May 27 police blotter

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

About 7 a.m. May 5 an officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of Park in reference to arson.

A man said his mother’s vehicle was set on fire sometime during the night when someone threw a burning rag in the car.

The officer found a burnt sock in the vehicle that smelled like it had an accelerant on it and noted the inside of the car was burnt and plastic parts melted.

The case was turned over to detectives.

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Around 7 p.m. May 5 an officer responded to the 400 block of Hull Street for a report of a man sitting in his vehicle sniffing paint.

The officer found the man lying face down on the seat with his feet sticking out the door.

When the man was awoken, the officer noted he had gold spray paint on his nose, lips and hands.

The man told the officer he was spray painting the inside of his car gold, however the officer could find no painted areas in the car.

The man refused to make a statement, telling the officer he had already gone to jail for “this” before.

The officer issued the man a citation for inhalant abuse and the man was released to the care of his parents.

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About 2 a.m. May 6 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of East 10th Street for a battery report.

A crying 15-year-old girl told the officer she was battered by her mother at a home on Weatherford Street.

She said the two had been drinking together, then the teen went to bed only to be awoken when her mother came in her room.

She said her mother began punching her in the head and face and dragged her through the house by her hair.

The officer stated intent to obtain a warrant for battery in his report, noting the girl had swelling on her face, her lips were swollen and bloody and she had bumps on her head.

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About 4 p.m. May 6 an officer responded to a state office in the 1000 block of North Prince Street for a situation check.

A probation officer said a 21-year-old male told staff that he tried to set himself on fire and wanted to kill himself.

The man told the officer he wanted to kill himself but has changed his mind. The officer noted the man had been placed in protective custody the day before for being suicidal but had been released.

The man was placed back in protective custody.

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