Overdose at Days Inn

Initially State Police were stopped at 3 p.m., July 19 by two women outside Days Inn on South Riverside Drive, who said a woman in the hotel needed help. State Police called for medical help and two medical crews responded. Helen Cata was given two doses of Narcan before she died from a suspected drug overdose. City police and a fire crew also responded.

    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:

Hot party

July 13

    12:38 a.m. A party and fire were reported by a Chamita caller. Four volunteer fire department fought the barn fire for five hours. State Police responded to the party.

    10:36 a.m. A Walmart manager reported a man concealed stolen items in his waistband and when challenged, pulled out a knife. He was now panhandling in front of Speedway.

    10:51 a.m. A man was reported to be aggressively panhandling in the McDonald’s drive-thru. Española police cited the man, who had already been trespassed from McDonald’s.

    12:55 p.m. A man in an RV at the Walmart parking lot reported four men tried to break into his RV. They left in a black Envoy and were at the Speedway. Española police could not locate the group.

    5:05 p.m. A Calle Don Leandro caller reported she could smell gas. Fire rescue responded but could not turn off the gas. New Mexico Gas arrived 30 minutes later and turned it off.

    5:42 p.m. A Zuni Lane caller reported three boys on the Fairview Elementary roof.

    6:23 p.m. A woman reported her possibly drunk husband was driving his car with no license nor interlock.

    7:47 p.m. State Police reported a call for a man with two children driving recklessly on a dirt bike on south Riverside Drive. Police found the man at San Pedro Shell and the two children were picked up.

    8:11 p.m. A woman reported someone tried to scam her by saying they had her daughter and she needed to transfer $758 via Moneygram. She did not give them any money. Her daughter was safe with her father in Albuquerque.

    8:26 p.m. A West Hill Street caller reported their 12-year-old neighbor was releasing their animals. Police spoke with the girl’s parents.

     10:35 p.m. The Denny’s manager reported a man and woman attacked the manager and were walking south on Riverside Drive toward Sonic. Police tried to speak with the couple but they were uncooperative. The man was arrested but the woman was not medically cleared for incarceration. She was charged and released.

Parenting lesson

July 14

    5:25 a.m. An aggressive panhandler was in the McDonald’s drive-thru again. He was told to leave.

    7:39 a.m. A man who lives behind Allsup’s called to report there were people outside his house throwing rocks and shooting at him. The first officer to respond said his story made no sense and that he had been drinking. The second officer to respond said the man was “more interested in making money than filling out a complaint.” Two employees said they had been there since 6 a.m. and heard no shots.

    8:07 a.m. An El Llano Road caller reported his neighbor’s ATV was being stolen. An officer contacted with the caller and checked the area for suspicious activity.

    9:53 a.m. A Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputy found the ATV on Camino Cielo Grande. He called for a tow truck but the log states the ATV was not stolen.

    12:49 p.m. A caller at McCurdy Charter School reported his 31-year-old daughter was drunk and physically abusive. He told officers to talk to his daughter and have her act right.

    1:11 p.m. A woman in front of Center Market reported a dog in a car with the windows rolled up. Animal control cited the owner.

    2:10 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported two boys, one in underwear running into traffic. An officer found the boys on Taos Lane. He spoke to the parents.

    2:52 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported her car was gone and so was money from her bra when she awakened.

    6:38 p.m. The fire in Chamita from two days prior was smoking again. A Chamita Volunteer Fire Department pumper crew put it out again.

    7:53 p.m. A woman at Walmart reported a man and woman pulled up to her car, jumped out, cut her tires and drove off.

    8:55 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported a man held a cashier at knifepoint and left with store items. He was arrested in front of the Shoe Department.

    9:29 p.m. A Calle don Leandro caller reported a Razr ATV driving up and down his street.

Sic ‘em!

July 15

    12:04 a.m. A Calle Ramon caller reported she set her dog on a was a man who was in her yard.

    12:25 a.m. A woman passing Valdez Park reported a man passed out in his truck at the North Railroad Avenue stop sign. He was arrested for DWI.

