Police blotter — July 31

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

Around 8 a.m. July 20 an officer responded to a church in the 2500 block of Norris Street for a report of criminal damage.

A church representative showed the officer tire marks on the sidewalk and grass of the church and said there was video footage of the incident.

The officer was shown a video of a vehicle doing doughnuts in the grass, which caused an estimated $1,000 of damage.


About 8 p.m. July 20 officers received an alert for a missing 2-year-old in the area of 21st and Prince streets.

While the officer was interviewing the child’s mother, a woman who knew the mother arrived at the scene and said she had the child in her vehicle.

The woman said she was driving by the parking lot and saw the child get out of his mother’s vehicle. She said she pulled over and realized the child was unsupervised in a running vehicle so she put the child in her car for safety reasons.

She told the child’s mother she wanted to give her a scare before she called the police.

The officer told the child’s mother he was going to file a report for child neglect and referred the case to the Children Youth and Families Division.


Around 10 p.m. July 20 an officer responded to a business in the area of 21st and Thornton streets for a report of an injured subject.

A man said he was pulling into the parking lot of the business when he was shot in the finger and saw two individuals on the other side of the street shooting a B.B. gun at vehicles.

Officers found two teens running from the area and saw them drop a B.B. rifle in a field nearby.

They told the officer they had been shooting B.B.s at vehicles as they drove by a school where they were standing.

The teens were taken to the juvenile detention center where they were booked and held on felony charges of aggravated battery.

It was discovered one of the youth had shot himself in the foot and medical responders were able to remove the B.B. without transporting him to the hospital.


About 9 a.m. July 21 an officer responded to a business in the 2000 block of E. Seventh Street for a theft report.

The owner told the officers the night prior someone had cut through the chain-link fence at the business and stolen batteries out of two work trucks.

The batteries were valued around $600.

The officer also noticed there were rocks in the fenced area that matched some used recently to break vehicle windows in the area nearby during the time frame when the thefts occurred.

Police blotter is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be contacted at 763-6991 or sjohnson@cnjonline.com