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Blotter: Fire displaces man

A man in his 50s is without a home after a fire overnight Friday.

Mark Wilkins, assistant Denton County emergency management coordinator, said Denton Fire Department personnel responded to a call in the 5200 block of Atwell Lane at 11:46 p.m. Friday.

A next-door neighbor was burning trash and the fire spread from the trash barrel over to the neighbor’s property, Wilkins said.

The fire, Wilkins said, was left unattended and had burned a shed on the same property before causing “significant damage” to the man’s mobile home.

Wilkins said the American Red Cross was called and the man was placed in a hotel overnight and given a prepaid debit card or food.

Friday, the county wasn’t under a burn ban, but the county still doesn’t allow trash to be burned after dusk, he said.

“All trash fires are to be out 30 minutes before dusk sets. Nothing after dark,” Wilkins said.

An investigation to determine the exact cause of the fire is ongoing and the neighbor who left the fire unattended may be issued a citation, Wilkins said. All charges, if any, will be decided after the investigation is complete, he added.

The area, known as Vacation Village, is located outside city limits, said Brad Lahart, spokesman for Denton Fire Department.

Lahart said the department has a contract with the county to provide services to the area. The Sanger Fire Department assisted Friday evening, officials said.


Other reports

2600 block of South Mayhill Road — A 33-year-old female was the victim of domestic violence minutes before midnight Friday, Denton police said.

When officers arrived, one could hear yelling as he approached the home, reports said.

The officer was able to look through a window and see the suspect, a 34-year-old male, push the victim and grab a knife.

Police said the officer drew his gun and entered the residence and told the suspect to put the knife down. The suspect immediately threw down the knife, according to reports.

The man was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault family violence with a deadly weapon.

While searching the suspect, police said they found a controlled substance. Possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams was added to his charges, police said.

1500 block of Anna Street — Between 10:30 p.m. Friday and 1:46 a.m. Saturday, a man claims his boat was damaged. Police said a 23-year-old male called after he claimed his boat had been egged.

According to the report, the victim’s newly purchased boat was parked on the street when someone threw an egg that broke on the side of the bow.

The egg, according to reports, went through the paint and was not able to wash off.

Denton police took a criminal mischief report.



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

•  Forty-seven people were booked into Denton County Jail.

•  Denton police posted eight reports online.

From Sunday, March 10, through Saturday:

•  Texas Woman’s University police responded to 54 calls for service, made six reports, responded to one escort request, issued 13 parking violations, 28 moving violations and made three arrests.

From Sunday, March 10, through Thursday:

•  University of North Texas police responded to three theft reports, one harassment call, one medical call, one deadly conduct call, one criminal mischief report, one drug paraphernalia citation, one driving while license invalid report and made two driving while intoxicated arrests.

— Megan Gray

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.