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Public Safety

  • 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.
     

  • APD shoots a knife-wielding suspect

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Facing increased scrutiny over its use of force, Albuquerque police shot and killed a man who authorities said slashed a good Samaritan’s throat late Thursday, police announced at a briefing.
    Deputy Chief William Roseman told reporters that the knife-wielding man was attacking a woman when the good Samaritan stepped in to help late Thursday and was stabbed.
    “Officers attempted to talk to the offender and tried to have him drop the knife,” Roseman said. “As officers tried to deescalate the situation, the male offender began to advance on the officers.”
    Roseman said two officers shot and killed the man after he continued to move toward police.
    The name of the suspect was not released. Officials also have not released the names of the officers who fired their weapons.
    In addition, police did not say how many times the man was shot nor if lapel camera footage of the shooting was available.
    Roseman said the good Samaritan is in critical condition, while the woman has been treated and released.

  • Police Beat 5-20-14

    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 8

    4:50 p.m. — A 49-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim a burglary at 45th Street.

    May 9

    Midnight — Austin Cox, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at Trinity Drive.

    Midnight — Paul Beck, 42, of Ojo Caliente was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more at Trinity Drive.

    May 10

    8:12 p.m. — Lenley Salazar, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at 3301 Canyon Drive.

    May 11

    8:33 a.m. — A 76-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of petty larceny (less than $100) at 4th Street.

    12:53 p.m. — Antonette Rodriguez was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction in the 100 block of Royal Crest.

  • Accident on Central

    A two-vehicle accident sent a county worker to the hospital for precautionary measures Wednesday morning. Police said the driver of the Honda was attempting to pull out on Central. She looked left, looked right and did not look left again and collided with a county vehicle. The driver of the Honda was cited for failure to yield.

  • Police Beat 05-13-14

    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 1

    3:41 p.m. — A 44-year-old Santa Fe woman reported to police she was the victim of harassment on Trinity Drive.

    3:38 p.m. — A 38-year-old Arroyo Seco woman reported to police she was the victim of criminal sexual contact/coercion at West Road.
    May 2

    5:05 p.m. — Brian Trujillo, of Ponderosa was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at 63 TD-Site Road.

    5:40 p.m. — A 16-year-old Jemez Springs teen was arrested for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) on State Highway 4 in Los Alamos.

    5:48 p.m. — A 15-year-old Jemez Springs teen was arrested for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) on State Highway 4 in Los Alamos.
    May 4

  • Residential Fire

    The Los Alamos Fire Department responded Thursday to a grease fire on Dos Brazos Street on Barranca Mesa. Fire officials were able to successfully isolate the fire and minimize the damage to a small area in the kitchen.

  • MDA, Special Olympics reap benefit of charity event

    Though only one team won the Battle of the Badges basketball game last week, in reality a lot of people won, according to the officials that helped organize the event, which was held at the Griffith Gym at Los Alamos High School.
    Rick Gonzales, a driver and engineer with the Los Alamos Fire Department and one of the organizers of the Battle of the Badges game, said the fundraiser helped two important charities come out on top.
    “In the long run, we really feel like it was the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) and the Special Olympics who really won, even though it was the firefighters who won the game,” he said with a laugh.
    The game was between the LAFD and the Los Alamos Police Department and LAFD came away with a 44-32 victory.
    But the game was more than about wins and losses.
    The game raised $2,200 for the charities and the night also featured a raffle that raised $5,000 for a few children from families in the community who are undergoing expensive medical care.
    The firefighters chose the Muscular Dystrophy Association since their union, the International Association of Firefighters, adopted it as its charity in the 1950s.
    Firefighters in Los Alamos belong to IAFF Local 3279.

  • Beery found liable in alleged 'Ponzi Scheme'

    SANTA FE — A Los Alamos man was found liable Wednesday for “peddling promissory notes as investments in a very risky and illegal scheme” that cost at least 10 mostly elderly Los Alamos residents nearly $170,000, state officials said.
    Jerome “Jerry” Beery, 81, of 566 Navajo, was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $1,000 in expenses following a ruling by Alan Wilson, securities division director of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, during an administrative hearing in Santa Fe.
    Beery’s victims, however, will have act civilly to recoup their losses, Wilson said after the hearing, because his agency doesn’t have the authority to order restitution.
    The adult children of two of the victims didn’t seem particularly thrilled with the punishment handed out to the man investigators say bilked their elderly parents out of $30,000.
    “It was an administrative slap on the hand,” said Fred Edeskuty who was joined by his sister, Celeste Raffin, in testifying against Beery.
    Investigators laid out a stiff case against Beery, who claimed that the numerous promissory notes he sold were loans, not investments, and that he didn’t need state licensing and certification to issue those notes.