Police Blotter: Pizza Delivery Comes with a Side of Green

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Emergency responders clear the scene behind Denny’s Monday after a tractor ran over a worker in a construction accident. Medics took the man to the Española Hospital but called off a helicopter that had been summoned when the injuries appeared more serious.

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:

Pumpkin roll scam

Dec. 26

7:22 a.m. An Española caller reported the father of her children kicked in her door when dropping off the children.

8:18 a.m. A Medanales caller reported seeing a city truck beat up on the side of the road. The car was towed and State Police reported the vehicle stolen.

9:03 a.m. A Coyote caller reported people were damaging the mutual domestic water association’s waste meters.

10:42 a.m. A Walmart caller reported a stranger pulled a gun on him while he was trying to park.

11:26 a.m. An Avenida Cañada caller reported a couple was walking back and forth from one building to another shooting up and leaving their needles behind.

12:37 p.m. A caller reported a seemingly drunk driver in a white truck speeding out of Lower San Pedro. A city officer was unable to catch up to the car due to traffic and the call was transferred to the Ohkay Owingeh Police Department and the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office.

12:53 p.m. An Avenida Cañada caller reported they gave a woman money for pumpkin rolls and she refused to hand over the rolls or the money.

2:45 p.m. An out-of-state caller reported her sister’s boyfriend beat up her sister in Española.

9:39 p.m. An Española police officer heard about 9 gunshots north of the Department and patrolled the area.

Guerrilla marketing

Dec. 27

1:28 a.m. A Paseo de Paulina caller reported a woman who seemed “out of it” yelling in the street. She told an officer she was yelling because she was irritated by dogs barking and the officer advised her to knock it off.

4:47 a.m. A South Riverside Drive caller reported he caught someone breaking into his garage and stopped the burglary.

9:30 a.m. A Tierra Amarilla caller reported his daughter was going crazy and stole his car.

9:34 a.m. A Calle Senaida caller reported his landlord took all of his belongings to the dump after serving him with an eviction notice and not showing up in court.

9:55 a.m. A Calle Lopez caller requested to have his son-in-law removed from the property. Officers arrested the caller’s daughter on an outstanding warrant.

12:30 p.m. An Income Support Division caller reported a woman screamed at him that her husband was going to go to his house and hurt him.

3:59 p.m. A Hernandez Family Dollar caller reported a car was on fire and the driver was trying to put it out with water. The Agua Sana Volunteer Fire Department determined there was a small fire in the carburetor and it was extinguished.

4:32 p.m. An Española Verizon caller reported three teenage girls stole a demo phone and drove away.

5:23 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported a woman hit her car parked in her yard and kept walking around the yard.

6:37 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported someone broke into La Morada and lit a fire to stay warm. Deputies arrested the man.

6:51 p.m. A Cañada Court caller reported people in a Silver Honda were chasing her and her son.

8:50 p.m. A North McCurdy Road caller reported a man was texting her and her daughter threatening to shoot them both.

11:34 p.m. A Walgreens caller reported a man in the parking lot was screaming that he had heroin.

Loose, footloose

Dec. 28

2:50 a.m. A North Riverside Drive Allsup’s caller reported a man was dancing, yelling and fighting with the air.

10:03 a.m. A Santa Clara caller reported his ex-girlfriend stole his car, and that she was nine months pregnant and drunk. Officers contacted the woman and she returned the car.

10:08 a.m. A North McCurdy Road caller reported a man and a woman were fighting and the man was throwing rocks at the woman, then they got in a car together. Officers determined the pair was having a verbal argument.

3:23 p.m. An Española caller reported his father threatened him with a pipe and said he would break things on his truck.

5:05 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported her boyfriend hit her two days ago and she needed help getting away.

5:09 p.m. An Española caller reported someone had pulled a knife on her son earlier in the week at Walgreens.

5:33 p.m. A North Paseo de Oñate Speedway caller reported a woman being aggressive at the store and smacking things out of the cashier’s hands.

5:51 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported hearing “all kinds of gun shots” in the area north of Shadow Mountain.

6:25 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported the people with whom she was staying kicked her out and that people were after her.

6:46 p.m. A North Riverside Drive Speedway caller requested officers in the area because too many people were standing outside.

