Brain-eating amoeba kills teen, officer killed in chase and other top stories this week

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HOUSTON – Was there a full moon this week? Maybe it's the hot weather? Something caused a frenzy of interesting news this week.

Here are some of the top stories on Click2Houston.com this week:

Houston teen dies from brain-eating amoeba


A brain-eating amoeba, sometimes found in fresh, warm bodies of water, is believed to be what tragically claimed the life of a Houston teenager.

Hudson Adams had just graduated from high school and was working as a lifeguard at the Frontier Christian Camp, about two hours north of Houston.

The director of the camp said Hudson started feeling sick over the weekend, with flu-like symptoms. He was transferred to a local hospital on Monday, then flown to Memorial Hermann in the Medical Center, where he was put on life support.

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"Pokemon Go" all the craze


The game has led people off a cliff, to a dead body and to saving abandoned hamsters and baby mice.

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Ex-teacher impregnated by underage student has case reset

Alexandria Vera was arrested in June for having a sexual relationship with a 13 year old boy.  Investigators say Vera was impregnated by the boy who was her student at  Stovall Middle School in the Aldine Independent School District.
Alexandria Vera was arrested in June for having a sexual relationship with a 13 year old boy. Investigators say Vera was impregnated by the boy who was her student at Stovall Middle School in the Aldine Independent School District.

Former Aldine Independent School District middle school teacher, Alexandria Vera, 24, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student, had her case reset Tuesday. 

She turned herself in to Montgomery County police last month after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Vera was released from jail on $100,000 bail. 

Vera showed up to court Tuesday, but court officials said it was too early for a plea and a judge wasn't present.

KPRC 2 cameras captured Vera leaving the courtroom.

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Bellaire motorcycle officer killed in chase

Anthony Marco Zarate
Anthony Marco Zarate

Dante Moore, 27, turned himself in to police Wednesday shirtless and with his hands in the air after being identified as a person of interest in the death of Bellaire police officer Anthony Marco Zarate.

According to Houston police, Zarate was responding to a shoplifting incident at the Target in nearby Meyerland Plaza around 1:40 p.m. and a chase began.

Zarate pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot near Talbot's in Meyerland Plaza and when he turned his head to communicate to dispatch, the vehicle took off.

Senties said Zarate was pursuing the vehicle at a high rate of speed through a residential area in the 8500 block of Ferris near Beechnut when the motorcycle slammed into the back of a landscaping trailer parked on Ferris.

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Man shot to death in front of teen, young boy while fishing


Investigators said a man approached Micheal Yates Jr., 39, and two family members ages, 19 and 9, just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday while they were fishing near Halls Bayou in the 7700 block of Bretshire.

The man, who knew the 19-year-old from high school, began a casual conversation that lasted about five minutes before Yates said it was time to leave, police said. As the three were walking away, the man pulled out a gun and shot Yates for no known reason. He died at the scene, police said.

The 19-year-old man ran and the shooter chased him, police said. When the teen fell, the man pointed the gun and tried several times to shoot but the gun jammed, according to police. The teen ran to a nearby home for help.

"All he wanted to do was go fishing," said Shelia Yates Wilson, Yates' mother.

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First Zika-linked microcephaly case identified in Harris County


A positive test result for an infant diagnosed with microcephaly at birth was confirmed by Harris County Public Health. It's the first case in the county and in Texas.

The mother received inconclusive test results after traveling from Latin American. HCPH said since the infant tested positive, it's likely that the mother carried the virus while pregnant and was infected in Latin America.

"Microcephaly is one of the worst tragedies related to Zika virus infection. We are sad to report that we now have our first case of Zika-associated microcephaly and our hearts go out to the family," Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of HCPH, said. "While this remains a travel-associated case, we know that prevention is key to reducing the risk of Zika virus infection.

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United flight has engine trouble, blown tire upon takeoff from Bush Airport


Fire crews were on standby at Bush Airport after reports of an aircraft with an apparent engine issue.

United flight 1594 was departing the Houston airport heading to Denver. Officials said upon takeoff, someone noticed "something odd" coming from the engine. When the pilot applied the brakes the tires on the left side of the aircraft blew out, officials said.

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Residents win battle to fly American flag


It started with a simple request: A military veteran wished to see an American flag waving in the wind at the entrance to his Richmond neighborhood.

“The American flag is a symbol of our freedom and the American way of life,” said Ryan Andrasek, who lives in the Fieldstone subdivision.

But Andrasek, who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11, soon learned putting the Stars and Stripes on display wouldn’t be so easy.

“It was really disgusting,” Andrasek said.

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Warranty company notorious for denying claims


Matt Walker was anxious about the age of the air conditioning units before purchasing his home last summer.

The sellers offered to throw in a home warranty protection plan that was supposed to cover the air conditioning system and other major repairs.

In April, when one of the units stopped functioning, Walker soon realized that he should have done his own homework instead of allowing his realtor to select a warranty plan.

New Jersey-based Choice Home Warranty sent out a preferred vendor who told Walker the repairs would cost around $5,000.

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Houston mother gives birth to triplets, 2 siblings using in vitro fertilization


Audrey Johnston gave birth Thursday to sons Jaxon, Abel and Ryder at the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women in Houston.

All of the Johnstons' five children were conceived through in vitro fertilization, or IVF, which is the manual emergence of an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish, resulting in an embryo that is later implanted into the woman’s uterus.

What’s amazing about the Johnston family is all five of Audrey Johnston’s children were born using the same IVF cycle.

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Pass the test? '60s quizzes this week on Click2Houston:

  • Monday: Listen to the music -- Light some incense and spin some platters with this quiz.
  • Tuesday: In the news -- The world changed ... How much do you remember?
  • Wednesday: Fads and fashion -- What were we playing with and wearing?
  • Thursday: What's on TV? -- Color came in and morals got modified.
  • Friday: At the movies -- From Disney to cult flicks, a lot hit the big screen.