The Blotter (12/5/2013)


Socorro County
Sheriff’s Department

March 29
• 5:19 p.m. — A deputy conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 25. As the deputy approached the vehicle he saw a person moving around in the back seat. The vehicle smelled like marijuana and the deputy asked the driver, a Los Lunas man, for permission to search the vehicle. A search revealed a small amount of marijuana and a small amount of powdered cocaine. None of the vehicle occupants would admit to ownership of the drugs, which were seized and entered into evidence at SCSD.

June 15
• 10 a.m. — A San Antonio man reported someone had painted some of his fence with orange, red and green spray paint. The man said earlier in the day he had seen an older model white Dodge pickup with a gray stripe on the side. The deputy was unable to locate the pickup described.

June 28
• A San Antonio woman reported her grandson had stolen an amplifier from her residence. She said he then sold it to Legal Tender Mercantile in Socorro. The deputy filed charges of residential burglary, larceny and receiving stolen property.

July 21
• 1 p.m. — A deputy responded to a traffic crash on Northeast Frontage Road by San Acacia. A motorcyclist said he was driving down Frontage Road when a vehicle swerved into his lane because the other driver was looking at a trailer on the roadside. This caused the motorcyclist to go off the road, laying his bike down. No injuries were reported.

July 24
• 10 a.m. — A Veguita couple saw a Veguita woman chasing their horse with her pickup truck. The couple said their friend had called asking if their horse was in its corral. The horse was not, but the man said he could put the horse up. The man said the caller told him the Veguita woman wanted to let her dogs out and wanted the couple’s horse put up. The man said before he could go outside and drive the quarter mile to get the couple’s horse, he saw the Veguita woman in her gold Ford Ranger chasing the horse and bumping into its hind legs. The Veguita woman was cited into court for animal cruelty.

July 25
• 8:10 a.m. — While assisting the misdemeanor compliance office, a deputy found a Socorro man had an outstanding arrest warrant. The deputy arrested the man.

July 29
• 2:07 p.m. — A deputy met with a T-Mobile representative at a tower site near Highway 60 in Veguita. The deputy investigated and found the front entry gate had been breached and the tower site entered. Numerous wires had been cut and backup batteries removed from the facility.
• 3 p.m. — A La Joya man reported he had a video of a Veguita woman chasing a bull with her gold truck. The bull chaser was the same woman reported for chasing a horse in her truck July 24. The man said he blocked the woman from chasing the bull. The woman is known for chasing animals with her truck. On Aug. 1, the man reported one of his bulls had been killed. The bull had a broken leg. It is unknown if the woman killed the bull.

Aug. 1
• 4 p.m. — A deputy responded to a traffic crash near mile post 65 on U.S. Highway 60. The driver, a Las Cruces man, said he was driving east when a large amount of hail came through. He hit a patch of hail and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to leave the highway and lose its trailer. The trailer rolled over, damaging the ATV in the back.

Aug. 10
• 6:40 p.m. — A deputy assisting the misdemeanor compliance office with house checks found a Socorro man with a valid warrant. The man was arrested and taken to jail.

Aug. 18
• An Albuquerque man reported he sold a Bernardo property to a couple in 2008. Due to their nonpayment, the property reverted back to the Albuquerque man’s ownership Aug. 1. The man said when he inspected the residence Aug. 18, he found the well pressure tank and the hot water tank missing. Also, the front door had been forced open and the screen door had been removed from the back door.

Aug. 27
• A Polvadera woman reported she had been the victim of battery by a Socorro man. At the time of the man’s release from jail, he was ordered not to have any contact with the woman. Divorce papers also ordered no contact between the parties. The woman showed text messages from the man that were sent after he was released from jail. In addition, the woman said sometime between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., someone removed from her property a small tractor and a Craftsman lawnmower. She thought her ex-husband had taken the items. The man denied taking the items from the woman’s property.
• A deputy was flagged down on the road by a woman who reported someone was in her residence on Spring Street. The deputy then met with the property owner, who said all the doors were locked but someone was in the residence. The deputy went inside and encountered a Socorro man, who admitted he had been staying in the residence for a couple days and had removed several items. He had pawned some items and sold others to friends. He was arrested and jailed.

Aug. 29
• A Polvadera man reported someone had been driving a four-wheeler along his fenceline spraying his trees, which were dying. He said two of his chickens died as well. He suspected his neighbor, but did not want the deputy to speak to the neighbor because the neighbors have had difficulty in the past and the Polvadera man did not want more trouble. He said he just wanted to document what was happening.

