SENTINEL                  ALERT


LIVINGSTON 7/13/2018


   Abuse of Official Capacity and Falsifying an Incident Report are the only way to accurately describe the events that unfolded the evening of January 23, 2018 against Anthony Barunek, commonlaw husband of Rita Hon, DA Hon's mother.

    Not only did Hon and the S.O. conspire together to illegally evict a man from his own home, the reporting officer (an officer The Sentinel warned the readers about last year) conspired to make false entries on his incident report in order to cover up the criminal conspiracy that unfolded that evening.   The green ticket in the redacted photo below was the Criminal Trespass Warning (ctw) issued to Bartunek that evening just hours after Bartunek claims Hon called ordering him to "get out of town by dark".  At this point, Bartunek had been living with Rita Hon for 5 years at the Mills Street address and the Mills street address was on all of Bartunek's official papers, (DL, CAD, SO Registry) and Dunaway accurately reflected that fact when he wrote the ticket.  Dunaway used Bartunek's DL address to issue the ticket.  It was only later when Dunaway was filing the official incident report that he either decided or was instructed to put the Ollie Loop address down for Anthony Bartunek.  I mean, it looks bad when you criminally trespass a man from his own home OF RECORD without any legal grounds to stand on. 

      When The Sentinel requested these records that Coleman fought the release of so vigorously, we did specifically request any Power of Attorney on file with the S.O. to base their actions on.  In that request, we specifically waived any request for personal financial info or personal identifiers but just wanted to see that there was a POA on file and see if Lee Hon even had the power to initiate a legal eviction process.  There was no document delivered.  There is no such document on file in the County Clerks office as of March of this year.   The summation is this.  Hon and the Sheriff evicted a man from his own home on the say so of a man that did NOT own the property and who offered no proof of any right to even do a legal eviction, much less this illegal, abusive and oppressive act.   Rita Hon, the owner of record, AND her family promised her husband that he could live in the house the rest of his days according to Bartunek's interview with The Sentinel.


Lima accuses The Sentinel of spreading falsehoods about him.  Documents received via open records request prove allegations of gun threats and gun shots fired were made but ignored to the point of Polk Co S.O. requiring the complainant to sign a non prosecution form at the scene.  A jury trial has been requested by Lima after a not guilty plea on three City of Onalaska counts of Disorderly conduct.   Fighting.  Vulgar language.  Vulgar gesture.   As related in the original story, the allegations of shots fired were in County jurisdiction.   There was also a woman charged by the City in the incident that an eye witness said was fighting with Lima in the parking lot.  There were no assault charges filed on Lima because She was landing all the punches on him according to witness testimony.  Everyman has his day in court so lets see what a jury of his peers thinks about the evidence.  As always, we will leave this one alone till results day.  Nor will we publish any evidence before trial that may be used at trial. 

    As for the lawsuit Chris, knock your lights out.  Sissy might give you the bulk rate.   In the mean time, we don't wanna hear you tooting your horn.  We want to see you honor the public trust you have and that includes how you treat your family and our community.   A real man is going to honor his word, be a father figure and thank The Lord for the blessings of a beautiful wife and family.  We got a lot of cops that do just that everyday.  That requires that you Humble yourself.  You know that picture is cropped but just what is showing proves your a dumbass without me saying a word.  We do serve a God of second chances. 

POINTBLANK 7/11/2018


An un responsive effort including 14 blank pages with only a page number out of the 5o documents contained in the envelope arrived at The Sentinel office but it still provided enough evidence to prove 'Abuse of Official Capacity' against William Lee Hon. 


     Three Hundred and Eighty dollars is how much the Corrigan City Attorney, Luan Tatum, estimated it would cost to lay the city council agendas from during the Gibson's reign as mayor and police chief on the table for me to inspect.  Tatum alleges that it will take three full days of effort to get those most basic documents out of the file drawers.  Tatum's first response to my inquiry was, "there are no responsive documents".   That response was to my original request for complaints on Corrigan PD officer Christopher Lima and then my later request for the agenda minutes where Ms Gibson voted to pay the PD.   Mr./Ms. Tatum seemed confused by the phrase, 'payment to the PD' as they asked for two clarifications and sent me a big bill requiring half down before they would even start. 

     The Sentinel received no less than 30 pages of documents from another former employer of Lima's as a police officer after requesting complaints filed against him there.  We are still going through those but will release them as we go. 