9:42 p.m. A Santa Claran Casino caller reported a fight in the bowling alley spilled out into the parking lot.

10:26 p.m. A Velarde caller reported she was moving back into her home and there were squatters staying there.

Special delivery

Dec. 29

12:00 p.m. An El Rito caller reported her boyfriend broke her car mirrors and dented the vehicle after an argument.

6:04 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported her teenage daughter was hitting her.

6:26 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a man in the parking lot was walking around swinging a baseball bat. Officers arrested the man.

7:02 p.m. A La Joya Street caller reported a man to whom she once gave a ride kept knocking on the door harassing her.

8:16 p.m. An Española caller reported his ex-girlfriend was drunkenly breaking things in his home.

8:40 p.m. An Iron Horse Lane caller reported he ordered a pizza for delivery from Pizza 9 and there was a pipe with a substance in the bag.

9:56 p.m. A Taos Lane caller reported a woman was sitting up against the wall and might have been passed out or dead. An officer spoke with the woman and reported she was OK.

11:58 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported a man was beating up his sister. Officers arrested someone on the scene.

Fee fi fo fum

Dec. 30

12:53 a.m. A Medanales caller reported her daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend were physically fighting.

2:23 a.m. An Española caller reported she and her husband were fighting. Officers arrested a woman at the scene for unspecified reasons.

10:38 a.m. A La Vista del Rio caller reported a “giant” in a hoodie and sweatpants attacked her husband.

11:30 a.m. A Tractor Supply caller reported someone stole a trailer.

11:45 a.m. A North Riverside Drive Subway caller reported a man there for an interview stole money. The suspect’s mother reportedly told officers her son stole the money.

2:55 p.m. An Española caller reported her husband would not let her take her children.

6:34 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported his neighbors attacked and killed his dogs.

6:46 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a man was lying on the ground crying by Family Dollar and was at risk of freezing.

8:46 p.m. A Santa Claran Casino caller reported security detained a man who stole the tip jar at the bar. Officers arrested the man.

10:00 p.m. A Dixon caller reported the people on whose property he was staying stole his guitar and stereo because they wanted him to start paying rent.

11:54 p.m. An Española caller reported her husband attacked her, ripping her shirt and pulling her hair out of her head. Officers arrested a man on the scene.

Party pooper

Dec. 31

2:23 a.m. A North Riverside Drive McDonald’s caller reported a customer’s vehicle was stolen. Officers found the car and arrested the woman driving it.

7:42 a.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported she could hear people fighting upstairs. Officers walked through the apartments and did not find anyone fighting.

8:15 a.m. A Nathan’s Feed caller reported two dogs were in his yard attacking his cattle, and one was shot but did not die.

9:04 a.m. A Truchas caller reported a man wanted to put her and her brother “in a traveling jail” and murder them.

12:58 p.m. An Auto Zone caller reported another car crashed into her and drove away.

2:55 p.m. A Mountain View Street caller reported a pit bull was running around and tried to attack him.

4:02 p.m. Officers arrested a man in a traffic stop on North Prince Drive.

5:27 p.m. An Española caller reported finding a flyer saying there would be a party in Chama with alcohol and people would be armed.

7:49 p.m. A Santa Claran Casino caller reported a guest punched and shattered a monitor screen.

9:06 p.m. A Chama caller reported people were trying to get into her home and saying they would shoot her and her guests.

9:06 p.m. A Walmart caller reported three teenagers pulled a knife on him in the parking lot. Officers arrested one person at the scene.

9:59 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported seeing people walking around shooting guns.

10:26 p.m. An Española caller reported a 15-year-old boy was getting violent with family members.

Slashed tires

Jan. 1

12:39 a.m. An Española caller reported his girlfriend was fighting with him and hit him when they were kicked out of Buffalo Thunder Casino.

8:10 a.m. An Española caller reported someone who had been threatening her stole her dog.

8:44 a.m. A Big 5 caller reported men were beating a man on the ground.

11:28 a.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported a woman on whom she had a restraining order called her and threatened to hurt her.

12:39 p.m. An Española caller reported a family member made a phone call asking for someone to pick her up and asked for people to bring their guns, mentioning a drive-by shooting.

7:46 p.m. A West Bond Street caller reported she caught her neighbor slashing her tires and he pushed her. Officers arrested the neighbor.

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