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Public Safety

  • Man ID'd by LAPD in traffic incident

    Los Alamos police have identified the man whom they believe may have been the culprit in a traffic incident where it was reported a vehicle was driving on Main Hill Road in the wrong direction Thursday.
    Marcos Ortiz, 44, of Santa Fe, was the driver identified by Los Alamos police. According to LAPD, Santa Fe County’s sheriff’s office is investigating the incident as well, concerning parts of the alleged incident that occurred in Santa Fe County.
    According to the LAPD, a vehicle was traveling down the wrong lane down the Main Hill. Initially, the vehicle was observed by LAPD Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez traveling westbound in the eastbound lane.
    Police received a report that a pedestrian was struck just inside county lines. During the alleged incident, three other vehicles were reported to have either been struck or had crashed as a result of trying to avoid the vehicle headed in the wrong direction.
    Ortiz was charged with numerous counts related to the incident. Among those were reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated DWI, having an open container in a vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, as well as other violations.
     

  • Police Beat 7-10-15

    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 2

    8:04 a.m. — A 46-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police that he was the victim of credit card theft at Pecos Drive.

    5:58 p.m. — Mario Sanchez, 26, of Española, was arrested through three magistrate court bench warrants. The original charges were for shoplifting, one on Jan. 22, one and one on Feb. 9 at Trinity Drive, and shoplifting (more than $250, less than $2,500) at Trinity Drive on Jan. 24.

    4:17 p.m. — Tai Wang, 67, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery against a household member in the 1700 block of Camino Uva.

    10:27 p.m. — Jose Rangelcorona, 40, of Española, was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant in Española.

    July 3

    10:47 a.m. — A 29-year-old Los Alamos man reported he was the victim of battery at La Paloma.

    July 4

  • LAPD will 'Tag Your Tots' at Overlook Park

    The Los Alamos Police Department will be issuing wristbands to children this Saturday at overlook park for the Independence Day festivities as a part of its “Tag Your Tots” initiative.
    Parents can take their children to the LAPD information tent, that will be set up in the southwest corner of the Paul Spirio Soccer Complex at Overlook Park to get wristbands.
    LAPD wants to encourage Los Alamos residents and visitors to take a moment to stop by the tent and get wristbands for their children so in the event they are separated from their families they can be reunited with them quickly and easily.
    Saturday’s celebration at Overlook Park starts at 2 p.m.

  • Police Beat 7-3-15

    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.

    June 8

    11:03 a.m. — Police reported that a 59-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle.

    June 25

    5:57 p.m. — A 44-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of criminal damage/deprivation of property at North Mesa Road.

    2:11 a.m. — Jessie Currie, 18 of Jemez Springs was arrested for battery against a household member in the 800 block of 9th Street.

    June 26

    10:28 a.m. — A 60-year-old Sechelt woman reported to police she was victim of criminal trespass at Manhattan Loop.

    10:54 a.m. — Monica Cooper, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested for criminal trespass at the Smith’s Marketplace.
    June 27

    6:25 a.m. — Dustin Nelson, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested through a municipal court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

    June 28

  • On The Docket 7-2-15

    June 24

    Colin W. Redman was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 25

    Laurence W. Goddard was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving (accident). Defendant received a deferred sentence and must also pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Aug. 24.

    Xavier A. Nelson pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to not having a proper operator/chauffeur license. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to community service in lieu of fines.

    June 26

    Yvonne R. Dashero was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court through Citepay of speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65.

    June 29

    Christina Y. McCormick pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to driving without a current, valid registration plate. Defendant received a deferred sentence and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tanner J. Kennedy was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Coffee With A Cop
  • Cone Zone 6-26-15

    For 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:

    Weather permitting, crews will begin paving 42nd Street starting Monday. Access will be restricted from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Flagging operations along Sandia Drive will be in effect for construction equipment access. The county is asking residents to park on the north side (west bound lane) of Sandia Drive during work hours. Caution is also urged for those walking near the construction zone. Crew members will be available to escort residents through the work zone. Upon completion of the work and favorable weather, 42nd Street is scheduled to reopen to traffic July 1.
    Utility work on 44th Street and 42nd Street is ongoing. Both streets are currently closed, but available for resident use.

    On Saturday at 7 a.m. through Sunday at 7 a.m., 40th Street will be closed from the roundabout to UNM-LA parking lot for placement and curing of an asphalt seal coat.
    Electric Line Replacement at 39th Street and Trinity

  • Police Beat 6-26-15

    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.

    June 18

    1:54 p.m. — Adrian Trujillo, 26, of Española was arrested for criminal damage to property involving a household member (less than $1,000) on Arroyo Lane in Los Alamos.

    June 19

    10:03 a.m. — Adrian Trujillo, 26, of Española was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos Police Station.

    5:20 p.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for shoplifting at the Smith’s Marketplace (more than $100, less than $250) on Trinity Drive.

    June 20

    12:34 p.m. — Mark Henins, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested for assault in the 3000 block of West Road.

    June 22

    10:28 a.m. — Malcolm Torres, 21, of Santa Cruz was arrested through a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction on Trinity Drive.

  • Police involved in standoff at apartment building

    Los Alamos Police officers and others were part of a standoff at an apartment complex on Canyon Road Friday evening.
    At approximately 6 p.m., Canyon Road was closed off to traffic for the situation, which occurred at the Caballo Peak Apartments. The apartments are actually located on Trinity Drive, but the back side of the apartments, where the incident occurred, faces Canyon Road.
    The complex was cleared of residents shortly after the incident began. Residents returned to the complex a little before 9 p.m. and Canyon Road was reopened between 8 and 8:30 p.m.
    The suspect, Mark Henins of Los Alamos, holed up in one of the upstairs apartments. When officers arrived on scene and asked Henins to open the door, one of the officers observed through a window something that was identified as a firearm.
    According to a police report released late Saturday afternoon, the suspect got into a fight with a neighbor prior to the police being called out to the scene.
    In the standoff, heavily-armed police officers went up to the third floor of the three-story building and surrounded the front door of the apartment.

  • Going to 'Safety Town'

    By the time they start kindergarten next year, a group of 39 preschoolers will have already learned some pretty important lessons on how to stay safe, thanks to “Safety Town.”
    Los Alamos Police Department Chief Dino Sgambellone, a “graduate” of the program himself, brought the program from his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio, where it’s been a popular program for years.
    According to a statement on the Mansfield Police Department’s website, the program was started in 1937 by the Mansfield’s traffic commissioner and a kindergarten teacher.
    Sgambellone said he was a big proponent of the program, since it often serves as the children’s first introduction to safety tips they will remember and use for the rest of their lives.
    “I still remember the rules taught to me by the program,” he said.
    For the next two weeks, the kids, under the guidance of Mountain Elementary School, Jennifer Guy, school staff and police officers from the LAPD, will learn how to ride bikes in accordance to the rules of the road and other traffic safety tips. They will also learn about drug awareness, firearms safety, “stranger danger,” outdoor safety, memorizing their addresses and phone numbers, as well as many other safety topics.