of the wrong doing by Cleveland PD over the old charges but apparently they went away because he was able to keep his TCOLE and hire on at Corrigan. Joe is shown in the Chris Lima fb post in a story below about the city hiring former District Judge, E McClendon. Robertson is the second cop who worked with Lima who, sources allege was being investigated, and died by gunshot wound.
My impression of Joe was that he was a believer and had integrity. He was willing to face the racism head on that would punish him for being 'uppity' enough to run for County Clerk. There is power in knowing and not telling. There is danger in knowing and others being afraid you might tell.
The Sentinel calls for a complete and thorough investigation into this questionable death.
McCARTY STALLS ON O.R. REQUEST
In the U.S. there are two peices of information in the criminal justice system that are public without any question. That is who you arrested and why you arrested them yet Liberty County Attorney's office, a room full of attorneys, doesnt' seem to grasp that simple constitutional protection. Either Wes Hinch and his staff are ignorant of the law OR they are actively attacking our probable cause protections and open records laws. It is that simple.
A 'Probable Cause Audit' conducted by The Sentinel several months ago revealed that the Montgomery County Pct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden and his crew were violating the law by making no probable cause stops and then lying on the reports. When we asked for the probable cause documents on three similar arrests made by three Montgomery County police agencies, two complied and Hayden went to the OAG seeking an opinion. The Sentinel won that battle and Hayden was forced to hand over the documents proving the crimes committed by his agency. The same DA who processed his stall tactic also turned a blind eye to the criminal acts of Hayden's agency.
Fast forward to Liberty County where The Sentinel requested probable cause documents on a bogus arrest/charges and the Liberty County Asst Attorney, Katherine McCarty is seeking an opinion to see if they are required to provide those documents. What a crock of hooey that OAG opinion request is. They know we are entitled to the info but choose to stall for the same reason Hayden did. They are not the first DA to try to cover the crimes of their law enforcement personnel and won't be the last I am sure. When we get these documents, we will be able to prove a pattern and a conspiracy between multiple agencies to railroad an individual and break the law to do it.
It won't work young lady. You will give me the documents I requested.
Steve Watson - Publisher
SILVA QUESTIONED BUT NO ARREST
According to official sources, Miguel Silva was NOT booked into the SJC jail after being questioned by detectives.
ALLEGED SHOOTER TURNS SELF IN TODAY
According to official sources, Miguel Silva did surrender himself to the SJC Sheriff this morning as he stated he would. Rumors are running rampant and most are not true.
SHOOTING - 1 DEAD - 1 FLOWN - 1 RUNNING
In what appears to be another drug deal gone bad, one young man is dead, his brother was lifeflighted and the shooter is on the run. We are witholding names of the victims here until next of kin is notified but according to Sentinel Sources, one brother stepped in front of the other to shield him and took the bullet intended for his brother. As of our source time, Miguel Silva is being sought as the suspect in the shooting of the two local brothers. Our Patreon page has the names now for our members.
Let me introduce you to a few of the movers and shakers in the local republican club. At left is Terry Holcomb. His is Dwaynes right hand man. Here he is shopping at the Huntsville Walmart 5 years ago.
The next is former republican 'sweep'county judge John Lovett. This is a mug shot. I will let you dig for the rest of that story.
Lets not forget Kelly Winegar, our former republican 'sweep' Tax Collector. She was married to a local cowboy and got elected because the republican club spread lies about the incumbant. Then she went to a training class, met a man from Dallas, left her husband, married him and moved 3 hours away. She thought it was none of our business that she abandoned her post.
I can go on and on Ken, talking about the "first republican" DA that covered up his pedophile county judge buddy's computer crimes then filed false charges on people for political purpose. Or how about the sheriff candidate Royce Wells and his sex crimes, the judge cadidate Steve Roberts who published more lies about his opponent than any liar in my recent memory. And how about our first republican Constable Sam Houston? I have twenty plus text messages where he was trying to coerce a beautiful young woman into meeting with him or loose her kids and introduce you to his "Captian Sparta". Sparta is a man convicted of Agg Sexual Assault of a Child when he was 17, a record that is sealed and not held against him in gaining his TCOLE license. So please Ken, for your sake and ours, give the RINO crap and the painting red BS a rest. It doesn't play here. Steve Watson - Publisher.
HOUSTON/HARRIS CO 8/8/2019
POLK CO DA ACCUSED OF CONTEMPT OF COURT
In a 'Motion to Show Cause' hearing scheduled for Sept 9 in the 129th District Court in Houston, Texas, the allegations that Polk Co DA, William Lee Hon has criminally withheld evidence will be examined.
