.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Public Safety

  • Police Beat 01-01-13

    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.
    Dec. 20

    12:03 p.m. — Connie Lemon-Sandoval, 67, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, and having no tail lamps at 38th Street.
    (No time given) — Police arrested a 17-year-old Los Alamos teen for possession of a controlled substance in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive. He was then referred to juvenile authorities and released to his parents.
    11:48 p.m. — Raynard Frank, 41 of Blackfoot was arrested for aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (refusal to submit to chemical testing),  and failure to stay in his lane on N.M. 4.
    Dec. 21

    10:06 a.m. — A 50-year-old female reported to police her house had been burglarized in the 800 block of Scott Way.
    Dec. 22

  • Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until this evening

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST THIS EVENING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES GENERALLY EXPECTED AT ELEVATIONS NEAR AND BELOW 7500 FEET. 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY FOR THE HIGH PEAKS OF THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS AND UPPER GILA REGION.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING BEFORE TAPERING OFF FROM WEST TO EAST OVER THE AREA THIS NEW YEARS EVE.

    * WINDS... SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL ELEVATIONS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN FALLING SNOW COMBINED WITH SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADS WILL CREATE DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL PRIMARILY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES.

    PLAN WITH THE LATEST UPDATES FROM LAMONITOR.COM.

  • Cold and blustery week ahead for New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Cold and blustery conditions are expected across much of the state in the wake of a cold front that made Christmas driving tough in New Mexico's eastern plains.

    The National Weathers Service says cold winds but sunny days will be the norm Wednesday and for most of the state on Thursday. Lows in the teens will be common and highs should be in the mid-40s across much of the state.

    A weak cold front moving in from northern Arizona Wednesday night will bring a chance of snow showers in western and northern New Mexico. But there's not much moisture in the system and totals should be light. A second front moving in Friday will be slightly more powerful but give way to a clearing trend by the weekend.

  • Community, lab talk security

    Officials whose job it is to oversee security in the community, the schools and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, met to discuss security measures in wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

    Meant to be the first in a series of meetings, the main topic of the meeting was assessing what successful security measures the Los Alamos Public School system is doing now and how it might be improved.

    The first part of the meeting was a review of the district-wide plan by LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt. The plan, which is not available to the public, details how law enforcement and the schools should deal with a “shooter” type scenario, as well as all other kinds of emergency and disaster scenarios. However, Schmidt urged decision makers at the meeting to concentrate on the shooter scenario.

    “The real intent of this is to have you tell us should we be thinking about this or that as part of your own safety plan,”

    Schmidt said to the school principals and other school officials who attended the meeting.

    The review also included a live feed of a security camera system from one of the elementary schools and how it works, as well as how police would react to an “active shooter.”

  • NM officers watching for drunken drivers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officers around New Mexico will be out in full force watching for drunken drivers through the holiday season.

    The increased patrols, DWI checkpoints and constant pleas from elected officials to celebrate responsibility have become part of New Mexico's fabric as the state continues to fight the pervasive problem of drunken driving.

    "Too often we hear about the pain and heartache caused by a DWI fatality around this time of year," Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. "Law enforcement is on the lookout for intoxicated drivers so I hope all New Mexicans will do the right thing by not drinking and driving."

  • Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST TUESDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS THE SAN JUAN... JEMEZ AND SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... AND 1 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS THE NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS AND UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH CHRISTMAS MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE LIKELY LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY CHRISTMAS MORNING.

    * WINDS... WESTERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADWAYS ARE POSSIBLE CREATING DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS FOR THE HOLIDAY. BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES BELOW 2 MILES AT TIMES. DANGEROUS WIND CHILL VALUES FROM 10 BELOW ZERO TO 10 ABOVE ZERO ARE EXPECTED LATER TONIGHT AND CHRISTMAS MORNING.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE RESTRICTED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

  • Police Beat 12-25-12

    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.

    Dec 13

    12:52 a.m. — Jordan Agoyo, 24, of Santa Fe was arrested in Santa Fe on a Los Alamos Magistrate Court warrant.

    (No time given) — Police arrested a 16-year-old teen and referred him to juvenile authorities after finding him possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

    8:07 p.m. — Samantha Dutra, 33, of Los Alamos was arrested on an out-of-state warrant in the 1700 block of Central Avenue.
    Dec. 14

    2:23 p.m. — Police arrested a 16-year-old teen after he allegedly trespassed onto school property at Los Alamos High. He was released to his parents and referred to juvenile authorities.

    5:01 p.m. — William Vonharders, 36, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in the 3700 block of Arkansas Avenue.

    Dec. 15

  • Maez joins the force

    Unlike recent additions to the Los Alamos Police Department, Cpl. Miguel Maez is no stranger to law enforcement. Maez recently resigned from the Espanola Police Department to come be a police officer in the Los Alamos Police Department.

    Maez said he always wanted to be police officer.

    “It was a childhood dream,” he said. “I always wanted to help people and serve the public. I followed my dream, Espanola gave me the opportunity and I took full advantage of it.”

    To Maez, being on the police force truly is still and always has been about helping people, and it always will be for him.

    “It’s about customer service, and I believe that makes a great asset to the citizens of Los Alamos County,” he said.

    Right now, like all new recruits to the LAPD, Maez is undergoing field training right now, which basically means getting to know the layout and streets of Los Alamos.

    Maez said though he liked being in Española, he felt he could further develop his career if he moved to Los Alamos Police Department, even though he briefly served as Española’s police chief as the Española Police Department was undergoing changes to its command structure.

  • Monday morning car accident snarls traffic on Trinity Drive

    Shortly after 7 a.m., officers from the Los Alamos Police Department didn’t have far to go as they responded to an accident at Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer, near the Justice Center.

    According to LAPD Cpl. Jaime Gonzalez, a Nissan Sentra, driven by Elena Hamburg, 28, was behind another car that was slowing down to turn into an apartment complex. Hamburg decided to pull around and that’s when the front of her car struck the front of a Honda Accord driven by Lorraine Dominguez.

    There were no injuries and Gonzalez said Hamburg was cited for failure to yield.

  • Red Cross offers tips for holidays

    While people are finalizing plans for holiday events and travel, the American Red Cross in New Mexico has tips to help prevent accidents and emergencies.
    “Following a few simple tips can help make the holiday season safe and enjoyable,” said American Red Cross in New Mexico CEO Rahim Balsara.
    Holiday decorations and parties
    • Place Christmas trees at least three feet away from any heat sources and exits. Water the tree daily.
    • Don’t overload electrical outlets and unplug holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
    • Keep candles away from combustible materials and in a place where children and pets can’t get to them.
    • Pick a designated driver when attending a party and provide non-alcoholic beverage options if hosting a party.
    • Keep children and pets away from the stove; turn pot handles in; and turn off burners if leaving the kitchen.
    Holiday travel
    • Make sure vehicles are in good working order before holiday trips. This includes checking tire air pressure and windshield fluid, and cleaning lights and windows.
    • Equip vehicles with an emergency preparedness kit with water, snacks, flashlight, first aid kit and blankets.
    • Check weather and road conditions before traveling.