Blotter: Police called out to deal with possible squatter

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Denton police were called to deal with some possible squatters Wednesday at a local apartment complex. An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of West Collins Street in response to a criminal mischief call.

The caller reported that she was the property manager and that unknown people had broken a window and entered the apartment. The caller advised that they were not residents but they had belongings inside the apartment. The people who entered the apartment were possibly “free-loading” in the apartment as they were not paying to live there and the original tenant had stopped paying as well, the report said.

A witness said they were moving some of the belongings out of the apartment.

When asked Thursday, Ryan Grelle, public information officer for the Denton Police Department, said squatters were not a big issue in Denton and that police had not seen any big increase as the weather has gotten colder, even the bitter cold of the recent winter blast.

“Usually we have shelters for them to move into,” he said. “I think this was just a random situation.”

Other reports

1000 block of Dallas Drive — Officers were called to a domestic disturbance Wednesday when a woman reported that her male friend became jealous because she had another man at her apartment and broke the living room window. The suspect then threatened to return and shoot the place up, reports state.

No arrests were made.

1500 block of East McKinney Street — A man who matched the description of someone who had been causing a disturbance was arrested Wednesday.

Officers were dispatched to the area and noticed the man running toward the Salvation Army.

Officers said he smelled of alcohol.

When officers told the man he was under arrest, he began resisting, but was eventually subdued and transported to city jai, reports state.

He was booked on charges of resisting arrest and public intoxication.

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday:

Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 532 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police responded to 305 calls and posted 13 reports online.

Denton firefighters responded 19 medical calls, one vehicle accident with injuries, two hazardous materials investigations, one smoke detector malfunction, a gas leak, a water problem, an unintentional alarm, an unintentional smoke detector activation, two calls for public service assistance, two system malfunctions, a smoke or odor removal call, a sprinkler malfunction and a heat detector malfunction.

Argyle firefighters responded to a medical call and a traffic transport incident. Argyle police responded to an abandoned vehicle, a close patrol, a report of a reckless driver, a traffic call and a vacation watch call.

Aubrey firefighters responded to an alarm fire, two medical calls and a traffic transport incident. Aubrey police responded to reports of criminal trespass in progress, suspicious activity, a suspicious vehicle, a traffic call and assisted a motorist.

Bartonville police assisted one agency and responded to one traffic call.

Corinth police assisted three agencies, eight motorists and responded to an abandoned vehicle, a medical call, two follow-up investigations, one 911 hangup, one noise complaint, two road blockage hazards, 21 special patrols, two reports of a suspicious vehicle, 19 traffic calls, nine vacation watch calls, 20 walk-throughs and one welfare concern call.

Double Oak police assisted four agencies and responded to an abandoned vehicle, one close patrol, one road blockage hazard, a report of a suspicious vehicle, 10 traffic calls, one vacation watch call, an audible alarm and an animal complaint.

Hickory Creek police assisted an agency and a motorist, and responded to a report of a reckless driver and four traffic calls.

Justin firefighters responded to three medical calls. Justin police responded to a 911 hang-up, a follow up investigation, a medical call and a welfare concern call.

Krum firefighters responded to two medical calls, a carbon monoxide or hazardous materials call and an odor investigation. Krum police assisted one agency and responded to a report of criminal mischief, two follow-up investigations, one report of gunshots, one ordinance violation, one report of a person with a gun, an animal complaint and a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Lake Cities firefighters assisted an agency and a citizen and responded to five medical calls, three alarm fires and an odor investigation.

Little Elm firefighters responded to four medical calls, a structure fire, an odor investigation and a traffic transport incident. Little Elm police assisted an agency and responded to 34 calls including a traffic call and two noise complaints.

Northlake police assisted a motorist and responded to an abandoned vehicle.

Oak Point police assisted a motorist and responded to a report of an open door, four ordinance violations and a traffic call.

Ponder firefighters responded to a medical call. Ponder police assisted three agencies and responded to a report of assault, loose livestock and a report of a suspicious person.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to a medical call and a carbon monoxide or hazardous materials call. Pilot Point police responded to a burglary report, a report of criminal mischief, a report of theft and an animal complaint.

Sanger firefighters responded to two medical calls, a carbon monoxide alarm, an alarm fire and two vehicle unlocks. Sanger police assisted an agency and a motorist, and responded to an assault report, a report of criminal trespass in progress, a traffic transport incident, a medical call and an animal complaint.

Trophy Club firefighters assisted to an alarm fire and a medical call. Trophy Club police responded to 61 calls including 25 close patrols, two ordinance violations and three follow-up investigations.

— Bj Lewis


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