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Flames engulfed a car on the afternoon of June 28 in Alcalde. Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputies closed a stretch of the northbound lanes on State Road 68 while Dixon volunteer firefighters extinguished the fire. Deputies did not immediately know the cause of the fire.

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:

Kittens escape

June 20

8:23 a.m. A Hernandez caller asked for officers to pick up some stray kittens. She told dispatchers she could not catch them.

8:25 a.m. A Dixon caller reported a dump truck with a trailer and an uncovered load turning into the Embudo compost facility.

2:11 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported someone assaulted her at the Rio Chama Chevron on May 7.

4:07 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported someone shot at her while she was outside cleaning her patio.

10:44 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a man stabbed her mother and drove away. The mother refused medical treatment because it was a small cut and refused to press charges.

Student arrested

June 21

1:05 a.m. A Battleship View Road caller reported someone set her daughter’s car on fire.

1:07 a.m. An El Guique caller reported a visitor was hitting a woman.

8:22 a.m. A Las Vegas Street caller reported three dogs tried to eat her rabbits, and became aggressive when she tried to chase them away. She said she was concerned that they could get to her miniature goats. That night, the caller reported a neighbor said one of the dogs injured a goat. An officer found the goat had died.

8:42 a.m. A Velarde caller reported a large cottonwood tree smoldering. Velarde firefighters extinguished the fire, which they said someone lit intentionally.

10:50 a.m. An Española Police officer told dispatchers he was placing an Española Middle School student in “investigative detention.” The student’s mother called dispatchers hoping to speak with the officer who had her son in custody because she was not allowed to accompany the student, who has a disability.

2:59 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a 15-year-old boy was bleeding from a dog bite.

3:48 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a man threatened to burn her house down.

3:48 p.m. A Sandy Lane caller reported two intoxicated people had crashed into her mobile home. She said her husband was blocking them from leaving the property.

4:53 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported an electric line fell on her fence, was sparking and damaged a car. Another caller told Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative officials the line lay across the road but a deputy found that was not true.

6:10 p.m. The manager of Chili’s reported a server’s boyfriend drove to the restaurant, left their child in a truck, came into the restaurant, attacked her and was circling the building.

‘Not a taxi’

June 22

4:49 a.m. An Indian Way caller reported a man showed up who wanted to fight, refused to leave, broke into a house and there was “blood all over the place.”

8:51 a.m. An Española Carwash caller reported a child alone in an old van. An officer found a woman whom the caller “might have confused” as a child.

11:10 a.m. A Travelers Lodge caller reported someone broke into their apartment the previous night, held them hostage and stole “a lot of things.”

11:26 a.m. Dispatchers told police to be on the lookout for a vehicle possibly going toward Chimayó. Two men had been forced into the trunk at gunpoint.

11:53 a.m. A South Riverside Drive caller reported a man “using narcotics” in the back of the storage lot. Officers found he was just getting items from his storage.

5:44 p.m. A Habitat for Humanity caller reported two men were trying to break in. An officer found they just knocked on the door.

7:54 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported her sister was fighting with a man who was trying to make her crash her vehicle.

8:37 p.m. A South McCurdy Road caller reported a hit and run.

10:12 p.m. A Santa Clara Pueblo caller asked for an officer to drive her home because she was intoxicated and could not drive home but was medically cleared and discharged. Dispatchers told her “we are not a taxi service.”

Machete v. bunny

June 23

10:25 a.m. A White Swan Road caller reported he had a seizure but had no history of seizures. He said he had been beaten up in Denver and was hospitalized for three days.

10:37 a.m. A County Road 16 caller reported a puppy was stuck in a drainage pipe for two days. La Mesilla firefighters pulled it out.

1:38 p.m. An Aspen Creek caller reported he and his daughter were lost, the terrain was too rough, they were tired and their legs were giving out. He told dispatchers his phone was about to die and they had a little food and water left.

7:18 p.m. A County Road 18 caller reported her nephew was bleeding after a dog from up the street bit him, and its owner threatened them when they told him about it.

8:25 p.m. A Milagro Village caller reported a man was walking around with a machete and he killed a rabbit and threw it in the road.

10:49 p.m. A Calle Lopez caller reported her boyfriend hit her really hard in the face and their families separated them.

11:28 p.m. A Motel 6 caller reported a man riding a bicycle in the parking lot who was accused by another guest of siphoning gas from vehicles. An officer found the man regularly collects aluminum cans from the dumpster to recycle, and told him to put them back in the dumpster.

