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Public Safety

  • Convicted sex offender nabbed lunching at local eatery

    The Los Alamos Sheriff's Office initiated an investigation that led to today's noon capture of a convicted sex offender who's been living in the 2000 block of 34th Street for several months.

    The Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshals Service and local police participated in the arrest of Bruce Crousser, 44, a convicted sex offender from Missouri. Crousser was apprehended at a local diner about to have lunch. He failed to register as a sex offender as required by law, according to officials.

    "Court records show Mr. Crousser was convicted of several sex crimes, some of which involved minor children," Lucero said. "He's been working for a contractor doing business in the local area.”

  • Police Beat 04-19-11

    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.   
    April 6

    11:25 a.m. – William Lopez, 40, of Los Alamos was charged on Myrtle Street with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with an expired registration and issued a citation to appear in court after police received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area.

  • Fast action contains house fire

    No one was home when a neighbor spotted smoke billowing from beneath a two-story home not far from Los Alamos High School at about 3 p.m. Monday.

    Fire Marshal Michael Thompson credits the man for being observant and calling 911.

    “He tried to put out the fire but then noticed more fire coming from the crawl space underneath the home and immediately called 911,” Thompson said. “His quick action helped keep the fire from spreading.”
    Los Alamos firefighters responded to 1735 Questa St., and were able to keep the residence intact, but extensive smoke did permeate the structure.

  • Construction Zone 04-17-11

    Road Construction Update: Wk of April 17, 2011

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

    NM502 Truck Traffic (Airport Runway
    Extension Project)
    Expect heavy volumes of slow moving and turning truck traffic on westbound NM502 through mid-May. As the trucks climb the hill, its speed slows to 20-25 mph and is further reduced when the trucks make the turn onto airport property. Do not tailgate, do not pass in the turn lanes, pay attention to the traffic ahead of you, and expect 5-10 minute delays.

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4 2011

  • State imposes fire restrictions for most of NM

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials are imposing fire restrictions across much of New Mexico because dry conditions and high winds have resulted in extreme fire danger.

    The restrictions in all but four northern New Mexico counties will go into effect Saturday at 8 a.m.

    The restrictions apply to fireworks, smoking, campfires and open fires in 29 counties, including part of Colfax County.

    The secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, John Bemis, says some areas of the state have not seen appreciable moisture in as many as 150 days.

    Bemis is urging people to follow the restrictions to protect lives and property in their communities.

  • Ford expands recall of F-150 pickup to nearly 1.2M

    DETROIT (AP) — Under pressure from government safety regulators, Ford Motor Co. is expanding a recall of the popular F-150 pickup truck to include nearly 1.2 million vehicles that may have defective air bags.

    The additional recall, announced Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers trucks from the 2004 through 2006 model years. An electrical short can cause the air bags to deploy unexpectedly, in some cases injuring drivers.

    In February, Ford agreed to fix 150,000 of the trucks but resisted the government's wishes to recall all 1.2 million trucks that may have the problem.

  • Wind Advisory until 8 p.m. Thursday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

    * LOCATION... MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL TO NORTHWEST TO WEST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE SAN JUAN... JEMEZ... AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS. THIS ALSO INCLUDES THE NORTHWEST PLATEAU AND HIGHLANDS... AS WELL AS THE LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY.

    * WINDS... WEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 45 TO 50 MPH.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE THROUGH THE MORNING WITH STRONG WINDS LASTING THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED BETWEEN 11 AM AND 6 PM.

    * VISIBILITY... MAY BE LOCALLY REDUCED TO 3 MILES OR LESS IN BLOWING DUST.

  • Police Beat 04-12-11

    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.
    March 31

    10:59 a.m. – A 49-year-old Alcalde woman reported being the victim of unauthorized use of her credit card. The estimated loss is less than $300.
        
    12:29 p.m. – A 59-year-old Los Alamos man reported damage to his property in the 2800 block of Woodland Road. The estimated loss is less than $100.
    April 3

    12:23 p.m. – Joshua Krepps, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested at 4940 N. Sol and charged with assault against a household member.
    April 4

  • Police patrol teams cover the gamut

    Thirty-six sworn officers comprise the four law enforcement teams operating
    within the Los Alamos Police Department Patrol Division. The teams logged
    more than 2,000 official actions including arrests, traffic citations,
    burglaries, domestic violence calls and field interviews between March 2010
    and March 2011.

    Each team is at full strength with five officers, one being the sergeant.
    Patrol team supervision includes Sgt. Jeff Regenold for the daytime A-Team,
    Sgt. James Rodriguez for the rotator B-Team, Sgt. Oliver Morris for the
    rotator C-Team and Sgt. Andrew Goldie for the nighttime D-Team.

  • Construction Zone 04-10-11

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

    Diamond Drive Phase 4 2011
    Last week, crews adjusted the traffic control signs and signal at the Diamond/Canyon intersection to clarify the allowed traffic movements.
    Southbound motorists on Diamond Drive approaching the Canyon intersection in the left lane can either turn left onto Canyon or proceed through the intersection in order to turn left onto Trinity. Also, the southbound right lane on Diamond at Canyon is designated as a through lane only.