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Public Safety

  • Powerful storm system blasts US West; 8 killed

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful storm system that has caused hundreds of accidents across the Western U.S. marched eastward Saturday with predictions of widespread snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds.

    The fierce weather has caused at least eight deaths and prompted travel advisories Saturday afternoon in New Mexico and Texas.

    As thick, gray clouds covered the Southwest, forecasters said the storm would sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast, causing problems for holiday travelers.

    Joe Harris, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the "Nordic outbreak" will "produce a mixed bag of wily weather that will end up impacting much of the nation."

    In New Mexico, authorities and residents braced for the second hit of a one-two punch that had already blanketed parts of the state with snow and freezing rain and caused a rollover accident that killed a 4-year-old girl in the eastern part of the state.

    Three other storm-related deaths were reported Saturday in a crash in the Texas Panhandle involving nearly a dozen vehicles.

  • Police Beat 11-22-13

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Nov. 14
    Noon ­— Daniel Yamada, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of abuse of a child at 118 Central Park Square.

    Nov. 15
    4:41 p.m. — Aaron Even, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
    3:10 p.m.—A Los Alamos woman, age unknown, reported to police she was the victim of property damage (less than $1,000) at 45th Street.

    Nov. 16
    9:03 a.m. — Ashlee Justice, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of shoplifting (less than $100) in a store on Central Avenue.

  • Commuting nightmare

    Two people were injured in a car accident N.M. 502 East near the Totavi 66 gas station Tuesday. Traffic was bottlenecked for one hour as cleanup crews narrowed parts of the highway down to one lane for clean up.

    According to the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department, there were two vehicles involved. A Nissan was traveling eastbound on N.M. 502 when a Chrysler, heading westbound, crossed traffic into the gas station. The Nissan hit the rear of the Chrysler, sending the driver of the Nissan and a passenger in the Chrysler to the hospital with undetermined injuries.

    The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department said the driver of the Chrysler was cited for failure to yield and having no driver’s license. Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be factors in the crash, according to the sheriff’s department. The Los Alamos Police Department handled traffic control and the Los Alamos Fire Department also was on the scene.

  • Sudden impact

    Police responded to an accident on Trinity Drive around 5 p.m. Monday involving a woman driving an SUV. Initial reports were she lost control of her vehicle and ran into one of the apartment buildings managed by Los Cerros Apartments. She was not cited, and there were no injuries.

  • Winter Blast heads toward Northern NM

    The Nationa Weather Service has issued the following special statement:

    A ONE TWO PUNCH OF WINTRY WEATHER APPEARS LIKELY FOR NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO DURING THE LATTER HALF OF THE WEEK AND EARLY NEXT WEEK. THE SYSTEM WILL ALSO BRING SHARPLY COLDER TEMPERATURES AND A 72 HOUR EAST CANYON WIND EVENT IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

    ONE WAVE OF PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT AS A BACK DOOR COLD FRONT DIVES SOUTHWESTWARD THROUGH THE STATE AND A BROAD UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM STALLS OFF THE COAST OF THE UPPER BAJA PENINSULA. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY THE COLDEST AIR WILL BANK UP AGAINST THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN AND SPREAD ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS... WHERE EASTERLY UPSLOPE FLOW WILL LIKELY PRODUCE RAIN AND SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AND PROBABLY FREEZING PRECIPITATION ALONG THE TEXAS BORDER. A GUSTY EAST WIND BELOW CANYONS OPENING INTO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY WILL BEGIN IN EARNEST THURSDAY NIGHT WITH ENOUGH COLD AIR WORKING ITS WAY INTO WESTERN NEW MEXICO FOR RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW SHOWERS THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT.

  • Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SUNDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 5 INCHES... EXCEPT FOR GREATER AMOUNTS OVER THE HIGHER WEST FACING SLOPES OF THE JEMEZ AND SAN PEDRO MOUNTAINS.

    * TIMING... SNOW IS EXPECTED OFF AND ON THROUGH TONIGHT.

    * WINDS... INCREASING TO WEST 30 TO 40 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 50 MPH TODAY AND CONTINUING TONIGHT. STRONGER WINDS LIKELY ALONG THE EAST SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTOS TONIGHT... WITH SOME GUSTS BETWEEN 55 AND 65 MPH.

    * SNOW LEVELS... SNOW LEVELS BETWEEN 7500 AND 8500 FEET TODAY THEN DROPPING TONIGHT TO INCLUDE ALL AREAS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. SLICK AND ICY ROADWAYS... INCLUDING ALONG STATE ROADS 4... 518 AND 434... AND HIGHWAY 64... ARE LIKELY. VISIBILITIES WILL OCCASIONALLY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE MILE IN BLOWING SNOW.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE RESTRICTED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

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    ... WINTRY CONDITIONS TO CONTINUE OVER THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS...

