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Two in custody on organized criminal activity charges

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From Enterprise Staff

A Livingston woman and Dayton man have been arrested on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity-obstruction or retaliation and false report to induce emergency response after multiple incidents involving the two last week.

The Livingston Police Department received a 911 call Feb. 4 around 1:30 p.m. stating that an unknown male was around Banks Drive with a pistol equipped with a silencer. The caller stated that the unknown male had entered her immediate neighbor’s residence. 

According to police, the caller stated that a female lived there with her children, and she was concerned not only for the neighbor and her children, but for herself as well. Livingston officers were dispatched to the area when a second 911 call came into the department from a different caller who stated the same as the first report. The caller wanted a welfare check, also stating the subject had the pistol in his hand walking around and causing concern. The caller stated the unknown male had entered one of the apartments. 

Officers arrived on scene and went to the apartment described by the 911 callers. They observed several unknown individuals, one of which was wearing a holstered pistol equipped with a silencer. Officers attempted to talk to the occupants of the apartment, inquiring about the silencer and what was happening. 

After a short time, officers recognized the occupants were recording and had set up a camera in the apartment window. During the investigation, officers recognized two of the individuals in the apartment as Melanie Renee McCrory, 39, of Livingston, and Brandon Michael White, 38, of Dayton, Tx. Officers determined that there was no threat to anyone and that these individuals had created the panic in the residential district to have police respond so they could be recorded for their social media channels. Officers then left the scene. 

Approximately five hours later Officer Chris Simmons observed a vehicle following him while patrolling the city. The vehicle followed Simmons to a local store, where it backed into a parking space and the occupants remained in their vehicle. Simmons completed his business at the store and left with the vehicle following him out of the driveway. Simmons continued patrolling the city until returning to the police department. While still in the police department parking lot, Simmons met with Officer Tito Reyes. The officers then observed the vehicle that had been following Simmons pull into the First National Bank parking lot, next to the police department. The vehicle then drove slowly past the officers in the parking lot, where officers observed the vehicle to be occupied by several times.

Simmons started toward the vehicle on foot, but the vehicle left. The officer was able to get license plate information from the vehicle, which indicated it to be registered to an individual from Laredo, Texas. Later that evening, at approximately 10:46 p.m., Reyes observed the vehicle at Polk and Jackson Street (northeast corner of police department/city hall). Reyes observed one of the occupants exit the vehicle go to the trunk of the vehicle and then returned wearing ballistic body armor. Moments later, Simmons observed the vehicle pull back into the parking area of the bank, giving the vehicle a direct line of site to the police department employee exit, and the occupants a tactical advantage for an assault that officers believed was about to occur. 

Simmons went to his vehicle and positioned it behind the suspicious vehicle. He then approached the vehicle and attempted to talk with the driver’s seat occupant, who replied in Spanish. The officer waited until Reyes arrived, who then began communicating with the subject in Spanish. Due to the suspicious circumstances and possible threat of an assault or other criminal activity, Simmons attempted to identify the subject, but he repeatedly refused. The occupants became more hostile toward officers. Officers observed that at least the individual in the driver’s seat was still wearing a ballistic vest loaded with ammunition, making quick hand movements and shining a flashlight in the officers’ eyes, which appeared to be attempts to escalate the incident. While this was going on, officers recognized White in the back seat of the vehicle. Law enforcement again realized that this was a staged event to record the officer’s response and for the individuals to post on their social media pages. Upon realizing this, officers disengaged with the individuals. 

Officers completed reports in both cases, which were assigned to detectives for investigation. On Feb. 9, McCrory and White were both arrested on warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity-obstruction or retaliation (F2) and false report to induce emergency response (MA). The investigation is ongoing.

