Public Safety

  • Tree catches fire at Guaje Pines

    LAPD and the U.S. Forest service responded to a fire in the Guaje Pines Cemetery Wednesday morning. Residents reported the small blaze around 7:50 a.m. The fire originated from a lightning strike during the night and only one tree was set ablaze, fire officials said.

  • LAPD competes in Robot Rodeo

    Even though the title has as the word “rodeo” in it, it was all business at the 2014 Western National Robot Rodeo.
    The event took place June 23-27 inside the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 49.
    This year, five bomb squads from New Mexico and their bomb-diffusing robots participated, as well as two teams from Colorado and one team from the United Kingdom.
    New Mexico teams included the Los Alamos Police Department, the Albuquerque Police Department, The New Mexico State Police, Kirtland Air Force Base and the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s office.
    Out-of-state and international teams included bomb squads from the 748th Ordinance Company from Ft. Collins Colo., a regional team from Colo. and a team from the British Army.
    During the weeklong event, the teams competed in different types of scenarios they were likely to come across in the performance of their regular duties.
    Exercises included diffusing of IEDs, (improvised explosive devices), car bombs, navigating obstacle courses, and operating in darkened buildings.

  • Police Beat 06-25-14

    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.
    June 12

    12:52 p.m. ­— A 31-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Sigma Street.

    2:35 p.m. — Antonio Carmona, 25, of Hernandez was arrested by police for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia at the intersection of Rover Boulevard and State Road 4.

    7:21 p.m. — A 52-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a burglary on Deer Trail.

    8:47 p.m. —A 79-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny (over $250, less than $500) at Karen Circle.
    June 13

    1:35 a.m. — Neven Farquhar, 19, of Jemez Springs was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol at the intersection of 41st Street and Alabama Avenue.

    2 a.m. — Cydney Remelius, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of being a minor in possession at the intersection of 41st Street and Alabama Avenue.

  • Foster lands Bloomfield police chief post

    The Los Alamos Police Department’s former top commander, Randy Foster, will soon take over as police chief of the Bloomfield Police Department.
    Foster said his first day will be Aug. 4. Though the job will be new, the area won’t be.
    “I like the area up there, we used to vacation at Navajo Lake,” he said. “I have friends there and know the area well.”
    According to the town’s website, Bloomfield has a population of 7,210, and is made of 62.4 percent Caucasian, 27.5 Hispanic and 16.7 percent Native American. The town’s senior population tops out at 10 percent, and the median income is $34,760. Bloomfield’s major industry is natural gas, with five gas plants and one refinery.
    Its second industry is farming, and Bloomfield is also known for it’s recreational attractions, which include Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Salmon Ruins and Heritage Park and Carson National Forest.
    “I’ll be doing the best I can; it’s going to be a big job,” Foster said, adding that his immediate challenge will be moving his family there and getting them adjusted. Foster is currently a deputy with the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office.

  • Tears, panic at scene of pool accident

    A recently-released police report on what exactly happened the day an Española boy nearly drowned at Barranca Mesa Pool June 4 revealed quick action, as well as sheer panic.
    Police describe arriving at the pool, located next to Barranca Mesa Elementary, and seeing paramedics trying to resuscitate the boy, who was lying on the patio between a slide and a basketball hoop. The boy was later identified as 5-year-old Joshua Sanchez.
    According to the lifeguard on duty, who police described as “very emotional… shaking and a broken voice,” the incident happened soon after Sanchez and the group he was with entered the pool. At the time, according to the police report which was released Friday, there were 20 people in the pool, which included two adults. The accident happened in the three-foot area of the pool, where Sanchez was playing with a group of eight to 10 other children.
    According to the report, the lifeguard was doing a visual, safety scan when he noticed something was wrong at approximately the same time one of the adult chaperones of the group did.

  • Charges dropped against student

     The case against a former high school student who allegedly threatened to carry out a high school shooting at Los Alamos High School was dismissed, after a deal was reached between his attorney, Bill Snowden and Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.
    According to Wahlquist, the case against Devon Greene, 18, was dismissed after it was determined he is seeking further treatment for medical issues.
    “He has a new doctor, new medication, new treatment,” Wahlquist said.
    Greene was arrested April 22 of this year after police determined he threatened to carry out a school shooting at Los Alamos High School. Apparently, he was reported by a witness to school authorities who promptly called the police.
    After they contacted Greene about the incident, he voluntarily came in to the station to explain what happened. During his interview, police confronted him with phone texts he allegedly sent, one of them saying: “I’m uncomfortable and … and wanna do a (expletive) shooting at the school ... I’m not in a (expletive) happy mood today.”
    A few days later, police charged Greene with with “use of a telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend (misdemeanor).”

  • Police Beat 06-18-14

    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.
    June 6

    Nickolas Miramontes, 22, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in Santa Fe County. The original charge was driving while under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more at 35th Street and Villa Street.

    Scott Randall, 58, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member in the 5000 block of Quemazon. He was later arrested on a DUI charge.
    June 7

    Debra Montoya, 45, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration of .16 or more.
    June 11

    Skylar Smith, 22, of Santa Fe was arrested for credit card theft at the Los Alamos Police Department.

    Zachary Keller, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the 100 block of Sherwood Boulevard.

  • Cone Zone 06-15-14

    N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:
    The northern 2-1/2 lanes of Trinity Drive are closed, resulting in one-way eastbound traffic on Trinity and a westbound detour to Central Avenue.
    Eastbound: One travel lane of eastbound N.M. 502 / Trinity Drive traffic will be maintained and travelers will be able to access all Trinity businesses, DP Road, and continue eastbound on N.M. 502.
    Westbound: Traffic will be detoured to Central Avenue, then to 15th, and back to Trinity Drive. Westbound traffic may access DP Road by following the Trinity detour and turning left (east) at 15th and Trinity.
    The established westbound detour is purposely routed through the signalized intersections at Central and 15th, and at 15th and Trinity to allow for the most efficient traffic flow. Knecht Street will remain open; however, this route is not recommended for northbound access to Central Avenue.
    The lack of a signal at the north end of Knecht Street will very likely result in significant delays while waiting for a gap in traffic on Central Avenue. Please use extreme caution, watch for pedestrians, and slow down as you move through the detour area.
    The Central Avenue access to the Municipal Building will remain closed; please use the Municipal Building driveways off Iris Street.
    Western Area Improvements Phase 2:

  • Police: Teen had weapon when he was killed

     ESPANOLA (AP) — New Mexico State Police confirm a teenager was armed when he was fatally shot by an Española police officer, but investigators aren’t providing any details about the weapon. State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said Thursday the investigation into the shooting of 16-year-old Victor Villalpando is ongoing.
    Authorities say two Española officers responded to a report Sunday of a suspicious person in a parking lot behind a shopping center and then made contact with Villalpando. They say it was Villalpando who called 911 to report the suspicious person. He used a different name to make the call and claimed the suspicious person was armed with a gun and hitting himself.

  • County placed under Stage 1 fire restrictions

    The Los Alamos County announced Friday that it is under Stage I Fire Restrictions.
    The following acts are prohibited until further notice:
    • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1)
    • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
    Stage I Exemptions:
    • Developed campgrounds with metal grills using charcoal or propane are acceptable on North Mesa campgrounds, Camp May, Overlook Park and at any park within the Los Alamos County proper, to also include all residential property within Los Alamos County. The Los Alamos County Fire Department urges the public to take every precaution necessary on all properties to prevent a fire.
    • Persons with a written permit from the State Foresty Office (505-476-3353) that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
    • Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.