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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.

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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 jail at 6 a.m., but had been present at the facility at 4 a.m.
Sharpen said the manhunt included Sheriff Greg Capers, sheriff’s deputies, Pct. 3 Constable Sam Houston and Pct. 4 Constable Alvin Wyatt in addition to Texas Rangers and Liberty County officers.
Chance Marshall Hunt, 27, and Clay Sterling Harvey, 44, apparently left the jail through a cut in the fence along one side of the jail, according to reports published on KPRC-TV’s website.
Capt. Ken DeFoor of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said Hunt is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Harvey has charges pending for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. Both men have ties to the Beaumont area.
The Texas Rangers have joined LCSO in the search as well as TDCJ tracking dogs.
At 5 p.m. Sharpen said the two fugitives were en route back to the Liberty County Jail.

 

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Two inmates escaped from the Liberty County Jail some time between 4 and 6 a.m. Tuesday. A manhunt is underway throughout southeast Texas.
Chance Marshall Hunt, 27, and Clay Sterling Harvey, 44, apparently left the jail through a cut in the fence along one side of the jail, according to re

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Clay Sterling Harvey, left, and Chance Marshall Hunt escaped from the Liberty County Jail Tuesday morning, Aug. 20.

ports published on KPRC-TV’s website. 

Capt. Ken DeFoor of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said Hunt is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Harvey has charges pending for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. Both men have ties to the Beaumont area.
The Texas Rangers have joined LCSO in the search as well as TDCJ tracking dogs.
Both men are considered dangerous and members of the public are asked not to approach them or attempt to detain them.
Call the Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP (7867) if you have any information about location of these two men.

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 the same day on bond.

According to the CPD statement, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson was made aware of possible illegal activity involving a full-time officer within the police department.

Upon learning this information and the circumstances surrounding the allegations against the officer, Gibson contacted the Polk County Criminal District Attorney Lee Hon who in turn contacted the Texas Rangers and requested an independent, outside investigation be conducted.

Robertson was immediately terminated from the Corrigan Police Department. He had been a full-time employee of the Corrigan Police Department since May of this year.  

Prior to being hired at Corrigan, Robertson worked for the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office. In 2018, he was placed on administrative leave for failing to pay outstanding traffic tickets.

Robertson also ran as the Democratic nominee for Liberty County Clerk, but lost in the general election.

“Those who break the very laws that they are sworn to enforce will not be tolerated and I will root them out unapologetically. This department and this city deserve better,” Gibson said. “Overall, the men and women of the Corrigan Police Department do a great job for our citizens, however, any behavior that impeaches their credibility or which can potentially erode public trust will not be tolerated.”

Robertson was a graduate of Cleveland High School, Angelina College, where he earned a degree in nursing, and Houston Community College, where he earned a degree in police science.