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Public Safety

  • Helicopter goes down in the Jemez

    A navy blue Bell Jet Ranger helicopter went down in Ponderosa in the Jemez Mountains, 50 miles southwest of Los Alamos Monday.
    The helicopter had three people on board, one Game and Fish officer, a veterinarian and the pilot all who reported minor injuries. Game and Fish sent another helicopter to extract the subjects from the crash site. 

  • Snow makes for slippery commute

    Commuters on Diamond Drive had to take it slow today because of an accident that happened at the corner of Diamond and Club Road. According to police, Robert Hill, who was pulling out in his red Mazda 6 from Club and looking to go left on Diamond, failed to stop for a blue Saturn sedan driven by a teen heading north on her way to school. There were no injuries, and no other passengers. Hill was cited by police for failing to yield. LAPD also responded to an accident call in White Rock this morning but there were no injuries or citations issued.
     

  • Police Beat 02-12-13

    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.

    Jan. 31

    2:30 p.m. — Police reported a 78-year-old woman was the victim of a fraud (between $250 and $2,500).

    Feb. 1

    3:31 p.m. — A 48-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police criminal damage to property on Hawk Drive.

    Feb. 4

    Police reported that a 32-year-old woman was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) in the 1900 block of Central Avenue.
    5:43 p.m. — Anthony Baca, 41, of Los Alamos was arrested on a district court warrant.

    Feb. 5

    8:11 a.m. — Police reported a 47-year-old Chimayó man was the victim of breaking and entering in the 100 block of Rover Boulevard.

    7:32 p.m. — Peter Blossom, 37, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (aggravated: refusal to submit to chemical testing) in the 3700 block of Arkansas Avenue.  

  • Winter Storm Warning now in effect until 8 a.m. Tuesday

    THE WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM MST TUESDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS GENERALLY 6 TO 12 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS NEAR AND ABOVE 7500 FEET WITH 4 TO 8 INCHES ELSEWHERE.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY EARLY THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS BEFORE TAPERING OFF EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

    * WINDS... NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW COVERED AND ICY ROADWAYS WILL MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN... INCLUDING STATE ROAD 134 OVER THE CHUSKA MOUNTAINS AND STATE ROAD 17 FROM CHAMA TO THE COLORADO BORDER.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

    More Information

    ... WINTER STORM TO PRODUCE ACCUMULATING SNOW THROUGH TUESDAY...

  • Two face numerous drug charges

    A Los Alamos woman and a Colorado man face a number of charges, including drug trafficking, after being arrested at the Motel 6 on Trinity Drive early Thursday morning.

    Leona Bjarke, 23, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a probation violation, Bjarke and Connor Fox of Colorado Springs also face charges of trafficking controlled substances, marijuana possession, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Los Alamos police were advised Wednesday night that Bjarke had an active probation violation warrant and the probation officer also said that Bjarke was staying at the Motel 6 after receiving a call from her parents.

    At 6:10 a.m. Thursday, LAPD went to the Motel 6 to investigate.

    Upon searching their room, police officers found a glass pipe, meth containers, unidentified prescription pills, marijuana, baggies and photo identification cards. Police also confirmed Bjarke had a probation violation.

    Bjarke and Fox were arrested and transported to Los Alamos Detention Center.

    As of press time, it was not known if they were still being detained at the detention center.

    There was no record of the case on the New Mexico courts website. 

  • LA Fire Department receives state grant

    The New Mexico Fire Protection Grant Council has awarded the Los Alamos Fire Department a $79,913 State Fire Protection Grant. The award boosts LAFD more than halfway toward its goal of replacing outdated handheld communication devices.

    The FPG is earmarked for critical needs of municipal and county fire districts with a goal of improving the district’s Insurance Services Office rating.

    This is the first year LAFD competed for funding. Until 2011, when eligibility was extended to all New Mexico certified fire departments, only ISO Class 7, 8, 9 and 10 departments could apply for the award. LAFD has an ISO class 1 rating.

    More than 100 grant applications were submitted with requests for more than $9 million in funding.

