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Blotter: Recent drownings claim two Denton residents

A 1-year-old girl died Monday after she was found unresponsive in a swimming pool in the 2000 block of Bowie Street near Sanger, according to authorities. 

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office identified the girl as Guadalupe Puga of Denton. After paramedics performed CPR on the girl at the home, she was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, where doctors pronounced her dead at 3:19 p.m., medical examiner records show.  

Her death was officially ruled an accidental drowning on Tuesday afternoon.

Man drowns after car rolls into creek in Denton 

A 24-year-old man was pronounced dead Sunday morning at Medical City Denton after his car rolled into a creek near the 500 block of Hickory Creek Road in Denton.  

The man, who was identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office as Lucas Tucker of Denton, had been driving a vehicle on the road, part of which runs alongside Hickory Creek, when the vehicle slid off the road and rolled into the water on Sunday, Denton Fire Department spokesman Kenneth Hedges said. 

Hedges did not know the cause of the wreck on Tuesday afternoon, but the medical examiner's office has ruled his death an accidental drowning. 

Sheriff's office warns of jury duty scam 

The Denton County Sheriff's Office are warned residents Tuesday of an ongoing  jury duty scam involving a man claiming to be "Deputy James Marshall" from the sheriff's office. 

According Capt. Orlando Hinojosa, a spokesman for the office, the scammer is telling victims a warrant has been issued for their arrest because they missed jury duty. Appearing to be calling from the number 940-312-1321, the suspect is asking the victims to pay a bond with a money order.  

Hinojosa said James Marshall is not an employee with the sheriff's office. Additionally, officials never immediately call someone who missed jury duty to ask for money, according to Precinct 1 Constable Johnny Hammons. 

"Depending on the judge, you're either going to get a phone call and be rescheduled, or the constable or the sheriff is going to show up and take you to court," Hammons told the Denton Record-Chronicle in December.

Other reports

9100 block of Teasley Lane — A man said he was robbed by another man with a gun on Monday after a bystander reported a fight in a mobile home community.  

Denton police responded to a call about someone with a gun at about 9:30 p.m. after the witness reported two men fighting at Hickory Creek of Denton mobile home park. One of the men involved said he was robbed by a man with a gun, but the police report did not specify what was stolen. 

The investigation is ongoing.  

1900 block of North Ruddell Street — A man's vehicle was stolen Monday night while he was delivering a pizza to an apartment on Ruddell Street, police said. 

The delivery driver left his keys in the car while he took the pizza to a customer at the 19Twenty Apartments. When he returned, the car was gone, according to the police report. 

No arrests have been made.  

2500 block of Charlotte Street — A 30-year-old woman said her husband beat her and pushed her face into a mattress on Jan. 13 after she "falsely" threatened to go out by herself for the night, according to a Denton police report. 

The woman said her husband became angry after she made the comments that night. He pulled her hair, bruised her arm, injured her right knee and bruised her face, according to a police report. He also impeded her breathing when he pushed her face into the bed mattress, the report said.  

The woman reported the incident at 11:30 a.m. Monday. No arrests have been made. 

2500 block of North Bell Avenue —  A suspect stole an 87-year-old woman's jewelry,  retirement check and dentures from her apartment between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. 

The victim reported the incident at 3 p.m. Monday. No arrests have been made. 


From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 915 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 36 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 145 calls for service and made seven arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 25 medical calls, two vehicle accidents and four grass fires.