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Police Blotter 10/24 - 2


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

Police responded to a Clovis rent-to-own business about noon on Thursday after receiving a report that a Portales man had failed to return a riding lawn mower worth about $1,500.

Acting on a tip that the mower might have been pawned, police visited a pawn shop and found from pawn records that the lawn mower had been pawned but later redeemed by the renter.

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About 1:30 a.m. Friday, police saw a vehicle turning left onto Eighth Street from Prince Street at such a high speed that officers thought it was going to leave the roadway.

After stopping the vehicle, the 25-year-old male driver admitted he had three beers but said he was on his way home and didn’t want to go to jail. After being arrested for failing field sobriety tests, the driver became upset, swore at officers, and began to kick and scream in the back of the patrol car. He also refused to take breath alcohol tests on the grounds that the arresting officer was a “hater.”

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Police responded to a Clovis counseling facility about 3 p.m. Friday in reference to a battery report. An 11-year-old male elementary student told officers that a teacher had told all the class members to take a bathroom break but grabbed him very hard by the left forearm and told him he could not use the restroom. The student said the teacher had left a bruise on Oct. 8 but officers could not see any evidence of a bruise when checking his arm on Friday. The student also said the teacher gets mad all the time and one time kicked a desk that hit two students.

The school principal told police that school officials have had numerous disciplinary problems with the student, had built dividers to separate him from the rest of the class because he is so disruptive, and had advised his parents that he needs to go to anger management classes. The student has since transferred to another school.

Police Blotter is compiled by CNJ staff writer Darrell Todd Maurina. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or:

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