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Public Safety

  • 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

  • NM opens statewide mental health hotline

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will make its mental health hotline available statewide starting Friday.

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced the expansion of the helpline Wednesday, saying the first step to addressing a mental health crisis is ensuring easy access to services.

    Starting Feb. 1, she says the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line will be available across New Mexico at 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474).

    The crisis line will be staffed by mental health professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    It has previously been available in some of the state's more densely populated areas.

  • Police Beat 01-29-13

    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. 17
    10:16 a.m. — A 68-year-old Los Alamos man filed a complaint with police that someone might have stolen his coin collection, a coin collection that may be worth more than $20,000. Police said the case remains active until the man makes further inquiries. He also told police the collection might also be somewhere else.

    1:25 p.m. — Kendal Christensen, 35, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a warrant from Los Alamos Municipal Court.

    Jan. 18

    7:15 a.m. — Dawna Russom, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol on Diamond Drive. She was also charged with driving with an open container, driving without a license and improper turning.

    8:58 a.m. — Los Alamos Middle School officials reported vandalism to school property totaling less than $1,000. The damage was to a fiber optic cable at the school, valued at $400.

  • LAFD fire call

    The Los Alamos Fire Department, along with the Los Alamos Police Department, responded to a call Sunday on 34th Street, in regard to a propane gas grill flare up. Firefighters on scene checked the propane tank to ensure that it was not going to explode and quickly defused the situation.

  • Whole Foods recalls 4-oz. smoked salmon product

    DENVER (AP) — Whole Foods Market says it is voluntarily recalling some 4-ounce Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, cold-smoked and sliced, after a sample tested positive for listeria.

    The lot code for the recalled smoked salmon is 7425A2298B. The UPC code is 0 99482 40880 0.

    Whole Foods says the recalled items were sold in stores in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Utah.

    Colorado health officials say no illnesses had been reported as of Monday.

  • Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. today

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST THIS EVENING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 5 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 7 INCHES ABOVE 9000 FEET.

    * TIMING... PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE OFF AND ON THROUGH THE DAY.

    * WINDS... INCREASING LATE THIS MORNING FROM THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL IMPACT TRAVEL... ESPECIALLY ON HIGH COUNTRY ROADS. ADDITIONALLY... GUSTY WINDS MAY CREATE OCCASIONAL PERIODS OF REDUCED VISIBILITY IN BLOWING SNOW.

    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

    ... AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL CONTINUE TO BRING ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL TODAY...

  • Police detain suspected armed man

    On Friday afternoon, around 2:30 p.m. suspect Jesse Velasco, while walking at Ashley Pond, called police and told them he had a gun, according to officials. After a brief conversation with Velasco, police arrested him and brought him in, even though it turns out he did not have a gun. As of press time it is not known whether Velasco was charged.

  • Banks fend off cyberattacks

    Second of a two-part series

    The Wall Street Journal reported last week that major U.S. banks are seeking government action to stop or mitigate intensifying cyberattacks against American banking institutions. Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup are some of a dozen major institutions targeted since early 2011.

    The attacks have largely been in the form of distributed denial-of-service, using a network of infected computers to overwhelm computer systems and disrupt websites. The volume of the attacks is 10 to 20 times greater than previously recorded denial-of-service intrusions.

    Financial institutions have spent millions of dollars responding to the assaults. Washington officials attribute the attacks to the Iranian government, which denies involvement.

    Concern about the attacks intensified in September when the FBI published a fraud alert warning financial institutions that cyber criminals may be using DDoS to mask fraudulent wire transfers.

    The alert warned that criminals were using social engineering techniques such as spam and phishing emails to target financial institution employees, hoping to gain access to internal networks and steal employee and administrative credentials. The intruders could then control all aspects of a wire transaction, including approval.

  • Gun debate heats up

    Second of a two-part series

    Though the various forms of legislation mentioned in the last article remain in the committee stage, Mark Covell is not so sure the “gun show” bill put forth by Rep. Miguel Garcia, (D-Bernalillo) will be effective, even if the state does decide to establish a background check hotline.

    “I know some states are talking about now having mandatory background checks on all weapons whether it’s through a dealer or an individual,” Covell said. “How are you going to make that work? If you go down to your local department of motor vehicles office, you begin to have your doubts about the state running any kind of program.”

    He quoted a passage in the legislation he’s particularly concerned about.

    “‘Our legislation will require background checks for the mentally and criminally adjudicated at Gun Shows in New Mexico, and for a private individual purchases.”

  • Police Beat 01-22-13

    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 10
    4:17 a.m. — Officials at the Los Alamos National Bank reported damage to property (less than $1,000) in the 2000 block of E. Jemez Road.

    5:11 p.m. — A 20-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of fraud (less than $100) in the 4900 block of North Sol.

    Jan. 11
    8:16 a.m. — Rusty Mock, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass at 41st and Urban Street.

    2:38 p.m. — A 50-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she had been the victim of a larceny (over $2,500 but less than $20,000) in the 100 block of North Rey Drive.