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Public Safety

  • Restaurant inspections 4-9-15

    Los Alamos
    Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond Dr.
    Date Inspected: March 10, 2015
    Purpose of Inspection: Opening
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Drury Plaza Hotel Inn, 228 East Palace Ave.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 25
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Ice scoop outside of dish washable container. No paper towels at hand washing station. One moderate-risk violation. Dishes in storage area have dust build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one month.

    Eloisa Catering, 228 East Palace Ave.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 25
    Violations: Four high-risk violations. No HACP plan for fermented, dehydrated and pickled foods. No thermometer labels/ temp strips for dishwasher. Service containers stored under drain lines. Chemical bottle has no label. One moderate-risk violation. Food buildup on floor, sink, under dishwashing machine.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one week.

    Santa Fe Probiotics, 1730 Camino Carlos Rey
    Date Inspected: Feb. 25
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Food establishment permit was not posted.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Restaurant inspections 4-2-15

    Los Alamos
    Aspen Ridge Lodge, 1010 Sombrillo Ct.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 20
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, 3801 Arkansas Ave., Suite G
    Date Inspected: Feb. 25
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    White Rock
    Time Out Pizzeria, 118 N.M. 4
    Date Inspected: Feb. 25
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Española
    Angelina’s, 1226 N. Railroad Ave.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 20
    Violations: All violations were corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Blake’s Lotaburger, 2004 St. Michael’s Dr.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 13
    Purpose of Inspection: Investigation
    Violations: Complaint investigation: Green chile defrosting at room temperature on three-compartment sink. Three-compartment sink has a leak and is directly connected to drain line, shall have a 1-inch air gap. Food on cold holding prep line at 50˚F and held overnight. Bare hand contact with ready to eat food.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one month.

    Five and Dime, 58 E. San Francisco St.

  • New deputies get sworn in

    The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Department swore in a pair of new deputies to assist Marco Lucero.
    The new deputies are John Horne and James Leach.
    They were given their oaths of office Monday.
    “I am proud to have these two well qualified officers as part of the sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Marco Lucero said in a statement announcing the new deputies.
    Horne is a retired New Mexico Mounted Patrol Lieutenant, having served with that organization for 19 years. Leach is a retired deputy from the Tacoma, Washington, sheriff’s office.

  • Police Beat 3-27-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    March 19
    12:22 p.m. — A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of petty larceny at Trinity Drive.

    March 20
    8:34 a.m. — Robert Serrano, 54, of Santa Cruz was arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs in the 200 block of East Road.

    12:19 p.m. — A 56-year-old Las Vegas man reported to police that he was the victim in a car accident with no injuries on East Road.

    March 21
    11:52 a.m. — A 49-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of graffiti (less than $1,000) at Village Place.

    March 22
    12:26 a.m. — A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for shoplifting (less than $100) at the Los Alamos Smith’s.

    12:29 a.m. — A 14-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for shoplifting (less than $100) at the Los Alamos Smith’s.

  • Suspicious card activity reported

    Los Alamos residents may have noticed some unwarranted charges or strange activity on their credit cards this month. Those residents are not alone.
    According to the Los Alamos Police Department, many local residents have experienced similar issues. Police are currently investigating a slew of complaints from residents about unwarranted charges, and they want to hear from anyone else that has seen suspicious card activity.
    LAPD said if a card had been declined, it might be a good idea to check email before calling the issuing company about it.
    One Los Alamos resident received a rude awakening recently when she tried to pay for a meal at a restaurant and her card was declined.
    A day later, she received an email from her company telling her that her card had been compromised.
    “This charge was not authorized so they cancelled my card and they are sending me a new card,” said the resident, who asked not to be identified. “I talked to the police and they are investigating it because many people in this town are having the same issue.”
    Those with suspicions about card activity can call LAPD Commander Oliver Morris at 662-8281. The department, according to a press release on the matter, is mainly focusing on credit cards, since this is where all of the fraud has occurred so far.

