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Public Safety

  • NM State Police: Woman dead after chase, shooting in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe woman is dead after a high-speed chase and a shooting involving a New Mexico State Police officer.

    Police say the incident started around 1:15 a.m. Thursday when an officer tried to pull over a vehicle for erratic driving.

    After a chase, police say the sedan stopped and then backed up toward officers. It struck a police vehicle before police opened fire.

    Police say 39-year-old Jeanette Anaya was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Anaya had an arrest history that includes a charge of battery against a household member in 2010 in addition to several charges of failure to appear and failure to pay fines.

    It's the third officer-involved shooting in Santa Fe this year.

  • New police chief to start Tuesday

    Mansfield, Ohio, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone will leave his post Friday and begin his new job in Los Alamos Nov. 12.
    “I’m very proud and honored to have been part of this organization and for the opportunity that a career in law enforcement has afforded me,” Sgambellone told the Mansfield News Journal.
    He began his work in Mansfield in March 1991 and eventually became chief in November 2010.
    Sgambellone credited his staff, according to the Mansfield newspaper.
    “We found some considerable fiscal challenges during my tenure as chief, yet the quality of service that we have provided to the citizens has remained at a high level,” he said. “While my perspective has changed quite a bit since I started, what I have always valued is the people that I have worked with and the opportunity to serve this community.
    “For me, it’s less about the work that they do, which is exceptional, and more about the people that they are.”
    Sgambellone told the newspaper that the West appealed to him and his family.
    “We have vacationed out West several times,” Sgambellone said. “I was stationed there in the service (in the Air Force) in the late ’80s. I always liked it out West.

  • Police Beat 11-05-13

    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. 11

    6:17 p.m. — A 59-year-old Jemez Springs man told police that he was the victim of receive stolen/property: firearms (greater than $2,500) at Trinity Drive.

    Oct. 18

    11:47 p.m. — A 45-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of conspiracy at Grand Canyon Drive.

    Oct. 24

    1:55 p.m. — Iassac Pearson, 40, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended or revoked on State Highway 4.

    2:53 p.m. — A 50-year-old Los Alamos man told police that he was the victim of an informational case only at Hawk Drive.

    5:30 p.m. — A 51-year-old man from Richland reported that he was the victim of breaking and entering at Oppenheimer Drive.

    7:19 p.m. —A 57-year-old Los Alamos woman told police that she was the victim of criminal damage to property (greater than $1,000) at 45th Street.

    Oct. 25

  • Fire officials see similarities with Sarov

    About 6,000 miles away, there’s a town in Russia that has a similar history to Los Alamos when it comes to the development of nuclear weaponry and technology.

    Sarov, a town located in Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia, has been a major nuclear production facility since 1946.

    The two towns also share a similar history when it comes to natural disasters.

    In 2000, Los Alamos was ravaged by the Cerro Grande Fire, which came very close to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 2010, Sarov went through a similar event when it had to evacuate its nuclear facilities and relocated its nuclear materials as wildfires ravaged the area.

    So, it’s only natural that fire officials through the years have developed a relationship with each other through the Sister Cities Initiative. Officials from Los Alamos again recently paid a visit to Sarov to share ideas. Delegations from Los Alamos and Sarov have been visiting each other since the early 90s, when the Los Alamos National Laboratory embarked with Sarov’s nuclear laboratory on a series of arms control and nuclear safety programs.

  • Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until noon today

    The National Weather Service has issued the following weather advisory:

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST TODAY...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST TODAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 3 TO 6 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET. LOCALLY UP TO 8 INCHES ABOVE 9000 FEET ALONG THE WEST SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTOS AND TUSAS MOUNTAINS.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE... HEAVY AT TIMES... UNTIL MID MORNING BEFORE GRADUALLY TAPERING OFF DURING THE LATE MORNING.

    * WINDS... WESTERLY 10 TO 20 MPH BY SUNRISE. LOCALLY HIGHER ALONG THE HIGHER PEAKS OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTOS.

