Police Blotter 3/12

A junior high assistant principal called police about 10:45 a.m. on March 5 regarding a 13-year-old male student with four marijuana joints. Police informed the student’s father that he would be suspended from school and issued a juvenile citation for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana when he returned.
Shortly after noon, police responded to a fight on the patio at a different junior high school where a 14- and a 15-year-old boy were fighting each other. Both boys were suspended and police reported they would be issued juvenile citations for public affray when they returned to school.
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About 11 a.m. on March 5, police received a report that attempts were being made to intimate witnesses to a homicide. Police obtained a warrant for retaliation against a witness and arrested the person accused of doing so.
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A resident of the 900 block of Merriwether called police about 4:30 p.m. Saturday regarding a burglary to his home. Police found a broken window and learned that a rifle worth about $600 had been stolen, and noticed shoe prints with identifiable tread marks going down the alley.
Police followed the shoe prints until they noticed a juvenile running west on Ninth Street near Merriwether, chased him on foot, and verified that his shoe tread matched what had been found near the house. Police booked the 17-year-old on aggravated battery, resisting, evading or obstructing a police officer and criminal damage less than $1,000.
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Shortly after midnight Sunday, police responded to the 1200 block of West Fifth Street where a woman said someone had stolen her dark green 1996 Saturn about three hours earlier. The woman was intoxicated and police could not obtain many more details, but had her sign a theft affidavit.
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A woman living at the 300 block of East Brady called police about 11 a.m. Sunday regarding five dogs that had entered her yard and were threatening her children.
Officers went to the dog owner’s house at the 400 block of East Brady and were confronted by four dogs aggressively barking, used a pepper spray on the two closest dogs, spoke with the owner, and issued the owner a citation for allowing the dogs to run loose.
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About 4 p.m. Sunday, a woman called police to report that two young males were attacking a school with a baseball bat.
Police found two 11-year-old boys with a baseball bat and took them to the home of one of the boys, whose mother granted permission to take her son to the school to check for damage. Police determined they had been damaging a sign posting the school area as a “gun-free, drug-free zone” but postponed further action until speaking with school authorities.
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About 9:40 p.m. Sunday, police noticed a van veering out of the traffic lane and followed it for some time before pulling the driver over. The driver had a noticeable smell of alcohol, failed field sobriety tests, and could not produce his registration or insurance paperwork.
Police arrested him for driving while intoxicated, fourth offense, failure to maintain traffic lane, no driver’s license, no insurance, no registration, and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
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A Clovis High School assistant principal called police about 2:30 p.m. Monday regarding a fight in a classroom. Officers learned that two 10th grade male students were fighting, had been suspended for five days, and would be issued juvenile citations for public affray when they returned to school.
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Responding about 4:30 p.m. Monday to a military recruiting office, police found that a 1992 Honda Accord belonging to the Army had been stolen and efforts had been made to pry open the door to a neighboring vehicle, also belonging to the Army. Military recruiters told police they had last seen the vehicle about 11:30 a.m. but that it had disappeared by noon.
Police found gang insignia marked in dirt on the passenger side of the car that had been left in the lot.
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Police responded shortly before midnight Monday to a public fight involving a male and female. The woman told police that the man was drunk and had a knife. Police took him into protective custody at the county jail on the grounds that he posed a danger to himself and others.

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