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Public Safety

  • LA police seek citizen volunteers

    The Los Alamos Police Department is looking for citizens for a variety of tasks, as they seek to expand an existing volunteers program into new police administration areas. The department seeks to call upon citizen volunteers to help with daily non-emergency response tasks in order to allow police officers more time in the field, concentrating on police enforcement and pro-active community outreach programs or services.
    LAPD is seeking volunteers to assist in three areas: fingerprinting services; data entry; and food preparation in the detention center’s kitchen for three meals a day.
     In anticipation of limited budgets, LAPD is considering other ways that volunteers could assist on a more regularly scheduled and daily basis. This is more efficient than training and using the services of inmates who may be eligible for work-program status, because most inmate incarcerations at the detention center are short-term.
    Those citizens wishing to apply as a volunteer at LAPD for any or all three of these areas are invited to attend an informational meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 18 at the police department.

  • Police Beat 03-05-13

    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.

    Feb. 22

    3:01 a.m. — Rogelio Anaya, 20, of Los Alamos was arrested on charges of speeding, having no car insurance, no driver’s license, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, driving with an open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying contraband into a jail. He was arrested at the corner of 9th Street and Central Avenue.

    Feb. 23

    5:47 p.m. — Julia Tomlinson, 19, of Albuquerque, was arrested on charges of committing a larceny, (more than $200), receiving stolen property (more than $100, less than $250 at Camp May Road, Los Alamos

    2:44 a.m. — Matthew Borovsky, 19, of Los Alamos, was cited by police for possession of marijuana at the corner of Carlsbad Avenue and Rover Boulevard.

    Feb. 24

    2:46 p.m. — Desiree Nitz, 22, of Los Alamos, was cited by police for having a pet that made too much noise in the 1600 block of 37th Street.

  • Missouri fugitive nabbed in Los Alamos Thursday

    Rowena MacDonald, 46, a woman wanted on numerous charges for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing in St Louis County, Mo., was picked up by law enforcement at noon Thursday, the Los Alamos Police Department said Friday.

    MacDonald was detained on warrants out of Missouri, according to LAPD Cmdr. Randy Foster.

    The warrants were issued in connection with her alleged activities dealing meth in Missouri.

    The original charges were possession of a controlled substance, distributing a controlled substance after admitting to using meth and allowing others to manufacture the drug at her home, according to authorities. Court documents, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, said that MacDonald allowed others to cook and make meth at her Missouri home. The newspaper also reported that between 2010 and 2012, MacDonald bought pseudoephedrine 25 times in St. Louis County.

    “Los Alamos contacted us,” St. Louis County Police spokesman George Vaughn said. “And we have her on our wanted list. We are going to send our fugitive team out to get her and bring her back.”

    Foster said MacDonald was picked up by Sgt. Chris Valdez from New Mexico State Police around noon Thursday and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center, where she was to be picked up by Missouri authorities.

  • Hundreds of Detained Illegal Aliens Released
  • Teen charged with pointing gun

    A Los Alamos teen is receiving some unwanted attention after a video of him pointing a gun at another teen recently surfaced online.

    The video was obtained by KOB Eyewitness News 4, and it shows one teen pointing a gun at another teen wearing a red shirt and yelling orders at him.

    There are other teens in the room, and they too are yelling at the teen in the red shirt, who appears to be scared. KOB also reported that the teen in the red shirt is autistic.

    The alleged victim’s mother notified police Jan. 16 that she saw the video on the social media site Facebook and was very concerned.

    The video apparently took place in the bedroom of a home and it showed the teen with the gun telling the alleged victim to bend down and kiss his feet.

    “Watch him, get on your knees and kiss my shoes,” said the teen with the gun.

    The other teens then joined in.

    “Oh dude, you better kiss his shoe, dude,” one teen said.

    The alleged victim told police he did not notify police right away about what happened because he was “scared and embarrassed about what happened.”

    Police tracked down the offender at Los Alamos High School and charged the 15-year-old with aggravated assault and conspiracy.

  • Police Beat 02-26-13

    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.

