Power outage contributes to accident

A transformer on North Prince Drive blew early Monday night, plunging much of that area and west Fairview Lane into darkness. With the traffic lights at Fairview and North Riverside Drive out, drivers were left to take turns stopping. Inevitably, impatience took over and this two car crash resulted.

    The police blotter is published to give readers an abridged look at criminal activity in their community and neighborhood. It is simply an illustration of what local law enforcement, funded by taxpayers, must deal with daily throughout the Española Valley.

    Española Police officers, Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Police, Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputies or State Police responded to the following calls:

Trashy morning

Nov. 22

    1:44 a.m. A Santa Fe County deputy was flagged down for a rollover accident on State Road 76 in Truchas. New Mexico State Police were on scene. The car was unoccupied.

    4:08 a.m. An Española Police Department officer removed a polycart placed in the middle of North Riverside Drive and Valley Drive.

    4:40 a.m. A Hudson Lane caller reported people were putting trash cans in the road.

    5:13 a.m. An officer stopped two women and a man in a white Kia Sol on North Riverside Drive. The women were released. The man was taken to Calle Ranchitos to pick up trash.

    6:21 a.m. An alarm was activated at 420 Emporium. An officer found someone had gained access, “through the flooring.”

    10:23 a.m. An officer stopped a stolen vehicle on Old Los Alamos Highway by the Chillin Brew. The vehicle was stolen, the woman driving it, arrested.

    10:36 a.m. A Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office deputy reported the man shot at the Chama Speedway was going into surgery at University of New Mexico Hospital and would be out in two hours.

    12:16 p.m. An Allsups caller reported a man locked himself in the bathroom and was hitting himself. An officer moved him along.

    12:20 p.m. A caller reported two passed out men behind the Rio Grande SUN. Officers found no one there.

    2:19 p.m. A Murphy’s Express caller reported an employee took the $6,834.00 deposit.

    4:32 p.m. A woman from CVS reported she received $5,000 in gift cards and believed she was scammed. The responding officer reported no funds were exchanged.

    5:09 p.m. A Ranchitos Park caller requested help retrieving her ball.

    7:11 p.m. A Calle del Alamo caller reported he was fighting with his mother and wanter her out of the house. She called from the Center Market parking lot stating she pays rent and he can’t kick her out. An officer settled the squabble.

    8:25 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported someone was smoking meth under the building.

    8:46 p.m. A woman who reported a stolen polycart was told it was not stolen, someone collected a bunch of them and took them to Ranchitos Park.

    10:52 p.m. A woman called from her Fairview Lane home and said she did not feel safe with three other people who had knives. Officers responded and had the visitors picked up.

    11:52 p.m. A Jicarilla Apache Police Department officer reported a non-native woman ran through the COVID checkpoint and was now in the back seat of her car, doors locked, saying, “I can’t hear you.” State Police responded.

    

One more key

Nov. 23

    1:29 a.m. A Camino de Paz caller  said a woman was knocking on her door saying her car was on fire on an unknown dirt road. The call was transferred to Santa Fe County.

    3:02 a.m. A Days Inn guest reported the desk person gave her three keys but would not give her another.

    6:32 a.m. A deputy conducted a traffic stop and arrested one man. His unit “ave out” at the station and he had to get another car to transfer the man to Taos Detention Center.

    9:50 a.m. A Dixon caller advised someone drove through his chain link fence and it was not an accident.

    10:01 a.m. An Alcalde caller reported when she opens her door a dog runs to attack her. Animal Control captured one dog and verbally warned the owner of another.

    10:55 a.m. A La Mesilla woman reported her father attacked her and her sister and threatened them with a gun. The man was transported to the emergency room.

    1:34 p.m. A 420 Emporium caller reported a man overdosing and throwing shoes. An officer said the man was fine.

    2:27 p.m. A Calle Olivas caller reported a man was dead in the house. Medics confirmed and the Office of Medical Investigators was called.

    5:03 p.m. A Pacheco Lane caller gave an address and man’s name who allegedly had a warrant. Police could not find a warrant for the man.

    5:07 p.m. A Walmart customer reported he went to go pick up two televisions and was told he had already picked them up. He filed a report for identity theft and larceny.

    6:57 p.m. An officer chased two shoplifting suspects from Lowe’s Home Improvement to McDonald’s. He held them at Taser point and both were arrested. Some items were returned to the store.

    7:28 p.m. A woman reorted it appeared that five men were trying to break into Tortas Rainbow. Police said there was no attempt but one man was arrested on a warrant.

    8:16 p.m. A Star Lane caller reported she followed a truck that ran a stop sign and blocked him from leaving. Another car came behind her and blocked her from leaving. She said the occupants of that car pointed a gun at her. She did not want City Police to respond, only State Police.

