Friday, June 28, 2013

                                 THE COP SHOP

Girlfriend moves out, leaves room soapy

A man came home to his apartment in the 1800 block of Teasley Lane Thursday evening to discover that his girlfriend had moved out and had left a mess. An arriving officer found that someone had poured soap all over the man's bedroom, his clothing and other property. There was also an obscenity on the carpet written in sunscreen. He told the officer the former girlfriend took his laptop computer when she left. While the officer was there the girlfriend showed up to return the computer. The man wanted to press charges, so the officer took her to jail on charges of theft over $500 and criminal mischief.

Other reports

3800 block of Stuart Road - Someone used a man's debit card number to make numerous purchases in Fort Worth, Midlothian, Cedar Hill and Euless, he told police Thursday.

The police log showed 13 reports, including two thefts, two cases of criminal mischief, three arrests for shoplifting, one forgery, two cases of fraud, one unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, report of arrests for possession of marijuana and one report for information only. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

                                                                  First day on the job

                           THE COP SHOP

Fun crime? Not so much!

Of 14 crime reports today, four were for possession of drug paraphernalia (read glass pipes), three were for shoplifting, one was for spraying dirty words on the sidewalk, with a couple of forgeries and vehicle burglaries and a fight between brothers thrown in.
So no reports. I'm going back out on the patio now. I'm unsupervised!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

                                THE COP SHOP

Man threatened in street with pistol

Denton police are investigating a report from a woman that her brother was threatened by some men visiting him in the street early Tuesday. The woman said the men were in the street in front of their home in the 5300 block of East McKinney Street about 3 a.m. when they began arguing. One of the men pulled out the pistol, stuck it in her brother's face and told him "Someone is going to die tonight."
Officers arrested a 20-year-old man for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and burglary of a motor vehicle.

Other reports

1300 Marble Cove Lane - Residents of an area reported eight vehicle burglaries when they went to their cars Tuesday morning. An investigation is continuing.
1400 Bernard Street - Someone entered a vehicle and took an IPod, a laptop computer, a game system and 15 games, the owner reported about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.
1100 North Bell Avenue - Someone punched holes along the driver's side panels of his car, a man reported about 11 p.m. Tuesday, and he thought he knew who the suspect might be. Officers found that man hiding in the bushes near the car and charged him with criminal mischief.
Duncan at Kerley streets - Officers are sorting out the stories of two men after neighbors reported that the driver of a Jeep Cherokee was trying to run over a pedacyclist. Then the pedacyclist punched out a window of the Jeep.

Denton police responded to 36 calls from Midnight Monday to Midnight Tuesday, including three reports of criminal mischief, three thefts, on report containing information only, one arrest for hindering apprehension, one felony warrant, three assaults, one drowning, seven charges of selling tobacco to a minor, one noise complaint, 11 vehicle burglaries, one runaway and one aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


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Child says mom threatened him and dad

Mom said she was going to kill him and his dad, a 5-year-old boy told his father Monday evening. The child had just returned to his home in the 1400 block of Cromwell Street about 6 p.m. after visitation with his mother. An investigation is continuing.

1300 block of East Windsor Drive - A man reported when he went outside his house about 8 a.m. Monday that someone stole his mailbox.

5300 block of East McKinney Street - Someone broke a window on a man's home, apparently preparing to enter. The man found blood on the blinds and believes the burglar was injured, according to the report. No information on whether the suspect made it inside.

Twelve reports were on the police blotter Tuesday, including one criminal trespass, four thefts, two frauds, one forgery, three burglaries and one assault by threat.

Monday, June 24, 2013

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Stolen Bud Ice Leads to Robbery Charge

A WalMart employee noticed a man loaded his shopping cart with three 18-packs of Bud Ice Sunday night and then walk past the cash registers without paying. the employee went to the lobby and tried to stop the man from leaving the store, but the suspect shoved past him, threatening to punch him. The employee wrote down the getaway car's license plate and called police with it. Officers checked the registration and headed toward the address listed for the car. They spotted it near the address and stopped it. Because the driver used threats to escape, he was charged with robbery.

Other reports

900 block of Cleveland Street - A man went to a four-plex apartment where his recently deceased 23-year-old son had been living with three roommates Sunday afternoon. When he began gathering his son's belongings he realized that many of them were missing from the room. He called police. An investigation is continuing.