11:36 p.m. A Vallecitos caller reported she, her husband and two children were stuck on the mountain with no supplies or jackets.

Peeping toms

June 24

12:33 a.m. A State Road 76 caller reported her ex-boyfriend, who is known to be violent, was pounding on her door.

5:03 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported his neighbors were watching him urinate in his yard.

6:50 p.m. A Sunset Drive caller reported one of his tenants has not paid rent and he wanted her removed from the house. An officer told him he needs to go through the courts to handle the civil matter.

8:24 p.m. A Murphy’s Express caller reported a man hitting a woman. The woman told an officer she just wanted them to talk to him.

8:24 p.m. An El Guique caller reported a brown bear in his yard.

11:08 p.m. A Murphy’s Express caller reported a man and a woman throwing firecrackers at the gas pumps.

Taking a ‘snoozer’

June 25

2:49 a.m. A South Orchard Lane caller reported she wanted police to remove a woman from her house. An officer got a homeless shelter in Santa Fe to pick her up the next morning.

5:27 a.m. A Sandy Lane caller reported her ex was around and he is not supposed to be near her. The magistrate judge told dispatchers about a history of domestic violence.

9:58 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported 11 feral cats in her yard and asked for help in catching them.

5:05 p.m. A Milagro Village caller reported her ex broke into her home and stole her PlayStation and TV. Twenty minutes later he came back and returned the items. Thirty-five minutes later he came back and stole them again and told her to meet him at the high school so he can give them back and shoot her.

6:15 p.m. An El Guique caller reported someone hit her brother with a truck.

6:50 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported a tribal officer pulled him over and he wanted a New Mexico State Police officer on scene.

9:41 p.m. A Giant gas station caller reported a man by the dumpsters. An officer found he was OK and that he “just took a snoozer and he is smoking a cigarette.”

9:48 p.m. A Hindi Lane caller reported a man hit her and was throwing out all of her stuff. An officer gave her a ride to her friend’s house.

11:22 p.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported a group of people “wanting to throw down” in his front year near the city compound.

Catching a ride

June 26

8:49 a.m. A West Winesap Drive caller reported a man who slammed a woman’s head against a wall was leaving on a bicycle.

10:01 a.m. A Little Creations Daycare caller reported a woman attacked one of her workers.

11:03 a.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported four cats and five kittens outside her home and asked if someone could pick them up so they could be adopted.

12:26 p.m. A Calle Cristobal caller reported she was giving her dog a bath and his foot got stuck in the bathtub drain. Española firefighters removed the drain but could not get it off the dog’s leg, so they took it to the animal shelter to take off the drain part.

12:56 p.m. A North McCurdy Road caller asked for an officer to be around while they boarded up a house. An officer found a cat who seemed neglected but animal control found it was born with a bad leg, but happy and fine.

1:11 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported she was with a man who was kayaking and had been missing for about three hours. More than three hours later, an Abiquíu Lake worker found him.

1:13 p.m. A North Riverside Drive Caller reported a chihuahua running toward Pizza 9.

2:13 p.m. A Chama caller reported a young girl with blonde hair was hitching a ride on the footstep of a semi truck.

2:50 p.m. A Ranchitos Pool caller reported a man with a mustache stole someone’s wallet. The victim got his wallet back but not his $50.

3:06 p.m. A Santa Cruz Dam Road caller reported a man dragged a woman into a car and was hitting her. A second caller reported he was trying to drown the woman.

4:03 p.m. A Park and Ride caller reported a man fell asleep on the bus and they could not get him out.

6:48 p.m. A Pacheco Lane caller reported her neighbor was throwing all of his trash on her land. An officer told her they could not arrest him.

6:52 p.m. An El Paisano caller reported her ex smashed her sister’s finger in the door of a car.

6:54 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported people who had been trying to shoplift from the store were now trying to break into a car. An officer found a small amount of unspecified narcotics in the car.

7:49 p.m. A Church of Christ caller reported two men who tried to break into the church were running away.

7:55 p.m. A Calle Don Pedro caller reported he gave a girl a ride that morning and she stole his vehicle registration and other documents.

8:41 p.m. A Pacheco Lane caller reported a neighbor broke into his grandmother’s home and plugged in an extension cord to steal electricity.

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