Homicide investigation underway

A homicide investigation is underway this morning after police were dispatched to a shots fired call off University Drive, police said.

Officer Shane Kizer, spokesman for Denton police, said the call came in about 3:49 a.m. Saturday morning and officers were dispatched to Denton Center, a shopping center off W. University Drive.

When officers arrived they discovered a Hispanic man in his early 50s lying on the asphalt between Drug Emporium and Denton Athletics with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest, Kizer said.

The man- whose identity is not being released pending notification of family-was a transient who lived in Denton, according to police.

Officers are currently investigating a motive and working to identify a suspect linked to the shooting, Kizer said.

-Megan Gray- Hatfield

Search for boy continues

As of 2:30 a.m. Thursday Denton County Sheriff Office deputies were still searching for a missing 5-year-old boy.

Adrian Reyes was last seen wearing an orange shirt with black and blue stripes and a pair of blue jeans when he was taken from a residence located in the 9900 block of Cedar Lane around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sandi Brackeen, spokeswoman for the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, said. He was not wearing any shoes.

“A man came into the front door of the home and entered the house without consent,”Brackeen said near the scene of where the alleged kidnapping took place in an area known as “Hill Town” near Little Elm and Oak Point.

Brackeen said a physical confrontation between a relative of Reyes’ and the Hispanic man who took him ensued before the man grabbed the boy, left the residence and fled the area on foot.

She was unsure how many individuals were in the home at the time the boy was taken, however, she did say his mother was in Mexico.

At this time, officials have not released the name of the suspect or if he has any relation to the boy.

Brackeen said an Amber Alert had not been issued because they aren’t sure who is allowed to have custody of the boy at this time. Investigators are working to get in touch with the mother in Mexico, she said around midnight.

There has not been any indication the boy is in danger, she said.

- Megan Gray-Hatfield

Police investigate fatal crash

Denton police investigators are currently working a fatal one-vehicle accident that occured shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Magnolia Street and North Carroll Boulevard.

Officer Orlando Hinojosa, spokesman for Denton police, said a woman driving a Chevrolet Malibu was traveling eastbound on Magnolia towards Carroll when she lost control and crashed into a tree.

“The female driver was found dead on arrival,” Hinojosa said.

A small child was transported to Denton Regional Medical Center with non life threatening injures.

They were the only two occupants in the car at the time of the crash, Hinojosa said.

Additional details were not immediatley available as the investigation is currently ongoing.

- Megan Gray-Hatfield

Police investigate stabbings

Little Elm police are investigating the stabbings of three men Monday night, police said.

Sgt. Nicole Shaw, Little Elm Crime Prevention Officer, said they were called at 7 p.m. Monday about a breathing problem at a residence located in the 2600 block of Saltmaker Way.

In a news release issued by the department Tuesday afternoon, Shaw stated that when paramedics and officers arrived on the scene, it became clear that an assault with knives had taken place among the three men.

While all three men suffered stab wounds, investigating officers believe only two of the men actively participated in the assault. Identities are still being determined and verified due to the “uncooperative nature” of the assailants and victims, the release stated.

Police said that while a preliminary review of the incident seems to rule out a domestic dispute, further investigation may shed light on the issues that precipitated the event.

The relationship of the three men is unclear at this time, according to police.

Shaw said the stabbings were an isolated incident and that there is no real danger to the public.

All three men were transported to area hospitals for evaluation Monday night and their medical status is unknown by police at this time.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

– Megan Gray-Hatfield

Area business destroyed by 2-alarm blaze

1:00 p.m. UPDATE:

The business lost an estimated $1 million in inventory, according to fire officials. Attempts to reach a business manager for Moore Supply Co. have been unsuccessful so far.


Numerous firefighters are working through the night trying to put out the remnants of a fiery blaze that began more than two hours ago on Duncan Street, officials said.

Kenneth Hedges, spokesman for Denton Fire Department, said It was about 10:30 p.m. Thursday when the department received a call reporting flames seen at an area business that he said is now a “complete and total loss.”

Upon arrival to Moore Supply Company on Duncan Street, crews reported flames seen from the eaves of the roof to the estimated 10,000-square-foot office showroom and warehouse. Within 15-20 minutes, a second alarm was called, Hedges said.

“We had to go into a defensive attack,” he said. “The fire quickly spread.”

Moore Supply Company is a top distributor of premier plumbing products as well as pipe valves and fittings from the best manufacturers for residential, commercial and industrial construction, according to the company’s website.

Hedges said the 2-alarm fire had numerous plastics and chemicals burning, and even some propane bottles were popping off inside.

Around 12:40 a.m. Friday, Hedges said fire was still smoldering, but the flames were out.

The entire fleet from Denton Fire was on scene, he said, in addition to a ladder truck from Carrollton and an engine from Lewisville.

Mutual aid from other agencies are working their calls throughout the overnight hours while Denton crews stay on scene in the below freezing tempatures.

Dallas Drive in both directions was closed to run a line, Hedges said, but he expects most all area roads to be open in time for the morning commute. Duncan Street, officials said, could still be closed.

