Livingston Lion Club makes donation to Polk County SAAFE House. SAAFE House provides emergency shelter and is an advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. For volunteer opportunities please check out www.saafehouse.org.
L-R: Erica Underferth, Community Relations Coordinator and Lion President Jared Jernigan
Paige Carsten, Board Member of Polk County SPCA, accepted $500.00 donation from the Livingston Lions Club.
L-R Paige Carsten and Lion President Jared Jernigan.
POLK COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...
This morning in a Special Session, the Polk County Commissioners Court Extended the Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning. Please note that burning in an enclosure or burn barrel is now prohibited. The Declaration of Disaster due to the threat of wildfire was continued for an additional 30 (thirty) days.
Attached is an OEM PSA regarding the Burn Ban extension.
Polk County Jailer in Trouble, LIVINGSTON, September 21, 2023 -PolkCountyToday.com received a very brief press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety in regards to a female Polk County Sheriff's Office Jailer who has been charged with the felony crime of improper sexual conduct. The following is the press release from Texas DPS:
POLK COUNTY - At the Request of Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers arrested a Polk County Sheriff’s Office Jailer – following an investigation that began in September of this year – on a charge of improper sexual activity with person in custody. Charity Prince, 25, was placed in the Polk County Jail on a second-degree felony. This is an ongoing investigation. Additional information is not available at this time.
RANDOM TREE FIRE...
Random Tree Fire, LIVINGSTON, September 18, 2023 - Shortly before 8 pm on September 18, 2023, and random tree fire was spotted off of Denham Street in Livingston. Officers from Livingston Police Department were dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department. The fire was safely put out. It's not known what caused the fire. One possibility is a homeless person could start a cook fire and the fire got out of control.
We have acquired an actual video of yesterday's crash on FM-1988 South at FM-3126. The video is from the driver of the blue Ford pickup and was automatically recorded using a dashboard camera.CLICK HERE
Three Vehicle Crash, SWARTWOUT, September 16, 2023 - At approximately 5:30 pm on September 16, 2023, a black 2021 Dodge Ram Pickup, driven by Fernando Estrada, Jr., 31, of Coldspring, was south-bound on FM-1988 South. As Estrada was about to pass FM-3126, a north-bound gray 2020 GMC Arcadia, driven by...more
A Mess on 59, MARSTON, September 15, 2023 - At approximately 4:55 pm on September 15, 2023, a south-bound school bus had stopped on US-59 near Marston Road. The driver of a white van had stopped behind the school bus. Suddenly the driver of an 18 wheeler (who was apparently distracted) didn't notice the stopped traffic until the last second...more
News Comes in Waves Willie P. Openshaw September 15, 2023
This morning I was sitting at the kitchen bar sipping coffee and talking with my wife (Angel). It was just another morning when all the sudden a wave of news came in. A box truck was north-bound on 59 and left the pavement and jumped into the woodline just north of Radio Road...CLICK HERE FOR MORE
On Monday, September 11th, 2023, a burglary of a building, was reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, that occurred in the 800 block of State Highway 393, in Goodrich, Texas. The two suspects pictured, made entry into the building, at around 5:00 AM, and left the scene in a dark color passenger vehicle. If you have any information in reference to this case that may help with the investigation, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and speak with a Detective, at (936) 327-6810. You may also submit an anonymous tip at p3tips.com, the P3 App or call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
Car Rear Ends 18 Wheeler, GOODRICH, August 23, 2023 -Shortly before 7 am on August 23, 2023, an 18 wheeler driven by Hugo Bautista Perez, 35, of Reynosa, Mexico, was south-bound on US-59 when he slowed down for a school bus. Perez was slammed from behind by a white 2019 Chevy Cruze, driven by...more
MARXIST SPOOK HOUSE
The democrats/media are trying to push the USA over a cliff...
UPDATE ON THIS MORNING'S CREEK WRECK:The name of the driver in this morning's crash that occurred in Choates Creek (U Turn in South Livingston) has been released. At around 5 am on August 16, 2023, a 2019 Dodge Journey, driven by...CLICK HERE FOR MORE
SPECIAL COUNSEL LOOKING INTO HUNTER BIDEN IS A JOKE...
Jack Knife Accident Totals Large Cargo Truck, SWARTWOUT, August 10, 2023 - At approximately 4:45 pm on August 10, 2023, the driver of a large cargo truck (pulling a backhoe with a 5th wheel trailer) was south-bound on FM-1988 South. According to the driver of the truck, a SUV pulled off of Barnett lane directly in front of him. The truck driver swerved left and pressed his brakes. The truck driver says his brakes locked up. His truck left the pavement to the left, brushed against a tree and came to rest on private property (severely jack knifed). The alleged SUV continued and drove away. Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Troopers Kevin Burman and Cotye Lowrie with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately the truck driver wasn't injured. The cargo truck appeared to be totaled and its front end was completely torn off. East Texas Towing out of Shepherd was summoned to clean up the mess (owner's request). This accident remains under investigation by the Texas Highway Patrol.
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS BOLDLY, BLATANTLY, ABUSING ITS POWER TO PERSECUTE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND INTERFERE WITH THE 2024 ELECTION...
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
On Saturday, August 5, 2023, the Polk County Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen travel trailer taken from the 4000 block of US Highway 190 W.
