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Public Safety

  • Cone Zone 10-12-14

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    Oppenheimer north (library driveway) is scheduled to be paved Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Once this paving is complete, the library driveway and west parking lot will be opened for traffic.
    Once the library driveway is open, likely around 6:30 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, the contractor will close Bathtub Row at Central AND Central from just east of Oppenheimer to 20th Street. During this closure, access to Bathtub Row will be from Peach Street. (Directions starting from westbound Central: right at 15th, left at Nectar which turns into Peach Street, then left onto Bathtub Row. Directions starting from eastbound Canyon: left at Rose, left at Peach, and a quick right onto Bathtub Row). This closure will remain in place for approximately two weeks.
    Paving Central between Oppenheimer and 20th Street, including the Bathtub Row intersection, is scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
    Once the paving is complete the contractor will continue with concrete work within the closure.
    Once Bathtub Row is open, the library driveway will need to close one more time to complete remaining concrete work. 

  • Robot tuneup

    Los Alamos Police Department Detective Ben Hinrichs gives the police department’s bomb disposal robots a maintenance check in the parking lot of the Los Alamos Justice Center Tuesday afternoon.

  • DPU explains gas leak

    More details emerged Thursday regarding the gas leak that forced the Los Alamos Middle School to go into shelter for about an hour Wednesday.
    James Richardson, the deputy utilities manager for gas, water and sewer, said a contractor who was installing underground cable, accidentally drilled a one-inch hole into a four-inch medium gas main. The drilling took place on middle school property and Richardson estimated the leak was about 500 feet from the nearest building.
    Richardson said the call came in at 12:15 p.m. Richardson said it took crews 20 minutes to get to the site. It took 10 minutes to isolate the leak and another 20 minutes to pinch the leak.
    Richardson said that gas was restored to the school by 2:30 p.m.
    “It’s always serious when there is a hole in the gas line,” Richardson said. “But there was no fire and no explosion. We dug a hole and let the gas escape.
    “The middle school was sheltered and there was no danger to kids. … I am proud of our guys. They got on it fast. They isolated it and restored service quickly.”
    Richardson said the contractor followed proper protocol in contacting the 811 locate system before they started drilling. Richardson said DPU was notified by 811 and the utilities companies told them about possible lines.

  • LAFD responds to WR furnace fire

    Fire crews responded to a furnace fire this morning in the 400 block of Cheryl Avenue. Just the gas furnace was damaged and no one was hurt. The Los Alamos Fire Department wants everyone to know that as the weather grows cooler, now would be a good time to check your furnaces, replace filters and make sure your fire alarms are in good working order.

  • Gas leak pinched at LAMS -- updated

     

     

    More details emerged Thursday regarding the gas leak that forced the Los Alamos Middle School to go into shelter for about an hour Wednesday.

    James Richardson, the deputy utilities manager for gas, water and sewer, said a contractor who was installing underground cable, accidentally drilled a one-inch hole into a four-inch medium gas main. The drilling took place on middle school property and Richardson estimated the leak was about 500 feet from the nearest building.

    Richardson said the call came in at 12:15 p.m. Richardson said it took crews 20 minutes to get to the site. It took 10 minutes to isolate the leak and another 20 minutes to pinch the leak.

    Richardson said that gas was restored to the school by 2:30 p.m. 

    “It’s always serious when there is a hole in the gas line,” Richardson said. “The middle school was sheltered and there was no danger to kids. … I am proud of our guys. They got on it fast. They isolated it and restored service quickly.”

    Richardson said the contractor followed proper protocol in contacting the 811 locate system before they started drilling. Richardson said DPU notified 811, telling them about possible lines.

  • Police Beat 10-08-14

    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.
    Sept. 25

    9:35 p.m. — Trevor Braughton, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery of a household member in the 1200 block of Sioux Street.
    Sept. 26

    12:26 p.m.— A 58-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny on Gold Street.

    4:21 p.m. — A 48-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim in an accident with no injuries at the intersection of East Road and N.M. 4.
    Sept. 29

    1:32 a.m. — Rachel Weiss, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested on a warrant from the Los Alamos Magistrate Court and resisting, evading, obstructing a officer in the service of court process in the 100 block of Longview Drive. The original warrant charges were for use of a credit card without consent at 11:23 a.m. Sept. 20,

    9:27 a.m. — Ryan Barnes 38, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass at Smith’s.

  • $1 million in pot seized in Jemez Valley

    Authorities have seized more than $1 million worth of marijuana plants during a raid of a grow operation in the Jemez Valley.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the farming operation was composed of two large areas where hundreds of plants had grown to nearly 5 feet tall.
    Some of the plants already had been harvested.
    Sheriff’s deputies say more than 1,000 marijuana plants were found growing on public land in the national forest Wednesday. The location was near N.M. 485 and the Gilman Tunnels, which is about 50 miles west of Los Alamos.
    Sandoval County undersheriff Karl Wiese said 350 plants were drying when law enforcement arrived and three fields had already been harvested.
    Authorities believe up to a dozen people were involved in the operation but no arrests were immediately made.
    The task force involved in the seizure contained law enforcement officers from State Police, DEA, Sandoval County, the Albuquerque Police Department and the National Guard. Dozens of individual officers helped in the seizure, officials said.
    Sheriff’s officials say it was the largest seizure they’ve responded to in at least the last decade.
     

  • Police Beat 09-30-14

    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.
    Sept. 18

    9 p.m. — Cody Sowers, 27, of Jemez Springs was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos police station. He was charged again through a different district court warrant Sept. 22.
    Sept. 20

    11:23 a.m. — An 83-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was a victim of fraudulent use of a credit card without consent at Rover Boulevard.

    9:35 p.m. — Victor Medina, 32 of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked at the intersection of 36th Street and Diamond Drive.
    Sept.21

    4:31 a.m. — Police arrested a 16-year-old Hernandez teen on a district court warrant in Espanola. The original charges was for harassment on Central Avenue, on Oct. 16, 2013.

    6:08 p.m. — Andrew Garsik 28, of Los Alamos was arrested with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of 42nd Street and Urban Street.
    Sept. 22

  • Drug takeback day

    On Saturday, the Los Alamos Police Department facilitated the second DEA drug take back day in Los Alamos County for 2014. Los Alamos Police Officers collected 186 pounds of unused or unwanted prescription medication as a part of the national program. “This continues to be a successful campaign to get prescription medication out of circulation that is no longer needed,” Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

  • LAPD takes aim at domestic violence

     The Los Alamos Police Department will soon be taking a new, proactive tact with domestic violence, all in an effort to reach people before they become victims of domestic violence.
    According to LAPD Officer Adele Girmendonk, while her department is quite good at providing resources and numbers at the scene of an incident, she and her fellow officers are often the first contact domestic violence victims have with any type of help. Girmendonk said the department hopes to change that, hopefully through an awareness campaign starting this October (October is domestic violence awareness month).
    The campaign will include notifications on the department’s web site at losalamosnm.us/police and other events throughout the year. Readers may have already noticed police officers at Saturday’s Health Fair at the Los Alamos High School, where they handed out resources and contact information to attendees.
    The department was also working with the Los Alamos Teen Center. Recently, the teens were featured in the Los Alamos Monitor creating domestic violence prevention posters for the health fair.
    LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone praised Girmendonk for her efforts to help the department become more proactive when it comes to domestic violence.