Aug. 10, 2008 Police Blotter

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

About 9 p.m. Aug. 1 an officer responded to the 200 block of 11th Street for a report of a man cursing at people.

The officer found a 52-year-old man sitting in a chair in his yard wearing only boxers and drinking beer.

The officer asked the man to go in his residence for the rest of the evening, explaining people had complained about him cursing at passers-by.

The man, who the officer noted was intoxicated, refused to go inside and was arrested.

During the trip to the jail, the officer noted the man cursed at him repeatedly.

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About noon Aug. 2 an officer responded to the emergency room at the hospital for a battery report.

A 20-year-old man said he was beaten by a group of unknown males while he and his sister walked on the 1000 block of Main Street.

The victim said the group came up and made threats to him then began hitting him. He said one of them hit him in the head with a bottle and he was kicked and punched in the face, after which he didn’t remember anything until his friends helped him up and got him in a vehicle.

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Around 6 p.m. Aug. 2 an officer responded to a residence in the 900 block of Connelly Street for an arson report.

A man said he had been advised someone had tried to burn down his rental property.

The officer found a burnt area on the wall of an apartment and spoke to the occupant.

The woman said the night before when she came home, she saw a man she had recently broken up with trying to start a fire and when he saw her, she said he ran off.

The woman said she put the fire out with a hose.

Officers were later called back to the residence for a report that the male suspect returned and battered the woman.

The man was arrested.

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About 10 p.m. Aug. 2 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence for a report of runaway juveniles.

A woman said her three foster children, siblings, ran away.

She said they threatened to run away and when she tried to separate them, they took off out the front door and ran away.

The officer took descriptions of the youths and their clothing.

The youths could not be located.

Police blotter is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be contacted at 763-6991 or: e-mail to: sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com