  • Winds, snow, unsettled weather for the weekend

    The National Weather Service has issued the following Special Weather Statement for the region:

    UNSETTLED WEATHER WITH MOUNTAIN SNOW AND STRONGER WINDS EXPECTED INTO THE WEEKEND...

    DISTURBANCES IN THE FLOW ALOFT WILL CREATE AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN OVER NEW MEXICO FRIDAY AND THROUGH THE WEEKEND. PRECIPITATION IS FIRST EXPECTED TO BREAK OUT OVER WESTERN NEW MEXICO FRIDAY MORNING... SPREADING INTO CENTRAL AREAS OF THE STATE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND INTO THE OVERNIGHT. STRONGER BREEZES AND EVEN SOME WINDY CONDITIONS WILL ALSO DEVELOP FRIDAY WITH MANY OF THE HIGH TERRAIN AREAS OBSERVING OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 30 TO 40 MPH.

    SNOW LEVELS WILL BE QUITE HIGH DURING THE DAYTIME FRIDAY... LOWERING TO 7000 TO 8000 FEET IN MUCH OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO BY FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY. THERE WILL BE POTENTIAL FOR A FEW INCHES OF SNOW IN THE HIGH TERRAIN... ESPECIALLY IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO ALONG WEST FACING SLOPES. WINDS ALOFT WILL STRENGTHEN MORE FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY. WIDESPREAD AREAS OF NEW MEXICO ARE EXPECTED TO OBSERVE GUSTS AS HIGH AS 40 TO 50 MPH SATURDAY AFTERNOON WITH SOME AREAS ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN OBSERVING GUSTS CLOSER TO 60 MPH.

  • Cold front set to deliver a winter punch

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

    MUCH COLDER AIR INVADING EASTERN NEW MEXICO THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...

    A STRONG COLD FRONT LYING FROM THE CENTRAL ROCKIES TO THE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE AND EASTWARD ACROSS THE U.S. MIDWEST WILL PLUNGE SOUTH AND WEST INTO NEW MEXICO OVERNIGHT... BRINGING SHARPLY COLDER TEMPERATURES TO THE EASTERN HALF OF THE STATE.

    EASTERLY WINDS GUSTING THROUGH CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN GAPS WILL REACH THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY OVERNIGHT... WITH EASTERLY GUSTS CONTINUING THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

    TUESDAY DAYTIME HIGHS WILL FALL 20 TO 30 DEGREES SHORT OF THOSE OBSERVED ON A MILD VETERANS DAY... WITH TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS PLUNGING TO 15 TO 25 DEGREES BELOW MID NOVEMBER NORMALS. LESS DRAMATIC DROPS ARE FORECAST FOR CENTRAL LOCATIONS... WITH SPOTS IN THE WEST AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT ENJOYING ONE LAST AFTERNOON OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES.

  • Calif. company recalls prepackaged salad, sandwich

    RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — More than 90 tons of ready-to-eat salads and sandwiches by a California catering company are being recalled after 26 people in three states were sickened by a bacterial strain of E. coli linked to its products, federal health officials said Sunday.

    Richmond-based Glass Onion Catering are recalling approximately 181,620 pounds of salads and sandwich wraps containing cooked chicken and ham, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said.

    The products were produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, and were shipped to distribution centers in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Texas. The Contra Costa Times reports the company supplies food to Trader Joe's, Super Fresh Goods and Delish.

    The FSIS said it began monitoring a cluster of illnesses involving E. coli O157:H7 on Oct. 29 and then was notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that California authorities had reported people sickened from eating pre-packaged salads with grilled chicken.

    In Washington, three people who were sickened with the bacterium told investigators they ate ready-to-eat salads from Trader Joe's, said Tim Church, a spokesman with the state's Department of Health.

  • NM interstate standoff ends after several hours

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Traffic is flowing again through Albuquerque's main interstate interchange following an hours-long standoff with a hit-and-run suspect.

    Officer Simon Drobik says the standoff ended around 5 a.m. Saturday when the suspect was taken into custody. He says the man has been transported to the VA Medical Center for a psychological evaluation.

    Police closed the I-25/I-40 flyover around 8 p.m. Friday when the man refused to surrender after being stopped in connection with an earlier hit-and-run accident.

    Officers backed off the suspect after he showed them a gun. Additional units were called in and officers closed down numerous lanes at the Big I interchange.

    The incident tied up traffic for hours.