Truck head-on Sonic

The cause of this two-car accident on U.S. Highway 84/258 in Hernandez was not know by press time. Both the Jeep and the Chevrolet pickup landed on their sides in this 1:45 p.m., Oct. 7 collission. Both drivers were out of their vehicles and walking around when deputies arrived and closed the northbound lane for an hour. One driver was given, and passed, a field sobriety test.

    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:

Check in first

Sept. 28

    12:25 a.m. An Española Police Department officer on patrol saw a man trying to get into a room at Motel 6. The man was arrested.

    1:21 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported someone was trying to get into the Wells Fargo ATM. Officers told the man to leave it alone.

    8:54 a.m. A Chimayó man complained about someone on an ATV riding up and down the road all the time. The call was transferred to New Mexico State Police’s Region 3 Drug Task Force.

    9:03 a.m. A Walgreens caller reported two men fighting in the parking lot. One of the fighters broke off and ran east on Fairview. A Food King employee called two minutes later reporting he had chased someone to Walgreens parking lot and the employee was injured. He was treated and transported to the Española Hospital emergency room.

    9:15 a.m. A Point S employee reported a vehicle was broken into overnight and burglarized.

    11:33 a.m. A Century Bank employee reported someone was trying to cash a stolen check. Police tasered and arrested one man.

    12:04 p.m. A North McCurdy Road caller reported someone used her identity to take out a small business loan.

    2:34 p.m. A City of Española planning employee requested people be removed from a condemned house on Fairview Lane.

    4:46 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a two car accident on State Road 68. A truck was flipped on its side. One person was transported to the emergency room and Classic Air was going to meet them there.

    5:01 p.m. A HOY Recovery caller reported a bomb threat. Everyone evacuated the building. It was a prank call.

    6:02 p.m. One of two cars involved in an accident at Fairview Lane and McCurdy Road broke a gas meter. The driver that caused the accident left the scene. An officer stopped that car at gun point and arrested one of the four people in the car.

    8:05 p.m. State Police requested a deputy check out possible poaching on U.S. Highway 84 near Canjilon. The deputy could see flashlights but could not get on the property.

    9:01 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported her 11-year-old son was scaring her and hitting her. The mother refused medical transport.

    9:05 p.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported someone was trying to break into the Rio Grande SUN. An officer talked to the alleged burglar and moved him along.

    9:59 p.m. A County Road 142 caller in Hernandez reported a car caught fire and the driver jumped out and got into another vehicle and left. Children were in the car but got out. One was transported to the emergency room, with non-emergency issues. Only the motor and shell were left to tow.

    10:11 p.m. State Police requested a deputy go to Highway 64/84 in Tierra Amarilla and shoot an elk that was injured by the road.

Rocky road

Sept. 29

    4:25 a.m. An officer was requested to handle a man in the emergency room who had been attacked in the Walmart parking lot. He was being beligerent and rude.

    8:13 a.m. A Velarde caller reported a man who was walking down the road was bleeding and bruised. The man said he’d been attacked and chased. Velarde Volunteer Fire Department responded.

    8:31 a.m. A San Juan County caller on Country Road 75 advised he’d be flying low over oil and gas fields surveying for leaks.

    11:34 a.m. A woman went to  the City Police Department to report her car stolen. She said her mechanic had the car for three weeks.

    12:17 p.m. A man driving from Los Alamos to Española reported he received a picture of his wife’s bloodied face. Officers and medics responded to her location, where she had fallen off some stairs. She was transported to the emergency room.

    12:37 p.m. Two intoxicated persons were reported on State Road 162 in Tierra Amarilla. A deputy located the men, one of whom was unresponsive. The deputy waked him with a sternum rub. The deputy decided the ambulance was too far out so he transported the man to the emergency room.

    1:59 p.m. A woman reported she was robbed at gun point in the Walmart parking lot by two women and a man. They allegedly took her purse and phone.

    3:30 p.m. A Speedway on North Paseo de Oñate caller reported a man on the road hitting himself with a large rock.

    5:44 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a deputy parked in the middle of the road. When the caller honked, the deputy threatened the caller. He was going to the Sheriff’s Office to file a complaint.

    6:04 p.m. City Police held a road block on the southbound lane of North Paseo de Oñate. At 7:08 p.m. the car they sought went through the road block at a high rate of speed.

    6:22 p.m. A Darren’s Place caller reported a man wanted to leave and the caller wanted the man escorted from the property. An officer took him to Motel 6.

    9:56 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a man in a tree with a flashlight moving around. He was picking apples.


Never tToo old

Sept. 30

    1:29 a.m. A woman passing Game Stop on North Riverside Drive reported a woman lying by the road. The woman was transported to the emergency room.

    6:45 a.m. An El Guique caller reported someone shot her three goats.

    6:50 a.m. A Rock Christian Church caller reported someone broke into the Thrift Store and stole “a lot of items.” The burglar was also injured, as there was a lot of blood.

    10 a.m. A North Monterey Lane caller reported someone had dumped trash on his property. An officer cited two people who lived on Fairview lane for the dumping.

    11:04 a.m. A State Road 76 in Española caller reported her landlord was making advances toward her and touching her inappropriately and was trying to evict her. The officer checking the complaint said the accuse man was 98, blind and can’t walk or talk.