The stolen travel trailer is a white 2016 Jayco Jay Flight bumper pull (photo attached is for reference of similar trailer and not the actual trailer).
Video surveillance shows the trailer was stolen sometime during the night of August 4, 2023. An older model vehicle, possibly a Toyota Tundra, tan in color with black rims, can be seen pulling in with at least two occupants in the vehicle. The attached surveillance photos show the actual trailer and suspect vehicle.
If you have any information in reference to this case that may help with the investigation, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, at (936) 327-6810. You may also submit an anonymous tip at p3tips.com, the P3 App or call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
Livingston Fitness Center Staff (LFC) visits the Livingston Lions Club. Stephanie Riley and Coby Taylor shared information and details about their new addition the “Field House”. Go check out this 7,000 sq. ft building and get a tour!
Pictured L-R: Paige DeBalsio, Taylor, Riley, and Lion President Jared Jernigan.
Recycling Trash Pile Catches Fire, GOODRICH, August 4, 2023 - Shortly before 9 am on August 4, 2023, a recycling trash pile was somehow ignited at USA Recycling located at 7233, US-59 South in Goodrich. Volunteer Fire Departments from Goodrich, Livingston, and other surrounding VFDs were summoned to fight the stubborn flames...more
Rollover Accident is Turns Fatal, GOODRICH, August 2, 2023 -At approximately 2:50 pm on August 2, 2023, a white 2004 Honda Odyssey was west-bound on FM-1988 East. The driver apparently entered a curve too fast in the 1006 block of 1988 East. Her vehicle left the pavement to the right, she then over corrected to the left, left the pavement, and proceeded down into a creek where her vehicle turned over coming to rest upside down (about a mile east of US-59)...more
POLK COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:
BE PREPARED FOR WILDFIRES - ELEVATED WILDFIRE RISK
UPDATE FROM FRIDAY'S ROLLOVER ACCIDENT: The names have been released regarding the single vehicle rollover accident that occurred late Friday afternoon (07/28/23). The driver, Lupe Sanchez, 33, of Livingston, was south-bound on US-59 bypass in Livingston. Sanchez's vehicle left the pavement to the right...more
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
On Friday, July 28th, 2023, at around 1800 hours the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to an aggravated robbery that occurred on Rock Island Road, in Moscow, Texas. The victim was held at gun point and was forced to surrender his belongings. The suspects were in a lifted black Chevrolet Silverado 4 door, possibly 2010 body style pick up. The truck had dark tint, chrome rims and a black grille. The armed suspect is described as a Hispanic male, wearing a cap, long sleeve shirt, jeans and a surgical style face mask. The vehicle was also occupied by 2 other unknown suspects. If you have any information in reference to this case that may help with the investigation, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, at (936) 327-6810. You may also submit an anonymous tip at p3tips.com, the P3 App or call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
Vehicle Rolls, 1 Person Flown, LIVINGSTON, July 28, 2023 - At approximately 5:30 pm on July 28, 2023, a white SUV (driver's name not yet released) was south-bound on the US-59 Bypass in Livingston. For some reason, the vehicle left the pavement to the right, crossed the feeder, and left the feeder to the right and rolled...more
Guest Speaker at Wednesday's meeting was Wendy Black from the Livingston Municipal Library. Library cards are free for the City of Livingston residents. Polk County residents outside of the city may get an annual membership card for $5.
Pictured L-R Black, Lion President Jared Jernigan, & Lion Jennie Kley
On Tuesday, July 25, 2023, the Polk County Sheriff's Office received a report of a 16-year-old runaway, Aiden Wilkerson, from the Big Thicket Area, of Livingston, TX.
Aiden was last seen around 2:00am, on July 25, 2023. Aiden is a white male 5'10", 145 lbs, with black hair and blonde highlights, brown eyes and a smiley face burn on his arm. Aiden is possibly with his girlfriend, Gina Barnes (in the photo on the right), who also resides in the Livingston area.
If you have seen Aiden or have any information that may assist law enforcement in this case, please contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 936-327-6810.
Today (07/25/23), in a regularly scheduled meeting, the Polk County Commissioners Court extended the Local Declaration of Disaster for the threat of wildfire which was issued by County Judge Sydney Murphy on July 19, 2023.
Additionally, the Commissioners Court issued an Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning for the unincorporated areas of the County for thirty (30) days due to the dry weather conditions and the threat of wildfire.
18 Wheeler vs SUV, SUV Driver Arrested for DWI, LEGGETT, July 19, 2023 -At approximately 8:25 pm on July 19, 2023, an 18 wheeler, driven by Shawn Thomas, 39, of Chesterfield, Virginia, was south-bound on US-59. Thomas was driving a tanker filled with contaminated water from East Palestine Ohio. The water was being transported to Deer Park. As Thomas was passing through Leggett, a north-bound white 2014 Kia Sorento, driven by...more
OUT OF CONTROL DOJ, COCAINE IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND MORE... 07/19/23...
