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SAN JACINTO COUNTY 5/3/2018

26TH ANNIVERSAY OF UNSOLVED MURDER

The Natasha Atchley murder, some alledge rape and murder, remains unsolved twenty six years ago today.  The Sentinel has worked on the case a bit and even called a prison to request an interview with an inmate a year ago.  The next day, a cold case investigator called and asked me not to do the interview so as not to interfere with their investigation.  "They will lawyer up" was his reasoning if I contacted the man serving a 60 year sentence for a ten year crime in the TDCJ unit farthest from here.  "He was railroaded for what he knows and his entire inheritance stolen by the system" one friend claims. 

   A group of local sleuths, friends and family have refused to let the case die.  The reward has been increased and new eye witnesses have come forward with very disturbing but matching stories.   It has long been said that it was a Polk County crime that happened in San Jacinto County.  There is a group on facebook called 'Justice for Natasha' that is keeping the investigation alive, challenging the status quo and invading the heretofore power structure with social media that has become more powerful than the old guard that has kept their secrets so long.   Social media that brings distant witnesses to our very livingrooms. 

POINTBLANK AS IT GETS 5/29/2018

OPEN LETTER TO CHRISTOPHER LIMA

Hi Chris,

As you know, we are not friends in the real world or on facebook so I don’t have access to your fb posts.  The fact that I do have them from three different sources (including all the comments made) just proves again what I have been saying all along.  My sources will never dry up because as long as there are corrupt public servants, there will be honest folks close to them who can’t stand what they do but are not in a position to do anything about it.  Those folks have proven they are glad to share information with me and trust me not to reveal the source and to do the right thing with the information.

                We found your recent fb post especially telling in more than one way.  Over the years, we have had several who made the same false claims against me when I zeroed in on their corruption and brought some scrutiny to bear.   Royce Wells and Lou Rogers are two ex-cops that come to mind.  Where are they today?  Oh that is right, The Sentinel got their badges.  If I had to venture a guess, I would say that based on the evidence, there is a high probability that we will find you are doing exactly what you accuse others of.  Take for instance your “meet the deputy” article in The Buffalo Express News where you decry the evils of domestic violence.   You said;

 

            “During my career as a law enforcement officer in both Polk and most recently Leon County I have observed things that will remain forever engraved in my mind as it pertains to victims of domestic violence.

Domestic violence knows no race, creed, religion, or social status and can effect some of the most prominent and upstanding citizens as well as the repeat and well known offenders.   I take the offense of assault very seriously and would hope everyone in the State of Texas and particular this great community and citizens of Leon County will as well.”

 

                In that article, you take a stance that those who assault others, especially women, are the lowest of the low and now you are one.  Not only are you, ‘now one’ but the fact is that you have always been one according to the court records.  We noticed the date on that article was in 2015 but the first protective order we have found against you to protect a woman that a judge believed you threatened and abused was issued in 2002.  There is another one in 2017 but this one proves my point.  Fast forward to the more recent criminal assault charges against you as ‘Disorderly Conduct’, BOTH INVOLVING A WOMAN, and I call you a punk with a big mouth, a little gun and a tarnished badge.  Your photo on the golf cart with a woman who is not your wife and the apparent need you have to bump your gun on social media reminds me of the street punks that feel the need to display some cash and show their gun like it makes them somebody.  Being a man is about Character and Integrity, not bumping your gun.   There are plenty of good officers in Polk and San Jacinto County that demonstrate that trait daily. 

                Now you want to rant against anyone who would harm a child.  Is there something we need to know Chris?  You want to come clean with The Sentinel readers?  Are there children behind the scenes that are in danger from you like there were women when you were on that rant?  Time will tell but for now, what I want to bring out in this story is why in the world would Polk Co S.O., Corrigan P.D. and Polk County D.A.’s office circle the wagons to protect you?  How come I can find out about your past violence against women but none of them could prior to hiring you?  Or, as in the case of Tommy Coleman, were you hired BECAUSE of your ability to violate the public trust with impunity?   This is just speculation here but I believe that all three of those agencies protect you because they are scared you will sing like a canary if the pressure is on as in a legitimate prosecution of you for your crimes. 

