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Double Oak Police Beat – December 2016

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Double Oak Police Chief Derrick Watson

Happy Holidays from all the officers in the Double Oak Police Department.  We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve in such a great community.  I would like to thank each and every citizen for the positive support we have received over the past year.

Thank you to Laura Dutt and the kind residents of Chinn Chapel for hosting a fire and police appreciation chili cook off on Saturday, November 12.  It was a lot of fun attending the block party and meeting so many longtime Double Oak residents and their children and grandchildren.

Thank you to the Double Oak Women’s Club for hosting a well-attended and successful fundraising auction for the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department.

Congratulations to Sheriff Elect Tracy Murphree.  During elections it is impolitic for sitting police chiefs to actively endorse or campaign for any particular candidate.  Now that the election is completed I would like to share a few things about Sheriff Murphree.  I’ve known Sheriff Murphree since he was a Texas Ranger and had the privilege to watch him at work serving the community of Double Oak and the State of Texas.  During an aggravated kidnapping investigation in 2010 I witnessed Ranger Murphree coordinate investigators, officers and resources from the Denton County Sheriff’s Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Dallas Police Department fusion center in a successful investigation to arrest and prosecute three highly mobile and dangerous violent criminals.  Ranger Murphree seemed to know everyone in the North Texas law enforcement community and was relentless in his pursuit of the offenders.  Even though he went at least two days without sleep (I think it may have drifted into three days) he never lost his composure, he focused relentlessly on the task and hand, and literally did not rest until the kidnapping victim was home safe in Texas.  Ranger Murphree was a law enforcement role model.  I know that Sheriff Murphree has overwhelming support from the law enforcement community and that he will do an outstanding job for the citizens of Denton County.

Thank you to outgoing Sheriff Will Travis.  You and your command staff Deputy Chief Rex George and Assistant Chief of Operations Randy Plemons were always available to answer questions, provide resources when needed and were extremely professional in their duties.  Thank you to all the Denton County Deputies, Investigators and Telecommunicators for the daily and professional assistance you provide to the citizens of Double Oak and their police department.

May we all enjoy a peaceful New Year.

Recent Police Calls

Alarm – 100 blk. Trailing Oaks, Double Oak.

Motorist Assist – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – Officer gave a ride home to a moped rider who became stranded in Double Oak.

Harassment – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – A resident reported threatening telephone harassment by a known person.

Criminal Mischief – 200 blk. Cedarcrest, Double Oak – A resident reported an unknown person flattening their vehicle tires.

Failure To Leave Identification – 8000 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – A motorist reported having been sideswiped, by a known vehicle, with resulting damage to their car.

Suspicious Circumstances – 900 blk. Ranch Rd., Copper Canyon – A resident reported an unknown person with a flashlight trying all the doors on a nearby home.  Upon arrival Double Oak and Bartonville Officers found an unlocked back door and conducted a house check (no one was found inside the residence). Dallas County Sheriff’s Officer arrived and took control of the scene.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 3300 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – During the course of a traffic contact officer found the motorist to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Driving While Intoxicated – 3600 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Officer stopped a male driver, 40 years of age, believed to be intoxicated on alcohol.  Subject was taken into custody and transported to the Denton County Jail.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 3600 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – During the course of a traffic stop officer located drug paraphernalia and subject was issued a citation.

Suspicious Circumstances – 3900 blk. Chapel Ct., Double Oak – A resident observed an unknown person walking around a vacant home.  Follow up investigation revealed subject was working for a contracting company winterizing the vacant home.

Criminal Mischief – 400 blk. Oak Trail, Double Oak – Unknown person spray-painted over multiple “Vote Republican” signs.

Juvenile Complaint – 100 blk. Cross Timbers, Double Oak – A resident reported juveniles ringing her doorbell and then running away. Officer was unable to locate the juveniles.

Suspicious Circumstances – 200 blk. S. Carruth, Double Oak – A caller reported an unknown vehicle, occupied by multiple people, parked in front of their home at 10:51 p.m.  Further investigation revealed the occupants were waiting to pick up a friend from a nearby home.

Disturbance – 400 blk. Cross Timbers, Double Oak – Complaint about loud music.

Arrest – 8100 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Officer stopped a motorcyclist riding without a license plate.  Further investigation revealed he was wanted for multiple misdemeanor warrants.  An adult male, 33 years of age, was placed under arrest and transported to Flower Mound jail.

Assist Agency – 900 blk. Crimson Rd., Lantana – Officer assisted with call regarding a runaway child.

Suspicious Circumstances – 1300 blk. Lakeside Ct., Bartonville – Double Oak Officer and Denton County Deputy investigated a house where the owner discovered a door had been unexpectedly opened while they were asleep.  Homeowner asked the officers to check their residence.  No sign of criminal activity was detected.

Major Accident – Lusk Ln. at Kings Rd., Double Oak – At approximately 9:30 p.m. a motorist ran the stop sign at Lusk, drove across a resident’s lawn and struck a tree disabling their vehicle.  Subject left the location on foot prior to officer arrival.  Investigation is ongoing.

Disturbance – 1400 blk. Golf Club Dr., Lantana – Double Oak Officer assisted with the investigation of a disturbance between family members.

Crime Prevention – 100 blk. Tanglewood, Double Oak – Officer found a homeowner’s garage door open at 10:15 a.m. and attempted multiple times to contact the owner.

Welfare Check – 800 blk. McMakin Rd., Bartonville – A witness reported a bicyclist riding extremely slowly and was concerned for their health.  Officer was unable to locate the bicyclist.

Disturbance – 8400 blk. Canyon Crossing, Lantana – Dispute between family members.

Suspicious Activity – 200 blk. Meadowknoll, Double Oak – Caller reported a person flying a drone over their property.

Suspicious Circumstances – Broome Rd., Bartonville – A witness reported loud screams at 10:20 p.m.  Upon further investigation it was determined that the screams were from children at a party.

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