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Crosby doctor challenges insurance fraud charges

By LEWIS SPEARMAN
Harris County Arson Investigators filed felony charges August 29 against a local family doctor after a 36-month investigation.
Those charges include insurance fraud from a pair of watches pawned that were alleged to have been destroyed in a fire said to be started by incendiaries. The doctor was the primary beneficiary of the insurance policies.
Two other items not yet reported are that Dr. David Mark McClellan, 53, frequently provided medical services to poor and indigent families free of charge and it was announced on Sept. 1 that he would return from a vacation trip in New Mexico to Houston to answer the charges on Sept. 4. He has practiced medicine in Texas since 1981 and his office is now at 14626 F.M. 2100 in Crosby.
The Star -Courier called to find out if McClellan had returned but was only told by the answering service “As of August 30, the office will be closed for 45 days.”
He has reportedly hired an John Rivas, an attorney from Austin to defend against legal charges.
A warrant was issued for his arrest, according to authorities. Five fires over ten years consumed three houses, a Jaguar allegedly reported stolen and blazes damaged the doctor’s office north of the railroad tracks at 5911 F.M. 2100 on November 23, according to Senior Investigator Dustin Deutsch. One of those houses was a vacation house in New Braunfels, that had been allegedly damaged by water and another was in Highland Woods on Welford in June of 2004.
Firefighters at the Welford residence said that the doctor was not at home. Firefighters say that a woman at the scene claimed to be the doctor’s wife, watched as the house burned.

It is from the Welford fire that the two Rolex watches, allegedly reported by McClellan to the insurance company, to have been consumed by flames that later turned up in a pawn shop, pawned by his ex-wife and an employee.
Authorities said that McClellan’s ex-wife originally told investigators he set one of the fires, but without evidence no arson charges were brought against him.
Deutsch issued the following statement, “For any one person to experience this amount of fire loss is unprecedented. It’s not a coincidence. It’s just a simple act of greed.”
“We have no direct evidence that ties him specifically to setting any fires.” Deutsch stated at a press conference August 30.
McClellan’s license to practice medicine was temporarily suspended Aug. 15.
The Texas Medical Board suspended his license for “engaging in inappropriate behavior with female patients,” board records show.
McClellan said that he was innocent of the charges and multiple witnesses testified on both sides of the hearing before the Texas Medical Board.
McClellan indicates charges were from a conspiracy involving one of his three ex-wives.
A 2004 law enforcement complaint accused McClellan of raping a female patient, but the charge was dropped. Nine other complaints of “various types of sexual misconduct” date from 1993.
Another complaint was made for writing prescriptions for pain medication without proper procedure.
McClellan received deferred adjudication on March 7, 2002 after pleading no contest to an assault by contact charge. He allegedly licked a patient’s ear.
The Texas Medical Board put McClellan’s license on probation due to “unprofessional conduct toward a female patient,” in 1993 for 10 years, he was ordered to have a female chaperone with him at all times when a female was in the examining room with him.
If convicted of insurance fraud the doctor could permanently lose his license to practice.
“This is the best case we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt at this time,” Deutsch said.

GCCISD chooses mascot, colors for Memorial HS

BAYTOWN—It can no longer be called “Third High School.”
Goose Creek CISD has selected a name and mascot for the high school under construction
Goose Creek Memorial High School was chosen as the name for the third high school during the Aug. 27 meeting of the district’s Board of Trustees.
The name for the school, which is being constructed at 3401 North Main St., was chosen after a detailed selection process during which Board members pared down over 30 nominations submitted by community members.
The next evening, a committee of students and parents participated in another selection process to recommend the mascot and colors for Goose Creek Memorial. On Aug. 29, the Administration accepted the committee’s first choice of Patriots for the school’s mascot, along with the school colors of red, black and silver.
“The Administration is happy to support the committee’s top-ranking recommendations for the mascot and school color scheme for Goose Creek Memorial High School,” said Dr. Barbara Sultis, GCCISD superintendent. “We really appreciate the participation of the many citizens who submitted nominations for the name of the school as well as the students and parents who participated in the process of choosing the mascot and school colors. This is an exciting time in Goose Creek history.”

“I’m extremely excited about the decisions made by the committee regarding the mascot and school colors,” said Al Richard, GCCISD director of student services, who will be the first principal at the new school.
“The Patriot is a fitting mascot for Goose Creek Memorial High School, and the combination of colors will look great on our athletic team and music group uniforms. The selection process worked well, and we had a lot of positive input from all of our committee members as they ranked their choices for mascots and colors.”
The committee included 15 students who reside in the possible attendance zone for the new high school, including representatives of Ross S. Sterling High School, Highlands Junior School and Gentry Junior School.
Parents on the committee represented the Instructional Leadership Teams and Parent-Teacher Organizations of the three schools, which include students who will be rezoned to Goose Creek Memorial in two options being considered by the Board.
Public forums on junior school and high school rezoning options will be held on Sept. 20 at Lee High School and Sept. 25 at Sterling High School; both forums will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditoriums.
Goose Creek Memorial High School will open in the fall of 2008 as a projected 4-A high school serving approximately 1,300 students in grades nine through 11.
After the first year, the school will have students in grades nine through 12, with the first senior class graduating in 2010. Projected enrollment for Memorial High School is 1,700 for the school year 2009-2010.

