crunched mustang

Española Police Department Officers Jason Broyles and Dustin Chavez responded to an accident on North Riverside Drive in front of Mariscos la Playa. The driver of this Ford Mustang was arrested about 1:27 p.m., March 2 for DWI after he hit a blue Mazda from behind while both vehicles were traveling south on Riverside. The Mazda had minimal damage but the driver from South Dakota was understandably irate. He said the Mustang actually hit him twice.

    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:

Meth is one hell

of a drug

Feb. 21

    10:05 a.m. A Big Dawg’s caller said a man was in the restaurant and she wants law enforcement to talk to him because he’s always there, bothering people and refusing to wear a mask.

    10:23 a.m. A Motel 6 caller reported his jaw detaching from his head and a lot of redness on his neck. He said he did meth about an hour ago and he is losing bone.

    11:15 a.m. A Motel 6 caller said he needs to go to the ER because the muscles in his neck aren’t working and his muscles are breaking down.

    12:01 p.m. A Mike’s Mini Mart caller reported a woman walking on the northbound shoulder, yelling at vehicles and jumping into traffic.

    2:14 p.m. A Walgreens caller said a customer in the drive-thru had an open container. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

    2:22 p.m. A private drive in Hernandez caller reported a house fire. When the Agua Sana Fire Department arrived, the fire had already been knocked out.

    5:17 p.m. An Old Hospital Road caller said a 25-year-old man was overdosing and was in and out of consciousness. He was transported to the emergency room.

    7:05 p.m. An El Rito caller reported someone cut his gate and entered his property and is shining their headlights on his house. He said if he confronts them, he will shoot them.

    11:08 p.m. A private drive in Chimayó caller said his children are threatening him and they’re on drugs.

Birthday drugs

Feb. 22

    3:14 a.m. A Chamita caller reported someone passed out on the side of the road. State Police determined the woman was involved in a battery and was suffering from minor hypothermia.

    5:02 a.m. A Taos Highway caller said an 89-year-old woman was barely breathing.

    7:32 a.m. A Chama caller reported her husband was having a hard time breathing and was about to pass out.

    8:18 a.m. An Alcalde caller wanted to have animal control pick up a dog because it is too rough for her children.

    10:53 a.m. A Lumberton caller said he can’t sleep and there’s an ongoing problem, but didn’t specify what it was. He said he’d call back. Deputies determined the man was possibly on meth and was telling them “nasty stuff.”

    11:37 a.m. A Medinas Lane caller requested law enforcement to stand by as they obtained school property from a family that is no longer attending school in Cuba.

    11:47 a.m. A Calle Valdez caller wanted to file a report because someone stole her identity.

    12:41 p.m. A Calle del Alamos caller said a contractor hit a gas line on a vacant home.

    1:10 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a fire near a building. Another caller said a man was running with buckets of water, trying to put it out.

    2:19 p.m. A Ranchitos Park caller said she got dizzy and wrecked her truck. When police arrived, she requested an ambulance because she was going into shock.    

    3:08 p.m. A Ziegler Street caller reported her wife missing. She said they’d been talking about drugs and the wife wanted to do drugs on her birthday, after being clean for four years.

    3:16 p.m. An Abiquiú caller said his girlfriend fell in the ditch and he thinks she broke her leg.

    4:18 p.m. A private drive in La Mesilla caller reported her car was on fire. Police determined it wasn’t a fire, her brakes were hot.

    5:55 p.m. A Laguna Street caller said he found a syringe full of heroin where his children play.

    6:02 p.m. A State Road 106 caller reported an Española police officer speeding, weaving through traffic and holding up traffic.

    7:12 p.m. A Calle Sandoval caller said a random man was messaging her 38-year-old daughter personal questions. She didn’t know if her daughter was responding, but felt like she was being harassed.

    7:19 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported her nephew was fighting with himself.

    7:34 p.m. A Chama caller said she called earlier in the day to report someone trying to break into her house, but they never responded. She said someone did break in because the window was shattered and wanted to speak with an officer.

    11:41 p.m. A 420 Emporia employee reported a woman came in and bought a few things and wrote on a receipt that she’d been kidnapped. She left in a four-door sedan. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

Underage driving

Feb. 23

    12:54 a.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller said she could hear a violent domestic situation below her apartment and it sounded like a man beating a woman.

    5:07 a.m. A Velarde caller reported he hit a deer and needs to have his vehicle towed.

    7:40 a.m. A Ranchitos Park caller said a light pole was damaged by a car and he wanted to file a report.

    8:10 a.m. An Ojo Sarco caller reported the tires were stolen off his vehicle.

