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Blotter: Former Denton City Council candidate arrested on domestic assault charge

Police arrested former Denton City Council candidate and local business owner Dawn Gillespie — who also goes by Amanda Servis — Thursday night after her husband claimed she punched him at their south Denton home.

Dawn GillespieDenton Police Department
Dawn Gillespie
Denton Police Department

According to an arrest affidavit, officers responded to a domestic disturbance at 11:55 p.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Sandpiper Drive. When police arrived, they noticed broken glass, pieces of a stove and other household items strewn across the floor, the affidavit said.

The 37-year-old victim said he and Gillespie, 32, got into an argument earlier that night after she returned from Lucky Locks salon. Gillespie previously owned the salon, but told officers she had just sold the business, according to the affidavit. 

The man told officers he went to bed at about 10 p.m., but Gillespie came into his room intoxicated and started hitting him. The man recorded audio of the interaction and police said Gillespie could be heard yelling and hitting him, the affidavit said.

Gillespie denied hitting her husband and said the sound was her clapping her hands together. According to the affidavit, officers saw a red mark on the man's back where Gillespie allegedly hit him.

Officers arrested Gillespie on a charge of assault family violence. She was taken to Denton City Jail and was released by Friday evening.

Gillespie ran for the Denton City Council Place 4 seat in 2017, but lost to John Ryan.

Other reports

900 block of South Elm Street — Two men were arrested Thursday afternoon when narcotics investigators found a sizable amount of drugs in their house, according to a police report.

Investigators entered the home at about 3 p.m. Thursday and found marijuana and other controlled substances along with drug paraphernalia and a firearm. Officers seized the drugs and arrested two suspects, a 29-year-old man and a 27-year-old man. 

The men were taken to Denton City Jail, where they were charged with manufacturing or delivering more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams of a controlled substance, and possession of more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds of marijuana.

2100 block of Spencer Road — Officers reported finding a 39-year-old man hiding in an apartment of a woman who had a restraining order against him.

Police responded to a call at about 3 p.m. Thursday about someone violating a protective order. According to a police report, the caller said a man went into the home of a woman he allegedly beat up the week before. The caller also said the 37-year-old woman had taken out a protective order that said the man couldn't come within 500 feet of her home.

When officers contacted the woman, she wouldn't let them search the apartment, the report said. Police obtained a search warrant and found the man hiding behind a cardboard box in the attic.

The man was arrested and charged with violating a protective order.


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 929 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 38 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 169 calls for service and made 18 arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 33 medical calls, one vehicle crash and one gas leak.