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Blotter: Animal cruelty suspect in custody

A former Denton animal shelter employee faces a charge of cruelty to a non-livestock animal after he was accused of throwing a kitten to the ground on Dec. 15 at the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center.

David Goucher, 22, was arrested Tuesday and taken to Denton City Jail. His bond has not yet been determined.

A co-worker who witnessed the incident told police on Dec. 16 that Goucher was in the “cat area” changing the kitten’s collar when it bit him. He then raised the feline and threw it to the floor, witnesses said at the time.

Police said Goucher had previously handed in his notice of resignation, and Dec. 15 was his last day working at the shelter.

Other reports

2500 block of South Interstate 35E — A 29-year-old man was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton on Monday morning after reportedly shooting himself in the hand while cleaning his gun, according to a police report.

The victim’s brother told police at 8:47 p.m. the man was cleaning his 9 mm handgun when he shot himself, the report said. Police recovered the gun from the apartment, and no arrests were made.

The report said the man was treated for his injuries at the hospital, though his current condition is unknown.

Teasley Lane and Dallas Drive — A 46-year-old man was arrested Monday morning on a charge of obstructing a highway passageway after police said he was hitting vehicles in the roadway near an intersection.

The police report did not specify whether the suspect hit the vehicles with his own car.

Police initially responded to a disturbance at a business in the 500 block of Interstate 35E. According to the report, the man was refusing to leave, yelling at a manager and “hitting cars in the parking lot.”

Officer eventually spoke to the man and gave him a notice of criminal trespassing. They later found the same man at Teasley Lane and Dallas Driving hitting passing cars, the report said. He was taken to Denton City Jail.


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

Denton County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers handled 784 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve, and 36 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police posted 18 reports online.

Denton firefighters responded to 24 medical calls, two vehicle accidents and one call for public service.

— Julian Gill