March 27, 2009 Blotter

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

Around 4 a.m. March 16 an officer responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Chaparral for a vehicle fire.

When the officer arrived, he observed an SUV parked in the carport of the residence fully engulfed in flames and a nearby vehicle also beginning to catch fire.

The officer evacuated the residents while the fire department began working to extinguish the fire.

The male resident said he and his girlfriend had been having trouble with a female that lived nearby and he had called the police the day prior when she threatened him.

Fire officials classified the fire as arson.

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About 9 a.m. March 16 an officer responded to a school in the 1400 block of Cameo Street for a narcotics report.

An administrator said he had confiscated two bottles of pills from a student after another student alerted him the teen was planning to sell them.

The officer spoke to the boy, who said another student had told him he was going to sell the pills and asked him to hold them for him.

The boy said he held on to them and even took one at lunch until the other youth came and asked for them back.

The officer identified the pill the boy had taken as an antibiotic and the other pills as a pain reliever combined with codeine, noting intent to seek a warrant for the arrest of the student who brought the pills to school.

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Around 6 p.m. March 16 an officer responded to a residence in the 700 block of 13th Street for a burglary report.

A woman said she was watching the residence for her daughter, who was out of town, and had found the back door open, and the furniture and groceries gone.

The officer contacted a detective because he noted a search warrant had been served at the residence several days prior but the detective assured him the house had been left secured after the search.

During a neighborhood canvas, the officer discovered a neighbor was in possession of the furniture.

The man said his friend had removed the items from the home for safekeeping after the search warrant was served because he knew the resident was out of town.

The man allowed the woman’s family into his home so they could retrieve the belongings and return them to the residence.

The officer told the man he could face charges for removing the items depending on the outcome of the investigation.

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About 11 p.m. March 16 an officer responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Jadyn for a report of a subject with a weapon.

When the officer arrived he noted the door was open and there were several people inside moving about and a man was at the door motioning to the officer.

A woman said her friend and coworker had called her to come pick her up from her residence in the 100 block of Chanticleer because her boyfriend was drunk and was arguing with her and her parents, who were visiting.

The woman said she went and picked up the woman, her child and her parents, but the boyfriend followed them back to her home on Jadyn.

She said they ran and locked themselves in a bedroom but the man got a meat cleaver from the kitchen and started trying to chop through the door to get to them.

She said the suspect left and returned to his home on Chanticleer. Officers located and arrested the 44-year-old man.

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