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Public Safety

  • Police Beat 08-05-14

    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.

    July 24
    9:16 a.m. — A 30-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police that he was the victim of graffitti at Trinity Drive.

    July 27
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    :56 p.m. — Andrea Herrera 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of petty larceny (less than $100) in the 700 block of Trinity Drive.
    July 28

    10:55 p.m.— Rachel Parker, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested for trespassing in the 700 block of Trinity Drive.
    July 29

    9:23 p.m. — Mario Dailey, 29, of Albuquerque was arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a license in the 3000 block of Arkansas Avenue.

    10:02 p.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos teen reported to police that he was the victim of aggravated assault at the intersection of Cañada Way and Grand Canyon Drive.
    July 30

    2:11 p.m. — An 89-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $20,000) at Trinity Drive.
     

  • LAFD promotes two

    Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced Monday that two members of LAFD have been promoted.
    Jeff Wetteland has been promoted to Battalion Chief, in charge of the Fire & Life Safety Division.
    Wetteland began his career with LAFD in July 2001 and was promoted to captain in April 2009. Wetteland will serve as the county’s Fire Marshal.
    Jeff Saiz has been promoted to captain. He was hired in January 2006 and promoted to Driver/Engineer in February 2011.
    Hughes said both promotions were necessary because of the upcoming departure of LAFD’s Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson, who has accepted the Fire Chief’s position in Moscow, Idaho.
    “The Los Alamos County Fire Department is very fortunate to have such a talented group of individuals ready and able to step into leadership roles when one becomes vacant,” said Hughes.
    Wetteland will be working with outgoing Nickerson for the next two weeks and may be reached at the Los Alamos County Fire Administration Offices by calling 662-8301.
    Saiz will be assigned to the fire operations division where he will lead a crew of responders at one of the department’s five fire stations.  

  • More wet weather expected; Flash flooding a possibility

     

    The National Weather Service is forecasting a high probability of heavy rainstorms that may cause potential for more flash flooding in Northern and Central New Mexico, including Los Alamos.

    The advisory said clusters of storms will develop first over the mountains, then a broad cluster or line of storms should sink slowly southward in the vicinity of the central mountain chain during the evening and overnight hours.

    The timing should be between noon and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

    Impacts include:

    ·      Stronger storms will produce torrential downpours with rain at rates over 1 inch per half hour

    ·      Many locations have saturated soils from recent heavy rains, and these locations will need only moderate rain for flash flooding to develop today.  This includes the Las Conchas, Whitewater- Baldy and Little Bear burn scars.

  • Details emerge in fatal crash

    A police report detailing a fatal Main Street car accident revealed that the victim was hit when then the driver of the car, Steve Fode, backed his pickup truck without looking.
    The report said that on July 16, around 11 a.m., Fode was approaching the intersection from Main Street and Central Avenue via Main Street when he realized he couldn’t turn left onto Central Avenue due to the construction.
    According to eyewitnesses at the scene, the accident victim, 73-year-old Emily Mares-Lang, waited at the crosswalk for Fode’s truck to pass her. She had just left the post office and was on the crosswalk behind Fode’s truck when Fode “reversed at a high rate of speed,” and hit her with his Chevrolet pickup truck, according to witnesses. According to Fode, he was trying reverse his truck in order to make a U-turn when he hit Mares-Lang.
    Officers at the scene were unable to interview Mares-Lang due to her injuries. She was immediately transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center then later to CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Center in Santa Fe.

  • Police Beat 07-29-14

    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.
    July 17

    8:24 p.m.— Nicole White Chapman, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested for giving a false report on Inca Lane.
    July 18

    12:36 a.m. — Nancy Padilla, 43, of Espanola was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated (refusal to submit to chemical tests) at East Jemez Road.

    1:41 p.m. —A 19-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a larceny (less than $200) on Alamos Road.
    July 22

    4:06 a.m. — Gary Mares, 63, of Albuquerque was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant in the 400 block of Roma Avenue Albuquerque.

    11:59 a.m. — A 23-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of fraud (More than $250, less than $2500) at Walnut Street.

    1:01 p.m — Glenn Fernandez, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant. The original charges were possession of drug paraphernalia on Oct. 29, 2014 on Rover Boulevard.

  • Cone Zone 07-27-14

    Central Avenue
    Improvements Project:

    Between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street.
    During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Expect intermittent short-term flagging operations with minimal delays as trucks enter or exit the work zone. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon, to 15th and back to eastbound Central.
    On-street parking on Central is closed, use alternate parking in the area. Pedestrian detour signs are posted, please use the detour and stay out of the work zone.

    Western Area
    Improvements
    Work continues on 46th Street and 47th Street off Trinity. Access to residences as well as services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

    Sound Wall between Tewa Loop and Airport Road:
    Shoulder work continues on the south side of East Drive; please find alternate parking for vehicles parked on the south side of East Drive.
     

  • LA woman struck by vehicle dies

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service has confirmed that a long-time employee, Emily Mares-Lang, succumbed to the injuries she incurred when she was struck by a vehicle July 16.
    Mares-Lang died at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, where she was taken after the incident.
    Mares-Lang was walking across Main Street when she was struck by a pickup truck driven by Steve Fode, 25, of Los Alamos. Mares-Lang was 71.
    Georgina Williams, the nurse service's executive director, said it is a sad day for the LAVNS family.
    “All of us here at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service will miss her deeply,” she said. Mares-Lang was described by a LAVNS employees as a dedicated employee who worked in the LAVNS’ records department for eight years.
    Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist said his office is waiting for the Los Alamos Police Department’s report on the accident, adding that the report’s findings will determine what they ultimately charge Fode with.
    Though Fode was charged with careless driving at the scene of the accident, the DA’s office formally withdrew the charges over double jeopardy issues due to the severity of Mares-Lang’s condition.

  • Cone Zone 07-20-14

    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw at lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www. losalamosnm.us.
    County officials ask motorists to use caution within the construction work zones.

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:

    Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street for night work between 7 p.m.-6 a.m.
     During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon, to 15th and back to eastbound Central. The detour was moved from Trinity Drive to Deacon to enhance traffic flow.
    On-street parking on Central will be closed, please use alternate parking in the area.
    The contractor plans on working a day and night crew in an effort to complete this section of the project within the first 60 days of the construction.
    When possible, please use alternate business entrances including those along Deacon, 15th Street and 20th Street.
    Pedestrian detour signs are posted, please use the detour and stay out of the work zone.

    NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

  • Remembering Forrest

    Over 50 friends and relatives of Forrest Fukushima, including his father Eiichi and younger brother Craig, gathered at a spot on N.M. 502 just east of Totavi to remember him Saturday.
    A drunk driver struck Fukushima in 1986 while he was pedaling his bike up N.M. 502. He was reportedly training for an “Iron Horse” competition when Alex Naranjo, who is now a municipal judge in Española, struck him with her car.
    Though a tire blowout also contributed to the accident, Naranjo reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .18 at the time of the crash, twice the legal limit. 
    He was 20 when he died.
    A “ghost bike,” installed by the Ghost Bike organization, now marks the gathering spot.
    Local chapters of Ghost Bike install the memorials as a reminder that bicyclists share the road with vehicles as well.
     

  • A Kiss For Luck

    Los Alamos’ Police Department held a promotion ceremony Thursday at Los Alamos Magistrate Court.