Crazy Wreck Hospitalizes 3, LIVINGSTON, July 9, 2023 - Shortly after 1 am on July 9, 2023, a pickup with three young males was south-bound on US-59 in Livingston. For some reason (under investigation), the vehicle left the pavement to the right just before the overpass at the south end of Livingston (near Boot Barn)...more
Passing in No Passing Zone, SWARTWOUT, July 4, 2023 -At approximately 10:50 am on July 4, 2023, the driver of a white 2023 Ford Explorer was east-bound on FM-1988 West. The driver decided to attempt a legal U-turn when the driver of the vehicle behind her, silver Chevy Trailblazer (older model) attempted to pass her in a no passing zone...more
Vehicles Collide, No Serious Injuries, WEST LIVINGSTON, June 30, 2023 - At approximately 6:45 pm on June 30, 2023, the driver of a gray 2013 Toyota RAV4 was west-bound on FM-3126. The driver slowed and attempted a left turn into the entrance of Texas Landing Subdivision. As she went into the turn, a gray 2014 Honda Pilot that came from behind her and attempted to pass (just as the Toyota was going into its turn). The Honda struck the Toyota's front end. The Honda continued off the pavement to the left and struck a tree coming to rest at the wood line. The Toyota pulled to the left shoulder. Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department, Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Sean Barnes with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately there were no serious injuries. Wreckers from Fawbush and Ken's Towing were summoned to clean up the mess.
THE SWAMP PROTECTS THE BIDENS (not that the swamp actually cares about the bidens), HERE'S WHO THE SWAMP IS REALLY PROTECTING...
Andrew Boyce, Polk County Chamber of Commerce's Chairman of the Board speaks at recent Livingston Lions Club meeting. Boyce gave details about the upcoming 4th Annual Smoke in the Pines, State Championship BBQ Cook-Off. This will be held on June 23rd and 24th at Pedigo Park. The Smokin Hot Auto & Bike Show will be on Saturday(6/24), Registration begins at 9am. There will also be a Corn Hole Tournament on both days. Visit the Livingston Polk County Chamber Facebook page to sign up and to get additional information. NO ENTRY FEE for the public! You may shop vendor booths, browse the car entries, check out the cook teams, and cheer on the corn hole players.
Pictured L-R :Lion Scott Simpson, Boyce, Yvonne King- Chamber President, & Lion President Kim Jernigan.
Driver Slams Into Postal Vehicle, EAST TEMPE, June 18, 2023 -At approximately 3:35 pm on June 18, 2023, a white 2018 Ford Explorer, driven by Ester Marie McDonald, 47, of Livingston (a postal deliverer that was on the job), was north-bound on FM-350 South. McDonald slowed down to make a left turn onto Mangum road when she was slammed from behind by...more
San Francisco WAS arguably the USA's prettiest, nicest city. Now that the leftists and democrats have full control of San Francisco, it's becoming a wasteland of violence and despair. This is what the leftists and democrats do. They destroy everything they get their hands on. The democrats are ruining education, ruining sports, turning the nation against itself, and demolishing our economy. In short, the democrats are destroying the USA. - Willie P. Openshaw, Editor
18 Wheeler Turns Over, No Injuries, LIVINGSTON, June 15, 2023 - Shortly before 2 pm on June 15, 2023, the driver of an 18 wheeler logging truck was north-bound on US-59 just north of the Livingston City Limits. The driver suddenly had to slow down for heavy traffic, but his brakes failed. The driver cut right and left the pavement to the right in order to avoid striking another vehicle. The driver drove into a ditch area. This caused his loaded 18 wheeler to have a load shift. The weight of the logs turned his rig over on the driver's side. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Trooper Johnny Wilkerson with the Texas Highway Patrol was dispatched to investigate. A heavy duty wrecker was sent for to clean up the mess.
Fatal Accident on FM-62, CAMDEN, June 15, 2023 -Shortly after 5 am on June 15, 2023, a silver 2013 Honda CRV was east-bound on FM-62 (about 4 miles off US-59). The driver was possibly distracted when her vehicle left the pavement to the right. She over corrected, crossed the pavement again to the left and began to roll....more
Verizon Tower Break In Leads to Arrests, LIVINGSTON, June 7, 2023 - On the afternoon of June 6, 2023, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service in regards to a felony theft that had occurred at a Verizon tower site off of us highway 59 north, just north of livingston. A Deputy responded and observed where the fence had been cut and a few items used to force entry lying about. The Deputy also observed a trail in the woods leading away from the site. The Deputy followed the trail which led him to...more
Home Burglaries Lead to Arrest of 4 Suspects, LIVINGSTON, June 7, 2023 -On Saturday, May 13, 2023, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary at two different residences, off of Second Street and Sundance Trail. Several pieces of furniture, electronics, and household items were reported stolen. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division initiated an investigation and...more
FEDERAL MAFIA ORG CHART...
18 Wheeler Turns Over, GOODRICH, June 6, 2023 - Shortly after 8 am on June 6, 2023, a truck driver from Shepherd was hauling a load of wood shavings. The driver attempted to make a right turn off of the Goodrich/US-59 over pass next to Goodrich School. According to the driver, and wittnesses, the driver took the turn very slowly, but the trailer slowly turned over taking the tractor portion of the rig with it. The driver was not injured. Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Goodrich Volunteer Fire Department, and Trooper Cotye Lowrie with the Texas Highway Patrol. At time of press (8:45 am), the mess is being cleaned up by workers and Smith Towing.
