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. The two men are charged with civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, assaulting certain law […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

33 Who killed Billy Mac Fleming?

Opinions expressed on Crime Behind the Pine Curtain are those of the individuals appearing in this episode. No statement in this broadcast represents the official opinion of the United States Air Force. Written by Valerie Reddell Music by Billy Eli Sound by Jim Powers

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

19 Daniel Blank

Serial killer Daniel Blank robbed eight elderly Louisiana residents in the 1990s, killing six of them. When investigators identified their suspect, they tracked him to Polk County, Texas.

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 […]

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 […]

16. Lillian Knox Part 2

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 […]

Lillian Knox Part 1

Humanitarian or Murderer? 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 […]

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 […]

5 dead in mass shooting at Blanchard ranch

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 Monday night, Chief Deputy Byron Lyons identified the deceased […]

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.