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Public Safety

  • Police Beat 2-12-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Feb. 5

    3:36 p.m. — Kevin Herring, 37, of Los Alamos was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The original charge was possession of a controlled substance at Sycamore Street on Oct. 21, 2013.

    Feb. 6

    2:28 p.m. — Raymond Martinez, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant in the 2000 block of Sycamore Street. The original charge was distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana) on Dec. 8, 2014.

    10:35 p.m. — A 64-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was the victim of identity theft on Orange Street.

    Feb. 9

    12:48 p.m. — Jesse Canfield, 35, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive.

    10:49 a.m. — A 23-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police that he was the victim of a larceny (over $500, less than $2,500) at Sioux Street.

  • Details from bust emerge

    In a series drug busts concerning two Santa Fe residents, police took a total of 11.6 grams of drugs off the streets of Los Alamos.
    According to court documents, Los Alamos Police Department recently learned that suspected Santa Fe drug dealer Trevon Yates, 20 was selling drugs in the area.
    As part of the LAPD’s “Operation Genesis,” police started tracking Yates through various forms of surveillance.
    On Dec. 18, police witnessed him enter the Los Alamos Smith’s Marketplace parking lot in a 2004 White Hyundai to make a transaction with another person. They also noted Yates was not driving.
    A woman named Elizabeth Yates, 52, was driving instead. In this first transaction, police noted that the person that was allegedly there to buy drugs from Yates gave him only money that day.
    Yates and his alleged buyer returned a day later to the same location to make the actual exchange.
    In that exchange, police recovered 1.1 grams of heroin.
    Police had the same person make two more deals with Yates over the next two days.
    In these deals, police netted 8.7 grams of marijuana and 1.8 grams of marijuana “wax.”

  • Police Beat 2-6-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Jan. 29

    1:38 p.m. — A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that he was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) at Central Avenue.

    6:39 p.m. — Rudy Roybal, 38, and Ocean Jacquez, 24, both of Santa Fe, were arrested for theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft of identity, conspiracy and larceny on Buffalo Thunder Trail. The incident involved a 77-year-old Los Alamos woman.

    9:30 p.m. — A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) on Joya Loop.

    9:43 p.m. — Matthew Brittele, 37, of Los Alamos, was arrested for breaking and entering at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos.

    Jan. 30

  • Restaurant inspections 2-5-15

    Los Alamos
    Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.
    Date Inspected: Dec. 14
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Don Quixote Distillery-Processor, 236 Rio Bravo Road
    Date Inspected: Dec. 16
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required

    TA-53, cafeteria
    Date Inspected: Dec. 16
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Papa Murphy’s, 3801 Arkansas Ave., Suite B,
    Date Inspected: Dec. 1
    Violations: One moderate risk violation. Small prep refrigerator door seals need replacements.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.
    Santa Fe
    Kakawa Chocolate House, 1050 Paseo de Peralta
    Date Inspected: Jan. 5
    Violations: All violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Garduños Restaurant at the Lodge, 750 N St Francis Dr.
    Date Inspected: Nov. 25
    Purpose of Inspection: Complaint

  • Police Beat 1-28-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Jan. 16

    7:14 a.m. — Police reported that an 18-year-old Española man was involved in an accident with injuries on East Jemez Road.

    11:55 a.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos teen was arrested through a district court warrant at 2075 Trinity Drive.

    7:20 p.m. — A 43-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a larceny (less than $200) at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Tech Area 3.

    Jan. 17

    Midnight — A 43-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police criminal damage to his property (less than $1,000) at 42nd Street.

    Jan. 20

    10:20 a.m. — Joshua Bloom, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) in the 3000 block of Ridgeway Drive.

    4:27 p.m. — A 47-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police criminal damage to her property (less than $1,000) at 33rd Street.

  • Santa Fe pair nabbed in 'Genesis' operation

    Police have made two more arrests in a massive, ongoing drug sweep that is sure to yield more suspects.
    Arrested on Saturday night were two Santa Fe residents, Trevon Yates, 20 and Elizabeth Yates, 52.
    “On Saturday evening we arrested Trevon and Elizabeth Yates on warrants associated with Operation Genesis. Officers and Investigators also recovered suspected heroin and marijuana while effecting the two arrests, more arrests are imminent.” said Commander Preston Ballew, the Los Alamos Police Department’s public information officer.
    Trevon Yates was charged with one count of trafficking a controlled substance and two counts of distribution of a controlled substance. Elizabeth Yates was charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
    So far, this brings the number of people arrested on various drug arrests to 10. The eight suspects that were arrested Friday were all from Los Alamos.
    Operation Genesis was started in October and was headed up by the LAPD’s Investigations Division.
    So far, police have confiscated an unknown quantity of cash, weapons and drugs from Operation Genesis. The types of drugs confiscated include heroin, cocaine, controlled prescription medications, marijuana, marijuana wax and methamphetamine.

  • Operation Genesis arrests
  • ’Genesis’ nets drugs, arrests

    A four-month operation by Los Alamos Police Department netted 10 arrest warrants and 8 search warrants connected to drug trafficking and distribution in a recent operation.
    LAPD’s “Operation Genesis” began in October and raids on several local suspected drug houses have taken place in recent days. LAPD reported that its officers conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance and specialized investigations on suspected local drug dealers.
    According to information provided by LAPD, detectives have already seized methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, controlled prescription medications, marijuana wax and marijuana during Operation Genesis.
    “I want to thank all of the officers and detectives involved for their efforts in combating the illegal drug culture in our community,” said commander Oliver Morris. “Our investigators have information that several of these suspects have also been allegedly selling drugs to our community’s youth at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School. I also want our citizens to realize our youth have access to almost any type of drug imaginable.”
    Morris said LAPD has worked hard and is committed to combating the local drug problem with “every resource available” to help provide a safe community for youth.

  • LAPD honors its finest

    Monday was a busy day for the Los Alamos Police Department during ceremony at Magistrate Court.
    Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados officiated a special swearing-in ceremony for five of Los Alamos’ top officers.
    During the ceremony Detective Sergeant Oliver Morris. Morris, a veteran of LAPD, was promoted to Commander.
    Tom Beyer also received promotion to public service aide.
    Also, a pair of officers were sworn into the force Monday, including Cpl. Matt Lyon and Officer Gabriel Nieto and former jailer David Bradshaw became a new police officer on the force.

  • More embezzlement cases go to LA court

    Suspects with same last name are accused of committing different crimes in a rash of embezzlement cases around Los Alamos County.
    A Cordova resident allegedly tried to steal a car from a Los Alamos rental car agency via paperwork recently. However, the woman who made the initial complaint, Martha F. Romero, was eventually accused of the crime herself and has a preliminary hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Jan. 27.
    Her hearing will determine whether or not if her case will be continued on to district court.
    In July, Romero, 39, allegedly took possession of a 2014 Hyundai Elantra from the Enterprise Car Rental, located at the Los Alamos Airport.
    The car was paid for through Romero’s insurance company while her own car underwent repairs. According to court records, she was only to have the car until Sept. 12.
    When Romero failed to appear at the agency on that date, the agency tried to make contact with her on numerous occasions via telephone and regular mail, but to no avail.
    When police made contact with the claims adjuster, the claims adjuster said Romero opted to meet him in another location that was not her residence, so he did not actually have an address for her on file. All the agency had was a P.O. box and a phone number.