While we are at it, let me say that It isn’t hard to see the similarities between you and Mark Hamilton.  Like you, he skipped around from department to department.  Like you, he had a reputation for being rough with women and pushing his weight around.  Like you he put up a front of being Mr. Law and Order.  Like you he worked for Polk County S.O. then went on to work for a Podunk small East Texas Department.   Like you, The Sentinel was on to him and publishing stories about his corruption that came to me via sources close to him before his arrest.  Where is he now? 

 

Steve Watson

LIVINGSTON 5/31/2018

POLK CO ENTERPRISE CORRECTS STORY ONLINE

Kelly Barnes and Chris Edwards worked together to get the story corrected and the website version of the paper updated to show the actual chronology of events.  The clip at left shows the error version but the headline is linked to the same page showing the corrected story and that my surrender was on April 25th and the search warrant for my computer was not executed until May 1st, nearly a week later.  It took over a month but Thank you Ms. Barnes and Chris Edwards. 

NOW.  How about a correction in the print editions near where you made the mistake ie:front page.  That is where I do my corrections.  If you don't correct the mistake, you are still making it. 

UPDATE 5/23/2018

MAJORITY OK WITH FAILED TACTICS

In a broad show of support for the failed 'real republican' tactics and a vote of confidence in the existing "Welcome to Polk County - come on vacation, leave on probation" image that the current prosecutor's office has developed for their community, a substantial percentage of the Polk County voters endorsed the 'status quo' by coming out to vote for John Wells.  Despite Well's lack of experience and lying ads, the intimidation tactics of having the incumbent prosecutor stand with him on the sidewalk at the polling place seems to have turned the tide in his favor locally.  San Jacinto County voters also embraced the continuation of the tyranny but by a much less degree than Polk.  Trinity County voters came through and propelled the most qualified and experienced candidate to victory in the race.  Wells' ad indicating his opponent, the Victorious Travis Kitchens, was the 'no change' candidate was the biggest lie in his last minute ad.  Some sources claim that the incumbent prosecutor stated he would resign if Kitchens won.  Waiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Now to follow up on that alleged unreported campaign expenditure.  

LIVINGSTON 5/20/2018

POLK CO 'real republican' ATTACKS

In a move that closely mimicks all of the so called, 'real republican' campaign tactics utilized in the primary, 258th District Judge candidate, John Wells confuses real world politics with facebook and the twitterverse.  Calling voters, "followers", Wells resorted to a low class personal attack ad in the Polk County Enterprise on the eve of the final vote for the Republican Primary run off election.  In so doing, Wells is ignoring the proven fact that the self same tactic failed miserably for ALL of the 'real republicans' that went (down) before him.  The ad that ran in the SJ News Times was not offensive like the Polk Co ad but the fact that the Polk County voters, people that know him already, soundly rejected Wells in the primary may have lent to the desperate home town tactic.

    The Sentinel offered via direct text message to Wells before the runoff to publish any document he could provide proving that he had probate experience or ever served as a special prosecutor.  Instead of shutting down his detractors with proof, Wells chose to ignore The Sentinel offer and resort to hurling personal attacks against what he calls, "a small group". 

     If the recent primary election is any indicator, Wells may as well pack it in and start licking his wounds.  The voters have shown they are fed up with lying political ads, low class tactics and mealy mouthed politicians that point and holler but never have proof.  In our years of vetting candidates, The Sentinel has seen a lot of candidates attack their opponents but this is the first time we have seen a desperate candidate attack the voters.        

    We did enquire of Wells today if he had the proof documents yet so we could publish them but we also asked, in light of the new voter attack tactic he used, if he even has a campaign manager.

    The voters have overwhelmingly chosen men and women this election who have a broad experience base, good moral character and that have NEVER run an attack ad in their lives.  That only describes ONE candidate in this run off and it isn't John Wells.

POLK COUNTY 3/17/2018

OFFICIAL NOTICE - NO OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION

Two Texas Rangers and one Federal official have informed The Sentinel to date that there is no official investigation of the OFBC/FFA embezzlement allegations in Onalaska Texas by them.   The Texas Rangers both gave The Sentinel verbal assurance that there was no investigation on going by them and a Federal agent replied to The Sentinel inquiry in writing assuring us that it would take more than allegations to instigate an official D.O.J. investigation.  