600 block of East hickory Street - A woman left her car parked on the street alongside the Denton Police Department overnight Saturday and discovered when she returned for it Sunday morning just before 7 a.m. that it had been keyed.    

Sunday, June 23, 2013

                               THE COP SHOP

10-8 no report

There are going to be times on this blog when I read the reports and don't find anything that interests me. I read the reports on a special online police site. On weekends there is no one to question about them. Sometimes they don't have enough information to allow me to write a cohesive report. Sometimes they are just plain boring and of consequence only to the person who made the complaint. I won't take my time or yours to write these into my blog. The past two days have been like that. I read them and decided not to report them. If I did you would either think I was keeping something from you or doing a poor job. So I will read them tomorrow and make my decision. What can I say? I'm unsupervised!

Friday, June 21, 2013

                             THE COP SHOP

Woman moans in man's back yard, steals his car

A man called 911 from a house in the 5500 block of Mills Road late Thursday night saying he could hear a woman moaning in his back yard. While he was on the phone the woman walked around to his front porch and he tried to ask her what was wrong. He told the dispatcher that the woman didn't tell him, but she climbed inside his car and drove away in it. As she left she struck his fence and his mailbox, he reported. Arriving officers found the woman nearby and charged her with criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated.

Other reports

700 block of North Carroll Boulevard - An estranged couple had dinner together Thursday to talk about their problems but the meeting went bad, according to a police report. A woman called for help from her place of work about 8:40 p.m. She said the husband had moved out a day earlier but called and wanted to have dinner. She and her daughter met him and then he asked her to allow him to drive her home. So the daughter left in her car and she got into his. He drove to her job site, placed a gun to her head and told her it was the end, she said. They fought over the pistol and she wrested it away from him. Then she ran into her place of business. He fled on foot, telling her that he had taken an entire bottle of painkillers. Officers could not initially locate the man but eventually found him and charged him with deadly conduct and public intoxication.

400 block of South Carroll Boulevard - The chief of the Collinsville Police Department called a Denton detective Thursday to report that a resident of his city had discovered that someone had used the victim's debit card information to make 29 purchases in Denton at a hookah lounge and smoke shop. The purchases totaled $3,265, according to the report.

1900 block of Colorado Boulevard - Police are sorting out the reports of two sisters that each committed a crime on the other. The 26-year-old sister reported that the 29-year-old sister stole 38 prescription pills from her. The 29-year-old sister retorted that the 26-year-old used her debit card without her permission. Each wants to press charges against the other.    


Thursday, June 20, 2013

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Robber brandishes pistol, takes cash

Denton police are looking for a man who robbed, then pistol-whipped an employee at the Whataburger in the 1700 block of Malone Street early Tuesday. Employees called for help about 3:20 a.m. They said the two of them were working when a man walked in with a pistol and said, "I need the money." He made one employee lie face down on the floor while the second gathered cash from the register, drop box and safe. Then he pistol-whipped the employee and told the frightened men to "count to 25," and he left. The employees saw him running westbound on Amherst Street from Malone. He was described as a while male in his mid 20's of medium height and thin. He had short dark hair and was clean shaven. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt and black sweat pants, Vann's brand slip-on shoes and gloves. He carried the pistol in his right hand and also was carrying a Nike drawstring backpack. 
Officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate the suspect.

Other reports
 1100 block of Fort Worth Drive - Police found a 41-year-old nan passed out at the wheel of a running car about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday and arrested him for driving while intoxicated. In his clothing they found 13 Clonazepam pills and added a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Clonazepam is an anti-anxiety medication sometimes abused as a recreational drug.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

                            THE COP SHOP

: (   a frownie face this morning to the officers on yesterday's shift who did not write enough information in their reports for me to do a good job on this blog.

Woman had stolen credit cards, identification

An officer noticed a car parked on the wrong side of the 600 block of Bradshaw Street Tuesday afternoon and stopped to talk to the occupants of the car. A computer check showed that the female passenger had three outstanding warrants in Haltom City, so the officer took her into custody. When her belongings were taken at the jail the officer learned that she had three credit cards that were not issued in her name and two ID cards for someone else.

Other reports

200 block of Coronado Street - A Fort Worth cabbie called for help about 2 a.m. Tuesday. He said a woman asked for his services and he drove her to Denton. But once at her destination she had no money to pay the fare. The woman was arrested for theft of service.  