Special thank you: Chief Corky Cochran
Toni Cochran-Hughes with the Polk County Cares organization, speaks at the most recent Livingston Lions Club meeting. This year at their Crawfish boil, they cooked 1500lb of crawfish, 475lbs of shrimp, and served 560 people, with a fundraising total of $129,664! Save the date for next year, February 10,2024. Funds raised for Polk County Cares are split 3 ways, F.A.I.T.H. Military, Center of Hope Cancer Ministry and Board approved non-profit organizations. They also have an upcoming Fish Fry fundraiser, which will be held on July 1st at 125 Indian Hills Blvd, in Livingston. Follow their Facebook page for more information.
Pictured L-R: Lion Joseph Pedigo, Hughes, and Lion President Kim Jernigan
TARGET WANTS TO TURN YOUR KIDS INTO SATANISTS...
New County Tax Assessor...
LIVINGSTON, May 31, 2023 - With the retirement of County Tax Assessor, Leslie Burks, Judge Sydney Murphy appointed long time Polk County Associate, Steve Hullihen. Steve is a graduate of The Ohio State University and began working full time for Polk County in the mid 1980s. Steve was the Information Technology Manager until he retired after over 30 years of working for Polk County. While information technology was a county wide office and looked out for all offices in Polk County, Steve always worked closely with the Tax Office. Additionally, Steve volunteered his time to assist in counting votes during local elections. Steve brings a wealth of experience and know how to the position and gets encouragement and support from his wife, Gina.
Sorry Wet Sordid Affair on 59, WAKEFIELD, May 30, 2023 - At approximately 6:20 pm on May 30, 2023, the driver of a red Mitsubishi Outlander was north-bound on US-59 about 6.5 north of the Corrigan City Limits when his car began to hydroplane. The hydroplaning car slammed into the end of a guardrail...more
The Polk County Sheriff, Byron Lyons, along with community liaison for Oceans Healthcare of Lufkin, Shelby Willmon, spoke to the Lions about the expected future growth of our community and the impact that it will have on the local mental health population. The presentation provided valuable insights and sparked meaningful discussions. The partnership between these two organizations has already helped many patients get the highest treatment they deserve!
Pictured L to R: Lion President Kim Jernigan, Willmon, Lyons, Lion Past President Joseph Pedigo.
Minor Accident Backs Up Traffic at Loop 393, GOODRICH, May 26, 2023 - Shortly after 12 noon on May 26, 2023, a silver 2007 Dodge pickup was south-bound on US-59. As the driver was about to pass the north end of Loop 393, the driver of a silver 2015 Ford F-250 (pulling a trailer) pulled off of 393 in front of the Dodge. The driver of the Dodge slammed on his brakes to avoid a collision but still struck the back of the Ford's trailer. Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Goodrich Volunteer Fire Department, Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Johnny Wilkerson with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately there were no injuries. The driver of the Ford will be cited for failure to yield. The Dodge was recovered by LakeView Wrecker and will be stored in Livingston. The Ford was driven from the scene.
LIVINGSTON, May 22, 2023 - Shortly after 8 am on May 23, 2023, an 18 wheeler was north-bound on US-59 in the left lane (fast lane), when a medium sized large truck switched from the right lane directly in front of the 18 wheeler. A collision occurred disabling both vehicles (about 2 miles north of the Livingston City Limits). Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Sean Barnes with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately there were no injuries. The mishap slowed traffic on the north-bound side to a crawl as traffic was rerouted around mess. Heavy duty wreckers from Clifton Chevrolet out of Corrigan was summoned to clean up the mess. Traffic on the north-bound side remained slow until just after 11 am.
The Livingston Lions Club donates $1,000 to Big Sandy ISD to be give out for student scholarships. Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors this year!
L-R – Mrs. Sally Elster and Lion President Kim Jernigan
A program was recently given at the Livingston Lions Club meeting on Natural Resource Conservation Service(NRCS) presented by their District Conservationist Mozelle Carter.
L-R Past President Lion Joseph Pedigo, Carter, & Lion President Kim Jernigan
The Livingston Lions Club donates $1,000.00 to the MannaFest Food Pantry. MannaFest strives to end hunger in Polk County, they are open Tuesday and Friday mornings, 9am-noon.
Pictures L-R: Lion President Kim Jernigan and Marilyn Wise
Man Passed Out in Pickup on US-59, GOODRICH, May 21, 2023 -At approximately 11:30 pm on May 20, 2023, calls were placed to the Polk County Sheriff's Office in regards to a white pickup parked on the road in the north-bound side of US-59 across from Loop 393. Deputy Justin Murdock was dispatched. Murdock arrived to find the man passed out in the driver's seat...more
Names Released in Fatal Accident, LIVINGSTON, May 20, 2023 -The names of the accident victims in this morning's fatal accident have been released. Shortly after 9 am on May 20, 2023, a silver 2007 GMC Sierra, driven by Durwood Fails, 76, of Warren, was west-bound on US-190 West. As Fails was about to pass through the intersection of 190 and FM-350 South, a gray 2006 Lincoln Town Car, driven by...more
2 Vehicle Accident, 1 Deceased, LIVINGSTON, May 20, 2023 -At approximately 9:15 am on May 20, 2023, a silver 2007 GMC Sierra pickup was west-bound on US-190 West. As the pickup was about to pass through the intersection of 190 and FM-350 South, a gray 2006 Lincoln Town Car pulled off of 350 south into the west-bound lanes of 190 directly in front of the pickup...more
Dodge Ram 1, Chevy Camaro 0, WEST TEMPE, May 19, 2023 - At approximately 2:50 pm on May 19, 2023, a black 2017 Dodge Ram pickup was east-bound on US-190 West. The driver was waiting to make a left turn onto Walding Road when she was slammed from behind by a black 2011 Chevy Camaro. The pickup pulled to the right shoulder, the Chevy stopped right there. Allegiance Ambulance service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and Corporal Ramey Bass and Trooper Johnny Wilkerson with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately there were no injuries. Traffic on 190 was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. According to the driver of the Camaro, his brakes failed. The Camaro was recovered by Fawbush Wrecker and will be stored in Goodrich, the Dodge was driven from the scene. No citations have been issued at this time.
