3/24 Police blotter

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

On Monday, police were called to the 1200 block of Traver Street in reference to a 17-year-old male refusing to go to school. As the officer neared the location, he saw a male fitting the description of the call who was walking on Rosemont Street. Approaching him, the officer asked the teen to stop and talk. The teen refused and began running. The officer caught up with the youth, handcuffed and placed him in the police cruiser of another officer who had arrived. Based on the statements to the other officer from his parents, the youth had yelled and cursed at them, telling them he would go to school only if they paid him. He was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center and a criminal complaint for evading police, extortion and disorderly conduct filed in District Court.

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On Monday afternoon, an officer stopped the driver of a vehicle at 7th and Rencher streets for illegal window tinting. The driver refused to sign the citation after being asked twice by the officer if he would prefer to see the judge or pay the penalty assessment. The officer arrested the man and transported him to the Curry County Detention Center. He was booked on charges of refusal to sign a citation and illegal vehicle window tint.

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On Monday afternoon, officers responded to a report of a car fire at 4th and Axtell Streets. Upon arrival, the officers met with a witness who said three juvenile males had broken into a house in the 300 block of Axtell, lit tissues on fire and threw them into a Chevrolet Chevette parked in the back yard. The Clovis Fire Department had already responded and extinguished the fire. The officers located the suspects and interviewed them. One of the juveniles said that they had broken into the house, found a lighter and started the fires but got scared. The case will be sent to district court for review and possible prosecution.

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