Public Safety

  • LA woman struck by vehicle dies

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service has confirmed that a long-time employee, Emily Mares-Lang, succumbed to the injuries she incurred when she was struck by a vehicle July 16.
    Mares-Lang died at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, where she was taken after the incident.
    Mares-Lang was walking across Main Street when she was struck by a pickup truck driven by Steve Fode, 25, of Los Alamos. Mares-Lang was 71.
    Georgina Williams, the nurse service's executive director, said it is a sad day for the LAVNS family.
    “All of us here at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service will miss her deeply,” she said. Mares-Lang was described by a LAVNS employees as a dedicated employee who worked in the LAVNS’ records department for eight years.
    Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist said his office is waiting for the Los Alamos Police Department’s report on the accident, adding that the report’s findings will determine what they ultimately charge Fode with.
    Though Fode was charged with careless driving at the scene of the accident, the DA’s office formally withdrew the charges over double jeopardy issues due to the severity of Mares-Lang’s condition.

  • Cone Zone 07-20-14

    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw at lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www. losalamosnm.us.
    County officials ask motorists to use caution within the construction work zones.

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:

    Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street for night work between 7 p.m.-6 a.m.
     During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon, to 15th and back to eastbound Central. The detour was moved from Trinity Drive to Deacon to enhance traffic flow.
    On-street parking on Central will be closed, please use alternate parking in the area.
    The contractor plans on working a day and night crew in an effort to complete this section of the project within the first 60 days of the construction.
    When possible, please use alternate business entrances including those along Deacon, 15th Street and 20th Street.
    Pedestrian detour signs are posted, please use the detour and stay out of the work zone.

    NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

  • Remembering Forrest

    Over 50 friends and relatives of Forrest Fukushima, including his father Eiichi and younger brother Craig, gathered at a spot on N.M. 502 just east of Totavi to remember him Saturday.
    A drunk driver struck Fukushima in 1986 while he was pedaling his bike up N.M. 502. He was reportedly training for an “Iron Horse” competition when Alex Naranjo, who is now a municipal judge in Española, struck him with her car.
    Though a tire blowout also contributed to the accident, Naranjo reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .18 at the time of the crash, twice the legal limit. 
    He was 20 when he died.
    A “ghost bike,” installed by the Ghost Bike organization, now marks the gathering spot.
    Local chapters of Ghost Bike install the memorials as a reminder that bicyclists share the road with vehicles as well.

  • A Kiss For Luck

    Los Alamos’ Police Department held a promotion ceremony Thursday at Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

  • Police Beat 07-18-14

    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.

    July 10

    4:01 p.m. — Rickie Burrell, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate bench warrant in the 600 block of San Ildefonso Road. The original charges stemmed from an incident that happened on June 22, 2014, where he was arrested for aggravated battery on San Ildefonso Road.

    11:59 a.m. — A 53-year-old Santa Fe man reported to police that he was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $2500) on Trinity Drive.

    3:04 p.m. — George Barela was arrested through a magistrate bench warrant in the 600 block of San Ildefonso Road. The original charges were failure to display a proper registration/licence plate and driving with a suspended or revoked license (not for DWI).

    July 11

    1:41 p.m. — A 51-year-old Ohkay Owingeh woman reported to police she was the victim of fraudulent use of a credit card without consent at Peach Street.

  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle

    A pedestrian was hit on Main Street about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday and Los Alamos Fire Department transported the victim to Los Alamos Medical Center.
    According to LAPD, emergency personnel were dispatched to 119 Central Park Square around the post office in reference to a vehicle in reference to the crash.
    The LAPD statement said officers and medical personnel arrived on Main Street approximately 50 yards north of Central to find an elderly female lying in the roadway with apparent injuries.
    The driver of the vehicle involved, Steven Fode, 25, was interviewed by investigating officers and arrested and charged with reckless driving, but this morning the district attorney has dismissed the case against him, pending what happens to the injured pedestrian.
    Fode was driving a 2006 Chevy mid-sized truck.
    The condition of the victim is unknown at this time. Any witnesses to this crash are encouraged to contact the police department to assist in this investigation.
    According to court records, Fode was charged with careless driving in 2012. In 2014, he was cited for not having car insurance as well as for speeding 1 to 10 mph over the speed limit. In 2011, he received a deferred sentence for failing to wear a seatbelt and for not having proper insurance. 

  • Police Beat 07-15-14

    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.
    July 3

    9:59 a.m. ­— Jason Willis, 34, of Albuquerque was arrested through a warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos Police Department.

    4:21 p.m. — Jonathan Wilke, 34, of Los Alamos was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of a drug on State Road 4.
    July 4

    9 a.m. — Christopher Jones, 32, of Jemez Springs was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 2000 block of E. Jemez Road.

    2 p.m. — A 27-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of harassment at Connie Avenue.

    11:30 p.m. — Gabriel Wadt, 24, was arrested for resisting/evading/obstructing a police officer and fleeing in the 3800 block of Arkansas Street.
    July 5

    10:17 a.m. — A 47- year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a car burglary or other structure on Bryce Avenue.

  • N.M. 502 rollover

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one-vehicle accident eastbound on N.M. 502 by the Totavi Gas Station this morning. According to the sheriff’s department, the driver was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. The status of the other passenger in the vehicle was not known at press time.

  • Fender bender

    LAPD deals with the aftermath of a fender bender on the corner of Diamond Drive and Canyon Road on Thursday.

  • Alleged burglar nabbed

    The long arm of the Los Alamos Police Department recently went all the way to Madisonville, Texas, to get a burglary suspect.
    In this case, that man happened to be suspect Timber Morrow. Police are accusing Morrow of burglarizing the “Smart House” in 2013.
    The Smart House, located at 1925 Trinity Drive, is a testing ground for new energy distribution technology. It’s a collaboration between the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization.
    According to an earlier story that appeared in the Los Alamos Monitor, the house includes two sources of alternative power and is hooked into the LANL’s and NEDO’s larger, experimental “Smart Grid” of photovoltaic cells that is currently supplying approximately 1 megawatt of power to Los Alamos.
    According to that story, “features of the house include passive solar design, its own PV array and storage battery to augment power from the grid, a ‘smart’ meter to indicate usage and power supply available in real time and smart appliances as well as an HVAC system that responds to the amount of power available. Computer systems that allow residents to monitor and control usage are being demonstrated and tested by Kyocera, NEC and Sharp.”