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Public Safety

  • Accident on Trinity

    A firefighter tends to a child who was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in a three-car accident on Trinity Drive around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Two cars, a white Honda Civic and a Silver Mazda 3 were traveling in the eastbound lane. Behind them both was a black Ford Fusion sedan. The Honda was rear-ended by the Mazda and the Mazda was rear ended by the Ford. So far only the driver in the Ford, who also had two young children with her at the time, was cited. At press time, police did not release details in terms of the citation that was issued. Also, one person involved in the accident was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center for injuries. Police declined to say which car they were in or give an identity. The extent of their injuries is not known.

  • Chief prospects discuss careers

    First in a series on the five candidates for Los Alamos Police Chief.

    Roy E. Melnick has served as chief of the Los Lunas police department since 2009. He was also police chief in St. Johns, Ariz., from 2008–2009 and Ashland, Mass., from 2000–2006.

    In his cover letter, Melnick, 58, writes, “My strongest attribute is my ability to bring about positive change, to restore public trust and confidence in police departments in need of change, reform and the infusion of new ideas and leadership.”

    When he spoke with the Los Alamos Monitor, Melnick again stressed his experience transforming departments.

    “I would bring my training, education and experience, and the success of rebuilding three prior police departments that were in similar situations,” Melnick said, citing the Los Lunas department as an example.

    “The police chief had left and it was a department in turmoil. Seven officers had vacated the department and gone to Albuquerque, and it was just in disarray.

    “So I came in and spent six months learning the community and learning the personnel within the department, the strengths and weaknesses, and then reorganized the department into what was a more efficiently operating chain of command.”

  • Drug overdose deaths decline in 2012

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Overall drug overdose deaths in New Mexico are dropping but fatal prescription drugs overdoses are up, state health officials announced Tuesday.
    According to newly released numbers by the New Mexico Department of Health, 486 people died in New Mexico in 2012. That’s a 7 percent decrease from the year before.
    Records showed that there were 24.2 deaths per 100,000 persons, a decrease from the 2011 rate of 25.9. More males than females died from drug overdoses in 2012. In fact, more than 60.1 percent of drug overdose deaths were to men.
    Officials said that overdose deaths from prescription drugs jumped, but the department declined to give details on numbers.
    “One of the main concerns is that overdose deaths due to prescription drugs are increasing,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward. “The department is partnering with organizations to increase knowledge and availability of naloxone, which can help reverse an opioid overdose.”
    Officials did say that around 1.6 million prescriptions for opioid analgesics were filled in New Mexico from July 2012 through June 2013.
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared two years ago that prescription drug overdose deaths have become a national epidemic.

  • Search continues for N.M. firefighter -- updated

     

    The search for a U.S. Forest Service firefighter missing in northern New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest has entered its seventh day.

    Volunteers, firefighters and search and rescue teams have been combing mesa tops and steep canyons east of Jemez (HAY'-muhs) Springs in search of Token Adams.

    The 41-year-old engine crew captain disappeared Friday while checking on a report of smoke. He was on an ATV and failed to return to a pre-arranged meeting point with two other firefighters.

    Hundreds of people have participated in the search.

    Officials say crews are focused on 25 square miles of rugged forest. About a quarter of the area has been covered by ground crews, while air support has searched much of the rest.

    A special helicopter with infrared and low-light sensors is scheduled to arrive Thursday.

    According to a release from the Forest Service, the specialized helicopter has cameras as well as infrared and low-light sensors.  Its low-light sensors and transmission equipment can transmit images to search crews up to 30 miles away.  Search teams use a gridding technique to ensure that all areas are covered thoroughly before eliminating and moving to a different area.  Air and ground search areas overlap.

  • Public to meet chief hopefuls

    The County of Los Alamos released the names of five potential candidates for police chief recently,and has set aside time for the public to meet them Sept. 12 at a reception inside the County Municipal Center.

