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Blotter: Police call CPS after witnesses report abandoned 9-year-old child

Denton police called Child Protective Services on Thursday after responding to a call about a  9-year-old boy who was crying and lost at the University Place apartments in the 900 block of Bernard Street.  

When police arrived on the scene, they found the boy standing alone outside his parent's apartment, according to the report. The child's mother eventually returned to the apartment with her boyfriend, but the report did not specify how long the couple had been away. 

Police filed a report, but no arrests were made. 

Other reports 

Unincorporated Denton County — Area firefighters battled a 40-acre grass fire for roughly three hours on Thursday in unincorporated Denton County west of Sanger near the intersection of Cherokee Lane and Waide Road, authorities said. 

No one was injured, and no structures were affected, according to Denton County Emergency Services Director Jody Gonzalez. He said electrical arcing from nearby power lines started the blaze about 1:18 p.m. 

Fire crews from Sanger, Krum, Denton, Ponder and Pilot Point responded to the call. 

1600 block of West Oak Street — Burglars spoiled a man's road trip before it even started on Thursday night. 

According to a Denton police report, the 36-year-old victim had been loading his luggage in the bed of his pickup about 7 a.m. in preparation for a trip. He had been away from the vehicle for only a couple minutes when he returned to find his large suitcase missing, the report said. 

No arrests were made. 

600 block of West University Drive — A 36-year-old man told police Thursday that he recently fell victim to a scam as a mystery shopper, which typically are hired by a retail company to purchase items from a store and report on their experience for quality control. 

The victim said he received a check for working as a mystery shopper at an undisclosed store. The scammer then asked him to go to Walmart and transfer most of the money to another Walmart, according to the police report. 

The man learned the check was fraudulent after he completed the transaction, police said. No arrests have been made. 

3900 block of State School Road — A 39-year-old supervisor at the Denton State Supported Living Center reported another employee to police Thursday for  verbally threatening him, according to the report. 

The alleged suspect, who worked under the supervisor, is currently in the process of being fired, the police report said. It's unclear whether the police report played a role in the person's termination. 

The suspect blames the victim for the firing "due to [the victim] being their supervisor," the police report said. The report did not elaborate, and no arrests were made. 


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 1,024 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 44 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 155 calls for service and made seven arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 28 medical calls, one vehicle crash and one building fire.