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

                                THE COP SHOP

Waxing job videotaped

Police are investigating a report from a 28-year-old woman that she was at a beauty facility in the 200 block of West Hickory Street about 12:30 p.m. Monday. She was undergoing a Brazilian wax procedure to remove hair from an intimate area when she realized that someone was videotaping the procedure.

Other reports

100 block of Maple Street - Police took a r5eport about 10 a.m. Monday that a man is directing funeral services without a license. An investigation is ongoing.

2300 block of Palmer Street - A man attempting to serve civil law documents was met at the door by a pistol-wielding relative, he told police Monday afternoon. The victim said he knocked on the door of the house of a woman he was paid to deliver the civil documents to just after 2 p.m. The woman's father opened the door with the pistol in his hand. He told the victim he was "the wrong man to be messing with," and pushed him and then told him to leave. The victim fled to his car, pulled away and parked a short distance from the house. He called 911 and waited for officers to arrive. Meanwhile, the suspect got in his vehicle and blocked off the victim's car. The victim tried to back away and accidentally struck a passing car. The suspect fled in his vehicle before the officers arrived.

Monday, June 17, 2013

                                   THE COP SHOP

Man fills duplex with gas

The manager of a duplex complex in the 3700 block of North Elm Street called police for help about 11:30 p.m. Sunday after a tenant told her that one of his roommates was drunk and threatening to kill everyone. Officers noted that they had been to the duplex the evening before under similar circumstances. One of the roommates told arriving officers that he was afraid to go inside because of the other man. A female roommate said she awoke and smelled gas. The officers entered the duplex and found that all four burners on the gas stove were turned on with no flames and the hot water heater pilot was in the same dangerous condition. The roommates said the man did the same thing that morning and the gas company came and made everything safe. The officers arrested the 41-year-old suspect on charges of deadly conduct, criminal mischief and assault by threat.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

                            THE COP SHOP

Man says toddler, not him, beat girlfriend

Officers arrived at a house in the 3800 block of Sonoma Drive about 5 a.m. Saturday at the request of a man who said he believed his friend's boyfriend had assaulted her. The man said the text read that the boyfriend hit her again. The officers found a woman with numerous old bruises and scratches on her body. She was not cooperative with the officers and said the boyfriend had not beat her in several hours. The boyfriend denied assaulting the woman and said he believed her 3-year-old son assaulted her. The officers took him to jail on an outstanding warrant.

Other reports

1800 block of Fort Worth Drive - Someone used a key to enter City Electric Supply Friday night, the owner reported Saturday. He reported missing $900, the keys to the company van and the van itself. He named an employee as a suspect. The van is covered in company decals, he said, and should be easy to identify.

1200 bock of East Hickory Street - They were moving a couch into an apartment, two men told Denton police Saturday afternoon, and they left their cell phones in the truck while they carted the couch inside. When they returned a few minutes later the discovered that someone took the phones while they were inside.   

Saturday, June 15, 2013

                                                                        THE COP SHOP

Patient attacks nurse with knife

Officers responded to Denton Regional Medical Center Friday evening after a patient grabbed a knife from a nurse and attacked her with it. The nurse said she was attending to the 45-year-old Flower Mound man when he grabbed the knife and swiped at her with it, grazing her arm. Then the man raised the knife over his shoulder, she told police, and came at her with it. She fled the room and shut the door, notifying security officers on-scene and calling 911. A reported for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was taken and an investigation is continuing.

Other reports

3000 block of Interstate 35 - A nurse at Presbyterian Hospital reported about 7:15 a.m. Friday that another employee used a key to enter a locked employee's locker room. Then the other employee took the nurse's credit card from her purse in an unlocked locker, she said. Before she realized the card was missing more than $2,000 in merchandise had been charged on it. Another $800 purchase was attempted but the store declined the card, according to the police report.

200 block of Coronado Street - Police arrested a woman for making a false 911 call after she called for an ambulance and firefighters shortly after 11 a.m. Friday. The woman would not tell dispatchers why she needed help and after the emergency units arrived she said she did not need help. The 60-year-old woman was taken to jail.

1600 block of Dallas Drive - A Pep Boys employee reported that two men came into the store just before 2 p.m. Friday and were looking at Cobra GPS units. They walked out with two of the units without paying for them.


