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Public Safety

  • New chief looks to future

    It’s been a whirlwind two months for Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. Ever since he accepted the job as police chief, the Mansfield, Ohio, native has been learning the ropes at the LAPD, while getting to know his new community at the same time.
    Though his family is far away in Ohio and won’t be able to join him until next month, Sgambellone said he’s adjusting as best he can to his new surroundings and is doing pretty good navigating the learning curve of his new job, familiarizing himself with the department’s budget and procedures while at the same time getting to know his staff and fellow police officers.
    “Anytime you transition to a new opportunity, there’s always challenges,” he said. “I think things are compounded when the move is 1,500 miles away. There’s been some delay in transition for my family, for example.” He added that his family should be coming out soon, in time for his children to start the next semester of school. He has a daughter who’s in the fifth grade and son, who is a junior in high school.
    “The decision to come here is reinforced every time I meet someone new in the community,” he said, adding that he is very impressed with department and the relations it has to LANL and to the community at large.

  • LAFD captain awarded scholarship

    Los Alamos Fire Captain Wendy Servey has been awarded a scholarship from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to attend the Tampa 2 Fire Safety Summit. The scholarship will provide Captain Servey with conference registration fees, airfare, and lodging, so that she may attend the summit from March 10-12, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.
     Servey was chosen from a field of more than 150 applicants. The scoring matrix for selection was determined via a 6000 character essay submission related to the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. Scholarship applicants were asked to explain in the essay to explain how they had utilized the life safety initiatives during their career and to explain their ideas for future expansion and development of the initiatives.
    When informed of the scholarship award, Fire Chief Troy Hughes stated, “We are very proud of Captain Servey. Her initiative to improve not only herself professionally, but to actively contribute to the betterment of LAFD as a whole has not gone unnoticed. She is truly an asset to the Los Alamos Fire Department.”

  • Former Roswell police chief dies

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Al Solis, Roswell’s former police chief and the state’s former interim secretary of the Department of Corrections, died Monday, Roswell officials confirmed. He was 65 and had been battling cancer.
    Roswell City Manager Larry Fry said officials were informed that Solis died in Las Cruces. “He was certainly a man of integrity and had a long, distinguished career in law enforcement,” Fry said.
    His death comes just a few months after Solis announced in July he was stepping down for health reasons. He said at the time that his cancer was contained but not going away.
    The longtime lawman came to Roswell as administrator to the Chaves County Detention Center and later became the department’s chief.
    He spent 21 years with the U.S. Marshals Service and served briefly as interim secretary of the Department of Corrections under Gov. Susana Martinez.

    In 2011 interview with The Associated Press, Solis said he was happy to help Martinez reshape the corrections department and get it ready for incoming Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel. “But police work is what I enjoy doing,” he said. “I really enjoy working to make communities safer.”

  • Vandals hit Pojoaque High School

    SANTA FE (AP) — Vandals smashed numerous glass doors and windows at a Santa Fe County high school, causing damage estimated at $10,000 to $25,000.
    The vandalism took place over the weekend at Pojoaque Valley High School.
    Security cameras captured what appeared to be two individuals using a bat to smash a row of windows.
    There was so much broken glass and bent steel that maintenance crews had to use small tractors to clear the rubble.
    Sheriff’s deputies say blood found at the scene indicates that one or both of the perpetrators might have cut themselves.
    Sheriff’s Lt. William Pacheco says DNA samples from the blood have been sent to the state crime lab.

  • Actor pleads no contest to DWI in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE (AP) — Actor Wes Studi has pleaded no contest to driving while intoxicated and was given a suspended 90-day jail sentence in Santa Fe.
    Studi entered the plea last week as part of a deal with prosecutors.
    He was placed on probation for a year, ordered to perform 24 hours of community service, to attend DWI school and a victim-impact panel and have an interlock system installed in his vehicle.
    The 67-year-old Santa Fe resident appeared in “Avatar,” ‘’Dances with Wolves” and “The Last of the Mohicans.”
    Police had found Studi trying to fix flat tires on a vehicle stopped in the middle of a road in July.
    A police officer’s report said Studi was loud and vulgar toward officers during his arrest.  