    “Candidates will be available to visit informally with attendees from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. At approximately 6:30 p.m., each of the candidates will be asked to make brief remarks about their background, experience and why they believe they are the best candidate for the job,” said a statement in the press release from the county. It also said residents can leave written comments at the end of reception as well as email comments overnight to County Administrator Harry Burgess.

    The candidates are: Roy Melnick, current chief of the Los Lunas, New Mexico police department; Don Perry, current compliance enforcement administrator for the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Bill Press, current chief of the Fairhope, Ala. police department; Dino Sgambellone, current police chief of the Mansfield, Ohio police department and Philip Smith, currently deputy police chief of the Roswell, NM police department.

  • At least 3 bears sighted on streets of Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Santa Fe are warning residents to be on the lookout for bears.

    City police say at least three bears were seen roaming the streets Tuesday.

    Sightings of a mother bear and a cub first came in around 9 a.m. in the area around Santa Fe High School. A larger bear that's possibly a male was seen in the city around 10 a.m.

    Last Thursday, New Mexico Game and Fish Department agents were able to corner a different mother and cub. Both were tranquilized and safely relocated.

    On Sunday, a 300-pound male bear was tranquilized and relocated after he was found roaming around a Santa Fe street.

    Animal Control Agents estimate about 10 different bears have been seen in the city limits in the last two weeks.

  • Police Beat 09-03-13

    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.

    Aug. 22

    11:34 a.m. — Alissa Wallington, 21, of Santa Cruz was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
    11:45 a.m. — Urias Valdez, 42, of Velarde was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant.

    Aug. 23

  • Flood Advisory until 9 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... NORTHWESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHEASTERN SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 900 PM MDT

    * AT 655 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN OVER SANTA CLARA CANYON AND SURROUNDING AREAS. BETWEEN 0.5 TO 0.75 INCHES OF RAINFALL WILL FALL IN THIS AREA.

    * STRONG FLOWS AND HIGH WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED IN ARROYOS... SMALL STREAMS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS. RAPID RUNOFF CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED IMMEDIATELY OVER AND DOWNSTREAM FROM WILDFIRE BURN SCARS.

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  • Flood Advisory until 3 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... WESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 300 PM MDT

    * AT 1253 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN 4 MILES WEST OF LOS ALAMOS OR OVER THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. EXPECT RAINFALL BETWEEN 0.75 TO 1.25 INCHES AS THE CELLS MOVE SLOWLY TO THE SOUTHEAST. THE VALLES CALDERRA WILL SEE THE MAIN IMPACT BUT WESTERN PORTIONS OF LOS ALAMOS CLOUD ALSO SEE SOME MINOR FLOODING.

    * STRONG FLOWS AND HIGH WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED IN ARROYOS... SMALL STREAMS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS. RAPID RUNOFF CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED IMMEDIATELY OVER AND DOWNSTREAM FROM WILDFIRE BURN SCARS.

  • Flash Flood Warning until 4 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHEASTERN SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 400 PM MDT

    * AT 218 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 15 MILES WEST OF SANTA CLARA PUEBLO... OR ABOUT 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THE STORM PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN WAS DRIFTING TOWARD THE EAST. A REMOTE STATION IN UPPER SANTA CLARA CANYON WAS MEASURING RAINFALL RATES IN EXCESS OF TWO INCHES PER HOUR. RADAR HAS ESTIMATED NEARLY THREE INCHES MAY HAVE FALLEN IN THE FAR WESTERN REACHES OF UPPER SANTA CLARA CANYON SINCE ABOUT 130 PM.

    THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOS ALAMOS... SANTA CLARA CANYON... RIO DEL OSO... CAMP MAY ROAD... QUEMAZAN TRAIL..HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND..INDIAN SERVICE ROUTE 602 AND EASTERN PORTION OF VALLES CALDERA.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    WATER IN ARROYOS MAY TRAVEL MANY MILES AND TAKE HOURS TO REACH YOUR LOCATION FROM UPSTREAM RAIN AREAS.

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