     Chief Gibson of Corrigan sure changed his tune when I started looking into his wife's actions as mayor.  He isn't near as lippy and hasn't offered a single, "call the Texas Rangers"  since I submitted my OR request into mayor Gibson's actions.  One of the rules of the 'Good Ole Boy' system is that you leave the wives alone.  I don't play by anyone's rules but the Constitution and statutes.   In fact, Gibson will learn as have many others, we take our efforts quite seriously and the results of our efforts are often quite serious.


CLEVELAND 6/2/2018


The recent arrest of Ray Robertson on a recent 'Ammended Order' from old charges out of Liberty County raises as many questions as it answers.  "No Comment" was Deputy Robertson's on advice of counsel answer to Sentinel questions about the charges but he did venture to answer a few others.  Yes it is true that he is the Democrat candidate on the ballot for Liberty County Clerk in the upcoming general election.  Yes he is the pastor of a small church in Cleveland. 

    An interview with the SJC Sheriff's dept spokesman over two weeks ago stated that there was an investigation into the situation that was on going and Robertson is still employeed by our sheriff's dept.  A more conclusive answer recently received showed the Sheriff's department is standing behind the deputy. 

      Is the 'Ammended Order' just dirty politics Liberty County style? 



An assistant prosecutor who prosecuted a policeman for choking a handcuffed victim was recently fired by lame duck McClendon County DA, Ablenoia Reyna on his way out.  


This quote is from a Waco Tribune Story linked to it.


"Dillon said she will meet soon with civil attorneys to discuss a possible whistleblower lawsuit against Reyna. Former Reyna assistants Greg Davis and Michael Jarrett and longtime office manager Julissa Contreras met with an FBI agent in August 2014 to discuss what they alleged was Reyna’s penchant for giving favorable treatment to his friends and financial supporters. Davis described the result as a two-tiered justice system."

     As is always the case, there are folks with integrity and character that populate the staff in all of our public offices who are willing to speak up (to me at least) and bring forward evidence of wrong doing.   It is those who make our work at The Sentinel United alliance possible.   Reyna, needs a scape goat to blame the failure of the effort against Jake Carrizal, the Bandido who was tried, instead of taking his own heat for a botched effort based on lies.  Fortunatly the voters knew that the buck for that one stopped with Reyna.  If the cookie cutter warrants aren't enough to arrest the magistrate who signed them with no probable cause, the DA's office's failure to determine that only a small portion of the people at Twin Peaks committed a crime that day, was a determined effort on their part to ignore, cover up and bear false witness.   Reyna allowed cameras in the courtroom thinking he had the next election in the bag.  That one back fired. 


LIVINGSTON 6/28/2018


   The culmination of a long term Sentinel Investigation that involved several in the Onalaska community was that Linda Vincent, wife of Polk County Commissioner Ronnie Vincent was arrested on two felony counts of 'Theft of Service".  She made bond in short order.  Details are limited at this point but we will seek more information and share it with The Sentinel readers as the case progresses.    A standard step one was recusal of the local DA's office.   As revealed in the analytical DA stats in the 'tough on crime' article below, Liberty County's DA's office is much more thorough in assessing evidence and less inclined to persue baseless charges or seek a dismissal than the Polk County office.    

LIVINGSTON 6/17/2018


  Statistical data derived from The State of Texas Office of Court Administration website at first glance indicates that The Polk County District Attorney is extra ‘tough on crime’.  Research via open records led to documents proving a total of 616 felony cases were dismissed by Polk County DA's office since January of 2015 through January of 2018.  That initially seemed like an excessive amount but when you compare that with the total of cases filed for the same three year time period numbering 3035, you come up with an average of about 20 percent of the Polk County felony cases ending in dismissal. 

      If we compare Walker County cases to the Polk County numbers, we find 408 felony cases dismissed out of 1716 felony cases filed in Walker County for an average of just over 23 percent of their felony cases being dismissed.  The Sentinel has never had the first complaint on the Walker County DA’s office or Sheriff Department so we tend to view them as a relative ‘bench mark’ for what is normal or an average for an ethical operation in East Texas.

     A quick look as San Jacinto County shows 312 dismissed out of a total of 1163 filed for  27 percent dismissed.  In all fairness to DA Robert Trapp and his office, the number is higher than the the three year period prior to all the gambling raid arrests.

     Montgomery County had 3997 dismissals of felony cases out of 17,231 filed for an average of 23 percent.  

     Liberty County showed that out of 3075 felony cases filed, only 358 were dismissed for an average of just over 10 percent.  Liberty County population is 1.6 times the population of Polk County yet Polk County files just as many felony cases.

