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Public Safety

  • Jewelry theft reported

    ‘Tis may be the season for home repair before winter finally settles in, but beware of who you hire. Judging by one incident that recently happened, not all workers may have the holiday spirit or your best interests at heart.
    One Los Alamos resident found this out the hard way when after a maintenance crew visited her home to do some work in October, more than $2,500 worth of jewelry and other valuables went missing.
    Items included a 14-karat, custom-made gold ring, valued at $2,500, a 14-karat gold and ruby ring valued at $350 and a gold and crystal ring worth $100.
    The accused, David Hernandez, address unknown as of press time, would have probably pulled off the heist if it weren’t for the fact that he got a little too greedy and threw the victim’s iPhone in with the rest of his alleged haul.
    The victim, noting that the phone was also missing, called her phone company where they were able to track the phone to Santa Fe, where the workers returned to after they left her house.
    She called their employer, who did his best to track down Hernandez through his father, but was unsuccessful. Police were later able to locate, contact and identify Hernandez through their database. He was not arrested, but he was summoned to appear in court Nov. 24 where the accusations were read against him.
     

  • Police Beat 11-28-14

    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.
    Nov. 6

    10:09 a.m. — Nicole White-Chapman, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the Los Alamos Justice Center.

    10:31 a.m. — Neven Farquhar, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving on a suspended or a revoked license on West Road.
    Nov. 7
    9 a.m. — A 15-year-old Los Alamos teen was arrested for criminal trespass in the 2000 block of 41st Street.

    Nov. 8

    8:08 p.m.— Shawn Deryke, 44 of Los Alamos was arrested through a Los Alamos County Magistrate Court bench warrant at 2356 45th Street. The original charge was for aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of .16 or more on West Road on Sept. 1.

    2:37 p.m. — Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield, 20, of Chimayó was arrested through a Los Alamos County Bench Warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The original charge was conspiracy, at Sereno on Aug. 7.

  • Police Beat 11-11-14

    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.

    Nov. 2

    11:32 p.m. — David Hernandez, 18, of Santa Fe was arrested for larceny (Over $2500, less than $20,000) at the Los Alamos County Police Department.

    10:14 p.m. — Gilbert Maestas, 32, of Santa Cruz was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at the corner of Rover Boulevard and State Road 4.
    Nov. 3

    9:32 a.m. ­— A 61-year-old Jemez Springs man reported to police he was the victim of forgery at Diamond Road.

    9:45 a.m. ­— A 75-year-old San Juan Pueblo woman reported to police she was the victim of forgery at Trinity Drive.

    12:03 p.m.— Melissa Carpenter 38, of Chimayo was arrested through a Los Alamos County District Court Warrant at the Los Alamos County Justice Center. The original charge was shoplifting (less than $100) on Sherwood Boulevard, Nov. 8, 2013.

  • Crews postpone Valles Caldera prescribed burn

    Beginning today, the Valles Caldera Trust was scheduled to conduct prescribed burn of up to 1471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande meadow of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    According to a VCNP press release, though, today’s prescribed burn scheduled for the Valle Grande on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has been postponed.

    Sustained winds prevented the late morning scheduled ignition and are not expected to dissipate in time to complete the project today. Therefore, the prescribed burn is postponed and will be rescheduled for a date later in the season when conditions permit.

    The Valle Grande meadow is adjacent to N.M. 4 near mile marker 39.2 in the Jemez Mountains. Some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn but road closures are not expected.
    This treatment is used to improve the resiliency and sustainability of wildland ecosystems by maintaining and enhancing them through the use of fire.
     

  • Police Beat 11-04-14

    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.
    Oct. 23
    9:10 a.m. — Tashina Bustos was arrested for battery against a household member in the 500 block of Trinity Drive.

    3:53 p.m. — A 50-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) on Trinity Drive.
    Oct. 24

    8:43 a.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos teen was arrested on a charge of minor in possession.

    10 a.m. — Ashlen Fleck, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for shoplifting (less than $100) on Sherwood Boulevard.

    10 a.m. — Drake Place, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested for shoplifting (less than $100) on Sherwood Boulevard.

    11:30 a.m. — Cole McGill, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia in the 2000 block of Trinity Drive.

    Noon — A 15-year-old Abiquiu teen was arrested for unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon to school at 1300 Diamond Drive.

