ITS OFFICIAL - VOTE TOTALS CANVASED
San Jacinto County Elections Administrator, Vickey Shelley presented all of the reports and vote totals to commissioners in this mornings court session. After her presentation and explanations, the vote was made official by unanimous vote. More than one citizen and several of the elected officials commented on how smoothly the election process went this time. Ms. Shelley quickly deferred to the team effort that was necessary and how important it had been in the accomplishment of the process. She shared a few of the highpoints and some of the circumstances that tested the metal of the team. An auditor from the Secretary of State's office was on site through the entire process including the count. "The new machines made the process so much better", she shared. Only 4 ballots were set aside. Two for just a plain failure to sign the ballot. "There is no wiggle room on that", Ms Shelley said, "It is just state law". Another couple mailed their ballots in the same envelope but only one was signed and therfore counted. The last one was a resident of SJC recently moved here but that had not changed his voters registration in time to legally vote in SJC. "By the time the polls closed and we could get over here", Brandon commented, "they were giving early vote totals."
FRITZ FAULKNER TAKES JUDGES RACE WITH OVER 80 PERCENT OF THE VOTE
DAVID BRANDON TAKES PCT 3 COMM 3 WAY RACE WITH OVER 60 % OF VOTE
ERNEST BAILES WINS DISTRICT 18 RACE BY WIDE MARGIN IN ALL COUNTIES
UPDATE OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE
MEDIA RELEASE Sheriff’s Office Conducts Raid on Gambling Location in Point Blank Texas On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, members of the San Jacinto
County Sheriff’s Office executed Search and Arrest Warrants on the “Point Blank Icehouse”, located 10200 State Highway 190, Point Blank, TX. Sheriff Greg Capers authorized an investigation into
ongoing criminal activity reported at that location, consisting of Money Laundering and Illegal Gambling. Arrested during the raid are: • Alex Mendoza w/m 30 of Conroe, TX • Frank Malone
w/m 55 of Point Blank, TX • Joe Melvin w/m 55 of Point Blank, TX
Asset Forfeiture resulted in approximately $60,000 in cash and property. This case is ongoing with additional charges pending.
SJC SHERIFF RAIDS P.B.I. TAVERN
A raid took place at the fairly newly opened P.B.I. Tavern in Pointblank today. One deputy was heading into the establishmnent with some large bolt cutters when we were there. Several vehicles were hauled off. Several arrests were also made.
We have reached out for a statement to the SJC Sheriff's dept and will follow up when that infomation is received. One source confirms that the gaming machines were confiscated.
The warrants were signed by Judge McClendon and were for gambling charges.
UPDATE 11:00 am
the 9th District Court Coordinator returned a call to The Sentinel explaining that the event to be held in Judge Phil Grant's Chambers today was a, "non event" hearing. She explained that there would be no motions presented or actions taken other than another reset for the case.
UPDATE 9:30 am
HEARING NOT FOR PUBLIC - TO BE HELD IN CHAMBERS
After Ike Eisenhauer, Nan Kittel, former DA Mark Price and The Sentinel showed up at the docket time and place for the arraignment hearing, the SJC court security officer made the announcement that the hearing was "not for the public" and was going to be held in the visiting judge's chammbers in his office in Montgomery County "telephonically". A further follow up showed that the visiting judge's court coordinator had informed the SJC District clerk that there was no need for her to attend the hearing and that she would be notified of the reset. She was informed that the hearing would be held after lunch sometime.
COLDSPRING 8/23/2018 7:00 am
411th VISITING JUDGE TO ARRAIGN JOHN LOVETT THIS MORNING
After the process of redoing the indictments, adding a paragraph to one and assigning a new cause number, John Lovett, the SJC Judge who was removed from office in April is due in court for his arraignment this morning in the 411th District Court of San Jacinto County. A visiting judge has been assigned to hear the case but no change of venue has been granted as of this hearing.
