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100th birthday

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Hershel Mackey of Ace was feted with quite the celebration for his 100th birthday Wednesday. Long involved in the local community, Mackey is well-respected and greatly loved by many. He served many years as the chief of the South Polk County Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) and was also instrumental in the creation of the Ace Community Park. Numerous firefighters from the South Polk County VFD, North Liberty County VFD, Livingston VFD, Segno VFD and Holiday Lake Estates VFD celebrated with him, as well as folks with Texan EMS and Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy. Shown with Christopher Moehlmann, the current chief of the South Polk County VFD, Mackey was honored with a flag and a commemorative certificate from State Rep. Trent Ashby. Courtesy photo

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Multiple arrests made in Corrigan

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Three Corrigan men were arrested while law enforcement executed a warrant Monday in north Polk County.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, along with Corrigan Police Department, executed a warrant service at a residence off of Pipeline Road in Corrigan. Deputies were advised that there were multiple subjects with active felony warrants, living at the residence.

Deputies arrived on the scene and made contact with four male subjects. Two of the four subjects had active warrants and were immediately taken into custody.

While on scene, deputies received additional information that another wanted subject could be found at a nearby RV park. The deputies subsequently located the subject, who was also arrested for an active felony warrant.

The subjects include Eric Don Foreman, 38, wanted for aggravated assault causing bodily injury, resisting arrest and assault by threats or physical contact. Julius Kennard Clark, 39, was wanted for theft of property with a previous conviction. Ricky Wayne Freeman, 41, was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver, and bail jumping a parole warrant.

All subjects were arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail, where they were booked, without incident, on their active felony arrest warrants.

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Leggett man arrested for child pornography

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Anthony  BartunekAnthony BartunekThe Polk County Sheriff’s Office executed a residential search warrant last week pertaining to the possession of child pornography.

An investigation was initiated by detectives after the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a male subject in possession of child pornography, at an address off Ollie Loop in Livingston. The male subject was later identified by detectives as Anthony Joe Bartunek, 78, of Leggett.

Bartunek is a registered sex offender with the State of Texas for the offense of possession of child pornography.

Subsequent to their investigation, a warrant was issued for Bartunek for possession of lewd visual material depicting a child, a third-degree felony.

On Friday, Bartunek was arrested without incident and transported to the Polk County Jail, where he was booked on the charge. Further investigation is still underway in this case by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigations division.

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Early morning fire

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Three trucks and 12 firefighters with the Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire in the early morning hours Saturday at Pinwah Pines. The fire originated in one house and spread to a house next door. “I was the first on the scene and our main objective was to protect the exposure from getting to the third house until we got more help,” Scenic Loop Fire Chief Donald Marlow said. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department assisted Scenic Loop. “There were two side by side pretty large structures on fire and it got in some groundcover and went about 100 yards down the lakefront, endangering several additional houses,” Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran said.Courtesy photo

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Investigation continues into head-on collision on bridge

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By Emily Banks Wooten
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Charges are pending against a local man as the investigation continues into a two-vehicle collision that occurred at 3:46 p.m. Jan. 9 on the Hwy. 190 causeway in Onalaska.

A 2020 Hyundai Elantra driven by Kyle Mitchell Farris, 29 of Livingston, was traveling westbound and a 2010 Lexus GX driven by Pauline Dunlap Adams, 82 of Onalaska, was traveling eastbound. According to the accident report filed by Officer Cotye Lowrie of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Farris’ vehicle traveled into oncoming traffic, striking Adams’ vehicle.

Farris was air-lifted to a hospital in Conroe and Adams was air-lifted to a hospital in The Woodlands, both with incapacitating injuries.

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