    10:35 a.m. A Hernandez caller said her neighbor keeps cutting the Windstream lines and wants law enforcement to speak to her about it.

    12:28 p.m. A Cook’s Mobile Home Park caller requested a welfare check on a juvenile that hasn’t been attending school. They said the family doesn’t answer calls and won’t speak to school officials.

    12:29 p.m. An Ash Loop caller reported a man running in the area with a purse.

    12:45 p.m. A man went into the Española Police Department to file a report because the Days Inn overcharged him.

    1:20 p.m. A Velarde caller wanted to contact the FBI. She asked for a deputy to go to her home and said she did not want State Police because there are things going on with them.

    2:04 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller said her nephew is talking to people and seeing things that are not there. He might be on meth.

    3:07 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported a pile of trash was lit on fire in the field behind the apartments and there was no one around it.

    3:26 p.m. An unlicensed juvenile was caught driving a vehicle near the high school.

    3:50 p.m. An RTD bus driver found marijuana on a bus and wanted to turn it over to the police.

    3:53 p.m. A Hernandez caller said her neighbor intentionally ran over her dog and he has done this several time before. She’s afraid he’ll hit one of her children.

    4:48 p.m. A Del Norte Credit Union employee reported someone at the credit union was in possession of a stolen check, trying to cash it for $5,000.

    5:19 p.m. A Big 5 caller said two men walked into the store, holding knives in the air. They think the store is being robbed.

    7:03 p.m. A McDonald’s caller reported six or seven shots fired behind the building.

    11:10 p.m. A Fairview Sonic caller said a woman was beaten up, had black eyes and was bleeding. When police arrived, she refused to tell them what happened.

‘They’re’ coming back

Feb. 24

    2:58 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported his neighbors were shooting and he heard four or five shots.

    6:21 a.m. A Hernandez Elementary caller said a cow was in the middle of the road in front of Socorro’s Restaurant.

    9:20 a.m. An Alcalde caller reported finding a note taped to her door that said “they” were going to come back around nine-ish and she wanted to report it.

    12:09 p.m. A Speedway caller said a man was smoking something off a foil by the dumpster.

    12:53 p.m. A Union Hall caller reported a man who gets out of his vehicle, uses the restroom, then goes back to his vehicle. The caller said the man has done this for two consecutive days and wants police to find out why.

    4:24 p.m. A Metro PCS caller said there were people on the side of the building dealing drugs.

    4:36 p.m. A woman flagged down a deputy on US Highway 64/84 and said her daughter was stuck in the snow near Chama.

    5:06 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller said a man exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl and was making vulgar hand gestures.

    5:41 p.m. A Jicarilla caller reported a car on fire.

    6:13 p.m. A Pinch Penny Laundromat caller said he was assaulted at a house behind Big 5. He said he was going to fight back, but thought he saw a knife and ran away.

    8:28 p.m. An Industrial Park Road caller wanted to file a report because people were following him all the time in the city, in the county and to Taos.

    9:07 p.m. A Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park Road caller reported a man following her in a vehicle, who kept yelling toward her.

    10:06 p.m. A Cañones caller said he hit an elk.

    10:08 p.m. An El Rito caller reported a bar hit his van on his way home. He said someone in a car chased him and shot at him three times.

Suspicious minds

Feb. 25

    9 a.m. A Zuni Lane caller said a BMW had been parked on the roadway for the past 30 minutes. When a neighbor asked the driver if he was OK, he said he was with the FBI and looking for someone. Police made contact with the man and determined he was a private investigator, after he showed them credentials.

    9:12 a.m. A Center Market caller reported an individual looking at clothes suspiciously and watching the employees. He was with a woman and the caller said there was also a Honda outside that might be with the suspicious man.

    12:50 p.m. A Denny’s caller said charges in the amount of $7.22 were made and wanted to speak to a police officer. Police determined the caller’s story didn’t make sense.

    1:54 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller said she’s been trying since Feb. 8 to report her car stolen. The investigating officer said the incident is being looked into and personnel at the apartment complex claimed they had it towed, but changed their story and said they didn’t have the car towed.

    2:41 p.m. A Chama caller said her neighbor is harassing her and pulled down his pants and exposed his buttocks to her.

    2:43 p.m. A Del Norte Credit Union caller said someone was using her account information and stole $1,000 from her.

    3:29 p.m. A Triple S caller reported a woman was near the post office box, yelling at customers and refusing to leave.

    3:57 p.m. A Rural Events Center in Medanales caller said the back door to a deputy’s home was open and looks like it was broken into.

    3:59 p.m. A Walmart caller reported his wife’s credit card was either stolen or dropped and picked up, then used to make purchases at different stores around Española.