POLK COUNTY 5/4/2018

SENTINEL RELEASES SKETCHES OF SUSPECT

 

CONSTABLE GARSEE,

   Thirty four years later our community has not forgotten your service. One day your family and friends will see the justice they deserve. Constable is the oldest law enforcement position in our nation and one that we feel you understood the importance of. You lived in, were part of and responded to the very community you served. Your annual salary of $1.00 per year speaks volumes to your character and integrity. 

   On April 7, 1984 at approximately 5:45pm Polk County Precinct 3 Constable Johnnie Raymond "Bill" Garsee was shot 3 times and killed just outside his home in Moscow, Tx.
At the age of 62 Garsee was seeking his third term in the May 5th Democratic primary and was being challenged in the race by former Corrigan Police Chief Joel R. Lambright.
    A source that was close to the Constable claims he was preparing to expose the people behind a condoned gambling and prostituion ring operating in Polk County. 
    Constable Garsee was well known as a rodeo clown working in many venues including the Huntsville Prison Rodeo. He held the position of Trailboss for the Moscow-Camden Trailriders. Today in Corrigan, Tx, his rodeo legacy lives on with the Bill Garsee rodeo arena named in honor of his service and memory. 

    According to witnesses on the day of his murder Bill Garsee had just arrived home and gone to the feed barn about 100 feet behind his house to feed his dog. While he was in the barn, the shooter pulled into Constable Garsee's driveway and called to him. As Bill Garsee walked up to the late-model Chevrolet pick up truck, he was shot twice in the chest and once in the wrist. 

  Law enforcement officials have had two composite drawings of the suspect since shortly after the murder that were never released. According to former Polk County Sheriff Ted Everitt's statements to the Polk County Enterprise, Everitt felt that since descriptions of the suspect have varied, publication of the composite drawings at that point might have caused confusion.  
   Today we hope to bring the attention to Bill Garsee's case that it deserves in hopes that justice is finally served. 
 
B. A. Drew - Sentinel Contributor
original email

This is a screen snip out of a video submitted to The Sentinel yesterday showing an Inmate bound and being tortured with a tazer by county sheriff deputies.

 

See Full Story below

Above  is an 'evidence' photo submitted by the same source.

POINTBLANK 4/21/2018

SHERIFF DEPARTMENT TORTURES INMATE

   The only problem is that it was just a well crafted attempt to get us to run a false story about the Polk Co S.O. that could be debunked.  Instead, we debunked it first but tried to have a little fun with the 'source' first.  They went quiet and the phone number doesnt work.  It shows to be a good number assigned to someone in downtown Livingston but when you call it, it is a non working number.  Hmmmmm

   The video is a county sheriff inmate being tortured but it was published on youtube long before the 'source' claimed the incident occurred to 'her son' in Polk Co.  The event is real but it actually occurred in Tennessee.  The Cheatam County S. O. uniforms are almost identical to Polk Co.  The photo at right is a legitimate photo off of the Polk Co. S.O. website.  There is a woman on the fringe of the video that does have similar characteristics to the female deputy in the P.C.S.O. photo.  The perpetrator even supplied me a photo of her 'son' and close ups of tazer wound marks.  I wonder who would go to such great lengths that has an interest in ruining The Sentinel's credibility right now?   They don't know me.  I do make mistakes on occassion and even mixed up a sr and jr once in a pool party story but we do scrutinize everything that is submitted to The Sentinel despite whether the source is anonymous or names themselves.   This one didn't pass. 

UPDATE 1/26/2018

ADULT VINCENT DAUGHTER INSTRUCTS PUBLIC

In an effort to squelch scrutiny of her mother's crimes, the adult Vincent daughter has taken to social media to slam The Sentinel and instruct members of the public what they can and cannot post on social media.  In her privileged rant, Ms. Vincent admits her mother's guilt on the FBC embezzlement for all the world to see.

