Blotter: Attempted movie rental prompts report of theft

A coat and wallet were stolen Friday evening, but the victim didn’t report it until an attempt was made to use her debit card Saturday morning at a Redbox movie kiosk, according to a Denton police report.

Two die in Denton shooting

Two men were killed in a shooting that erupted late Sunday evening at the Campus Park apartments, according to Denton police.

Blotter: Report: 17-year-old taken to jail on assault charge

Police arrested a 17-year-old for allegedly assaulting his father, 45, during an early morning disturbance Friday in the 7000 block of Sunburst Trail, according to a police report.


Police up charges in pornography case in Hurst

Police say a 17-year-old arrested last month in a child pornography bust fondled a third-grader at the Hurst elementary school where he was posing as a 12-year-old.

Blotter: Denton woman tells police she was assaulted

Denton police officers responded to an unlawful restraint call Thursday night after a woman reported that her boyfriend had assaulted her, according to a police report.

Blotter: Customer reportedly tried to pass fake $50 bill

Denton police are investigating a Sanger resident who allegedly attempted to use a counterfeit $50 bill at a fast-food restaurant in the 300 block of West University Drive on Wednesday night, according to a police report.

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Friend: Victim’s ex used threats

The suspected killer had threatened his ex-girlfriend on several occasions, claiming he would return to Mexico with their son if she didn’t resume their relationship, said a friend of the victim.

Blotter: Denton police investigate vehicle break-in

A woman in her 40s returned to her vehicle and discovered a broken window Tuesday night.

Blotter: Police search for reckless driving suspect

After a brief chase Monday, Denton police are still looking for a reckless driver.


Warrant obtained in death

Law enforcement officers announced Tuesday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for Ricardo Lara Martinez in connection with last weekend’s death of Maria Isabel Romero Medina and the disappearance of the couple’s 4-year-old son.


Affidavit sheds light on murder

Maria Isabel Romero Medina filed a complaint with Denton police six days before she was murdered. In it she claimed that her son’s biological father, Ricardo Martinez, had cut the brake lines of her car.

Juvenile charged with murder

A 16-year-old boy is being held on a murder charge at the Denton County Juvenile Detention Center after he allegedly shot and killed a 21-year-old man Monday night, Denton police said.


Arrest warrant issued; father, son flee country

The Amber Alert for the missing 4-year-old boy from Denton was canceled Monday night, according to police. Ricardo Lara has been missing since Saturday afternoon after his mother's body was discovered at Sanchez Insurance and Tax office. Police believe his father, Ricardo Martinez, 23, had taken the boy and fled the area.

Blotter: Residents awake to find would-be burglar

A burglary in progress was interrupted at an apartment early Saturday morning when the tenants were awakened by a noise, according to a police report.

Body found at local firm; Amber Alert issued

The body of a 27-year-old Hispanic female was discovered Saturday afternoon, leading Denton police to suspect murder.

Blotter: Report: Man and woman arrested on drug charges

A call from a concerned neighbor led to two arrests Friday night, according to a police report.


The following people were indicted by a Denton County grand jury recently at the Denton County Courts Building. Listed are those indicted, the charges and the agency that made the arrest:

Jurors indict former deputy

Former Denton County sheriff’s deputy Joe Edward Cummings has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Blotter: Bowling alley scuffle leads to broken property

A fight over a woman led to broken glass and possible charges at a Denton bowling alley Thursday, according to a police report.

Blotter: Woman escapes vehicle to report domestic assault

A moving car was the site of a bout of domestic violence for a Gainesville woman. According to the police report, she and the suspect were in their westbound vehicle in the 1600 block of East McKinney Street when the man struck the left side of her face with a closed fist, punched her left arm and bent back two of her fingers on her left hand.

Blotter: Man unknowingly gives access to his computer

A Denton man was duped into being the victim of criminal mischief on Tuesday. According to the police report, the 72-year-old was deceived into allowing an unknown person to access his computer through the Internet. This person then attempted to extort money from the victim with the threat of deleting the victim’s computer files and crashing his computer.

Blotter: Police use GPS to track man’s stolen truck

Denton officers assisted in the recovery of a vehicle with little hassle and no charges filed Monday evening.

Fourth robbery suspect sought

The remaining suspect from Sunday night’s home invasion robbery in Flower Mound was still in hiding as multiple area law enforcement agencies worked to track him down.

