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Public Safety

  • Federal help sought to avert flooding at Santa Clara Pueblo

    SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are asking the federal government for help to prevent possible flooding at Santa Clara Pueblo.

    Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan say the northern New Mexico Indian community is as risk as a result of last summer's Las Conchas fire.

    The historic blaze left the mountains above the community with little vegetation to hold back any rain or runoff.

  • Cooler, Wetter Weather Set To Move In

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special statement regarding the forecast:

    A BIG CHANGE FOR WETTER AND COOLER WEATHER UNDERWAY...

    WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING DRY AND WARM WEATHER IN RECENT DAYS ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO. IN FACT... RECORD HIGHS HAVE BEEN BROKEN ACROSS SEVERAL EASTERN LOCATIONS. BUT THAT IS BEGINNING TO CHANGE.

    A STRONG BACK DOOR COLD FRONT IS BLASTING INTO NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO EARLY THIS MORNING. TEMPERATURES WILL BE 15 TO 25 DEGREES COOLER THAN SATURDAY IN THE NORTHEAST. IN ADDITION... MOISTURE WILL INCREASE MARKEDLY BEHIND THE FRONT. A FEW SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL FORM ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TODAY... FAVORING THE EAST SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

  • Accused child rapist released on bond

    Shortly after accused child rapist 21-year-old Stephen Geisik was released from jail Tuesday on a $10,000 signature bond, he was named in dispatch logs later that night for allegedly calling and harassing a 16-year-old Los Alamos female.

    As part of the conditions of his release, he was not supposed to make contact with minors with the exception of his son.

    Los Alamos Police Department’s Capt. Randy Foster said it’s not known if the caller was, in fact, Geisik.

    The District Attorney did not file a continuance in the case so judge Pat Casados released Geisik on a $10,000 signature bond. But if Geisik violated any stipulations of his release, he would be put back in jail and would have to pay that $10,000 back to the court, Casados said.

  • Police Beat 05-01-12

    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.

    April 19

    2:28 p.m. – An unidentified 49-year-old female reported that someone tried to enter her home.

    April 20

    9:04 a.m. – A group of citizens requested to speak with an officer to complain that construction workers at Iris and 9th Streets started work at 6:00 a.m.

  • LA sheriff seeks more enforcement duties

    After the Los Alamos County Council voted against a proposal to increase the Sheriff’s Department’s law enforcement duties earlier this year, Sheriff Marco Lucero is seeking to have the question put on the general election ballot.

    Lucero said he’s been fighting to have more law enforcement authority within the county since he took office nearly two years ago.  He said the Sheriff’s office has never gone out and done criminal law enforcement before, and that has been the concern for the last year and a half.

  • Local man charged with child rape

    A Los Alamos man faces felony child rape charges after admitting to having sexual relations with a 12-year-old girl.

    Stephen Geisik, 21, is charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor under age 13 — a first-degree felony.

    The unidentified minor is the same who reported construction workers had raped her earlier this year — a claim that was determined to be unfounded.

  • Feds prep for another busy fire season

    TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) — More than 100 large fires have swept across parts of the nation already this year, and the head of the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday the rest of the 2012 fire season is expected to be just as active as last year's, which saw historic wildfires on hundreds of square miles in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and elsewhere.

  • High Wind Warning Until 10 p.m. This Evening

    HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    AT ABOUT 6:15 P.M., ONE OF THE HIGHEST WIND GUSTS OF THE DAY WAS CLOCKED AT 52 MPH AT LOS ALAMOS AIRPORT.

    * LOCATION... THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS AND HIGH TERRAIN OF NEW MEXICO ALONG AND NEAR THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE... AS WELL AS THE CHUSKA AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS.

    * WINDS... SOUTH SOUTHWEST 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 OR 60 MPH... BECOMING WEST LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN THIS AFTERNOON AND PEAK MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DECREASE BY MID EVENING.

    * VISIBILITY... VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED BELOW ONE MILE AT TIMES IN AREAS PRONE TO BLOWING DUST.

  • White Rock man enters plea in SF drug case

    Justin Stone, 26, of White Rock, pleaded not guilty in Santa Fe District Court to attempted drug trafficking — a second degree felony - and misdemeanor larceny charges after spending the last few months and his April 16 birthday behind bars at the Santa Fe County Jail.

    Stone was arrested in February for allegedly having a “mobile meth lab” in his car.

    Previous Los Alamos Monitor reports state that Stone drove away from police after he was pulled over for running a red light in Santa Fe. Stone allegedly abandoned the car nearby and police later found meth-making materials in the vehicle.

  • Police Beat 04-24-12

    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.

    April 12

    9:46 a.m. — A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee reported that three new tool sets had been stolen from TA-54 with an estimated value of $990.

    8:07 p.m. — Chris Quintana, 42, Los Alamos, was arrested on a Los Alamos Municipal Court bench warrant.

    April 13