FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD LIVINGSTON
GOD GLORIFIED CELEBRATING HER LIFE
Family and friends gathered to bring closure to the tragic death of Ms. Alice in the mostly white A.O.G. church in Livingston Texas yesterday. Emotional testimony was given by more than one along with the reading of a very special letter Ms Alice penned to her pastor and his wife days before her death. One family member told the story of how they tried to get Ms. Alice to quit going to that "white church" but Ms Alice was adamant they said, replying, "They truley love me there".
Testifying and singing Praises was the most prevelant part of the service and it showed many white and black that we all have a lot in common. Ms Alice broke the mold of our country being more segregated on Sunday mornings than any other time. Love is God's purest expression.
MS SHINE PASSES
Alice Shine passed away from her injuries within an hour of being removed from life support according to family. She never was able to communicate any information regarding her injuries. A few facts remain undisputed. Ms Shine was fatally injured. She was in custody. No official statement has been given.
MS SHINE ON LIFE SUPPORT
No improvement and she is not breathing on her own. Ms. Shine has been moved to a room out of ICU but is not doing well per sources.
The elderly woman in ICU is named Alice Shine, not Wills. She is sister to Rhonda Wills, mother of Carl Wills. We have not received any official statement yet but have gathered more information on the incident.
Ms. Shine was "arrested" at the Livingston Hospital on a Criminal Trespass charge but never booked in to the jail both agencies claim per family. She had been in the local hospital but was discharged and "refused to leave". Close family stated that they have received conflicting stories about the injuries Ms. Shine sustained with one being she fell out of her wheel chair and struck her head in that fall. They also stated that the local hospital refused to admit her after the injury despite the fact that just days prior, she was being treated and incurred a high medical bill.
Both Livingston PD and the Polk Co S.O. are named in the allegations as having had contact and even custody of Ms. Shine but neither agency takes responsibility for booking her in on the charges. She was transported to Kingwood after being injured where she remains unconscious in ICU.
We are still seeking information but have a reliable source stating that Ranger Ryan Clendennen is investigating the incident.
ELDERLY INMATE HOSPITALIZED WITH INJURIES
A 63 year old female inmate being held in the Polk County jail was found having seizures and vomiting Saturday morning before noon according to what little information has been available through Sentinel sources regarding the incident. Alice Wills, Auntie to the young man, Carl Wills whose murder remains unsolved, was taken by EMS from the Polk County jail to Livingston Hospital then Kingwood where she remains in I.C.U.
The Sentinel has sought a statement from Sheriff Lyons but following up with Ms. Wills family and friends indicates the doctor has determined that severe head trauma is what led to the seizures.
Ms. Shine has a long medical history of mental health issues according to family and friends who wonder how the injuries occurred and are seeking answers.
DA TRIES TO BOARD TRANSPARENCY TRAIN
In a 180 degree 'turn around', DA Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon posts on his face book soliciting any more complaints about mistreatment in the Polk Co. Jail. This 'too late now' and shallow display of feigned integrity will not fool the voters of Polk County. In his sleight of hand move, Hon makes the facebook post with one hand while using the other to prevent The Sentinel from getting legally available public records regarding some of the incidents we have inquired about.
Sheriff Byron Lyons' administration has been transparent and it is him that has tackled the issues plaguing the Polk County jail, NOT Lee Hon. Sheriff Lyons does not advertise or send me unsolicited information but has been responsive to my requests and given answers to the questions we have asked. My sources say he is wondering how I get the information but at the same time, he responds to the inquirey.
Be ready for Lee Hon to throw anyone under the bus whom he thinks he can in order to feign integrity at this late date.
JERRY UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
DA Hon refused to release prior complaints filed against Jerry and the basic report of the current incident that has him in hot water based on the fact that there is an ongoing criminal investigation according to the CC letter to the OAG open records division request for opinion Hon submitted. We will argue that the prior complaints and the basic report of time, date, nature of complaint and complainant's name is public information. We are not asking for evidence, just proof of prior complaints and the most basic info on this one. DA Hon argues that release of the information "is an invasion of privacy" to the former jail captian.
At the same time, The Sentinel continues to receive seemingly credible complaints about Jerry torturing inmates at the Polk County jail with physical violence and tazers over the last year. These particular complaints began coming in BEFORE Jerry was suspended and were in the process of being vetted by The Sentinel when the latest incident came to light and we broke the story. If there really is an investigation, Mr. Texas Ranger, I will make those emails available to you. I remain the easiest man to find in East Texas. Is there any particular reason why the Ranger assigned to Polk Co is officed in a broom closet under the stairs in the old courthouse?
POLK COUNTY S.O.
WILLIAM JERRY FIRED
Sentinel sources outside the dept were mostly right according to an official statement from the Polk County S.O. in that Captain William Jerry was fired and there was an appeal. According to the official statement, Sheriff Byron Lyons did hear the appeal but upheld the firing of Jerry.
DA HON'S SECRETARY ARRESTED
Jessica Dawn Adams, long time employee of Polk Co DA, Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon was arrested following an altercation in the Whataburger parking lot according to sources. Sources indicate Ms. Adams was acting quite drunk and beligerant during and after her arrest . Those sources claim Ms. Adams was seeking favors because of her position with the DA's office but was arrested anyway because of her lack of cooperation.
Sentinel sources indicate that the person Ms. Adams is alleged to have assaulted at the Whataburger is the sister of Adams' estranged, 'baby daddy' and that Adams initiated the confrontation. Further research indicates that Ms. Adams had been made to leave a local bar just prior to this confrontation because, it was said, she had assaulted someone else there. We have sought a statement from Ms. Adams employer regarding the incident.
POLK CO 12/19/2020
SYSTEMIC CORRUPTION REARS UGLY HEAD AGAIN
A recent article about the Livingston Water Tower getting maintinence do over skips right past the underlying fact that the people who owned the property that was taken by emminent domain HAVE NOT BEEN PAID.
There was a board appointed to establish the value of the property to be paid to the owners. The board agreed on a fair value of 29 thousand dollars and the City of Livingston promptly paid that amount into the registry of the court. That is where it stops. No amount of effort by the heirs have been able to effect a payment for the property. According to Mr. Criswell, his multiple efforts to get his share have been ignored.
That is bad enough on it's own but to add insult to injury, several have conspired together to steal Mr. Criswell's property in Seven Oaks too. I say 'steal' because it is theft. A 22.5 acre tract in the A-36 BJ Harper survey that has been in his family and fronted on a prescriptive public road r.o.w. for over a hundred years is all of the sudden 'land locked' simply because Ronnie Legget decides it is land locked. "That was never anything but an electrical easement", Legget stated to The Sentinel during a recent interview where he admitted to fencing the Criswells out not long after he purchased the property in 2005. "I didn't mind him using the road but I didn't like all of his (Criswell's) grandkids coming in there." Leggett stated.
The most basic research show that the US Hwy 59 r.o.w. map made a cross over at Hester Ln in 1969 in recognition of the public road being there. Either the city, county or state put a public road sign on it, "Hester LN". Before Hwy 59 was there, the road turned off of Hwy 35 and after 59 came in, it was a thru road for years until a bridge over Mud Creek rotted and was not replaced leaving Hwy 59 as the public access.
At left is an image snipped from Google Earth Pro set for the year 2005. If you click on the image it will expand to see those details verified but the purpose of the image is to show a road being used regulary to access several pieces of old family land cut out of the A-36 BJ Harris Abstract in Polk County
Let us do a little 'value' study and explore just how the corrupt good ole boy system works. At left is a map of the 7 Oaks city limits and the immediate area south of the City limits. Four parcels are hilighted at left that we will reference. The first parcel is the Criswell tract, Property ID # 12971. As the map and above photos show, there has always been a road to the property. Mr Criswell's people have been on that land for over 100 years. One old house that his aunt lived in is in ruins now but faces the gate and road that has been used over a century. In the 1996 Google earth shot above, you can see the dark square shadow of the roof still even though it was in ruins then. That house never had electricity but the ice man brought out ice regularly and the butane man brought butane. Both of those vendors used the road to deliver their goods BEFORE the electric lines were put in. Before Hwy 59 went in, the road intersected Hwy 35. Criswells property value has been tripled in the last dozen years according to CAD records. His property is valued today at $3,776 dollars per acre.
Right below Criswell's tract is the 48 acre parcel Ronnie Legget bought (prop id# 12816) in 2005 per CAD records and sold in 2008. Before selling the parcel that you can see fronts Hwy 59 and hwy 35, Leggett proceeded take Criswell's fence down and build a new fence on the north side of the prescription public r.o.w. that Criswell's ancestors and 5 other property owners used to access their property. After Legett moved the fence to the other side of the road, he ran the fence along the north side of the road until he got within 200 feet of the Hwy 59 r.o.w. and then swapped his fence back to the south side of the road and gated it at that point. After all there is a Hwy 59 cross over and a county road sign that are a testament to the fact that the public r.o.w. was there in 1969 when Hwy 59 came thru. How odd that Leggett's tract fronts both highways, is quite rectangular, improved with no defects yet his value did NOT triple or even double in the same time frame Criswell's did. In fact, Leggett's parcel was only increased half of its value instead of tripling. Today it is valued at $3,597 per acre.
The third parcel we will look at is comparable to the second parcel in that it fronts hwy 59. This parcel was owned by Weyerhaeuser until ten years ago. It was sold to Keith Jaehne, Trustee but prior to that, the Weyerhaeuser Co. transferred it to the real estate division of their operation. Now it belongs to 'Future Oaks, LLC' by deed dated 2016. It would be an interesting study to find out who that is but back to the point. Despite the fact that this tract fronts Hwy 59 and is closer to downtown and the cross roads, this 31 acre parcel has had a value DECREASE in the last dozen years while Mr. Criswell's so called 'landlocked' tract has tripled. The Future Oaks LLC parcel is now valued at $3725 per acre.
TOMMY COLEMAN LIES TO ENTERPRISE
From Enterprise Article;
"Based on the content of that conversation and possibly others, Lima came to suspect that Hock may have been alerting Steve Watson — a San Jacinto County resident who operates a website at sentinelalert.org — to sensitive information.
"Coleman referred to instances where Watson was provided with information that led to derogatory posts about the district attorney’s office on his website."
NUMBER ONE - I have the highest regard for the office of District Attorney. It is the most powerful office in the county and is called to the highest duty among us, TO SEEK THE TRUTH. Not get convictions, not put people in prison but to SEEK THE TRUTH ONLY.