    10:46 p.m. A Wendy’s caller reported the audible alarm at Murphey’s Express was blaring and he couldn’t take orders.

Stinky call

Nov. 24

    12:14 a.m. A McDonald’s manager reported an employee was leaving and backed into a man walking behind him. The pedestrian was OK and did not need medical attention.

    6:02 a.m. A Calle del Rio caller reported shots fired. A responding officer was almost hit by a vehicle fleeing the home of the man who was killed there Oct. 24. The silver Chrysler 200 struck a gate and fence as it fled. Officers and State Police could not locate the car.

    8:26 a.m. An Española Hospital employee reported a man left wearing a gown, with an IV in his arm. An office spoke to the man in front of Northern New Mexico College, sans IV. The employee said they did not want him back. He was released.

    9:15 a.m. A Velarde caller reported a septic tank pumping truck dumping raw sewage in an arroyo off County Road 435. A deputy could not locate the truck.

    9:51 a.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement customer reported his truck stolen. He call back 10 minutes later and said never mind, he forgot what vehicle he drove to Lowe’s.

    12:15 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported a vehicle hit a man on a bicycle or motorcycle. The log was not clear. The man was transported to the emergency room.

    12:39 p.m. A Dixon caller reported her landlord installed an antigravity beam in her house and it was making her sick.

    3:23 p.m. A Las Lomas Apartments manager reported someone who was living in a vacant apartment had left a puppy behind. She called back and said she also found a woman hiding in the closet. Woman and puppy were gone when police arrived.

    3:58 p.m. A Dixon caller reported he approached a man driving back and forth on State Road 580. The driver said his friend threw a gun out the window the previous night and they were looking for it. A search party was organized at the volunteer fire station. It is not stated whether the gun was found.

    4:40 p.m. A one vehicle rollover was reported in Abiquiú. The driver had pain to his chest and was transported to the emergency room. The driver was arrested for out standing warrants and possibly driving under the influence.

    8:33 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported hearing “blood-curdling screams” coming from next door. She said three men were putting a rope around a man’s neck to kill him. Deputies spoke to two men and adult probation was contacted.

    9:53 p.m. A man who slid off U.S. Highway 64 said he was down an embankment and if he took his foot off the brake, he would roll off a cliff into a ravine. Tierra Amarilla Volunteer Fire Department responded and waited for the car to be pulled up. The driver was fine.

Hungry thieves

Nov. 25

    12:39 a.m. A Calle don Diego caller reported his truck was in an accident and had blood in it.

    4:20 a.m. A vehicle struck the light pole at La Joya and Riverside Drive. A Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative crew responded. Police did not locate the vehicle that hit the pole.

    8:52 a.m. An officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested a man on an outstanding warrant.

    9:50 a.m. An officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested a woman on an outstanding warrant.

    10:12 a.m. A Velarde caller reported his groceries and prescriptions were stolen from the back of his truck while he was at the Ohkay Express Mart.

    10:31 a.m. A Chama Fire volunteer reported a shed on fire on U.S. Highway 285 south of Chama. Firefighters extinguished the fire and found a “fresh bottle of Crown and soda can outside.”

    11:51 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported someone was in his house and Russians in surrounding houses had lasers. The caller was transported to the emergency room.

    12:13 p.m. An officer reported a gas leak at Starbucks. A New Mexico Gas technician said it was not gas, probably sewer or methane.

    2:12 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported an unwanted woman with red hiar was kicking the tire on his vehicle.

    2:37 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a man on roller skates would not move out of the road. When the caller passed the skater, he jumped into the vehicle’s mirror.

    3:19 p.m. A Walmart customer requested an officer because there was almost a fight because people were cutting in line.

    4:13 p.m. A woman at Walmart reported she left her purse in her car and it was stolen. Someone had already used one of cards for gas and to pay a phone bill.

    4:29 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported a white Nissan Alitma ran over a tree at Echo Canyon Amphitheater. It had no tires and a trash bag over a window.

    6:42 p.m. A Dixon caller reported a man hit him in the face with a gas can. He said the attacker is a felon on probation. State Police responded.

    11:14 p.m. A caller who had been at a party behind Harbor Freight said about 15 cars were out front. They were selling drugs and asked her to go into prostitution. Police found no large party.

Bad drivers day

Nov. 26

    7:25 a.m. An officer spoke to woman hanging around Walmart, which was closed. She was told, “She needs to go elsewhere.”

    10:52 a.m. A Calle don Diego caller reported a blue Hyundai, with no license plate, hit a house. An officer called the owner and she said she already filed a report.

