Three-car crash near Dreamcatcher

One car was totaled, following a three-car crash, Jan. 17, on U.S. Highway 84/285, just before the Dreamcatcher movie theater. Another crash earlier in the morning, in the same area, totaled another vehicle.

(SUNfoto by Wheeler Cowperthwaite)

    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:

‘Monster’ dog roaming

Jan. 11

    1:50 a.m. A Sandy Lane caller said a 22-year-old woman was not breathing, after drinking and taking heroin. She was revived with Narcan.

    9:42 a.m. A North Paseo de Oñate caller said a woman keeps harassing and threatening her at her parents’ home.

    9:50 a.m. A County Road 58 in El Guique caller said she was reviewing her video surveillance and saw a man going through her trash while it was outside to be picked up. Her lawyer told her to call and make a police report.

    10:32 a.m. A Private Drive in Velarde caller said a pit bull and another “monster” dog were in the area, fighting with all the other dogs. She wanted to make sure they didn’t kill her chickens.

    11:12 a.m. A Family Dollar in Chimayó caller said two men were punching each other.

    11:39 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller said a man pulled a gun on her while they were waiting at the light at Riverside Drive. She said the man’s girlfriend used to date her son.

    12:15 p.m. A County Road 56 in Chamita caller said someone broke into his house through the storm window.

    1:45 p.m. A State Road 110 in El Rito caller said his girlfriend broke his window, after he told her to walk home.

    2:02 p.m. A County Road 129 in Hernandez caller said his stepdaughter broke into his house.

    2:26 p.m. A Paseo de Paulina caller said his 35-year-old son was at his house, he is disabled and he can’t deal with his son.

    3:27 p.m. A Calle del Rio caller said a strange woman was leaning against her fence.

    4:20 p.m. A Private Drive in Alcalde caller said two goats were tied together at the neck.

    6:26 p.m. A man walked into the Convento police substation to report that someone stole his truck.

    8:40 p.m. A Bellas Lane caller said someone stole items from her unlocked car.

Man flees hospital

Jan. 12

    1:19 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller, who sounded drunk, said a person in a dark car shot at him.

    2:57 a.m. A Calle Serrano caller said she heard someone screaming and banging on her trailer.

    7:42 a.m. An Española Hospital caller said police needed to send an officer because a man, on the brink of septic shock, was trying to leave. If he left, he would die. An officer convinced him to stay.

    10:15 a.m. A State Road 110 in El Rito caller said her boyfriend flattened her tires and was following her.

    11:57 p.m. A County Road 218 in El Rito caller reported a trash fire.

    2:16 p.m. A woman walked into the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office to report a stolen chainsaw.

    4:59 p.m. A Camino Arbolera caller said someone stole a battery from his car.

    7 p.m. A Cerro Montoso Road caller said something was in the sky behind his house and it looked like a spaceship. His call was transferred to Taos County.

    7:05 p.m. A Calle Vigil caller said his house was broken into and someone stole money and a gun.    

    8:18 p.m. A State Road 76 in Chimayó caller said her son, 20, was overdosing. She gave him the opiate-overdose reversing drug Narcan and revived him. He fled on foot because he does not like law enforcement.

    9:31 p.m. A Paseo de Paulina caller said someone stole his grill, valued at $500.

    9:31 p.m. A County Road 94 in Chimayó caller said her son was being battered by his girlfriend.

Meth is a hell of a drug

Jan. 13

    12:30 a.m. A County Road 41 in Alcalde caller said she was coming down, after taking meth, then hung up. Officers had to break down the door and transported her to the Española Hospital.

    1:58 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller said she had a fight with her boyfriend, he left walking and she found him on the sidewalk, cold to the touch and not moving. Officers found he was breathing.

    8:04 a.m. An Iron Horse Lane caller said someone got into her vehicle, paper was all over the place and the vehicle was ransacked.

    4:22 p.m. A Wal-Mart caller said a woman left her three small children in the car while she went into the store.

    6:14 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller said a woman was trespassed from the property and she was back at an apartment, banging on the door.

    6:34 p.m. A Wal-Mart caller said she locked her keys inside her car, along with her 9-month-old and 2-year-old children.

    7:18 p.m. A Desert Vista Drive caller said she heard a loud explosion and five to six gunshots.

Not-so-neighborly behavior

Jan. 14

    1:32 a.m. A North Orchard Lane caller said a 42-year-old man was possibly having a seizure and he was “on the floor flopping like a fish.”

    1:33 a.m. A Wal-Mart caller said a man in a red Ford Explorer was armed with a shotgun and pointed it at him.

    4:35 a.m. A Private Drive in La Mesilla caller said a 24-year-old family member was irate, out of control and hitting people at the house.

    10:26 a.m. An East Winesap Drive caller said his neighbor tried to punch him and spit in his face.

    1:35 p.m. A Private Drive in Alcalde caller said a 67-year-old woman said she was having a hard time breathing and thought she was going to die. She said the Holy Spirit was talking to her and through her.

    2:49 p.m. A Santa Cruz Post Office caller said a man in red-and-black flannel was going up to people and asking them for a ride to the high school. An officer told him to stop bothering people.

    6:26 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller said a man was squatting in an unoccupied house and she wanted him to leave.

    10:20 p.m. A Santa Claran Gas Station caller said a woman was soliciting herself.

    10:24 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller said someone broke her window.

    11:11 p.m. A Tsigo Bugeh Village in Ohkay Owingeh caller said a man was trying to get into the apartment and threw a bicycle at her car.

Drinking tradition

Jan. 15

    8:56 a.m. A North Coronado Avenue caller said someone broke her flower pots and she suspected it was her son and his friend since they always do that when they are drinking.

    10:38 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller said someone stole a tailgate from a truck.

    3:04 p.m. A Po Pay Avenue in Ohkay Owingeh caller said someone threw a rock at the library window.

    3:24 p.m. A County Road 41 in Velarde caller said her son was being verbally abusive.

    6:31 p.m. A County Road 142 in Medanales caller said his sister called him to say men were headed to his house to beat him up. Officers found that she never called him, he was drunk and he fabricated the entire incident.

    10:22 p.m. A U.S. Highway 84/285 caller in Hernandez said a man was calling and harassing her and she tried blocking him, but he continues to bother her.

    

Passing the buck

Jan. 16

    9:03 a.m. A State Road 74 caller said a dog was trapped in a trash pile at the transfer station. A worker piled the trash with a backhoe, so the dog was able to climb out. He went on his way.

    9:43 a.m. A Medinas Lane caller said her 14-year-old son was going crazy. Dispatchers could hear him asking who she was calling, then stating he was going to kill himself, then he ran away.

    11:29 a.m. A Santa Cruz Country Store caller said someone re-created one of her company’s checks and tried to cash one at a Santa Fe bank, which did not allow the transaction.

    1:06 p.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller said a man wearing a black jacket and hat, riding a bicycle, was brandishing a gun.

    1:25 p.m. A Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers caller said parents in a parked car appeared to be high on drugs, with their children in the car.

    2:22 p.m. A South McCurdy Road caller said there were two dead cats in the road. The city of Española Streets Department told dispatchers the state would handle it, the state said they only handle the road south of El Llano and, after being notified of this, the streets department said to call the Highway Department.

    6:24 p.m. A U.S. Highway 84 in Medanales caller said a 73-year-old man has dementia, hid his medication and has violent tendencies. Deputies found the man was fine.

    7:25 p.m. A South Riverside Drive caller said someone broke a motel room window and took a TV.

Greedy girlfriend

Jan. 17

    8:34 a.m. An Ohkay Casino caller said a woman was in the security office, trying to report that her credit card and money were stolen. An Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Police officer found she was banned from the casino and she didn’t want to press charges.

    9:22 a.m. A Cerrito South in Hernandez caller said a big white Sheep dog is on his property, going through his trash and fighting with his dogs. The County’s Animal Control officer told the owner to keep the dog from running at large.

    11:49 a.m. A Private Drive in Hernandez caller said her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend were fighting and the boyfriend was beating her. She described him as a “big guy” who usually carries a knife.

    1:33 p.m. A County Road 247 in Vallecitos caller said his girlfriend took two bags of dog food, but he only said she could have one.

    4:01 p.m. A U.S. Highway 550 in Lybrook caller said her 1-year-old daughter got into her Advil. The call was transferred to Sandoval County for a vehicle intercept.

    4:13 p.m. A Private Drive in Coyote caller said his uncle stole his horses and sold them to someone down the road.

    4:20 p.m. A Calle Don Pedro caller said a woman with green hair and in her 20s was getting naked. She got a ride.

    4:52 p.m. A Park and Ride caller said a drunk man was passed out on the bench.

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