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Public Safety

  • BLM lifts fire restrictions in NM

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is lifting all fire restrictions in New Mexico.

    The lifting of restrictions slated for Tuesday comes after more areas in the state recently received rainfall or saw increased humidity levels.

    This summer has been a busy season for firefighters in New Mexico who have battled the state's largest fire in its history in the Gila Wilderness and another massive blaze near Ruidoso.

  • Two prep for police academy

    Two new Los Alamos Police Department hires head off to the Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe Sunday.

    Adele Girmendonk and James Keane will attend the Academy along with 46 other recruits from across the state to get their training in basic law enforcement.

    Captain Randy Foster said Girmendonk is the wife of officer Robert Girmendonk and James Keane is a former dispatch employee whose grandfather was a lieutenant at the department.

    After 21 weeks of training the recruits will be certified law enforcement officers and will be ready to serve the Los Alamos community.

    LAPD has also hired former Española Police Officer and Española School Resource Officer Jack Casias, Foster said.
    His first day on the job is Monday.

  • Blaze guts chapel

    It took close to three hours Wednesday but the Los Alamos Fire Department extinguished a major fire at New Beginnings Fellowship Assembly of God Church at 112 East Road.

    Deputy Chief Justin Grider confirmed the fire was out around 1 p.m. It looked as if the fire was out earlier but LAFD was contending with hotspots in the rafters of the chapel.

    Grider said the chapel is a total loss. The main church received smoke damage. There also was an area in the back of the church that burned and received significant smoke damage.

    “We think the fire started in the chapel,” Grider said. “But we don’t know for sure. It is still under investigation.”
    Grider said there were a couple of investigators on the scene, including the State Fire Marshal.

    “We are checking the structural integrity so it’s safe enough for the investigators to check out what happened,” Grider said.

    Grider added this morning investigators worked until dark Wednesday and resumed work this morning at 9:30. “They go from end of the church to the other,” he said. “It’s a very tedious process.”

    Grider expects the investigation to take a couple of days because it is a church or a house of worship. “We have to check everything.”

  • Church heavily damaged in July 4th blaze

    It took close to three hours Wednesday but the Los Alamos Fire Department extinguished a major fire at New Beginnings Fellowship Assembly of God Church at 112 East Road.

    Deputy fire chief Justin Grider confirmed the fire was out around 1 p.m. It looked as if the fire was out earlier but LAFD was contending with hotspots in the rafters of the chapel.

    Grider said the chapel is a total loss. The main church received smoke damage. There also was an area in the back of the church that burned and received significant smoke damage.

    “We think the fire started in the chapel,” Grider said. “But we don't know for sure. It is still under investigation.”

  • Police Beat 07-03-12

    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 21

    10:24 a.m. – Charles Pacheco, 56, of Los Alamos, was arrested for fraudulent use of a credit card.

    7:20 p.m. – Jesus Andujo, 23, of Hernandez, was arrested along Trinity Drive for violating a protection order.

    7:37 p.m. – Stewart O’Brien, 49, of Los Alamos, was arrested along Canyon Road for DWI and for failure to maintain lane.

  • Flash Flood Watch through midnight tonight

    Here's the late Friday update from the National Weather Service:

    LASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... MAINLY OVER BURN SCARRED AREAS.

    * UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT

  • Monsoonal pattern to develop this week

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

    THE RECENT PERIOD OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND GENERALLY DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL END WEDNESDAY AS THE REMNANTS OF AN EASTERLY WAVE USHER A SURGE OF MONSOON MOISTURE NORTHWARD THROUGH ARIZONA... AS WELL AS CENTRAL AND WESTERN NEW MEXICO.

    ONCE THE MOISTURE ARRIVES... SOUTHERLY FLOW WILL KEEP IT IN PLACE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WORK WEEK AND POSSIBLY INTO THE WEEKEND. DAILY ROUNDS OF SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE TO NUMEROUS AT TIMES IN THE MOUNTAINS AND NEAR NEW MEXICO'S WESTERN BORDER.

  • 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...