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Man with multiple warrants arrested

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Delbert  HarrisDelbert HarrisPolk County Constable Precinct 1 Scott Hughes and Constable Precinct 3 Ray Myers’ deputies received information on a Livingston man with several outstanding warrants last week that led to an arrest.

Delbert Dewayne Harris, 67, had nine warrants from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office. He is said to be the former owner of a wrecker
service in Conroe.

A precinct 3 deputy was advised that Harris had recently moved to Polk County. The charges of sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child span from 2012 to 2020.

Harris was arrested at his residence by deputies and booked into the Polk County Jail. Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Judge Robert Johnson set all bonds at $50,000 each.

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LISD investigation underway

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Livingston ISD LogoThe Enterprise has been made aware of an incident that occurred on campus at Livingston High School. The school district released a statement on the incident Friday. 

“Livingston ISD Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins confirms that on April 5, 2022, the Livingston administration was made aware of allegations of inappropriate contact by a student-athlete in the LHS baseball program toward another player. An investigation was immediately commenced, and remedial measures were put in place to ensure the safety of all LISD students, including removing the alleged offender from the program until the investigation is complete.” 

The Enterprise will have more on this story when LISD finishes the investigation.

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AC academy graduates three new cadets

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Cadets of Class 109 of the Angelina College Regional Law Enforcement Academy pose following their recent graduation ceremony held on the Angelina College campus. (l-r) AC Police Chief Doug Conn, Bailey Muschweck, Chad Murray, Cedric Knighton and Training Manager Lt. Jack Stephenson. Photo by Gary Stallard/AC News ServiceCadets of Class 109 of the Angelina College Regional Law Enforcement Academy pose following their recent graduation ceremony held on the Angelina College campus. (l-r) AC Police Chief Doug Conn, Bailey Muschweck, Chad Murray, Cedric Knighton and Training Manager Lt. Jack Stephenson. Photo by Gary Stallard/AC News Service

From AC News Service

As if the rigors of the Angelina College Law Enforcement Academy alone weren’t enough, the recent group of cadets endured several starts and stops along their journey. In a night class that started with 13 cadets, Class 109 finished the certification program with three graduates. Those men – Cedric E. Knighton of Livingston, Chad A. Murray of Lufkin and Bailey S. Muschweck of LaPorte – received well-earned recognition in a ceremony held on the Angelina College campus last week. 

“We started this class back in May and we dealt with COVID-related interruptions along the way,” AC Police Chief Doug Conn said. “These men were in class or training nearly every night of the week and pretty much every weekend. We have tested them physically and psychologically and they’ve shown real tenacity in completing the 750 required hours. They’re the cream of the crop.”

Training Manager Lt. Jack Stephenson noted how a night academy presents its own challenges considering the other responsibilities cadets have during the day.

“These men proved their dedication to this profession just in how determined they were to complete their training schedule. Yet they endured, so this is their night, and this is their accomplishment,” Stephenson said.

Murray earned the Top Gun Award, Muschweck was named best driver and Knighton was the class valedictorian.

Angelina College was issued a license to operate a police academy in 12 East Texas counties in September of 1993 by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). The academy offers basic and in-service training courses at sites throughout Deep East Texas with the assistance of an advisory board, which assists in directing the academy.

Academy staff members include Chief of Police Doug Conn, Training Managers Lt. Randy Holland and Officer Jack Stephenson and Administrative Assistant Kim Capps. For information on the academy, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For other inquiries regarding Angelina College, contact Krista Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Blanchard child dies

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to an 18-month-old who was found unresponsive in a pond near the Blanchard area March 31, according to Captain Dave Sottosanti.

Deputies arrived on the scene where a first responder was providing life-saving efforts to the child. The child was taken to St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Hospital in Livingston and then air-lifted to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. The child remained hospitalized over the weekend but died Monday morning, Sottosanti said.

The case is still under investigation and the sheriff’s office asks if anyone has any information regarding the case to please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810.

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TRAIN, TRACTOR TRAILER COLLIDE

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Shortly before noon Thursday, this tractor trailer was leaving the Old Castle Bark Mulch Plant on Loop 116 in New Willard when the trailer was struck close to the center back by the wheels by this northbound Union Pacific train. No injuries were reported. Photo provided by Patrick Swilley, the self-proclaimed mayor of New Willard

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