Leon County EMS Paramedic Dies while Responding to a Call

An autopsy was performed in Montgomery County on a paramedic from Leon County, who died after going into cardiac arrest while responding to a call. 46-year-old Michael Howard worked for Leon County EMS for 22 years, and was also an instructor for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. On Monday EMT crews from Jewett, Honor Guard from the Bryan Fire Department and Montgomery County Hospital District transported Howard’s body from Montgomery County back to Bryan/College Station, where funeral arrangements are pending.

McDonald’s USA “Perks Up” the Greater Houston Area with Free Coffee September 16th through September 29th

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HOUSTON (September 15, 2014) – McDonald’s of Greater Houston announces a national Free Coffee Event. From September 16 to 29, guests may receive a free small McCafé coffee during breakfast hours at participating McDonald’s restaurants across the country.
This event builds on McDonald’s first-ever Free Coffee Event launched in March, where the company gave away millions of cups of free coffee during the two-week period.
To celebrate two additional weeks of free coffee, McDonald’s is calling on people across the nation to “sip and tell” their embarrassing pre-coffee moments on social media with @McCafe using the hashtag #SipandTell. Select social media fans with morning mishap stories like, missing the last train to work on Monday or leaving the house with mismatched shoes, will be surprised by @McCafe with custom gifts and experiences to help start their morning off right.
McDonald’s first launched its McCafé line in the U.S. in 2009. The collection included McCafé signature blend coffee and quickly expanded to included iced coffees, espresso-based drinks, such as lattes and mochas, blended-ice beverages including smoothies and frappes as well as limited-time seasonal offerings. This holiday season, customers can again enjoy the White Chocolate Mocha, in addition to the new White Chocolate Mocha Latte and Hot Chocolate, for a limited-time.
McCafé fans in the greater Houston area and nationwide will soon be able to enjoy their coffee whenever they want, including at home. McDonald’s recently announced a collaboration with Kraft Foods Group, Inc. to offer a variety of McCafé ground, whole bean and single cup coffees in grocery stores and other retailers nationwide starting in early 2015.

The Next Step is Taken Towards Building a U.S. Customs Facility at the Lone Star Executive Airport

Montgomery County Commissioners Monday approved the next step towards building a U.S. Customs Facility at the Lone Star Executive Airport. Commissioners approved a funding source for phase four of a consultant contract, in the amount of $74,300, as approved in the budget hearing for the fiscal year 2015 airport budget back in July. Airport Executive Director Scott Smith says construction of the customs facility is expected to be finished by October or November of 2015, and customs will then have a 30-day trial period in the building. Smith says the facility will officially open for public business in December of 2015.

Lone Star College Montgomery Happenings

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Lone Star College-Montgomery and the Texas Familias Council will honor Hispanic Heritage month with the Converging Texas Communities Symposium on Tuesday, September 30th, beginning at 9 a.m. in the colleges Performing Arts Center [building D]. It’s free and open to the public. Guest speakers include Dr. Steve Murdock, founding director of Rice University Hobby Center for the Study of Texas.
To listen to the “College Minute,” an audio recording of events happening at Lone Star College-Montgomery, tune in every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and three p.m. to KSTAR Country, 99.7FM.

LSC-Montgomery Human Services Student Organization to Sponsor Drug and Alcohol Awareness Series

LSC-Montgomery Human Services Student Organization to Sponsor Drug and Alcohol Awareness Series

