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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Restaurant Inspections 11-07-13

    Los Alamos

    Otowi cafeteria TA-3

    Date inspected: Oct. 25

    Violations: One high-risk violation. Cold and hot units not holding at proper temperatures. 

    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up on Nov. 15.

    Holiday Inn Express, 60 Entrada Dr. 

    Date inspected: Oct. 25

  • 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.

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    ... 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.