Dec. 16, 2008 Police Blotter

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

At an unspecified time Dec. 3 an officer responded to a business in the 400 block of Pile Street for a fraud report.
The officer was told a customer had deposited a check for nearly $4,000 and the check had been returned as fraudulent.
The officer located the customer, who told him he had received the check in the mail from a secret shopper program.
The officer noted secret shopper programs are a scam where the recipient deposits the check and sends a portion back to the company, then shops with the remainder of the money, but the recipient ends up owing the bank the full sum when the check is returned.
The man and the officer went together to the business so they could make arrangements for the man to repay the amount of the bad secret shopper check.
• • •
About 3 p.m. Dec. 3 an officer responded to a residence in the 900 block of Wallace for a battery report.
A man said he heard knocking at his back door and when he opened it, his brother was there bloody, fell into his arms and passed out.
The officer noted the man’s 44-year-old brother was injured from a battery and was uncooperative, only telling her he was at an apartment and three males beat him with sticks and their fists.
While at the hospital the officer attempted to get more information about the incident but noted the victim’s brother was highly agitated and said they weren’t going to cooperate with the police and were going to take care of it themselves.
The officer documented the threatening statements the victim’s brother made about the suspects.
• • •
About 8 p.m. Dec. 3 an off duty officer received a phone call that an assault had been threatened against an employee at a business in the 1200 block of Main Street.
The caller told the officer his girlfriend’s former boyfriend had said he was on his way to his place of employment to harm him.
The officer went to the business and observed the suspect arrive, look through the window and talk about how he was going to beat up the other male.
The officer identified himself to the suspect and the 19-year-old began fighting with him.
As they wrestled on the ground, the officer noted he was unable to hold the suspect and felt he was in danger so he sprayed him with pepper spray.
The suspect was arrested for assault and resisting a police officer.
• • •
Around 10 a.m. Dec. 4 an officer responded to the area of Fifth and Axtell Streets for a driver slumped over the wheel of his vehicle.
The officer found the male slumped over in the driver’s seat the keys were in the ignition and the stereo was playing.
The officer woke the man and noted a strong odor of alcohol.
When he repeatedly asked the 46-year-old for his license, the man handed him a cassette twice.
The officer began administering field sobriety tests, noting the man was showing indications of intoxication.
When the officer instructed the man to do heal-to-toe and one-legged stand tests, the man kept saying, “You know I can’t do that test.” The officer asked him why not and the man replied, “cause I’m drunk.”
The man was arrested for DWI.
• • •
About 3 p.m. Dec. 4 an officer responded to property on Curry Road 17 for a report of theft.
A woman with an educational organization that owns the land said a bale of hay had been stolen in the preceding couple of weeks.
She said the hay was about six feet by four feet in size and weighed around 1,000 pounds. She said it was kept in a secured, fenced in area and the group was using the hay for archery practice.
It was valued around $100.

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