 

ONALASKA 1/24/2018

COMMUNITY BANDS TOGETHER - PROVIDES PROOF

   A disappointing result from local law enforcement and the prosecutor's office in Polk Co dragging their feet and giving Linda Vincent, wife of commissioner Ronnie Vincent cover for her crimes has backfired. 

   The Sentinel was challenged by the local Ranger with, "We don't start an investigation on a say so" and then DA Lee Hon totally ignored the issue despite The Sentinel's track record of accurate information.   It is not the only allegation of turning a blind eye to crimes committed by those in power that have been leveled against either man.  But that is another investigation.

   The Onalaska community was miffed and has had a belly full of the good ole boy system and has responded with production of the documents that are needed to prove embezzlement of FFA/4H Buyer's Club funds during Linda Vincent's tenure as treasurer.  A cooperative effort between several members in the community has resulted in evidence that warrants investigation. 

   Not all of the principals are known to The Sentinel.  One had access to actual bank records.  One had access to FFA Buyer's club records.  Another had access to dates and information that has been compiled over several years.  Another knows me and had enough confidence that we would protect their identity and do the right thing with the information that they collected them up and made the documents available to us via courier.   Only one is published above.  It is a bank record that shows the purchase of a cell phone, dinner for the Vincent family and a hotel paid for with the FFA/4H kid's money.   The 100 dollar cash withdrawal was done at an atm. 

   There are quite a few other instances of personal expenditures that had the effect of causing the Buyer's Club to bounce checks and incur many overdraft charges.  Another document is a forged letter on the bank letterhead explaining away an issue where Linda Vincent was questioned about disappearing money and 'the bank' took responsibility.  The only problem is the name of the signer is miss spelled and that person has confirmed that they never saw the letter much less signed it. 

  As is a Sentinel practice when an unsatisfactory answer is given at the local level, we often contact the tallest hog in the trough (no pun intended regarding the Vincent hog selling enterprise) to get some answers.  Why was this ignored?  What is the connection?  How deep does the embezzlement go?  How many organizations that Linda and Ronnie 'Boss Hogg' Vincent were involved with are missing money?  A short list of outfits that the Vincents had their hands in are, Little Dribblers, Texas Junior Livestock Assn, Polk Co Youth assn, Library Board, School Board.  There are others. 

   These documents will be made available to any official investigator that believes it warrants further investigation.  My number and address is posted in the left column.  Come see me.

 

Steve Watson - Publisher

   The screen shots of a recent email interchange between Polk County Commissioner, Ronnie Vincent and The Sentinel are partially displayed with this story.  In my inquiry email, my writing assures the commissioner that I will publish his reply in its entirety.  After careful consideration, our decision was to print this portion only but offer, at the commissioners request, to display the entire documents.

   The un displayed portion of my email inquires about two seperate allegations that have been made by so far reliable sources and his answer to those allegations. 

  Since The Sentinel has not obtained documented proof of the two and only had questions, we have considered our options of keeping our verbal committment to publish in the whole vs. bringing un proven allegations into the discussion. 

Linda Vincent fb 'friend'

UPDATE 1/15/2018

COMMISSIONER GIVES STATEMENT

A response to an email inquiry was received at The Sentinel offices. We will share that with the readers soon.

UPDATE 1/13/2018

LINDA VINCENT DELETES FB ACCOUNT

Too Late ma'am.   We already have a sneaking suspicion why no one seemed interested in prosecuting you three months ago when The Sentinel brought the information to Polk County officials.  Stay tuned because we have several more fb tidbits we will be sharing this coming week.

ONALASKA 1/12/2018

PUBLIC TRUST VIOLATED BY LOCAL LEADER

Matt 10:26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

 

Linda Vincent, wife of Polk County Pct 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent has violated the complete trust placed in her by the FBC Onalaska for many years according to Sentinel sources.  Our investigation has shown a pattern of forgery, fraud, theft and embezzlement that has racked up a total in excess of a quarter million dollars over quite a few years as Ms. Vincent held the position of church secretary.  Sources close to the matter state that church minutes were forged granting Ms. Vincent permission to cash in some FBC Certificates of Deposit in a local bank.  When interviewing an official associated with the Baptist General Convention and the local church and attempting to confirm the initial amount as 60K stolen, The Sentinel was told several months ago, "We don't know what the total will end up being because we are just now beginning an audit of all the books and all the accounts." 

