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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Smoke in Los Alamos caused by 250-acre Guacamalla Fire

    Los Alamos residents and people from north of Albuquerque to Jemez Springs are seeing increased smoke today from the Guacamalla Fire, approximately 50 miles southwest of Los Alamos and about five miles east of Ponderosa.

    Fuels on the ground received additional moisture over the Labor Day weekend and as a result created a lot of smoke.

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said there is no cause for concern because the fire will soon burn itself out as it enters property scorched and barren from the Las Conchas Fire.

    Because of the moisture level, the fire is burning slowly with low spread potential. Two miles east of the fire is the Las Conchas Fire burn area, and is not likely to spread east of the burn area. 

  • Couple busted near LAPD parking lot

    Officers from the Los Alamos Police Department did not have to walk far Monday afternoon to arrest two people on a variety of drug related charges.

    Police Chief Wayne Torpy explained that parking lot surveillance cameras captured Michael A. Muniz, 23, of Dixon and Dinah A. Ortiz, 23, of Alcalde engaged in possible illegal activity inside their vehicle.

    “Our folks who monitor the Justice Center complex for security purposes noticed possible drug related activity in the court parking lot adjacent to the police station,” Torpy said this morning.

    Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said the personnel alerted officers to the possible crime in progress, which resulted in the arrest of Muniz and Ortiz.

  • Police Beat 09-06-11

    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.

    Aug. 25
        9:30 a.m. – Christian Chavez, 18, was arrested on North Mesa Road and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and issued a citation to appear in court.

    9:30 a.m. – A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with possession of marijuana on North Mesa Road and referred to the juvenile probation officer.

    7:53 p.m. – Michael Linzey, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested on Central Avenue on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation issued through Magistrate Court.

  • Legislators convene special session

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature convened Tuesday for a special session focusing on the politically charged task of redistricting, which will influence elections and public policy in New Mexico for the next decade.

    As lawmakers returned to work, House and Senate Democratic leaders said redistricting was their top priority although Republican Gov. Susana Martinez wants the Legislature to consider a host of other issues besides drawing new boundaries of congressional, legislative and other elective office districts.

  • Flood Advisory Issued for LA County

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... WEST CENTRAL LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 745 PM MDT

    * AT 542 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. LOOK FOR UP TO A HALF AN INCH AS THE STORM MOVES FROM NORTH TO SOUTH.

    THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND AND DOME WILDERNESS.

  • Construction Zone 09-04-11

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, please email  lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4
    West Road/LAMC entrance will be closed for approximately one week starting on Tuesday. The contractor will be installing a valley gutter; use the HRL building driveway or the hospital access off Trinity. Once the West Road access is reopened, work will begin on the valley gutter at the LANL HRL building driveway; use West Road.

  • Final Count: 9,200 Pot Plants Seized in Raid

    Two days after numerous branches of law enforcement swooped in to bust a $10-million marijuana grow at Bandelier National Monument, superintendent Jason Lott said crews are scrutinizing other areas of the park.

    “We are actively looking for other grow areas along Bandelier. If there are other areas, we will find them and with the fire, that makes it easy,” Lott said.

    “We are sending a clear message that we will be looking for that kind of stuff and we will find you. I don’t want this to be considered a prime place for this kind of activity.”

    Lott said 9,200 plants were eradicated from the site and disposed of at an undisclosed location.

  • Cooler temps, windy conditions and storms on the way

    The National Weather Service has issued the following Special Weather Statement:

    MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES ON THE WAY... ... STRONG EAST CANYON WIND EVENT LIKELY TONIGHT...

    A STRONG BACKDOOR COLD FRONT WILL ENTER THE FAR NORTHEAST PLAINS LATER THIS MORNING BEFORE PLUNGING SOUTH AND WEST ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE HIGHLANDS AND PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON. SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM COVERAGE WILL INCREASE ALONG THE FRONT WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR A FEW STRONG STORMS PRODUCING STRONG DOWNBURST WINDS AND HAIL.