Chasing an Elusive Challenger

Española Police Sgt. Michelle Ortega (left) and an undidentified officer speak July 2 with the driver of an orange Dodge Challenger. Ortega and three other Police officers scoured the West Side looking for a similar Challenger earlier in the afternoon. The Challenger they sought hit a wall in front of the old Valley National Bank building on Paseo de Oñate and Old Los Alamos Highway. Four State Police officers (off to left) watched Ortega.

    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:

Angry discharge

June 23

    1:28 a.m. An Abiquiú caller reported a man walking on the side of the road.

    3:47 a.m. A New Mexico State Police caller asked for help keeping a man in the emergency room. Española Police officers said they could not force the man to stay unless State Police were going to do something with him.

    9:19 a.m. A Habitat for Humanity employee called to report someone broke into the store again.

    10:17 a.m. A Calle Pajarito caller requested officers remove her granddaughter and her boyfriend. Police arrested both on outstanding warrants.

    1:45 p.m. A 10-year-old boy called to report his aunt was being mean to him. State Police took the call.

    3:44 p.m. A Chimayó caller wanted a welfare check on her 30-year-old daughter, whom she had not seen in a week, and looked “kinda beat up.”

    5:18 p.m. A Hernandez man reported his partner was drunk and would not let him leave. Rio Arriba County deputies responded and arrested one of them but the log is unclear about who.

    8:12 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported he was almost bitten by a dog. Deputies caught the dog, who spent the night in the fire station before being turned over to the animal shelter.

    9:02 p.m. A Chama caller reported her boyfriend kicked and punched her rental car, took her cell phone and “dragged her for about a mile.” Deputies found dents on her car.

    11:05 p.m. A Calle de Pajarito caller reported a man in her backyard. Police arrested him but there was confusion over getting medical clearance before taking him to Los Alamos.

Who’s on first

June 23

    1:47 a.m. A caller on San Buena Ventura reported her neighbor came to her window to tell her he was going to beat up her other neighbor who had beat up another neighbor.

    2:10 p.m. A medic called to have E-911 contact a person from an earlier call to tell them he left his radio there.

    3:04 p.m. A Cielito Lindo caller reported someone called her and told her they abducted a child. All her children were with her.

     3:49 p.m. A Calle Aguilar caller reported she found in her yard a telescope, computer parts and a backpack full of allegedly stolen items.

    4:19 p.m. A World Finance caller reported a man came in three times to ask if they carried cash.

    5:14 p.m. A Mountain View Street caller reported he had information about a man who shot a cop in 1971. The call was given to investigators.

    6:35 p.m. A Chama caller reported her ex-boyfriend took her bank cards, EBT card and 6-year-old son. They were advised to work out a parenting plan.

    7:21 p.m. A Calle Pajarito caller reported his mother-in-law would not give him back his child. When an officer arrived the man threatened to break the officer’s windows. He was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

    8 p.m. An Española Hospital caller reported he found his stolen truck there. There was no record of it being reported stolen.

Touchy religious


June 25

    1:52 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported his girlfriend beat him up after a discussion about religion.

    2:43 a.m. Santa Fe County asked for help with a driver traveling 80 mph past the Dreamcatcher Theater toward Española.

    8:07 a.m. A Calle Bustos caller reported her pickup was stolen the day prior and she found it behind Allsup’s. They chased away the alleged thief and she wanted to report the items left in her truck.

    8:51 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported someone dropped a box of kittens on County Road 101.

    1:37 p.m. A Walmart caller wanted to report that a man bought five microwaves and had a Canadian license plate.

    2:59 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a woman put a box of chocolates in her shirt, ate some and put some up her rectum. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

    4:19 p.m. A Riverside Drive caller reported a woman being beaten by two other women in front of the cross at church by Century Bank.

    5:23 p.m. An El Rito caller reported he stopped on the side of State Road 554 to let his children use the bathroom and a woman driving by yelled at them.

    6:48 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported her boyfriend was high and holding her against her will. He was arrested.

    6:56 p.m. A Thorton Lane caller reported a man blocking the road told the caller he would “blow your neck off.” The caller said the man was intoxicated and parked behind Denny’s. He was arrested.

    9:14 p.m. A Santa Clara Bridge Road caller reported six cars racing on the bridge.

    11:44 p.m. An officer told a couple at Valdez Park to take their adult activities somewhere else.

Green thumbs

June 26

    4:07 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a drunk couple in a neighbor’s house that should be vacant.

    9:25 a.m. A Railroad Avenue caller reported his tractor was stolen during the night.

    9:39 a.m. An Española Dialysis caller reported someone cut the catalytic converter off one of the company vehicles.

    10:46 a.m. A Velarde woman called to report her dog got loose and as her children tried to catch it, a neighbor shot at it. Dog and children made it home safely.

    12:35 p.m. A caller from “Carolina” reported a friend had threatened suicide on Facebook. The man was in Chamisal so the call was sent to Taos.

    1:48 p.m. Walmart security reported two men with knives were cutting open electronics packages and stealing contents. Police followed the van, described by security, to a trailer park. The merchandise was recovered.

    2:43 p.m. A Lowes in Chama employee reported a shoplifter became angry when caught and threw items “all over the store.”

    3:06 p.m. Walmart security reported a car pulled up to the garden center, grabbed some plants and took off.

    3:46 p.m. Walmart security reported a couple stealing a refrigerator. Police chased the couple down and recovered the refrigerator.

