Halting Offshore Drilling Would Threaten U.S.

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LEXINGTON LEADER Thursday, June 10, 2010 Page A3
Giddings Police Report
May 31, 2010
At approximately 1:45 a.m.,
Officer D. A. Griffin initiated a
traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic
violation occurring in about the
500 block of E. 290 (Austin)
westbound. The driver, Manuel
Galvan-Cruz of Giddings, was
subsequently placed under arrest
for Driving While Intoxicated and
taken to the Lee County Sheriff’s
Office and released. No other
May 31, 2010
At approximately 9:56 p.m., Sgt.
Shane Ray, Unit 313, was
dispatched to Golden Chick
Restaurant, 615 E. Austin Street in
reference to a counterfeit $20.00
bill that had been passed at the
store. Case pending investigation.
June 2, 2010
At approximately 9:30 a.m., The
Giddings Police Department
arrested Mack Howard Canada, Jr.
(black male, DOB 08/04/1974) at
the Probation Center on 447 S.
Grimes. Mr. Canada had an arrest
warrant issued for a probation
June 4, 2010
Detective Landis Lehmann,
Unit 305, was dispatched to a
Criminal Mischief in the 600 block
of West Columbus at
approximately 2:35 p.m. The
complainant has had three
windows broken in two days. An
investigation is ongoing.
June 4, 2010
While on routine patrol,
Detective Landis Lehmann, Unit
305, was dispatched to the 600
block of S. Williamson for a report
of a theft. The officer met with
Stevie Roensch who stated that
someone had taken twenty-five
dollars from his wallet. An
investigation is ongoing.
June 5, 2010
At approximately 10:48 p.m.,
Officer Cummings was on patrol
in the 1500 block of East Austin.
A silver Honda Civic was observed
going 61 mph in a 45 mph zone.
The officer initiated a traffic stop
on the driver of the Honda. As
the Officer approached the vehicle
and spoke with the driver, an odor
of burnt marijuana and of an
alcoholic beverage emitted from
the vehicle. The Officer had the
driver, identified as Michael
Mireles of Houston, exit his
vehicle. The vehicle was also
occupied by three Hispanic
females identified as Yvonne
Espino, Jynifer Rodriguez, and
Samantha Trevino, all of Houston.
After marijuana and alcohol was
found in the vehicle, all four
occupants were placed under
arrest for Possession of Marijuana
and Minor in Possession of
June 5, 2010
At approximately 11:28 p.m.,
Jessica Stewart arrived at the
police department to report found
property. Jessica advised that
there had been a garage sale at
her residence earlier in the day and
when she returned home this
evening, she discovered a large
purse sitting outside her
residence. The Officer found
identification inside the purse
belonging to Jan McLaughlin.
Contact will be made with Jan to
return her property.
Lexington Police Report
Chief of
The Lexington Police
Department thanks the citizens for
the numerous phone calls
involving suspicious activities in
and around Lexington. With your
help the Lexington Police and the
Sheriff’s Department are able to
concentrate on catching and
deterring many thefts and other
criminal type activities. Thank you
for caring about our community
and each other. Keep up the
outstanding work.
May 28th, 2010
At 7:26 p.m., Officer Kelly and
Chief Davenport responded to a
suspicious vehicle driving around
the area of Harry Road. The
vehicle was spotted and stopped.
Officer Kelly attempted to identify
both males which did not have any
identification on them. Chief
Davenport did a quick check for
weapons in the vehicle and found
a usable amount of marijuana in a
small clear baggy. The driver
admitted to ownership of the
marijuana. Both males were in the
area of Harry Road reportedly
looking for work. As identity of
the males was revealed, both
males were residents of Waco and
drove to the area looking for work
in the tree cutting business.
Neither male had a driver’s license
that would permit them to drive
off. The driver was arrest for
Driving While License Invalid
Second Offense, Possession of
arijuana and possession of drug
paraphernalia. The passenger was
arrested for possession of
Marijuana and Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia. Both males were
transported to the Lee County
Detention Center and booked on
the above charges.
May 30th, 2010
at 7:26 p.m., Officer Kelly
conducted a traffic stop on a Gray
Dodge Stratus for a tail light
violation traveling on Hwy 77.
Officer Kelly visited with the driver
and could smell an unknown type
of alcohol on the driver. The driver
failed all clues of the intoxication
testing. Officer Kelly observed an
open container of beer placed on
the console of the car. The driver
of the vehicle was arrested for
Driving While Intoxicated and
transported to the Lee County Jail.
