Gas Prices Continue to Skyrocket, But How Much More?
Retail gasoline prices across Texas have jumped 11 cents during spring break travel week.
AAA Texas reports the average price per gallon at the pump has reached $3.70 per gallon.
The association says the nationwide retail price for gasoline rose a nickel, standing at $3.81 a gallon.
The most expensive gasoline statewide was in Dallas and Fort Worth at an average $3.78 per gallon. Amarillo has the least expensive gasoline this week, costing $3.58 per gallon.
Analysts say higher crude costs, supply concerns and signs of economic recovery have kept pressure on gasoline futures prices.
Burglary Suspect Wanted for Numerous Break-ins
MARSHALL – Harrison County investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted for numerous daytime burglaries in Harrison and Panola Counties.
Anthony Dwight Anderson , 33, may be driving a red pre-2005 Ford Mustang and could be in Carthage or Deberry, Texas.
Any information regarding his whereabouts may be reported to Crimestoppers at 903-935-9965 or Harrison County Investigators at 903-923-4000.
Beaumont Courthouse Shooter Identified
BEAUMONT — Police say the man charged with opening fire outside a Southeast Texas courthouse killing one person and wounding at least three others is identified as 41 year old Bartholomew Granger.
Authorities say Granger who was at court Wednesday morning with family members in went to his pickup truck and drew a weapon.
He allegedly opened fire and fled in the truck, running over one of the people he injured in the shootout with authorities. Authorities say he left his truck a few blocks from the courthouse and went into a local business, where he briefly took hostages.
Granger eventually surrendered and was taken to a local hospital. He was treated and released and is being held on murder charges without bond.
Texas Woman Sentenced in Wheelchair Scheme
BEAUMONT — A Texas woman has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for falsifying Medicare and Medicaid claims for wheelchairs.
Lula Thurman of Humble received the 46-month sentence Wednesday as a result of pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
The 61-year-old Thurman filed claims for wheelchairs supposedly damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita that the government says didn’t exist.
The scheme netted nearly $484,000, and Thurman was ordered to pay restitution in that amount.
She entered the plea last October after being indicted five months earlier.
Facebook to Help Find Texas’ Most Wanted Fugitives
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that tips regarding the Texas Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders can now be submitted through the social networking service, Facebook.
“By adding this new Facebook option to report tips, we are reaching a completely new audience and demographic, and we are hopeful this will help generate additional tips and make the process more convenient for our tipsters,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We must continue to use traditional and innovative means to put these criminals, including sex offenders and dangerous gang members, behind bars before they have a chance to hurt anyone else.”
To submit a Facebook tip, go to http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted, and click on the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” Section) to provide anonymous information that could yield a cash reward if the tip leads to the arrest of the fugitive. If you “Like” the page, you will then get updates when fugitives are added or captured.
The Governor’s Criminal Justice Division provides cash rewards as high as $20,000 dollars for the current fugitives, who can be viewed at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/texas10mostwanted/.
Rick Perry’s Stem Cell Company Under Fire
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has received a complaint against the company that stored adult stem cells used by Texas Gov. Rick Perry in an experimental procedure last year.
A University of Minnesota professor called on the FDA to investigate Houston-based Cell Tex Therapeutics, a company which banks adult stem cells for future use in medical procedures.
“This plan conflicts with FDA regulations governing human stem cells,” states professor Leigh Turner in an 8-page letter to the agency.
While pursuing the Republican presidential nomination last fall, Perry revealed he that had stem cells taken from fat in his own body and then injected into his back during a July operation to treat back pain.
Adult stem cells treatments are not FDA-approved, but experimentation by doctors is common.