In a civil case stemming from a prior criminal action Hon took against the plaintiff in this lawsuit, it is alleged that Hon allowed perjured testimony to be brought to the grand jury while he was seeking an indictment, which he did obtain.
The case presents an interesting legal question regarding the secrecy of the grand jury vs. the rights of the accused to obtain evidence. Hon is expected to continue witholding the evidence that it is alleged would prove he brought perjured testimony to the grand jury.
BOGANNY JAIL DEATH ONLY WARRANTS SLAP ON WRIST?
The ongoing saga of the multiple Polk County Jail deaths took an interesting twist Wednesday, Aug 8 when the proposed resolution was rejected by Judge Kaycee Jones and reset for a later hearing. OAG representaive Cloudt had made the verbal offer to the family a month or so ago of 15 days in jail, losing his jailer license for life and no gun permit for 5 years as punishment for the jailer witholding medical care causeing the death of Antoine Bogany.
After much pressure by The L.U.L.A.C. representaive, Rosemary Covalt, who was appointed as an advocate for the victim, The State of Texas finally produced the video evidence long requested by the family to view. Several things came to light from the video.
Antoine Bogany died in agony left to wallow on the floor in his death throes. EMS personel on hand AND the majority of the jailers there wanted to get him to the hospital. The person tasked with making the decision had NO MEDICAL TRAINING. It was orders from the top that kept the jailer from incurring a hosptial bill without getting specific permission from the chief deputy, Byron Lyons to transport the inmate to the ER. Byron Lyons was NOT available to his own staff because not only was Lyons phone number not readily available, when they did finally get it and call, Lyons was NOT available but only the opportunity to leave a voice mail.
The Sentinel investigation into this and other jail deaths shows a direct link to the administration of the jail being at fault yet only the low man on the totem pole is called to task for the incident. Judge Jones called the evidence file submitted to her recently for perusal before making her decision as lacking.
The most recent Polk Co Jail death of an elderly white woman who was also denied medical care seemed to be a Deja Vu as Judge Jones interviewed a current Polk County jail inmate about her situation. Also an elderly female incarcerated for stealing dog food, she answered Judge Jones' inquirey as to her medical conditions with, "Yes ma'am I have heart problems, high blood pressure and I am diabetic." Judge Jones asked, "Have you received any medical attention from the jail?" "No ma'am, they haven't given me anything". "Do you have concerns about your medical condition?" Judge Jones asked as a follow up. "Yes ma'am I do" was the inmate's response.
As the last video arraignment before the Bogany case came before her bench, Judge Jones and the rest of us couldn't help but notice that Polk Co DA, William Hon sauntered into the court room as an observer to be there during the hearing about the Bogany death. Instead of taking his rightful place before her bench, Hon had hired a tall and imposing black woman attorney to fade the heat that needs to be laid at Hon's feet for this death. Lee Hon, Kenneth Hammack and Byron Lyons are all willing to shirk their responsibility for the actions and lack of action that led to Bogany's death and let the jailer, who was only following orders, bear the brunt of the punishment for the negligent death. Not well done Mr. Hon. You prove once again that you have no integrity, no morals and absolutely no conscience when it comes to your wrong doing.
For some of the folks who seem bent on making this a racial issue, let me point out that the jailer being blamed was white but the administrator who was unavailable to his staff was black, the advocate is hispanic and the only reporters writing about the incident are white. It is NOT about race but about incompetence and injustice that cannot be tolerated.
BABIN POLITICIZES TRAJEDY
In another effort right out of the left's play book, Brian Babin went on Fox this morning touting his communist manifesto (HB 838) as the answer to so called 'gun violence'. His voice and thoughts chimed right in with Robert O'Roark, Cory Booker and the rest of the progressive left (communist) agenda to do away with our freedom and probable cause protections. Avoiding direct questions about the content of his bill, Babin closed with the BALD FACE LIE, "America wants this" as he held up a handwritten reference to his bill. The troubling part is that Babin claims 100 fellow Congressmen are co sponsoring the bill now. You don't have to read too far into the text of the bill to run across this statist language:
(2) BEHAVIORAL THREAT ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT.—The term ‘‘behavioral threat assessment and management’’ means the systematic and evidence-based process of
(A) identifying individuals who are exhibiting patterns of concerning behavior that indicate an interest, motive, intention, or capability of carrying out an act of violence;
(B) investigating and gathering information from multiple sources to assess whether an individual described in subparagraph (A) poses a threat, based on articulable facts; and
(C) the subsequent management of such a threat, if necessary.
