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PRESS CONFERENCE HELD - Polk County Criminal District Attorney Shelly Sitton and Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons take questions from the media during a press conference Tuesday afternoon where it was reported that the body of 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham, missing since 7 a.m. Feb. 15, had been located. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

Missing girl’s body found in river

PRESS CONFERENCE HELD - Polk County Criminal District Attorney Shelly Sitton and Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons take questions from the media during a press conference Tuesday afternoon where it was reported that the body of 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham,…

Nature Hike

Join Ranger Eric for an afternoon, low-intensity nature hike at the Lake Livingston State Park at 1 p.m. on Feb. 25. Learn about the park, the different plants and animals found in the park and the important role they play in the park environment. Ranger Eric will offer a night hikes at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24. Bring a flashlight and see which animals…
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Breaking Story: Investigation is ongoing and fluid into disappearance of local child

By Emily Banks Wooteneditor@polkenterprise.com “This investigation is very fluid. However, I can say we identified a backpack yesterday at the dam that is consistent with that belonging to the child. We are going through the contents and evaluating,” Lieutenant Craig Cummings, a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said during…

One arrested, two wanted

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Livingston man after an investigation last week. There is also a search for two wanted suspects with felony warrants. On Wednesday, Polk County Narcotics Detectives conducted an investigation into the use and sale of methamphetamine in the Putnam’s Landing subdivision. As a result of that…


Three individuals’ lunches were suddenly interrupted at Alma’s Courthouse Whistle Stop Cafe Tuesday when this tire came off of a vehicle driving by and crashed through the front window right over their table. Livingston Police Department responded to the scene, as did Allegiance EMS. The diners were treated at the scene for non-incapacitating…

Alabama-Coushatta longleaf pine restoration to be featured on PBS

From Enterprise Staff A segment airing on PBS this week will feature efforts to restore the longleaf pine tree to the native landscape in Deep East Texas. The segment will air on the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show on PBS stations throughout the state. The show airs Saturdays at 5 a.m. and 3 p.m., as well as Mondays at 11 p.m. on the…
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Five arrested in Indian Springs

Five Polk County residents have been jailed after one evaded law enforcement on a four-wheeler. On Wednesday, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detectives were conducting traffic enforcement in the Indian Springs Subdivision of Polk County, where they encountered a male subject on a four-wheeler. After the officer attempted to initiate a…

Corrigan-Camden ISD teacher arrested

JerniganA Corrigan-Camden ISD teacher was placed in the Polk County Jail Thursday, charged with an improper relationship with a student. At the request of the Corrigan Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers assisted in the arrest of the teacher, following an investigation that began on Jan. 30 of this year.…
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TCSO warns of scam

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com TYLER COUNTY – A recent scam has targeted the county’s elderly population and has involved the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, according to Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. Weatherford said that recently his agency has received multiple reports from residents about a phone scam where the scammers are…
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Wreck results in multiple fatalities

STOCK PHOTO By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com ProulxHARDIN COUNTY – A crash involving two motorcyles and an intoxicated driver in Hardin County resulted in multiple fatalities last Friday night. According to Sgt. Shana Clark with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), preliminary crash investigation reports indicate that at…

Sheriff’s Office shuts down drug house

A large quantity of drugs were found when San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating an assault. Courtesy photos SJNT staff POINT BLANK — A frantic 911 call led to a large drug bust and the arrest of one person in Point Blank. Aaron Brown was arrested and charged with multiple offenses, to include aggravated assault with a deadly…
A large quantity of drugs were found when San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating an assault. Courtesy photos

DPS launches violent offender database

Special to the Booster AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety has created a violent offender database now available to the public. This new database launched on Dec. 29, 2023, officially going live ahead of its required Jan. 1 deadline. The new database was created by House Bill 5202 during the regular session of the 88th Texas…

The Suits to perform for community concert

From Enterprise Staff Billed as “Four Gentlemen, Four Genres, Four Decades,” The Suits will be the act for the Livingston Community Concert Association’s first concert of 2024, part of the 2023-2024 concert season, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the Polk County Commerce Center. Having been influenced by many hit groups including The Four Seasons, The…
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Man indicted for courthouse bomb threat

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com JEFFERSON COUNTY — A grand jury in Jefferson County indicted a Woodville man last week due to a series of threats made through social media, one of which stated an intention to bomb a courthouse, and another which involved Tyler County. According to reports, the grand jury indicted Jonathan Mitchell…
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TCSO looking for stolen vehicle

STOCK PHOTO By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com SPURGER – Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspicious vehicle, following a pursuit last week. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, a high-speed pursuit by law enforcement began in the Spurger area last Monday. Deputies who were on patrol received…

Roommate argument turns violent

STOCK PHOTO An Onalaska man was jailed for assault with a deadly weapon after an argument between roommates. On Sunday, Onalaska police were dispatched to 145 Myers Street in reference to an assault. Upon arrival, law enforcement met with both the suspect and victim. The victim stated that during an argument, David Alan Claycomb, 66, of Onalaska,…

TCSO investigating Sunday morning homicide

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By Chris Edwards

SPURGER – Authorities are investigating a homicide that occurred early Sunday morning near Spurger.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies responded to a residence located on FM 1013, west of Spurger at 1:45 a.m., in reference to an individual being shot.
Weatherford said that once the deputies were on the scene, they observed several individuals standing over the victim, a male, who appeared to have been shot multiple times in the chest and stomach area. The man, whose identity is not being released at this time by Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, pending his family’s notifications, was pronounced dead at the scene by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Jim Moore. An autopsy will be conducted within the week in Beaumont.

Weatherford said that prior to the victim being pronounced deceased, CPR was being administered to the victim, and the deputies assisted with medical attention until EMS arrived.

TCSO deputies, along with Department of Public Safety state troopers were able to secure the scene and locate several shell casings near the victim’s body.

Weatherford said that the residence was the scene of a party, where more than 100 individuals were gathered, yet “very little cooperation is being given by individuals that may have witnessed the shooting itself, or that are withholding information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for this homicide.”

The murder was especially shocking to Kendall Coleman, owner of Coleman’s Family Mortuary and a community leader in Woodville. The victim’s body was taken to Coleman’s mortuary, and he made a public video on Facebook on Sunday morning. He said he had been hanging out at the party the night before, and when he received the call to come recover the victim’s body, it shocked him. He called the crime a “senseless act.”

“Somebody saw something, somebody knows something. I’m pleading to you (to come forward) …it happened right here, in Tyler County,” Coleman said, and added that whoever committed the crime needs to be held accountable. “Do the right thing, turn yourself in,” Coleman said in the video, addressing whoever is responsible.

Coleman said although he did not know the victim, it seemed especially tragic when he learned the man was a father and said that he especially feels sorrow for his family.

Weatherford said that the circumstances around the murder are giving investigators a hard time identifying who the actor(s) may be.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office at 409-283-2172, or Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS. Tipsters calling into the Crime Stoppers hotline with information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.

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