CONROE (September 15, 2014) – In connection with October being National Substance Abuse Prevention month, Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Human Services Student Organization will offer a series of lectures designed to raise awareness of issues related to drugs and alcohol. All lectures will be held on the LSC-Montgomery campus in building G, room 102.
The public is invited, there is no cost to attend any of the lectures, and no registration is required.
Glen Killian, professor and program director of human services at LSC-Montgomery, hopes that this series will help raise awareness in students and adults of the current issues regarding substance use, abuse and addiction.
This series will encompass four lectures, each featuring a guest speaker. The series will present the following:
-“Marijuana: What’s the Big Deal?” on Thursday, October 9, at 12 p.m. John O’Neill, former LSC-Montgomery adjunct faculty member and coordinator of addiction services at The Menninger Clinic, will lecture on the use of marijuana and its effects on cognitive development and functioning.
-“The Ties that Bind: Understanding how Substance Abuse and Addiction are ‘Family Problems’” on Wednesday, October 15, at 12 p.m. Colleen Olfers, program coordinator for the Right Step drug and alcohol rehab centers, will discuss substance abuse and addiction in the family, how it effects the family as a whole, and chemical dependency treatment.
-“This is your Brain on Drugs: The Science of High-Risk Behaviors” on Thursday, October 23, at 1 p.m. Dr. Crystal Collier, director of the Behavioral Health Institute at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, will speak about the addictive nature of drugs and their effects on the brain.
-“They’re doing WHAT?! Current Trends in Teen and Young Adult Substance Abuse”
on Wednesday, October 29, at 1 p.m. Stacie Allphin, director for adolescent services at the Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Campus (PARC), will talk about the most recent trends in drug experimentation among teens and young adults, and the ramifications of those trends.
“Substance abuse problems are prevalent among college students and young adults,” Killian said. “Education is often the first step in prevention.”
For more information about LSC-Montgomery’s Human Services Student Organization, visit http://www.LoneStar.edu/human-services-dept.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit http://www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation. Dr. Steve Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

Former Investor Relations Executive Charged with Insider Trading

HOUSTON – Stephen B. Gray, 57, of Houston, is set to make his initial appearance in federal court for his role in an insider trading scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
The criminal information filed Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, charges Gray with one count of securities fraud. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Hanks at 10:00 a.m. today.
From at least September 2009 through at least May 2012, Gray allegedly engaged in an insider trading scheme to trade upon and use substantive non-public information he acquired during his employment at an investor relations firm in Houston. According to the charges, Gray, as the firm’s CEO, had access to press releases and confidential information used to prepare the releases by the firm for its clients prior to their issuance to the investing public. The press releases contained material, non-public information about business events and announcements relating to the businesses of the firm’s clients.
In violation of firm policies and in breach of his duties to the firm and its clients, Gray allegedly traded in the firm’s stock of clients and engaged in trades before announcement of material information by these companies via press releases. According to the allegations, Gray obtained advance knowledge of material information that would be detailed in press releases issued by the firm’s clients. While in possession of such material information, Gray then allegedly traded before the information became public and profited on the movement in the stock price.
Without access to non-public information, trades in options (particularly short- term options) can carry significant risk. This is because the trader is betting that the common stock underlying the options will increase significantly (if buying call options) or decrease significantly (if buying put options), prior to expiration. If the stock does not meet the target price by the expiration date, the options expire out of the money and the trader loses all of the money he paid to purchase the option. The shorter the term of the option, the riskier it is, because the common stock has less time to reach the target price.
According to the allegations, Gray knew the prices of client stock were likely to increase or decrease after the information in client company announcements became public. Therefore, he would allegedly be able to buy or sell his options for a profit.
Gray did not disclose his trades of client securities to the firm or its clients, according to the allegations. He allegedly used the material non-public information he acquired as part of his employment with the firm to make profitable trades, and trades to avoid losses, in his personal brokerage account at TD Ameritrade.
Gray allegedly traded in firm client securities despite the firm’s written policies, which strictly prohibit employees from trading in any security issued by a firm client. According to the criminal complaint, Gray even drafted these policies and was personally responsible for ensuring firm employees received and signed copies of them.
The U.S. is also seeking the forfeiture of $326,159, the profits of Gray’s alleged illegal activity.
If convicted, Gray faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $5 million fine.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI with valuable assistance from the Securities Exchange Commission. Assistant U.S. Attorney Belinda Beek is prosecuting the case.
A criminal information is merely an accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.