    4:51 p.m. An Animal Control officer reported a woman on North Riverside Drive at the Alon STation with her head out the door, looking intoxicated. An officer stopped her on Fairview Lane and El Llano Road and arrested her for DWI.

    6:04 p.m. A three-car accident occurred on U.S. Highway 84/285 in Hernandez. One man rolled his Jeep three times and was bleeding from the face. All three drivers declined to be transported to the emergency room.

    9:44 p.m. A Motel 6 caller reported a guest called for help. Medics administered one dose of Narcan to the guest and he responded.


Oct. 1

    12:20 a.m. A Sunset Drive caller reported her neighbor’s garage door was open. The neighbor said she forgot to close it.

    3:35 a.m. A Sunset Drive caller reported a woman, possibly intoxicated, refused to leave her house. The woman told an officer her car wouldn’t start. He helped get the car started and she left.

    9:07 a.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported his 37-year-old son was hitting him. The son was arrested.

    9:51 a.m. A Fairview Elementary security guard reported a man and woman cut the lock on one of the storage sheds and stole items. Two officers went in different directions from the school and one of them caught the woman involved in the break-in. She was arrested.

    10:38 a.m. A veteran’s crisis hotline counselor reported a man leaving Medanales and heading north to kill himself. Deputies coordinated with the counselor and Verizon to get the man’s location. He left cell service at one point and was picked back up by Sandoval County E-911. The man texted his wife and said he was returning to Santa Fe.

    10:56 a.m. A Peacekeepers on La Joya Street caller reported someone took the exhaust pipe off one of their government vehicles and left their tools.

    11:30 a.m. An Alfred Lane caller reported her sister took her I.D., birth certificate, medical card and social security card. The caller would not respond to an officer’s calls.

    12.25 p.m. A Lowe’s parking lot caller reported he was locked in his car.

    3:51 p.m. An officer conducted a traffic stop at Fairview Lane and North Riverside Drive and arrested a man for DWI.

    5:48 p.m. A Family Dollar store in Espanola employee reported a man urinated in the store in front of a child. The victim did not stay to press charges.


No smoke, no fire

Oct. 2

    1 a.m. Santa Clara Tribal Police requested a city police officer meet him at Santa Claran Hotel to take a man who was passed out in his car. Tribal police said the man had two State Police warrants.

    2:07 a.m. A one car crash was reported on Coronado Ave. The man was arrested for DWI and was complaining emergency room personnel were trying to break his arms and he was going to sue everybody.

    8:53 a.m. An officer made a traffic stop at the Espanola Post Office. His car was towed and the man, “Left walking with two citations in hand.”

    10:38 a.m. An officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested a woman.

    12:57 p.m. An Espinoza Lane caller reported two explosions and then heavy smoke coming from Lopez Lane. Police could find no smoke.

    1:04 p.m. A Dixon caller reported the FBI was watching her and sent people to harm her. Deputies found the woman didn’t live at the given address, her boyfriend did. He said everything was fine.

    2:41 p.m. A Calle Juan Jose Vigil caller reported a backhoe had been in her back yard for a week. Police talked someone at the business next door who said the backhoe had been there a day and had a flat tire, the owner was coming back to trailer it.

    3:51 p.m. A Calle Senaida caller reported she received a package in the mail with a knife in it. The knife belonged to her.

    4:16 p.m. A two-car accident occurred in Dixon. One driver was airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital.

    5:33 p.m. An officer conducted a traffic stop near Italian Fusion and arrested one man on an outstanding warrant.

    6:30 p.m. A Calle Lopez caller said he confronted a man in his yard who used a ladder to get over a wall.

    9:49 p.m. A South Riverside Drive caller reported a man lying on the sidewalk who “does not look alive.” An officer took the man to his sister’s house.

Clean but wrecked

Oct. 3

    1:45 a.m. A Lovin’ Oven employee found a door at Big Dawg’s open. It had been left open by accident.

    8:37 a.m. A Cooks Trailer Court caller reported a brother and sister were fighting. The sister told officers she and her brother left the residence and she “doesn’t need or want us around.”

    8:58 a.m. A Rio Arriba County Detention Center employee reported an inmate was nonresponsive and had been performing CPR for about five minutes. The inmate died.

    12:36 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported a man was stealing electricity from some neighbors.

    12:59 p.m. A Carwash caller reported the vehicle in front of them in the automatic carwash slipped out of the track causing the caller’s car to hit the vehicle in front of them. They were advised it was a civil matter.

    2:50 p.m. A large brush fire was reported in El Rito. Many volunteer fire departments responded throughout the afternoon. An unknown structure and 47 acres were burned very close to the village.

    3:13 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported difficulty breathing and possible fever. She had tested negative for COVID-19 two weeks earlier. She was transported to the emergency room.

    3:33 p.m. A two-car head-on accident was reported in Truchas. One of the vehicles was on fire and four people were hurt. Deputies closed State Road 76. Two patients were airlifted and one was transported by ambulance to the emergency room. The road was reopened at 11:03 p.m.

    6:02 p.m. A Vista del Rios Apartments caller reported a man overdosing in the stairwell. He was given one dose of Narcan and resumed breathing and was transported.

    7:37 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported someone walking home from the bar with a possible broken knee. He was transported to the emergency room.

    9:28 p.m. Some suspicious people reported on Old Hospital Road turned out to be squatters in a condemned building. Officers told them to not return.

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