PCT 3 SJC 7/30/2018
LIFELONG SJC COWBOY 'GOES HOME'
Thomas Bonds, long time SJC Commissioner for Pct 3 passed away at his home Monday afternoon. A well known figure who got his start taking care of the roads in Pct 3 riding on his dad's knee as he bladed the roads for the county when Thomas was just a boy.
With a reputation for a straight forward style and no time for games, Thomas Bonds will be missed in SJC. He will be missed by the senior men's Sunday School class at Magnolia Baptist Church. He will be missed by every reporter that ever wanted an honest answer. Thomas Bonds has a servant's heart and is one man that never stooped to the 'political process' to gain or hold his office. He always stood on the Truth even though it took his voters a few years to realize it one time. Thomas Bonds represented his precinct and our county well. His boots will be hard to fill in quite a few places.
FRITZ FAULKNER SWORN IN AT 11:00 AM
After a fast track bond was aquired by the SJC Auditor's office, Justice of the Peace Pct 3 Randy Ellisor had the honor of administering the oath of office yet again to San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner. The Sentinel was the only media in attendence for the commissioners court meeting.
SJC COMMISSIONERS APPOINT FRITZ FAULKNER AS INTERIM JUDGE
In a brief but intense one agenda item special called meeting, SJC Commissioners discussed and then voted to fill the void left by the removal of Judge John Lovett Jr. after his recent arrest. Faulkner, who was in county court defending a client, was informed of the decision. The auditor left to prepare the bond and arrangements are being made to swear Judge Faulkner in. This makes at least 3 times Fritz Faulkner has been appointed to the Judge's office to fill a vacancy.
B.S.O.A. CAMP STRAKE ALMOST COMPLETE
Citing the steady encroachment of Conroe and The Woodlands along with the increase in noise pollution, air pollution and gang activity, Thomas Franklin gave a presentation to the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce regarding the reasons B.S.O.A. Camp Strake moved from I 45 in Montgomery County to a rural forested site in San Jacinto County. A Chamber luncheon was the venue for the most recent update on the progress of the project. “We really want to thank SJC Judge John Lovett and Pct. 3 Commissioner Thomas Bonds for all their help”, Franklin said stating that it was a daunting task to get all of the different agencies involved on the same page so they could move forward. Crediting SJC Commissioner’s court as a whole for the successful progress, Franklin was quick to point out the ‘extra mile’ effort of these two men.
Franklin spoke to a few particulars about the camp. “It is a 2816 acre tract is made up of two separate parcels”, Franklin elaborated. “You have to drive two miles through national forest lands to get there”, Franklin stated with an appreciative smile and a nod. He contrasted the old and the new pointing out that a large portion of the old camp lays within the 100 year flood plain, had highway noise and the scout trails had to cross roads at some spots. “Once the scout gets out of his car here, he won’t cross any roads during their time here”
The new facility will be for Boy Scout training and adult scout leader training only to begin with but there are plans to expand the use to the Cub Scouts also in the near future. “Our original target date of Summer 2019 is a no go”, Franklin informed the crowd citing a few unplanned set backs. “Winter Camp 2019 will be our first.”, he elaborated.
There is a 28 acre lake being built but not authorized to fill yet that is located on the East Fork of the San Jacinto River drainage area. Franklin shared this satellite google map of the project with notations of where and what the different portions of the property have been or will be developed as. In appreciation of the rural nature and beauty of SJC, Franklin joked that at least a few times a year, “Camp Strake will be the largest city in San Jacinto County”.
Having learned from past mistakes, Franklin elaborated on the problem they had before by using all outside contractors to build and maintain the old facility. “We found that when we had an emergency plumbing or electrical problem, we didn’t know any local contractors to call on”, Franklin shared along with a resolve to use more local people for this project.
After his presentation, this reporter noticed the shooting ranges on the map and asked Franklin if David Hogg was ok with them teaching youngsters how to shoot guns. “Who?” was his response. “The little communist from Florida that is trying to take away our 2nd Amendment rights", I clarified. Franklin nodded then and assured The Sentinel quite matter of factly, “We will continue to do shooting sports.”
