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  • 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.

  • Exercise had LA airspace buzzing

    The Los Alamos branch of the Civil Air Patrol played host to at least 10 other New Mexico-based squadrons Saturday, all in an effort to improve the New Mexico CAP’s safety and search techniques.At least several times a year, the state’s CAP squadrons collaborate on joint emergency exercises centering on a specific theme or goal.

    In this weekend’s exercise, the squadrons carried out an assessment exercise. Their task was to document the area geography in the wake of a disastrous rainstorm, complete with washed out bridges, roads, dams and phone lines.

    “In this simulation we’re going through, the majority of Los Alamos has no power. We have open fires to the north, because we have damaged buildings and because they tried to restore the power they caught on fire,” Incident Commander Lloyd Voight explained. “We also have aircraft in the air checking road networks as well as looking for a lost church group that was hiking somewhere north of Los Alamos.”

    To Voight and others monitoring the situation, though, no one was in any real danger, it still wasn’t taken lightly.

  • Police Beat 02-19-13

    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. 7

    6:10 a.m. — Leona Bjarke, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested for trafficking in controlled substances, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and for being wanted on a magistrate court warrant.

     

    6:10 a.m. — Connor Fox, 25, of Colorado Springs was arrested for trafficking in controlled substances, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and attempting to conceal identity.

     

    11:30 a.m. — Arturo DeAguero, 34, of Española was arrested for being wanted on a municipal court warrant.

     

    No time given — Derrick Jameson, 30, of Los Alamos was cited for improper use of fireworks in the 2400 block of 35th Street.

     

    Feb 8

  • Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. Thursday

    WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST THURSDAY...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST THURSDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 6 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 5 TO 10 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET... WITH AMOUNTS OVER ONE FOOT ACROSS THE PEAKS. STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET... WITH UP TO TWO FEET ACROSS THE PEAKS.

    * TIMING... ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THIS AFTERNOON... PEAK TONIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

    * WINDS... WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL IMPACT THE SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS WHERE SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED INTO THE EARLY EVENING BEFORE DIMINISHING.

    * SNOW LEVELS... RAPIDLY FALLING TO ALL AREAS THIS AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING AND REMAINING AT THE VALLEY FLOORS THEREAFTER.

  • Torpy to undergo heart surgery

    Police chief Wayne Torpy will take some more medical leave as he is expected to have surgery to repair a valve in his heart at UNM hospital in Albuquerque next week.

    “It is just another piece of my recovery,” Torpy said in his office Wednesday.

    About two months ago, Torpy was rushed to the hospital and was there for five weeks, recovering from a couple of serious medical incidents.

    Cmdr. Randy Foster was acting chief while Torpy was on leave. That will not be the case this time.

    “I will only be out of commission for a couple of days,” Torpy said. “I will be in contact by cell phone.”

    Torpy said he will be back in the office in a couple of weeks.

    He also was quick to point out, “This is not a relapse. This is a follow-up procedure to my first illness. I feel great. I waited to get this done until now because they could not do all the other procedures at the same time.”

    Torpy got back to work a couple of weeks ago and he has been working on budgetary issues.
    The police chief said it was always his intent to get back to work, no matter how long it took.

  • LAFD arrives in nick of time

    A juvenile playing with matches is being blamed for a fire that destroyed one structure and nearly resulted in a brush fire.

    Los Alamos Fire Department crews responded in short order Thursday afternoon to a structure fire in White Rock, dousing the blaze within minutes.

    According to Deputy Chief Justin Grider of the LAFD, crews responded to the fire at about 4:30 p.m. and had it under control within four minutes.

    The source of the fire was an abandoned 225 square-foot chicken coop located at 140 Monte Rey Dr. South.

    The closely-knit neighborhood of houses was surrounded by dry brush and grass and along with the coop, a tree was already on fire when crews arrived.

    “It was fully involved when we got here,” Grider said.

    “Until the investigator arrives on the scene we won’t know what happened,” he said.

    Tom and Yui Shimada, owners of the house, were on the scene.

    “It was a very old chicken coop that had nothing in it,” Tom Shimada said.

    Later in the evening, Grider said a juvenile had confessed to starting the fire, saying he’d been playing with matches inside the building.

    “This serves as a good opportunity for folks to remind their children that matches are not toys,” Grider said.