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OPD lieutenant jailed

Texas Rangers arrested Onalaska Police Lt. Gabrel Phillip Moore, 43, on a charge of official oppression, according to records at the Polk County Jail. Rangers began their investigation in May, according to DPS spokesman Sgt. David Hendry.Investigators believe Moore may have committed similar crimes in other areas as well. Anyone with information about those offenses is encouraged to contact Texas Ranger Ryan Clendennen at 936-327-6836.Moore worked at various police agencies in Polk, Montgomery, Chambers, and Harris Counties since 2002.Moore was booked into jail at 2:14 p.m. Thursday.Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said the arrest was made by Texas Rangers and that he … Continue reading OPD lieutenant jailed

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LHS teacher arrested for child pornography

A Livingston High School teacher has been arrested for possession of child pornography, according to Det. Marty Drake of the Livingston Police Department.LPD was notified on May 28 by officials at Livingston Independent School District that Brian Edward Spivey, 61, of LIvingston had conducted inappropriate online searches on a school computer.In the ensuing investigation, officers learned Spivey had logged into online chat rooms and sent several messages containing inappropriate content.Investigators then seized the teacher’s personal computer from his home. Those devices underwent a forensic examination by the Montgomery County Human Trafficking / ICAC Division.That search revealed child pornography on Spivey’s … Continue reading LHS teacher arrested for child pornography

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San Jac man arrested for stabbing girlfriend March 23

By Valerie Reddell LIVINGSTON — Livingston Police arrested Travis Lewis, 31, of Point Blank at 1:12 p.m. Tuesday, after a multi-agency search that began Monday morning. A 30-year-old woman was stabbed several times before managing to escape from Lewis’ vehicle shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. The victim lives in Harrison County near Marshall, Texas. Police located the victim in the 1900 block of North Houston Ave. shortly after she called for help, according to Det. Leon Middleton. The suspect was arrested on North Washington, not far from the scene of the attack after Det. Marty Drake spotted a vehicle … Continue reading San Jac man arrested for stabbing girlfriend March 23

Who abducted, murdered Patricia Humphreys?

15-year-old disappears during outing with sister, friends in 1975 Join Valerie as she introduces Patricia Humphreys. The 15-year-old Northbrook High School student disappeared from the Thunderbird Drive In Theater in 1975. In today’s mini-side we recap what’s been made public so far, but stay tuned for a follow-up with the Cold Case Squad from Houston Police Department. Continue reading Who abducted, murdered Patricia Humphreys?

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Crime Stoppers offers reward for info on break-in at Goodrich Church

On December 24, 2019 a burglary of a building was reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that occurred off of US Highway 59 in Goodrich.  Several electronic items were stolen from a church.  If you have any information or can identify the suspect(s) involved, please call Detective Byron Dunawa with Polk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 936-327-9027. You may submit a tip at, the P3 App or by calling Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest. Continue reading Crime Stoppers offers reward for info on break-in at Goodrich Church

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Fugitive, two others found with nearly a pound of meth

Search reveals illegal weapons, children also in home LIVINGSTON — Sheriff’s deputies from Polk and Tyler counties concluded a week-long joint operation Sunday when they arrested three people at a residence off Nettles Cemetery Road on multiple warrants for narcotics, illegal weapons and child endangerment charges, according to a statement released by Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Hammack Monday morning. Tyler County requested assistance from Polk County’s narcotics detectives with a search for a fugitive with multiple felony warrants. Earlier attempts by Tyler County Deputies to serve arrest warrants on Christopher Dashawn Montoya, 25, of Woodville were unsuccessful. In one of those … Continue reading Fugitive, two others found with nearly a pound of meth

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PCSO asks public for help locating runaway teen

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the help of the public in regards to a juvenile that ran away on October 15, 2019.  On Wednesday October 16, 2019  15-year-old Breonna Whitman was reported as a runaway. She was last seen October 15, 2019 at the Stripes gas station at the corner of FM 350 South and US Highway 190 in Livingston. She was seen getting into a white Toyota Tacoma truck with two males, one of which is her 19-year-old boyfriend Salvador Soto. Deputies have made multiple attempts to locate Breonna. She is believed to be with her boyfriend Salvador possibly in … Continue reading PCSO asks public for help locating runaway teen

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Crime Stoppers seeking tips to help solve at theft at the Rock Shop

