Major Lane Closures Oct 24 to Oct 27 and Oct 31 to Nov 3
The following Major Lane Closures on IH 45 near SH 242 are scheduled:
All southbound main lanes of IH 45 will be closed starting Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10 p.m. through Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5 a.m.
All southbound traffic will be diverted on the frontage road just south of Windsor Lakes Blvd. through the SH 242 intersection. All traffic will be allowed to re-enter IH 45 main lanes at Wellman Road. Law enforcement will be on site.
All northbound main lanes of IH 45 will be closed starting Friday, October 31, 2014 at 9 p.m. through Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5 a.m.
All northbound traffic will be diverted off of the main lanes to the northbound frontage road at Exit 79 (College Park/Needham Road). The northbound entrance ramp south of Research Forest/Tamina will also be closed. Traffic will remain on northbound frontage road. Law enforcement will be on site.
For additional and updated information on IH 45 and SH 242 closures for this construction project from The Montgomery County Transportation Program, please visitwww.sh242dc.com and click on Lane Closures.
Also, as a courtesy, The Woodlands Township includes many major Road/Lane Closures on its website atwww.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.
Still waiting on the evidence to process is the line you will get from Galveston County investigators in a 7 month old murder investigation that left two young women dead.
It was back in March when 46 year old James Larry Crosby was arrested in connection with his daughter and her girlfriend’s murder.
Crosby was charged with tampering with evidence but not murder even though investigators made it clear he’s responsible.
Britney Crosby and her partner Crystal Jackson was found shot and beaten near a convenience store in Port Bolivar.
Captain Bob Cook with the Galveston County Sheriff’s office says they have sent a third batch of evidence, including a gun, to the FBI for NA results.
However, Cook says the federal agency only allows a certain amount of evidence to be submitted at a time and that’s why it’s taking so long to saddle Crosby with an actual murder charge.
Currently the convicted sex offender remains in the Galveston County jail on a $500,000 bond.
A federal jury in Houston today convicted the president of Riverside General Hospital (Riverside), his son, and two others for their participation in a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false claims for mental health treatment. Ten defendants have now been convicted in connection with the Riverside fraud scheme.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Lucy R. Cruz of the Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigation’s (IRS-CI) Houston Field Office and the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) made the announcement. U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal of the Southern District of Texas presided over the trial.
“The former president of Riverside hospital, his son, and their co-conspirators systematically defrauded Medicare, treating mentally ill and disabled Americans like chits to be traded and cashed out to pad their own pockets,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “For over six years, the Gibsons and their co-conspirators stuck taxpayers with millions in hospital bills, purportedly for intensive psychiatric treatment. But the ‘treatment’ was a sham—some patients just watched television all day, others had dementia and couldn’t understand the therapy they supposedly received, and other patients never even went to the hospital at all. Today’s verdict sends another powerful message that the department will hold accountable anyone who seeks personal profits at the expense of America’s most vulnerable citizens.”
Earnest Gibson III, 70, the former president of Riverside, Earnest Gibson IV, 37, the operator of one of Riverside’s satellite locations, and Regina Askew, 49, a group home owner, were each convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to pay kickbacks, as well as related counts of paying and receiving illegal kickbacks. Robert Crane, 58, a patient recruiter, was convicted of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks. Gibson III and Gibson IV were also convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Gibson III was acquitted of two substantive counts of paying and receiving illegal kickbacks.
According to evidence presented at trial, Gibson III, Gibson IV, and Askew operated a scheme to defraud Medicare beginning in 2005 and continuing until June 2012. The defendants caused the submission of false and fraudulent claims for partial hospitalization program (PHP) services to Medicare through the hospital. A PHP is a form of intensive outpatient treatment for severe mental illness.
Specifically, evidence at trial demonstrated that the Medicare beneficiaries for whom Riverside and its satellite locations billed Medicare for PHP services did not qualify for or need PHP services. Moreover, the Medicare beneficiaries rarely saw a psychiatrist and did not receive intensive psychiatric treatment. In fact, some of the Medicare beneficiaries were suffering from Alzheimer’s and could not actively participate in any treatment even if they actually qualified to receive PHP services. Nevertheless, Gibson III, Gibson IV and Askew submitted claims for reimbursement to Medicare claiming that PHP services were provided to the Medicare beneficiaries.
Evidence presented at trial also showed that Earnest Gibson III paid kickbacks to patient recruiters and to owners and operators of group care homes, including Askew, in exchange for those individuals delivering ineligible Medicare beneficiaries to the hospital’s PHPs. Gibson IV also paid patient recruiters, including Crane and others, in exchange for those individuals delivering ineligible Medicare beneficiaries to the specific PHP operated by Gibson IV.
Approximately $158 million in claims to Medicare were submitted for PHP services purportedly provided by the hospital to the recruited beneficiaries, when in fact, the PHP services were medically unnecessary or never provided. The proceeds from the health care fraud were used to promote the fraud scheme by paying kickbacks to patient recruiters and group home owners in exchange for their sending Medicare beneficiaries to the hospital’s PHPs.
Gibson III, Gibson IV, Askew and Crane are scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 17, 2015.
Others involved in the fraudulent scheme have already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Mohammad Khan, an assistant administrator at the hospital, who managed many of the hospital’s PHPs, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay illegal kickbacks, and five counts of paying illegal kickbacks. William Bullock, an operator of a Riverside satellite location, as well as Leslie Clark, Robert Ferguson, Waddie McDuffie, and Sharonda Holmes, who were all involved in paying or receiving kickbacks, have also pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme.
The case was investigated by the FBI, IRS-CI, and Texas MFCU, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Dallas Regional Office, the Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Inspector General’s Chicago Field Office and the Office of Personnel Management’s Office of Inspector General, and was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, under the supervision of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Chiefs Laura M.K. Cordova and Jennifer L. Saulino and Trial Attorney Ashlee C. McFarlane of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.
Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in nine cities across the country, has charged nearly 2,000 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $6 billion. In addition, the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.
The Texas Lottery® joined lotteries across the country today for the official launch of MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB, the first multistate game to combine traditional lottery with the fun and entertainment of a national television game show. The show will feature players selected from among ticket holders who have registered their tickets online.
Video of today’s MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB launch event in New York’s Times Square
The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB game went on sale in Texas on Oct. 19. The game will spread the wealth among players by offering multiple $1 million prizes in conjunction with a top prize of up to $25 million. The unique design of the $5 game is expected to generate more millionaires than any other game in lottery history.
Three ways to win MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB
Players can win the Top Prize of up to $25 million inMONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES CLUB weekly drawings.Become one of the many, randomly-selected $1 million winners when another player wins the Top Prize in a weekly drawing.Register a ticket online where they will build MONOPOLY brand themed property sets to earn entries in a drawing for a chance to appear on the nationally televised game show, which will have more than $2.5 million in available prize money on each episode.
MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Television Game Show
In early 2015, the “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB” television series will welcome players from participating states to its studio audience in Las Vegas. Comedian and actor Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly,” “You, Me and Dupree”) will host the show.
Each MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB ticket will have a unique code that players can use to register online to collect monopolies for a chance to appear on the television game show. Thousands of players will win a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas to join the show’s studio audience.
Contestants on the show will be selected at random to play a series of games with a MONOPOLY theme, each of which will offer cash and other prizes valued up to $100,000. A final round will offer one player on each episode a shot at $1 million.
Drawings for the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB will occur every Friday evening at 10:15 p.m. Central
Register NOW before seats are gone:
Let’s Talk About It
Domestic Violence and Spanking: Are They Connected?
The Houston Association of Black Journalists and Rice University present “Conversations in the Round,” a panel discussion on domestic and family violence.
October 15, 2014 – On Thursday, October 23, 2014, the Houston Association of Black Journalists (HABJ) and Rice University will hold the first in a series of panel discussions titled “Conversations in the Round,” which will focus on top stories in the news. The panel will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Farnsworth Pavilion on the Rice University campus.
The panel, moderated by KPRC Local 2’s Keith Garvin, will discuss domestic violence and spanking in regard to recent events involving NFL players Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson. Confirmed panelists include Sonia Corrales, chief program officer with the Houston Area Women’s Center; Dr. Janice M. Beal, clinical psychologist with Beal Counseling Associates; Tabatha Conway, Child Protective Services; and Chester Pitts, sports analyst and an original Houston Texan.
Topics to be discussed include:
1. How should the media cover family violence issues?
2. Is spanking child abuse? Should all spanking be outlawed?
3. What effect have the recent cases involving NFL players had on the issues?
4. Should corporations discipline employees who are charged with domestic/family violence offenses?
5. Is there a double-standard when it comes to domestic violence?
“These issues have always been important in our community, but they have garnered more attention of late thanks to high-profile cases involving NFL players,” said HABJ president Jerome Solomon, a columnist with the Houston Chronicle. “This is an excellent opportunity to get experts together to discuss these pressing topics and hopefully make a difference.”
The panel discussion is FREE and open to the public.
Tuesday the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals restored the common-sense Texas voter ID law for this election. Even an Obama appointee on that Court agreed to stop the judicial activism we saw last week from another Obama-appointed federal judge who tried to change the rules for voting in the closing hours before this election.
But this fight may not be over. The plaintiffs, who have been supported by Eric Holder’s Justice Department, have now gone to the U.S. Supreme Court to block the Voter ID law. They will stop at nothing to create chaos and confusion.
We can’t let Democrats get away with their schemes to disrupt our electoral process. We need fair and honest elections, so everyone can have faith in the outcome.
How can you help us keep this election honest?
Prevention is the best medicine. We need poll watchers on election day to help ensure election integrity at precincts that will not have GOP election judges. Please consider spending a day contributing to a GOP victory in Harris County. You’ll be trained and given all the reference materials you need to be effective.
There are multiple trainings scheduled at the HCRP headquarters:
October 13, 7 – 9 p.m.
October 15, 7 – 9 p.m.
October 20, 7 – 9 p.m.
October 22, 7 – 9 p.m.
October 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
October 27, 7 – 9 p.m.
October 29, 7 – 9 p.m.
November 1, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Help stop Obama and the liberal Democrats from Wrecking Harris County!
The Houston Club building located at 811 Rusk is scheduled to be imploded on Sunday, Oct. 19, which will result in impacts to METRO service.
As crews prepare the area, the following METRO bus routes will be detoured starting Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.
3 W. Gray
37 El Sol
44 Acres Homes
102 Bush IAH
108 Veterans Memorial
209 Kuykendahl/Spring P&R
249 Bay Area/Fuqua/Monroe
259 Kingwood/Townsend/Eastex P&R
Additional routes will be detoured beginning on Sunday, Oct. 19, at the start of service. For a complete list of the routes impacted, click here.
PARTIAL METRORAIL SHUTDOWN
There will be no rail service between the Downtown Transit Center and the Northline Transit Center on Sunday, Oct. 19, from the start of service until 5 p.m. Customers will be served by shuttle buses operating every 10 minutes during regular rail service hours. Click here for information on the service interruption.
The Red Line will operate on a normal schedule between Fannin South and the Downtown Transit Center.
Please allow more time for your trip when using these service. For more information, please call 713-635-4000.
Visitation to the Harris County jail located at 701 N. San Jacinto in downtown Houston has been canceled for today due to maintenance issues.
Visitation has been canceled at the 701 location only.
For more information on inmate visitation please visit the HCSO’s website: