Plea Bargains by Polk County District Attorney

Polk County District Attorney Recommended Deferred Adjudication Probation on the following Sexual Offenses Against Children: (Though there are more, these listed are within the last 5 years) Case No. 23,466 – State of Texas vs. Pedro Reyes Date of Judgment 1/26/16 - 411th Court – Kaycee Jones2nd degree offense of Indecency with Child/ Sexual Contact7 years deferred adjudication probationCase...

Davis: The rest of the story

Defense attorney offers details of recent plea agreements in sexual assault cases After recent media reports criticizing the sentence handed down in Polk County's 258th District Court, defense attorney Mike Davis issued a statement to provide context to the ruling. Here's the unedited statement Davis issued: RE: Cause Nos. 26,265 and 26,266; The State of Texas v. Eli Binnion; In the 258th...

Goodrich man jailed for role in capitol riots Jan. 6

A Federal grand jury indictment names Daniel Page Adams, 43, of Goodrich and Adams' cousin, Cody Connell of Louisiana for taking part in the Capitol riots in Washington DC on Jan. 6. Daniel Page Adams of Goodrich and his cousin, Cody Connell of Louisiana, shared photos of their participation in the capitol riots on Jan. 6. Witnesses shared those images with FBI investigators. Following the...

Nude woman arrested after 95 mph chase in Tyler County

The Tyler County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at about 7:52 a.m. reporting a nude woman on the side of the road near the intersection of FM 92 North and County Road 3715, according to a written statement from TCSO. TCSO deputies and EMS responded to the area and a female passerby and a log truck driver stopped to see if they could assist the woman who was later identified as Laci Cole,...

Polk County Jailer terminated, arrested

Several female inmates at the Polk County Jail recently complained to officials about an inappropriate relationship between a jailer and a female inmate, according to a statement released by Chief Deputy Rickie Childers. An investigation found that Jailer David Ray Miller was engaging in inappropriate conduct with a female inmate. Miller was terminated from employment from the Polk County...

Second police officer dead after responding to riots

Howard Liebengood, 51, a Capitol Police officer who responded to the riot at the Capitol Complex on Jan. 6 has died while he was off duty over the weekend, fellow officers told the Washington Post. His death was a suicide, those officers said. Leibengood is the sixth person to die after being present at the horrific event, and the second officer with U.S. Capitol Police. Find the full report...

Fugitive arrested at Walmart Aug. 5for Brazoria County murder in June

By Valerie Reddell A Katy man who had been detained in the Polk County Jail since Aug. 5 was transferred to the Brazoria County Jail on Aug. 12 in connection with an outstanding warrant in that community. Livingston Police Chief Matt Parrish said LPD officers responded to the 1600 block of West Church after receiving reports of a suspicious person. When they located the vehicle, the caller was...

Texas 10 Most Wanted includes Point Blank man

The Texas Department of Public Safety is offering a reward of up to $7,500 for the apprehension of Patrick Neal Nerren, 30. Nerren is affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang and has ties to Polk and San Jacinto counties, including the cities of Livingston and Point Blank. His last known address was on U.S. Hwy. 190 East just west of the Point Blank Food Mart. PATRICK NEAL...

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...

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...

San Jac man arrested for stabbing girlfriend March 23

Travis Lewis By Valerie Reddell editor@polkenterprise.com 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...

Who abducted, murdered Patricia Humphreys?

15-year-old disappears during outing with sister, friends in 1975 Patricia Humphreys 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.

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...

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...

PCSO asks public for help locating runaway teen

Breonna Whitman 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...

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...

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...

33 Who killed Billy Mac Fleming?

Billy Mac FlemingBilly Mac Fleming was a teacher/coach at Hull-Daisetta school district until his disappearance on April 12, 1985. Dick DeGuerin, left, and Hurley Fontenot, are swarmed by reporters after a Polk County jury found Fontenot not guilty in 1986. John Martin, the 2nd 9th District Judge, holds up his hands in mock surrender when confronted by reporters. Hurley Fontenot Opinions...

31 The Family Annihilator

Eva Lou Thompson-Saad (left), her husaband Edmond Mitra "Tres" Saad III and the couple's son, Edmond Mitra Saad IV. This family and Eva Lou's mother were fatally shot in 2004. 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...

