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Public Safety

  • Potential Winter Storm Takes Aim at Northern New Mexico

    POTENTIAL WINTER STORM ON THE WAY FOR PARTS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO LATER THIS WEEK...

    ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL RETURN TO PARTS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO BEGINNING LATE THURSDAY AND CONTINUING INTO FRIDAY. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT SNOW IMPACTS ARE EXPECTED IN THE SAN JUAN AND SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... AS WELL PORTIONS OF THE NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS AND FAR NORTHEAST PLAINS THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING.

    IN ADDITION TO THE SNOW... A FEW THUNDERSTORMS MAY DEVELOP NEAR THE NEW MEXICO/TEXAS STATE LINE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AS GULF MOISTURE ADVANCES NORTHWARD AHEAD OF THE APPROACHING STORM.

  • Police Beat 01-31-12

    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.

    Jan. 19

    12:13 p.m. — Kelly Casados, 43, Los Alamos, was arrested on a probation violation at 3055 Trinity Drive.

    12:50 p.m. — A 15-year-old El Rancho juvenile was arrested on a marijuana possession charge at Los Alamos High School.

    1:46 p.m. — Benjamin Baca, 36, Los Alamos, was arrested and charged with driving while his license was suspended or revoked at 1247 Trinity Drive.

    8:01 p.m. — Leroy Romero, 55, Truchas, was arrested on a charge of minimum speed regulations on East Road.

  • NM police capture shooting suspect after standoff

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man being sought in connection with two fatal shootings in south Santa Fe has surrendered to authorities.

    Santa Fe Sheriff's deputies, SWAT teams and other agents surrounded a barricaded home for several hours Friday before Arthur "Arturo" Anaya was taken into custody around 4:45 p.m.

    Authorities say the 54-year-old Anaya is being held on suspicion of two counts of murder.

    They say 51-year-old Theresa Vigil was pronounced dead Tuesday at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center from a gunshot wound to the head.

    Investigators say she was shot Monday in the trailer home she rented from Anaya.

  • Police seek woman suspected in theft

    Los Alamos police are calling on the public for assistance in locating a former employee of Aspen Ridge Lodge suspected of stealing from a 93-year-old resident.

    Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados issued a warrant for the arrest of Gail Martinez, 44, of Espanola who is wanted on two counts including larceny and theft of a credit card.  

    Martinez was working at Aspen Ridge last November when resident Robert Marr’s wallet disappeared from his room, according to police reports. The wallet contained about $80 in cash, a Bank of America credit card and a driver’s license and Medicare card both issued to Marr.

  • LAFD fills deputy chief post

    The second highest post at the Los Alamos County Fire Department has been filled from within by a 15-year veteran.

    New Deputy Chief Justin Grider is described as a man of exemplary character, quiet confidence, dedication and humility with a generous sense of humor — a magnanimous leader — always spreading credit as widely as possible.

    “Justin is truly a role model for others to follow,” Fire Chief Troy Hughes said.

    Hughes chaired a selection panel for Grider’s promotion that included LAFD Operational Analyst Norma Valdez, Battalion Chief Richard Garcia, Capt. Paul Grano, Driver/Engineer Daniel Archuleta, Firefighter Cari Mace and Los Alamos National Laboratory Fire Protection Group Leader Rob Farris.  

  • Police seek suspect in SF shootings that left 2 dead

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a second person has died after a double shooting in Santa Fe.

    Sheriff's officials say 51-year-old Theresa Vigil died of a gunshot wound to the head. A 16-year-old was found dead at the scene of the shooting Monday in south Santa Fe.

    Sheriff's officials say they are looking for a man they believe shot and killed the two after confronting the woman about rent. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 54-year-old Arthur Samuel Anaya on two open counts of murder. Authorities say the suspect has a long criminal record and has been diagnosed with mental problems.

  • Winter Weather Advisory Through 5 p.m. Today

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET... 3 TO 7 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET. LOCALLY UP TO 8 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS ON WEST AND SOUTHWEST FACING SLOPES.

    * TIMING... PERIODS OF MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE EARLY THIS MORNING AND INTO THE AFTERNOON. ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL DECREASE IN AREAL COVERAGE AND INTENSITY FROM WEST TO EAST LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

    * WINDS... INCREASING NORTHWESTERLY BY AFTERNOON WITH SPEEDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH AND OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 35 MPH.

    * SNOW LEVELS... SNOW LEVELS WILL LIFT TO AROUND 7500 FEET LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

  • Wind Advisory Now In Effect Through 5 p.m. Sunday

    A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON.

    AS OF 6:35 A.M., WIND GUSTS OF 68 MPH WERE BEING REPORTED AT LOS ALAMOS AIRPORT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 47 MPH WERE ALSO RECORDED AT THAT TIME. AT 6:55 A.M. WINDS 72 MPH WIND GUSTS WERE CLOCKED AT THE AIRPORT.

    * LOCATION... THE MOUNTAINS AND HIGHLANDS OF WESTERN NEW MEXICO... AS WELL AS THE JEMEZ AND THE TULAROSA VALLEY IN SOUTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO.

    * WINDS... SUSTAINED WEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

    * TIMING... STRONG WINDS WILL BE PERIODIC THROUGH THE MORNING... GRADUALLY DIMINISHING INTO THE AFTERNOON.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED TO LESS THAN 3 MILES IN BLOWING DUST.

  • Leaders talk about texting dangers

    Eleven teenagers die daily across the nation in car accidents because drivers take their eyes off the road to send or receive text messages on their cell phones.

    A new study by researchers at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk found that driving while text messaging has become more hazardous and prevalent than talking on cell phones.

    The federal government now estimates that 30 percent of all crashes involve some type of driver distraction. Teen fatalities from their driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs also are on the rise.

    Concern for those escalating numbers prompted Los Alamos County police and fire chaplains Cheryl Ridlon and Jeff Eichorst to approach Police Chief Wayne Torpy with an idea.

  • Windy Wednesday for Northern New Mexico

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY.

    * LOCATION... SUMMITS AND SLOPES OF THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... AND THE NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS ALONG THE INTERSTATE 25 CORRIDOR.

    * WINDS... WEST AND NORTHWEST 30 TO 40 MPH... WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH... LOCALLY STRONGER OVER SUMMITS AND THROUGH GAPS.

    * TIMING... WIND SPEEDS INCREASING STEADILY THROUGH THE DAY TODAY WILL REMAIN STRONG THROUGH TONIGHT. WIND SPEEDS WILL DECREASE GRADUALLY ON THURSDAY.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED IN AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS CROSSWINDS WILL IMPACT NORTH TO SOUTH ORIENTED ROADWAYS. LOOSE OBJECTS MAY BE CARRIED BY THE WIND.