Pavement Cut

A plumbing crew cut the pavement Tuesday morning on North Railroad Avenue in preparation of digging down to replace a failed sewer line from the street to the home.

    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:

Baby G

Dec. 27

    1:51 a.m. A Calle del Rio caller reported there are always several vehicles at a neighbor’s house.

    7:13 a.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a man left medical surgery with an IV in his arm.

    10:34 a.m. A man on U.S. Highway 64 was taking someone who had could not breathe and had COVID symptoms to the hospital. He requested law enforcement intercept him.

    11:17 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported neighbors harassing him, knocking on windows, pointing guns at him and walking on his roof. An Española Police Department officer reported the man was intoxicated.

    2:24 p.m. A woman who spent the night at Santa Claran Hotel reported her boyfriend left with her belongings. She needed somewhere to stay.

    3:13 p.m. A North Railroad caller reported a man in the field across from the farmers market naked, waving his shirt. The man was transported to the Española Hospital Emergency Room.

    4:58 p.m. A man reported “Baby G” was outside Walgreens waiting to beat him. An officer sent Baby G home.

    6:25 p.m. A Walmart caller reported someone broke out of the garden center and ran toward Speedway.

    6:56 p.m. A U.S. Hwy 64 caller followed a man crossing the center line until he stopped at the Y Motel in Chama. The driver was arrested for DWI.

    9:04 p.m. A Camino Santa Cruz caller reported his work truck was burglarized of keys and other items. Surveillance showed the thief’s face.


not accepted

Dec. 28

    1:16 a.m. A Coral Lane caller reported a man, against whom she has a restraining order went to her house to apologize. She requested courtesy rounds through the night.

    2:40 a.m. A Calle Rivera caller reported someone trying to get into an abandoned trailer.

    5:47 a.m. A Days Inn caller reported a guest kept calling her and cussing her out. An officer could not make contact with the caller nor the cusser.

    7:43 a.m. A New Mexico Bank and Trust caller reported when he arrived for work he found a man sleeping on the front porch of the bank. An officer encouraged the sleeper to move along.

    9:55 a.m. A Camino del Sol caller reported his landlord assaulted him and he has rib pain. A report was taken.

    10:12 a.m. A caller by the Santa Cruz Country Store reported he was in an accident with a white Ford Explorer, which left the scene and the driver was drunk. An officer found the missing driver at the methadone clinic on Fairview Lane.

    11:19 a.m. An Eagle Village caller reported her neighbor cut two of her tires. An officer spoke to the neighbor, who will repair the damage.

    11:45 a.m. A reckless driver was reported by a deputy on Fairview Lane. An officer came upon the driver, who had driven his pickup high center on the guardrail by the Valdez Bridge. The Highway Department advised it will cost the driver $15,000 to repair the guardrail.

    12:09 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported he was being kidnapped by a man at gunpoint. Several threats came from different callers of “shooting everyone.” The people in the car ended up in El Guique and State Police took over.

    12:41 p.m. An Alfred Lane caller said she moved out of a house and her Christmas packages were sent to that house and her old landlord kept them. The landlord said he did not have a key to her mailbox.

    2:13 p.m. A caller south of Ojo Caliente reported a two-truck crash on U.S. Hwy 285. One woman had a dislocated shoulder, the other had broken arms. Both were transported to the emergency room.

    3:34 p.m. An Alcalde woman reported being harassed on Facebook.

    8:09 p.m. A Medanales caller reported a drug dealer on County Road 141. Deputies couldn’t find one.

    9:05 p.m. A Calle Milagro caller reported someone had gotten into her attic through a hole in the roof and turned off her electricity. Officers said everything was OK.

    10:56 p.m. A Vallecitos caller reported someone looking in his windows.

Swinging mom

Dec. 29

    12:32 a.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a 15-year-old boy was intoxicated and had ingested Subtex, a drug prescribed to help addicts quit. Officers went to the boy’s home and spoke with his parents.

    1:23 a.m. A Calle Milagro caller reported his friend called him and said his girlfriend blinded him. An officer met with the man. Medics treated him for a burned eye.

