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Public Safety

  • Cone Zone 08-25-13

    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:
    Note: Canyon Road between 15th and 9th Street is closed to through traffic. Due to the significant amount of work and equipment in the roadway, non-resident motorists are asked to avoid the construction area and seek alternate routes.

    Canyon should be paved before Monday. Contractor will then be adjusting manhole and valve collars to match the grade of the new pavement. Expect minor flagging operations when this work is occurring. Once new concrete is placed, the manhole and valve areas will remain coned off until the fresh concrete has cured. Rim Road at Canyon will continue to be closed for placement of concrete at this intersection. Rim should reopen on Sept. 3. All other Canyon Road intersections should be open by end of day Monday.

    15th Street remains closed between Canyon and Sage north. 15th is also closed between Oakwood north and Oakwood south. Trenching for utility work continues on 15th Street progressing south of the Oakwood Loop; expect continued lane closures with flagging operations and detours as work progresses through side street intersections.

  • Farewell to the chief

     The Justice Center was packed Friday afternoon as people came to wish police chief Wayne Torpy a happy retirement.

  • Flood Advisory in effect until 7:15 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... NORTHERN 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 NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 715 PM MDT

    * AT 422 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN AT A RATE AROUND 1 INCH PER HOUR FROM THUNDERSTORMS MOVING UP SANTA CLARA CANYON FROM THE RIO GRANDE.

    * 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. BOTH SAN ILDEFONSO AND SANTA CLARA PUEBLOS SHOULD EXPECT HEAVY RUNOFF FROM STREAMS LEADING DOWN FROM THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS. THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR FLASH FLOODING TO DEVELOP.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    BOTH LOCALIZED AND DISTANT HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CREATE DANGEROUS FLOWS IN ARROYOS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH THESE WATERS. WATER IN ARROYOS MAY TRAVEL MANY MILES AND TAKE HOURS TO REACH YOUR LOCATION FROM UPSTREAM RAIN AREAS.

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

  • Police offer reward for graffiti vandals

     Police are offering a $500 reward for the arrest and/or conviction of the person or persons who defaced a Methodist Church in White Rock.

    According to Los Alamos Police Det. Oliver Morris, ever since the graffiti attack happened they’ve been looking for the perpetrators.

    Sometime over the weekend of Aug. 10 and 11 vandal(s) sprayed graffiti all over the church’s walls. The graffiti was obscene and satanic in nature. Their tag sign is “Snyp3” and so far police have few leads, though the case remains active.

    “Snype3” also allegedly tagged an electrical box behind Chamisa Elementary as well as a nearby culvert, in the vicinity of Aragon Avenue and Lejano Avenue.

    “Any graffiti they come across that’s similar people can call us about that as well,” Morris said.

    Also sprayed on signs in and near the culvert was the moniker “Atomic Kings.”

    Police believe the same paint that was used at the church matches the type that was used in
    the culvert.

    “We are actively pursuing a lead,” Morris said. 

  • Police Beat 08-20-13

    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. 7

    2:20 p.m. – A 17-year old Los Alamos female was arrested on a charge of forgery in the 530 block of Central Avenue.
    Aug. 8

    7:04 a.m. – A 66-year old Los Alamos male told police that he had been the victim of criminal damage to property ( less than $1,000) at Lejandro Drive.
    Aug. 9

    2:32 a.m. – A 17-year old Los Alamos female was the victim of aggravated battery on West Road.

    3:40 a.m. – A 17-year old Los Alamos male was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery in the 720 block of 42nd Street.

    7:51 p.m. – A 32-year old Los Alamos female told police that she had been the victim of forgery at an address on Walnut Street.

    10:25 p.m. – Stephen Green, 56, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of DWI at the Ski Hill.

  • Police chief search in progress

    Police Chief Wayne Torpy will officially retire Friday, and the search for a new chief is in progress. The position posting closed July 26.

