Cleburne police and firefighters responded to Boone Street on Thursday where a man apparently tried to hang himself.

Police arrived to find the man in handcuffs in a bedroom, according to reports. He later ran into a bedroom, placed a rope around his neck and fell, which pulled the rope tight around his neck, according to reports.

Police cut the rope and a CareFlite ambulance transported the man to John Peter Smith Hospital. Details of his condition have not been released.

Firefighters responded to Buffalo Creek near South Buffalo Avenue and Dabney Street at 5:22 p.m. Wednesday on a possible chemical spill or leak.

Witnesses directed firefighters to a wastewater drainage culvert that drains into a small pond, which in turn flows into the creek.

Firefighters noted an unknown paint source clouding the water in the pond although the water coming from the culvert was clear. Firefighters noted no unusual smell, or smell of petroleum in the water.

Firefighters summoned the city health inspector’s office to investigate the scene.

Inspectors determined that the paint likely washed down the storm drain after someone washed out paintbrushes. The paint caused little environmental damage, and had largely cleared out by Thursday, said Julie Winchell, Cleburne environmental coordinator.

City ordinance prohibits the discharge of substances other than water that drain into the city’s storm sewer systems or water courses.

That includes discharge runoff from driveways, Winchell said.

“A lot of people think that water running along the curbs and into the sewers somehow magically ends up at the wastewater treatment plant and gets treated,” Winchell said. “But it doesn’t. It goes straight into the creek, Lake Pat and Nolan River untreated.”

Winchell warned that residents discharging paint or other prohibited substances into waterways face citations.

“No one saw who did this,” Winchell said. “But someone noticed it and called it in, which we appreciate because that can help us stop something before it becomes a real problem.”

Theft and damage

Police responded to the 1500 block of Raintree Lane at 3:36 p.m. Wednesday on a vehicle burglary. Someone stole an amplifier and speakers from a pickup.

Police responded to another vehicle burglary Thursday at 12:10 p.m. in the 1400 block of Smooth Stone Drive. Someone stole a laptop from an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway.

Police responded to Field Street Baptist Church at 7:27 p.m. the same day on a burglary. Someone kicked in the back door of the church. They stole a desktop stereo, coffee maker and a microwave oven.

Police responded to a vandalism call in the 1900 block of Nolan Ridge Drive at 1:02 p.m. March 12. The homeowner reported pry marks on a storage shed. The homeowner said he believes they may have been caused by a former roommate attempting to retrieve his property from the shed.

Police responded to Walmart at 11:26 a.m. Thursday on a vehicle vandalism. Someone shot out the back window of a 2004 Dodge 1500 pickup.

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