Public Safety

  • NMDOT prepares for pilgrimage

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s District Five maintenance and construction crews are preparing safe walking areas along various New Mexico highways for the annual Good Friday Pilgrimage to the El Santuario de Chimayó.
    To further enhance the safety for this event, the department has asked law enforcement agencies to assist in the enforcement of a state law that prohibits encroachments, including concession or roadside stands, along state highway right of way.
    “This event has been a tradition for many generations and the New Mexico Department of Transportation is working together with local, state, federal and tribal entities to provide a safe walking area for this year’s event,” said District Five Engineer Miguel Gabaldon. “The department is requesting that walkers and motorists exercise extreme caution so that everyone is able to safely participate in the annual pilgrimage.”
    The NMDOT Cuyamungue and Alcalde maintenance crews have swept the typical routes to the Santuario, conducted shoulder erosion repairs and cleared debris and litter from the roadways to create safe walking areas.
    Beginning today through Good Friday, crews will continue to work around the clock to provide the various accommodations as they have in previous pilgrimages:

  • Escapee receives probation

    Susan Reass, the woman who escaped from custody during a medical checkup Feb 16, received a year of unsupervised probation for her attempt, according to magistrate court documents. She must also pay $73 in court costs.
    Conditions of her probation include staying away from establishments that sell or serve liquor. She must also not be in possession of firearms, explosive or any other type of explosive device.
    Bill Snowden, Reass’ attorney from the Santa Fe public defender’s office, said the probation was achieved through a plea agreement.
    “Essentially, it was part of a plea that the DA (Kent Wahlquist) and I worked on,” Snowden said. “Part of the agreement was that she returns to where she was living out of state. If she didn’t leave, she was looking at more trouble.”
    Another reason for the probation was that Reass had already spent time in jail for her previous, driver-related offenses.
    On that night of Feb 16, Reass was arrested on a probation violation for a previous offense. Her blood alcohol level was too high for her to be admitted into the jail, so she was taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center for evaluation.
    While at the hospital, Reass apparently asked the officers if she could use the bathroom. She used the bathroom on at least two occasions.

  • Crews rescue 12-year-old in the Jemez Mountains

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy who fell off a cliff while hiking in the Jemez Mountains has been rescued.
    Sandoval County Sheriff’s officials say the boy was hiking with his father and friends about 20 miles north of San Ysidro on Tuesday morning.
    KOB-TV reports that the young hikers got separated from the adult and the boy fell off a 30-foot cliff.
    Paramedics located the boy and moved him slowly to safety due to the serious nature of his injuries.
    A medical helicopter transported the boy to UNM Hospital.
    Sheriff’s officials say the boy is listed in stable condition.
    His name hasn’t been released.

  • Police Beat 04-15-14

    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.
    April 3

    10:30 a.m.: Jonathan Kebesadel, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at the 1200 block of 9th Street.

    10:30 a.m.: Jordan Miller, 19, was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce at 1200 block of 9th Street.
    April 4

    7:48 a.m.: A 42-year-old Velarde woman reported to police she was the victim of harassment at Central Park Square.
    April 5

    7:01 p.m.: A 17-year-old Los Alamos teen reported to police he was the victime of criminal damage to property on North Road.

    April 7

    10:40 a.m.: A 35-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a larceny (more than $500, less than $2,500) at 42nd Street.

    8:30 a.m.: Cyndy Remelius, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at the corner of Futura and Meadow Lane.
    April 8

  • Foster applies for Santa Fe top job

    Former Los Alamos County Police Commander Randy Foster is one of 48 applicants for the Santa Fe Police Department chief job, according to a report in the Albuquerque Journal.
    According to the Albuquerque Journal, other candidates include Española chief Eric Garcia, former Los Lunas chief Roy Melnick, former state police chief Carlos Maldonado. Melnick and Garcia applied for the Los Alamos job after Wayne Torpy retired. The Los Alamos job was filled by present chief Dino Sgambellone, who came to town from Mansfield, Ohio.
    Foster, meanwhile, lost his job following former Los Alamos Police Department Detective Brian Schamber’s involuntary confinement at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute for 10 days in late December 2012.
    Foster, former commander Scott Mills and detective Paige Early then filed suit against the county, alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination.
    A scheduling conference has been scheduled for district court in Santa Fe on April 23.
    Foster, meanwhile, lives in White Rock and is now a deputy with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department.
    According to the Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe mayor Javier Gonzales has formed a citizen committee to screen the 48 applicants.