Aug. 30
• 3:30 a.m. — A deputy ws dispatched to a rest area on U.S. Highway 380 where an Acoma woman reported she and a passenger were sleeping in their vehicle when they were struck from behind by another vehicle. The damage was minor; their rear bumper was dented. The driver of the other vehicle, an Alamogordo woman, said she and her passenger were sleeping in her pickup after attending the Socorro County Fair. She said she woke up when her vehicle bumped into the Acoma woman’s vehicle. She said her pickup somehow slipped out of park and rolled a short distance into the other vehicle. No damage was found on the pickup.
• 7:01 p.m. — A deputy observed a Los Lunas man loading large rocks into the back of his pickup by Escondida Lake. The deputy told the man the rocks belong to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which the man disputed even while unloading the rocks. The deputy told the man criminal charges may be filed according to the wishes of the Bureau of Reclamation.

Aug. 31
• 11:48 p.m. — A deputy met with a Socorro man who said he arrived home to find his back door open. He always closes and locks the doors when he leaves. He believed someone had been inside his home but nothing was missing. The deputy found no evidence that the residence had been entered.

Sept. 1
• 6:44 p.m. — A deputy saw a vehicle that had rolled over and stopped upright at the bottom of the San Acacia southbound on-ramp of Interstate 25. The deputy determined the vehicle had been going south on the interstate when it exited, traveled through the stop sign at Alamillo Road, then drove onto the southbound on-ramp over the curb and rolled down the steep embankment, coming to rest next to the freeway. An Albuquerque man was arrested.
• A deputy ws dispatched to La Joya regarding a neighborhood dispute. The officer encountered an intoxicated La Joya man on the scene, and asked the man to leave his neighbor’s residence and not return. The drunk said he would do so and left, and the deputy left. The deputy was called back a few minutes later and found the drunk back at his neighbor’s house. The deputy arrested the drunk for criminal trespass.
• A Socorro man reported his wallet had been stolen from his pocket while he was at a concert at Isleta Casino in Valencia County. The man said his debit card had been used at several places in Albuquerque. He reported his total loss at $274.41.

Sept. 3
• 4:40 p.m. — A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office was informed a Socorro man had an outstanding arrest warrant. The man was arrested and jailed.

Sept. 4
• 2:10 p.m. — A 7th Judicial District judge ordered a man served with a minute order directing the man be subject to a 60-day diagnostic evaluation. The man was jailed pending transport to the New Mexico Department of Corrections in Los Lunas.

Sept. 5
• 5:18 p.m. — A deputy stopped a Socorro man by South California and Sixth streets for driving a vehicle without a license plate. The deputy found there was an outstanding arrest warrant for the man. He was also driving with a suspended driver’s license, and his vehicle was unregistered and not insured. The man was arrested and the vehicle towed.
• 7:32 p.m. — A deputy stopped a Socorro man on Interstate 25 and found the man’s license had been suspended for a previous DWI conviction. He was arrested and jailed.

Sept. 6
• 8:56 p.m. — A deputy responded to a traffic crash on Interstate 25 near mile marker 159. A Las Cruces man said he was traveling north and did not see a slower moving vehicle in front of him. He swerved to miss the vehicle and hit the rear bumper, causing both drivers to lose control of their vehicles. They stopped facing east. The drivers moved their vehicles to the shoulder. The other driver, a Colorado woman, said she was traveling about 45-50 mph because she does not know the road. Both vehicles had been damaged and were towed from the scene.
• A Socorro man reported someone entered his residence on Park Street while he was sleeping and stole a large television and a VCR/DVD player. He said he is an alcoholic and someone may have come in while he was passed out. He was unable to provide serial numbers for the stolen property.

Sept. 7
• 3:16 p.m. — A deputy was dispatched to a crash on U.S. Highway 60. A Veguita woman reported she had been following a brown pickup carrying a load of wood when a piece fell off, striking her left outside rearview mirror. The pickup driver, a Socorro man, said the woman had been following very closely and he slowed down to allow her to pass. He saw a piece of wood fall from his pickup but did not see it strike the woman’s vehicle.
• 5 p.m. — A deputy was contacted regarding the removal of survey markers from the property of a man on Paisano Drive who had recently had his property surveyed. The man said a Tenorio Drive resident had removed the markers. The deputy met with the other man, who said he moved the markers so he could access the fields and cut hay; the markers prevented the gates to the field from opening and he did not want to run over the markers with his tractor. He intended to replace the markers when he was done. No enforcement action was taken.
• 7:15 p.m. — A Socorro man drove up to a sobriety checkpoint on state Route 1. A deputy found the man was driving on a driver’s license suspended or revoked due to a previous DWI requiring an ignition interlock on his vehicle. He was arrested and jailed without incident.

