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Public Safety

  • Motorcyclist tries to flee police, crashes at intersection

    Sunday was not Tyler Webb’s day.

    Webb, 26, was driving down Diamond Drive on his 2000 Honda Interceptor motorcycle around 5 p.m., when a Los Alamos Police officer flagged him for going 49 mph in a 35 mph zone.

    However, the officer was traveling the opposite direction and could not turn around and pull him over. When another officer traveling the same way as Webb tried to pull him over, Webb sped off. Police did not give pursuit.

    “Chasing is very dangerous,” LAPD Capt. Randy Foster said. “We only chase someone when the danger outweighs the risk of chasing a suspect. A speeding ticket was definitely not a dangerous situation.”

    So the LAPD decided to let events run their course. They did not have to wait long.

    Webb, allegedly driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, crashed his motorcycle at the intersection of Jemez and Diamond.

    Webb apparently ran a red light at the intersection; narrowly missing a Los Alamos National Laboratory security vehicle traveling through the same intersection on a green light.

  • Smoke from prescribed burns may be seen in LA

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two national forests in New Mexico are planning prescribed fires this week that are designed to clear out hazardous fuels from hundreds of acres.

    Officials with the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico plan to treat more than 200 acres east of Santa Fe as long as the weather cooperates.

    The treatment is focused on improving the health of Santa Fe's watershed.

    Smoke will likely be visible from Santa Fe, Pecos, Los Alamos and as far south as Albuquerque.

    In southern New Mexico, Lincoln National Forest officials are planning to burn slash piles over a 470-acre area southwest of Glencoe.

    The Skillet 3 project is the first of several fuel reduction treatment scheduled on the Lincoln forest this fall.

  • Peanut butter recall expands to major retailers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A recall of peanut butter and other nut products has some of the country's largest grocery stores pulling store-brand products off their shelves.

    New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products. The company, which sells its nuts and nut butters to large groceries and other food distributors around the country, recalled products under multiple brand names last month after salmonella illnesses were linked to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands it manufactures.

  • Officers recognized for service

    County Council recognized Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun and Cpl. Doug Ehler for their years of service on Tuesday. Both officers are retiring from the Los Alamos Police Department. Left to right: Ehler’s fiancé Stephanie Scrimshaw, Cpl. Doug Ehler, Chief Wayne Torpy and Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun.

  • FDA Warning Public of Risks of Online Pharmacies
  • Portales plant shut after peanut butter recall

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A peanut processing plant in Portales has been shut down since Saturday after an outbreak of salmonella was linked to peanut butter made at the facility.

    The Sunland, Inc., plant is being scrubbed top to bottom and tests are being done to see if the bacteria is on the plant's equipment.

    Trader Joes Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt made at the plant is suspected in the salmonella outbreak. Twelve of the 29 people who are sick all ate that type of spread about a week before they got sick.

    Sunland spokeswoman Katalin Corburn tells KRQE-TV that no salmonella has been found in the plant and the peanut roasting process would kill any bacteria.

    Sunland recalled 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter it makes for several retailers.

  • Prescribed burn underway at Valles Caldera

    Commuters traveling home on State Road 4 should expect a slight delay on their way home.
    A controlled burn conducted by the National Park Service  and the Fire Learning Network is predicted to obscure visibility, according to Terry McDermott, Public Affairs Specialist for the Valles Caldera Trust.
    Escort vehicles will be waiting to guide cars through the smoke, according to McDermott.  
    “Traffic may be held up until we get a group of cars to guide through the smoke,” he said.
    The controlled burn will take place south N.M. 4 near mile marker 30, and is expected to continue through Wednesday.             

    Monitor Staff Report

  • Police Beat 09-25-12

    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.
    Sept. 13
    8:03 a.m. –– A 63-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of vandalism that occurred in the 100 block of Central Park Square. Police are still investigating. The damage was found to be less than $1,000.

    8:45 p.m. –– A 19-year-old Los Alamos woman told police that she had been the victim of criminal sexual penetration. Police said the alleged crime occurred in the 1000 block of Mesa Verde Drive.
    Sept. 14

    12:23 a.m. –– Fernando Rodriguez, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. He was arrested at Los Alamos Police Department, 2500 Trinity Drive.

    12:07 a.m. ­­–– A 63-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of assault against a household member. The alleged crime occurred in the 2200 block of 35th Street, according to police.

  • Veteran cops call it a career

    It was all smiles and tears Monday as friends and family attended the retirement party of  the Los Alamos Police Department’s Cpl. Doug Ehler and Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun. LAPD Chief Wayne Torpy presided over a short award ceremony where he presented each officer with a shadow box containing the medals, ranks and commendations they each accumulated during their careers.

  • Peanut butter recall expands beyond Trader Joe's

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Mexico-based company is recalling 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter after one of its products was linked to a salmonella outbreak at Trader Joe's groceries.

    Sunland Inc. recalled the products under multiple brand names after the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Sunland manufactures and packages the Trader Joe's product.

    A Sunland spokeswoman said the company recalled the other peanut and almond butters because they were manufactured with the same equipment as the Trader Joe's product. None of the other products have been linked to illnesses.

    Trader Joe's recalled the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter from its stores Saturday.