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Texas man files lawsuit after getting sick from romaine lettuce

The first Texas lawsuit has emerged related to the romaine lettuce scare that has sickened dozens of people in 12 states due to E. coli contamination, according to the Southeast Texas Record. Brazos County resident Joe Stratta filed a lawsuit against Beef O’Brady’s Inc., and FSC Franchise Co. LLC, on Nov. 26, in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, alleging the companies manufactured and sold contaminated romaine lettuce. Stratta ate the lettuce in a Caesar salad at a Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Crestview, Florida. Four days later, he allegedly fell ill with symptoms including “watery diarrhea and ... Read More

Sheriffs deputy killed en route to high-priority water rescue

Waller County Texas sheriffs deputy Loren Vasquez was killed last week en route to a high-priority water rescue during storms in the area. She was last heard over the radio saying, “543 en route,” before her car apparently hit a patch of water in the road and went airborne, landing upside down in a water-filled ditch. Law enforcement arrived at the scene but had difficulty reaching Vasquez in her vehicle. “I can’t get the doors open. Can you break the window? I’ve broken a window. I can’t get the doors open,” said officers on the scene. Vasquez was eventually freed from ... Read More

Helicopter Crash Kills Texas Newlyweds Departing Wedding

U.S. and Texas authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that killed a newlywed couple early Sunday morning after their Saturday wedding. William Troy Byler (“Will”) of Bellville, Texas, and Bailee Ackerman Byler of Orangefield, Texas, were just married when the helicopter in which they left their Oct. 3 wedding reception crashed in northwest Uvalde County, about 100 miles west of San Antonio. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the helicopter crash. Both Will and Bailee were students at Sam Houston State University. Will was an Agricultural Engineering ... Read More

Man faces federal sexual assault charges after groping woman on plane

A man who allegedly groped a woman during a Southwest Airlines flight reportedly told authorities after being arrested that “the President of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.” The woman, identified only as C.W., was sitting in a window seat on a flight from Houston to Albuquerque when the alleged sexual assault took place. She says that about 15 minutes into the flight, while she was sleeping, she felt her clothes move and saw fingers she described as hairy with dirty nails reaching up from the seat behind her and touching her around ... Read More

Thousands of Illegal Opioid Prescriptions Dispensed by Houston Clinic

After a Houston clinic owner and physician went to prison for writing thousands of fraudulent prescriptions for opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents shared with the press some of the clinic’s inner workings to demonstrate how insidious the opioid epidemic has become. Houston’s KPRC-TV featured the case of Gulfton Community Health Center, which ran an illegal opioid distribution operation that dispensed about 34,000 illegal prescriptions (about 2.1 million units of hydrocodone alone) to opioid addicts and dealers. DEA agent Wendell Campbell told KPRC that agents usually saw lines of 30-40 people at the doors of ... Read More

Widower sues dump truck owner/operator for wife’s wrongful death

The husband of a cyclist who was struck and killed by a dump truck at a busy intersection near Rice University is suing the truck’s owner/operator alleging the company is responsible for his wife’s wrongful death. Sudipta Roy, a nurse and avid cyclist was struck and killed near the intersection of Main Street and Sunset Boulevard – at the same intersection where another cyclist was killed a year earlier after colliding with a MetroRail train. Roy had just joined her husband for lunch at Rice University before being killed in the accident. Her husband, Ujjal Bhattacharjee, filed the lawsuit against ... Read More

Atmos Energy Gas Pipelines Triggered Scores of Texas Explosions, Deaths

Natural gas pipelines owned and operated by Atmos Energy Corp. of Dallas, Texas, have blown up dozens of homes across central and northern Texas since 2006, killing nine people and injuring more than 22. In its Sept. 23 report, “Time Bomb: How Atmos Energy’s natural gas keeps blowing up Texas home,” The Dallas Morning News says Dallas-based Atmos Energy maintains some of the oldest pipes in the country, racks up five times more safety violations than Texas’ other natural gas giant, and is full of excuses when it comes to addressing why its infrastructure causes so much destruction and death. ... Read More

Man sues employer over sexual harassment claims

Kevin Michael Shaw of Katy, Texas, is suing San Jose technology firm Cisco Systems alleging he was forced to show his genitals after missing a tee shot during a golf game while on a business trip in Australia with his coworker, Cisco Practice Director Randal Kenworthy. His lawsuit was filed in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. Shaw’s lawsuit claims the sexual harassment and ridicule continued even after they returned to the United States, and that Kenworthy “clearly demonstrated a sustained campaign of disparagement and denigration amongst senior leadership within Shaw’s direct command-chain.” For months, Shaw endured ... Read More

Houston Psychiatrist Gets 12 Years For Health care Fraud Scheme

A Houston, Texas, psychiatrist convicted by a federal jury of engaging in a $155 million health care fraud scheme has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. Riyaz Mazcuri, 67, a former attending psychiatrist at Riverside General Hospital in Houston, received the sentence after a five-day trial that found him guilty on five counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. In addition to the prison sentence, federal Judge Vanessa Gilmore in Houston ordered Dr. Mazcuri to pay $20.6 million in restitution to Medicare and $2.25 million in restitution to Medicaid. ... Read More

Widow Sues Colonial Pipeline For Husband’s Death in 2016 Explosion

The widow of a Colonial Pipeline contract worker who was killed near Pelham, Alabama when a section of leaking pipeline exploded is taking Colonial and other defendant companies to court, alleging they knew the pipeline was in a dangerous state of disrepair but neglected to take even the minimal safety precautions to protect their workers. Beverly Kay Willingham’s husband, Anthony Lee Willingham, was one of two workers who died when the Colonial pipeline exploded on Oct. 31, 2016. The deadly blast occurred as crews worked to repair a section of the pipeline that had failed the previous month, releasing more ... Read More