    We reached out to Commissioner Vincent offering to publish any statement he or his wife would make verbatim and got no response. 

Linda Vincent FB photo

ONALASKA 1/8/2018

CHURCH SEEKS PROSECUTION AS AMOUNT EMBEZZLED PASSES 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS

According to Sentinel sources, The FBC Onalaska has sought help from Polk county prosecutor Lee Hon to prosecute the crimes perpetrated against the church as a combination of stolen CD's, credit card abuse and just plain ole writing checks to family has brought the amount past the quarter million dollar mark.  Reliable sources indicate it may be as high as 300K of stolen money. 

ONALASKA 12/7/2017

FBC ONALASKA CONSIDERS OUTSIDE AUDIT

Following a more thorough look at the financial records of FBC Onalaska, a couple of the church's credit cards have questionable expenses charged under the last pastor totaling in excess of 30K dollars.  The leadership is considering having an outside audit done.  The partial funds recovered (approx 45K) from the thief of the certificates of deposit are now earmarked to pay that outstanding credit card debt to prevent any further interest payments being made on the debt.  At least one person in the Onalaska community has contacted The Sentinel, identifying the unnamed person correctly and issuing a warning of a pattern of involvement with the money end of many local organizations ranging from Little Dribblers to the Library.  The Sentinel did confirm with official Polk County sources that this investigation was turned over to law enforcement and the DA in short order. 

UPDATE 12/1/2017

NOTARY DAUGHTER HAS FRAUDULENT SEAL

In a 'mum is the word' obstacle to The Sentinel investigation by all parties involved, we can only present the facts we are able to obtain through open records and proven reliable sources. Open Records are often a time consuming process but there are some provacative twists to the story.  The woman (soon to be named) who embezzeled the money from the FBC Onalaska has a grown daughter who is a local Notary and was formerly employeed by a local Onalaska bank where she used her seal on banking business.  A simple perusal of the S.O.S. site that regulates Notary Publics revealed that this notary had two seals and two Notary ID numbers registered with the Secretary of State based on a fraudulent Social Security number on a 2016 application.    We have no proof that her daughter was involved in the embezzlement fraud but we have confirmed that her employment with the bank was ended soon after The Sentinel gave the information to the Texas Rangers and Polk County officials.  According to the S.O.S. spokesperson, the fraudulent seal and ID will be voided and recombined with her original Notary file.  We have written an OR request for the Notary Record Pages since her tenure began.  More on this story as it develops.

11/27/2017

NO "OFFICIAL" INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY

Despite verbal confirmation to The Sentinel from church officials that it did occur, no action is being taken on the alleged embezzlement of more than 50K dollars from the Onalaska First Baptist Church by a prominent member and former employee.  Ranger Young was given the call to look into the allegations when the information was brought to law enforcement but the Ranger has not spoken with the church official according to him as of today.  DA Lee Hon's office does not have a case listed according to his office spokesperson today.  The allegations that this member forged signatures that required a notary seal to cash in CD's belonging to the church, confirmed by a church official, do not warrant an investigation according Ranger Young unless someone brings him some evidence.  "We don't start an investigation on a say so", the Ranger clarified.   The Baptist General Convention lead counsel clamped down on any information and all the members are being told DO NOT discuss the case with anyone. 

   The Sentinel investigation continues.   The church documents nor the bank documents are subject to open records laws but sources indicate there may be other places to look related to public funds that are subject to open records. 

BANK ACCOUNT OPEN

The Bank of San Jacinto County
P.O. Box 100
100 Hwy 150 W.
Coldspring, Texas 77331

(936) 653-4395

It is known as the:

"Defend the 1st Amendment" acct.

 

The Bank of SJC has agreed to open a bank account and has accepted donations to it.  That account is dedicated to attorney fees, bond payments and legal expenses for defending our 1st Amendment rights.  The Sentinel will NOT have any access to the money.  

HOWEVER   

The donation button below does go directly to The Sentinel for our operation.  The 'Donate' button does not show up on phone apps one reader pointed out.  It does show up on the computer version. 

   

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