FAILED JUDGE CANDIDATE IGNORES F.O.I.A. REQUEST
Steven Roberts has ignored an open records request submitted by The Sentinel regarding his public service on the Board of Directors of the CAD. The request was written to zero in on any infomation pertaining to Roberts stagnant "half market" tax value for his home during the entire time he has been on the board. Roberts personal Loan documents and marketing documents obtained by The Sentinel prove that his investment amount supports his sale price appraisal and it is only the CAD valuation that was low already and has stood still while the rest of us were getting record increases. The property is over a half million dollars undervalued. Mr. Roberts since you don't want any email from me and my questions scare you, I will say it here. You dare to lie on a decent man accusing him of doing what you really are doing. You will be hearing from the OAG regarding your violation of the open records laws. You act like you are above the law but you are not.
PRESS CONFERENCE CANCELED
State and local firemarshalls spent hours sifting and photographing evidence today once most of the smoke had cleared. One front tire smouldered slightly as the men examined the scene. The bomb squad cleared the scene as to any explosives being used according to official sources. It will take up to a month to get all the answers that the evidence holds but the educated guess is that an electrical problem started the blaze in the closely parked busses and the fire leap frogged from bus to bus, fully engulfing 4 and damaging a 5th bus.
Channel 26, 13 and 2 were on scene for the press conference along with Eastex Advocate and one other reporter. The intitial reports of 'explosions' had many concerned including one close neighbor who heard them. "There was one big one and then several smaller explosions." Barbara McGee stated.
COCISD Supt Leeland Moore and Transportation director, Cotton were both on site and answered all questions and interviewed with the main stream media. "We have video and there was no one out there when the fire started", Cotton stated.
The center bus seems to have been the hottest and suffered the most damage with the metal so burned there wasn't even paint on most of it. The chassis also set closer to the ground that any of the other busses.
COLDSPRING 3/14/2018 10:30 PM
COCISD BUSSES BURNING AT BUS BARN
It reported that some busses are on fire at the bus barn behind James Street Elementary and that several explosions occured. Several witnesses report hearing the explosions about 9:45 to 10:00 pm. The bomb squad was called in. Sheriff Capers stated on interview that there was no foul play suspected at that time. A press conference is scheduled for noon Thursday.
COOPERATION CLEANS UP TOXIC WASTE SITE
SJC Environmental Officer, Dale Everitt spearheaded an effort to deal with a toxic waste site that had devolved into being a 'tax sale' tract in the middle of a residential neighborhood in SE SJC. TCEQ had the site on the books but it had slipped through the cracks when a business was no more. The Sentinel investigated and reported on this situation last year and recently did a follow up to see if the assurances of Pct 2 Commissioner Donny Marrs and SJC Judge John Lovett had been met. TCEQ stepped up to the plate and cleaned the tract up. All of the drums were gone, the ground and the water all looked clean and there was new growth.
"Oh yes that one was completed and the process is moving forward on the 'Our Road' site as we speak", E.O. Everitt said. "T.C.E.Q. has really gone the extra mile when it comes to these clean up efforts", he added.
COUNTY ENGINEER'S PERSONAL AGENDA CLOUDS JUDGEMENT
SJC Engineer and Steve R0berts campaign manager, Paul Bass, has once again violated the law and put his personal agenda ahead of the duty we all have to obey the law. An email received at The Sentinel offices early this week outlined an effort by Bass to block a property owner in SJC from utilizing their lake front property in the manner they wish. One of the tracts across from Paul and Sheena Bass' property on the west side of 190 as depicted in the CAD map above shows the Bass property in relation the tracts across the highway that actually front on the shoreline of Lake Livingston.
The email alleges that Bass sent an official letter telling the property owners they were to cease and desist development of the property as an RV park. That order from Bass was based on the rules that SJC adopted years ago to manage the development of subdivisions in SJC and keep another Trails End from happening to our community.
