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law enforcement and crime in liberty county

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charlotte in california

United States

#1 Mar 30, 2007
I would like to know how so many people get away with so much in liberty county. How does all the drugs remain on the street and all the crack dealers and smokers are never caught when police enforcement know exactly who these people are and where they are.

I think the county needs to be investigated by higher authority.
Felicia

Astoria, NY

#2 Apr 12, 2007
People get away with so much in Liberty County because, simply put, Liberty County does NOT care. There is not always crack involved in murder. Murder goes on around all of us. I believe the most vulnerable to murder are the elderly. My father-in-law was a good man who fell pray to a murder plot. The murderers live off FM 563 in Liberty. No sooner than my husband and I moved to Central Texas for work, my father-in-law was severely taken advantage of by some real con artists who are likely living very close to your back yard. They drugged his cocoa with ambien and vicodin, claimed to be healthcare providers, and shot him up with large doses of other meds until his death at 12:38 A.M. May 25, 2006. My husband and I were notified of his death close to noon on Thursday, May 25, 2006 after his remains were already en route to a funeral home in Teague, Texas. Dad was buried at 11:00 A.M. on Friday. The funeral home was told (by the murderers) that they were the only family in existence. When my husband and I arrived at the house he purchased for his Dad, the only thing that was there was the walls and carpet. EVERYTHING was stolen, the vehicles, the tractor, family photos, EVERYTHING. There are signed eyewitness affidavits, and all the evidence necessary for Liberty County to investigate, exhume, perform and autopsy with a toxicology screening, but they won't. Why? Because Liberty County is partially to blame. One of the murderers claimed to be a hospice nurse, the informant of death. She claimed to be Dad's sister-in-law (documented evidence) and she wasn't even related to anyone tied to Dad. Liberty County never asked for or checked out this woman. She was the one injecting Dad with who knows what. Liberty County is implicated here. They will not investigate. Those people killed an elderly man who survived a heart by-pass, an abdominal aneurysm, and liver cancer that was completely removed. The woman (informant-murderer) reported lung cancer as Dad's cause of death. Dad never had lung cancer...EVER. PRIOR TO DAD'S DEATH, Bank accounts were changed by the murderers, property was hauled off in truck loads, and they willed themselves to the gas/oil well royalties that have been passed through generations of our family. I proved my husband was Dad's son and only surviving heir by showing his birth certificate because much of what he owned was in the 1994 Fleetwood mobile home that those people had hauled off the property. And Liberty County is doing NOTHING because of their liability in this. The evidence is astounding!!! We're taking it to a federal level. Dad's death will not be in vain.

All I can say is you'll see my husband's and his father's lives sitting in the yard and home of Robin and Linda Frazier (nurse impersonator), and Renee Weiland (psychiatric patient from Colorado who had to be released into someone's custody) who live off of FM 563 near the old Smart's grocery. Who will be their next victim? Why Renee of course IF Liberty County fails to do their job to protect the citizens of Liberty County and follow through with the justice that should be served. Mark my words. You're NOT alone. As for my husband and I, WE WILL NEVER STOP SEEKING JUSTICE IN DAD'S DEATH.
unknown lady from rye

United States

#3 Jul 23, 2007
i am a normal person and i agree that liberty county arent doing their jobs and protecting the people in the community from the drugs and sellers around the area and they do know who sells liberty county are very aware.here in rye we have had so many wrecks and overdoses and deaths all have to do with DRUGS ..liberty county needs to get off their butts and get these drugs off the street and clean liberty county up.i live about a block from a drug dealer and they are aware of this person that sells drugs and they do nothing!!!!!!
dot

Hinesville, GA

#4 Sep 30, 2007
you are wroung they do there jobs in liberty co you just dont know it in live in liberty co in i see and hear of it a lot
sis

Hinesville, GA

#5 Sep 30, 2007
let get in to it with the doctors in hinesville how the doctors dont want to help the people i sit hear everyday in suffer in the dr,s look at me like im crazy all they want is the money in send you out suffering so if anyone know a good dr pls let me know one that cares about there people not just the monet
Sobbing_mommy

United States

#6 Oct 1, 2007
you know.. I agree with what everyone is saying.. it sure does take forever in Liberty county to get anything done.. I lost my little girl last year in September ..her life was taking by a sorry sob and he is still never seen the days behind bars because they are still waiting on some things.. but c'mon we're talking a year later..but then you see all these ppl in other areas near by being locked away etc..but then i sit here with a lost child and the sob has never been behind bars...pray he see's his day soon!i know he will but it sure is taking forever c'mon a year later!!!!!!!!!! and we're taking he is one sick-o.... anyone in their right mind to harm ANYONE is sick.. however my little girl wasnt able to harm anyone! she was 14 months old and all she ever wanted to do was be loved.. so i dont understand why ppl do sick things like this and yet he is scott free for now.... I'm he will have his cold days behind those cell walls but why does it have to TAKE SO LONG??????????
Kay

Dayton, TX

#7 Sep 22, 2008
dot wrote:
you are wroung they do there jobs in liberty co you just dont know it in live in liberty co in i see and hear of it a lot
Sad, scary but true. start asking about why all these resturants are being shut down.
I Play God

