Public Safety

  • Residential Fire

    The Los Alamos Fire Department responded Thursday to a grease fire on Dos Brazos Street on Barranca Mesa. Fire officials were able to successfully isolate the fire and minimize the damage to a small area in the kitchen.

  • MDA, Special Olympics reap benefit of charity event

    Though only one team won the Battle of the Badges basketball game last week, in reality a lot of people won, according to the officials that helped organize the event, which was held at the Griffith Gym at Los Alamos High School.
    Rick Gonzales, a driver and engineer with the Los Alamos Fire Department and one of the organizers of the Battle of the Badges game, said the fundraiser helped two important charities come out on top.
    “In the long run, we really feel like it was the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) and the Special Olympics who really won, even though it was the firefighters who won the game,” he said with a laugh.
    The game was between the LAFD and the Los Alamos Police Department and LAFD came away with a 44-32 victory.
    But the game was more than about wins and losses.
    The game raised $2,200 for the charities and the night also featured a raffle that raised $5,000 for a few children from families in the community who are undergoing expensive medical care.
    The firefighters chose the Muscular Dystrophy Association since their union, the International Association of Firefighters, adopted it as its charity in the 1950s.
    Firefighters in Los Alamos belong to IAFF Local 3279.

  • Beery found liable in alleged 'Ponzi Scheme'

    SANTA FE — A Los Alamos man was found liable Wednesday for “peddling promissory notes as investments in a very risky and illegal scheme” that cost at least 10 mostly elderly Los Alamos residents nearly $170,000, state officials said.
    Jerome “Jerry” Beery, 81, of 566 Navajo, was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $1,000 in expenses following a ruling by Alan Wilson, securities division director of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, during an administrative hearing in Santa Fe.
    Beery’s victims, however, will have act civilly to recoup their losses, Wilson said after the hearing, because his agency doesn’t have the authority to order restitution.
    The adult children of two of the victims didn’t seem particularly thrilled with the punishment handed out to the man investigators say bilked their elderly parents out of $30,000.
    “It was an administrative slap on the hand,” said Fred Edeskuty who was joined by his sister, Celeste Raffin, in testifying against Beery.
    Investigators laid out a stiff case against Beery, who claimed that the numerous promissory notes he sold were loans, not investments, and that he didn’t need state licensing and certification to issue those notes.

  • LA man found guilty of child sex charges

    Stephen Geisik, the Los Alamos man accused in 2012 of having sex with a 12-year-old girl, was found guilty in district court Wednesday on all three counts related to the crime.
    Charges against him included two counts of criminal contact with a child under the age of 13 (second degree), and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Geisik was 21 at the time the crime was committed.
    Geisik is due to be sentenced later this month. The two counts of criminal contact carry a maximum penalty of nine years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine each. The delinquency charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 18 months in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

    When Geisik is released from prison, he will also be required to register as a sexual offender.

  • Cone Zone 05-04-4

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution in these areas.
     N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm
    Drain Improvements:
    Starting Monday, AUI, Inc. will begin construction on Trinity Drive between DP Road and Knecht Street. The northern two lanes will be closed, reducing Trinity traffic to one eastbound lane. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Central Avenue. This phase of the work should be completed by May 16.
    Non-County Projects of Significance:
    Smith’s Marketplace construction continues through opening day in mid-July 2014. Expect significant truck traffic and potential delays on N.M. 502 and Trinity Drive. Work also continues on the south side of the Meri-Mac Shopping Center to reconfigure the existing parking lot to align with the new Smith’s Marketplace driveway, which will be controlled by a traffic signal.