  • Restaurant inspections 3-26-15

    Española

    Wendy’s, 160 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 3
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Food contact surfaces need cleaning. Ventilation/grills above sink/ ware holding area need thorough cleaning. One low-risk violation. All staff in food prep area are  required to wear hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    McDonalds, 618 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 12
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Hood/ vent system needs cleaning. Ceilings needs ceiling tiles replaced. Two low-risk violations. Floors have broken tiles. Staff not wearing hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe

    Panda Express, 500 North Guadalupe St.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 3
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Ceiling of walk in refrigerator has rust build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Taqueria La Hacienda, 1622 St. Michael’s Dr.
    Date Inspected: Feb. 4
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hand sink was used to store the bleach sanitizer solution. One moderate-risk violation. Chlorine test strips are not available.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Volunteers can help with mitigation

    “Wildfire 2015,” the event the county hosts every year to educate residents about the dangers of wildfire and how they can prepare themselves for the upcoming wildfire season, may have a few surprises this year.
    One of those surprises may be about where the next wildfire may start up and, according to the Los Alamos Fire Department, residents need to look no further than their own backyards.
    That’s because while the county’s Interagency Wildfire Management Team, which includes the Los Alamos Fire Department, has been keeping a close eye on identifying and mitigating fire hazards in the open areas through controlled burns and cleanups, there is one area that the LAFD hasn’t been able to go, and that’s residential areas. Over the years, due to neglect or residents just not being aware of the danger, these areas have slowly risen to the top of the priority list.
    The department has received some requests from residents, especially those who cannot physically help with debris removal, even though they know there’s a problem. However, the fire department simply is not allowed by law to carry out clean-ups on residential property.

  • Drug suspect is charged again

    A Los Alamos woman who was arrested in January on drug charges was arrested again last week for alleged possession of an illegal substance.
    According to court records, Sarah Orr, 21 had an appointment with her probation officer. During the visit, the probation officer asked her to empty her pockets.
    Orr complied, but during a search of the contents of her pocket, the probation officer found a large orange pill tucked into the clear plastic wrapper of in Orr’s cigarette pack.
    The pill turned out to be hydrocodone, an opioid pain medication.
    Orr told the officer the pill “belonged to her brother” and she knew she wasn’t supposed to be carrying it with her. She was arrested anyway and charged with a misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and taken into custody.
    As of this morning, Orr was still in custody because she violated her conditions of release for prior awaiting hearings in district court for two other offenses, which include four counts of distribution of a controlled substance and one count of bribery of a witness (threats, false testimony).
    The alleged distribution of a controlled substance charges stem from Jan. 15 arrest.
    According to court records, police received a tip that Orr was allegedly dealing drugs, so they set up a surveillance operation.

  • Police Beat 3-13-15

    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.

    March 5
    8:59 a.m. — Amy Justice, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at Trinity Drive.

    11:51 a.m. — Krysti Hernandez, 44, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was fraud (more than $100, less than $250) on Feb. 23.

    March 6
    9:14 a.m. — A 14-year-old Los Alamos youth was arrested for shoplifting on San Ildefonso Road.

    March 7
    8:50 a.m. — Donita Gallegos, 21, of Pecos was arrested for marijuana possession at Diamond Drive and North Road.

    March 8
    11:04 p.m. — Christopher Porter, 33, of Jemez Springs was arrested for battery at 38th Street and Villa Street.

    March 9
    9:30 a.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos youth was arrested for bringing a deadly weapon to Los Alamos High School.

  • Property crimes were up in 2014

    The Los Alamos Police Department released its yearly crime statistics report recently, the second report since Chief Dino Sgambellone officially became police chief in December 2013.
    Throughout 2014, the police department released quarterly crime statistic reports, each one divided into “Violent Crimes” and “Property Crimes” and their related subcategories.
    Under Violent Crimes, the subcategories include homicide, manslaughter, rape, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.
    The subcategories of property crimes included burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson.
    According to the latest report, compared to 2013, violent crime went down significantly in 2014. In 2013, there were six rapes, one robbery and 38 assaults. In 2014, there were four rapes, one robbery and 23 assaults. According to the report, that was a 37 percent decrease compared to 2013.
    Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone attributed this drop to his department’s proactive approach, as well as the way data is collected and organized.