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Public Safety

  • 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. 

  • Flash Flood Watch in effect through Tuesday evening

    This from the National Weather Service:

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS. THE BIGGEST RISK AREAS ARE THE RECENT WILDFIRE BURN SCARS.

    * THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING

  • Alert: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security. And as a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad.

    Bombs-in-the body is not a brand new idea, but recent intelligence indicates a fresh interest in using this method, as people-scanning machines in airports aren't able to detect explosives hidden inside humans. Still, there is no current information that points to a specific plot involving surgically implanted explosives, a U.S. security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss such sensitive matters.

  • Seven year old child hit by car

    A seven-year-old Los Alamos girl was hit by a car as she crossed Central Avenue near Ashley Pond shortly before noon Wednesday.

    The child was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center “alert and conscious,” according to police.

    Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said this morning that she was treated and released.

    Following an investigation into the accident, Purtymun said the driver would not be cited.

    “The child wasn’t in the cross walk and stepped out from behind a parked SUV,” he said. “The driver was going slow enough to stop and not make this accident a tragedy.”

    Carol A. Clark

     

  • Weather contributes to Los Alamos fire behavior

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Fire crews continue reinforcing fire lines and implementing structure protection plans for the west side of Los Alamos. The Las Conchas Fire has burned nearly 131,000 acres and is 30 percent contained.

    The Forest Service says hot, dry weather Tuesday resulted in extreme fire behavior. Large plumes of smoke were visible from the communities of Santa Clara, Chicoma Mountain, Los Alamos, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and surrounding areas.

    Fire officials say the communities were not threatened as the smoke and flames remained within the fire perimeter.

    Pilots also reported 300 to 500 foot flames moving up the Polvadera Peak.