The item has still not been addressed by Commissioner's Court and Bass has not been issued any authority to act on behalf of the county on this matter. As it stands, there are no rules regarding the development of R.V. Parks in SJC. It seems that if the RV park is developed across the street from Paul and Sheena Bass, it would have the effect of blocking their view of the lake.
"FRITZ'S FOLLY" MET WITH FANTASTIC FANFARE
Go Texans utilized the fantastic new facilities Blessing the Coldsprings community landscape with a most invigorating out flow of community support and Utilization of such a beautiful space. The pocket books opened for a great cause when a big room full of strangers, friends and neighbors all had a common cause.
What Roberts thought was a cute personal insult toward a man who had enough vision to see and persue the idea of such a grand hall has quickly been labled, "Robert's Folly" among those in the know. It is a perfect example of how to blow up a lead balloon when you are a politician.
Lou Rogers coined the phrase, "Fritz's Folly" long ago on the record in commissioner's court. For you to embrace the phrase, Mr. 'r'oberts in your recent speech only has the effect of permanently tying Rogers around your own neck in the minds of the people who know you both. What Rogers did, in his effort to smear a sincere effort that has had a beautiful and useful addition to SJC, was prove his ignorance. Ignore is the root of ignorance.
Even though Fritz's hand was taken off the tiller of the project before it was completed, he had set the course in the right direction with wind in the sails. Sails that, through the efforts of Judge Lovett and Commissioner Bonds, Nettuno, Marrs and McAnally came to be a beautiful success even with a doldrum or two along the way. What Lou meant as an effort to rain on Fritz's parade then and now through Roberts, only stands as proof of what foolish notions Rogers entertains.
How fitting that The Lords Timing had the building open to such fan fare and purpose as the Go Texans event.
My next public comments will be to ask The Court to commission a marble and brass marker to simply name the building, "Fritz's Folly" so no one can forget what a vision for our community looks like in Timber and Stone.
Is embracing that foolishness profitable to your campaign 'r'oberts? Me thinks not.
EASTEX ADVOCATE PUBLISHES FAKE NEWS . . . . . AGAIN
The public record of commissioner's court for the 28th proves that the Commissioners accepted Kelly Selmer Wineinger's resignation and then a little later, came out of executive session after counseling with DA Trapp and voted to appoint a Tax Assessor Collector for SJC. Diane Griffiths, a long time and qualified employee was appointed to fill the void. The only business remainig is a vote to accept the bond for Ms. Griffiths. The Advocate article falsely states that the commissioner's are seeking applicants for the appointment and that statement is patently false. The article also states that the Dec 4th meeting will be held to appoint a Tax Assessor Collector. That statement is also patently false. Not one single commissioner was questioned on the topic by the Eastex Advocate reporter.
ELECTION CODE Sec. 201.023. RESIGNATION. If an officer submits a resignation, whether to be effective immediately or at a future date, a vacancy occurs on the date the resignation is accepted by the appropriate authority or on the eighth day after the date of its receipt by the authority, whichever is earlier.
Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1187, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.
COMMISSIONERS MAKE EXCELLENT DECISION
With claims at least three people are going to run for the abandoned Tax Assessor Collector position in SJC, Commissioners have agreed to appoint a long term employee of the office to fill the interim who has no plans to run for the office. Despite pressure from outside sources and the judge to give one of the candidates the incumbant advantage by appointing them now, Commissioners studied the situation and agreed their decision would put someone in who knows the job and not throw the election process out of whack by appointing one of the candidates.
EX PROBATION OFFICER - EX TEACHER RE EMERGES SEEKING LIME LIGHT
Keith Black, the plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against Sentinel Alert owner and publisher, Stephen C. Watson, makes a valid correction in his 'Comment' submitted for publication in The Sentinel Alert last Saturday in the left column. We haven't found the story yet to make the correction but will if it is still up. It was "the Order" that was vacated, not the judgement. Considering that The Sentinel published the actual court document when the story first broke shows there is nothing to hide in my simple error. From there on, what a treasure trove of insight into the mind and manner Keith Black's comments are. The Sentinel (as is our right and duty) will address the comments in the near future. As is our style, we will let Black's comments stand alone with no distraction . . . . . . for a bit.
