Public Safety

  • Two men die in Jemez

    The fire departments of Sandoval and Los Alamos County were involved in recovering two bodies in two separate incidents from the Sandoval County wilderness area Saturday.

    The first incident involved a man who was reported missing by his family Friday after he did not return from a morning hike in the Jemez Mountains, according to New Mexico State Police spokesman Robert McDonald.
    Sandoval County Sheriff deputies found the hiker’s vehicle Friday night.

    The case was transferred to state police because it turned into a search and rescue effort.
    Search and rescue crews found the man’s body at the bottom of an approximate 100-foot cliff near F.R. 10 and F.R. 269.

    The hiker was identified as Thomas Ilg, 54, of Los Alamos. He was a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, according to the facility’s website. Ilg reportedly had worked at the lab since 1996.

    Ilg’s neighbors were saddened and shocked to hear the news, but also said they did not know him well.

    “I knew his wife Wendy, but I did not know him very well,” said one neighbor. “That is horrible; I do know they’ve lived in this neighborhood a long time. How awful,” the neighbor said.

    McDonald said the family told officials Ilg was an experienced hiker.

  • Santa Fe boy stabs mom over Playstation

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy is facing charges after police say he stabbed his mom when she told him to stop playing PlayStation video games and clean his room.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the boy was arrested Sunday and faces a number of charges, including aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon. Police said he stabbed his mother in the leg and threatened his younger siblings.

    The mother told police that her son is bipolar and had broken all the windows of her 2005 blue Dodge Durango, where she and her four young children had sought safety.

    Police said the mother was transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for treatment.

    It was unclear if the boy had an attorney.

  • Police seek cyber predator

    Los Alamos Police are actively trying to find the true identity of a person who tried to blackmail a 13-year-old Los Alamos girl over some nude photos she sent to the suspect.

    According to Officer Oliver McCartney, LAPD subpoenaed Internet giant Yahoo to see if there is a real name and address attached to a Yahoo email address the suspect allegedly used.

    “We’ve been monitoring things since the crime occurred, but unfortunately, the Internet allows you to be anyone you want to be,” McCartney said. McCartney noted there was a female identity attached to the instant messaging Kik identity. “We’re waiting to see if there was any name attached to the email, but it could be from anybody, anywhere in the world,” McCartney said.

    It all started when the girl started using an instant messaging application called Kik to text her friends with. At some point, she befriended a stranger who she thought was another girl.

    The suspect then started to flatter her, telling the victim she could be a model. Eventually, the suspect persuaded the victim to send “her” nude pictures of herself, even though the victim told “her” she was only 13-years-old. The victim complied.

  • Police Beat 10-30-12

    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.
    Oct. 18

    1:16 a.m. –– Herman Nanez, 46, of Amarillo Texas was arrested on a charge of battery and a warrant from another jurisdiction in the 2400 block of Trinity Drive.

    1:13 p.m. –– A 51-year-old female recently reported to police she was the victim of a larceny less than $200 in the 100 block of Central Park Square.

    Oct. 23

    1:53 p.m. –– Fernando Rodriguez, 30, of Los Alamos, was arrested in connection with a municipal court warrant.

    6:59 p.m. –– A 51-year-old female reported she was the victim of a larceny of over $250 and less than $20,000 in the 100 block of East Gate Drive.
    Oct. 24

    1:30 p.m. –– Joel Grajeda, 43, of Española was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and driving with a suspended or revoked license in the 3700 block of Canyon Road.

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  • Diamond Drive crash

    A 17-year-old girl suffered back injuries on Diamond Drive Tuesday when the white Subaru she was driving rear ended a green Mazda, which in turn hit the back of a Honda van. None of the other people involved in the accident were injured. According to Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Jeremy Brondin, the chain reaction collision occurred when the Honda slowed to make a right turn into the Pueblo Complex.

  • Police Beat 10-23-12

    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.

    Oct. 11

    5:30 a.m. –– A 38-year-old Española man reported to police that his car was broken into in the 500 block of Central Avenue.

    11:25 a.m. –– A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was a victim of aggravated stalking in the 1400 block of Camino Redondo.

    1:20 p.m. –– Austin Cox, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 1900 block of 24th Street.

    2:32 p.m. –– a 14-year-old Santa Cruz girl reported to police that she was the victim of a larceny of less than $250 in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

    3 p.m. –– Samantha Rust, 20, of Los Alamos was served a summons for battery against a household member in the 900 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    9 p.m. — A 47-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police his car had been broken into in the 2100 block of Central Avenue.

  • Two men charged with aggravated assault

    Johnny Fulton, 37, and Andrew Hitson, 31, both of Los Alamos, were charged with one count each of aggravated assault Wednesday after allegedly fighting with each other over a woman in the 3000 block of Alabama Street.

    According to police, Hitson picked up a large black knife and threatened Fulton with it. In response, Fultion picked up a large claw hammer and waved it at Hitson. As Hitson fled, Fulton chased him out the back door of the Alabama Avenue residence.

    Once police arrived however, Hitson dropped the knife in the front yard and surrendered.

    Both suspects were then taken into custody.

    Hitson was released and appeared before Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Thursday where he was read the charges against him. His second appearance will be a status hearing Nov. 18.

    Fulton is due to appear in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Nov. 5 to have his charges formally read to him.
    Both men were released on surety bonds of $4,000 each.

  • DOH Confirms Salmonella in a Child Linked to Recalled Peanut Butter

    (SANTA FE) – The New Mexico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  have confirmed Salmonella Bredeney in a 5-year-old girl from Roosevelt County, who ate multiple products containing peanut butter.

    “The Scientific Laboratory Division of the New Mexico Department of Health has been working with the CDC since this outbreak was announced to identify any potential cases in New Mexico,” said Brad McGrath Interim Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health. “I urge New Mexicans to check their kitchen cabinets and pantries and get rid of any of the peanut products that have been recalled.”

    Click here for a list of recalled products.

    CDC’s advice to consumers who have recalled peanut products in their home:

  • LAPD pitches career plan

    During this year’s budget hearings, County Administrator Harry Burgess contended that the county needs to develop standards for issuing merit raises, arguing that the current system for awarding raises is completely subjective.

    The Los Alamos Police Department wants to take the subjectivity out of its system and give every officer a chance to improve their compensation by meeting set performance criteria.

    LAPD Chief Wayne Torpy and acting Deputy Chief Randy Foster presented a Master Career Plan to council during a work session Tuesday.

    The plan would reward employees for work experience, performance, education and professional achievements. The plan also allows every officer to advance yearly through a well-defined system of pay for performance criteria that demonstrate “value added” to the community.

    Torpy first defined the need for such a system.

    The county invests $77,000 in an officer during the first year, during which a rookie undergoes 10 months of training: six months of police academy training and an additional 12-16 weeks of field training.

    “So we’re paying them for a year before the citizens are seeing the service for which we trained them,” Torpy said.