The Biden Crime Family, Jordan Neely, King Charles...
**SCAM ALERT** For the past few days, it has been reported that citizens are receiving phone calls from scammers, who are yet again using the real names of actual Polk County Sheriff's Office Deputies and Detectives, as well as the names of our Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Captain and Lieutenants, to threaten citizens with arrest for either not paying a fine or failing to appear for jury duty, etc.. or that an arrest warrant would be issued. The scammers will then attempt to obtain money from you, over the phone, by demanding payment in the form of certain gift cards.
The scammers are using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to falsify the information that shows up on your caller ID. This means that scammers can manipulate caller ID information to make it look like they are calling from a local number, the Sheriff's Office, or from any neighbor or legitimate local business. They are even able to call you, using your own number, as the same exact number they are calling from. This type of Caller ID spoofing allows scammers to use the telephone numbers of innocent people in order to avoid block lists, as well as target and trick victims into sharing personal information or money.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office does not and will not ever contact citizens over the phone to collect financial information. If you encounter a scam call like this, DO NOT give personal/financial information or send money and immediately hang up. You may always contact the Sheriff’s Office to validate any information you may perceive to be a scam.
MORE PEOPLE ARE DYING IN MOTORCYCLE CRASHES IN TEXAS
May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, LUFKIN, May 2, 2023 - As motorcycle fatalities continue to rise and the spring weather draws more riders to Texas roadways, TxDOT is urging drivers to look twice and be considerate on the road around motorcycle riders.
Amy Jo Miller was enjoying a ride on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle in Bell County when an inattentive driver turned left in front of them, hitting the bike and throwing her across the road. Seconds later, another vehicle then ran her over in a hit-and-run crash, leaving her with multiple serious injuries. Fortunately, she survived, but 15 years later, Amy Jo is still recovering from her injuries.
Amy Jo, now 49, is just one of thousands of Texas motorcyclists seriously injured—or worse, killed—in crashes every year. In 2022, 562 motorcycle riders were killed in motor vehicle crashes, an 8% increase over the previous year.
“People on motorcycles are more vulnerable on our roadways,” said TxDOT Executive Director Marc Williams. “It’s important for drivers to pay extra attention and look out for motorcycles — especially at intersections, when turning in front of oncoming traffic and while changing lanes. We all want to get home safe.”
In addition to National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, TxDOT’s annual safety campaign “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” also aims to protect motorcyclists by educating drivers on how to safely share the road. Below are safety precautions all motorists should keep in mind to help prevent motorcycle crashes:
Stay alert. Give driving your full attention. Even a momentary distraction, such as answering a phone call or changing the radio station, can have deadly consequences.
Pay special attention at intersections. One-third of all motorcycle fatalities happen at roadway intersections.
Take extra care when making a left turn. Always assume motorcycles are closer than they appear and avoid turning in front of an oncoming motorcycle.
Look twice when changing lanes. Check mirrors, check blind spots, and always use turn signals.
Give motorcyclists room when passing them. Move over to the passing lane and don’t crowd the motorcyclist’s full lane.
Stay back. If you’re behind a motorcycle, always maintain a safe following distance. When a motorcyclist downshifts, it can catch drivers off guard since there are no brake lights to signal reduced speed.
Slow down. Obey posted speed limits and drive according to conditions.
To help drivers fully understand the importance of driving safely and the dangers motorcycle riders face, TxDOT is taking its “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign exhibit on the road during National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The exhibit will feature a virtual reality component that gives participants the opportunity to experience high-risk traffic situations from the perspective of both a driver and a motorcyclist.
TxDOT’s “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel to help end the streak of daily deaths. Nov. 7, 2000, was the last deathless day on Texas roadways.
On April 27, 2023 a Theft of Property was reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that occurred in Midway, East Polk County. The suspect involved, an adult white male driving an older model dark colored ford pickup. If you have any information in reference to this case that may help with the investigation, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and speak with a Detective, at (936) 327-6810. You may also submit an anonymous tip at p3tips.com, the P3 App or call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
Logging Truck Turns Over, MOSCOW, May 1, 2023 - Shortly before 8 am on May 1, 2023, an 18 wheeler logging truck that was south-bound on US-59 in Moscow had a load shift. According to a Trooper at the scene, the poles that keep the logs in place were not properly anchored causing the load to shift, thus turning over the 18 wheeler (just south of FM-350 Moscow). Corporal Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol was dispatched to investigate and was assisted by a Deputy from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and The Texas Department of Transportation. Additionally, an regional State Trooper (Trooper Riggins) assisted Corporal Bass. Fortunately there were no injuries. The driver was cited for the safety violation. Traffic on the north-bound side of 59 was routed to the right shoulder. A heavy-duty wrecker crew from Dues was summoned to clean up the mess.
