Highway 84 Collision

This truck collided with a small SUV Dec. 29 on Highway 84 past Hernandez. Mary Boggs, who lives at the intersection where the collision took place, called it a “bad intersection,” and that people often don’t stop at stop signs before entering the highway. “I cant even get out of my gate sometimes because people come flying past,” she said. “They ignore the stop sign.”

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:

Throwing punches

Dec. 19

12:15 a.m. A Camino de Roberto caller said her son was drinking and trying to kick her out of the house and pulling out guns.

12:32 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a man threatened him with a gun.

3:25 a.m. A 76 Plaza caller said a car had been parking there every night and she wanted officers to check it out.

9:59 a.m. A Walgreens caller reported some propane tanks were damaged and she wanted to speak with an officer.

10:16 a.m. A Walmart caller said a man was yelling and throwing punches at signs.

10:21 a.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported a power line was down and it was popping. She said a tree branch started on fire, but they were able to put it out.

1:46 p.m. A Los Caminos Bar caller reported she was pregnant and her husband grabbed her by the shirt, hit her in the face and bit her, before stealing her keys and a gun. She said he brought the items back, then fled.

1:50 p.m. A Vallecitos caller said a man stole his gun three days ago. He filed a report and a deputy spoke with him, but his story kept changing.

5:19 p.m. A caller said a man was checking vehicles’ doors at Desert Sun Motors.

7:23 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported she was watching her neighbor’s house and other neighbors were taking things out of the storage shed.

7:54 p.m. A caller said a car was going head-on with other cars near Walgreens.

7:55 p.m. A Center Market caller reported three people with written “notes” were asking for money in the parking lot.

Bad dog

Dec. 20

5:58 a.m. An Ash Loop caller said his car was broken into overnight and things were taken from it.

8:08 a.m. A Calle Milagro caller reported a propane tank was lit on fire and it started a shed fire.

8:20 a.m. A North Orchard Lane caller said a man stole a shed from somewhere last night and it was in his front yard. A dispatcher asked how she knew it was stolen and the woman said he stole stuff and she was always calling about him.

9:56 a.m. A Shoe Dept. caller requested a welfare check on a man who was not moving and was lying behind the building. The man was in and out of consciousness and was transported to the hospital after three doses of Narcan were administered.

9:59 a.m. A caller requested a welfare check on a man curled in a ball on the sidewalk, on Fairview Lane.

11:06 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a pink Mustang went off the road near Yucca Realty and the driver took off running toward Cook’s Mobile Home Park. Police determined the car had steering issues and the driver jumped the sidewalk to get out of traffic.

11:17 a.m. A Sandy Lane caller said his neighbor’s dog jumped on his car and damaged it.

11:37 a.m. An Aspen Urgent Care Caller reported a man was outside, claiming he had severe abdominal and chest pain. The man stopped responding and the caller started CPR, but he died.

11:42 a.m. A West Laguna Street caller said a man was accusing him of threatening him with a gun and wanted to know what he can do about it.

12:04 p.m. Minors were reported to be in possession of marijuana at Escalante High School.

1:55 p.m. A McDonald’s caller said a man was near the drive-thru speaker, asking people for money.

2:22 p.m. A Chama caller reported her son and his girlfriend cut her phone line.

3:20 p.m. A caller said he found a folder near Holy Cross Church and it belonged to an officer. He said it has documents, personal information and citations in it.

3:46 p.m. A Guadalupe Credit Union caller reported a credit union member was passing forged checks, which amounted to $2,000.

4:26 p.m. A Peacekeepers caller said a man was loitering behind the building.

6:21 p.m. A caller requested a welfare check on her parents, who live in Alcalde, because she thought her sister might be harassing them.

Dumpster diving

Dec. 21

8 a.m. A Bond House caller said someone graffitied the entire front porch.

11:20 a.m. An Abiquiú caller reported being attacked by her client’s dog.

12:49 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported there was a homeless person in the ditch near Anytime Fitness.

12:55 p.m. A caller reported people were dumpster diving and throwing trash all over the area near Murphy’s Express.

1:58 p.m. An Alto Loop caller said someone shot through his daughter’s window and they retrieved the bullet from the wall.

