The Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newsmagazine Serving the Community since 1989

Public Safety

Placitas car crash

Workers deal with April truck crash at new road repair at Las Huertas Creek crossing in Placitas

Bernalillo Sheriff John Paul Trujillo

Bernalillo Sheriff John Paul Trujillo

Sheriff sues town of Bernalillo

Sheriff John Paul Trujillo sent a tort claim notice to the town of Bernalillo on January 5. He is pursuing a lawsuit against the town for slander, libel, defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional distress over a police report that accused him of sexual impropriety during last fall’s election campaign.
The reports hint that Trujillo was engaged in some sort of unspecified sexual contact with an unidentified female in the back seat of his unmarked SUV in the parking lot of the Bernalillo Park and Ride. Trujillo told Bernalillo police officers that he was conducting a stakeout in relation to a drug investigation. He denied at the time and at a subsequent press conference that there was a woman in his SUV.

No woman was ever identified, no charges were filed, and no law was broken, but the incident report filed by the police was released to the media, and the story made headlines the next day.

Trujillo said the alleged incident was fabricated and politically motivated. He accused the officer who made the report of working for the campaign of his Republican opponent Doug Wood.

Trujillo told the Signpost on April 19 that the case is currently in litigation and he could not comment. Bernalillo town attorney George Perez said that the claim would be handled by the Municipal League.

Crime statistics from Bernalillo Police Department—March 2007

• 93 Offense incident reports
• 16 Domestic violence (assault)
• 7 Burglaries
• 9 Thefts
• 6 Vandalism
• 6 DWI
• 82 Arrests
• 10 Domestic violence
• 3 Drug offenses
• 7 Liquor violations
• 46 Warrants
• 666 Traffic citations
• 259 Speeding
• 44 Stop sign
• 36 Suspended/revoked
• 59 No insurance
• 59 Seatbelt violations
• 36 Crash reports (accidents)
• 19 on Highway 550
• 3 on Highway 313

Ham Radio class offered

Sandoval County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (SCARES) is offering a two-day class for anyone interested in obtaining their first Amateur Radio license. The course will provide all of the information needed to pass the technician class exam. Class times are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 6. At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, volunteer examiners will be administering exams for all levels of Amateur Radio licenses. The cost of the class is $50, which includes books and the test fee. Both the class and the testing session will be held in the Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo.

Anyone not enrolled in the class but interested in taking a test is requested to contact SCARES to make arrangements. The test-only fee is $14.

With the FCC’s recent decision to change the Amateur Radio rules and regulations, knowledge of Morse code is no longer a requirement to earn a Ham Radio license.

For more information or to enroll in the class or testing session, email SCARES at or call (505) 867-7622.



Ad Rates  Back Issues  Contact Us  Front Page  Up Front  Animal News   Around Town  Classifieds Calendar Community Bits  Community Center Community Profile  Eco-Beat  Featured Artist  The Gauntlet  Community Links  Night Skies  My Wife and Times  Public Safety Sandoval Arts  Schoolbag  Time Off Uncle Duffy  Word Around Town