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Public Safety

  • Alcohol may be factor in Sunday's Main Hill crash

    Alcohol may have been involved in a motorcycle and truck collision Sunday afternoon, which closed the main hill — N.M. 502 — for hours and sent one man to the hospital.

    Los Alamos County Police and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Departments responded to the incident at 3:59 p.m.

    Santa Fe Sheriff’s Lt. Joe McLaughlin said the motorcyclist, Peter Padilla, 47, of El Prado, was heading southbound down the hill, lost control of the motorcycle and swerved into oncoming traffic around the bend at Anderson lookout. Los Alamos resident Rodney Dominguez, 44, who was driving a Toyota Tundra, was driving up the hill when he saw Padilla and swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting him, but the motorcyclist struck the left side of the truck.

  • Motorist, 95, attempts to make new drive-thru at McDonald's

     Mark Casados of Los Alamos and his friend were having breakfast at McDonald’s  about 9.a.m. Saturday when they got the surprise of a lifetime. A vehicle jumped the curb and hit the restaurant, shattering the glass.

    “My friend saw the car. We were really lucky,” Casados said. Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments were on the scene within minutes.

    According to deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun, the driver of the vehicle was a 95-year-old Los Alamos man, who was treated at the scene by LAFD and was not transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center. The man was able to drive the car home. Purtymun said the man did not receive a citation because the accident occurred on private property.

  • Cleaning up the county CodeRED system

    As part of a test of Los Alamos County’s emergency all-call notification system late last month nearly 12,000 calls were made, but County Emergency Management Specialist Phil Taylor said some of those numbers aren’t in use anymore or go to fax machines and other devices.

    “We don’t need to have that thing in our database,” he said.

    County residents’ home phone numbers have either been entered automatically in the Florida-based CodeRED system through commercially available data sources or residents have signed up themselves, and some of those numbers have been in the system since after the Cerro Grande fire in 2000.

  • Simulation shows dangers of distracted, drunk driving

    The following incident could happen anywhere and luckily for all those involved Wednesday at Los Alamos High School, this was just a simulation.

    A LAHS student faces 18 ½ years behind bars and more than $20,000 in fines after a drunk driving incident killed two of his classmates and injured several others.

  • Police Beat 04-17-12

    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.

    April 6

    4:11 a.m. – A caller on 11th Street reported that people were running up and down the stairs at her apartment complex. Police were unable to locate the subjects.

    1:45 p.m. - Kendall Frye, 44, Los Alamos, was arrested on charges of battery against a household member.

    3:07 p.m. – An unidentified 28-year-old Los Alamos male reported that he has been the victim of larceny between $2,500 and $500.

  • 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.”