Public Safety

  • Police involved in standoff at apartment building

    Los Alamos Police officers and others were part of a standoff at an apartment complex on Canyon Road Friday evening.
    At approximately 6 p.m., Canyon Road was closed off to traffic for the situation, which occurred at the Caballo Peak Apartments. The apartments are actually located on Trinity Drive, but the back side of the apartments, where the incident occurred, faces Canyon Road.
    The complex was cleared of residents shortly after the incident began. Residents returned to the complex a little before 9 p.m. and Canyon Road was reopened between 8 and 8:30 p.m.
    The suspect, Mark Henins of Los Alamos, holed up in one of the upstairs apartments. When officers arrived on scene and asked Henins to open the door, one of the officers observed through a window something that was identified as a firearm.
    According to a police report released late Saturday afternoon, the suspect got into a fight with a neighbor prior to the police being called out to the scene.
    In the standoff, heavily-armed police officers went up to the third floor of the three-story building and surrounded the front door of the apartment.

  • Going to 'Safety Town'

    By the time they start kindergarten next year, a group of 39 preschoolers will have already learned some pretty important lessons on how to stay safe, thanks to “Safety Town.”
    Los Alamos Police Department Chief Dino Sgambellone, a “graduate” of the program himself, brought the program from his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio, where it’s been a popular program for years.
    According to a statement on the Mansfield Police Department’s website, the program was started in 1937 by the Mansfield’s traffic commissioner and a kindergarten teacher.
    Sgambellone said he was a big proponent of the program, since it often serves as the children’s first introduction to safety tips they will remember and use for the rest of their lives.
    “I still remember the rules taught to me by the program,” he said.
    For the next two weeks, the kids, under the guidance of Mountain Elementary School, Jennifer Guy, school staff and police officers from the LAPD, will learn how to ride bikes in accordance to the rules of the road and other traffic safety tips. They will also learn about drug awareness, firearms safety, “stranger danger,” outdoor safety, memorizing their addresses and phone numbers, as well as many other safety topics.

  • Police Beat 6-19-15

    June 11

    10:10 a.m. — A 58-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny (More than $500 less than $2,500) at 37th Street.

    1:56 p.m. — Police reported that a 48-year-old Albuquerque woman was involved in a car accident with no injuries on Diamond Drive.

    June 12

    12:28 p.m. — A 31-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of identity theft at Kimberly Lane.

    10:55 p.m. — Police reported that a 58-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of careless driving at East Road and East Gate Drive.

    June 13
    1:59 p.m. — Frances Tapia, 68, of Los Alamos was arrested for shoplifting (less than $100) in the 700 block Trinity Drive.

    2:32 p.m. — A 60-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a larceny (more than $500 less than $2500) on Agate Street.

    3:56 p.m. — Gabriel Wadt, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested for criminal trespass at 4015 Arkansas Avenue.

    5:35 p.m.— Police reported that a 20-year-old Pittsford man was the victim of careless driving at Iris Street.

    June 14

  • Chief graduates leadership course

    Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone was one of the graduates of this year’s Leadership New Mexico Core Program.
    Sgambellone is one of 42 leaders across the state that graduated from the program this year.
    The graduates of the Leadership New Mexico Core Program attended six educational sessions for the 2014-2015 program. The program sessions are held at various locations throughout New Mexico, each program session features speakers and panelists who are knowledgeable leaders in their specific field.
    Participants have the opportunity to engage in discussion with speakers and explore the issues in-depth.
    According to Leadership New Mexico, since its inception, nearly 1,300 participants from 82 communities across the state have explored the issues facing our state through participation in Leadership New Mexico programs.
    Leadership New Mexico is open to all residents of the state. Employers, community organizations, local leadership programs, or individuals may nominate candidates who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential.

  • Cone Zone 6-16-15

    For more information about current projects, email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150. Motorists are advised to use caution within the construction and work zone areas. Information is based on a schedule provided to Los Alamos County by the contractors and may change.

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3

    40th Street at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos from the roundabout to the western parking lot is scheduled to be open Wednesday. Work on 42nd Street will continue but the street will be available to local traffic. Crews will begin demolition on 44th Street Monday. Crews will be removing curb, gutter and roadway, which will be followed by trenching and installation. Intermittent flagging operations should be expected during work hours 8:00a.m.-5:30p.m.

