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Public Safety

  • Police Beat 03-22-11

    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 10

    3:50 p.m. – Elier Rojo, 21, of Santa Fe was arrested on Trinity Drive and charged with false evidence regarding a vehicle title.
    5:11 p.m. – A 56-year-old Los Alamos man reported being the victim of burglary and larceny after someone stole a laptop from his vehicle parked in the 100 block of Camino Entrada. The estimated loss is more than $500.
    March 11

  • County crime dips in 2010 - video included

    Hot off the press, the Los Alamos Police Department’s 2010 annual report released today shows that local crime remained relatively level with a few areas in the report actually revealing lower numbers compared to 2009.

    “Los Alamos generally enjoys a reputation of being one of the lowest crime areas in Northern New Mexico and 2010 proved to be consistent with past years,” Capt. Randy Foster said. “Overall reports to LAPD were down again this year with less larcenies being reported, as was the case from 2008 to 2009.”

  • Burglaries at an all-time high in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Repeat offenders are helping drive up residential burglaries in Santa Fe. The police department released numbers Monday showing residential burglaries were at a 15-year high in 2010.

    There were 876 residential burglaries investigated in the city limits in 2010, up 7 percent from the 820 in 2009.

    Police Capt. Gerald Rivera says officers arrest a lot of the same guys over and over for burglary.

    Rivera says burglaries are not really considered violent offenses and judges seem reluctant to give burglars any real time in prison.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the city's Property Crimes Division has recently compiled an unofficial list of about 50 people considered the most problematic repeat offenders.

  • 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.