    10:52 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported he slipped in mud and his ankle and knee were out of place. Agua Sana responded.

    11:37 a.m. A La Tiendita caller reported a man shot in his truck at the gas pumps. The man was dead. Several volunteer fire departments, medics and deputies responded. State Police took the call.

    3:47 p.m. A Camino Cielo Grande caller requested an ambulance for her niece who was on alcohol and something else. The caller said some men dropped the woman off on the road. The woman refused transport to the hospital.

    4:12 p.m. Several El Llano Road and Shadowwood Lane callers reported a man drove his truck into someone’s house. The man ran west on Shadowwood but two of the home’s occupants chased him and brought him back.

    6:45 p.m. An officer tried to conduct a traffic stop by Dreamcatcher Theater and the white Cadillac sped off. The officer chased the car toward State Road 76 at speeds up to 70 mph. The car was connected to an earlier assault. The officer stopped the pursuit.

    7:41 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported two drunk men walked away from their truck in the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 285.

    8:08 p.m. An officer conducted a traffic stop near CVS on North Riverside Drive and arrested the driver for DWI.

    8:58 p.m. An Hernandez caller reported shots fired and a deputy found a vehicle at the Rio Chama Chevron with its passenger window broken. He was not sure it was caused by a bullet.

Desperate

for oil change

Nov. 27

    12:52 a.m. A Chill N Brew owner reported the alarm at the business went off and he could see a truck parked at the front door. An officer said the driver was parked texting someone.

    1:08 a.m. A Crisis Center employee reported a client was in danger at the Days Inn because a man was outside threatening to take her children. Police could not find anyone.

    10:06 a.m. A man at Ulta Health on North Riverside Drive reported a man punched him in the face. Police could not identify the puncher from surveillance.

    10:39 a.m. A Verizon store caller reported an Apple I watch stolen. An officer recovered the stolen watch at Dandy Burger during an 11:57 a.m. call.

    11:53 a.m. An Allsups caller requested a welfare check on a man who had been passed out at the gas pump for an hour. He left the station and police stopped him near Eagle Village. The man was arrested.

    1:39 p.m. A Walgreens manager reported a man who routinely shoplifts pulled a knife on her when she challenged him. Officers reviewed surveillance and were looking for the man.

    2:32 p.m. A man who reported his truck stolen to Santa Fe County said he found it at the Dollar Tree on Carr Lane. Firefighters came and opened the vehicle and the man took it home.

    2:40 p.m. A woman called from Lowes Home Improvement stating her purse was stolen from Dollar Tree 20 minutes earlier and someone had spent $70 in Lowes. She told police Dollar Tree had a picture of the thief.

    5:06 p.m. An O’ Reilley Auto Parts store caller reported a man came into the store, gathered everything he needed for an oil change and ran out to a waiting car.

    7:39 p.m. Several officers served warrants on an unknown number of men by the dumpsters behind Walgreens. They were transported to jail.

    9:12 p.m. Deputies served a warrant on a man in Chamita. He was medically cleared at the emergency room, then transported to the Taos County Adult Detention Center.

    10:18 p.m. An officer checked a vehicle at Ranchitos Park and asked the occupants to “take their activities elsewhere.”

    10:24 p.m. A Chamisa Street caller reported some men helped him get his Chevrolet Suburban started at Rivera Funeral Home and then they took it.

Drunk horses or

horse drunks?

Nov. 28

    12:49 a.m. An Avenida Cañada caller reported a man overdosing on heroin. Officers could not locate the caller or person overdosing. They canceled the call and remained in the area a half hour looking for the man.

    12:59 a.m. An officer made a traffic stop on a man and arrested him for DWI after he failed field sobriety tests. Someone retrieved the man’s car.

    3:39 a.m. A man reported his Camaro was stolen from an Ohkay Owingeh house party.

    12:58 p.m. A customer at the Big Rock Gas Station was angry because the store would not exchange the cigarettes she bought. The call was transferred to Santa Clara Tribal Police.

    4:54 p.m. The same caller from the 1:08 a.m., Nov. 27 call requested the same man be dispersed from Days Inn. He was gone when an officer arrived.

    6:48 p.m. A caller near Socorros Restaurant on U.S. Highway 84/285 reported, “3 different horses highly ETOH (drunk),” in the northbound lane. A deputy said he could find no “horse drunks.”

    7:38 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported his friend’s vehicle was stolen by a woman who was staying with the caller.

    11:40 p.m. A woman on East Pueblo reported a man with no shirt and a cut to his head was trying to fight everyone. An officer gave the man a ride home.

   

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