The Sentinel has never had the first complaint about any of the other ADA's and has NOT derided the OFFICE of District Attorney, just TWO, count them TWO of the individual men who occupy positions in the office whom have committed multiple criminal acts. ie; DA William Lee Hon and ADA Tommy Coleman.
NUMBER TWO - "Was provided with. . . . " BS. I am and have been a Public Records Hound, Watchdawg, PITBULL for years. Much to your chagrin, even your most powerful position and willingness to oppose the release of public information has not prevailed against my efforts. Any information that I have obtained from the Polk County Clerk and the Polk Co District Clerk has been obtained via a legally filed open records request. That includes the recently requested and obtained mail in ballot list for the last primary that shows who all voted by mail in ballot. My efforts were to investigate allegations about the Escapee's influence (no wrong doing found) but on that list, I saw where someone had requested Rita Hon's mail in ballot on January 1st of 2018 but instead of mailing it to the address on her records, the ballot was requested to be mailed to William Lee Hon's mailing address. This intrigued me because it was three weeks BEFORE Rita Hon was removed from her home and put into an assisted living facility. That record shows that Rita Hon's ballot was mailed to Lee Hon's address and returned signed February 9th. The irony is I would not have recognized the number if it werent for the criminal charges filed on me about it but I found that interesting in light of the fact that all her other legal mail was going to her then residence address. I am talking about banking, tax, appraisal notices etc so I open records requested a copy of the ballot request letter and a copy of just the signature on the Ballot. My thinking was that I would compare those signatures to the marriage certificate that we know Rita Hon signed infront of the County Clerk deputy the day she and her husband filed it. Here was the answer I received;
POLK COUNTY 12/5/2020
"THEir POWER IS IN IGNORING US" - rosemary covalt(ski)
The demonstration of that effort is so blatant in DA Hon's office that if something is not done about him, it screams, "we (polk co.) like wallowing with him". When the front office staff has to refuse to simply accept a document and sign the time and date it was received in fear of being fired for the 'offense', we are being ignored.
When the DA can tamper with and falsify dates on time sensitive legal documents then put forth those altered documents as evidence in a legal battle, and use the USPS to do it, CRIME is being ignored.
Hon is doing all of this to avoid giving me the unaltered payroll documents he admits he has. $41.20 worth of documents to be exact according to his date altered, payment required letter.
The smaller of the two requests just for the un altered originals of the documents that were "revised" according to the email at left in the amount of $41.20 has been paid by certified mail and usps money order.
HON ANSWERS W BIG BILL
Polk Co DA, Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon has answered two simple and direct OR requests with big bills for archive retrieval for recent payroll records. Two donors have stepped up to pay the bill today for those open records even though my request was for "opportunity to review" only in the first request. The second request to Hon was for specific copies of only the orignal documents the county stated they could not provide because they just had "revised copies" of them . Hon's bill for those specific unrevised records was for over 40 dollars. My conclusion, based on past experience with the most opaque DA's office I have ever attempted to extract public documents from is that Hon has either revised a lot of payroll payment requests or has something to hide.
Based on our protracted battle The Sentinel won at the Attorney General's office over the 400 page Polk County S.O. complaint file on Hon's former investigator, Christopher Lima, The Sentinel will pay the excess charge and be sold a bunch of blank documents that Hon redacts legally available information from to cover his irresponsible lack of action. That whole scenario plainly illustrates the long standing Sentinel definition of corruption as, 'filing false charges and/or not filing legitimate charges for political purpose." There is always graft and financial corruption to ferret out but using the criminal justice system for political purpose makes you a scum bag low life criminal and I don't care who you are or who you think you are.
JUDGE RESPONDS TO O.R.
Polk County Judge released the open records requested including the email above between HR and Lee Hon. Along with the records received showing that employees rec'd 'ADM Pay' during the emergency closure was an explanation that HR did not have the original submission paperwork and could only provide the 'revised' copies. Tomorrow will be the tenth business day since The Sentinel requested an opportunity to review the documents on Lee Hon's end of the transaction. Let us see if he will provide the original submission paperwork.
ALLEGATIONS OF PAYROLL FRAUD SURFACE
Details remain sketchy and a total lack of transparency has hindered The Sentinel investigation into allegations that DA Lee Hon submitted payroll requests for his entire staff for overtime pay during the hurricane when there was no overtime worked. According to Sentinel sources, the request was turned down but County Judge Sydney Murphy has refused to return a call to The Sentinel and her staff have avoided answering the questions that would lead to an answer and obtaining proof documents.
We did submit formal open records requests to both the DA and the county judge but have not received a reply yet.
According to the accused, the former court reporter, Bonnie L. Rodriguez has been located by his private investigator and attempts t0 depose her are underway.
POTENTIAL WITNESS STEPS FORWARD
A person with knowledge of the alleged fraudulent transcript manipulations outlined in the story below has stepped forward to make their information available to the accused and his investigators. This potential witness is claiming to have relevant information yet to the knowledge of The Sentinel, no formal investigation has been undertaken. Oh, that is right. Only the DA can initiate an investigation.
BONNIE L. RODRIGUEZ IMPLICATED IN COURT RECORD FRAUD
A court transcript that still has not been certified by the court reporter is being swept under the rug by the powers that be in Polk County. More than one witness in the courtroom during the trial testimony state that when the accuser, under oath and cross examination answered yes when asked if she was "making it up as she went along" but that portion of the transcript was changed to a no answer. These are allegations along with others but there are several undisputed facts. The accused has passed 20 polygraphs. The accused is directly related to both black men that died in the Polk Co Jail. Lee Hon went out of his way to keep the accused on probation beyond the end of the court ordered period along with the probation dept attmepting to violate and revoke his probation with false allegations.
POLK CO 9/25/2020
MISSING WITNESS RAISES EYEBROWS
Allegations of criminal conduct by Polk County CDA Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon just won't subside in the face of 20 passed polygraphs by the accused, documented irregularities and the sworn statement of several eyewitnesses to the event. Incidents related to this story that Wayne Dolcefino looked into and then backed out of 'post haste' late last year paint a picture of corruption so deep that it will shake the foundations of the Polk County criminal justice system to the core if they are proven true. The best efforts of several reporters (including Dolcefino) and now a private investigator to locate a vital witness to the alleged criminal acts by Hon prove that she is no where to be found.
Neighbors allege that she and her mother packed hurridely and went into hiding months ago. We are hoping that the neighbors are right and it is "witness protection" as opposed to "witness prevention" that have secreted her away.
PoOLK CO 3/4/2020
WILLIS' WACKO CAN'T DO THE MATH
Legendary Loudmouth Lima puts his big foot in it again. So enamored with the fact that Willis was leading a 3 way race at early vote, the easy access to that information and a 'post' button on a smart phone proves irresistable to a smart mouth and that Lima is no math whiz. Bob Willis is worried this morning. He can see that 2/3 rds of the voters in his pct voted against him last night. The opposition vote was a really even split between two reputable people that snagged almost a third of the vote each proving the majority of voters in Pct 1 DO NOT want Bob Willis in office anymore. A brief interview with Ms. Guylene at a Polk Co official party GOP function reaffirmed the feedback I had gotten from the community INCLUDING her opponent Tim Martin, that Ms Guylene is good people with a long family history of service to the Polk County Community.
A recent story on the 'Patriot Press' online publication operated out of Florida reinforces the Sentinel findings with a pot calling the kettle black story.
EXEC COMM MEMBER JOHN WELLS CALLS WILLIS ANTICS
"DIRTY LAUNDRY" THREATENS LAWSUIT
In a diatribe on record, John Wells II (father of judge candidate) delivered a blistering rebuke of the exec comm agenda item opening discussion regarding issuing a statement of condemnation regarding Bob Willis' recent campaign tactics. After The Chair made it plain that the proposal concerned the unethical and fraudulent practices of the sitting commissioner, Bob Willis, Wells stated that issuing the statement of condemnation would be airing our dirty laundry in the community. Instead, Wells proposed that the local party send the complaints up the ladder to district and state GOP chairmen and air that 'dirty laundry" in Austin instead. "We are a bottom up organization, not top down" was the immediate reaction of several in attendance both at the table and in the audience. "Our organization starts with the Precinct Chairs", County Chairman Fred Grube made plain.
Wells continued in his stance by threatening the exec committee that if the committee took the statement of condemnation action that they could be sued both as a group and as individuals. Then Wells demanded a written roll call on the vote so that he could get the names of any committee member who dared vote for the statement of condemnation being issued. Wells made a motion to kill the measure on the spot. It was seconded. Shortly after a period of discussion on Wells motion, a motion to table his motion was made, seconded and voted in by a majority tabling Wells' motion.
The hanging threat of a lawsuit was proven valid a short time later as the board continued to discuss the Statement of Condemnation. When challenged by a Willis supporter that Willis' position wasn't represented at the meeting, Chairman Grube quickly deflated that argument pointing out that he had included Willis' official statement in the package that Grube distributed prior to the meeting. In fact, Chairman Grube read the entire statement in his presentation along with pointing out that Willis had been personally invited to attend the meeting in writing but declined to appear and answer the complaint. In his statement read, Willis stated, "Up to this point, I have refrained from publicly presenting the information I have, which includes the names of multiple members of the Polk County Republican Party Executive Committee, who are are actively attempting to admonish me for my use of perfectly legal, ethical, and fair campaign practices"
"He (Willis) is threatening to sue us", one member stated and was quickley agreed with by another and the crowd's reaction. The cronyism on display between John Wells' threat combined with Willis' public statement lends credibility to the allegation made to The Sentinel by one close to the Polk County election process that John Wells' developed his 'tempest in a teacup' stategy agains incumbant Judge Kaycee Jones in concert with Bob Willis. Both tactics have the same earmarks. False charges that ring hollow, political timing just before election with no time to respond and fits the same Hon Political Playbook tactics Hon and his cronies have used for years.
One thing that struck this reporter was the diversity of citizens attending the meeting. The opportunity for the community to push back against the long standing unethical and often illegal tactics the corrupt employ apparently has a bi partisan appeal. Many staunch Republicans and a few Self proclaimed Democrats and Independents were in attendance. One vocally noted that Wells was trying to squelch the Statement of Condemnation process simply becuase he knows his own son may be the subject of one in the near future. The Sentinel has confirmed that a Texas State Bar complaint has been filed against the Judge candidate, John Wells III for his recent politicaly timed stunt.