    4:03 p.m. A Lumberton caller said a man went to his residence, reached into his vehicle to try and stab him and the caller shot the man.

    5:16 p.m. A man went into the Española Police Department to file a report for harassment. He said his friend goes around town feeding the homeless and after a video of the homeless came out on Facebook, two individuals are harassing him.

    5:26 p.m. An Industrial Park Road caller said his truck was keyed.

    5:55 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported a woman jumped out of a white car just north of the high school and fled, holding her arm.

    8 p.m. A Chama caller said he hit a cow across from the lodge and it looks like the cow has a broken leg.

    10:40 p.m. A Chimayó caller said there was a man in a truck on her property, shooting up.

Drunk at the funeral

Feb. 26

    12:18 a.m. A Cook’s Mobile Home Park caller asked police to do courtesy rounds because people are following him.

    3:19 a.m. An Ohkay Casino caller said a man hit her and took her wallet and left.

    3:29 a.m. An East Bond Street caller reported a man took her money. Both are on foot and arguing. She said she just wants her stuff back.

    6:53 a.m. An El Llano and North McCurdy Road caller said there’s an older SUV dumping trash at the intersection, behind the big tree.

    8:05 a.m. A Medanales caller said an older pickup with wood logs in the bed was swerving all over and forcing other cars off the road.

    10:14 a.m. A Chama caller reported a mountain lion in the area near the Cumbres Suites.

    10:48 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller said there were about three homeless people setting up tents on her property.

    10:51 a.m. a Joji’s caller reported a woman screaming at the top of her lungs.

    10:51 a.m. A GRD Health Center caller said a man was trying to break into cars. When approached by employees, he began arguing with them and making hand gestures.

    11:53 a.m. A Shoe Department caller said there were three men behind the building, arguing, doing narcotics and telling people they are with the health inspectors.

    12:04 p.m. A Monterey Lane caller reported children throwing rocks at cars as they passed by.

    12:14 p.m. A State Highway 68 caller said there was a vehicle that appeared to have crashed into the mountainside. When the caller pulled over, they saw an unconscious man and there was an odor of alcohol.

    1:06 p.m. A Holy Cross Church caller reported they are at a funeral and one of the decedent’s family members is highly intoxicated and being disorderly and violent.

    2:31 p.m. A Railroad Avenue caller said someone had a cat inside their engine and killed it, which then resulted in an argument between the caller and that person. After the argument, the person who killed the cat sent people with a gun to the caller’s house.

    4:20 p.m. An Española Carwash caller reported someone in a Chevy Blazer hit her vehicle and the driver might be drunk.

    4:30 P.M. A Big 5 caller said a man was arguing with staff and threatened to shoot the store with an AK47. He pulled out scissors to fight one of the store managers. No report was wanted, the caller just wanted the man trespassed.

    5:20 p.m. A Calle Las Tunas caller reported her dog took bones into her yard, which she believed to be human. Police determined they were animal bones.

    6:52 p.m. A Burger King caller said she was hit from behind while in the drive-thru.

    7:33 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported being bitten by a dog during a walk.

    8:29 p.m. A Medanales caller said her daughter was screaming and hitting her car and threatening to hurt the caller. She called back and said the daughter punched her and pulled her hair out and has a kitchen knife.

    9:29 p.m. An EZ Way Laundry caller reported an abandoned car that had damage to it and appeared to have been in a crash and had blood on the inside of it.

    9:31 p.m. An Alcalde caller said a woman was hallucinating and wasn’t sure if she was under the influence.

Talking to God

Feb. 27

    3:04 a.m. An Alcalde caller reported their son was on drugs, doing strange things and talking to God.

    6:22 a.m. A Center Market caller reported a dumpster, with a lot of oil in it, was on fire.

    11:33 a.m. A Western Holiday Motel caller said a man and a woman were fighting and pushing each other and their car is parked in the median.

    1:09 p.m. A Point S caller said a man was standing outside with a machete and it appeared other men were chasing him. Police were unable to locate any of the men.

    2:05 p.m. A Dollar General in Española caller reported a man was being chased out of the business and he had a knife. The caller stumbled over the man and got cut.

    2:44 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller said his brother wrecked his side-by-side and was bleeding from his mouth and ears. One man was transported to the hospital via Careflight and the other by ambulance.

    6:01 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a woman walked up to her residence and said she was raped. She was crying hysterically and began throwing things.

    7:54 p.m. A Rincon de Estrella caller said a neighbor is harassing and hitting him. He said they got into a fight, but when police arrived, they determined there was no fight.

    9:02 p.m. An Alcalde caller said a 30-year-old woman was unconscious and not breathing.

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