CLEVELAND 9/24/2023


A local natural wetlands that has long been called, "Boggy Creek" by locals that lies between hiway 59 and Plum Grove Rd in behind the Texas Timberjack location is under threat of damage.  

     An oil skimmer 'cement pond' between the industrial washrack and the wetlands would seem to be the least effort that could be made to protect the natural wetland  but a Sentinel investigation has revealed no such  drainage infrastructure in place.  

Underline added for emphasis by Sentinel 


State Rep. Bailes: Delivering for House District 18
By State Rep Ernest Bailes
Throughout the 88th Legislature's regular session and in two subsequent special sessions, legislators have been working tirelessly over the past seven months to deliver legislative victories for our constituents. As state representative for House District 18, I was proud to champion legislation that will substantially improve our great state for many years to come. While we aren’t done yet, these victories address the issues that matter most to our community, from school safety to infrastructure to major property tax reform. 
Starting with the biennial budget, or House Bill 1, we appropriated $144.13 billion to fund the state’s operations over the next two years. This fiscally conservative budget spends a substantial amount of the anticipated $32.7 billion surplus while still staying well below the state’s spending limits. This budget includes several provisions to address the issues that matter most including: 
• Securing our southern border by directing $5.1 billion to border security efforts at the 13 state agencies tasked with defending our border; 
• Boosting the state’s share of public education to $50.4 billion, including $3.2 billion to fund projected enrollment growth; 
• Protecting Texas students in the classroom with $1.4 billion for school safety grants that will equip campuses with tools needed for potential emergencies (when combined with supplemental appropriations); 
• Dedicating $17.6 billion to much needed property tax relief for ALL property owners; 
• Improving Texas infrastructure with $9.3 billion for infrastructure-related projects, and so much more (when combined with supplemental appropriations). 
After passing the budget, the legislature turned its attention to several key pieces of legislation. I worked with my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle to get numerous of these comprehensive and purposeful bills across the finish line. Some of these notable bills include: 
• The Texas Data Privacy and Security Act ensures that all Texans have the rights and abilities they deserve to control their personal data online, while the Securing Children Online Through Parental Empowerment (SCOPE) Act makes sure Texas children are safe from addictive algorithms and harmful content. 
• Improving our infrastructure through the Texas Broadband Infrastructure Fund and the Texas Water Funds. These funds will transform the state’s ability to tackle modern infrastructure projects, including providing statewide internet access and protecting our future water supply. 
• Several measures to protect Texas students including requiring the presence of an armed security guard on all campuses, expanding mental health training programs, and improving school safety infrastructure. 
The Texas Legislature took on numerous other bipartisan priorities this session. I was glad to support these meaningful legislative solutions that address a wide range of issues. We reined in rouge district attorneys who continue to refuse to prosecute criminal offenses by classifying refusal to follow the law as official misconduct. We also worked to boost public education by improving the teacher recruitment process, and passed legislation to take better care of our retired teachers with a cost of living adjustment as well as a 13th check. 
This session, we passed several measures to support the “One Pill Kills” campaign to combat the growing national fentanyl crisis plaguing Texas and the United States. With the passage of House Bill 6, we increased the penalties for fentanyl-related crimes in Texas. 
These are just a handful of the measures I proudly supported this session. 
Just this past Thursday, the Texas House and Senate passed a series of measures providing the largest property tax cut in Texas history. SB 2, SB 3, and HJR 2 will address your growing property tax bills from a variety of angles. 
Highlights of the measures include:  
• An increase in the Texas homestead exemption to $100k on 5.72 million Texas homeowners ISD property tax bills, effective on this year’s property tax bill; 
• Over $12 billion spent on reducing the school property tax rate for all homeowners and business properties; 
The establishment of three elected, non-partisan positions added to each County Appraisal District board of directors in order to increase democratic representation in these entities;
• Non-homesteaded properties, valued at $5 million and under, including residential and commercial properties, will receive a 20% circuit breaker on appraised values as a 3-year pilot project; 
• and an increased exemption for the business franchise tax from $1 million to $2.47 million. 
Some proponents of the legislation anticipate an average Texas homestead savings of 41.5% or $1373 per year.
While I am grateful to be back home in the district with Courtney and the boys, I look forward to providing more details on the work I accomplished at the Texas Capitol. For questions about this session, please contact my Capitol office at 512-463-0570. For information about setting up a meeting in the district or for a local issue, contact my District Office at (936) 628-6687.
I thank each one of you for the opportunity to serve you in Austin and work hard on these many issues for HD-18. 