Mineral, TX

#8 Oct 29, 2008
all these problems are just out of control and the only way to solve them are to seek justice old fastion americian justice ? some people get mad and want to kill others like to call the law enforcement that arent involved and i like to watch get all the enformation andwhatch them face the facts !!!!! thats the only way to get what your looking for ! as far as this goes its probly not even legal?
Happy to be Gone

Lindale, TX

#9 Oct 29, 2008
Wow Felicia, what a horrible thing to happen to your family. I hope that by now justice has been served. Unfortunately I agree with you that Liberty County is, let's say, out of the ordinary where corruption is concerned. We moved away from there 5 years ago. It is sad but as long as the people keep voting these same "leaders" into office, nothing will change. If people only realized that they keep putting repeat offenders back on the street in order to keep the county running. I can tell you the biggest source of income in these small counties is their probation departments. So, they have to keep the doors revolving. Also unknown to most voters is the fact that the county prosecutors are paid a bonus (which our State permits) every year based on fees collected by their department. If you ask me that is incentive to prosecute. I understand the peace officers work months to build cases against drug dealers only to see them get them get off with "probation". There are better ways to solve this problem than to become entangled in a web of dishonestly. They become no better than the very criminals they are after. I have seen from the inside the corruption in that county. Honestly, it scared me enough to quit my job and leave. It all starts at the top and it is a you scratch my back, I'll scratch your's system. They "may" start out wanting to change the system but before they know it, they too have become corrupt and from there just dig in deeper. Term limits on all elected offices would be a way to change things and a panel of randomly selected citizens from all tax brackets to answer to. It would be nice to see all the wrong's they have done be righted, but doubtful it will ever happen.
HAWK

Mineral, TX

#10 Dec 28, 2008
Garden tiller stolen around 12-14-08 on County road 193 in Raywood TX. from Paul Fiedler. If anyone knows or hears of a Tiller red tiller with the belt gaurd missing please post here.
HAWK

Mineral, TX

#11 Dec 28, 2008
I have seen some of these law enforcement people with expensive home, autos, tractors and all kinds of new equipment around their homes. These drug dealers are their bonus payments. When they stop one of the drug dealers late at night, they take their money and let them go, to gather up more money. The drug dealer isn't going to turn them in for taking his drug money and drugs. These law enforcement people that does this also have a safe deposit box at the bank to hide their cash money in so it isn't seen at the banks. This goes on in Liberty County, this is why the drugs and dealers keep operating in this county.
BIG MOUTH

Mineral, TX

#12 Jan 1, 2009
Eight starving horses were piked up on County Road 190 East of Raywood and about 1/4 mile north of US hyw. 90. The SPCA out of Houston picked up these horse approx. Dec. 18th 2008. Constable Russell Pierce from Daisetta located and made the call. Good work Constable Pierce.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#13 Jan 3, 2009
The Houston Community Newspaper ("Liberty County jailer expected to be charged with sex crimes," May 4, 2008) is reporting that a female guard at CiviGenic's Liberty County Jail has resigned after accusations of an inappropriate sexual relationship with an inmate:

A female employee of CiviGenics who works as a guard in the Liberty County Jail resigned Tuesday, April 29, after being questioned by Liberty County Sheriff’s Office investigators about having sex with an inmate, according to Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur.

The case has been accepted by the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office and will be presented to a grand jury.

The grand jury could return an indictment for Violation of Civil Rights of a Person in Custody By Having Sex With That Person.

This is a State Jail Felony, punishable by confinement for a period of 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Earlier this year, two guards at the facility were arrested for delivering marijuana, esctasy, and cash into the jail.

