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Public Safety

  • Heroin possession case goes to court

    A Santa Cruz man who was arrested back in February with more than two ounces of heroin in his possession will have his case go to district court, according to court documents.
    In February, Celso Ramos, 37, was arrested by police after he and a 29-year-old woman, Deanna Doss, were investigated for suspicious activity in a White Rock neighborhood.
    According to police, the Ramos and Doss were observed by witnesses walking up and down driveways in a neighborhood in White Rock.
    When police searched them, they found four loaded syringes filled with heroin in Ramos’ backpack. Ramos was charged with trafficking in controlled substances, (possess with intent to distribute, narcotic or meth, first offense), possession of a controlled substance, (felony narcotic drug) and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
    As of press time, Ramos’ court date has not been determined. If Ramos gets the maximum penalties for all three counts, he could be facing up to 10 years in jail and fines totaling up to $15,000
    Doss was already sentenced by the court, having been charged with attempted trafficking (by possession with intent to distribute).
    While being processed at the detention center, police found 1.8 grams of heroin and two bags of heroin, weighing a total of 9.5 grams.

  • Cougar is spotted on Friday

    A cougar was sighted near El Gancho Street close to Guaje Pines Cemetery Friday night.
    Police are urging those with pets and small children to take precautions.
    It was unknown whether the cougar that was sighted was the same one Game and Fish officials are looking for. Traps were set up near Los Alamos Airport to try to snare a cougar that killed two dogs earlier this month and attacked other dogs.

  • Police Beat 5-29-15

    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.

    May 21
    5:57 p.m. — A 44-year-old man was reported by police to be the victim of car burglary on N.M. 4.

    May 22
    10:30 a.m. — Mitchell Daly, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at the 1000 block of Central Avenue.

    2:20 p.m. — A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) in the 2000 block of Canyon Road.

    4:30 p.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy was arrested for battery upon a police officer at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

    May 23
    12:08 p.m. — A 50-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police her vehicle was hit while it was unattended on North Mesa Road.

    2:28 p.m. — Nathan McDowell, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested for hitting an unattended vehicle with his car in the 600 block of North Mesa Road.

  • State sets traps near airport

    Game and Fish officers were busy Wednesday laying down snares for the cougar which is believed to be responsible for no less than three separate attacks on dogs this month, two of which resulted in death.
    Dan Williams of the department said officers are reasonably certain the attack have all come from the same animal, based on footprints found at the scene of the attacks and the animal’s behavior.
    Cougars, according to Game and Fish, also tend to be very territorial and it’s unlikely more than one cougar is in the area, although it could possibly be a mother and her cubs.
    The traps are foot snares which have been placed near the airport communities where the attacks have occurred. They have been placed behind fenced areas where humans and pets are unlikely to venture.
    Williams also said the snares, which resemble nooses lying on the ground, wouldn’t be likely to catch anything other than cougars, as they’re designed with a cougar’s foot structure in mind.
    “We’re cooperating with the local police and the county sheriff,” he said. “Those snares pose very little threat to humans or pets in the area.”

  • Restaurant inspections 5-28-15

    Santa Fe
    Whole Hog Café and Catering, 320 S. Guadalupe St.  
    Date Inspected: May 12
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Chlorine test strips were not available for the dishwasher (corrected). One of the light bulbs in the walk-in cooler does not have shield. Some area ceilings by dishwasher areas are cracked and tiles are loose.    
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Eldorado Hotel & Spa, 309 W. San Francisco St.   
    Date Inspected: May 11
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Food not labeled (corrected). Guacamole and milk not at proper temperature (corrected). All sinks, dishwashers and similar items need a direct drain and 1-inch air gap on piping. One moderate-risk violation. Space between sink needs to be sealed. Three low-risk violations. Pans stored above oven (corrected). Missing ceiling tiles. Employees need hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required May 18.

    Old House Restaurant, Eldorado Hotel & Spa, 307 W. San Francisco St.
    Date Inspected: May 11

  • Wet Roads

    Police and fire responded to a single car accident on N.M. 502 involving a single car Monday evening. According to eyewitnesses, the driver careened off the median after losing control of her car. Her injuries were minor lacerations to her face. She was taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

  • LAPD releases video of heroic act

    A dashboard camera video shows Cpl. James Keane of the Los Alamos Police Department helping a resident out of his burning home last week.
    Keane, who was on patrol in North Mesa May 15, spotted the smoke coming from the home in Tsikamu Village and notified the county’s dispatch center.
    “Cpl. Keane then proceeded to the residence and located a two Los Alamos citizens that had breached a raised glass door trying to gain access to a 57 year old male that was still inside the residence,” said a press release from the LAPD today. “Cpl. Keane radioed that person(s) were inside the residence.”
    According to the video, Keane entered the building and aided Nat Farnham, one of the residents of the home, to the edge of a glass doorway where he and other nearby residents helped pull Farnham out.
    “I want to commend the citizens, Cpl. James Keane and (Los Alamos Fire Department) for their quick action during this emergency,” said LAPD Commander Oliver Morris.
    See Cpl. Keane's dashboard camera video below.

  • Police Beat 5-22-15

    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.

    May 14

    7:14 a.m. — Phillip Thomason, 22, of Jemez Springs was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the University of New Mexico. The original charge was possession of a controlled substance, Nov. 26, 2014.

    May 16

    Patricia MacMillan, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested through a warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police station.

    May 17

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos male was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

  • Police release crime report

    The Los Alamos Police Department has released its annual report, which is packed with some revealing statistics that make for a fairly interesting snapshot of Los Alamos in 2014.
    The report is available online to the public through the department’s website, losalamosnm.us/police.
    While property crime continues to rise, and continued to rise into the first quarter of 2014 overall, Los Alamos remains one of the safest communities in the nation, according to the police department’s latest statistics.
    “The community continued to benefit from a relatively low crime rate, making Los Alamos County one of the safest communities in the nation,” said LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone in the report. “While violent crime fell 37 percent to 28, total Part One crimes, property crime rose 17 percent to 179, largely due to vehicles and homes left unsecured. Our overall investigative clearance rate remained outstanding at 63 percent.”
    The 32-page report is fairly comprehensive, providing a clear window into how the department is working to reduce drug abuse and domestic violence.
    In 2014, the department organized a forum that helped make the public aware of just how extensive the abuse of illegal drugs and trafficking is in the community, especially among young people.

  • Taking the Oath

    Los Alamos police officer Cpl. Brent Hudspeth was promoted to sergeant yesterday at the Los Alamos Magistrate Court. As friends colleagues and family looked on, Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados swore him in. At the ceremony, LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone said that he was glad to see that one of the police shifts was “going to be led by an exceptional officer.”