July 20 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records:


• An officer responded to a report of a fight involving a beer bottle about 11:30 p.m. at a business in the 1000 block of West Second Street.

When she arrived, a state police officer had already detained a woman. The Portales officer spoke to a 28-year-old woman who had a visible head injury.

The woman said she and a friend were in the bathroom when another 28-year-old woman came in with her friend. The two 28-year-olds had a disagreement in 2009.

The injured woman said she greeted the other woman, who responded with hostility, and the two exchanged words.

The injured woman said the other woman hit her in the jaw with one beer bottle and in the head with a second bottle she grabbed from the sink. The women’s friends separated them.

The injured woman’s friend said she heard her friend arguing with someone and came out of the stall to find her friend bleeding and the other woman still attacking her.

The woman accused of hitting the other woman said she wanted to talk to a lawyer, so the officer didn’t interview her.

Her friend said the woman didn’t hit the other woman with a beer bottle. She said she wasn’t sure if the injury was caused by the other woman hitting her head on the sink or soap dispenser.

The woman accused of causing the injuries was booked into Roosevelt County Detention Center on charges of public affray. The injured woman was treated at Roosevelt General Hospital and cited for public affray.


• About 9:55 p.m., an officer responded to a report of trespassing at 18th Street and Industrial Drive. A dispatcher told him the resident of the house had detained the trespasser.

The 33-year-old man who owned the house said when he came home, he saw an unfamiliar truck parked in front of the residence. He found the door locked even though he’d left it unlocked.

When he went inside, the home owner found an unknown man inside. He pulled his firearm on the man and called the police and three friends for help.

The 48-year-old intruder said a male he met on the Internet invited him inside the house. He said he didn’t know the person’s name but only his phone number.

The 48-year-old showed the officer a text message telling him the subject lived at the corner of 18th and Industrial and he should and wait in the house.

The 48-year-old was sweating profusely, and his eyes were dilated. He denied using drugs or alcohol.

When the officer asked to search the 48-year-old’s vehicle to make sure he hadn’t stolen anything, the man refused. The truck’s registration was expired, and he said it wasn’t insured because of financial reasons.

The officer told him the truck would be towed. While taking a tow inventory, the officer noticed in plain view a cup holding change, a cigarette butt, mustard packets and 16 large white pills.

When questioned about the pills, the man said they were hydrocodone. The officer identified the pills by the numbers engraved on them.

The 48-year-old was charged with possession of a controlled substance and booked into Roosevelt County Detention Center.


• An officer responded to a report of someone breaking into vehicles about 10:55 a.m. in the area of Morrison Park.

Two women said they saw the 24-year-old male roommate of one of them try to open doors of vehicles on Amazon Street. The women said the man entered a white vehicle, which they showed the officer.

The women said the man then continued along the street, entered a Chevrolet Suburban and appeared to go through bags and the glove compartment. One woman yelled the man’s name, and he called back and left the area.

The women said they tried to follow the man but lost sight of him.

The officer met with the owner of the Suburban, who said someone rummaged through the vehicle. However, he said nothing was missing, including the hand gun he kept in the car.

The officer found shoe impressions in the soil next to the Suburban. While walking around the block, the officer found the same shoe prints next to several other vehicles.

The officer followed the prints to the white vehicle the women had shown him. He found the driver-side door slightly open and an unopened pack of cigarettes on the ground next to the door.

The 16-year-old boy who used the vehicle said the cigarettes weren’t his and weren’t on the ground when he parked the vehicle. He said a $65 pocket knife was missing.

Another officer found the 24-year-old man, who appeared intoxicated and said he couldn’t remember if he broke into vehicles.

The first officer tried to interview the man, but the man said he was drunk and wanted to go to sleep. The officer noticed the man’s shoes matched the prints found at the scene.

The officer took the man to Roosevelt County Detention Center and received his permission to take his shoes for evidence.

A third officer learned from the man’s roommate that he smoked a cigarettes similar to those found at the scene, although he’d run out of money.


• An animal control officer went to the Roosevelt General Hospital emergency room about 11:25 a.m. in reference to a dog bite.

A woman said her 7-year-old son was playing in the backyard and ran toward the back door. The pit bull belonging to his sister’s 21-year-old boyfriend attacked him and bit his left leg.

The dog pulled the boy to the ground, and a 9-week-old puppy started biting him, too.

The grandfather told the officer the owner had taken the dogs into the county and put them down.

The officer called the owner and asked where the dogs were. The man said they were tied and he might give one to someone in Clovis.

The officer told the man to bring it to the animal shelter instead because it had already bitten someone.