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.
A 12-year-old Española Middle School student caused the school to be put on lock-down, Nov. 18, after making a threat on SnapChat, to shoot up the school. Police later determined he made the threat because he didn’t want to go to school.
A Santa Fe man and Española woman were both arrested Nov. 8 for child endangerment resulting in serious injury. Christian Vasquez, 32, was also charged with aggravated driving while under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and seven other charges.
On Wednesday, for the second time this year, a jury deliberated charges against former Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan for harboring a felon and intimidating a witness in March 2017. This time, they returned with a verdict.
A Hernandez woman was allegedly assaulted on Oct. 23, after a woman came to her mother's house and accused her of having an affair with her boyfriend.
A Rio Arriba County Detention Officer who decided to ask an inmate what the problem was, after the man mumbled something, got his answer when the inmate punched him in the face.
A complaint filed April 1 by Priscilla Serrano against Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office Major Billy Merrifield was never investigated, according to documents obtained in response to an Aug. 23 Inspection of Public Records Act request with the Office.