COLDSPRING 7/19/2023


Having fallen silent about The "Sundance Killing" of Dennis Ray Hollis by former SJC onstable, Lou E. Rogers simply because nothing was done, it is encouraging that a new generation of investigative journalists are asking questions.  

   Recent requests to The Sentinel for the original autopsy report and "any scrap of evidence" we have on the case encourages this old coot that a murderer may finally be brought to justice.  

    It isn't just the Sundance Killing either.  The Sentinel had an eye witness to former Constable, Lou Rogers picking murder victim, Carter White, up at his home, in uniform and in his Constable patrol car the evening before Carter White's body was found.    Sentinel readers will remember that Carter's body was dumped on Harrel Rd, shot in the head but the difference was the bullet was dug back out of his head.  Why trash a perfectly good pistol over ballistic testing?   

   We all knew Carter White was just a two bit drug dealer that worked the corner in Pointblank but he was still a human being.  The witness  told me he would come forward if I could get Rogers badge and gun.  We got his badge via the ballot box but never could get his gun.  

    Here are the questions that we listed that remain un answered.

Questions that need a public answer


  1. Why was there such a concerted effort to spread the false information that the Autopsy report showed Dennis Ray Hollis’ death to be a suicide when the report states plainly; Cause of Death – UNDETERMINED?


  1. Why would the Medical Examiner include a ‘Comment’ to close the Autopsy Report that said “If other information or investigation occur that reveals more facts or evidence, then this case will again be reviewed and evaluated” unless he felt there were suspicious circumstances or unanswered questions?


  1. Why would Mark Price’s former investigator, Robert “Bob” Renfro, who was involved in the shooting first hand, claim to have a “report in his files that shows it to be a suicide” but could not produce it when asked to do so.


  1. How could Dennis Ray Hollis (D-Ray) have taken the gun and shot him self yet he had no gun powder residue on his hands?


  1. Why did Lou Rogers go into the Sundance and “clean up” and change shirts immediately after the incident?


  1.   Why was there no gunpowder residue test of Lou Rogers’ hands?


  1. How could Dennis Ray Hollis, who by witness accounts and confirmed by the autopsy report, had been severely beaten around the head, take a gun away from Lou Rogers, hyper extend his right arm to an un natural position to self inflict a gunshot wound to his right temple, entering just in front and slightly above the ear canal, and having a forward and upward trajectory with the bullet ending up in his left front brain lobe?  Why does that trajectory match this eyewitness statement made to KHOU reporter - “Lou Rogers had Dennis Ray by the top of his head, and had his pistol out right next to his head?”


  1. Why would Dennis Ray Hollis have shot himself in the leg first, then pressed the gun barrel into his head so hard that it would leave the barrel and gun sight impression at the entrance of the gun shot, which was still visible when the autopsy was begun?


  1. Who spread all the rumors that Dennis Ray Hollis was drunk and hopped up on drugs when the autopsy report showed him to be sober, healthy and absolutely no trace of any drugs in his system?


  1. How come Dennis Ray Hollis was killed just days before a divorce became final that would have left his ex without a claim on a large financial settlement?


  1. What was/is the relationship between Dennis Ray Hollis’s ex, her mother, the flower shop financing and Constable Lou Rogers?


  1. Why did Constable Lou Rogers pick that time and place to arrest Dennis Ray Hollis rather than wait until he was at home?


  1. What motivation would Constable Lou Rogers have that made him go out of his way to find a warrant from some other county to arrest Dennis Ray Hollis on?

It is our hope that these two murders will FINALLY be investigated and not swept under the rug any longer.  


If you are interested in helping us continue with our efforts, be sure to hit the donate button below and seek closure for Dennis Ray's mother.  An interesting twist of late is that sources indicate that the recent shooting victim of officer Chris Simmons is the half brother of the Sundance Victim who has been pressing for answers.  We are seeking more information on that case also.

SAN JACINTO CO 6/17/2023


The loving mother of the Honorable 258th District Judge, Travis Kitchens Jr passed away late last night or early this morning.    Judge Kitchens, for the first time, missed the Juneteenth celebrations at the SJC Courthouse this morning to be with her in her final hours.