Since the FBI recently stated that people who uncover "illegal, harmful, or unconstitutional activities by government officials or leading political figures" are a threat to national security, that would place any investigative reporter on Babin's list. When you get to (B), I have no doubt that the crooked cops The Sentinel exposes and has exposed for years with proof documents would
cooperate with Babin's task force if it will help silence our free speech.
The ABSOLUTE HYPOCRICY Mr. Babin is this. I have identified, published evidence and screamed from the roof tops about Christopher Lima, a cop in your district "exhibiting patterns of concerning behavior that indicate an interest, motive, intention or capability of carrying out an act of violence" and you ignore that. Lima has been accused multiple times by multiple people of committing acts of violence but you have stedfastly ignored the complaints.
Your bill goes even further into indoctinating our public school kids into the police state agenda. Coldsprings own experience with Roosevelt Joseph as ISD police chief prove that our children are being taught that they have no constitutional protections. Now you, Mr. Babin, want to wipe them out for the rest of us. Not well done.
DISTRICT 36 8/2/2019
District 36 Congressman Brian Babin joins forces with Florida's own communist raised Senator, Marco Rubio and a Florida democrat to eviscerate our Constitutional 'Probable Cause' protections. They seek to accomplish this with an illegal and unconstitutional profiling bill that would seek to violate due process and punish people for crimes they might commit.
The T.A.P.S. act introduced in Congress by Babin and The Senate by Rubio is just profiling by another name. Babin touts the 'threat assesment' capabilities of law enforcement while turning a blind eye to incidents like the Waco Twin Peaks shooting where every probable cause protection and police policy and training on riot control were violated and a few pre positioned hidden snipers determined some men were a threat and executed them. Babin's effort has taken the play of citizen assessment right out of the COMMUNIST CHINESE citizen ranking efforts.
Babin has shown his true colors before in endorsing Polk Co ADA Tommy Coleman and DA Bill Lee 'The Kid' Hon for Federal Prosecutor positions with full knowledge of Coleman's involvment in the Michael Morton Case and Lee Hon's repeated violations of the law and our Constitution.
Babin demonstrates his bias in the fact that he will attend Polk County Republican 'CLUB' events led by these two men but will not even respond to the Polk County Republican Party where the legitimate political process is embraced.
Babin has also promoted his endorsement of Corrigan Detective and future police chief, Christopher Lima despite hundreds of pages of documents alleging Lima's abuse of his own family members and members of the public. The only way that these criminals in positions of public service can continue to violate the law and our Constitution with impunity and immunity is to have the protection of a 'higher up'. Are you the 'higher up' who keeps the heat off of these criminals Mr. Babin? You want to overlook the provable and already committed crimes of these 'lawmen' yet give them the power to do a 'threat assessment' of citizens allowing them to be profiled and punished with no probable cause? You sir are a threat to our nation. You need to be voted out next election.
THE JOKE IS ON US
The recent arrest of a Polk County Constable only serves to highlight the double standard of local law enforcement when it comes to the illegal antics of elected officials. The Rangers and FBI have the proof that Polk Co DA filed multiple false police reports with The Rangers, abused his official capacity on several occassions and they know that Hon's momma was NOT even living at the Mills Street address when The Sentinel published the public record document pertaining to her marriage. They all have documented IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE of Hon's crimes yet that is ok.
Former Ranger Ron Duff was not prosecuted or fired for his misconduct several years ago which broke up a marriage and has left a permanent stain on the reputaion of that renowed agency. Multiple souces claim the reason is that Hon dated and then married a juror on a murder trial he was prosecuting. Is that true Lee Hon? The Sentinel readers want to know. Did you date a juror and then have to overlook Ron Duff's crime? Ron Duff violated everything that The Texas Rangers stand for but was reassigned and allowed to retire quietly on comp time.
Lets fast forward to today. 60 days has elapsed since a detailed complaint was filed with the IG of DPS with accompanying documents but no investigation went as far as even questioning the complainant. Another complaint was filed by a local activist nearly a year ago with a file folder of evidence documents and that Ranger lied to her repeatedly and today, cannot produce the file. What can we learn from this? DO NOT give your original evidence files to The Rangers or FBI because it will be 'lost' on purpose when it does not match their narrative and needs.
The American Patriots have had a belly full of the very people we elect to defend and protect our laws and Constitution from all enemies violating those very laws with impunity and apparent IMMUNITY.
The FBI wants to label investigative journalists like me as a threat to national security for exposing the crimes of public officials instead of the criminal public offiicals. They need to understand that there are three boxes we the people hold dear. The Ballot Box, The Jury Box and as a last resort, the Ammo Box. American Patriots will live free or die. It is that simple.
