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Public Safety

  • Police protect property 24/7

    Nearly every home and business in town was vacant during the eight-day evacuation sparked by the Las Conchas Fire – yet every returning resident found their property intact.
    Los Alamos police kept a constant eye on the community during the evacuation, Chief Wayne Torpy said. The officers worked around the clock patrolling neighborhoods, street by street, questioning anyone they encountered. He was stopped a couple of times when driving his personal vehicle.
    During an interview on the Safety and Security Matters program broadcast July 20 on KRSN, Torpy spoke about his department’s crime control efforts during the fire.

  • Police Beat 07-26-11

    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.

    July 14

    9:56 p.m. – Ashley Hotel & Suites reported that someone broke into a room at 2175 Trinity Dr. The estimated loss is unknown.

    11:40 p.m. – William Lopez, 40, was arrested on Alabama Street on an outstanding warrant.
        
    July 15

    10:55 a.m. – A 51-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that someone used her credit card without authorization. The estimated loss is unknown.

  • Man arrested in dry cleaners holdup

    The Los Alamos Police Department has arrested the man suspected of committing an armed robbery at Mountain Air Cleaners, 157 Central Park Square, Saturday morning.
    Joe D. Holcombe, 40, of Nambe was arrested near Trinity Drive and DP Road a few minutes after the robbery was reported.
    The business was equipped with surveillance cameras and LAPD Ofc. Doug Ehlers said officers reviewed the tape and got a description of the suspect.
    “Apparently, he walked in and walked out,” Ehlers said, adding that the man stole about “$200ish.”
    Capt. Randy Foster said a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) was immediately issued to patrol units around the county.

  • Police nab two suspects in double stabbing

    Two people have been arrested in the case of a double stabbing on Friday night.

    Daniel H. Rowan, 125 Aragon, and Miriam Rosenblum, 134 Longview Dr., were arrested Saturday at an apartment on Longview Drive in White Rock.

    Rowan, 34, is charged with one count of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated battery against a household member.

    Rosenblum, 27, is charged with aiding and abetting a felon.

    The charges stem from a call to Los Alamos police dispatch at 11:30 p.m. Friday reporting a fight in progress and that someone had been stabbed.

    LAPD Cpl. Adam Jung arrived at 939 Iris St., and was advised by witnesses that Ian Cornelius, 24, had been stabbed multiple times.

  • Baby died of brain disorder

    Ten months after 11-day-old Grey Vigil of Los Alamos died, the Office of the Medical Investigator has released its autopsy report. The infant was born with a rare brain disorder called hydranencephaly, according to the report, which typically causes death within one year.  

    Baby Grey’s mother, Katrina Vigil, has been a suspect in her baby’s death as early police reports indicated that she hid the newborn in a closet for three days to conceal his birth on Sept. 24.

    Her attorney, John W. Day of Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg &  Bienvenu, LLP addressed the OMI’s findings in an interview this morning from his Santa Fe office.

  • Flash Flood Watch from Noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

    * SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN A MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR MASS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HEAVY RAINFALL... WITH RATES OF ONE HALF TO 1.5 INCHES AND HOUR... IS POSSIBLE FROM THE STRONGER STORMS.

  • Flash Flood Watch from Noon to 10 p.m. Monday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

    * SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN A MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR MASS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HEAVY RAINFALL... WITH RATES OF ONE HALF TO 1.5 INCHES AN HOUR... ARE POSSIBLE FROM THE STRONGER STORMS.

  • FLASH FLOOD WARNING UNTIL 6 P.M.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... 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 600 PM MDT

    * AT 230 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS FROM LOS ALAMOS TO COCHITI LAKE. THE STORMS PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN WERE DRIFTING SLOWLY WEST.

  • Cops nab suspects in double stabbing

    Two people have been arrested in the case of a double stabbing Friday night.

    Daniel H. Rowan, 125 Aragon and Miriam Rosenblum, 134 Longview Dr., were arrested Saturday at an apartment on Longview Drive in White Rock.

    Rowan, 34, is charged with one count of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated battery against a household member.

    Rosenblum, 27, is charged with aiding and abetting a felon.

    The charges stem from a call to Los Alamos police dispatch at 11:30 p.m. Friday reporting a fight in progress and that someone had been stabbed.

    LAPD Cpl. Adam Jung arrived at 939 Iris St., and was advised by witnesses that Ian Cornelius, 24, had been stabbed multiple times. 

  • LAFD snuffs two house fires

    The Los Alamos Fire Department battled two home fires just seven hours apart Friday. They saved the homes and also rescued seven dogs and several cats from inside the burning residences. No one was injured in either blaze, according to firefighters at both scenes.

    Police arrested Eric Richardson, 25, and charged him with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after several bongs and a stash of marijuana were discovered on the basement floor of the first residence that caught fire at 950 Rim Road, said Capt. Randy Foster during an interview late Friday.

    “We’re investigating whether these items contributed to the fire,” he said.