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Public Safety

  • Monday morning car accident snarls traffic on Trinity Drive

    Shortly after 7 a.m., officers from the Los Alamos Police Department didn’t have far to go as they responded to an accident at Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer, near the Justice Center.

    According to LAPD Cpl. Jaime Gonzalez, a Nissan Sentra, driven by Elena Hamburg, 28, was behind another car that was slowing down to turn into an apartment complex. Hamburg decided to pull around and that’s when the front of her car struck the front of a Honda Accord driven by Lorraine Dominguez.

    There were no injuries and Gonzalez said Hamburg was cited for failure to yield.

  • Red Cross offers tips for holidays

    While people are finalizing plans for holiday events and travel, the American Red Cross in New Mexico has tips to help prevent accidents and emergencies.
    “Following a few simple tips can help make the holiday season safe and enjoyable,” said American Red Cross in New Mexico CEO Rahim Balsara.
    Holiday decorations and parties
    • Place Christmas trees at least three feet away from any heat sources and exits. Water the tree daily.
    • Don’t overload electrical outlets and unplug holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
    • Keep candles away from combustible materials and in a place where children and pets can’t get to them.
    • Pick a designated driver when attending a party and provide non-alcoholic beverage options if hosting a party.
    • Keep children and pets away from the stove; turn pot handles in; and turn off burners if leaving the kitchen.
    Holiday travel
    • Make sure vehicles are in good working order before holiday trips. This includes checking tire air pressure and windshield fluid, and cleaning lights and windows.
    • Equip vehicles with an emergency preparedness kit with water, snacks, flashlight, first aid kit and blankets.
    • Check weather and road conditions before traveling.

  • Police Beat 12-18-12

    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.
    Dec. 8

    4:45 p.m. — A 71-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of larceny (less than $200) in the 2000 block of 47th Street.
    Dec. 10

    6:45 p.m. — Geraldine Quintana, 58, of Santa Fe, was arrested and charged with aggravated DUI and child abuse in the 3000 block of West Road.

    11:25 p.m. — A 76-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of the fraudulent use of a credit card, as someone attempted to charge $300 to his account.
     Dec. 11

    1:33 p.m. — Martin Dominguez, 37, of Los Alamos was arrested in the 100 block of Central Park Square for an outstanding warrant in another jurisdiction.
    Dec. 12

    8:43 p.m. — Salvador Calderoncintora, 41 of Alcalde was arrested on San Ildefonso Road for an outstanding warrant in another jurisdiction.

  • NMDOT reopens N.M. 502

    N.M. 502- REOPEN -Diamond Drive to Jct of Los Alamos and NM 4.  The road was shut down briefly earlier Friday morning due to severe road conditions in the area. The Main Hill is also closed, from the twin tanks. The truck route is impassable and there have been a few accidents in that area. Crews are working to clear the roads and they should hopefully be open "before too long," according to Acting Los Alamos Police Chief Randy Foster.  Further information will be updated as it becomes available.

  • LANL closes at 8:30 a.m., schools follow later

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory closed this morning at 8:30 due to the weather conditions.

    Los Alamos Public Schools shut on a staggered schedule with elementaries dismissing students at 10 a.m., followed by the middle school and high school at 10:30 a.m.

    The county announced that offices, the library and other facilities closed today at noon and all non-essential employees will be released for the day. Among those facilities are the administration officies, the 311 center and recreational facilities.

    Atomic City Transit will made its final runs at noon.

    Also, trash pickup will be completed today but recycle pickup will not. The county's Eco Station also closed at noon.

  • Parents hear school traffic survey results

    Parents who have children attending the Canyoncito Montessori School recently got a briefing by the county’s transportation board on the results of the board’s latest traffic survey.

    The board conducted the survey in response to a Nov. 2 car accident that involved an out-of-control-vehicle that ended up crashing in the school’s parking lot.

