Blotter: Man shocked during alleged theft attempt

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A man attempting to steal copper wiring from an electrical pole was shocked when it fell, authorities said.

James Johnson, 24, was injured in the 1600 block of Harmon Road and was taken by CareFlite to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Sgt. Larry Kish said. Johnson is expected to survive.

“He was trying to steal the copper from the pole,” Kish said. He said the only way to get the copper wire — of which there was not much — would be to burn the pole to the ground.

Johnson set fire to the electric pole and it fell, Kish said. Johnson was hit and shocked by wires that were still attached to the pole and the nearby house, Kish said.

Johnson is being charged with theft and may face felony criminal mischief charges, Kish said.

He has past charges of criminal mischief and driving while intoxicated.

The damage caused an electrical outage in the area, and CoServ responded.

 

Other reports

800 block of Partridge Drive — Someone broke into a model home and stole the appliances Sunday, according to a Denton County sheriff’s report.

3300 block of Sunnydale Lane — A man reported to Denton police that someone stole a non-running motorcycle from his driveway over the weekend. The motorcycle is valued at $5,000, according to the crime report.

4900 block of Jackson Road — Someone pushed over a mailbox and post with a vehicle Sunday, according to a Denton County sheriff’s report. The damage was valued at $200.

 

Roundup

From 7a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:

•  Denton police handled 715 service and officer-initiated calls over the weekend and posted five reports online from 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday, including two thefts and three assaults.

•  Denton firefighters responded to one fire, three accidents, 64 medical calls, one good intent call, three public service calls, three alarms, one hazardous condition call, one smoke or odor removal call, two agency assists, two water or steam leak calls, three smoke detectors, one water problem, and two calls to assist invalids.

•  Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 1,840 service and officer-initiated calls. A total of 108 people were booked into the county jail. Deputies took reports of five thefts, two assaults, two criminal mischief calls, one burglary and one fraud.

Argyle firefighters responded to one alarm, six medical calls, six fire department inspections and one road blockage. Argyle police responded to three close patrols, one juvenile complaint, one reckless driver, one road blockage, four suspicious activity calls, 61 traffic calls, one vehicle complaint, one traffic incident and three loose livestock calls.

Aubrey firefighters responded to one assault, nine medical calls, one electrocution, two fires and five traffic incidents. Aubrey police officers responded to one ordinance violation, one reckless driver, five suspicious activity calls, 22 traffic calls, one vehicle complaint, one welfare concern, one traffic incident and one animal complaint.

Bartonville police responded to five traffic calls, three alarms and two animal complaints.

Corinth police responded to one abandoned vehicle, two burglaries, one criminal mischief report, one deadly conduct report, two disturbances, one fire, one fraud, one harassment report, one intoxicated person, one juvenile complaint, two missing persons, one narcotics call, two reckless drivers, one road blockage, 142 special patrols, five suspicious activity calls, 22 traffic calls, one medical call, four welfare concerns, four traffic incidents and 19 animal complaints.

Double Oak firefighters responded to one medical call. Double Oak police responded to one juvenile complaint, one noise complaint and six traffic calls.

Hickory Creek police responded to one abandoned vehicle, one criminal mischief report, one medical call, one fire, two reckless driver reports, one road blockage, one special patrol, five suspicious activity calls, 43 traffic calls, two traffic incidents and one animal complaint.

Justin firefighters responded to two medical calls and three fires. Justin police responded to one assault, two noise complaints, one traffic call, one traffic incident and one animal complaint.

Krugerville police officers responded to two administrative duty calls, one close patrol, one criminal trespass, one ordinance violation, one road blockage and 12 traffic incidents .

Krum firefighters responded to two fires, two medical calls, one stabbing or gunshot, and two traffic incidents. Krum police officers responded to one burglary, one close patrol, two criminal mischief reports, one intoxicated person, one ordinance violation, one road blockage, one suspicious activity report, two thefts, eight traffic calls, one traffic incident and two animal complaints.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to 11 medical calls, one animal attack, one fire and four traffic incidents.

Little Elm firefighters responded to nine medical calls, one animal attack, one fire and seven traffic incidents. Little Elm police responded to one abandoned vehicle, one animal complaint, one assault, two burglaries, two criminal mischief reports, four disturbances, one fight, one harassment report, one medical call, one intoxicated person, one juvenile complaint, two missing persons, four noise complaints, three ordinance violations, two reckless drivers, three road blockages, one terroristic threat, three thefts, 45 traffic calls, three vehicle complaints, three welfare concern calls, seven traffic incidents and 12 animal complaints.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one assault, two medical calls and two traffic incidents. Oak Point police officers responded to one medical call, two criminal mischief reports, one disturbance, one fraud, one reckless driver, two suspicious activity calls, one terrorist threats, seven traffic calls, two welfare concerns, two traffic incidents and two animal complaints.

Ponder firefighters responded to one fire and one traffic incident. Ponder police officers responded to one suspicious activity call and nine traffic calls.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to three medical calls, one alarm, one fire and one traffic incident. Pilot Point police officers responded to six close patrols, one criminal trespass, two escorts, one harassment, one reckless driver, two suspicious activity calls, 15 traffic calls and one traffic incident.

Sanger firefighters responded to eight medical calls, one carbon monoxide or hazardous-materials call, two fires, one road blockage, one stabbing or gunshot and two traffic incidents. Sanger police responded to one carbon monoxide or hazardous-materials call, one medical call, two disturbances, one fire, one harassment, one juvenile complaint, one narcotics call, one noise complaint, four reckless driver calls, three road blockages, six suspicious activity calls, 16 traffic calls, three welfare concerns, five traffic incidents and three animal complaints.

— Rachel Mehlhaff

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.


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