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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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Livingston man struck by train, later dies

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Officers investigate the scene of a train/pedestrian accident that occurred downtown Thursday resulting in the death of a local man.  Photo by Keitha SwannOfficers investigate the scene of a train/pedestrian accident that occurred downtown Thursday resulting in the death of a local man. Photo by Keitha Swann

By Emily Banks Wooten
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A local man has died from injuries he sustained in a train/pedestrian accident that occurred downtown Thursday afternoon.

The Livingston Police Department received a call at 4:04 p.m. Thursday that a train had struck a pedestrian at the Polk Street railroad crossing.

Livingston police officers along with first responders from the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and EMS arrived on the scene and located a male subject who had been struck by the train. The subject was identified as Gary Lee Brown, 56 of Livingston.

Brown was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital with incapacitating injuries and was then air-lifted to a Kingwood hospital.

According to Livingston Police Detective Donald Dyson, witnesses indicated that Brown was sitting on the tracks when a southbound train approached but that he did not get off the tracks before the train reached him.

Union Pacific Railroad Police responded to the scene where the train came to a stop, blocking all downtown intersections during the investigation. The scene was cleared by approximately 5:56 p.m. and the train was allowed to continue to its destination.

This accident remains under investigation by the Livingston Police Department.

The Livingston ISD transportation department issued alerts via email and text message to parents, notifying them that school bus drop-off times would be delayed due to the accident.

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Former detective charged with theft

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1 15 23 LimaA former detective with the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Polk County District Attorney's Office has been charged with theft.
 
On Wednesday, the Onalaska Police Department was dispatched to the Dollar General Market in reference to a theft. Once arriving, the complainant stated a male subject left the store and did not pay for merchandise. Upon watching security footage, law enforcement immediately identified the male subject as Christopher Lima.
 
The complainant stated Lima appeared to have used his card to buy the items he scanned, but did not finish the transaction. After Lima left the store, the complainant was able to run the transaction again, which showed the card used had insufficient funds.
 
Upon watching security footage further, it was determined Lima had "skip scanned" some pizzas, did not scan a 12-pack of Dr. Pepper, and a large gray rug on the bottom of the basket was not scanned as well. While Lima was appearing to use his debit/credit card, he told a "very young juvenile boy" to leave the store with the shopping cart. Soon after, Lima left the store as well.
 
A summary of the stolen items, according to the Onalaska police department, also include a box of sleep aid, one pack of paper towels, one package of dog food, a bottle of mustard, a bottle of men's spray, a six-pack of gatorade, a 12-pack of Mountain Dew, two packages of top sirloin, one package of ground beef patties and two packages of popcorn. The total came to just under $152.
 
Lima was terminated from his position with the Trinity County Sheriff's Office in September of 2021 after a joint investigation with the Texas Rangers.
 
He was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.
 
Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said he received a complaint from a resident of Walker County that witnessed something peculiar involving a deputy sheriff, and an investigation was launched.
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Do you know this person?

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DoYouKnowThe Livingston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an individual of interest. Currently investigated is a theft that occurred at a local business. The person in these photos is of interest in the investigation. If you recognize the individual depicted in the photos, please contact the LPD at 936-327-3117 and reference case 230100098

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