   What a fitting tribute to her death to be celebrating one of if not the greatest Christian accomplishments of our great nation at the time she passed.  We are searching for the picture of Mrs. Kitchens holding the bible her son was sworn into office with and will post it soon.  The love for her son absolutely radiates in her face.  

ONALASKA 5/2/2023  4:30 pm



The body of a missing 77 year old Livingston man was discovered in the woods just past Canyon Park about an hour ago.  According to sources, the deceased man was last seen 04/17/2023 walking back from Point Blank and had used the bank recently but no wallet found with the deseased. Foul play has not been ruled out.



Long standing issues with a sluggish dockett under soon to be former Polk Co DA, Lee Hon have been addressed and much done to relieve the back pressure since Hon's defeat in the last race.  Trinity County is making good progress and Polk County has had a great turnaround due to several factors that have changed or been streamlined since the last elections.  San Jacinto County has not made the same progress and The Sentinel has delved into the reasons why.  "Every body deserves a speedy trial" one Criminal Justice worker stated as we interviewed and questioned several who hold key positions that can make or break the forward motion of our docketts.  

    Hon, who is infamous for holding suspects for years in jail without a trial and with no evidence then dismissing at the last minute is obviously the main culprit.  Hon has stacked up THOUSANDS of backlog cases during his long tenure as the self professed, self labled "Prince of Polk County".   

    In our quest for answers, The Sentinel went right to the folks that know and asked questions.  

     The substantial progess in Polk County is based on several factors.  We are not going to name names but will share the observations of people involved in the process.  One of the greatest advantages that Polk Co has is that both district judges office in the Polk Co Courthouse and the District Attorney's office and the Distict Clerk's office there have immediate access to them and their respective Court Coordinators.  

     Another major advantage that Polk County has is having the County Court at Law Judge position.  In the Texas system, that court can hear many cases prior to them being in District court where as, even with the San Jacinto County Judge Faulkner being a licensed and practicing attorney, he is limited in what cases he can hear. 

    In our research project, we have learned that efiling is playing an important role but does have it's pitfalls.  Working from paper files has its advantages but instant delivery is not one of them.  

    The biggest concern The Sentinel has with efiling is that the judge might inadvertantly see files that he should not see prior to the case being brought before his court.  

    One major change that has taken place in Polk County allowing the docket to move forward has been the willingness of the ADA's to work with the court more openly and professionally since the corrupt Lee Hon is no longer a long term threat to their career.  This has led to the ADA's forging a more professional and trusting relationship with other members of the Criminal Justice system in Polk County.

    The Sentinel has never had complaints on the ADA's other than Tommy Coleman. 

   Now that the remaining ADA's can see that the incoming DA is NOT going to follow Hon's retaliatory practice of letting the process be the punishment (years in jail before the first court date), there has been way more communication between the different offices.  


CONROE 8/25/2022


A dark money outfit that pretended to be family oriented and who endorsed evey candidate that ever ran against native son, Ernest Bailes for the HD 18 seat was shown their lack of discernment today by an arrest in Conroe.      The director of 'Texas Right to Life', a dark money laundering outfit,  Lucas Bowen was arrested in a sting and charged for soliciting what he thougt was a minor child for sex. The article is linked to the headline.

Emily Cook who ran against Bailes once was a registered lobbyist and attorney for the alleged pro life group.  Cook received 80 thousand dollars from the organization in a dark money effort to buy a seat.  Keith Strahan was before her and Janice Holt after her.  One thing in common is they all bad mouthed Ernest Bailes with lies about his ardent pro life voting record and the other thing is, they all got their butt beat with the truth despite the great influx of dark money from a dark money outfit.  These are folks that don't care where the money comes from and whose only purpose is to shield that information from coming out.  Hats off to Ernest Bailes for never accepting a penny from this dark money group run by Lucas Bowen. 


ANGELINA CO 6/25/2022


Recognizing that her case to withold the video is on flimsy ground already, Angelina Co DA, Janet Cassels delivered an 'ammended' certified letter to our office today denying us the video adding that she was also claiming exemption under the, "Common law privacyrights".

   After DA Cassels initial reply/request that we withdraw the request because it was exempt from disclosure,  we politely declined to withdraw but did agree to allowing all the images and voice of the once upon a time, minor. and just leave the part showing David Stua intact, we thought that would alleviate her concerns about unwanted publicity for the young man.

We would point out that the video was shot in public on a community college campus.  There is no expectation of privacy in public,  The video was live streamed and published in a public media.   


