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POLK COUNTY 8/19/2020

PINK COWBOY SAYS ONE THING, DOES ANOTHER

Allegations of discriminatory hiring practices at TDCJ have surfaced and been investigated by The Sentinel for over a year now.  Contradicting and evasive answers from TDCJ directly have not helped to clear up any of the questions that have been raised and now State Rep, James White is lending his two cents worth of BS to the issue.  After over a year of frustration with the lack of answers from TDCJ, a SJC resident approached her State Rep for answers who referred her to James White since he chairs the House Corrections Committee.  Her inquiry was met with assurances by White that he would look into the matter and get back to her with some answers.  After waiting weeks to hear from White, the TDCJ applicant turned to The Sentinel to press the issue.   One line of the email I wrote James White read, "The headline I want to write is that you got to the bottom of it, not "REPRESENTATIVE WHITE IGNORES CONSTITUENTS".

 

White's reply was, "Write your headline. :-)"

 

I did change it up a little but here is your headline Rep White.

 

TDCJ FLAT REFUSES TO RELEASE RACIAL STATS

 

EAST TEXAS 9/1/2020

ANOTHER 'NO ANSWER' RESPONSE

Mr. Chairman did text back in an attempt to kick the can the wrong way down the road with a 'still no answer' response.  As Chairman of the Corrections Committee, referal was made to answer the question, "How can TDCJ put someone on an inmates' visitation list without the citizens knowledge or permission, then DENY that citizen employment based  on the fact that the applicant 'failed' to list the unknown inmate's visitation listing on their application for employment? 

   Efforts by The Sentinel to obtain open records document's from TDCJ to answer that and several other questions regarding discrimination in hiring practices has so far been met with an "Oh this is going to be a big bill for all these records and time to find them" threat letter from TDCJ.  As a forensic journalist, I have never been charged or had to wait for records from TDCJ in the past.  It was necessary for me to point out that they should read my request again.  We did NOT request copies.  The Sentinel requested "opportunity to review" the documents.   I only offered to accept digital copies if they preferred due to the corona virus limitations.  

    Rep James White has so far failed to reach out to The Sentinel with any answers to my inquiry other than "publish your headline".  He should have made it plural because we will get our answers so there will be more headlines.

 

 

POLK CO 8/29/2020

ALLEGED 'REPRESENTATIVE' CONTINUES TO IGNORE

James White is still ignoring direct questions regarding the hiring practices of TDCJ.   Says he will find out then ignores the persons efforts to contact him. 

LIVINGSTON 8/22/2020

MAJOR EFFORT TO FORCE TRANSPARENCY

Child Advocate, Rosemary Covalt's request for documents from the Onalaska Police Dept and city hall in order to get some answers about the on going corruption there was met with a bill for FOUR THOUSAND Dollars.  In my career outing corrupt public officials, it NEVER fails that when you are on to something, those corrupt will do anything to keep from giving you the documents that prove their crimes.   Lee Hon and his buddy, Rep James White are notorious for their reluctance to answer a straight question or oust the corrupt.  Lee Hon has proved his penchant over and over for letting the well connected slide by while filing false charges on the innocent who oppose him.  Can we say Ms. Clifton deal of the century?   Nearly a half million dollars of tax payer money was never accounted for and she slid by. 

Antwuan Bogany

POLK CO 0/19/2020

BYRON LYONS CALLS SENTINEL A LIAR

When the recent episode in corrigan of the half black muslim truck driver trying to start a race war with his unfounded 'racist' allegations came to the attention of The Sentinel, we did interview the truck driver.  After that interview, The Sentinel called Sheriff Elect, Byron Lyons to give him a heads up on the intentions of the rabble rouser to endanger the people of Corrigan but instead of hearing that, Byron Lyons proceeded to lamblast me with accusations of lying about him being out of communication with the jail staff the day Antwaun Boganny died in custody.   What Sheriff Elect Lyons apparently did not know before making the accusations it that I went after the jail house video tapes (and won the battle with the AG and obtained them) of the incident where the dialogue between jail staff and the EMS personel PROVE they did not have Lyons' number and when they did get the number, Lyons did not answer.  If YOU PERSIST in your allegations against me Byron Lyons, I can post those tapes in their entirety to prove my statement.  I do not want to do that because the tapes will bring you to tears that a man can be treated with such disregard for not only his health and well being but his basic humanity.   Watching a nearly dead body be drug around the jail and finally put on the floor where he was defacating and urinating on himself while the staff stand around with hands tied because YOU cant be reached and Hammack was even farther out of touch would enrage the populace against you.  EMS  was imploring someone to take action so they could save the man.  Shall I post them Byron?  What say Ye?  Just let me know below or you have my phone number.

