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Public Safety

  • More than 2 ounces of heroin seized

    Police arrested five people in Los Alamos last week for trafficking and possessing heroin in Los Alamos.
    The arrests took place on Feb. 17-20, and yielded numerous prescription drugs and slightly more than two ounces of heroin (58.2 grams).
    Most of the arrests occurred because the suspects were acting suspiciously, which attracted the attention from law enforcement, according to court records.
    Arrested were Monica Cooper, 48, of Los Alamos, Celso Ramos, 35, of Santa Cruz, Deanna Doss, 28, of Santa Cruz, David Mondragon, 34, of Santa Fe and Kayla Gomez, 28, of Santa Fe.
    Cooper was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of shoplifting. Ramos was charged with trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and for concealing his identity.
    Doss was charged with trafficking a controlled substance, bringing contraband into a place of imprisonment, three counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Gomez was charged with trafficking a controlled substance, three counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    On Feb. 17, police received reports of a white Honda sedan driving “erratically” westbound into Los Alamos.

  • Local pile burns to resume

    Los Alamos Fire Department is again planning burns for the weekend on county lands, officials said Thursday.
    The burns, which aim to reduce the amount of potential fuels in the county’s open spaces, are set for Saturday and Sunday. LAFD will have the burns will be in Bayo Canyon with assistance from Santa Fe National Forest crews.
    Those with questions about the weekend’s burns should contact LAFD at 662-8304 or 695-6729.
    Officials said smoke in the burn areas will be monitored to ensure air quality regulations are being met. Smoke-sensitive individuals are encouraged by the LAFD to take precautions.
    Smoke will likely to be visible from Española, Santa Fe and the surrounding pueblos, as well as locally.
    The burns involve 4-foot by 4-foot piles of loose branches and other fuels and have been going on since January.

  • Group looks to help local victims

    It may not have an official name yet, but what it does have is an objective and a meeting place.
    Simply called the “Domestic Violence Awareness Task Force,” the recently formed group has been busy getting off the ground, making the community aware of its existence.
    The group has been busy solidifying partnerships with regional agencies, as well as trying to add more domestic violence awareness professionals to its ranks.
    They are also working on launching some programs and seminars that will help victims locally. Members of the group will be presenting “Silent Storm,” a presentation that examines intimate partner violence and its impact on the workplace. It will also present courses of action to prevent it, as well as resources where victims can get the help they need.
    Upcoming presentations are scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Los Alamos Medical Center’s Large Conference Room and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, also at LAMC.
    Refreshments will be provided.
    According to group member Dr. Barbara Van Eeckhout, who is an OB/GYN physician at the Los Alamos Medical Center, the hospital is in the process of starting a program where victims of domestic violence and rape won’t have to “go off the Hill” to Santa Fe or Española in order to be processed for evidence.

  • Police Beat 2-19-15

    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.

    Feb. 12

    8:16 a.m. — A 13-year-old Los Alamos student was arrested for unlawfully carrying a deadly weapon to Los Alamos Middle School.
     
    11:07 a.m. — A 46-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny (over $2,500, less than $20,000) on Eniwetok Drive.
     
     Feb. 13

    8:28 a.m. — A 13-year-old Los Alamos student was arrested for unlawfully carrying a deadly weapon to Los Alamos Middle School.

    4:22 p.m. — A 14-year-old Española student was arrested for unlawfully carrying a deadly weapon to Los Alamos Middle School.

    Feb. 14

    1:08 a.m. — Laura Mangan-Viera, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor in the 4000 block of Trinity Drive.

  • Intersection Crash

    A two-car crash occurred this morning at the stoplight at the intersection of N.M. 4 and the Truck Route at approximately 8:40, after the morning rush to Los Aalmos National Laboratory. A firefighter was on the scene to check vehicle occupants shortly after the crash. Both vehicles sustained damage to their front ends and at least one airbag deployed.

  • Police Beat 2-12-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Feb. 5

    3:36 p.m. — Kevin Herring, 37, of Los Alamos was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The original charge was possession of a controlled substance at Sycamore Street on Oct. 21, 2013.

    Feb. 6

    2:28 p.m. — Raymond Martinez, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant in the 2000 block of Sycamore Street. The original charge was distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana) on Dec. 8, 2014.

    10:35 p.m. — A 64-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was the victim of identity theft on Orange Street.

    Feb. 9

    12:48 p.m. — Jesse Canfield, 35, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive.

    10:49 a.m. — A 23-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police that he was the victim of a larceny (over $500, less than $2,500) at Sioux Street.

  • Details from bust emerge

    In a series drug busts concerning two Santa Fe residents, police took a total of 11.6 grams of drugs off the streets of Los Alamos.
    According to court documents, Los Alamos Police Department recently learned that suspected Santa Fe drug dealer Trevon Yates, 20 was selling drugs in the area.
    As part of the LAPD’s “Operation Genesis,” police started tracking Yates through various forms of surveillance.
    On Dec. 18, police witnessed him enter the Los Alamos Smith’s Marketplace parking lot in a 2004 White Hyundai to make a transaction with another person. They also noted Yates was not driving.
    A woman named Elizabeth Yates, 52, was driving instead. In this first transaction, police noted that the person that was allegedly there to buy drugs from Yates gave him only money that day.
    Yates and his alleged buyer returned a day later to the same location to make the actual exchange.
    In that exchange, police recovered 1.1 grams of heroin.
    Police had the same person make two more deals with Yates over the next two days.
    In these deals, police netted 8.7 grams of marijuana and 1.8 grams of marijuana “wax.”

  • Police Beat 2-6-15

    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.

    Jan. 29

    1:38 p.m. — A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that he was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) at Central Avenue.

    6:39 p.m. — Rudy Roybal, 38, and Ocean Jacquez, 24, both of Santa Fe, were arrested for theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft of identity, conspiracy and larceny on Buffalo Thunder Trail. The incident involved a 77-year-old Los Alamos woman.

    9:30 p.m. — A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) on Joya Loop.

    9:43 p.m. — Matthew Brittele, 37, of Los Alamos, was arrested for breaking and entering at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos.

    Jan. 30

  • Restaurant inspections 2-5-15

    Los Alamos
    Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.
    Date Inspected: Dec. 14
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Don Quixote Distillery-Processor, 236 Rio Bravo Road
    Date Inspected: Dec. 16
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required

    TA-53, cafeteria
    Date Inspected: Dec. 16
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Papa Murphy’s, 3801 Arkansas Ave., Suite B,
    Date Inspected: Dec. 1
    Violations: One moderate risk violation. Small prep refrigerator door seals need replacements.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.
    Santa Fe
    Kakawa Chocolate House, 1050 Paseo de Peralta
    Date Inspected: Jan. 5
    Violations: All violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Garduños Restaurant at the Lodge, 750 N St Francis Dr.
    Date Inspected: Nov. 25
    Purpose of Inspection: Complaint

  • Police Beat 1-28-15

    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.

    Jan. 16

    7:14 a.m. — Police reported that an 18-year-old Española man was involved in an accident with injuries on East Jemez Road.

    11:55 a.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos teen was arrested through a district court warrant at 2075 Trinity Drive.

    7:20 p.m. — A 43-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a larceny (less than $200) at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Tech Area 3.

    Jan. 17

    Midnight — A 43-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police criminal damage to his property (less than $1,000) at 42nd Street.

    Jan. 20

    10:20 a.m. — Joshua Bloom, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) in the 3000 block of Ridgeway Drive.

    4:27 p.m. — A 47-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police criminal damage to her property (less than $1,000) at 33rd Street.