There are several elements that must be met in order to make a claim of violation of ones privacy.  They are:

(1) appropriation of the plaintiff’s “name or likeness for the value associated with it”;  (2) the plaintiff can be identified from the publication; and (3) the defendant received “some advantage or benefit.”

We have agreed in writing to redacting all identifiers of the young man.  We have no advantage or benefit.  If the Angelina County DA's are making false claims and filing false charges, THAT is definately a matter of public concern.


    Now it appears to be something more driving her determination to keep the video out of our hands.  Is there anyone out there that happened to download the video before it was removed from the East Texas Reporter FB page?  Contact info is in the left column.







In a convoluted and allergic to transparency response, Angelina County DA makes it up as she goes trying to hide public information.   A simple strait forward request for a copy of the video live streamed, recorded and published by East Texas Reporter, David Stua seems to keep her, the DA before her and two judges determined not to ever let the public see the video again.  The problem is, The Sentinel, America White and others are just as determined to find the truth.

       In a case that has been on the books for years and already resulted in solitary confinement of a man for over a year with no trial and no conviciton, that same video has been touted as the proof of his guilt.  

    The presentation made to the grand jury by Martin, seeking his original indictment indicated Stua exposed himself to the young man on the college campus while live streaming the event to his East Texas Reporter FB page.  It didn't happen. Now that the case is disposed of, the DA's 'artistic linguism' has come to light.   The video was played in court as evidence so why hide it?   Could it be that it disproves the allegations of the State?

    As we pointed out before, Both Martin and Cassels, Judge Ball and White were given open records requests by Stua before these charges were brought against him  and they all should have recused themselves.  Instead, they collaborated to impose unconstitutional bond conditions and keep the man in jail, in solitaire for over a year.

The fact that Cassels was willing to dismiss all the sexual charges (stacked 9 high) if Stua signed a plea deal speaks volumes to the lack of validity of the sex charges to start with.


    The Sentinel requested the video under open records weeks ago.  Ms. Cassels emailed back requesting that I withdraw the request but assuring she would seek the Attorney General's opinion if I did not.  The Sentinel politely declined to with draw the request and were met with another letter from the DA declaring that the video was confidential and would not be released.  Now for the battle at the OAG's office.  Is Ken Paxton going to come down on the side of transparency or help Angelina County DA's and judges continue to hide the truth?  We will see.

     As brought out in a previous article, Ms. Cassels is trying to hide the video under the statute exemption to protect a video or audio recording SHE made of an interview of a witness while investigating a crime.  That is dis honest because she did NOT make this video.  


   One of the more troubling aspects of this case that has recently come to light is that while the DA had access to Stua's 'East Texas Reporter' FB page to take the video down, a lot of other documents pertaining to her and the judges were also deleted.  


DISTRICT 12 5/24/2022


LONG LONG AGO, in a race far away, now twice defeated candidate, 

Ben 'the Li2us' Bius ran a lying political ad against a good representative, Dan Ellis.  His lying ad, when exposed by The Sentinel, cost him that election.   A simple letter to the editor with proof of the Bius shady money transactions were enough to knock him out of that race years ago.  This most recent race proves that the track record and trust that incumbant District 12 State Rep, Kyle Kacal has earned during his tenure, both among constituents and his peers in our state government could not be overcome by the Bius money machine.  Bius' self designation on the attached campaign finance report we published , designating himself as a 'full time candidate' was met with a vote tally that says plainly to Bius, "get a job'.   





US Senate Judicary hearing into the abject failure of the FBI to adequately investigate and persue prosecution of those in a position of power who failed the female gymnasts molested by Larry Nassar named The Walker County Sheriff and his investigators as the "Only ones" who were diligent in their efforts to seek justice for these girls.  Nassar was prosecuted and imprisoned but the 'networking' of people who exploit and abuse children is big business.    Evidence Sheriff could have used to shine some light on who was allowing this activity to go on in the big dollar organization was withheld.  From the female nurse who damn sure should have been present for any 'exam' failed.  Who ever was saddled with the public trust to make sure that female nurse had integrity and character and was there failed.  


    None of the gymnasts were supporting or extoling the virtue of the FBI or their agents in the case and infact cited incident after incident where the FBI not only failed to investigate and interview but went out of their way to thwart the investigation and intimidate the girls in an attempt to cower them into silence.   Any therapist will tell you that speaking of traumatic stress in your life is part of the healing process. 


