Request #19-1610

Re:  Tort Claim Notice and IPRA/Preservation Request
Date of Incident:  03/01/2019
Client:  Bernie Butterfield


To Whom It May Concern:


Please be advised that this office has been retained by Bernie Butterfield for the purpose of providing you a tort claim notice regarding injuries and damages sustained  as a result of a slip    and fall incident of 03/01/2019 at the Puerto Del Sol Golf Course. It is our understanding that the City and Golf Course have already been apprised of Mr. Butterfield's fall and the defective  condition of the sidewalk (buckled by tree roots) that caused it; photographs were taken by Golf Course personnel of the defective condition. It is also our understanding that steps have also  already been taken to begin fixing the defective   condition.


Mr. Butterfield does not desire to make a claim against you for damages at this time, but we are preserving his right to do so in the event future developments necessitate it.


This notice is timely made pursuant to the New Mexico Tort Claims Act. Specifically, failure to maintain  safe walking conditions at the Puerto Del Sol Golf  Course.


This letter also serves as an IPRA request for preservation and production of all relevant evidence and records in this case without any additions, alterations or tampering, including but not limited to the following:


  • Any and all photographs, video and audio recordings of the incident and/or the incident location, in their original format.  If there are any items involving a "loop" video recorder, please immediately take the device to a professional video or audio technician.
  • Any and all documents related to your business as it relates to this claim, including but not limited to maintenance and repair records, receipts, invoices, bills, letters, facsimiles, e-mails, financial data, bank statements, checks, and other documentation discussing or reflecting such business.
  • Any and all statements and/or reports recorded by any witness or employee, in any form that relates to the incident or incident location (whether written down, audio recorded, or notes taken by you or another).
  • Any and all documentation showing who was on duty on the date and place of incident (including but not limited to employee log sheets, time cards, payroll checks and stubs, Quickbooks or other electronic data, )


You are hereby on notice that New Mexico law and discovery rules prohibit the spoliation or alteration or destruction of evidence. See Segura v. K-Mart Corp., 2003-NMCA-013, 133 N.M. 192 and Restaurant Management Co. V. Kidde-Fenwal, Inc., 1999-NMCA- 101, 127 N.M. 708. The above items must be maintained in their original condition and not altered or destroyed in any way as litigation is pending. You must take every reasonable step to preserve the above evidence until the final resolution of this litigation.


Thank You.



Peter D. Grueninger



March 12, 2019 via mail


Parks and Recreation, Human Resources


Daniel Fabrizio






Point of Contact

Yvette Gurule

Request Published Public
March 27, 2019, 3:42pm
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Hello Mr. Fabrizio, 


All responsive documents have been made available via NextRequest. 


Please be aware, my office redacted protected personal identifier information contained in those records, pursuant to NMSA 1978, § 14-2-1(B).  My office also determined is was necessary and appropriate to redact additional information under the Inspection of Public Records Act: including NMSA 1978, § 14-2-1(A)(8) (otherwise provided by law), including but not limited to, the City of Albuquerque’s Open Records Ordinance § 2-7-6-2 (home addresses and personal phone numbers of certain City employees).


This request is now fulfilled and will be closed. 



Yvette Gurule

IPRA Specialist 

March 27, 2019, 3:42pm
Document(s) Released to Requester   Details Public
Butterfield TCN & IPRA.pdf
Butterfield Reports 3 19 19.pdf
IPRA 19-1610 check stubs & timesheets.pdf
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March 27, 2019, 3:36pm
Department Assignment Public
Added: Human Resources.
March 19, 2019, 4:06pm
Department Assignment Public
Added: Parks and Recreation.
March 12, 2019, 10:56am
Request Opened Public
Request received via mail
March 12, 2019, 9:59am