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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Feds prep for another busy fire season

    TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) — More than 100 large fires have swept across parts of the nation already this year, and the head of the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday the rest of the 2012 fire season is expected to be just as active as last year's, which saw historic wildfires on hundreds of square miles in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and elsewhere.

  • High Wind Warning Until 10 p.m. This Evening

    HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    AT ABOUT 6:15 P.M., ONE OF THE HIGHEST WIND GUSTS OF THE DAY WAS CLOCKED AT 52 MPH AT LOS ALAMOS AIRPORT.

    * LOCATION... THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS AND HIGH TERRAIN OF NEW MEXICO ALONG AND NEAR THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE... AS WELL AS THE CHUSKA AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS.

    * WINDS... SOUTH SOUTHWEST 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 OR 60 MPH... BECOMING WEST LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN THIS AFTERNOON AND PEAK MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DECREASE BY MID EVENING.

    * VISIBILITY... VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED BELOW ONE MILE AT TIMES IN AREAS PRONE TO BLOWING DUST.

  • White Rock man enters plea in SF drug case

    Justin Stone, 26, of White Rock, pleaded not guilty in Santa Fe District Court to attempted drug trafficking — a second degree felony - and misdemeanor larceny charges after spending the last few months and his April 16 birthday behind bars at the Santa Fe County Jail.

    Stone was arrested in February for allegedly having a “mobile meth lab” in his car.

    Previous Los Alamos Monitor reports state that Stone drove away from police after he was pulled over for running a red light in Santa Fe. Stone allegedly abandoned the car nearby and police later found meth-making materials in the vehicle.

  • Police Beat 04-24-12

    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 12

    9:46 a.m. — A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee reported that three new tool sets had been stolen from TA-54 with an estimated value of $990.

    8:07 p.m. — Chris Quintana, 42, Los Alamos, was arrested on a Los Alamos Municipal Court bench warrant.

    April 13

  • Alcohol may be factor in Sunday's Main Hill crash

    Alcohol may have been involved in a motorcycle and truck collision Sunday afternoon, which closed the main hill — N.M. 502 — for hours and sent one man to the hospital.

    Los Alamos County Police and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Departments responded to the incident at 3:59 p.m.

    Santa Fe Sheriff’s Lt. Joe McLaughlin said the motorcyclist, Peter Padilla, 47, of El Prado, was heading southbound down the hill, lost control of the motorcycle and swerved into oncoming traffic around the bend at Anderson lookout. Los Alamos resident Rodney Dominguez, 44, who was driving a Toyota Tundra, was driving up the hill when he saw Padilla and swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting him, but the motorcyclist struck the left side of the truck.

  • Motorist, 95, attempts to make new drive-thru at McDonald's

     Mark Casados of Los Alamos and his friend were having breakfast at McDonald’s  about 9.a.m. Saturday when they got the surprise of a lifetime. A vehicle jumped the curb and hit the restaurant, shattering the glass.

    “My friend saw the car. We were really lucky,” Casados said. Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments were on the scene within minutes.

    According to deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun, the driver of the vehicle was a 95-year-old Los Alamos man, who was treated at the scene by LAFD and was not transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center. The man was able to drive the car home. Purtymun said the man did not receive a citation because the accident occurred on private property.

  • Cleaning up the county CodeRED system

    As part of a test of Los Alamos County’s emergency all-call notification system late last month nearly 12,000 calls were made, but County Emergency Management Specialist Phil Taylor said some of those numbers aren’t in use anymore or go to fax machines and other devices.

    “We don’t need to have that thing in our database,” he said.

    County residents’ home phone numbers have either been entered automatically in the Florida-based CodeRED system through commercially available data sources or residents have signed up themselves, and some of those numbers have been in the system since after the Cerro Grande fire in 2000.

  • Simulation shows dangers of distracted, drunk driving

    The following incident could happen anywhere and luckily for all those involved Wednesday at Los Alamos High School, this was just a simulation.

    A LAHS student faces 18 ½ years behind bars and more than $20,000 in fines after a drunk driving incident killed two of his classmates and injured several others.