'WASHINGTONS ON THE TRINITY"
Octogenerian, Bettie Washington passed yesterday in Pointblank. Sister of Billy Washington and lifelong residents of this area and SJC, her family's heritage here is so entwined with the history and development of our county, you can't help but remember some of the more fascinating history of our own Washington's on The Trinity.
Hamilton Washington, Nephew of George Washington was the overseer on a large plantation on The Trinity River on and near FM 1127 in SJC today. With emancipation, over 3000 new voters registered in SJC and everyone registered Republican because Lincoln was a Republican. The very first republican and black State Rep to SJC was elected from the Evergreen area.
Now days there is a Washington pastoring New Hope church, just outside Coldspring
Attorney explains lawsuit settlement
COMMISSIONERS McANALLY AND BRANDON SMACKED DOWNBY HOMETOWNERS
Michael Flynt FTA but no warrant issued because he is NOT wanted.
Today's 'Public Comments' at the Commissioner's Court meeting proved to be a brutal smackdown for two of the sitting commissioners. McAnally and Brandon were told in no uncertain terms by normally reserved and eloquent ladies that their time was up. "All of this character assination is NOT tolerable andI think it is time we put you out", Mrs Sheena Bass stated.
Gerald Deeter, an active and observant long time local political pundit opened the public comments with, "Washington D.C. has come to Coldspring" and elaborated equating the constant effort to undermine Sheriff Capers and curcify him to what has happened on the national scene. "He (Sheriff) does not have 100 percent support from you and it is time for that to change."
George Garrett spoke and equated the Lion Report to, "An organized hit job and an attack on our sheriff."
There were a few uninformed who attacked the Sheriff. One particular woman bragged about her 'group' she managed with 1700 members from Trails End. She tried to elicit sympathy from the audience by relating the nass shooting event and how she held the hand of a dying victim then tried to politicize that tragic event and lay the blame at Sheriff Caper's feet for the five deaths. She was soundly BOOOOOED by the crowd. Not for her opinion but for daring to attempt to make political hay from those deaths. Absolutly no class.
The next naysayer was apparently the sister of shooting victim John Wayne Dodge from many years ago. Another tragic story where two men, John Dodge and nephew/son were threatening a young man on his property and he shot one of them. Dodge died from the injury. Despite what the sister said today, the shooting was investigated and turned over to the DA. Her claims of "no investigation" were false. There was no prosecution of the shooter but rather the DA considered the one that was not shot to be responsible because he and his uncle were threatening to commit felony assault when Dodge was killed. The law is plain that if you are participating in a felony crime and someone dies, you can be charged for the death even if you don't pull the trigger. It was a tragic case but to use that old case to score political points by misrepresenting the facts is just bush league.
All in all, todays meeting was a sound defeat of McAnally and Flynt's best effort to put Flynt's name out there as a viable candidate for SJC Sheriff. NOT.
The thing I was most angry about when first reading Flynt's file from Humble was how the city of Humble let this deviant marcicist walk away without prosecution for his crimes he committed in Humble. You can see in the photo caption that Flynt is "sitting for a portrait" in front of his fireplace. I would bet money, the portriat will hang above his mantle so he can admire himself often.
Former Pct 1 commissioner, Ray McCoppin spoke with a unique persepctive. "I can see both sides because I have served as a commissioner and as a deputy sheriff." He noted that when he called about a burglary, the deputies were there quick, acted quite professional and caught the burglar in a fairly short time. McCoppin's conclusion was that when you strip away the rhetoric about funding and staffing, the root of both those problems is the crisis at our southern border.
He has a valid point.
All in all, today should have sent some very clear messages.
Brandon and McAnally, "dont bother running again"
Flynt, "when you have to cheat to try to win, you are a "L" loser"
Sheriff Capers, We don't expect perfection, just your very best. Thankyou.
former deputies said they tried to get the Texas Rangers to look into wrongdoing in the sheriff's office when they worked there, but the state's elite investigative agency did little to pursue a case. One of them later gave a detailed interview to an officer with the FBI's regional public corruption taskforce but said it was met with the same result.
Hey dumbass, did it ever occur to you they can see that you are a liar and have no evidence to support your claims? The same exact reason I would never write your story? Telling the same lie for years will NEVER make it true.