    Feb. 14
    9:15 a.m. — Mark Henis, 46, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of harassment. He was issued a summons to appear.

    9:21 p.m. — A 16-year-old Jemez Springs teen was arrested on a charge of shoplifting (less than a $100) at Smith’s in Los Alamos. He was referred to juvenile authorities.

    11:02 p.m — Raul Quezada Ortiz, 28, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.
    Feb. 15

    8:51 p.m. — Michelle Pinkerton, 34, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a warrant in the 3700 block of Alabama Avenue.
    Feb. 16

    8:06 p.m. — Martin Dominguez, 37, of Los Alamos, was arrested for driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, not keeping within the lanes of traffic, expired registration, marijuana possession, (less than one ounce) and possession of drug paraphernalia at East Jemez Road.

    Feb. 19

  • Afternoon crash

    George M Hrbek, 21, of Los Alamos was cited by police for driving through a red light at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Canyon Road Monday. His car reportedly hit another car turning left onto Diamond from Canyon. There were no injuries, but medics from the Los Alamos Fire Department checked both drivers just to be sure. 

  • Snowstorm hits parts of New Mexico

    ALQUBUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A winter storm churning its way through New Mexico on Monday is causing highway closures and prompted some urban schools and government offices to open late.

    Parts of the state are getting several inches of snow and seeing blizzard-like conditions, with sections of Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico temporarily being shut down Monday morning.

    The state Department of Transportation also says parts of US 54 and US 84 near Santa Rosa are closed early Monday.

    Difficult driving conditions are reported on I-40 near Tucumcari and on Interstate 25 near Colmor.

    School openings are delayed by two hours in Santa Fe and in Albuquerque Public Schools' East Mountain schools.

  • Winter Weather Advisory for Sunday, early Monday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SUNDAY TO 6 AM MST MONDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE LIKELY ACROSS THE UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... WHILE 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE LIKELY ACROSS THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS. THE GREATEST AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACROSS THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS AND WILL QUICKLY SPREAD ACROSS THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS BY EARLY AFTERNOON. THE GREATEST ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

    * WINDS... NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... FALLING SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES. VISIBILITIES MAY BE REDUCED BELOW 1 MILE AT TIMES. ROADS WILL BECOME SLICK AND ICY... INCLUDING U.S. HIGHWAYS 64 AND 84.

    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.

    More Information

    ... WINTER STORM TO IMPACT CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO SUNDAY AND MONDAY...

  • Yet another round of winter heads this way

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

    A POWERFUL AND COLD WINTER STORM STRENGTHENING OVER THE NORTHWESTERN U.S. WILL DIVE SHARPLY TO THE FOUR CORNERS TONIGHT AND THEN SWEEP EASTWARD ACROSS THE HEART OF NEW MEXICO SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT.

    SNOWFALL IN THE TEETH OF GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL BEGIN OVER THE FOUR CORNERS LATE TONIGHT... AND SPREAD RAPIDLY SOUTH AND EXPAND EASTWARD THROUGH THE DAY ON SUNDAY... REACHING THE CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. SNOWFALL AND WIND WILL TAPER OFF GRADUALLY OVERNIGHT SUNDAY AS THE CORE OF THE STORM MOVES OUT INTO THE EASTERN PLAINS AND NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS OF NEW MEXICO.

    SNOWFALL WILL FAVOR THE SUMMITS AND SLOPES OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE... THE SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... AND OVER THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS. SNOWFALLS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE OVER THE SUMMITS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS. REDUCED SNOW AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY FOR THE FOOTHILLS AND VALLEYS.

    GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL PRODUCE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW... WITH POOR VISIBILITIES AND POSSIBLE DRIFTS ACROSS ROADS HEADING INTO SUNDAY NIGHT. CONDITIONS SHOULD IMPROVE GRADUALLY BY MONDAY MORNING. SUNDAY TEMPERATURES WILL ALSO DROP UP TO 20 DEGREES AS THE COLDER AIR MOVES IN. WIND CHILL WILL FALL BELOW ZERO IN SPOTS SUNDAY EVENING.