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Blotter: Man’s paranoia leads to friend’s arrest

Possible drug-induced paranoia for one man led to a night in Denton jail for a friend of his Wednesday, according to a police report.

Denton officers were dispatched to a convenience store in the 100 block of South Loop 288 in reference to a suspicious person.

The caller reported that his life was in danger and 11 to 15 men and women were there watching him. The caller reported that he was watching his friend’s car and that the clerk told him that he would have to leave soon. Upon arrival to the location, the officer spoke with the caller and his female friend. The caller appeared very paranoid and afraid of some individuals that were not even there, the report said.

Directly outside of the friend’s vehicle on the ground was a ripped-open clear bag containing a white powdery substance the officer believed to be cocaine, according to the report. The owner of the vehicle then arrived at the location. Police spoke with the vehicle owner, who admitted that he had some marijuana in his center console, according to the report.

The officer retrieved 7.5 grams of marijuana from the center console along with other drug paraphernalia, the report said. The vehicle owner was arrested on a possession of marijuana charge and the caller and his friend were advised to leave the property. It was not determined where the bag with the white substance came from. It was seized and put into evidence at the police department.

Other reports

2100 block of Spencer Road — Denton officers responded to a theft call Wednesday. The victim reported that her ex-boyfriend had stolen her son’s cellphone while he was at their residence.

The cellphone was tracking on GPS heading southbound on Interstate 35W toward Fort Worth. The woman said that her ex-boyfriend resides in Fort Worth, and he recently had called her and said that she stole some things from him.

1100 block of East McKinney Street — A Denton officer was dispatched to a convenience store on a report of a theft.

A man working for a beer distributor was unloading beer to take it into the store. He said he made a trip into the store and when he returned, he found that two cases had been taken. There were no witnesses to the theft.


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

Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 900 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve, and 45 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 274 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 17 reports online.

Denton firefighters responded to 13 medical calls, a police matter, a citizen complaint, three vehicle accidents with injuries, two system malfunctions and a public service.

— Bj Lewis