Public Safety

  • Prescription take-back day set for Saturday

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday and Los Alamos will have two drop-off locations, according to LAPD’s Oliver Morris.
    From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., those who have unused prescription drugs can drop them off at the Los Alamos Medical Center parking lot or the White Rock Visitor Center parking lot.
    Morris said no needles are allowed.
    Members of the New Mexico Congressional delegation also urging state residents to take part.
    “New Mexico has taken strong steps in fighting the prescription drug abuse epidemic, but we must keep it up,” Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said. “We know that addiction to painkillers, particularly among teens, often begins with taking unused medications found at home. But we also know that events like Take-Back Day are helping New Mexico families protect their loved ones from the threat of abuse. I encourage the public to take advantage of this free and anonymous opportunity, and help us keep unused or expired prescriptions out of our medicine cabinets, out of our water systems, and most importantly, off the streets and out of the hands of our children.”

  • Child molester gets 4 years

    Matthew English, the 25-year-old son of a local daycare owner, was convicted Wednesday in district court of molesting two young girls who were in the care of his mother.
    For the two separate incidents, English was sentenced to four years in prison. He could have received six years plus a year — the added year for having committed a prior offense in California — but prosecutor Kent Wahlquist and English’s public defender, Scott Riedel, worked out a plea agreement that took into account that English had already spent 22 months in jail for his crimes. He was arrested in July 2012.
    The plea was also arrived at because Wahlquist thought it best to spare English’s victims a trial.
    “It wasn’t because one count was weaker than the other, or anything like that, it was because I was reluctant to drag two young girls — I believe they are 8 or 9 now — into court and have them describe to 12 adults what the defendant did to them,” he said to Judge Sheri Raphaelson, the judge presiding over the case.
    According to court documents, in each separate incident, English inappropriately touched the girls for a short period of time before they told him to stop.

  • 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