Keith Black <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Saturday, December 30 17 11:43 pm EST)
You are incorrect. The judgment still stands against you. (Correction noted. Apology for my error) The judge vacated the order to clarify the court's order at a later date. (That is the correct wording of the document The Sentinel has already published) You have another trial date coming with Judge Countiss in the future. (This is where it gets interesting. No action has been taken on CV 14529 since Judge McClendon vacated his unconstitutional order. No hearing has been requested much less set. How do you know what judge will be appointed at a future date for a future hearing? Is this a glimpse into a corrupt operation of our court system from something you were told by one or both of your allegedly high powered lawyers or a wish they were relevant politically wanna be braggarts who don’t even understand the implication of your slanderous statement. A statement that on the face of it slanders The Honorable Judge Olen Underwood just by its utterance much less publication as a duly submitted comment to The Sentinel Alert publication) The question is the dollar value of the lawsuit to be determined. (“Tee Hee Hee”, As Superflyonthewall used to say, “you don’t have a clue”. A simple perusal of the C.A.D. policy and laws would prove that their records are not for legal purposes. Maybe that is why several of the local attorneys who actually pay attention to the Official Deed Records of SJC snicker at your team’s best efforts. Ask the county delinquent tax attorney, Steve Lee, if he didn’t try to include me on a lawsuit for back taxes recently on a tract of land that I never owned and never will own using CAD records showing it in my name to base his lawsuit on. Ask TRA if they didn’t try to cite me for a violation on a different tract of land I don’t own based on incorrect CAD records. But then don’t let me rain on your parade. You girls go ahead and knock your lights out.
Keith Black <email@example.com> (Sunday, December 31 17 08:58 am EST)
I fully expect you to start trying to slander Judge Countiss now. (I don’t and never have slandered anyone. I just report the news that some folks don’t want reported. The Sentinel has made some mistakes and corrected them but 99% of the time we are right on the money, way earlier than any other news source IF they will even report on the story. Take your case for instance. I reported you were a criminal and sexual predator that was fired from the probation department for your crimes and then proved it with documents out of your employment file. I would say I'll see you in court, but we know you're too much of a coward to show. (Not to sound digitally cliché but, LOL. You really express your ignorance easily. I fear God and God only. In the past, the record proves that we have tackled corrupt lawmen, DA’s, Judges and even the Attorney General, two of my kids have been shot at, lug nuts broken twice, Lou Rogers threatened to shoot me when I went after his badge, Ex Judge Bob Smith called threatening to whup my a$$ and you think we find a few prissy girls scary?) You have not shown up one time during the lawsuit. (And you lie. Have I mentioned that? You apparently fail to comprehend that the attorney that has appeared at every hearing is me in the eyes of the law for the purposes of your pointless lawsuit. Since Mike Davis took the case, I have not received the first notice from the District Clerk’s office of a hearing until the illegal subpoena was issued. My failure to attend most hearings was because of a total dis interest in the proceedings, not fear. I know that you can’t touch me with any judgement amount and we all know you are gone from any position of authority over the youngsters in our community. Mission accomplished. The thanks from two middle school mothers and even the written thankyou from a former female co worker of yours for my efforts to remove your pervert self far outstrip any material thing you even hope to obtain via your pointless lawsuit. Her missive to me reflects the gratitude of a woman I have known since she was 9 or 10 years old and is precious to me. In the depth of their messages of thanks to me, you girl’s threats ring hollow.