  • Police arrest suspect who threatened high school shooting

    Los Alamos police, acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, moved swiftly April 22 to head off a potentially deadly situation concerning Los Alamos High School.
    After learning of the tip that day, Tuesday, police immediately went searching for the suspect, Devon Greene, 18, at his North Mesa residence, as well as the school. One of the officers did manage to contact Greene and Greene voluntarily started to make his way to the police station to explain his actions.
    On their way to his residence, police met up with him, driving his car in the opposite direction. They stopped him, searched his person and his car, and after finding no weapons, allowed him to proceed to the police station in his own car under police escort.
    Greene allegedly made the threats while at the school via text message. According to a text recovered from Greene’s phone, Greene allegedly said “I’m uncomfortable and … and wanna do a (expletive) shooting at the school ... I’m not in a (expletive) happy mood today.”
    On April 22, Greene allegedly told witnesses “he wanted to go to the school, shoot up the place then kill himself.”

  • Cannon family releases statement following positive ID

    The Cannon family released a statement Tuesday following the positive identification of Michael T. Cannon by the Office of Medical Investigation in Albuquerque this week.
    The statement said, “The Cannon family would like to thank the community, friends, and their church family for their love, compassion and support. The family would also like to ask the community for privacy and thoughtfulness at this tender time. Thank you,” the statement said.
    Cannon, who was 66 at the time of his disappearance on June 25, 2011, went out for a bike ride on some trails in the White Rock area and did not return.
    The Los Alamos Police Department released a few more details on the case.
    Cannon was reported missing the day before the Las Conchas Fire started in late June 2011.
    According to the LAPD press release, residents reported seeing him walking in White Rock on the day of his disappearance.
    Los Alamos police, family and community members began searching nearby trails and canyons near White Rock that day.
    During the month of July 2011, wider searches were conducted around White Rock utilizing search and rescue, search dogs, police, civilians and aircraft.
    A water search was also conducted along the Rio Grande.

  • Police Beat 04-29-14

    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.
    April 19

    5 p.m. ­— A 22-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police criminal damage to private property on Oppenheimer Drive.
    April 20

    2:13 a.m. — John Halladay, 42 of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 4000 block of Yucca Street. The warrant was for battery against a household member. The original arrest took place in 2013 at 7:19 p.m., Sept. 20.

    7:54 p.m. — Ashley Martinez, 23, was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. the original arrest was for possession of drug paraphernalia, which took place on Rover Boulevard, 2013, 2:19 p.m., Oct. 29.

    2:35 a.m. — Lyle Dunwoody, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at the intersection of Diamond Drive and North Road.

    11:16 p.m. — A 50-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police vehicle tampering at North Monte Rey Drive.
    April 21

  • Prescription take-back day set for Saturday

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday and Los Alamos will have two drop-off locations, according to LAPD’s Oliver Morris.
    From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., those who have unused prescription drugs can drop them off at the Los Alamos Medical Center parking lot or the White Rock Visitor Center parking lot.
    Morris said no needles are allowed.
    Members of the New Mexico Congressional delegation also urging state residents to take part.
    “New Mexico has taken strong steps in fighting the prescription drug abuse epidemic, but we must keep it up,” Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said. “We know that addiction to painkillers, particularly among teens, often begins with taking unused medications found at home. But we also know that events like Take-Back Day are helping New Mexico families protect their loved ones from the threat of abuse. I encourage the public to take advantage of this free and anonymous opportunity, and help us keep unused or expired prescriptions out of our medicine cabinets, out of our water systems, and most importantly, off the streets and out of the hands of our children.”

  • Child molester gets 4 years

    Matthew English, the 25-year-old son of a local daycare owner, was convicted Wednesday in district court of molesting two young girls who were in the care of his mother.
    For the two separate incidents, English was sentenced to four years in prison. He could have received six years plus a year — the added year for having committed a prior offense in California — but prosecutor Kent Wahlquist and English’s public defender, Scott Riedel, worked out a plea agreement that took into account that English had already spent 22 months in jail for his crimes. He was arrested in July 2012.
    The plea was also arrived at because Wahlquist thought it best to spare English’s victims a trial.
    “It wasn’t because one count was weaker than the other, or anything like that, it was because I was reluctant to drag two young girls — I believe they are 8 or 9 now — into court and have them describe to 12 adults what the defendant did to them,” he said to Judge Sheri Raphaelson, the judge presiding over the case.
    According to court documents, in each separate incident, English inappropriately touched the girls for a short period of time before they told him to stop.