Ex-Texas TV anchor gets probation in drug case

October 25, 2011 6:18:52 AM PDT
A former San Antonio TV anchorwoman has been sentenced to probation over the theft of painkillers from a friend and an altered prescription.

Karen Marie Gallagher in August pleaded no contest to two counts of obtaining drugs by fraud. A judge on Friday sentenced the 53-year-old Gallagher as part of a plea agreement.

Investigators say Gallagher, who worked at TV stations in San Antonio in the 1980s and 1990s, earlier this year took prescription painkillers from a medicine cabinet during a dinner party at a friend's home.

The hostess reported the theft of more than 30 hydrocodone pills. Court documents indicate Gallagher later tried to use the woman's name in a failed attempt to get the prescription refilled.

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