An employee for an electric company reported to Denton police that someone broke into a steel transformer box early Sunday morning, damaging the transformer as well as stealing the copper wire that went from the transformer to a nearby business.
The manager of an antique store in the 5800 block of Interstate 35 told police she received a call from an alarm company advising her there was power failure at the business. The power went out at 5:17 a.m. Sunday and was still off when she arrived at work at 8:15 a.m.
The employee reported the electric company would have to remove and replace the damaged transformer, which would cost up to $7,000.
The business also would have to replace the copper wire from the power box to the transformer box, the employee reported. He said the copper costs between $3 and $4 a foot, and eight 60-foot wires were cut.
500 block of Simmons Street — A woman reported to Denton police that when she defended one of her children to her husband Saturday he became upset and assaulted her.
The couple began arguing after the woman stood up for the child and she ran into the bathroom, locking the door. But her husband broke the door open and slapped her, she told police.
She ran out, but he grabbed her by the hair and threw her on the couch, choking her and threatening to kill her, she reported.
The woman then grabbed a hammer in self defense, she told police, but he took it from her and dug the claws into her arm.
When she tried to call police, he pulled the phone from the wall, she reported. The woman ran to a nearby neighbor’s house for help, the report stated.
The husband was arrested and charged with interfering with an emergency call and aggravated assault, according to the report.
— Rachel Mehlhaff
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