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Public Safety

  • Distressed hiker

    Firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded to a call Friday morning concerning a hiker who fell ill while walking a trail in Quemazon. 

  • Area hit with mail thefts

    The Los Alamos Police Department is currently investigating a rash of mail thefts in the area. Although none have occurred in Los Alamos yet, they did say thefts occurred in White Rock, Española and Santa Fe.

    Police are currently investigating suspects.

    Police are also recommending residents take precautions when sending money through the mail.

    They said either drop bills off in the large drop-off bin at the post office or if possible, pay
    bills online.

    “Whatever you put in that mailbox, anybody has access to it,” said Preston Ballew, public information officer for the LAPD. “I would take precautions and take your bills down to the local post office.”

    According to Det. Paige Early, thieves have stolen or attempted to steal thousands of dollars through this latest series of incidents.

    If you feel you’ve been a victim of this type of crime, you can contact Early at 662-8274 or call the dispatch office at 662-8222. Police officials also add that if you see any suspicious activity, call the police department to report it.
     

  • Two LA residents arrested on drug trafficking charges

    Two Los Alamos residents were arrested late Friday night as a part of a several weeks-long drug trafficking case initiated by Los Alamos Police Investigations Unit.
    Jeffrey Aslin, 45, and Krysti Hernandez, 43, were both arrested late Friday evening after a traffic stop was conducted in conjunction with arrest warrants that were issued on both subjects earlier that day.
    Aslin is charged with trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine), conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Hernandez is also charged with trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and conspiracy.
    As of Tuesday, Detective Sgt. Oliver Morris said both are still in the Los Alamos Detention Center being held on a $20,000 cash or surety bond.
    “This case is the result of weeks of investigative work by the Investigations unit, the evening of the arrest both subjects were apprehended by a night time traffic stop on Trinity Drive,” Morris said. “ Throughout this investigation, the suspects have allegedly been trafficking methamphetamine in various locations around Los Alamos and sometimes at job sites where suspect(s) may have been contracted to do work. It appears this has allegedly occurred without the knowledge of the homeowners where work was being conducted.”

  • Police Beat 10-15-13

    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.

    Oct. 3

    9:09 a.m. — Jonathan Briggle, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested based on three magistrate court bench warrants.

    9:37 a.m. — Annette Ontiveros, 34, of Albuquerque was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
    Oct. 4

    12:04 a.m. — Jarrod Romero, 33, of Santa Fe was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at Oppenheimer Dive./Trinity Drive.

    4:03 p.m. — Mitchell Chavez, 64, of Los Alamos was arrested based on a district court bench warrant.
    Oct. 5

    6:44 a.m. — A 25-year-old Los Alamos man told police that he was the victim of burglary from dwelling/house at Trinity Drive.
    Oct. 6

    11:34 a.m. — A 56-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of fraudulent signing/credit card at 43rd Street.

    4:01 p.m. — A 5-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was the victim of dangerous animal at the Ski Hill.
    Oct. 7

  • Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 11 a.m.

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MDT WEDNESDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 3 TO 7 INCHES ABOVE 8500 FEET AND 1 TO 3 INCHES BETWEEN 6500 FEET AND 8500 FEET. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ON MOUNTAIN PEAKS AND EAST FACING SLOPES. SNOW LEVELS WILL BE HIGHER IN THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS WHERE SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAINLY FOCUS ABOVE 7500 FEET.

    * TIMING... THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE MAIN IMPACT PERIOD FOR SNOW WILL OCCUR BETWEEN ROUGHLY 12 AM AND 8 AM MDT WEDNESDAY.