While the driver was at the Jail he
told Officer Kelly “If I catch you
on the streets, I am going to punch
you in the face”. The DWI driver
was also arrested for Terrorist
For nearly forty years, oil rigs have
been safely drawing natural resources
from the depths of the earth’s crust in
the Gulf of Mexico. Up until the tragic
explosion on the Deepwater Horizon
in April, oil and gas development off
the Gulf Coast has been conducted
without major incident. The resulting
oil spill and the response by both the
administration and the companies
involved have justifiably frustrated
many who are concerned about the
environmental and economic impacts.
This accident could have far-reaching
consequences, and we can all agree that
proper safeguards must be in place to
prevent another catastrophe from
happening again.
However, I strongly disagree with
those in Congress and in the
administration who are calling for a
drastic - and economically destructive -
change in our energy policy in response
to the oil spill. This devastating but
isolated incident must not result in an
end to offshore energy exploration and
development. Oil and gas remain a
critical part of a balanced domestic
energy portfolio.
Unfortunately, President Obama
signaled a troubling shift in policy when
he recently announced he will extend a
moratorium on all deepwater drilling
off our nation’s coasts for six months
and even shallow water drilling for some
period, as well. Delaying access to all
Gulf water drilling places some of our
most resource rich assets out of reach.
Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico alone
accounts for about 30 percent of
domestic oil and 13 percent of natural
gas production. Of those abundant
resources in the Gulf of Mexico, 70
percent of oil and 36 percent of natural
gas are drawn from deepwater wells.
Shallow water drilling poses little threat
because the wells are more easily reached
if a problem occurs.
Placing those resources off limits
undercuts our domestic supply of
energy, which will result in higher energy
costs for all Americans. It also threatens
thousands of jobs associated with oil
and gas development along the Gulf
Coast. Some of these jobs will move
overseas; some will never return.
Furthermore, cutting off significant
portions of our domestic resources
places our national energy security at
risk and could force us to increasingly
rely on the costly oil of foreign regimes
that do not have our best interests at
With steep economic and national
security considerations at stake, we
cannot afford to significantly deplete
By U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
our domestic resources. Instead, we
should take what we learn from the
extensive investigations into the
Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil
spill and apply those lessons to
technical and procedural advancements
in the oil and gas industry. Government
oversight should be improved. Guided
by common sense, we can put into place
a plan to restore domestic oil and gas
production in the United States in the
safest manner possible.
As well as improving technology and
adopting more stringent safety
measures, we should to look at other
energy resources that aren’t presently
being utilized or are underemphasized
in our energy portfolio. Our most
valuable untapped resource is the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). It
has even more potential than the Gulf
of Mexico. This remote frozen tundra
could be drilled with minimal impact on
surrounding life. ANWR is the size of
South Carolina and the area drilled would
be roughly the size of Dallas Love Field
Airport. The majority of Alaskans
support drilling in ANWR and welcome
the jobs and economic growth it would
bring to their communities. Federal law,
however, places ANWR’s estimated
10.4 billion barrels of oil under lock
and key.
The Deepwater Horizon incident also
shows the importance of a
comprehensive energy policy that is
not limited to a single industry. In the
event that a given source of energy is
taken offline for any reason, we must
be able to rely on other sources to fuel
our vehicles and power our homes and
businesses. Nuclear power is a clean,
efficient, and inexpensive energy
resource that should play an important
role in America’s energy future. Solar
power, wind energy, and advanced
biofuels will also expand our energy
portfolio and provide alternative
resources to further ease our reliance
on foreign fuel. Emphasizing these
industries will also create stable, lucrative
jobs for American workers.
It can be human nature to react
impulsively to a challenge as significant
and daunting as the Gulf Coast oil spill.
But human nature and common sense,
unfortunately, are not always
synonymous. It is important that our
response be prudent and thoughtful. We
should take the opportunity to learn
from the mistakes that were made and
find ways to improve our existing energy
policy. I believe calls to halt offshore
drilling are reckless and would be
detrimental to our economy and our
long-term energy security.
Halting Offshore Drilling
Would Threaten U.S.
Lessons Learned from Oil Spill Must Spur Greater Safety and Oversight
An art bra contest and display,
Creative Cups for the Cause, will
be conducted as part of The 4th
Annual Pink Ribbon Affair, a
breast cancer awareness
fundraiser, to be held in Giddings
to benefit Lee County Area Cancer
Resource Center (LCACRC).
Entry forms may be obtained
and the art bra entry submitted to
either All Around the Block Quilt
Shop or Lee County Area Cancer
Resource Center.
The deadline for entries to be
submitted to the Creative Cups for
the Cause art bra contest will be
August 2, 2010.
The entries become a donation
to LCACRC and will be used in
various ways to benefit LCACRC
in its mission to inform, educate,
and support citizens in relation to
cancer and survivorship within
this rural area. For questions
concerning the art bra entries call
For more information about
this fun-filled workshop call
Candice Havel at 979-378-2113.
Art Bra Contest