The Blotter (8/1/2013)


Socorro County Sheriff’s Department
June 6
• A Mountainair man reported about 1:30 p.m. he wrecked his pickup when a left front tire failed on U.S. Highway 60. The pickup pulled to the left and he was unable to correct it. The pickup hit a small juniper tree and came to rest against a barbed wire fence north of the road. The man said he was not injured and had his vehicle towed home.

June 11
• A deputy assisting the misdemeanor compliance office arrested a Socorro woman on a warrant and transported her to the Socorro County Detention Center.
• A deputy contacted a Socorro man at a Lemitar residence in the course of an investigation. The man had a valid warrant and was arrested.
• An Escondida man reported a vehicle pulled into his brother’s yard and the driver pointed a pistol at him. The deputy found the vehicle at a residence on Chambron Road. When the deputy knocked at the door, a Socorro man came out. When asked if anyone else was in the home, the man said “no,” but then two other people came out. When asked the same question again, the man said “no” and another person came out. Two other deputies then went in the home to see if anyone else was there, and found one more person hiding. They also found a backpack in the house and were given consent to search it. Deputies found the pistol and a sawed-off shotgun. One person was arrested on a valid warrant.

June 12
• A deputy conducted a traffic stop with a Datil man in the parking lot of El Camino. The deputy smelled an alcoholic beverage on the driver, who then failed a field sobriety test. The man consented to a breath test, and results were .19 and .17 breath alcohol content. The man was booked into jail.
• A deputy conducted a traffic stop with a Los Angeles man on Interstate 25. The deputy smelled an alcoholic beverage on the driver, who then failed a field sobriety test. The man consented to a breath test, and results were .12 and .12 breath alcohol content. The man was booked into jail.

June 13
• A deputy met with a Children, Youth and Families Department employee about a report of child abuse. The deputy and the CYFD employee met with the suspect at her mother’s house. The suspect said she and her boyfriend had been fighting; she was trying to get away from him and that was why he called CYFD. The deputy and CYFD employee determined the report was unfounded, and no action was taken.

June 14
• The sheriff’s department received a report that a Lemitar man had a baby elk in his yard. The man said he did; he had found the baby on the side of the road in some grass. He thought the mother had died or just left it there, so he took the baby elk home. The deputy contacted the state Game and Fish Department and they took possession of the animal. No charges were filed.

June 15
• A deputy stopped a Socorro man near Spring and Center streets, and smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The man failed a field sobriety test and consented to a breath test, with results of .15 and .15. He was arrested and booked into jail.
• A deputy stopped a Socorro man near Bernard and Plaza. The man handed the deputy a driver’s license that indicated an ignition interlock was required. When asked, the man said he did not have an interlock in the vehicle. A records check confirmed the man’s license required an ignition interlock. The man was arrested and booked into jail.
• A deputy was dispatched to Veguita to investigate the loss of $300, a checkbook and other personal items. A Veguita man reported the victim, another Veguita man and a family member, had borrowed a Ford Expedition on June 13 to pick up a four-wheeler. The victim did not return until June 14, and he was missing his checkbook, $300 cash, medical marijuana card and the SIM card from his cellphone. The Expedition was also mess with trash throughout and a hole in the fuel line. The victim said he met with a friend and thought he had been drugged after he drank from an iced tea. After that, the victim found himself back in Veguita where he was given two firearms to repair. The deputy spoke with several neighbors, who said the victim has been running around and acting as if someone was going to get him in some way. The victim was unable to give enough information regarding the loss of his checks to identify a suspect. The investigation is closed and unresolved.

June 17
• A deputy met with a Magdalena man at the Socorro County Detention Center. The man had a valid bench warrant and was booked into SCDC.
• A deputy met with a Lemitar woman at the Socorro County Detention Center. The woman had a valid bench warrant and was booked into SCDC.
• A deputy assisting the county misdemeanor compliance office transported a New Mexico man who had a warrant to jail.
• A Socorro man turned himself in at the sheriff’s department about 3:25 p.m. A deputy verified the man had a valid warrant and the man was booked into jail.