  • LAFD to host wildfire presentation

    Step over the wall in your backyard and like it or not, you’re instantly in what hikers euphemistically call the “backcountry,” that category of land that when stuff happens to it, whether that be fire or flood, you end up being impacted somehow.
    At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Los Alamos Fire Department will be making a presentation at the Mesa Public Library in rooms two and three to show what they’re doing to protect you when the wilderness decides to turn on you.
    Heading up the discussion will be Wildland Division Chief Ramon Garcia and Los Alamos Fire Department Chief Troy Hughes.
    According to Garcia, the Wildland Division was recently created by Hughes to specifically deal with these types of issues. the two will also talk about Los Alamos’ wildfire history, which includes the Cerro Grande wildfire, 2000; the Las Conchas wildfire, 2011 and the Thompson Ridge wildfire of 2012.
    “I’m going to talk about the U.S. Forest Service, as well as briefly about the wildfires that happened in Los Alamos County over the past 60, 70 years,” Garcia said. “I’m also going to talk about what we learned from these fires.”

  • LAPD chief: drug use is rampant

    At a forum Wednesday night about illegal drugs in the community, held at the Duane Smith Auditorium, one thing became abundantly clear: Los Alamos is awash in illicit drugs.
    The forum was organized by Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and the Los Alamos Police Department. It featured various community members and experts speaking about their experiences.
    Those included Sgambellone, Linda Peña, a parole officer in Los Alamos County, Dr. Sara Pasqualoni, a parent, and Matthew Weinman, a teacher’s aide who spoke to the audience about his struggles with drug addiction.
    While residents commended the speakers for sharing their experiences and advice, many wanted to know what is being done to curb access to illegal drugs, especially in the school system.
    One of the more frightening facts to come out of the discussion was that cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, marijuana and powerful painkillers such as oxycontin are readily available.

  • Police Beat 10-24-14

    Oct. 16
    9:38 a.m. — Police reported that an 18-year-old Española teen was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) on Trinity Drive.

    Oct. 17
    9:13 a.m. — Police reported that a 13-year-old Los Alamos teen was the victim of child solicitation by electronic communication device on Orange Street.

    8:43 p.m. — A 40-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at 38th Street.

    11:58 p.m. — Patricia MacMillan, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction in the 1000 block of 11th Street.

    Oct. 18
    4:45 a.m. — Marlena Rohloff, 39, of Los Alamos was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction in the 800 block of 9th Street.

    Oct. 19
    12:50 p.m. — Percy Trujillo, 63 of Chimayo was arrested through a Los Alamos Magistrate Court Warrant in the 30 block of Rover Boulevard.

    7:23 p.m. — Ricky Vigil, 30, of Santa Fe was arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the intersection of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4.

    8:32 p.m. — A 20-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of breaking and entering at Arroyo Lane.

  • Cone Zone 10-22-14

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    The library driveway was scheduled for paving Friday; however, the driveway remains closed through Wednesday.
     Once the library driveway is open, likely around 6:30 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, the contractor will close Bathtub Row at Central AND Central from just east of Oppenheimer to 20th Street. During this closure, access to the Reel Deal Theater and the library will be provided from eastbound Central. Access to Bathtub Row will be from Peach Street.
     (Directions starting from westbound Central: right at 15th, left at Nectar which turns into Peach Street, then left onto Bathtub Row. Directions starting from eastbound Canyon: left at Rose, left at Peach, and a quick right onto Bathtub Row). This closure will remain in place for approximately two weeks. Expect intermittent flagging operations at the Central and 20th intersection; in order to avoid delays, use alternate routes whenever possible.
    Once Bathtub Row is open, the library driveway will need to close one more time to complete remaining concrete work. Due to weather delays, substantial completion is expected on Friday, Nov. 7.
    Western Area Improvements Phase 2:
    Expect the contractor to be working on punch list items and general clean up throughout the project area.
    Sound Wall between Tewa Loop and Airport Road:

  • LAFD releases Ebola plan

    The Los Alamos Fire Department has just come out with a specific, outlined response to Ebola, if it should ever happen in Los Alamos.
    In a press release issued Tuesday by the fire department, officials outlined a rough plan of what residents should be aware of and what they should do in the event they think they, or someone else, has it.
    “If you become ill, and are experiencing flu like symptoms, have traveled to Africa or have had contact with a Ebola patient, please call 911, follow their directions and inform the dispatcher that you may be infected,” said a statement in the release.
    The LAFD is also telling residents that if they do tell 911 they may have Ebola and need medical attention, don’t be surprised to see them coming to your door in “personal protection equipment” which may include a mask and a gown.
    “LAFD personnel will respond to each call with caution. Residents may see them in a mask and gown, with several layers of PPE if an Ebola infection is suspected on a call,” according to a statement in the LAFD’s press release.
    LAFD also said that residents should also keep an eye on the “big picture” and keep things in perspective.