Archive for April, 2010

Have You Seen…
April 19, 2010

This was sent to me by a Chief of Police I have known for many years who is hoping to help his colleagues in another town. I know this is a little outside our area, but in the great age of the internet maybe this will get passed around and somebody will know something. I hate these stories and the people who abandoned this child to his death. (in case you were wondering, Wylie is about 5 hours northeast of Houston near Plano)

UNIDENTIFIED DECEASED CHILD      

 

 On Thursday, April 15, 2010 at approximately 9:10A.M. Wylie Police Department responded to a dead body in the 1900 blk of Skyview Drive.  The Collin County Medical Examiner was able to establish the victim was a white male child approximately 6 years of age, brown hair, brown eyes, approximately 39” tall and approximately 28lbs.  It appears the child had significant medical needs.  The child shows signs of being fed through a feeding tube.  The Collin County Child Abuse Task Force is asking that any persons with information about the identity of this child, specifically In-Home health care providers, school personnel, day care personnel or community based social services to contact:

1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).       

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Not For Human Use
April 16, 2010

Waaaay back on September 5th, 2006 I ran a story about a local doctor under investigation for injecting her patients with fake Botox. Today Dr. Gayle Rothenberg was sentenced to five and-a-half months in federal prison with three years of supervised release along with being ordered to pay $98,426 in restitution. Rothenberg ran the Center for Image Enhancement and injected more than 170 patients with a version of Botox not approved for use by the federal government. In fact, the label on the Botox clearly stated, “For Reasearch Purposes Only, Not For Human Use.” Rothenberg was originally convicted back in 2007 but a funny thing happened on the way to sentencing. When attorneys did the usual poll of jurors, asking “is that your verdict?” All the jurors stated, “yes”, except for one. Since verdicts in criminal cases have to be unanimous every one was puzzled and stunned this juror said, “no”, after the verdict had already been read and placed into the record. Why this person said ‘no’ is still unclear. However that single word caused a mistrial.  The government was all set to retry the case but yesterday Rothenberg pleaded guilty to one count of misbranding of a drug while being held for sale and one count of lying to a government agent. Federal prosecutors said Rothenberg never told her patients they were getting a knock off brand of Botox. Prosecutors also said Rothenberg used the phony Botox because it was cheaper than the FDA approved Botox, yet she could still charge her patients the same price. I spoke with Rothenberg’s attorney, David Adler, and he said, “She is extremely, deeply sorry for what happened. She has lost her medical license and has been financially devastated by this.” Rothenberg’s former husband, Houston attorney Saul Gower, pleaded guilty last year to the same charges and later testified against his former wife. Gower got four years probation and was also ordered to pay $98,426 in restitution along with a $1,000 fine. Gower was also ordered to perform 300 hours of community service. If you are interested here is a copy of the orginal indictment. rothenberg

Sleep Tight…
April 15, 2010

During the last half of the 20th century bed bugs were all but a nursery rhyme. So why suddenly the resurgence? I spoke with one of the country’s leading entomologists, Dr. Roger Gold at Texas A & M University. Dr. Gold, as do most of his colleagues, believes the resurgence is due to an explosion of international travel. “Think about it. We not only have Americans travelling abroad, but all also people from foreign countries travelling here more and more. Then you throw in our military travelling back and forth and you can’t help but have these things hop a ride.” Gold also explains that bed bugs make the perfect “stow-aways”. They can hide in almost anything and can live for months without feeding. Plus, in the 40’s and 50’s bed bugs became all but nonexistent in developed countries because of DDT. That method has since been banned and most pest control revolves around “bait.” Unfortunately “bait” doesn’t work on blood feeding insects like bed bugs. So even though a person has regular pest control treatments, those treatments won’t work against bed bugs unless your exterminator is specifically targeting those pests. Bed bugs are also hard to spot until you have a real problem. The bugs are mostly nocturnal and like to live close to their food source. That food source is YOU. That is why most infestations can be found in bedrooms. And with that lovely thought I leave you with some trivia.We’ve all heard ‘Good night, sleep tight….’. But here’s the original Mother Goose version which was eventually modernized.

Good night, sleep tight,
Wake up bright
In the morning light
To do what’s right
With all your might.

Good night, sleep tight,
Don’t let the bedbugs bite.
And if they do
Then take your shoe
A nd knock ‘em ‘til
They’re black and blue!

Itching yet?

