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Public Safety

  • Valle Canyon wildfire 85% contained — video added

    Somewhat calmer winds and rain mixed with snow that started falling overnight is no doubt lending a hand with the efforts of firefighters in snuffing out the Valle Canyon fire that's been burning west of Los Alamos since last Thursday night.

    An update from Forest Service officials late Tuesday morning shows the wildfire is 85 percent contained, but two new fires were sparked in other locations Monday due to high winds snapping power lines.

  • Police cases inch closer to closure

    A major reason for the extensive delay in wrapping up local police cases is the fact that the state’s forensics lab is dealing with a backlog of 500 cases, according to police.

    The Scientific Laboratory Division within the state Department of Health blames a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and a staffing shortage for the backlog, according to an Associated Press report.

  • Wiring glitch yields lunch hour gridlock Wednesday

    Significant traffic backups in the townsite Wednesday were the result of malfunctioning temporary traffic signals being installed as part of road reconstruction work at Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive.

    Installation of the temporary signals began at 9 a.m. and work in the intersection was anticipated to last 30 minutes to an hour.

  • Police Beat 03-15-11

    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.

    March 3

    10:55 a.m. – A 34-year-old Los Alamos woman in the 3200 block of Villa Street reported being the victim of credit card fraud. The estimated loss is more than $300.

    11:27 a.m. – A 42-year-old Jemez Springs woman reported being the victim of fraud on Central Avenue. The estimated loss is less than $100.

  • Police Beat 03-08-11

    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.

    Feb. 24

    12:30 a.m. – Lonnie Duran, 50, of Dixon, was arrested on Trinity Drive and charged with DWI.

    4:22 p.m. – A 50-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone burglarized his vehicle parked on Nambe Loop. The estimated loss is unknown.

  • Wind-driven wildfire destroys homes in New Mexico

    SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico fire officials say fire activity on a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed up to 15 homes has lessened overnight in southwest New Mexico.

    Officials say crews were able to build containment lines overnight.

    State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the wildfire near Silver City has burned about 1,770 acres, or about 2.7 square miles, by early Tuesday. That's up from 500-1,000 acres burned by Monday night.

  • US Marshals arrest sex offender, 2nd man escapes

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man who was on New Mexico's most wanted sex offenders list has been arrested at a Santa Fe motel but a second wanted man escaped.

    Deputy U.S. Marshals acting on a tip say they went to a Motel 6 Sunday night looking for 24-year-old Jeremy Martinez. They found him at the motel along with fugitive sex offender Jonathan Chavez.

    Martinez was handcuffed but escaped while agents were questioning Chavez. He was wanted for escape.

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY THROUGH 11 A.M. TODAY

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST TUESDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES... LOCALLY UP TO 5 INCHES ON THE HIGHEST PEAKS OF THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS.

    * TIMING... MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS EARLY THIS EVENING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL COINCIDE WITH LOWER SNOW LEVELS OVERNIGHT THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL TAPER OFF LATE TUESDAY MORNING.

  • High Winds, Snow Likely Monday and Tuesday

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

    STRONG... POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY EVENING. WESTERLY WINDS OF 25 TO 40 MPH WITH FREQUENT GUSTS BETWEEN 50 MPH AND 65 MPH ARE EXPECTED. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL IMPACT THE UPPER GILA REGION EASTWARD TO THE SOUTH-CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND ADJACENT HIGH PLAINS.

  • Child porn nets local man 18 years in federal prison

    Fifteen months after federal agents reported finding 1,465 child pornography images and 186 videos on the computers of youth pastor Matthew Nichols; a judge sentenced the married father of three to 18 years in federal prison.

    Nichols also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine Thursday and to register as a sex offender and endure lifetime supervision upon his release from prison.