    7:09 a.m. An Ohkay Casino caller reported after a man checked out of a room, housekeeping found drug paraphernalia and what appears to be crystal meth.

    11:44 a.m. A Speedway on Riverside Drive caller reported a man with an ankle bracelet passed out on the sidewalk. An officer responded, “We know the guy.”

    12:21 p.m. An East Pueblo caller reported someone had broken into a vacant house that is for sale and was living there.

    2:19 p.m. A Hernandez caller want a deputy to stand by while she took a client to her mom’s house. A man at the house had threatened the client.

    2:45 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported two people on an ATV crossing her property and driving recklessly. A deputy educated a grandmother and grandson on proper ATV rules and safety.

    3:35 p.m. A man behind Allsup’s reported someone shot four holes in his tent.

    8:21 p.m. A caller in the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot said there was a group of people not wearing masks and when challenged, said it was their American right.

Not it

July 16

    1:25 a.m. A Cook’s Trailer Park caller reported her truck stolen and she believed her ex took it. Her ex called 911 20 minutes later to say he did not take it.

    7:49 a.m. A security guard reported someone broke into the Los Niños Kindergarten Center.

    8:03 a.m. A North Central Solid Waste Authority employee reported the office was burglarized the previous night.

    9:34 a.m. A Fairview Lane landlord reported a rental unit had been broken into and there was blood splattered.

    11:34 a.m. A Family Dollar on North Riverside Drive manager reported an employee confessed to stealing $150 from the store.

    11:42 a.m. A man just off State Road 68 in Velarde said he was stuck in the sand overnight, was out of gas and his phone was almost dead. The call was transferred to State Police.

    1:56 p.m. An El Rito man reported his wife allowed his sister to stay with them and she locked him out and threw water on him. He wanted the sister out.

    2:29 p.m. A Calle Duran caller reported an abandoned vehicle on the cul-de-sac. Police checked it and found it was stolen.

    3:22 p.m. A Starlighter Loop caller reported a homeless person was living in her neighbor’s shed.

    6:42 p.m. A North Prince Drive caller reported a car and ATV collided. The ATV driver suffered a broken leg and received two citations.

    8:09 p.m. A Denny’s caller reported a man tagged their dumpster and after they cleaned it, he tagged it again. The tagger threatened an employee when challenged.

    8:16 p.m. A massive search was launched at Abiquiú Lake for a hiker who had not returned. Deputies, State Police, volunteer fire departments, a swift water rescue team and three helicopters searched for the man until he called at 9:33 a.m., July 17. He was on Forest Road 151.

    9:47 p.m. A West Laguna Street caller reported a man overdosing.

    9:54 p.m. A caller reported the Family Wellness Center on North Paseo de Oñate was on fire. Three fire departments fought the fire for about an hour. The building was gutted.

Brotherly love

July 17

    12:40 a.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported “domestic violence.” One man barricaded himself in a bedroom and was arrested.

    1:37 a.m. A Mountain View Street caller reported a woman having seizures. Medical crews determined she was overdosing on heroin. She was transported to the emergency room.

    11:17 a.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported his power washer was stolen.

    12:33 p.m. A woman who had an appointment at Española Hospital reported her father received a call demanding $10,000 for her release. He did not give the scammers any money.

    2:18 p.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported he could see through his door peep hole that a man was in the hallway bleeding badly. Medics said the man had several lacerations to his hand.

    2:43 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported a man throwing rocks and flipping off people in passing cars. Three deputies responded and arrested him.

    4:23 p.m. A Los Alamos Fire administrator reported she had a suicidal man on the phone who was in Los Alamos but deputies were looking for him in Hernandez.

    6:19 p.m. An El Rito caller reported a woman cut her neck in an ATV accident. She was driven to the emergency room by a friend. Deputies reported she cut her chin and was not in an accident.

    7:27 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported a truck rolled over on County Road 155. The driver wanted to leave and the family was arguing for him to stay. When deputies arrived there was no truck and no injured driver.

    8:19 p.m. State Police asked for assistance locating a rape suspect at Las Lomas Apartments. Española police arrested the man and took him to the State Police office.

