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Public Safety

  • Flash flood warning until 4:15 p.m.

    ... FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 415 PM MDT FOR SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA... NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE... EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL AND LOS ALAMOS COUNTIES...

  • Suspect in fatal shooting kills himself

    A suspect on the run for more than 24 hours killed himself following a four-hour standoff with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s SWAT team early this morning.
    Authorities believe Jose Soto, 39, also known as Jose Melendez-Trillo (TRE’-yoh) was arguing his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend at about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday when he reportedly shot and killed her.
    Soto had three children with his ex-girlfriend, said Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Supervisor Lt. Adan Mendoza, but Soto only took his 5-year-old son, Cesar Soto-Melendez, when he fled the scene of the shooting early Tuesday.

  • Suspect in fatal shooting releases son, kills himself

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office located a man suspected of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend Tuesday in Santa Fe overnight.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the suspect was located off County Road 56 east of the Santa Fe Airport. By 1 a.m. members of the SWAT team were assembling near the scene. After a four-hour standoff, the suspect released his son to authorities and then turned a gun on himself in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

    According to the report, the young boy is unharmed.

  • Quake rocks Washington area, felt on East Coast--videos

    MINERAL, Va. (AP) — One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded on the East Coast shook buildings and rattled nerves from South Carolina to New England on Tuesday and forced the evacuations of parts of the Capitol, White House and Pentagon.

    There were no immediate reports of deaths, but fire officials in Washington said there were at least some injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered magnitude 5.8 and was centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va.

    Two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station, in the same county as the epicenter, were automatically taken off line by safety systems, said Roger Hannah, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

  • Police Beat 08-23-11

    Items in Police Beat 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.

    Aug. 12

    6:39 a.m. – A 25-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was battered on Canyon Road.

  • Largest Colorado quake since 1973 shakes homes along NM border

    DENVER (AP) — The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years has shaken hundreds of people near the New Mexico border and caused minor damage to a few homes.

    The magnitude 5.3 earthquake was recorded at about 11:46 p.m. MDT Monday about nine miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo., and about 180 miles south of Denver, according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. The quake followed three smaller ones that hit the area earlier in the day.

  • Sunday's rainstorm floods Bandelier and other areas

    Last month’s monumental Las Conchas Fire burned most of the vegetation from the upper sections of Frijoles Canyon.

    Without plants to slow down and absorb rainfall from monsoons now in the area, the canyon is ripe for flash floods, such as the one experienced Sunday.

    The torrential thunderstorm began in the upper Frijoles Canyon area in early afternoon and fell heavily for nearly two hours. About 5:40 p.m., the creek began to rise in the Bandelier Visitor Center area, and within about one minute was roaring through the picnic and parking areas, black with ash and carrying logs and rocks, according to Bandelier’s Chris Judson.

  • Albuquerque utility curtails river diversions

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority say they have curtailed drinking water diversions from the Rio Grande because of ash from the Las Conchas fire.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the utility did not shut down its diversion completely. Utility spokesman David Morris says by reducing the amount of water it takes from the river, it hopes to reduce the risk of ash fouling its water treatment system.

    Thunderstorms pounded the Las Conchas burn area over the weekend, including storms that hit the Peralta Canyon area downstream from Cochiti Reservoir, where the ash can reach Albuquerque.

  • Flash Flood Warning for LA County until 4 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 400 PM MDT

    * AT 1256 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. THE STORMS WERE NEARLY STATIONARY. RADAR ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT UP TO ONE INCH OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE BELOW AND NEAR INDIVIDUAL CELLS.

  • After Irene: When will the power come back on?--video extras

    WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Cold showers. Meals in the dark. Refrigerators full of spoiled food. No TV. No Internet. Up and down the East Coast, patience is wearing thin among the hundreds of thousands of people still waiting for the electricity to come back on after Hurricane Irene knocked out the power last weekend.

    "It's like 'Little House on the Prairie' times," said Debbie McWeeney, who went to a Red Cross shelter in Warwick to pick up food and water after everything in her refrigerator went bad. "Except I'm not enjoying it at all."