Public Safety

  • LAPD dispatcher graduates

    The Los Alamos Police Department announced that dispatcher Ulises Gabriel Nieto graduated from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, Telecommunication Course on April 18. Nieto has been employed with the Los Alamos Police Department for one year. Nieto will be assigned to a shift and begin working in the Communications Center assisting with the needs of the community. Chief Dino Sgambellone said, “The role of dispatcher is critical to the successful missions of both police and fire. It is a difficult and challenging position. Having dispatchers such as dispatcher Nieto is a great asset to public safety in our community.” From left to right: Dispatch Supervisor Kate Stoddard, Dispatcher Nieto, Chief Dino Sgambellone.

  • ABQ police shoot woman

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a truck was shot and killed during a chase with Albuquerque police, authorities said. She is the third person in five weeks to be killed by Albuquerque officers and the first since the department was put under federal orders to reduce the use of deadly force and reform a culture of abuse and aggression.
    Police Chief Gordon Eden said the shooting occurred Monday morning.
    “An officer pursued on foot when the suspect stopped, turned and pointed a handgun at close range,” Eden said.
    Police identified the woman as Mary Hawkes, the daughter of Danny Hawkes, a retired magistrate judge in Valencia County south of Albuquerque.
    Court records show Mary Hawkes had two previous run-ins with the law as an adult, one for drinking in public and another for shoplifting, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
    As a juvenile, she was charged in 2011 with attempted criminal sexual contact of a child under 13. She was convicted of a lesser battery offense and sentenced to two years of probation.
    The shooting comes just weeks after a series of sometimes violent protests against Albuquerque police, who have shot at 38 people since 2010, killing 24. Of those killed, Hawkes is the first woman.

  • Santa Fe woman killed by train identified

    SANTA FE (AP) — Police in Santa Fe have identified a bicyclist who was killed when struck by a Rail Runner passenger train over the weekend.
    Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt says 60-year-old Suzanne LeBeau of Santa Fe was killed late Saturday morning.
    Westervelt says LeBeau was riding her bike on a path parallel to Zia Road when she crossed the train tracks and was hit by the southbound train.
    The police spokeswoman says the operator blew the train’s horn multiple times and that the crossing’s signals and lights were all working properly.

  • Police Beat 04-22-14

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.
    April 11

    3:53 p.m. — A 92-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny, (less than $250) at El Conejo.

    7:15 p.m.— Brianne Karadaema, 32, of Taos was arrested for battery against a household member in the 400 block of Ridgecrest Avenue.
    April 12

    9:56 a.m. — Moses Salazar, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police station.

    11:30 p.m. — Amy Justice, 42, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than 1 ounce) at the intersection of Central Avenue and Oppenheimer Drive.
    April 13

    12:01 a.m. —Yvette Rivera, 38, of Fairview was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant. The original charge was for shoplifting (less than $100) at San Ildefonso Road, Nov. 22, 2013, 8:16 p.m. She was also arrested on another magistrate warrant for criminal trespass, Nov. 23, 2013, 7:50 p.m.
    April 16

  • 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.