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Public Safety

  • Another earthquake strikes near NM-Colo. border

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — A magnitude 3.8 earthquake has struck near the New Mexico-Colorado border, rattling residents in both states.

    The U.S. Geological Survey says the light temblor hit just before 7 a.m. on Friday. It was centered 18 miles west of Raton, N.M., with a depth of around 3 miles.

    There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

    The small earthquake comes after a magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck the area on Monday and magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit last month.


     

  • Flash Flood Warning for LA County until 5:45 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 545 PM MDT

    * AT 343 PM MDT... LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS REPORTED FLASH FLOODING FROM A THUNDERSTORM 9 MILES EAST OF JEMEZ SPRINGS... OR ABOUT 16 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THE STORM PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING WAS MOVING SLOWLY TO THE EAST NORTHEAST AT LESS THAN 10 MPH. HOURLY RAINFALL RATES NEAR ONE INCH ARE LIKELY OVER A BROAD AREA EXTENDING FROM THE DOME WILDERNESS TO UPPER PERALTA CANYON TO BORREGO CANYON SOUTHEAST OF PONDEROSA.

  • Seventh arrest nets second speed lab

    Los Alamos detectives have been on a crime-fighting roll since Friday, arresting seven suspects and shutting down two methamphetamine laboratories.

    Their latest arrest occurred Tuesday afternoon when they apprehended Elias Lovato, 40, of Los Alamos at a residence near Diamond Drive in which officials uncovered and dismantled a second meth lab.

    “During the booking process, officers discovered Lovato had attempted to conceal methamphetamine,” Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

    Charges filed against Lovato include trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, conspiracy and two counts of bringing contraband into a jail.

  • State Police: No Labor Day DWI fatalities

    Police reported 16 local cases during Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2 through Sept. 5.
    “We had the drug arrest in the court parking lot, one DUI, one burglary of money and a computer and three larcenies involving the theft of a bicycle, purse and patio table,” said Capt. Randy Foster.
    Local cases also included an individual arrested on an outstanding warrant, four animal related calls, the towing of an unregistered vehicle, a domestic disturbance call and three traffic crashes, he said.
    “Our officers also conducted 55 traffic stops over the weekend that resulted in 12 citations,” Foster said.

  • Farmers fear Listeria has ruined selling season--video extra

    DENVER (AP) — A multistate Listeria outbreak linked to a Colorado farm has the state's melon farmers worried that their prime selling season has been ruined.

    In Rocky Ford, farmer Greg Smith this week laid off his lone farm stand employee because he said customers all but vanished when news of the outbreak spread.

    The outbreak has killed as many as four people. Colorado officials said Friday the contaminated melons were whole fruit from a Jensen Farms in the Rocky Ford region and have been recalled.

    Angry at reporters and camera crews reporting on the tainted melons, Smith said, "You've basically put a .30-caliber bullet between our eyes."

  • Police Beat 09-13-11

    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. 1

    10:45 a.m. – A 17-year-old Los Alamos girl was charged with possession of marijuana at Los Alamos High School and referred to the juvenile probation officer.

    5:28 p.m. – A 55-year-old Los Alamos woman reported damage to her property on Atlas. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

    7:38 p.m. – A 32-year-old Bernalillo man reported that his vehicle was burglarized while parked on 36th Street. The estimated loss is unknown.

  • Detectives bust mobile meth lab operation

    Los Alamos detectives have unraveled a multitude of what they believe to be inter-related crimes including a mobile methamphetamine laboratory operating out of the bed of a pick up, which has been linked to several suspects.

  • CDC issues cantaloupe warning after Listeria outbreak

    DENVER (AP) — Health officials have issued a warning for cantaloupes from a revered melon-producing area of Colorado amid a bacteria outbreak blamed for four deaths in the state and New Mexico, troubling farmers who depend on sales of the fruit.

    The warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came after 15 cases of a strain of Listeria were reported from four states, including 11 from Colorado, two from Texas, and one each from Nebraska and Oklahoma. Suspected cases were being investigated in other states.

    The agency said it was the first Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe in the United States.

  • NM police make prostitution busts at State Fair--video extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say they've made some prostitution-related busts at the New Mexico State Fair.

    KRQE-TV reports that five prostitutes and three pimps were arrested Saturday night near the state fairgrounds.

    Two vehicles used to transport the prostitutes also were seized along with firearms that were in the possession of the pimps.

    State Police has 31 officers on patrol at the fair and it's a safe scene within the fairgrounds.

    Undercover officers also are patrolling the fair in an effort to keep the danger out of the park.

    On Sunday, police are taking extra precaution with unattended bags and suspicious vehicles because of the 9/11 anniversary.

  • Health officials urge people to get flu vaccine

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Health is urging New Mexicans to start making appointments with medical providers to get a flu vaccination.

    Health Secretary Catherine Torres says children should be vaccinated against the flu each year.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those older than six months get flu vaccine.

    The department said flu vaccinations are particularly important for children under age five, pregnant woman, adults 65 and older, Native Americans and people with some medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma and lung or heart disease.