July 30, 2006 Police Blotter

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

Around noon July 23 an officer was dispatched to an elementary school in the 4800 block of Norris Street in reference to a report of criminal damage. The caller told the officer fish in the school’s outdoor pond had died and she believed someone had put a soapy substance in the water the previous night. The officer reviewed surveillance video and identified several suspects.

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Around 11 a.m. Tuesday an officer was called to the area of 14th and Wallace streets in reference to an intoxicated man walking down the middle of the street in traffic. The officer made contact with the man, determining he was intoxicated and transported him to the Curry County Adult Detention Center for detoxification.

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About 5 p.m. Tuesday officers were dispatched to a home in the 1000 block of Rencher for a report of a man bleeding and not moving. Officers discovered the man deceased and slumped over beside his bed. He appeared to have a gunshot wound to his head, and a small-caliber handgun was found underneath his body. A woman who often helped the man run errands told police he had attempted suicide in the past and had a drinking problem. Nothing appeared to be missing from the apartment. The office of the medical investigator transported the body for investigation. The case is under investigation.

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Around 1 a.m. Wednesday an officer was called to the 3000 block of Ben Hogan Street in reference to juveniles throwing rocks at cars. The caller and another witness told the officer they were outside when they heard loud crashing sounds as a truck headed in their direction. They saw several males jumping in and out of the bed of the truck and someone throwing a rock at a parked car. One witness provided police with a license plate number. The officer canvassed the area and discovered several vehicles with damage. The case is under investigation.

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