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  • Plague found in pets in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE (AP) — Police are warning that plague has been confirmed in some pets in Santa Fe.

    The Santa Fe Police Department issued a warning, saying there may have been exposure at the Frank Ortiz Dog Park and La Tierra Trails.

    Police say plague can be fatal to both pets and humans if not properly diagnosed and treated. It can be spread through fleas and contact with infected animals such as rodents, rabbits and cats.

    Symptoms of plague include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, weakness and sometimes tender and swollen lymph nodes in the groin, armpit or neck.

  • US Navy Secretary to visit University of New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is slated to visit the University of New Mexico and tour a laboratory on campus.

    School officials say Mabus is scheduled on Tuesday to tour the university's Center for Emerging Energy Technologies and give brief remarks on leadership.

    The presentation will include an opportunity for students to meet Mabus and ask questions.

    Mabus is the 75th U.S. Secretary of the Navy and the longest to serve as a leader of the Navy and Marine Corps since World War I.

  • Mendanales woman arrested for drug possession

    Police recently arrested a 41-year-old Medanales woman in December for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia and several other crimes in the course of helping two other males allegedly commit a larceny.
    According to court documents, police encountered the suspect, Jeannie Martinez, and two males in a white Ford Mustang on East Road shortly after the two males allegedly stole  computer tablets.
    Martinez was allegedly driving the vehicle. When police checked the license plate, they traced the plate to a brown Saturn car, not a Ford Mustang. They also noted that the registration sticker had been altered.
    “I also notified her that the registration sticker on the plate had been altered and then showered her that the expiration date on the sticker had been written over several times to make the registration appear to be current,” said one officer in his report.
    A search of the vehicle recovered nine needles, (allegedly found in Martinez’ purse), and a small tin that appeared to have “black tar” heroin residue on the inside. Other needles were found inside the car that weren’t part of the original pack officers recovered allegedly from Martinez’ purse.

  • Woman booked for smuggling heroin into detention center

    Police was recently arrested a 30-year-old Santa Fe woman for trying to smuggle heroin into the Los Alamos County Detention Center, where she was being transferred.
    The arrested took place Dec. 9. Kayla Gomez was being transferred from the Santa Fe County Detention facility for a probation violation.
    According to officers, Gomez was told several times if she had any drugs on her before they transported her to the LACDC. Upon being searched before entering the jail, officers allegedly recovered a plastic bag containing a “brown rock-like object” in one of her shoes.  
    “I then spoke with Gomez and asked her what the object was and why she had it,” said an officer in court documents. “Gomez told me that the object was heroin and that she deliberated attempted to conceal the object and lied about possessing it because she is a heroin addict.
    In February of 2015, Gomez was convicted in Los Alamos District Court of possession of a controlled substance.
    If convicted of her probation violation, Gomez could face up to 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

  • Mill levy elections update from county clerk: 13,047 ballots mailed

    For the upcoming Los Alamos Public Schools special slection, 13,047 ballots were mailed to registered voters to the address on file with the county clerk on Jan. 5. The county clerk’s office has received 1,825 returned ballot envelopes, 747 undeliverable ballots and four unsigned ballots.
    Of the 747 undeliverable ballots, there were 90, which provided a forwarding address within Los Alamos County. Those 90 registrants were sent a special notice to update their voter record and are requested to personally walk into the office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day in order for the office to issue a replacement ballot.  
    There were  also 160 undeliverable ballots with an address outside the county, those registrants will receive a notice to complete the state issued form to cancel their registration in Los Alamos.  
    The remaining undeliverable envelopes have no forwarding address on file with the United States Postal Service, and will remain on the voter rolls until the registrant contacts the clerk’s office for a voter cancellation form; re-register in another jurisdiction; or be removed by state law via the purge process.
    There is time to submit a ballot, hand deliver or mail in ballots, to the county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. Jan. 26. 

  • Police Beat 1-15-13

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Jan. 1
    1:39 a.m. — Cory Kershner, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct (profane, loud boisterous) at Canyon Drive.

    10:38 a.m. — Police reported that a 51-year-old Ranchos de Taos woman was the victim of a car accident with no injuries at the intersection of DP Road and Trinity Drive.

