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Public Safety

  • Rio Arriba Sheriff's computers seized in DWI case

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — State police have seized computers from the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's office in connection with a drunk-driving homicide case that critics charged has been largely mishandled.

    Investigators took the computers last week and are searching for evidence in the case of Juan De Dios Cordova.

    The 56-year-old Algodones man is accused of crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting and killing 51-year-old motorcyclist Mark Wolfe head-on in Chimayo.

  • Police Beat 10-11-11

    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.

    Sept. 29

    12:15 p.m. – A 38-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that she is the victim of fraudulent use of her credit card on Central Avenue. The estimated loss is $300.

    9:39 p.m. – Jose Rangel, 23, of Santa Cruz was charged with possession of marijuana at 196 Meadow Lane and issued a citation to appear in court.

    9:41 p.m. – Bradley Hughes, 27, of Los Alamos was charged with possession of marijuana at 196 Meadow Lane and issued a citation to appear in court.
    Sept. 30

  • Search to begin in NM sex torture case

    TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — Federal and local law enforcement agents are scheduled to comb through Elephant Butte Reservoir in southern New Mexico to search for possible victims of a man convicted of sexually torturing women.

    Dozens of agents are slated Tuesday to search area caves for any remains of missing victims of David Parker Ray.

    The FBI says it has received new information about possible victims who may have been buried in the area.

    Authorities have long believed that the Elephant Butte man, who died in 2002 while was serving life in prison for sexual torture, buried some of his victims. Ray boasted that he was responsible for around 40 victims.

  • Winter Weather Advisory Through Noon Saturday

    The National Weather Service has issued the following advisory for this area:

    THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT SATURDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL BE QUITE VARIABLE... BUT GENERALLY ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE TO FOUR INCHES ARE EXPECTED ABOVE 8500 FEET.

    * TIMING... OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW WILL LINGER TONIGHT... WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ACCUMULATION INCREASING LATE FRIDAY MORNING INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. SNOW LEVELS WILL RISE A LITTLE FRIDAY AFTERNOON... WITH ONLY THE HIGHER PEAKS PICKING UP ACCUMULATION. HOWEVER... ADDITIONAL SHOWERS FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING MAY LEAD TO ANOTHER COUPLE OF INCHES OF ACCUMULATION.

    * WINDS... NO SUBSTANTIAL WIND IMPACTS ARE FORESEEN.

  • 2 NM officers on leave following fatal shooting

    GLORIETA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say two officers are on leave following a shooting in Santa Fe County that left one man dead.

    Police received a call Tuesday night about a road rage incident along Interstate 25. The caller provided a vehicle description and license plate.

    Officers located the vehicle outside a home in Glorieta. People inside yelled that they had guns and three shots were fired.

    The officers returned fire, striking and killing 34-year-old Samuel Pauly, who was armed with a pistol.

    Thirty-two-year-old Daniel Pauly fled on foot with a shotgun. He later surrendered and was booked on charges of aggravated assault on an officer and evading an officer.

  • October is Crime Prevention Month

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Celebrate Safe Communities initiative is working with local communities across the country during October’s Crime Prevention Month to address local crime trends and issues.  

    Registered Celebrate Safe Communities sites are holding a wide variety of events and programs in surrounding neighborhoods with law enforcement agencies, schools, businesses and others to highlight crime prevention efforts and celebrate the work done to maintain safer communities.  

    Locally, Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

  • Police Beat 10-04-11

    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.

    Sept. 23

    3:58 p.m. – Los Alamos County reported that someone sprayed graffiti at Mesa Public Library on Central Avenue. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

    8:07 p.m. – James Stewart, 68, of Los Alamos was arrested at 111 Piedra Loop following reports of a domestic dispute and he was charged with Battery against a household member.

  • Construction Zone 10-04-11

    Iris Street Utility Work
    Starting on Sept. 27, Iris Street between 9th Street and 15th Street will be restricted to one-way westbound traffic. Access the YMCA off westbound Iris or 15th Street; access the Bradbury Science Museum business complex off Central or off of 15th Street. Access the apartments north of Iris from westbound Iris. Work schedule will be M-F, 7 am – 4 pm. This work is associated with the construction of the new Municipal Building complex. Expect heavy truck traffic in the area due to this work as well as the demolition of the last Los Alamos Apartment building.
    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.
    Diamond Drive Phase 4 2011

  • Killer cantaloupe, scary sprouts _ what to do?

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Avoid foreign produce. Wash and peel your fruit. Keep it refrigerated. None of these common tips would have guaranteed your safety from the deadliest food outbreak in a decade, the one involving cantaloupes from Colorado.

    Whether it's sprouts or spinach, turkey or hamburger; whether the government doubled, tripled or quadrupled inspections, the truth is that no food will ever be completely free of risk.

    And a few foods have become so risky that certain people such as children, pregnant women and the elderly may do best to avoid them altogether until growers and the government figure out how to make them safer, some food experts say.

  • Pending cases gain momentum

    Some high profile cases are set to get underway in area courtrooms.

    A 9 a.m. hearing on Oct. 17 has been set in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for former Los Alamos Middle School teacher Peter Bowman. The 47-year-old married father of three is charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

    Police Capt. Randy Foster said his department first became aware of Bowman’s alleged relationship with a 14-year-old LAMS female student after she came forward with the information.