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the assistance of the public in obtaining information in regards to a theft that occurred at The Rock Shop in Indian Springs on or about October 7, 2019. An unknown suspect(s) removed several articles including rings, gems, and other valuables. If you have any information on this case that will help with the investigation, contact Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP or Detective Lee Rogers at 936-329-9024, where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.    Continue reading Crime Stoppers seeking tips to help solve at theft at the Rock Shop

Robbery spree ends with arrests

March 10, 1978, a pair of bank robbers kidnapped John A. Gaylord, above left, hostage at his home and forced him to go to the bank and take money from the vault. FBI agents eventually arrested Mickey Clark at a Houston motel. He was charged with kidnapping and bank robbery, as well as several earlier robberies in Livingston. Raymond Herman Hicks of Galveston was arrested and charged with kidnapping and two counts of aggravated robbery for the grocery store holdups. Continue reading Robbery spree ends with arrests

31 The Family Annihilator

On September 2, 2004, Floyd Thompson walked into the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and told the dispatcher he needed to report a fire. Deputies accompanied Thompson back to his home at the Escapees Park about five miles south of Livingston. When firefighters arrived they discovered four people dead inside the burning home. Over the next few hours first responders unveiled a tragic story. Continue reading 31 The Family Annihilator

Escapees from Liberty County Jail captured

SHEPHERD — A multi-agency manhunt came to an end in the Cherry Creek area of Shepherd at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when alert residents spotted two men in the tree line that resembled two escapees from the Liberty County Jail. Det. Gary Sharpen of the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office said that resident called 911 and state and county law enforcement flooded the area. The men were located near Kathy St. in Shepherd. Clay Harvey was apprehended by a San Jacinto County deputy, and a Liberty County K-9 officer caught Clarence Hunt. The two men were discovered missing from the … Continue reading Escapees from Liberty County Jail captured

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Former Corrigan police officer found dead in Cleveland

A Corrigan patrol officer has been was fired from the police force after being charged with theft by a public servant and official oppression, according to an announcement issued by the Corrigan Police Department on Friday. On Monday, Cleveland Police Department confirmed that the officer, Joe Marvin Robertson Jr., 27, was found dead at about 11 p.m. Sunday. Chief Darrel Broussard was not immediately available Monday to offer details on the death, but members of his staff confirmed that an investigation was underway. Robertson was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail on Friday, Aug. 9. He was released … Continue reading Former Corrigan police officer found dead in Cleveland

29 The USS Eastland Tragedy

The S.S. Eastland, known as the “Speed Queen of the Great Lakes,” was part of a fleet of five excursion boats assigned to take Western Electric employees, families and friends across Lake Michigan to Michigan City, Indiana, for a day of fun and fellowship. But the festivities were short-lived and quickly turned tragic.The Eastland, docked at the Clark Street Bridge, never left the Chicago River. Tragedy struck as the ship rolled over into the river at the wharf’s edge. More than 2,500 passengers and crew members were on board that day – and 844 people lost their lives, including 22 … Continue reading 29 The USS Eastland Tragedy

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Pct 4 Constable jailed

At about 11:22 p.m.Thursday, Aug 1, a 911 phone call was received by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch Center. The caller was requesting help. Dana “Bubba” Piper The Polk County Sheriff’s Office dispatched several units, to the Old Israel Rd. area in an attempt to locate the caller. Responding units located the caller in the 4400 blk of Old Isreal Rd. The caller who was identified as Dana Piper, was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Disorderly Conduct. Piper was seen by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2, Sarah Raspberry on a Class C misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Piper was given a summons … Continue reading Pct 4 Constable jailed

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Tenant jailed for aggravated robbery, injury to the elderly

HOLIDAY LAKE ESTATES — Polk County sheriff’s arrested local man Monday after he demanded money from an 83-year-old woman on July 15, according to Capt. Rickie Childers. Billy Glen Barton, 47, went to the woman’s home in Holiday Lake Estates and demanded $500. When she refused, he grabbed her by the arm and made several threatening statements, Childers said. Barton also reportedly pushed the victim down in the driveway, causing injury. Barton currently rents a residence from the victim. Deputies obtained a warrant for Barton’s arrest the same day on felony charges of aggravated robbery and injury to the elderly. … Continue reading Tenant jailed for aggravated robbery, injury to the elderly

