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Public Safety

  • Winter storm heading out after dropping snow, rain

    PHOENIX (AP) — A fast-moving winter storm that brought snow and rain to much of Arizona and some parts of New Mexico over the weekend quickly moved east Sunday.

    It dumped as much as 10 inches of snow to northern areas of Arizona and shut down interstates 40 and 17 overnight. Snow also blanketed the mountains around Tucson in the southern part of the state, and heavy rain fell overnight in Phoenix.

  • Bill targets teen drug users

    Teenage addiction to heroin and prescription drugs is hitting epidemic levels throughout New Mexico, according to experts. A bill from Albuquerque Sen. Bernadette Sanchez, D-Bernalillo aimed at treating the problem passed the New Mexico Senate 31-3 Thursday.

    SB 232 buprenorphine treatment for opioid addiction is meant to counter the soaring heroin addiction problem in the state, Sanchez said.

  • Wintry weather set to impact much of NM this weekend

    The National Weather Service has issued the following Special Weather Statement:

    BLUSTERY WINDS WITH SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...

    A POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM OVER THE NORTHWEST COAST OF OREGON NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER WILL RACE INTO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ON SATURDAY AND INTO NORTHERN ARIZONA ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

  • Saudi suspect in terror plot appears in fed. court

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A college student from Saudi Arabia accused of buying chemicals online as part of a plan to blow up key U.S. targets, including the home of former President George W. Bush, appeared in federal court in Texas on Friday.

    Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

    Rod Hobson, his attorney, declined to comment as he left the courtroom in Lubbock. In a statement, he said the "eyes of the world are on this case" and how Aldawsari is treated.

  • Committee clears police training bill

    An escalating issue facing law enforcement in Los Alamos and communities across the state has prompted the introduction of a bill addressing how law enforcement should handle citizens exhibiting signs of mental impairment.

    Rep. Edward Sandoval, D-Albuquerque and Sen. David Ulibarri, D-Grants introduced the bill, which would establish training guidelines for police officers involving specialized handling of situations where people are mentally impaired.

    HB 93 unanimously cleared its final committee Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee.

  • Senate confirms NM homeland security secretary

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed retired Air Force Col. Michael Duvall as secretary of the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

    Duvall is the third member of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's cabinet to win confirmation.

    The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of Duvall's nomination.

    He was commander of the 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque from July 2008 to April 2010, when he retired.

    Duvall is a 1984 Air Force Academy graduate.

  • Bill works to reduce repeat DWIs

    Santa Fe – Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton looks to reduce the number of DWI repeat offenders by instituting a first offender follow-up program.  
    The bill she is sponsoring, House Bill 183, unanimously passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee today.

  • Police Beat 02-22-11

    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.

    Feb. 10

    9:41 p.m. – Robyn Vargas, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested on San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Municipal Court Warrant for failure to appear and contempt of court.
    Feb. 14

    7:23 a.m. – Scott Irving, 40, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding warrant on Trinity Drive.    

  • STORM SYSTEMS RAMP UP TO DELIVER RAIN, SNOW

    WINTRY WEATHER POSSIBLE ACROSS NORTHERN AND WESTERN NEW MEXICO OVER THE WEEKEND...

    A FAST MOVING SOUTHBOUND WEATHER SYSTEM OFF THE OREGON COAST AND A SECOND STORM NEARLY STATIONARY OVER THE TROPICAL EAST PACIFIC OCEAN WILL COMBINE OVER THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST LATE SATURDAY AND SWERVE EASTWARD ACROSS NEW MEXICO THROUGH MUCH OF THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKEND.

  • One-vehicle rollover snarls traffic

    The Santa Fe County Sheriffís Office said alcohol may have been a contributing factor in a one-vehicle rollover crash that snarled traffic on NM 502 Tuesday afternoon.
    Corporal Bill Ritch said Wednesday morning that Dolores Montano, 61, of Los Alamos, was driving east on NM 502 when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed the median and hit the guard rail. The vehicle flipped over the guard rail into a ditch at mile post 9, near the Totavi 66 gas station.