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Public Safety

  • Fire burns North Mesa home

    Los Alamos Fire Department crews had to extricate one of two occupants of a house through a window during a structure fire this morning.
    A single-structure fire broke out on North Mesa. Fire crews responded to a call for a house fire at approximately 9 a.m.
    A house caught fire on Cheyenne Avenue from the interior, but LAFD officials said the cause of the blaze is under investigation.
    Of the two occupants, one was able to get out under their own power, but the other needed assistance from the crews.
    LAFD spokesman Justin Grider said the occupants were taken to Los Alamos Medical Center for observation. An eyewitness on the scene said the occupant aided out by fire crews appeared to be coherent and was talking to emergency personnel prior to being taken away by ambulance.
    Along with the two occupants, firefighters also successfully rescued three dogs from the home.
    Grider said at the arrival of the first crews on-scene, firefighters took a “defensive” position, but once the crews got a hold of the fire and were sure it wouldn’t spread to nearby houses, firefighters took a more aggressive tact — the home is located on a cul-de-sac in close proximity to two other homes.
    Despite the offensive approach crews took, there was still significant damage to the interior of the home.

  • PAC 8 schedule 5-15-15 to 5-21-15

    THIS WEEK ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, May 15, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 5-08-15
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – President Truman
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, May 17, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, May 18, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage

  • Restaurant inspections 5-14-15

    Los Alamos
    American Legion Post No. 90, 1325 Trinity Ave.
    Date Inspected: April 27, 2015
    Violations: One low risk violation. Lighting in kitchen needs covers.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Sam’s Club, 4201 Rodeo Road
    Date Inspected: April 7
    Violations: All high-risk violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Izanami, 3451 Hyde Park Road
    Date Inspected: April 23

  • Man hits Smith's twice in four days

    A 26-year-old Española man was recently sentenced in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to 564 days of supervised probation for trying to steal a Dyson vacuum cleaner (value $697) as well as two pairs of women’s UnderArmor shoes (total value $159.98) from the Smith’s grocery store at 751 Trinity Dr..
    According to court documents, the suspect, Mario Sanchez, attempted to take the shoes on Jan. 20 and the vacuum just four days later on Jan. 24.
    According to a police report, he then tried to take the same vacuum cleaner about a month later on Feb. 9 at the same store.
    According to court records, it wasn’t the first time Sanchez tried to steal the same vacuum cleaner, having allegedly taken one in the recent past.
    Sanchez was sentenced April 30 for the January incidents, where he was charged with one count of shoplifting ($250 or less) and one count of shoplifting (more than $250 but not more than $500) He was also sentenced to 564 days in county jail, all suspended. Sanchez was also ordered to pay $156 in court costs.
    Along with the fines and court costs, Sanchez was also ordered, as conditions of his probation, not to possess a firearm or other weapon, pay probation fees of $25 per month to the court and was prohibited from entering any Smith’s grocery store.

  • In Memoriam

    Los Alamos Police Department hosted a ceremony at the Justice Center this morning. Chief Dino Sgambellone spoke to a packed audience about the past and present police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty at the LAPD’s annual ceremony honoring those police officers. Cpl. Matt Lyon and Sgt. Daniel Roberts unfurl the American Flag during the ceremony.

  • Crash on Diamond Drive

    A collision near the bottom of Conoco Hill on Diamond Drive occurred around 3:15 p.m. Friday. Los Alamos Police Department and Fire Department personnel were on the scene. The Chrysler Sebring seen here collided with a black Chevy sedan. A third car was also involved, according to a witness. No injuries were reported.

  • Police Beat 5-8-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    April 30

    9 a.m. — A 15-year-old Abiquiu male and a 16-year-old Alcalde male were arrested at 1300 Diamond Drive on a charge of public affray.

    10:04 a.m. — Kilee Landon, 20, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a Magistrate Court bench warrant at Los Alamos Police Department.

    10:17 a.m. — Derrick Koehler, 28, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a Magistrate Court bench warrant at Los Alamos Police Department.

    11:49 a.m. — A 21-year-old Alcalde woman reported to police she was the victim of battery against a household member at Trinity Drive.

    4:28 p.m. — A 58-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) on Arkansas Avenue.

    May 1

    4:54 p.m. — Gerardo Almanza-Ruiz, 31, from Española, was arrested on a Magistrate Court bench warrant at Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Restaurant inspections 5-7-15

    Los Alamos
    Aspen Elementary School, 2182 33rd St.
    Date Inspected: April 17
    Violations: All violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    North Road B&B, 2127 N. Road
    Date Inspected: April 17
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required
    Santa Fe
    El Chile Toreado, 950 Cordova Road
    Date Inspected: April 14
    Violations: One high-risk violation. The steam table surface, the spaces between food compartments are messy. Two low-risk violations. The florescent light does not have shield. Exhaust hood filters are greasy.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Outback Steakhouse, 2574 Camino Estrada
    Date Inspected: April 15
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Water leak allowing pooling water in food prep area. One moderate risk violation. Back door does not fit tightly. Five low-risk violations. Caulking cracked, missing at three-compartment sink, hand sinks. Ceiling penetrations with space gaps. Several cracked/ missing floor tiles. Light fixtures with nonworking light bulbs. Ice cream freezer with broken handle.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on April 30.

  • On The Docket 5-6-15

    April 15

    Deidre Sandoval was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Gloria Silver was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 16 to 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Manuel J. Alonzo-Merida was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Roberta S. Haynes was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Nadia Mabrouk-Muljynya was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Steven P. Love was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to obey a traffic signal. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    April 16

  • LAFD is prepared

    It was called a “controlled burn” by the National Park Service, but the burn went out of control.
    The result was the Cerro Grande Fire of 2000.
    Now, 15 years later, the town has largely bounced back from the effects of the fire, which destroyed 357 housing units once it hit town. More than 400 families lost their homes.
    This is a situation no one around Los Alamos County wants to see repeated.
    Justin Grider, deputy chief of Los Alamos Fire Department, said he’s keeping an eye on current weather patterns around the area, as are departments in northern New Mexico to track potential fire danger.
    A weather prediction report is due out sometime in the near future so LAFD and other agencies can have at least some idea what to expect.
    In the immediate future, according to Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, rains in New Mexico will keep fire danger down. Jones said there is a big low-pressure system hanging out above eastern Arizona that will draw in moisture.
    The National Weather Service is predicting Los Alamos to get about a half-inch of rain by this evening.
    However, much of New Mexico has seen drought conditions for the past several years and the threat of wildfire is still very much present.