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Blotter: Man sentenced to 17 years in prison on drug possession charge

A Justin man was sentenced to 17 years in prison Thursday in connection with a possession of a controlled substance charge from April 2015. 

Eric Stallons
Eric Stallons

Eric Stallons, 54, was on trial for the third-degree felony charge in Judge Sherry Shipman's 16th Judicial District Court. During the trial, prosecutors outlined Stallons' alleged history of violence. 

Stallons has previously been charged with family violence assault, endangering a child and violating a protective order. 

One of the prosecutors on the case, Michael Dickens, said Denton police pulled over Stallons on April 19, 2015, for driving a vehicle with an expired registration. He couldn't provide proof of insurance, so Denton police impounded the car and searched the vehicle, Dickens said. 

Dickens said officers found a plastic bag of methamphetamine and a digital scale. Stallons dropped an additional bag of methamphetamine as police were placing him in the patrol car, Dickens said.

Other reports 

1500 block of South Loop 288 — The Denton County Sheriff's Office is asking for help identifying two men in connection with a credit card abuse incident Dec. 8 at Walmart in Denton. 

Eric Peterson, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the suspects used the victim's credit card number to make transactions at the store in the 1500 block of South Loop 288. 

Anyone with information can call Investigator Ivan Lara at 940-349-1664 or Denton County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388-8477. 

3300 block of Brooke Street — A 24-year-old man found out he was being scammed on Thursday after someone asked him to send photos of Ebay gift cards worth $1,500, according to police. 

The victim was trying to buy a car off the website OfferUp, the police report said. The man complied with the purported seller, who asked him to purchase the gift cards and send the photos. But he later learned it was a scam after calling eBay. 

500 block of South Carroll Boulevard — A man's wallet, phone and prescription medication were stolen from his vehicle at a south Denton apartment complex on Thursday, police said. 

The report did not specify whether the vehicle was locked at the time. The medication was listed as Lamotrigine, which is used to treat epilepsy or bipolar disorders.   

1200 block of Hillcrest Street — A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday after his uncle said he "was going crazy" and hit him, a police report said. 

The 40-year-old uncle called police to a west Denton home at about noon. The nephew was charged with interference with an emergency call and an outstanding warrant for public intoxication. 

Roundup

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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 854 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 45 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 164 calls for service and made 11 arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 26 medical calls, one building fire and one grass fire.