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Public Safety

  • Doctor released on bond

    Los Alamos doctor Pavel Mourachov was released Tuesday from the Los Alamos Detention Center after being arraigned in magistrate court before Judge Pat Casados.

    Mourachov was arrested last Wednesday in the parking lot of the Los Alamos Medical Center on charges of extreme cruelty to animals, harassment, and two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon. The harassment is a misdemeanor, and carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

    The rest of the charges are fourth degree felonies. Each of those charges carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

    Police arrested Mourachov leaving the Los Alamos Medical Center, where the urologist has an office.

    After Mourachov was read the charges in court, Mourachov’s lawyer, Elden Pennington, asked the judge to reduce his bond because of financial hardship. Pennington said Mourachov, who is getting a divorce from his wife, is deep in debt and is struggling to keep his practice solvent.

    Casados reduced his $100,000 cash-only bond to a $10,000 surety bond, of which he has to pay 10 percent. A $10,000 surety bond was also set for the aggravated assault charges.

    Casados then read a list of release conditions and assigned Mourachov an electronic monitoring bracelet.

  • Police Beat 5-28-13

    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.

    May 16

    3:26 a.m. — Linda Martinez, 52, of Santa Cruz, was arrested on a municipal court warrant, at 2500 Trinity Drive.

    May 17

    8:51 a.m. — A 13-year-old Santa Fe female was referred to the Juvenile Deliquency Citation Program (JPPO) on a charge of the unlawful carrying of a weapon at school in the 2100 block of Hawk Drive.

    11:02 a.m. — A 41-year-old Los Alamos female told police she had been the victim of a larceny (less than $250) in the 3300 block of Canyon Road.

    11:45 p.m. — Rogelio Anaya, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance in the 400 block of Bryce Avenue.

    May 18

    12:02 p.m. — A 50-year-old Los Alamos man told police he had been the victim of graffiti (less than $1,000) in the 1100 block of 45th Street.

  • White Rock property targeted

     Police are investigating a vandalism incident that occurred at a property on Estante Way in White Rock sometime Friday evening or Saturday morning.
    According to the property owner, Milton Gillespie, someone had taken blood-red paint and poured it all over his driveway and one of his cars.
    Gillespie said the damage was in an area of about 400 feet on his property.
    Gillespie told the Los Alamos Monitor that he believes the vandalism was somehow connected to his opposition to the Los Alamos Department of Utilities’ desire to drill a series of water wells in close proximity to his neighborhood.
    According to a recent article in the Los Alamos Monitor, DPU proposes digging the wells to utilize the county’s 1,200 acre-feet San Juan-Chama water allotment and secure the county’s water rights.
    “I do not object to getting the water, but I object to the way the county is doing it,” Gillespie said.
    Police had already stopped by and conducted an investigation, and will be releasing a report.
    “Nobody is going to scare us out of our opinion,” Gillespie said.
    Gillespie took out an advertisement in the Los Alamos Monitor, offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the culprits.

  • Cone Zone 05-26-13

    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:
    RMCI continues to use a 15-passenger van to transport pedestrians through the Canyon Road construction site. The van circulates every 5 to 7 minutes while RMCI is working, typically 7 a.m. to 5-7 p.m. depending on the job activity, Monday through Saturday (RMCI will work Saturdays in June). This service for pedestrians will continue until June 28 or when sidewalks are open on both sides of Canyon. Each evening, RMCI will re-establish the pedestrian paths for use.
    The van route starts at 9th Street and Canyon Road continuing north on Canyon, making the Nugget, Opal and Piñon Loops. Pedestrians on Nugget, Opal, and Piñon Loops will be picked up in front of their residence. Additional stops include the Pine Street cul-de-sac and Quartz at 6th Street. The route will end at Canyon and 15th Street. The driver will then turn around and repeat the route in the opposite direction. This does not impact current school bus stops.
    Canyon Road between 15th and Rim Road remains closed with a “rolling” closure; the closure may shift as work progresses. Residential access in the immediate closure area will be provided; all others motorists should seek alternate routes.

  • Police Beat 05-21-13

    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.