Friday, June 14, 2013

                              THE COP SHOP

Drugs stolen from nursing home

Police are investigating a report from the director of nursing at an assisted living facility that someone took 44 Lortab tablets from the narcotic medication cart. Lortab is the brand name of a painkiller that is sometimes abused for recreational purposes. The nurse had no suspects and an investigation is continuing.

Other reports

1800 block of South Loop 288 - Employees of a cosmetics store called 911 for help about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A woman had picked up $150 worth of products and tried to walk out without paying for them, according to the police report. The employees detained the woman. But she escaped before police arrived and left in a silver car. The employees managed to get the car's license plate number but officers did not find the car. An investigation is continuing.

2900 block of Augusta Street - Vandals damaged community mailboxes belonging to a group of town homes, according to a Thursday afternoon report. The damage was estimated at $1,400. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Man fights friend, officers

A witness called police about 2:a.m. Wednesday to report that she was in the 300 block of West University Drive watching two men fighting behind a Chevron Station. She said the men were in a black pickup truck. They would sit in the truck a while, begin fighting, get out and assault each other and then get back into the truck. Then they would begin fighting again, exit the truck and assault each other again. While she was talking to dispatchers she said that one of the men had just kicked the other man in the head. Then he got in the truck and drove away.
Arriving officers found the truck and its driver. Paramedics took the injured man to a hospital emergency room for treatment. The driver of the truck then began fighting with the officers, according to the report. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest.

Other reports

1800 Mercedes Street - An 81-year-old woman reported early Wednesday morning that she awoke to find that someone had broken out a front window in her house and a window of her car. The officer estimated between $500 and $1,500 damage. She had no idea who might have caused the damage.

3400 block of Joyce Lane - Someone called a 21-year-old man and told him that he could receive a government grant if he paid a $215 fee, he told police Wednesday. He sent the cash by Western Union and then received another telephone call. Now he must put up an $800 deposit in order to receive the grant, he was told. He believes now that the calls were a scam.

2300 block of Kingston Trace - Someone used a woman's debit card information to make $300 worth of purchases in two trips to a WalMart in Mansfield, a woman told police Wednesday. She still has her debit card and does not know how the information  was stolen.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

                                  THE COP SHOP

Four arrested after fight

Denton officers responding to a report of a fight in the pool area of an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Sam Bass Street Tuesday evening arrested two men and two women. All four were charged with public intoxication and fighting in public.There was no indication in the report of why the fight started. But when the officers got the suspects to the jail, one of them started fighting with the officers and one officer was forced to tase him to subdue him. The man then reached for another officer's taser but was prevented from taking it. He was also charged with attempting to take the officer's weapon and two counts of assault on a police officer. All remained in jail Wednesday afternoon.

Other reports

1900 block of Audra Lane - An officer was twice dispatched to a domestic disturbance Tuesday but both times the suspect ran away when officers arrived. The second time, the officer concealed himself nearby and when the man returned he caught him. The suspect was high on K2, according to the report. He was charged with public intoxication and evading arrest.

4500 block of Dogwood Street - Officers still are sorting out the stories of men who argued over a vehicle trade and caused an accident Tuesday, according to a police report. Officers who were called to the house about 10 p.m. found two men there who did not live there. One of them said he traded his Dodge truck to the resident of the house for a BMW. But the key to the Beemer broke off in the ignition and the key he had made did not work, he said. So he wanted to trade back, but the other man didn't want to do that. So the first man took along a friend to help him get his truck back. The resident was sitting in the truck when they arrived and the friend confronted him. He drove away. So the friend jumped into the Beemer and chased after the Dodge. He wound up striking the truck with the car. The man driving the Dodge then drove to the police department to make his own report. An investigation is continuing.

4700 block of Bonnie Brae Street - A woman reported to police Tuesday afternoon that someone used her personal identification information to transfer $15,550 from a corporate account for their own use. The bank has refunded the woman's money, she said, but she wants the criminal caught and punished. 


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

                              THE COP SHOP

Man wants girlfriend arrested but won't give her name

An officer responding to a report of violence at an apartment in the 700 block of Londonderry Lane about 11L30 p.m. Monday found a window broken out and glass lying on the ground outside, indicating the window had been broken from the inside. A man walked up from around a corner of the building and said he lived in the apartment. He said he and his girlfriend argued and he pushed out out the door and shut it. She was angry and slapped the window while she was out there, he said, and the window broke. He was adamant the he wanted to press charges but would not tell the officer her name. He was not cooperative. The officer made a computer check and learned that the man had several outstanding warrants. He took him to jail.

