Oct. 6, 2006 Local Briefs

Six Clovis police officers promoted
Six officers were promoted to new positions in the Clovis Police Department, according to a department press release.
Stephen Borders and Tim Marshall will fill two newly created school resource officer positions and will take on the rank of master police officers, the release said.
Roland Kroeger has been promoted to traffic officer, Randy Pitcock and Steven Wright have been elevated to detective and Eric Muller will take on the position of community resource officer, the release said.
The officers will take on their new roles in coming weeks, according to Police Chief Dan Blair.

Clovis man accused of indecent exposure
A Clovis man was accused Monday of standing naked in his window and watching children walk to school, according to a report filed with Clovis Police.
A woman called police around 7:20 a.m. to report seeing a naked man standing at the window of his home in the 1000 block of Calhoun Street watching children go by on their way to school, the report said.
The man told police he had been sleeping in the nude and had gone to the kitchen to get a drink of water when he passed by the window. He said he like to watch the children go by on their way to school and he liked seeing them grow up.
The report said officers filed a criminal complaint for aggravated indecent exposure and are seeking a warrant for arrest.

Reports: Two men robbed near store
Two men were robbed outside a convenience store Tuesday night, according to police reports.
One victim told police he was hit in the face after he was approached by two men around midnight at a convenience store in the 1200 block of West Seventh Street.
He said one of the suspects pointed a gun at his friend and a woman got out of a car and grabbed the bag of food he had just purchased.
He told police the males took the stereo out of his vehicle and got in the car and drove off. He said there were three females and two males in the car, the report said.
The store clerk said she saw a dispute between the men but did not see a gun, according to the report.

Grain company plans expansion
AGP Grain Marketing announced plans Thursday to expand its operations in Lariat, Texas, according to a press release from the company.
AGP Grain Marketing will construct a new steam flaking facility, additional finished grain product storage, and a new truck scale at its Lariat site, the release indicated.
Approximately three to four new jobs will be generated as a result, AGP Senior Vice President of Corporate and Member Relations Mike Maranell said.
AGP Grain Marketing has nine locations in Texas and New Mexico, with a total grain storage capacity of 25 million bushels, according to the release.

Teenager mugged, beaten at home
A county teen was attacked and beaten at his home by a group of males early Tuesday morning, according to a Curry County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The 15-year-old boy told deputies he was sitting on the porch of his home on Curry Road 6 around 1 a.m. when a vehicle pulled into the driveway. He told police an unknown male got out of the vehicle, pulled what he believed to be a pistol from his waistband, and struck the victim in the head with it.
About a dozen other males got out of the car and beat him in his yard, the report said.
He told the deputy he did not know the males and thought the attack might have been retribution for a prior altercation he was involved in.
Hospital staff determined the teen had a skull fracture, the report said.

Man reports theft of cans to police
A 34-year-old man told police he was mugged and two bags of aluminum cans he was collecting were stolen Monday evening, according to police reports.
The victim reported to police he was collecting cans in the 500 block of Axtell and Wallace streets between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. when a man approached him from behind a dumpster.
He told police he was hit in the head from behind, and when he fell to the ground, two men began rifling through his pockets, the report said.
The men took $5 from his wallet and his bags of cans before leaving the area, according to the report.
Police noted a bleeding gash on the back of his head and two large “lumps,” the report said.
The victim was transported to the hospital and a detective was called to investigate, the report indicated.

Official visits PRMC to explore complaint
An official from a federal regulatory agency visited Plains Regional Medical Center Sept. 18-19 to investigate a complaint, according to hospital spokesperson Tayloria Grant.
The complaint and subsequent investigation are not related to a previous complaint which led regulatory agencies to inspect PRMC earlier this year, Grant said.
A representative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reviewed records, according to Grant. CMS is an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
“These types of visits are fairly routine,” Grant said.
Grant said complaints which prompt investigations by CMS are confidential.
Typically, CMS gives medical providers a formal report on the findings of their investigation and providers have a chance to correct any problems before a follow-up investigation is conducted, according to CMS officials.

Early, absentee voting starts Tuesday
Absentee and early voting for the Nov. 7 General Election will begin Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Voters may request an absentee ballot be mailed to their residence after Tuesday by calling the clerk’s office.
Early voting at North Plains Mall will open Oct. 21.
Hours will be noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

— Staff reports