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Update on Corrigan man jailed on murder charges

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A man suspected of murder is behind bars at the Polk County Jail following an incident in a Corrigan neighborhood Wednesday.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call just after 7 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a gunshot victim in Reilly Village.

The caller reported the victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and the suspect had since left the scene. Officers arrived and the victim was identified as Arthur Bean Jr., 30, of Corrigan. The suspect was soon identified as Gino Morales, 29, also of Corrigan.

Officers from the Corrigan Police Department were able to locate and detain the suspect at his residence in the Rayburn Hills area. Investigators processed the crime scene and a search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s residence.

Bean Jr. was flown to Conroe Regional Hospital, but would later succumb to his injuries.

Morales was booked into the Polk County Jail, where he was charged with first-degree murder. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jamie Richardson has set a bond for Morales at $250,000.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Corrigan Police Department for their assistance in this case. Those with information regarding the case are asked to notify the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

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Amber alert issued for Livingston baby

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An Amber Alert was issued Thursday night for a 14-day-old baby who was last seen at 2:41 p.m. Thursday in Livingston.

Sonni Meilike, who is believed to have been abducted by her non-custodial mother, was last seen wearing a pink shirt and diaper.

The suspect, 31-year-old Sylvia Norman, is described as a white woman, with blue eyes, standing 5′1″ and weighing 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue shorts with white leggings underneath. Norman also has tattoos on her back and left arm.

Anyone with information about Meilike’s or Norman’s whereabouts is asked to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 327-6810.

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CPD detains shooting suspect

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On October 5, 2022 at approximately 7:05 pm, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a gunshot victim in Reilly Village. The caller reported the victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and the suspect had left the scene. Officers arrived on scene and the victim was identified as 30 year old Arthur Bean Jr. of Corrigan, and the suspect was identified as 29-year-old Gino Morales also or Corrigan.

Officers from the Corrigan Police Department were able to locate and detain the suspect at his residence in the Rayburn Hills area. Investigators processed the crime scene and a search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s residence.

The victim was flown to Conroe Regional Hospital, but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.

Gino Morales was booked into the Polk County Jail where he was charged with 1st degree Murder. Morales was magistrate by Justice of the Peace Pct#4 Jamie Richardson who set a $250,000.00 bond. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Corrigan Police Department for their assistance in this case. If anyone has any information regarding this case, please notify the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.   

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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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Marty Stuart’s coming back to town

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“An Evening with Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives,” presented by the Smith Family Foundation, is planned for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Polk County Commerce Center located at 1017 U.S. 59 Loop North in Livingston.

“Mom and Dad put together this foundation way back in the 90s because they loved education, culture, art, churches and they wanted to make sure that the people in the community would have these things,” Robert Smith said, referring to his parents, Sidney and Edythe Ann Smith, who formed The Smith Family Foundation. 

This will be Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives’ second performance at the Polk County Commerce Center in Livingston. They first performed at the commerce center in April of 2016.

Stuart is an American country and bluegrass music singer, songwriter and musician. He has recorded over 20 studio albums and has charted over 30 times on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Stuart has also won five Grammy Awards out of 16 nominations. He is known for his combination of rockabilly, country rock, and bluegrass music influences, his frequent collaborations and cover songs, and his distinctive stage dress. Stuart is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tickets range from $30-$75 and are presently on sale. The link to order tickets is https://tinyurl.com/m2cwkfw4. However, tickets may also be purchased on the Polk County Commerce Center Facebook page by clicking on the ticket link. 

Ticket prices are as follows:

•Front center floor seating - $75

•Front side floor seating - $65

•Middle center floor seating - $45

•Middle side floor seating - $40

•General admission (no assigned seat) - $30

General admission tickets only are available at Main Street Merchandise and the lobbies of First National Bank Downtown Branch and First National Bank Onalaska Branch.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Polk County Higher Education and Technology Foundation.

“I’d really like to express my appreciation to The Smith Family Foundation for graciously bringing Marty Stuart to town,” Andy Evans, president of the Polk County Higher Education and Technology Foundation, said.

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