     Angelina County had 353 dismissed out of 3088 cases for 11.4 percent dismissed.  Once again, 1.6 times as high a population count as Polk County but very near the same number of felony’s prosecuted with a noticeably lower dismissal rate.

     Trinity County had the lowest percentage of dismissals of all.  16 dismissed out of 170 felony cases filed for just under ten percent dismissed.

     None of those number really jump out at you other than the lower than average percent of dismissals in Liberty, Angelina and Trinity Counties.

     Now let’s add in one other factor.  Population numbers so we can talk per capita.

Walker County’s population is 72 thousand.  2.3 percent of the population was charged with a felony crime in the three year period.  That is 2.3 people per 100 of population.  Add in the fact that Walker County has 1.5 times the population of Polk County but only half the felonies filed on its citizens.

    In San Jacinto County, population 28K, 4.1 percent of the population was charged with a felony crime in the same time period but once again, that includes all the gambling raid arrests.

     In Montgomery County, population 510K, 3.0 percent of the population was charged with a felony crime.  That amounts to 3 people out of every 100 being charged with a felony

     In Liberty County, population 83K, 3.7 percent of the population was charged with a felony.

    In Trinity County, population 14.5K, only 1.1 percent of the population was charged with a felony.

    In Angelina County, population 88K, 3.5 percent of the population was prosecuted for a felony.

    In Polk County, population 49K, a Whopping 6.2 percent of the population has been charged with a felony during the same three year period.  That figure means that on a per capita basis, in Polk County you are over five times more likely to be charged with a felony than you are in Trinity County, nearly three times more likely than in Walker County and nearly twice as likely to be charged with a felony in Polk County than you are in any other county around in East Texas.  That means that 6.2 people out of every hundred count of population in Polk County gets charged with a felony.  There must be a reason for Polk County exceeding all their neighbors in felony prosecutions.   Three possible reasons for the abnormal statistics have been proffered by Sentinel United Alliance members for consideration;

  1. DA is tougher on crime than any of the surrounding District Attorneys
  2. Considerably more criminals live in Polk County
  3. Felony charges are misused and abused in Polk County

Political ads by William Lee Hon have claimed that he is “Tough on Crime”. 

The higher ratio of criminals just doesn’t seem plausible.

Are allegations of 'abuse of official capacity' based in fact? 

Further investigation seems to be warranted.



Hi Mr. Hudgins,

Is your rant against the folks who are asking The Sentinel to call down the ones violating the laws the state put in place to protect property owners and their property values or is your rant against the folks who are violating the laws the state put in place to protect the property owners and their property values?  936 730 5717


LIVINGSTON 6/27/2018


The Sentinel Alert has finally received notice that the requested documents that the OAG had ordered to be released, for the second time on June 11th, from the Polk County District Attorney are ready to be picked up.  A total of 51 pages are being billed for a total of 51 dollars.   We intend to pick them up Monday but it will take some time to read and research the information. Stay tuned for updates.

LIVINGSTON 5/13/2018


  In a letter dated June 11th, 2018 from Attorney General, Ken Paxton, the Polk County lead asst DA, Tommy Coleman was once again ordered to release the majority of documents we previously requested.  Sentinel readers may remember that a month or two ago, Coleman was orderd by the OAG to release a quantity of documents vital to The Sentinel investigation into the criminal acts of the incumbent DA for Polk County but has ignored that order. 

      In the previous order, the OAG chided Coleman that the "representative sample" of documents he submitted was all that letter pertained to and that the letter could not be used to withhold any document that had not been submitted to them for an opinion. 

      We knew that the 'representative sample' claim by Coleman was bogus because we asked for a broad array of documents.  This latest letter proves it because the OAG decision covers a different category of documents that weren't even mentioned in the last order Coleman has blatantly ignored.  The most telling is the OAG answer concerning the "Criminal Trespass Warning" ticket stating that, "This office has also found the public has a legitimate public interest in the details of a crime" and supports that statement with the notation of case law that proved, "legitimate public interest in facts tending to support an allegation of criminal activity" (Cinel v. Commick, 15 F.3d 1338, 1345-46 (1994) 

      We won't hold our breath that Coleman will abide by the law.     


Mayor Gibson - Chief Gibson

CORRIGAN 5/14/2018


  In an abrupt about face, legal counsel for the City of Corrigan gave a civil and polite reply to both of The Sentinel open records requests today claiming, "no documents responsive to your request".  Chief Gibson's rude and smart aleck attitude seems to have dissapaited once The Sentinel started looking into the mayor's voting record. 

