Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 107, No. 102, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 21, 1989 Page: 1 of 64
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Six arrested at auction barn
Cattle scam uncovered
LIVINGSTON - Six persons have
been charged in a scam which has
bilked Livingston livestock Ex-
change out of over $5,000 during the
past three months, according to Polk
County Sheriff’s Department LL
Auction barn operator A.L. “Shor-
ty” Clamon contacted die depart-
ment when he discovered revenues
were continuously coming up short
following sales. It took authorities
quite a while to figure out just how
the money was being siphoned, Cain
said. He finally determined that cat-
tle were bring retagged.
A “sting” operation was set up at
the auction barn Saturday and, by
employing the help of Ranger Butch
Davis of the Southwestern Texas
Cattle Raisers Association who
closely observed last weekend’s auc-
tion, eight persons were arrested.
Two of those persons were later
released after making statements to
authorities and will serve as
witnesses during the trial, Cain said.
It was determined that those releas-
ed did not receive any of the money
gained through the scam.
Charged with felony theft -
organized crime are: Glen “Bo”
Davison, Richard Dale James,
Samuel A. Fax, Sandy R. Tucker,
Esther M. Farmer and Rachael
Renae Carraway, all of Uvingston.
All six suspects have been released
under $10,000 bonds. Adding organiz-
ed crime upped the charge to a first
degree felony, punishable by a
prison sentence of five to 00 years,
Cattle brought to the auction bam
for sale are tagged with a number
and that number is put on a receiv-
ing sheet. When an animal is sold,
that number is put on a receipt and
the receipt is brought to the auction
bam office, where die seller collects
his money. In some cases the auc-
tion bam buys an animal and the
animal is placed in a “catch pen” for
later resale, Cain said. Allegedly,
some of those animals in the “catch
pen” were being retagged with new
numbers and the suspects would put
their own name or a relative’s name
on the receipt and collect money for
cattle they did not own or sell.
Cain estimated the auction bam
has lost $5-$7,000 in the past three
Investigation into the scam is con-
tinuing and the lieutenant said there
will probably be additional arrests.
Cain was the investigating officer,
assisted by the Southwestern Cattle
Raisers Association ranger. Sheriff
Leamon Cain and Chief Deputy Mike
Nettles assisted in the arrests.
LIVINGSTON - County and ci-
ty offices will be closed Monday
and Tuesday for the Christmas
There will be no garbage
pickup for residents in the city of
Livingston on either day.
Hie driver’s license office will
also be closed both Monday and
Tuesday. Driver’s license of-
ficers will return on Jan. 2.
Banks, savings and loans, the
Enterprise office and the Depart-
ment of Public Safety office (not
driver’s license) will be closed
only (hi Monday, Christmas Day.
UVINGSTON - Kenneth Bond, a
native of Polk County and local
businessman, has declared his can-
didacy for die position of commis-
sioner of Precinct 2 in the
“Bring bom, raised and living in
the precinct, I can understand the
problems confronting the people,”
Band said. '
Bora and reared in Precinct 2, the
candidate’s family also hails from
that area. His father, file late
Horace Bond, and mother, Troy
Bond, are from the Bold Springs
community and have long been ac-
tive in file community. His father
served as a deacon of First Baptist
Church for 50 years.
Bond graduated from Livingston
High School in 1900 and attended
Allen Military Academy in Bryan,
where he played jorior collage foot-
ball, for two years. He then attended
tne university of Houston, receiving
the University of
pie of yean in]
to Po& County in 1961, moving to
L.D. “DANNY” MUNSON
Munson joins race
for Precinct 4 spot
UVINGSTON - L.D. “Danny”
Munson has filed as a candidate for
commissioner of Precinct 4 in the
“To file voters of Precinct 4, I
would like to take this opportunity to
announce my candidacy for the of-
fice of county commissioner,” Mun-
“I was born and raised in Precinct
4 and have lived here all of my 44
years, except for eight and a half
years I served in the U.S. Army.
“I graduated from Uvingston
High School in 1963. Shortly
thereafter I married file former
Joyce McNiel. We have been mar-
ried 16% years and have two
chUdren. Eddie, age 24, is a business
management graduate from Sam
Houston State and is presently half
owner and operator of Munson
Water Well Service. Beveriy, age 22,
is a graduate of Angelina College of
Nursing and is on staff as a LVN at
Livingston Convalescent Center.
“In March of 19641 enlisted in the
U.S. Army at the rank of private.
White in the service I had the oppor-
tunity to attend many schools,
among those were: U.S. Army
Engineers Officer Candidate School,
Army Aviation School and the
Engineer Officer Advanced Course.
“lathe basic and advanced
courses I studied such pertinent sub-
jects as: construction management;
planning and estimating; fixed
bridge design; concrete, asphalt and
bituminous road design;
maintenance and utilization of earth
wvwrfBg equipment; drainage and
culvert design, as well as ad-
minigtritive and accounting pro-
“After serving two tours in Vtet-
8ee HAVE pg. 2A
LIVINGSTON - J.W. Reneau has
filed as a candidate for commis-
sioner of Precinct 4 in the March
“Since filing my candidacy for
commissioner of Precinct 4,1 have
been trying to get out in the precinct
to personally meet as many of you
voters as possible,” Reneau said in a
statement to the people of the
Pradnct 4. “I know I will not be able
to meet everyone before election
time in March, 1990, but I am going
to be working at meeting as many as
time will allow
“I know this is the holiday season
and all of you are busy so I will keep
my message brief.