POLK COUNTY 11/Friday The 13th/2020

TRUTH AND JUSTICE PREVAILS

    An 'In Person' segment of last Friday the 13th's session of the 258th Court in Livingston, Texas saw three motions to dismiss felony indictments against Stephen C. Watson (The Sentinel) announced, granted and signed by the Presiding Judge, The Honorable Travis Kitchens.  

    The three seperate indictments contained a total of 7 felony counts, each having a ten year prison term listed as penalty under law.  

     God has a sense of humor and Irony is often His way of expressing it.  Not only did He deliver the upper cut punch on Hon's 'high holy day', God used the retaliation accusations Hon made against me to prove his own criminal retaliation efforts for what they were and what we knew they would be. 

     One long time reader, friend and supporter offered this observation way back when Hon first made the accusation.  "You have done something no one else has been able to do Steve", she said, "You got under his skin and made him make mistakes."

     As more and more of the details emerge of Hon and Coleman's actions during their efforts to incarcerate me for life, the people of Polk County will see the "Anatomy of Corruption" laid open to the light of day.   

      Many, many friends (and you know who you are even if we haven't talked today), expressed their support in many ways over the years it took this ordeal to unfold.  Everything from a laptop loan to a, "hang in there" was offered and accepted gratefully but one stands out.  A long time friend and SJC Elected official laughed the day I told him that Lee Hon had gotten me indicted on three charges totaling 7 felony counts.  "Do you think that is funny?" I demanded, irritated.  He smiled and said, "No, I just think it's funny that Lee Hon thinks you are the one in trouble".                 

LIVINGSTON 10/22/2020

CROOKED COP EXPOSED AGAIN

Livingston PD's Adam Wiliford, a corrupt cop The Sentinel warned our readers about as far back as 2015, has proven his corruption and the blind eye of the DA's office to his crimes once again.  Wiliford 'investigated' the collision between a vocal critic of his (who had complained in writing of Wiliford's criminal acts before) and an 18 wheeler.   Wiliford issued her the ticket but alas, today was court day.  The case was reset because it was determined that the officer whose name was signed to the ticket instead of Wilifords works night shift and WAS NOT ON THE SCENE.

   In addition, a qualified former DPS officer and retired federal agent did examine the scene immediatly after Ms. Covalt was released from the hospital ER and determined from the skid marks and based on his extensive experience that the 18 wheeler was at fault, not Ms. Covalt.  For the Livingston PD officer to falsify a government document IS A CRIME but based on experience, Lee Hon will probably let the corrupt cop walk again.  Oh, did I mention Williford is one of the gym groupies?   

POLK COUNTY 9/12/2020

LOCAL ACTIVIST HIT BY 18 WHEELER

What one witness described as a textbook "pit maneuver" set the vehicle LULAC Rep, Rosemary Covalt was driving into a spin that nearly turned her vehicle over.  Having been vocal and persistant in seeking documents and filing complaints against several corrupt members of the Polk Co criminal justice system, Covalt was shaken to the core by the collision that nearly flipped her car over and did cause it to spin out of control.   Livingston PD's own Adam Williford responded to the scene and wrote Covalt a ticket even though he was the subject of one of the complaints Ms. Covalt filed. That complaint was regarding Wiliford attempting to bully her and intimidate her into silence over a year ago when kinfolk of Wiliford's hit Covalt from behind at the Jack in The Box.  Williford did NOT issue a ticket to his kin and instructed Covalt NOT to turn it in to insurance but Covalt was successful in proving to the insurance co that she was NOT at fault.  When Ms. Covalt obtained the official accident report from Liv PD, Williford's name was not signed to the ticket.  

