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Police Blotter, July 4, 2004

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

Police responded to the 900 block of Delta Street on Wednesday after a woman claimed her stepmother had beaten her.

The woman said she and her father were talking when her stepmother came in and slapped her across the mouth and punched her in the face, on her head and on her left arm. The woman had a split lip and bruises on her left cheek and arm.

The woman’s brother and father told police a different story. The father and brother told police the woman actually struck the stepmother with her fist first, and obtained the bruises when her brother slapped her as a method of intervention.

The family was arguing over the woman’s ability to take care of her child.


Last Sunday, two pit bulls bit an 8-year-old and then tried to attack a police officer before being shot on the 1500 block of Sheldon Street.

A police officer responded in reference to a young boy who was walking to a friend’s house when two pit bulls attacked and bit the boy.

The officer took the report and was on his way back to his vehicle to get another report from animal control when he came in contact with the dogs. The animals charged the officer — growling and bearing their teeth — before the officer pulled his pistol and fired one round at each dog, hitting each and forcing them to turn and flee.

Later, officials found both dogs, and transported them to animal control. The people who were supposed to keep the dogs off the streets were issued citations.

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On Wednesday, police were dispatched to the 2800 block of Prince Street in reference to an embezzlement report.

The manager of a store told police a clerk had stolen money on nine separate occasions totally $650.82. The first time the clerk’s drawer was short was for $37.14 on June 11. Then the store manager began to investigate the clerk by positioning the cameras on her movements.

The woman later admitted to stealing the money. She told the manager she needed the cash to put a down a security deposit on an apartment.

Police blotter is compiled by CNJ news editor Mike Linn. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or:

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