Police blotter 8/17

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

A Clovis mother called police about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after her 8-year-old son told her three older boys tried to set him on fire near their home at the 2900 block of Virginia Avenue.
The boy told police the older boys held his right arm, doused it with lighter fluid and an unknown gray substance, and lit his hand on fire. The boy ran away, shook the fire out, and another boy sprayed the residue off with water.
Police advised the boy and his parents not to play with older kids but have no suspects since the victim could not give an adequate description of the older boys other than that they appeared to be nine feet tall.
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A 19-year-old Clovis man confessed Wednesday that he had stolen a weedeater out of a garage on the 1600 block of Windsor Way.
Police arrived at the area about 4:45 p.m. after receiving a report that a man had gotten out of a car, gone into a private garage, and put the implement into the car trunk. Witnesses provided police with a description of the car and its occupants, and police were able to find the car after searching the area. After being taken to the police station, the suspect initially denied the reports but confessed after interrogation.
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A Clovis woman ran over a semi truck drive shaft on the southbound lane of Prince Street near Manana Boulevard about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday and damaged her vehicle.
According to police, the semi truck dropped its drive shaft and lost power, forcing the truck driver to pull to the side of the road. Before the driver could recover the drive shaft out of the roadway, the smaller car ran over the drive shaft; the impact hit the car’s oil pan causing all the oil to leak out and making both vehicles inoperable.
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About 3:20 a.m. Thursday, police arrived at the 500 block of Grand Avenue in response to a domestic disturbance.
A 26-year-old Clovis woman reported that the father of her children had arrived from Fort Worth and had been attacking her. The man had left by the time police arrived. The woman declined to provide adequate information for a warrant to be issued and said she simply wanted the man to leave.
Police Blotter is compiled by CNJ staff writer Darrell Todd Maurina. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or: darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com