Monday, January 26, 2015

Fifth Wheel Fire

Fifth Wheel Camper on fire on FM 1848

FIFTH WHEEL FIRE -- On Friday, January 16th at approximately 8:30am, the Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department and Allegiance EMS responded to a fire approximately 4 miles out on FM 1848 to the Wood resident for a burning fifth wheel travel trailer. No one was injured in the blaze.

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Locals Injured in 4 Vehicle Accident

4 Vehicle Accident on Hwy 79

Five locals were transported to area hospitals following a four vehicle accident on Hwy 79 on Thursday afternoon, January 15th at 5:08pm.

According to Buffalo Police Chief Lance Pavelka, a black Toyota Tundra driven by Wendy McVeay was waiting to turn at the red light at Center Street in Buffalo.

A maroon GMC Sierra driven by Robert McKnight rear-ended McVeay pushing her into another parked maroon GMC Sierra at 4 Jacks Pawn.

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401.5 Grams of Cocaine Seized

COCAINE -- A total of 401.5 grams of cocaine is seized on I-45 early on Friday morning, January 16th by local law enforcement.

On Friday, January 16th at 12:25am, law enforcement officers were called to I-45 to the northbound 176 mile marker for the report of a suspicious vehicle.

When arriving on the scene, authorities found a male subject who seemed to be intoxicated. During the inventory incident to arrest, law enforcement found 401.5 grams of cocaine, which is 14.3 ounces.

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Buffalo HUD Continues to Recoup

Commissioners of the Buffalo Housing Authority (HUD) met Tuesday, January 13th, for their first regular meeting of 2015. All commissioners were present. Newly elected President Gary Danford presided.

As a continued effort to recoup losses that commissioners feel were caused by a former employee at the local office, a claim will be filed this week with the insurance company that provides Surety bonds for the employees and commissioners against fraud and theft. Directors feel there were misappropriations of the HUD monies in recent years and up to the spring of 2014. If approved, the claim could return up to $25,000 of what the directors believe was lost.

Looking at the end of the year 2014 financial reports, Commissioners were pleased with a balance of just over $9,000 with “all bills paid” according to current Executive Director Elaine Graves. According to records, the balance at the end of 2013 was a negative $49 in funds with several outstanding bills.

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Tamiflu for Those in Need

Leon County Patrol Officer David Welch

Leon County Commissioners voted in their meeting January 12, to make 1,007 dosages of Tamiflu available for residents of Leon County who have tested positive for the flu and/or live in a household where others are being treated for the flu. The dosages will be available without charge to persons who cannot afford the medication and do not have insurance.

The Tamiflu will be available from Dr. Head at the Leon County Health Clinic located at 607 Lassater Street. Tamiflu for Leon County citizens who qualify will also be available at Dr. Mary Helen Morrow's clinic in Madisonville at 802 East Main. Dr. Morrow is the State Health Authority.

Though there will not be a charge for the medication there could be a fee for the office visit.

Leon County Commissioners purchased the dosages of Tamiflu about four years ago when the prediction was the flu might become epidemic. The medication was stocked so that in case of an epidemic, Leon County officials and their families would have access to the Tamiflu in order that the county officials would still be able to work and do their jobs. At the time the stock of Tamiflu was purchased, it cost $14 per dosage, but currently it is over $200 per dosage.

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Parkview Opens Medical Clinic in Teague

Michael Grissett, Nurse Practitioner

Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia is pleased to announce that it opened the doors of the Parkview Medical Clinic of Teague on Monday, January 19th. The clinic is located at 101 Anthony Drive and offers the full spectrum of primary care Monday through Friday.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to again serve the community,” stated Michael Herr, Parkview’s Chief Operating Officer. “Returning the Medical Clinic to Teague provides the area a partnership with a facility committed to high quality healthcare, which is integral to the growth and well-being of a community.”

Providing care in the clinic is Michael Grissett, a nurse practitioner who has been seeing patients at the Mexia location since September. Michael is a native of Buffalo, Texas and looks forward to serving the patients of the area close to his home in Fairfield.

“I am excited about getting to know the residents of Teague,” stated Grissett. “I enjoy seeing patients from of all ages, and I have a special passion for teaching patients about better health and taking care of those with chronic illnesses.”

Staff in addition to Mr. Grissett are Misty Boyd, LVN and Perla Muñoz, clerical.

The clinic is located in the former Department of Health building on Highway 84. Contractors have been remodeling the building since Fall 2014 in preparation for the new clinic.

The Parkview Medical Clinic of Teague accepts most insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (254)739-5655.

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