    May 9

    9:47 a.m. — A 53-year-old Los Alamos man told police his property was damaged (less than $1,000) in the 300 block of El Conejo Street.

    10:31 a.m. — A 53-year-old Los Alamos man told police he had been the victim of a larceny (less than $2,500) in the 1300 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    3:53 p.m. — Gary Brown, 44, of Los Alamos was arrested on charges of driving on roadways laned for traffic and driving with a suspended or revoked license at Canyon and East Road.

    6:54 p.m. — Fernando Rodriguez, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested on charges of driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, driving with a suspended or revoked license, driving with an open container, and possession of controlled substance in the 2300 block of Trinity Drive.

    May 10

  • Police Beat 05-14-13

    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.

    May 3

    2:31 p.m. –– A 64-year-old Los Alamos man told police that he was the victim of a larceny (over $500, under $2,500) in the 100 block of La Vista Drive.

    3:15 p.m. –– A 13-year-old Los Alamos boy was the victim of an interaction with another 13-year-old boy where he received stolen property from him as well as marijuana (less than one ounce) and he was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia on Central Avenue.

    5 p.m. –– Police arrested a 13-year-old Santa Fe teen on charges of receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and possession of drug paraphernalia at the intersection of Central Avenue and Oppenheimer Drive. He was released to his parents and referred to juvenile authorities.

    4:05 p.m. –– The management at Smith’s Food and Drug Center, 535 Central Avenue, reported to police that between $100 and $250 in cash was stolen from the store.

    May 4

  • Feds: Budget cuts to make wildfire season tougher

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — After another dry winter across much of the West, fire officials are poised for a tough wildfire season that will be even more challenging because federal budget cuts mean fewer firefighters on the ground, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Monday.
    Jewell, who is just five weeks into her new job, said automatic budget cuts mandated by Congress will force fire managers to make choices as they prioritize resources.
    They also will have fewer resources to use on strategies designed to reduce future fire potential, such as prescribed burns and reseeding.
    “We will fight the fires and we will do them safely,” Jewell said. “But the resources will go to suppression, which is not ideal. What you’re not doing is putting the resources in place to thoughtfully manage the landscape for the future.”
    Jewell spent the past two days touring the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, the government’s national wildfire nerve center. She was joined by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who said the U.S. Forest Service alone will hire 500 fewer firefighters and deploy 50 fewer engines this season.

  • North Road fire snuffed out quickly

    The Los Alamos Fire Department and police responded quickly to reports of flames on a hill just off North Road Monday afternoon. Eyewitness reports and evidence at the scene indicated the cause of the fire was manmade.

    The LAFD suspects a group of teens seen in the immediate area by eyewitnesses were involved in causing the fire.

    Firefighters arrived before it spread; it only left a 1 foot by 1 foot burn, said LAFD Fire Marshall Brian Nickerson, who was at the scene evaluating the damage with Police Cpl. Pat Massara. The fire happened around 4:30 p.m. and briefly blocked traffic as the department contained and investigated the incident.

    Nickerson said this is the first time something like this has happened on North Road. He added, however, that there have been three or four incidents similar to this in the last three months.

    Both Massara and Nickerson urged the public to help prevent incidents like this by keeping an eye on their children.

    They noted that Los Alamos is currently under a Stage One restriction fire alert, which simply means one spark could start a widespread wildfire.

    “Be aware of what’s going on with our terrain and surroundings,” Massara said. “The fuel threat is pretty high right now.”

  • SF National Forest, Valles Caldera impose fire restrictions

    Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions on Tuesday, May 14 at 8 a.m. due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.

    The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3-feet of the device.

    During Stage I fire restrictions, the following acts are prohibited:

     Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove; except in Forest Service developed campgrounds and picnic areas where grills and fire rings are provided

  • Fire call

    There was a lot of commotion on Trinity Drive around lunchtime Thursday. A furnace was turned on, and immediately blew a lot of smoke into the hallways of the medical professionals building located at 3250 Trinity Drive. Officials said it was either due to a slipped belt or a blown fuse in the furnace.