27 The Kamp Family Murders

Thomas Kamp, 46; his girlfriend Hannah Johnson, 40; her son, Kade, 6, all of Midlothian went camping on 16 acres of land they owned near Palestine on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. They were joined by Kamp’s two sons, Nathan, 23, and Austin, 21, of California, and Hannah’s parents, Carl and Cynthia Johnson. The family was celebrating Nathan’s approaching birthday. Kamp had purchased the land the group was camping on in August. He planned to use the unimproved property as a deer camp. It was located next to property owned by William Mitchell Hudson, 33. Hudson was upset that family members … Continue reading 27 The Kamp Family Murders

26 The Shooting of Price Daniel Jr

Marion Price Daniel III followed his father’s footsteps into politics … appearing on ballots in Liberty County as Price Daniel Jr. Price Daniel Sr. won election as Governor and U.S. Senator. Price Daniel Jr. insisted on order in every detail of his life. So the first step he took in May 1976 that took him down a deadly path seems out of character. He didn’t usually leave his law office during the work day — except to cross the street to the courthouse. So there were likely some raised eyebrows when he walked out the door on a May afternoon … Continue reading 26 The Shooting of Price Daniel Jr

25. The Servant Girl Annihilator

Murder made the headlines of the Austin Daily Statesman many times during 1885. Many times the victims were African-American women who worked as domestic help. The husbands and boyfriends of those women were arrested even though several suffered injuries in the nocturnal attacks in their homes. Then the murders stopped. Police killed a black man who fits the profile of these murders. Was he guilty, or was it coincidental that the horrific murders ended with Elgin’s death? Continue reading 25. The Servant Girl Annihilator

24. Who Killed Dr. Gary?

Dr. J. M. Gary was shot to death July 17, 1902 in Trinity County.  He was a practicing physician in Groveton and he was called to come to the aid of a gunshot victim at the Sylvan hotel. Howard Magee, Otho Oldacre and Wright Terry were indicted for first degree murder. They were tried before J. M. Smither in Walker County on change of venue. The shooting occurred after midnight in Groveton. L. B. Eagle had sought out the doctor to come to the aid of a gunshot victim at the Sylvan Hotel. Eagle was also murdered alongside Gary.The two murders were tried separately and … Continue reading 24. Who Killed Dr. Gary?

23 The Brother-In-Law shooting

One of the longest criminal trials in Texas history pitted Zemmie Foreman and Douglas Bergman against District Attorney J.W. Simpson. Simpson drafted two Lufkin lawyers to serve as special prosecutors. The trial was held in Livingston just 45 days after Veal’s death. The prosecution’s star witness was a high school teenager who watched the shooting from a picture window of the furniture store. The defense countered with testimony from Hunter’s baby sister who told jurors that Veal had threatened her life many times over the preceding 15 years. One piece of physical evidence was a bullet defect in Hunter’s truck … Continue reading 23 The Brother-In-Law shooting

Rangers investigating death at Polk County Jail

POLK COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers are investigating an in-custody death that that occurred Thursday morning at the Polk County Jail. “We are praying for her and her family at this difficult time,” Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said. “The investigation by the Rangers will be thorough.” The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 8:30 a.m., Polk County Jail staff discovered a female inmate unresponsive in her cell. Jail staff immediately started CPR and contacted emergency personnel. The inmate was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital, where 60-year-old Susan Williams from Livingston, was pronounced deceased. An autopsy … Continue reading Rangers investigating death at Polk County Jail

22 Murder at Thousand Pines Ranch

GROVETON — Back in 1960, two sisters in their 60s lived quietly on a 1,100-acre ranch about nine miles north of Groveton. The sisters, Lily and Hattie Bauer, seemed to treasure the big spread, mostly for the quiet and privacy. They ran 70 head of cattle on the property, a flock of chickens and a garden. Their nearest neighbor was three miles away and the pair only occasionally had visitors. They were self-sufficient, but their nephew Marvin Bauer, 30, lived in a separate house on the ranch with his wife, Rosa, and teenage stepson. Bauer told Trinity County Sheriff Lynn … Continue reading 22 Murder at Thousand Pines Ranch

