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Public Safety

  • Sgambellone accepts police chief position

    County Administrator Harry Burgess announced at Tuesday’s county council meeting that Dino Sgambellone has accepted the county’s offer and will take up the reins as chief of police. Sgambellone replaces Wayne Torpy, who retired in August, citing health concerns.

    Sgambellone (pronounced SCAM-buh-lohn) — who is currently chief of police for the City of Mansfield, Ohio — brought his family to Los Alamos for four days last weekend so they could see the community and participate in the decision.

    “They were very positive about the experience they had here, and Mr. Sgambellone did accept the position,” Burgess said.

    “His report to me was that all their interactions were positive, that they found people throughout the community to be very receptive and open.

    “Even the class of 1963 that was staying at the hotel with him gave a lot of help.”

    Other candidates who interviewed for the top cop slot included Roy Melnick, Donnie Perry, Bill Press and Philip Smith.

    The appointment will not be official until council votes to affirm Sgambellone at its next regularly scheduled council meeting Oct. 29, in order to comply with Open Meeting requirements for publishing the item in the agenda.
    Sgambellone’s start date is Nov. 12.
     

  • Smith's yanks chicken in Salmonella outbreak

    The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores, including Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers/City

    Market, Ralphs, Food 4 Less (west coast), Smith's in southern Nevada

    and New Mexico, and QFC, today responded to a USDA public health alert

    raising concerns of illness caused by strains of Salmonella Heidelberg

    that is associated with raw chicken products from three Foster Farms

    production facilities, by removing those products from sale.

    Other Foster Farms facilities have not been linked to the outbreak by the

    USDA. These chicken products are sold under a variety of labels and

    identifiable by looking on packages for the following USDA mark of

    inspection numbers: P6137, P6137A and P7632.

    The company is removing products from its Fred Meyer, Fry's, King

    Soopers/City Market, Ralphs, Food 4 Less (west coast), Smith's in

    southern Nevada and New Mexico, and QFC stores and warehouses after

    learning that the Salmonella outbreak has sickened an estimated 278

    people in 18 states. Kroger, Dillons and Jay C division stores are not

    included in the removal.

    The company is also initiating its customer notification system that

    alerts customers through register receipt tape messages and phone

  • Driving Skills

    The Los Alamos Police Department was busy Tuesday morning at the Los Alamos Municipal Airport bringing the force’s driving skills up to speed. According to Det. Paige Early, the officers were being tested on their high speed maneuvering and backing skills The Los Alamos Fire Department volunteered to make the course more challenging by applying a layer of foam to the tarmac. 

  • Police Beat 10-08-13

    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.

    Sept.21

    7:19 p.m. ­— A 66-year-old female of Los Alamos reported that she was the victim of battery against a household member on Yucca St.
    Sept. 26

    2:27 a.m. — Victor Maldonado, 40, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor at 945 San Ildefonso Rd.

    9:21 a.m. — Irene Quintana, 49, of Chamita was arrested on a district court bench warrant.

    9:45 a.m. — A 15-year-old Los Alamos male reported to police that he was the victim of aggravated battery at Diamond Drive.

    9:51 a.m. — Tyler Bone, 44, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of warrant-other jurisdiction-misdemeanor.

    1:15 p.m. — A 15-year-old male of Hernandez-Chili was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery at 1300 Diamond Dr.

  • County makes offer on police chief post

    County Administrator Harry Burgess announced Thursday that he has extended an offer to Dino Sgambellone to be the next Police Chief of Los Alamos County.

    “We had an excellent pool of candidates,” Burgess said, “All five of the top candidates who were in Los Alamos two weeks ago for interviews were well-qualified to be the next police chief.”

    Burgess said he intends to finalize the offer within the next few days. The next step would be county council approval of the candidate, possibly as soon as the upcoming meeting on Tuesday night. Sgambellone met with the management team of the police department earlier this morning.

    “Dino is here with his family visiting Los Alamos, exploring our community as they carefully consider this opportunity,” said Burgess. He asked that local media respect the Sgambellone family’s privacy as they weigh their decision.

    “I know that residents are anxious to hear this news — the police chief is an active and important member of our community — and I hope to be able to make an announcement very soon,” Burgess said.

    Other candidates who interviewed for the top cop slot included Roy Melnick, Donnie Perry, Bill Press and Philip Smith.

