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Blotter: Recent complaints lead to warning about solicitors

Profile image for By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer

Bartonville police issued a bulletin Thursday to remind residents that solicitors must have a permit to go door-to-door in their community.

Two residents complained to Bartonville police that solicitors were in their neighborhood last week. An officer located the men and issued them citations for soliciting without a permit.

The department learned that the solicitors had extensive criminal records in several states. One of the men had served time for murder, Bartonville Police Chief Dave Howell said.

“Usually there’s a reason they don’t come to Town Hall to get a permit,” Howell said.

The bulletin reminded residents that if a solicitor has a permit, it should be prominently displayed. If it isn’t, call either 911 or the non-emergency number for the Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers, 940-349-1600.


Other reports

1500 block of Morningstar Drive — A woman called the Denton County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday morning to report that her boyfriend took her luxury sedan and drove off.

A sheriff’s deputy responded to the domestic disturbance call at about 7:30 a.m. to find the woman with a cut on her lip.

The woman told the deputy that the two had been arguing and the boyfriend slapped her and punched her, according to the deputy’s report.

She told the deputy that her boyfriend then threw her stereo off the upstairs balcony, destroying it. She said that she wanted her car back but didn’t want to file theft charges, according to the deputy’s report.

The deputy drove to where the woman said the man might be found and located the car with the man still inside.

He arrested the man, while another deputy brought the woman to the location to reclaim her car.

4300 block of U.S. Highway 377, Aubrey area — A ranch owner told sheriff’s deputies that sometime between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, someone took the John Deere Gator he had parked near the ranch office.

He estimated the vehicle was worth $10,500, according to the deputy’s report.

6900 block of Indian Hills, Aubrey area — A sheriff’s deputy was dispatched at about 3 p.m. Thursday for a theft report.

A woman told him that someone had stolen all the wooden siding off her storage shed, according to the deputy’s report.

700 block of Fort Worth Drive — A man called Denton police at about 4:50 p.m. Thursday to report a burglary that morning.

According to the police report, the man said sometime between 9 and 11 a.m., someone took his .45-caliber pistol from the nightstand in his bedroom. Neither his apartment nor his bedroom were locked at the time, the man told police.

1200 block of Coit Street — A woman told Denton police that she believed her ex-boyfriend went through the back of her home and into her garage sometime between 1 and 5 p.m. Wednesday and took two new bicycles, according to a police report.

She suspects her boyfriend because they just broke up and he has taken other items from her in the past, she told police.



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

•  Denton police handled 284 service and officer-initiated calls, with 19 reports posted online, including six burglaries, five thefts, two assaults and one report each of criminal mischief, forgery, harassment, lost property, marijuana possession and a citizen assist.

•  Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 566 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve, including 119 calls for sheriff’s deputies. Seventy people were booked into the county jail.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 15 medical calls, two service calls and three traffic accidents with injuries.

Argyle firefighters responded to three medical calls.

Aubrey firefighters responded to two structure fires, one fire alarm and four medical calls.

Double Oak firefighters responded to one medical call.

Krum firefighters responded to one medical call.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to nine medical calls, four traffic incidents, one structure fire and one vehicle unlock.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one structure fire.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one structure fire.

Sanger firefighters responded to one medical call, one structure fire and one report of smoke.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. Her e-mail address is .


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.