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Public Safety

  • Local doctor faces charges

    A Los Alamos doctor faces criminal charges after a series of events Wednesday night landed him behind bars.

    Pavel Mourachov, 40, a urologist who works at Los Alamos Medical Center, is charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, one count of driving under the influence of drugs, and one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer – all misdemeanor charges.

    Five Los Alamos police officers were dispatched to Mourachov’s Los Alamos residence after receiving a call that he was potentially suicidal.

    The police report and supplemental notes filed by Cpl. Adam Jung, Officers Robert Stephens, Oliver McCartney, Jeremy Duran and Lt. Oliver Morris tell the following story:

  • NMDOT secures pilgrimage route

    New Mexico Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez announced Tuesday that the Department’s maintenance crews are preparing for safe walking areas along various New Mexico highways for the annual Good Friday Pilgrimage to the Santurario de Chimayó.

    To further enhance the safety for this event, the department has asked law enforcement agencies to assist in the enforcement of a state law that does not allow encroachments, including concession or roadside stands, along state highway right-of-way.

    This is a multi-agency coordinated event using the National Incident Management system, and the New Mexico Department of Transportation is working closely with local entities to provide a safe walking area for this year’s event.

  • Vandals smash windows in WR

    A vandalism spree along Rio Bravo Drive and Potrillo Drive in White Rock over the April Fool’s weekend left some residents without transportation.

    Los Alamos Police Department dispatch logs indicate on March 31 four people called in reporting damage to their vehicles.

    “Who ever did this went on a rampage,” Rio Bravo resident Lois Schneider said, adding that a few of her neighbors had also been hit.

    She said her husband made the call to the police. He reported that it looked like the windows of his pickup truck had been shot out, at which point he noticed that two other vehicles had also been vandalized at his address.

  • Police Beat 04-03-12

    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.

    March 22

    11:46 a.m. — An unidentified 43-year-old female reported that there had been a battery on a school employee by a student at Los Alamos High School.

    1:06 p.m. — An unidentified 83-year-old Los Alamos man died unattended on 45th Street.

    2:37 p.m. — An unidentified person was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

    March 23

    12:17 p.m. — An unidentified 57-year-old Los Alamos male, reported that he had been the victim of identity theft.

  • Difficult road conditions on northern NM roads

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state transportation department reports difficult driving conditions on some northern New Mexico roads Tuesday.

    Road crews are plowing Interstate 25 from Rowe to Tecolote. The passing lane has accumulation.

    U.S. 64/87 is closed from Raton to Clayton because of zero visibility due to blowing snow.

    And there are difficult driving conditions reporting on New Mexico 104 from Las Vegas to Trujillo where it's snowing moderately.

  • Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Until 6 p.m. Today

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR MODERATE TO OCCASIONAL HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 4 INCHES. GREATEST ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE ON ELEVATED OR GRASSY SURFACES.

    * TIMING... SNOW MAY MIX WITH RAIN LATER TODAY. OTHERWISE... EXPECTED SNOW TO DECREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THIS AFTERNOON.

    * WINDS... NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 25 MPH.

    * SNOW LEVELS... SNOW LEVELS WILL RISE TO 7000 FEET LATER THIS MORNING AND TO 7500 FEET THIS AFTERNOON.

  • Student alleged to have pushed teacher - see attachment

    An unidentified male Los Alamos High School student is charged with battery on a school employee after reportedly shoving a teacher.
    According to a Los Alamos Police Department incident report written by School Resource Officer Jordan Redmond, at 11:46 a.m. March 22, school administration called for help with a teacher dealing with a “belligerent” student.
    The administration alleged that there had been an incident in the commons areas of the A wing, in which a student pushed math teacher Joy Handsberry after she confronted the student regarding his behavior.

  • LA man faces rape charges

    A man accused of raping another man while he was asleep is headed to Los Alamos Magistrate Court to face charges next month.
    Gregory Thompson, 28, Los Alamos, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration, both third degree felonies; attempted criminal sexual penetration, also a third degree felony; and attempted criminal sexual contact, a fourth degree felony.
    He faces 10 1/2 years behind bars and a $20,000 fine if found guilty of all the charges.
    The police report regarding the incident tells the following story: On Feb. 12 at 4:21 a.m., Los Alamos Police Cpl. Christopher Ross responded to a domestic call. Once Ross arrived, the undisclosed caller was pacing around the kitchen and seemed to be upset.

  • Police Beat 03-27-12

    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.
    March 15

    9:59 a.m. — A 54-year-old male of Arvada, Colo. reported that he had been the victim of fraud between $250 and $2,500 on the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    10:45 a.m. — A 15-year-old Los Alamos male was arrested at Los Alamos High School for possession of a controlled substance.

    1:56 p.m. — A 51-year-old Los Alamos female reported that she had been robbed in the 40 block of Verde Ridge of less than $250.

    March 16

  • LAPD employee under internal investigation

    A Los Alamos Police Department employee is under investigation for parking in a disabled space and telling a resident that she had the right to do so because she was a police officer.
    Sandra Quintana, however, works in the records department and is not a police officer, according to Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun.
    Dispatch call records state that Quintana told Bill Dunn, who approached her for not having a proper placard, that she was a police officer.
    “It was clear that she wasn’t,” Dunn said.
    He called dispatch to inform the department that someone without a placard had parked in the disabled parking spot at the fire administration building and that he told her that she could get in trouble for parking there.