June 18
• About 12:28 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to Magdalena on the report of a woman screaming and knocking on doors at people’s homes. On arrival, the deputy found a Magdalena woman lying on the ground and another woman standing next to her. The standing woman said the woman on the ground had been screaming and knocking on doors. The Magdalena woman was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to jail.
• About 5:15 p.m. a deputy was dispatched to meet with a San Antonio woman at El Puente. The woman said her ex-husband entered her residence uninvited about 9:30 p.m. June 2. He came into her bedroom and asked if he could bite her. She told him no and to get out of the house. She said her ex-husband laughed, said it was a bet and left without incident. The woman said her ex-husband had been harassing her for the past several months and she is in the process of getting an order of protection.

June 20
• During a traffic stop on I-25 about 7:38 p.m., a deputy determined a Polvadera Heights man had two warrants for his arrest. The man was also issued citations for driving on a suspended or revoked license and having no proof of insurance.
• A deputy was dispatched to the Walmart parking lot about 10:57 p.m. to investigate an accident that had reportedly occurred on I-25. A Socorro woman said she saw a semi swerving in the right lane as it was driving south. She slowed down to allow it to pass her, and it side-swiped her vehicle. The officer then spoke to the semi driver, a Colorado Springs, Colo., man, who said the passenger car was swerving in its lane and he heard a thump as he passed. The semi driver said he pulled off the freeway to check for damage and didn’t find any, so he continued to Socorro after seeing the passenger car continue south. Both vehicles showed signs of contact. No fault was found due to conflicting stories.

June 21
• A deputy was dispatched to a crash on state Road 116. A Belen man was traveling on Road 116 and turned on Onesima Road, Abeytas, without using a turn signal. A Socorro woman was traveling about 60 mph when she went to pass the man, and the vehicles collided. No injuries were reported but both drivers were cited.
• A deputy met with a Socorro woman at the DWI compliance office. The Adult Probation Office had issued an order for her arrest. She was transported to jail.

June 25
• A Socorro man reported someone was stealing electricity from his rental on Padilla Place and had damaged the electrical box.
• A Magdalena woman sent an email to a deputy reporting animal cruelty. The deputy went to the residence of the suspect, another Magdalena woman, and examined and photographed each animal. The deputy determined the information was unfounded and no further investigation was necessary. The second Magdalena woman said the first had reported her numerous times to three different law enforcement agencies for animal cruelty. She believed the first woman was reporting her to cause her stress. No enforcement action was taken with either woman.

June 26
• A deputy responded to a traffic crash on I-25 about 11:45 a.m. The driver, a Las Cruces woman, said her tire blew out, causing her to lose control. The vehicle rolled over and was on its top when the deputy arrived on scene. The driver was taken to the hospital.
• A deputy met with a Veguita woman on Helena Road. She said she was asleep when her son walked into her room yelling and pointed a gun at her. She was able to calm him down, then ran out the back door with her children. The yelling son was arrested.

June 27
• A deputy met with a Socorro woman at her home. The woman said she had gone to Walmart and believed someone took her purse after she had opened it to pay for items. The deputy reviewed Walmart’s surveillance video but the woman never comes into view of the camera.
• A deputy was dispatched to Lemitar on the report of abandonment of children. The deputy met with the mother of the children, who said she had not left her children alone for three days as another woman had reported. The deputy advised the Lemitar woman a report of his visit would be filed with the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

June 28
• A deputy assisted two Albuquerque Police Department officers who stopped a Texas woman for speeding on U.S. Highway 60. The woman gave consent to search her vehicle. Officers found 8 pounds of marijuana in a sleeping bag cover in the back of the vehicle. The woman was arrested.
• A Magdalena woman reported she decided to walk to her parents’ house after arguing with her boyfriend. The boyfriend, a Magdalena man, followed her in his car and tried to run her over. He then stopped and forced the woman into his car, then drove to his parents’ house where he pulled her out and started hitting her. Eventually he choked her over a garbage can. She then ran to a neighbor’s home, yelling for help. The boyfriend followed, trying to make her leave. The neighbor told him to leave but he returned with his brother, and the two threw things at the neighbor and the woman. The woman said her boyfriend threatened to get a shotgun to make her leave the neighbor’s house. The boyfriend was arrested by the Magdalena Marshal’s Office.

June 29
• A Polvadera woman reported the windows had been broken out of two of her RVs. There were no suspects as of the time of the report.

