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12/2 Police blotter


December 1, 2008

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:

About 2 a.m. Nov. 21 an officer was called to the intensive care unit at the hospital for a combative patient.

The officer noted on his arrival a 54-year-old patient was cursing and threatening nurses because they were trying to reattach a medical apparatus he had removed.

When the man began striking at the nurses, the officer held his head so they could restrain him but then the man kicked one of the nurses in the face.

The man was taken into custody upon his release from the hospital, and charged with felony battery on medical personnel.

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About 10 a.m. Nov. 21 an officer was called to an apartment on Reid Street to be present while a social worker checked on five children.

The social worker said she had received a referral that the children were living in unfit conditions.

The officer noted there were insects crawling on the walls, floor and ceiling of the residence, there was trash and dirty laundry throughout the residence and very little food in the kitchen.

The 27-year-old mother was arrested on an unrelated child abuse warrant and the children were placed in the care of the social worker.

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About 3 p.m. Nov. 21 an officer on duty at a school in the 1900 block of Thornton Street was contacted regarding possible narcotics.

A school administrator indicated the student’s vehicle was to be searched for drugs.

Before the search, the student told the officer he had a gun in the trunk of his vehicle.

The officer found a 12 gauge shotgun and shotgun shells in the rear compartment, bullets for other caliber guns and six knives throughout the vehicle. He also noted a strong odor of marijuana but did not find any narcotics.

The weapons were confiscated. The case is being investigated as felony unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school grounds.

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Around 5 p.m. Nov. 21 officers responded to the 3000 block of Earlmont for an auto burglary in progress.

Several people in the neighborhood were waiting for the officer and pointed out a suspect walking away from the area.

The officer took the man into custody and he turned over change and an mp3 player from his pockets, which were found to have come from one of the resident’s vehicles.

A woman said she saw the man rummaging through her neighbor’s vehicle and didn’t recognize him so she called police and continued watching him. She said he then went through two more of her neighbor’s cars.

The man was arrested for auto burglary.

Police blotter is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be contacted at 763-6991 or by e-mail at:


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