    10 p.m. — A 15-year-old Los Alamos female was reported for running away from a home at Jemez Road.

    Jan. 3
    1:57 p.m  — A 21-year-old Alcalde person was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Trinity Drive.

    11:50 p.m. — James Downs, 20, of Los Alamos was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) at the intersection of 42nd Street and Sandia Drive.

    Jan. 4
    12:15 p.m. — Kyu Kim, 73, of Los Alamos was arrested on suspicion of battery against a household member at Pruitt Avenue.

  • On the Docket 1-15-16

    Jan. 5
    Linda Saisa pled no contest in  the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (.08 or above, first offense) Defendant must pay $241 in court costs. Defendant must also spend 90 days in the Los Alamos Detention Center, all suspended. Defendant must also perform 24 hours of community service and must undergo 364 days of supervised probation.
     Conditions of probation include: Reporting to a probation officer every week, Defendant must pay a monthly probation fee to the Los Alamos Municipal Court. Defendant must complete 24 hours of community service within 90 days of entry and judgement of the sentence. The defendant must participate in alcohol education classes or treatment to be determined on the results of an alcohol use assessment. Assessment must be completed within 30 days of judgement and sentencing. Defendant must pay for and complete DWI School within 90 days of judgement and sentence. The defendant shall enter participate in and successfully complete the Victim Impact program within 90 days.

  • Burgess gives 2015 annual report

    Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess presented his 2015 Annual Report at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Thursday.
    Burgess updated the business community on progress toward achieving the county council’s strategic goals for Economic Development, Quality of Life and Quality Government.
    The first steps toward creating the Manhattan Project National Historical Park topped Burgess’ list for economic development, as well as the impact of having three national parks in close proximity. The Valles Caldera National Preserve was also elevated to national park status last year, and Bandelier National Monument and the National Park Service both celebrate their 100-year anniversaries this year.
    “All three of these park service units here, within or directly adjacent to Los Alamos County, should be a great draw, and we’re trying to capitalize on that tourism prospect as we move forward,” Burgess said.
    “This should bode well as we try to attract people to our community and diversify our economy through some increased tourism draw. It looks really good going forward, because I can’t think of any other place that within 10 minutes you can be at three different national park service units, except for maybe on the mall in D.C.”

  • El Parasol manager wanted by police

    A former manager of El Parasol suspected of taking up to $5,000 from the restaurant is now wanted by police.
    Francisco Lopez-Rodriguez, 23, was to be arraigned in court for embezzling from the restaurant in October.
    A bench warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to show up for his court appearance Jan. 4.
    Lopez-Rodriguez, of Santa Fe, was suspected by the restaurant’s owners of taking between $4,000 and $5,000 in cash from a safe at the Central Avenue restaurant in late October. They reported the theft to police.
    Los Alamos police arrested Lopez-Rodriquez in early November, and he was released on his own recognizance.
    According to court documents, the owners of the restaurant arrived at El Parasol on Oct. 28 and they immediately noticed cash missing from a safe. When they asked Lopez-Rodriguez about it, he allegedly told them he didn’t know, but offered various locations within the restaurant as to where it could be. When the hunt came down to a small safe within a safe, Lopez-Rodriguez allegedly told the owners that the key to it was in his car.

  • County prepares to start Central Avenue phase 2

    The Los Alamos County Public Works Department is preparing to launch phase 2 of the Central Avenue reconstruction project. Public Works Director Philo Shelton, Project Manager and designer Ernesto Gallegos and County Engineer Eric Martinez presented design plans to the Board of Transportation last week.
    Phase 2 – scheduled for the 2016 construction season – will extend the Central Avenue upgrades from 15th Street to 9th Street.
    The timeline was dictated by a delay in the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s plans for an NM 502 upgrade. The NMDOT project – originally planned for this year – has been delayed until 2017.
    “We’re trying to limit the amount of disruption for business folks and traffic obstructions, so pushing this project prior to DOT would probably be in everybody’s best interests, just so we don’t have a combination of things going on,” Gallegos said.
    Road conditions are another reason for moving forward now. A recent assessment found that the pavement condition in that area is between 40 and 46 on a Pavement Condition Index of 0–100.
    “Ultimately, the road is falling apart and needs to be reconstructed,” Gallegos said.