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Española Firefighter John Wickersham passed a bucket of water from the retiring ladder truck to Firefighter Zack Logsdon during an Aug. 1 ceremony to welcome the Department’s new ladder truck. Water from the old truck was poured into the new truck as part of a traditional celebration.

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: 

Sandwich grievance

Aug. 1

12:04 a.m. A Paseo de Paulina caller reported he paid his bill earlier in the day and his water was still off. An employee was dispatched to turn it back on.

1:59 a.m. A West Winesap Drive caller reported a vehicle parked in the middle of the road. Officers determined the vehicle had a flat and the owners went to get a replacement tire.

6:44 a.m. A Calle Don Pedro caller reported a porch was on fire.

8:18 a.m. A Bonecutter Lane caller reported two men walking around whom she had never seen before.

9:40 a.m. A Camino Miramontes caller reported his neighbors were accusing him of being a pedophile and threatening him.

10:06 a.m. A Santa Cruz Post Office caller reported she was assaulted two weeks prior.

10:42 a.m. A Cook Street caller reported there was a handicapped person in his yard and he wanted him removed.

11:45 a.m. A Calle del Sol caller reported she just got home and her front window was broken.

12:51 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported a man choked her and then ended the call.

1:35 p.m. A Carr Lane caller reported a car parked on the street.

3:13 p.m. A Chama caller reported an intoxicated man was trying to start a fight.

4:31 p.m. An El Guique caller reported his sister was messing with the property lines.

9:09 p.m. A North Orchard Lane caller reported a man and woman yelling at each other.

10:15 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported someone banging on her windows. She said she did not know who it was.

10:57 p.m. A Chama caller reported she was the manager at Subway and a worker threw a sandwich at her.

11:02 p.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a man got upset and threw things around in his hospital room before leaving.

‘Pretty strange’

Aug. 2

12:25 a.m. A West Winesap Drive caller reported a man asleep on the sidewalk.

12:26 a.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported a bunch of kids were riding bikes in the area.

5:21 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a topless woman was unconscious on the ground.

7:33 a.m. A Simmons Lane caller reported a horse running loose in the area.

8:06 a.m. A Dixon caller reported her neighbor’s arroyo was flooding and damaging her land.

11:07 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported someone assaulted his best friend in his front yard.

11:35 a.m. A Speedway on North Riverside Drive caller reported a man was belligerently knocking on the windows.

1:02 p.m. An Española Police Department officer reported three men were passed out and did not wake up when he honked his horn. He told dispatchers after talking to them he made them pick up their vodka bottles and leave the Wal-Mart parking lot.

1:57 p.m. A Cook’s Mobile Home Park caller reported a teenage boy approached her and asked her for help. She wanted police to check on him.

2:23 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a man walking with a 3- to 4-year-old girl.

4:06 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a man down on the sidewalk. Officers determined he was intoxicated and helped him to his feet.

6:34 p.m. An Anytime Fitness caller reported a man asleep in his vehicle.

7:33 p.m. A San Pedro Sonic caller reported a car seat by the side of the road with a blanket over it. The caller wanted officers to see if there was a baby inside. Officers reported it was not a car seat, it was old couch cushions and blankets.

7:54 p.m. A Tierra Amarilla caller reported a man pointed a gun in his face when the two were together drinking beer.

8:16 p.m. A Tesuque Drive caller reported a man standing on the street painting his face red and white. She said it was “pretty strange” that he was doing that.

Rake and knife

Aug. 3

12:47 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported a goose neck trailer with hay bales on it was on fire.

2:18 a.m. An Alcalde caller reported a party on Prairie Dog Road. She said there were girls there on drugs and crying.

2:24 a.m. A Sunset Drive caller reported her ex kicked down her bedroom door and punched her in the head because she would not have sex with him.

3:35 a.m. A Hennigan Road caller reported she was on the phone with a man who said he cut himself and was having suicidal thoughts. Officers checked on the man and found that he had not cut himself, but was going through a difficult emotional time.

8:39 a.m. An East Shadowwood Lane caller reported a man came to her house and broke down the door. She said it was her sister’s boyfriend and they were always fighting.

9:10 a.m. A La Mesilla caller reported that there was a tree on fire in the arroyo.

10:04 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a man laying under the bench at the bus stop. Officers determined he was sleeping and waiting for the bus.

11:45 a.m. A Chama caller reported a large black bull was outside the fence.

12:41 p.m. An Ojo Sarco caller reported a car on fire on the side of County Road 69.

4:35 p.m. A Calle Cunyo caller reported her boyfriend was chasing after her brother with a rake and a knife.

8:27 p.m. A Camino Miramontes caller reported someone threw a rock through the windshield of his Buick.

9:22 p.m. A Taco Bell caller reported a man outside wearing only a towel. Officers determined the man was wearing shorts.

Spidey senses

Aug. 4

5:24 a.m. A Jemez View Street caller reported she needed her boyfriend out of the house because he was abusive and intoxicated.

9:36 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported her neighbor was outside beating his girlfriend.

3:49 p.m. A North Paseo de Oñate caller reported her son was hallucinating and out of control. She said he was scaring the children next door because he kept yelling that he was covered in spiders.

5:24 p.m. The North Paseo de Oñate caller from the previous call reported her son was outside in his underwear and she needed help.

8:13 p.m. A Coyote caller reported finding the words “we are going to kill you,” written on a dirt road where he was walking.

8:38 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported someone cut the brake lines to her son’s vehicle.

10:31 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a woman was screaming nearby.

11:55 p.m. An El Camino de Garcia caller reported she heard a loud explosion.

Good boy

Aug. 5

1:32 a.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported someone was trying to break into the city compound where they store garden equipment.

7:58 a.m. An Española School District caller reported several buses were broken into and damaged and that batteries were stolen.

8:53 a.m. A Truchas caller reported three dogs attacked his dog in his yard.

10:44 a.m. A Wal-Mart caller reported a man in the parking lot bleeding from his head who did not know how he got there.

12:08 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported she went to pick up her parents and her step-dad and brother were fighting.

1:38 p.m. An El Rito caller reported her ex-boyfriend assaulted another man at her house.

3:32 p.m. A Valdez Park caller reported a group of people were fighting and someone stabbed a man.

5:14 p.m. A Lowdermilk Street caller reported a man in a hospital gown with an IV in his arm was walking down the road.

6:52 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported a man was lying on the ground and a woman was “petting him.” She said the two might have been intoxicated.

11:32 p.m. A Pacheco Lane caller reported a man hit his wife with his car and then left.


Aug. 6

12:20 a.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported something concerning child abuse, but kept telling dispatchers no one cared about the situation. He refused to give an address for the alleged abuse.

1:40 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported a car on fire across from Socorro’s Restaurant.

9:05 p.m. A Santa Clara Drive caller reported her daughter was dressed like a streetwalker.

Cart wars

Aug. 7

12:48 a.m. A Wal-Mart caller reported a man was pushing another man around the parking lot in a shopping cart.

7:26 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported there were two stray dogs killing her livestock.

11:02 a.m. An Española Library caller reported a man was panhandling on the property.

5:04 p.m. A La Joya Street caller reported a couple were fighting over a phone.

6:40 p.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a man “eloped from the ER” with an IV in his arm.

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