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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.

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A hearing is expected in August on a petition filed in First Judicial District Court regarding a request for a grand jury investigation of the North Central Solid Waste Authority.

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Bruce Duran has been removed from the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees, but he plans to take the Board to court over his dismissal.

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The Española City Council voted 7-1 to fire City Manager David Valdez at its Tuesday meeting amid two separate investigations into alleged theft from a city vault and discrepancies in his accounting in Colorado City, Colo., where he previously worked as district manager.

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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.

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Española Mayor Javier Sanchez railed against political schemes and outside interference in the search for a police chief, and said at the June 25 City Council meeting that he instructed City Attorney A.J. Salazar to investigate threatening and coercive texts and calls to city councilors.

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Española Mayor Javier Sanchez formally announced a plan to split the Police Department and the Fire Department at the June 11 city council meeting, although no one can say how the two departments became one in the first place.

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The Española Pathways Shelter is now able to receive donations, thanks to some assistance from the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. The Coalition will act as the fiscal agent for the soon-to-be Española shelter while it awaits designation as a registered nonprofit.

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The Rio Arriba County Detention Center has been hit with another notice of tort claim, after Matthew Vigil who was an inmate at the jail, suffered a cardiac event and was severely brain damaged.

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Roger Jimenez was sworn in as interim chief of the Española Police Department after Mayor Javier Sanchez broke a tie vote in favor of his appointment at the June 11 City Council meeting.

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Employers in New Mexico can no longer ask people on their applications if they have been convicted of a crime, thanks to Senate Bill 96, also known as the “Ban the Box” law.

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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.

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More than $18,500 was discovered missing from the City of Española’s utilities department April 12, but Española Police Department Officers were not assigned to the investigation until nearly two weeks later. Now, the Attorney General’s Office has taken over the investigation.

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Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeremy Barnes did not disclose to the County that he had been the subject of an excessive force lawsuit during his time with the Grants Police Department, Sheriff’s Office Maj. Randy Sanches said in a June 10 interview.

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Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes — who tased an Española Valley High School student in the chest three times on May 10 — never completed any of the training required for a school resource officer (SRO) in the Española School District.

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The Española Police Department currently needs to hire at least four officers to maintain patrol coverage in the city, Department Sgt. George Martinez said May 31.

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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.

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It was right after the fifth-period bell last October that Sebastian Montaño lay face down in the grass outside Alamogordo High School, screaming for his mother, as two police officers pinned him to the ground and thrust a Taser in his back.

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The New Mexico Attorney General is investigating and New Mexico Lt. Governor Howie Morales called for additional training for law enforcement after an article in last week’s Rio Grande SUN detailed how Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes used a Taser on a 15-year-old Española Va…

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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.

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An Española School District vehicle was stolen from the District Office on Hunter Street May 6, but none of the District’s employees noticed it was missing.

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Española Valley High School Assistant Principal Veronica Dean filed a report with the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office after an audit revealed over $53,000 of electronics were unaccounted for within the school.

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A 15-year-old special education student at Española Valley High School was tased by Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes on May 10, for allegedly failing to comply with a search.

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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.

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An Española Police Department officer who initiated a pursuit April 29, and was subsequently placed on administrative leave, has not been charged despite providing false information about the incident to the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office.

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Española Police Department Deputy Chief Roger Jimenez was none too happy about Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan speaking publicly in opposition to him being promoted to chief of police.

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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.

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Prior to the 2018 Village of Chama election for mayor, Village Clerk Maggie Valdez reported that she received threatening text messages from an unknown telephone number.

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The Española City Council refused to promote Deputy Police Chief Roger Jimenez as the leader of the city government’s Department of Public Safety.

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An Española Fire Department officials told councilors at a May 1 Public Safety Committee meeting that they would like city council to implement an ordinance that fines property owners for false alarm calls.

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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.

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An Española Valley High School football player claimed he was sexually assaulted, but law enforcement was not notified until months after the initial complaint, a new report from Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Robert Vigil states.

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A Rio Arriba County Detention Center inmate was transported to an Albuquerque-area hospital over the weekend following a seizure, amid claims that jail guards failed to act quickly when the incident first occurred.

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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 Department interim chief David Osuna made his recommendation for chief in the midst of the April 23 City Council meeting. He said he had been teaching Department Deputy Chief Roger Jimenez how to make “chief’s decisions,” but Jimenez said later that he had not been recommende…

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First Judicial District Court Judge Jason Lidyard is letting Taos County Sheriff’s Deputy Lorenzo Sanchez carry a gun for work purposes while he awaits trial for an alleged domestic violence incident.

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Cody Lee, 27, of Española is not the kind of superhero one would expect, he lives mostly on the streets of Española, and he’ll freely admit he struggles with addiction, but that did not stop him from doing what superheroes do: He saved a stranger’s life.

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Española Police Department Officer Yvonne De La O is on administrative leave for three days beginning Monday after she reported being shot at by a suspect during a traffic stop.

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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.

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Andrew Abeyta, 24, of Alcalde, who escaped from Española Police Department custody on December 24, 2018, is back in custody after he turned himself in to New Mexico State Police.

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