SJC 2/16/2020

LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE

The snippet at left is just a tid bit of the evidence file obtained by The Sentinel in our search for the rest of the story.  I have read much of the file but not all and have a list of facts that I can report KNOWING I have the documents in my files to prove each statement.  Michael Lansing Flynt is a LIAR.  He lied to my face in multiple interviews.  He lied on his application for employment with the SJC Sheriff's Dept.  Flynt admits in a sworn statement of having an illicit affair with a fellow city employee during his time with the Humble PD.  Irrefutable proof exists that Flynt illegally accessed more than one government data base to compile a file on the husband of the clerk he was cheating on his wife with when that clerk wanted to end the affair.  The clerk passed her polygraphs with a wide margin indicating truthfulness and states Flynt threatened to arrest her husband and make her life a "living hell" if she did not meet with him and continue the relationship. 

    We will continue to examine the evidence and bring more forward at this critical time for the future of SJC but it will require time for redaction and scanning of multiple documents.

    As a student of 'non verbal communication' in college courses, there are several signs that people are lying.  Blinking at the instant the lie is uttered, covering mouth, wiping the nose and other gestures.  Flynt does not display those signs when lying.  He is comfortable in his lies.  In a recent interview where I asked Flynt about the affair with the court clerk, he stated to me, "So what if I fu#@ed a whore down there".  "The allegations are false but so what if I did".  That was before I obtained the file and have Flynt's written admission that he DID have an affair with her for almost 5 years. 

     When Flynt was confronted with the evidence by the Humble Chief of Police and offered an opportunity to resign in lieu of criminal charges being filed, Flynt promplty resigned.   Flynt's crimes are not the only criminal action in this case.  The Humble C.O.P., City Manager and City Attorney are all complicant in a cover up of multiple felony crimes.  They need to go to jail for endangering the people of San Jacinto County.   It is a wide practice that mirrors the exact M.O. of Lee Hon covering up the crimes of Christopher Lima in Polk County.  

LIVINGSTON 6/12/2019

STATE'S ATTORNEY SEEKS REDUCED CHARGE

No resolution in the sentencing phase of the case surrounding the death of PCSO jail inmate, Antwaun Bogany has been reached as of yet.  According to someone close to the investigation, the best offer to settle was to reduce the State Jail felony charge of injury to the disabled with criminal negligence to a misdemeaner with 15 days in jail and suspension of the jailer's license as full punishment.  Texas Penal Code 42.o9 requires harsher punishment for someone who lets a dog die for lack of medical treatment.

      Back in 2015, the Polk County Jail was out of compliance with the state's jail standards and an inmate died.  Two months ago, Polk County Jail was cited again for being out of compliance with the state's jail standards and an inmate died in custody. 

      Liberty county jail was cited for being out of compliance with the state's standards in April and is still out of compliance.  Liberty County had an inmate die a few weeks ago and has another inmate who is epileptic but denied his medication.  According to sources in the jail, the inmate had three hard seizures in a short time and was bleeding from his mouth when staff came and took him out of the tank and put him in a cell by himself.  He was later returned to the tank and STILL NO MEDS.   

      What is painfully apparent in East Texas is that bottom line budget numbers outweigh the responsiblilty of these county jails to see to the medical needs of people in custody. 

SAN JACINTO COUNTY 5/3/2018

26TH ANNIVERSAY OF UNSOLVED MURDER

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

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

POLK COUNTY 3/17/2018

OFFICIAL NOTICE - NO OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION

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

ONALASKA 1/24/2018

COMMUNITY BANDS TOGETHER - PROVIDES PROOF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Steve Watson - Publisher

Linda Vincent fb 'friend'

UPDATE 1/15/2018

COMMISSIONER GIVES STATEMENT

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

UPDATE 1/13/2018

LINDA VINCENT DELETES FB ACCOUNT

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

ONALASKA 1/12/2018

PUBLIC TRUST VIOLATED BY LOCAL LEADER

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

 

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

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

ONALASKA 1/8/2018

CHURCH SEEKS PROSECUTION AS AMOUNT EMBEZZLED PASSES 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS

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

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