Sept. 9
• 1:45 a.m. — A deputy was dispatched to the corner of state Road 1 and Farm Market Road for a person needing a ride. The deputy met with the person, a San Antonio man, and asked for an I.D. The National Crime Information Center database check indicated there was a warrant for the man’s arrest. He was taken to jail.
• 2:38 p.m. — Deputies assisting the DWI compliance office arrested two Socorro men who had outstanding arrest warrants. They were jailed without incident.
• A Socorro man reported the license plate on his trailer either fell off or was stolen sometime between Sept. 6 and Sept. 9.

Sept. 10
• A Datil man reported the license plate from his flatbed trailer went missing sometime between Aug. 31 and Sept. 10. He travels with the trailer throughout the county.

Sept. 14
• 6:30 p.m. — A deputy was dispatched to Veguita to take a report of a dog attacking a horse. The horse owner said the dog attacked his horse and injured it. Also, he said his daughter was injured while trying to help the horse as the dog attacked, driving the horse into a barbed wire fence. The dog owner agreed to pay for care for the horse’s injuries.

Sept. 16
• A Lemitar woman reported she was arguing with her ex-boyfriend, a Socorro man, on Sept. 13. During the argument, she said he took her car keys without her permission and left her residence in her car, refusing to return it. The woman believed her car was in Magdalena but was not sure of the exact location.

Sept. 18
• A Socorro Electric Cooperative employee observed jumpers on a power pole at a residence on Highway 408. The employee said the residence had been disconnected Sept. 9, and lost revenue was estimated at $504.56, including a $250 jumper fee. The co-op refused to turn over the jumpers to the deputy so the case could be prosecuted.
• 9:15 a.m. — A Socorro woman reported she filed a harassment report in June 2012 and it was never completed, and she needed a copy for her job. She said a lady came to her home and told her she was sleeping with a man. The deputy could not confirm any harassment because the Socorro woman was not sure of the lady’s name.
• 11:30 a.m. — A Socorro man reported someone had come in through his bedroom window and stolen hydrocodone out of a large cup sometime between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
• 1:22 p.m. — A deputy was dispatched to Santa Fe Lane to check on a man who had not answered his door and had missed a medical appointment. The deputy knocked repeatedly at the door and received no response from inside the residence. The owner of the property opened the door and the resident was found deceased inside the residence. The Office of the Medical Investigator determined the man died of natural causes.

Sept. 20
• 10 a.m. — A 7th Judicial District judge ordered an Albuquerque man to be taken into custody until his next court appearance.
• 10:45 a.m. — A 7th Judicial District judge told a deputy a Socorro woman had a valid warrant. She was arrested and taken to jail.
• 4:38 p.m. — A deputy saw a Socorro woman not wearing her seat belt. The deputy pulled her over and found she was driving on a driver’s license suspended or revoked from a previous DWI arrest. She was arrested and jailed without incident.
• 5:40 p.m. — A deputy attempted to stop a vehicle speeding in La Joya, but the driver would not stop. Th driver eventually stopped near his residence in La Joya, where he was arrested for driving on a revoked driver’s license and for an arrest warrant. During a search of the man, oxycodone pills were found in his footwear and socks. Possession of narcotics charges were added to the other charges.
• 11:15 p.m. — A deputy was dispatched to Veguita to investigate a report of battery on a household member. Both husband and wife reported they had an argument, and the wife exhibited visible signs of physical abuse. The husband was arrested and jailed.

Sept. 21
• 8:47 p.m. — A deputy conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 304 saw a black car driven by a La Joya man the deputy knew may have a valid warrant. The deputy stopped the car and discovered the man had two bench warrants and a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested and jailed.

Sept. 22
• 1:50 p.m. — A deputy was dispatched to the Walking Sands Rest Area on I-25 for a motor vehicle accident. A Haslet, Texas, man reported he and his wife were sitting in their vehicle when it was struck by one driven by a Las Cruces man. The deputy interviewed the Las Cruces man, who was not responsive to questioning and seemed unaware of his surroundings. The Las Cruces man’s wife said he was driving because she was tired but that he had been recently hospitalized with stroke-like symptoms and would soon see another doctor about the symptoms. She did not want an ambulance called for the man and said they would probably stay in a Socorro hotel to rest.
• 9:40 p.m. — A Socorro man said he was driving down the road and hit a cow near Escondida and Pueblitos Road. He said he never saw the cow, and the cow could not be found after it was hit.