30 Livingston burns

Downtown Livingston circa 1902. The courthouse is shown on the left behind the drug store. Ben Lewis photo A battle between prohibitionists and imbibers led to the fiery destruction of downtown Livingston in 1902. Residents rallied to keep commerce going and rebuild the small railroad town.

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...

Former Corrigan police officer found dead in Cleveland

Joe Robertson Jr. was found dead Sunday. He was terminated from Corrigan Police Department Friday and arrested by Texas Rangers. 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...

29 The USS Eastland Tragedy

A tugboat rescues survivors from the Eastland.A victim is recovered from the hull of the Eastland. The Eastland rests on its side on the bottom of the Chicago River. The photo was taken from a fire tug while efforts continued to recover victims. 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...

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...

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. Billy Glen Barton Barton also...

27 The Kamp Family Murders

Kade Johnson, 6, was also murdered in the tragedy.Tom Kamp and Heather Johnson loved the outdoors and planned to make their new property a weekend retreat.Heather's father Carl Johnson was the first to arrive for the weekend celebration with his wife Cynthia. She was the only survivor.Thomas Kamp with his four sons. Nathan and Austin, above right, died with their father. Thomas Kamp, 46; his...

26 The Shooting of Price Daniel Jr

Price Daniel Jr., center, shown with East Texas Timber magnate Buddy Temple, left, and John Hannah in 1972.Vickie Daniel was found not guilty in the shooting that killed her husband. 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....

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...

24. Who Killed Dr. Gary?

The Trinity County Courthouse in 1914. 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...

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....

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.,...

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....

The Murder of Junior Boy

Jackie Welch (in front) and Kevin Wright are led out of the Polk County courthouse in July 2007 after being convicted of the murder of Clayton Junior Jones.ENTERPRISE ARCHIVE PHOTO / VALERIE REDDELL 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”...

20 Dennise Hayslip & Darrin Cain

Darren Cain & Dennise HayslipCharles "Chuck" Victor Thompson 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 Heavy.com on Aug....

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...

19 Daniel Blank

Daniel Blank Daniel Blank is on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for the horrific murder of six people in Louisiana. He targeted these weathy residents to obtain cash to support his gambling habit. This story was also featured on "FBI Files." Watch that episode here.

18 The Doctor is Out (of his mind)

Chester William Ingram (Montana Department of Corrections)Dr. William “Bill” Ingram (right) and his attorney, Dick DeGuerin (left) arrive at the South Texas School of Law in Houston where Ingram’s 1991 aggravated kidnapping trial was held. 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...

King faces execution today for Jasper dragging death

We will post updates here for this developing story. John William King, is set to be executed today for the death of James Byrd Jr. of Jasper in 1998. Texas' hate crime legislation is named in honor of Byrd. 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...

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. Dallas detectives are shown...

16. Lillian Knox Part 2

Mary Knox At the end of 1918, Hiram Knox Jr. borrowed money to buy more timberlands, believing it would be years before World War I ended. He struggled to continue payments before he sold to Temple Lumber Company in 1921 for nearly $2 million. When Hiram died, Lillian didn’t seem to have a motive. There was no big insurance policy on Hiram. She was arrested on Christmas Day 1922 after making...

Lillian Knox Part 1

Humanitarian or Murderer? Click here to listen Lillian Knox An  85-year-old murder that still hangs unsolved in East Texas. In 1922, Lillian Marshall Knox ran one of the largest East Texas Lumber companies of the time that she was basically famous for. Mrs. Knox died in 1966 with several tragedies attached to her name such as five tragic deaths, forgeries, confidence schemes, a prison term...

Manhunt underway in Trinity

Justin Hanson is wanted for aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful possession of a firearm and evading arrest. If you see Jason, call 911. Officers consider him armed and dangerous. 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...

5 dead in mass shooting at Blanchard ranch

<meta name="fo-verify" content="23c26450-e966-4da4-87a8-8910243ef1b9"> Five family members were found fatally shot at the Delaney Ranch in Blanchard Monday. By Valerie Reddell At about 10:30 a.m. Monday, first responders were called to the Delaney Ranch in the 3600 block of FM 3126, where law enforcement officials found five people dead, apparently from gunshot wounds. At a news conference...

Bank robber nabbed during cab ride to liquor store

Enterprise Staff Reports 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 at press time after attempting what was described as a unique getaway. “Bank employees did an outstanding...