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Police Blotter: Man Scares Away Skunk with Cap Gun

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Española Police Department Officer Dustin Chavez searched a man with an active warrant Aug. 29 before taking him to the Española Detention Center. The man was taken into custody by Food King security after they said he allegedly tried to shoplift.

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:

Pill pincher

Aug. 23

1:34 a.m. A Calle de la Merced caller reported her son was possibly suicidal after fighting with his girlfriend.

9:52 a.m. An Abiquiú caller reported finding a dog with its intestine exposed on their property.

10:03 a.m. A Wal-Mart caller reported a man and woman were yelling at store employees.

10:48 a.m. A Pizza Hut caller reported her 17-year-old daughter was using drugs and hanging around with older men.

1:41 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported four dogs locked in a house without food.

2:38 p.m. A South Riverside Drive caller reported hearing eight gunshots in the area.

3:09 p.m. A Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office caller wanted to report someone killed his dog, but he left before deputies arrived.

4:26 p.m. An El Rito caller reported someone broke into his parent's house and stole medication and collectibles.

6:18 p.m. A Calle del Rio caller reported her ex-boyfriend got in her face and hit her.

7:30 p.m. A Speedway on North Riverside Drive caller reported a man threatening people with a knife at the gas pump.

7:57 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported he had not seen a child that he believed lived in a certain home for several months and wanted police to check on the child. Deputies determined the child seen at the home was a grandson, and lived with his father in Española.

9:36 p.m. A Harley Lane caller reported a man went to his house and took a trailer he bought from someone else. Officers determined the man’s son had sold his trailer without permission or notice.

11:33 p.m. A Cubero Court caller reported a neighbor was smacking a dog with a belt.

11:40 p.m. A Wal-Mart caller reported a man wearing a bandana was riding a bike.

Bad aim

Aug. 24

12:45 a.m. A Call don Alfredo caller reported there were people and a car in his yard.

1:14 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a man on the ground in front of a storage shed. He was highly intoxicated and transported by medics.

1:37 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported a man backed into a ditch.

2:11 a.m. A JGN Lane caller left the line open. Dispatchers heard a woman say someone was going to kill someone, and an intoxicated man telling a woman she did over $100 worth of cocaine, which was why they had no money for gas.

2:22 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported the neighbor was drunk and trying to get his wife to go outside.

7:21 a.m. A Coyote caller reported someone was throwing rocks at her and one hit her husband.

11:55 a.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported someone stole her 1995 white Ford F-150 pickup during the night.

2:47 p.m. A Calle del Alamo caller reported someone damaged his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air when they were trying to steal the speakers.

6:12 p.m. A Cook’s Mobile Home Park caller reported a lot of noise and a loud party in the area.

7:18 p.m. A Bobcat Lane caller reported a little boy on a bike throwing rocks at cars.

8:01 p.m. A Food King caller reported a man in a white car was asking people to buy alcohol for him.

8:38 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported seeing two cows near the church. She said she had never seen the cows before.

8:47 p.m. A Coyote caller reported hearing shots fired, then she said it was either fireworks or a cannon but it was really loud.

9:42 p.m. A Thorton Lane caller reported her daughter got drunk and assaulted her.

9:50 p.m. A North Coronado Avenue caller reported he shot three rounds with a cap gun to scare away a skunk. He wanted to let dispatchers know in case they received calls of shots fired.

10:18 p.m. A Camino Santa Cruz caller reported someone stole the rims from the truck she had parked in her yard.

10:35 p.m. A Tesuque Drive caller reported a boy ran away and hid in a ditch. He said he did not want to go with his guardian.

11:44 p.m. A Bonecutter Lane caller reported a man was dragging another man. Officers reported the man was intoxicated and being helped into his home.

‘Sus people’

Aug. 25

2:23 a.m. A North Coronado Avenue caller reported he let a neighbor hang out in his car and gave him an extension cord to plug in his oxygen. He wanted officers to check on the man.

2:46 p.m. A North Paseo de Oñate and Fairview Lane caller reported a woman asleep at the wheel was stopped at the intersection.

4:20 p.m. A Treasures of Enchantment caller reported two men in a yellow car were stealing items from the thrift store.

4:49 p.m. A woman reported to the Española Police Station that there were “sus people” hanging out near KFC.

11:03 p.m. An Allsup’s caller reported a man threatened to have a store employee fired.

I’ll be back

Aug. 26

7:56 a.m. A Walgreen’s caller reported a man caught shoplifting said he would return at 8 a.m.

9:48 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported her neighbor owned chickens and ducks and a goat and they smelled really bad.

4:40 p.m. An El Guique caller reported he was assaulted by a hit-and-run driver near Lyden days prior. He said he called 911 when it happened, and waited all weekend for a deputy, but no one ever showed up.

5:48 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a 30-year-old man sleeping near a dumpster.

6:54 p.m. The El Guique caller from the 4:40 p.m. called again saying he was in a crash on Friday, and wanted to file a report.

New driver

Aug. 27

5:33 a.m. An El Llano Road caller reported a vehicle in the ditch. Officers located the owner who said he was trying to teach his daughter to drive when she got the vehicle stuck, they were preparing to get it out of the ditch when officers arrived.

8:04 a.m. A Dixon caller requested more deputies in the area because kids were walking to school and people were speeding. A deputy arrived and patrolled the area from 10 to 10:36 a.m.

11:23 a.m. A woman reported to the Española Police Department that she bought a ring at Zales, but that Alicia’s Fine Jewelry thought the ring was stolen from their store four years prior.

12:37 p.m. A Henry Valencia caller reported she left half of a mobile home in front of the dealership and would pick it up in five or six hours.

1:13 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported there were three police cars in the parking lot and one of the officers dropped their phone. The caller said some other people picked it up. Officers were able to locate the people based on the caller’s description and the people returned the phone.

4:17 p.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported her boyfriend was being abusive.

Bad guest

Aug. 28

12:06 a.m. An Indian Way caller reported her friend was intoxicated and she wanted him removed. She said he was making a mess in her house and scaring her children.

1:15 a.m. A North McCurdy Road caller reported a man wearing a hoodie was running.

7:07 a.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported a man was kicking her door and trying to break it down.

4:15 p.m. A Century Bank caller reported a man  was trying to cash checks on a stolen account.

4:18 p.m. A Calle de Pajarito caller reported her friend’s daughter was putting “harsh things” on social media and she wanted officers to check on the family.

6:46 p.m. A Valdez Park caller reported six people were fighting.

6:47 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported a neighbor took one of the bolts off her gate even though she had a restraining order to protect herself from him.

Addicted Jeep

Aug. 29

3:46 a.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported his gray Chevy Cruz was stolen.

4:12 a.m. A Corlett Road caller reported his ex-wife was beating on the front door. He asked officers to remove her.

9:38 a.m. A Medanales caller reported a neighbor’s dog hurt her sister’s dog.

2:44 p.m. A Paseo de Paulina caller reported a brown Jeep was shooting up in the trailer park.

6:00 p.m. A Little Warriors Daycare caller reported a neighbor came onto the property when he was wearing only a robe. She said children were present.

6:25 p.m. A Blue Heron Brewing caller reported two men inside were extremely intoxicated and one took off his shirt and tried to touch the waitress.

8:46 p.m. A Dixon caller reported a group of people were banging on her door saying that there was a little girl in the river and the little girl they were holding was not wet.

9:38 p.m. A JGN Lane caller reported that his step-dad hit his mom in the face.

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