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  • ACT bus driver arrested for sexual contact with 13-year-old passenger

    Police arrested an Atomic City Transit bus driver Oct. 7 for criminal sexual contact of minor and enticement of a child.

    The driver, Joseph Dimas, 30, of Dixon, made his preliminary court appearance in magistrate court Tuesday. Court documents show he did not enter a plea.

    Dimas has been released from the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

    Los Alamos Police Department Det. Matt Lyon and Sgt. Timothy Lonz interviewed the 13-year-old victim and her grandfather last Friday.

    The victim reported to police she met with Dimas on various occasions and once in his car. She told police on other occasions, while not in the car, they kissed and he touched her inappropriately, according to police reports.

    The victim also told Lonz and Lyon the two did not engage in sexual intercourse, according to the police report. She also told the officers she could not remember the exact dates of the encounters.

    The victim also reported that the relationship developed over several months when she would ride the bus. The bus route covers downtown Los Alamos.

  • On the Docket 10-12-16

    Oct. 4
    Diego S. Ulibarri was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (.08 or above, first offense). Defendant was sentenced to serve 90 days at the Los Alamos County Detention Center, all suspended. Defendant was also assigned to 24 hours of community service and must also serve 364 days of supervised probation. Defend must also pay $241 in court costs.
    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation. Defendant shall attend and complete any treatment, counseling or program recommended by the screening agent with 30 days. Defendant shall enter  and participate in alcohol/drug screening with any treatment, counseling or program with at least six sessions recommended. Defendant shall also participate and complete DWI school within 90 days. The defendant shall also enter and successfully complete the Victim Impact program within 90 days.
    The defendant shall also obtain an ignition interlock license and have ignition interlock devices installed on all cars defendant will be driving for one year.

  • Police Beat 10-12-16

    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.

    Oct. 4
    3:24 p.m. — Dakota Coghill, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia at 43rd Street.

    6:02 p.m. — Police reported that a 56-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at 16th Street.

    Oct. 5
    2 a.m. — Johnathan Guise, 39, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member at Los Alamos.

  • No Lunch with Leader in November

    The League of Women Voters will not host the usual Lunch with a Leader in November. The group will have a consensus meeting to make a position statement on the issue of charter schools.
    All members in attendance will be able to vote. Any non-members who would like come  are welcome. If they pay dues, they can vote, otherwise they may just sit in on the discussion.
    The meeting will be at the library at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 18, which is a different time than usual. The meeting will adjourn by 1:15 p.m.  
    To order a lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at  231-8286 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com by Nov. 17 for the Co-op menu. Each lunch is just $10. Ordering lunch is not mandatory.

  • LAFD opens doors to fire stations

    It was exercise and good times, mixed with a little education Monday night as Fire Station No. 4 opened its doors to public.
    Located across from the Los Alamos Golf Course, the open house kicked off a weeklong series of events organized by the Los Alamos Fire Department. Wednesday, the fire department will dedicate a training center of DP Road followed by another open house at the White Rock Fire Station on Thursday.
    This is the first time the department had an open house of this kind, where kids had a chance to run an obstacle course, get to learn about what firefighters do, pick up a free coloring book and hang out with Sparky the Fire Dog.
    “It’s good to have the residents see the station, see how we live and what we have to offer,” Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes said. “It’s just as much for the adults as it is for the kids. It’s their fire station really, it’s not ours. We just operate it.”
    After the last open house on Thursday, the department will evaluate the events.
    “We’ll probably follow up, take some notes what we did here and try to add to it,” Hughes said.
    Next year, the department may attempt to attract teens to next year’s open house events, perhaps with a career focus.

  • Voters line up as early voting starts

    The county clerk’s office and election poll workers had their hands full Tuesday as residents lined up to register and vote on the first day of early voting.
    At the county Municipal Building, residents were already lined up to register at 8 a.m. County Clerk Sharon Stover reported there were voters already waiting outside the council chambers when the polls opened.
    “Usually, in presidential elections you see more active voters, but in this presidential election we’ve seen a bigger increase than the last presidential election, and even bigger than the election when Obama first ran,” Stover said.  
    While the rivalry between the two presidential candidates has been intense, Stover also attributed it to proactive “get out the vote” campaigns her office has conducted.
    “We’ve been to the schools, we’ve worked the Farmer’s Market and third-party agent training,” she said. “We want to make it very easy.”
    Since 2015, the office has registered 1,589 new voters. The office has also registered a larger than usual number of transactions, about 3,213. That number includes people who have moved to another address or changed parties. In 2015, the office reported 20 people changed parties. In 2016, that number was 308.

  • Public Safety Day draws a crowd

    Over 200 people showed up for the Sheriff’s Public Safety Day, and that was just for the hot dogs and the hamburgers.  
    “The kids really enjoyed climbing up the climbing wall and hearing about the stranger danger topics. They were very attentive to that. All and all, I thought it was a very successful day. We got the word out on being safe,” said Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.
    Lucero was grateful not only for the support from the community, but also from his fellow sheriffs from Santa Fe, Lea, McKinley, Taos, Chaves and Doña Ana counties.
    In all, 17 sheriffs showed up to help, and to support Lucero. County voters will decide on Question 1 during the General Election Nov. 8, whether the county will keep the sheriff’s office.
    “It’s awesome to see that there are sheriffs from throughout the state that are willing to help a small agency like the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s office, when they know we don’t have the staff to run an event like this well. They volunteered their time and efforts to come and care for the public,” Lucero said.
    The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s booth had literature from the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association about the office of sheriff.

  • LA teachers fight PED evaluation policy

    The Los Alamos Federation of School Employees is fighting against the New Mexico Public Education Department’s teacher evaluation policy and has asked residents to sign a petition to get rid of it.
    Teachers were apparently shocked this year when they got back their evaluations, in which they say they found many inaccuracies that could possibly endanger their ability to make a living teaching.  

  • Religious leaders criticize GOP for death penalty vote

    SANTA FE (AP) — Religious leaders in New Mexico are slamming the governor and House Republicans for voting to reinstate the death penalty during an all-night special session, leaving little opportunity for a debate.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that while the efforts were made futile after the Senate refused to consider the bill, the condemnation is indicative of the conflict the issue is sure to draw when the Legislation reconvenes in January.
    At a news conference Thursday, Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester called the move to reinstate the death penalty overnight “offensive.” Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld of Congregation Albert in Albuquerque says the death penalty issue would have been more suited for a regular legislative session, rather than the all-night special session.

  • PEEC to host open house Oct. 16

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invites the public to take part in its fall party at the Los Alamos Nature Center from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 16.

    PEEC’s annual membership meeting, fondly called PEEC-nic, is open to the public, not just members, and it’s free.

    To celebrate PEEC has special activities planned including hands-on activities for kids and adults, a leaf art contest for kids, fresh-pressed apple cider, and delicious desserts. 

    For anyone who has been interested in PEEC membership or volunteering at the nature center, this is a great time to find out more. Finally, no PEEC-nic is complete without welcoming the new PEEC board members.

    For more information about this and other PEEC events, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.