    5:52 a.m. An Old Hospital Road caller reported a woman had his roommate held hostage behind Harbor Freight. The hostage’s mother went to the house and told officers on scene the woman was holding her son hostage with a knife and they should go in with force. The hostage managed to jump out a window and police arrested the woman.

    9:45 a.m. A woman reported that a woman lives in her car with four flat tires at Lowe’s Home Improvement. Officers found the car but no one was in it.

    12:11 p.m. A Vallecitos caller reported he could not awaken a woman. Medics administered one dose of Narcan and the woman woke up, fighting the medics. She refused further treatment.

    1:08 p.m. A DeVargas Funeral Home caller reported a fight between two families in the parking lot. Officers separated the families.

    2:31 p.m. A Calle Lopez caller reported he was concerned for some people living in an abandoned trailer, with no windows. Officers found it empty.

    3:48 p.m. A Carr Lane caller reported her mother was drunk and trying to hit her. The mother swung at the daughter, fell and injured her hip and right arm. The mother had just been released from Taos Adult Detention Center. She was transported to the emergency room.

    5:08 p.m. A Rio Arriba County Jail guard reported the woman from the 5:52 a.m. hostage call tried to take drugs into the jail. She was charged with possession.

    6:07 p.m. A Truchas caller reported someone broke into his trailer and stole all his rifles.

    10:09 p.m. Santa Fe Regional asked for assistance finding a black Escalade that hit a wall on El Llano Road while evading Santa Fe County deputies. Officers stopped the Escalade at Vista del Rio Apartments but the deputy “did not want to take any action with the vehicle.”

Petsense home

Dec. 30

    6:41 a.m. A Calle del Sol caller reported a woman was having a hard time breathing. Medics checked her and she was OK.

    7:56 a.m. Mutual aid was requested for a two-story house fire on Virgil Road in Santa Fe County.

    9:39 a.m. A Petsense caller reported the woman living in her car in the Lowe’s Parking Lot.

    10:06 a.m. A Coyote caller reported his house was on fire from a wood stove. Three volunteer departments responded but only found smoke.

    2:31 p.m. A Dixon caller reported a four-car accident. No one was injured.

    2:48 p.m. A Granada Street caller reported an elderly woman died of COVID-19 at the home.

    2:49 p.m. A woman went to the City Police station to report criminal sexual contact that allegedly occurred at Cariños Charter School in 2016 and 2017.

    3:46 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported a trailer on fire. It was a pile of brush.

    5:59 p.m. A Vallecitos caller reported his 15-year-old son ran away with two other sons. A deputy took a report.

    7:16 p.m. A Velarde caller reported someone driving south in the northbound lane.

    9:14 p.m. A woman by Century Bank reported a man on roller blades skating down Riverside Drive. An officer encouraged the skater to get out of the road.

    11:14 p.m. A report of shots fired at Vista del Rio Apartments turned into a man with allegedly multiple weapons barricading himself in his apartment, possibly with children. State Police SWAT was called and the man eventually came out after officers cleared the apartment complex. He was arrested and had an outstanding state warrant.

No one home

Dec. 31

    5:40 a.m. A vehicle recovery company repossessed a Ford Edge from Las Lomas Apartments

    7:18 a.m. A Medanales caller reported a breaker blew the previous night and now there was a fire in the roof. Abiquiú volunteer firefighters extinguished the fire.

    1:18 p.m. A caller again requested someone check on the woman living in her car in front of Petsense. No one was “home.”

    2:55 p.m. An O’ Reilly’s Auto Parts store caller reported someone was trying to make a fraudulent return and now wouldn’t leave.

    6 p.m. A South Orchard Lane caller reported her garage was on fire. Several fire departments responded and contained the fire to the garage.

    7:08 p.m. Taos Central Dispatch requested assistance with two men holding two women at gunpoint in Dixon. Deputies could not find the described car, searching from El Guique and Velarde north to Embudo and Dixon.

    8:41 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported his neighbors were “blowing him up” with fireworks. Deputies reported the area was quiet.

    10:21 p.m. A woman reported a man was on the ground by the Rio Grande SUN and looked like he was dying. The man was drunk and transported to the hospital.


