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Cherokee County Texas Blogspot is now on sister sites Technorati, the Austin American Statesman AND a contributing journal for Austin’s Burnt Orange Report.
Thanks for all the contributing articles and old newspaper clippings.

As years of news paper clippings show, insurance fraud is the get rich quick scheme most favored by Cherokee County, TX law enforcement and their families. Of course when they are caught no reports are circulated. In fact every opportunity to deny it is taken. A common tactic in local Cherokee County Texas newspapers is for officials to mention in passing an incarcerated ally, as if at the time of publishing they just saw him at the grocery store. Or they just scored a big buck or prize fish at the hunting club. Or name him on a list of ‘Who’s Who’ seen at the downtown Christmas festival. Even though they are doing time in prison. What is the efficacy of printing a bald face lie, when every individual reading it knows that the guy they’re talking about is sitting in prison?

Why do these representatives of the community publish demonstrative artificial announcements? What can possibly be gained for knowingly making patently false statements? The answer is manifold, but most importantly they must fool the locals (not within their circle) that their buddies haven’t been breaking the law for decades.
Another favorite ploy of officials is playing the victim and/or pretending to be the defender, while they themselves are the ones committing the crime.

Rusk, Texas: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 Gordon Neal Mathis, 42 of Rusk, TX had his sentencing day in federal court for possessing child pornography, however his attorney did not show up and could not be reached. Mathis’ sentencing has been postponed. Cherokee County, Texas authorities seized his computers back in November 2006 after a 12-year-old girl reported being sexually assaulted by Mathis for almost a year.

The editor is certain the illegal images found on Gordon Mathis’ computer will appear elsewhere after being copied and stored by Cherokee County, TX law enforcement. Crime scene pictures ranging from suicides to burglaries are shared with local attorneys in an informal “open policy” forum. An “open policy” within the cult of confession, however not with out-of-town attorneys. No need to file a motion of discovery when everybody has the pictures of each other’s wives. It’s part of the culture of corruption in East Texas courthouses outside news agencies call “winning at all costs” which will be discussed later.

Tyler, Texas: Smith County correctional officer Kenya Bush, 25 of Tyler, TX has been indicted for conspiracy to commit capital murder and now faces trial in 241st District Judge Jack Skeen Jr.’s court. Co-defendants include Jonathan Toliver, 37 of Lindale, TX , and Toliver’s mother who allegedly bonded out a state witness out of jail in order to silence him. Smith County jailer Kenya Bush is accused of supplying a cell phone to Toliver and information on the confidential informant. Toliver had been under suspicion of manufacturing narcotics since 1997.
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Toliver

Smith County’s undercover narcotics officers and a crack dealing CI testified at the Toliver trial.
On October 23, 2007, Johnathan “Bisco” Toliver received life in prison for his murder for hire conspiracy.

Kilgore, Texas: Pastor of the Gladewater Church of Christ, Larry Jackson, 54 of Kilgore, TX was arrested for sexual assault charges.
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Pastor Jackson

Jackson is accused of assault and indecency with 3 girls all under the age of 10, occurring at the Church of Christ on West Clair St. in Gladewater, TX. He bonded out of Gregg County jail on $135,000 on October 11, 2007 and continued to preach during the detectives’ investigation.

Longview, Texas: October 11, 2007: Longview, TX psychiatric ward closed down for egregious acts, including sexual assault on minor patients. The Texas Department of State Health Services suspended for 10-days and revoked the license of the Acadia Pathways Psychiatric Hospital. Acadia housed over 2 dozens out patients, including elderly. On October 29, 2007 the Longview, TX based sanatorium was completely shut down amidst the allegations of physical assault of twenty eight patients and six employees.

Bullard, Texas: Douglas Wadrup, 22 arrested October 12, 2007 for having child pornography on his computer.

Nacogdoches County Jail: Another escape of an inmate Tuesday October 16, 2007
due to booking errors and open delivery gates. The inmate, 19-year-old Adam Christopher Stripling was captured 3 minutes later and has been classified as a flight risk. The jailer has been disciplined for the mistake.