    The grant requires a 20 percent match from the county, which totals $15,983. The match will come from LAFD’s FY13 budget. Council approved the match as part of the consent agenda during its meeting Jan. 29.

    The $95,896 project fund will purchase 68 Harris PS400 portable radios with the required battery support equipment. LAFD began the replacement project by purchasing 18 of the radios with its FY2011-2012 budget.

  • Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until Sunday morning

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SUNDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 3 TO 6 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET ESPECIALLY ACROSS SOUTHWEST AND WEST FACING SLOPES ABOVE 7500 FEET.

    * TIMING... SNOW PEAKING THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING THEN DIMINISHING LATER TONIGHT.

    * WINDS... BECOMING WEST 20 TO 30 WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH BY EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CREATE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ACROSS THE REGION WITH SNOW COVERED AND ICY ROADS AND VISIBILITIES SUDDENLY DROPPING BELOW ONE MILE.

    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.

  • Winter wallop on tap for weekend

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

    A POTENT STORM SYSTEM WILL APPROACH FROM CALIFORNIA AND THE GREAT BASIN ON FRIDAY AND GRADUALLY MOVE EAST ACROSS COLORADO OVER THE WEEKEND... BRINGING A RETURN TO WINTRY CONDITIONS. WINDS WILL INCREASE OUT OF THE SOUTH ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN RESPONSE TO THE APPROACHING SYSTEM AND TEMPERATURES WILL WARM TO ABOVE SEASONAL AVERAGES IN MOST AREAS.

    STRONG MOUNTAIN TOP LEVEL WINDS WILL SPREAD OVER THE STATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY AND WORK DOWN TO THE SURFACE BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON... CREATING WINDY TO VERY WINDY CONDITIONS AREAWIDE. THE STRONGEST WINDS ON SATURDAY WILL GENERALLY BE ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN... POSSIBLY EXTENDING FARTHER SOUTHWEST ACROSS THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY INTO THE SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE SATURDAY NIGHT... BUT WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LINGER ACROSS MUCH OF THE EAST WELL INTO THE EVENING HOURS.

    A COLD FRONT WILL ACCOMPANY THIS SYSTEM AND SWEEP ACROSS THE STATE SATURDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL BE NOTICEABLY COLDER BEHIND THE FRONT SATURDAY ACROSS WESTERN AND CENTRAL AREAS... WHILE HIGHS ON SUNDAY WILL BE QUITE CHILLY... UP TO 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

  • Bank robbery suspect remains on the loose

    Los Alamos Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation swarmed White Rock Tuesday as they looked for a woman suspected of robbing Los Alamos National Bank at 77 Rover Blvd.

    As of press time Wednesday, the suspect in Tuesday’s heist remains at large.

    With police activity in the area, nearby Piñon and Chamisa Elementary Schools were in lockdown mode, as well.

    Wednesday morning, the schools were back to a normal schedule.

    But it was anything but normal Tuesday.

    Witnesses say the suspect entered the LANB branch just before 1:30 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

    The teller gave an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who put the money in a plastic grocery bag and left the bank.

    The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Native American female in her late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5-feet-4 and weighing about 150 pounds. She may have a scar or tattoo below her left eye.

    The suspect wore a black jacket over a black or gray hoodie. She also had on winter gloves.

    Anyone with information about the bank robbery is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at 505-889-1300 (24 hours) or LAPD, 662-8222.

  • Police Beat 02-05-13

    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.

    Jan. 24

    10:07 a.m. — A 71-year-old man told police he was the victim of a larceny over $500 and under $2500.

    Jan. 25

    12:20 a.m. — Iassac Pearson, 40 of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving with an open container, and possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of Bikini Atoll Drive and West Jemez Road.
    Jan. 26

    10:46 a.m. — A 59-year-old Los Alamos woman reported vandalism to her property (less than $1000) at the 600 block of Meadow Lane.

    3:13 p.m. — Alexander Gentry, 18 of Los Alamos was arrested for criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1300 block of 41st Street.
    Jan. 27

    12:19 a.m. — Jan Smith, 58, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving without headlights and not driving properly on a roadway laned for traffic at Bathtub Row.
    Jan. 29