"Mr. Grant, our office emailed you a response letter on June 6 letting you know we had received your case and assigned it a number: OIG2019-0392. An investigator will contact you when your case comes up in the queue. Thank you for your patience."
WASHINGTON DC 8/1/2019
"The FBI said another factor driving the intensity of this threat is “the uncovering of real conspiracies or cover-ups involving illegal, harmful, or unconstitutional activities by government officials or leading political figures.” The FBI does not specify which political leaders or which cover-ups it was referring to.
So according to the new FBI Domestic Terrorism alert, people like me that uncover "illegal, harmful, or unconstitutional activities by government officials or leading political figures" are to blame for any negative public sentiment against government instead of the crooked and corrupt 'public servant' that is exposed by our efforts.
The DOJ has expressed this sentiment locally by ignoring the evidence provided to them of criminal acts of say the Polk Co DA. Written off as, "not big enough" to warrant their attention, they along with local and state agencies allowed the documented and provable crimes of William Lee Hon and Tommy Coleman go unprosecuted. Not only that, when they took the one light at the end of the tunnel (Agent Michael Carroll) off the case and then 'lost' the evidence file The Sentinel and others have submitted, the DOJ said plainly, "Your rights as a citizen do NOT matter". "What we cannot have is a podunk wish he was a journalist tearing down the system we have created where NO ONE bucks the authority of that system".
There is no way around the fact that this statment by the FBI is tantamont to relegating True Patriotism to the realm of 'Domestic Terrorism.' It is that simple.
POLK CO LAWMAN LIES AND DUCKS
The Polk County Environmental Officer, Deryl Oates talked a good game but has NOT kept his word to The Sentinel. In the brief conversation outlined below, Officer Oates committed to providing proof documents that he had done his job and filed a case on this criminal pollution but he failed to do so. The Sentinel followed our verbal request over the phone with a written and binding Open Records Request because we have learned that the Polk Co DA will block open records if he is involved. We are not sure if Deryl Oates has ignored our request or if he submitted our request to the DA who has ignored the request. I would guess that it is the latter because our vetting of Deryl Oates indicates that he is a pretty stand up guy and fair. We can understand why the DA would block the release because it will prove once again that he is biased in his prosections, willing to prosecute a man with a parts truck in his yard with a felony while allowing large property owners to slide with a devastating source of pollution almost on the banks of Kickapoo Creek. Stay tuned to see how this turns out.
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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SENTINEL SOURCES ON THE MONEY
At left is the TCOLE report obtained by open records. Notice service end date.
SAN JACINTO CO 7/31/2019
LOCAL DPS TROOPER REMOVED
A DPS Trooper assigned to the SJC area has been removed from his position and had his TCOLE license suspended or revoked according to reliable Sentinel sources. The nature of his alleged wrong doing has not been released yet but the effect has been the dismissal of numerous cases that this trooper had involvement with. For the Troopers name, follow this Link for Sentinel Patrons
UPDATE LIBERTY 8/1/2019
GEO THEFTS CONTINUE
A letter from an inmate confirms that not only is property in possession at the time of arrest is being stolen but also property brought in by the family of inmates is also subject to theft. The letter confims one jailer was fired for theft. High dollar prescription glasses have been 'replaced' with Dollar Store readers when the family brought them in for the inmate and they came up missing.
LIBERTY CO JAIL 2/25/2019
INMATE PROPERTY BEING PILFERED
Multiple complaints of property being stolen from inmates after booking into the jail that they don't realize until their release may have been verified by a recent termination at the facility. With the recent scrutiny, sources say, the complaints came to light and the action was taken.
MONTGOMERY CO JAIL 7/24/2019
INMATE DEAD - DEATH BY HANGING
No official release but Sentinel sources state that an inmate being held in segregation was found dead by hanging recently.
QUOTED FROM PRIOR mcpr ARTICLE:
Sheriff Rand Henderson stated, “Job well done by the Deputies who quickly and safely arrested this dangerous criminal and put an end to his dangerous conduct! Deputies did an amazing job capturing this individual who chose to prey on woman during the holidays. He will now face the consequences of his actions through the criminal justice system”.
So our question is this. MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE REPORTER. Why do you constantly 'cover' the arrest and jailing of the individuals from the Police P.O.V. but never cover the dismissals, dropped charges, no probable cause stops and actual crimes commited by policemen? If no update of outcome how come you don't even have the decency to drop the stories about private citizens once someone is cleared of the charges? How about the questionable deaths? Been a spate of them lately.
S.O. RELEASES DOCUMENTS
At left is the probable cause afidavit narrative released by the SJC S.O. and DA's office.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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