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Public Safety

  • Wind Advisory Until 8 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

    * LOCATION... THE SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY... THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... THE LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY... AND THE UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY INCLUDING THE SANTA FE METRO AREA.

    * WINDS... SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN ACROSS THE AREA LATE THIS MORNING THEN PEAK DURING MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL DIMINISH QUICKLY EARLY THIS EVENING.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALIZED REDUCTIONS DOWN TO 2 MILES WILL BE POSSIBLE IN DUST PRONE AREAS... SUCH AS OPEN FIELDS... MINING LOCATIONS... AND ONGOING CONSTRUCTION SITES.

  • Western states prepare for dangerous fire season

    DENVER (AP) — The West's 2012 wildfire season exploded in earnest last month with a wind-whipped blaze that killed three people in rugged alpine canyon country near Denver. It took a 700-strong federal firefighting team a week of labor, day and night, to tame the blaze — and other states throughout the West took notice.

    Fire experts say this year's drought, low snowpack and record-high temperatures in much of the West portend a dangerous installment of what has become a year-round wildfire threat.

  • Police Beat 04-10-12

    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.

    March 29

    11:20 a.m. — Danny Salazar, 35, Española, was arrested at the 100 block of Trinity on a municipal court bench warrant.

    9:36 p.m. — An unidentified 91-year-old male reported that he had been robbed at an estimated value of $9,000.

    10:00 p.m. — A 17-year-old male was arrested for battery against a household member.

    March 30

    2:03 p.m. — An unidentified person turned in lost keys to the Los Alamos Police Department.

    March 31

  • Failed suicide attempt at jail

    A woman is back behind bars after an apparent weekend suicide attempt at the Los Alamos County Jail.

    Marion Loope, 28, of Los Alamos was released Monday from Christus St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe after an apparent failed suicide attempt while incarcerated at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

    Loope was in custody of the Los Alamos Police Department and returned to the detention center Monday night, Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said.

    According to Purtymun, Loope was found at 12:30 a.m. Sunday and was transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center. She was then transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe where she was initially reported as being in critical condition.

  • Fire season looms

    As fire season begins, the Los Alamos Fire Department and other area agencies are hosting an informational session to keep the risk of wildfire on people’s minds.

    Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said the session will help residents learn about ongoing mitigation efforts, preparations in case of a catastrophic emergency, and potential mitigation efforts they can do around their own homes.

    “We decided that it would be good to just remind folks there’s still a lot of fuel,” Grider said. “The canyons are still primed for a wildfire.”

  • Local doctor faces charges

    A Los Alamos doctor faces criminal charges after a series of events Wednesday night landed him behind bars.

    Pavel Mourachov, 40, a urologist who works at Los Alamos Medical Center, is charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, one count of driving under the influence of drugs, and one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer – all misdemeanor charges.

    Five Los Alamos police officers were dispatched to Mourachov’s Los Alamos residence after receiving a call that he was potentially suicidal.

    The police report and supplemental notes filed by Cpl. Adam Jung, Officers Robert Stephens, Oliver McCartney, Jeremy Duran and Lt. Oliver Morris tell the following story:

  • NMDOT secures pilgrimage route

    New Mexico Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez announced Tuesday that the Department’s maintenance crews are preparing for safe walking areas along various New Mexico highways for the annual Good Friday Pilgrimage to the Santurario de Chimayó.

    To further enhance the safety for this event, the department has asked law enforcement agencies to assist in the enforcement of a state law that does not allow encroachments, including concession or roadside stands, along state highway right-of-way.

    This is a multi-agency coordinated event using the National Incident Management system, and the New Mexico Department of Transportation is working closely with local entities to provide a safe walking area for this year’s event.

  • Vandals smash windows in WR

    A vandalism spree along Rio Bravo Drive and Potrillo Drive in White Rock over the April Fool’s weekend left some residents without transportation.

    Los Alamos Police Department dispatch logs indicate on March 31 four people called in reporting damage to their vehicles.

    “Who ever did this went on a rampage,” Rio Bravo resident Lois Schneider said, adding that a few of her neighbors had also been hit.

    She said her husband made the call to the police. He reported that it looked like the windows of his pickup truck had been shot out, at which point he noticed that two other vehicles had also been vandalized at his address.

  • Police Beat 04-03-12

    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.

    March 22

    11:46 a.m. — An unidentified 43-year-old female reported that there had been a battery on a school employee by a student at Los Alamos High School.

    1:06 p.m. — An unidentified 83-year-old Los Alamos man died unattended on 45th Street.

    2:37 p.m. — An unidentified person was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

    March 23

    12:17 p.m. — An unidentified 57-year-old Los Alamos male, reported that he had been the victim of identity theft.

  • Difficult road conditions on northern NM roads

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state transportation department reports difficult driving conditions on some northern New Mexico roads Tuesday.

    Road crews are plowing Interstate 25 from Rowe to Tecolote. The passing lane has accumulation.

    U.S. 64/87 is closed from Raton to Clayton because of zero visibility due to blowing snow.

    And there are difficult driving conditions reporting on New Mexico 104 from Las Vegas to Trujillo where it's snowing moderately.