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Blotter: Lake Dallas police nab loose python

Lake Dallas police captured a 5-foot female python early Monday morning just after midnight near the The Lakeshore apartment complex in the 300 block of East Swisher Road. 

Police initially received a call about a "very large snake" near the apartment complex, according to Lake Dallas police Lt. Vikki Chandler. The city's director of animal services, Julien Peralta, was eventually called to the scene to capture the snake, which is now alive and well at a local animal shelter. 

"This is only about the third or fourth python in my 19-year history [with the police department]," Chandler said. "Sometimes they get too big and people let them loose or they get out of the cage." 

She said police don't yet know where the snake came from. 

Other reports 

1500 block of South Loop 288 — Two women were accused of placing clearance price tags over more expensive merchandise and paying only the clearance price on Monday at Wal-Mart, according to a police report. 

One of the suspects was also found with Xanax, a prescription medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, in a clear plastic bag. 

Both suspects were charged with fraudulent destruction, removal and concealment of a writing. 

The 27-year-old suspect also was charged with possession of a controlled substance, while the 32-year-old suspect had several active warrants. 

2200 block of Stella Street — A person riding a skateboard was accused of prowling an apartment complex on Stella Street before trying to open an apartment window, according to police. 

The report said the man was either trying to enter the apartment or take cellphones photos of three female residents inside, according to the report. 

Denton police were dispatched to the apartment about 3:45 p.m., but no arrests were made. 

1300 block of West Hickory Street — Denton police are investigating reports of graffiti on the Aura Coffee building near the Fry Street bar area.  

The owner called police Monday to report surveillance video of a person spray painting the word "shaka" several times on the side of the building on Nov. 6. Police department spokesman Shane Kizer said he wasn't ready to release the person's physical description or the video footage. 

No arrests have been made. 


From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

39 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 160 calls for service and made 12 arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 31 medical calls, three vehicle crashes, one building fire, and one bomb scare, in which no explosive device was found. 

FEATURED PHOTO: Lake Dallas police captured this 5-foot female python early Monday morning near The Lakeshore apartment complex on East Swisher Road.
Courtesy photo/Lake Dallas Police Department