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Public Safety

  • Week-long seminar targets white-collar crimes

    SANTA FE – State Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla recently announced that tax fraud investigators will hold a week-long seminar on how to detect and unravel complex white collar financial crimes of embezzlement, tax evasion, public corruption and more.
    The seminar will be held from April 25-29 in Las Cruces at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.
    “The number of criminal investigations involving complex financial transactions has increased over the past years in our state,” Padilla said. “This workshop is designed to help law enforcement officials, prosecutors and auditors to polish their investigative skills as financial crimes become more and more complex and sophisticated.”

  • Authorities searching for double-murder suspect

    TRUCHAS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man suspected of killing two people in the community of Truchas in northern New Mexico.

    Rio Arriba County sheriff's deputies say they believe 35-year-old Jody Romero shot 24-year-old Amanda Romero and her boyfriend, 31-year-old Delfinio DeFernandez, early Sunday morning. Officials say Jody Romero is not related to Amanda Romero, but he knew both victims.

    Officials say witnesses saw someone who looked like Romero in the area near Truchas and the town of Cordova on Tuesday morning.

    KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports a nearby elementary school was put on lockdown while deputies searched the area.

  • Police Beat 04-05-11

    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.
    March 23

    1:59 p.m. – A 33-year-old El Rito woman reported that someone used her credit card without her permission after discovering unauthorized Internet charges on her account. The estimated loss is unknown.

    2:11 p.m. – A 51-year-old Los Alamos woman was located after being reported missing.
    March 24

    7:35 a.m. – A 42-year-old White Rock woman reported that someone stole the catalytic converter from the under side of her Toyota truck parked in the 200 block of Donna Avenue. The estimated loss is unknown.

  • Child abuse hotline gets a new number

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has a new hotline number to report child abuse and neglect.

    Gov. Susana Martinez and Children, Youth, and Families Secretary Yolanda Deines on Monday announced the new statewide number — 1-855-333-SAFE.

    The department has had a hotline for 12 years, but officials say the new number is easier to remember.

    Caseworkers at the Children, Youth and Families Department's Albuquerque-based central intake unit answer the calls and get as much information as possible.

    A supervisor then reviews each case, deciding whether it will be investigated and whether it's a priority.

    Cases are sent to the county where the child lives.

  • Duo Earn National Urban Rescue Ranking--video extra--photo slideshow

    In the entire nation just 253 canines are certified capable of handling deployments to massive urban disasters anywhere in the world.

    Black Labrador Coalby Maez of Los Alamos just became the latest.

    Debbi Maez, a longtime wilderness search and rescue expert, is the other half of the newly certified urban rescue team. Maez, 44, works in the Security Services Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory by day and has spent her evenings and weekends during the last two-and-a-half-years training Coalby for last month’s grueling certification testing.

    Jack Killeen, Security Services Division Leader at LANL, wanted the community to know of Maez’ and Coalby’s accomplishment.

  • Wind Advisory in effect until Sunday night

    A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MDT SUNDAY.

    * LOCATION... NORTHWEST PORTION OF NEW MEXICO FROM THE LOWER RIO CHAMA RIVER AND UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEYS TO THE FOUR CORNERS. THIS INCLUDES THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS. ALSO THE SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY IN THE UPPER GILA REGION.

    * WINDS... SUSTAINED FROM THE SOUTHWEST AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 55 MPH. THE HIGHER PEAKS WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE EVEN STRONGER GUSTS.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL QUICKLY STRENGTHEN LATE SUNDAY MORNING WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS EXPECTED FROM MIDDAY TO LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL DIMINISH SUNDAY EVENING.

  • Former inmate sues LAPD

    A former Los Alamos Detention Center inmate filed a lawsuit against the Los Alamos Police Department claiming he was roughed up by guards and police last July.

    Both civil and criminal suits are pending and are scheduled for April 28.

    Read the full story in today's Los Alamos Monitor. 

  • LA Firefighter calls it quits

    Firefighter Brandon Gore has resigned from the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    Gore was charged with indecent exposure in Bernalillo County in November. A judge in January sentenced him to six months of probation.

    Fire Chief Doug Tucker confirmed Gore's resignation today saying, "Brandon resigned for personal reasons."

    Read the full story in Thursday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Police Beat 03-29-11

    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.

    March 17

    6:07 p.m. – Ashley Suites, 2454 Trinity Dr., reported being the victim of criminal damage to property. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

    2 p.m. – A 13-year-old Los Alamos boy reported being the victim of bribery/intimidation/retaliation against a witness at 2101 Hawk Dr.
    March 18

    1:01 a.m. – A 13-year-old Los Alamos boy reported being the victim of battery on Camino Durasnilla and San Idefonso Road.

  • Construction Zone 03-29-11

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive Phase 4  Please review with inexperienced drivers.
    Expect a significant change from previous phase traffic control, which typically consisted of two southbound lanes on Diamond Drive to provide primary accommodation to morning southbound commuters.
    This change was mandated by the LANL Traffic Engineer, whose approval was required to set up traffic control on federal land, which begins at the east end of the bridge.
    County staff will closely monitor traffic this week and will evaluate the success of the traffic control plan at the end of the week.