“Crews will be here working through the night and into the morning putting everything out and working on overhaul,” Hedges said. “Nothing is salvagable.”

— Megan Gray-Hatfield

Police nab 2 in afternoon robbery

Flower Mound police have two men in custody after responding to a robbery call Saturday afternoon.
According to police, at 3:09 p.m. officers responded to a robbery report in the parking lot of a business located in the 2200 block of Cross Timbers Road.
The victim of the alleged robbery reported a white man in his early 20s pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet. Police said the victim also reported white paint on the suspect’s face as he complied to the suspect’s demands.
The suspect, according to a news release issued by the department, fled the scene south on Morris Road.
During a search for the alleged suspect, police obtained a description and license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle and a second person that was possibly involved in the offense from a third party witness, the release stated.
The suspect’s vehicle was located at 4:43 p.m. Saturday in the 3500 block of Long Prairie Road. Two suspects were taken into custody without incident.
The case remains an active investigation, police said, so the suspect’s names are not being released at this time.

Lewisville police investigate shooting

Lewisville police are currently investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon.

Capt. Dan Rochelle said the shooting occurred in the 200 block of East Round Grove Road at 4:11 p.m. Wednesday and at least one man is reported injured.

Two groups of men got into a disagreement and one male on one side pulled a gun and one male on the other side pulled a gun in front of an apartment complex, Rochelle said.

“They exchanged shots and one [with a gun] was injured,” he said.

The injured man went on his own to Medical Center Lewisville where he is being treated for a non-life threatening injury, police said.

They have not released the type of guns used or what the motive is behind the shots fired.

Rochelle said all information is to his understanding and could change as this is an “active and ongoing investigation.”

Megan Gray-Hatfield

Former Denton police officer dies

A long-time Denton police officer passed away Tuesday.

Edward Reynolds served 20 years with the Denton Police Department, his son and current UNT Police Deputy Chief Ed Reynolds said Wednesday.

He joined the United States Marines shortly after graduating Tioga High School and after his enlistment,he joined the Denton Police Department in 1962.

While working as a detective, Reynolds and a co-worker, Det. Jim Bush, were shot in the line of duty in 1964 responding to a person with a gun call, his son said.

“He survived the shooting after multiple surgeries and a long recovery period,” the UNT police chief deputy said.

Reynolds retired as a captain with the department in 1982.

“Even though most of us may not have had the opportunity to know Captain Reynolds he wore our badge and patrolled the same streets we do today,” Capt. Roger White said in am email to police department employees Wednesday announcing his passing.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Wallace Reynolds and his sons Robert (Robby) Reynolds, Christopher (Chris) Allen Reynolds, Benny Joe Reynolds, Ed Wallace Reynolds, and grandchildren Ryan Heath Reynolds, Cole Edward Reynolds, and Sydney Marie Reynolds, according to his obituary.

Visitation will be at DeBerry Funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Graveside services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Prairie Mound cemetery in Argyle. The funeral procession will leave DeBerry’s shortly after 9:30 a.m. and The Denton Police Department Honor Guard will provide detail at the viewing and graveside service, officials said.

Officers in uniform are encouraged to attend.

– Megan Gray-Hatfield

Search underway for missing man

Search crews are currently underway looking for a man in his early 30s that was reported missing since Friday evening on Lewisville Lake.

Game Warden Daron Blackerby said a call came in Friday around 9:15 p.m. about a man and woman having difficulty on a stratus style bass boat on the Lake Dallas side of the lake.

Lewisville Fire Department rescue crews were able to assist in helping the woman to safety, officials said, but the man- believed to be from Little Elm- was already missing.

The boat had already started sinking, Blackerby said, and the woman was able to make her way to the top part of the boat where she was found.

“We have been out searching since 7 this morning and now more boat traffic is out so it’s making things a bit difficult,” Blackerby said.

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office and the Lewisville Fire Department are assisting in the search that’s taking place anywhere from north of the old dam to the shoreline to the Westlake Park boat ramp to north of the area known as “party cove”, officials said.

“It’s a large search area,” Blackerby said Saturday afternoon.

This would be the first drowning related death on the lake this year. Last year, Denton County officials said there was nine drowning related deaths linked to being found in a lake body.

The missing man, officials said, was reportedly not wearing a life jacket.

– Megan Gray

Man stabbed during altercation

One man remains in critical condition after being stabbed outside a club on Eagle Drive early Saturday morning, officials said.

Officers were dispatched at 2:16 a.m. to a stabbing outside of Club Heat, located at 801 Eagle Drive, after a 35-year-old Hispanic male received a laceration to his throat.

Police said the altercation started inside the club and then escalated outside into a parking lot.

The 35-year-old was transported by the Denton Fire Department via ambulance to Denton Regional Medical Center where he still remains in critical condition.

The male suspect, police said, was located at a nearby apartment complex with the help of witnesses. The man, who remains unidentified, was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault, police said.

The accident remains under investigation.