The Murder of Junior Boy

On Saturday, May 13, 2006, Kevin Rashawn Wright of Houston noticed he had missed a call from his sister, Angela. He called Angela and soon learned that Angela’s boyfriend, Clayton “Junior Boy” Jones, had physically assaulted her during an argument. He planned to visit family in Livingston that day. During a trip to the store before his departure, Wright saw a friend Jackie Welch who was more commonly known as D Black. Kevin told D Black about the fight and that he was “going to the country” to see his mother for Mother’s Day. Welch asked to go too because … Continue reading The Murder of Junior Boy

20 Dennise Hayslip & Darrin Cain

Dennise Hayslip was a kind woman — that’s what her son Wade Hayslip would like most people to remember. Dennis was at home in her apartment with Darren Cain when Charles Victor Thompson forced his way in and shot Darren then Dennise. Caroline Burke wrote a great story on the double murder that was published on on Aug. 13, 2018. You can read it here. Thompson started dating Dennise Hayslip, who was twelve years his senior, around June 1997 and soon moved in with her. Thompson rarely worked, but relied on Hayslip and another roommate for support. Thompson became … Continue reading 20 Dennise Hayslip & Darrin Cain

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Davis sentenced to 6 months for custody interference

By Valerie Reddell LIVINGSTON — A long nightmare finally ended for the Burman family this week when a Polk County jury found Elizabeth Annette Davis, 27, of Livingston guilty of interference with child custody on Tuesday. The trial was held in Judge Kaycee Jones’ 411th District Court. The state and Davis’s attorney Joe Roth agreed to a negotiated sentence of six months in jail. Davis was indicted after she took her daughter and disappeared from a Florida hotel in November 2017, where she was working as a contractor assisting with hurricane recovery. Travis Kade Burman was called to testify about … Continue reading Davis sentenced to 6 months for custody interference

18 The Doctor is Out (of his mind)

Rape charge against doctor rocked the community By Greg Peak It was on a cool Wednesday morning in November 1989 when the Livingston community was rocked with the news that a prominent member of its medical community had been arrested in connection with the rape of a 37-year-old Vidor woman. That day, Dr. William Chester “Bill” Ingram, 41, had been booked into the Polk County Jail and was later released after posting a $25,000 bond on a sexual assault charge. The arrest occurred on Nov. 8, 1989 after the victim, a pharmaceutical sales representative, pounded on the door of a … Continue reading 18 The Doctor is Out (of his mind)

King faces execution today for Jasper dragging death

We will post updates here for this developing story. Execution set for Wednesday in 1998 Jasper hate crime John William King, one of the three men convicted of the horrific death of James Byrd Jr. of Jasper, has a date with death Wednesday. Barring any a last-minute stay, King will be strapped to a gurney in the execution chamber in the Huntsville unit and given lethal injection. On Monday, his appeals to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Board of Pardons and Paroles were denied. Lawrence Ruzzell Brewer was put to death in 2011 and Shawn Berry is … Continue reading King faces execution today for Jasper dragging death

17. Lillian Knox Part 3

In 1939, Lillian’s luck ran out.  She’s indicted by a federal grand jury in Shreveport for 11 counts of mail fraud. She was accused of writing 11 phone checks for $1,792 using the alias of Helen Maulin.  Seven of those checks were on banks that didn’t exist., others were written on bogus accounts.  Each of the checks ranged between $5 and $500. Arthur Temple Jr. told Bowan that in the late ‘30s, she owed Temple’s companies $5,000.  She went to Arthur Temple Sr.’s office and gave him a check much larger than the $5,000 and asked him to give her … Continue reading 17. Lillian Knox Part 3

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Manhunt underway in Trinity

UPDATE: 12:25 p.m. Just spoke with Trinity County Chief Deputy Tommy Parks … the warrants for kidnapping and aggravated assault stem from an altercation Hanson had with his former girlfriend. Witnesses saw him force her into his vehicle. He drove her around the Glendale area and struck her several times, including one blow with a flashlight to her head that caused significant injury. Hanson then returned to a store in Trinity and went inside for a drink. Once he was out of sight, the victim jumped from the car and escaped. She reported the incident to law enforcement. Parks said … Continue reading Manhunt underway in Trinity

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Bank robber nabbed during cab ride to liquor store

LIVINGSTON — A local man is in custody after reportedly walking into First National Bank’s downtown location at 11:36 a.m. Monday and passing a note to a teller demanding money.

Thomas Stewart Holcomb, 34, of Livingston was being booked into the Polk County Jail Monday after the robbery and attempting what was described as a unique getaway. Continue reading Bank robber nabbed during cab ride to liquor store