June 30
• A Luis Lopez woman reported two pit bull dogs were killing her chickens, geese and ducks. The birds were in a secured enclosure, and the dogs had to work to get in. The deputy saw the dogs in the enclosure with the dead fowl. The deputy shot the dogs with his service weapon. The dogs’ owner was not at home at the time of the incident.
• A deputy providing security at District Court arrested a San Acacia man on the judge’s order.
• A San Antonio man reported damage to the rear bumper of his vehicle. He said someone may have backed into his vehicle, but didn’t know when. The deputy took the man’s report but told him the claims could not be confirmed or verified.

July 2
• A deputy was dispatched to Veguita about 5:20 p.m. regarding a traffic accident. On arrival, the deputy saw a semi trailer detached from the cab, sitting on Highway 304 blocking the road. The driver said he had personally checked the trailer was properly connected before driving the semi, and it appeared locked in place. He was cited for having an unsecured load and the trailer was removed by its owner.
• A Pueblitos man reported that on June 8 or 9, he was confronted in the Walmart parking lot by a Socorro man who said, “We are going to get you.” He told the man, “Whenever you are ready.” Both men then left the parking lot. The Pueblitos man said he saw the Socorro man in the Subway parking lot and the Socorro man’s father in the old Shirley’s parking lot. The Socorro man’s father then drove south on California Street and was stopped by the Socorro Police Department. The Pueblitos man said he took that opportunity to leave the area and go home.

July 5
• A deputy conducted a traffic stop about 9:10 p.m. in Las Nutrias. The driver, a Veguita man, said he did not have a valid driver’s license. When the deputy met with the passenger, a Roswell man, the deputy noticed a glass pipe with a crystallized substance on the floor in the truck. The deputy asked the Roswell man to step out and checked the man for weapons. The driver gave consent for the deputy to search the vehicle. Nothing else was found. The driver was cited and the passenger was arrested.

July 6
• A deputy was dispatched to Chaparral Drive in Socorro about 7:23 p.m. to take a report of a hit-and-run crash. A Socorro man said when he returned home from John Brooks Supermart, he noticced damage to his vehicle that was not there before he went to the store. The deputy was unable to find any witnesses to the crash in the parking lot.

July 7
• The county misdemeanor compliance office reported a Lemitar man may have violated his probation. The deputy met with the man, who agreed to a drug test to be administered by the compliance office. The man tested positive for controlled substances and alcoholic beverages. He was arrested and jailed.
• A deputy was dispatched to assist the Children, Youth and Families Department. The deputy and CYFD employee contacted a Veguita woman regarding allegations of child abuse or neglect. An inspection revealed the woman’s residence was a hazard to the child. The child was taken into CYFD custody and the woman was served with a notice of parent physical custody and a statement of reasonable grounds.

July 8
• A deputy was dispatched to a traffic crash on I-25 involving another deputy. The driver said he was going to a domestic disturbance in progress and his vehicle hydroplaned due to the rain. The driver crashed into the guard rail rather than another vehicle that was traveling alongside in the other lane.

July 9
• An Alamo man reported he had called Socorro Electric Cooperative to re-establish electrical service. A co-op employee came to his home and said the man would have to pay an additional $200. The man believed the employee was attempting to get $200 from him. The employee had told the man someone had jumped the electrical connection and had been stealing electricity. The deputy spoke to co-op staff and determined a report about the stolen electricity had been submitted. Co-op policy is that the property owner must pay $200 to re-establish an account where electricity had been stolen. The investigation revealed the co-op employee was not soliciting a bribe from the Alamo man.

July 10
• A deputy conducted a traffic stop on county Road 91 about 4:53 p.m. The deputy smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver, a Socorro man. Another deputy was called for assistance and administered a field sobriety test, which the driver failed. He was arrested and refused any testing, and was booked into jail.

July 12
• A Veguita man reported that sometime between July 8 and July 12, someone stole hay from his property. He said he recently cut hay and stacked it near his barn to feed his cows. He believed someone was walking across his field and stealing the hay. The deputy was unable to identify any footprints or tire impressions that would indicate someone had come there and walked away with the man’s hay. The man also said he believes he is the victim of identity theft and has closed all his bank accounts. He said he has received correspondence and telephone calls from various credit and loan companies, including Lifelock, leading him to believe his identity has been stolen.