Police report violent crime decreasing

Wed, Apr 15, 2015 - 7:42am

Denton saw a 16.5 percent drop in violent crime last year compared to 2013, although that doesn’t mean the city is considerably safer, officials said.

Scott Belshaw, a criminal justice professor with the University of North Texas, said he always remains skeptical about numbers released through the uniform crime reporting system. In the program, the FBI gathers crime statistics from participating law enforcement agencies.

“You have to remember when looking at these numbers that they are just what was reported. Many things go on that are left unreported,” Belshaw said. “Another way you can look at it is that even just...

Solicitor at UNT hall got pushy

Wed, Apr 1, 2015 - 10:11am

University of North Texas police are looking for a man who allegedly pushed a woman after he tried to sell her magazine and newspaper subscriptions at her university-owned apartment.

While the incident happened Thursday, information wasn’t released by the UNT Police Department until Monday on social media. Because the solicitation is considered a Class C misdemeanor, police didn’t issue a crime alert, said Margarita Venegas, a spokeswoman for the university.

“Solicitations such as these are not allowed on campus; however, they do happen from time to time,” Venegas said in an email. “Because of this, UNT felt this...

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UNT police searching for trespasser who assaulted student

Tue, Mar 31, 2015 - 12:17pm

University of North Texas police are searching for a man they say trespassed on campus and assaulted a student.

The suspect reportedly knocked on several doors at a residence hall called College Inn on Avenue D Thursday between 3:45 and 4:15 p.m. He identified himself as a maintenance worker but was trying to sell magazines.

Police say he entered one girl's room without permission and refused to leave. He then followed her to the library on Highland Street, where he pushed her before leaving the scene.

The suspect is wanted for Criminal Trespass/Assault by Contact. He is described as being 5'6" to 5'8" and 18...

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UNT police seek dorm trespasser accused of assaulting female resident

Tue, Mar 31, 2015 - 12:02pm

Police at UNT need help identifying a man who sneaked into a residence hall, followed a female resident from her room and shoved her.

In a crime bulletin issued Monday, police said the suspect identified himself as a maintenance worker to get into the residence hall on Avenue D about 4 p.m. Thursday.

After the man knocked on several doors, the victim opened her room and he entered without her permission, claiming to be selling magazine subscriptions, police said.

She asked him to leave, but he refused, so she left the room. He followed her to Willis Library on Highland Street and pushed her before leaving....

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Former Denton Guyer standout, backup UNT safety cited for fake ID, evading arrest

Wed, Sep 10, 2014 - 12:47pm

DENTON — Backup safety John Schilleci was cited for using false identification following an incident over the weekend that led to his arrest.

Schilleci was charged with evading arrest after fleeing from UNT police, who stopped him on campus early Sunday morning. He was later released on $500 bail.

UNT coach Dan McCarney said Monday that the former Denton Guyer standout, who was listed second on UNT’s depth chart at strong safety, has been suspended Thursday’s Conference USA opener against Louisiana Tech.

Schilleci was cited for using another person’s identification to gain admission to a Denton bar in the...