Public Safety

  • Restaurant inspections 3-5-15

    Santa Fe
    Mission Viejo Christian Academy, 4601 Mission Bend
    Date Inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Employee eating in prep area. No to low sanitizer in dish washing machine. One moderate-risk violation. No test kit for sanitizer.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one week.

    Santa Fe Brewing Company, 35 Fire Place
    Date Inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Employee needs training on iodine sanitizer as concentration was at five times the strength.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    San Marcos Café, 3877 Highway 14
    Date Inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Raw beef stored over cooked food. Half of food items have labels. Ice scoop stored in bin, hand is in contact with the ice. All violations corrected. Three moderate-risk violations. Wood handles are degraded, area around hood shall be made smooth. Vent hood area has grease build up. Signs of old pest activity in restrooms and water heater area. Three low-risk violations. Restroom door opens into prep area. Employees should have a hair restraint. Single-serve items and utensils stored in restroom.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • LAPD crime statistics released

    Here are Los Alamos County's crime statistics for 2014, as reported to the media Friday:


    0 instances





    2 instances



    Motor vehicle theft



    241 instances




  • Accused dealer caught on video

    Just before they were arrested, one of the drug dealers nabbed in a high-profile Los Alamos drug bust complained about a customer never buying enough drugs from them and not being very sociable.
    Los Alamos Police Department has been busy making sweeps of the county, busting drug dealers in a coordinated effort in recent weeks and numerous arrests have been made via its efforts.
    Among the recent busts was Kelly Casados, who police said they captured on surveillance video.
    “(Casados) is also heard on the video making statements about trafficking methamphetamine. She seems upset that (customer) ‘buys s--- from us’ then leaves right after, wanting (customer) to hang out for a while afterwards,” read a statement in court records.
    Shortly after that drug deal, police said, Casados, 46, boyfriend Ron Snow, 40, and the dealer that supplied them with the drugs to sell, Joe Martinez, 50, were arrested in late January.
    Snow’s and Martinez’s attorneys, along with their clients, are due to appear in court April 1 for a preliminary hearing. The hearing will be to determine if there is enough evidence to have their cases continued in first district court.
    Casados’ case is already going to district court.

  • Sheriff: driver was drunk, texting

    A 27-year-old Los Alamos woman received extensive injuries Monday at around 11 p.m. when she allegedly crashed her car going westbound on N.M. 502, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department.
    According to an eyewitness, Andrea Rivera, who was allegedly the driver of a 1993 Gold Saturn four-door sedan, almost veered off the road to the right. Rivera then overcompensated, careening to the left, eastbound lane of the road into oncoming traffic before the car started to roll. The car wound up wedged against a piñon tree off near the shoulder of the road.
    Sometime during the crash, Rivera was ejected from the vehicle, and was found a short distance from her car, on her back and still alive. She allegedly told officers she had been drinking alcohol and texting moments before the crash.
    In her car, police allegedly discovered a half-empty bottle of “Prestige” brand whiskey.
    Her car did not come into contact with any other vehicles and she had no other passengers in her car. According to the sheriff’s office, she was the only one injured in the crash.
    Rivera’s injuries consisted of two broken ribs and heavy bruising about the upper left portion of her neck and head.
    She was conscious when police arrived, though her speech was heavily slurred.

  • PAC 8 schedule 2-27-15 to 3-5-15

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    Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 2-17-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Ernest Taylor Pyle”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Now It Can Be Told”
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 1, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, March 2, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet

  • Restaurant inspections 2-26-15

    Santa Fe
    Subway, 4350 Airport Road
    Date Inspected: Jan. 7
    Violations:  Three high-risk violations. Chicken on prep line is over stocked. Employee drink and phone are on prep table. Ice build-up on food in freezer.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Panda Express, 3522 Zafarano Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 7
    Violations: Four moderate-risk violations. Food build up on door to walk in refrigerator. Wood handled utensils have grime build up. Dumpster lid is open. Signs of pest activity.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Subway, 2801 Rodeo Road, Suite B-9
    Date Inspected: Jan. 7
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Food in hand washing station. Employee drink in food prep area. All corrected. One moderate-risk violation. Fans have dust/mold build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Rufina Meal Site, 2323 Casa Rufina
    Date Inspected: Jan. 7
    Violations: Two low-risk violations. Ceiling penetration in food prep area with open gap. Light bulbs out in exhaust and ware wash area.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    The Links Bar and Grill, 205 Caja del Rio Road
    Date Inspected: Jan. 7

