LAS VEGAS 11/9/2018
Producers Choice Awards was the honor shown the local band, "Satisfied Drive" and their producer at the event recently held in Las Vegas, USA. More details linked to the headline.
ITS OFFICIAL - VOTE TOTALS CANVASED
San Jacinto County Elections Administrator, Vickey Shelley presented all of the reports and vote totals to commissioners in this mornings court session. After her presentation and explanations, the vote was made official by unanimous vote. More than one citizen and several of the elected officials commented on how smoothly the election process went this time. Ms. Shelley quickly deferred to the team effort that was necessary and how important it had been in the accomplishment of the process. She shared a few of the highpoints and some of the circumstances that tested the metal of the team. An auditor from the Secretary of State's office was on site through the entire process including the count. "The new machines made the process so much better", she shared. Only 4 ballots were set aside. Two for just a plain failure to sign the ballot. "There is no wiggle room on that", Ms Shelley said, "It is just state law". Another couple mailed their ballots in the same envelope but only one was signed and therfore counted. The last one was a resident of SJC recently moved here but that had not changed his voters registration in time to legally vote in SJC. "By the time the polls closed and we could get over here", Brandon commented, "they were giving early vote totals."
WORLD WIDE WEB 10/28/2017
Former probation officer, Keith Black, Corrigan detective, Christopher Lima and SJC Pct 3 constable deputy, (Former SJC sheriff deputy) Nathan Deweese have teamed up (conspired) together and continue their campaign of negative and false information attacks against The Sentinel and me personally. Due to the nature of the false allegations they are collectively making, these corrupt lawmen, each of whom have been the subject of expose' Sentinel article(s), have and continue to physically endanger my family and myself. We have compiled evidence that we have been collecting for several years.
JUDGE HIRES NEW COORDINATOR
Judy Eaton was introduced as Judge Faulkner's new Emergency Manager Coordinator this morning at commissioner's court. She is pictured center flanked by the new court that now includes David Brandon elected to fill the unexpired term of Thomas Bonds. L-R Donny Marrs, Pct 2. Laddie McAnally, Pct 1. Judy Eaton, EMC. Mark Nettuno, Pct 4 and Judge Pro-Temp. David Brandon, Pct 3.
SENTINEL ARRAIGNED . . . . FINALLY
Six months after the April 25 surrender of The Sentinel to warrants out of Polk County claiming that I took part in felony retaliation against the sitting DA, special prosecutor, Joe Martin, formerly an Asst to the Polk Co DA put it on the dockett to have me arraigned finally. Several in the criminal justice system had speculated that the unprecedented 6 month delay was an indication that the charges would be left hanging like is done so often in Polk County. Within days after I published the story of the unsolved murder in Polk County below, Special Prosecutor Martin put the case on the dockett. Not only did Martin put it on the docket, he pressed the judge three seperate times to cram the trial into the month of December. That effort was squashed by Attorney Mike Davis. January 17th is the next dockett call for the case.
As revealed in a prior news story done by KTRE Channel 9 linked below, it took three years, according to Liberty County Sheriff Dept personnel, for the DPS lab to return the DNA test results for tissue found under Carl Will's fingernails. At this point, the only information investigators will release is that it is female DNA. Keep in mind, a woman picked him up who claimed her name was Megan Martin and that the food he ate just prior to her arrival was still in his gut undigested according to the autopsy report. That seems to prove that he was killed within hours of leaving his mom's home. Family members claim that Megan told their family she was related to a high ranking official. LEO's deny that being the case and every investigative reporter we have spoken with says they know for a fact that she was NOT related to that official. We do know that the girl's social media accts were scrubbed from the internet and the mom cannot get any information about the woman from investigators. When the mother leaned on a high ranking state official to look into the matter, he returned to her with one simple comment. "The Rangers claim she (Megan Martin) was never a suspect".
UNSOLVED MURDER TURNS SEVEN
September 1, 2018 rolled around without much fanfare. It seems that to most in Polk County that it was just another day and unremarkable but to one mother from there, this day like every day, was filled with anguish, torment, emptiness, memories and a whole lot of unanswered questions.
Rhonda Wills, who has since moved to Lufkin, is the mother of the young man, Carl Terrell Wills, that was gunned down and his body dumped and found under a bridge by a gator pond in rural Liberty County. Carl was shot in the back and in the right side of his head and most agree that it was a Polk County Crime that was spilled over into Liberty County. In that regard, this crime is similar to another unsolved murder of another Livingston youth named Natasha Atchley that is 25 years old and unsolved.
At 22, he was a young man and young father who had his whole life ahead of him. Carl was handsome, popular and a prominent athlete in Livingston High School that graduated in 2008. He had no problem attracting women and at the time of his death was dating a white girl much to the dismay of her family according to Carl’s friends and family. Carl was not only handsome, he was fairly light skinned. The initial police report on the finding of his body listed the victim as an Hispanic (H/M) Male.
The Advocate editor, Vanesa Brashier did a story after a year and then again near the five year anniversary of Carl’s death. KTRE channel 9 did a story on the three year mark and brought out the point that the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department investigator was still waiting on DNA test results from the DPS lab after three years. Other than the mother, the victim and investigators, neither of those news outlets went so far as to name names and ask the difficult questions. That opportunity, it appears, has fallen to The Sentinel.
The mother’s questions are normal. Who killed my baby? Why did they kill him? How come there has not been an arrest? What has the law found out? Why did the woman that picked him up that day disappear? Whose daughter is she really?
There are a few facts that remain undisputable. Carl had been incarcerated in the Polk Co jail for nearly the whole month of August for unpaid traffic tickets and was released just days before his death. Carl was dating a white woman named Megan Martin at the time of his death and she picked him up around 7 pm in the evening that fateful day. Carl had eaten a bowl of Ramen noodles just prior to leaving on the date with Megan Martin. She had picked him up several times in the past and was a bit older than Carl and had a child. All of Megan Martin’s social media accounts were scrubbed from the internet when the family started looking for answers and she dropped out of sight. Carl did not call his momma that Wednesday night Megan picked him up nor all day Thursday or even Thursday night. It was Friday about 4 pm when the law made the dreaded knock on Rhonda Wills’ door with a most unenviable task to perform.
The autopsy report shows that the Ramen Noodles were still in Carl’s stomach, mostly undigested. Other indicators prove that Carl had been dead for a while when his body was found. Carl lived in Polk County but his body was found on Plantation Ranch road in Liberty County just south of Rye. Other than the Chain O Lakes campground, there is not a lot of development in the area. He was left under a bridge. The man that found him was employed at the same place Carl Worked.
In the heartbreaking and tear wrenching process of interviewing this mother of a slain child, there were several red flags that jumped out to The Sentinel. Some of them Rhonda had questioned but the others never caused her any pause. Yes she wondered why one of the most up and coming black LEO’s in Polk County and a local school mate and friend of Rhonda’s that stepped forward offering to help with the investigation was shunned and told that his help was not needed. Considering the mistrust many in the black community have for law enforcement, it would seem that a black cop with a good reputation in Polk County who was raised there and had the trust of that community would have been a welcomed asset on the investigation team. We have more red flag questions to ask.
FB STATEMENT BY KADE BURMAN - FATHER
According to a document posted on line, the jury decision found a man guilty of illegally carrying a weapon who has never been convicted of a felony. It is based on a 2014 law that any American knows won't stand federal scrutiny. A more indepth article is HERE. A deep valley county jury made the finding, I guess thinking they are in the old country under some dictatorship.
For background information, our Texas Page and the Waco side bar have much pertinent information. The state put out a false narrative from start to finish and here is the Waco Twin Peaks effort moving forward.
SJC, SJC SHERIFF & GREG CAPERS SUED
Former SJC Deputy Mike Flynt's lawyer filed a 60 plus page 'Whistleblower' lawsuit against San Jacinto County, SJC Sheriff and Greg Capers personally. The suit was filed about 4:30 PM Friday afternoon.
Flynt was terminated and arrested on a warrant signed by 411th District Judge, Kaycee Jones for alleged falsifications on his employment application with the S.O. and bond was set on Flynt for 60 Thousand dollars.
When the termination of Mike Flynt and his arrest were made public by the Sheriff's Dept public information officer via a press release, The Sentinel did publish that document and did a follow up interview with Mike Flynt. All of the Sheriff Dept 'media partners' also published the document.
Now that Mike Flynt has filed his answer to those charges, The Sentinel has chosen to publish that document as well. The document is 68 pages long and may take a few minutes to load completley but can be seen at the top of the page HERE If it does not load, you may need to install or update Adobe Flash.
WHO IS THE SENTINEL??
WHAT do we do??
WHY does it matter???
WHEN did we arrive???
WHERE are we headed???
These questions and other have been posed to our operation often of late. They are questions that we will undertake to answer in the near future if circumstances allow. Page analyitics show another uptick in views from Bryan, the place of my birth, just like those that preceeded the last investigation of The Sentinel by the Texas Rangers out of the Bryan, Texas DPS office. What is even more interesting is a five fold increase in views from Ashburn, Va, a part of the Washington D.C. metroplex in one day. The analytics have shown a steady presence of Ashburn for a few views a day for over a month now. According to Wikipedia, 70 percent of the world's internet traffice passes through Ashburn, Va. and the N.S.A. is located there.
A letter received from the DPS Counsel's office in response to a Sentinel open records request states that a diligent search has been made but they do not have a single document responsive to my request that shows their agency ever received or responded to a request for an investigation in the alleged aggravated assault committed by Lima on April 21st. This letter refutes the claim that Chief Lyons "turned it over" to The Rangers.
