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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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Marty Stuart Photo 36937By Emily Banks Wooten
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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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Divas3 to perform Tuesday

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From Enterprise Staff

The Livingston Community Concert Association will host its second performance of the 2023-2023 Season – Divas3, a pop vocal trio with piano – at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Livingston Commerce Center located at 1017 U.S. Hwy. 59 Loop North in Livingston.

Divas3 are billed as, “A celebration of the biggest hits of the greatest divas in pop music history. 

“Three powerhouse voices bring you the biggest hits of the greatest divas in pop music history. Spanning four decades of chart-topping hits from the 1960’s through the 1990’s, Divas3 covers hits by Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Cher, Dolly Parton, Donna Summer and many more. Individual members of the group are known best for their starring roles in shows on the Las Vegas Strip, on Broadway and national tours, and the famed TV show American Idol. Together as a group, Divas3 has headlined hotels and casinos throughout their hometown of Las Vegas, performing arts centers across the United States, and luxury cruise ships worldwide.”

Future concerts for the Livingston Community Concert Association include: Livingston Swing Big Band Christmas Special on Dec. 1; Chester Gregory: a Tribute to Jackie Wilson on Jan. 28; and Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute on March 21.

While tickets are not available at the concert, memberships in the Livingston Community Concert Association may be purchased for as little as $50 per person and family rates are also available. Membership will allow one to attend all concerts per season. The varying levels of membership include: Adult $50, Family $110 (two adults and children), Patron $150, Sponsor $300, Benefactor $500 and Endowment $1,000-plus. Checks may be mailed to Livingston Community Concert Association at P.O. Box 960, Livingston, Texas 77351. For additional information, contact Sally Frasier at 936-967-0219 or visit www.livingstoncommunityconcert.org.

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TPWD requesting ideas on improvement projects

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TexasParksAndWildlifeFrom Enterprise Staff

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries Division requests ideas from angling organizations, local governments, non-governmental organizations, river authorities and tribal organizations on freshwater fish habitat and shoreline-based angler access improvement projects to be completed in public waters statewide during fiscal years 2024-2025.

Project ideas and recommendations inform development of a statewide plan for investing approximately $500,000 over that period.

Launched in fiscal year 2022, the Inland Fisheries Division’s Habitat and Angler Access Program (HAAP) is currently implementing 21 projects throughout the state during its initial two-year cycle. These include fishing piers, kayak launches, shoreline stabilization, native vegetation restoration, aeration systems and fish attractors. Learn about each of the 21 active projects supported by the HAAP on the project website.

In preparation for the next two-year HAAP cycle, the Inland Fisheries Division requests ideas on additional potential fish habitat and angler access improvements in public waters throughout the state. In order to be considered for the 2024-2025 cycle, project ideas and recommendations should be shared with TPWD through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Nov. 11, 2022. Visit the HAAP program website to learn more.

Those sharing recommended projects should be prepared to provide the following:

•Project name

•Project location (waterbody, city, county)

•Controlling authority (e.g., city or county parks department, river authority, US Army Corps of Engineers, etc..) of the public waterbody

•Contact information for the partnering organization and a contact person

•Brief description of the project

•Potential partner dollars and in-kind support

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Social media meeting leads to arrest

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Angel SantosAngel SantosA Deer Park man is behind bars after his arrest for sexual assault of a Polk County child met online.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a report in July of sexual abuse involving a child. The suspect in this case met the child on social media, then traveled to Polk County, where he sexually assaulted the child. 

After an extensive investigation, detectives identified the suspect as Angel Alexis Santos, 26, of Deer Park, Texas.

Two warrants for aggravated sexual assault of a child were issued for Santos in August. Santos was eventually located by United States Customs and Border Protection Agents, and arrested in Brownsville, Texas, on Sept. 16. Santos is currently incarcerated in the Polk County Jail, with bonds totaling $200,000.

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