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Blotter: Bat found near Denton home tests positive for rabies

A bat that Denton Animal Services recently found near the 1900 block of North Bell Avenue tested positive for rabies, according to Deputy Police Chief Lenn Carter.

He said police don't believe any animals or humans came into contact with the bat, which a resident found on the ground near a garage. The Texas Department of State Health Services notified police about the test results Friday.

"Please use this incident as a reminder to keep your cats' and dogs' rabies vaccinations current," Carter said in an email.

The Department of State Health Services reported that four bats tested positive for rabies in Denton County last year, according to statistics on the agency's website.

Carter warned against touching any bats on the ground in the city. He said people should put a box or a bucket over the animal and call Denton Animal Services. Avoid throwing the bat away, he said.

Other reports

600 block of Londonderry Lane — A 27-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after she told police the felon hiding in her closet was not inside her home, according to a police report.

The woman, Jennifer Ratcliff, was taken to Denton City Jail on a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Police were initially dispatched to a home on Londonderry Lane to serve a warrant for a felony parole violation. According to the report, she told police multiple times the wanted man was not inside the home.

When she allowed officers inside to search the residence, police found the man hiding in a closet under a large pile of clothing and "debris," the report said.

Police said she knew the man was a felon.

300 block of Mill Street — A man filed a harassment report Sunday after he said someone left a note on his door and walked outside his home with a holstered handgun, according to a report.

Police said the suspect, who was not identified in the report, pulled a handgun and pointed it at the man. Police were dispatched to the home at about 2:45 p.m. but could not find the suspect.

No arrests were made. Police are still investigating the matter.

300 block of Fulton Street — A 19-year-old woman said she was robbed by two men Sunday on Fulton Street.

Police did not locate the suspects, whose description was not released in the report. The report did not mention the circumstances leading up to the alleged robbery. No arrests were made.


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 2,301 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 109 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 439 calls for service and made 36 arrests. 

Denton firefighters responded to 67 medical calls, six vehicle accidents, one passenger vehicle fire and one natural vegetation fire.