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Public Safety

  • 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

  • Fund set up for Roybal family

    A fund has been set up to help defray the costs of the funeral for Los Alamos Police Corporal Alfred Roybal Jr. at Los Alamos National Bank, according to LAPD Sgt. Jeremy Duran.

    Donations can be made to the Corporal Alfred Roybal Memorial Fund, Duran said. There is no account number, Duran said.

    The funeral for Roybal, Jr., 36, is scheduled for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada. Burial will follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Santa Cruz.

    Public visitation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Northern New Mexico Community College with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.

    Roybal is survived by his wife, Katya; parents, Alfred and Beatrice; children, Kaitlyn, Mateo, Nicolas and John.

    Roybal, who grew up in the Espanola area and resided in Rio Rancho, died during a camping trip in Angel Fire last Friday. A family friend, who wished not to be identified, said he died either of a heart attack or in his sleep.
     

  • Cone Zone 08-11-13

    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.

    Paving operations will begin on Canyon Road between 15th Street and Nugget on Saturday August 10. Equipment will be staged at 7 a.m. and paving will begin at 8 a.m. 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.

  • Funeral arrangements announced for Cpl. Roybal

    The funeral for 36-year-old Los Alamos Police Corporal Alfred Roybal, Jr. is scheduled for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada. Burial to follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Santa Cruz, according to information in an obituary that will be published in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

    Public visitation will begin on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Northern New Mexico Community College with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m.

    Roybal is survived by his wife, Katya; parents, Alfred and Beatrice; children, Kaitlyn, Mateo, Nicolas and John.

    Retiring Los Alamos Police Department chief Wayne Torpy made the trip to the Justice Center office Friday just to see if could bring some comfort to the department’s employees.

    Those close to the LAPD were undoubtedly stunned by news of Roybal’s death. Roybal was said to be in Angel Fire on a camping trip when he died Thursday night.

    According to a family friend, who wished not to be identified, the family thinks Roybal either died of a heart attack or died in his sleep.

  • Flash Flood Watch until 6 a.m. Sunday morning

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS... DE BACA COUNTY... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... ESTANCIA VALLEY... GUADALUPE COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

    * THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

    * AN ACTIVE DAY FOR THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT COMBINED WITH INCREASING ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE WILL PROVIDE CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL THROUGH LATE TONIGHT. AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE WELL INTO THIS EVENING... WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL POSSIBLE AFTER MIDNIGHT.

    * LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL FILL ARROYOS AND DITCHES AND BLOCK LOW WATER CROSSINGS... AND IMPACT ROADS... UNDERPASSES... AND INTERSECTIONS IN TOWNS. RAINFALL OVER RECENT BURN AREAS MAY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING WITH RELATIVELY MODEST RAINFALL AMOUNTS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • LAFD rappelling to the rescue

    About four times a year, selected members from the Los Alamos Fire Department brush up on their training skills by taking part in real-world drills.

    “In one quarter, we will be doing vehicle extrication, which may involve cutting up cars, another quarter they may learning about rappelling,” said LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider.

    This week, the firefighters are learning about rappelling and using ropes to rescue people. Tuesday, the group took over an elevator on the third floor of the county municipal building; set up a piece of scaffolding called an “Arizona Vortex,” then spent the rest of the day rappelling into the elevator’s shaft from the structure. The idea was to approach the elevator from above, according Micah Brittelle, a captain with the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    “For some reason or another, the only way to get someone out of an elevator is to get someone else in from the top,” Brittelle said. “So whether it be a larger building than the one we’re training in, or where they’re stuck between floors and we can’t get them out, we’re going to come from above.”

    Brittelle said the exercise was part of a weeklong class they are taking from a company called “Ropes That Rescue.”

  • Police Beat 08-06-13

    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.
    July 24

    1:25 p.m. – Heather Dominguez, 30, of Los Alamos, was arrested on an outstanding magistrate court bench warrant on Gold Street.
    5:05 p.m. – A 12-year old Los Alamos male told police that he had been the victim of larceny (between $2,500 and $20,000) on Canyon Road. The estimated loss is $7,040.
    July 25

    12:34 p.m. – Andrea Rivera, 26, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of battery against a peace officer on Canyon Road.
    3:28 p.m. – An 18-year old Los Alamos female told police that she had been the victim of fraud (between $250 and $2,500) at Encino Street. The estimated loss is $1,560.
    6:01 p.m. – A 22-year old Los Alamos female was the victim of assault at a location on Villa Street.
    8:48 p.m. – Diego Miramontes, 22, of Hernandez, was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at Camino Entrada.
    July 28