ALERT:THIS GUY MURDERED 5 PEOPLE IN SAN JACINTO COUNTY A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO AND IS ON THE RUN.
MY THOUGHTS ON JOE BIDEN REELECTION CAMPAIGN AND FOX FIRES TUCKER CARLSON...
WEBSITE ISSUES: We've been having website issues today (04/23/23). PolkCountyToday.com has been up, then down, then up again, then down again. The engineers are working to correct the problem. Thank you to our readers for your patience. - Editor
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
On April 20, 2023 a Theft of Property was reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that occurred in Pine Harbor of the Onalaska area. The two suspects involved; one a white male with a beard young adult age. Both are shown below. If you have any information in reference to this case that may help with the investigation, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and speak with a Detective, at (936) 327-6810. You may also submit an anonymous tip at p3tips.com, the P3 App or call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
At the Lions' meeting, Shawna Johnson and George Wood shared information about mental health and the available services in our area that cater to this important topic.
George Wood, with Lake Livingston Area Mental Health, spoke about the importance of educating ourselves to be able to recognize symptoms of serious mental illnesses. Early detection and education are critical in recognizing these symptoms and getting help to those who need it.
Below is a list of warning signs that may indicate a serious mental illness.
major mood changes risky behaviors feeling enraged.
Early detection and education are critical in recognizing these symptoms and getting the help we need.
Lake Livingston Area Mental Health offers support groups for probationers, one day mental health training courses, and one-on-one mental health coaching.
Shawna Johnson, the Director and Owner of Serenity House Counseling, spoke about the support they can offer for individuals with mental illness. Serenity House Counseling empowers individuals to take control of their future through on-site and virtual therapy. They have 10+ licensed therapist who are available and will work with you to visualize a plan that meets your unique goals. It's amazing to see the positive impact that therapy can have on our mental health and well-being. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, please know that you are not alone. Let's continue to prioritize our mental health and support those around us. For more information, please reach out to Lake Livingston Area Mental Health or Serenity House Counseling.
Pictured L to R: Lion Mark Birdwell, George Wood, Shawna Johnson, Lion President Kim Jernigan.
Truck Slams Into Bridge Column, LIVINGSTON, April 20, 2023 - At approximately 10:15 am on April 20, 2023, the driver of a 2007 Chevy Avalanche was south-bound and curving left going under the US-59 U-Turn underpass (next to Boot Barn). The driver allegedly had brake failure as his truck left the pavement to the right and slammed into a bridge column...more
On April 6, 2023 a Burglary of Habitation was reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that occurred on May DR in the Onalaska area. The vehicle involved is a dark colored Chevrolet Z71 Silverado with no front license plate. The two suspects are a male and female which took items from inside a residence. If you have any information in reference to this case that may help with the investigation, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and speak with a Detective, at (936) 327-6810. You may also submit an anonymous tip at p3tips.com, the P3 App or call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
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DEBUNKING THE LEFT'S LIES. I thought it would be a nice to debunk some standard lies that the left presents as the gospel truth...
FOR SOME REASON, COMPANIES CONTINUE TO KILL THEMSELVES BY EMBRACING WOKEISM... 04/10/23...
CHICAGO VOTES IN A NEW MAYOR (to the left of lori lightfoot)...
New Member Inducted at today’s meeting. Welcome Jason Thomas to the Livingston Lions Club!
Pictured L to R: Lion President Kim Jernigan, Thomas, & Lion Larry Pitts (Sponsor).
Matthew Garrison, with the Texas A&M Forest Service, spoke to the Lions about prescribed burning. Garrison mentioned that prescribed burning has become one of the most efficient and effective tools for land management in the state of Texas. Prescribed burning is a management tool widely used by foresters, parks departments, range and wildlife managers, ranchers and other landowners to manage excessive natural fuels under very specific and safe conditions.
Pictured L to R: Lion Mark Birdwell, Lion President Kim Jernigan, Garrison.
As the Manhattan Walrus and the democrats continue their assault on the USA, Rob Schmitt brings this whole sordid Trump indictment into PERFECT focus...
Pickup VS 18 Wheeler, MIDWAY, April 3, 2023 - At approximately 11:50 pm on April 2, 2023, an 18 wheeler driven by Israel Mederos Pulido, 40, of Katy, was east-bound on US-190 East. As Pulido was passing WA Holder Road, a west-bound silver 2018 Ford F-150, driven by...more
Officers Involved Shooting, LIVINGSTON, April 2, 2023 -At approximately 7:55 pm on April 2, 2023, Officers with Livingston Police Department were dispatched to Pan American Drive. The incident started on a grassy embankment next to the Sweat Shop Gym. A hispanic male (possibly intoxicated) was in possession of a firearm and allegedly waving it around...more
Donuts in the Middle of 190?, LIVINGSTON, April 1, 2023 - At approximately 2:30 am on April 1, 2023, the driver of a gray 2021 Chevy Trailblazer was east-bound on US-190 East about three miles east of Livingston when the driver of a blue Chevy Malibu that was west-bound donuted backwards into the driver's side of the Chevy Trailblazer. The driver of the Malibu was allegedly doing donuts in the road when he slammed backwards into the Trailblazer. The impact caused the Trailblazer to slide into the grass on the east-bound side of 190 while the Malibu came to rest on the pavement. The driver of the Malibu allegedly jumped out of his car and fled on foot, leaving his female passenger. Corporal Adrian Ontiveros and Deputy Shania Wood with the Polk County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the scene and summoned Trooper Kevin Burman with the Texas Highway Patrol. Amazingly, there were no injuries. The Malibu was recovered by Smith Towing while the Trailblazer was recovered by Dan's Towing. This accident remains under investigation by the Texas Highway Patrol.