  • Police Beat 10-01-13

    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.

    Sept. 19

    3:04 p.m. — A 36-year-old female from Santa Fe reported that she was the victim of identity theft at Bikini Atoll Dr.
    Sept. 20

    10:15 a.m. — A 41-year-old Los Alamos woman told police that she was the victim of criminal trespass at 36th Street.

    11:06 a.m. — A 50-year-old male Santa Fe male reported that he was the victim of larceny ( less than $250) at Pueblo Canyon Road.

    5:04 p.m. — Angelo Tinoco, 28, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.

    Sept. 21

    11:50 a.m. — Kenneth Harrison, 49, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of discharging firearms at Camp May Road.

    7:53 p.m. — John Halladay, 41, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member at North Road/ Yucca Street.

    Sept. 22

    12:30 p.m. — Erwin Primero-Rodriguez, 28, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
    Sept. 23

  • Cone Zone 09-29-13

    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:

    15th Street: Work on 15th Street will primarily consist of earthwork and placement of base material. Driveway accesses to business parking areas on 15th Street have been closed in order to place valley gutters and drive pads at this intersection. This closure will last for 15 days to allow time to place forms, concrete, and cure time for the fresh concrete. During the closure, the contractor will be placing blue “business access” signs to provide motorists direction to the alternate driveway.

    The traveling public is to expect heavy truck traffic and congestion with lane closures and flagging operations. Seek alternate routes and allow additional time to reach your destination.

    The contractor is expected to pave from Oakwood North to Myrtle Street on Monday or Tuesday.

    Expect single lane closure/flagging operations between Oakwood South and Central Avenue to allow reconstruction of the road through Oct. 12.

    Western Area Phase 1:

  • Five SF residents arrested on oxycodone charges

     SANTA FE (AP) — Federal officials says five Santa Fe residents have been arrested on federal charges of trafficking in the powerful narcotic Oxycodone and two others on marijuana trafficking charges.
    Two others were charged in federal court with marijuana trafficking and another on state marijuana trafficking charges.
    The arrests happened in Santa Fe, where teams of officers from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies raided three homes and a business Thursday.
    The U.S. attorney’s office in Albuquerque says three men and two women were named in an indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and other federal crimes.
    The arrests came after an investigation was launched in January in response to what officials call an “epidemic” increase in prescription drug abuse, addiction and overdose deaths in New Mexico.
    Ashraf Nassar, 30, Phillip Anaya, 37, Krystal Holmes, 27, Sarah N. Romero, 34, and Daniel Trujillo, 31, were charged 16-count indictment with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.

  • Police Beat 09-24-13

    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.
    Sept. 6

    9:47 p.m. — A 31-year-old male of Los Alamos reported to police that he was the victim of unlawful taking of motor vehicle (Less than $2,500) on Sherwood Blvd.
    Sept. 7

    5:58 p.m. — A 31-year-old woman of Los Alamos reported to police that she was the victim of bribery/intimidation/retaliation against witness at Arkansas Ave.
    Sept. 12

    3:52 a.m. — A 40-year-old woman of Los Alamos reported to police that she was the victim of false imprisonment at Trinity.

    3:52 a.m. — Moses Salazar, 27, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member.

    10:45 a.m. — Peter Whisler, 63 of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at Motel 6.
    Sept. 14

    11:39 a.m. — A 76-year-old woman of Los Alamos reported to police that she was the victim of assault at Meadow Lane.
    Sept. 16

  • LA police looking for Chamita woman

    Los Alamos Police detectives are searching for Irene Quintana, 49, of Chamita.
    Quintana is wanted on a warrant with two charges: Distribution of a Controlled Substance (third degree felony) and Conspiracy (fourth degree felony).

    Earlier this month, Quintana is suspected of attempting to send controlled substances through the mail into the Los Alamos Detention Center.

    “I want to commend the alert jail staff who were able to ascertain the contraband coming into our jail. Our detention staff has a challenging job of not only maintaining order within the jail but to make sure the environment is safe from outside influences while still respecting inmate rights,” detective Sgt. Oliver Morris said. “We also will not fail to investigate anyone who attempts to perform such actions in the future”

    Quintana is 5-foot-4 and approximately 162 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair, and she was last known to be driving a black GMC Yukon with tinted windows and 20-inch rims.

    If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, contact the Los Alamos Police Department dispatch line at 662-8222.