Cops & courts: Melrose Mayor Hester involved in altercation

Police responded April 16 to a Melrose residence in reference to a fight between the Melrose mayor and a Clovis resident.

Melrose mayor Ray Hester struck another man during an altercation at a mutual friend’s house, according to a police report.

The police report shows the complainant, Darrell Boney, said he heard yelling in a room of the residence; when he went in he saw Hester “hovering” over their mutual friend.

The initial report says that Hester said something to the other man and then struck him in the jaw. But the report also shows that Hester stopped by the Melrose Police Department, admitting he hit the other man after the other man reached out to grab him.

“I don’t know exactly what all transpired, but this guy come to the door and just told me it’s about time for me to leave, and he started grabbing at my shirt collar, and that’s when I hit him,” Hester said Thursday. “When somebody is aggressive, why most the time’s your gonna do something.”
Boney could not be reached for comment.

No arrest was made. However a criminal complaint was filed in Clovis magistrate court on Wednesday for battery, a petty misdemeanor.

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The Clovis Police Department has received a number of auto burglary complaints over the last two months, according to a press release from the department.

Seven auto burglaries have been reported in the west section of the city in the areas of West, Reid, Edwards and West Seventh streets. There have also been 11 auto burglaries reported in the last two months between the 400 and 4500 blocks of Prince Street. Items reported stolen include car stereos, an electric guitar, a tuner, numerous compact discs, cash, a purse, wallets, checkbooks, radar detectors and poker chips.

Anyone with information about these crimes can call Curry County Crime Stoppers at 763-7000.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or: david_irvin@link.freedom.com