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TPWD requesting ideas on improvement projects

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TexasParksAndWildlifeFrom Enterprise Staff

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries Division requests ideas from angling organizations, local governments, non-governmental organizations, river authorities and tribal organizations on freshwater fish habitat and shoreline-based angler access improvement projects to be completed in public waters statewide during fiscal years 2024-2025.

Project ideas and recommendations inform development of a statewide plan for investing approximately $500,000 over that period.

Launched in fiscal year 2022, the Inland Fisheries Division’s Habitat and Angler Access Program (HAAP) is currently implementing 21 projects throughout the state during its initial two-year cycle. These include fishing piers, kayak launches, shoreline stabilization, native vegetation restoration, aeration systems and fish attractors. Learn about each of the 21 active projects supported by the HAAP on the project website.

In preparation for the next two-year HAAP cycle, the Inland Fisheries Division requests ideas on additional potential fish habitat and angler access improvements in public waters throughout the state. In order to be considered for the 2024-2025 cycle, project ideas and recommendations should be shared with TPWD through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Nov. 11, 2022. Visit the HAAP program website to learn more.

Those sharing recommended projects should be prepared to provide the following:

•Project name

•Project location (waterbody, city, county)

•Controlling authority (e.g., city or county parks department, river authority, US Army Corps of Engineers, etc..) of the public waterbody

•Contact information for the partnering organization and a contact person

•Brief description of the project

•Potential partner dollars and in-kind support

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Social media meeting leads to arrest

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Angel SantosAngel SantosA Deer Park man is behind bars after his arrest for sexual assault of a Polk County child met online.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a report in July of sexual abuse involving a child. The suspect in this case met the child on social media, then traveled to Polk County, where he sexually assaulted the child. 

After an extensive investigation, detectives identified the suspect as Angel Alexis Santos, 26, of Deer Park, Texas.

Two warrants for aggravated sexual assault of a child were issued for Santos in August. Santos was eventually located by United States Customs and Border Protection Agents, and arrested in Brownsville, Texas, on Sept. 16. Santos is currently incarcerated in the Polk County Jail, with bonds totaling $200,000.

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Man steals vehicle, leaves child

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By Brian Besch

A Splendora man is in the Polk County Jail after and stealing a vehicle and abandoning his child Saturday morning on Youngs Lane in Livingston.

The Livingston Police Department received a phone call from Union Pacific Railroad Saturday at approximately 3:30 a.m. that their train had possibly struck an individual laying parallel to the track in Livingston. 

Officers arrived on scene and were able to obtain a physical description from the train engineer, who stated the individual was a white male, light colored shirt, and medium build. An extensive search by officers and firement then began around the area where the individual was said to be struck.

After several hours of walking the entire length of the train, searching the area on foot, and using a drone, the individual was never located. The search did reveal a pair of pants, cell phone and boots in the area where the individual was struck. The search was then completed at approximately 7 a.m. and the train continued to its destination. 

At approximately 7:30 a.m., Livingston Police received a phone call from Youngs Lane, stating a vehicle was just stolen from a residence and the suspect was a white male wearing a light-colored shirt in his underwear. Officers arrived on scene and began their investigation into the stolen vehicle and this location was adjacent to the railroad tracks on the east side. After conducting the investigation, the victim’s vehicle was entered as stolen and the the individual that was earlier struck by the train could be the suspect.  

Later at approximately 9:30 a.m., Livingston Police answered a 911 call from another residence on Youngs Lane, stating they had just found a small infant in their shed behind their residence. After receiving this call, officers and EMS were notified and arrived on scene to find a small infant female child, approximately eight months old with visible bodily injuries. The crime scene was then processed for biological evidence and the infant was treated, then transferred by medical helicopter to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. While still at the residence processing the scene, the Livingston Police Department was notified by the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office that the stolen vehicle had been located and recovered in Coldspring, and a white male suspect identified as Clifford Jason Guynes, 43, of Splendora, was detained. 

