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Public Safety

  • Winter storm blasts New Mexico with snow, cold

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A severe winter blast has struck most of New Mexico, closing schools and shutting down major highways across the state.

    Motorists sought emergency shelter overnight as state officials closed both directions of Interstate 40 from Albuquerque to Gallup — part of the historic Route 66 — after blowing snow caused near-zero visibility.

    Authorities also shut down the state's entire length of Interstate 10, from the Texas line to the Arizona border, because of heavy snow and icy road conditions.

  • State police say travel is discouraged due to snow

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say all roads in and out of the Albuquerque-area are open however, travel is discouraged at this time due to heavy, blowing snow.

    Snow packed and icy roads are making travel very difficult.

    Weather conditions are affecting Interstate 25 from Socorro to the Colorado border and Interstate 40 from the Arizona state Line to the Texas state line.


     

  • Cops nab suspect in Pojoaque trailer park murder

    POJOAQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Santa Fe County say two men who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute were stabbed by a man who was later captured.

    County sheriff's officials say 21-year-old Victoriano Gonzales of Santa Fe was stabbed in the neck and died after trying to stop the dispute on Friday night. Another man also was stabbed but is expected to survive.

    Sheriff Robert Garcia says the two men were at a trailer park in Pojoaque (poh-WAH'-kay) when they witnessed the domestic dispute. The woman told deputies she was being assaulted by 31-year-old Adrian Gonzales.

  • Crews prepare for ‘fight’

    Snow removal is a demanding job.

    “Equipment operators have to drive, operate the plow, operate the sander and pay attention to what’s around them. And most of the time it’s in the dark,” Pavement Division Manager Tom Roach. said

    As the season’s first winter storm approaches, crews are gearing up for action. Any employee who might be activated has been notified, equipment is being checked for readiness and 750–800 tons of granular deicer (a mix of sand and deicer which is replenished after each storm) has been stockpiled.

  • Ex-teacher sentenced in sex case

    In a plea agreement in First Judicial District Court Nov. 17, former Los Alamos Middle School teacher Peter Bowman pleaded guilty/no contest to two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor (school personnel) – both 4th degree felonies.

    District Judge Stephen D. Pfeffer sentenced the 47-year-old father of three to three years of supervised probation and ordered him to register as a sex offender and to never be allowed to teach again.

    “Mr. Bowman used his conditional discharge to avoid jail time,” said arresting officer Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris. “But he will go to jail if he violates his probation.”

  • Family looking for answers months after killings

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a couple found dead inside their El Rancho home last summer are looking for answers and hoping that law enforcement will soon make an arrest in the case.

    Cherie Ortiz-Rios says her family is struggling with the loss of her parents.

    Lloyd and Dixie Ortiz, and their 21-year-old son Steven, were found dead on Father's Day. State Police initially thought the Ortiz's had been shot, but the medical examiner later determined they had been beaten with a pickax.

    A State Police spokesman said Tuesday they were appealing to the public for help in solving the killings.

  • Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday

    THE WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST TUESDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES IN THE SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS. ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES IN THE CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS. ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF ONLY AROUND 1 INCH IN THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS.

    * TIMING... ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... BUT ONLY THROUGH THIS EVENING IN THE SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... AND ONLY THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON IN THE MOUNTAINS ALONG AND NORTH OF I-40. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES IN THE MOUNTAINS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 60 THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.

  • Police: NM man facing 16th DWI

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is being held on $100,000 cash bail after getting arrested with what officials say is his 16th DWI.

    Police say Johnny Ignacio was arrested Friday after authorities said he passed out behind the wheel and blocked traffic at an Albuquerque intersection.

    Court officials say Ignacio has been convicted eight times of driving drunk and has another case pending in Nevada.

    His arrest comes as Gov. Susana Martinez, public safety officials and groups like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers are vowing once again push lawmakers in January to pass a package of bills aimed at repeat drunken drivers.

    It was unclear if Ignacio had hired an attorney.


     

  • Holiday safety

    The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) recommends the following holiday tips to protect our family, friends and neighbors from a potential poisoning:
    Food Preparation
    and Alcohol
    • Wash hands well with warm water and soap before and after food preparation, especially raw meat/eggs
    • Wash utensils, containers, counter tops and cutting boards well before and after food preparation.
    • Use separate cutting boards for meat products.
    • Cook all meats to the recommended internal temperature.
    • Refrigerate all perishable items no more than two hours after a meal.
    • Avoid storing raw meat above prepared food as contaminated fluid may drip or seep.  

  • Police Beat 11-22-11

    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.

    Nov. 10
        
    8:37 a.m. – A 59-year-old Espanola woman reported that someone used her credit card by false representation at 3917 West Road. The estimated loss is unknown.

    7:39 p.m. – Nathaniel Martin, 40, of Los Alamos was arrested at 3000 Trinity Dr. and charged with battery against a household member.    

    Nov. 11

    6:56 p.m. – A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 100 Azure Dr. and referred to the juvenile probation officer.