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Two employees of CGI Custom Grading stand by while waiting for a wrecker to upright one of the company's trucks on Camino Redondo in Placitas.

Eighteen-wheel dump truck flips on Placitas road

~Signpost Staff

Excessive speed on a twisting hillside road is being blamed for a tractor-trailer rig overturning in Placitas, according to the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigating deputy reported Jose Rubio, 51, of Rio Rancho was going too fast to make a tight left turn on Camino Redondo in Ranchos de Placitas on October 21. The truck rolled over onto its right side as the tractor and trailer, loaded with fill dirt, separated.

The deputy reported Rubio was not injured and that a small fuel leak did not pose a threat to nearby residents. The truck was on a descending grade, and there was no immediate report of how fast Rubio was going or why.

The owner of the truck, CGI Custom Grading, handled the cleanup and brought in a large wrecker to put the truck back onto the pavement.

By Signpost deadline no citations had been issued.

“Partners Against Crime” neighborhood meeting in Enchanted Hills

The Rio Rancho Police Department (RRPD) and District 3 City Councilor Cheryl Everett invite residents of Enchanted Hills to participate in a neighborhood meeting on November 2, at 7:00 p.m., in the cafeteria of Mountain View Middle School. This meeting, the first of its kind in Enchanted Hills, will include a presentation about crime prevention, statistics, and how residents can report crime in their neighborhood. Residents will also have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions to Councilor Everett and representatives from RRPD. Mountain View Middle School is at 4101 Montreal Loop NE in Rio Rancho.

These photos show Austin Hanks of Cuba before and after he cut his hair.

Missing Cuba man may be in danger

~Keith Elder, Lieutenant, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office

A Cuba man with special needs has been missing for about three months and is considered to be endangered.

Austin Hanks, 20, was last seen on July 6 in Albuquerque, although he was not reported as missing until August. Concern for his welfare relates to his autism, limited communication skills, and an inability to care for himself or find his way home.

His family says he angers easily and may need his medication, according to investigators. He may be homeless, although he has relatives in Albuquerque and could be in the Belen area, they add. Hanks is described as being 5 feet 11 inches, about 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen he was wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, and was carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information on Hanks can contact the Sandoval County Regional Dispatch Center at 891-7226 or sheriff’s investigators at 867-7529.

Michael Sare

Personal cyber security: risks and benefits of the Internet

This year marks the 13th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), which is led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) together with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting online safety and digital privacy.

Supporting the theme, “Stop—Think—Connect,” the Placitas Library is sponsoring a program describing the personal risk citizens, homeowners, and small businesses assume in using the Internet, the risk/benefit tradeoffs in doing so, and what can be done to mitigate those risks. The program will be held in the Collin Meeting Room of the Placitas Community Library on November 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will be presented by Placitas resident Michael Sare.

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