     Corrigan city attorney claims there is not a single complaint that has ever been filed against Chris Lima.  Said attorney also claims that the mayor/council woman never voted to pay money to the PD. 

CORRIGAN 5/12/2018


  The best effort of The Sentinel to get some quick and accurate answers regarding the allegations of an out of control officer from Corrigan have been thwarted by the City's obstinate refusal to provide public record documents.  A phone call to chief Darrell Gibson revealed quickly that he had a hostile attitude toward The Sentinel for daring to ask questions.  Recognizing the dead end there with the chiefs smart aleck answer, "Just call the Texas Rangers" followed by an abrupt hangup, caused us to revamp our strategy and request the documents directly from the mayor via email to her official email address obtained from her clerk on May 22, 2018 at 1:25 pm. 

    The mayor is the official and legal custodian of all of the City's public record documents no matter what department they are from.  We resigned ourself to have to wait the ten days for the answers our Sentinel readers were requesting.  After 15 days had elapsed with no reply, we called and politely inquired of the mayor's secretary as to where our records were.  She had no answer but asked me to resubmit the request directly to her email which I did with the understanding that the first email was legal and binding and that their ten days were up and that we expected an answer post haste but would give them a few days in response to her courtesy to The Sentinel. 

     Then enters the chief again with an email t0day claiming he referred me to the Angelina County DA, Joe Martin in a prior phone call.  That is a lie.  He further instructed me today to contact Joe Martin if I wanted any answers.  When I reminded the chief that my request was duly submitted and binding by law and that the buck stops with the mayor, he instructed me in writing to contact Angelina County DA, Joe Martin.  Neither the mayor or the chief have stated that they forwarded my open records request to DA Martin, only that I needed to contact him for answers. 

      It doesn't work like that.  As I informed the chief, if they decide to forward the request to the DA in the next county over, that is their business.  My obligation under law is done.  Now my options to deal with the illegal antics of the mayor and the chief via the OAG are on the table.  In doing our research, we noticed both the mayor and the chief have the same last name and a Sentinel sleuth found fb posts that prove the two are married.  How cozy. 

       Now I automatically wonder if the mayor, or as council woman, ever voted for you a pay raise.  Hmmmm.   Chief, if you want to make a federal case out of me simply requesting any documents pertaining to complaints filed against Chris Lima during the time he has been in your employ, we can go there.  You push on me, I push back.  It is that simple.  Our readers have legitimate concerns based on Lima's documented past and more recent actions but are afraid to go through the normal channels in Polk County just because of behavior like yours in a public servant who is supposed to uphold the law, not violate it with impunity.  

    Let Madam mayor know that she can expect an open records request on her desk in the morning for all those council minutes.  Once again, not a threat, just my word.   You have accused me of threatening you.  Your equating Sentinel Scrutiny to a written accusation that I am threatening you speaks volumes about your and the mayor's lack of transparency.  The only thing we at The Sentinel 'threaten' is continued corruption.


Steve Watson

Christopher Lima reader submitted photo - thankyou


Two different women have filed for protective or restraining orders that have been granted against Chris Lima.  Combine that with a need to display his weapon on social media and I call this a red flag. 

ONALASKA 5/24/2018


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

    Other sources show that Lima was cited for a Disorderly Conduct charge about 10 months ago by the Polk County S.O. along with abusive language and defamation of character to which he plead 'no contest' but was found guilty of and paid the fine. 

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

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

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

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

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

All Hat, No Mettle

UPDATE 6/8/2018


State Rep James White still turning blind eye to DA antics

UPDATE 5/31/2018


In DIRECT violation of the very laws he swore an oath to defend and uphold, Tommy Coleman continues to withold records from The Sentinel.  You need to release the documents to me that the OAG ORDERED you to release.  I need them for my defense in the case against me.  We know there are channels throught the OAG to call your hand  but that takes time.  This call out is instant.  All I have to do is press the 'publish' button and the whole world knows you are still violating the law .  


LIVINGSTON 5/25/2018


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

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

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


LIVINGSTON 5/22/2018


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

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

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

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

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


Steve Watson - Publisher.



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

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

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

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

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

capt sparta and constable sam houston

SJC PCT 3 5/17/2018


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Steve Watson


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

LIVINGSTON 4/14/2018


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

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





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

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

reader submitted photo - thank you

COLDSPRING 4/30/2018


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


POINTBLANK 4/20/2018


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

UPDATE 4/25/2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

hair color, nose length and headline changed to make local political comment under fair use.


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