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Texas 10 Most Wanted program doubles previous record Number of Captures

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 DPSsealDrkBlu3x3LowResAUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is pleased to announce that in 2022, it had the highest number of most-wanted offenders captured in a single year since the program’s inception in 1993. Last year, DPS, in cooperation with state, federal, local, and Mexican authorities, captured a record 72 fugitives and sex offenders. That is more than double the previous record set the year prior.

 “Public safety is a top priority in the State of Texas, and I am proud of the brave DPS troopers and law enforcement partners who have contributed to this record-breaking achievement,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “Through the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program, our brave men and women of law enforcement have taken some of the most dangerous criminals off our streets and made our communities safer for all Texans. Texas will always be a law-and-order state, and together we are keeping it that way.” 

 In addition to the 72 captures, $88,000 in reward money was paid in anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.

 “The success of this program is largely due to the public speaking up and reporting the whereabouts of these criminals to law enforcement,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “It truly takes the public working with law enforcement to make our communities — and all of us — safer. We want to thank all of our law enforcement partners, who helped successfully bring these criminals to justice.”

 The 72 people captured in 2022 include 34 convicted sex offenders and 24 gang members — the most in program history. In addition to the most total captures ever, the program also set several other new records with the most warrants cleared (220) and the most out-of-state captures (14). This included arrests in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon and Mexico.

 For more information on the fugitives captured in 2022 as part of the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program, visit the captured fugitive archive.

 The Texas Crime Stoppers Office recently recognized Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division (ICT) Analysts Hannah Robinson and Adam Unnasch, both assigned to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program, for their role in making the program a huge success. Each was presented with a letter of recognition from Governor Greg Abbott.

 Working collaboratively with DPS’ Criminal Investigations Division, Robinson and Unnasch provide critical information and analysis to help law enforcement partners around the state and nation capture the fugitives on the Top 10 Most Wanted Lists. Through their tremendous work, these analysts help law enforcement protect and serve their communities by getting wanted criminals off the streets. 

 DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders lists who pose the most significant threat to public safety in the state. You can find the current lists — with photos — on the DPS website.

 Texas Crime Stoppers, which the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division funds, offers rewards to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives or Sex Offenders.

 Crime Stoppers programs enable citizens to anonymously report information about crimes for cash rewards, helping put criminals behind bars and assist in crime reduction efforts.

 To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the following three methods:

 •Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).

•Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about then clicking on the link under their picture.

•Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

 •All tips are anonymous — regardless of how they are submitted — and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

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Livingston Man charged with sexual assault

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Jerry WhittenburgJerry WhittenburgA Livingston man has been arrested, charged with sexual assault of a child.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has released information on an arrest from November, when they received information of an incident involving the sexual assault of a child.

Law enforcement immediately initiated an investigation and identified the suspect as Jerry Lee Whittenburg, 51, of Livingston.  

During the investigation, detectives subsequently obtained sufficient probable cause for an arrest warrant to be issued on Whittenburg for the second-degree felony of sexual assault of a child. 

Last week, Whittenburg turned himself in to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, where he was booked into the Polk County Jail, on a $50,000 bond.

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Man dead after stabbing


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Michael  TreadwayMichael TreadwayA man is dead after a stabbing Thursday in Ace.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a female advising that her nephew had been stabbed. 

Deputies responded to the residence, located near the 2500 block of FM 2610.

Deputies and EMS personnel arrived on the scene and located a deceased male victim, identified as Michael Shane Treadway, 47, of Elgin, Texas.  Deputies also located the suspect Michael David Treadway, 67 of Livingston.

Detectives initiated an investigation into the incident and it was determined that Michael David Treadway stabbed Michael Shane Treadway after an argument and physical altercation between the two.  

Upon further investigation and interviews, Michael David Treadway was placed under arrest and transported to the Polk County Jail, where he was charged and booked for murder.

Michael David Treadway, is currently being held in the Polk County Jail on a $200,000 bond, set by Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Terri Mayer.

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Two dead after shooting at house party

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Two are dead after a shooting at an off-campus party in Huntsville near Sam Houston State University early Saturday morning. 

Huntsville Police Department officers responded to a shooting at a large house party near 19th Street and Avenue O around 12:38 a.m.

Upon arrival, multiple victims were located, and life-saving efforts immediately began. According to Huntsville Police, four victims were located at the scene, and all were transported to area hospitals for treatment. 

One of the victims succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital Saturday morning. He is identified as James Jones, 18, of Huntsville. The other three victims were listed in critical condition. 

A second victim, Cruz Garcia, 18, of Livingston, died Sunday morning at Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston from his injuries sustained in the shooting.

Huntsville Police Department Detectives arrested two men on charges related to the shooting, both from Livingston. Joe Allen Lewis, 22, and Lynn Johnson, 19, were taken into custody at the Huntsville Police Department Saturday afternoon. 

Lewis was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. Johnson was charged with assault, a Class A misdemeanor. Deputies anticipate pursuing further charges as the investigation continues, according to a press release from the Huntsville Police Department. Johnson has a bond set at $50,000, while Lewis is held on a $250,000 bond.

Lewis and Johnson are both graduates of Livingston High School. Lewis was part of the class of 2020, while Johnson graduated in May.

The Huntsville Police Department strongly urges those with information to contact sergeant John Thompson at 936-291-5427. Detectives are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who attended the party that can provide any information.

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Searching for burglary suspect

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The Livingston Police Department is currently investigating a burglary of a coin-operated machine. The individual in the attached photos is a person of interest in this investigation. Those who know the identity of this individual or his whereabouts are asked to contact the LPD at 936-327-3117 and reference case 221209824.

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