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  • Apartment owners deal with aftermath

    Around 1:30 a.m., Marcus Hall, who manages and lives at the Caballo Peak Apartments, awoke to a loud explosion.
    Within minutes, county, fire and police were at the scene tending to an injured man inside an apartment, and beginning an investigation into what happened. Also on the scene was his father, Jim Hall.
    As owners of Caballo Peak, Jim Hall said their chief concern was the safety and well-being of the 50 tenants affected by the blast, which was contained within one apartment. While no one else was injured in the blast, they couldn’t stay, since the county had shut off all utilities, including water pending an investigation.       
    It was quite a relief to the Halls when the county allowed the residents back into the complex at 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.
    “It was less then 24 hours after this incident had started,” Jim Hall said. “It started around 1 a.m. in the morning and by 7 p.m. last night everybody was back in and the gas, heat and hot water were all there.”
    While the complex was deemed safe and sound for occupancy, Jim Hall said the apartment where the explosion occurred is “going to take a lot of work” to fix, and there’s also the apartment above that needs attention, too.

  • Man arrested following apartment explosion

    A 28-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested at 3 a.m. Monday morning in connection with the explosion at Caballo Peak Apartments that earlier that day that injured one man, according to the Los Alamos Police Department.
    Juan Gonzales was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of resisting/evading or obstructing an officer and one count of bribery/intimidation/retaliation of a witness.
    Gonzales was released on his own recognizance.
    Gonzales was not the man injured in the explosion.
    “The investigation is still active and ongoing and future arrest(s) are imminent,” said LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew.
    Los Alamos fire and police responded to an explosion and fire at Caballo Peak Apartments, a low-income apartment complex at 3301 Canyon Drive in Los Alamos early Monday. Police reported that one person was injured as a result of the explosion. The victim was transported to Albuquerque for burns.
    County emergency officials shut off the utilities and evacuated the apartments, displacing some 100 residents for the day, as they investigated the incident. A Red Cross shelter was activated at the Karen McLaughlin Hall on Central Avenue, but residents were allowed to return to the apartment after 5 p.m.

  • Police arrest man in apartment explosion

    A 28-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested at 3 a.m. Monday morning in connection with the explosion at Caballo Peak Apartments that earlier that day, a Los Alamos Police Department spokesman announced today.

    Juan Gonzales was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of resisting/evading or obstructing an officer and one count of bribery/intimidation/retaliation of a witness. Gonzales was released on his own recognizance.
    Gonzales was not the man injured in the explosion.

    “The investigation is still active and ongoing and future arrest(s) are imminent,” said LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew.

    When police arrived on the scene of the explosion Monday morning around 1:30 a.m., they encountered two males standing outside Apt. 11, the apartment involved in the explosion. One of the individuals was Gonzales.

    The other male, identified in court documents as Gonzales’ nephew had a deep cut on his right foot and several burns to his face and body. The individual was identified as Gonzales’ nephew, and has not yet been arrested. He explained to officers that he was refilling a butane lighter in his bathroom when it exploded.

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  • Memorial for Greg Fisher Tuesday

    The family of Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher invites the community to attend an open house held in commemoration of Fisher on Tuesday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge.

    Community members are welcome to stop by anytime from 4:30-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, however, bring your own beverage (BYOB) is requested.

    Tuesday’s memorial will be in lieu of any funeral service in Los Alamos, and instead of flowers, the family has requested donations in Fisher's name as follows:
    Greg R. Fisher Memorial Account
    Los Alamos National Bank
    Account # 0184656601
    The purpose of the account is to establish a college savings fund for his 11-year old daughter, Maya.
     

  • Victim injured in explosion, fire at Los Alamos apartment complex

    Los Alamos emergency officials were allowing residents return to the Caballo Peak Apartments Monday night, following an investigation into an explosion and fire that injured one man early Monday morning. About 100 residents were evacuated to allow law enforcement and fire officials access to the building.

    The Red Cross had set up a shelter for any of the residents from Caballo Peak Apartments at the Karen McLaughlin Hall on Central Avenue.

    At 4 p.m. Monday, no one had shown up to use the shelter.

    At 4:30 p.m., county officials allowed residents to return to the apartments and are breaking down the shelter, as it was no longer needed. The apartment where the explosion happened remains secured and under investigation.

    Police have identified the only injured person in the incident as a male. His condition still remains unknown.

    Los Alamos Police Department spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew said the criminal investigation they opened up this morning is continuing.

    “This case remains active and we are following up positive leads,” he said.

    Police and county officials had evacuated all residents from Caballo Peak Apartments and had closed off the complex to everyone except those who have official authorization to be on the property. The decision was made about noon.

  • Police Beat 5-8-16

    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.

    April 27
    7:07 a.m. — Police reported that a 32-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of larceny (over $500, less than $2,500) at 45th Street.

    9:23 a.m. — Police reported that a 56-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle or other structure at  Arkansas Avenue.

    10:11 a.m. — Police reported that a 34-year-old Albuquerque man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Airport Road and East Road.

    6:01 p.m. — Police reported that a 56-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a larceny (over $2,500, less than $20,000) at Walnut Street.

    9:30 p.m. — Aaron Abeyta, of Ohkay Owingeh was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at Central Avenue.

    April 28
    12:35 p.m. — Police reported that a 25-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a larceny (over $250, less than $500) at Diamond Drive.

  • On the Docket 5-8-16

    April 27
    Gloria Silver  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 28
    Dane Miller pled no contest at the time of traffic stop to failing to pay court costs. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tuhy M. Mills was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $50.

    Ted L. Heath pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal court to menacing behavior and failing to get required vaccinations for dogs and/or cats. Defendant was fined $300 and must also pay $120 in court costs.

     Sarah Downs pled guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to having animals at large and failure to display rabies tag. Sentence deferred until May 27. Defendant must also pay $60 in court costs.

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

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  • Law enforcement, residents discuss crime

    Local law enforcement and the district attorney held a forum Thursday night at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to speak about how to deal with crime in the county.
    Only two residents showed up.
    The panel discussion was chaired by First Judicial District Attorney Jennifer Padgett.
    Padgett, who was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the position in December, told the audience that when she took office, it was important for her to reach out to the community. The First Judicial District encompasses Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.
    “Upon taking office, it was very evident and very clear to me that throughout the district that communities wanted more opportunities to engage,” Padgett said. “They wanted the opportunity to engage with local leaders and local law enforcement to talk about some of the issues that we are aware, and that we are moving forward in a comprehensive and collective manner.”
    Besides Padgett, panelists included Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge and former Los Alamos Police Chief Alan Kirk, State Rep. Jennifer Garcia Richard (D-43), Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Undersheriff John Horne.