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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • LAFD develops four-year plan

    The internationally accredited Los Alamos Fire Department has a new chief and a new path forward. The goals, functions, objectives and measures of the department are outlined in a 2012-2016 Strategic Plan.
    Part of implementing the plan is filling several top level openings that have occurred recently due to retirements.

    “We’re about midway to getting a new deputy chief on board and we’ll fill other leadership openings that we have in the department shortly after that,” Chief Troy Hughes said. “We hope to make a decision on a new deputy chief by Friday.”

    Hughes chairs a panel of seven tasked with determining the best persons for the senior-level openings.

  • Police Beat 01-17-12

    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.
    Jan. 5

    2:03 p.m. – Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church reported that it was the victim of larceny. The estimated loss is less than $250.
    Jan. 6

    8:19 a.m. – Los Alamos Public Schools reported that it was the victim of criminal damage to property. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

    10:45 a.m. – A 26-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Mimbres Drive.

  • India reports new TB strain resistant to all drugs

    Indian doctors have reported the country's first cases of "totally drug-resistant tuberculosis," a long-feared and virtually untreatable form of the killer lung disease.

    It's not the first time highly resistant cases like this have been seen. Since 2003, patients have been documented in Italy and Iran. It has mostly been limited to impoverished areas, and has not spread widely. But experts believe there could be many undocumented cases.

  • Winter Weather Advisory Remains In Effect Monday

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 3 TO 6 INCHES NEAR AND ABOVE 7500 FEET WITH LOCALLY UP TO 8 INCHES ACROSS THE HIGHEST TERRAIN. BELOW 7500 FEET... ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE GENERALLY EXPECTED.

    * TIMING... AREAS OF SNOW WILL INCREASE THROUGH MID OR LATE MORNING. SNOW COVERAGE AND INTENSITY WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH LATER THIS AFTERNOON IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS AND THIS EVENING ELSEWHERE.

    * WINDS... WEST WINDS 20 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH WILL CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW.

  • Woman arrested after rollover on truck route

    The driver of a 2007 Subaru lost control of her vehicle and rolled over about 5:45 p.m. Thursday near mile marker 7 on East Jemez Road Thursday.

    Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said that Sarah J. Manzanares, 35, of Los Alamos was transported with minor injuries to Los Alamos Medical Center and subsequently arrested and charged with DWI.

     

  • VIDEO: Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight

    Citing danger of nuclear proliferation and climate change, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hand of it's 'Doomsday Clock' to five minutes to midnight.

  • Police Beat 01-10-12

    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.
    Dec. 30

    5 p.m. – Kim Rodgers-Mattys, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested at 1450 Iris St. and charged with battery upon a police officer.
    Dec. 31

    4:40 p.m. – David Norris, 59, of Hernandez was charged on Diamond Drive with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and issued a citation to appear in court.
    Jan. 1

    7:15 p.m. – A 23-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of harassment on San Ildefonso Road.

    Jan. 2

  • FDA: Novartis Recall May Also Affect Painkillers

    The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients that about a potential mix-up between powerful prescription pain drugs and common over-the-counter medications like Excedrin and Gas-X made at a Novartis manufacturing plant.