—JOHN PAUL TRUJILLO, SHERIFF,
• On December 28, at approximately 2104 hours, the Sandoval
County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the Rio Puerco
off Southern Boulevard in reference to persons who had been four-wheeling
and were now lost. Initially, three male adults, along with a male
minor child, were out four-wheeling in a pickup truck. When the
pickup became inoperable, they all started to walk out of the Puerco.
A sister of one of the individuals received a telephone call and
after notifying authorities, responded to the area, tried to locate
the persons, and herself became lost.
Sandoval deputies responded to the area, which
was under heavy winter-storm conditions, and began the search. The
three adult males and the one minor male were located. The minor
was suffering from early stages of hypothermia and was transported
to Presbyterian Hospital, in Rio Rancho, for further treatment and
monitoring. The sister, too, was located, after being instructed
via cellular telephone to dial 911 and stay on the line until the
corresponding GPS coordinates could be established. She was subsequently
located and found to be in good health.
As the sheriff of Sandoval County, I ask those
who may get caught in a winter snowstorm and become lost or disoriented
in their surroundings to stay where you are, if at all possible.
If you have a cellular phone, dial 911. This will allow the dispatcher
to isolate the GPS coordinates from the cellular telephone as to
your location. Once the communications center has these coordinates,
they can be passed on to the deputies in the field. A deputy can
then enter the coordinates into the on-board computer system and
subsequently find you.
• On January 8, at 1045 hours, a Peña Blanca man was
arrested at his residence by Sandoval County sheriff’s deputies.
Information was relayed to the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office
from the Albuquerque Police Department Crime Stoppers that he had
an outstanding felony warrant for failing to pay child support.
A felony warrant was confirmed to be active out of Sandoval County
District Court for contempt on child-support issues. The man was
taken into custody and booked into the Sandoval County Detention
Center without incident.
To Placitas, Bernalillo residents: fire volunteers
—BUD BRINKERHOFF, CHIEF, PLACITAS VOLUNTEER FIRE
Twice a year the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade holds a recruitment
drive to provide additional volunteers to serve as fire-and-rescue
personnel for the greater Placitas region. The brigade responds
to more than four hundred fire-and-rescue calls per year. We provide
primary response to the Placitas area and mutual aid to Bernalillo,
Rio Rancho, Algodones, and the Indian pueblos to the south, west,
and north of Placitas. As a member of the brigade, you will be provided
with the best opportunity to help your friends and neighbors during
their most difficult times.
The Placitas Brigade offers recruit classes in April and October
of each year and we’re beginning the process for our spring
class. No prior experience is necessary, as we provide full training,
beginning with a recruit entry-level course. This course prepares
new members with the basic training to participate safely, effectively,
and helpfully on emergency scenes. The course runs for approximately
forty hours and includes training in CPR, the incident-command structure,
hazardous-materials awareness, and radio and equipment familiarization,
as well as tours of the district and the dispatch center. The course
is held at the main station on weeknights and weekends to accommodate
those with a working schedule and concludes with a scenario training
with other responding members. New recruits will be provided all
necessary protective clothing, radios, and pagers for communication
effectiveness. All training and equipment is paid for and provided
by the Placitas Brigade.
If you are interested in this opportunity to make a valuable contribution
to your community, call John Wolf, 771-3788, for more information
and to sign up for a one-hour prospective-member session giving
more details on what it means to be a responding member of the Placitas
Volunteer Fire Brigade.
New members at PVFB
—BUD BRINKERHOFF, CHIEF, PLACITAS VOLUNTEER FIRE
The Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade would like to introduce the
newest members of the department: Andria Serrano, Michael Weinberg,
Matthew Montoy and Ryan Faltys. Congratulations for completing the
training, which included participating in a scenario, to become
active members effective November 16. A special thanks goes to Dan
Shaw, a longtime member, for his continuing efforts in coordinating
and facilitating the recruit training program.
In an effort to continue to provide the best service to our community,
many members continue their training with classes in fire fighting
and EMS. Nine members—Bud Lolli, Jill Lolli, Corey Wright,
Alejandro Gurule, Armando Gurule, Eric Perez, Kenda Huntley, Tom
Hansen, and Evie Bennett—are currently in training for Firefighter
1 classification. These members along with the members who are already
Firefighter 1 will provide Placitas with the largest number of trained
Firefighters in the Brigade's history. Carmen Marcolina recently
completed the course work and passed the state test to become an
Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician, adding to the number
of trained Emergency Medical Services personnel in the brigade.
Two other members, Evie Bennett and Nancy Roope, have completed
their class and are readying themselves for the State Boards to
become Emergency Medical Technicians.
Training and preparation for emergencies is an important part
of our commitment to the community. Another part of being a member
of the brigade is the opportunity to meet and interact with the
residents of Placitas, in non-emergency situations. The Placitas
Holiday Sale gave us the opportunity to set up a booth at the winery
to meet residents. Members were on hand to talk about fire safety,
provide reflective house numbers, recruit new members, and answer
questions. Evie Bennett is the brigade’s community liaison,
arranging for the brigade to participate in our community activities.
You may contact her at 771-8018.
NAMI provides free mental-illness support
National Alliance on Mental Illness is a volunteer-run organization
providing education and support for people with mental illness and
their families. It meets on the first Wednesday of the month at
10:00 a.m. and on the third and fourth Tuesdays of the month at
7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road,
Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. For more information,
The National Alliance on Mental Illness also offers Family-to-Family,
a twelve-week course for people who have just been diagnosed with
a mental illness and their family members. The next course starts
March 6 at First Baptist Church, in Rio Rancho. For information,
call Deborah Ryan, at 249-4976.
Presentations by individuals diagnosed with a mental illness are
highlighted in the In Our Own Voice program, which covers personal
experience, treatment options, and strategies for coping with everyday
life. To schedule a presentation, call the NAMI office in Albuquerque,
All services are free. For more information, call 260-0154 or
Haven House looking for sponsors for motorcycle
Haven House, the domestic-violence shelter of Sandoval County,
is looking for sponsors for its second annual Run for Shelter motorcycle
rally, on April 21. Sponsorship levels run from $5,000 for hogs,
$1,000 for choppers, and $500 for scooters.
The Run for Shelter chair, Rio Rancho Sergeant Roberta Radosevich,
is calling for Rio Rancho and Sandoval County businesses to support
the county’s only domestic-violence agency, which serves an
estimated population of close to ninety thousand.
Sponsors will be recognized in all event publicity, and hogs (Lovelace
Westside Hospital is the lead hog) will be awarded special recognition.
For more information on sponsorship, contact Radosevich, at 891-5963,
or Haven House executive director Diane Torrance, at 896-4869.
The motorcycle run kicks off National Crime Victims’ Rights
Week and hopes to increase domestic-violence awareness, in addition
to raising funds for Haven House. This year’s run will begin
at the new Santa Ana Star Center and end at the Lovelace’s
Westside Hospital Health Fair, where refreshments and entertainment
will be provided. Last year’s rally attracted riders such
as Kevin Jackson, mayor of Rio Rancho; Gary Kanin, former mayor
of Corrales; Steve Shaw, former deputy chief of Rio Rancho Department
of Public Safety; Sergeant Radosevich and her husband, Robert Radosevich,
former Rio Rancho City councilman. Chief Boone, from Rio Rancho
Department of Public Safety, was at the finish line to show his
support for the Run for Shelter.
“We are asking Rio Rancho and Sandoval County businesses
to help Haven House by lending their support to the event,”
Radosevich said. “We need several hogs to step up to the plate
and loads of support from choppers and scooters.”