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Motorist calls for assist, gets arrested for possession

John Paul Trujillo

On September 29 deputies with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for a motorist assist on Interstate-25. The calling party stated he had run out of fuel and needed assistance. Upon arrival, deputies observed the driver, identified as Robert Hultz, to be acting suspiciously, and he appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant.

Deputies obtained consent to search the vehicle. Deputies located a spoon, which contained a white powder residue, several syringes, and a green shirt that was covered with a white powder. The powder was field tested and was positive for cocaine.

A sergeant with the sheriff’s office also responded and located approximately eight grams of cocaine and five used syringes under the hood of the vehicle. Deputies then discovered that the vehicle was equipped with a police siren and strobe lights.

Robert Hultz was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety. The case is under investigation.


Santa Ana wins international award for community policing

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and ITT Industries selected five agencies from 135 entries worldwide to receive the 2004 Community Policing Award. For the first time, three agencies were recognized for their efforts in community policing and homeland security.

This year the awards committee created a special recognition award within the Homeland Security category, and this award acknowledged the efforts of the Santa Ana Tribal Police, Pueblo of Santa Ana New Mexico, along with the Cobb County, Georgia, Department of Public Safety, and the District Police of Abiladad, Andhrapradesh, India.

The honorees demonstrated in their programs how community-policing philosophy and practices are integral in terrorism prevention and response. Through involvement, awareness, and action, these agencies and communities moved another step closer to winning the war on terror and crime. As Chief John Foster of the Pueblo of Santa Ana Police Department stated, “these steps are only possible through active and positive involvement by law enforcement, other tribal entities, community members, and business partners.”

A judging panel of police chiefs and law enforcement officials reviewed more than 135 entries from the United States and twelve international entries. Award winners will be honored at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference, to be held in Los Angeles in November.


Flu vaccine in short supply

The New Mexico Department of Health has learned that it will be receiving up to thirty-five thousand doses of flu vaccine due to a reallocation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Despite the allotment, the state is still severely short of the vaccine needed to cover its high-risk population. The department is considering options for assuring the vaccine is distributed fairly throughout the state and reaches the most vulnerable populations. The vaccine may not be available for several weeks.

“At this point, there is no flu in New Mexico. We still need to be very careful with how this vaccine is distributed by keeping the focus on those individuals at the highest risk for developing complications from the flu,” said health secretary designate Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Because of the vaccine shortage it is even more important this year that people take steps to avoid spreading and catching the flu. The department recommends the following steps:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze—and dispose of the tissue afterward. If you don't have a tissue, cover your mouth and nose with your hands. Clean your hands after you cough or sneeze, even if you use a tissue. Use soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • If you get the flu, avoid exposing others. Stay home from work, school, stores, and other public places.
  • Wash your hands and your children's hands frequently, especially after contact with other people.
  • Maintain healthy behaviors: get plenty of sleep, eat a well-balanced diet, and reduce stress levels.

In addition, individuals sixty-five or over or with chronic health conditions are encouraged to get a pneumonia vaccine shot if they have not had one in the past. One of the most frequent complications of influenza is pneumonia. In order to reduce the possibility of serious illness due to pneumonia, the department has ordered twenty thousand doses of pneumonia vaccine.

For more information on the flu season, visit the New Mexico Department of Health’s Web site at,, or the New Mexico Medical Review Association, at 1-866-358-8990 or

The Bernalillo and Rio Rancho public health offices will be closed from November 10 to November 22 while moving to their new location at NM 528 and Idalia Road. Staff will be checking messages left at 867-2981 and 892-0990. The voice mail will contain information about flu vaccine.




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