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Police Blotter 3/7

A Clovis business owner called police about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to the 100 block of South Pile regarding larceny of a shop-vac, car jack and tool box worth about $210 that were taken from his warehouse.

The owner said the warehouse is supposed to be kept locked when not in use but a construction crew has been working on the building and may have left it unlocked and unattended.

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A Clovis pawn shop owner called police about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday to report a possible fraudulent check in the amount of $849.74. The owner said he was familiar with checks from that business, didn’t recognize the style of check, and told the person he would have to provide the check stub. The person said it was in his car and he would go out to get it, but he never returned.

Police verified that the check was fraudulent and was not written by the business named on the check, and took the check and a driver’s license presented as ID into evidence.

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About 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, a Clovis resident called police to the 1000 block of Laurelwood regarding noises he had heard near a pickup truck parked outside his apartment. The man said he went outside to investigate, saw a man fleeing the area, and found a knife near the truck’s door and scratches on the truck window.

Police determined entry had not been successfully made into the vehicle.

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Clovis High School staff called police about noon Wednesday regarding a 15-year-old girl in the nurse’s office with bruises around her eye, a swollen and cut ear, and a cut lower lip.

The 15-year-old girl said she had been told by a group of 15- and 16-year-old girls and boys that there was going to be a fight during the lunch hour at Green Acres Park. When passing the 500 block of West 19th Street, the group told her the fight was going to be in a house on that block; the victim initially refused to go inside but later went inside and was attacked in the back yard.

Police obtained warrants for the arrest of three people involved in the incident on charges of aggravated battery and accessory to aggravated battery and advised the victim’s parents to get a restraining order as soon as possible.

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A Clovis department store assistant manager called police about 2 p.m. Wednesday regarding larceny by a new employee who asked the store for money to repair his car tire and never returned. The manager found all the bills in the cash drawer gone.

Police attempted to locate the employee at home but did not find him there.

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After a number of residents in off-base military housing reported their porch lights had been broken, police received a tip about 11 p.m. Wednesday that those responsible were living on the 4300 block of Lew Wallace.

An adult living at that address said his family had been having problems with his daughter’s ex-boyfriend but hadn’t seen him recently. Later that night, police received further reports of broken lights and found a globe light placed behind a vehicle tire so it would be crushed and puncture the tire when the vehicle backed up.

Sheriff’s deputies in the area also found an 18-year-old man walking between buildings who appeared to be much more wet that he would have been if he had been out in the rain for a brief period. Deputies released him for lack of evidence, but later found residents who gave a description of a person breaking lights that matched his appearance.

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Police received a call about 10:20 a.m. Thursday regarding a dispute over a vehicle at the 500 block of West 13th Street. Police determined the case was not a criminal matter but also found that one of the callers was a Texas resident who had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in Curry County Magistrate Court on a March 2003 charge of not carrying proof of insurance. Officers arrested the man and transported him to the county jail.

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A cemetery groundskeeper called police about 4 p.m. Thursday to report damage to the cemetery’s utility shed.

Inspection of the shed showed the door had been broken open but nothing appeared to be missing.

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

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