THE DEMOCRATS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO DESTROY THE USA AS WE KNOW IT. NO PROBLEM. WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET THEIR WAY AND KEEP POWER. USA BE DAMNED.
Alvin Bragg's Sucky Case...
Editor's Note: I produced this video on Thursday afternoon before President Trump was indicted.
GRACE Pregnancy Outreach Executive Director, Misty Nettles, accepts a $500.00 donation from the Livingston Lions Club. GRACE Pregnancy Outreach provides a place where individuals can find compassion and help without judgment or condemnation. Client advocates at the Outreach Center are committed to offering the emotional support and personal concern rarely found anywhere else. GRACE opened in 2017 and a is a 501c3 non-profit organization. The organization provides pregnancy testing, prenatal services, and parenting classes. These services are provided free of charge to our citizens due to the generous support of donors.
Pictured L to R Misty Nettles and Lion President Kim Jernigan.
Members of the LHS National Navy Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) presented at the Livingston Lions Club lunch meeting in February. They shared the successes of their battalion, which included advancing to the National Joint Leadership Academic Bowl Round 1 semi-finals, scoring in the top 30% on the National Academic Exam, Navy Area 10 recommended as "Most Improved School," 8,042 cadet community service hours, attendance at thirty-five community events, four cadets contracting with a military branch of service and growth of their unit from 75 students last year to 110 students this year.
Pictured L-R Lions program chair Brent Stoval, Jamie Hopson, Samantha Rodriguez, Sonja Wiley, Leah Robeson, Xavier Mindiola, Stacy Weatherspoon, Lion President Kim Jernigan, Keyla Islas, and SFC Grady Tinker.
Vehicles Collide on 190 West, LIVINGSTON, March 21, 2023 - At approximately 7:30 pm on March 21, 2023, the driver of a black Ford F-350 was east-bound on US-190 West. As the truck was passing through the intersection of 350 South at 190, the driver of a silver Honda Accord pulled directly in front of the Ford pickup...more
THE POLICE STATE MARXIST DEMOCRATS WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET RID OF TRUMP...
The public is invited to the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge for a fun free Field Day Saturday, April 8, from 9:00 to noon.
Hosted by the Friends of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Field Day will have activities for all ages: guided nature and photography walks, net-dipping for kids to see aquatic “critters”, planting native plants, Dutch Oven cooking, and caravan tours. Go to https://www.friendsoftheneches.com for details.
Driver Rolls SUV, No Injuries... GOODRICH, March 1, 2023 - At approximately 6:10 pm on March 1, 2023, the driver of a dark gray 2022 Toyota RAV4 was east-bound on FM-1988 West (3750 block). Her vehicle left the pavement to the left, hit a barbed wire fence and rolled. The young female driver was able to get the doors open and come out under her own power. Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputy Victor White with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Cotye Lowrie with the Texas Highway Patrol. The driver was not injured. Her vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. No citations were issued.
MERRICK GARLAND GETS GRILLED...
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the public in regards to information about the whereabouts of 58-year-old Carlos Mauricio Bracamonte. He was last seen on February 23rd, 2023, at around 10pm, near the 300 block of Broken Arrow Lane, in Livingston, Texas. Bracamonte was last seen wearing a black ball cap, long sleeve brown shirt, and blue pajama pants. He has had recent surgeries and is in need of his medications.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Bracamonte, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and speak with a Detective, at (936) 327-6810. You may also submit an anonymous tip at p3tips.com, the P3 App or call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Bracamonte.
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
On February 23, 2023 a theft of motor vehicle was reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that occurred on FM 350 North in the Moscow area.The vehicle taken was a crew Polaris Ranger XP 1000 that is tan/brown in color with after market tires and a deer feeder attached to the front.If you have any information in reference to this case that may help with the investigation, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and speak with a Detective, at (936) 327-6810.You may also submit an anonymous tip at p3tips.com, the P3 App or callPolk County Crime Stoppersat 936-327-STOP, where you can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
Livingston Man in Critical Condtion, Flown From Scene, PROVIDENCE, February 19, 2023 - A Livingston man crashed off of FM-1988 East during the 3 am hour. The driver was flown from the scene in critical condition. Story, pictures and video from the scene coming.
Kaycee Hendrix and Madison Peters with Childrenz Haven, spoke at a recent Lions Club meeting.
Childrenz Haven, founded in 2009, provides forensic interviews, family advocacy, and therapy to child victims between the ages of 0 to 17 years and their non-offending caregivers for: sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, witness to a violent crime, and survivors of child fatality in Polk County. Childrenz Haven provides case tracking, coordination, and facilitation between investigating agencies, medical staff, and prosecution. Statistics were reported showing that more than 90% of the time children are abused by someone they know or love, and 1 in 10 children will be abused by their 18th birthday.