2:01 p.m. An Española Hospital doctor reported he was trying to transfer a six-day-old baby to the NICU but the child’s parents were refusing. The baby was eventually transferred.

2:13 p.m. A Chimayó caller said someone stole his wallet and identity. He said someone’s been trying to get into his house and they stole his documents and threw his Bible on the floor.

2:42 p.m. A Dixon caller reported someone broke into her house and stole her debit card.

3:10 p.m. A Guadalupe Credit Union caller said she filed a report on a member who was passing fraudulent checks and now he was at the credit union, trying to take out a loan.

4:52 p.m. A Taos Street caller reported someone tried to burn his house.

4:57 p.m. A Martinez Lane caller said someone tied a dog to a pole on her property.

5:33 p.m. A San Pedro Shell caller reported a Jeep had been parked at one of the pumps for three hours.

5:48 p.m. A Walgreens employee said panhandlers asked her for money and were trying to sell her stolen hygiene items. When staff told them to leave, they laughed at them.

6:46 p.m. A Velarde caller reported checking on her father and finding him unconscious and unresponsive.

8:49 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported there were pieces of wood in the road near Angelina’s. She said she pulled over, along with three other vehicles, and they all had flat tires.

9:27 p.m. A Walmart caller requested a welfare check on a woman passed out in a car. An officer determined she was changing clothes.

Into the woods

Dec. 22

2:54 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a neighbor was being loud and banging on doors and walls.

10:58 a.m. A Birch Lane caller reported her father showed up at her house with a gun and he was threatening her.

11:13 a.m. A Lucero Center caller said someone was camping near the dumpsters.

11:13 a.m. A Jicarilla caller reported a cat got into his house and he can’t get it out.

11:24 a.m. A Truchas caller requested a welfare check on a woman walking in the middle of the road. A deputy tried to talk to her, but she wouldn’t speak to him and fled on foot, into the woods.

2:48 p.m. A Victory Faith Church caller reported his vehicle’s windows were broken.

2:50 p.m. An Income Support Division caller said they found two puppies stuck in the fence.

2:59 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported there were 10 homeless people walking around his house and refusing to leave.

3:08 p.m. An El Potrero Road caller said a man in a Jeep had been parked at the cemetery all morning.

3:34 p.m. A RTD caller reported a man was in a bus shelter and refusing to leave.

3:57 p.m. A Chimayó caller said a man was calling and harassing him.

3:59 p.m. A Denton Street caller reported someone broke into her vehicle, but didn’t steal anything.

4:34 p.m. A Valley Drive caller reported someone shot out the windows on his fifth wheel.

7:02 p.m. A Velarde caller said his nephew took the security cameras off her property and stole things.

9:32 p.m. A man called 911 and was saying Byron, then said Biden. He then said to take him out to dinner and he didn’t have an emergency. Then the line disconnected.

9:53 p.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported a loud truck was going up and down the street, where drugs are dealt.

10:52 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller said people were fighting in the hallway.

11:28 p.m. A caller reported a car got stuck on the Valdez Bridge and it was blocking the road. She then said it looked like the car went off the bridge.

Sell chicos somewhere else

Dec. 23

6:43 a.m. A La Joya Street caller reported her son and daughter, who were both using fentanyl, were at her house and banging on her back door.

11:21 a.m. A Dixon caller requested a welfare check on a woman walking up and down the road, screaming, “die b****.”

11:26 a.m. A Chimayó caller said her neighbor was threatening to burn down her house and hurt her children.

1:44 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller said a man was walking around her property, knocking on the door and asking for cigarettes.

2:13 p.m. A Walmart security guard reported a man in a car was driving around the parking lot, trying to sell chicos.

2:51 p.m. A Chimayó caller said a very drunk 32-year-old man was dropped off by his girlfriend and he was unconscious.

4:44 p.m. A Coyote caller reported the State Police were searching his house without a warrant. He said he was grieving his dead brother and police were looking for him.

6:47 p.m. A McCurdy School caller requested a welfare check on an elderly woman standing in the road.

8:22 p.m. An East Jonathan Drive caller requested courtesy rounds throughout the night because he turned off his cameras at night and his truck had been broken into a couple of times.