  • Sheriff closes sex offender review

    A Piñon Elementary School student’s father, who other parents complained about to the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s office for “suspicious” behavior while at a school function, recently met with Marco Lucero — with an attorney in tow.
     Soon after the complaint, Lucero’s office sent out press release detailing the allegations in an effort to get more witnesses to come forward.
    “We were looking for additional information to help in our investigation,” Lucero said.
    Lucero asked the man if they could meet so he could question him about pictures he was allegedly taking of other parents’ kids at the event. Parents were concerned because the man involved is a convicted sex offender
    According to the sheriff, no charges were filed against the man.
    “There wasn’t anything in the interview,” Lucero said. “When I asked for his motivation behind the photographs of the other kids, he said it was to keep a chronological album for his son about who he grew up with.”
    Lucero said he and the district attorney Kent Wahlquist examined the state statutes and according to those statutes, the accused did nothing wrong.

  • Santa Fe man pleads guilty to embezzlement

    A Santa Fe man has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $42,000 from a New Mexico tribe over an eight-month period.
    Prosecutors say 60-year-old Ramiro R. Flores entered into a plea agreement Thursday.
    They say Flores will be required to pay restitution to the San Ildefonso Pueblo in an amount to be determined by the court and also be sentenced to probation.
    Flores was indicted last October on six counts of embezzlement from a tribal organization.
    According to the indictment, Flores embezzled $42,856 from San Ildefonso Pueblo between June 2011 and February 2012.
    At the time, Flores was employed as the program director for the Pueblo’s Parks and Wildlife Program.
    The case was investigated by the Santa Fe office of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon K. Stanford.


  • Police Beat 04-04-14

    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.
    March 27

    10:53 a.m. ­— Daniel Martinez, 54, of Alcalde was arrested on a warrant issued by Los Alamos District Court at the Los Alamos police station.

    2:16 p.m. — A 16-year-old Alcade male was arrested for shoplifting at an address in Alcade.

    2:23 p.m. — A 15-year-old Hernandez female was arrested for shoplifting at an address in Hernandez.
    March 29
    2:36 a.m. — Garrett Katcher, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on Brisa Del Bosque on a charge of aggravated (refusal to submit to chemical testing) driving while intoxicated.

    11 p.m.— Dennis Casias, 50, of Los Alamos was arrested in the 2000 block of Trinity Drive for aggravated driving while intoxicated, with a blood alcohol level of .16 or more.

    11:34 p.m. — Nathan Lindsay, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested at the intersection of Grand Canyon Drive and Meadow Lane on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
    March 30

  • Two burglary suspects arrested

    They would have gotten away with it, if it were not for the dead flowers.
    Police arrested two local suspects, John Michael Romero, 19, and Sam Newell, 18, on three counts of aggravated burglary of a vehicle, two counts of larceny (fourth degree felony), one count of misdemeanor larceny, one count of conspiracy and receiving/transferring of stolen property Wednesday.
    According to court documents, the suspects are accused of burglarizing four vehicles in the White Rock area. The crime spree started in the late hours of Feb. 13 and continued into the morning of Feb. 14.
    They probably would have gotten away with it if it were not for the fact that they trampled someone’s flower bed in the process of their crime spree.
    When the victim of the alleged umbrage checked the footage on a surveillance camera to see who the culprit(s) were, the identities of the alleged car thieves were revealed as they were caught in the act.
    According to court documents, the two apparently took many things of value from the vehicles, including a handgun, an expensive pair of prescription sunglasses, earphones and loose change.
    On Wednesday, the two suspects were taken into custody after they both confessed to the Valentine’s Day spree.

  • Española man arrested on larceny charge

    Police arrested an Española man around 3 p.m. March 22 at a construction site located next to the Los Alamos Middle School. The suspect, Richard J. Martinez, 51 of Española, was caught allegedly pulling up wire with some cable attached to his pickup truck.
    Martinez was charged with larceny. A witness at the scene also told police that Martinez allegedly made off with a “large amount” of galvanized pipe, even after the same witness told Martinez he’d be arrested if he was caught.
    The witness showed a picture of the pipe theft in progress and police apparently made a positive identification of Martinez’s pickup truck through a sticker he had on his back window.
    Police also impounded his vehicle at the scene.