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A man was killed when his commercial trash truck slammed into the back of a rock hauler truck on U.S. Highway 377 near Stewart Road just after noon Wednesday south of Krugerville, Northeast police confirmed.

Northeast Police Chief James Edland said the driver of the rock hauler walked away without major injuries.

“It’s just an accident at this point,” the chief said. “We don’t have any clear understanding of what caused it.”

U.S. 377 was closed for several hours Wednesday, but Edland said Wednesday afternoon that the road would likely reopen by early evening.

Good Sam embezzlement case hearing reset again

A plea hearing for Lisa McMaster, who was indicted on a charge of felony embezzlement, was again rescheduled on Wednesday.

Her attorneys have so far kept her from facing a trial after she was indicted by a Denton County grand jury in December 2017 for allegedly taking about $300,000 from Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village and spending the money on personal expenses between 2013 and 2017.

If convicted of the first-degree felony, McMaster faces a punishment that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Her attorneys are negotiating with the Denton County District Attorney’s Office toward a plea bargain.

The newly scheduled open plea hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Denton County 158th District Court, court records show.

Other reports

500 block of Windsor Road Denton police took a report Wednesday evening that two people forced another person into a vehicle and drove away. Police said the suspect vehicle was not at the reported location when officers arrived at the scene, according to the report.

2800 block of West University Drive Denton police say three men stole jewelry worth about $1,850 from a Walmart store on Tuesday.

The men allegedly entered a store and swapped their jewelry with the store’s jewelry before leaving without paying for the merchandise, according to a police report.

South Loop 288 and Brinker Road — Charges were pending for a person who was driven to a hospital following a vehicle crash Tuesday night, according to a police report.

A driver was taken to a hospital, but police found a small bag of cocaine and some marijuana in the vehicle, reports state. As of Wednesday afternoon, the police had not yet filed any drug charges in the case.

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

  • The Denton County Sheriff’s Office handled 877 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves.
  • The Denton Police Department handled 170 service and officer-initiated calls and made seven arrests.
  • Denton firefighters responded to 22 medical calls and two vehicle crashes.

DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @daltonlaferney.

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