Other reports

3400 block of East University Drive - The owner of a vehicle repair shop reported Monday morning that sometime between Saturday and Monday someone jacked up a car that was parked at his business and stole all four tires and rims.

3800 block of Lakeview Boulevard - Someone smeared feces all over the mens' room in the community building of Pecan Creek Homeowners' Association sometime between Friday and Monday, according to a report.

2900 block of Interstate 35E - Two medical offices in the Professional Building were broken into over the weekend, according to a Monday report. The burglar used a screwdriver to pry open doors and drawers. In one of the offices $100 was taken from a petty cash drawer. The screwdriver caused considerable damage to the property, according to the report.   

Monday, June 10, 2013

                                 THE COP SHOP

Witness makes thieves unload stolen property

Two men who weren't supposed to be at a house under construction showed up about 9:15 Sunday and began loading stacked up roofing materials into the bed of a pickup truck. A witness confronted them and made them unload the shingles. He called police but the suspects drove away before officers arrived. An officer contacted the owner of the construction company building the house. He asked that the property be placed under close patrol. He said he had experienced several other thefts from the property in recent weeks.

Other reports

6500 Wellston Lane - An officer arriving to a call for help about 11:50 p.m. Sunday found the caller standing in the middle of the street. She said her former husband has been calling her, harassing and threatening her. He had called and said he was outside her house, so she went out to look for him, she said. The officer did not find the former husband. The woman asked that her home be placed on close patrol because the suspect had been violent in the past and she feared for her life.

2800 Wind River Street - A 16-year-old called police just before 10 p.m. Sunday. He said he went into a movie theater about 7 p.m. When he returned to his car, he discovered that someone had broken into it and began dismantling his steering console. Apparently, the burglar was interrupted before he could take the car.

Bonnie Brae at University Drive - An officer made a traffic stop on a motorcycle about 9:45 p.m. Sunday and found that the 21-year-old rider had outstanding warrants. The motorcycle had been reported stolen from Cooke County. The officer arrested the rider.

3400 block of Joyce Lane - Officers arrested a 20-year-old man for family violence assault after his 18-year-old girlfriend reported that he hit her several times with a clothes hanger.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

                            THE COP SHOP

My sincere thanks to the officers who worked Saturday. They all wrote narratives with enough information for me to write this blog. 

Officer makes traffic stop, helps driver

An officer noticed a car being driven erratically about 8:40 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of South Locust Street so she made a traffic stop. The car was weaving in the traffic lanes, made a wide turn and didn't use a turn signal. The officer also noticed the car's registration expired in 2010 and the inspection sticker expired in 2009.
The 84-year-old driver had trouble walking, even using a cane, the officer noted. He had no insurance and his driver's license expired in 2011. The man said he was homeless and had no money but did not want to stay in a shelter. The officer took the man to the police department lobby and contacted Adult Protective Services to obtain assistance for him.

Other reports

1700 block of South Loop 288 - A clerk at a gas station reported at 1:20 p.m. Saturday that a customer asked for change for a $10 bill and a $20 bill, all in $5 bills. The clerk made change for the customer but then discovered that the larger bills were counterfeit.

600 block of East Hickory Street - An employee of the Denton County Transportation Authority reported  Saturday morning that someone broke the tempered glass shelter at the bus stop on the bus/train property.

West McKinney Street at Bolivar Street - An officer stopped a driver about 2:40 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. After making an arrest the officer found in the 24-year-old female driver's property a cred card skimmer, used to steal credit card information from people who pay with the cards.



Saturday, June 8, 2013

                            THE COP SHOP

Police break up kidnap attempt

Officers responded to the 1100 block of University Drive about 2:40 a.m.Thursday after a witness called to report that a man was holding a woman in a room at gunpoint. The witness said that when the suspect saw him he ordered him into the room as well but he left and called 911. The officers found the 25-year-old woman shaken but unharmed. They were able to disarm the man and  charge him with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Other reports

600 block of Bradshaw Street - A man made a second report on Thursday about an incident concerning a missing trailer. Earlier in the week the man said that his son loaned the trailer to a friend and it was not returned. The friend claimed he did return the trailer when the son was passed out. He didn't know what happened to it after that, he said. The trailer is still missing, the father reported. In addition, he discovered that when his son returned his truck to him the guns that were hidden inside were missing.

