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Month: March 2017

Family Crisis Center of East Texas plans Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities

By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor LUFKIN – Throughout the month of April, the Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas, will raise public awareness about sexual assault by holding public activities and events in the East Texas area. The Crisis Center provides services to Houston County, as well as eight other counties: Angelina, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby and Trinity counties. “The Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas is leading the path to end sexual assault and domestic violence in our community. Through education and community awareness, such occurrences can be reduced...

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Backpack, Keys Stolen During Fishing Trip

By Cody Thompson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – A man, wanted on the charge of stealing a backpack out of the back of a pickup truck in February, was arrested by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office on March 23. Jimmy Levelt Johnson, of Groveton, was charged with burglary of a vehicle. HCSO deputy Adam Siminson was dispatched to the Lock and Dam, located off Houston County Lake, in reference to a report about a  backpack that was out of a vehicle on February 16, an affidavit of probable cause said. “I (Siminson) arrived on (the) scene and spoke with the victim who stated that he and his mother were fishing and had been all day,” the affidavit said. The victim and his mother were approached throughout the day by an older, thin, black male wearing a blue shirt with cut-off sleeves, the report stated. “He stated that the black male was asking him (the victim) random questions and seemed a little odd,” the affidavit said. After a while, the victim decided to leave and walked back to his truck to put his fish in a cooler located in the bed of the truck. The victim then laid his backpack, which contained the keys to the truck, on the cooler and returned to help his mother, the report said. “I asked him to describe the backpack,” the probable cause document said,...

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The Running Man: Crockett PD Chases Down Assault Suspect

By Cody Thompson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – A man, wanted for burglary and assault charge from December, was arrested after leading officers of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office and Crockett Police Department on an on-foot chase near a local park on Tuesday, March 21. Brodrick Gerome Hollman, 25, of Crockett, was charged with burglary of a building, assault causing bodily harm and evading arrest. HCSO deputy D. Murray observed Hollman, a known wanted person, standing in the Lt. Williams Park (also known as Prince Hall Park), an affidavit of probable cause said. Murray parked his patrol unit behind an apartment complex and proceeded on foot, walking north on Martin Luther King Boulevard. At the same time, HCSO investigator Larenzo Simpson was driving an unmarked unit on W.M. Batts Street, located north of the park, and CPD officer McClain and Corporal Rodriquez were in a two-man unit travelling on Sycamore Street, east of the park, the affidavit said. Murray got a visual on Hollman as he was walking away to the northwest, away from Murray. He then called out to stop Hollman, the affidavit said. “(Hollman) then turned around and, as he observed me in (my) Crockett Police Department uniform, he turned (back) around and began running full speed towards the southeast,” the probable cause document said. “I radioed for officers McClain and Rodriguez and told them he was coming...

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Kalin’s Center Receives Funds for New Building

By Cody Thompson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT –  Local children’s advocacy center Kalin’s Center will consolidate its two buildings and move to a new location in the near future, thanks to a grant and the generosity of local supporters. The center serves, which serves both Houston and Trinity counties, was awarded a grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation in Lufkin to fund the building of a new center. Crockett residents Barbara Beeler and G.W. Beeler III donated the property where the new center will be built, located at 201 Renaissance Way. “This has been a dream of mine for over 10 years to build a new, larger, more comprehensive building to house the Kalin’s Center staff, as well as other members of our partner agencies,” Kalin’s Center executive director Debbie McCall said. “This new facility will be a huge asset to our rural communities and will facilitate better investigations, services and outcomes for the children and families we serve.” Kalin’s Center serves as a haven for children who have been victimized sexually and/or physically to tell their story, which is then used by law enforcement, courts and defense attorneys to keep the children from having to repeat their personal tragedy, a Kalin’s Center press release stated. The center also offers counseling services to the victims and any non-offending family members, the press release said. “The counseling service is referred out...

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Palestine Firefighters, PPD Officers Teach Safety, Duties

By Teresa Holloway Messenger Special Reporter PALESTINE –  Public safety officers proved their jobs aren’t just smoke, ladders and bright lights last week when the Palestine Rotary Club, Palestine City Firefighters and city police officers hosted hordes of active youngsters for safety classes during the annual “Safety Town” program. This program teaches children the safety basics of bicycle riding, driving safety, safety while a pedestrian and being safe while out at night. Palestine and area schools participated in the event, including Elkhart, Slocum, Cayuga and Neches. The instructive, interactive events are just one of the many facets of public service in the uniform sector. Those with an interest in these and similar events while in public service as a firefighter may apply before March 31. Palestine has openings for entry-level firefighters. Individuals may contact the City of Palestine or the Palestine Fire Department to receive an application packet. The completed packet must be returned by Friday, March 31, no later than 5 p.m., to Mike Phillips, Risk Manager, City of Palestine, 504 N. Queen St. Palestine, TX 75801. Examinations for entry-level officers for the Palestine Fire Department are scheduled at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, at the Palestine Police Department Training Room inside the Palestine Mall, 2000 S. Loop 256, Suite 38. The test will start at 9 a.m. and applicants will need a photo ID to sit...

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