  • More than 2 ounces of heroin seized

    Police arrested five people in Los Alamos last week for trafficking and possessing heroin in Los Alamos.
    The arrests took place on Feb. 17-20, and yielded numerous prescription drugs and slightly more than two ounces of heroin (58.2 grams).
    Most of the arrests occurred because the suspects were acting suspiciously, which attracted the attention from law enforcement, according to court records.
    Arrested were Monica Cooper, 48, of Los Alamos, Celso Ramos, 35, of Santa Cruz, Deanna Doss, 28, of Santa Cruz, David Mondragon, 34, of Santa Fe and Kayla Gomez, 28, of Santa Fe.
    Cooper was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of shoplifting. Ramos was charged with trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and for concealing his identity.
    Doss was charged with trafficking a controlled substance, bringing contraband into a place of imprisonment, three counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Gomez was charged with trafficking a controlled substance, three counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    On Feb. 17, police received reports of a white Honda sedan driving “erratically” westbound into Los Alamos.

  • Local pile burns to resume

    Los Alamos Fire Department is again planning burns for the weekend on county lands, officials said Thursday.
    The burns, which aim to reduce the amount of potential fuels in the county’s open spaces, are set for Saturday and Sunday. LAFD will have the burns will be in Bayo Canyon with assistance from Santa Fe National Forest crews.
    Those with questions about the weekend’s burns should contact LAFD at 662-8304 or 695-6729.
    Officials said smoke in the burn areas will be monitored to ensure air quality regulations are being met. Smoke-sensitive individuals are encouraged by the LAFD to take precautions.
    Smoke will likely to be visible from Española, Santa Fe and the surrounding pueblos, as well as locally.
    The burns involve 4-foot by 4-foot piles of loose branches and other fuels and have been going on since January.

  • Group looks to help local victims

    It may not have an official name yet, but what it does have is an objective and a meeting place.
    Simply called the “Domestic Violence Awareness Task Force,” the recently formed group has been busy getting off the ground, making the community aware of its existence.
    The group has been busy solidifying partnerships with regional agencies, as well as trying to add more domestic violence awareness professionals to its ranks.
    They are also working on launching some programs and seminars that will help victims locally. Members of the group will be presenting “Silent Storm,” a presentation that examines intimate partner violence and its impact on the workplace. It will also present courses of action to prevent it, as well as resources where victims can get the help they need.
    Upcoming presentations are scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Los Alamos Medical Center’s Large Conference Room and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, also at LAMC.
    Refreshments will be provided.
    According to group member Dr. Barbara Van Eeckhout, who is an OB/GYN physician at the Los Alamos Medical Center, the hospital is in the process of starting a program where victims of domestic violence and rape won’t have to “go off the Hill” to Santa Fe or Española in order to be processed for evidence.

  • Police Beat 2-19-15

    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.

    Feb. 12

    8:16 a.m. — A 13-year-old Los Alamos student was arrested for unlawfully carrying a deadly weapon to Los Alamos Middle School.
    11:07 a.m. — A 46-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny (over $2,500, less than $20,000) on Eniwetok Drive.
     Feb. 13

    8:28 a.m. — A 13-year-old Los Alamos student was arrested for unlawfully carrying a deadly weapon to Los Alamos Middle School.

    4:22 p.m. — A 14-year-old Española student was arrested for unlawfully carrying a deadly weapon to Los Alamos Middle School.

    Feb. 14

    1:08 a.m. — Laura Mangan-Viera, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor in the 4000 block of Trinity Drive.