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Blotter: Boy hit by vehicle, taken to hospital as precaution

An 11-year-old boy was taken to a hospital as a precaution Monday afternoon after he was hit by a vehicle near the intersection of Panhandle and Alice streets, a few blocks away from Calhoun Middle School, according to police.

Department spokesman Bryan Cose said the boy did not have any serious injuries when police responded to the accident at 3:53 p.m. It's unclear whether the boy was a student at Calhoun, Cose said.

He said the boy was running north on Alice Street when he ran in front of the car, which was driven by a 32-year-old man who lives on the street, he said. No charges have been filed.

Local teenager reported as runaway

Denton resident Crystal Hall-Douglas is asking residents to keep an eye out for her 13-year-old daughter, who has been missing since Aug. 15, she said.

Hall-Douglas reported her daughter, Saphire Douglas, to police as a runaway. She believes the teenager left the home in the 1400 block of Sombre Vista Drive on her own accord.

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Saphire Douglas

She said she saw Saphire going to bed at about 10:30 p.m. Aug. 15. When she went to check on her at about midnight, her bed was empty and a second-story window was open, Hall-Douglas said. She said a bag of clothes, glasses and a blanket were also missing from the room.

Hall-Douglas said her daughter suffers from mental illnesses and did not bring her medication with her.

She has been sending out fliers made by the Polly Klaas Foundation, a national nonprofit that focuses on recovering missing children.

Saphire is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds. She has blue-green eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information about her whereabouts can call Denton police at 940-349-8414 or the Polly Klaas Foundation at 1-800-587-4357. 

"I am encouraging anyone who sees her or hears from her to contact the Denton PD with any information they have, such as where she was seen, what she was wearing and who she was seen with," Crystal Hall-Douglas said in an email. "As of now, nobody has seen her."

Other reports

3900 block of East McKinney Street — A drunken-driving suspect was arrested Saturday night after officers found him passed out in a car with his 1-year-old son in the back seat, Denton police said.

Firefighters found Alexander Coonrod of Lewisville passed out behind the wheel in the parking lot of Mayhill Mart in the 3900 block of East McKinney Street, police said. The child was dirty but in fair condition, police said.

Coonrod was arrested at about 8:30 p.m. on suspicion of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger and endangering a child. He was booked into Denton City Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Child Protective Services was notified, and the child was released to a family friend at the scene, police said.

1500 block of East McKinney Street — Denton police arrested a man on drug charges after they received reports that he and another man were drinking and bothering customers at a bail bondsman's office.

When officers arrived on the scene at about 5:45 p.m., they contacted the two men and found a marijuana blunt, the police report said. One of the men claimed the blunt, but the report didn't specify whether he was the man arrested.

During the investigation, police also reported finding drug paraphernalia used to smoke meth and arrested a 27-year-old suspect. They searched that man and found him in possession of a K2 substance, which is a synthetic form of marijuana.

The man was taken to Denton City Jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a K2 substance.


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 880 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 35 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 157 calls for service and made eight arrests. 

Denton firefighters responded to 27 medical calls, one vehicle accident and one building fire.