  • LAPD looking for burglary suspect

     The investigations unit of the Los Alamos Police Department is looking into a burglary at a high profile location that occurred Nov. 17.
    The incident occurred at 1925 Trinity Dr., the local Smart House project.
    A suspect was captured on several videos breaking into the house. The suspect in the burglary is described as white male in his late-20’s to his mid-30s, 5-feet-10 to 6-feet tall, with a medium build and weighing about 180-200 pounds.
     He has a buzzed haircut and light facial hair which is a light brown color. He wore a blue Carhartt jacket with hood, a grey Texas A&M shirt, blue jeans and a white hat.
    Anyone with information regarding the identification of the suspect is urged to contact Det. Daniel Roberts at 663-1819 or call dispatch at 662-8222 reference case 2013-1321.
    Police are offering a $100 reward to anyone who supplies information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
    Callers may remain anonymous.
     

  • LAFD takes delivery of new aerial truck

    The Los Alamos Fire Department recently acquired a new fire truck: a Smeal Heavy Duty Aerial with a ladder capable of extending out to 105 feet.

    The fire department is currently undergoing a replacement program to retire its aging vehicles and trucks.

    According to Deputy Chief Justin Grider, this is the only ladder truck of its type in the department, but it is a very essential piece of equipment. He said ladder companies are responsible for getting onto roofs and ventilating structures, search and rescue, securing utilities and other vital tasks.

    “Those functions and responsibilities are very different from those that take fire hoses to the front door,” Grider said.

    The Smeal can, however, carry 300 gallons of water as well as pump water from outside sources if need be. It will be mostly used in situations that involve Los Alamos’ taller buildings, such as its hotels and buildings within the Los Alamos National Laboratory complex.

    “There are some very large structures and buildings on the lab site that we may need the truck to cover two sides of a building to keep the fire from spreading,” said Chief Troy Hughes,

  • Police Beat 12-13-13

    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.

    Dec. 1

    9:02 a.m. — A 55-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of breaking and entering at Barranca Road.

    Dec. 5

    6:15 a.m. — Jared Hollabaugh, 36, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at 2200 Diamond Dr.

    Dec. 6

    3:41 p.m. — An 18-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny (Less than $250) at 11th Street.

    3:47 p.m. — Brandon Garcia, 37, of Los Alamos was arrested on a district court bench warrant at 2500 Trinity Dr.

    8:52 p.m. — Anthony Brophy, 55, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of warrant other jurisdiction misdemeanor in the 1000 block of Cheyenne.

    11:39 p.m. — A 36-year-old Santa Fe woman told police that she needed to request family services at Diamond Drive.

    Dec. 9

    9:53 a.m. — A 49-year-old Abiquiu woman reported that she was the victim of larceny (over $500, less than $ 2,500).

  • National Weather Service issues special advisory

     

    ... A BRIEF BOUT OF WINTRY WEATHER EXPECTED TONIGHT AND EARLY FRIDAY FOR WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...

    A STORM SYSTEM WILL SLIDE INTO NEW MEXICO TONIGHT INCREASING THE CHANCES FOR LIGHT TO MODERATE ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. SNOW LEVELS WILL DROP FROM WEST TO EAST... CHANGING RAIN OVER TO SNOW... OR TO A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW. PRECIPITATION WILL FAVOR AREAS FROM THE SANDIA... MANZANO... AND NORTHERN SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS WESTWARD TO THE ARIZONA BORDER.

  • Dangerously cold wind chills pose threat tonight

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

    FRIGID TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH MODERATE TO STRONG NORTH WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES THIS EVENING THROUGH EARLY TONIGHT.

    THE COMBINATION OF MODERATE TO STRONG NORTH WINDS AND TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW FREEZING WILL CREATE WIND CHILL READINGS BETWEEN 20 AND 30 DEGREES BELOW ZERO FOR THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS ABOVE APPROXIMATELY 7500 FEET THROUGH EARLY TONIGHT. ELSEWHERE...

    WIND CHILL READINGS FROM 15 TO 5 DEGREES BELOW ZERO WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES THROUGH EARLY TONIGHT. WINDS WILL SUBSIDE BY EARLY TONIGHT BUT TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO FALL INTO THE LOW TEENS AND SINGLE DIGITS IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS AND 10 TO 25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO MOUNTAINS. CONDITIONS WILL IMPROVE TUESDAY AFTERNOON AS PLENTIFUL SUNSHINE ALLOWS FOR AT LEAST SOME TEMPERATURE MODERATION.

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