Police blotter — Aug. 28

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


• An officer handled a child custody dispute about 8:35 p.m. in the 2100 block of Pojoaque Court.

A 21-year-old woman said her parents came to her residence to pick up her grandmother’s vehicle. Her parents took custody of her 1-year-old daughter because the house was “messy” and the baby had diaper rash, she said.

The parents said they came to get the vehicle because their daughter had stopped making payments on it. When they arrived, they said, a 20-year-old man was watching the baby.

The couple said the house was in poor condition and they were concerned for the girl’s safety.

The officer noted canine feces and urine on the floor in the master bedroom; dirty dishes, some with rotting food on them, in the kitchen; toys and blankets that posed a choking or suffocation hazard in the crib; clothing, beer cans and liquor bottles cluttering the house; and written comments signifying marijuana use and heavy alcohol consumption.

The 21-year-old woman said she wasn’t living in the residence on Pojoaque Court but with a friend. She said she was divorcing her husband, who had abused her, and was afraid to stay at the residence because he knew where it was.

The woman said she was working on cleaning the house, and her daughter was under a pediatrician’s care for the diaper rash.

The officer didn’t make an emergency placement of the baby into foster care because he didn’t have direct evidence that she was being exposed to the living conditions of the house and because the mother had alternative living arrangements. He requested a follow-up investigation by the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

The woman’s first sergeant arrived to assess the situation on behalf of the U.S. Air Force. The woman’s parents took the vehicle and left, while the child was returned to her.

• An officer responded to a report of a domestic dispute about 11:05 p.m. in the 1900 block of North Avenue K.

A 43-year-old man said his 26-year-old girlfriend had accused him of cheating and hit him.

The man said he, his girlfriend and their baby were in a store when he saw a former co-worker who was female. He showed the co-worker the baby.

The man said his girlfriend became upset and accused him of wanting to be in a relationship with the co-worker.

When they returned home, the man said, he left on his bike to let his girlfriend calm down. She was still angry and yelled at him when he returned, so he went to get a glass of water for 45 minutes, the man said.

When he went inside to get more water, the woman punched him in the face two or three times, he said. The man pushed her away to keep from getting hit again.

The woman retrieved the car keys and left with the baby.

The officer noted the man was bleeding from the nose and had a small cut on his left cheek.

Another officer stopped the woman on U.S. 70 near University Drive. The woman was arrested and booked into Roosevelt County Detention Center on a charge of battery on a household member.


• About 11:55 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of South Avenue D to remove someone from the property.

A 30-year-old man met the officer outside and said he’d had a fight with someone who gave his minor niece alcoholic beverages at another establishment. The employee outside with the man said he wanted the 30-year-old to leave for the night.

As the man was leaving, a woman and two other men came outside and said they wanted to prosecute the 30-year-old.

The men, ages 22 and 25, said the 30-year-old hit them both after an argument about the 22-year-old allegedly giving alcohol to minors at another business.

The 25-year-old had a small amount of blood around his lip ring. He said the older man put his arm around him, and he struck the arm before the other man hit him.

The 22-year-old woman said she saw the incident and the 30-year-old hit both of the other men.

Everyone involved had been drinking, and the officer noted all three men appeared intoxicated. The officer noted his intent to seek a summons to court against the 30-year-old regarding battery.


• About 9:40 a.m., an officer spoke to a woman who said someone had broken into her vehicle between 5:30 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday. She inadvertently left the vehicle unlocked in front of her residence in the 1900 block of South Avenue O.

The woman said an iPod Nano and two CDs were missing.

The officer was unable to locate evidence.