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NEW CANEY 8/8/2018

CONSTABLE HAYDEN AND CHIEF DEPUTY UNDER INVESTIGATION

Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constable, Rowdy Hayden and his Chief Deputy Welch are, according to a, 'Golden Hammer' article, under investigation for the allegations of falsifying employment documents within his department.  The T.C.O.L.E. invesgtigation resulted in the Agency coming in and looking at his files a couple of days last June.  This on site search of Hayden's records occured just 35 days after The Sentinel published records obtained by open records that proved the employment process was compromised by his department and records were being falsified.  The headline is linked to The Sentinel page with those stories and the Golden Hammer article link is there too.  

POINTBLANK 8/10/2018

STATE REP IGNORES SENTINEL OPEN RECORDS REQUEST

    Texas State Representative, Dist 19, James White has gone from 'resisting' The Sentinel inquiries with the typical 'legalistic' language used to stall us to out right ignoring a legal, binding and duly submitted Sentinel Alert open records request. 

    In an open records effort that has been underway since the first week of May, The Sentinel has sought records as evidence to prove multiple allegations made by White's constituents, both to him and The Sentinel, that one of the DA's in his District was engaging in a pattern of illegal, retaliatory and corrupt activities that were being reported to him as the next step up, and were complaints White persistantly ignored.

     Our first effort was met with the return of one unsigned letter submitted to White detailing mutliple allegations of wrong doing on the part of the DA by a group who claimed to be his constituents but declined to sign the letter based on a fear of retaliation.

     White's legal response was to inform The Sentinel that he would not release any of the other signed complaint letters because he wanted to protect the identity his his constituents. 

     The Sentinel response pointed out that we have a long history of NOT revealing sources that could cause them harm so my thus far unanswered question to Rep White was, "Who are you protecting them from?"

      It is those same folks who after complaining to White about the DA and with no place left to go, are complaining to The Sentinel about White.   

 

REPUBLICAN PARTY FOLKS ACTIVE IN POLK COUNTY

LIVINGSTON 8/6/2018

POLK CO REPUBLICAN PARTY MEMBERS MEET

     Texas Senator Robert Nichols, District 3 and Joshua Siegal, the  Senator Ted Cruz campaign representative, met with a room full of concerned Polk County Republicans to discuss the state of affairs in Polk County and east Texas Monday night at La Casita in Livingston.  Republican Party Chairman, Fred Grube and quite a few card carrying Polk County republicans were present and took advantage of the opportunity to get some answers.

     It was easy for Nichols and Siegal to talk about things state and nation wide but Commissioner Tommy Overstreet stood up for Polk county and brought the conversation back to what matters here locally.   After the two speakers both agreed that it was “rural Texas votes” keeping them in office, Overstreet spoke up wanting to know why then was all the Federal money going to the I 35 Corridor instead of any of that money making its way into Polk County for the I 69 Corridor. 

     411th District Judge Kaycee Jones and 258th District Judge elect, Travis Kitchens were in attendance and were involved in earnest conversation long after the dinner was over and some of the crowd left.  It was a great opportunity for an exchange of ideas, observations and information.  “The intersection of Business 59 and 190 is a prime example of where we are missing the boat”, Commissioner Oversteet lamented in one conversation.  “You can’t turn left without blocking through traffic because you are having to wait” 

    Mr. Wayne Woods spoke up for our nation’s Flag and The Cross of Christ in one of those after the meeting visits.   His opening prayer made it plain that is the Conservative ground he is standing on.  Another person noted that it takes more than a republican label to make an elected official a conservative.  “It is more about the decisions they make and actions they take than any label”, he said. 

     As the upcoming General Election begins approaching ever closer, there was a common thread and mutual agreement that there was plenty of work to be done and that standing on our conservative values was the way to move the Republican Party forward in Polk County and East Texas.

Laymond Blanton

TRINITY 8/1/2018

BOUQUET OF FLOWERS RESULT IN MISTRIAL

A Trinity man, Laymond Blanton, who was arrested and charged with murder for shooting a biker motorcycle club 'prospect' named Jacob Feller, in front of Blanton's home was convicted at trial last Tuesday.  It was the next day at the sentencing phase of the trial that a mistrial was declared by 411th District Judge, Kaycee Jones.  It came to light that one of the jurors' wife purchased and then delivered a bouquet of flowers to the brother of the widow of the slain biker to give her after hearing her testimony. 