Chairman Fred Grube did lead the discussion on the merits of the Condemnation process. "If we don't do it, who will", Grube asked. Nearly all present conceded that sending the matter 'up the chain' as Wells proposed would have absolutely no effect on curbing the fraudulent campaign practices at the local level. A majority voted to issue the Statement of Condemnation.
POLK CO 2/17/2020
GOP EXEC COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER STATEMENT OF CONDEMNATION
The recent fraudulent statements and false criminal complaint utilized by Pct 1 Commissioner Bob Willis right out of Lee Hon's political playbook have garnered him an agenda posting for the GOP exec committee meeting tonight where they will consider issuing a Statement of Condemnation against Willis for his campaign practices. Also on the agenda is an action item to once again attempt to force ADA Coleman to release some documents to the GOP that he is illegally withholding and has been for some months now.
POLK CO 2/12/2020
TEMPEST IN A TEA CUP
Is the only way to describe the recent complaint filed against Judge Kaycee Jones by her political opponent, John Wells, just before the elections. The Judicial Ethics complaint is politically timed and it rings hollow when all the facts are made known. What the main stream media presented made it sound like Judge Jones' comments were made in open court during the man's trial and nothing could be further from the truth. The setting and context of the comment was at a status hearing where both judges were present and they jockey different cases between themselves in order to move the dockett along. When this particular case came up, Judge Jones' comment was to clarify that she could not hear that case even on a plea deal because the defendant had stolen her car the year before. Not only was the defendant's criminal history already available to Judge Kitchens, the long delay between the comment andWells filing the complaint followed by the fact that Wells NEVER filed a motion to recuse Kitchens proves Wells did not consider the event damaging to his client. The timing is purely political. I find this incident comparable to Bob Willis filing a false criminal complaint against his opponent, Tim Martin with similar timing. If you are wondering where these guys come up with these ideas, let the Sentinel share some documents with you for an answer you already know. The below text message exchange is between Lee Hon and John Wells where they are conspiring how to cook up some criminal charges on a political opponent. It is tiring to endure the same crap election after election.
Incumbant Pct 1 Polk Co Commissioner, Bob Willis was involved in the corrupt practice of operating a private business along with his secretary and foreman right out of his county office. A corrupt and blatant private business operation that was overlooked by the corrupt DA, Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon. Willis failed to return The Sentinel phone call when we inquired about the operation of 'WillGo' realestate business out of the precinct office but promply moved it when we began to look into it. Documents in the Polk Co Deed Records prove it existed and was a lively enterprise. There is a pattern of the corrupt officials in Polk Co refusing to return Sentinel phone calls. Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon has never accepted nor returned a Sentinel phone call. The girl answering said Hon was in but then comes back with "he stepped out of the office".
Willis' crew was also seen transporting people to the polls in a limo when Lee Hon was running last time.
POLK COUNTY 6/25/2020
OPEN LETTER TO VALERIE REDDELL AND DA LEE HON
Ms Reddell, I read your recent article titled “Battle Lines Drawn over Prosecutor Misconduct” with much interest after it was forwarded to me by several. I applaud your willingness to take on the powers that be. Your recent accurate article never the less left you vulnerable to attacks as evidenced by Bill Lee ‘the kid’ Hon’s best efforts. We will address those shortly.
I do appreciate your work and look forward to years of your best efforts. You kind of remind me of Martha Charrey in your feisty ways but Ms. Charrey remains one of my most admired journalists in my life. Her integrity is of the highest caliber. She NEVER backed up as long as you had the proof for her.
The balancing act you guys have accomplished for so many years in our communities of employing people, paying salaries, and keeping your advertisers happy so that you can operate and bring the news to the community shows good management and business acumen. A headache that I don’t envy and do not have in the operation of The Sentinel Alert-Town Crier which is, as you reference it, a, ‘popular blog’.
The apparent rivalry between you and an online Polk County ‘news source’, www.polkcountytoday.com that the ADA Coleman waded into does involve advertising money. Neither publication can escape that reality. I can and do. Now the situation has snared ole brer rabbit Hon too, we will find out he took a swing at the ‘Tar Baby’ he can’t pull back now that Hon put it in print.
Mr. Hon, you are full of lies. The truth is not The Truth unless it is the Whole Truth and NOTHING but the Truth. Let’s examine your recent missive.
HONS Article with Sentinel Highlights
This is in response to a Polk County Enterprise “news analysis” written by Polk County Enterprise Editor Valerie Reddell and published in today’s (June 18, 2020)
edition of the paper regarding a member of my staff, (You wish it was about someone else. The Article is about
the criminal act of withholding exculpatory evidence in the Polk Co prosecutors office. That be you.) Polk
County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Tommy Coleman. In a front page article headlined “Battle lines drawn over prosecutor’s conduct. (SEE, even the headline says what the article is about and it isn’t Coleman) Part
of an ongoing series about the need for criminal justice reform,” Ms. Reddell professes to “revisit one of the worst episodes of wrongful conviction in the history of Texas
jurisprudence” (No she doesn’t ‘profess’ to, Ms. Redell DOES revisit one of the worst known cases of prosecutor
misconduct) and “examines” how “one of the prosecutors in the case made a soft landing in the Polk County Criminal
District Attorney’s Office.” Ms. Reddell then briefly recounts portions of the history of the Michael Morton wrongful conviction from Williamson County and alleges (Ahh . . . no allegation there. Read it again. She plainly points that truth out) that “Tommy Lamar Coleman” assisted in the “prosecution of Michael Morton during his tenure at the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office.”
(Just to bust your bubble Hon, because I do so enjoy it, fighting the release of a falsely convicted man by CONTINUING to withhold
exculpatory evidence qualifies as “assisted in the prosecution of”.) Ms. Reddell’s article is misleading and
her timing suspect. It leaves out details regarding Mr. Coleman that I feel are essential to allow a reader to make their own objective conclusions regarding the inferences Ms. Reddell seeks to
raise. In fact, it is not apparent what, if any, contemporary relevance the article has. (LOL HOW STUPED DO
YOU THINK THE PEOPLE ARE??? I have personally produced and published evidence of your office withholding exculpatory evidence and filing false criminal charges. I have more evidence too as soon
as we get to court. Evidence of Felony level criminal conduct on your and Tommy Coleman’s part. You are corrupt and a criminal right now and that qualifies as ‘contemporary
First, and most importantly, the article fails to note that the Williamson County prosecution of Michael Morton occurred in 1987 under the administration of then District Attorney Ken Anderson. (and that corrupt prosecution continued for 30 years INCLUDING the time Mr. Coleman worked there and took part in the efforts.) Mr. Coleman was not even licensed to practice law until 2002 and not employed by the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office until 2006. While it is true that some of Morton’s efforts to overturn his sentence were pending during Mr. Coleman’s association with Williamson County (then under the administration of a new district attorney) I am unaware (I believe this. You have a way of being ‘unaware’ of crimes committed right under your nose or even forgetting them if the right connection or campaign donation is made. It shows incompetence on your part because a simple google search of the guy is all it would have taken before you hired him to know he was a criminal) of any involvement Mr. Coleman had in those legal proceedings. Further, I am unaware of any allegation of professional misconduct that was ever lodged against Mr. Coleman with the State Bar of Texas from his association with the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office or otherwise. The State Bar of Texas website page for Mr. Coleman does not reflect any disciplinary history.
Mr. Coleman’s professional resume is exceptional. Prior to becoming an Assistant District Attorney for Williamson County, he served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army for six years where he received numerous professional commendations and an honorable discharge. He served as an Assistant General Counsel for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, an Assistant County Auditor for Williamson County and an Assistant County Attorney for Williamson County. He worked in private practice in Austin for approximately two years.
Immediately after leaving the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Coleman was hired as Staff Counsel for the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct—the entity that investigates judges for allegations of ethical and professional misconduct. Presumably, that agency charged with the enforcement of ethical rules for judges’ properly vetted Mr. Coleman for any history of professional misconduct. (They didn’t google him either then) It was in January of 2013, after I filed an allegation of judicial misconduct against former 258th District Judge Elizabeth Coker over a courtroom texting incident that occurred during a criminal trial, that I first met Mr. Coleman. He was one of several attorneys with the Judicial Conduct Commission who were assigned to work on the Coker investigation which ultimately lead to her resignation from the bench. (I don’t see you filing complaints on John Wells who conspired via text message with YOU to cook up criminal charges on his political rival. Shall I publish that proof again? What gives?) I recall speaking to him approximately four or five times during the course of that investigation. (That is enough calls to make a plan.) It is perhaps noteworthy that Mr. Coleman was no longer with the commission at the conclusion of its investigation of Ms. Coker in October of 2013. Rather, in August of 2013 he left for a position with the Republican Party of the State of Texas to serve as In House Counsel and Director of Minority Outreach. (oh how nice when a plan comes together. Let us get him in as party chair here with the escapee votes and I will be a shoe in forever as long as I want to be DA or JUDGE!! Now that I got the much loved Coker family candidate out of the way. Hmmmmmm)
Contrary to Ms. Reddell’s assertion, it was not a “short time later” following Mr. Coleman’s departure from the Judicial Conduct Commission that he became employed by this office. Nor was his employment here a “soft landing”—whatever that term means. (you are brighter than that and so are we) Between August of 2013 and January of 2015, I had essentially no contact with Mr. Coleman other than being aware that he had taken a position with the Texas Republican Party. In January of 2015, Mr. Coleman learned of a vacancy in this office for an Assistant District Attorney and applied for that position. Based upon his extensive professional experience (experience withholding exculpatory evidence) in both government and private practice, I felt that he was more than qualified for the position and he was hired. (This is when The Sentinel first made you and any who read aware of Coleman’s background and criminal acts. You ignored my warning that his tenure would cloud every case he touched in Polk Co. and the speculation by me that you hired him BECAUSE of his expertise in withholding evidence. Speculation that has proven true.) During his tenure in Polk County, Mr. Coleman has prosecuted both felony and misdemeanor cases, served as a county government liaison to our county commissioner’s court, served as the primary office counsel on matters pertaining to open records (The state open records laws he and YOU , violate with impunity in order to protect yourselves and the guilty you are associated with.) and open government and most recently been classified as a “special projects” prosecutor with the objective of focusing on public integrity crimes. (That is a joke) He is actively involved in our community and has volunteered to serve as Chairman of the local board of directors for Habitat for Humanity. (That is distressing because as the money man for the Republican Club, he has ignored repeated attempts to obtain financial records thru open records that would show where the money went. Why?) Most importantly, during his tenure with this office I was approached by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas regarding the possibility of Mr. Coleman becoming appointed to serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) for the U.S. Justice Department. I readily agreed that this appointment would be beneficial to this office and the people of Polk County, as well as for Mr. Coleman. Since his appointment (That both you and Babin endorsed when you ignore probable cause and Babin proposes legislation that just does away with probable cause) as a SAUSA, Mr. Coleman has proven to be a very effective liaison between this office and the United States Attorney’s Office on criminal cases with a potential federal nexus. (They better watch out for him withholding exculpatory evidence unless that is the skill they are after. He still does it on the state level we both know.) would note that prior to his appointment, Mr. Coleman underwent an extensive FBI background investigation (is that supposed to impress us? They can’t even catch YOU committing crimes when the evidence is tied with a ribbon and delivered to their office.) in order to receive this federal position and appropriate security clearances associated therewith.
