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  • Police: Cannibalism Suspect Had Violent Streak

    Authorities in Maryland say the man accused of murdering his roommate and eating his organs was out on $220,000 bail after being arrested for allegedly beating another man with a baseball bat just days earlier. The suspect studied at a Los Alamos National Lab symposium last August. To read that report, click here.

  • Today in History for June 5th
  • EEOC rules in favor of Stepan in case against LA county

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed in favor of former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan in her case against Los Alamos County, according to the EEOC determination letter obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor.

    The EEOC found the county guilty of sex discrimination as well as retaliation. Stepan was fired in early 2011 after filing a grievance against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro in 2010. The county council terminated Mortillaro in late 2010.

    Council chair Sharon Stover said Monday the council will discuss the situation during a closed session at its next meeting June 12. Ironically, the county hired a new attorney – Rebecca Ehler  — Monday.

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  • Forest lifts closure orders on some fire areas

    The Santa Fe National Forest is opening designated areas of the Las Conchas burn area, to include certain roads and trails, as well as lifting the closure order for all of the Pacheco burn scar area, effective Monday at 8 a.m. 

    In the Las Conchas burn area, motor vehicles may travel on designated open roads only.  Pedestrians and non-motorized vehicle users may travel throughout the newly open areas. 

    All prior restrictions are lifted in the Espanola Ranger District portion of the burn area. On the Jemez Ranger District, where the wildfire burned the hottest, roads are open that have been assessed for public health and safety hazards.

    The Pacheco burn area is open for pedestrian and non-motorized use, but caution is advised.

  • Ehler named LA county attorney

    A search that began in December ended Monday when council confirmed Rebecca (Becky) Ehler as the new county attorney by a 6-0 vote (Vice Chair Ron Selvage was absent).

    “Her open style, her friendliness was really a plus that the council saw in hiring her,” Council Chair Sharon Stover said, “Plus all her municipal government experience, and couple that with her work with public safety as well. She has volumes of experience and we are very fortunate to have her coming.”

    Ehler is currently legal advisor at the Department of Public Safety in Alamogordo. She served as  city attorney for Alamogordo from 1993-2002, but decided to move to her current position in order to spend more time with her growing family.

  • Crews complete burnout operations at Bear Springs Fire

    Fire crews apparently made some inroads into containing the Bear Springs Fire today, located about 30 miles west of Los Alamos.

    In the latest release from the State Forest Service, the Incident Commander has just reported that today’s low intensity burnout operation was successfully completed and the fire is doing well.

     “Successful execution of this operation will be a great stride toward containing the fire,” said Incident Commander Paul Delmerico.

  • Today in History for June 4th
  • Police: Bank robber had to be cut from air duct

    OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — A wig-wearing man broke into a suburban Chicago bank vault and nearly made off with $100,000 but got stuck in an air duct and had to be cut out hours later, authorities said Sunday.

    Charles Estell, 38, was found early Sunday hiding in an air duct in an office next to the bank, according to Oak Lawn police spokesman Michael Kaufmann.

    The Chicago man had allegedly robbed the suburban bank Saturday afternoon, and pointed a gun at bank employees who confronted him in the vault, according to the FBI.