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Sandoval County Sheriff’s news

With the start of the new school year, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office is again dedicated to the safety of our children and will be conducting traffic enforcement in school zones throughout the county using its traffic-radar trailer in school zones to remind drivers of their speed. There will be zero tolerance for drivers who violate the speed limit in school zones. Penalties run from $80 to $450.

In August the DWI Saturation Patrol concentrated an operation in and around Cuba. No warnings–verbal or written—were issued. All violators were cited into magistrate court and resulted in the following twenty-five citations:

     1-DWI aggravated

     1-revoked driver’s license

     2-no drivers license

     1-suspended driver’s license

     2-no seat belt

     1-child restraint

     2-expired plate


     1-following too close.

One arrest was made for DWI -aggravated and transported to the Sandoval County Detention Center. A second operation concentrated in Bernalillo. Deputies and officers issued citations for all observed violations of the motor vehicle code. Again, all violators were cited into magistrate court. Results of this operation were thirty-two citations, as follows:


    1-open container in a motor vehicle

    1-suspended driver’s license


    2-stop sign

    2-no headlights

One person was arrested for DWI and transported to the Sandoval County Detention Center.

The Underage Drinking Enforcement Patrol is concentrating in the area of Rotary Park, parking lots, and adjoining neighborhoods to identify individuals under twenty-one years of age who are either in possession of or have consumed alcoholic beverages. The City of Bernalillo ordinances, county ordinances and state laws concerning the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public will be enforced. Of thirty-six contacts, the following violations were observed and enforcement actions taken:

    4-drinking in public

    4-citations issued


Bernalillo resident killed by train

Another pedestrian has been hit and killed by a train in Bernalillo, according to the Bernalillo Police Department.

Thomas Brackeen died shortly before 11:00 p.m. August 15 while using a popular shortcut between residences east of the tracks and businesses on the west. Police are investigating reports that Brackeen was lying on the track.

A Bernalillo High School student died in the same area in November when he was hit by Amtrak’s Southwest Chief. Two other people died there in separate incidents in recent years.

Also, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has reported no decision on closing North Farm Crossing south of Bernalillo where two teens died when the Chief struck their SUV in March. Sandia Pueblo protested the idea as a burden to farmers and wants the crossing upgraded to make it safer.


Released from death row

Juan Melendez endured the ultimate nightmare: as an innocent man sentenced to death, he spent nearly eighteen years on Florida's death row before his exoneration and release in January 2002. Hear Melendez's inspirational story of human resilience, courage, faith, and forgiveness "Innocence and the Death Penalty" on Sunday, September 7, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales. Admission is free. The event is cosponsored in part by the New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project, the New Mexico Conference of Churches, and the New Mexico Catholic Conference.


Sandoval County July statistics




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