3900 block of Teasley Lane - The manager of a sandwich shop reported that when he entered the business about 7:30 a.m. Thursday it had been burglarized. Someone broke in and took cash, he said.

8500 Clear River Street - A woman reported that someone in Martinez California has been using her credit card information to make numerous purchases. She has her credit card and doesn't know how someone came to have her card information. 


Friday, June 7, 2013

                            THE COP SHOP

Couple robbed at knife point

Two people flagged down a police officer at the corner of Carroll Boulevard and Eagle Drive Thursday night and told the officer they had just been robbed. The 31-year-old woman and 29-year-old man said about 10:25 p.m. that a stranger had just threatened them with a knife in a nearby apartment complex parking lot and took their money. They said the man then got into a white SUV and sped away. An investigation is continuing.

Other reports

1800 block of North Ruddell Street - The thanks a 19-year-old man got for helping his uncle move was being choked out, he told police about 10:20 p.m. Thursday. He said they began arguing and the uncle put his hands around his throat and cut off his air. This was another in a long history of violence in the family over a past incident, the officer learned.

800 block of North Loop 288 - Responding to a report from a citizen about a reckless driver about 1:25 a.m. Thursday, an officer made a traffic stop. He determined the man was intoxicated and arrested him on a charge of driving while intoxicated. A subsequent search turned up a handgun, and the officer added a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

                           THE COP SHOP

Woman says burglary wasn't her fault

A 72-year-old man came home about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and discovered a woman inside his house in the 500 block of Ruth Street. The woman had gathered his medications and was in the act of stealing them. The woman apologized, the victim said. She showed him a broken window in the back of his house and explained that a man broke the window and asked her to go inside and steal the meds. The victim knows the man, he said, and he wants to press charges against him.

Other reports

600 block of Bradshaw Street - A man cannot find his trailer, he said, and his son had an explanation. The son said he loaned the trailer to another man. When he asked the other man about bringing it back, the other man told him that he did return the trailer but the son was passed out at the time. There is no sign of the trailer.

1000 block of Manhattan Street - A woman reported Wednesday that her 9-year-old daughter is being stalked by a 9-year-old classmate.

700 block of Fort Worth Drive - Someone threw a tire jack through the back windshield of a Grand Prairie man's car, he reported Wednesday about 4:15 a.m. The jack did substantial damage.

1000 block of Dallas Drive - An officer made a traffic stop about 2:35 a.m. Wednesday because he believed the driver might be intoxicated. The driver proved not to be drunk. However, he did have 12 active suspensions of his driver's license, a few convictions for driving without a valid license and no insurance. He was taken to jail.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

                         THE COP SHOP

Muenster man loses thousands to check forger

The Muenster Police Chief called a Denton detective Tuesday to report a forgery. He said that someone burglarized a Muenster business and among other things stole some of the business's checks .Now that business owner reports that someone forged one of the checks at a Denton bank in the 400 block of West Oak Street for $3,250. A joint investigation is ongoing.

Other reports

2300 block of Fort Worth Drive - The owner of a salvage business called police Tuesday afternoon when he noticed someone breaking windows and windshields on vehicles parked at the business. He found at least 30 vehicles had been vandalized for a loss at more than $1,500. The report did not indicate that any arrests were made.

3600 block of Beatriz Drive - A 43-year-old man called police for help Tuesday afternoon. He said his son is repeatedly calling and threatening him.

500 block of Ruth Street - A 77-year-old man reported Tuesday that he has received several letters announcing that he has won millions of dollars. He sent money to the business for various fees associated with his winnings. So far, he said, he has not received his millions and he fears he has been scammed.

9400 block of Glen Falls Lane - Sometime late Monday or early Tuesday someone used spray paint to write the words "crack kills" on a man's garage door, he reported.

700 block of Londonderry Lane - A man reported Tuesday that sometime between May 20 and May 31, someone stole a high-pressure grease gun from the back of his work truck.

200 block of Inman Street - Someone stole the fake scoop from the hood of a woman's 2004 Ford Mustang, she reported Tuesday.