    Theresa XXXXX, wife of the juror stated in a Fb post that has since been deleted, "It was all my fault this happened.  The juror did not send the flowers, I did.  I am his wife.  He had nothing to do with it."

     According to a Trinity County Judge, Doug Page quote on a Trinity County news site, Blanton will be retried.  Blanton remains in jail on a 100k dollar bond.

CORRECTION:  A prior published version of this story contained a narrative  based on an interview  I did with a witness nearly a year or so ago.  In error, I reported that the day of his death, Feller stated, "Shut up old man, you don't know when I am coming back", and that he then got off his motorcycle and was shot by the homeowner.

   The error was brought to my attention.  The statement was made verbatim but it was made a few weeks before by the biker, a Bandido 'Prospect',  to the old man in a prior encounter that was witnessed at the old man's house.   Also, it was Feller's companion the day of the shooting, a fellow biker named Nathan Shelton who actually dismounted his motorcycle when Blanton fired warning shots.   Feller was shot while still on his bike. 

      This incident occured just over a year after the Waco Twin Peaks event that resulted in 9 biker's deaths.  It was during the time frame that the mass media was vigorously promoting the false LEO narrative that bikers were all criminals and murderers and that bikers even had a 'hit contract' out on anyone in uniform.  

Blanton's attorney is Jack B. Carroll out of Houston.  

 

 

LIVINGSTON 7/13/2018

POLK CO. DA AND SHERIFF'S OFFICE CONSPIRE TO VIOLATE RIGHTS

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

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

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

CITY SECRETARY INDICTED FOR WITHOLDING OPEN RECORDS

 

 

POINTBLANK 7/11/2018

RECORDS ARRIVE AT SENTINEL OFFICE

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

All Hat, No Mettle

UPDATE 6/8/2018

COLEMAN STILL WITHOLDING RECORDS

State Rep James White still turning blind eye to DA antics

UPDATE 5/31/2018

TOMMY COLEMAN STILL WITHOLDING RECORDS

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

 

LIVINGSTON 5/25/2018

TOMMY COLEMAN WITHOLDS RECORDS

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

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

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

   

7/20/2018

CORRIGAN CITY ATTORNEY GOES SILENT

    A simple request to see the minutes and agendas was interpreted by the City Attorney for actual copies resulting in the big bogus three day bill presented by City Attorney, Tatum.  Since we have clarified for the City Attorney that the original request was for copies but ended when they sent, "no documents responsive to your request" answers.  My followup request was to "see" all the agendas and minutes.  I am not asking for copies of all that but just want to examine them for myself.  I felt it a necessary step when the same attorney mis interpreted my initial request for the agenda's and minutes containing payment to the PD items where Ms. Gibson was "PRESENT" to vote.  The City Attorney interpreted that simple and plain request into wanting minutes Mrs. Gibson actually voted "FOR" payment. 

      Then there was the delay of City Attorney being out of office for an extended period.  Now a request to simply "see" the documents morphed into a big big bill claiming the secretary needs three days just to pull the agendas and minutes of those meetings and make copies that I never asked for.  My last clarification, nearly two weeks old now, has been met with silence by the Corrigan City Attorney.

      Why?  It is truely my hope to view the minutes and report that all is well in the City of Corrigan business practices.

7/ /2018

CORRIGAN CITY ATTORNEY STALLS OR EXPOSES INEPT FILING

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

 

CLEVELAND 6/2/2018

COUNTY CLERK CANDIDATE AND SJC DEPUTY ARRESTED

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

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

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

 

WACO PROSECUTOR FIRED FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING

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 6/17/2018

POLK COUNTY DA ‘TOUGH ON CRIME’?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

HOLIDAY VILLAGES 6/18/2018

HVLOA MEMBER FB RANT - WHO TO?

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

POLK COUNTY DA SET TO RELEASE DOCUMENTS

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

COLEMAN GETS OAG ORDER TO RELEASE RECORDS .  .  .  .  AGAIN

  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

CORRIGAN CITY ATTORNEY ANSWERS

  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

CITY OF CORRIGAN IGNORES SENTINEL

  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 a Corrigan officer 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 documents and more recent actions but are afraid to go through the normal channels in Polk County just because of the behavior of 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.

 

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