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North Texas man sentenced in fictional Disney scheme

SHERMAN, TX (U.S. Attorney's Office) - A 35-year-old Plano, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for defrauding investors in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

 

Thomas W. Lucas, Jr., was convicted on Feb. 13, 2015, of seven counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to the FBI and was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant.   

 

According to information presented in court, from 2006 to 2010, Lucas devised and executed an elaborate scheme to defraud approximately 280 investors out of approximately $20 million by telling them he had insider information regarding a Walt Disney resort and theme parks planned for the North Texas area. 


Lucas’s scheme to defraud solicited two types of investors – those that invested in options to purchase land supposedly near the Walt Disney property and those that actually purchased land supposedly near the Walt Disney property. 


While information presented in Court showed tens of millions of dollars more were raised based on Lucas’s fraudulent Disney information, the value of the land purchased was subtracted to determine the overall loss amount of approximately $20 million. 


The 65 investors that invested in options to purchase land lost all of their money invested, which was slightly over $8 million, and received no interest in land.         

 

According to Lucas, the Disney Resort and Theme Park was originally set to be called, “The King Ranch Project,” but that changed in 2007 to “Frontier Disney DFW,” both of which were completely fabricated. 


Disney witnesses, including Disney’s then Chairman of Parks and Resorts and executive assistants, testified at the trial that the information presented to investors by Lucas was not authentic and that Disney never had any intentions of opening a Disney resort and theme park in north Texas at any time. 


Lucas pocketed approximately $450,000 from fees and commissions gleaned from the various land deals closed on his fraudulent Disney information.  When confronted by the FBI about the scheme, Lucas falsely blamed the Disney information on a man he had previously met at a methadone rehabilitation clinic, who is now deceased.  Lucas was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 11, 2013. 

 

Lucas was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,456,360.00 to the investors who invested in options to purchase land, and was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Eason and J. Andrew Williams. 

DPS releases Gang Threat report

SOUTHEAST TEXAS- Jessica Crawford

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released a Gang Threat Assessment.

To view the report, click here.

Tonight at 6 on KFDM, Jessica Crawford reports which eight gangs the DPS says are making an impact on the region.

The report outlines which gangs the DPS sees as "significant" throughout different regions of Texas. It also projects whether gang activity will increase or decrease.


 

CPSO uses new technology to profile man wanted in cold murder case

LAKE CHARLES -- Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced today the DNA of the unidentified suspect in the Sierra Bouzigard homicide was sent to a company that creates a picture and characteristic profile of the suspect from the DNA.


At the time of the murder in 2009, the DNA found at the crime scene was placed in CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) but it has produced no matches.


"This new technology is very exciting for us," says Sheriff Mancuso.


"All along we have been focusing on a Hispanic male because that is the direction our evidence took us. Now we know it is a white male, with fair/very fair skin, green or blues eyes and brown/black hair so now our investigation will move in a different direction thanks to this profile. Not only does it give us characteristics of a suspect, it also helps us to eliminate certain factions of the population as suspects."


You can view the profile here.


Bouzigard was in murdered in November 2009. Her body was found on the side of John Koonce Rd. in Moss Bluff.


The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in the State of Louisiana to use this new technology.


If anyone has information on this case or recognizes the DNA profile picture, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

U.S. stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report

NEW YORK (AP) -- Markets are turning turbulent again after investors were unnerved by more signs of weakness in China, the world's second-largest economy.


U.S. stocks sank 3 percent Tuesday, their third-worst drop this year. The two bigger falls occurred in the last two weeks.


The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 469 points, or 2.8 percent, to 16,058.


The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 58 points, or 3 percent, to 1,913. The Nasdaq slid 140 points, or 2.9 percent, to 4,636.


Oil prices also fell sharply as traders worried that China's weakening growth would mean lower demand for crude. U.S. oil sank almost 8 percent.


The plunge in oil sent energy stocks sharply lower. Exxon Mobil dropped 4 percent.


Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.16 percent.

AAA: Texas gas price avg. drops 8 cents; SE TX has lowest avg.

COPPELL, TX -- Texas drivers are now paying an average of $2.23 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. 

 

That price is eight cents less than last week and $1.01 less per gallon than last year.  Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $2.48 per gallon while drivers in Beaumont and Texarkana are paying the least at $2.13 per gallon.  Nationally, drivers are paying $2.46, which is 23 cents more than the average in Texas.

 

Despite the persistence of some regional refinery issues, average U.S. gas prices are falling at the fastest rates since December. Significant savings continue to be seen in yearly price comparisons due to the relatively low cost of crude oil, which set new multi-year lows last week before rallying to end the week. Barring any major supply disruptions consumers remain poised to pay the lowest national average for the holiday weekend in 11 years. 

 

AAA Travel projects 35.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a one percent increase from last year.  This will mark the fourth consecutive year of overall travel growth for the Labor Day holiday period.  Rising wages and falling gas prices have helped boost disposable income. 

 

"The summer travel season is almost over and many kids are back in school, but a long holiday weekend and positive economic news should be enough to convince many people to take one more trip during Labor Day weekend." said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.  "People taking road trips this weekend will certainly see savings at the pumps.  Texans are paying $31 to fill up the typical 14-gallon size fuel tank which is $14 less per tank than last year."

