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Public Safety

  • Police dept. honors its top performers of year

    The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its first awards banquet Saturday at Fuller Lodge to honor employees for their performance and service to the community.
    A total of 35 awards were handed out for those displaying outstanding customer service and initiative. Awards included recognition for developing programs to assist the homeless and victims of domestic violence, locating lost and injured hikers, solving several crime sprees, and maintaining excellence in various administrative duties.
    Further, LAPD recognized eight employees in seven different categories at the banquet for being the best in their fields for the year.
    Chief Dino Sgambellone, who handed out awards, said it was important to recognize those who went “above and beyond” while performing day-to-day operations.

    Here are the top awards given at the LAPD banquet:

    Civilian of the Year

    Connie Salazar, senior office specialist

    Public Service Aide of the Year

    Tom Beyer

    Detention Office of the Year

    David Bradshaw

    Dispatcher of the Year

    Angela Cordova

    Detective of the Year

    Ben Hinrichs

    Officer of the Year

    David Boe

    Supervisor of the Year

    Kate Stoddard, consolidated dispatch center and Sgt. Oliver Morris

  • Cash stolen from charity collection

    They don’t know when or how it went missing, all the owner and the employees of the Manhattan Project restaurant know is the money is gone.
    Sometime last week, someone helped themselves to the Manhattan Project’s “Horses For Heroes” contribution jar. According to restaurant owner Victor Medina, the jar was sitting at the hostess desk when someone discovered all the fives 10s and 20s were missing.
    According to Medina, about $200 was taken.
    “You left all the dollar bills and for this we are thankful, but you took all the $5, $10 & $20s out of the jar at the hostess station located at the front of the restaurant. Please consider returning the money, “ wrote Medina in a letter to the local media.
    Medina, who’s been around horses all his life, said he first got involved with the Horses For Heroes program when they did a presentation at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. At one point, Medina and some other volunteers went down to the Santa Fe ranch where the HFH program is based and cleared land for them as well as doing other chores.
    Medina and the others also donated tools and other equipment the ranch may need.
    For Medina, a disabled Vietnam veteran, the organization and what its trying to do for veterans just made sense to him.

  • Police Beat 12-05-14

    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. 20

    10:14 a.m. ­— Rowena MacDonald, 48 was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos County police department.
    Nov. 21

    12:51 p.m. — Andres Dow, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested for harassment at the Los Alamos County police department.

    2:48 p.m. — Marcos Vigil. 28, of Ojo Caliente was arrested through a felony warrant from another jurisdiction The Los Alamos County police department.

    2:59 p.m. — A 58-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of identity theft.

    Nov. 22

    5:25 p.m. ­— A 30-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (Less than $1000) at DP Road.

    10:17 p.m. — Burgandy Brock, 23, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member in the 2000 block of 45th Street.
    Nov. 23

  • LA man held after fatal accident

    Robbin Wood, a Los Alamos man who is a suspect in a fatal drunk driving accident that happened on N.M. 30 Saturday, is still being held in the Los Alamos Detention Center on an unrelated parole/probation violation as of press time Tuesday.
    According to th Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department, Wood was driving his Chevrolet Impala on N.M. 30 in the San Ildefonso Pueblo Saturday when he crashed the vehicle head on into another car driven by Elizabeth Quintana, 37.
    Wood’s car apparently swerved into the southbound lane and ran into Quintana, who was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier. The accident took place around 4:45 a.m. Saturday The sheriff’s department said Quintana was on her way to work at Smith’s grocery store in Los Alamos.
    Wood, 36, was traveling with an unidentified 40-year-old woman. She was injured. Wood was airlifted to Christus St. Vincent in Santa Fe after the crash and the passenger was taken by ambulance to the Española hospital. Quintana was pronounced dead at the scene.
    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said Wood and his passenger were traveling from Los Alamos to a residence in Española at the time.
    Wood is being held by the Los Alamos Police Department on an unrelated parole/probation violation.

  • 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.”