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Sex offender arrested for failure to register address

On June 2, 2004, an arrest warrant was issued for registered sex offender, Burton Moore, for failing to comply with the Sex Offender Registration Act. Documents show that Moore initially registered with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office on June 9, 2003. Moore was convicted on March 31, 2003, for attempted Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor.

An address of 1105 26th Street in Rio Rancho was shown for Moore upon his initial registration. Investigation beginning on May 5, 2004, showed that Moore did not reside at that address and had not been living there since March of this year, and possibly since November, 2003. Further investigation revealed Burton Moore to be residing at 1766 Borealis Avenue SE, in Rio Rancho.

Upon Moore’s initial registration, he signed off on the Sex Offender Registration Guidelines acknowledging that he received a copy of the guidelines. The guidelines state that when a sex offender changes residence within the same county, they must supply written notice of the new address to the sheriff’s office within 10 days. Moore did not notify the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office of his change of residence and/or address as required. A sex offender who willfully fails to comply with the registration requirements is guilty of a fourth degree felony.

An arrest warrant was issued on June 2, 2004, and signed off by Magistrate Court Judge Mary Humphrey. Bond was set at $5,000.00 cash/surety, in state extradition only. Moore was arrested on the warrant by the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office on June 4, 2004, and booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center.


Bernalillo Cops in the Park Day: kids and cops get together

Cops and kids can get to know one other in the friendly surroundings of Bernalillo’s Rotary Park on July 23.

About fifteen public-safety agencies are scheduled to attend the annual Cops in the Park Day, according to Bernalillo Police Department dispatch supervisor Lawrence Tafoya. In addition to town officers, Tafoya said he’s expecting the SWAT team from Santa Ana Pueblo, the New Mexico State Police motorcycle unit, the Lifeguard helicopter, members of the regional gang task force, and police dogs Kasey and McGruff.

“It familiarizes kids with our agencies,” Tafoya said. “It gives them a day of getting to know what we do.”

Cops in the Park runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be food, beverages, and prizes donated by local merchants. Town employees will donate time to staff the event.


NM law enforcement awarded funding for bulletproof vests

Office of Tom Udall
U.S. Representative

Several departments in New Mexico will share $183,886 in federal funding to help purchase 1,162 bulletproof vests for their officers. Albuquerque will receive $18,299 and Sandoval County will receive $2,728 of the appropriation.

The money is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program, which awards grants to local communities of all sizes to purchase protective vests for their law-enforcement personnel. Under the program, the federal government and local jurisdictions share equally the cost of protective-vest orders, and half of the jurisdictions that apply for the grant must have less than 100,000 residents.

"Every fifty-three hours a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty. I strongly believe that when police officers are issued a badge and a gun, they should also be issued a protective vest," Udall said. "We owe it to these officers to give them the tools they need to do their jobs and protect themselves from the risks they face to serve our communities."

According to the Department of Justice, bullet-resistant materials helped save the lives of more than 2,749 officers between 1985 and 2003.




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