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    Polk county corruption fighte · 7 months ago
    I wonder why would a judge sign on an affidavit containing a bunch of hurt feelings and 0 crimes. Judge is probably a Plumer that got elected for the position. 
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    audoin · 7 months ago
    sounds like the police are lying and these arrests are blatant retaliation against people exposing an ongoing corruption problem.
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    Jenny · 7 months ago
    What are the actual crimes though? Not a single crime is mentioned.
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    CJ Grisham · 7 months ago
    I fail to see the crime here. It's legal to carry a pistol. It's legal to have a suppressor I. Texas. It's legal to follow and record the police in the course if their duties (it's called accountability. They didn't make the false report; the neighbor did. 
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      Loogie · 6 months ago
      @Lively A fake 911 call a class B misdemeanor. Even if one of the 4 of them called 911 and they did it as a group, that still doesn't rise to the level of criminal conspiracy. Criminal conspiracy requires a felony to be committed as a group. 
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      Lively · 7 months ago
      @Desert Sentinel So, if you want to compare apples to apples, an auditor calling police for another auditor to elicit a response, then the phone they called from can not be a neighbors phone and someone not connected with them at all.. which is what you have here.. not the same is it?
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      Lively · 7 months ago
      @George Christian So you are saying the officers of Livingston will either taser or murder someone for shinning a light at officers so they can better see them on a dark night?  Sounds like bad policing and possible rights violations, and maybe even murder to me..
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      CJ Grisham · 7 months ago
      @George Christian There was no obstruction or retaliation. There was no false report. The affidavit has 0 evidence of any crimes. For "retaliation" they claim they were followed. Not a crime. There was no obstruction. Their claim of "organized criminal activity" is based on "retaliation."
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      George Christian · 7 months ago
      @CJ Grisham All you need to do is to look. Engaging in organized criminal activity-obstruction or retaliation (F2) and false report to induce emergency response (MA). It's not legal to harass police - shining the light and blinding officers can get you tased or killed.
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    Ninja · 7 months ago
    These officers actions are disgusting. Seems to me that they’re just targeting innocent people that hold them accountable.No crimes in this writing..arrested over feelings. And the fact that the judge would sign this just shows the corruption goes all the way up the line
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    Patriot 936 · 7 months ago
    So all this yapping by these snowflake cops is considered “organized crime” now? What a joke! 
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      Lively · 7 months ago
      @George Christian Who is actually passing out Licenses for Lawyers to Practice Law?  I never knew there was a license.. what do they look like?  Perhaps a BAR MEMBERSHIP CARD to a foreign corporation the crown corporation?  That is not a license by any stretch of the imagination.
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      George Christian · 7 months ago
      @Patriot 936 Don't quit your day job at McD's. Practicing law without a license (or brain)? It fits the statute, bubba. Sorry if you don't grasp that.
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    Michael Shilling · 7 months ago
    There is a whole lot of stupidity in these responses,  
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    Warren · 7 months ago
    The first crime mentioned was calling in false reports just to watch the response!
       This kind of an activity can tie up personnel and resources that could be needed for REAL EMERGENCIES elsewhere including life-threatening incidents!
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      Brandon White · 6 months ago
      @George Christian As the male arrested in this story I can tell you that neither of the subjects of this article make any money from YouTube. Melanie doesn't have the subs let alone all the rest of the requirements and I am not monetized.
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      George Christian · 7 months ago
      @Legal No. The neighbors called in a possible crime. The two people arrested needed arresting, as they did this to try and make money off of a monetized youtube video.
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      Legal · 7 months ago
      @Warren The neighbor called, not them.  If they need to arrest someone it's the neighbor.
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    Johnny G · 7 months ago
    The Sarg. From the first day THREATENED TO HAVE A TRUCK TOWED FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY. WHICH HE DOES NOT HAVE AUTHORITY. CIVIL MATTER. ALSO, Several times stating That " THAT'S NOT HOW IT WORKS HERE" I guess He was Right? Lie On Affidavit! Tyranny at It's FINEST!!!
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      Lively · 7 months ago
      @George Christian And what Crime did they do that they were being followed onto private property?  Cop Watching?  Since when did that become a crime?  Do the citizens of this country have a right to keep an eye on their public servants?  Turner V Driver says yes.. Sounds more like police Stalking.
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      George Christian · 7 months ago
      @Johnny G Not true at all. He can have a vehicle used in the commission of a crime towed from private property - if a cop follows you to Walmart, do you think you can't get charged with any crimes? Can't get your vehicle towed? They saw the truck enter the lot. Sorry.
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    MJ · 6 months ago
    Hurrah Brandon was released a few days ago, and Melanie tonight.   
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    Joshua · 6 months ago
    I feel sorry for the residents of this County. They will have to pay dearly for the grave mistakes of these officers and magistrate. Hopefully it will elicit change at least. Simmons will be divorced and unemployed after this; what's the bet? 
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    Lively · 7 months ago
    The officers reports that what they state happened is false.. they make assumptions which are false which is why their reports are false.. was there a 911 call, yes, but by who, a concerned citizen who had nothing to do with the folks at all..  just wanted to cause trouble.
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    John Smith · 7 months ago
    Love all the keyboard commandos,  they must have been navy seals!
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    Jenna · 7 months ago
    Fake call to 911 is a crime, and they already previously threatened the officer with retaliation via their YouTube channel in a prior encounter they staged against the officers.
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    Don · 7 months ago
    Shoot one of them bastards and give them something  to post