Public Safety

  • APD shoots a knife-wielding suspect

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Facing increased scrutiny over its use of force, Albuquerque police shot and killed a man who authorities said slashed a good Samaritan’s throat late Thursday, police announced at a briefing.
    Deputy Chief William Roseman told reporters that the knife-wielding man was attacking a woman when the good Samaritan stepped in to help late Thursday and was stabbed.
    “Officers attempted to talk to the offender and tried to have him drop the knife,” Roseman said. “As officers tried to deescalate the situation, the male offender began to advance on the officers.”
    Roseman said two officers shot and killed the man after he continued to move toward police.
    The name of the suspect was not released. Officials also have not released the names of the officers who fired their weapons.
    In addition, police did not say how many times the man was shot nor if lapel camera footage of the shooting was available.
    Roseman said the good Samaritan is in critical condition, while the woman has been treated and released.

  • Police Beat 5-20-14

    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.

    May 8

    4:50 p.m. — A 49-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim a burglary at 45th Street.

    May 9

    Midnight — Austin Cox, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at Trinity Drive.

    Midnight — Paul Beck, 42, of Ojo Caliente was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more at Trinity Drive.

    May 10

    8:12 p.m. — Lenley Salazar, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at 3301 Canyon Drive.

    May 11

    8:33 a.m. — A 76-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of petty larceny (less than $100) at 4th Street.

    12:53 p.m. — Antonette Rodriguez was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction in the 100 block of Royal Crest.

  • Accident on Central

    A two-vehicle accident sent a county worker to the hospital for precautionary measures Wednesday morning. Police said the driver of the Honda was attempting to pull out on Central. She looked left, looked right and did not look left again and collided with a county vehicle. The driver of the Honda was cited for failure to yield.

  • Police Beat 05-13-14

    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.
    May 1

    3:41 p.m. — A 44-year-old Santa Fe woman reported to police she was the victim of harassment on Trinity Drive.

    3:38 p.m. — A 38-year-old Arroyo Seco woman reported to police she was the victim of criminal sexual contact/coercion at West Road.
    May 2

    5:05 p.m. — Brian Trujillo, of Ponderosa was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at 63 TD-Site Road.

    5:40 p.m. — A 16-year-old Jemez Springs teen was arrested for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) on State Highway 4 in Los Alamos.

    5:48 p.m. — A 15-year-old Jemez Springs teen was arrested for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) on State Highway 4 in Los Alamos.
    May 4

  • 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.”