    * SNOW LEVELS... LOWERING TO AROUND 7000 FEET BY MID MORNING.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... TRAVEL COULD BECOME DIFFICULT DUE TO WET SNOW AND SLUSHY CONDITIONS ALONG HIGHWAY 4 BETWEEN LA CUEVA TO LOS ALAMOS AND ALONG HIGHWAY 84 BETWEEN TIERRA AMARILLA TO THE COLORADO BORDER.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL PRIMARILY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES.

    More Information

    ... PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM TO IMPACT THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS OF NEW MEXICO THIS MORNING...

  • Police arrest 2 youths in graffiti incident

    Officers with the Los Alamos Police Department recently arrested two 15-year-old boys for a spray-painting incident that occurred at Aspen Elementary School and the surrounding neighborhood in early October.

    Police were notified of the incident Oct. 8. When they arrived they noted graffiti on the music room portable, the school office and the north door of room 120. According to the report, they observed that the spray paint that was used was brown. Room 120’s door had a painting of a marijuana leaf and the phrase “WeeD 4:20.” On the office was painted a smiley face and the letters RSD on it. The music room had a similar smiley face on it, as well as the word “HOOD.”

    According to the report, most of the damage occurred to portable classrooms and buildings, as Aspen School is currently in the midst of a $12 million renovation.

    That’s not all the investigators found. Leading out through a walkway to Villa Street, police found more graffiti along a walkway and the fence of a private residence.

    Police concluded their investigation and left a card for the resident to call them.

  • Difficult driving conditions on some NM highways

    AGUA FRIA, N.M. (AP) — Difficult driving conditions are reported Thursday morning on some highways in rural areas of northern New Mexico.

    The state Department of Transportation says highways in the vicinity of Holman, Red River, Agua Fria and Idlewild are icy and packed with snow. There's also blowing snow that is creating poor visibility.

    Affected highways include U.S. 64 between Agua Fria and Idlewild and segments of New Mexico Routes 38, 434 and 518.

  • Police Beat 10-29-13

    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.

    Sept. 25
    8:48 p.m. — A 29-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of aggravated assault against a household member on Alabama Avenue.

    Oct. 6

    11:34 a.m. — A 56-year-old Los Alamos man told police that he was the victim of credit card theft at 2500 Trinity Dr.

    Oct. 16

    1:51 p.m. — A 15-year-old Espanola boy was arrested on a charge of assault on Central Avenue.

    Oct. 17

    12:40 p.m. ­— A 15-year-old Los Alamos boy was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia at 1300 Trinity Dr.

    Oct. 18

    1:10 a.m. — Luis Delgado, 35, of Albuquerque was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in Albuquerque.

    10:03 a.m. — A 31-year-old Brooklyn woman told police that she was the victim of fraudulent use/credit card by false representation at Trinity Drive.

  • Officials offer some Halloween reminders

    In Los Alamos Trick or Treat on Main Street, the Pumpkin Glow, the costume parties, and trick or treating with friends and family have pretty much taken the edge off what’s supposed to be a spooky time.

    However, Los Alamos’ law enforcement community is reminding residents that while they want you to have fun… don’t throw common sense and trust out the window. Here are some tips from Preston Ballew, the public information officer of the Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero on how you can have a safe and happy Halloween.

    Door to door or block party?

    While there’s been a lot of debate about which is better, block parties or going door to door to collect goodies, Ballew said going door-to-door is still a viable option in this day and age. Just be sure you’re in safe surroundings, he said.

    “What we recommend is going to the neighbors that you’re most familiar with,” he said, adding that young kids should always be accompanied by a parent or an adult.

    Keep things visible

  • Espanola suspect killed, agent wounded in shoot-out

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 22-year-old man has been killed and a New Mexico State Police agent wounded in a gunfire exchange at an Espanola apartment complex.

    According to state police, the agent - whose name has not been released - was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The man killed, Rogelio Cisneros-Chavez, died at the scene.

    Police say he was a suspect in a larceny investigation and had an active warrant for his arrest when police went to the apartment complex to look for him.

    Shots erupted when agents made contact with Cisneros-Chavez inside an apartment.

    Police say the wounded agent was coherent and talking.

    Further details were not immediately available early Friday.