    No one was injured in the one-car accident, but to many parents and school officials, the accident was just one incident in a long line of warnings that the school may need the board’s help.

    Sandwiched between Rose Street and Canyon Road, school officials and parents have been complaining for years about drivers ignoring posted speed limits, as well as the fact that many drivers seem to be oblivious that there is a school operating in the area.

    “Drivers using Canyon Road between 15th Street and Central Avenue are likely unaware that the Canyoncito Montessori School is located along this stretch of the road, and many travel at higher speeds,” concerned parent David Clark said through a statement he presented to the board.

    During the meeting, board officials updated the parents on what the traffic survey outside the school revealed and what it means as far as their children’s future safety and welfare is concerned.

  • Winter Storm Warning until 5 a.m. Sunday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST SUNDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 6 TO 10 INCHES... WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ON HIGHER SLOPES AND RIDGES.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF AROUND SUNRISE SUNDAY.

    * WINDS... NO WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... EXPECT SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADWAYS. REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN SNOW ARE LIKELY... ESPECIALLY DURING THE PERIODS OF HEAVIER SNOW. EXPECT SNOW IMPACTS ALONG INTERSTATE 25 THROUGH GLORIETA PASS AND ON HIGHWAYS 64 AND 518.

    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 TAKING SHAPE OVER NEW MEXICO THROUGH TONIGHT...

  • Police Beat 12-11-12

    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.

    Nov. 28

    10:24 p.m. — Police released a 15-year-old Abiquiu juvenile to his parents after he was caught possessing marijuana (less than one ounce) and possessing drug paraphernalia in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    Nov. 29

    1:13 p.m. — Daniel Rodarte, 27, of Española was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction while at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

    2:10 a.m. — Jesse Sterba, 28, of Hobbs was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of Diamond Drive and East Jemez. He was also arrested on a district court warrant.

    (No time given) — A 16-year-old girl was released to her parents after police found her in possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    Nov. 30

  • Santa Fe teacher dies in I-25 crash

    A Santa Fe teacher on her way back from delivering Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in Juaréz died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash on I-25 just north of the La Cienega exit.

    State police officers arriving on the scene found a 2009 Chevy passenger vehicle had been struck by a 2003 Chevy truck.

    Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the 2009 Chevy slid off the roadway due to snow packed and icy road conditions and struck the barrier wall. The vehicle was disabled and had come to rest in the middle of both northbound lanes of travel facing west.

    The driver of the 2003 Chevy truck was also northbound and was not able to see the 2009 Chevy and struck it as it was disabled in the middle of the interstate.

    The driver and sole occupant of the 2009 Chevy was identified as Dorothy Mullins, 54, of Santa Fe.

    Mullins died as a result of injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Shelli Petty of Los Alamos said her sister was a teacher in Santa Fe Public Schools for 23 years.

    “She was the youngest sister. Right now, it’s just hard to believe,” Petty told the Santa Fe New Mexican.

    Petty is the owner of Children’s Montessori Preschool in Los Alamos.

  • Woman charged with DUI in Monday accident

    Police reported a three-car accident involving two sedans and a pickup truck around 5 p.m. Monday night. The accident happened at the intersection of Trinity Drive and Timber Ridge Road.

    The crash occurred when Geraldine Quintana, 58, smashed her westbound Chevy Cobalt into the back of a Toyota sedan driven by Alice Gutierrez. Gutierrez was attempting to make a left turn onto Timber Ridge at the time.

    The impact caused Quintana’s Chevy to glance off the back of Gutierrez’ car and head into the opposite eastbound lane, where she hit a Toyota truck driven by Kenneth Wall.

    Quintana and a 14-year-old passenger were the only ones that had to be transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center for injuries, which were minor, according to police reports.

    Quintana was charged with careless driving, aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs and abandonment and/or abuse of a child.

    Quintana was discharged from LAMC and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center where she posted a $9,000 bond this morning, according to Acting Police Chief Randy Foster.