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Public Safety

  • LA police looking for Chamita woman

    Los Alamos Police detectives are searching for Irene Quintana, 49, of Chamita.
    Quintana is wanted on a warrant with two charges: Distribution of a Controlled Substance (third degree felony) and Conspiracy (fourth degree felony).

    Earlier this month, Quintana is suspected of attempting to send controlled substances through the mail into the Los Alamos Detention Center.

    “I want to commend the alert jail staff who were able to ascertain the contraband coming into our jail. Our detention staff has a challenging job of not only maintaining order within the jail but to make sure the environment is safe from outside influences while still respecting inmate rights,” detective Sgt. Oliver Morris said. “We also will not fail to investigate anyone who attempts to perform such actions in the future”

    Quintana is 5-foot-4 and approximately 162 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair, and she was last known to be driving a black GMC Yukon with tinted windows and 20-inch rims.

    If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, contact the Los Alamos Police Department dispatch line at 662-8222. 

  • Police Beat 09-17-13

    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. 4

    1:46 p.m. — A 39 -year-old Espanola man reported that he was the victim of larceny (over $250 less than $500) at Central Ave.

    Sept. 5

    1:13 p.m.— A 46-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was the victim of larceny (less than $250) on Central Avenue.

    4:18 p.m. — A 57-year-old Albuquerque man told police that he was the victim of larceny (over $500 less than $2,500) on Central Avenue.

    4:50 p.m. — A 34-year-old female of Alcalde reported that she was the victim of fraudulent use/credit card without consent on Central Avenue.

    10:26 p.m.— A 36-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police that he was the victim of abuse on Trinity Drive.

    Sept. 6

    2:09 a.m. –– April Tapia, 21, of Santa Clara Pueblo was arrested on a charge of DWI in the 1900 block of Diamond
    Drive.

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  • Floods wreak havoc on LA; Roads reopened

    Overnight rains continued to soak the area and residents woke up this morning to substantial flooding in various areas throughout Los Alamos.

    “If you don’t have to go anywhere, then I recommend you stay off the roads until further notice,” said Preston Ballew, the public information officer for the Los Alamos Police Department.

    Ballew is reporting that nearly all the major roads leading in and out of Los Alamos were closed for a couple of hours, due to rock slides and flooding. Ballew said all roads were open as of 11 a.m.

    The National Weather Service has reported a mudslide occurred at 9:07 a.m. near the Totavi gas station toward the bottom of the hill.  Driving up N.M. 502 toward Los Alamos, there was a sign, warning commuters that there was debris in the road.

    The road was passable but there also were two accidents that the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department was tending to.

    Ballew, meanwhile, added that his resources are “spread very thin right now, with flooding reported in sections of the Los Alamos National Laboratory as well as residential areas, such as areas of Quemazon near Esperanza and Sol.

    Los Alamos County provided the following update.

  • Chief prospects discuss careers

    Fifth and final in a series

    Police chief candidate Dino Sgambellone, 44, is adept at running a complex department with a severely restricted budget. He sees Los Alamos County’s fiscal situation as a much smaller challenge than what he has faced as chief of police for the City of Mansfield, Ohio, since 2010.

    “I would be coming from a community that is in fiscal emergency, and we don’t have a lot of resources. It’s challenging, and I’ve gotten great experience, but I’m eligible to retire from there, and it’s just time for the next chapter,” Sgambellone said.

    Sgambellone has succeeded in reducing crime rates despite being at 70 percent of his authorized sworn strength and 46 percent of his authorized non-sworn strength. He came in more than two percent under budget in 2011 and 2012.

    Despite budget limitations, Sgambellone said the department is complex and includes a state-of-the-art nationally accredited crime lab.

    “I would put our crime lab up against any big city,” Sgambellone said.

  • Traffic mess on N.M. 502

    Traffic came to a standstill eastbound on N.M. 502 Wednesday afternoon as police responded to two separate one-car accidents that occurred within minutes of each other. Traffic was backed up for about an hour as Los Alamos Police and Fire Department provided support and the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department investigated. Vehicles involved included a Ford station wagon and a Toyota truck. Police say that speed on a wet road was likely a factor in the accidents. There were no reported injuries

  • Police Beat 09-10-13

    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.
    Aug. 29

    2:22 p.m. — Brandon May, 22, of Albuquerque was arrested based on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 200 block of Cornell Dr. in Albuquerque.

    6:05 p.m. — Edwin Theodore, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested on a municipal court warrant in the 2300 block of Trinity Drive.

    Aug. 30

    5:10 p.m. — Angelique Cordova, 19, of Española was arrested through a district court warrant.

    7:01 p.m. — A 61-year-old man, a resident of Royal Crest, reported to police that he was the victim of criminal trespass at East Jemez Road.

    9:46 p.m. — A 19-year-old woman on Canyon Road reported to police that she was the victim of battery against a household member.

    11:11 p.m. — Douglas Moody, 36, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.
    Aug. 31

  • Chief prospects discuss careers

    Third in a series
    Police chief candidate Bill Press, 61, emphasizes the maturity his training and experience has given him.

    “I have 39 years of policing experience. I have four degrees–that includes a doctorate, and I have over 3,600 hours of police training,” Press said. “I think collectively that has brought me to a certain maturity level that will allow me to negotiate in between all the obstacles that I might face to produce a more efficient, more effective police department, where people want to come to work and where people admire their officers.”

    Press has been police chief of the City of Fairhope, Ala., since 2009. He spent 29 years with the Miami-Dade Police Department, working his way up from officer to executive officer (the highest civil service classification of police captain).

  • Flash Flood Watch continues through midnight

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY... ESTANCIA VALLEY... FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... GUADALUPE COUNTY... HARDING COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY... LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... UNION COUNTY... UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT

  • Monsoonal resurgence sets up wet work week ahead

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

    IMPRESSIVE LATE SEASON MONSOONAL SURGE FOR MUCH OF THE WORK WEEK...

    HIGH PRESSURE HAS SHIFTED EAST OF NEW MEXICO WHILE A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS DEVELOPING TO OUR WEST. THIS WILL SET UP A SIGNIFICANT SURGE OF MOISTURE INTO WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO FROM MONDAY THROUGH AT LEAST WEDNESDAY... AND PROBABLY LONGER.

    DEEP MOISTURE WILL WORK ITS WAY NORTH FROM MEXICO AND EAST FROM ARIZONA STARTING MONDAY IN THE FAR WEST... THEN MAKING ITS WAY EAST ACROSS WESTERN INTO CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. THESE TWO DAYS LOOK TO BE THE WETTEST... WITH THE MOST COVERAGE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AND HIGHEST POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAIN.

    ALONG WITH THE HEAVY RAIN WILL COME THE THREAT OF FLASH FLOODING... ESPECIALLY FOR SOME OF THE BURN SCAR AREAS. THE WHITEWATER BALDY BURN SCAR WILL BE A PARTICULAR CONCERN MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. RAINFALL RATES UP TO TWO INCHES AN HOUR WILL BE LIKELY OVER THE WESTERN HALF OF THE STATE.

    MODELS DIFFER ON HOW LONG THE MOISTURE PLUME REMAINS OVER THE STATE. WHILE THE COVERAGE MAY DIMINISH SOME LATER IN THE WEEK THERE WILL LIKELY CONTINUE TO BE A RISK FOR ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIN AND FLASH FLOODING CONCERNS.