“H you voters in Precinct 4 put
your confidence in me and elect me
as your commissioner, I will do my
* best to fulfill file duties of that posi-
tion in the manner that position
“If elected, being your commis-
sioner will be my full time job. I will
not have a foreman for the road and
bridge, so I will personally be handl-
ing any questions or complaints. I
will wort closely with commis-
sioners’ court and the county auditor
on all budget matters.
“I would like to share with you an
article, by unknown author, that
tdls us what a taxpayer is to all
Is not dependent on us - we are
fUnoivUnt on him.
Is not an interruption of our work
-he is the purpose of it.
Is doing us a favor by letting us
Is not an outsider to oujl
he is part of it. V
A taxpayer is the most tooportant
ion in the world to us. v
of you have a very
FVTERPBMC PHOTO BY XXNN SCHMIDT
PREPARING FOR WORST - Mary Me- predicted to arrive this afternoon, is ex-
Cardell covers the split-leaf philodendron at pected to send temperatures diving into the
her East Feagin Street residence in prepara- teens and may bring some frozen precipita-
tion for the next cold front. The front, tion as well.
Citizens address Onalaska council
Drinking hours discussed
ONALASKA - Discussion of Or-
dinance No. 80, relating to extended
hours for the sale and consumption
of alcoholic beverages within the ci-
ty, brought several visitors to the
regular meeting of the Onalaska Ci-
ty Council Tuesday.
Mayor Robert C. Goodson said
Onalaska Police Chief M.J. “Putt”
Black approached him about rescin-
ding the ordinance in order to have
midnight as the final hour for the
sale or consumption and hopefully
cut out some of the problems cur-
rently occurring between midnight
and 2 a.m.
Addressing the subject at the
meeting, Black said, “There’s pro-
blems, troubles. Besides, if you can’t
get drunk from seven to midnight,
you need to quit anyway.”
Blade said the police department
has a list of specific incidents occur-
ring between midnight and 2 a.m.,
including accidents, DWIs, and
Joe O’Neill, owner of Little
Sister’s Club, told the council that in
file three months that he has owned
the club, the police have not been
called once. Black agreed with him.
“I have my own security in my
own place,” O’Neill said. “That’s
why we pay bartenders more than
any other place in the county and
more than Harris County.”
Artie Crouch, another visitor,
said, “I understand Putt’s feelings,
but our concern is income. We don’t
want to be open until two every
night, but we would like to have the
privilege to if we wanted to for a
Don Wilkey, pastor of the First
ject will consist of paving the streets
in Old Town Onalaska.
The council discussed a proposed
ordinance concerning excavation on
city streets. No action was taken on
the matter. However, it will be ad-
dressed at a future meeting. “This is
a set of standards we’d like to con-
sider, approve and build,” Goodson
Goodson reported that the sales
tax rebate for December fell 16.19
percent. He also said be has receiv-
ed correspondence stating that the
Texas Local Government Records
Act requires a body to name a
records officer before June of 1990.
Goodson said this matter will be at-
* * 4 .
Other business included approval
of the minutes and vouchers.
Telephone bills soon
to reflect 9-1-1 fee
LIVINGSTON - A monthly 50 cent
service fee will be reflected on
everyone’s telephone bills starting
Jan. 1 to finance and implement a
9-1*1 emergency telephone service
which will be operational throughout
Polk County on Jan. 1,1992.
The Deep East Texas Council of
Governments is coordinating the
system which will be implemented
throuifiiout its 12-county area.
According to Norman Hoff, direc-
tor of 9-1-1 services, the collections
starting Jan. 1 will go toward pay-
ment for the equipment. The total
cost for Polk County to be opera-
tional is $273,400.
Hoff said that through these mon-
thly 50 cent fees the county will
generate $148,000 during the 24 mon-
See TO pg.2A
Baptist Churcl ............ ^
out against the extended hours, say-
ing that the small amount of taxes it
generates (kies not compare to file
problems it causes.
Although ho action was taken,
council will address the issue further
at the next meeting.
Council awarded file construction
LIVINGSTON - Someone is ap-
parently getting their “kicks” out of
setting dumpsters on fire, but the
Polk County Solid Waste Depart
ment, Livingston fire department
and sheriff’s department are not
“Someone has been setting the
dumpsters on fire for file past month
or month and a half,” said Solid
Waste Superintendent Jerry Chain.
There have been three primary
Two dumpsters were on fire Sunday
The fire department puts water on
the fires but the dumpsters continue
to smoulder, ther
said. “If you see one on fire, don’t
put more garbage in,” he urged
‘It’s costing the county money to
Springs, Old Woodville Road off UA.
190 East and file compactor site on
UA190 West Chain <
Tex Paving Inc. of Dallas. Hie pro- within file past four to six weeks.
put the fires out and to rap
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White, Barbara. Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 107, No. 102, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 21, 1989, newspaper, December 21, 1989; Livingston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth820330/m1/1/: accessed March 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Livingston Municipal Library.