Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Jacksonville, TX sex offender faces murder retrial in Odessa cold case

Local papers used their news platforms for donation requests to financially help a convicted sex offender now on trial for murder.

How does a child molester get called for jury duty? First, the Sheriff Department uses drugs and taxpayer money to recruit the unemployable convicted pedophile (and family members) into the county drug informant ring. The stoolpigeons supply the dirt on their neighbors in exchange for grubby little handouts from narcotics officers. Annual sex offender registrations are ignored, while the Good Ol’ Boys and Gals promote the child rapist in local newspapers. Typically, the child molester or family member is cast as the victim of some extraordinary circumstance to make the story palatable and sympathetic; forgotten sex offender registration is buried and never mentioned in the articles.

In Cherokee County, registered sex offenders have their mailing address published in the newspapers to solicit donations. Their names are deliberately misspelled on juror forms in order to be called for jury duty and law enforcement officials can deny working hand-in-hand with them. They could be disqualified on a petit jury, but on a grand jury they get a free ride to the courthouse and a free meal courtesy of District Attorney investigators.

Also, in Cherokee County, the sex offender/informant is paraded around the schools during athletic and holiday events to keep them in constant contact with hand-picked jury pools. The district attorney enlists the district clerk to keep child predators on the revolving door jury summons. They know the Attorney General’s office would never go back decades to verify falsified jury selection questionnaires and contaminated juries. Who knows what they would unravel? 500 miles away the City of Odessa Police Department found matching DNA of a murder suspect who was also a paroled child sex offender living the high life courtesy of Cherokee County taxpayers.  

Jacksonville, TX: 
26 years later, the 1989 cold case murder of Wendy Burdette of Odessa, TX led to a DNA match and the 2015 arrest of 58-year old Jacksonville resident Tommy Stricklen, Jr. (Source: Washington Times ) The Texas Department of Public Safety reportedly matched semen with DNA samples taken from Stricklen's long overdue sex offender registration in Cherokee County. Stricklen and his family are well-known in local newspapers as charity cases via his handicapped daughter who attended Jacksonville ISD. With the help of local media, the Stricklen family set up donation pages for his daughter's wheelchairs. Back in Ector County circa 1989, the underage victim Wendy Burdette was 15-years old when Stricklen admitted to having sex with her; he was 27 at the time. He was charged during the same time period for the molestation of his handicapped 11-year old relative.

 
Stricklen in court courtesty Odessa-American

Tommy Stricklen moved to Jacksonville, TX in 1998; his sex offender registry had not been updated since 2011. In 2015, the Odessa Police Department requested DNA results from semen samples taken in 1989 from Wendy Burdette's body. Stricklen had remained the number one suspect after Burdette's body was found. She was stabbed multiple times, her throat cut and body dumped according to investigators. (Source: Odessa-American)

Stricklen was charged by Odessa Police in July 2015 with underage sex assault and murder and transported back to Odessa where was indicted in October of that year. Three years later, he faced an Ector County trial jury in June 2018 resulting in a mistrial after 7 hours of deliberation. Stricklen had told police he remembered Burdette as a prostitute and sought her out for for an unpaid drug deal; he has denied killing her.


 
Wendy Burdette

Ector County prosecutors announced a retrial of the 1989 murder of Wendy Burdette to go forward in the 358th District Court later in 2019, 30 years later after the homicide. (Source: Odessa-American) East Texas media has dropped the story after a decade and half of lauding Tommy Stricklen and family with stories of delightful high school spirit and freebies for his wheelchair-bound daughter. When setting up donation pages for the Stricklen family, they did not include his lifetime sex offender status and parole from the molestation of a disabled 11-year old female relative back in 1989. Instead, he was encouraged to work around Cherokee County children and volunteer at schools while ignoring his sex offender restrictions.

Stricklen remains in Ector County custody on $650,000 in bonds.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

16-year Veteran Cherokee County Deputy indicted on 5 felony counts of Indecency with a Minor




(Courtesy KETK)

You can tell it’s going to be a Pretend Slow News week when local media refuses to cover what’s under their and their cousins’ noses.
Then again the news is worse than the fiction.


Cherokee County Deputy Sergeant Jonathan Bryan Shobert, 47 of Jacksonville, TX is out on his original $50,000 bond after being formally indicted on 5 separate felony counts of Indecency with a Minor, stemming from alleged incidents occuring in the Fall and Winter of 2018 (not in early January this year as previously reported). Deputy Shobert has been ordered to stay away from the victim, his wife, and nearby schools. Deputy Shobert has been in Cherokee County law enforcement since 2002. In fact he remained employed after being arrested by the Texas Rangers in Febuary 2019.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cuney, Texas police chief charged with falsifying police cadet form


 
Cuney, TX is a town located in northwest Cherokee County, Texas.
Cuney, TX operates the 6th worst offending speed trap in Texas, generating an annual average of $319,117, or $2,279 per town resident, from speeding citations issued along a small stretch of U.S. Highway 175. Cuney was the only "wet" town in Cherokee County from the mid-1980s until 2009, when voters in Rusk came out in favor of beer/wine sales. After that result, voters in Jacksonville and Frankston have since voted in favor of beer/wine sales, and Rusk voters returned to the polls to vote in favor of liquor sales. As of 2017, there is only one liquor store remaining in Cuney. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)


 Police Chief Gregory Sinkfield, booked courtesy Gregg County Jail

Cuney, TX Police Chief Gregory Sinkfield, an 18-year law enforcement veteran, has been released without bond from the Gregg County jail on tampering with a government record allegations. The charges stem from a female cadet's admission form he falsely certified to the East Texas Police Academy, in which he claimed she had been working for the Cuney Police Department. (Source: KLTV) The Pay to Play case is being handled by TECLOE and Criminal Justice Information Services, a division of the FBI. (Source: Longview News-Journal) The East Texas Police Academy is located in Kilgore, TX.

