Public Safety

  • Jemez Pueblo man accused of gruesome murder

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 22-year-old Jemez Pueblo man is facing a murder charge in the gruesome stabbing death of a fellow tribal member.

    Federal prosecutors have accused Lucas Toledo of killing 21-year-old Matthew Panana in the early hours of Sept. 29 outside his home on the Jemez reservation after Panana repeated knocked on his window while he tried to sleep.

  • Los Alamos man pleads not guilty to murder in California

    A 21-year-old Los Alamos man attending Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, Calif., is facing murder charges.

    James Torrey Hill was arrested Wednesday at his Monterey apartment after allegedly stabbing Matthew Finnigan, 26, at least once in the upper torso.

    Finnigan was flown by helicopter to a San Jose hospital about 2 a.m. and died a few hours later.

    Hill was arraigned and pleaded not guilty in Superior Court after the Public Defender’s Office was assigned to represent him.

  • Police apprehend smash and grab suspects

    Los Alamos police apprehended two suspects at Anderson Overlook Friday afternoon under investigation for a series of smash and grab thefts plaguing local automobiles in the community for some time.

    Sgt. Fred Rascon, Sgt. Preston Ballew, Det. Jeremy Duran and officers Paige Early and Chris Ross gathered evidence at the scene where the suspects, Aaron Roybal and Nathan Zamora were parked in their red Honda.

    A short time later, police captured a third suspect, Delbert Roybal, who was hiding out at Smith's Food and Drug Center on Central Avenue.

  • Lock your doors to strangers

    A Los Alamos resident allowed a young man into his home to “use the bathroom” only to discover his wallet disappeared with the slick con artist. This is just one case in a growing number of reports local police are receiving from duped residents.

  • Police Beat 09-28-10

    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.
    Sept. 16

    5:45 p.m. – Moses Salazar, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested near 6th and Iris Street on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant following an investigation of an incident at which it was determined that he had violated conditions of his release from jail.
    Sept. 17

  • Police Beat 09-21-10

    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.
    Sept. 10

    10:04 a.m. – Christopher Hernandez, 19, of Jemez Springs was arrested and charged with a violation order of protection at 1903 Central Ave.

    Sept. 11

  • Local espionage suspect released to halfway house

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A physicist accused after an FBI sting operation of trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon has been released to a halfway house.

    Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni appeared Monday in Albuquerque before a federal magistrate.

    A defense attorney argued Mascheroni has posed no threat to national security or a danger to the community in the 11 months since a search warrant was served at his Los Alamos home.

    The judge also agreed to place Mascheroni's wife, Marjorie, on house arrest.

  • 2010 Border Governors Conference concludes with signing of U.S.-Mexico joint agreement

    SANTA FE — Governors of the states lining both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border gathered at the Eldorado Hotel for the 28th annual Border Governors Conference.

    Immigration, arms trafficking and border violence were some of the tough issues the governors tackled.

  • Bicyclist hit by car rushed to hospital

    A vehicle crashed into a bicyclist riding on Bathtub Row this morning.

    "The bicyclist's injuries are serious but don't appear life-threatening," said Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson.

    Sgt. Jeff Regenold was at the scene and said the accident occurred at about 7:10 a.m. when a 39-year-old man making a right-hand turn in his 1998 Ford station wagon hit a 56-year-old woman riding her bicycle.

    The impact from the vehicle left a deep gash in the woman's foot, which was bleeding profusely, Regenold said.

  • National Take-Back Initiative for expired drugs

    On Saturday, DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from the nation’s medicine cabinets.

    In Los Alamos, the Los Alamos Police Department will set up a collection site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Rd.

    The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction.