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Public Safety

  • Storm delivers first snow of the season to LA

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST THIS MORNING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE LESS THAN 1 INCH.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL TAPER OFF THROUGH THIS MORNING.

    * WINDS... NORTHWEST 10 T0 20 MPH.

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

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... TRAVELERS SHOULD REMAIN ALERT TO TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS... ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN. VERY COLD TEMPERATURES TODAY MAY ALLOW SLICK ROADWAY CONDITIONS TO PERSIST... ESPECIALLY IN SHADED AREAS.

    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.

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    ... WINTRY WEATHER SLOWLY DIMINISHING ACROSS THE AREA TODAY... .

  • Suspected drunk driver behind Friday traffic snarl

    Nina Roybal, 46, of Santa Fe, was arrested by Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy Julie York Friday, shortly after Roybal rolled her Toyota 4Runner on Main Hill Road (N.M. 502).  
    After being treated for minor injuries at the scene, Roybal was administered a series of field sobriety tests by York, which she failed, according authorities.
    Witnesses told police they saw Roybal driving aggressively trying to pass people, even though there was a double line on the two-lane mountain road. Witnesses then said she tried to pass on the right through the shoulder. That’s when her car banked off the canyon wall and flipped over.
    York decided to do the tests after smelling alcohol on Roybal’s breath. Roybal also showed signs of impairment, according to the deputy. Roybal was then booked and put into the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center. She was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and or alcohol and careless driving.
    The crash happened around 2 p.m. Friday. The road was closed for at least an hour until the arrest and the clean up of the road was completed.

  • Police Beat 11-06-12

    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.

    Oct. 26

    (No time given) Kevin Herring, 34, of Los Alamos was issued a summons on a charge of battery in the 4000 block of Sycamore Street.
    (No time given) Eric Mahler, 30 of Santa Fe was issued a summons on a charge of aggravated assault in the 4000 block of Sycamore Street. Mahler was also arrested Oct. 25 at 5:02 p.m. in the 1100 block of Sioux on a magistrate court warrant.
    Oct. 27

    3:30 a.m. — Heath Wade, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court warrant in the 1700 block of 37th Street.
    Oct. 28

    1:20 a.m. — Christopher Wajda, 21, of Los Alamos was charged with shoplifting in the Giant convenience store at 3701 Arkansas Ave.

    11:16 a.m. — A 41-year-old female reported she was the victim of fraud in the 200 block of Rover Boulevard. The amount taken was more than $250 and less than $20,000.

  • Two men die in Jemez

    The fire departments of Sandoval and Los Alamos County were involved in recovering two bodies in two separate incidents from the Sandoval County wilderness area Saturday.

    The first incident involved a man who was reported missing by his family Friday after he did not return from a morning hike in the Jemez Mountains, according to New Mexico State Police spokesman Robert McDonald.
    Sandoval County Sheriff deputies found the hiker’s vehicle Friday night.

    The case was transferred to state police because it turned into a search and rescue effort.
    Search and rescue crews found the man’s body at the bottom of an approximate 100-foot cliff near F.R. 10 and F.R. 269.

    The hiker was identified as Thomas Ilg, 54, of Los Alamos. He was a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, according to the facility’s website. Ilg reportedly had worked at the lab since 1996.

    Ilg’s neighbors were saddened and shocked to hear the news, but also said they did not know him well.

    “I knew his wife Wendy, but I did not know him very well,” said one neighbor. “That is horrible; I do know they’ve lived in this neighborhood a long time. How awful,” the neighbor said.

    McDonald said the family told officials Ilg was an experienced hiker.

  • Santa Fe boy stabs mom over Playstation

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy is facing charges after police say he stabbed his mom when she told him to stop playing PlayStation video games and clean his room.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the boy was arrested Sunday and faces a number of charges, including aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon. Police said he stabbed his mother in the leg and threatened his younger siblings.

    The mother told police that her son is bipolar and had broken all the windows of her 2005 blue Dodge Durango, where she and her four young children had sought safety.

    Police said the mother was transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for treatment.

    It was unclear if the boy had an attorney.

  • Police seek cyber predator

    Los Alamos Police are actively trying to find the true identity of a person who tried to blackmail a 13-year-old Los Alamos girl over some nude photos she sent to the suspect.

    According to Officer Oliver McCartney, LAPD subpoenaed Internet giant Yahoo to see if there is a real name and address attached to a Yahoo email address the suspect allegedly used.

    “We’ve been monitoring things since the crime occurred, but unfortunately, the Internet allows you to be anyone you want to be,” McCartney said. McCartney noted there was a female identity attached to the instant messaging Kik identity. “We’re waiting to see if there was any name attached to the email, but it could be from anybody, anywhere in the world,” McCartney said.

    It all started when the girl started using an instant messaging application called Kik to text her friends with. At some point, she befriended a stranger who she thought was another girl.

    The suspect then started to flatter her, telling the victim she could be a model. Eventually, the suspect persuaded the victim to send “her” nude pictures of herself, even though the victim told “her” she was only 13-years-old. The victim complied.

  • Police Beat 10-30-12

    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.
    Oct. 18

    1:16 a.m. –– Herman Nanez, 46, of Amarillo Texas was arrested on a charge of battery and a warrant from another jurisdiction in the 2400 block of Trinity Drive.

    1:13 p.m. –– A 51-year-old female recently reported to police she was the victim of a larceny less than $200 in the 100 block of Central Park Square.

    Oct. 23

    1:53 p.m. –– Fernando Rodriguez, 30, of Los Alamos, was arrested in connection with a municipal court warrant.

    6:59 p.m. –– A 51-year-old female reported she was the victim of a larceny of over $250 and less than $20,000 in the 100 block of East Gate Drive.
    Oct. 24

    1:30 p.m. –– Joel Grajeda, 43, of Española was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and driving with a suspended or revoked license in the 3700 block of Canyon Road.

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  • Diamond Drive crash

    A 17-year-old girl suffered back injuries on Diamond Drive Tuesday when the white Subaru she was driving rear ended a green Mazda, which in turn hit the back of a Honda van. None of the other people involved in the accident were injured. According to Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Jeremy Brondin, the chain reaction collision occurred when the Honda slowed to make a right turn into the Pueblo Complex.

  • Police Beat 10-23-12

    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.

    Oct. 11

    5:30 a.m. –– A 38-year-old Española man reported to police that his car was broken into in the 500 block of Central Avenue.

    11:25 a.m. –– A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was a victim of aggravated stalking in the 1400 block of Camino Redondo.

    1:20 p.m. –– Austin Cox, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 1900 block of 24th Street.

    2:32 p.m. –– a 14-year-old Santa Cruz girl reported to police that she was the victim of a larceny of less than $250 in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

    3 p.m. –– Samantha Rust, 20, of Los Alamos was served a summons for battery against a household member in the 900 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    9 p.m. — A 47-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police his car had been broken into in the 2100 block of Central Avenue.