Blotter: Man charged with driving while intoxicated

A traffic stop landed a Denton man in jail early Sunday morning following an outing to a local bar, according to a police report.

Blotter: Minor found drinking, gives false name

A 19-year-old man drinking alcohol at a mobile home park ended up in jail early Saturday after a Denton officer determined he was lying about his identity, according to a police report.

Blotter: Police: Man reports robbery

A 32-year-old Denton man reported to police early Friday morning that he was a victim of an aggravated robbery.

Blotter: Man arrested after allegedly running from police twice

A 27-year-old man who tried to run from police twice Thursday evening was finally taken in and charged with evading arrest, escape from custody and failure to identify as a fugitive from justice, according to a police report.

Blotter: Police respond to robbery

Shortly after midnight Wednesday, Denton police were dispatched to a report of a robbery in the 1200 block of Cleveland Street.

Blotter: Marijuana detected during stop

A vehicle without a back-left taillight drew attention from a Denton police officer recently in the 200 block of South Interstate 35E.

Blotter: Man arrested on warrants, drug possession charge

Suspicious driving behavior led to an arrest of a man on out-of-town warrants Sunday, according to a police report.

Blotter: Meth found after driver went wrong way

Denton police made a routine traffic stop Saturday evening that led to the discovery of a quantity of methamphetamines, according to a police report.

Blotter: Man charged with assault

A caller told Denton police Friday night that officers needed to respond to a domestic disturbance in the 4100 block of Interstate 35 “before someone loses their life.”

Suspected carjacker identified as Garland native

The suspected carjacker who was fatally shot by Lewisville police Wednesday has been identified as Davis Jay Thomas of Garland, Denton County chief death investigator Troy Taylor said Friday.

Blotter: Report: Argument leads to broken window at hotel

A 26-year-old man told Denton police that an argument with his girlfriend got out of control Thursday and resulted in a broken hotel room window, according to a police report.

Blotter: In possible error, bank pays caregiver for deceased man

A 66-year-old Denton man called police Wednesday to report that his bank had been paying his late father’s former caregiver for the past eight months.

Police: Suspect fired gun before being shot

Lewisville police released new details in Wednesday’s attempted carjacking, but the identity of the 22-year-old suspect fatally shot by an officer was not released Thursday.

Blotter: Police searching for man with case of lottery tickets

Denton police have yet to locate a suspect who drove off with a case of lottery tickets Tuesday night.

Officer kills suspected carjacker

A man was shot and killed by a Lewisville police officer on Wednesday after an attempted carjacking, police said.

Blotter: SWAT responds after caller claims she was stabbed

Officer Ryan Grelle said the Denton police SWAT unit was staked at an apartment complex for several hours Sunday.

Blotter: Broken-down Honda scooter goes missing

A Denton man told police that someone took his Honda Elite 80 motor scooter Sunday evening, even though the vehicle was missing a side plate and wouldn’t run.

Police arrest two in robbery

Flower Mound police have identified two Denton County residents arrested in connection with a robbery Saturday afternoon, as well as a second robbery carried out in Lewisville later the same day.

Blotter: Police make arrest after disturbance call placed

A fight between a man and woman prompted an onlooker to call Denton police Friday evening.

Irving resident indicted on murder charge

An Irving man accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife was indicted recently by a Denton County grand jury.


The following were indicted by a Denton County grand jury Thursday at the Denton County Courts Building. Listed are those indicted, the charges and the agency that made the arrest.

Blotter: Fire in Krum displaces family of five

Overnight booms that sounded like “explosions” rattled a street in Krum on Wednesday, displacing a family of five.

Blotter: Blanket reported stolen after injury

A 35-year-old Denton man reported his blanket was stolen after he was struck on the head Tuesday morning.

Blotter: Man tells Denton police he was robbed

A 19-year-old man told Denton police that he was robbed Monday morning when he attempted to buy marijuana from a 20-year-old acquaintance.

Blotter: Police arrest man on aggravated assault charge

A domestic disturbance led to a report of a gunshot and an arrest Sunday. Denton officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Londonderry Lane a little after 1 a.m. in reference to a domestic disturbance with shots fired.

Blotter: Woman reports theft

A woman thought she put $200 on a prepaid credit card for a relative, only to learn later that the money may have been taken by an employee of the business where she purchased the card, according to a Denton police report.