    North Sage water line work

    Department of Public Utilities’ crews are working on a water line on North Sage in support of the Unitarian Church demolition and reconstruction project. Traffic control devices are currently in place around the construction zone in the west bound lane on Sage in front of the Unitarian Church. Devices will remain in place until the middle of next week.

    Meadow Lane electrical line installation

  • Police Beat 6-12-15

    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.

    June 4

    2:55 p.m. — Zachary Jones, 29, of Santa Fe was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4.
    June 5

    3:26 p.m. — A 47-year-old Chimayó man was the victim of an accident on Airport Road that did not involve any injuries.

    June 7

    3:42 a.m. — Joshua Hovda, 30, of Albuquerque was arrested for driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor at the intersection of Camp May Road and West Road.

    June 8

    11:03 a.m. — A 59-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police that someone broke into his car on Arkansas Avenue.

    5:31 p.m. — A 53-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive

    11:18 — Jon Weathers, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested for larceny (less than $250 in the 4000 block of Arkansas Avenue.

    June 9

  • Sheriff is named to N.M. oversight board

    Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero was given a key appointment by the governor’s office Wednesday.
    Lucero, who won his second term in office last November, was named by Gov. Susana Martinez to the State Search and Rescue Review Board. Lucero’s appointment was one of many announced by the governor Wednesday.
    “I am honored that our governor selected our small town sheriff to be a part of this vitally important and active board,” Lucero said.
    The Search and Rescue Review Board is a governor-appointed board tasked with evaluating the operation of the state’s Search and Rescue Plan, evaluating problems on specific missions and making recommendations to state authorities.
    The board is comprised of nine individuals, including representatives from New Mexico’s departments of public safety, health, the Emergency Services Council and a member of the state’s Sheriff’s Association, among others.
    Lucero said the board is key in reporting to the governor’s office recommendations having to do with resources and effectiveness of state search and rescue operations.
    Lucero has been the county sheriff since he was first elected in 2010. He has been a licensed law enforcement officer since 1988.

  • Police catch man accused of ID theft

    In an age where surveillance cameras can track your every move, it didn’t take Los Alamos Police Department long to catch up to Jeremiah Martinez.
    In January, Martinez, a resident of Albuquerque, thought he’d start the year off by shopping not only for himself, but possibly a special someone who is also into Yoga, according to court documents.
    After entering a Circle K convenience store on Paseo del Norte in Albuquerque, Martinez proceeded to snatch up two packs of a “Budweiser brand beverage.” After that, he also took out $40 cash from a nearby ATM (plus $2.50 service fee). He then went online and bought some womens lingerie and some “Yoga Stirrup Tights.”
    By the time Martinez was done with his spree, the total bill came to $1,175.55.
    According to court documents, Martinez had no intention of paying for his spree, however, as he used the identity of a Los Alamos resident to pay for his shopping excursion.
    Local police were able to track Martinez to Albuquerque through surveillance video obtained from Circle K, as well through the address he had the items from Victoria’s Secret shipped to in Albuquerque. Police caught up to Martinez after staking out that address.

  • Lucero appointed by governor to state board

    Marco Lucero of Los Alamos has been appointed to the State Search and Rescue Review Board, the office of the governor announced today.

    Lucero, the Los Alamos County Sheriff, won his second term in 2014. He has been a law enforcement officer since 1988.

    Lucero, a Democrat, was one of numerous appointments Governor Susana Martinez, a Republican, announced today on several statewide boards and commissions.

  • Police stop suspect from seriously injuring himself

    Recently, police saved a suspect allegedly involved in a domestic dispute from seriously injuring himself shortly after he was taken into custody.
    William R. Garrett, 30, of Los Alamos, was arrested in April for allegedly threatening a family member, shortly after he was released from the Los Alamos Detention Center for an alleged prior drug possession and drug paraphernalia possession charges, as well as various alleged motor vehicle violations.
    According to court documents, Garrett, once he was released from the jail April 14, contacted a family member and told this person he wanted to see them. When the family member told him that he could not come over, Garrett allegedly became irate.
    The family member told police that Garrett had said to her that he was “going to break the door down and hurt me.” Police also noted that the family member was “visibly shaking” over the encounter and that she had been crying.
    Police helped the family member fill out a restraining order and left the member’s residence.
    A short time later, police received a call from the same family member, who reported to police that Garrett this time allegedly “threatened to go to his car, get his gun and shoot (this person).”