 

To help members and non-members identify quality auto repair shops that can assist in the maintenance and repair of their vehicles, AAA offers the Approved Auto Repair program as a free public service. 


AAA-approved repair facilities meet and maintain high professional standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. Motorists can look for the Approved Auto Repair sign at local auto repair facilities, or search for a nearby AAA-approved shop online at AAA.com/Repair.  AAA Texas branch offices throughout the state can be found by visiting www.AAA.com.  Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: www.facebook.com/AAATexas.

 

Area

Current 09/01/15

08/27/15

Difference

Year Ago 09/01/14

Difference

Record High Date

Record High Price

National

$2.46

$2.58

-0.12

$3.44

-0.98

07/17/08

$4.11

State

$2.23

$2.31

-0.08

$3.24

-1.01

07/17/08

$3.98

Amarillo

$2.18

$2.35

-0.17

$3.21

-1.03

07/16/08

$3.98

Austin-San Marcos

$2.28

$2.35

-0.07

$3.23

-0.95

07/17/08

$3.97

Beaumont

$2.13

$2.22

-0.09

$3.18

-1.05

07/16/08

$4.00

Corpus Christi

$2.29

$2.34

-0.05

$3.24

-0.95

07/15/08

$3.96

Dallas

$2.18

$2.29

-0.11

$3.21

-1.03

07/16/08

$3.98

El Paso

$2.48

$2.54

-0.06

$3.32

-0.84

07/17/08

$3.97

Ft. Worth

$2.14

$2.25

-0.11

$3.21

-1.07

07/16/08

$3.97

Galveston

$2.26

$2.33

-0.07

$3.24

-0.98

07/14/08

$3.97

Houston

$2.27

$2.33

-0.06

$3.24

-0.97

07/17/08

$3.96

San Antonio

$2.25

$2.32

-0.07

$3.22

-0.97

07/16/08

$3.96

Texarkana

$2.13

$2.26

-0.13

$3.26

-1.13

07/17/08

$3.98

 

 

 

Overturned 18-wheeler has all lanes of Hwy 69 closed near Lumberton

Photo: Lumberton PD

LUMBERTON -- Hardin County deputies have all lanes of Hwy 69 closed at Paradise Dr. due to an overturned 18-wheeler which was carrying bio-diesel fuel.

The truck was on fire before the First Responders arrived but out before officers arrive  According to an officer on the scene, the driver appeared to have been ejected from the truck and was lying in the road.  Two passersby pulled him away to keep his safe from any flames.


When First Responders arrived, the contents of the trailer were spilling out.

 

The driver of the vehicle was transported to CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth by Air Rescue.


Stay tuned to KFDM.com and KFDM on air at Noon for updates.


New contractor named for Concord Road Project

BEAUMONT – Texas Sterling Construction Company has been named as the new contractor for the Concord Road project.


Work on the $11.2 million contract will resume in the upcoming weeks. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.


For more information, contact Sarah.Dupre@txdot.gov or (409) 898-5745.

UPDATE CPSO has found missing man with dementia

UPDATE -- CPSO says that Leroy Edmond has been found safe and unharmed.


LAKE CHARLES -- The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for Leroy Edmond,  a 58-year-old man suffering from dementia.


Edmond was reported missing from St. Martin De Porres Nursing Home, located at 200 Teal Street in Lake Charles, Monday evening at 6:00. 


 Edmond is described as a black male, 5’6”, 140 pounds, with brown eyes and gray hair.  He has a soft cast on his left wrist, but he may have removed it.  


Edmond has a tattoo of a sword on his left forearm and was last seen wearing gray warm-up pants, faded purple t-shirt and white tennis shoes.


The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public assistance in locating Edmond.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact CPSO at 491-3605 or CPSO Detective Lt. Jason Alexander at 912-3939.  

Consumer panel: Airlines should disclose fees, seat size

JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane's seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday.


Hotels should also be required to include any mandatory fees in their room rates, the Department of Transportation's Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections recommended.


Some hotels have begun adding mandatory resort and other fees to bills even though customers say they weren't informed of them when they booked their rooms. The panel's recommendation on hotels was directed to the Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating such so-called "drip pricing."


Likewise, the panel heard testimony that passengers must search to find the cost of change or cancellation fees that airlines hide in a ticket's fine print. The fees can run hundreds of dollars, especially on international flights.


Airlines have also shrunk the distance between a seat and the seat in front by as much as 6 inches in recent years. It used to be that 34 inches between the seats was standard for economy class seats. But now 31 inches is typical and some airlines have wedged in so many seats that there is as little as 28 inches of room. The width of seats has also been reduced in some cases.


Seat shrinkage has raised concern that passengers may get blood clots if they sit for a long time without the ability to move around, and that passengers may not be able to quickly evacuate a plane in an emergency.


The Federal Aviation Administration requires that aircraft makers demonstrate that all passengers on an airliner can be evacuated within 90 seconds with half the emergency exits blocked in order for the plane to be certified. Many of the types of airliners flying today were tested before airlines reduced the room between seats, said Charlie Leocha, a consumer advocate on the panel.

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