Six arrests in Cuba
—JOHN PAUL TRUJILLO, SHERIFF,
On November 9 members of the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office
and Adult Probation and Parole conducted monthly client inspections
in the Cuba, New Mexico, area. As a result of these inspections,
five individuals were arrested for violations of conditions of probation,
warrants for four additional persons were prepared for their respective
violations, and one individual was arrested for driving while under
the influence of intoxicating liquor/drugs and possession of a controlled
substance, to wit, cocaine.
District court offers clinic, legal forms for “do-it-yourself
More and more people are representing themselves in court proceedings,
particularly in divorce, child support, and child-custody issues.
For those who choose to represent themselves in these matters, there
is now help in Sandoval County. The Thirteenth Judicial District
Court, at the corner of Idalia Road and Highway 528, is providing
free legal forms to the public.
Not only do these forms help a self-represented or pro se person
but they help the court work more efficiently. The forms and instructions
are specifically drafted to conform to the requirements of New Mexico
law and to court procedure.
Packets currently available include legal forms for divorce, with
or without minor children, in contested or uncontested situations.
Parentage packets are also available. Couples who have minor children
together, but never married, can ask the court for help in establishing
child support, custody, and visitation through the use of these
The forms come with clear step-by-step instructions written especially
for lay people without any legal background. The instructions are
designed to inform and guide a party not only through filling out
the forms but also to educate on court procedure. For example, if
you are filing for divorce and think the mediation process might
help solve your disagreements, the instructions in the divorce packet
tell you how to request a court-appointed mediator.
Another court service for pro se litigants is the free court clinic,
held on certain Wednesdays from noon to 2:00 p m. on a walk-in basis.
Attorneys will be available to provide information and help people
through the process of completing paperwork for divorce, support,
and other matters.
Judge Violet Otero, the 13th Judicial District Court's family
law judge, has initiated a pro se docket on a monthly basis in Sandoval
County. Now, people who are representing themselves in family-law
matters appear on a expedited court calendar. On pro se docket days,
an team of people representing legal and community resources appear
in court with Judge Otero. Those team members who can best help
the parties based upon the circumstances of the case are assigned
by the judge to assist the parties in reaching a conclusion to their
The free legal-form packets are available at the clerk's office
in the courthouse. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to noon, and
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For further information about any of these
services, please contact Crystal Hyer, staff attorney, at 771-7170
Cyber Tipline available for reporting online sexual
The New Mexico Cyber Tipline, at www.NMCyberSafety.org, allows
the public to file reports with information on incidents of contact
with online sexual predators. The Web site is designed to allow
reports to be filed anonymously by parents or by young victims of
online predation. Reports will be collected by Attorney General
Patricia Madrid’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
Madrid said, “A statistic I’ve seen states that one
in five children has been sexually solicited by predators on the
Internet. From what I have seen and learned from my office’s
review of sexual predators online, I think that statistic may be
very conservative. I’ve seen for myself how quickly a child
can be contacted in an online chat room, solicited for sex, and
sent sexually explicit photos and video. If you have not seen for
yourself what happens in some chat rooms, you may find it difficult
to comprehend the sheer number of predators who seem to be lying
in wait for our young people.”
Using information from these reports, the Internet Crimes Against
Children Unit will investigate, track, and prosecute those who prey
on children via chat rooms, e-mail, and instant messaging.
New Mexico disaster-assistance team returns from
Hurricane Rita mission
The New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team that deployed
to Woodville, Texas, following Hurricane Rita, is now home, including
the ten members who remained behind through mid-October as part
of a FEMA strike force to provide additional assistance where needed
in the Gulf region.
While in Woodville, about fifty-five miles north of Beaumont—one
of the areas hardest hit by the storm—DMAT members set up
operations at the Tyler County Hospital, reopening the hospital
after it had been shut down awaiting the arrival of the hurricane.
During their stay, DMAT treated more than four hundred patients
before turning the hospital over to regular staff.
DMAT is sponsored by the UNM Department of Emergency Medicine
and includes physicians, nurses, and technicians, as well as logistics,
communications, security, pharmacy, and administrative specialists
from throughout the state.