The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office stated Guynes had visible body injuries and stated he had been struck by a train. The sheriff’s office summoned EMS to the scene and Guynes was later transported by ambulance to CHI St. Luke’s Health Hospital in Livingston. After Guynes arrived at the hospital, officers were able to collect more information from Guynes. During the investigation, Guynes stated he had left his daughter in a shed, but could not remember where. It is unclear at this time how Guynes’ daughter received her injuries, but Guynes’ injuries were not life threatening. 

While the investigation continued, a green Chevrolet truck was later located in a wooded area near the location of where Guynes was struck by the train. The vehicle was found to be owned by Guynes, who had not mentioned anything about his truck. The vehicle was recovered by a tow truck from the wooded area to a secured storage facility and searched for further evidence. 

The Livingston Police Department has charged Guynes with felony injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, felony child endangerment/abandonment and felony vehicle theft. Guynes is currently incarcerated in the Polk County Jail with bonds totaling over $200,000. The investigation is continuing and Guynes could be face further charges. 

According to hospital sources, the infant is in stable condition at this time and Child Protective Services is involved in the investigation.

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Tribe Elects First Female Chief

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Second Chief Elect Millie Thompson WilliamsSecond Chief Elect Millie Thompson Williams

(LIVINGSTON) — The citizens of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas have elected Millie Thompson Williams as the Tribe’s Second Chief Elect. Ms. Williams will be the first woman to serve as a Chief in the history of the Tribe, which was forcefully relocated to Texas in the 18th Century.

The Second Chief is known within the Tribe as the Mikko Istimatokla. The role of both the Principal and Second Tribal Chiefs, which serve for a lifetime, is to act as ambassadors of the Tribe and to provide cultural advice to the Tribal Council and key Tribal committees. Ms. Williams will be officially inaugurated along with Mikko Choba Elect (Principal Chief) Kanicu Donnis Battise on Sunday, January 1, 2023. The previous Mikko Choba, Herbert G. Johnson, Sr., passed away in August 2021. 

Ms. Williams is a lifelong resident of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal community and has been an educator and Health/Mental Health Coordinator of the Tribe’s Head Start Program for over thirty-five years.  She is also a Sunday School teacher at the Indian Village Assembly of God Church, leading the classes in the Tribal language.  She is a Tribal elder who is consulted for language preservation within the Tribal community.

A mother of four children and grandmother to six, Ms. Williams is humbly honored by this monumental and distinguished vote as the Tribe’s next Mikko Istimatokla, which will place her in a highly esteemed position within the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.

“This is an absolutely historic moment for our Tribe,” said Ricky Sylestine, the Chairman of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Tribal Council. “We are proud of our new Second Chief and look forward to this new chapter in our story.  She will be a great leader for our Tribe, and her election will send a positive message to all of the young people in our community. The upcoming inauguration of our new Chiefs is going to be a very exciting time for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.”

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas has the oldest reservation in Texas, located on approximately 10,200 acres near Livingston. The Tribe is a fully functioning sovereign government with a full array of health and human services, including law enforcement and emergency services. There are more than 1,300 members, about half of whom live on the reservation. The Tribe is governed by an elected Tribal Council and advised by the Principal Chief and Second chief.

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Tribe elects second chief by historic vote

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By Enterprise Staff

Millie T. WilliamsMillie T. WilliamsThe Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas historically elected Millie Thompson Williams as its second chief-elect on Sept. 14. Williams is a lifelong resident of the Alabama-Coushatta tribal community and has been an educator and health/mental health coordinator of the tribe’s Head Start Program for over 35 years.

She is also a Sunday School teacher at the Indian Village Assembly of God Church, leading the classes in the tribal language. Williams is a tribal elder that is consulted for language preservation within the tribal community.

A mother of four and grandmother of six, Williams said she is humbly honored by this monumental and distinguished vote as the tribe’s next Mikko Istimatokla, which will place her in a highly esteemed position within the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.

The role of both the principal and second tribal chiefs, which serve for a lifetime, is to act as ambassadors of the tribe and to provide cultural advice to the tribal council and key tribal committees.

Williams will be officially inaugurated along with Mikko Choba Elect (Principal Chief) Kanicu Donnis Battise on Jan. 1, 2023.

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