In 2022 Childrenz Haven reviewed 905 statewide intakes with 560 of them meeting the criteria for services. Their goal is to ensure that their services reach every child that needs the services of a Child Advocacy Center (CAC), provides every service needed by that child, and makes every effort to ensure that those services are of the highest standard of care.
Pictured L-R: Lion Brent Stovall, Lion Hendrix, Lion President Kim Jernigan, and Peters.
Pickup vs 18 Wheeler, CAMDEN, February 13, 2023 -At approximately 12:30 pm on February 13, 2023, an 18 wheeler hauling a load of plywood, driven by Christopher Lilley, 52, of Nacogdoches, was east-bound on FM-62 (about a quarter mile east of the Camden mill). A west-bound gray 1999 Chevy 1500 pickup, driven by...more
Fire Burns Covered Storage Area, BOLD SPRINGS, February 12, 2023 - Shortly before 4 pm on February 12, 2023, a structure fire was reported from a residence located at 135 Peden Lane (near Horace Bonds Road). The structure appeared to be a large covered storage area next to a house. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and was joined by Scenic Loop and Onalaska Volunteer Fire Departments. Additionally, Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to conduct and initial investigation. The storage area was located next to a house. Volunteer Firemen were able to put out the fire before it could spread to the house. There were no reported injuries.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges on 2, LEGGETT, February 10, 2023 -On Wednesday night, February 8, 2023, Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies were patrolling U.S. Highway 59 North, near Leggett, and stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. After contact was made with the driver, an investigation began which led to the Deputy calling for assistance to search the vehicle and detain multiple passengers inside the vehicle...more
DISNEY HAS BECOME TOXIC
If I was still raising kids, I wouldn't let them watch the Disney Channel. I would drop Disney like a red hot coal...
Joe Biden is a walking disaster. He's one absolute calamity after another...
Dr. Hawkins spoke to members of the Livingston Lions Club during their lunch meeting on Wednesday. He highlighted the success of the dual credit program at Livingston High School. "In 2014, forty-eight students took dual credit classes and paid their own tuition. This year, two hundred and fifty students are enrolled in college courses funded by the district. The graduating class of 2022 earned 1,050 college hours while in high school." Hawkins introduced a new LHS program funded by a Texas Education Agency grant, Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH). Fourteen different pathways are offered, with health science having the largest enrollment. "A council has been created to help connect students to industry. This helps our students have a pipeline that leads to the workplace." LHS senior Trey Martin shared information about the certifications he has earned in welding. Martin was part of the welding build-off team that won 1st place on a fire pit project in March. The team won scholarships, new welding hoods, and welding certifications. The competition required the team to follow weld assembly drawings, meet weld placement and structural alignment and complete weld processes. Martin has plans to pursue a career as a certified weld instructor. More than two hundred students are enrolled in welding classes at LHS this year.
L-R Brett Stovall-Lions Program Chairman, Lions President Kim Jernigan, Trey Martin, Dr. Brent Hawkins and Blake Thornton-LHS CTE Coordinator
There's a chinese spy balloon floating over the USA and joe biden is too weak and compromised to do anything about it. Joe biden has made the USA the laughing stock of the world.
FEDERAL LAW BANNING POLICE CHOKE HOLDS?... 01/30/23...
ABOUT THAT GATHERING IN MOSCOW... According to sources, there were approximately 4,000 people gathered at a property off Hall and Mack Road in Moscow starting on Friday evening. Attendees were alleged to have been blocking traffic on US-59, destroying Hall and Mack Road (unpaved road) with trucks, 4 wheelers, and motorcycles. Calls poured in to the Polk County Sheriff's Office ... MORE
Unexpected Party/Gathering Allegedly Gets Out of Hand, SEVEN OAKS, January 29, 2023 - On the afternoon of January 28, 2023, an large unexpected party / gathering took place off Hall and Mack Road (north of Seven Oaks). There were complaints calling in to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The unexpected event had upwards to 2,000 people in attendance. According to sources, the party was to take place in the Houston area, but was not approved, so they quietly moved it up to Hall and Mack Road. The event apparently became rowdy. Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff Office, Local State Troopers, Game Wardens, and Constables were sent in to get the gathering under control. Law enforcement was there late into the evening. There were no reported injuries to anyone.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating a scamming case, here in Polk County, where the suspect took advantage of an elderly resident, defrauding her of a large amount of money.
Detectives identified the suspect as, 33 year old Jose Karim Garza-Gonzales, of Kingwood, Texas. Garza-Gonzales is a contractor, who owns a business located in Kingwood, Texas. The victim paid Garza-Gonzales, over $28,000.00 up front, and he then never returned to do any work. Subsequent to their investigation, Detectives obtained a third degree felony warrant on Garza-Gonzales, for Theft of Property from Elderly.
Garza-Gonzales is also wanted, by Galveston County, for a similar case of defrauding an elderly victim out of thousands of dollars and never completing any work.
Please see the attached photo. If you have any information in reference to this case, other cases, and/or know the whereabouts of Jose Karim Garza-Gonzales, please contact the Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency.