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Blotter: $6,500 battery taken from phone tower site

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By Rachel Mehlhaff / Staff Writer

Someone stole a battery from a phone company’s cell tower in the 8600 block of U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle, according to a Denton County sheriff’s deputy report.

An employee went to the site, found the gates had been forced open and the lock to the battery box cut, he told sheriff’s deputies.

The battery, valued at $6,500, was missing.

Repairs are estimated to cost more than $1,000, the report stated.


Other reports

4100 block of Silverdome Road — The manager of a car wash spent the holiday receiving threats from a couple he fired last week, he told sheriff’s deputies.

He told deputies the husband and wife were upset after getting fired and were retaliating.

The threatening texts and phone calls began on Thanksgiving, the manager reported.

On Sunday, the husband called twice and threatened to go to the manager’s house and kill him, the manager told deputies.

The manager said he was afraid for himself and his family.

2800 block of Wind River Lane — A man reported to Denton police Sunday that someone took the hearing aids he just received.

3700 block of South Interstate 35E — A man reported to Denton police that he had left his keys in the ignition of his vehicle while he ran into a store Sunday, and when he returned. his vehicle was gone. 



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

* Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 2,777 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. A total of 105 people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of four thefts, one assault, one criminal mischief, two disturbances, two burglary of a habitation calls, one burglary of a building, one unauthorized use of a vehicle, one terroristic threat and one burglary of a vehicle.

* Denton firefighters responded to 65 medical calls, five accidents, one water or steam leak, one smoke or odor removal call, two public service assistance calls, five fires, one citizen complaint, four good-intent calls, three alarms, two assist-invalid calls and one police matter.

Argyle firefighters responded to four alarms, six medical calls, one citizen assist, two fires, two accidents and one vehicle unlock.

Aubrey firefighters responded to two alarms, one assault, 19 medical calls, one citizen assist, one disturbance, three fires, one accident and two calls to unlock vehicles.

Krum firefighters responded to 10 medical calls, one alarm, one criminal mischief in progress call, two disturbances, two fires and one vehicle unlock.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to three alarms, 24 medical calls, two citizen assists, one disturbance, seven fires, one juvenile complaint, one odor investigation, seven accidents, two vehicle unlocks and one water main break.

Little Elm firefighters responded to four alarms, 14 medical calls, one citizen assist, two fire department inspections, two fire department station fill ins, four fires, one accident and one water main break.

Oak Point firefighters responded to two alarms and six medical calls.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one alarm, four medical calls, one reckless driver, two accidents and two calls to unlock vehicles.

Sanger firefighters responded to eight medical calls, one carbon monoxide or hazmat call, and four fires.


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

* Denton police handled 650 service and officer-initiated calls, including two vehicle burglaries, one credit or debit card abuse, four thefts, three burglaries of habitations, one runaway, one possession of drug paraphernalia, one forgery, two assaults, two criminal mischief calls, one interference with an emergency call and one burglary of a building.


RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. 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.