Oct. 17 Police Blotter
October 16, 2008
Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:
About 1 a.m. Oct. 5 an officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of State Street for a domestic dispute.
A woman said she and her boyfriend were drinking and got into an argument. She said when he threw a beer bottle at her, she dodged it and threw it back at him, striking him in the head.
The man became angry when the officer handcuffed him and said he was the one who called police to diffuse the situation.
He was arrested for battery on a household member.
About 7:30 a.m. Oct. 6 an officer took statements regarding an altercation at a school in the 100 block of Edwards.
A teacher said several days before he heard noise coming out of a classroom and found two male students were fighting and the teacher was trying to hold one of them back.
The man said he took hold of one of the teens and tried to escort him out and the boy kept trying to push him out of the way and kneed him in the groin.
The case is being investigated as battery on school personnel.
About 5 p.m. Oct. 6 an officer responded to a business in the 2000 block of Seventh Street for a shoplifting suspect.
A clerk said a man who had stolen a beer earlier in the day had returned to the store and she was concerned he would steal again.
The officer confronted the suspect as he came out of the bathroom. The man began reaching for his back pocket and the officer told him to stop and put his hands on top of his head.
The officer found a 10-inch kitchen knife in the man’s back pocket.
The clerk showed the officer surveillance footage of the suspect putting a $2 beer in his pocket earlier in the day.
The man was arrested on an outstanding shoplifting warrant, charges of shoplifting and unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon are pending.
About 8 p.m. Oct. 6 an officer responded to a school in the 1900 block of Thornton for an arson report.
A school official told the officer a few minutes after night school ended, a student informed him two trash cans were on fire.
The man showed the officer the two trash cans, which were melted to the ground.
The school official told the officer he would obtain surveillance footage of the incident.
Police blotter is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be contacted at 763-6991 or: e-mail to: [email protected]