It is no secret (and was no secret to me at the time of his hiring) that Mr. Coleman is a conservative Republican. (To be a ‘conservative’ requires MORAL conservatism. No lying, cheating, stealing and bearing false witness.) Since moving to Polk County in 2015, he has been actively involved in Republican Party politics. (That is true but damn, he still won’t produce the Republican “club” financial records. Why?) As an African-American conservative, (Is he from Africa for real? All this time I thought he was whole American with no hyphen. To me, serving in the armed forces grants you the right to be called an American with no hypen.) I have regrettably seen him criticized from both the left and the right. (corruption is not a partisan pursuit. There are honest citizens in all the political parties that see thru the bs) That is frankly, sad. (it is sad that even mind controlled democrats can see his corruption plainly) In late 2015 he came to me and told me that he had been solicited by several local supporters to run for the position of County Republican Chairman. He had the right to do so and in the 2016 Republican primary he received almost 47% of the votes having lived here for only a year. (There goes that escapee’s influence you and Willis wield in Polk Co. Thank God I took the time to vet the man and warn the electorate of his crimes just barely a couple of weeks before that election and informed voters turned down his offer. If he won’t come clean on the Club finances, what a nightmare it would be with party funds.) He has served as president of the local county Republican club (yeah we covered that) and has not been hesitant to speak out publicly and privately, as a conservative, on matters of public concern. (does his now infamous, “It is all fun and games until someone gets indicted” meme on facebook count as speaking out on matters of public concern?)
On Sunday, June 7th of this year, Mr. Coleman, on his own personal time and own social media sites spoke out very publicly in support of the First Amendment “free speech” rights of a local online news publisher who had generated some controversy regarding recent local political protests. (you mean offended the entirety of the civil minded community who were offended by the blatant racism openshaw published? Coleman’s effort to defend openshaw’s racist rant only proves how deeply Coleman is owned by you Hon.) The following Monday, June 8th, I received a phone call at my office from Polk County Enterprise Editor Valerie Reddell complaining of Mr. Coleman’s comments and interpreting them as a slight against her newspaper. (It is a pattern in your office Hon to try to silence ANY source of news that is detrimental to your tyrannical efforts. As a government official, Coleman’s effort is a violation of her free speech) Ms. Reddell stated to me that it was no secret that she did not care for her online media competitor. I explained to Ms. Reddell that Mr. Coleman’s comments were his own, made on his own personal time (But Schelena Hock’s private comments are public record you two faced dumbass?) and that he had the legal right to make them. (But Schelena Hock doesn’t? Pulling ads is free speech. It is ONLY when government suppresses free speech, like you do, that it is a crime.) Nevertheless, she insisted that he was “one of my employees,” that she would be “speaking to her attorneys” and that she would “see me in court.”
It should be noted that at present, my office is comprised of six assistant prosecuting attorneys. All of them are attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. (So far so good. You and Coleman are the only two The Sentinel has ever had a complaint on.) They went to law school. They studied constitutional law and are quite familiar with their rights including their freedom to speak out on matters of public interest. (Is it only the ‘bloggers’ that publish evidence of your and your ADA Coleman’s crimes that can’t speak freely mr. district attorney? I can prove you and Coleman think so AGAIN when we get to court. Ms Redell’s “see you in court” may be real or just a knee jerk threat but my ‘see you in court’ is an assurance, Lord willing I live long enough they way you drag this crap out.)
Although it was never my conscious objective, the Polk County District Attorney’s Office is one of the most diverse prosecutors’ offices in all of Texas. Actually, I am somewhat proud (Pride goeth before the fall) of that. Of my six assistant prosecutors, four are ethnic minorities, three are African-American, and four are female. (Seems out of proportion compared to the community of Polk County) They represent a diversity of perspectives and political views that I think are extremely important in the administration of justice and the important decisions they make. We have robust discussions and occasional debates within our own office. I certainly expect them to have their own opinions and to feel comfortable expressing them. (But not Schelena Hock) In fact, I want them to in these difficult political times. I legally cannot, and will not, attempt to suppress their views as long as they are made within the parameters of the law and rules of ethics for prosecutors. (if only you had the same standard for your and your ADA Coleman’s actions.)
CORRUPT COMMISSIONER USES HON'S PLAYBOOK AGAIN
Right on schedule, soon to be former Pct 1 commissioner Bob Willis stooped to the last chapter of Hon's political playbook titled, "Desperate Measures" to stop what he must consider a serious challenge to his tenure as a public official. A VIDEO released today by challenger, Tim Martin on his political face book page lays out the documented evidence proving Willis filed a criminal complaint against opposition candidate, Tim Martin that he knew was bogus in an attempt to cost Martin money, smear his name and stop Martin's efforts to put an end to the crony corruption that so permeates DA Hon and Bob Willis' relationship. Willis hasn't gotten the message that those days are over in Polk County. What a great thing that several good people have signed up to run against Willis.
POLK COUNTY 2/6/2020
CORRUPT COMMISSIONER CAMPAIGNS WITH LIES
Long time incumbent commissioner in Pct 1, Bob Willis has been caught on video telling lies about his political opponent, The Republican Party Chairman and the Appraisal District in an attempt to keep his office. Nothing less should be expected from a man who has been willing to steal county tax payer money and supplies by operating a private business out of his county office for years in collussion with his high dollar 'secretary' and business partner. See video HERE.
Willis, who is a long time crony of the corrupt DA, Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon violated the law openly and with impunity right under the nose of the prosecutor, sheriff and his chief deputy Byron Lyons for YEARS. According to Hon's campaign finance records, that 'immunity' was bought and paid for with large campaign contributions.
Willis' efforts with lies warrant another nick name for the puppet master. Gepetto Hon and Pinocchio Willis. It will be interesting to see if Bob Willis uses any more tactics out of his hero Hon's political play book.
POLK CO 5/15/2020
IS YOUR TIME RUNNING OUT?
THREE Minutes is how long it takes the Polk County Grand Jury to indict or no bill each case that comes before it these days according to the Polk County District Attorney, Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon. The FB exchange depicted in the screen snips below tell the story.
Rushing to judgement is an old story in Texas. Sentinel Readers may remember when we did the math on how long it took a McClendon County Grand Jury for each of the "Waco, Twin Peaks" biker indictments in May of 2015. It figured out to a comparatively long 4 minutes each for those 125 or so grand jury actions. We all know the outcome for that fiasco. Virtually all of the cases were dismissed. Lives were not only lost that day by an overstep of State Power, lives were ruined, homes lost, jobs lost, marriages ruined and vehicles flat out stolen by 'the system' with no probable cause.
Then there was the infamous 'gambling raid' right here in our own SJC. The district judge, a former Lee Hon ADA that had been recently elected signed 165 arrest warrants without the first probable cause affidavit. She learned her lesson when The Sentinel filed an Ethics Commission complaint and she was given a 'Private Reprimand'. She became a much better judge but her early actions reeked of the Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon training she got as his ADA that it is ok to short cut the process so you can rack up big numbers. Once again, the SJC DA ended up dismissing the vast majority of those cases for a lack of evidence to right the wrongs perpetrated against people by the hasty magistrate actions.
Hon is a slow learner. We did an article a couple of years ago showing Hon's number of convictions vs dismissals over a four year period and it proved he has the highest number of dismissals for 'no evidence' of any District Attorney in this part of Texas.
There is a saying that DA's use about being able to get a ham sandwich indicted. According to sources, former DA Joe Martin used that exact phrase when speaking to a friend about his getting the indictments against The Sentinel. The saying needs to be modified in the light of Hon's braggart misstep. He should say, "I can get a ham sandwich indicted faster than you can boil an egg". Don't you grand jury members realize that when Hon brags on how quick you indict he is calling you a dumb ass? When he makes the ham sandwich comment, he is saying you are corrupt? Do those of you who commented on what a good job Hon did here really believe quick with no examination of facts is Criminal Justice? Criminal INJUSTICE is more like it.
President Trump is battling the same nonsense in Washington D.C. of a corrupt criminal justice system that takes life altering actions against people WITH NO EVIDENCE. Hon and his co harts in the corruption here could be the 'Mini Me' for the Swamp Monsters our President has had to deal with. They love filing false charges, making arrests more for publicity than justice then produce no evidence when the chips are down and the case is examined in the light. DC is suffering from the same desperate measures the corrupt engage in to hold on to power that we have going on here in lil ole Polk County Tx. Shame on those who think a man's life is only worth three minutes of your time.
POLK COUTY 5/9/2020
COP HATER THREATENS SENTINEL
A local Legget man has contacted The Sentinel again after a couple of years with more threats to sue me if I EVER mention his name on my website. His name is Michael Benson. Below are just a couple of the more than a hundred ranting emails Benson has flooded my inbox with since 2016 when he began his tirade. I am going to create a page for him on my Polk County page and add a little along as I have a chance to show the people of Polk County how his mind works. Benson was the first person who made allegations against our local LEO's that I felt compelled to warn our local lawmen about my opinion that he is a danger to them.
APPEALS COURT EXPOSED DA'S 'ERROR'
Special Prosecutor, Willam Lee Hon was appointed to prosecute a Liberty County Commissioner after he was indicted on crimes. The conviction Hon obtained was overturned at the appeals court level for Hon's unethical practice. The Court stated:
“We conclude the evidence in this case was legally sufficient to support the jury’s finding that McCarty knowingly or intentionally misused government personnel and property under the statute,” the opinion read. “We further determine the indictment was sufficient to put McCarty on notice and allow him adequately to prepare a defense. Nevertheless, the trial court erred by failing to submit accomplice-witness instructions for Bolt and Murphy, and we conclude this resulted in harm ‘calculated to injure the rights of the defendant.’”