COLEMAN SEEKS OAG OPINION
On the 11th business day after The Sentinel submitted the open records request noted below, Asst DA Coleman penned a letter requesting an open records opinion from the OAG regarding the evidence we are seeking. In that letter, Coleman seeks to withold entire documents because they may contain an officer's address, a birth date, a DL number, motor vehicle info, Social Security number and such. We are fully aware that those personal identifiers are not public and addressed that point in the request with the language limiting our request to, "information available by public information laws". That one line excludes the personal identifiers that are commonly known to be unavailable under the open records laws. Coleman knows that, I know that so it seems that the OAG needs to give Coleman a crash course on how to REDACT that information from an other wise public document. Take an incident report for instance. Coleman needs to redact the DL number, the address of the officer if the crime occured at his home and his birthdate and release the rest of the document. Coleman makes the asinine (and time wasting ie: stalling) argument to the OAG that the entire document needs to be witheld because of two lines of entry in the form. He knows better. The most ludicrous objection of all that Coleman makes in his effort to thwart the public's right to know is that the entire Lima file (404 pages) is of, "no legitimate concern to the public." The subject of the open records request was the April 21st incident regarding the allegations listed below plus any complaints filed against Lima for the last 10 years and/or any 'non prosecution' forms signed by anyone in favor or not prosecuting Lima for the last ten years. In respect for Byron Lyons getting all the documents to the DA quickly and for the work load on the DA's office, I have changed the below headline from "Violates Law" to "Stall"
POLK COUNTY OFFICIALS STALL
Fully aware that the Texas Office of Attorney General will write all kind of letters ordering the release of records requested but apparently has no teeth they are willing to use on enforcement, Polk County officials have decided to stall on the open records requests from The Sentinel United Alliance when delivery of the records could prove more corruption.
In April of this year, Corrigan Detective, Chris Lima was cited for three counts of disorderly conduct by the Onalaska PD. Lima was scheduled for trial in August but pled out to Public Intoxication before his trial date. The Onalaska PD incident reports from that night included a narrative alleging not only that Chris Lima held a gun to a man's head and actually fired off some shots at his home in County jurisdiction but that the Polk County S.O. Sargent not only dismissed the allegations against Lima but requried the alleged victim of his alleged gun play antics to sign a 'non prosection' form before letting him leave the scene.
The Sentinel submitted an open records request for those specific documents August 20th and that request has been illegally and totally ignored. According to Chief Lyons, that request was turned over to Asst DA Tommy Coleman and the investigation of the incident was turned over to the Texas Rangers. We will follow up on that claim with DPS.
The Sentinel has reached out to the alleged victim for comment but has not heard back. Chris Lima claims he had proof to show he was not guilty that would come out at his jury trial but then he pled to Public Intoxication instead. It seems that Polk County does not want to release the non prosecution forms if they exist.
CHIEF LYONS SHEDS LIGHT
Byron Lyons, Polk Co S.O. Chief Deputy stated for the record that the videos were purged after 90 days because they were not part of an investigation. The only problem with that is our first open records request was well within the 90 days. "Tommy Coleman handles all of our open records requests", Lyons noted. Our readers may remember that open records request was the one Coleman went to the OAG twice to try and block. When the OAG ordered him to release the documents for the second time, Coleman sold me 14 blank pages at a dollar a page and then failed to release the dashcam or body cam. Coleman effectively stalled the release until after the 'purge date' passed. The collusion to effect an illegal eviction, make a stop with no probable cause and then cover up the crimes committed by Polk Co law enforcement is as obvious as the big ole nose on my face.
Occupations Code Sec. 1701.660. RECORDINGS AS EVIDENCE. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a recording created with a body worn camera and documenting an incident that involves the use of deadly force by a peace officer or that is otherwise related to an administrative or criminal investigation of an officer may not be deleted, destroyed, or released to the public until all criminal matters have been finally adjudicated and all related administrative investigations have concluded.
INEPT OR CORRUPT? YOU DECIDE
Probable Cause for the traffic stop on Bartunek, it appears, has come down to believing him or the former Polk County Detective, Byron Dunaways' incident report with no video to back it up. Although plainly requested in my first open records request by language that said, "any recording" pertaining to preparing or delivering the Criminal Trespass Warning to Anthony Bartunek, other investigators seeking proof thought that they (sic) might "play dumb" and that is why no video was released. Surely any department the size of Polk Co S.O. has that video technology. The Sentinel did a follow up open records request specifically for the dash cam and body cam footage and received this official reply.
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a hoot on several levels - so much for the 'Zero Tolerance' mantra
“Press freedom also has its limits,” he added darkly, suggesting journalists should be able to “feel what you are allowed to do, what you need to do” and not shine a light on politicians’ personal issues.
Prosecutors re examine evidence
""The ordinance isn't the only problem," Briscoe said. "The problem is an out-of-control police department."
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