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Public Safety

  • County, feds look out for treasure hunters

    Chanon Thompson may have been the first, but county rescue officials are betting she won’t be the last.
    Search and rescue teams found Thompson Saturday after she hiked into the rugged wilderness of Bandelier Monument allegedly looking for a treasure chest.
    According to news reports, Thompson was inspired to visit Bandelier National Monument after seeing a report on a morning talk show about a millionaire in Santa Fe who said he buried a $2 million stash of gold and jewelry “somewhere” in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.
    The report centered on the millionaire’s recently published biography, “The Thrill of the Chase,” which includes a treasure map and clues as to where the treasure is buried. Ever since she was found, many stories on her rescue have surfaced. One included a quote from the millionaire that may help future treasure hunters. “Don’t look any place where a 79- or 80-year-old man could not carry a 42-pound box,” Fenn has been quoted as saying.

  • US braces for another bad wildfire year

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Despite the slowest start to a wildfire season in a decade, the head of the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday his agency is preparing for another busy year, but with fewer firefighters.

    Late winter storms have helped bring more snow and rain to some parts of the country, but Chief Tom Tidwell told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that much of the South and Southwest are expected to dry out by May and June as drought conditions persist.

    That will give way to a season much like last year, when more than 14,500 square miles — an area bigger than the state of Maryland — were charred. A dozen lives were also lost last year and more than 2,200 homes and businesses were destroyed.

    The predicted hot spots for wildfires this year? Tidwell pointed to Florida, Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California.

    "The areas I'm talking about now are influenced by these severe and ongoing droughts, and that doesn't get changed with any few storms. So the potential is there," he said.

  • Police beat 03-12-13

     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. 28 

    3:10 p.m. — Rowena MacDonald, 46, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a felony warrant issued from the state of Missouri.

    2:47 p.m. — Larry Bobo, 37, of Los Alamos, was arrested on charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, no tail lights and having an obstructed windshield at the corner of Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive. 

    March 1

    12:07 a.m. — Kevin Herring, 35, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member in the 4000 block of Sycamore Street.

  • Winter Storm Warning remains until 6 a.m. Sunday

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT SUNDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... AN ADDITIONAL 4 TO 8 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 12 INCHES ABOVE 9000 FEET. THIS WILL LEAD TO STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 16 INCHES WITH LOCALLY UP TO 20 INCHES ABOVE 9000 FEET.

    * TIMING... PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

    * WINDS... WEST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH TODAY WILL BECOME NORTH AND TAPER OFF THIS EVENING.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS FOR TRAVEL ARE EXPECTED WITH WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS DEVELOPING DUE TO POOR VISIBILITIES IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. THIS WILL INCLUDE INTERSTATE 25 THROUGH GLORIETA PASS... U.S. HIGHWAY 64 AND STATE ROUTE 4.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. STRONG WINDS ARE LIKELY. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

  • Restaurant inspections 03-07-13

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 

     

    Los Alamos

     

    Aspen Ridge Lodge, 1010 Sombrillo Court

    Date inspected: Feb. 26

    Violations: One high-risk violation for plumbing/waste disposal — dishwasher needs two-inch air gap. Three-compartment sink needs two-inch air gap.

    Notes: Walk-in freezer has a lot of condensation and frozen water on floor. Recommend servicing. 

    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up March 5.

     

    Bob’s Bodacious BBQ

    Date inspected: Feb. 28

    Violations: None

    Notes: Excellent facility, great job.

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

     

    Hill Diner

    Date inspected: Feb. 26

    Violations: None

  • 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.