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Public Safety

  • Air search launched for missing man

    A search helicopter was granted clearance to fly in the air space above Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday in search of a retired laboratory engineer. Michael Cannon, 66, of White Rock was last seen June 25 near Rover Park.

    “The National Guard provided a Blackhawk Helicopter, two pilots, including former LAPD officer Daniel Purcell, and two spotter/medics for the search,” said Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster. Foster and LAPD Det. Ron Binion headed the search.

    “We scanned the area from the Blackhawk above the Rio Grande Canyon rim down to the river, all around Overlook and we surveyed some of the steeper canyons including Frijoles and Ancho looking for Mr. Cannon,” Foster said.

  • Flash Flood Watch Remains In Effect Until 10 p.m.

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

  • Flash flood warning until 6:15 p.m.

     THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... WESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO * UNTIL 615 PM MDT  

     

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... WESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 545 PM MDT

  • Construction Zone 07-17-11

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4

    Today the Contractor will close the Trinity leg next to the Episcopal Church, use Canyon.  
    Eastbound Trinity Drive traffic from south bound Diamond or Western Area will be detoured  at Diamond to Canyon Road and 39th or Canyon and Oppenheimer. Consider using the Canyon and Oppenheimer detour to access Trinity Drive at a signalized intersection.  Northbound Diamond traffic may access Trinity via the slip lane in front of the hospital.
    Northbound from the Bridge — Left turns are being allowed at Canyon Road; The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity will be open. The left lane continues through the work zone.

  • Burnout operations continue to generate smoke

    This from the U.S. Forest Service:

    Today, winds are expected to be from the southeast. This means communities to the north and northwest of the burnout will likely see heavy smoke today. This includes Ponderosa, Jemez Springs, Vallecitos de los Indios, Sierra de los Pinos, and La Cueva.

    The presence of smoke is a normal result of burnout operations and does not mean that the fire has escaped or that communities are in danger.

    Anyone with potential health issues related to smoke may call the New Mexico Nurse Advice Line at 1-877-725-2552.

  • Cops snare LA's most wanted fugitives

    Los Alamos and New Mexico State Police apprehended a local couple this morning that has been on the run from the law since early June.

    A tip to Crimestoppers led police to a Chimayo home where Raymond “Ray” G. Behringer and Amanda Burns were said to be hiding out.

    “They are each charged with one count of burglary, one count of felony-level larceny and he is charged with one count of receiving stolen property which is also a felony level,” said Det. Paige Early.

    Lt. Preston Ballew said the arrest was a result of a joint effort between community and police.

  • Local man faces 56 child sex charges

    A call alerting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a seven-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted has led to the arrest of a Los Alamos man.

    The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, in conjunction with New Mexico State Police, filed 56 counts against Jesse Arteaga June 13. The charges include 55 counts of possession of videos and photographs depicting the sexual exploitation of children and one count of manufacturing.

    The reporting party asked to remain anonymous and told the NCMEC on May 9 that Arteaga, 38, had recently photographed his assault of the child and intended to post the photographs on YouTube, according to the criminal complaint filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

  • Seen at the Scene: Helitack crews

    Helitack crews set up their base camp at the Los Alamos County Airport shortly after the Las Conchas Fire began to grow out of control.

  • Police Beat 07-12-11

    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.

    June 30

    9:36 a.m. – A 32-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that she was assaulted on Trinity Drive.

    July 3

    12:51 a.m. – Lesley Cort, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested at Overlook Park and charged with criminal trespassing.

    1:06 p.m. – A 63-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone broke into her home in the 1400 block of Big Rock Loop. The estimated loss is unknown.

  • LANL Completes Critical Flood and Erosion Control Work

    Los Alamos National Laboratory work crews over the weekend installed 600 feet of water diversion barriers and removed  more than 1,200 cubic yards of sediment in anticipation of flash flooding because of damage from the Las Conchas Fire.

    It’s the first phase of additional work to help stabilize canyons that run through LANL property and minimize the ability of flood waters to stir up trace levels of Cold War-era contaminants in canyon bottoms.

    Although the fire burned only one acre of lab property, it charred parts of two major canyons upstream.  The lack of vegetation and a water-repelling crust on the burned areas could allow storm water to rush down-canyon instead of soak in.