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ResilientPlacitas hosts Placitas Community  Emergency Preparedness Forum III

—Cosmos Dohner

If you were not at our second forum on August 13 at the Placitas Volunteer Fire Department, 463 NM-165, you still can find out about:

  • The amount of food and water to have on hand as a precaution in the event of a disaster of some kind.
  • The 72-hour backpack.
  • The communication network that will still be on air when the Internet and telephone and electricity are down.
  • Preparations to thin the forest above Placitas Village to prevent downward movement of a fire.
  • Alternate emergency routes for getting into and out of Placitas in the event NM-165 is impassable.
  • Designated shelters for you and your animals if you have to leave your home in an emergency.

The public is invited to bring your questions to Resilient Placitas Community Emergency Preparedness Forum III on Saturday morning, November 12, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the Placitas Volunteer Fire Department Station 43, District 4, located at 10 Petroglyph Trail (one block east of I-25 East Frontage Road and one mile north of NM-165). A $5 donation is suggested.

Invited to present: Placitas Chamber of Commerce, Placitas Homeowners Associations, American Red Cross, Baptist Convention, Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association, Diamondtail Preparedness Committee, Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service, Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club, Sandoval County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Amateur Radio Relay League, U.S. Forest Service-Sandia and Jemez Districts, Valles Caldera Preserve, New Mexico State Forestry Division-Firewise Program, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, New Mexico Gas Company, PNM Electric and Gas, Sandoval County Geographic Information Systems, Sandoval County Fire Department, Sandoval County Emergency Management Communications, Sandoval County Sheriff Office, Sandoval County Animal Control, Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade, State Farm Insurance, Farmers Insurance Group, Farm Bureau Insurance, and Simtable of Santa Fe (3D interactive forest fire simulator)

If you plan to attend on November 12, RSVP Cosmos M’Presario at (505) 217-9384 or

ResilientPlacitas promotes educational activities to ensure that Placitas retains its quality of life, safety, and security.

Driver in car crash arrested for eighth DWI

—Lieutenant Keith Elder, Sandoval County Sheriff's Office

Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash that occurred on US 550 near mp 26 in San Ysidro, New Mexico. One driver was arrested for the eighth time on DWI and charged with other traffic misdemeanors.

On October 18, 2011, George Toledo Jr. 46 of Cuba was driving a 1991 Chevrolet pickup west bound on US 550 when the truck was hit in the rear by a Ford four-door car driven by Ashley Borneman 31 from El Paso, Texas. George Toledo had two other passengers in the pickup Cecil Mace 56, and Timothy Peshlakai 44 both from Cuba. The passengers from the pickup were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Ashley was traveling alone and was treated for minor injuries. No one was taken to the hospital.

Toledo’s pick up was struck from behind while he was west bound on US 550. The investigation shows that Toledo did not have any visible tail lights at the time of the collision, and was traveling in the left traffic lane at a speed slower than the posted speed. Both vehicles suffered moderate damage and were towed from the scene.

Deputies investigate domestic battery victim

—Sergeant Jessica Mascarenas

Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a domestic dispute that turned violent during the late morning on October 4. Deputies were called to the 1300 block of Hwy 313 in Algodones to investigate a domestic dispute that resulted in the stabbing of a female victim. The suspect was identified as her boyfriend Paul Urioste, 28.

The domestic dispute turned violent when the victim was stabbed in the abdomen by Paul Urioste. According to reports from the victim, Paul fired a single gunshot inside the residence. The information about the gun used to fire the shot is not immediately known. Paul kept the victim from leaving and made statements to her that he would shoot at the officers if they approached the house. He also said that he wanted to commit suicide by cop.

The victim made her way to a secure area of the house away from the suspect. The suspect left the residence with the help of an associate. He was identified as the suspect and passenger in the same vehicle that was seen parked at the house when deputies arrived. Paul Urioste was taken into custody without further incident when they drove to a roadblock manned by a deputy.

The victim was transported to UNMH by ambulance. Her injuries were not listed as life threatening.

The investigation into the domestic battery is continuing.





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