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Public Safety

  • GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 billion for health fraud

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says GlaxoSmithKline will pay $3 billion and plead guilty to promoting two popular drugs for unapproved uses and to failing to report important safety data about a diabetes drug to the Food and Drug Administration.

    Government officials say it's the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history.

  • Bicycle, vehicle collisions on the rise

    Recently, Los Alamos bicycling enthusiast Khal Spencer, LAPD Captain Randy Foster, police chief Wayne Torpy, Traffic Division Manager Nancy Talley, and Traffic Engineer Kyle Zimmerman met to discuss bicycle safety in the county.

    There has been a spike in bicycle and vehicle collisions this year with three since April, Foster said. And there have been a number of near misses, Spencer added.

    The group was trying to find ways to reduce such collisions.

    Foster said the most dangerous area seems to be Diamond Drive between Sandia and the bridge. There are numerous entrances into parking lots that are not at intersections and those create the potential for bike/car collisions, Foster said.

  • Flash Flood Warning Until 4:30 p.m.

    FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 430 PM MDT FOR EXTREME NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE... EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL AND SOUTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTIES...

    AT 218 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THAT HEAVY RAIN DIMINISHED OVER CENTRAL PARTS OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. HOWEVER... NEARLY AN INCH OF RAIN WAS ESTIMATED TO HAVE FALLEN OVER THE UPPER FRIJOLES CANYON AND COCHITI MESA EARLIER IN THE AFTERNOON. IT CAN TAKE THIS RUN OFF FROM 1.5 TO 3 HOURS TO FLOW DOWNSTREAM TO THE RIO GRANDE. A RAPID AND DANGEROUS RISE IN WATER LEVELS IS EXPECTED IN LOWER PORTIONS OF BLAND CANYON AND FRIJOLES CANYON AT ANY TIME.

    LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT...

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • Geisik, Abney plead not guilty in District Court

    Both accused child rapist Stephen Geisik and alleged child abuser Tyrell Abney both pled not guilty in their first appearance in District Court Wednesday.

    Geisik, 21, is charged with five counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under age 13 — a first-degree felony; and two counts of contributing the delinquency of a minor — a fourth-degree felony.

    Abney, 20, is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm – a first-degree felony.

    Both cases were bound over from Los Alamos Magistrate Court to District Court earlier this month.

    Both defendants waived hearing the indictments against them.

  • Police Beat 06-26-12

    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.

    June 14

    2:51 p.m. ­— A 45-year-old female Los Alamos caller reported cell phone theft. The phone was valued at $252. It was later recovered. Charges are pending.

    June 15

    1:06 p.m. — The Los Alamos National Laboratory reported that a tire had been stolen off a trailer at Technical Area 60. The estimated loss is $70.

  • NM firefighters battle blaze straddling Rio Grande

    CORRALES, N.M. (AP) — More than 100 firefighters are battling blaze in wooded area along the Rio Grande on the northern edge of New Mexico's largest city.

  • Afternoon outage leaves much of North Mesa powerless

    Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities reports that North Mesa customers were subjected to a power outage Tuesday afternoon. Some callers to the Los Alamos Monitor reported that power went down for more than two hours.

    It is worth noting that the reason the outage went longer than initially anticipated is associated with the nature of the line contact, a spokesperson for the DPU said. The digging contractor was using a high pressure hose and vacuum which both exposed and breached one wire of a three phase direct bury electric line.

  • Police Beat 06-19-12

     

    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.

     

    June 7

     

    7:30 a.m. - Cory Kershner, 23, of Los Alamos, was arrested for criminal damage to property valued at less than $1,000.

     

    12:08 p.m. – A 43-year-old Los Alamos female reported criminal damage to her property valued at under $1,000 on Casa Grande Drive.

     

    June 8

     

  • Pickax Slayings Still Unsolved One Year later

    Today marks the one-year anniversary of an unsolved triple homicide in El Rancho that has left State Police stumped.

    The bodies of Lloyd, Dixie and Steven Ortiz were found in their El Rancho home on June 19 of last year.

    State Police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald said there are no updates in the case, but that the investigation into the murders has been what he called “very active.”

    He said State Police have conducted more than 120 interviews, executed 10 search warrants, submitted more than 50 pieces of evidence to the crime lab and followed leads as far as Oklahoma, Arizona and California.

  • Los Alamos Lab to host Robot Rodeo

    Hazardous devices teams from around the Southwest will wrangle their bomb squad robots at the sixth annual Robot Rodeo beginning Tuesday at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

    The rodeo gets under way at 8 a.m. in Technical Area 49, a remote section of laboratory property near the entrance to Bandelier National Monument. Eight teams are scheduled to participate in the three-day competition.

    “The Robot Rodeo gives bomb squad teams the opportunity to practice and hone their skills in a lively but low-risk setting,” said Chris Ory of LANL’s Emergency Response Group and a member of the lab’s hazardous devices team.

    Teams compete in events and simulations, such as