9:41 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller said a person was sleeping under the big tree and she wanted them removed.

10:20 p.m. A Bond House caller reported six shots were fired near the plaza.

10:41 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported young people were screaming, yelling and shooting airsoft guns, while driving recklessly in the parking lot.

Not crossing

state lines

Dec. 24

12:50 a.m. A Chama caller reported getting threatening calls.

1:39 a.m. A Chama caller reported a 30-year-old woman took oxycontin. Police could not find the patient.

2:11 a.m. A Simmons Lane caller said a 43-year-old man was unconscious, purple and not breathing. CPR was performed, but the man died.

3:29 a.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller said people were sleeping in the hallways.

7:19 a.m. A Vista del Rio Apartments caller reported a 60-year-old man was not responding, even though his eyes were open. 

10:06 a.m. A Chama caller reported she didn’t want to drive because of bad road conditions and wanted an ambulance dispatched, so she can have an EKG. When she was told she would be transported, she said never mind, she’d call her doctor’s office, instead.

10:16 a.m. A Hernandez caller said a man was walking into peoples’ entrances and looking around.

10:50 a.m. A Medanales caller reported her daughter’s boyfriend, who was mentally ill and smoking marijuana, was at her house, being abusive and trying to fight her husband. 

11:08 a.m. A Hernandez caller said she went to check on her 80-year-old grandfather, who recently had a heart attack and found him dead.

12:01 p.m. A Salas Auto Body caller reported two people were under a tarp behind the business.

12:09 p.m. An Española Carwash caller said a man was slumped over in his car.

12:29 p.m. A Days Inn caller reported a guest was refusing to check out of the hotel and was demanding a refund over room conditions.

1:14 p.m. A Santo Niño Lane caller said a 64-year-old man had dementia and psychosis and was refusing to take his medication and was threatening to kill her. He told her he was going to kill her in her sleep, then he began pushing and slapping her.

3:07 p.m. A Lumberton caller requested a welfare check on a man who was stumbling in the road.

5:43 p.m. A Chimayó caller said a man on whom there was a restraining order, showed up and pulled a knife on another man.

9:12 p.m. A trooper from Alamosa, Colo., was helping a driver and saw an RV that went off the road on the New Mexico side. He requested a New Mexico officer to check it out.

Tired of drug dealing

Dec. 25

2:54 a.m. A Tsigo Bugeh Village caller said her uncle was there and she didn’t want him there.

8:28 a.m. A Chama caller reported her son was at her house and might be on drugs or drinking. She wanted him removed.

9:51 a.m. A Calle del Sol caller said she was taken to the hospital and when she returned, she discovered her daughter stole cash and a money order form her cabinet.

10:08 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported a man was unconscious and not breathing. Narcan was administered and he began breathing, but wasn’t very responsive.

10:51 a.m. A Villa del Norte Apartments caller said there was a lot of screaming coming from an apartment and someone was saying, “leave me alone, don’t touch me.”

11:57 a.m. A Calle del Rio caller said he was tired of all the drug dealing and shots fired in the area.

1:27 p.m. An officer reported a woman on Camino Cielo Grande was urinating on herself.

3:04 p.m. A Walgreens caller said a man had a knife and a woman was yelling. He said he was not sure what was going on.

3:56 p.m. An Allsup’s caller wanted to speak with an officer because someone was harassing him.

4:17 p.m. An Avenida Cañada caller reported a fight between 10 men and a woman.

4:27 p.m. A Calle Cristobal caller said a dog killed his cats and he detained the dog in a room of the house. Dispatchers told the man to let the dog go because animal control wouldn’t respond until Monday.

5:56 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller said someone in a silver BMW was rummaging in the trash.

6:39 p.m. A Piñon Drive in Chama caller reported her nephew was drunk and arguing with her.

8:28 p.m. An Allsup’s caller said someone in an SUV was going around asking people for a jump-start, but they didn’t need one because the SUV was running.

11:34 p.m. A Walmart security guard said a car kept parking in the parking lot. He spoke to some people the man in the car had been talking to and asked what he was doing. They told him the man was trying to sell drugs and to see if a woman wanted to prostitute for him.

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