Public Safety

  • Bridge Crash

    A Geo sedan and a Honda SUV crashed on Omega Bridge just as the regular work day was ending at Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday.
    Los Alamos Police and Fire departments were on the scene and traffic was diverted from the bridge down to the canyon and back up to Ridgeway and Diamond Drive.
    One person was hurt in the accident.
    LAPD said the cause of the crash was unknown. 

  • County Crime Statistics

    Violent Crime


    2012: 0
    2013: 0


    2012: 15
    2013: 5


    2012: 0
    2013: 1


    2012: 45
    2013: 38

    Property Crime


    2012: 3
    2013: 1


    2012: 32
    2013: 19


    2012: 165
    2013: 135

    Motor vehicle theft

    2012: 4
    2013: 5



    2012: None
    2013: None


    2012: 310
    2013: 305

    DWI/DUI offenses

    2012: 65
    2013: 61


    2012: 2,453
    2013: 2,572

    Total calls

    2012: 17,318
    2013: 16,573

    (NOTE: figures do not include canceled, no police action or other agency calls)

  • LAPD releases 2013 crime stats

    Compared to last year, crime is down in Los Alamos, according to a set of statistics compiled by Los Alamos Police Department.
    The stats concern “Part 1” crimes, which include homicide, rape, robbery, assault, arson, burglary, larceny and auto theft. The stats are annually compiled as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “Uniform Crime Report” program, a program started in the 1930s as a way to track national crime statistics.
    Sgambellone said he decided to release the statistics as a public service to the community.
    “We have a low crime rate here and I believe the police department plays a large role in that as well as the community at large,” Sgambellone said.
    Sgambellone said from now on, he plans on releasing statistics on a monthly basis.
    According to a press release sent out by the police department, there was a significant decrease in Part 1 crimes in 2013 as compared to 2012.
    “During the 12 months of 2013, officers responded to a total of 204 overall Part 1 offense complaints, which represents a 23 percent decrease as compared to 264 offenses during the same period in 2012,” read a statement in the press release. “The violent crime decreased from 60 offenses in 2012 to 44 in 2013, a 27 (percent) decrease.”

  • Crash shuts down Omega Bridge
  • Pilfered Points

    There’s a pretty sneaky scam involving your “Smith’s Rewards” card that’s spreading fast out there.
    Fortunately, it’s very easy to stop.
    Some scam artists out there are taking advantage of the fact that Los Alamos is a small town with one major grocery store chain.
    According to the victims, dishonest motorists are using residents’ phone numbers to get discounts on gas.
    The way it works is pretty simple: those signing up for a Smith’s card are asked to give an alternative, 10-digit ID number. Unfortunately, many people are using their phone numbers because they are so easy to remember.
    Since Los Alamos is a small town with just one grocery store chain, scammers just roll up to the gas stations that accept Smith’s cards, plug in a 505-662 number and often get “lucky.”
    Of course, when the legitimate owner of the Smith’s card tries to cash in their points, which can be as much as $1 per gallon off their fill-up, they often get a rude awakening. All those points they think they’ve accumulated through buying groceries are gone.
    “Unfortunately, this is a small enough community they can just go through the phonebook, pick a number and if it works, keep using it,” said one victim, who asked not to be identified.

  • Police Beat 02-02-14

    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.
    Jan. 24
    9:28 a.m. ­— A 78-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Maya Lane.

    Jan. 28
    4:26 p.m. — Gavin Cata, 20 of San Juan Pueblo was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
    10:41 a.m. — A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of harassment at Trinity Drive.

  • Rollover injures one

    It was a rough commute for those heading off the Hill Thursday as a one-vehicle rollover accident closed one lane of traffic on N.M. 502 heading east about 4:30 p.m. Damyan Brown of the New Mexico State Police said that a 38-year-old Galisteo woman was heading eastbound when she swerved to avoid a piece of wood in the road and she hit the guard rail. Brown said that caused the vehicle to flip on its side and then landed on its top. The woman was eventually transported to Los Alamos Medical Center. Brown said she had a cut lip and a bump on her head. Brown said no citations were issued in the crash. Traffic was backed up about a mile and the accident was about a mile west of the Totavi Gas Station. By 5:15 p.m., the accident was cleared and the traffic was moving smoothly.

  • Santa Fe law firm to represent county

     The New Mexico Self Insurer’s Fund has selected a law firm to represent Los Alamos County in its lawsuit against former LAPD commanders Randy Foster and Scott Mills and detective Paige Early.
    County PIO Julie Habiger said Thursday that the county will be represented by Montgomery & Andrews Law Firm of Santa Fe.
    Linda Hemphill and George Geran, attorneys representing Foster, Mills and Early filed the lawsuit Jan. 15 in district court, alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination.
    The Los Alamos Monitor broke down the complaint filed by Foster, Mills and Early earlier this month and the series of articles can be found on LAMonitor.com.

  • Chimney Fire Doused

    The Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a call on 35th Street in the 2500 block of Diamond Drive around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters on the scene said it was a chimney fire caused by creosote buildup in the lining of the chimney. The LAFD doused the blaze.

  • One-car wreck in WR

    Rescue workers transport a woman who lost control of her vehicle on Rover Boulevard yesterday. According to medical personnel, the woman apparently became disorientated and ended up driving her truck onto the sidewalk. No other injuries reported.