    4:21 p.m. A Lumberton woman reported a woman was biting her all over. She clarified it was her father’s girlfriend’s dog.

    8:22 p.m. A Milagro Village trailer park caller reported people in a trailer that should be abandoned. Officers saw movement in the trailer but could not get the people to come out.

    9:25 p.m. The trailer homeowner arrived and wanted police to go inside with her. No one was inside and nothing was missing.

Not to worship

June 27

    3:43 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported her car stolen. Later in the day police talked to a man on Railroad Avenue but the log does not explain why.

    5:55 a.m. A Lomita Lane caller requested an investigation into alleged copper burning.

    6:25 a.m. A Coyote caller reported a man passed out on the church steps.

    6:30 a.m. A Speedway on Riverside caller reported a man with a knife and no pants.

    2:23 p.m. An owner and renter were arguing about access to a house that burned in a suspected arson. The State Fire Marshal allowed access.

    3:26 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported a vehicle on fire under a tree. Velarde and Alcalde volunteer firefighters extinguished the fire, which was classified as arson.

    5:23 p.m. A man at Canjilon campgrounds reported a man shooting “everywhere.”

    8:21 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a man with a gun trying to stop traffic.

    9:20 p.m. A man panhandling in the McDonald’s drive-thru would not leave and tried to fight with two officers. He was arrested.

    10:14 p.m. An officer reported a public safety vehicle stolen but another officer advised it was in back.

    11:40 p.m. A McDonalds caller reported a man tried to shoot at them from a vehicle. Police stopped him, took the handgun and turned two passengers over to family.

Night shift

June 28

    12:44 a.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported another all-night-long karaoke party.

     7:12 a.m. A Speedway on Paseo de Oñate caller reported a man passed out for an hour at pump 5. He was just tired after getting off a night shift.

    10:27 a.m. A Pinch Penny Laundromat caller said her son broke a window and she needed to make a report.

    12:55 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported a man against whom she had a restraining order was in her house. When officers arrived, she slammed the door on them and refused help.

    1:35 p.m. A Calle Aguilar caller reported backpacks and purses in her yard and assumed they were stolen. It was trash.

    1:50 p.m. A Walmart caller reported about eight people fighting. Police found the driver of a Nissan had hit a woman and drove off. The woman was OK.

     3:36 p.m. An Abiquiú Lake caller reported three teens were charging people access to the lake, claiming their grandparents own the land. They took cash or credit card.

    6:30 p.m. An Ash Loop caller reported squatters were trying to get into a boarded-up house. Police dispersed the alleged squatters.

    9:47 p.m. A Cañada Ancha caller reported her ex took her children from the street where they were playing.

    10:29 p.m. A Calle del Sol caller reported a man left a cup on top of her car before running off.

    10:31 p.m. An officer reported several vehicles doing donuts on Calle Ranchitos. Three juveniles were held for their parents and a truck was towed.

    11:20 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported her boyfriend was crazy and out of control. She did not want him removed because it was his house. He walked away from the house.

One guy, one cup

June 29

    12:12 a.m. A Days Inn caller reported a woman wanted a room but had no money. Police took her to Rodeway Inn. Seven minutes later, a Motel 6 caller reported the same woman pounding on the front desk.

    12:48 p.m. A caller at Speedway on Riverside Drive reported no one was following virus guidelines and that he had taken pictures and sent them to State Police.

    1:34 a.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported fireworks being set off in the parking lot. Police found a lot of smoke but no people.

    1:58 a.m. Two people were reported fighting outside Las Lomas Apartments. Police found three people were trying to steal a car but could not explain the fight.

    3:26 a.m. Española Police responded to a harassment call on Avenida Cañada but found “a lot of individuals all yelling.” None of them would cooperate but it started with someone asking for a cigarette and getting a lighter thrown at them.

    8:38 a.m. A woman outside Treatment Services on North Riverside Drive reported a man getting naked in a car, then pulling up to the office and peeing in a cup.

    9 a.m. A worker at the new Champion Car Wash reported his the building was broken into and his tools were stolen.

    2:28 p.m. A man came to the police station to report his scooter was stolen behind Walgreens.

    3:58 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a gray Dodge was driving all over the road and stopping out of nowhere.

    4:56 p.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported her mother is receiving calls her sister is kidnapped but everyone is fine.

    5:17 p.m. A Paseo de Oñate caller reported a semi coming into Española had a flat tire but did not know it. Police got the semi to stop at the Speedway.

    5:20 p.m. Santa Fe Regional reported an anonymous caller told them a woman was going to kill herself and her 8-year-old child. Police contacted the mother and child, who were fine.

    5:21 p.m. A caller on Navajo Lake reported they were out of gas. The call was transferred to San Juan County.

    5:35 p.m. A caller staying at the Ohkay Casino said she wanted to report an embezzlement. She said the manager disappeared June 26 and $2,000 was missing.

    7:49 p.m. A woman passing Ohkay Casino reported a semi all over the road. Española Police stopped the truck by Corlett Road and the driver was arrested for DWI.

    9:24 p.m. State Police reported an officer was pursuing a vehicle on El Llano road at speeds up to 70 mph. The chase was stopped because the original stop was for no bumper.

    9:55 p.m. A person who had picked up an injured dog along the road stopped an officer to transfer the dog. The officer took the dog to the shelter.

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