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Public Safety

  • 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. 

  • 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.