    10:20 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported his brother came over and hit him a couple of times.

    11:53 p.m. A Tierra Amarilla caller reported her boyfriend was kicking her in the chest and accusing her of kidnapping him. He threw pickles all over the floor.

Not their way

July 18

    3:14 a.m. A La Joya Street caller reported someone cussing in the area. An officer gave the man a ride home. Twenty minutes later the officer reopened the call and arrested the man.

    9:05 a.m. A Vista Los Cerros caller reported a wrecked vehicle on the street with no license plate nor tires. Police had found the bumper to the vehicle by the Ohkay Owingeh lakes. They believed it was in a hit-and-run the previous night.

    11:45 a.m. A Calle Aguilar caller wanted a welfare check on her sister, who told family members to never come to her house. Police spoke with the woman who was fine but is in hospice care.

    12:06 p.m. An Albuquerque woman wanted a welfare check on an older couple in Apple Valley. Both should be on medication. Police found the water was turned off and there was no food. If the daughter did not come get the woman by 5 p.m. she would have to be transported somewhere safe.

    2:52 p.m. Walmart security flagged down an officer asking for help removing two loiterers. Both women were arrested on outstanding warrants.

    3:32 p.m. A Valdez Park caller reported a man unconscious and not breathing. Medics administered Narcan and the man was transported to the emergency room.

    5:02 p.m. A Chimayó man reported his neighbors were threatening him, that he had seven eyes on him, the Sheriff’s Office has white supremacists waiting for him and his whole neighborhood is from Missouri. The deputy escorted the man home.

    6:31 p.m. A Heron Dam caller reported a couple with children were stuck in the mud. Neither State Parks nor Laguna Vista Volunteer Fire Department would help. The call was transferred to State Police.

    7:01 p.m. A possible overdose was reported on El Potrero Road. The call was transferred to Santa Fe County.

    8:05 p.m. An alleged rape call on Calle del Sol resulted in officers later locating a stolen car. A man was arrested and turned over to State Police.

    8:31 p.m. A caller reported some people broken into a storage locker behind Walgreens and were taking items. State Police arrested one man and recovered the locker’s contents.

    10:02 p.m. A Burger King employee reported people in two gray SUVs were angry they waited too long for their chicken nuggets and threw trash at employees’ cars and building windows.

    11:59 p.m. A woman reported her mother and her mother’s boyfriend were fighting on Jemez View Street. Police found she had stabbed him on his left side.

Already pumped

July 19

    12:35 a.m. A Walmart caller reported homeless people setting up tents behind the store.

    1:19 a.m. An Alcalde caller reported her car went down a hill and she jumped out. She’s now stuck. State Police took the call.

    2:19 a.m. A Speedway on Pase de Oñate caller said he paid $40 for gas and when he went out to pump it the pump would not activate. He went back inside and clerk said he already pumped the gas. Police resolved the dispute.

    7:31 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported she took too many Percosets and was losing eyesight. She was taken to the emergency room.

    10:53 a.m. A Days Inn caller reported a guest left behind all of his personal possessions and a kitten. A woman came an hour later to retrieve everything.

    12:27 p.m. A Hunter Street caller reported the Senior Center was burglarized and a TV was taken. The Center’s van was also stolen.

    3:03 p.m. A State Police officer was flagged down in front of the Days Inn. The two women said a woman in the hotel “needed help.” Medics administered Narcan and performed CPR. The woman overdosed and died. Santa Clara Tribal took over.

    3:38 p.m. A man opened a juice and candy bar in Walmart and would not pay for them. He had been trespassed so he was arrested.

    7:12 p.m. An East Pueblo Street caller reported an ATV speeding up and down the street.

    10:09 p.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported someone ran over his mailbox and railroad ties and left. State Police stopped the vehicle at Las Lomas Apartments.

    10:51 p.m. Santa Fe Regional advised they made contact with a woman at Fairview Lane and El Llano Road who had cuts to her face and mouth. Medics treated her on the scene and she was given a ride home.

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