    * WINDS... NO WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

    * SNOW LEVELS... FALLING TO NEAR 6500 FEET OVERNIGHT THEN RISING BACK TO NEAR 8500 FEET BY LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADWAYS WILL CREATE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ACROSS THE REGION... ESPECIALLY OVER HIGHER TERRAIN PASSES. EXPECT REDUCED VISIBILITIES. SLIGHT IMPACTS ARE POSSIBLE ALONG INTERSTATE 25 THROUGH RATON PASS AND THROUGH GLORIETA PASS. OTHER NOTABLE AREAS THAT MAY BE IMPACTED INCLUDE HIGHWAY 38 THROUGH BOBCAT PASS... HIGHWAY 64 THROUGH PALO FLECHADO PASS... HIGHWAY 64 AROUND HOPEWELL LAKE... AND HIGHWAY 518 NEAR HOLMAN HILL.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • Potential for first snow of the season this week

    FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON COMING TO PORTIONS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

    ACCUMULATING SNOW IS POSSIBLE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY WHEN A BACKDOOR COLD FRONT WILL INTERACT WITH AN APPROACHING UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM.

    SNOW LEVELS WILL START OFF TUESDAY EVENING AROUND 8500 FEET... THEN GRADUALLY FALL TO AROUND 6500 FEET BY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. AREAS FAVORED FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW ARE THE HIGHER TERRAIN AND EAST SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND THE EAST CENTRAL... NORTHEAST AND FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS.

    SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ABOVE 9500 FEET IN THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS... WITH AMOUNTS GENERALLY ONE INCH OR LESS BELOW 7500 FEET AT PLACES LIKE TAOS... RATON... SPRINGER... LAS VEGAS... CAPULIN... CLINES CORNERS AND MORIARTY.

    THE TRAVEL CORRIDORS BETWEEN GLORIETA PASS AND RATON PASS ON INTERSTATE 25 AND BETWEEN CLINES CORNERS AND TIJERAS CANYON ON INTERSTATE 40 MAY BE IMPACTED WITH LOW VISIBILITIES IN SNOW TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH SOME LIGHT ACCUMULATION.

    Stay with LAMonitor.com for the latest in weather developments...

  • Cone Zone 10-13-13

    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.
    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:
    15th Street: Driveway accesses to business parking areas on 15th Street remain closed; valley gutters and drive pads have been placed. 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.
    Cleanup continues throughout the project area.
    Non-County Projects of Significance:
    Smith’s Marketplace construction will continue through opening day in May 2014. Expect significant truck traffic and delays on N.M. 502 and Trinity Drive.
    Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Projects:
    For more information about the project listed below, please e-mail dpu@lacnm.us, call 311 or 662-8333, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Other Resources:

  • Drug takeback day set for Oct. 26

    On Oct. 26, the Los Alamos Police Department will conduct its bi-annual DEA Drug Take Back Day initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following collection sites:
     • Los Alamos Medical Center Parking Lot (Trinity Side)
    • White Rock Visitor Center Parking Lot
    This event is intended for all who wish to turn in any unused prescriptions for destruction.
     

  • Wind Advisory in effect until 8 p.m.

    WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    * LOCATION... THE NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY INCLUDING THE ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE METRO AREAS... THE NORTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL PLAINS... THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... AND EASTERN LINCOLN AND SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTIES.

    * WINDS... SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY THIS MORNING AND PEAK BETWEEN NOON AND 6 PM BEFORE TAPERING OFF DURING THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. WINDS MAY PERSIST OVER THE NORTHEAST PLAINS INTO TONIGHT BEFORE SUBSIDING.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED IN DUST PRONE AREAS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... STRONG CROSS WINDS WILL EXIST OVER THE REGION... AND WILL IMPACT MAJOR HIGHWAYS INCLUDING INTERSTATE 40 AS WELL AS INTERSTATE 25 FROM GLORIETA PASS SOUTH TO THE SOCORRO AND SIERRA COUNTY LINE.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING. SUDDEN GUSTS OF WIND MAY CAUSE YOU TO LOSE CONTROL OF YOUR VEHICLE. EXTRA ATTENTION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO CROSS WINDS.

    More Information

    ... STRONG WINDS OVER MUCH OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TODAY...

  • 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.