Blotter: Lewisville man crushed by collapsed fence panel

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A Lewisville man was found dead Wednesday morning after becoming trapped by a fence that collapsed on top of him, officials said.

Preliminary results indicate that Scott Rhew, 36, appeared to have died from asphyxiation from being trapped, according to Troy Taylor, chief death investigator for Denton County.

Rhew’s body was found along a stone fence northwest of the intersection of North Mill and Jones streets after police were called about 9:30 a.m., according to Lewisville Police Capt. Kevin Deaver.

Police believe Rhew was trying to crawl under the fence sometime during the night when one of the panels slid down and crushed him, Deaver said. The fence separates an electric substation and a business area.

The site of the accident was about 50 feet from the end of the fencing, Deaver said.

“He might not have known the fence ended so soon, if he tried to crawl under the fence overnight,” Deaver said.

Taylor said a full autopsy and toxicology will be performed. The case remains under investigation.

 

Other reports

2000 block of Colorado Boulevard — A prescription pad stolen from a medical clinic is now being used to distribute forged prescriptions, Denton police said. The pad was reported stolen on Tuesday.

5300 block of Freeman Road — A wedding ring went missing Monday afternoon at a Denton County home, officials said.

A man reported his wedding ring and $20 were reported stolen from his hiding place in the kitchen of his home, according to Denton County Sheriff’s Office reports. The reported stolen items are worth more than $1,500, officials said.

18700 block of Double Tree Road — Denton County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home burglary Tuesday after 5 p.m., according to reports. Officials said a man reported his home was broken into and that $2,100 worth of property was taken.

 

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

* Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 666 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Forty-seven people were booked into the Denton County Jail.

* Denton police responded to 261 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 30 reports online.

* Denton firefighters responded to 20 medical calls, one vehicle accident, one public service call and assisted two agencies.

Argyle firefighters responded to one traffic transport incident and one medical call. Argyle police assisted one agency and responded to 16 traffic calls and one welfare concern.

Aubrey firefighters responded to one traffic transport incident, three medical calls and assisted one citizen. Aubrey police assisted one agency, one motorist and responded to one burglary, one disturbance call and nine traffic calls.

Bartonville police responded to one burglary report and one traffic call.

Corinth police assisted two motorists and responded to one structure fire, one noise complaint, one criminal mischief report, one road block, 30 traffic calls, one welfare concern, five traffic transport incidents, one animal bite report and 10 animal complaints.

Double Oak firefighters responded to one traffic transport incident. Double Oak police responded to one welfare concern and one traffic transport incident.

Hickory Creek police assisted one agency and responded to two suspicious activity calls, 11 traffic calls and one carbon monoxide call.

Justin firefighters responded to one traffic transport incident and assisted one citizen. Justin police responded to one animal complaint.

Krum police responded to one burglary, one criminal mischief report, one suspicious activity call, four traffic calls and one traffic transport incident.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to six medical calls, two carbon monoxide or hazardous materials calls, three traffic transport incidents and one structure fire.

Little Elm firefighters responded to one assault or sexual assault, one unknown fire, one traffic transport incident and three medical calls. Little Elm police responded to two assaults, four disturbances, three noise complaints, one ordinance violation, two suspicious activity calls, 13 traffic calls, one traffic complaint and one forgery fraud.

Lewisville firefighters responded to one reported fire. Lewisville police made 10 arrests.

Northlake police responded to one theft, one traffic transport incident and five traffic calls.

Oak Point firefighters responded to two medical calls. Oak Point police responded to one disturbance calls, one harassment report, three traffic calls and one welfare concern.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to three medical calls and assisted one citizen. Pilot Point police responded to one suspicious activity call and one animal complaint.

Sanger firefighters responded to two medical calls and one traffic transport incident. Sanger police assisted one agency, one motorist and responded to one criminal mischief report, one noise complaint, one reckless driver, two suspicious activity calls and four traffic calls.

Trophy Club firefighters responded to two medical calls. Trophy Club police assisted one agency and responded to one assault or sexual assault, one medical call, one criminal mischief report, one missing person, one theft report, four traffic calls and two suspicious activity calls.

— Megan Gray


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