SAN JACINTO COUNTY MEMORIAL DAY 2019
CORRECTION: The San Jacinto Special Utility District (SJSUD) DID NOT remove the Cross of Christ from the water tower because they got a threat letter as previously reported in The Sentinel. According to an official reply to our open records request, there was no threat letter, no meeting, no memo, no work order or any minutes related to the decision. SJSUD folded and removed the cross because the county got a threat letter. The spokesperson who came forward at the Commissioner's Court meeting made some misleading statements that led to our error.
600 PLUS ATTEND MEETING
The SJC Commissioner's Court voted 5/0 to keep the crosses on the courthouse. A last minute announcement was made by an employee of the local water company, a taxing entity, that their response to a similiar threat to sue letter was to fold and take the cross down off of the water tower. It has been removed. Former Judge Lovett has agreed to an interview about his thinking and research before having the crosses put up during his tenure. We are seeking an interview with the local person who complained but will shield their identity in hopes of getting their views out for both sides of the story. Stay tuned for more on this story.
COMMISSIONERS COURT MEETING MOVED
The new Coldspring Community Center will be the venue for the San Jacinto County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for tomorrow, May 8th. The Grand Hall will be used to accomodate the crowds expected from the community stir the FFRF threat letter to sue SJC over the cross in our courthouse window has caused. This photo is a Sentinel file photo of the window before the lighted Christmas decorations were added. The Christian Craftsman built the cross right into the window sash and mullion. The lights only highlight this historical architectual feature of our beloved courthouse.
CHANNEL 2 PICKS UP CROSS STORY
The Channel 2 van was parked on the square about 4 this after noon. The 6 o'clock newscast had a story from Coldspring and they said a more indepth report will be broadcast on the ten o'clock broadcast. More interviews and even one pastor is slated to be interviewed.
COLDSPRING MAY 1, 2019
FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION TAKES AIM AT SJC COURTHOUSE CROSSES
According to the Commissioner Court agenda dispersed today, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has taken aim at SJC and hopes to force the removal of the highlighted crosses hung on all four sides of the SJC Courthouse during former Judge John R. Lovett's tenure. The group was recently successful in Pennsylvania after a federal lawsuit in forcing the removal of a Christian Cross from the county seal and flag of Lehigh County.
In a similiar case much closer to home, the FFRF attempted to force a Montgomery County JP to stop allowing volunteer chaplains from various faiths to open his court proceedings with prayer each day. Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton went to bat for the Texas Court and had a victory. The two stories about that case are HERE and HERE.
The threat letter is published below.
THE DEVIL NEXT DOOR
December 6th of 2018 was eventful for the Pointblank Community when Vance May, a wanted felon, was closed in on by the SJC Sheriff's Dept and members of The Gulf Coast Area Task Force at his home and shot himself just as the lawmen closed in.
This is more than just a statistical event in the fact that Vance May
is was the neighbor who was responsible for putting a bullet through my oldest son's
kitchen window that, other than for the Grace of God and a 5 lb bag of sugar on the pantry shelf, would have blown my daughter in law's brains all over my grand daughter.
He was also the Vance May that was responsible for another bullet whizzing right by my baby boy's head on video on a different occasion and richoetting off his momma's car that she had just exited. This first photo is one I took after I got home that day and went up the hill to tell May if one more bullet came our way, I was going to kill him. He wouldn't answer his door. We called the law both times but nothing was done other than getting May to pay for the window. My frustration at that prompted me reaching out to another agency for help. One of the emails in the exchange is below:
Fast forward a little and it is also the same Vance May who was shot in an officer involved shooting in downtown Pointblank. According to sources, May was armed at the time but did not get a shot off at the officer. The young deputy had only been on the force a few days at the time and there was a storm over the shooting because the officer had been involved in two shootings in his last jurisdiction. The Beaumont press was ready to crucify the young deputy but for The Sentinel stepping up for him. We documented that both Jefferson county shootings were determined to be justified. One was a clean kill shot on a gunman holed up with hostages in a trailer park in the line of duty. The other was self defense according to the DA's investigation. The shooting in PtBlank was investigated by The Rangers. According to offiical sources, May was inadvertantly discharged from the hospital after a months long recovery w/o the Rangers being notified.
According to reliable and official sources, the SJC Sheriff dept and Task Force came in from the direction reccomended by the local hunter using the barn for cover and were at May's door unseen until too late for May to "Shower Down" on anyone. Those same sources say that May shot himself in the bathtub almost immediatly after they called out and began to make entry. Thank the Lord and some concerned citizens that none of our LEO's were killed.
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.