Battle royale

Jan. 1

    12:10 a.m. A Camino Santa Cruz caller reported someone was throwing cherry bombs at her windows. Officers patrolled the area.

    1:15 a.m. An El Llano Road caller reported a drunk family member wanted “to fight them all.”

    3:57 a.m. A Calle Redonda caller asked for an officer to remove her boyfriend, who kept disconnecting the wifi.

    6:13 a.m. A Calle Milagro caller reported her boyfriend bit her on the face and threatened to shoot himself. He was arrested.

    9:35 a.m. A caller wanted to report physical and sexual harassment that took place Dec. 30 at Murphey’s Express. She called two hours later stating she was in a domestic disturbance with someone. She later told a deputy the domestic occurred in Prairie Dog Town, which is tribal.

    11:25 a.m. A Camino Vuelta caller reported someone was living in her mother’s garage and no one should be on the property. The squatter left before police arrived.

    11:59 a.m. A deputy attempted to serve an eviction notice on a woman living on State Road 580 in Dixon. She would not open the door and insisted she had a federal court order contesting the eviction. The deputy filed charges against the woman for resisting, obstructing and criminal trespass.

    6:19 p.m. A County Road 41 caller reported a motorcyclist hit a wall and was lying on the ground not moving. He was gone by the time medics and deputies arrived.

    7:51 p.m. A deputy conducted a traffic stop in Hernandez and arrested the driver on an outstanding warrant.

    8:06 p.m. An officer checked on a woman pushing a Walmart cart behind Walgreens. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

    10:15 p.m. A Lota Burger employee reported a man sleeping on the west side of the building. An officer checked on the man. He was OK.

Informant, cooker

Jan. 2

    12:31 a.m. A Prince Drive caller reported a Jeep abandoned in the road.

    1:16 a.m. A Chacoma Lane caller reported her neighbor said her friend was stabbed. Officers found nothing at the address given. A half hour later an officer reported the woman stabbed herself. She was transported for the stab wound and evaluation.

    2 a.m. An officer responded to an alarm activation at the Dollar General on Santa Clara Bridge Road. Both front and rear doors were open. Surveillance showed one man entering the store.

    4:49 a.m. An Alcalde caller reported a man unresponsive and not breathing. CPR was in progress. The call was transferred to State Police.

    7:05 a.m. A Family Dollar in Abiquiú employee reported the front door of the business was broken. She would not go inside until law enforcement checked the building. The call was transferred to State Police.

    7:55 a.m. A Rue 21 caller reported a car abandoned on the west side of the building with all its windows broken out. State Police responded because of a hit with one of its cases.

    9:52 a.m. A Walmart employee reported a customer pepper sprayed three employees and left in a red Chevrolet Cruze.

    10:43 a.m. An officer arrested a man on Arroyo Seco Circle for theft of $898 of merchandise from Walmart.

    11:58 a.m. A caller reported suspicious people at the old school administration building. An officer spoke to the people who sit at the gate and use the wifi.

    1:44 p.m. A Barbee Street caller reported a man started work installing a shower and he didn’t return the next day to finish. She feared he had COVID-19.

    2:55 p.m. An Avenida Cañada caller reported her and her boyfriend were fighting and he fired his gun in the bedroom. State Police responded and a search warrant was obtained.

    4:03 p.m. A Sunset Drive caller reported her ex-boyfriend was passed out and snoring loudly. Medics responded, but no one was treated or transported.

    4:25 p.m. A Walgreens caller reported two men fighting in front of the store. One had a knife. One man was arrested, the other ran away.

    5:56 p.m. A woman checking on her daughter at Cooks Trailer Park did not find her but did find an unknown man in the house. She called her daughter who said she didn’t know where she was and had no shoes. Officers checked the house but no one would answer.

    6:08 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a woman was an informant for State Police and was running three meth labs.

    9:09 p.m. A Motel 6 desk clerk reported a woman who was not a guest in the lobby talking to herself, stomping her feet and going outside to dance. The woman was transported to the emergency room.

    10:23 p.m. An officer checked on a man passed out in front of Food King. Santa Clara Tribal Police took the man home.

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