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Public Safety

  • Volunteers can help with mitigation

    “Wildfire 2015,” the event the county hosts every year to educate residents about the dangers of wildfire and how they can prepare themselves for the upcoming wildfire season, may have a few surprises this year.
    One of those surprises may be about where the next wildfire may start up and, according to the Los Alamos Fire Department, residents need to look no further than their own backyards.
    That’s because while the county’s Interagency Wildfire Management Team, which includes the Los Alamos Fire Department, has been keeping a close eye on identifying and mitigating fire hazards in the open areas through controlled burns and cleanups, there is one area that the LAFD hasn’t been able to go, and that’s residential areas. Over the years, due to neglect or residents just not being aware of the danger, these areas have slowly risen to the top of the priority list.
    The department has received some requests from residents, especially those who cannot physically help with debris removal, even though they know there’s a problem. However, the fire department simply is not allowed by law to carry out clean-ups on residential property.

  • Drug suspect is charged again

    A Los Alamos woman who was arrested in January on drug charges was arrested again last week for alleged possession of an illegal substance.
    According to court records, Sarah Orr, 21 had an appointment with her probation officer. During the visit, the probation officer asked her to empty her pockets.
    Orr complied, but during a search of the contents of her pocket, the probation officer found a large orange pill tucked into the clear plastic wrapper of in Orr’s cigarette pack.
    The pill turned out to be hydrocodone, an opioid pain medication.
    Orr told the officer the pill “belonged to her brother” and she knew she wasn’t supposed to be carrying it with her. She was arrested anyway and charged with a misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and taken into custody.
    As of this morning, Orr was still in custody because she violated her conditions of release for prior awaiting hearings in district court for two other offenses, which include four counts of distribution of a controlled substance and one count of bribery of a witness (threats, false testimony).
    The alleged distribution of a controlled substance charges stem from Jan. 15 arrest.
    According to court records, police received a tip that Orr was allegedly dealing drugs, so they set up a surveillance operation.

  • Police Beat 3-13-15

    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.

    March 5
    8:59 a.m. — Amy Justice, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at Trinity Drive.

    11:51 a.m. — Krysti Hernandez, 44, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was fraud (more than $100, less than $250) on Feb. 23.

    March 6
    9:14 a.m. — A 14-year-old Los Alamos youth was arrested for shoplifting on San Ildefonso Road.

    March 7
    8:50 a.m. — Donita Gallegos, 21, of Pecos was arrested for marijuana possession at Diamond Drive and North Road.

    March 8
    11:04 p.m. — Christopher Porter, 33, of Jemez Springs was arrested for battery at 38th Street and Villa Street.

    March 9
    9:30 a.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos youth was arrested for bringing a deadly weapon to Los Alamos High School.

  • Property crimes were up in 2014

    The Los Alamos Police Department released its yearly crime statistics report recently, the second report since Chief Dino Sgambellone officially became police chief in December 2013.
    Throughout 2014, the police department released quarterly crime statistic reports, each one divided into “Violent Crimes” and “Property Crimes” and their related subcategories.
    Under Violent Crimes, the subcategories include homicide, manslaughter, rape, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.
    The subcategories of property crimes included burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson.
    According to the latest report, compared to 2013, violent crime went down significantly in 2014. In 2013, there were six rapes, one robbery and 38 assaults. In 2014, there were four rapes, one robbery and 23 assaults. According to the report, that was a 37 percent decrease compared to 2013.
    Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone attributed this drop to his department’s proactive approach, as well as the way data is collected and organized.

  • Restaurant inspections 3-5-15

    Santa Fe
    Mission Viejo Christian Academy, 4601 Mission Bend
    Date Inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Employee eating in prep area. No to low sanitizer in dish washing machine. One moderate-risk violation. No test kit for sanitizer.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one week.

