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Public Safety

  • One-car wreck in WR

    Rescue workers transport a woman who lost control of her vehicle on Rover Boulevard yesterday. According to medical personnel, the woman apparently became disorientated and ended up driving her truck onto the sidewalk. No other injuries reported.

  • Police Beat 01-24-14

    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.

    Jan. 16

    1:25 p.m. — Jeffrey Aslin, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center.

    5:07 p.m. — Andrea Rivera, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at 650 San Ildefonso Road. She was also charged with resisting/evading and obstructing a police officer and fleeing.

    10:53 a.m. — A 65-year old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny, (less than $250) at La Senda Road.

    2:30 p.m. — Police charged a 15-year-old Los Alamos boy with larceny (less than $250) at Diamond Drive.
    Jan. 17

    11:52 a.m. — Ada Martinez, 27, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center.

    7:57 p.m. — A 70-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a burglary at North Todd Loop.

  • LAPD chief meets stable owners

    Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone met with members of the Los Alamos Stable Owners Association Friday at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, hoping to clear up some security issues. Earlier in the day, some of the owners took the chief on a tour of the stables.
    Lately, the North Mesa Stables have been plagued with a rash of theft and vandalism incidents. Thursday’s meeting and tour had two goals, to have the chief and the stable owners get to know each other and how they operate, and two, see if they could all come up with some workable solutions. At the meeting, owners talked about security issues such as run ins with coyotes, teenagers doing “donuts” with their cars in lots where owners exercise their horses, speeding and of course the incidents of theft and vandalism.
    LASOA President Mark Bayless detailed to the chief the solutions they tried so far, including improved lighting, neighborhood watches, and a gate system.
    “What we are hoping is that the chief can look at some of our options and see where we can go from there,” he said at the meeting.

  • Police Beat 01-17-14

    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.
    Jan. 9

    10:47 a.m.–– Rowena MacDonald, 47, of Los Alamos was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos Justice Center, 2500 Trinity Drive.

    6:44 p.m. –– Matthew Trujillo, 55, of Chimayo was arrested through a magistrate bench warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center, 2500 Trinity Drive.
    Jan. 10

    1:15 p.m. ­— Leonard Moore, 32 of Los Alamos was arrested by police for assault at the Los Alamos Justice Center, 2500 Trinity Drive.

    10:43 p.m. — Allan Houle, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos Justice Center, 2500 Trinity Drive.

    12:13 p.m. — An 89-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police an incident involving larceny (less than $1000) on Trinity Drive.

    11:41 p.m. — A 45-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police criminal damage to his property (less than $1000) at Seminole.
    Jan. 11

  • County responds to suit

    Los Alamos County released a statement Friday morning concerning the lawsuit filed by two former LAPD commanders and a current detective.
    The county claims as of Thursday afternoon that it still had not been served the lawsuit.
    In the statement, county administrator Harry Burgess said, “late Wednesday afternoon we were notified by media that the law office of George Geran chose to release to them a lawsuit supposedly filed against the county by three current/former LAPD officers.
    “I would like to state that the majority of the allegations being made were investigated at the time and decisions were made based upon the conclusions presented. There are several allegations in the documents that were not previously presented to the county, and the county will be following up on those items to determine an appropriate course of action, if necessary.

  • Cops sue county

     Two former commanders of the Los Alamos Police Department and a current detective filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Los Alamos County in district court Wednesday, alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination.
    The suit was filed by Santa Fe attorneys George Geran and Linda Hemphill, who represent Randy Foster, Scott Mills and Paige Early. The suit contends that the county failed to address a “real and imminent threat caused by a fellow police officer Brian Schamber.
    “After bringing the matter of Schamber’s erratic and alarming behavior to the attention of county officials including county administrator Harry Burgess and former police chief Wayne Torpy, plaintiffs Foster and Mills lost their jobs and Plaintiff Early was injured and systematically discriminated against as a result of the county’s failure to address Schamber’s threats to her and retaliated against when she complained about Schamber.”
    Schamber, meanwhile, also filed suit against the county and settled for $600,000.
    Schamber contended in his suit that then-commanders Mills and Foster allegedly harassed him and tried to sabotage his law enforcement career in an attempt to eliminate him as a possible candidate to replace Torpy.

  • Fire danger high during winter months

    SANTA FE ­­­— Wildfire danger levels are higher across parts of New Mexico right now, thanks to mild temperatures, dry conditions and gusty winds. The potential for fire is especially high in eastern and southeastern parts of the state where the lack of moisture is drying out fine, grassy fuels, according to New Mexico State Forestry Fire Prevention and Outreach Program Manager Dan Ware.
    State Forestry officials are warning residents and visitors to use caution with any use of fire and to do their part in preventing wildfires.
    Abundant seasonal rainfall during the recent monsoon season caused the rapid growth of grass and brush in New Mexico. With dry conditions across much of the state so far this winter, fuels are drying out and susceptible to fire.
    State Forestry officials emphasize the following precautions and measures to help residents and visitors prepare for and prevent wildfires:
    • When traveling by auto, only pull over into developed areas, such as rest stops, to prevent heat from catalytic converters or exhaust emissions from sparking fires in roadside grass.
    • Never walk away from a burning or smoldering campfire. Use water and dirt to kill the fire. The ground should be cold to the touch before it is safe to leave.

  • Police Beat 01-10-14

    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.
    Jan. 2

    4:38 p.m. — John Halladay, 41, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of encouraging violation of bail or probation in the 4700 block of Yucca Street.
    Jan. 3

    2:11 a.m. — Andrea Rivera, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant in the 2000 block of 42nd Street.

    1:50 a.m. — Gary Bobo, 42, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member in the 2000 block of 42nd Street.

    Jan. 5

    12:04 a.m. — Gabriel Wadt, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated in the 600 block of Trinity Drive. Police said he had a blood alcohol level of .16 or more.

    12:32 a.m. and 9:35 p.m. — Lukas Lucero, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested two times on Jan. 5. The first time was for battery upon a peace officer in the 600 block of Trinity Drive. The second arrest was for assault at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
    Jan. 6

  • Dog tests positive for drugs

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico woman whose dog tested positive for cocaine and marijuana is fighting to get the canine back after surrendering the Labrador retriever because of a $2,000 vet bill.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports 1-year-old Maddie showed “strong positive cocaine” and active marijuana traces in urine tests conducted this week by an Albuquerque clinic.
    A clinic report says veterinarians saw the dog twitching, shaking and walking with poor balance after owner Arlene Saiz brought her in.
    The report says because Saiz couldn’t pay the vet bill, she signed the dog over to the city Animal Welfare Department. City officials said police found no evidence to file charges against Saiz, who said she doesn’t know how the animal consumed the drugs.

  • Vandalism investigated

    Police are investigating vandalism that occurred to a storage shed at the North Mesa Stables. Someone had smashed in the shed windows. If you have information about the incident, contact the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8222.