Explanation - I have been experiencing computer issues for the past couple of days and have not been able to write police reports. I apologize for the inconvenience. Donna

Sunday, June 2, 2013

                         THE COP SHOP

Beer can as missile

A man called police Saturday night to report that his wife threw a can of beer at him. The can hit him in the head and cut his ear. Responding officers took the woman to jail on a charge of assault causing bodily injury.

Other reports

300 block of Joshua Street - A man called police about 6 p.m. Saturday to report that he came home, walked into his bedroom and found his 14-year-old daughter having sex with a 17-year-old boy. The boy was gone by the time police arrived and an investigation is continuing.

3600 block of Mingo Road - A woman's car broke down just before 1 a.m. Saturday and she left it on the side of the road, she reported to police. When she returned for it about 1:15 a.m. it was no longer parked where she left it.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

               Clever Little Bureaucrats

     There's a "for sale" sign on the front of Barney's Auto Parts today. Jimmy Normile, who was owned that business for 53 years, sits in his stained easy chair near a front window and talks to his friends about it. Jimmy has lots of friends. I'm one of them, along with cops and lawyers and business people and just regular, everyday folks. I've sat on the motley collection of seating many times and listened to his views on world and local events.
     One day this week Jimmy received six separate envelopes from the city code department. Each contained a different code violation that Jimmy needed to fix. One of them, for instance, was his front windows. Not up to code. They aren't broken. They open and close. But for the code inspectors, they are simply not up to snuff and must be fixed.
     They want Jimmy to tear down the west building where the auto glass business used to be. Badly not up to code, it seems.
     The county, on the other hand, thinks Jimmy's building is wonderful. His recent tax evaluation was three times what it was last year.
     And Jimmy told me that Travelstead's, a block up the street and in about the same shape, has been notified that the building must be razed.
     I worked across the street from those buildings for 33 years. They never changed a bit from what I saw. What has changed, of course, is the fact that the train station lies a couple of long blocks east of there and the square is equidistant on the west. Our clever little bureaucrats  envision that section of Hickory Street as an arts corridor. Can't have any dirty old parts stores down our arts corridor; my goodness no.
     Though he still rides his bicycle up to and around the square on cool mornings, Jimmy is 90 years old. If he fixed those violations, he believes the city would find six more. I'm inclined to agree with him. The bureaucrats are bullying him out of business.
     Jimmy says the parts business isn't what it used to be and it would not be economical to put money into it at this point in his life. He's going to stay there till they push him out and lock the door, he says. And then - well he's not sure what he will do.
     There doesn't appear to be a way to stop them. But I, for one, want them to know that I'm ashamed of them. I'm embarrassed to be part of a city that has no respect for the people who made it strong. At 90, Jimmy works for a living. He asked nothing more than to keep on working until he died.
     Shame on the clever little bureaucrats. Shame on the city council that is undoubtedly behind the plot. Shame on the newspaper across the street that is not taking them to task.

                           THE COP SHOP

Child beaten, mother says she doesn't want kids

A witness called police Friday night after a 12-year-old boy walked up to her asking for help. The boy told the woman that his uncle had beaten him and he was afraid to go home. A responding officer found bad bruises on the boy's leg, back and upper chest. He drove the boy to his apartment in the 2000 block of Stockbridge Road. The boy's mother was not at home and neither the boy nor his two sisters had any idea where she might be. The officer found the uncle, who admitted, "putting a good whooping on him" with a belt. The officer arrested the uncle. The mother finally arrived home. She said she had just regained custody of the children. She said she had no idea how to raise them and didn't want to. The officer called Child Protective Services to begin an investigation into the family.

Other reports

600 block of Cordell Street - Police are still investigating a shooting that took place Thursday night and have so far made no arrest. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the head and remains in serious condition at a Fort Worth hospital after being flown there by CareFlite helicopter.
The victim's daughter told police that a man knocked on the door and when she answered he said he was having car trouble and needed help. She alerted her father, who walked out on the porch. The man produced a pistol and fired a shot and then he fled on foot.

1900 block of Bernard Street - An officer on routine patrol about 7:30 p.m. Friday noticed three men standing under a carport. There had been problems with people loitering under that carport before, and the owner had asked police to issue criminal trespass citations to anyone they found there. The officer checked out the three men and issued citations. He ran a routine computer check and learned that one of the men had an outstanding warrant. He attempted to arrest the man on the warrant and the man fought with him. The officer had to use his Taser to subdue the suspect, who was then taken to jail on charges of resisting arrest and the outstanding warrant.