The Chronicle story goes on to explain that the witnesses Hon brought against McCarty were in a position to have been prosecuted themselves but Hon failed to inform the jury of that fact. The court stated that Hon "calculated to injure the rights of the defendant". If I had to sum up all the compliants on Bill Lee 'the kid' Hon from all sectors over the years, in one expression, the court said it best. So now we know without doubt that The State of Texas is FULLY aware of Hon's lack of integrity and still does nothing about his crimes.
BOGANNY JAIL DEATH ONLY WARRANTS SLAP ON WRIST?
The ongoing saga of the multiple Polk County Jail deaths took an interesting twist Wednesday, Aug 8 when the proposed resolution was rejected by Judge Kaycee Jones and reset for a later hearing. OAG representaive Cloudt had made the verbal offer to the family a month or so ago of 15 days in jail, losing his jailer license for life and no gun permit for 5 years as punishment for the jailer witholding medical care causeing the death of Antoine Bogany.
After much pressure by The L.U.L.A.C. representaive, Rosemary Covalt, who was appointed as an advocate for the victim, The State of Texas finally produced the video evidence long requested by the family to view. Several things came to light from the video.
Antoine Bogany died in agony left to wallow on the floor in his death throes. EMS personel on hand AND the majority of the jailers there wanted to get him to the hospital. The person tasked with making the decision had NO MEDICAL TRAINING. It was orders from the top that kept the jailer from incurring a hosptial bill without getting specific permission from the chief deputy, Byron Lyons to transport the inmate to the ER. Byron Lyons was NOT available to his own staff because not only was Lyons phone number not readily available, when they did finally get it and call, Lyons was NOT available but only the opportunity to leave a voice mail.
The Sentinel investigation into this and other jail deaths shows a direct link to the administration of the jail being at fault yet only the low man on the totem pole is called to task for the incident. Judge Jones called the evidence file submitted to her recently for perusal before making her decision as lacking.
The most recent Polk Co Jail death of an elderly white woman who was also denied medical care seemed to be a Deja Vu as Judge Jones interviewed a current Polk County jail inmate about her situation. Also an elderly female incarcerated for stealing dog food, she answered Judge Jones' inquirey as to her medical conditions with, "Yes ma'am I have heart problems, high blood pressure and I am diabetic." Judge Jones asked, "Have you received any medical attention from the jail?" "No ma'am, they haven't given me anything". "Do you have concerns about your medical condition?" Judge Jones asked as a follow up. "Yes ma'am I do" was the inmate's response.
As the last video arraignment before the Bogany case came before her bench, Judge Jones and the rest of us couldn't help but notice that Polk Co DA, William Hon sauntered into the court room as an observer to be there during the hearing about the Bogany death. Instead of taking his rightful place before her bench, Hon had hired a tall and imposing black woman attorney to fade the heat that needs to be laid at Hon's feet for this death. Lee Hon, Kenneth Hammack and Byron Lyons are all willing to shirk their responsibility for the actions and lack of action that led to Bogany's death and let the jailer, who was only following orders, bear the brunt of the punishment for the negligent death. Not well done Mr. Hon. You prove once again that you have no integrity, no morals and absolutely no conscience when it comes to your wrong doing.
For some of the folks who seem bent on making this a racial issue, let me point out that the jailer being blamed was white but the administrator who was unavailable to his staff was black, the advocate is hispanic and the only reporters writing about the incident are white. It is NOT about race but about incompetence and injustice that cannot be tolerated.
POLK CO COMMISSIONER UNDER SCRUTINY
An anonymous letter received at The Sentinel offices February 8th of last year, nearly three months after we broke the Linda Vincent embezzelment story w/o names, also made some serious allegations against incumbant Pct 1 Polk County Commissioner, Bob Willis. EVERY claim the letter made that was subjected to Sentinel Scruity (Truth Demands Scrutiny) proved to be true. The letter was the impetus for the story regarding William Lee Hon doing an illegal eviction and his mother's marital/living status that landed me in Hon 'hot' water for publishing some addresses to prove the allegations.
The letter made some disturbing allegations against Commissioner Bob Willis, his foreman, Kenneth Hambrick and his secretary, Brenda Gokey Hambrick also. To protect our source of this hand written letter, I have transcribed a portion of the letter to publish here today instead of screen snipping the original. The original is and has been in the hands of the DOJ and my attorney.
I have sent information to the Texas Rangers and the Attorney Generals Office but they have never done anything. The Attorney generals office protects our District attorney and his buddies. I’m trying you now.
Hon has known about Mrs. Vincent for a long time just like he knew about XXXXXXXXX, but he didn’t do anything and won’t until he can make himself look good. Meanwhile his friends Mr. Willis and Mr. Hammack (sic: Hambrick) and Mrs. Brenda Gokey Hammack (sic: Hambrick) use county equipment on private stuff. They run their business out of his office."
The letter goes on to touch on several topics but ends with this paragraph.
Mr. Hon and Mr. Willis are trying to get Mr. Fogleman elected so don't be surprised if they accuse her (ie: Judge Sydney Murphey) of things. They do not like her because they can't control her.
Any Polk Countian who keeps up with politics knows that the anonymous writer nailed it in that last paragraph. Fortunately, the Polk County voters saw through this ploy and told Fogleman, "No Thanks". With the primary season just ahead for the next round of elections in Polk County, we feel that despite the litigation pending against my first ammendment rights, it is imperative that we continue with the long standing purpose of The Sentinel of sending the most informed voters possible to the polls.
WilGo (Willis Gokey) real estate business did operate out of Bob Willis' precinct office for quite some time. They did so openly to the point that customers and clients often went there to conduct private business. This story is not about the business enterprise and I will dispense with publishing all the proof documents UNLESS Willis or either Hambrick refutes the claim or dinigrates The Sentinel reputation.
What this story is about is how does a sitting commissioner and his secretary get by with blatantly violating the law right under the nose of the County Prosecutor? Let me answer that question in pictures.
To answer the question, yes The Sentinel has obtained William Lee Hon's campaign finance reports for the 2014 election via an open records request and built a spread sheet so we might pluck a few plums from that 38 pages of reports.
To Commissioner Bob Willis; It is my sincere hope and desire for the good of the people of Polk County that some good men will step up to run against you. The Sentinel never endorses candidates and we won't endorse any who choose to run against you but you have my word that I have every intention of getting in the trenches with you and your corrupt operation if you run again. The voters will be fully informed. It is that simple.
According to the full time caretaker, life partner and business helper that was caring for and the constant companion of Rita Hon in January, Rita Hon DID NOT request that mail in ballot. Even though the Polk County Clerk refused my open records request, we can glean from the email that the signature on the ballot request letter matched the signature on the ballot 'carrier envelope'. Forgive me if I am suspicious because even if you are DA, it is ILLEGAL to cast a ballot for another person. I did accept the Clerk's position as legal and accurate and have not persued that matter any further. Maybe someone with the power to look at those records should re examine all the signatures.
So you see Tommy Coleman, your statement of fact that 'Watson WAS provided with . . .' is just another damn lie. You could have said, "We suspect that Watson was . . ." but you state as fact something you cannot and will not be able to prove. On the other hand, I am going to prove that you and your boss have violated the law, my rights and every shred of decency we expect from our prosecutors. I am going to prove that you guys withheld exculpatory evidence from the grand jury to obtain several indictments. That is not a threat. It is not retaliation. It is just a plain simple FACT of the matter. I, for one am sick of you, Hon and Lima dinigrating the good name and reputation of the clerks in Polk County just to fit your thwarted corrupt political agenda.
SENTINEL SOURCE STILL BATTING 1000
Right on que, Polk County S O detective calls The Sentinel yesterday 'investigating' an harrassment complaint filed by Chris Lima. Although the clandestine effort coincided with my most recent story after several months of no stories about Lima, the harrasment complaint is allegedly based on the last email I sent Lima May 6, 2019. Just the last email in a long string of correspondence that Chris Lima initiated way back in January of 2018, Lima is desperate to silence The Sentinel at all cost, even emulating the 'false charge' antics of the corrupt DA. This is about the same caliber of Hon's 'Stalking' charge under the scorned lover law for me attending a public meeting. At left is a screen snip of my email acct inbox documenting the extent and the history of Lima's communications with me. I am also publishing a snippet of a couple of the emails in that string. We will see how this 'investigation' unfolds before we decide whether or not to publish the email the complaint is based on.
According to reliable and well connected sources in Polk County, Christopher Lima is a little upset about this article being published. He has already made calls around to see if he can get the criminal justice system to slap me around a little on his behalf according to a reliable source. A source that has never given me one lead that didn't pan out 100 percent. That fact only serves to illustrate the point that Lima can dish it out but he can't take it. As the smallest kid in my school growing up, I can tell you that is typical behavior for a bully. Bullys, no matter how big they are physically or legally, are really just scared little boys inside. I have proven that fact over and over and will prove it again. Lima has a penchant for lamblasting folks on social media and then crying like a baby when The Sentinel dishes it right back to him. Am I supposed to be afraid of a Corrigan cop? The Sentinel has taken on several Attorney Generals, DPS, Texas Rangers, District Judges, Sheriffs, Probation dept, Constables and four, count them FOUR corrupt DA's in our time. You think I lose any sleep over your huffing and puffing Chris?
LIMA REPEATS ACTION, SAME OUTCOME
In a moment of professed spiritual clarity, Corrigan Detective, Chris Lima lashed out at others with dinigrating comments, labels and assumptions again with no evidence. Imagine my suprise when I began reading and immediatly wondered why a public figure who holds the public trust would repeat the same action that has cost him so much credibility and respect as all of these outlandish and unsubstantiated ranting attacks have done before? Why would a man who proclaims a new found relationship with God and family open his trap and insert his clod hopping foot? Then I read that anyone who would dare to wonder why he would post this is, in his view, a hypocrite. That started the ball rolling with me looking for the confirmation that for me to wonder why would make me a hypocrite in the Scriptures.
Here is a man who has been under scrutiny (Truth demands scrutiny) for his actions in the past. As a commissioned peace officer, an employed detective in Corrigan and, if you believe him, inline to become the Chief soon, Lima IS fair game for taking a closer look at.