Towles is Astro

By LEWIS SPEARMAN
CROSBY – Much of this area was elated on Aug. 31 as the news that J.R. Towles, 23, a graduate of Crosby High School, has been called up to play for the Houston Astros.
Last week the Star-Courier announced that he had been called up to play for the Round Rock Express, a AAA Pacific Coast League Team in the Astro’s minor league system, on August 10.
Towles twice passed up opportunities to sign with other organizations after getting drafted by Oakland. In 2004, he signed with Houston out of junior college. Baseball America rated him Houston’s sixth-best prospect this season.
The Astros announced that they plan to add catcher, J.R. Towles, Humberto Quintero, RHP Juan Gutierrez, OF Jason Lane, RHP Felipe Paulino and INF Cody Ransom to their roster on Sept. 4.

Towles figures to see the most action of any member of the group, as the Astros will want to evaluate whether he should be viewed as a candidate for the starting job next spring. He’s probably still a year away from starting.
Interim Astros manager Cecil Cooper’s roster increased by six on Tuesday, depending on how strong the other team is he will probably interlace some of the call up players to bestow major league experience. The September call-ups including Towles can expect to be selectively put into the games for experience.
Astros Brad Ausmus has been said to now have a new shadow in the person of Towles by order of Cooper.
Towles, was selected in the 20th round of the 2004 draft. He spent 20 games with single-A Salem to start the 2007 season before joining the Corpus Christi Hooks for 61 games.
While with the Hooks, Towles batted .324 with 11 homers, 47 runs and 49 RBIs. The Crosby native entered Round Rock’s lineup on Aug. 10 and is 8-for-32 (.250) with hits in eight of his 10 appearances.

Texas GATORFEST ’07 set for Sept. 14-16

ANAHUAC—The Texas GATORFEST 2007 will be held Sept. 14 through the 16 in Fort Anahuac Park in Anahuac.
The gates will open Friday from 6pm until midnight, 10 a.m.m until midnight and Sunday 12 noon until 6 pm.
Fort Anahuac Park located on the mouth of the Trinity. The combines the alligator, family and good old fashioned Texas two-stepping fun! A celebration of the alligator and its wetlands habitat, this family oriented festival has something for everyone. Adult carnival rides, kiddie rides, a petting zoo, assorted vendors and arts and crafts booths offer something for almost everyone. Unique attractions like airboat rides, Trinity River Boat Tours and of course the star of the festival, the American Alligator, offer festival goers a coastal Texas experience like no other!
The Great Texas Alligator Roundup, the premier event of GATORFEST, invites Texas alligator hunters to bring in their “harvest” to compete for cash prizes. The festival coincides with the opening of the 20 day alligator season in Texas and the Roundup sees an average of 10% of the alligators harvested from the wild in Texas annually. Previous years’ winners have been over 13 feet long!

The Alligator Education Tent, where government and private organizations that deal with the alligator and its wetlands habitat, along with the live alligator displays throughout the festival provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife and specialty vendors offering alligator products, combine with the Roundup to give guests a rare opportunity for an “up close and personal” look at this fascinating reptile.
There are four stages of continuous entertainment along with a variety of walkaround entertainers to keep guest amused. Our entertainment is as varied as our guests, from rock & roll to country & western to zydeco to rhythm & blues, folk or gospel. Street dances are held Friday and Saturday nights in front of the stage located in the beer garden. Friday night’s headliner is Al White and Chapparal while Saturday’s entertainment includes Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses and headliners Cory Morrow and Jack Ingram, with Hunter Hays and Wayne Toups closing the show on Sunday.
All of this combined with over 25 food and drink booths offering a variety of fare, including alligator prepared in an assortment of ways, make for a bargain in family entertainment. Ticket prices are Adults: $10.00; Students, 18 and under: $5.00; Seniors over 65: $5.00; Children Under 5: Free; Parking: Free.
Texas GATORFEST is a combined effort of The Anahuac Area Chamber of Commerce and the citizens of Anahuac inviting visitors to come and see our beautiful and historic community. With a population of only a little over 2,000, the festival’s totally volunteer staff of over 500 workers, says something for the pride that our citizens have in their community. GATORFEST brings over a quarter of a million dollars into the community annually benefitting many of the civic and non-profit organizations, along with area businesses.