Judge exits lawsuit on ban

District Court Judge Jonathan Bailey has recused himself from presiding over the lawsuit filed by the Texas Oil and Gas Association, which challenges Denton’s ban on fracking.

Affidavit sheds light

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.

Author urges students to read

Journaling led Michelle Staubach Grimes down the path to a writing career, she said. It ultimately led her to writing and publishing a children’s book, Where is Pidge?

Les Cockrell: Holiday event set

Staff members of the Johnson Branch Unit at Ray Roberts Lake State Park will host an evening of holiday-themed entertainment on Saturday.

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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.

Eric Williams sentenced to death in revenge plot

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A former justice of the peace in North Texas was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a district attorney’s wife in what prosecutors described as a revenge plot that left three people dead.

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More time for drilling changes

About 30 people turned out for a public hearing Tuesday night, giving about an hour of testimony on the city’s innovative amendments to the gas well ordinance and asking for more time to review it.

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.

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Prof recognized for innovation

Richard Dixon, a distinguished research professor in the biological sciences department at the University North Texas, is now a National Academy of Inventors fellow.

Blotter: Police search for reckless driving suspect

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

Builder sues Denton County

Denton County is being sued by Hunt Construction Group for a breach of contract.

Tuba tunes

University of North Texas professor Don Little led the UNT Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and had the crowd at The Vintage Retirement Community sing along to Christmas carols as the ensemble played Tuesday.

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Holiday Events

Wednesday, Dec. 17 Calendar

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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.

Man fatally shot Monday night identified

A 21-year-old is dead and a 16-year-old is in custody following a 911 call for a gunshot victim in the 1200 block of Paco Trail late Monday in Denton.

Meeting explores drilling changes

Questions from the audience Monday night focused primarily on two new programs the city has proposed in amending its gas well ordinance, beefed-up inspections and “co-locations” for pad sites.

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Four Denia houses scheduled for demolition

Crews plan to tear down four Denia neighborhood houses in the coming days to make room for the widening of Interstate 35E in central Denton.

Blotter: Chase leads to man’s arrest on three charges

A short vehicle and foot chase ended with a man’s arrest on a trio of charges Sunday.

TWU student goes missing while on break

A Texas Woman’s University student went missing earlier this month while on Thanksgiving break.

All hands on deck

People used any means they could to extinguish a small grass fire near the Diamond T Arena on Sherman Drive on Monday morning in Denton. Denton firefighters arrived soon after to finish extinguishing the blaze. A cold front came through Sunday evening and brought in drier air that may have aided the fire. The drier conditions are not expected to last as the forecast from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth calls for rain chances to begin Wednesday morning at 40 percent and increase to 60 percent Thursday night into Friday.

Holiday Events

Tuesday, Dec. 16 Calendar

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A peek inside

People peer into an upstairs bedroom at the Rayzor House, one of the stops in the Denton Historic Home Tour on Sunday in the Oak-Hickory Historic District.

Slain woman’s child still missing

An Amber Alert is still in effect for Richard Alekzander Lara, 4, whose mother was found dead Saturday at her workplace. The boy is reportedly with his father, 23-year-old father, Ricardo Martinez, who is a person of interest in the homicide investigation of the child’s mother, 27-year-old Maria Isabel Romero Medina.

Carrico atop list of ideas

More than 60 supporters have suggested that Denton ISD officials name a high school for former athletic director Bill Carrico, according to the district’s campus name bank list.

Les Cockrell: Shelter pets benefit from library tree

The Denton Public Library is offering visitors an opportunity to show some love for animals this holiday season with its annual Pet Santa Tree.

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.

Texas weighs open carry of handguns

AUSTIN — Long depicted as the rootin’-tootin’ capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns.

Holiday Events

Monday, Dec. 15 Calendar

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Stormy sunset

Fingerlike projections from the base of a late fall thunderstorm could be possible funnels aloft just west of the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex during sunset Sunday.

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New system putting dent in feral hog problem

The ground trembles as the beasts trample across the land faster than a hunting cat. They hunt in darkness, traveling together in packs. Dark grizzled hair covers their muscular bodies, masking them from casual observers as they lower their long snouts and burrow into the ground. Only their loud snorts and snarls indicate that the nuisance is on the loose again.

City to outline changes to drilling rules

City leaders plan several tough amendments to the rules that govern natural gas drilling and production in the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction by the time its moratorium on new permits expires in January.

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.

Finally finished

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.

Sanger council plans public hearing

The Sanger City Council will meet Monday to hold a public hearing to consider a possible sales contract for two acres of land for a new water well for the city.

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Dave Lieber: Third-party subscription notices not to be trusted

The hammer is starting to drop on Laura Lovrien. She’s the mystery woman who is president of a shady Oregon company that sends out thousands of fake subscription notices to newspaper and magazine readers across the nation.

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Pet project opens doors

More than 300 people and at least two dozen dogs came out Friday morning to tour the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Jurors indict former deputy

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

Horn says lower caps come with a price

Denton County Judge Mary Horn is gearing up for a familiar battle in the 84th Texas Legislature. Horn and fellow Commissioners Court members are hoping a proposed bill to lower the caps on annual increases in residential property appraisals and revenue will be defeated because they say it would limit the prerogatives of local elected officials to set tax rates, create budgets and deliver needed services to Denton County residents.

Feyten sends off her first set of grads

In black gowns with maroon cuffs and square black caps, hundreds of students at Texas Woman’s University filed into the school’s auditorium for commencement ceremonies Friday.

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.

Painter appointed to United Way board

Ellen Painter has been appointed to the United Way of Denton County Board of Directors.

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Holiday helpfulness

Spirit endures

ARGYLE — The horse’s eyes are the first indication that he’s a survivor. A spark of fire illuminates their blackness as if his will to live were personified into a flame that could not be extinguished, despite the number of times an unknown assailant beat him with a baseball bat.

Groups launch talks on policing

The Denton chapters of LULAC and the NAACP are organizing the first in what is expected to be a series of community conversations with elected officials, faith leaders and local law enforcement on Dec. 19.

State gets bump in health rankings

Texans are improving their health. The state has seen major improvements this year in smoking, child immunizations and mental health, according to data gathered by United Health Foundation.