Winner?
April 9, 2010

I was rather surprised to see a news alert coming from the Associated Press today declaring that “Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel had defeated his arch rival, The Juarez Cartel, headed by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes (“El Viceroy”). It was a well written article, but the head of Mexico’s Federal Police, Facundo Rosas-Rosas just made a public statement saying it’s not true. I also spoke with two trusted sources I’ve known for years in Juarez and both say they think the report is premature. Certainly “Chapo’s” group has the edge when it comes to resources. Last year Forbes magazine had “Chapo” on its lists of world’s billionaires and most influential people. According to my sources “Chapo” definitely has a leg up on his rivals but not enough to be declared the clear-cut winner. The FBI Office in El Paso is also not declaring a “winner”. However, Special Agent Andrea Simmons did tell me, “The majority of drugs we’re seeing come across the border belong to Chapo”. Simmons that doesn’t necessairly mean the Juarez cartel is dead or even near death. The only reason a “winner” would matter is it would help to stem the rampant killings, kidnappings and acts of torture that have become commonplace in Juarez. If one cartel held the majority of smuggling routes into the U.S. it would cut down on the fighting seen over the last several years. Certainly “Chapo”s” group has suffered fewer losses. Far more allies of the Juarez cartel and its associated gangs, the Aztecas and La Linea, have been arrested or killed than allies of “Chapo’s” cartel or its associated gang, the Artistic Assassins. Still, the only “winner” in something like this are the people in Juarez. One cartel in control of the area is better than two launching constant attacks on one another while racking up a lot of collateral damage. Plus, my sources say the battle between the cartels and the battle between the cartels and the Mexican government has allowed all manner of thugs to run rampant. Before these wars broke out the cartels kept the street thugs in line and from preying on civilians. Now the cartels are too busy and as a result many of these thugs are terrorizing innocent people while claiming to be aligned with one cartel or another.

‘Have a Great Day’
April 6, 2010

The National Transportation Safety Board finally released its preliminary report of the plane crash in Austin on 2/18/10. No surprises in the report, but thought you want to take a read nonetheless..

NTSB Identification: CEN10FA124
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 18, 2010 in Austin, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-236, registration: N2889D
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.
On February 18, 2010, approximately 0958 Central Standard Time, N2889D, a Piper PA-28-236 single-engine airplane, was destroyed after the pilot intentionally flew it into the side of an office building in Austin, Texas. The private pilot and an employee who worked in the building were killed. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from the Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU), Georgetown, Texas, at 0944.

Preliminary review of air traffic control communications and radar data revealed that after the pilot was cleared for take off from Georgetown Airport, he proceeded southbound and climbed to an altitude of 4,800 feet. During this time, a controller approved a radio frequency change and the pilot responded, “Eight niner delta thanks for your help have a great day.” No further communications were made with the pilot. At 0954, the airplane was observed on radar descending out of 4,800 feet and making a turn toward the west. At 0957, the airplane was last observed on radar at an altitude of 1,000 feet on a southwesterly heading before the data ended.

The airplane collided with the office building between the first and second floors, and exploded on impact. The airplane’s engine, two (of three) propeller blades, and the right wing came to rest outside of the building. The empennage came to rest on the ledge of the building and was partially hanging over the edge. The left wing, portions of the fuselage, and a propeller blade, were found inside the building on the second floor. The flaps were found in the fully retracted position. The airplane was destroyed by impact and the post-impact fire.

The weather at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Austin Texas, at 0953, was reported as calm wind, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 25,000 feet, temperature 9 degrees Celsius, dew point 1 degree Celsius, and a barometric pressure setting of 30. 24.

As this event was an intentional act, the FBI has assumed jurisdiction and control of the investigation.

UFAP
April 6, 2010

That stands for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. This is a federal charge used to help catch fugitives. When a person is charged by a local jurisdiction with a crime and flees, said jurisdiction can then ask the federal government to charge the fugitive with UFAP. This is done usually because it is believed the fugitive has fled the country. Filing a UFAP then allows federal and international resources to be used to find the person or persons. Such is the case with Edward Peters and his son, Paul. Records filed in Houston federal court show the pair was charged with running a multi-million dollar fraud relating to their development, the Kingwood Village Estates. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office charged the men with scamming investors out of $3-million dollars. Investigators write they believe both men have fled the country. In fact, a so-called “Red Notice” placed with INTERPOL helped locate Edward in Thailand and Paul in Australia. The DA’s then asked to have both men extradited under the UFAP. I’ll keep you posted when these gentleman are brought back to the great state of Texas. Howdy, Y’all.

Not ready for primetime
April 5, 2010

I came across a critical report this afternoon regarding the controversial 287(g) program. For those of you who are not familiar, the 287(g) program was passed waaaaay back in 1996 as an added section to the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. In a nutshell, this gave the federal government the authority to enter into agreements with local cops to train certain officers to search and find illegal immigrants who committed crimes and were, under the law, eligible for deportation. This was to stem a growing tide of criticism regarding illegal immigrants committing crimes in the United States and not being deported. However, because of a lack of interest and funding 287(g) didn’t take off nationwide until 2006. The program works by training officers to look for criminal immigrants in jails and communities. When the 287(g) program caught on many Immigrant Rights’ Organizations criticized it as heavy-handed and unfair. Today the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security released a report detailing several shortcomings. The OIG’s report cites inadequate training of local officers, no clearly defined performance measures and a lack of oversight. The report is based on six months of field work during the first half of last year. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, which administers 287(g), said it has known about the OIG’s report since last year and has already taken several steps to correct the problems. In advance of the report ICE officials said all participating 287(g) agencies were asked to sign new agreements with clearly defined goals. Here is a copy of the OIG report. 287g