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Texas man indicted on federal drug trafficking charges

A 43-year-old Texas man arrested last month after law enforcement officials seized nearly four pounds of methamphetamine has been indicted by federal grand jurors. The Lubbock resident has been indicted for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth and possession of a firearm while committing a drug trafficking crime. He’s also accused of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, according to a news report.

He has been held at the county’s detention center since his arrest late last month by county investigators.

Houston police conduct bank sting operation

The Chronicle reports that the Houston police officers recently conducted a sting operation outside of a bank. The paper says that police used a bait car and a visible bag containing money in an attempt to ensnare people believed to be running a bank jugging scheme.

Two people were arrested on charges of engaging in organized crime, burglary of a vehicle and evading arrest.

Assessing and improving commercial truck safety

Every day, dozens of loaded tractor-trailers haul goods in and out of Houston. Most of the excursions are carried off without a hitch, of course, but sometimes truckers make mistakes that result in crashes that often include severe injuries or fatalities.

Because those truck accidents can wind up costing truckers and employers millions of dollars, it makes sense that owners and managers of trucking companies constantly assess their fleet’s safety record and try to find ways to improve it.

Disturbing results from distracted driving poll

Who is more likely to drive while distracted: older residents of Houston or younger ones? The answer, according to a recent Harris poll, lies somewhere in between. As it turns out, members of Generation X are the most likely to use their phones while behind the wheel – even more than younger generations (Millennials and Generation Z).

Regardless of age, driving while distracted dramatically increases the risks of causing an automobile crash, injuries and possibly fatalities.

Former Houston Texan facing fraud charges

As a Houston Texan, Marlon McCree scored his first career touchdown on a 95-yard interception return against the Tennessee Titans. Perhaps the most memorable play in the safety’s long NFL career was as a San Diego Charger, when he intercepted New England quarterback Tom Brady in a 2006 playoff game. Unfortunately for McCree and the Chargers, he fumbled the ball and the Patriots recovered.

However, his playing days wound down in 2009. These days McCree is accused of health care fraud totaling nearly $78,000.

Houston school alert: Distracted driving dangers on the rise

Summer is winding down and the new school year is descending upon Houston public school students and kids across the state whether they like it or not (let’s hope they’re looking forward to it). With millions of students restarting school, AAA Texas wants to remind everyone that distracted driving accidents are on the rise and causing injuries and deaths in far too many communities.

The organization hopes that drivers and parents understand that school zones can be dangerous places with lots of traffic and a mixture of young, energetic pedestrians and teen drivers. AAA Texas reminds drivers to drive slowly around schools, stay alert at all times and never send or read texts while you’re behind the wheel.

Wife of Texas doctor arrested for fraud faces charges now, too

Legal problems are piling up fast for a Texas family about six hours south of Houston. A McAllen doctor was arrested back in May on suspicions that he is part of a $240 million health care fraud and international money laundering scheme.

A few days ago, his wife was arrested for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to news reports.

Houston turning into a pedestrian nightmare

There are many obstacles in the way of Houston pedestrians, including the withering heat of summer. The most dangerous aspect of walking around the city is, of course, the traffic. Far too often, Houston pedestrians are struck by vehicles piloted by drivers not paying sufficient attention.

A recent Public Media column highlighted the dangers of making your way through Gulfton on foot. The southwest side neighborhood has a large immigrant population, many of whom get around the old-fashioned way: they walk.

Study: half of parents talk on phone with their kids in the car

There is nothing and no one more important to a parent than their child – unless, perhaps, it’s their phone. According to new research, about half of parents of children ages 4 to 10 talked on their phone while driving with their children in the vehicle. The study also found that about one in three parents reads text messages with kids in the car and approximately one in seven uses social media.

It should go without saying that these activities are dangerous and far too often result in motor vehicle wrecks and injuries.

Texas continues campaign against distracted driving

If you drive north of Houston for about four hours, you will come to Richardson. The comfortable Dallas suburb is the hometown of Jensen Ackles, star of the CW's "Supernatural" series. The actor recently teamed up with the Texas Department of Transportation to shoot a public service announcement about the dangers of distracted driving.

As you know, nearly a year ago, Texas toughened up its effort to reduce distracted driving and the accidents and injuries it causes. It is now illegal to text and drive.