Isodorio Padilla's Dec. 23 arrest by Española Police Department officers left him with two broken ribs, a punctured lung, a cut to his face, and a taser wound on his chest. His brother John Padilla's attorney Todd Bullion said a lawsuit against the city is likely.
Española Police Department Officer Gabriel Wadt has faced minimal disciplinary action over an October incident in which he slammed a physically compliant and handcuffed man—detained in relation to a noise complaint—to the concrete ground and then berated him in a profanity-laced tirade.
David Valdez, the former city manager of Española, New Mexico, was charged with felony theft and embezzlement last week in Colorado relating to water payments which never reached the accounts of the Colorado City Metropolitan District, where he worked as district manager before coming to Española.
Throughout the summer of 2019, the Rio Grande SUN newsroom profiled women who make a difference in Northern New Mexico communities.
Long after the votes were cast in the 2019 Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative elections, the balance of power between two competing factions on the Co-op Board of Trustees was still unclear. SUN Staff Writer Amanda Martinez was there every step of the way.
New Mexico Senator Richard Martinez refuses to submit to a breath test requested by Española Police Officer Dustin Chavez on June 28 after Martinez allegedly rear-ended another car at the intersection of Paseo de Oñate and Fairview Lane.
Lapel camera footage obtained through the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act shows a 15-year-old special education student at Española Valley High School being tased by Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes on May 10, for allegedly failing to comply with a search.