Police Blotter 1/25

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

Three Clovis high school teachers called police on July 12 and 13 regarding several possible theft incidents.
One teacher called regarding money missing from her office which is located in her classroom and reported that a variety of small bills and several rolls of coins were missing.
A second said a Samsung DVD/VHS combo worth about $180 was missing from the school and was last seen around Thanksgiving. A third teacher reported that a Fisher electronic scale worth about $300 was missing from his classroom and was last seen on Jan. 12.
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Police received a report about 8:30 p.m. July 14 that a small child was running south over the Prince Street overpass.
When police arrived, they found that two cars had stopped and were attempting to talk with a 6-year-old boy who had no coat and could not provide his address or phone number. School personnel identified the child and police took him home, but could not communicate with his mother due to lack of English fluency. Police reported the incident to the Children, Youth and Families Division.
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A junior high assistant principal called police about 2:30 p.m. Jan. 15 for assistance with a note by an eighth-grader saying “it would be cool to shoot (his teacher) in the back of the head with a shotgun at close range.”
The student signed a statement admitting he wrote the note, but said he didn’t know why he wrote and passed it around the classroom. The teacher said she didn’t read the note at first when one of the students turned it in to her, but later was “shocked and scared” and notified school administration.
School officials said the student would not be allowed to return to classes until the incident was resolved due to the severity of the note, and would be doing a threat assessment including a psychological evaluation to see if the threat was genuine.
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About 10 a.m. on Jan. 16, a Clovis resident reported that his superstock race car had been stolen from a driveway at the 2400 block of Axtell.
The resident said the car had a custom frame, aluminum body, custom 355 motor, and was purple in color with silver oversprayed flames. It also had the number “1” welded to the rear of the driver’s side and the number “3” painted on the doors. He estimated its value at $8,000.
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A Clovis police sergeant was injured while directing traffic at the scene of a crash about 5:40 p.m. Jan. 16 when another car arrived at the corner of Sycamore and Grand Avenue and struck him.
The driver said he saw the scene of the crash and was looking down at the ground to avoid driving over any glass or car parts, and looked up too late to see the officer directing traffic. The officer said he tried to get out of the way but suffered minor injuries to his right forearm.
The driver was cited for no insurance, careless driving, and driving while license suspended.
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While responding to a report of shots fired at the 500 block of Reid about 6:30 a.m. Jan. 17, a woman said she had been arguing with her husband for several days since her husband took away her keys to their house, and since then she has been staying with her parents. She said she went back to their home early in the morning, saw her husband in the house with another woman, and began banging on the door. She then heard a loud noise, ducked down, and was hit by flying glass. As she was fleeing the scene, her husband came out and yelled at her to leave.
Police went to the house and observed damage consistent with a gunshot passing through a windowpane from the interior out.
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Two cars received heavy damage in a crash about 11:35 a.m. Jan. 17 at the corner of Prince and 14th streets.
The driver of a 2002 Pontiac said he was stopped for the traffic light headed northbound on Prince when he saw a vehicle later identified as a 1998 Honda lose control, start to spin, and collide with his vehicle. The Honda driver said he was speeding south on Prince trying to make the light, applied his brakes, and lost control. Two witnesses told police that the Honda driver was racing another vehicle and had switched lanes prior to the crash.
Police cited the Honda driver for speeding, reckless driving, and no insurance. The Pontiac driver reported back and arm pain, but declined ambulance transport and went to the hospital after providing information to police.

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