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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…
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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…
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LUNCH INTERRUPTED

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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Sheriff’s Office shuts down drug house

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A large quantity of drugs were found when San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating an assault. Courtesy photosA large quantity of drugs were found when San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating an assault. Courtesy photos

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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 weapon, unlawful restraint, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, several charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, and manufacture or delivery of marijuana.

Reports indicate that on Jan. 30, the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a female that was screaming for a male subject to not shoot her, and deputies were dispatched to a residence on Ocie Lane in Point Blank.

Deputies heard a female scream from inside the home but found a heavily fortified door; as deputies went to the back of the house, the female ran out screaming, telling the deputies she had been assaulted by a male subject, the report states.

The suspect came out and was arrested, and then deputies entered the home and found a large amount of narcotics in plain view. A search warrant was obtained, and deputies located multiple various narcotics, including methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, mushrooms and promethazine with codeine, as well as firearms and multiple prescription drugs in unmarked bottles packaged for resale, the report states.

Deputies also located scales, baggies and other packaging materials, and also discovered a hand grenade, which led them to contact the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office Bomb Squad to clear the device. After a short investigation, it was determined to be inert, the report states.

More charges may be filed after a complete investigation.

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Weather leads to numerous crashes, one death

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SAN JACINTO COUNTY — A Jasper woman was killed and numerous people injured in a multi-vehicle crash on U.S 59 on Jan. 15.

Selina Gilchreist, 37, died in the crash.

Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers investigated a multiple vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 59 south, on the Trinity River Bridge, between San Jacinto County and Polk County.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates that at approximately 8:20 a.m., a Toyota Tundra and a Volkswagen Beetle were traveling south. Reports indicate the Toyota lost control and was struck by a Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer, which then struck the Volkswagen.

The driver of the Toyota was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Following this crash, an International truck tractor semi-trailer began to slow down and was struck by a Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer.

There were no injuries sustained during the secondary crash.

Following the secondary crash was a Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer that came to a stop in the roadway. It is reported that a Chevrolet Silverado veered left to avoid striking the Peterbilt but struck the rear of the International in the previous crash.

There were no injuries sustained during the third crash.

Following the third crash was a Toyota Rav4, which was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Impala, which caused a chain reaction with a Ford F-150. A Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer was able to safely veer to the left to avoid the crash but was struck by a Nissan passenger car. It is reported that the passenger of the Ford exited the vehicle and was pinned between the vehicles when the Ford was struck from behind by a Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 44-year-old Jaqueline Teeters of Livingston, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Ford, 37-year-old Drew Broom of Jasper, was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. His passenger, 37-year-old Selina Gilchriest, was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital, where she succumbed to injuries sustained during the crash. An 8-year-old child passenger was also transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Also on Jan. 15, troopers investigated a single-vehicle crash on state Highway 156, approximately 1 1/2 miles north of FM 946.

The report indicates that at approximately 9:23 a.m., a 2005 GMC Sierra was traveling north. The driver was traveling at a speed which was unsafe on the icy road conditions and lost control, causing him to travel into the west ditch where he overturned.

The driver, 37-year-old Jesus Ascencio of Shepherd, was transported to St. Luke’s Healthcare in Livingston for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

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TWC launches MyTXCareer app

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AUSTIN — The Texas Workforce Commission has launched a new mobile app to help Texans explore potential career pathways and discover step-by-step resources to achieve their goals.

With the launch of MyTXCareer app, job seekers can now find personalized occupation matches and recommended career paths based on their skills, interests, and experience.

“The continued growth of Texas’ record-breaking economy creates opportunities for Texans to advance their careers,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “The MyTXCareer app will be an important tool for Texans to discover potential career paths and match to a job opportunity with a Texas employer.”

MyTXCareer app is a free resource designed to guide users to potential careers through three easy steps: browse occupations, explore pathways, and get support. While browsing occupations, users can view the average salary for the position, job demand, and position descriptions.

“The MyTXCareer app will help Texans unlock potential opportunities and discover career pathways in high-demand industries,” said Alberto Treviño III, TWC Commissioner representing labor. “I encourage job seekers and people wanting a career change to download the app and begin to build the skills needed for a new career in the Lone Star State.”

Users can take a career personality quiz, and add their career goals, education, work experience, and skills. The app provides several possible career paths and information about resources and training. Users can request more information, which will connect them with their local Workforce Solutions office and TWC’s TX Credential Connect team.

“The launch of MyTXCareer app is great news for Texas employers because it helps them hire people who are passionate about what they do in the best state in the nation,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Joe Esparza. “This is one of the many innovative services TWC provides to make sure skilled workers are available for Texas employers who need them.”

MyTXCareer is available for download in the App Store and on Google Play for iOS and Android mobile phones. The application is provided free to users and does not include advertising or in-app purchases. 

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Deputies arrest one on drug charges

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San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies recovered almost 3 pounds of methamphetamines after a traffic stop. Courtesy photoSan Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies recovered almost 3 pounds of methamphetamines after a traffic stop. Courtesy photo

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A Pennsylvania man was arrest and almost 3 pounds of methamphetamines were seized during a Dec. 1 traffic stop near Shepherd.

Reports indicate that on Dec. 1, a deputy with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit was on patrol on US 59 in the Shepherd area conducted a traffic stop.

The deputy requested and received consent to search the vehicle, and two other deputies, including K-9 Duna arrived. During the search, deputies found three large, clear plastic bags containing an off-white powdery substance hidden in the vehicle.

Duna indicated a positive response for the presence of controlled substances, which later field-tested as positive for methamphetamines. The combined weight of the bags was 2.7 pounds.

The driver, Juan Alonzo from Pennsylvania, was booked into the San Jacinto County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a first-degree felony.

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Lufkin District set to begin largest project yet

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A pre-construction meeting was held last week at the Lufkin District Office, signaling the start of an 8-year construction project that will be the largest project to date for the district.

Engineers, contractors, utility company representatives, consultants and other interested parties met to discuss the pending construction. Barricades will be set Dec. 7 with work scheduled to begin Dec. 11, weather permitting, on a 6.37-mile section of US 59 in San Jacinto and Liberty counties.

Webber LLC, The Woodlands, will serve as contractor for the $190 million construction project that is scheduled to be completed in 2031. The project is designed to upgrade US 59 to future I-69 standards and will include converting a non-freeway to freeway consisting of the construction of a four-lane freeway and two-lane frontage roads from FM 2914 in San Jacinto County to the Loop 573 interchange in Cleveland (Liberty County).

The construction will include 3.343 miles in the Lufkin District and 3.028 miles in the Beaumont District (Liberty County).

As this project begins, motorists are urged to reduce speed and obey all traffic control through the work zone. Stay alert for moving machinery and workers near the lanes of travel. Prepare for delays and obey a reduced work zone speed limit that will be posted near the area. Traffic fines double when workers are present.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (936) 633-4395.

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