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Public Safety

  • Police Beat 12-04-12

    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. 23

    (No time given) A 16-year-old Los Alamos teen was released to his parents by police after getting into a fight with a 12-year-old in the 100 Block of Santolina.

    1:56 p.m. — Joshua Krepps, 20 of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass at Smith’s Food and Drug.

    Police received six calls of car-breakins between 7:10 p.m. and 10 p.m. Locations included the 500 block of Oppenheimer Drive, 5000 block of Eaton Place, 900 block of Tewa Loop, 900 block of Otowi Place, 100 block of Timber Ridge Road and the 5000 block of Carriage House Road.

    11:43 p.m. — Brock Koehler, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence of  alcohol and/or drugs, possession of marijuana (less than one ounce), and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 100 block of Longview Drive.

  • Police: Girl May Die if Not Returned to Hospital

    A young girl with leukemia and a heart catheter could die in a matter of days if she is not brought back to an Arizona hospital after her parents inexplicably took her out of the facility last week, authorities said Monday.

  • CDC says US flu season starts early, could be bad

    NEW YORK (AP) — Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade — and it could be a bad one.

    Health officials on Monday said suspected flu cases have jumped in five Southern states, and the primary strain circulating tends to make people sicker than other types. It is particularly hard on the elderly.

    "It looks like it's shaping up to be a bad flu season, but only time will tell," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The good news is that the nation seems fairly well prepared, Frieden said. More than a third of Americans have been vaccinated, and the vaccine formulated for this year is well-matched to the strains of the virus seen so far, CDC officials said.

    Higher-than-normal reports of flu have come in from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. An uptick like this usually doesn't happen until after Christmas. Flu-related hospitalizations are also rising earlier than usual, and there have already been two deaths in children.

  • Faulty dishwasher sparks fire

    Fire officials said it all started when duplex owner Maria Mojica heard a “popping sound” downstairs.

    “She went down to investigate and she saw smoke and flames coming from the side of the dishwasher,” said Los Alamos Fire Department Capt. Jason Lopez.

    Los Alamos Fire Department crews were dispatched around 1 p.m. Friday to respond to a call in the 3000 block of Orange Street.

    “We made entry into the house at about 1:12 p.m.,” said Battalion Chief Justin Cassel.

    No one was hurt during the fire, though the kitchen sustained heavy fire damage. The entire house also received a lot of smoke damage.

    “The whole house was full of smoke when we arrived and flames were rolling out of the kitchen by the time we made entry,” Lopez said.

    Deputy Chief Justin Grider said the situation was under control by 1:20 p.m.

    Grider said the heavy smoke affected two families and the homeowner was the one who made the 911 call. Mojica was outside the duplex when fire crews arrived on the scene, and no one was injured in the fire.

    Lopez said electrical fires are pretty rare.

  • Police close in on vehicle burglars

    Police said they are close to finding out who is behind a rash of car break-ins that occurred earlier this month.

    The method has been to commit eight or more car break-ins within an hour, then disappear for a week.

    The latest round of break-ins occurred a couple of weeks ago, where the would-be thieves hit four or five cars on Nov. 15, then did the same thing Nov. 20.

    The Nov. 20 break-ins occurred within a three-block area of Oppenheimer Drive, and the Nov. 15 break-ins occurred within a three-block area of Camino Medio.

    Both crime sprees occurred within a one-hour time period.

    Acting Deputy Chief Randy Foster thinks these latest sprees are connected to the ones that happened earlier in the month.

    “We’ve been following up on some leads and we’re hoping to make some arrests real soon,” Foster said. “We believe these are all being committed by the same people.”

    If you have any information, call the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8226. Anonymity will be respected.

     

  • Police Beat 11-27-12

    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. 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. 15

    7:06 a.m. — A Los Alamos resident, 43, reported they were the victim of larceny of less than $250 in the 300 block of Rover Boulevard.

    9:21 a.m. — A Los Alamos resident, 50, reported they were the victim of larceny of less than $250 in the 300 block of Shirlane Place.

    9:29 a.m. — A Los Alamos resident, 70, reported they were the victim of a burglary from a vehicle or other structure in the 100 block of Kendall Drive.

    12:52 p.m. — A Los Alamos resident, 47, reported they were the victim of a burglary from a vehicle or other structure in the 300 block of Valle Del Sol Road.

    2:11 p.m. — A Los Alamos resident, 50, reported they were the victim of a burglary from a vehicle or other structure in the 300 block of Rover Boulevard.

  • FDA halts plans for peanut butter plant to resume operations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has halted operations of the country's largest organic peanut butter processor, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with a new enforcement authority the agency gained in a 2011 food safety law.

    The news came just hours after Sunland Inc. said it planned to reopen its shuttered processing plant on Tuesday.

    FDA officials found salmonella all over Sunland's New Mexico plant after 41 people in 20 states, most of them children, were sickened by peanut butter manufactured at the plant and sold at Trader Joe's. The suspension will prevent the company from distributing any food.

    The food safety law gave the FDA authority to suspend a company's registration when food manufactured or held there has a "reasonable probability" of causing serious health problems or death.

    Sunland sold hundreds of products to many of the nation's largest grocery chains.

  • Resident thankful burglary did not take turn for worse

    For Leslie Pfaff of Los Alamos, it wasn’t a burglary, it was an outright home invasion.

    In the early morning hours of Nov. 11, she, her two teenaged children and a friend of the teens, were upstairs when two burglars broke into the bottom floor of her home. Her husband was out of town at the time.

    “At first, I didn’t think anything of it,” she said. “I knew their friend was leaving early in the morning, so when I heard noises of people moving around downstairs, that’s what I thought it was.”

    What she saw later when she went downstairs was spine-chilling. According to the police report, three laptop computers and an iPad were missing. Together, the items were worth about $2,300.

    “I count my blessings that they just took things that could be replaced and they didn’t come upstairs,” she said.

    If they did come upstairs, Pfaff said, things probably would have been different.

    “To protect my family, what wouldn’t I do,” she said. “Hell hath no fury like a mother protecting her children. Take my stuff, I’m not going to shoot you ... touch my family and you will pray for death.”

    She said the whole experience has left her feeling violated.

  • Police beef up patrols

    Santa’s elves and Baby New Year won’t be the only ones out and about during the holidays; the Los Alamos Police Department will be out there, too.

    According to Lt. Scott Mills, the LAPD will boost their patrols now, through New Year’s Eve.

    “We’ll be putting extra officers in to increase our enforcement efforts for shoplifting, armed burglary, drunken driving and any other criminal activity that would victimize the citizens of Los Alamos during the holiday season,” Mills said.

    The strategy will include beefing up foot and bike patrols in the downtown area, as well as extra officers in different locations throughout the county to help with drunken driving enforcement.

    “Wherever officers think they are needed, they will be moving around to keep an eye on what’s going on,” Mills said.

    He said there’s also a lot residents can do help the police as well as protect themselves.

    “The predators seem to come out in force around this time of year,” Mills said.

    With that in mind, Mills said residents should be mindful of what they have lying around in plain sight in their parked cars.

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