Sonic wreck

These two trucks collided at the South Riverside Drive intersection with Upper San Pedro. There were no injuries and it was not clear who was at fault.

    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:

Fruit and vegetables

Sept. 21

    1:05 a.m. An Española City Police officer was chasing a man on Avenida Cañada who had a warrant. The man ran into his house and the officer would not pursue the matter because children were in the house. Officers took the license plate from the man’s Escalade because it didn’t belong to it.

    8:20 a.m. New Mexico State Police dispatch requested deputies check a reported abandoned vehicle on State Road 112 in Tierra Amarilla. A Rio Arriba County deputy reported the license plate did not match the vehicle’s identification number.

    9:08 a.m. A Dollar General on Santa Clara Bridge Road reported an abandoned vehicle with a key on the dashboard. A sergeant checked the vehicle and said it was not stolen and on private property.

    10:21 a.m. State Police request assistance for a foot pursuit in Cooks Trailer Park. City police help catch one man, who was detained by State Police.

    11:21 a.m. A Forest Road 121 caller reported an abandoned vehicle down an embankment. Two deputies had the vehicle towed.

    1:39 p.m. A caller at the North Riverside Drive Family Dollar reported two men fighting and taking their clothes off.

    1:48 p.m. A caller by the Shoe Department on North Riverside Drive reported a man overdosing in his truck. Medics treated the man on the scene.

    2:23 p.m. A Starlighter Loop caller reported a man overdosing. Someone on scene administered two doses of Narcan. Medics arrived five minutes later and treated on the scene.

    5:09 p.m. Two callers by Rio Chama Chevron reported a two-car accident. The driver of a “short semi” got into another vehicle and fled the scene.

    5:23 p.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported his neighbors were stealing water and after he locked his pump they threw produce at his house.

    6:06 p.m. A woman near Pizza Hut on Riverside Drive reported being shot at by another driver. Police found the man in the Pathways Shelter parking lot and he was arrested on a Bernalillo County warrant.

    6:54 p.m. A daughter in Hernandez was reported to be attacking her mother with a frying pan. The mother was defending herself with a bat. Deputies arrested the daughter.

    11:14 p.m. A Medanales woman reported she was being accused of taking a man’s whiskey. State Police took the call.


Right spot to wreck

Sept. 22

    3:33 a.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported her neighbor took her to Española to buy alcohol and then they went hiking in Alcalde. She said she was thrown in a ditch and then the man caressed her. Then they went home.

    3:37 a.m. A Costilla Lane caller reported a man was not breathing and was suffering from alcohol withdrawal. Medics responded and performed life-saving measures but OMI declared the man dead.

    7:32 a.m. A Northern New Mexico College caller reported a van was broken into and a welder and associated gas were taken.

    9:36 a.m. A woman reported a man was blocking entry to the storage lockers on Fairview Lane. He was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

    10:40 a.m. A woman flagged down an officer by Speedway on North Riverside Drive and advised there was a domestic in progress. A man was jumping on the windshield of his girlfriend’s car. He was arrested.

    12:54 p.m. A suspicious man reported at Allsups was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

    1:38 p.m. A State Road 68 caller reported her son was withdrawing from alcohol and she left him in the canyon on the side of the road. State Police took the call and the man was transported to a Taos hospital.

    4:22 p.m. The owner of Salaz Auto Body reported two cars were in an accident and were in his parking lot.

    8:27 p.m. A deputy conducted a traffic stop in Velarde on a man with an interlock device. Another deputy deployed his dog, which alerted on the car. The driver was cited and taken home. The vehicle was towed.

    10:01 p.m. An officer stopped a driver for speeding and running a red light. The driver had earlier been reported harassing a woman. He was arrested for DWI.


Alone on a hill

Sept. 23

    7:26 a.m. A woman on U.S. Highway 64 reported men on her property loading a trailer with her belongings.

    8:56 a.m. A La Puebla caller reported a car alone on a hill with no roads leading to it. It may have been a flying car.

    10:05 a.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported checks and a key card for her office were stolen from her truck.

    11:01 a.m. A Taos caller reported her ex-husband told her his truck was stolen from Ohkay Casino the previous night. She was advised to call State Police.

    11:54 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported an abandoned vehicle on his property. An officer could not find identifying numbers and advised the property owner to have it towed.

    12:10 p.m. A Ranchitos Park caller reported two boys and a woman were fighting. The woman had scratches but refused treatment on the scene. One of the men was arrested.

    2:13 p.m. A woman went to the Police Station to report a fraud. She gave her friend $1,000 to buy a trailer but her friend balked on the deal and wouldn’t give back the $1,000. Since it happened in Arroyo Seco she was directed to State Police.

    2:43 p.m. A Terrace Ave in Chama caller reported children throwing eggs at cars.

    3:31 p.m. Two officers requested assistance from Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Officers to transfer some runaway children from Pojoaque.

    3:57 p.m. A Marisco de Playa caller reported the restaurant was burglarized the previous night.

    4:51 p.m. An employee at Circle C reported a woman wanted to trim the hedges and he said not to do it until she gave him a price. She wanted $50 after she started the work. They were advised it was a civil issue.

    5:44 p.m. An Ojo Sarco caller reported a man face down behind her house. A responding deputy reported the man had a pulse but was nonresponsive. Ojo Sarco first responders got him up and standing. The man reported he just took a two-hour nap in the sun.

    7:18 p.m. A Truchas caller reported her son was drunk and threatening to kill people. Deputies tried to get Taos Adult Detention Center to take him for detox but they had no room. Deputies held the man for 12-hour detox.

    8:04 p.m. A Walgreens caller reported his stolen credit card was used earlier at the store. Store security would not let him look at surveillance without an officer present.

    8:04 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a man told him he was handsome and pretty.

    8:44 p.m. A Murphey’s Express caller reported a man came into the store and drank a fifth of liquor from the store's inventory in front of an employee. He said he wanted to go to jail and waited for police outside.

    11:53 p.m. A Jicarilla Apache Nation caller reported a man who is a wanted felon broke into her house. Jicarilla Apache Nation police took the call.

Hot online class

Sept. 24

    2:29 a.m. An AccuCopy manager reported his security alarm went off and he found the front door broken and someone still inside.

    8:05 a.m. An employee at El Pilar reported the food truck was broken into and all the appliances stolen.

    10:24 a.m. A Los Alamos school teacher reported smoke in the home of one of her students attending online. The call was transferred to Los Alamos.

    11:12 a.m. A Paseo Don Juan caller reported the man who hit him in the head with a 2X4 may be behind his house again.

    11:15 a.m. A Velarde caller reported a stray dog came into his house and chewed his clothes. Animal Control collected the dog.

    12:17 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported her ex-husband gave her car to his new girlfriend. She was advised to go through the courts.

    3:03 p.m. A Calle de Pajarito caller reported a man was shot in the head, lying in the street. He was airlifted to an unknown hospital.

    3:46 p.m. A driver passing through Velarde reported the driver in front of him threw trash out the window and the caller had to go into a ditch to avoid it. His vehicle was not operable.

    4 p.m. An Arroyo Seco caller reported she left her car with a mechanic in June and when she went to get it the owner said she never came for it so he filed a title claim to keep her vehicle. The call was transferred to Santa Fe Regional.

    4:23 p.m. A deputy requested an officer meet him because he had two men who had information on the Pajarito shooting.

    5:24 p.m. A road block at the Santa Cruz Post Office resulted in police finding a woman unconscious in the back of a car.

    6:05 p.m. A motorcycle collided with an SUV near the intersection of State Road 74 and U.S. Highway 84 in Hernandez . The 16-year-old rider was critically injured  and airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital.

    8:05 p.m. An Ojo Caliente man reported two vehicles hit a cow, which died. A woman was treated and it was unclear if she was transported.

    9:30 p.m. A Jemez View caller reported someone crying in a nearby field. A woman had stepped in an ant pile.


Check on hold

Sept. 25

    12:17 a.m. A woman on Fairview Lane was threatening to jump in front of a car or hitchhike to Taos to jump in the gorge. She was transported to the emergency room.

    1:35 a.m. A Simmons Lane caller reported trees and a large pile of wood was on fire. Española firefighters extinguished the fire.

    3:13 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported people were breaking into the Ohkay Expressmart by cutting a hole in the back wall.

    9:38 a.m. A Calle Rivera caller reported she sold her white 2000 Bravada to a man who did not pay in full but she sees him driving around town with a different license plate. She was advised it was a civil matter, but police were looking for the car.

    9:46 a.m. An Ash Loop caller reported three men shooting narcotics in an abandoned house. One man was arrested.

    12:27 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported a two-car accident near the Dollar General store. A woman’s teeth were knocked out. She was transported to the emergency room.

    1:39 p.m. A woman went to the police station to report her family is holding a $129,000 check that her grandmother left her. She was advised it was a civil matter.

    5:30 p.m. A woman was reported as being unconscious at the bus stop by Chili’s. Medics determined she was highly intoxicated and napping.

    8:28 p.m. A two-vehicle accident occurred on Fairview Lane. One woman was injured.

    11:20 p.m. Four women were reported fighting at Speedway on North Riverside Drive. They left the area, were stopped by officers and “calmed down.”

Blinker’s on,

no one’s home

Sept. 26

    2:59 a.m. A Po Pay Avenue caller reported a drunk man drove into her neighbor’s fence, then ran.

    4:08 a.m. A Tortas Rainbow caller reported a man outside sharpening his knife on the window sill. Police said he was charging his phone and using the WiFi.

    10:05 a.m. An Ojo Caliente woman reported her 11-year-old son was hitting everyone and trying to break her keys with a saw. She was told to take her son to a psychologist.

    11:44 a.m. A Velarde caller reported his mother was cutting trees with a chainsaw and he was afraid she’d turn the saw on him. He was advised it was a civil dispute.

    1:06 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a two-vehicle head on collision on County Road 68. A woman on scene reported the man in a gray Tacoma, who caused the accident, was drunk and throwing cans into the river. The man driving the Chevy Impala was trying to hitchhike away. He was picked up and dropped at the gas station in Velarde. The another man was transported to the emergency room with arm pain.

    1:17 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a vehicle sitting at the intersection of McCurdy Road with its turn signal on, but no one in the car. The owner arrived and the vehicle was towed.

    3:32 p.m. A Velarde caller reported she had people staying with her and when they left, they took her CPAP machine.

    6:35 p.m. A two-vehicle accident was reported in front of the Ohkay Express, with no injuries.

    8:26 p.m. A woman on County Road 443 near Taos in the National Forest reported her friend overdosed. She gave him Narcan but he was blue. A man picked up the line and said they gave the overdosed man another dose of Narcan and he was awake and breathing.

    10:42 p.m. A Calle Ranchitos caller reported an abandoned vehicle on County Road 1. A city police officer checked the vehicle and requested a deputy take over, as it was out of city limits. A deputy contacted the owner and she went to get the vehicle.


Winded excuse

Sept. 27

    12:05 a.m. An officer conducted a traffic stop on Taos Lane and arrested one man for DWI.

    12:10 a.m. A Calle del Rio caller reported her son had been missing for 10 days. She would not give anymore information, nor identify herself. Police could not help her.

    4:54 a.m. A West Bond Street caller reported someone in the city compound. Police spoke with a man matching the description given by the caller. The man said papers flew out of his hands and he went into the compound to retrieve them.

    7:43 a.m. A fire was reported in the hills above Chamita. Deputies determined it was unattended burning trash on tribal property. Chamita Volunteer firefighters extinguished the fire.

    9:49 a.m. A Lumberton woman reported a man ran his truck off the road into a field. State Police took the call and requested an ambulance. The man was disoriented and transported to the emergency room.

    3:29 p.m. A Tribal Lakes ranger reported seven people in two vehicles drove to the first lake and were fighting. He separated the groups, who were uncooperative. The two groups left.

    4:58 p.m. A Chamita caller reported a drunk and belligerent house guest punched her. She was bleeding from her mouth and had cuts on her face. She refused treatment on the scene.

    6:48 p.m.  A Center Market caller reported a woman in the parking lot wanted to kill herself in her car and possibly one of her children. An ambulance was called but she refused treatment on the scene.


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