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Blotter: Simultaneous accidents in Denton shut down highway

The northbound lanes of Interstate 35E through Denton were shut down for more than two hours Tuesday afternoon after simultaneous accidents occurred on the highway.

At 1:24 p.m., Denton police responded to a motor vehicle accident call in the 600 block of North I-35E in the southbound lanes.

Officer Shane Kizer, spokesman for the department, said the accident involved a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle.

“The vehicle was wedged under the semi, and the passenger was trapped,” he said.

Kizer said that once freed from the passenger car, the person was transported to Denton Regional Medical Center as a precaution.

Within minutes, a second accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the 600 block of I-35E involving a Buick and Nissan Altima. Both lanes of traffic were closed upon arrival, officials said.

Kizer said two people from this accident were transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton.

Their injuries and conditions were unavailable.

The cause of both accidents are under investigation.


Other reports

Loop 288 at FM428 — A man was taken into custody recently after evading arrest from state troopers twice, officials said.

Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Highway Patrol, said Monday that the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Highway Patrol and the Lewisville Police Department K-9 unit responded to a manhunt Saturday night.

Haschel said Aubrey police were following a vehicle Saturday evening after they learned the man driving had a warrant for fleeing troopers a month earlier.

Haschel said reports show that the man jumped out after taking a turn onto Hartlee Field Road, near a heavily wooded area.

Police, helicopter and a K-9 unit searched a heavily wooded area near Farris Road before calling it quits later that evening, he said.

The next day, Denton County sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop and the man who had fled authorities twice, was a passenger.

“He admitted to fleeing and turned himself in,” Haschel said.

8400 block of Brahma Drive — Someone took carpet from a foreclosed home, sheriff officials said.

According to reports, a business owner reported Monday that carpet was taken from a home his company is cleaning and preserving for a bank.

The value of the carpet taken is unknown, reports show.



From 7 a.m. Monday- 7 a.m. Tuesday:

Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 788 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty-one people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 308 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 17 reports online.

Denton firefighters responded to 17 medical calls, one cooking fire contained to a container, two good intent calls and two public service calls.

Other reports

Argyle firefighters responded to one structure fire, two medical calls and assisted one citizen. Argyle police responded to one solicitor complaint, two suspicious activity calls, 14 traffic calls, one animal bite report, one animal complaint and assisted two agencies.

Aubrey firefighters responded to two medical calls and two traffic transport incidents. Aubrey police responded to one criminal mischief report, one disturbance call, two follow up investigations, one suspicious person, one theft report and two traffic calls.

Bartonville police responded to four traffic calls and assisted two agencies.

Corinth police assisted one agency, four motorists and responded to one criminal mischief report, two disturbance calls, one fireworks complaint, two harassment reports, one missing person, three roadblocks, 30 traffic calls, one welfare concern and three animal complaints.

Double Oak police responded to one ordinance violation, two traffic calls, one solicitor complaint and assisted one agency.

Flower Mound firefighters responded to five inspection calls.

Hickory Creek police responded to four disturbance calls, one fireworks complaint, one noise complaint, one roadblock, four suspicious activity calls, two thefts, seven traffic calls and one vehicle complaint.

Justin firefighters responded to one medical call. Justin police responded to one suspicious vehicle call, one traffic call and one medical call.

Krum firefighters responded to one medical call. Krum police officers responded to one harassment call, one illegal dumping call, five traffic calls and one welfare concern.

Krugerville police responded to one vehicle complaint.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one fire and two medical calls.

Little Elm firefighters responded to three medical calls and one traffic transport incident. Little Elm police responded to one burglary, one Child Protective Services referral, three criminal mischief reports, three noise complaints, one roadblock, 12 traffic calls, one traffic transport incident, three animal complaints, three suspicious activity calls and assisted three motorists.

Lewisville police made five arrests.

Northlake police assisted one agency and responded to one loose livestock call, one suspicious vehicle call, seven traffic calls, one traffic transport incident and one animal complaint.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one domestic disturbance and one traffic transport incident. Oak Point police responded to one disturbance, two harassment reports, four traffic calls and assisted one agency.

Ponder firefighters responded to one medical call. Ponder police responded to one medical call and five traffic calls.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to two medical calls. Pilot Point police responded to one criminal mischief call, one noise complaint, one theft, one welfare concern and assisted one agency.

Sanger firefighters responded to eight medical calls and one structure fire. Sanger police responded to one burglary, one criminal mischief in progress, one disturbance call, one structure fire, one reckless driver, one roadblock, one theft report and assisted five motorists.

Trophy Club firefighters responded to one traffic transport incident. Trophy Club police responded to one roadblock, 18 ordinance violations, one solicitor complaint, three suspicious activity calls, 10 traffic calls, one welfare concern, five animal complaints and assisted two agencies.

— Megan Gray