Public Safety

  • Seventh arrest nets second speed lab

    Los Alamos detectives have been on a crime-fighting roll since Friday, arresting seven suspects and shutting down two methamphetamine laboratories.

    Their latest arrest occurred Tuesday afternoon when they apprehended Elias Lovato, 40, of Los Alamos at a residence near Diamond Drive in which officials uncovered and dismantled a second meth lab.

    “During the booking process, officers discovered Lovato had attempted to conceal methamphetamine,” Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

    Charges filed against Lovato include trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, conspiracy and two counts of bringing contraband into a jail.

  • State Police: No Labor Day DWI fatalities

    Police reported 16 local cases during Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2 through Sept. 5.
    “We had the drug arrest in the court parking lot, one DUI, one burglary of money and a computer and three larcenies involving the theft of a bicycle, purse and patio table,” said Capt. Randy Foster.
    Local cases also included an individual arrested on an outstanding warrant, four animal related calls, the towing of an unregistered vehicle, a domestic disturbance call and three traffic crashes, he said.
    “Our officers also conducted 55 traffic stops over the weekend that resulted in 12 citations,” Foster said.

  • Farmers fear Listeria has ruined selling season--video extra

    DENVER (AP) — A multistate Listeria outbreak linked to a Colorado farm has the state's melon farmers worried that their prime selling season has been ruined.

    In Rocky Ford, farmer Greg Smith this week laid off his lone farm stand employee because he said customers all but vanished when news of the outbreak spread.

    The outbreak has killed as many as four people. Colorado officials said Friday the contaminated melons were whole fruit from a Jensen Farms in the Rocky Ford region and have been recalled.

    Angry at reporters and camera crews reporting on the tainted melons, Smith said, "You've basically put a .30-caliber bullet between our eyes."

  • Police Beat 09-13-11

    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.

    Sept. 1

    10:45 a.m. – A 17-year-old Los Alamos girl was charged with possession of marijuana at Los Alamos High School and referred to the juvenile probation officer.

    5:28 p.m. – A 55-year-old Los Alamos woman reported damage to her property on Atlas. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

    7:38 p.m. – A 32-year-old Bernalillo man reported that his vehicle was burglarized while parked on 36th Street. The estimated loss is unknown.

  • Detectives bust mobile meth lab operation

    Los Alamos detectives have unraveled a multitude of what they believe to be inter-related crimes including a mobile methamphetamine laboratory operating out of the bed of a pick up, which has been linked to several suspects.

  • CDC issues cantaloupe warning after Listeria outbreak

    DENVER (AP) — Health officials have issued a warning for cantaloupes from a revered melon-producing area of Colorado amid a bacteria outbreak blamed for four deaths in the state and New Mexico, troubling farmers who depend on sales of the fruit.

    The warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came after 15 cases of a strain of Listeria were reported from four states, including 11 from Colorado, two from Texas, and one each from Nebraska and Oklahoma. Suspected cases were being investigated in other states.

    The agency said it was the first Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe in the United States.

  • NM police make prostitution busts at State Fair--video extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say they've made some prostitution-related busts at the New Mexico State Fair.

    KRQE-TV reports that five prostitutes and three pimps were arrested Saturday night near the state fairgrounds.

    Two vehicles used to transport the prostitutes also were seized along with firearms that were in the possession of the pimps.

    State Police has 31 officers on patrol at the fair and it's a safe scene within the fairgrounds.

    Undercover officers also are patrolling the fair in an effort to keep the danger out of the park.

    On Sunday, police are taking extra precaution with unattended bags and suspicious vehicles because of the 9/11 anniversary.

  • Health officials urge people to get flu vaccine

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Health is urging New Mexicans to start making appointments with medical providers to get a flu vaccination.

    Health Secretary Catherine Torres says children should be vaccinated against the flu each year.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those older than six months get flu vaccine.

    The department said flu vaccinations are particularly important for children under age five, pregnant woman, adults 65 and older, Native Americans and people with some medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma and lung or heart disease.

  • Smoke in Los Alamos caused by 250-acre Guacamalla Fire

    Los Alamos residents and people from north of Albuquerque to Jemez Springs are seeing increased smoke today from the Guacamalla Fire, approximately 50 miles southwest of Los Alamos and about five miles east of Ponderosa.

    Fuels on the ground received additional moisture over the Labor Day weekend and as a result created a lot of smoke.

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said there is no cause for concern because the fire will soon burn itself out as it enters property scorched and barren from the Las Conchas Fire.

    Because of the moisture level, the fire is burning slowly with low spread potential. Two miles east of the fire is the Las Conchas Fire burn area, and is not likely to spread east of the burn area. 

  • Couple busted near LAPD parking lot

    Officers from the Los Alamos Police Department did not have to walk far Monday afternoon to arrest two people on a variety of drug related charges.

    Police Chief Wayne Torpy explained that parking lot surveillance cameras captured Michael A. Muniz, 23, of Dixon and Dinah A. Ortiz, 23, of Alcalde engaged in possible illegal activity inside their vehicle.

    “Our folks who monitor the Justice Center complex for security purposes noticed possible drug related activity in the court parking lot adjacent to the police station,” Torpy said this morning.

    Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said the personnel alerted officers to the possible crime in progress, which resulted in the arrest of Muniz and Ortiz.