Denton police sorted out the stories of a woman and her neighbor after a fight concerning a stray chair Sunday and took the man to jail.
The woman called police at about 10 p.m. from an apartment complex in the 300 block of Avenue G. She said she stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and a man she knows carried a chair up the stairs to her apartment and left it, telling her to keep her stuff out of the parking lot.
The chair didn’t belong to her, she said, and she threw it over the railing and down the stairs. He brought it back up, yelling and cursing at her, she said.
She said she followed him back down the stairs and struck him in the back with the flat of her hand several times. He grabbed her by the hair, punched her in the face and then smashed her face into a metal pole, a police report states. He threatened to get a gun and shoot her, she said.
The woman had a lump on her forehead and scratches, the officer noted. About that time, the man walked up with his side of the story.
He said he found the chair in the parking lot and a neighbor told him the chair belonged to the woman. He said he carried it up the stairs and told the woman the chair belonged to a friend of his and she could keep it. He said she threw it down the stairs, hit him and called him names.
He said the woman lost her balance and fell into the pole, causing the bump on her forehead.
The officer took the man to jail on an assault charge.
1500 block of Panhandle Street — A woman told police at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday that her husband and his brother beat her.
She said they have a “strange marriage” and she often stays with friends. She came home Sunday and her husband accused her of cheating, she said. She prepared to leave and he grabbed her and said she wasn’t leaving.
She swung her purse at him, which enraged him, and he threatened to kill her, a police report states. She ran out the back door and he called to his brother, who caught her in the backyard.
He grabbed her by the throat and dragged her back into the house, she said. She ran out the front door to a neighbor’s house, where she called 911.
3400 block of East McKinney Street — A woman told police Sunday at about 2 p.m. that another woman assaulted her at church.
She said they argued and one called the other a “meth head.” She said the other woman wanted to fight and she refused. Then the other woman punched her in the head, she said, and threatened to put a bullet in her before leaving.
They both stay at the same homeless shelter, she reported, and she fears the other woman will harm her.
From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:
• Denton police handled 803 service and officer-initiated calls, including three burglaries, two assaults, one domestic disturbance, one report of a person with a knife, one theft, two vehicle burglaries and one reported sexual assault.
• Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 1,933 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. A total of 108 people were booked into county jail.
Deputies took reports of three vehicle burglaries, five thefts, one report of criminal mischief, one burglary, one reckless driver, one case of driving while license invalid and one case of harassment.
• Denton firefighters responded to 50 medical calls, four traffic accidents, four requests to assist police, one grass fire, one person in distress, one overheated motor, two requests to assist an invalid, two outside fires, one structure fire, one carbon monoxide incident, one gas leak, one false call, three electrical fires and one lightning strike.
Argyle firefighters responded to two alarms, five medical calls, one electrical fire, two grass fires, one structure fire, one odor investigation and one suicide attempt.
Aubrey firefighters responded to two alarms, one assault, 10 medical calls, one hazardous materials incident, one request to assist a citizen, one grass fire and two structure fires.
Double Oak firefighters responded to one grass fire and one suicide attempt.
Krum firefighters responded to one assault, four hazardous materials incidents, three medical calls, three downed power lines, two grass fires, one illegal burn, one vehicle fire and one traffic accident.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to one welfare concern, one request to unlock a vehicle, one traffic accident, two alarms, one assault, two bomb threats, one drowning, one grass fire, one vehicle fire, one heat exhaustion, one odor investigation, two suicide attempts and 16 medical calls.
Oak point firefighters responded to one assault, one hazardous materials incident, one grass fire, one structure fire and one medical call.
Ponder firefighters responded to one hazardous materials incident, three medical calls, two requests to assist a citizen, one downed power line, one grass fire and one vehicle fire.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to two medical calls, one request to assist a citizen, one structure fire and one odor investigation.
Sanger firefighters responded to one assault, four medical calls, one request to assist a citizen, two grass fires, two illegal burns, one structure fire, three traffic accidents and one water main break.
DONNA FIELDER can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.