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Public Safety

  • Arizona Wildfire Chars 2,500 Acres

    Hotshot crews, air tankers and helicopters are battling wildfires in Arizona. The Sunflower blaze in the Tonto National Forest has charred about 2,500 acres, since it was spotted Saturday morning.

  • VIDEO: Kidnapping Suspect Now on FBI Most Wanted List

    The FBI has added to its 10 Most Wanted list the Mississippi man suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her oldest daughter. The announcement came amid an intense manhunt for 35-year-old Adam Mayes and and the woman's 2 youngest girls.

  • Police Beat 05-08-12

    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.

    April 27

    10:23 a.m. — A complainant on Central Avenue reported that a patient stole a printer from a doctor’s office.

    2:04 p.m. — An unidentified 16-year-old Los Alamos male was cited at Los Alamos High School for possession of drug paraphernalia.

    7:03 p.m. — A San Juan Lane caller wanted help relighting her pilot light on her water heater.

  • NM governor unveils wildfire-warning system

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and forestry officials have unveiled a new email notification system for alerting residents of potential dangers from wildfire.

    State officials say prompt and accurate information can save lives and that the new system will bolster existing efforts to get information out quickly through social media sites.

    The move comes six weeks after embers from a prescribed fire in Colorado sparked a blaze that killed three people, blackened 6 square miles and damaged or destroyed nearly two dozen homes.

  • Federal help sought to avert flooding at Santa Clara Pueblo

    SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are asking the federal government for help to prevent possible flooding at Santa Clara Pueblo.

    Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan say the northern New Mexico Indian community is as risk as a result of last summer's Las Conchas fire.

    The historic blaze left the mountains above the community with little vegetation to hold back any rain or runoff.

  • Cooler, Wetter Weather Set To Move In

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special statement regarding the forecast:

    A BIG CHANGE FOR WETTER AND COOLER WEATHER UNDERWAY...

    WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING DRY AND WARM WEATHER IN RECENT DAYS ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO. IN FACT... RECORD HIGHS HAVE BEEN BROKEN ACROSS SEVERAL EASTERN LOCATIONS. BUT THAT IS BEGINNING TO CHANGE.

    A STRONG BACK DOOR COLD FRONT IS BLASTING INTO NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO EARLY THIS MORNING. TEMPERATURES WILL BE 15 TO 25 DEGREES COOLER THAN SATURDAY IN THE NORTHEAST. IN ADDITION... MOISTURE WILL INCREASE MARKEDLY BEHIND THE FRONT. A FEW SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL FORM ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TODAY... FAVORING THE EAST SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

  • Accused child rapist released on bond

    Shortly after accused child rapist 21-year-old Stephen Geisik was released from jail Tuesday on a $10,000 signature bond, he was named in dispatch logs later that night for allegedly calling and harassing a 16-year-old Los Alamos female.

    As part of the conditions of his release, he was not supposed to make contact with minors with the exception of his son.

    Los Alamos Police Department’s Capt. Randy Foster said it’s not known if the caller was, in fact, Geisik.

    The District Attorney did not file a continuance in the case so judge Pat Casados released Geisik on a $10,000 signature bond. But if Geisik violated any stipulations of his release, he would be put back in jail and would have to pay that $10,000 back to the court, Casados said.

  • Police Beat 05-01-12

    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.

    April 19

    2:28 p.m. – An unidentified 49-year-old female reported that someone tried to enter her home.

    April 20

    9:04 a.m. – A group of citizens requested to speak with an officer to complain that construction workers at Iris and 9th Streets started work at 6:00 a.m.

  • LA sheriff seeks more enforcement duties

    After the Los Alamos County Council voted against a proposal to increase the Sheriff’s Department’s law enforcement duties earlier this year, Sheriff Marco Lucero is seeking to have the question put on the general election ballot.

    Lucero said he’s been fighting to have more law enforcement authority within the county since he took office nearly two years ago.  He said the Sheriff’s office has never gone out and done criminal law enforcement before, and that has been the concern for the last year and a half.

  • Local man charged with child rape

    A Los Alamos man faces felony child rape charges after admitting to having sexual relations with a 12-year-old girl.

    Stephen Geisik, 21, is charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor under age 13 — a first-degree felony.

    The unidentified minor is the same who reported construction workers had raped her earlier this year — a claim that was determined to be unfounded.