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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Experts Offer Measures to Save Lives After Nuclear Explosion

    WASHINGTON -- Major cities and other communities in the United States can take a number of preparedness measures to drastically reduce the number fatalities and illnesses that would follow a nuclear strike, a leading nongovernmental organization declared on Tuesday.

    The Rad Resilient City plan includes a seven-point checklist composed by an expert panel that communities can implement to better protect residents from radioactive fallout after an atomic blast. Adherence to the guidelines could save more than 100,000 lives, according to the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Biosecurity, which led development of the report.

  • Feds work with Santa Clara Pueblo on fire recovery

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The damage done to one Native American community's ancestral lands by the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history is being assessed as part of a new agreement reached between tribal leaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    An agency contractor this week started collecting aerial photographs of the burned area along Santa Clara Pueblo's charred canyon as the first step in the watershed assessment.

    Officials said the $1.8 million study is expected to take three years to complete. The findings will provide the basis for a long-term plan aimed at restoration and flood prevention.

  • SF Forest's 'Los Posos' prescribed burn underway

    A prescribed burn is underway today on the Santa Fe National Forest Espanola Ranger District. The name of the burn project is Los Posos, and is taking place three miles Southeast of Cordova and five miles Northeast of Cundiyo.

  • Hughes gets unanimous nod as fire chief--video extra

    From a pool of 19 applicants, Troy Hughes made the short list and emerged victorious following an intense two-day interview process.

    Tuesday night Hughes garnered unanimous approval from the county council. Councilor Ron Selvage was absent.

  • Cantaloupe outbreak could be deadliest in a decade--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as 14 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, health officials say — a death toll that would make the food outbreak the deadliest in more than a decade.

    The Centers for Disease Control said last week that 55 illnesses and eight deaths were linked to the outbreak. Since then, state and local health departments in Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming have reported six additional deaths that may be linked to the tainted fruit.

    Nine people died in an outbreak linked to salmonella-tainted peanuts almost three years ago. Deaths linked to the cantaloupes are expected to easily surpass that number.

  • Police Beat 09-27-11

    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. 15

    3:10 a.m. – A 29-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged the front door of his residence in the 100 block of Seminole. The estimated damage is $500.

    9:03 a.m. – Nathaniel Richerson, 34, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding warrant on misdemeanor charges from another jurisdiction. Richerson was released from jail after paying a $181 bond.
    Sept. 16

  • Nebraska man tapped for fire chief position

    Troy Hughes from Grand Island, Neb., stood out among five finalists invited to visit Los Alamos in late August to meet with county officials.

    The in-depth process of interviews, examinations and evaluations eliminated all candidates but Hughes.

    “I’m very excited  —  I think the Los Alamos Fire Department is one of the best in the nation,” said Hughes during an interview from Nebraska Friday. “I’m very honored to have been chosen to follow in the footsteps of two legendary fire chiefs — Doug MacDonald and Doug Tucker.”

    Tucker served on the interview panel that selected Hughes.

  • LANL Finishes Excavation of 1940s Waste Dump on DP Road

    Los Alamos National Laboratory on Thursday announced that it has completed excavation of its oldest waste disposal site, Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B).

    The excavation removed about 43,000 cubic yards of contaminated debris and soil from the six-acre site. MDA-B was used from 1944-48 as a waste disposal site for Manhattan Project and Cold War-era research and production.

    The environmental cleanup worked was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • Police Beat 09-20-11

    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. 8

    2:06 a.m. – A 26-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of harassment on Sherwood Boulevard.