Police Blotter: Walmart Allegedly Fires Worker Over Substance Use Treatment

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Volunteer firefighters from the Agua Sana and La Mesilla volunteer fire departments practiced their extraction skills Oct. 12 at the annual Agua Sana Fire Department open house. Rio Arriba County Emergency Medical Service Director and Deputy Fire Marshall Alfredo Montoya said the practice was essential for the newer recruits and would help them rescue people quickly in the future.

The blotter makes its return this week, but readers who pay close attention will notice that these calls took place four weeks ago. After the records were formally requested from the E911 dispatch center, the Rio Grande SUN had to wait for them to be redacted and returned. Still, some of the information is missing, with some days reports missing details for as many as seven different calls for service.

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:


Parking lot fight

Sept. 19

12:36 a.m. A Speedway on North Riverside Drive caller reported a man in ski shorts was threatening people and slashing tires.

3:15 a.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported several people fighting in the parking lot.

7:16 a.m. A Center Market caller reported her boyfriend had a gun and was trying to kill her.

8:39 a.m. A Lybrook Elementary caller reported a 14-year-old boy was caught smoking drugs on the bus. The caller said they thought it might have been cocaine.

10:06 a.m. A Valley Drive caller reported someone crashed into a family member’s car parked on the street overnight.

11:52 a.m. A Calle del Rio caller reported someone hit his fence and knocked it completely down.

1:44 p.m. An Española Valley High School caller reported a student had marijuana and parents were on the way to the school.

3:28 p.m. A Chama caller reported a man laying on the ground near the bus stop.

6:59 p.m. An Ohkay Casino caller reported a man found a counterfeit bill on the casino floor.


Sibling fight

Sept. 20

12:26 a.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported her son was beating her daughter.

8:21 a.m. An East Calle Celestino caller reported a woman wearing a jacket was crying and screaming about calling the cops to a man with whom she was walking. Deputies could not locate the pair.

8:38 a.m. A Medanales caller reported his neighbor’s dogs killed his animals.

1:12 p.m. An El Rito caller reported his dog fell into the septic tank but was still alive. Animal Control officers later reported the dog had been rescued.

3:56 p.m. A Calle Bustos caller reported someone was battered and needed help.

5:16 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a woman just walked off the job and she admitted to being on methadone. Police determined the man had fired the woman and she was taking only her prescribed dose for treatment.

5:59 p.m. A Cook’s Mobile Home Park caller reported a teenage boy beat up his younger cousin.


Gun threats

Sept. 21

3:23 a.m. An El Rito caller reported his landlord threatened him with a gun.

6:30 a.m. A Triple S caller reported a man was acting crazy and hiding under cars. Officers could not locate anyone hiding under cars.

10:11 a.m. A Valley Drive caller reported a green car parked on the street had been in an accident.

10:17 a.m. A Star Lane caller reported woman was at a condemned house. Officers told dispatchers they checked the area. The woman called back and said officers did not check, but instead drove around and left.

5:29 p.m. A Heron Lake caller reported her husband was stuck in the middle of the lake in his boat after his motor gave out.

6:56 p.m. A Chamita caller reported a man and woman were fighting and she heard a lot of gunfire. She said she could not see them, only hear them.

10:29 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a man was knocking at her door shining a flashlight in the windows.


Car shower

Sept. 22

12:07 a.m. An Allsup’s caller reported he broke up a fight at the store but the two fighters were still both there.

1:52 a.m. A Chama caller reported someone was trying to get into her house and her husband confronted him.

8:09 a.m. An Ohkay Casino caller reported someone slashed his tires while he was at work inside the building.

11:10 a.m. A baseball fields caller reported there were drunk people getting angry when they lost the game.

1:34 p.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a woman said she had been assaulted earlier.

2:00 p.m. A Cook’s Mobile Home Park caller reported people next door were very loud and she wanted them to stop. She said they were possibly celebrating someone’s birthday.

2:49 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported her boyfriend destroyed all her things during a domestic violence incident. She said officers had been there the night before but did nothing.

4:56 p.m. A Medanales caller reported her neighbor would not stop harassing and threatening her.

7:32 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported a woman was wearing black pants and trying to open every door to the apartments.


Buckle Up

Sept. 23

11:40 a.m. A Cañada Court caller reported a man and woman were arguing. She said she could not see them, but could hear them. Officers arrived and said everything was fine, a woman was just “throwing a tantrum.”

11:51 a.m. A Chama caller reported her granddaughter was assaulted on Saturday night but would not tell her where the assault took place.

2:59 p.m. A San Juan Elementary caller reported a mother was abusing her child by not buckling him in his seat.

4:21 p.m. A Calle del Rio caller reported some people were beating a woman nearby. Officers asked neighbors but found only a father and son playing baseball.



Sept. 24

8:37 a.m. Two Española Police Department officers went to a house on Carr Lane where they checked everyone present for warrants.

9:53 a.m. An Española Valley High School caller reported five girls were in a fight.

2:03 p.m. An Abiquiú caller requested deputies remove her son from the house. She said she did not want him there any more. Deputies made him leave the house, and told dispatchers he was intoxicated and had nowhere to go.

4:29 p.m. A Chamita caller reported a man knocked on her door and when she opened it he asked her name, then he hit her in the face and left in a silver car.

6:10 p.m. A Calle Adrian caller reported his neighbor cut down a tree in his yard while he was out of town.


Stalking ignored

Sept. 25

7:29 a.m. A Private Drive 1335 caller reported the neighbor threatened her husband with a gun.

9:47 a.m. A North Paseo de Oñate caller reported a van chased her 8-year-old son.

1:19 p.m. A Paseo de Oñate caller reported a teenage boy hit his grandmother and then got out of her car.

2:33 p.m. A Race Track Road caller reported she was on her way to pick up her grandson and her ex was stalking her. Tribal officers said they advised her to contact State Police or the Sheriff’s Office because neither party was a tribal member.

7:54 p.m. An East Pueblo Street caller reported her friend who had called earlier from Race Track Road was being harassed and her ex was at the house refusing to leave.

9:08 p.m. A South Riverside Drive caller reported it looked like someone in a police jacket and yoga pants had someone pulled over.

9:20 p.m. An Ohkay Casino caller reported for the second time that her ex was harassing and stalking her.

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