Since you claim to have a private line with the judicial process in SJC, why not ask the Judge if I appeared in person to the SJC District Court room the day he issued the illegal subpoena for me to be there as a witness. I had already complied with the legal portion of his order to remove mention of you from my website even though I disagreed with it because we all know everything I said was true. I appeared that day but was called out of the courtroom moments before the hearing and told to leave by my attorney who then (representing me in the eyes of the law) went upstairs and twisted the opposition attorney up proving the subpoena was illegal, had no merit and would not stand. Where were you? Oh that is right, the local female lawyer, Ms. Prigmore, who showed up is you in the eyes of the law. She left with her (as you like to call them) manties ‘in a wad’ so to say. My lawyer thinks it's hilarious that you won't take her on face to face. (Which lawyer? You have two. Don’t leave the infamous Mary Olga Lovett Warren out of the discussion. Ask them again if Stephen Watson’s legal representative showed up to face Keith Black’s legal representatives in every hearing including this hearing that lasted less than five minutes and stopped their illegal antics in their tracks. Then ask Sissy if I didn’t attempt to interview her face to face on the court house steps a couple days later asking, “What do you think of the judge’s unconstitutional order?” in front of a witness. “He is the judge” was her snide remark as she refused to face me and chose to walk away in the “afterglow” of her hollow victory. “You can rest assured I am going to teach you and the judge a lesson about The Constitution” was my unchecked and out loud reply to her. In that moment, Sissy Prigmore, as an officer of the court, demonstrated her seditious and treasonous heart in her willingness to undermine our Constitution despite her oath to do otherwise.
The fact remains that The Sentinel couldn’t help pondering what Sissy or Mary-Olga could possibly do to induce a man to stoop to allowing the illegal actions that were conducted in the courtroom. Despite finding several in the community including peers willing to comment on Sissy’s ‘abilities’, The Sentinel will not quote any of them even in anonymity. Suffice it to say it had to do with her ability to coax a key thru a keyhole. Despite my curiosity, I won’t try to judge the motives of another man’s heart. He did what he did for reasons only he knows, it is a matter of record and he will be the only one to answer his Creator for his actions.
but you are who you are. (Yes sir I am. Is that why you run every time you see me and do your best to avoid me? Is it my lack of fear that un nerves you? Is my straight spoken nature too much to bear? Or is it because you and I both know you have done things that you deserve a beat down and to go to prison for? Tell us Mr. Mouth. The comment column is open.)
SJC TAX ASSESSOR HAS RESIGNED
No official confirmation has been obtained but more than one Sentinel source indicates that Kelly Selmer Wineinger did submit her resignation via email this morning effective the first week in December. We have submitted open records requests but it may well be after the holidays before we have a confirmation.
DA ASKED TO CONSIDER FILING ABANDONMENT
SJC Commissioners, according to Sentinel Sources, have approached DA Robert Hill Trapp with the evidence obtained by The Sentinel and requested that he look into the possibility of filing an abandonment suit against SJC Tax Assessor Collector, Kelly Selmer-Wineinger. Wineinger has moved to Greenville, Texas and has applied for multiple jobs in that area listing Greenville as both her 'Present' and 'Permanent' address since June of this year.
SJC TAX ASSESSOR COLLECTOR CHIEF DEPUTY RESIGNS
An early morning call to The Sentinel offices confirmed that Sommer Brinkley has resigned her position with the SJC Tax Assessor Collector's office effective today. Other reports from late last week and confirmed today were that Sommer Brinkley faults me as the reason she is quitting. Further investigation into the goings on in Greenville concerning the Hunt County Tax Assessor Collector have turned up some interesting content on a couple of agendas related to what law firm will get to collect the taxes for the ISD. We are awaiting the full filling of an open records request to said Hunt Co Tax Collector.
LOCAL VIDEOGRAPER CAPTURES SCENE BEFORE BABY FATALITY
The video below shows the dangerous currents that claimed the life of one child in San Jacinto County. At the time this video was shot, there was no barricade on the west side of the flooded Winters Bayou. Reports say that even after dark, there was no barricade set yet. For some reason, the site was declared to be a crime scene during the recovery efforts for the baby's body.
“Press freedom also has its limits,” he added darkly, suggesting journalists should be able to “feel what you are allowed to do, what you need to do” and not shine a light on politicians’ personal issues.
Prosecutors re examine evidence
""The ordinance isn't the only problem," Briscoe said. "The problem is an out-of-control police department."
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