Students charged with aggravated assault, jailed

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 - 2:40pm

Two University of North Texas freshmen accused of shooting pellets at two other students on campus over the weekend have been booked into the city of Denton jail.

Raymond Wax and Victor Avina, both 19, were charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Monday evening. Bond has been set for each of them at $50,000.

Avina, a chemistry major, admitted to detectives Monday that he shot at the two women students at Clark Hall in the 1700 block of Maple Street, according to a sworn statement submitted by police in seeking his arrest.

Two women students reported that on Friday they were shot at...

Blotter: Person fires pellet gun at strangers, injuring one

Mon, Apr 14, 2014 - 2:23pm

One person was injured Saturday morning when someone in a vehicle reportedly drove up to unsuspecting groups of people and fired a pellet gun at them, according to a police report.

The first shots were fired at a group of girls who were walking out of Clark Hall on the University of North Texas campus, the report stated.

The girls told police that it appeared that their assailant had fired at them with a handgun.

A few minutes later, the same girls were at a gas station in the 1100 block of North Texas Boulevard when someone again approached and began firing shots at them and customers who were leaving the...

TWU reports rise in alcohol-related arrests

Tue, Oct 8, 2013 - 12:25pm

Texas Woman’s University saw a major increase in alcohol-related arrests this past fiscal year, newly released statistics show.  According to the TWU Department of Public Safety’s Clery Act — a mandated crime and safety report for college campuses released this past week — the Denton campus saw 44 liquor violations in 2012, compared to just three violations in 2011.  Campus Chief Elizabeth Pauley attributed the major increase to two campus parties that were held last fall in residence halls.   “We decided we were going to make a statement and show the students we don’t tolerate minors drinking,” she said. “We...

TCU's notification of crime similar to other Texas universities

Tue, Mar 26, 2013 - 12:34pm

Multiple Texas universities share TCU’s interpretation of the Clery Act to determine when students need to be notified about crimes on and around campus.

Police departments at Baylor University, Texas A&M University and the University of North Texas practice TCU’s current policy of only sending out timely warnings and mass crime alerts via email or text message when the threat is “imminent," according to the universities' police chiefs.

In a March 7 story, ...

UNT student among three killed in murder, suicide case in Mesquite

Mon, Mar 18, 2013 - 9:27am

Authorities have determined that a 43-year-old Mesquite woman fatally shot her husband and their two adult children before killing herself.

The bodies of the four family members — one of whom was a University of North Texas student — were found Wednesday, four days after a 911 caller reported hearing gunfire at the home in the 1400 block of Paintbrush Street, near South Collins Road and East Kearney Street.

The Dallas County medical examiner’s office ruled that Angelica Vazquez committed suicide. A handgun was found on the floor in the master bedroom near her body, police said.

The deaths of her husband,...