CiviGenics guards have been indicted on sexual assault charges at other Texas jails as well, including civil rights charges at the company's bi-state jail in Texarkansas and similar charges at the McLennon County jail in Waco.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#14 Jan 3, 2009
More Problems for CEC/CiviGenics in McLennan County
Thu, 07/31/2008 - 10:22 — Bob
We've reported about the controversy over the proposed privatization of the jail system up in McLennan County. Seems the lone bidder to build the private jail, CEC/CiviGenics, is having some major problems of it's own.
The company already operates a jail facility in McLennan County which is now under investigation by the McLennan County Sheriff's Office for allegations that private prison guards have been delivering drugs into the facility and having sex with female inmates. According to an article in yesterday's Waco Tribune ("Sources: McLennan County Investigating Complaints About Guards...," July 30) by reporter Tommy Witherspoon,
The investigation was launched earlier this month after a 29-year-old inmate at the downtown jail facility reportedly was caught with a marijuana cigarette in her bra. While investigators were trying to find out how she got the drugs into the jail, the woman, who has at least two felony convictions for drug possession, reported that guards are having sex with female inmates and selling drugs to inmates, four sources familiar with the investigation told the Tribune-Herald.
The 329-inmate facility is operated by Community Education Centers, formerly CiviGenics, in a contract with the county that expires Oct. 1. The investigation is being conducted as the county negotiates solely with CEC to build and operate a new, 1,000-bed facility next to the county jail on State Highway 6, retain operation of the MCDC on Columbus Avenue or several other options being considered by the county to help ease its burgeoning jail population.
The article goes on to list some of the other CEC/CiviGenics problems has had operating facilities in the past here in Texas.
Three guards at a CEC-operated facility in Liberty County recently were arrested on charges of having sex with inmates, and two others were arrested on allegations that they sold drugs to inmates, according to published reports.
In November 2001, Sherman Lamont Fields escaped from the MCDC, then operated by CiviGenics, and killed Suncerey Coleman, a young mother of three children, after bribing a guard to help him escape. Fields, a federal prisoner at the time of his escape, was captured and given a federal death sentence.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#15 Jan 3, 2009
Fields escaped from the downtown jail when Benny Garrett, a jail guard, slipped him a key to the fifth-floor fire escape door after Fields promised to give Garrett $5,000 after his escape.
At the same time, yesterday McLennan County Commissioner Joe Mashek called on the county to take over control of the CEC/CiviGenics jail in order to give the county more time to discus options for dealing with it's jail overcrowding problem. According to the Waco Trib blog,
The downtown jail is currently operated privately by Community Education Centers. While this contract is set to expire on Oct. 1, a clause in the contract allows McLennan County to resume control of this facility by giving 10 days notice.
Mashek said doing this would give the county an additional four- to five-year window to “explore other options and make a sound decision.” This would put plans to construct a new 1,000 bed jail on hold.
And this from a commenter at the Waco Trib blog:
I personally attended this meeting and I cannot believe how misinformed our county officials are in regards to prisoner population and it’s projected growth,along with the actual dollar amounts it costs to run our county’s jails. Judge Lewis took his numbers from CEC, who claims Mclennan County will see about a 2000 inmate increase over the next 5 years. Commissioner Mashek said that the Texas Jail Commission projected more like 150 inmates and that they are the people who regulate our jails in the state of Texas.
That's pretty damning stuff. If the County is taking jail capacity projections from the private prison corporation with a clear interest in expanding the jail and not from the state agency responsible for overseeing its jail, then we're very unlikely to have a reasonable debate about the need for a new jail in McLennan County.
Thankfully, the Sheriff's officers and Commissioner Mashek seem to be a little more clear-headed on the subject. As we've reported here at Texas Prison Bid'ness, and Grits for Breakfast has covered extensively here and here, common sense solutions to jail overcrowding exist, and they don't include privatization and expansion. We'll keep you posted on developments from McLennan County.
Update: Grits also has a good post this morning on the subject worth checking out.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#16 Jan 3, 2009
Private Jail Guards Charged with Delivering Drugs
Mon, 01/28/2008 - 08:54 — Nicole

The Chronicle reported that two private jail guards were charged with delivering marijuana and Ectasy to a federal prisoner detained in the Liberty County Jaill; CivicGenics manages the facility.

Shondalyn S. Jones, 25, of Dayton, and Manitra L. Taylor, 42, of Cleveland, both employed by the corporation that runs the county jail, were taken into custody about 11:45 a.m. after they accepted the illegal drugs and $1,000 from an undercover agent in a parking lot at the intersection of Main and U.S. 90 in Liberty, investigators said.

The guards were fired following these allegations. However, the fact that two private jail employees were hired indicates bad management of the facility and highlights why private prison outsourcing continues to be bad public policy.

County officials could certainly improve their management of the facility. According to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS), the private jail's bed capacity numbered 372 earlier this month. Yet, the number of prisoners incarcerated exceeded current space and reached a capacity level of 101.9%. Liberty County reported that 121 or nearl 32% of jail detainees were Federal prisoners.

You would think that if Liberty County officials were going to rent beds to other jurisdictions they would vigoursly manage the capacity and avoid jail overcrowding.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#17 Jan 3, 2009
These are facts.Watch yourself at the voting polls and be aware of the issues that surround you.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#18 Jan 3, 2009
Look at the case of James Vestal and his killer Gerald Wells who walked free for over 2 years.He was on the streets of Liberty allowed to do whatever he pleased.It's sick and those that hold office should be ashamed of themselves.There is no pride or honor left in these people we are supposed to hold in such high regards.Your failing your city and endangering the lives of your people.
Trouble Maker

Mineral, TX

#19 Jan 4, 2009
The Abused hores that were picked up at Raywood Texas by the SPCA on 12-18-08 were in bad shape and had not been fed in months. I think the SPCA should have put the owner in the trailer with these horses and then thrown him in jail when they got back to Houston. This is just disgustingn to see someone treat an animal this way. If you can't or don't want to take care of your animals, you don't need them. Wake up you animal abusing IDIOT.
HAWK

Mineral, TX

#20 Jan 20, 2009
I don't understand why Liberty County doesn't hire their own people to run the jail. It seems like it would save the County money, they could screen the people they hire and run the jail without all these crooked jailers someone else hires. Liberty County you own the jail, take charge and run it the way it is supposed to be run. (Hawk from Daisetta)

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