Afternoon accident leaves 2 hospitalized

A husband and wife remain at Denton Regional Medical Center after they were involved in a multiple-vehicle accident on southbound Interstate 35E at the Loop 288 exit Saturday afternoon.

The witness called police at 1:52 p.m. Saturday to report that the driver of a semi-tractor trailer truck lost control after the vehicle blew a tire and struck several vehicles on I-35E.

Police arrived to find the truck, a Chevrolet Suburban and two Toyota vehicles involved in the accident.

The Chevrolet Suburban was traveling in the right lane of southbound I35-E approaching the South Loop 288 exit ramp as the semi was in the left lane passing.

The driver of the suburban attempted to change lanes into the left lane and struck the semi, according to police. The Suburban bounced off the semi, back across the right lane and into the exit lane striking a Toyota Crossover SUV that was stopped waiting to exit, according to a press release issued by the Denton Police Department Saturday evening.

Officer Shane Kizer, spokesman for Denton police, said the semi also lost control and veered into the exit lane striking a different Toyota Crossover waiting to exit. The semi continued across the grassy area of the roadway and finally came to a stop on the service road.

The couple was in the Toyota that was struck by the semi. The 67-year-old man was driving, and his 66-year-old wife was in the passenger seat. They were taken by Denton Fire and Rescue ambulance to Denton Regional Medical Center.

Kizer said the extent of their injuries is unknown at this time, but the couple will remain in the hospital Saturday evening for further treatment.

The accident remains under investigation.

Deputy Constable hospitalized after crash

Deputy Constable Ken Fuller, Pct. 1, remains in critical, but stable condition after a car crash in Montague County Saturday night.

Constable Jesse Flores, pct. 1, said that he didn’t have many details surrounding the incident other than his new hire crashed while driving his personal vehicle off-duty somewhere after 8 p.m. in Montague County.

“Right now, I am asking for thoughts and prayers for him and his family,” Flores said during a phone interview shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. “I am hoping he is going to be okay.”

Flores said Fuller had to be transported by air ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth because of his injuries.

“Due to HIPPA law I can’t say much else, but he is in critical but stable condition and his family is with him,” Flores said.

Fuller, officials said, was hired on back in July and appointed as a new deputy for the constable’s office.

“He is a good, hard worker and I will be checking in on him,” Flores said.

Further details aren’t immediately available, but Flores said the accident is under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Authorities search for missing Flower Mound officer

Authorities have been searching for a Town of Flower Mound police officer who has been missing since running a marathon out of town this weekend.
Sergeant Jeremy Varnell has been with the Flower Mound Police Department for 19 years and was reported missing by his family Monday in San Antonio, officials said.
Flower Mound Capt. Wess Griffin said Varnell is an experienced marathoner and has several medals from various marathons on his desk at work.
“The Flower Mound Police Department has sent two detectives to assist San Antonio police with their investigation in any way they can,” Griffin said in an email Tuesday.
Griffin said the department is deeply concerned for Varnell’s welfare and hopeful that he will safely return to his friends and family very soon.
Varnell has been working for law enforcement in Denton County for 22 years, officials said.

Police seek public’s help to I’D suspect

Composite released of an alleged Lewisville assault suspect. (Courtesy of Lewisville Police Department.)


Lewisville police are seeking the public’s help to identify a man who allegedly assaulted a teenage girl recently.

Police said the 14-year-old exited her school bus in the 800 block of Lakeside Circle Sept. 24 when she noticed a suspicious vehicle nearby.

According to a news release issued by the department, as the teenager got closer to her apartment complex, a male exited a white, two-door vehicle and started walking towards her at a rapid pace, all while shouting, “Hey, come here!”

Police said the man eventually caught up with the teenager and grabbed her arm before he pulled down her shirt and made a sexually explicit comment towards her.

The teenager punched the alleged suspect in the face as he tried to push her to the ground. This, police said, knocked his glasses off. According to the release, he then picked up his glasses and ran off.

A composite was etched to show the alleged suspect in more detail. Police said the suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 30-35 years-old, medium build with dark hair. At the time of the alleged assault, the man was wearing glasses, dark green scrubs and black shoes.

Anyone with information related to this offense is asked to call the Lewisville Police Department’s Tip Line at 972-219-TIPS (8477) or Denton County Crime Stoppers at 800-388-TIPS (8477).

Park stabbing leads to two arrests

Two men were arrested Sunday evening after a 30-year-old was found stabbed in Quakertown Park, Denton police said.
James W. Maraman, 56, and James G. Powell, 49, are being held at the city jail on charges of aggravated assault, Officer Shane Kizer, spokesman for Denton police, said.
At 8:13 p.m. Sunday witnesses reported a 30-year-old man had been assaulted with a knife near Oakland Street and was in need of medical attention, investigators said.
Responding officers located a man stabbed near a storm drain on the west side of Quakertown Park with at least two lacerations- one on his lower left side and one at the base of his neck, just above the sternum, Kizer said.
The man, he said, was transported by ambulance to Denton Regional Hospital.
“His injuries did not appear to be life threatening,” Kizer said.
A news release sent out by the department showed several witnesses at the scene alleging the stabbing was over the victim and his ex-girlfriend.
The 30-year-old man was in the park with some friends when he was confronted by two men, allegedly to warn him to stay away from his ex-girlfriend. An argument ensued soon after the man was confronted, which eventually escalated into a fight, according to the news release.
Witnesses alleged both men confronted the 30-year-old with a knife, but police said it was unclear during the initial investigation if both suspects were armed with knives at this time. Two knives, Kizer said, were found at the scene.
An investigation is ongoing.