The Texas Medical Board’s legal staff on Wednesday issued a proposed order that would place controversial cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski on probation and force him to pay $360,000 in penalties and more than $20,000 in restitution for violating standards of care in his treatment of patients between 2009 and 2013.
The proposed order, which will be voted on March 3, claims that Burzynski aided and abetted the unlicensed practice of medicine; failed to obtain informed consent; and failed to maintain adequate patient records. It also alleges that Burzynski also failed to disclose his ownership interest in the pharmacy located inside his clinic’s building. Burznski had been treating terminally ill cancer patients for 40 years.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: According to a lawsuit, dozens of residents were at a state medical facility were subjected to aggressive strip searches, including genital manipulation, as part of an investigation into what was originally termed paranormal activity. Westword has the story.
District Attorney Kim Ogg and heads of local law enforcement announced Thursday that, starting March 1, all police agencies in Harris County will no longer arrest people caught with four ounces or less of marijuana, and the DA’s office will no longer be prosecuting those cases.
The remarkable move, which Ogg had championed throughout her 2016 campaign, pushes the third largest county in the nation to the forefront of marijuana reform in places where it is still illegal. Harris County will join only the Brooklyn County District Attorney’s Office in New York in choosing to divert misdemeanor marijuana defendants away from jail entirely, saving taxpayers millions of dollars and saving thousands of people the lifelong burden of a criminal record. Here are the details.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: “Marijuana grows often cause extensive damage to the houses where they are maintained,” states the report, which names house fires, mold, blown electrical transformers, strong odors and do-it-yourself ventilation as destructive potential by-products of home grows. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A fight preceded the shooting, with BossMan helping a couple of security personnel to escort two men, including Mortis, outside. At that point, Mortis allegedly headed to his car, swaddled his head in a T-shirt and returned with a gun he used to kill Adair. But he left something important behind. Westword has the story.
Harris County sheriff’s deputies found an inmate dead in the Baker Street infirmary Monday evening, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.
Vincent D. Young, 32, was found hanging by a bed sheet at 7:10 p.m. by guards. His 33rd birthday would have been Saturday.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: For this month only, the family of Kelsie Jean Schelling, who disappeared in February 2013 after telling her then-boyfriend she was pregnant, has raised the reward for her “direct return or location” from $50,000 to $100,000. A post on the Help Find Kelsie Facebook page reveals that the reward boost “is being done in remembrance of the fourth anniversary of Kelsie’s disappearance and her 26th birthday, on February 18” — tomorrow. And there’s a new theory about her disappearance, too. Westword has the story.