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Public Safety

  • LA man faces rape charges

    A man accused of raping another man while he was asleep is headed to Los Alamos Magistrate Court to face charges next month.
    Gregory Thompson, 28, Los Alamos, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration, both third degree felonies; attempted criminal sexual penetration, also a third degree felony; and attempted criminal sexual contact, a fourth degree felony.
    He faces 10 1/2 years behind bars and a $20,000 fine if found guilty of all the charges.
    The police report regarding the incident tells the following story: On Feb. 12 at 4:21 a.m., Los Alamos Police Cpl. Christopher Ross responded to a domestic call. Once Ross arrived, the undisclosed caller was pacing around the kitchen and seemed to be upset.

  • Police Beat 03-27-12

    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.
    March 15

    9:59 a.m. — A 54-year-old male of Arvada, Colo. reported that he had been the victim of fraud between $250 and $2,500 on the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    10:45 a.m. — A 15-year-old Los Alamos male was arrested at Los Alamos High School for possession of a controlled substance.

    1:56 p.m. — A 51-year-old Los Alamos female reported that she had been robbed in the 40 block of Verde Ridge of less than $250.

    March 16

  • LAPD employee under internal investigation

    A Los Alamos Police Department employee is under investigation for parking in a disabled space and telling a resident that she had the right to do so because she was a police officer.
    Sandra Quintana, however, works in the records department and is not a police officer, according to Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun.
    Dispatch call records state that Quintana told Bill Dunn, who approached her for not having a proper placard, that she was a police officer.
    “It was clear that she wasn’t,” Dunn said.
    He called dispatch to inform the department that someone without a placard had parked in the disabled parking spot at the fire administration building and that he told her that she could get in trouble for parking there.

  • Woman guilty of embezzlement

    A Los Alamos woman has been convicted of embezzling more than $8,000 from her employer, Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico.
    On March 14, Los Alamos District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson found Rebecca Jones, 30, guilty of embezzlement of between $500 and $2,500 — a fourth degree felony — as part of a plea deal.
    Jones was given a conditional discharge, meaning she’ll get no jail time, with two years of supervised probation followed by three years of unsupervised probation and she was ordered to pay $8,769 of total restitution to her employer.

  • Police Beat 03-20-12

    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 8

    12:45 p.m. — Benjamin Baca, 38, Los Alamos, was arrested on a Los Alamos Magistrate Court bench warrant.
    2:29 p.m. — An unidentified person reported that they had been robbed at a value of more than $500 and less than $2,500 at the 600 block of Crossroads.
    8:00 p.m. —A Smith’s Food and Drug Center caller reported a shoplifter. Matthew Courtney, 21, Los Alamos was arrested on the charge.
    11:30 p.m. — Isaias Villalobos Marquez, 23, Los Alamos was arrested for battery against a household member.
    March 9

  • Heavy snow, strong winds strike Ariz, 31K lose power in NM; NMED issues dust notice

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A winter storm and high winds struck parts of Arizona and New Mexico on Sunday, causing hazardous driving conditions, power outages and school cancellations.

    The fast moving storm forced the National Weather Service to place parts of northern New Mexico under a winter storm warning until midnight Monday as heavy snow and wind from Arizona was expected to quickly blanket the area.

  • High winds clocked in excess of 60 mph at LA Airport

     At 1:55 p.m. a wind gust of 63 mph was recorded at Los Alamos Airport. Gusts of 40-50 mph have been common throughout the late morning and early afternoon as a storm front approaches from Arizona.

    WIND ADVISORY WAS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM MDT THIS AFTERNOON...

    * LOCATION... THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS AND THEIR WEST SLOPES.

  • Winter Storm Warning until Midnight Tonight

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 3 TO 5 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 5 TO 10 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE ON SOUTHWEST FACING SLOPES.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE OFF AND ON TODAY BEFORE TAPERING OFF TONIGHT.

    * WINDS... WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH TODAY.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN. VISIBILITIES MAY BE REDUCED BELOW ONE MILE AT TIMES.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • Police Beat 03-13-12

    March 1

    8:42 p.m. — Peggy Myers, 58, Los Alamos, was arrested for DWI at 535 Central Ave. Myers was arrested on suspicion of DWI and careless driving following a collision with a curb that caused a flat tire to her vehicle.

    10:08 p.m. — Garrett Eckhart, 30, Los Alamos, was issued a summons on charges of aggravated battery and criminal damage to property following a fight at 1297 47th St.

    March 2

    3:18 p.m. — Three unidentified juveniles, one male and two females, of Santa Cruz and Los Alamos, were arrested for criminal damage to property valued at no more than $1,000 at Los Alamos Middle School, 2101 Hawk Dr.

  • Alcohol-related traffic deaths up in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State records show more people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes last year in New Mexico.

    Preliminary records of the Traffic Safety Bureau indicate 146 people were killed in highway crashes involving alcohol in 2011. That's up from 128 in 2010, but down from 152 in 2009.

    Alcohol-involved traffic deaths accounted for 41 percent of the 355 people killed in highway crashes last year.

    New Mexico law police plan to crack down on drunken driving through the weekend, including St. Patrick's Day, with more patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

    Gov. Susana Martinez, other state officials and law enforcement representatives are announcing the anti-drunken driving campaign on Tuesday.