BC-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
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HOUSTON _ A lawyer for the family of a woman who was fatally shot by a Houston-area police officer says the officer lived in the same apartment complex as her and knew she suffered from mental illness. Attorney Ben Crump said Thursday that Pamela Turner had struggled with paranoid schizophrenia since her diagnosis in 2005, and may have been in crisis the night she was killed. She was fatally shot Monday night by an officer in Baytown. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.
ELDERLY DEATHS-MURDER SUSPECT
DALLAS _ Authorities say a Dallas man previously arrested in the death of an 81-year-old woman killed at least six other elderly women whose jewelry and other valuables he stole. Kim Leach, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney’s office, says 46-year-old Billy Chemirmir was indicted Tuesday on six more counts of capital murder. Chemirmir has been in custody since March 2018 in the death of the 81-year-old. Police said at the time that investigators were reviewing about 750 unattended deaths of elderly women for possible links. SENT: 130 words, will be updated. Pursuing photos.
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NORFOLK, Va. _ A U.S. Navy SEAL pleaded guilty Thursday to hazing and assault charges for his role in the 2017 strangulation of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa. Adam Matthews entered the plea at a special court-martial hearing at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. Matthews was one of four U.S. service members who were charged with murder and other crimes in the hazing-related death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Texas native. By Ben Finley. SENT: 380 words, with photos. Will be updated.
Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure go away, a study finds. The results suggest there’s a benefit from not waiting to address obesity. Researchers say longer study is still needed to know lifetime effects of this radical surgery and that it’s a personal decision whether and when to try it. The study was published Thursday by the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the Combating Childhood Obesity conference in Houston. By Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 470 words, with photos.
WASHINGTON _ Ten people have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers and caused more than $100 million in financial losses, U.S. and European authorities announced Thursday. The malware enabled cyber criminals from Eastern Europe to take remote control of infected computers and siphon funds from victims’ bank accounts in the U.S. Victims included a Washington law firm, a church in Texas, a furniture business in California and a casino in Mississippi. An 11th defendant guilty last month in federal court in Pittsburgh, where Thursday’s case was brought. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 470 words, with photo.
ORPHANED GAS WELLS
PIERRE, S.D. _ South Dakota is turning to the court to settle an issue with a Texas company and the 40 natural gas wells it left behind after a drilling project fell idle several years ago. The Argus Leader reports that the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources sued Houston-based Spyglass Cedar Creek on Monday. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.
_ DFW AIRPORT-FAA TOWER _ At least 100 flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport have been delayed after some employees were evacuated from a government air traffic control facility because of an undetermined odor.
_ TIGER-POT SMOKERS _ The ex-owner of a tiger rescued from a filthy cage in an abandoned house in Houston has been charged with animal cruelty. With photo.
_ FRAUD SPREE-SENTENCE _ Prosecutors in Montana say a Chicago woman faces nearly four years in federal prison for using fraudulent federal nutrition benefit checks to purchase nearly $220,000 worth of items at Kmart stores in 11 states, including Texas, during a four-month crime spree.
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GALVESTON, Texas _ At the end of the month, the island is scheduled to celebrate its 100th local landmark, a designation that marks Galveston’s commitment to heritage, officials say. The Galveston County Daily News reports the designation comes as the city increasingly focuses on promoting its history to attract some of the more than 7 million people who visit each year. With one of the largest concentrations of historic homes in the country, Galveston has hooked onto growing statewide popularity in heritage tourism, in which people visit a place at least in part because of its connection to the past. By Keri Heath, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 580 words, with photos.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Texas and Kansas City on Thursday afternoon wrap up their three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 12:15 p.m. CDT.
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