Public Safety

  • Police Beat 02-18-14

    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.

    Feb. 6

    6:11 p.m. —John Halladay of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court warrant in the 4000 block of Yucca Street. The charges were for an arrest that took place Sept. 21, 2013 for battery against a household member.

    10 a.m — A 15-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested on a charge of instigating a fight with a 13-year-old Los Alamos girl at 2101 Hawk Drive. She was released and referred to juvenile authorities.

    7:12 p.m. — Lyle Gonzales of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of battery in the 500 block of Central Avenue.

    Feb. 7

    10:27 a.m. — A 14-year-old Los Alamos boy reported to police he was the victim of harassment at Canyon Glen.

    1:22 p.m. — A 28-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police that he was the victim of assault on Trinity Drive.

    Feb. 8
    4:43 p.m. — Jeremy Martinez of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license on East Road.

  • Hiker rescued in WR

    The Los Alamos County Fire Department responded to a call Sunday night to rescue an injured hiker in the Meadow Lane area. The hiker, a 24-year-old male, apparently had fallen off a 25-foot cliff. LAFD crews brought the man up and then transported him to UNM Hospital in Albuqerque. The identity of the man was not released and it was not known at press time what his condition was.

  • Judge to suspect: Watch the eye roll

    If there’s one thing Los Alamos Detention Center inmate Andrew Abeyta is learning while awaiting trial, it’s don’t roll your eyes when the judge is talking to you.
    During a routine status hearing for Abeyta Tuesday in magistrate court, Abeyta allegedly said an offhand remark in the courtroom that apparently didn’t go over well with the police officers within earshot.
    When they reported the incident to the presiding judge, Pat Casados, she addressed Abeyta about the incident.
    “I’m going to give you a little bit of advice. You’re on a short string with these officers right now, a very short string,” Casados said. “You’re about to fall into a very deep abyss. I think you should change your attitude toward them at this point in time, or you’re going to have even a worse time. They may even bring some more charges against you. Do you understand?”
    That’s when he responded with an eye roll.
    Casados noticed immediately.
    “While you roll your eyes….I’m wondering if you think this is a joke?” she said.
    Abeyta said no, and that he really didn’t mean anything by his comment to the officers.
    “If I said anything, it wasn’t intentionally meant to them,” he said to the judge.

  • Lucero seeks second term

    Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero is making a bid for reelection so he can continue the work he started during his first term in office.
    “I feel that we have come a short way in making the sheriff’s office a little more professional and functional since I was first elected, but I think we still have a ways to go,” Lucero said.
    “I feel that I could continue to work in cooperation with the local police and surrounding agencies to help better keep our community safe.”
    Lucero is the first state certified law enforcement officer to serve as sheriff in the county. He ran for election after retiring from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department, where he served for 22 years.
    “I’ve been doing this for half my life. I’m 50 years old. I’ve been working in law enforcement for 25 years. I have a state certification as a law enforcement officer, which is a first in Los Alamos, and I feel that experience and training will help make the office a lot more professional,” Lucero said.
    Lucero believes he has raised the profile of the county’s sheriff office during his tenure.
    “The office is a lot more recognized throughout the state and around the United States when I go to various conferences,” Lucero said.

  • Police Beat 02-07-14

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Jan. 30

    2:02 p.m. — James Reagan,, 49 of Los Alamos, was arrested while driving with a suspended or revoked license in the 1900 block of Diamond Drive.
    Jan. 31

    2:52 p.m. — A 32-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of identity theft at Trinity Drive.
    Feb. 1

    5 p.m. — Gere Burrell, 32 of Los Alamos, was arrested for shoplifting by possession in the 600 block of San Ildefonso Road.
    Feb. 2

    10 p.m. — Sarah Manzanares, 37 of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of child abuse in the 1700 block of 36th Street.
    Feb. 3

    11:22 a.m. — A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $2500) in the vicinity of Trinity Drive.

    3:30 p.m. — A 40-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1000) at Walnut Street.

  • Bridge Crash

    A Geo sedan and a Honda SUV crashed on Omega Bridge just as the regular work day was ending at Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday.
    Los Alamos Police and Fire departments were on the scene and traffic was diverted from the bridge down to the canyon and back up to Ridgeway and Diamond Drive.
    One person was hurt in the accident.
    LAPD said the cause of the crash was unknown. 

  • County Crime Statistics

    Violent Crime


    2012: 0
    2013: 0


    2012: 15
    2013: 5


    2012: 0
    2013: 1


    2012: 45
    2013: 38

    Property Crime


    2012: 3
    2013: 1


    2012: 32
    2013: 19


    2012: 165
    2013: 135

    Motor vehicle theft

    2012: 4
    2013: 5



    2012: None
    2013: None


    2012: 310
    2013: 305

    DWI/DUI offenses

    2012: 65
    2013: 61


    2012: 2,453
    2013: 2,572

    Total calls

    2012: 17,318
    2013: 16,573

    (NOTE: figures do not include canceled, no police action or other agency calls)

  • LAPD releases 2013 crime stats

    Compared to last year, crime is down in Los Alamos, according to a set of statistics compiled by Los Alamos Police Department.
    The stats concern “Part 1” crimes, which include homicide, rape, robbery, assault, arson, burglary, larceny and auto theft. The stats are annually compiled as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “Uniform Crime Report” program, a program started in the 1930s as a way to track national crime statistics.
    Sgambellone said he decided to release the statistics as a public service to the community.
    “We have a low crime rate here and I believe the police department plays a large role in that as well as the community at large,” Sgambellone said.
    Sgambellone said from now on, he plans on releasing statistics on a monthly basis.
    According to a press release sent out by the police department, there was a significant decrease in Part 1 crimes in 2013 as compared to 2012.
    “During the 12 months of 2013, officers responded to a total of 204 overall Part 1 offense complaints, which represents a 23 percent decrease as compared to 264 offenses during the same period in 2012,” read a statement in the press release. “The violent crime decreased from 60 offenses in 2012 to 44 in 2013, a 27 (percent) decrease.”

  • Crash shuts down Omega Bridge
  • Pilfered Points

    There’s a pretty sneaky scam involving your “Smith’s Rewards” card that’s spreading fast out there.
    Fortunately, it’s very easy to stop.
    Some scam artists out there are taking advantage of the fact that Los Alamos is a small town with one major grocery store chain.
    According to the victims, dishonest motorists are using residents’ phone numbers to get discounts on gas.
    The way it works is pretty simple: those signing up for a Smith’s card are asked to give an alternative, 10-digit ID number. Unfortunately, many people are using their phone numbers because they are so easy to remember.
    Since Los Alamos is a small town with just one grocery store chain, scammers just roll up to the gas stations that accept Smith’s cards, plug in a 505-662 number and often get “lucky.”
    Of course, when the legitimate owner of the Smith’s card tries to cash in their points, which can be as much as $1 per gallon off their fill-up, they often get a rude awakening. All those points they think they’ve accumulated through buying groceries are gone.
    “Unfortunately, this is a small enough community they can just go through the phonebook, pick a number and if it works, keep using it,” said one victim, who asked not to be identified.