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Junior Firefighter Hudson Corn adjusts his new hat during Placitas Appreciation Day in early June. Hudson and his mother Caitlin from Kansas were visiting her parents in Placitas.

Sandoval County firefighters and staff including Sandra Macias and Captain Pete Hansen handle cooking duties, grilling hundreds of hamburgers supplied by the Merc during Placitas Appreciation Day.
Photos credit: —Bill Diven

Burglaries in Placitas

—Allen Mills, Criminal Investigations Sergeant

Recently two vehicles were burglarized while parked at the Forest Loop parking area in Placitas. The burglaries occurred during morning hours, while the victims were hiking. Suspects broke windows and took small items of property from inside the vehicles.

Please do not leave valuables in your vehicle. As long as thieves are able to obtain valuable items as a result of targeting this area, it is likely they will hang around. Please don’t hesitate to call if you see someone that you do not feel belongs in the area. I have requested extra patrol of the area.

Always remember:

  • Be alert for any suspicious persons and/or activity.
  • Do not confront suspicious persons. Simply document as much information as you safely can (from a distance) that would aid the Sheriff’s Office in identifying suspicious persons /activity.
  • Report suspicious persons / activities to the Sheriff’s Office via the Sheriff’s non-emergency telephone number—867-4581.
  • If you know or suspect that a burglary or another crime is in progress, immediately report it to the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office by dialing 911.

Body found next to vehicle near Algodones

—Lieutenant Keith Elder, Sandoval County Police Department

Calls were received by Sandoval County Regional Dispatch of a body along I-25, north of Algodones, at about 8:45 a.m. on June 22, 2015. Arriving responders found Antony Profitt, 27, of Albuquerque unresponsive next to his 1989 Toyota 4Runner.  

Mr. Profitt had died from an apparent a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mr. Profitt apparently fashioned a device resembling a pipe bomb capable of firing a 12-gauge shotgun shell. This device was used by Mr. Profitt. The device concerned investigators that another device might be near the body and caused I-25 to be restricted to one lane of travel for several hours. The Albuquerque Police Department Bomb Unit assisted Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office Investigators cleared the scene for safe entry to continue the investigation. 

The investigators are continuing to gather more information about this incident.

County Commission issues fireworks restrictions

—Sidney Hill, Sandoval County

The Sandoval County Commission has issued a proclamation restricting the sale and use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the county through July 15, 2015.

“The spring rains did help alleviate the severe drought conditions we’ve experienced over the past several years,” Chief Maxon told the commission. “However, we still have a long way to go to be completely out of the drought.”

The Sandoval County proclamation imposes the following:

  • Bans the sale and use of missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets, and ground audible devices within the unincorporated areas of the county
  • Limits the use of ground and hand-held sparking and smoke device type fireworks to areas that are paved or barren or that have a readily accessible source of water for use by the homeowner or general public
  • Bans the use of all fireworks in all of the wild lands in the unincorporated  areas of the county
  • Bans the sale or use of display fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the county

The fireworks ban will be will be enforced by the Sandoval County Fire Marshal and the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone found in violation will be subject to arrest and penalties up to and including a three hundred dollar fine and ninety days in jail.

Donations accepted for officer memorial in Rio Rancho

The Rio Rancho Police Department has identified a number of individuals, businesses, and organizations who wish to assist with the building of a permanent memorial for Rio Rancho’s fallen officers.

To learn more or donate, contact the Rio Rancho Community Foundation at 4001 Southern Blvd, Suite B, in Rio Rancho, or call 892-1533, Ext. 202. The Rio Rancho Police Department would also like to remind everyone that donations of mementos are accepted at the Police Headquarters, located at 500 Quantum Road. Leaving the items at the Casey Headquarters Building will ensure that they are not damaged by possible inclement weather.

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