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Blotter: Kentucky woman's body found in submerged vehicle in Lewisville Lake

Police recovered the body of a 20-year-old Kentucky woman Tuesday afternoon in a submerged vehicle near a Little Elm Park boat ramp on Lewisville Lake. 

Police believe the drowning was a suicide, according to a city press release, which did not identify the victim.

In the release, Little Elm police said the woman was involved in a domestic dispute earlier at about 2:20 a.m. at a house on Appaloosa Court. She had gotten into a fight with her ex-boyfriend, who is a Little Elm resident, the release said.  

The woman wasn't at the house when police arrived. Police said she called her parents in Kentucky and threatened to harm herself. Her parents then reported the threats to police. 

Police used information from her ex-boyfriend and parents to search for her throughout the day. Investigators used triangulation technology to locate her cellphone and received a "digital response" from an area near the boat ramp, according to the release. 

Authorities then recovered her body in the submerged car at about 5:30 p.m. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has officially ruled her death a drowning. They have not yet determined whether it was a suicide. 

Denton police looking for man considered 'armed and dangerous'

Denton police are looking for a man who is accused of assaulting the mother of his child in November and continually harassing her through texts, phone calls and in person, according to Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer. 

Police said Robert Dewayne Hayes, 31, also sent the woman a photo of himself holding a handgun to his mouth, which leads them to believe he's currently armed. 

Kizer said Hayes is accused of kicking his girlfriend from behind on Nov. 27 at an apartment complex in the 3900 block of Teasley Lane. He then kicked her in the legs repeatedly, Kizer said.

According to jail records from a previous arrest, Hayes lived at the apartment complex.  

The woman told police that he's assaulted her in the past, according to Kizer. At the time, she said they had been dating for three years. Denton police have since obtained a warrant for his arrest, but he's eluded police while continuously harassing the woman, Kizer said. 

If anyone locates the man, police are asking people to immediately call 911 and not approach him. 

Fire department investigates apparent explosion at Morrison Milling Co. 

Denton fire officials believe a small explosion in a dust collection unit at Morrison Milling Co. forced about 45 workers to evacuate the plant Wednesday afternoon. 

A Denton firefighter pulls a firehose to the roof of Morrison Milling Co. on Wednesday after reports of an explosion in a dust collection unit at the plant.DRC
A Denton firefighter pulls a firehose to the roof of Morrison Milling Co. on Wednesday after reports of an explosion in a dust collection unit at the plant.

No one was injured, and the incident is still under investigation. Fire department spokesman Kenneth Hedges said a portion of the plant, at 319 E. Prairie St., will have to remain shut down from the damage.  

He said Morrison representatives will go to the plant to assess the piece of equipment that failed. Company Vice President Steve Phillips said dust collection units generally include a panel that blows "away from the building and away from people" when pressure builds up in the machine. 

Phillips didn't know what caused the possible explosion on Wednesday. 

Other reports 

100 block of West University Drive — A man reportedly stole two hand baskets of baby formula and a dozen flowers Tuesday from Walgreens. 

The stolen items were valued at more than $900. Police responded to the report at 1:30 p.m., but they could not locate the suspect. Investigators gathered video surveillance footage, the report said. 

Intersection of West Congress Street and Carroll Boulevard — Denton police found hashish, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a 20-year-old man's vehicle on Tuesday during a traffic stop, according to a report. 

Police said they smelled an odor of marijuana during the traffic stop, but the report did not specify the initial reason officers pulled the man over. 

He was taken to Denton City Jail on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and a charge of possession of marijuana. 


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 923 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 30 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 128 calls for service and made seven arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 28 medical calls, three vehicle crashes, one grass fire and six active smoke detectors.