Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Chicago man arrested in Texas for NM killings

    TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — A 33-year-old Chicago man has been arrested in the killings of two men at a Tucumcari, N.M., hotel.

    New Mexico state police spokesman Eric Garcia said Monday that Muziwokuthula "Muzie" Madonda was arrested without incident in Conroe, Texas outside of Houston on two counts of murder and tampering with evidence.

    It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

    Madonda is awaiting extradition back to New Mexico to face the charges, which stem from the deaths of 37-year-old Gabriel Baca and 57-year-old Bobby Gonzales, both of Tucumcari.

    A family member who looked through a window at the Tucumcari Inn found the men's bodies Thursday.

    It's unclear how the men were killed.

  • NM man faces charges in Rio Arriba Co. double murder

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a 28-year-old Ojo Caliente man has been arrested in connection with a double homicide in Rio Arriba County.

    Police say Donald Ferran is facing first-degree murder and tampering with evidence charges in the deaths of 27-year-old Sarah Salazar and 25-year-old Joey Maestas.

    The victims' burned bodies were found after firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire in the early hours of Feb. 28th along U.S. 285 between Espanola and Ojo Caliente.

    Agents with the state police criminal investigations bureau were called to the scene and began an in-depth investigation into what lead up to the vehicle fire. Agents found evidence that led them to believe it was a double homicide.

  • Border agent shot man in back 3 times

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Mexican man was climbing a ladder at an Arizona-Mexico border wall when a Border Patrol agent fatally shot him three times in the back, a sheriff's spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Monday.

    Cochise County sheriff's investigators have no indication that Carlos La Madrid, 19, assaulted or tried to assault the agent when he was shot March 21, said agency spokeswoman Carol Capas.

    La Madrid had fled police in the Arizona border city of Douglas in a truck and drove to the border with Mexico. He was climbing a ladder and trying to cross the border, and another man atop the wall began throwing rocks at the pursuing agent, Capas said.

  • Radiation in Mass. rainwater likely from Japan

    BOSTON (AP) — Health officials said Sunday that one sample of Massachusetts rainwater has registered very low concentrations of radiation, most likely from the Japanese nuclear power plant damaged earlier this month by an earthquake and tsunami.

    John Auerbach, the Massachusetts commissioner of public health, said that radioiodine-131 found in the sample — one of more than 100 that have been taken around the country — has a short life of only eight days. He said the drinking water supply in the state was unaffected and officials do not expect any health concerns.

    Nevada and other Western states also have reported minuscule amounts of radiation, but scientists say those presented no health risks.

  • Gaps in US radiation monitoring system revealed--video extra

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Parts of America's radiation alert network have been out of order during Japan's nuclear crisis, raising concerns among some lawmakers about whether the system could safeguard the country in a future disaster.

    Federal officials say the system of sensors has helped them to validate the impact of nuclear fallout from the overheated Fukushima reactor, and in turn alert local governments and the public. They say no dangerous levels of radiation have reached U.S. shores.

  • Regulators to assess safety at Ariz. nuclear plant

    PHOENIX (AP) — Utility regulators in Arizona set a Tuesday hearing with the operators of the nation's largest nuclear power plant to assess safety procedures there in the wake of Japan's nuclear accident.

    The hearing before the Arizona Corporation Commission will focus on the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Wintersburg, located about 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix.

    The triple-reactor plant supplies electricity to about 4 million customers in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California.

    The nuclear crisis in Japan also has prompted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to launch a review of U.S. nuclear plants.