Jury finds Howard guilty

It took a Denton County jury only two hours Tuesday to find John Franklin Howard guilty of attempting to commit capital murder. The Ponder man was convicted of plotting and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to arrange the murder of Nancy Howard, his wife of 30 years.

Local propositions lengthen Denton ballot

For Denton voters, the November ballot comes packed with statewide races and seven local propositions: four for bonds and one each for a ban, a barter and booze.Whether the city wins at democracy on Election...

Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges 

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside an Austin courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."

Keeping pets off the streets

Animal control officer Bob Matthews never envisioned picking up the carcass of a mythological creature. A “chupacabra” was what a Denton 911 dispatcher called it, but it couldn’t be one of those, he figured.

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Apple co-founder fields questions at UNT

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and well-known philanthropist, spoke to a crowd of roughly 3,000 people at the University of North Texas Coliseum on Monday night.

Couple’s children take stand at trial

As the trial for John Franklin Howard began its third week on Monday, the state and defense both rested their cases.


Trains now roll to planes

Got a flight to catch and don’t feel like driving? The Denton County Transportation Authority and Dallas Area Rapid Transit have you covered with Monday’s opening of DART’s Orange Line extension.

Body of Denton-area man found in lake

The body of a 27-year-old Denton area man was recovered by the Lewisville Fire Department this morning. His name is yet to be released.

Blotter: Denton police arrest woman on multiple charges

Denton police officers were called in reference to a suspicious vehicle call on Sunday evening. The caller reported to dispatch that her friend, a Denton woman, used her vehicle without her consent.

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Tuesday, Aug. 19 Calendar

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Quints move in at UNT

The Diaz family van was packed for a trip from Keller to the University of North Texas on Sunday afternoon, full of six kids and several suitcases.

Denton schools release own ratings

Denton public schools have released their own ratings for the district and its individual schools, and marks were mostly favorable.

Daytime workers get their shot at county budget

Denton County residents will get an evening look at the 2015 budget and tax rate. As part of the annual budget process, commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday night, when the county’s budget presentation will be repeated. The first presentation was given July 22.

Blotter: Man arrested for possessing brass knuckles

Denton police responded to a disturbance call reporting that a man was slashing tires at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3100 block of Bandera Street near the Howard Johnson Express Inn, according to a police report.

Monday, Aug. 18 Calendar

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Cats, dogs warm new homes through event

LAKE DALLAS — Two-year-old Addison Feldpausch stopped by the Lake Dallas Animal Shelter with her parents early Saturday afternoon to pick out a cat.

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Waiver modification will impact instrument usage fees

The Denton school board intends to modify a district policy regarding student fee waivers. The board discussed the one-word policy modification at a meeting Tuesday. Last month, the board approved changes to the district’s music instrument usage fee, and according to district officials, that means the policy on student fees must also be modified.

Blotter: Police: Man hospitalized for possible drug overdose

Denton police and paramedics responded to a call reporting an unconscious person at a motel in the 1100 block of West University Drive at about 12:10 a.m. Friday.

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Kim Phillips: Haunted Denton is mainstay for visitors

Aspiky halo of fiery red bends over the book. She autographs the inside page with a flourish. A shocking white thatch at her forehead sets blue eyes ablaze as she raises them to the man standing at the table. She closes the cover and hands over the book with a mischievous smile.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Two Argyle Lions Club officers named directors of LOEB

Two officers of the Argyle Lions Club were named directors for the Lions Organ and Eye Bank during the recent North Texas Lions Club convention.

Grand jury indicts Texas governor

AUSTIN — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century.

Corinth votes against Buc-ee’s

CORINTH — A proposed Buc-ee’s travel center, which was to be a retail behemoth with 96 gas pumps, will not be built after all.

West changes career course

Kody West will stand on stage tonight with two repaired knee ligaments, a guitar and a music career that started as soon as his football days were over.

Shooting victim takes stand again at trial

Nancy Howard told a Denton County jury Friday that she thought her husband wanted to send her flowers but she later learned he was plotting her death.

Most at TWU set to get raises this year

Most staff and faculty members at Texas Woman’s University will receive a raise this year, after university officials spent two years researching the compensation needs of employees.