        The testimony that came out in the hearing showed that Sheriff McRae and his Detectives were diligent in thier effort since the Bella Koroli gymnastic facility was in Walker County but that the FBI refused them access to the evidence they were trying to collect.  That is a bass akwards approach to Law enforcement.  Yeah you feds with the big bucks and hi tech labs are worth your weight in gold to a rural community but to hamstring the man elected by the people and keep him from doing the job he was elected to do is just some self aggrandizing federal BS.  It is our neck of the woods, not yours.


   It came out later in the testimony that one of the FBI agents who kept Sheriff McRae from getting the evidence has been charged with evidence handling crimes but has pled not guilty.   Others who failed the girls were allowed to resign and collect a pension in lieu of being prosecuted.


    I said all of that to say this.  It was like a Deja Vu of what we have suffered in Polk county when evidence submitted to the Texas Rangers and FBI disappears and no witness is interviewed or evidence collected in answer to the outcry of the people to oust the corrupt DA, William Lee Hon for his crimes.  The ignorance of those charged with the privilege and the duty of protecting we the people have instead ground a long time child advocate and civil rights activist into observing that, "Their power is in ignoring us".  They have ground a 30 year retired federal agent into observing the non responsive manner of current administration to our plight.  


    Allowing the current state of affairs of our highest leadership to exist is an indictment of we the people who don't speak up. In that vein, Mexicans, Negroes and Caucasians have joined our voices together but still we are ignored.  Male and female, fat and skinny, ugly and pretty have spoken out to no avail. One woman referred to the uselessness of reporting harrassment to Polk Co higher ups because, "They got their zipper down too".  



The East Texas Reporter has been jailed on a bond revocation hearing for posessing a phone.  David Stua was originally jailed in Dec of 2018 on a charge of 'Sexual Performanace of a Child' for telling two teenage minors on the college campus that he believed in Circumcision and then asked, "Do you want to see the proof?"  

    Stua's live stream video interviews were transmitted from the Angelina College campus where the librarian had called the law on him for using the word 'circumcision' in the library earlier that week.  In protest of what he considered censorship, Stua began live streaming to FB as he asked several on the campus if they 'wanted to see the proof' after expressing his belief in circumcision.  Stua would then display a certificate that stated that he believed in circumcision.  

       The campus cop who filed the affidavit was watching the live stream as it occurred but did not effect the arrest then but waited a week.  The minors nor their parents filed a complaint according to Stua.  In his affidavit (a sworn statement that would subject the affiant to perjury charges for lying), the officer stated in his arrest affidavit that Stua asked the minors if they wanted to see his genitals.   Stua adamantly denies that allegation and contends the language was used to get him indicted. 

        The live stream video has been taken down but is in the posession of the DA.  The alleged crime occured over two years ago and was live streamed but the DA does not seem able to get that case to court but instead, goes for bond revocation because the man, who is required to work to pay fees associated with his bond has a phone.  

         According to Stua, he was offered a plea deal that included him never asking for open records again.  The kicker is, both judges involved and the DA have born the brunt of Stua's open records requests and both judges, according to Stua, refused to produce records he requested and he had written them with his intention to sue both judges for those records just prior to his arrest.  

        The statute used to charge Stua was written to prosecute monsters who induce children to committ a sex act so they can film them to produce child porn.  The next paragraph of the statute speaks to the parents who allow that activity being prosecuted.  

         The judge who set the bond conditions, who had been targeted by Stua, forbid Stua to have any device with a camera or seek open records while on bond.  David Stua was born and raised in Angelina county and has never been in trouble before but his bond conditons were excessive compared to past cases of actual child predators in Angelina County.

          Joe Martin was the DA who accepted the week old affidavit and moved forward for the indictment without a complaint by the minors or their parents.  We all know that Joe Martin was trained by the Corrupt Lee Hon out of Polk county on how to silence pesky open record seeking, proof publishing reporters.  Martin used the same lying statements to get me indicted on false charges there for seeking open records and publishing proof of DA Hon's many crimes.   

        If the video proves that David Stua never asked the minor if he wanted to "see my genitals', the cop needs to be prosecuted for his crime.   Unless he is killed in jail for the nature of his charges, Stua will get to court and possibly beat the charges but even if he does, he can't beat the ride.  As is the norm for all corruption in the criminal justice system and as I have said after studying the 600 plus dismissals in four years for lack of evidence in Hon's office, "The process is the punishment".   

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