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Public Safety

  • Police catch juvenile suspect in WR

    It was a tense morning for White Rock residents Friday as police started spreading the word that a juvenile suspect was possibly armed and on the run and in the area.
    Many White Rock residents were told to secure themselves in their houses while police searched for a pair of juveniles, at least one of which was believe to be armed.
    According to Los Alamos Police Department, officer Ben Irving responded to a possible trespass on the 100 block of Grand Canyon Drive. When Irving tried to speak with the two males, they fled the scene.
    Irving went after the juveniles on foot, starting the chase.
    Police said one of the juveniles was a possible runaway, as well as a suspect in an aggravated burglary case that involved firearms.
    Around 10:30 a.m. police apprehended the suspect on Rover Boulevard. After he was arrested, he was taken away in an ambulance.
    An investigation by police uncovered what they believed to be stolen firearms. The firearms were discovered at the scene of the original trespassing.
    During the pursuit Friday morning, one of the males returned to Grand Canyon and met with officers at the scene. The suspected runaway, however, disappeared a short time after the other met with the police.
    In the course of its investigation, LAPD officers were able to pinpoint a location of the suspect.

  • Restaurant inspections 7-30-15

    Los Alamos
    North Shore Shave Ice, Co., 3250 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: July 9
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Refrigerator not holding proper temperature, which was corrected at time of inspection.  
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from earlier inspection. No further follow up required.

    Starbucks kiosk at Smith’s Marketplace, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: July 15
    Violations: None.  
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Sushi kiosk at Smith’s Marketplace, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: July 15
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hand sink was not working but employees were utilizing the three-compartment sink to wash hands. The violation has since been corrected.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on July 30.

    Smith’s Marketplace — Seafood Dept., 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: July 15
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Permits need to be posted.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Smith’s Marketplace — Deli, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: July 15

  • Hotel interior gets vandalized

    The Hilltop House Hotel, closed since March 2013, was broken into and vandalized to the tune of more than $75,000 in damages to the property recently.
    Los Alamos police believe the damage was done by groups of teens repeatedly breaking into the building, starting possibly as early as this past spring.
    Police were alerted to the situation when realtors from Zia Realty filed a complaint with the Los Alamos Police Department last month.
    Wildlife and video cameras were set up in various parts of the building and police were able to identify and arrest 14 suspects damaging and vandalizing the inside of the building. The suspects’ ages are between 12 and 14.
    According to police, the teenagers even destroyed a rooftop lighting assembly worth $10,000.
    During interviews with the suspects, many of the kids confessed to doing even more damage to the property, which included throwing televisions down staircases, destroying microwave ovens, breaking chairs, shattering mirrors and spray painting graffiti on the interior walls. Other kids admitted to smashing glass doors and scattering key cards all over the floor of the lobby, as well as expelling the contents of the building’s fire extinguishers in the rooms and halls of the building.

  • Vehicles collide near guard post

    A traffic accident involving three vehicles occurred in front of the West Jemez Road guard post a few minutes ago.
    There was a chain-reaction rear-end collision involving the vehicles — one of which was a government vehicle — near the security checkpoint near the intersection with Camp May Road. One of the vehicles was attempting to turn left onto Camp May Road when it was struck.

    A reporter on the scene said an occupant on one of the vehicles was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center. There was no report on possible injuries to the occupant.

  • Former LA resident charged in sex crime

    A sex offender who lived in Los Alamos was recently arrested in Seattle and charged with soliciting sex with a minor.
    Los Alamos sheriff Marco Lucero said he’d recently been in contact with Seattle officials about Nolan Cyre.
    Lucero, who keeps tabs on registered sex offenders in Los Alamos County, said Cyre was “briefly” registered in the county last year.
    Lucero said he’d had several communications with Cyre during his short stay in Los Alamos before he chose to move to Washington state.
    Cyre, according to a story in the Seattle Times, was arrested earlier this month while allegedly attempting to pay an underage girl $100 for sex. According to the story, Cyre was allegedly attempting to meet the girl at a Seattle fast-food restaurant when he was arrested.
    Cyre was originally convicted of a sex offense in North Carolina in 2010.
    Lucero said there are currently eight registered sex offenders in Los Alamos County.

  • Cause of house fire is not determined

    An investigation into a May 15 house fire by the Los Alamos Fire Department has proved inconclusive, said a spokesperson for the LAFD. LAFD Dep. Chief Justin Grider said the department’s conclusion is official.
    “The rule and cause determination has been ruled undetermined by the fire department,” said Grider. However, he said the homeowner’s insurance company is still investigating.
    Part of the investigation he said includes investigators testing objects within the area of origin.
    According to private insurance investigator Matt Williams, the fire started in an area that included a kitchen countertop.
    The fire occurred in the Tsikimu neighborhood on North Mesa sometime in the morning.
    According to police reports, Cpl. James Keane was patrolling the area when he spotted smoke coming from the house. Keane found two residents who had breached a raised glass door and were trying to get to a 57-year-old resident of the home who was still inside the burning building.
    Keane then went inside the burning house and brought the man out safely.
    The man was successfully treated at the local hospital for his injuries.
    Also rescued from the house were three dogs.

  • Police Beat 7-24-15

    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.

    July 16

    6:38 a.m. — Kenneth Weahkee, 40, of Santa Fe was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) on N.M. 4.

    1:35 p.m. — Marcos Ortiz, 44, of Santa Fe was arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the intersection of N.M. 4 and N.M. 502.

    5:49 p.m. — A 42-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of burglary from a vehicle on Peach Street.

    July 17

    12:34 a.m. — Terrence Steck, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested by police for unlawful use of a license, driving while privilege to do so is revoked.

    1:12 a.m. — Amanda Tapia, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended license or revoked at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive.

    4:30 a.m. — Stephanie Montoya, 38, of Santa Cruz was arrested through a magistrate bench court warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

  • Cone Zone 7-19-15

    For more information about the projects listed below, email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.
    This information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

    • Roadway and utility work continues on 43rd Street and 44th Street, which includes water line tie ends and concrete work. Roads mentioned above will be closed except for local residents and emergency vehicles.
    • Sidewalks from cul-de-sacs, including 43rd and 44th Streets are under construction. The county suggests pedestrians use other routes into park. Pathway from 43rd Street to Ridgeway will be under construction.
    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements:

  • Police Beat 7-17-15

    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.

    July 9

    4:04 p.m. — A 43-year-old woman from Española reported to police she was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $2,500) at Trinity Drive.

    July 10

    9:27 a.m. — A 67-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of fraud (more than $25, less than $2,500) at Cheryl Avenue.

    7:05 p.m. — A 70-year old man from Los Alamos reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (more than $1,000) at Oppenheimer Drive.

    7:55 p.m. — Ismail Bilgin, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction (misdemeanor) at Airport Road.

    July 11

    8:30 a.m. — A 56-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of criminal damage to property (more than $1,000) on Loma Del Escolar Road.

    8:45 a.m. — A 31-year-old man reported to police he was the victim of larceny (less than $250) at Sherwood Boulevard.

  • Police need help in shoplifting case

    Los Alamos Police Department officers are asking for help in the investigation of an alleged shoplifting case.
    LAPD released photos of two possible suspects in the incident, who were found on surveillance video at the store.
    There is a reward of $200 for information on the identity of the two young males spotted on the video, LAPD said in a press release.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact Cmdr. Oliver Morris at 662-8281 or Los Alamos Crimestoppers at 662-8282.