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Public Safety

  • Restaurant inspections 8-26-15

    Española
    La Tiendita Del Paisa — Meat market , 1452 Santa Cruz Road
    Date Inspected: Aug. 14
    Violations: Five high-risk violations. Ice condensation dripping onto unwrapped food in display unit. Unwrapped food stored on surfaces with particle accumulation in display unit. Particle accumulation on band saw and slicer. Toxic chemicals stored above three-compartment sink. Paint stored in food prep area below slicer. Four moderate-risk violations. Unwrapped food (meat) held in display refrigerator and freezer. Cockroach and flies observed in a facility, must have facility serviced. Band slicer is cracked with duct tape. Heavy ice condensation in display refrigerator and open top chest freezer.  Two low-risk violations. Missing floor tiles in meat market service area exposes  unsealed concrete. Particle accumulation on ceiling in meat market service area.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Meat market not in operation at time of inspection. Follow up from Aug. 31.

    La Tiendita Del Paisa — Deli , 1452 Santa Cruz Road
    Date Inspected: Aug. 14

  • Police Beat 8-21-15

    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.

    Aug. 13
    12:30 a.m. — Jayne Sizemore, 50, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) in the 2000 block of Trinity Drive.

    9:15 a.m. — Shane Perkins, 38, of Los Alamos, was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos police department. The original charge was criminal sexual penetration of a minor on July 23, 2015.

    5:05 p.m. — A 62-year-old Albuquerque reported to police that she was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $1,500) on Trinity Drive.

    6:08 p.m. — A 44-year-old woman reported to police that she was the victim of a larceny, (less than $250) at North Mesa Road.

    7:54 p.m. — A 58-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was a victim of tailgating at the intersection of Oppenheimer Drive and following too closely.

    Aug. 14
    8:19 a.m. — Tiffany Ortiz, 31 of Española was arrested on a charge of unsafe speeding/basic rule on East Jemez Road.

  • Police issue statement to parents

    Los Alamos Police Department issued a statement this afternoon in response to some local children being reported missing earlier this week.
    According to the statement, the LAPD is encouraging parents to ensure their children’s safety in between school and home.
    “LAPD recommends that if their children are using the Atomic City Buses for school transportation, that the parents ride with their children on the bus for a couple of days to ensure the kids know where to get on and off the buses at and which buses to transfer to,” the statement read. “This is very important for new time riders to the Atomic City Bus system, as the routes can be confusing for young children.”
    LAPD is asking parents to remind children about basic bus and traffic safety, such as crossing the street and being aware of their surroundings.
    It is also recommended by police “that parents convey to their children that if their child does not feel comfortable ridding the bus, to stay at school and wait for their ride to come pick them up.

  • Police Beat 8-15-15

    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.

    Aug. 6

    1 a.m. — Jurgen Schmdit, 53, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of assault upon a peace officer, at the 3900 block of West Road.

    6:04 p.m. — Maya Dillane, 21, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a Magistrate Court bench warrant on the 1000 block of Piñon Loop.

    7:19 p.m. — Aleah Stahl, 34, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a Magistrate Court bench warrant on the 1300 block of Sage Loop.

    Aug. 7

    2:13 p.m. — An unidentified person reported they were a victim of accident with no injuries at the corner of Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive.

    8:40 p.m. — Bernardo Jaramillo, 36, of Española, was arrested on a Magistrate Court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

    Aug. 8

    8:34 a.m. — A 34-year-old Los Alamos woman reported she was the victim of bites on Kayenta Drive.

  • CodeRED keeps LA residents informed

    Los Alamos County used its CodeRED System for White Rock residents during the July 31 search for a juvenile whom local police believed was armed and had allegedly shot at a parked car.
    The county said last week that the system worked as it was supposed to but believed, after using it during the incident, many people don’t know about the system.
    For information purposes, the county published more information about CodeRED and what it is designed to do.
    The system is a free emergency notification system used to inform resident about emergency information, such as a possible public safety issue.
    Those may include AMBER alerts, emergency preparedness, wildfires, public health crisis, criminal activity, notifications of hazardous traffic or road conditions, advisories or evacuation notices.
    Residents are notified through telephone, text messages and social media regarding such emergency notifications.
    According to the county, its CodeRED database includes information from several different public databases, including local and regional phone books. However, the county warned residents about assuming their contact information was already contained in the county’s database.
    Instead, safety officials urged residents to register for the system if they weren’t sure they had already done so.

  • Police Beat 8-7-15

    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 30
    3:18 p.m. — Holly Bates, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant in the 100 block of Longview. The original charge was forgery on Rover Boulevard on Dec. 12, 2014.

    4:41 p.m. — Stephanie Chavez, 52, of Los Alamos was arrested for criminal trespass at the Los Alamos police station.

    July 31
    6:46 a.m. –– A 15-year-old Los Alamos boy was arrested for shooting at or from a motor vehicle on Grand Canyon Road.

    Aug. 1
    4:56 p.m. — Michael Miller, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of graffiti at Central Avenue.

    8:10 p.m. — Savannah Chacon, 18, of Chimayo was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at the intersection of East Jemez and West Jemez Road.

    8:10 p.m. — McKenna Archuleta, 18, of Albuquerque was arrested for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) at the intersection of East Jemez and West Jemez Road.

  • Police break up teenagers' party

    A group of underage partiers found out all too quickly that they should have left the spray paint, marijuana and alcohol home when they went to party at Camp May Tuesday.
    Los Alamos police allege that a group of minors, as well as two adults who were still under the legal drinking age, were drinking alcohol and smoking pot during their get together on Pajarito Mountain.
    An adult woman called police on the revelers, who police located at the second campground at the site. According to the witness, the partiers were intoxicated, spraying graffiti on the bathrooms and talking about drug use.
    Police continued to the campsite where they met up with four females and two males.
    According to reports, the first thing the police observed was that they all appeared to be under 21.
    In fact, only two in the group were over 18: Vanessa Lowe, 20, and Frederick Freyer, 19.
    At least three of the minors had been drinking — one had a breath alcohol level of .144, another had one of .127 and another had .128, according to LAPD.
    Police went looking for Freyer, who, according to a 15-year-old girl he was with, “left her in the woods after seeing police arrive,” that according to court records.
    Freyer was located and he was read his Miranda rights.

  • 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.