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Blotter: Unidentified woman dies after jumping off overpass in Sanger

A woman in her 50s died Wednesday night after jumping off the overpass at Keaton Road and Interstate 35 in Sanger, according to Lt. Orlando Hinojosa, a spokesman for the Denton County Sheriff's Office. 

The woman, who has not yet been identified, jumped off the overpass and appeared to hit a vehicle on the interstate, Hinojosa said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. 

Authorities said Sanger paramedics were on the way to another call when they saw the woman jump. They called police about 7:50 p.m.

Troy Taylor, a spokesman for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, said the woman was a Denton County resident but would not elaborate further. He said medical investigators performed an autopsy Thursday, but they were unable to reach her next of kin by late Thursday afternoon. 

Medical examiners typically identify next of kin before releasing a deceased person's name to the public.

Anyone suffering from thoughts of suicide can call the Denton County MHMR crisis hotline at 1-800-762-0157. Denton County MHMR treats people with a mental health diagnosis or developmental disabilities. 

Other reports 

900 block of Fort Worth Drive — Denton police on Wednesday recovered an ATM skimming device used to read credit and debit cards at a 7-Eleven convenience store in the 900 block of Fort Worth Drive.

Denton police on Wednesday recovered a skimming device used to read credit and debit cards from an ATM at a 7-Eleven convenience store in the 900 block of Fort Worth Drive. The pictured device is intended to mimic a card reader on the ATM.Denton Police Department
Denton police on Wednesday recovered a skimming device used to read credit and debit cards from an ATM at a 7-Eleven convenience store in the 900 block of Fort Worth Drive. The pictured device is intended to mimic a card reader on the ATM.
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Police said they found it the same day it had been placed on the machine. Officers checked all other 7-Eleven stores in the city and did not find any other skimming devices, police said. Investigators are still looking for a suspect.

Police found the skimming device, which is designed to mimic a card reader, and a camera intended to capture pin numbers. A citizen reported the "suspicious device" at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the skimmer was likely placed on the machine about 8 a.m. that day.

Police offered several helpful to tips to identify a skimming device, including wiggling the card reader and keypad and blocking the keypad with your hand to protect your pin. Be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked or damaged, police said.

1900 block of Plantation Drive in Savannah — Multiple fire departments responded to a residential fire Thursday morning at a vacant home in the 1900 block of Plantation Parkway in the Savannah subdivision in eastern Denton County.

Firefighters take a break after helping contain a house fire near the intersection of Plantation Parkway and Cherokee Rose Trail in the Savannah subdivision in eastern Denton County.  The house was vacant.DRC
Firefighters take a break after helping contain a house fire near the intersection of Plantation Parkway and Cherokee Rose Trail in the Savannah subdivision in eastern Denton County. The house was vacant.
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No injuries were reported in the incident, and no other homes were affected by the blaze, according to Denton County Emergency Services assistant director Roland Asebedo.

The fire was reported about 11:45 a.m. Authorities did not have a damage estimate as of Thursday afternoon.

Agencies from Aubrey, Frisco, Pilot Point, Denton, Little Elm and Prosper responded to the incident.

700 block of Jupiter Drive — A married couple spat on each other during a fight Wednesday as the husband held his wife down while she tried to hit him, according to a police report.

The 32-year-old woman called police at 5:50 p.m. Before officers dispatched to the home, the husband had left for work, while the wife stayed with their 1-year-old child, the report said. No arrests were made. 

500 block of West University Drive — A suspect took the wheels off a vehicle in the parking lot of a Goodyear shop on Wednesday before leaving the vehicle on cinder blocks and a jack, according to a police report.

The report did not specify the type of vehicle. Enterprise Rental Car was listed as the victim in the report, but it's unclear whether the damaged car was a rental. No arrests were made. 

2800 block of Mayhill Road — A 22-year-old man said he was assaulted while "minding his own businesses" on Wednesday at Mayhill Hospital, according to a police report.

He said the suspect caused his nose to bleed. The report did not include further information. No arrests were made.

Roundup

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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 949 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 32 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 176 calls for service and made six arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 24 medical calls, three vehicle accidents and one bomb scare (no bomb found).