RETHN discusses improvements


The Trinity County Local Advisory Board of the Rural East Texas Health Network (RETHN) recently met at the ETMC-Trinity. Board members reviewed admissions data for the Burke Center's regional Mental Health Emergency Center (MHEC), as well as data regarding recent local mental health emergencies. The Board also identified and discussed potential improvements to the mental health crises delivery system for Trinity County.

Pictured above are (front row from left to right) Cynthia Pate, Case Manager/ETMC; Crystal Bonner, Burke Center; Roxann Langston, Chief Nursing Officer/ETMC; (back row) Anne Bondesen, RETHN; Scott Marcotte, Director of Mental Health Emergency Services/Burke Center; Roy Langford, Regional Director of ETMC Emergency Medical Services; and Board Chairman Doug Page, County Judge of Trinity County.

Hit and run victim dies of injuries

TRINITY — A 79-year-old woman, who was victim of a hit a run on April 13, died recently of her injuries.
She was found on Hwy 19, across from Sonic. When she was found it was apparent she had not been given any aid. She was sent to a hospital and has been there since the accident.

Authorities still have no lead to who may have committed this heinous crime.

Anyone that has any information of this crime or possibly knows what may have occurred is urged to contact Trinity Police Department at 936-594-2505. You can leave an anonymous tip with Crimestoppers at 936-642-2334.

Deputy Constable under fire, left K-9 in car unattended

TRINITY — A Trinity County Deputy Constable, Mark Mann, out of Precinct Two, could possibly face charges for leaving his K-9 Unit in the car while eating lunch.

The Deputy Constable was in a Pizzeria, in Lovelady, when a citizen notice his K-9 in the vehicle, with the windows rolled up and the vehicle not running.
When the citizen asked the Deputy Constable about the welfare of the K-9, she was not happy with his response.

The citizen filed charges against Mann with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, and then, turned to social media to voice her concerns and opinions.

Recently, more than 500 people have shared the citizen's photo and information and it has nearly 100 comments on Facebook.

Outraged citizens from all over had an opinion or fact to discuss on the topic. Bringing heat to the subject, some citizens defended the deputies actions, most didn't.

Because the offense occurred in Houston County, Trinity County doesn't have any information on the subject. Houston County Officials stated that because the case is pending they have no comment.

There is no state statute that states leaving an animal in a parked car is illegal or even warrants a citation. Law officers, however, are granted the ability to take reasonable steps to 'rescue' the animal, such as, breaking a window to provide relief. Cities are allowed to create ordinances that allow citation for this act but that does not apply to this case, being outside the city limits.

If the offense is severe enough a citizen can be brought to court to face animal cruelty charges.

Law officers of the City of Trinity and Trinity County have made it clear for several years now they will not tolerate having an animal in a confined vehicle and would grant that animal relief immediately.

The K-9 is back with it's original owner and out of the care of Mark Mann.

New Officers, New Year


During their Annual Banquet held June 17, the Trinity Lions Club installed new officers for the coming year. Pictured above are the new officers, they include, from left to right: Rich Scott, Tail Twister; Bill Connell, Director; Irene Sanders, Treasurer; Jessica Parrish, Secretary; Steve Richardson, President; Brett Kirkham, first Vice President; Dr. Garry Reece, Membership Chairman. Pictured below, left, is J.W. Burks being presented with a Plaque of Appreciation by Steve Richardson, for his services during the year. Burks was also presented with a trophy by Rich Scott, recognizing him for the outstanding job performed of the planning and implementation of the Harlem Ambassador's basketball fundraiser held in February of 2014. Pictured below, right, is former District Governor of the Lions Club of Trinity, Dr. Bubba Hirsch, who was the guest speaker and also made installation of the new officers for the year. (All Photos submitted by the Lion's Club)