Jacksonville, TX: Deborah Raissi, the wife of Jacksonville City Manager Mo Raissi was arrested in Smith County on October 14, 2007 for DUI and possession of marijuana. Deborah Raissi was traveling on Hwy. 69 at 3:30 am when she was stopped by patrol officers in Bullard, TX. Jacksonville’s Mayor Robert Haberle stands by the City Manager and states in the article that Mrs. Raissi’s drinking and pot smoking does not reflect poorly on the city. Forget about it… that was just an isolated incident. Wonder who sold her the bag of dope?
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Deborah Raissi
TCLEOSE: On September 4, 2007 The Tyler Morning Telegraph ran an expose’ on corrupt East Texas law enforcement called “Breaking the Badge.” This article ran in tandem with several left leaning Texas bloggers’ (from the Austin metro area) comments and postings. The author Kenneth Dean of The Tyler Morning Telegraph lists the litany of police misconduct charges and convictions, mainly from the law enforcement operating in and around Cherokee County, Texas. The crimes range from sexual assault of women in police custody, drug dealing and rape. The article also cites the observations of Special Agent Peter Galbraith of the Tyler, TX FBI and TCLEOSE Executive Director Timothy Braaten. Namely, small East Texas towns with corrupt officers make the problem appear to be disproportionate than the rest of the country, and secondly these small towns don’t have the resources to hire good quality police officers.

A police officer such as Larry Pugh of Jacksonville, TX who has a history of official oppression and now a 12 + year federal sentence for rape and retaliation is not merely “unacceptable behavior.” The hiring of Michael Meissner this year to be the Chief of Police of New Summerfield, Texas was not just an ‘oversight’ or a slight ‘mistake.’ It is against the law to be a police impersonator. It is against the law to hire a police impersonator. There is no defending the hiring of a “gypsy cop” when you know the candidate is not a licensed peace officer.

Cherokee County Constable Randall Thompson did not just quit showing up for work while he was dealing crystal meth. The day before his federal indictment, the district court that employed him went into spin mode, and attempted to absolve themselves of Thompson, their bailiff and ally. District Court hearings, both civil and criminal, put Constable Thompson operating in the Rusk, TX courthouse all during 2006. That’s the point; not only is Thompson now in federal incarceration for 10 years for intent to distribute, BUT the Cherokee County, Texas media prints complete falsehoods fed to them from the district court. No retraction has ever been printed: Randy Thompson worked in the courthouse, Rusk TX’s Skyview Unit and patrolled Precinct 3. It didn’t take a court hearing to fire him—the Eastern Federal District of Texas did it by indictment.

A perfect example of “winning at all costs.” Got to fool ‘em every day.

In the age of instant background checks, there is no other conclusion to come to other than small East Texas counties deliberately employ police officers with less than reputable backgrounds. These men are recruited because of their pasts. These men are promoted because of their connections with the ongoing criminal elements in the Piney Woods. They are put in place because they are willing to violate the law and do the things honest police officers would not. Their bosses get paid to keep the ruse going ad nauseum. And they simply get a kick out of it. It is their character. Unlike counties such as Smith and Nacogdoches that terminate crooked officers, Cherokee County ignores the problem until the problem worsens and the Feds have to step in. Then they rush the media with preposterous stories on how they never associated with the perpetrator (didn’t even know where they were, a la’ Randall Thompson) even though they’ve worked side-by-side for decades.

Further reading of September’s Tyler Morning Telegraph article shows the point that has been missed. There can be no glossing over the police misconduct: it took the FBI and the US Attorney’s office to bring charges against the rouge officers. Only Smith County has supervision and a system in place to reprimand the bad officers. Rusk County and Nacogdoches County openly discuss their disciplinary actions against offending officers. Police misconduct incidents are simply swept under the carpet in Cherokee County, TX and/or simply not reported. All these crimes discussed within this blog are not isolated incidents; it bleeds over into the local school systems where many of the relatives of Cherokee County law enforcement scratch out a living. And because they hate the sunlight passing through the magnifying glass, sexual deviants are sheltered instead of ousted. A quick check of the DPS sex offender registry gives the names not reported by their relatives: 16 registered offenders in Rusk, TX; 49 in Jacksonville, 3 in Wells, 2 in Alto, 1 in Gallatin, 1 in Maydelle and 22 in Troup, Texas. Never read about all of them in the paper?

According to the AP, Texas is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the number of teachers disciplined for sexual misconduct with students. In small close-knit communities, sexual abuse and police misconduct can go on for decades when the perpetrators are related to elected officials. Most of these incumbents never face an opponent during the primaries, because challengers are blackmailed out of the race.