Three arrested in connection with bank robbery

Denton police arrested three men in connection with the Friday morning robbery of Synergy Bank, thanks to a help from a resident who followed the suspects from the bank’s branch in the 2200 block of W. University Drive.

Blotter: Suspect sought in stabbing

Denton police officers are still seeking a suspect in a Thursday stabbing.

Spraying for mosquitoes set for tonight

Highland Village — The West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes found in three of the city’s traps, according to a press release by the Highland Vilage city manager’s office.

Bigger, better North Texas Fair opens today

Marvelous mutts and dynamite dunks are on tap for the 86th annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo. The event, a grand mix of music, games, rides, livestock, rodeo fun and a parade, kicks off at 6 p.m. today from the North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.

Corinth city council vote denies Buc-ee's incentives request

CORINTH — The Corinth City Council, shortly after 1 a.m. this morning, voted to deny Buc-ee's the economic incentives it wanted to build a store at the corner of Corinth Parkway and the Interstate 35E southbound frontage road.

Grand jury indicts Bogomol

Gregory Bogomol, a former Denton High School teacher, was indicted on two counts of production of child pornography Wednesday by a federal grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.

Alleged shooter’s ex-girlfriend testifies

Misti Ford told jurors that she was surprised to hear that the man she was about to marry confessed to shooting a woman in Carrollton, as John Franklin Howard’s trial for attempt to commit capital murder continued Thursday.

Man linked to cold case won’t fight extradition

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Advanced DNA and fingerprint technology led authorities to charge a Minnesota man in a Texas cold-case homicide from more than 30 years ago, according to newly filed court records.

Blotter: Man’s paranoia leads to friend’s arrest

Possible drug-induced paranoia for one man led to a night in Denton jail for a friend of his Wednesday, according to a police report.

Former Lewisville fire official accused of stealing from charity

DALLAS — A former Lewisville assistant fire chief accused of stealing money intended for charity told police he was in debt and had an addiction problem.

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Animal shelters prepare for special day

Animal shelters in Flower Mound, Lake Dallas and Lewisville will join more than 35 other shelters across the Dallas-Fort Worth area Saturday for “Empty the Shelter Day.”

TWU contracts for overflow housing at local hotel

Some Texas Woman’s University students will have to live at the Holiday Inn between Dallas Drive and Interstate 35E at the start of the fall semester.

Friday, Aug.15 Calendar

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Cold case starts to thaw

The murder of traveling computer technician Francisco Narvaez grew cold as ice for 31 years, but now has warmed up. Denton police officers have arrested 53-year-old Robert Otteson in connection with the Sept. 30, 1983, murder in a Denton motel room.

Testimony: Cash kept duo quiet about plot

Cold, hard cash was all it took for a couple to keep quiet about John Franklin Howard’s alleged murder-for-hire plot against his wife, according to courtroom testimony Wednesday at the Denton County Courts Building.

Firm seeks Krum's water

A Colorado oil and gas company has asked the city of Krum to sell it millions of gallons of water to use in its hydraulic fracturing operations, according to Gabe Johnson, city engineer.

State living centers’ fate still not clear

AUSTIN — The number of state-supported living centers facing closure is still up in the air after the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission recommended that a special committee study the matter for the Texas Legislature.

Les Cockrell: Balloon festival set for Highland Village

The 27th annual Highland Village Balloon Festival is planned for Friday to Sunday at Unity Park in Highland Village and will feature live music, a car show, a 5-kilometer run, arts and crafts and food in addition to hot air balloons, according to the event website.

Blotter: Police left with questions after assault call

Officers were dispatched to Denton Regional Medical Center in reference to an assault report. The assault occurred at a residence in the 500 block of Ruth Street at an unknown time Tuesday morning. The victim reported that her roommate struck her in the head with a rolling pin, causing a laceration that required staples.

Krum schools to change start, dismissal times

The Krum school district is modifying start and dismissal times at four of its five schools.

Thursday, Aug. 14 Calendar

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Up in the air

ARLINGTON — Denton residents may have cleaner air to breathe by 2018, if the state’s new estimates are correct and help from regional planners and Texas physicians comes through.

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‘Somewhat surreal’ incident leads to arrest

A 60-year-old Corinth man who shot at officers and firefighters Monday in Far North Dallas espoused anti-government views and claimed to be starting his own nation called “Dougie-stan,” police said Tuesday.