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Public Safety

  • Pilfered Points

    There’s a pretty sneaky scam involving your “Smith’s Rewards” card that’s spreading fast out there.
    Fortunately, it’s very easy to stop.
    Some scam artists out there are taking advantage of the fact that Los Alamos is a small town with one major grocery store chain.
    According to the victims, dishonest motorists are using residents’ phone numbers to get discounts on gas.
    The way it works is pretty simple: those signing up for a Smith’s card are asked to give an alternative, 10-digit ID number. Unfortunately, many people are using their phone numbers because they are so easy to remember.
    Since Los Alamos is a small town with just one grocery store chain, scammers just roll up to the gas stations that accept Smith’s cards, plug in a 505-662 number and often get “lucky.”
    Of course, when the legitimate owner of the Smith’s card tries to cash in their points, which can be as much as $1 per gallon off their fill-up, they often get a rude awakening. All those points they think they’ve accumulated through buying groceries are gone.
    “Unfortunately, this is a small enough community they can just go through the phonebook, pick a number and if it works, keep using it,” said one victim, who asked not to be identified.

  • Police Beat 02-02-14

    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. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Jan. 24
    9:28 a.m. ­— A 78-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Maya Lane.

    Jan. 28
    4:26 p.m. — Gavin Cata, 20 of San Juan Pueblo was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
    10:41 a.m. — A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of harassment at Trinity Drive.
     

  • Rollover injures one

    It was a rough commute for those heading off the Hill Thursday as a one-vehicle rollover accident closed one lane of traffic on N.M. 502 heading east about 4:30 p.m. Damyan Brown of the New Mexico State Police said that a 38-year-old Galisteo woman was heading eastbound when she swerved to avoid a piece of wood in the road and she hit the guard rail. Brown said that caused the vehicle to flip on its side and then landed on its top. The woman was eventually transported to Los Alamos Medical Center. Brown said she had a cut lip and a bump on her head. Brown said no citations were issued in the crash. Traffic was backed up about a mile and the accident was about a mile west of the Totavi Gas Station. By 5:15 p.m., the accident was cleared and the traffic was moving smoothly.

  • Santa Fe law firm to represent county

     The New Mexico Self Insurer’s Fund has selected a law firm to represent Los Alamos County in its lawsuit against former LAPD commanders Randy Foster and Scott Mills and detective Paige Early.
    County PIO Julie Habiger said Thursday that the county will be represented by Montgomery & Andrews Law Firm of Santa Fe.
    Linda Hemphill and George Geran, attorneys representing Foster, Mills and Early filed the lawsuit Jan. 15 in district court, alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination.
    The Los Alamos Monitor broke down the complaint filed by Foster, Mills and Early earlier this month and the series of articles can be found on LAMonitor.com.
     

  • Chimney Fire Doused

    The Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a call on 35th Street in the 2500 block of Diamond Drive around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters on the scene said it was a chimney fire caused by creosote buildup in the lining of the chimney. The LAFD doused the blaze.

  • One-car wreck in WR

    Rescue workers transport a woman who lost control of her vehicle on Rover Boulevard yesterday. According to medical personnel, the woman apparently became disorientated and ended up driving her truck onto the sidewalk. No other injuries reported.

  • Police Beat 01-24-14

    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. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Jan. 16

    1:25 p.m. — Jeffrey Aslin, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center.

    5:07 p.m. — Andrea Rivera, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at 650 San Ildefonso Road. She was also charged with resisting/evading and obstructing a police officer and fleeing.

    10:53 a.m. — A 65-year old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny, (less than $250) at La Senda Road.

    2:30 p.m. — Police charged a 15-year-old Los Alamos boy with larceny (less than $250) at Diamond Drive.
    Jan. 17

    11:52 a.m. — Ada Martinez, 27, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center.

    7:57 p.m. — A 70-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a burglary at North Todd Loop.

  • LAPD chief meets stable owners

    Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone met with members of the Los Alamos Stable Owners Association Friday at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, hoping to clear up some security issues. Earlier in the day, some of the owners took the chief on a tour of the stables.
    Lately, the North Mesa Stables have been plagued with a rash of theft and vandalism incidents. Thursday’s meeting and tour had two goals, to have the chief and the stable owners get to know each other and how they operate, and two, see if they could all come up with some workable solutions. At the meeting, owners talked about security issues such as run ins with coyotes, teenagers doing “donuts” with their cars in lots where owners exercise their horses, speeding and of course the incidents of theft and vandalism.
    LASOA President Mark Bayless detailed to the chief the solutions they tried so far, including improved lighting, neighborhood watches, and a gate system.
    “What we are hoping is that the chief can look at some of our options and see where we can go from there,” he said at the meeting.

  • Police Beat 01-17-14

    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. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Jan. 9

    10:47 a.m.–– Rowena MacDonald, 47, of Los Alamos was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos Justice Center, 2500 Trinity Drive.

    6:44 p.m. –– Matthew Trujillo, 55, of Chimayo was arrested through a magistrate bench warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center, 2500 Trinity Drive.
    Jan. 10

    1:15 p.m. ­— Leonard Moore, 32 of Los Alamos was arrested by police for assault at the Los Alamos Justice Center, 2500 Trinity Drive.

    10:43 p.m. — Allan Houle, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos Justice Center, 2500 Trinity Drive.

    12:13 p.m. — An 89-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police an incident involving larceny (less than $1000) on Trinity Drive.

    11:41 p.m. — A 45-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police criminal damage to his property (less than $1000) at Seminole.
    Jan. 11

  • County responds to suit

    Los Alamos County released a statement Friday morning concerning the lawsuit filed by two former LAPD commanders and a current detective.
    The county claims as of Thursday afternoon that it still had not been served the lawsuit.
    In the statement, county administrator Harry Burgess said, “late Wednesday afternoon we were notified by media that the law office of George Geran chose to release to them a lawsuit supposedly filed against the county by three current/former LAPD officers.
    “I would like to state that the majority of the allegations being made were investigated at the time and decisions were made based upon the conclusions presented. There are several allegations in the documents that were not previously presented to the county, and the county will be following up on those items to determine an appropriate course of action, if necessary.