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  • Energy Sec. Perry to visit LANL Wednesday

    U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday to receive briefings on the lab’s capabilities in support of national security, nuclear deterrence, stockpile stewardship and nuclear non-proliferation, LANL announced late Tuesday.
    During the visit, Perry will also tour LANL’s nuclear weapons and global security facilities and meet with the Director Charles McMillan, and experts on the ground. As part of the tour, Perry will speak to lab employees.

  • Tunnel with nuclear waste collapses in Washington state

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A portion of an underground tunnel containing rail cars full of radioactive waste collapsed Tuesday at a sprawling storage facility in a remote area of Washington state, forcing an evacuation of some workers at the site that made plutonium for nuclear weapons for decades after World War II.
    Officials detected no release of radiation at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and no workers were injured, said Randy Bradbury, a spokesman for the Washington state Department of Ecology.
    No workers were inside the tunnel when it collapsed, causing soil on the surface above to sink two to four feet (half to 1.2 meters) over a 400 square foot (37.1 square meters) area, officials said.
    The tunnels are hundreds of feet long, with about eight feet (2.4 meters) of soil covering them, the U.S. Department of Energy said.
    The cause of the collapse was not immediately known. It  was discovered during a routine inspection and occurred during a massive cleanup that has been under way since the 1980s and costs more than $2 billion a year. The work is expected to take until 2060 and cost more than $100 billion.

  • Police respond to medical call at DMV

     Los Alamos Police Department officers responded to a medical emergency at about 4 p.m. Monday at the Los Alamos Department of Motor Vehicles parking lot on Central Avenue. The person was pronounced dead at the scene. Police withheld details of the deceased person's age or gender out of respect for the person's family. "It was just a sad, unfortunate situation," Police Spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew said.

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  • Charges dismissed against man accused of stealing mom's posolé

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico man arrested for breaking into his mom's house to steal her traditional New Mexican stew won't face charges after all.
    Last week, a state district judge dismissed charges against Jonathan Carlos Ray, who was charged in 2015 for the theft of his mother's posolé. The judge says the only witnesses to the alleged crime were Ray and his mother.
    Police say Ray was arrested after he ignored his mother's orders to stay away from her posolé and ran off with the holiday dish.
    According to a criminal complaint, Ray sent his mom a text message saying he wanted some of her posolé. She told him no.
    The complaint says the mother later found her gate and garage broken and a pot of the posole missing.
    Posolé, a hominy, is a traditional soup or stew made with pork or chicken popular in Mexico and the American Southwest.

  • Governor reconvenes lawmakers in budget showdown

    SANTA FE — Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez ordered a special session of the Legislature on Friday to resolve a grinding state budget crisis, with no sign of a compromise with leading Democratic lawmakers.
    Calling legislators to the New Mexico Capitol on May 24, the governor’s proclamation asserts that lawmakers approved a $6.1 billion budget in March that was out-of-balance. The governor last month vetoed tax and fee hikes that many lawmakers say are necessary to shore up funding to public schools, courts and essential public services.
    The decision to reconvene lawmakers comes as the Supreme Court weighs accusations that Martinez overstepped her authority by defunding the Democratic-led Legislature and all state universities and colleges for the fiscal year beginning July 1 —  a step Martinez has said was necessary to avoid a deficit.
    The Legislature says the governor’s line-item vetoes upset the balance of powers between branches of government outlined in the state’s constitution by “effectively abolishing” the legislative branch.
    In a legal briefing Friday, the Martinez administration urged the Supreme Court to stay out of the budget standoff and said her vetoes were made in pursuit of reductions to state spending and never sought to abolish the Legislature.

  • Ex-LAPD detention officer charged for sexual crimes with minors

    A 36-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested and charged with eight counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor Wednesday, shortly after confessing.
    Dustin Bingham, a former detention officer with the Los Alamos Police Department, is still in custody held without bond in the county detention center, awaiting a hearing with a judge.
    According to court officials, the hearing will happen either May 11 or May 18.  
    Bingham is suspected of activities that apparently came to light when relatives of Bingham approached the LAPD to ask for help.
    The relatives reported to police that a man had inappropriately touched children kown to relatives and Bingham.
    The type of contact, which occurred between November 2015 and February 2016, ranged from fondling and allegedly removing the minors’ underwear while they slept. Relatives also reported that the man also allegedly helped the children in question set up secret “SnapChat” accounts.
    When confronted by police through a conference call between the relatives who reported the crimes to police and Bingham, Bingham apparently confessed to sometimes touching the minors and said he “needed help,” according to the police report.

  • ON the Docket 5-7-17

    March 18
    Distefano C. Garcia was found guilty through Citepay of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Thomas Hoover was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    March 20
    Fidel Martinez was found guilty of speeding one to five miles per hour over the speed limit and had his license suspended. Defendant was fined $25 and must pay $65 in court fees.

    Iverson Ebanks was found guilty on two counts of having animals at large and failing to have the required vaccination for such animals. Defendant must pay a $75 fine and also $240 in court fees.

    Javier Duarte-Medrano was found guilty of battery and must pay $60 in court costs.

    Tatyana Kurennaya was fined $100 for speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Amy Walker was found guilty through Citepay of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $25 and also $65 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 5-7-17

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    April 9
    3:22 p.m. — LAPD reported on embezzlement from Physical Therapy Plus.
    April 10
    11:14 a.m. — Crystal Padilla, 34, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court warrant.

    1:51 p.m. — Monica L. Cooper, 50, of White Rock was arrested on a magistrate court warrant.
    April 12
    1:44 a.m. — Jason Larranga, 20, of Las Cruces was arrested for criminal damage to property of no more than $1,000. He was released on a $441 bond.

    9:45 a.m. — LAPD reported found property turned in by the Nature Center.

    12:37 p.m. — Alea Stahl was arrested for shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance.
    April 13
    12:24 p.m. — LAPD reported an animal at large on Camino Manzana.

    3:33 p.m. — LAPD arrested an individual on a warrant for another jurisdiction.

  • Horse stables meeting set for Tuesday

    Los Alamos stable owners and their neighbors are set to meet Tuesday to discuss complaints voiced recently about pollution and safety hazards.
    The public is invited to the meetings, to be held at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to the North Mesa Stables, 650 North Mesa Road. The meeting will be held in an open space near the entrance way just inside the exit. The meeting may consist of a short “walkthrough” of the facilities.
    The county’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division hopes to address the complaints that have grown up in recent months around the stables over health and safety concerns.
    The division will manage the meeting, which will include talks by Parks and Recreation Manager Chris Wilson, Wildlands Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia, Deputy Utility Manager Jack Richardson and Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton.
    At a meeting in March, some of the stables’ neighbors expressed concerns that the stables are causing a pollution and environmental problem. One neighbor, Olga Chertkov, said water runoff and waste generated by the stables is making the area unsafe. At the March meeting, she presented soil samples take taken by a testing lab associated with Colorado State University that she said were abnormally high.