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Blotter: 18-wheeler fatally strikes woman crossing Interstate 35E in Denton

Denton police investigators are trying to determine why a 60-year-old woman was crossing Interstate 35E early Wednesday morning when an 18-wheeler hit and killed her.

Investigators said the woman, whose name has not been released, attempted to walk across the northbound lanes near the Dallas Drive exit about 1:24 a.m. She died from the impact of the 18-wheeler, which was carrying produce, police said.

The northbound lanes were shut down at South Loop 288 for about five hours while police investigated the scene. The lanes were re-opened about 6:30 a.m. 

It's unclear whether drugs or alcohol played a role, Cose said.

Other reports 

500 block of Panhandle Street — A 22-year-old woman locked her front door Wednesday morning when she saw a man standing outside her bedroom window, according to police.

The woman thought the man had been trying to open the door, but he never got inside. He walked away after the woman locked the door, police said.

The resident reported the man about 11:30 a.m. No arrests were made.

400 block of North Bell Avenue — Two people on Wednesday night complained about loud music at Backyard on Bell, an outdoor bar and music venue.

One person lived nearby in the 900 block of Oakland Street and another lived on Hann Street, the police report said. The first complaint was filed about 10:30 p.m.

800 block of West Highland Street — A man had left his residence for about 10 minutes Wednesday and returned to find his bedroom ransacked, according to a police report.

The man said one or more suspects forced entry into the home and stole a pair of shoes and an unspecified amount of cash. Police completed a report, but no arrests were made.


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 1,015 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 39 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 190 calls for service and made six arrests.