Denton police sorted out the stories of a woman and her former mother-in-law Tuesday and decided to take the older woman to jail on charges of assault and injury to a child.
Responding to a report of trouble at the residence in the 1500 block of McCormick Street, the officer was met outside by a woman who said she was the ex-mother-in-law of the woman who lived there. She said she arrived to pick up her granddaughter and the daughter of her own boyfriend to take them to the North Texas State Fair.
She said she and the younger woman argued and she was asked to leave. But her son — former husband of the younger woman — had asked her to get his cellphone from the ex-wife, she said. She went into the bedroom to search for it and the younger woman hit and pushed her. She said she swung back in self-defense.
The woman who lives at the house said the older woman was supposed to pick up the 12-year-old grandchild. But she began demanding her son’s cellphone. She had looked for the cellphone and could not find it, she said, but the other woman would not listen to her explanation.
She said she asked the other woman to leave but she would not. She said the other woman lunged at her and hit her. She pushed her away and the other woman fell into the TV, she said, and fell down. The daughter-in-law also fell down and the older woman kicked her in the nose, she said. She ran to a neighbor’s house to ask them to call 911.
The young girl said that after her mother ran out she yelled at her grandmother not to hit her mother again. She said her grandmother hit her and knocked her puppy down, injuring the 8-week-old pit bull.
The daughter and mother both had injuries to back up their stories and a witness verified what happened. The puppy was bleeding. The mother-in-law had no injuries and was taken to jail.
600 block of East Hickory Street — Someone has opened several accounts using a woman’s identifying information, she reported Tuesday.
She said she received a call from American Express seeking to verify that she had opened an account. She had not. Then she received a similar call from Bank of America asking for verification of a new account. She had not opened an account there either, so she checked her credit reports and found four additional accounts that she had not authorized and that she didn’t know about.
600 block of East Hickory Street — A man made an online police report Tuesday saying that he was receiving threatening telephone calls from a man who claimed that he had ordered products and he needed to pay for them.
The caller claimed he owed the company $2,500. The caller told him he would be taken to federal court in Austin if he didn’t send payment, and that he would lose his social security benefits.
From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:
• Denton police responded to 277 service and officer-initiated calls, including two vehicle burglaries, four reports of credit card abuse, one identification theft, 12 thefts, two cases of criminal mischief, one domestic disturbance, one disturbance, one suicidal person, one burglary, one fraud, one report of deadly conduct and two threats.
• Denton County Sheriff’s dispatchers handled 697 calls for the agencies they serve. Forty-eight people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of three thefts, one criminal mischief and one harassment.
• Denton firefighter reports were not available.
Argyle firefighters responded to one medical call and one traffic accident.
Aubrey firefighters responded to three medical calls, one structure fire and one request to unlock a vehicle.
Krum firefighters responded to three medical calls and one disturbance.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to two medical calls, one overdose, one suicide attempt and one traffic accident.
Ponder firefighters responded to one medical call.
Pilot point firefighters responded to one medical call, two inspections and one structure fire.
Sanger firefighters responded to three medical calls, one hazardous materials incident, one request to assist a citizen and two illegal burns.
— Donna Fielder
Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.