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From Enterprise Staff

The Livingston Police Department was dispatched to the Garner Motel located at 815 S. Washington Ave. Tuesday in reference to a deceased person that had been found in one of the rooms.

Officers arrived on scene and located a single body in the room that had been there for an undetermined amount of time. Officers were able to positively identify the deceased as Sam Marie Sweaney, 51, of Livingston.

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Robert Johnson conducted the inquest and ordered an autopsy. The death is under investigation pending autopsy results.

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Wife charged with murder

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By Emily Banks Wooten
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Samantha Lynn Stewart, 32, of Corrigan, was arrested and charged with murder and booked into the Polk County Jail following an incident that occurred at her home off of FM 352 Tuesday.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Stewart at approximately 9:53 p.m. Tuesday, stating that someone had broken into her residence and killed her husband, Jeffrey Stewart, 32, according to Captain Dave Sottosanti.

Officers with the Corrigan Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene to secure it and investigators with the sheriff’s office began processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses.

Following the collection of evidence and and completion of interviews, Stewart was arrested and charged with murder. She is being held in the Polk County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Sarah Rasberry conducted the inquest and ordered an autopsy to be performed by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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One killed in car wreck

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072822 one killed in crashA man was killed in a three car accident on Hwy 59.

From Enterprise Staff

The investigation into a three-vehicle accident that left one dead Sunday afternoon is ongoing according to Livingston Police Chief Matt Parrish.

A 2008 Chevrolet HHR driven by Timothy P. Flanigan, 57 of Livingston, was traveling southbound in the 800 block of the U.S. Hwy. 59 North Loop which is the northbound side for northbound traffic. According to the accident report filed by Livingston Police Officer Dallas Early, Flanigan then used the exit ramp as an entrance, heading southbound into the northbound lanes of traffic. As he entered into the main lanes of traffic, he collided head-on with a northbound 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Hope C. McDade, 84 of Livingston. A third vehicle, a northbound 2018 Chevrolet K1500 driven by Michael D. Frers, 45 of Livingston, then collided with McDade’s vehicle.

Flanigan was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Darrell G. Longino and was transported to Cochran Funeral Home.

McDade was transported by HCA Houston Healthcare Life Flight to HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood with incapacitating injuries.

According to the accident report, Frers sustained no injuries.

The accident occurred at 1:01 p.m. Sunday.

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Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 5-7

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(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-7.

State law exempts sales tax on qualified items — such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks — priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. The dates of the sales tax holiday and list of tax-exempt items are set by the Texas Legislature.

“Most Texans won’t hear the back-to-school bell for another month, but it’s never too early to take advantage of the opportunity to save money on everything from book bags to ballpoint pens,” Hegar said. “With inflation driving prices higher on just about everything, this sales tax holiday provides Texas families some small relief managing the costs associated with kids heading back to the classroom. As the father of three school-aged children myself, I know how these expenses can add up.”

The Comptroller’s office estimates that shoppers will save $112 million in state and local sales tax during this sales tax holiday.

Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

During the annual sales tax holiday, qualifying items can be purchased tax free online or by telephone, mail, custom order or any other means (including in-store purchases) when either:

  • the item is both delivered to, and paid for by, the customer during the exemption period; or,
  • the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.

Texas’ sales tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.

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Be aware of phone scammers

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From Enterprise Staff

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging people to be aware of a scam that’s been going on recently in which people are impersonating employees of the sheriff’s office.

“The scammers are attempting to extort money by asking for payment for various fines over the phone. This is NOT a practice used by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office or any other legitimate law enforcement agency,” Captain Dave Sottosanti said.

“A recent example shows that scammers are using the real names of certain deputies and/or detectives who work for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and stating that they need credit card information to pay for a bond. No employee of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will call and ask anyone for money, for any reason,” Sottosanti said. “The phone number used by the scammers are spoof numbers and are not legitimate numbers to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The phone number for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is 936-327-6810.

“There are times when detectives or deputies will contact you by phone in reference to law enforcement business and investigations, but they will NEVER ask anyone for money. If you receive this type of phone call, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to make a report,” Sottosanti said.

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