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Public Safety

  • Police Beat 10-08-14

    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.
    Sept. 25

    9:35 p.m. — Trevor Braughton, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery of a household member in the 1200 block of Sioux Street.
    Sept. 26

    12:26 p.m.— A 58-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny on Gold Street.

    4:21 p.m. — A 48-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim in an accident with no injuries at the intersection of East Road and N.M. 4.
    Sept. 29

    1:32 a.m. — Rachel Weiss, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested on a warrant from the Los Alamos Magistrate Court and resisting, evading, obstructing a officer in the service of court process in the 100 block of Longview Drive. The original warrant charges were for use of a credit card without consent at 11:23 a.m. Sept. 20,

    9:27 a.m. — Ryan Barnes 38, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass at Smith’s.

  • $1 million in pot seized in Jemez Valley

    Authorities have seized more than $1 million worth of marijuana plants during a raid of a grow operation in the Jemez Valley.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the farming operation was composed of two large areas where hundreds of plants had grown to nearly 5 feet tall.
    Some of the plants already had been harvested.
    Sheriff’s deputies say more than 1,000 marijuana plants were found growing on public land in the national forest Wednesday. The location was near N.M. 485 and the Gilman Tunnels, which is about 50 miles west of Los Alamos.
    Sandoval County undersheriff Karl Wiese said 350 plants were drying when law enforcement arrived and three fields had already been harvested.
    Authorities believe up to a dozen people were involved in the operation but no arrests were immediately made.
    The task force involved in the seizure contained law enforcement officers from State Police, DEA, Sandoval County, the Albuquerque Police Department and the National Guard. Dozens of individual officers helped in the seizure, officials said.
    Sheriff’s officials say it was the largest seizure they’ve responded to in at least the last decade.
     

  • Police Beat 09-30-14

    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.
    Sept. 18

    9 p.m. — Cody Sowers, 27, of Jemez Springs was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos police station. He was charged again through a different district court warrant Sept. 22.
    Sept. 20

    11:23 a.m. — An 83-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was a victim of fraudulent use of a credit card without consent at Rover Boulevard.

    9:35 p.m. — Victor Medina, 32 of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked at the intersection of 36th Street and Diamond Drive.
    Sept.21

    4:31 a.m. — Police arrested a 16-year-old Hernandez teen on a district court warrant in Espanola. The original charges was for harassment on Central Avenue, on Oct. 16, 2013.

    6:08 p.m. — Andrew Garsik 28, of Los Alamos was arrested with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of 42nd Street and Urban Street.
    Sept. 22

  • Drug takeback day

    On Saturday, the Los Alamos Police Department facilitated the second DEA drug take back day in Los Alamos County for 2014. Los Alamos Police Officers collected 186 pounds of unused or unwanted prescription medication as a part of the national program. “This continues to be a successful campaign to get prescription medication out of circulation that is no longer needed,” Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

  • LAPD takes aim at domestic violence

     The Los Alamos Police Department will soon be taking a new, proactive tact with domestic violence, all in an effort to reach people before they become victims of domestic violence.
    According to LAPD Officer Adele Girmendonk, while her department is quite good at providing resources and numbers at the scene of an incident, she and her fellow officers are often the first contact domestic violence victims have with any type of help. Girmendonk said the department hopes to change that, hopefully through an awareness campaign starting this October (October is domestic violence awareness month).
    The campaign will include notifications on the department’s web site at losalamosnm.us/police and other events throughout the year. Readers may have already noticed police officers at Saturday’s Health Fair at the Los Alamos High School, where they handed out resources and contact information to attendees.
    The department was also working with the Los Alamos Teen Center. Recently, the teens were featured in the Los Alamos Monitor creating domestic violence prevention posters for the health fair.
    LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone praised Girmendonk for her efforts to help the department become more proactive when it comes to domestic violence.

  • LA woman charged with embezzlement

    According to the management of Zia Credit Union, a recent examination of the company’s financials revealed something just wasn’t quite right.
    In August, their worst fears were confirmed when an employee, Ashley S. Maestas, 22, allegedly confessed to stealing about $24,000 (which may include interest) from the company. Maestas was fired shortly after her interview with management about the matter.
    According to court documents, Maestas was able to steal the money by increasing a $500 credit limit on one of her accounts herself, an employee violation she knew was in violation of the credit union’s security policy.
    In order to override the security controls that would have prevented such an act, she made the transactions through another employee’s computer. According to surveillance video obtained by police, when a fellow employee would leave her workstation, Maestas would use the employee’s computer in her absence without her knowledge. She would then transfer the funds to her checking and savings accounts.
    According to the credit union’s estimates, Maestas allegedly embezzled about $23,545 (not including interest) from the credit union. An audit of all of Maestas’ accounts revealed that only $1,735.95 in Maestas’ checking and savings accounts.

  • Police Beat 09-19-14

    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.
    Sept. 4

    4:37 p.m. — Police reported that a 41-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of animal bites where the animal was impounded at Estates Drive.

    4:56 p.m. — Police reported that a 25-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a car accident with no injuries at Trinity Drive.

    6:28 p.m. — Police reported that an 11-year-old Los Alamos boy was the victim of animal bites where the animal was impounded. The incident happened at Big Rock Loop.

    8:11 p.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of a car burglary at 43rd Street.

    9:02 p.m. — Lisa Wilkinson, 41 of Los Alamos was arrested for battery against a household member on Ensenada Drive.
    Sept. 5

    7:29 a.m. — A 39-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of a petty larceny (less than $100) at Gold Street.

  • Roundabout crash injures one

    One person was injured Monday morning in an accident at the San Ildefonso Road roundabout. According to police, the accident was caused by a driver entering the roundabout in a silver Honda SUV. According to police, the driver apparently failed to yield to a driver in a black subcompact sedan, which was already in the intersection. That driver was taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center complaining of neck pain.

  • Police Beat 09-09-14

    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.
    Aug. 28

    7:16 a.m. — A 24-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a burglary at 39th Street.

    7:52 a.m. — Police reported that a a 51-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of a car accident on Arkansas Avenue.

    8:52 a.m. — Candida Borrego was arrested through a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the intersection of Diamond Drive and North Road.

    8:31 a.m. — Police reported that a 73-year-old Los Alamos man was a victim in an accident with injury at the intersection of Casa Grande Drive and West Jemez Road.

    9:35 a.m. — James Jaramillo, 29, of Albuquerque was arrested on charge of unlawful use of a license at intersection of 37th Street and Villa Street.

    11 a.m. — Marian Loope, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery upon a police officer at the Los Alamos police station.
    Aug. 29

  • Sheriff's office looking closely at accident victim's claims

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a recent accident on N.M. 502 has intensified, due to discrepancies found in one of the victim’s descriptions on how the accident happened.
    Around 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 25, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Alamos fire and police departments responded to an accident on N.M. 502 just west of Anderson Overlook. When they arrived they found a late model, maroon Nissan Sentra at the bottom of a ravine on the westbound side. There is no guardrail in that section of N.M. 502.
    Though one of the victims, Zachary Sanchez, 30, said his girlfriend, Andrea Harvier, 31, was driving, the sheriff’s office took out search warrants to further investigate the accident .
    Sheriff’s office personnel said before being transported to the hospital, Sanchez was saying he was the passenger.
    However, as personnel examined the accident scene further, they determined it was Sanchez who was the driver, not Harvier.
    “...it was determined based on several factors that the driver of the vehicle was Zachary Sanchez and not Andrea Harvier as initially reported,” said a statement in one of the sheriff’s warrants.