Sentinel readers will remember the ordeal we went through in obtaining over 400 pages of his personel file to prove the allegations made against him. You also know that DA Hon witheld information that we have a right to and all I can say is Chris thinks he is immune from scrutiny now. Wrong.
Tell us Chris, would a hypocrite be a man who puts on a badge and gun everyday to, "protect and serve" at the same time he is abusing his wife and kids? Is it just politics that THREE, Count them THREE different women in your present and past have sought protective orders against you?
The public record proves you are abusive. The failure of the Polk Co prosecutor, Polk co S.O. and family law judge to deal with your illegal and abusive antics with any corrective or theraputic measure is one thing but HIDING your crimes by redacting the evidence documents only has the effect of emboldening you in your crimes. But there are some they cant block. Like the letter from the OAG to Hon telling him he can keep the name of the child and the complainant private in the CPS case lodged against you by the school proves it happened. Hon redacted the entire document instead of just the names but the OAG letters proves the case exists. Here are a few snippets that we obtained that prove you are an abusive and violent man with a small minded mentality or someone close to you is lying.
These are fairly tame relatively speaking and I will forgo publishing the narratives about you terrorizing your wife and kids in this request for a third protective order against you. Nor am I going to publish the cause number or county. The Sentinel has done all we can do to warn the powers that be about the danger you pose to this community and the fact that your criminal acts are covered up by Lee Hon's illegal protective effort. We have sounded the alarm. I will sleep easy tonight.
"THE PROCESS IS THE PUNISHMENT"
After extensive research into the Criminal Justice system in Polk County, the sentiment expressed this morning by former Secret Service agent, Dan Bongino on the early morning news about the Meuller Witch hunt that I quoted above seems to apply to the facts of public record in Polk County. With a list of over 600 cases "dismissed" in the last 4 years AFTER arrest, bond and hiring an attorney, more than one victim of false charges interviewed by The Sentinel has the same story. "I did a year in jail and they never had any evidence". In many cases, the victim lost their job and all that was given as a reason for the dismissal is a box checked that says, "in the interest of justice"
LIBERTY COUNTY UPDATE 3/10/2019
EVIDENCE BEING WITHHELD
Despite numerous requests by the grieving mother, no DNA profile will be provided. With today's technology, forensic experts can literally paint a picture of someone from their DNA but all this mother knows is that the DNA under Carl Will's nails was female. Was it a black woman? Was it a white woman? Was it the woman's DNA that picked him up that evening or someone else? Blue, green, hazel or brown eyes? Any freckles? After 7 plus years, there is no excuse for not seeking the public's help in identifying Carl's killer. Not even a State Representative can manage to push this stalling tactic of witholding all the evidence off of high center. There is no legitimate excuse for that.
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 the family claims was named 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.
WASHINGTON D.C. 5/1/2019
US AG WILLIAM BARR IN TESTIMONY TODAY
"We have to quit using our criminal justice system as a political weapon"
PRELIMINARY AUTOPSY REPORT ISSUED
The Jefferson County Medical Examiner has issued the preliminary autopsy report on the shooter in the recent Delaney murders in Blanchard, Texas. The report is quite limited and does NOT give any final findings. "It takes awhile to get the toxicology reports back", was one reason offered. The final report may take as long as 60 to 90 days to complete.
SHOOTER PULLS 'ALL NIGHTER' BEFORE MURDERS
In a typical for him regiment, the person who murdered the Delaneys of Blanchard/Patton Village pulled an all nighter just prior to committing the horendous crime in the peaceful stillness of the Blanchard predawn, February 11, 2019. Several sources have reported that he had been at a bar he frequented in East Montgomery County until midnight the night before but none have reported that he arrived at The Hanger Poker House in Humble at one am and stayed playing poker until three am when he left according to an eye witness.
Polk County has not released any further information. The Sentinel will request the autopsy and ballistic report on the murderer only. His name is at the bottom in the original story if it matters to you but we will not publish it again.
SHOOTER DIES BY HEAD WOUND
Sentinel sources (unofficial) state that each of the family members was killed with a center mass body shot but the killer died by a head wound that appears to have been self inflicted. There has been no official confirmation and the possibility Mr. Delaney killed him is still present. As of yesterday, the killer's body has not been claimed. According to sources, it is predicted that his autopsy will show drugs in his system.
Ashley's mother, who is the lone survivor was the elder Delaney's daughter in law. According to Sentinel sources, the elder Delaney had gone to Patton Village and brought their daughter in law, granddaughter and great grand daughter to their home in Blanchard from Patton Village because of on going conflict there.
UPDATE 1/12/2019 8:30 pm
TWO REFUTE SENTINEL ACCOUNT
Neither have offered any insight into what they consider to be inaccurate. Channel 2 did a story on the family roots in Patton Village and Splendora this evening, just like we reported.
We were the first to release the shooter's name. We had all the names but held the rest back until they were published elsewhere. My heart goes out to the Delaney family and even the shooter's family but my effort was to dispell rumors and get some accurate information out there. Polk County SO is holding back on calling the suicide aspect until the autopsy reports are done but state plainly that they are not looking for any other suspect.
It is possible that the Elder Delaney killed the shooter. One person refuting The Sentinel account is making that claim. If I were in Mr. Delaney's shoes, I would have wanted to get that shot off but my source is sure that he shot himself. The main rumors that were out there we wanted to dispell were that the shooter was still at large and a danger to the community and that it was drug related. Ashley and her baby were beautiful and much loved by many including people that I love more than my next breath. If we offended any friends or family of the victims with our reporting, it was not our intent.
JEALOUSY AT ROOT OF MURDERS
The elder Delaneys were from Patton Village area where they were much loved by the community for their generous heart and supportive efforts there. The elder Delaney's moved to Blanchard and built their house there. The grandparents had a large part of raising Ashley.
Ashley had been married before but after splitting up, had married Randy Horn several years ago. The baby was 15 months old. Ashley and the baby had retreated to the grandparents home after some issues with Randy surfaced. On the 26th of January, Ashley and the baby missed a Splendora birthday party they had promised to attend with no explanation. According to the surviving woman, Randy showed up at Delaney Ranch and was met at the door and instructed to leave by the grandmother at which point he began shooting the family members.
FIVE DEAD IN BLANCHARD, MURDER SUICIDE
Randy J. Horn is suspected of having murdered his wife, Ashley Delaney Horn, her grandparents and even their one year old daughter at a grizzly scene in Blanchard, Texas today. Cryptic FB posts on Randy Horn's page from earlier alluded to mistrust.
One female was found hiding in a bedroom/closet who has given a statement. The female survivor is the mother of Ashley. LEO's are clamping down on information. Sentinel sources say that presumed jealousy over an ex husband was a contributing factor.
SENTINEL CASE MOVES FORWARD
Pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 23rd and a tentative trial date in August. After me being sworn in, Counsel for The Sentinel made the judge aware of the issues that would be raised at the next hearing.
The graphic at left was posted on ADA Tommy Coleman's fb page on the day and nearly down to the minute that The Texas Rangers left my home/office after exercising a search warrant and seizing some computer equipment and one public document. Several people in the Polk County community sent me the graphic presuming it was directed toward me and referenced my recent arrest on several indictments.
If so Mr. Coleman, you are right in one respect. I do enjoy politics and it is like a chess game at times, poker, even a ball game at other times but always involves seeking the tactical advantage. You are right that your choice to turn it criminal and seek indictments on me changed that perspective to a life and death matter for me. 62 years old plus 70 years in prison . . . . . we can do the math there.
LARGE CAMPAIGN DONATIONS FOLLOW DISMISSAL
The above copy is one of two large campaign donations, totalling 1600 dollars, that were made by a man whom had two 2009 felony charges wiped off of his record. A close relative of this Donor (same last name) who has NOT made any campaign contributions to Lee Hon was charged with the same level of felony theft charge but did a year in State Jail. This Donor was charged with the same level of felony theft as his relative plus a seperate felony charge of misapplication of trust funds but the trust fund charge was outright dismissed. The felony theft charge was placed on a deferred adjudication probation with no jail time and no conviction when complete. We found no less than three FB pages on this donor from 2014 to date. One of the common denominators from all three of his FB pages is the listing of William Lee Hon as a friend. We have redacted the mans identity because the story is not about him.
LIVINGSTON 1:44 PM 2/15/2019
JUDGE CALLS SCHELANA HOCK'S ATTY AND LEE HON INTO CHAMBERS
Hearing scheduled for 1 pm had not started when judge called lawyers into his chambers.
1:55 pm. Lawyers back in courtroom. Packing up. Hearing is over. No reset at this point.
Judging from the expression on Ms. Hock's attny's face and Lee Hon's face as they exited chambers, The Sentinel is speculating that The Honorable Richard Countiss chewed on that Hon/Coleman butt about what a stupid effort they had undertaken and told them they were going to look like fools if they pushed this any further.
Judge Countiss is a no nonsense by the book jurist who has no patience for BS. It is that simple. He made that very plain when he filled the unexpired term of SJC DA Bill Burnett when he passed away.
COMMUNITY SHOWS LOVE AND RESPECT TO DELANEY FAMILY
Parking is at a premium as a crowd of over 1000 is expected to attend the funerals of the Delaney family slain 6 days ago. A generous and civic minded family of long history in the area, paying respect to the Delaneys has drawn a large part of the East Texas community out today.
VINCENT EMBZ CASE ENDS IN DEF ADJ PROB 10 YR
The case against Onalaska resident, Linda Vincent has come full circle with the recent court decision to give her a ten year deferred adjucication probation with a 145K restitution payment included according to reliable sources. The probation offer has been under consideration for quite a while according to the same sources. There will be a more in depth article coming out in the Polk County Enterprise more than likely. Sentinel readers will remember that the case started with a Sentinel investigation begun in November of 2017 that was ignored for months until we proved it was being ignored, not for lack of evidence but for lack of the DA starting the investigation inspite of the evidence provided.
After we shamed the Polk County DA for his lack of action on this case, Hon was finally recused and the no nonsense Liberty County prosecutor's office took over. State records prove that Liberty County not only has a much lower percapita indictment rate than Polk County, they also have one of the lowest dismissal rates in East Texas. The two factors should prove to any reasonable person that not only does Hon sling out false charges for political purpose and "process punishment", Polk County having the highest dismissal rate in East Texas backs up the same conclusion. Charges filed with no evidence.
