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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Drug suspects released on bond

    Los Alamos residents Jeffrey Aslin, 45, and Krysti Hernandez, 43, were released from the Los Alamos Detention Center earlier this week after being arrested on drug charges.
    Aslin was released earlier this week on a $20,000 surety bond and Hernandez was released Tuesday on a $10,000 signature bond.
    Both suspects are due in court Nov. 21 to face charges of trafficking a controlled substance, (methamphetamine) and conspiracy. Aslin was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
    According to the Los Alamos Police Department, Aslin and Hernandez were arrested Oct. 11, following a Friday night traffic stop. According to police, Aslin and Hernandez were part of a month-long investigation. Police also served Aslin with a bench warrant for a previous violation.
    Aslin is also due to appear in magistrate court Nov. 14 to face charges of aggravated DWI, having an open container in the vehicle, driving with a suspended license, careless driving and resisting arrest.
    When asked about the current charges after his court appearance, Aslin replied, they were “false accusations… I’m not guilty yet.” He also claimed the police “did not find anything, nothing was found; there was nothing to be found.”

  • Oregon company recalls prepared meats, salads

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Oregon-based Reser's Fine Foods is recalling about 22,800 pounds of potentially bacteria-tainted chicken, ham and beef products and refrigerated ready-to-eat salads made at a Topeka, Kan., plant.

    The company and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products were shipped to retailers and distributors in 27 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

    The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service listed various "sell by" dates for the recalled products.

    There have been no reports of illness. Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon and potentially fatal disease. Symptoms can include high fever and severe headache.

    A complete list of products and various brand names is attached with this report.

  • Police Beat 10-22-13

    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. 28

    2:23 p.m. — A 20-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that she was the victim of battery at Trinity Drive.
    Oct. 6

    11:34 a.m.— A 56-year-old Los Alamos man told police that he was the victim of theft of credit card at 43rd Street.
    Oct. 10

    12:45 p.m. — Aaron Gonzales, 42, of Santa Fe, was arrested on a charge of battery at Trinity Drive.
    Oct. 11

    6:45 a.m. — A 14-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was the victim of criminal sexual penetration: of a child 13 to 18 years of age by a person at 37th Street.

    8:05 a.m. — Peter Whisler, 63, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of warrant-other jurisdiction- misdemeanor at Trinity Drive.

    8:35 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was the victim of aggravated indecent exposure on Ensenada Drive.

  • LAFD rescue

    Paramedics transported the victim of a Sunday motorcycle crash out via all-terrain vehicle, stabilizing him as they made their way to the rendezvous point on Range Road. The CARE Flight helicopter landed on the golf course and took the victim to Santa Fe’s CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s Hospital.

  • Distressed hiker

    Firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded to a call Friday morning concerning a hiker who fell ill while walking a trail in Quemazon. 

  • Area hit with mail thefts

    The Los Alamos Police Department is currently investigating a rash of mail thefts in the area. Although none have occurred in Los Alamos yet, they did say thefts occurred in White Rock, Española and Santa Fe.

    Police are currently investigating suspects.

    Police are also recommending residents take precautions when sending money through the mail.

    They said either drop bills off in the large drop-off bin at the post office or if possible, pay
    bills online.

    “Whatever you put in that mailbox, anybody has access to it,” said Preston Ballew, public information officer for the LAPD. “I would take precautions and take your bills down to the local post office.”

    According to Det. Paige Early, thieves have stolen or attempted to steal thousands of dollars through this latest series of incidents.

    If you feel you’ve been a victim of this type of crime, you can contact Early at 662-8274 or call the dispatch office at 662-8222. Police officials also add that if you see any suspicious activity, call the police department to report it.