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Blotter: Man locked up on assault charge

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By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer

A rolling argument that ended with a man’s throat being cut brought police, sheriff’s deputies and a Texas Ranger to a Corinth convenience store early Saturday, and resulted in the arrest of another man.

A woman and two men were in a car heading north on Interstate 35E when an argument started between the two men, according to a sheriff’s report. The man in the back seat reached forward and began choking the other man, who was a passenger in the front seat.

The victim shook loose and yelled at the backseat passenger, who produced a folding knife and reached forward again and cut the victim’s throat from ear to ear, according to the report.

The female driver pulled into the convenience store parking lot, and both she and the second man began trying to staunch the heavy flow of blood spurting from the victim’s throat. She called 911 and police and paramedics arrived.

The man was taken by CareFlite helicopter to a Dallas hospital where he underwent surgery and was expected to survive, according to the report.

The suspect told law enforcement officers that when he is drinking, he wants to kill someone, according to the report.

Leslie Edward Wyatt, 33, of Alvord remained in Denton County Jail on Monday in lieu of $200,000 bail, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


Other reports

200 block of King Road, Little Elm area — A female clerk at a grocery store foiled a robbery attempt Friday, according to a sheriff’s report.

Witnesses said a man walked into the store at about 11:30 a.m. dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask and a black bandanna on his head.

He walked up to the counter brandishing a machete and demanded all the money from the register, the report states.

The clerk said no.

The man shoved merchandise off the counter and walked around it, still waving the machete. He grabbed the woman’s arm and again demanded that she open the cash register, the report states. According to the report, the clerk jumped on the man’s back and jerked the mask off his face.

The man ran out the front door and disappeared on foot.

900 block of Panhandle Street — Denton firefighters working a living room blaze at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday notified police that there was a large amount of marijuana growing in the house.

Police found one room with small growing cartons filled with numerous small plants, the report states. In another room, they reported finding numerous 2-gallon tubs containing larger plants. There were so many the officer who made the report could not count them.

A woman living at the house said the marijuana was hers, the report states. She said she was out of work and trying to make money. She said she had several friends who bought the illegal substance from her because it is a good pain remedy, the report states.

She was charged with possession of marijuana under 5 pounds.



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

•  Denton police handled 825 service and officer-initiated calls, including one assault, one identification theft, eight thefts, one case of possession of a controlled substance, one suicide attempt, one case of credit card abuse, five vehicle burglaries, seven reports of criminal mischief, one case of possession of marijuana, three reports of threats, three cases of debit card abuse and two reports of fraud.

•  Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 517 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. A total of 111 people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of three burglaries, two vehicle burglaries, eight thefts, one robbery, two reports of harassment, one criminal mischief, one fight and one suspicious vehicle.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 49 medical calls, one false call, nine traffic accidents, one alarm, one cooking fire, two requests to assist an invalid, one person dead on the scene, two requests to public service, two smoke investigations, one request to assist police, one rescue and one structure fire.

Argyle firefighters responded to one assault and one medical call.

Aubrey firefighters responded to two alarms, one assault, one domestic disturbance and one request to unlock a vehicle.

Krum firefighters responded to two medical calls.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one request to assist a citizen, one structure fire, two medical calls and one traffic accident.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one assault.

Sanger firefighters responded to one hazardous materials incident, five medical calls and two water main breaks.

DONNA FIELDER can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is .


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.