CORRIGAN DETECTIVE MAKES PUBLIC COMMENT
Corrigan Detective, Christopher Lima makes another carefully worded statement on social media to add to the list of public comments that have plagued his reputation to date. Although The Sentinel has pursued a dogged battle with the Polk Co DA's office to obtain over 400 pages of Polk County S.O. files specifically related to the myriad of complaints filed against Christopher Lima in the last ten years just with that agency, we cannot point to a single arrest. We can point to plenty of instances where you or I would have been arrested if we had committed the offenses Lima pleads 'no contest' to, one thing the 400 page file DOES prove is that Lima's criminal acts have been overlooked and hidden from the public. We are in the process of building a spread sheet on the 400 page file so that we can speak with total accuracy about the incidents related in those reports.
SCHELANA HOCK IS A HERO
On October 20th, the Polk County Clerk, Ms. Schelana Hock attended a private get together on her private time on private property with a group of people that had a common desire. They all want to improve the quality of life in Polk County and used this event to share ideas and interact with each other. The highly attended event had absolutely nothing to do with her duties as a Public Official. She was there, like every other person, simply as a concerned citizen.
Some of the exact details are not perfectly clear to me and definitely, some of this wording will be a best guess but based on reading the recent ‘Polk*County Enterprise’ article titled, ‘DA sues county clerk over cell phone records’ and speaking with several folks who are fortunate enough to be able to count Ms. Schelana Hock as a friend, this reporter has pieced together a chain of events that did occur.
For a little of the back story, suffice it to say that both Chris Lima and Ms. Hock worked in the Polk County courthouse when Lima was an investigator for Lee Hon. They apparently interacted enough that they had some way of communicating privately via cell phone and/or social media. It has been relayed to me that after Lima made the childish self-aggrandizing PUBLIC post about the ‘losers’ and ‘has beens’ that attended the event on social media, Ms. Hock sent him a communication wanting to know why he was calling her (since she did attend the event) such derogatory names. Apparently, Lima crawfished and was saying he didn’t mean her but just other people that were there and even forwarded her a copy of the Public Post he had made that he later locked and made private.
Based on private emails that Lima sent to me offering to rat on several LEO’s in Polk County and knowing that in those emails, Lima ranted about Tim Martin, who was a big part of organizing the event, I have no problem believing the allegations that Lima named Martin and several others as the ones he was referencing instead of Ms. Schelana Hock. How these events unfolded is not as important as the irrefutable fact that Lima made a public post as a private citizen on his private social media about a private event on private property that had absolutely NOTHING to do with Polk County Government business. The Sentinel published Lima’s post and we do again here for reference:
The person who forwarded that graphic to me has assured me that they don’t care if I publish their name because they have had enough of the corruption. This person also told me that they had put in a call to Ms. Hock to tell her the same thing. Instead of divulging a private conversation with her friend even under intense pressure and threats, Ms. Hock stood up to the tyrants. The only comment my source made as to their source was that ‘someone’ had snagged it before Lima took it down.
What strikes me as odd is that Lima is in possession of the private conversation between himself and Ms. Hock but thinks he and Hon have a right to the PRIVATE conversation between Ms. Hock and a trusted friend or two. Granted, me posting Lima’s comment gave the Sentinel readers some insight into what makes Lima tick but him not liking the exposure does not negate Ms. Hock and her friend’s right to privacy. Anyone who thinks different is promoting the globalist police state agenda. It is that simple.
Having never met Ms. Hock, all this reporter can speak to is what I have observed and what the public records prove. We have all seen Ms. Hock drug through the mud by a prosecutor who was and is willing to make false accusations against her, even to the Texas Rangers. A prosecutor who accused her of violating her public trust when the facts prove it is him violating his. She stood her ground (the truth) and prevailed against that onslaught.
Now we see her being harassed and an attempt to intimidate her by a law man who represents a danger to her. A lawman who has had two prior restraining orders issued against him to protect two different women that he was harassing in the past. A lawman whose Polk Co S.O. file The Sentinel open record requested months ago pertaining just to the complaints and charges made by employers and the public against him for the last ten years is a file that contains over 400 pages. A lawman whose records show he was involved in a drunken physical altercation with a woman before. A lawman who is quick to pick on defenseless women.
As if that weren’t enough, there is the prosecutor who has confused his constitutional duty with his personal political agenda and sued one of the very public servants that he is constitutionally bound to defend in favor of a corrupt lawman that is his friend. A prosecutor who already spread lies and false accusations about Ms. Hock and filed a false report to the Rangers. A prosecutor who has fought me for months to hide the 400 plus page file that will allow The Sentinel to FINALLY fully inform the voters of Polk County about one that walks among them with a badge and a gun.
In light of all this, there are three things that I would like to say to Ms. Schelana Hock.
FIRST; It is always the darkest just before the dawn.
SECOND; This is my favorite passage of Scripture for times like these:
2 Cor 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
THIRD; YOU, young lady, Are my Hero!
You are my hero because of your steadfast refusal to crumble under the corrupt onslaught that has been perpetrated against you by several who are known for their retaliatory and vindictive acts. A resolve that speaks volumes about your love for your friends, your character, your integrity and their lack. You are my hero because of your steadfast devotion to the commitment of friendship that puts principal above politics, love above comfort and shines out of the darkness that is trying to quench your light. You are my hero because your SERVANT’S HEART is the very lifeblood and sustainer of the public trust that Polk County has given you but most of all, you are my hero because it is obvious that The Truth abides in you.
You are my hero Ms. Hock and I just want to make sure that your friends in Polk County realize that they need to TREASURE a friend like you. I want the voters to realize they need to TREASURE a servant like you but most of all, I want you to know that even over here in my little Pointblank corner of the world, your light shines brightly.
With the absolute greatest admiration and respect,
Steve Watson – Publisher Sentinel Alert
RETALIATION AND INTIMIDATION
or: Business as usual at Polk County DA's office
An indepth and well written article on the front page of todays, "POLK *COUNTY ENTERPRISE" exposes the corrupt actions of the Polk County DA, Bill Lee 'The Kid" Hon and his cohart, Tom 'Pickett' Coleman. In a situation very similar to the original false accusations claiming that the Polk County Clerk 'leaked' documents to me, Lima, Hon and Coleman have teamed up to drag this clerk thru the mud one more time with more false accusations of giving me 'sensitive' information. Hon should have already gone to jail for giving a false report to the Texas Rangers the first time around. Now they are going for round two with the same method of operation.
I have already written several stories about that first round that prove the document I published was neither sensitive nor secret but rather a public record in the public realm that any person (including me) can walk in, pay a dollar, get a copy of and leave. The document was so public that it is not even subject to the open records act becasue it is on CONSTANT DISPLAY in the Clerks records.
Now on round two of Hon, Coleman, Lima's attempt to intimidate and retaliate, they are using the same corrupt methods. The fb post I published was posted on FB. Lima took it down quickly but some people snagged it. One of my readers sent it to me two days later. This reader is a private citizen and does not serve in any public capacity. The person has witnessed the DA's retalitory efforts first hand for years and, like many, has had enough of the criminal acts he committs. I got the text, Monday, Oct 22 at 12:44 pm.
I have stated before and will state again, Polk County Clerk, Shelena Hock has NEVER called me or texted me by cell phone or messagaed me on FB. Shelena Hock DID NOT send me the graphic. The only communication I have had with her office is when I call with a question or via email when they respond to an open records request. Polk Co. Clerk, Schelena Hock, nor any of her clerks have EVER initiated any communication with me but only responded to my inquiries as required by public record laws. It is in those dealings with her office that I have come to understand why her and her family have a great reputation in the Polk County community.
POLK COUNTY JUDGE EDUCATES ‘SECURITY’
The Polk County Justice Center Building that contains the courtrooms, District Judge’s offices, both clerk’s offices and the district attorney’s office was the scene of a recent violation of the civil rights of an East Texas civil rights activist whose channel is known as ‘Concerned Citizen Where Is The Constitution’. After receiving reports that the Polk County Sheriff deputies who were working security at the Justice Center were illegally excluding cameras from the premises, the wheels were set in motion to gather proof positive that this most basic and simple right of the citizens of Polk County was being routinely violated by the on duty officers that were screening everyone who entered.
The Concerned Citizen, Clint, approached the check point with his video camera openly in his possession and attempted to enter. Just as had been reported, Sgt Cabiness immediately confronted this citizen with his illegal demands to take the camera out of the building as proven in this video shot by the very camera Cabiness was objecting to. I’ll not narrate the entire exchange but suffice it to say Sgt Cabiness illustrated his ignorance of the law or willingness to violate a citizen’s rights with impunity and blame it on the judge. The Concerned Citizen simply asked to see the judge’s order Cabiness claimed to base his illegal actions on which provoked Cabiness to the point that he pushed the citizen to remove him from the building.
Instead of a flashy confrontation, Concerned Citizen took his unanswered questions to County Judge, Sydney Murphy and Chief Deputy, Byron Lyons. Judge Murphy immediately recognized the error being perpetrated against the Citizens and took action. By state law, the sheriff is responsible for the security of the courthouse but you cannot violate the law and citizen’s rights in order to fulfill that duty. “If they aren’t going to allow my camera in the building”, Concerned Citizen argued against the policy, “They need to have every single person bring their cell phones up front right now and turn them in”. Filming in the actual courtrooms is not allowed unless the judge ok's it but the public areas of the building are and long have been, legal to film in as a public space.
Concerned Citizen made a follow up visit to the Polk County Justice Center recently and encountered zero resistance to his camera entering the building and taking the tour. One more time, Judge Murphy stepped up and did the right thing with full transparency.
FACT FREE FANTASY FOILED
Shortly after the article below was penned and publsihed, and three months after my original request for documents was submitted to Polk County S. O., ADA Tommy Coleman wrote a letter dated November 30 to inform me that the records were going to cost 137 dollars and that I had ten business days from the date of the letter to reply in writing of my intentions to pay for the records and pick them up. This is where the nefariousness begins.
Despite my plain instructions to notify me via my email address when the records were ready, Coleman decides to send the ten day notice letter via snail mail certified. The letter was dated the 30th which was a Friday. The letter was Post marked December 3 which was the next Monday. The USPS took until the 6th to make the first attempt to deliver and leave me a notice. In a sly move, Coleman had also forwarded me an open records answer on another request WITHOUT it being certified that was delivered the same day. My presumption was that the certified mail was going to be for a copy of the same letter as has happened before.
