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Public Safety

  • American Eagle Pilot Arrested at Minn. Airport
  • Torpy back on the job

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy is back at work and according to his colleagues, it’s as though he’s never left.

    “Yeah, he’s back to ordering us around and telling us to get his coffee,” Capt. Randy Foster said jokingly. On a more serious note, Foster said “we’re really glad to have him back.”

    While Torpy was away, Foster was pulling double duty as acting police chief.

    About five weeks ago, Torpy was rushed to the hospital and was there for five weeks, recovering from a serious medical incident.

    “Everything is fine now, it’s great to be back at work,” Torpy said. “It’s healing in some ways to be back and working with the folks here again.”

    Torpy got back Wednesday and will be working half days until he’s up to full-speed.

    Currently, he’s working on budgetary matters and still opening mail from well-wishers.

    He thanked the community and his co-workers for making the transition to work easy.

    “The reception’s been wonderful,” he said. “It hasn’t been much different from when I was gone. The community, the folks from the county, the police department have been very supportive throughout my ordeal.”

  • 01-03-13 Restaurant inspections

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 

     

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    Domino’s Pizza, 209-B Los Alamos Hwy.

    Date inspected: Dec. 24

    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for improper holding — need thermometer inside refrigerator.

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

     

    Ed’s Big Dawg caterer, 107 S. Riverside Dr.

    Date inspected: Dec. 21, other

    Violations: All high-risk violations corrected.

    Status of establishment: Approved

  • 2 grenades found in checked luggage at NM Sunport

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two hand grenades have been found in checked baggage in the past week at Albuquerque's airport.

    The information was included in the TSA's weekly roundup of weapons collected in checked and unchecked baggage at the nation's airports.

    Transportation Security Administration agents at Albuquerque International Sunport found the grenades.

    TSA released a picture Wednesday of the grenades with their tops removed.

    A Sunport spokesman says the grenades were inert. That means all energetic material such as primers, fuses, and the explosive or incendiary materials within them have been removed or otherwise rendered harmless.

    According to the TSA, passengers can travel with firearms in checked baggage but they must first be declared to the airline.

  • Difficult conditions reported on NM highways

    TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation is urging motorists to reduce speed due to difficult driving conditions Monday on numerous highways in northern New Mexico.

    Crews plowed, salted and cindered Interstate 40 in the Tucumcari area where several inches of snow accumulated.

    Workers also cleared snow on Interstate 25 north of Las Vegas.

    Other highways with difficult conditions reported by the New Mexico Department of Transportation include U.S. 64 near Taos Pass, New Mexico 38 from Bobcat Pass to Eagle Nest and New Mexico 104 between Las Vegas and Tucumcari.

  • Police Beat 01-01-13

    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.
    Dec. 20

    12:03 p.m. — Connie Lemon-Sandoval, 67, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, and having no tail lamps at 38th Street.
    (No time given) — Police arrested a 17-year-old Los Alamos teen for possession of a controlled substance in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive. He was then referred to juvenile authorities and released to his parents.
    11:48 p.m. — Raynard Frank, 41 of Blackfoot was arrested for aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (refusal to submit to chemical testing),  and failure to stay in his lane on N.M. 4.
    Dec. 21

    10:06 a.m. — A 50-year-old female reported to police her house had been burglarized in the 800 block of Scott Way.
    Dec. 22

  • Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until this evening

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

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES GENERALLY EXPECTED AT ELEVATIONS NEAR AND BELOW 7500 FEET. 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY FOR THE HIGH PEAKS OF THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS AND UPPER GILA REGION.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING BEFORE TAPERING OFF FROM WEST TO EAST OVER THE AREA THIS NEW YEARS EVE.

    * WINDS... SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN FALLING SNOW COMBINED WITH SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADS WILL CREATE DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL PRIMARILY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES.

    PLAN WITH THE LATEST UPDATES FROM LAMONITOR.COM.

  • Cold and blustery week ahead for New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Cold and blustery conditions are expected across much of the state in the wake of a cold front that made Christmas driving tough in New Mexico's eastern plains.

    The National Weathers Service says cold winds but sunny days will be the norm Wednesday and for most of the state on Thursday. Lows in the teens will be common and highs should be in the mid-40s across much of the state.

    A weak cold front moving in from northern Arizona Wednesday night will bring a chance of snow showers in western and northern New Mexico. But there's not much moisture in the system and totals should be light. A second front moving in Friday will be slightly more powerful but give way to a clearing trend by the weekend.

  • Community, lab talk security

    Officials whose job it is to oversee security in the community, the schools and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, met to discuss security measures in wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

    Meant to be the first in a series of meetings, the main topic of the meeting was assessing what successful security measures the Los Alamos Public School system is doing now and how it might be improved.

    The first part of the meeting was a review of the district-wide plan by LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt. The plan, which is not available to the public, details how law enforcement and the schools should deal with a “shooter” type scenario, as well as all other kinds of emergency and disaster scenarios. However, Schmidt urged decision makers at the meeting to concentrate on the shooter scenario.

    “The real intent of this is to have you tell us should we be thinking about this or that as part of your own safety plan,”

    Schmidt said to the school principals and other school officials who attended the meeting.

    The review also included a live feed of a security camera system from one of the elementary schools and how it works, as well as how police would react to an “active shooter.”

  • NM officers watching for drunken drivers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officers around New Mexico will be out in full force watching for drunken drivers through the holiday season.

    The increased patrols, DWI checkpoints and constant pleas from elected officials to celebrate responsibility have become part of New Mexico's fabric as the state continues to fight the pervasive problem of drunken driving.

    "Too often we hear about the pain and heartache caused by a DWI fatality around this time of year," Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. "Law enforcement is on the lookout for intoxicated drivers so I hope all New Mexicans will do the right thing by not drinking and driving."