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  • Police investigate WR man with bomb gear, weapons

    Police found bomb-making materials, a handmade silencer for a semi-automatic rifle and other weapons alongside a White Rock man who was nearly unconscious on his kitchen floor, prompting them to call in the bomb squad last month.
    Jeremy Pollard, 37, pled no contest to minor drug charges and paid a small fine following the June 22 incident.
    However, Pollard is actively being investigated by the Los Alamos Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for possible other charges as the investigation continues and authorities do not know his whereabouts, said LAPD spokesman Commander Preston Ballew.
    A neighbor told police that Pollard had recently been fired from his job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The neighbor also told police Pollard was “ex-military” and had “various types of radiological and military training,” according to the search warrant.  
    Police responded to a call June 22 from the same neighbor, who reported not seeing Pollard for a few days. When police gained entry to his house at 75 Hacienda Drive, they discovered Pollard on the floor of his kitchen in a semiconscious state “barely breathing,” according to police.

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  • Presbyterian pulling out of New Mexico health exchange

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Officials with Presbyterian Health Plan say the insurance company will no longer offer individual and family plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace in New Mexico starting next year.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that Presbyterian has sent letters to members notifying them of the changes.

    The decision to stop offering coverage will affect 10,000 exchange members, 80 percent of whom now receive federal subsidies.

    Presbyterian officials say patients who purchased on the exchange used medical services 30 percent more than other patient groups off the exchange.

    In January, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico stopped offering individual insurance plans through the state health exchange.

    Company officials say it lost $19.2 million in 2015 on the 35,000 individuals covered by plans they purchased on and off the exchange.

  • Police Beat 7-10-16

    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.

    June 29
    6:21 a.m. — Police reported that a 61-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of burglary from a vehicle or other structure at 11th Street.

    3:30 p.m. — Johnny Trujillo, 21,  of Alcalde was arrested on a district court warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was concealing identity at the intersection of Arkansas Avenue and Diamond Drive Jan. 28.

    4:51 p.m. — Police reported a 58-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a vehicle accident with no injuries at the intersection of East. Jemez Road and State Highway 4.

    7:04 p.m. — Police reported that a 54-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Central Avenue and East Road.

    7:43 p.m. — Police reported that a 55-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of an accident with injuries at the intersection of El Gancho Street and San Ildefonso Road.

    June 30

  • On the Docket 7-10-16

    June 29
    Ebrahem K. Faraq was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Thomas L. Eaton was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Deborah Lynn Apodaca was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Amelia Martinez was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Nancy R. Nunnelley was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    June 30
    Jeremy James Pollard was pled no contest in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $376 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to 180 days of supervised probation.

  • Big Hat fire still burns in Valles Caldera

    The Big Hat fire in the Valles Caldera Preserve, is still burning strong and officials are hoping to keep it that way, they reported Friday.
    Park officials have turned the accidental fire that started June 22 into a managed burn. The fire is located in an area where a prescribed burn was planned this fall.
    Kimberly DeVall, the preserve’s chief of interpretation said there is no exact timeline as to when they will end the fire, which is being watched and managed by fire crews.
    “There is no timeline on it,” she said. “As long as conditions are favorable they are just going to watch it. If they do get some moisture in, they may try to do some more burn out,” she said.
    Fire officials reported the fire at 235 acres Friday afternoon. Boundaries were set at 831 acres. The burn was started by a lightning strike and discovered June 22.
    Until the fire is put out, Los Alamos County and Sandoval County residents can expect to smell and see occasional, light, plumes of smoke that may settle into low lying areas as the air cools.
    Residents that may have health concerns can call 1-888-878-8992 for more information.

  • Dawald named deputy chief

    The Los Alamos Fire Department named Battalion Chief Steven Dawald as deputy chief this week.
    Dawald joined the LAFD in 1998. During his career with the department he served as a driver engineer, captain, then as an operations battalion chief and battalion chief. He was promoted to deputy chief Tuesday.
    Dawald said he some short- and long-term goals for the position, but his immediate plans will be to first observe and become accustomed to his new role before introducing any changes.
    “The first step is to observe, and then look at some short-term and long-range goals to improve service, if need be,” he said.
    His overall strategy is to make sure things continue to run smoothly, and to maintain the standard set by previous deputy chiefs.
    “The biggest thing is, I just want to make sure everybody here has a safe and successful career. Much of that has to do is making sure we have a quality equipment, and that our cooperative agreement with the Los Alamos National Laboratory is sustained through good decisions and good performance,” he said. “Those are the things that are on the top of my list for both the long-term and short-term.”

  • LANL contract could be ‘nightmare scenario’

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities heard a presentation on Friday about aspects of Sandia National Laboratories’ upcoming contract that could influence the new contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The Department of Energy anticipates issuing the LANL Request for Proposals (RFP) in 2017 and awarding the bid in 2018.
    Innovative Technology Partnerships, LLC, Principal Partner John P. Jekowski made the presentation. Jekowski also sits on the Regional Development Corporation board.
    According to Jekowski, the most important thing to monitor is a new push toward returning to a “public interest model” for lab contracts.
    “What that does is it swings the pendulum way over to a university-led or a nonprofit-led team going after the contract,” Jekowski said.
    DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have been evaluating the success of the for profit contracts utilized in recent years.
    “I think it’s fair to say that most folks will reflect back on that and say DOE and NNSA have not seen the improvements that they thought they were going to by going to a for profit business model for managing the laboratories,” Jekowski said.

  • Dallas suspect amassed personal arsenal at suburban home

    DALLAS (AP) — An Army veteran killed by Dallas police after the sniper slayings of five officers amassed a personal arsenal at his suburban home, including bomb-making materials, bulletproof vests, rifles, ammunition and a journal of combat tactics, authorities said Friday.
    The man identified as 25-year-old Micah Johnson told authorities he was upset about the fatal police shootings of two black men earlier this week and wanted to exterminate whites, "especially white officers," officials said.
    He was killed by a robot-delivered bomb after the shootings, which marked the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In all, 12 officers were shot.
    In Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, authorities said gun-wielding civilians also shot officers in individual attacks that came after the black men were killed in Louisiana and Minnesota. Two officers were wounded, one critically.
    President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked for the public's prayers. In a letter posted online Friday, Abbott said "every life matters" and urged Texans to come together.
    "In the end," he wrote, "evil always fails."