Houston Chronicle, March 2005: The Chronicle published an article based on the East Texas legal system where only a handful of attorneys practice criminal defense “and fewer still are willing to openly criticize the district attorney in the town’s tight-knit legal community. It’s a community in which intermarriage and blood ties abound…” The focus of this article was heavy handed tactics of Smith County prosecutors and excessive sentencing issues. In Cherokee County, Texas it’s not a matter of “winning at all costs” it is a matter of not losing at EVERY cost, no matter how long they drag a case out or what the price to the taxpayer. It is a matter of using law enforcement to harass those members of the bar association who break the code of silence and communicate with the US Attorney’s office. It is a matter of circling the band wagon when one of their own is arrested for DUI after nearly killing people in a drunken wreck on the city streets of Jacksonville, TX. It is a matter of employees in the Rusk, TX post office smashing a sample vial of blood being mailed to Austin, after a Cherokee County deputy is arrested by the DPS [or vice versa] for drunk driving and disorderly conduct. No test-tube, no test results for the Sheriff’s drinking buddies. It is a matter of pedophiles, rapists, imposters, drug dealers and murderers AND those who hire them given the responsibility of keeping Cherokee County ‘crime free.’

Does the Department of Public Safety ever receive anything from Cherokee County, Texas?
Other than recruits that can’t hack it being a disciplined trooper?
Certainly seized drugs aren’t making it to their proper and legal destination when Cherokee and neighboring counties don’t exist on the Department of Justice Fund Report (even though tiny towns do).
Yet drug seizures, raids and successful crackdowns alongside the DEA are routinely reported by the local Cherokee County, TX newspapers, as the September 10, 2007 seizure of 24 pounds of marijuana by local authorities and the October 4, 2007 arrest of an Anderson County fugitive. In their minds it doesn’t matter how many federal laws they violate, as long as a pittance of dope can be seized and divvied up.

Statewide and Rusk, TX: On November 6, voters have the opportunity to have wool pulled over their eyes again with another constitutional amendment on the ballot: Namely Proposition 13 which states the amendment would deny bail if a person violates “certain court orders” or is released on felony bond or in a case of family violence. Prop 13 allows a district judge to assess if a defendant poses a danger to the community or a further threat to a domestic violence victim and again deny them bail.
This ruse of denying a violent and repeat offender bail has been tried and tried again for publicity stunts. Voters have already approved the exact same ridiculous con in November 2005. And as the media cites, these amendments became effective September 2006.
Why do we need to vote on this sham of denying bond of violent lawbreakers again? Because the author of this garbage wants what the previous person(s) responsible for its creation: a sympathy vote and something to champion. If someone poses a threat, and keeps posing a threat, as did Michael Harris in Cherokee County, Texas’ 2003 capital murder debacle, then the Texas Constitution, the United States Constitution and every legal precedent for the last 150 years allows for the denial of bail. Hopefully, the Texan voter will be getting sick of this excuse making by deficient District Attorneys. Send a message to them—quit letting your drug-dealing informants out on the streets to murder their wives.
Michael Harris murdered his wife in August 2003 after his bond was granted multiple times by the Cherokee County Texas district court; Faye Harris even had a protective order against her husband, who was seeking drug treatment at the Rusk State Hospital.

Notice in the Texas Council on Family Violence statement for the year 2003, just 2 months prior in June 2003, Runny Session, 37 of Rusk, TX murdered his wife Tracey Moore and killed the couple’s 16-year-old son Randy before killing himself. Not one article about this murder/suicide ever appeared in the Cherokee County newspapers. Wonder why? Because of the deceased kinship to those working for Cherokee County. A similar murder/suicide in March 2007 of a couple from Jacksonville, TX (who had moved to the Beaumont area) received the same anonymous and ‘closed-lipped’ reporting.

Makes all the sealed indictments and plea bargains appear to be just a family affair – a Cherokee County tradition.

Certain public sites outside http://www.cherokeecountytexas.blogspot.com expire over time, namely the TDCJ inmate registry.

To open a new search session on the TDCJ Offender/Prison Inmate site, go to http://168.51.178.33/webapp/TDCJ/index2.htm

The site also provides admission and release dates, including judgments, facility location and age/gender of inmates.

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