    The county received 40 applications for the position, of which 26 applicants met the minimum qualifications.

    County administrator Harry Burgess will select up to five finalists. The top candidates will travel to Los Alamos for in-person interviews and a special “meet the finalists” reception with the public at the council chambers at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

    The county will have three different panels – one senior management, one LAPD and one community panel – who will conduct all day interviews with the finalists on Sept. 13.

    It’s expected that Burgess will extend an offer to the successful candidate before the end of September.

    Officials declined to reveal specific questions; but they did agree to talk generally about the process.

    “We will be looking for management philosophy, community interaction and to be honest with you I don’t really even want to say anything more about that even,” Burgess said last week.

    All acting chief Phil Taylor would say is that one of the things he’ll be looking at is their experience and how they used it in their careers.

  • Cone Zone 08-18-13

    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving and Utility Project – Phase 2:
    Note: Canyon Road between 15th and 9th Street is closed to through traffic. Due to the significant amount of work and equipment in the roadway, non-resident motorists are asked to avoid the construction area and seek alternate routes.
    Weather permitting, the second mat of pavement will be placed on Canyon Road between 15th Street and Nugget on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Expect significant construction traffic. Residential access in the immediate area will be provided; all other motorists should seek alternate routes. Expect lane closures and flagging operations with the potential for delays. Please do not walk or drive on the fresh pavement until the barriers are removed. Fresh pavement is very hot and can melt shoes and damage tires.
    15th remains closed between Canyon and Sage north. 15th is also closed between Oakwood north and Oakwood south for the utility tie-ins. Sage will be open on Monday. Trenching for utility work continues on 15th Street progressing south of the Oakwood Loop; expect continued lane closures with flagging operations and detours as work progresses through side street intersections.
    Quartz will open on Monday; Rim will be closed during paving operations. Opal remains closed. Nugget remains closed for valley gutter installations.

  • A Final Farewell

    Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Alfred Roybal, Jr. was laid to rest with honors Thursday in Santa Cruz.

    Roybal died a week ago while on a camping trip in the Taos area.

  • LAPD honors Roybal

    It’s been a tough week for the Los Alamos Police Department as it mourns the passing of Corporal Alfred Roybal, who died on a camping trip in Angel Fire last week.

    One of the ways LAPD is coping is that it is honoring the fallen officer this week.

    “Sometimes you feel OK and then there is shock,” Sgt. Jeremy Duran said. “You try to grasp the concept that he is no longer here. Doing all this stuff helps and we want to give him that one last send-off.”

    When Roybal passed in Taos, LAPD immediately sent a couple officers to escort the body to Albuquerque to the Office of Medical Investigation.

    On Saturday, Roybal’s body was released from OMI and transported to Española to DeVargas Funeral Home with an escort from LAPD.

    Wednesday night, LAPD will take part in a procession from DeVargas Funeral Home to Northern New Mexico College and the back as a public visitation will take place.

    “We will have officers on either side of his casket,” Duran said. “When his casket is brought into the gym, we will have officers on either side kind of like a gauntlet.”

  • Police Beat 08-13-13

    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. 1

    12:17 p.m. – A 53-year-old Los Alamos man told police that he had been the victim of fraudulent use of a credit card without consent at 36th Street.

    9:26 p.m. – A 42-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a domestic disturbance at Peach Street. No charges were filed.
    Aug. 2

    2:33 a.m. – Marcy Garcia, 33, of Ohkay Owingeh, was arrested on a charge of aggravated DWI and refusal to submit to chemical testing in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    5:07 p.m. – Antoinette Gonzales, 27, of Santa Fe, was arrested on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant out of Santa Fe County.

    6:20 p.m. – An 85-year-old Los Alamos female told police that she had been the victim of fraud (more than $20,000) at Trinity Drive.

    9:02 p.m. – Mark Henins, 47, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of scavenging recycling material at Overlook Park.
    Aug. 4