TEXAS ROUNDUP — Body of trans woman pulled from Dallas lake

Published 5:20 pm Monday, June 3, 2019


DALLAS — Dallas police say a transgender woman’s body was pulled from a lake over the weekend, the latest death of a transgender person to attract the attention of law enforcement officers in the North Texas city.

Police say a game warden retrieved the woman’s body Saturday from White Rock Lake after a passer-by reported it around 5:45 p.m. Police did not immediately release the woman’s name and age or say how she died.

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The discovery of the body follows a string of violent crimes against transgender women in Dallas over the last several months. Police are already investigating whether the shooting deaths of two transgender women and the nonfatal stabbing of a third are connected.

In May, someone killed 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker a month after a cellphone video showed her being brutally beaten in a seemingly separate attack.


Texas man sentenced
for role in pill mill

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Texas man who helped run an illegal pill mill in Portland, Oregon, recruiting customers from Narcotics Anonymous meetings and others from a homeless shelter, has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 56-year-old Osasuyi Idumwonyi pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute or dispense Oxycodone and was sentenced Monday.

Idumwonyi and nurse practitioner Julie DeMille opened the Fusion Wellness Clinic in January 2015. Both were arrested in July 2016.

Prosecutors say the clinic had no business bank account and didn’t report wages to authorities.

Prosecutors say Idumwonyi commuted from Houston to assist DeMille in running the Portland clinic. DeMille was sentenced in March to four years in prison.

Idumwonyi said in court he could have used “better judgment,” saying he was led astray by a desire to help a former girlfriend who was addicted.


Museum welcomes
6-ton rock from China

SAN ANTONIO — A museum in South Texas has welcomed a big boulder.

A crane was used to maneuver the more than 6-ton rock donated to the San Antonio Museum of Art from a sister city in China.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the limestone rock, which was unloaded Friday, is a gift from Wuxi in honor of San Antonio’s Tricentennial.

The donation joins the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collection of scholars’ rocks and will be installed on campus in November.

Shawn Yuan, assistant curator of Asian art at the museum, says scholars’ rocks have long been prized by elite members of Chinese society. Small ones are placed on tables as sources of inspiration representing nature. Larger pieces, like the new arrival, are typically displayed near water in gardens.


1 killed, 3 hurt after
shooting at car wash

DALLAS — Police in Dallas say one person was killed and three others wounded after a shooting at a car wash late Sunday.

According to police, the shooting happened at Jim’s Car Wash in south Dallas. Police say 56-year-old Sheila Sanders died in the shooting, and three men were shot and wounded. Police say the wounded men are in stable condition.

Authorities say a fifth person was apparently trampled by a crowd and also injured.

Police say no arrests have been made.

Earlier this year, the city’s Board of Adjustment voted to declare that the car wash has an “adverse effect” on nearby properties — a decision that could eventually shut it down. The Dallas Morning News reports the 24-hour, self-service car wash has long been blamed for crime in the area.


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