 The City of Cuney made national news in 2016 when its entire police force quit over disagreements with the new mayor over police policy they deemed "harrassing." (Source: KLTV, Cuney police force resigns, May 31, 2016 )

 
Cherokee County, TX deputies speak with outgoing Cuney, TX mayor after entire police force resigns. (Courtesy: Daily Progress)

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department took over patrol duties until June 2016, when Chief Gregory Sinkfield was hired along with three other parttime reserve officers to watch the town with a population of 140 on a busy day.

[Reprinted from Daily Progress] Cuney: Small town hires new police chief ( Jun 23, 2016 )
Gregory Sinkfield Sr., a 16-year law enforcement veteran, is now the top cop in Cuney. Sinkfield, a 44-year-old native of Atlanta, Georgia, was sworn into office Monday as the new Cuney Police Chief after being hired June 16 to succeed Michael Trawick, who stepped down from the position on May 31. The new chief said he's looking forward to serving as the city's top officer, having recently served as a lieutenant on the Coffee City police force.

“My police chief pulled me aside and said he thought this would be a good opportunity,” and so he applied, he said. Sinkfield's career includes stints with the Morris Brown College police department in Atlanta and the City of Pine Lake, Georgia, before moving to Texas in 2005. Here, he served as a police sergeant in Lone Oak, as well as a field training officer and investigator with the Dallas Community College District in El Centro and Richland, before returning to Georgia in 2007 as deputy police chief with Atlanta College.

Sinkfield held that position for more than two years before becoming supervisor over the criminal investigation division at Clark Atlanta University, he said. Having earned a doctorate in divinity, Sinkfield began pastoring full-time in 2011 at Empowering Life Christian Church in Atlanta, until his family's return to Texas in 2013, where he subsequently joined the police force in Coffee City. Additionally, the chief is a certified training instructor for firearms as well as a law enforcement educator. Sinkfield and his wife, a first-grade teacher for Mesquite ISD, have five children.

They will continue to live in the Metroplex, where Sinkfield is a pastor at Empowering Life Church in Mesquite. “I'm looking for a home here, where I'll be staying during the week,” he said, adding that he doesn't think the arrangement will pose a challenge. “I plan to hold a town hall meeting, where I can listen to the concerns of the citizens,” he said. “From there, we can be a more community-oriented police department, who is more (attuned) to the community's needs.”

Along with the meeting, future plans including a back-to-school initiative featuring a backpack drive for students, participating in National Night Out and helping to ensure the safety of local children through participation in different programs. His background as parent, pastor and police officer spurs him to focus on youths. “It's a combination of them all, of being a concerned parent, of being a pastor and (being married to an educator). I feel the community can benefit from that,” Sinkfield said. He oversees a force of 11 officers, who primarily are reserves.

Sinkfield is the only full-time officer, while his second in command, Sergeant Allan Richardson – a five-year Coffee City police veteran who was hired Monday – is a part-time city employee. Other part-time employees on the force include Investigator Lamont Hughes of the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office and Kelan Logan, who graduates from the Cedar Valley College Law Enforcement Academy on Thursday. Until Sinkfield's hire, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office provided service in Cuney after the city's force quit in late May, leaving the town of 140 without police protection.  (Source: Daily Progress, June 26, 2016)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

16-year Veteran Cherokee County Deputy arrested for Indecency with a Child


Indecency with a Child: under Texas Law, the intentional exposure of genitals to a child or having a child expose themself for sexual purposes, including touching or simulated intercourse- Texas Penal Code Section 21.11 





















Cherokee County Deputy Sergeant Jonathan Bryan Shobert, 46, of Jacksonville, Texas was arrested by the Texas Rangers on February 13, 2019 on indecency with a minor charges. (Source: KETK )

A long-time resident of Jacksonville, Texas, Deputy Jon Shobert formally introduced himself to the community in 2002 when he began working as a reserve dispatch officer with the Jacksonville Police Department. In 2005, Shobert became a full-time Patrol Officer with the JPD and in 2012 received a 10-year service award from the Jacksonville City Council (Source: Jacksonville Progress, Cop's Corner Oct. 24, 2006) He later transferred to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department where he is still employed according to sparse reporting.

Deputy Shobert has worked in Cherokee County, TX law enforcement since November of 2002, his exploits reported on and written about since the early 2000's; even had his engagement and wedding announcements running for months in the local papers, yet no further information is available on this particular incident. IF he were an unknown caught doing something like this, then the victim's age and relationship would be published accordingly. Cherokee County is a haven for this kind of deviant criminal behavior because there is rarely any legal consequences for those in the Sheriff Department's or District Attorney's circle of friends. Then again as the political season heats up towards the March primaries, false sexual accusations are traded like Pez candy by the Good Ol' Boys and Gals of Cherokee County.

   
Patrolman Jon Shobert 10-year service award circa 2012 (Source: Jacksonville Progress; Nov. 15, 2012)

Deputy Jon Shobert was released on $50,000 bond. The incident he is accused of allegedly occurred in late January 2019. Indecency with a child by contact is a second degree Felony punishable by a fine up to $10,000, between 2 and 20 years in prison, or both. If convicted, Deputy Shobert will have to register as a sex offender for life and scratch out a living in Cherokee County, Texas with the other child molesters and pedophiles on the Sheriff Department's dole.