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Public Safety

  • Fire chief's first day was a doozy

    Fire Chief Troy Hughes woke up early Monday morning, went for his typical three-mile run near his White Rock home and then made his way to his new office at the Fire Administration Building on East Road.

    That first day was a doozy for the new chief.

    “I spent a lot of time meeting people and learning the ins and outs of the department,” said Hughes who ended his first day at nearly 8 p.m., picking up food at Smith’s on Central Avenue.

    Hughes, 47, packed up and headed for Los Alamos last weekend after spending nearly 27 years with the Grand Island Fire Department in Nebraska, serving as chief since 2008.

  • Police Beat 10-18-11

    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.
    Oct. 6

    9:14 a.m. – Hillary Salazar, 22, of Española was arrested near Camino Redondo and San Ildefonso Road and charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked.

    11:35 p.m. Vincent Griego, 28, of Albuquerque was arrested on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.    
    Oct. 7

    8:54 p.m. – An 86-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of larceny in the 1000 block of Oppenheimer Drive. The estimated loss is less than $250.

  • Earthquake Hits Northern New Mexico

     

     A magnitude 3.8 earthquake has struck around 20 miles from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The U.S. Geological Survey says the light temblor hit after 10:30 a.m. on Monday. It was centered nine miles north of Santa Fe and hit around 19 miles southeast of Los Alamos National Laboratory. It also had a depth of around .7 miles.

    There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

    The small earthquake comes after a magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck Northern New Mexico last month and magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit around the same area in August.

    Check back with lamonitor.com for more on this developing story.

  • Deadliest listeria outbreak in 25 years--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe is now linked to 23 deaths, making it the deadliest known outbreak of foodborne illness in the U.S. in more than 25 years.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 116 people have been sickened in the outbreak, including those who died. The number of deaths has now surpassed a 1998 outbreak of listeria in processed meats that was linked to 21 deaths. A 1985 listeria outbreak in Mexican-style soft cheeses killed 52 people.

  • 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.