    Santa Fe Brewing Company, 35 Fire Place
    Date Inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Employee needs training on iodine sanitizer as concentration was at five times the strength.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    San Marcos Café, 3877 Highway 14
    Date Inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Raw beef stored over cooked food. Half of food items have labels. Ice scoop stored in bin, hand is in contact with the ice. All violations corrected. Three moderate-risk violations. Wood handles are degraded, area around hood shall be made smooth. Vent hood area has grease build up. Signs of old pest activity in restrooms and water heater area. Three low-risk violations. Restroom door opens into prep area. Employees should have a hair restraint. Single-serve items and utensils stored in restroom.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • LAPD crime statistics released

    Here are Los Alamos County's crime statistics for 2014, as reported to the media Friday:

    VIOLENT CRIME

    Homicide
    0 instances

    Rape
    4

    Robbery
    1

    Assault
    23

    PROPERTY CRIME

    Arson
    2 instances

    Burglary
    25

    Larceny
    150

    Motor vehicle theft
    2

    TRAFFIC STATISTICS

    Fatalities
    3

    Accidents
    241 instances

    DWI/DUI
    55

    Citations
    1,884

    SERVICE CALLS
    15,377
     

  • Accused dealer caught on video

    Just before they were arrested, one of the drug dealers nabbed in a high-profile Los Alamos drug bust complained about a customer never buying enough drugs from them and not being very sociable.
    Los Alamos Police Department has been busy making sweeps of the county, busting drug dealers in a coordinated effort in recent weeks and numerous arrests have been made via its efforts.
    Among the recent busts was Kelly Casados, who police said they captured on surveillance video.
    “(Casados) is also heard on the video making statements about trafficking methamphetamine. She seems upset that (customer) ‘buys s--- from us’ then leaves right after, wanting (customer) to hang out for a while afterwards,” read a statement in court records.
    Shortly after that drug deal, police said, Casados, 46, boyfriend Ron Snow, 40, and the dealer that supplied them with the drugs to sell, Joe Martinez, 50, were arrested in late January.
    Snow’s and Martinez’s attorneys, along with their clients, are due to appear in court April 1 for a preliminary hearing. The hearing will be to determine if there is enough evidence to have their cases continued in first district court.
    Casados’ case is already going to district court.

  • Sheriff: driver was drunk, texting

    A 27-year-old Los Alamos woman received extensive injuries Monday at around 11 p.m. when she allegedly crashed her car going westbound on N.M. 502, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department.
    According to an eyewitness, Andrea Rivera, who was allegedly the driver of a 1993 Gold Saturn four-door sedan, almost veered off the road to the right. Rivera then overcompensated, careening to the left, eastbound lane of the road into oncoming traffic before the car started to roll. The car wound up wedged against a piñon tree off near the shoulder of the road.
    Sometime during the crash, Rivera was ejected from the vehicle, and was found a short distance from her car, on her back and still alive. She allegedly told officers she had been drinking alcohol and texting moments before the crash.
    In her car, police allegedly discovered a half-empty bottle of “Prestige” brand whiskey.
    Her car did not come into contact with any other vehicles and she had no other passengers in her car. According to the sheriff’s office, she was the only one injured in the crash.
    Rivera’s injuries consisted of two broken ribs and heavy bruising about the upper left portion of her neck and head.
    She was conscious when police arrived, though her speech was heavily slurred.

  • PAC 8 schedule 2-27-15 to 3-5-15

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 2-17-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    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 – “Ernest Taylor Pyle”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Now It Can Be Told”
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 1, 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, March 2, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet

  • Restaurant inspections 2-26-15

    Santa Fe
    Subway, 4350 Airport Road
    Date Inspected: Jan. 7
    Violations:  Three high-risk violations. Chicken on prep line is over stocked. Employee drink and phone are on prep table. Ice build-up on food in freezer.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Panda Express, 3522 Zafarano Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 7
    Violations: Four moderate-risk violations. Food build up on door to walk in refrigerator. Wood handled utensils have grime build up. Dumpster lid is open. Signs of pest activity.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Subway, 2801 Rodeo Road, Suite B-9
    Date Inspected: Jan. 7
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Food in hand washing station. Employee drink in food prep area. All corrected. One moderate-risk violation. Fans have dust/mold build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Rufina Meal Site, 2323 Casa Rufina
    Date Inspected: Jan. 7
    Violations: Two low-risk violations. Ceiling penetration in food prep area with open gap. Light bulbs out in exhaust and ware wash area.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    The Links Bar and Grill, 205 Caja del Rio Road
    Date Inspected: Jan. 7