History has proven that if you miss a certified mailing in Pointblank, it can take a couple of days for the letter to settle in Onalaska USPS or the Pointblank USPS in order for you to find it. I finally got my hands on the letter December 13th, the 10th business day from the date of the letter. With no time for mailing in a written reply as demanded, I got the USPS money order in the full amount, wrote out a dated letter saying I did intend to pay the full amount and get my records and headed to the Polk County DA's office. This is where the corrupt leadership of DA Bill Lee "The Kid" Hon comes into play. I presented my letter to the clerk at the window and asked for a dated and signed received copy of the letter back and offered the USPS money order in the full amount.
The clerk refused to give me a copy of the letter or take my payment. She called out another assistant in the office who also refused to give me a dated and signed received copy of my letter and also refused to accept my payment. "I need proof that I deleivered this letter because today is the tenth day", was my reply. "I don't want any part of this", the assistant stated and refused to sign a copy of the letter as received or accept my payment in full. Coleman was out of the office and, she said, was the only one that could accept the letter or payment.
Frustrated at the blatant violation of their public duty, ethical requirements of the office and decency and courtesy to the general public, I left the office, sat down by the clerks end of the second floor and called on good counsel for advice. About this time, I see Bill Lee 'The Kid" Hon hit the top of the stairs and head to his office after taking a double take at me.
My friend advised that I meet with him so we could look over all the documents involved. During that meeting, he saw the fax number on Hon's letter head and advised, "Go to the Post net business office and fax the letter in so you get a sent receipt". That is what I did.
Now what to do about getting the payment accepted. What do you do when the enemy has you flanked and you can't press forward? Why not call in the Marines? The next morning, a USMC Retired veteran entered the DA's office and informed the clerk that he needed to make a payment. He was not questioned and the payment was accepted cheerily. It was only after that he handed them the USPS money order for payment in full that he stated, "I am making this payment for Steve Watson".
This is just another example of Lee Hon's corruption and the contaminating effect it has on his staff. The two employee's refusal to accept my payment or aknowledge the receipt of the letter is either based on personal corruption or fear of reprisal from the boss. Neither is good for Polk County. The way the lady raised her hands up as surrendering when she said, "I don't want any part of this" makes me think it is fear of reprisal from the boss that animated her antics.
The OAG letter to DA Lee Hon and CC to me shows that the basic information requested by a Sentinel Alert open records request is to be released. That OAG letter to Hon was dated November 9th. Here it is the 28th and no records yet. In all fairness, it was Tommy Coleman, the professional witholder of evidence employed by Polk County, who signed the request for opinion and I presume is in charge of withholding the records on behalf of the people of Polk County.
FOUND !!!!!!!!! November 20, 2018
FB STATEMENT BY KADE BERMAN - FATHER
REPUBLICANS GET TOGETHER WITH FOOD, MUSIC AND TIME TO TALK.
REPUBLICAN PARTY BBQ BRINGS CONSERVATIVES TOGETHER
Troubadour Cody Joe Tillman was the catalyst in the mix that brought out the Blue Duck special which is apparently hosting a first class event. His comfortable tunes kept all of our conversations from drifting too far but allowed for the friendly and respectful exchange of ideas and information between several elected officials and their constituents.
C0dy gave up his mike to State Rep James White for a few moments when he arrived to greet the people. Rep White applauded the party effort to bring people together seeking common ground and was quick to give due to the local elected officials he saw in the crowd. From County Judge to Commissioner, Constable to Clerk and the school board too, Rep White gave them all a shout out and a thank you for their service to the community. Then he let Cody have the loft and his mike back and came down to mingle among his people, giving them his ear.
A couple of photos above just absolutely illustrate the Representative Republic form of govt in its purest grass roots form. Since our state reps have to run every two years, being responsive to your constituents can only happen when you hear them. Rep White did a lot more listening than he did talking and took time to make himself available to all.
In keeping with the main focus of the event, according to planner and Republican Party P.I.O. Tim Martin, much was done toward recognizing and establishing that common ground. Rep White summed it up saying, "Go vote starting Monday and let's govern conservatively".
For me, the highlight of the night was when I was near Judge Sydney Murphy and a grown woman came up introducing herself and said, "Ms. Murphy, you were my reading teacher when I was six years old and I just love you". There was no doubt touching this woman's life when she was a child meant the world to Judge Murphy as they locked eyes and their faces shone with the joy of their recalled affection.
This reporter left the event knowing a few things for sure. The Republican Party in Polk County is going places with a common and plain stated goal, conservative women are still the most beautiful and last but not least, a blind man could see that.
The things they cherish, God, Family and Country, make them the weavers of the fabric of our nation. They bring the very threads to life and in their pattern of unity, give strength to each other, their men and our nation.
LIMA CLAIMS HIS EMAIL WAS HACKED
After a lengthy verbal battle ensued on Lima's fb page late into the night in which Lima professed that "that blog in San Jacinto County" was just a puppet for the Polk County G.O.P. Public Information officer and that said P.I.O. fed news about anyone that crossed him to The Sentinel, evidence came to light that Lima had 'ratted' on his fellow L.E.O.'s in Polk County via emails sent to The Sentinel last January. The evidence was in the form of a series of emails Lima initiated with The Sentinel at that time offering us 'evidence' on high ranking public officials in Polk Co, in particular a former boss of his. When The Sentinel got wind of the fb rant, we attempted to view it for ourself and found we were blocked from his fb page. A group of Polk County readers did provide the transcript, confront and challenge The Sentinel to address Lima's claims that The Sentinel had a puppet master. We responded by releasing the emails that prove Lima is lying. His email, despite his claims and the false accusations against the men we released the emails to, WAS NOT HACKED. The emails are original and still intact in The Sentinel Alert email account. We are considering publishing them here in the interest of full disclosure.
FORMER ONALASKA L.E.O. PLEADS TO PUBLIC INTOXICATION
Three counts on a disorderly conduct charge leveled against Christopher Lima were reduced to a charge of Public Intoxication which, according to Lima, he pled "no contest' to. Lima had initially demanded a jury trial and in communication with The Sentinel, claimed he had all the evidence he needed to prove he was not guilty of the charges. Lima was once employed by the Onalaska PD Dept but is now a detective with the Corrigan PD.
STATE REP CALLS SENTINEL
District 19 State Representative, James White did call The Sentinel today and give a lengthly interview regarding the Sentinel story and the allegations that have been made. In that conversation, Rep White at first claimed he had not received my follow up email narrowing the scope of my request . . . then he found it. A portion of it read;
STATE REP CONTINUES TO IGNORE SENTINEL OPEN RECORDS REQUEST
State Rep, Dist 19, JAMES WHITE apparently considers himself above the open records laws of the State of Texas. His blatant violation of the law so far remains unprosecuted by any local or state officials.
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 of 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.
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.
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.
COLEMAN STILL WITHOLDING RECORDS
State Rep James White still turning blind eye to DA antics
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
REPUBLICAN PARTY FOLKS ACTIVE IN POLK COUNTY
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.
LIMA POST - VEILED THREAT?
Shortly after The Sentinel posted the stories below, Corrigan PD Detective, Christopher Lima, a Polk County native, made the facebook post at left highlighting the language from a news story weeks old already. Combined with the allegations of him committing an aggravated assault while admittedly drunk in April of this year along with the prior fb photo Lima posted of himself brandishing his pistol for his 'followers', this most recent post has ominous undertones.
"I have never had the first complaint or disciplinary action filed against me by anyone at any of the jobs I have worked at" Lima stated in a prior Sentinel interview when we were looking into the aggravated assault allegations that have been made against him. A followup open records request submitted to just one of Lima's former employors contains over 400 pages per the OAG opinion request letter the Polk County DA's office has filed attempting to block access to Lima's personel file.
According to the letter, over 40 pages the DA is trying to block the public from seeing pertain to crime victim impact statements, 7 pages pertain to a child welfare and protective services case against him and over 60 pages pertain to an "unadjucicated criminal offense for which the defendant was placed on deferred adjudication".
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.
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.
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.
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.
COMMISSIONER'S WIFE ARRESTED
The culmination of a long term Sentinel Investigation that involved several in the Onalaska community was that Linda Vincent, wife of Polk County Commissioner Ronnie Vincent was arrested on two felony counts of 'Theft of Service". She made bond in short order. Details are limited at this point but we will seek more information and share it with The Sentinel readers as the case progresses. A standard step one was recusal of the local DA's office. As revealed in the analytical DA stats in the 'tough on crime' article, Liberty County's DA's office is much more thorough in assessing evidence and less inclined to persue baseless charges or seek a dismissal than the Polk County office.
ASSt. DA DENIGRATES SENTINEL
Multiple accounts of conversations with Polk County assistant criminal District Attorney, Tommy Coleman with various constituents in the community have been related to The Sentinel by concerned readers who have the same story. "He said your publication is full of lies and skews the truth", is the most common theme.
In that assertion according to these readers, Coleman points to a lack of prosecution of Linda Vincent on embezzlement charges and my retraction of and apology for the "Anatomy of Corruption" story regarding the so called, "Hon Pool Party" Coleman refers to as 'alleged'.
The Sentinel has not published any more on the embezzlement story of late for several reasons. We are convinced that there is a legitimate investigation underway by an outside agency's 501 (c) 3 specialist. No new evidence has come to The Sentinel lately. Plate is full with current corruption investigations.
"Your reputation is on the line", was the most recent admonition from a reader that I have never met nor spoken with before.
Steve Watson - Publisher.
STILL NO CORRECTION EXCEPT ONLINE
ENTERPIRSE MAKES MISTAKE - CHRONOLOGY WRONG
In what seemed to be a balanced and well written story published in the SJ News Times, The Polk County Enterprise and then subsequently published on their web site, it was reported that The Texas Rangers executed a search warrant on The Sentinel office/home, confiscating a computer and then after that, the arrest warrant was issued and I surrendered. Both events occured but in the opposite order. My arrest was first (April 25) and the SEARCH warrant wasn't executed until May 1st, nearly a week later.
It may not seem important to most but if the error is left to stand, it could be constured and many will think that the arrest warrant was based on evidence found on the computer that was confiscated. THAT IS NOT THE CASE. The arrest warrant was based solely on the indictments and not on any computer files. It has been two full weeks since the computer equipment was taken.