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Public Safety

  • Smith's animal cruelty case resolved

    Jacob Smith, a former Los Alamos restaurateur and former Santa Fe Realtor, pleaded guilty Monday in Santa Fe District Court to two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
    Smith was picked up in the Austin, Texas area back in February on a district court warrant and eventually was extradited back to New Mexico.
    Smith was given credit for 30 days spent in jail and was ordered to serve two years of probation in Texas, as well as 20 hours of community service and a $500 fine.
    Assistant Santa Fe district attorney Jenna Yanez said, “he essentially pled guilty to the charges and it was the best result we could have hoped for.”
    Smith was represented by public defender Ethan Nissani. Nissani said his client accepted the plea deal and there was not much else he could say about the case.
    In November of 2012, the decomposed bodies of two dogs were taken from Smith’s Santa Fe apartment. Santa Fe police said the two dogs apparently died of starvation and police said there was no food or water that could be reached by the animals.
    After the incident, Smith fled the area and was nowhere to be found.

  • Family of 5-year-old issues statement

     The family of a 5-year-old boy, who nearly drowned in the Barranca Mesa pool Wednesday, released a statement Friday afternoon.

    The family of Joshua Sanchez thanked everyone for all their thoughts and prayers.

    “A special thank you goes out to the rescue staff at Barranca Mesa pool, the Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments, the Santa Fe Police Department, the emergency room staff at Los Alamos Medical Center, the Life Flight crew and paramedics, and everyone at the UNM Pediatric ICU,” the statement read. “The family asks that everyone continue sending prayers and continue to respect the family's privacy. Please understand that our focus as a family of faith is Joshua's recovery.”

    The Santa Fe Police Department, meanwhile, has set up a child-in-need fund at Los Alamos National Bank. The account number is 0163586701  and routing number is 107001012.

    The pool, meanwhile, reopened Friday.

    The boy was airlifted to UNM Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque Wednesday morning.

  • LACDC head charged with DUI, battery

    Scott Randall, the director of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, was arrested by Los Alamos Police Thursday night on one count of aggravated battery against a household member and driving under the influence.
    According to police reports, police responded to his home at 5275 Quemazon for a domestic disturbance call.
    When they arrived, Randall was no longer at the residence, but his wife was. Police observed a red bruise on her left wrist. The wife proceeded to tell police that she and Randall had been drinking earlier that night at the Buffalo Thunder Resort.
    While there, Randall apparently had a heated email discussion with his daughter about a house purchase.
    When they arrived home, he packed his bag and was getting ready to leave when he had an altercation with his wife, where he allegedly pushed against a wall, causing the wrist injury.
    Police asked her if she had any other injuries, and she replied, “not from tonight.” She also said she didn’t need medical attention.
    Police later contacted Randall and told him to come to the police department for an interview.
    When he arrived, police determined he was found to be intoxicated through field sobriety tests.
    Randall was arrested and spent the night in the Los Alamos Detention Center. He bonded out Friday and posted $2,000 bail.

  • Minor Accident

    A vehicle and motorcycle collided at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive Monday night. There were no reported injuries.

  • Smith's clerk charged in refund scheme

    A Smith’s grocery store worker is under arrest for allegedly operating a refund scheme that bilked customers of the Los Alamos store out of hundreds of dollars.
    In May, the store’s loss prevention department determined that a store clerk, Pamela J. Chacon, 43, had defrauded numerous customers out of hundreds of dollars by claiming unclaimed refunds for herself. Police were called, and Chacon was charged with one felony count of embezzlement.
    “ ... Ms. Chacon had been refunding customer purchases when they did not use their Smith’s card and keeping the money for herself,” police said in the report.
    According to store detectives, Chacon had taken about $554.98 since January by the time they caught on to what was happening. The last known fraudulent transaction was May 18, store personnel said in the report.
    When confronted by store management, Chacon said she did it because she got into some financial problems, according to court documents. She also agreed to pay the money back.
    During an interview with police, she said her financial troubles began when she took out $400 loan to pay for a truck. When it grew to $900 because of interest charges, that’s when she started embezzling from the store, she told police.

  • Police Beat 06-03-14

    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.
    May 22

    7:30 a.m. ­— A 61-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a vehicle burglary at Pajarito Road.

    6 a.m. — Jacki Archuleta, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested on a Los Alamos Magistrate Court warrant in Rio Arriba County, Hernandez.

    11:07 a.m. — A 15-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for marijuana possession (less than 1 ounce) at the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

    10:53 a.m. — A 46-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a vehicle burglary at 37th Street.

    11:47 a.m. — A 58-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a vehicle burglary at Urban Street.
    May 23

    12:42 p.m. — Jesus Velazco, 42, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at 3917 West Road. The original charge was driving while intoxicated at the intersection of Orange Street and Sandia Drive on June 1, 2013.

  • Sheriff scholarships

    Earlier this week, Sheriff Marco Lucero presented two scholarships to two Los Alamos High School graduating seniors — Maria McTeigue and Sidney Ellis. The New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association sponsors golf tournaments each year, whereby each county sheriff gathers players and sponsors to represent his county. All the proceeds go back to the county sheriff and he presents the scholarship to the students from his local high school.

  • Police Beat 05-27-14

    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.

    May 15

    7:48 a.m. — A 42-year-old Alcalde man reported to police he was the victim of following too closely at Camino Entrada and East Road.

    4:44 p.m. — Lilliana Martinez, 27 of Chimayo was arrested for battery against a household member in the 3000 block of Canyon Road.

    11:21 p.m. — Kevin Kennedy, 55 of Los Alamos was arrested for public affray in the 600 block of Trinity Avenue.

    11:23 p.m. — Samuel Nasise, 44 of Los Alamos was arrested for public affray in the 600 block of Trinity Avenue.

    11:45 p.m. — Angelique Cordova, 20, of Española was arrested on a district court warrant at the Los Alamos Police station. The original charge was possession of drug paraphernalia on Central Avenue on Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.

    May 17

    6:11 a.m. — A 31-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of petty larceny (less than $100) at Arkansas Avenue.

  • Car burglaries mount in LA

    Los Alamos was hit with a large amount of car burglaries this week as residents from all over town reported break-ins from Barranca Mesa to the center of town.
    Streets that were targeted included Camino Redondo, Camino Medio, San Juan, Navajo, Woodland, Canyon View, Arizona, 35th Street and Barranca Road.
    Since May 19, police said, approximately 24 vehicles were targeted.
    The first crime was reported at 3:26 a.m. that morning by a Camino Redondo resident. The last reported case compiled from this week’s police reports was also on Camino Redondo, reported at 6:56 p.m., May 21.
    Police are actively continuing their investigation into the break-ins. Earlier this week they issued a press release with descriptions of vehicles seen in the area shortly after the crimes were reported.
    ”During the course of investigating the burglaries we have learned of two suspect vehicles,” the Los Alamos Police Department in a written statement concerning the car burglaries. “The first is an older minivan which is dark blue and has rust on the hood. The other is a yellow sedan, possibly a (Ford) Mustang. If you see vehicles matching these descriptions please call the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8222.”
    A rough breakdown of the targeted streets include:

  • LAPD stepping up seat belt, motorist safety enforcement

    Los Alamos Police Department announced it would participate in the statewide Click It or Ticket and the 100 Days and Nights of Summer enforcement programs.
    Click It or Ticket will focus on restraint compliance in vehicles for drivers, passengers and children, while 100 Days and Nights of Summer will focus on reducing traffic-related injuries and deaths.
    Enforcement begins now and will run throughout the summer months.
    LAPD said it’s encouraging motorists to use seatbelts, monitor vehicle speeds and pay attention to other vehicles and pedestrians on the roadways.
    For questions regarding these programs, contact LAPD at 662-8222.