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  • Police Beat 7-23-17

    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.

    July 12
    1:30 a.m. — LAPD reported an individual that was taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center due to a dog bite.

    7:30 a.m. — Los Alamos Police Department investigated a report of shoplifting at Smith’s Marketplace.

    July 13
    7:52 a.m. — Celso Ramos, 37, of Santa Cruz, was arrested on a magistrate and district court warrant.

    8:37 a.m. — LAPD reported a golf ball thrown at the entrance window of the Barranca Mesa pool.

    2:12 p.m. — LAPD pursued a reckless driver and discontinued due to the safety of others.

    5:39 p.m. — Los Alamos Police Department arrested a male involved in a car accident for driving on an invalid/revoked license.

    6:30 p.m. — LAPD cited an individual for public disturbance.

    7:40 p.m. — Malcom R. Torres, 23, of Santa Cruz, was arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license.

  • On The Docket 7-23-17

    June 6
    Judith Clendenen-Fisher was found guilty of improper regulation of weeds, brush piles, refuse and rubbish, as well as failure to appear in court. The sentence was deferred and the defendant must pay $120 in court costs.

    Mary Greene was found guilty of failure to obey a traffic signal. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Elaine Guenette was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Jan Tice was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Donald Finley was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    June 8
    Kristan Berg was found guilty of an improper turn, failure to pay and failure to appear in court. The defendant was fined $75 and must pay $130 in court costs. The defendant’s license was also suspended.

    Henry Flores was found guilty of following another vehicle too closely, which resulted in an accident, and was sentenced to community service.

  • 2017 Sectional Duplicate bridge tourney set for July 28-30 in LA

    The 56th annual Los Alamos Sectional Duplicate bridge tournament will be July 28-30 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Last year’s tournament attracted more than 150 bridge players from within New Mexico and from surrounding states. More than 100 players were from outside Los Alamos County.

    The tournament starts at 2 p.m. on July 28, with stratified and 499er pair games. Another stratified pair game is scheduled for 7 p.m. that day.

    Saturday, July 29, the schedule will include stratified and 499er pair games at 9 a.m., as well as a compact knockout team game. The 2 p.m. schedule on that day is the same.

    On Sunday, July 30, the tournament will host a stratified Swiss team and a 499er stratified Swiss team event starting at 9:30 a.m.

    Lynn Yokel from Seattle will serve as the tournament director in charge and Jerry Fleming will be the local tournament chairman.

    Duplicate bridge is a competitive but friendly bridge game where several foursomes play the same hands. Their scores are determined by how well they did compared to others who held the same hands.

  • Jobless rates fall below 4 pct. in nearly half of US states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring rose last month in 14 U.S. states in June, and the unemployment rate fell to record lows in two states, evidence that the job market is getting tighter across much of the country.
    New Mexico’s unemployment rate dropped slightly by .2 percent to 6.4 percent. The state ranked second highest for unemployment in the country.

    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates fell in 10 states and rose in only two. Rates were stable in the other 38 states.

    After five years of steady hiring, unemployment rates have fallen below 4 percent in 23 states. Unemployment that low suggests that those states are at “full employment,” when nearly everyone who wants a job has one and the unemployment rate reflects the normal churn of hiring and firing.

    Alaska had the highest jobless rate at 6.8 percent, followed by New Mexico at 6.4 percent.

    Colorado and North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rates in June at 2.3 percent each. The rates in North Dakota, at 2.3 percent, and Tennessee, at 3.6 percent, set new lows.

    The rate has fallen below 3 percent in five states: Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Hampshire and North Dakota.

  • Money taken from local child development center

    A longtime bookkeeper at Ark Child Development, a ministry of First United Methodist Church, is suspected of taking some $3,500 from the center, but no charges have been filed.

    Los Alamos Police Department Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias was dispatched to the center on Diamond Drive June 24 to investigate the complaint of stolen money.

    Salazar-Casias made contact with the reporting party, who reported that on June 16, an employee had taken money from a teacher’s wallet.

    All parties involved in the case asked to remain anonymous.

    According to the police report, the reporting employee was aiding another teacher when she said she noticed the suspect employee in a classroom across the hallway go into a
purse and pull out $60.

    The witness said she confronted the suspect, who reportedly first denied the accusation, but the witness said she eventually told the suspect that she had seen the suspect remove the money from a purse.

    “(The suspect) stated that it was a big temptation and she couldn’t help herself,” according to the police report.
    The suspect offered to pay the stolen money back, or more, and begged her accuser not to send her to prison.

  • Council to decide on sheriff office

    Los Alamos County Council is set to vote on a resolution Thursday that, if passed, will restore all duties to the sheriff’s office removed by council last year when it sought to abolish the office. The resolution also seeks to add some extra duties.

    The resolution is sponsored by Councilor Pete Sheehey, who wants to restore to the sheriff’s office civil process duties, including lien and eviction processing.

    The office now only maintains the sex offender registry. New duties will include assisting the Los Alamos County Police Department with prisoner transport and courthouse security.

    Sheehey predicts that if council votes in his resolution, the new budget for the office will be about $200,000 a year, and will include a full time undersheriff with certified law enforcement training. Since January, the sheriff’s office has only been staffed by Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero, who has been carrying out his limited duties on an annual $15,000 budget.

    “What I’m proposing is that we put process serving back and we add some limited duties which basically are prisoner transport and providing security at the court building and courtroom,” Sheehey said. Lucero would also get an administrative assistant.

  • Forecasters: Flooding likely in New Mexico through weekend

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Forecasters say flash flooding is likely in New Mexico through the weekend due to monsoon moisture and a weather disturbance moving westward across the state.

    The National Weather Service says thunderstorms are expected over central and western New Mexico into Friday evening and then become more numerous Saturday, Sunday and into early next week.

    According to the weather service, the likelihood of flash floods is strongest Friday in western New Mexico and across New Mexico from the southwest to the northeast Saturday.

    The forecasters say there's also a possibility that multiple instances of flash flooding will occur across central and eastern areas on Sunday.

    Also, the potential for flash flooding may linger over the south-central mountains and the eastern plains on Monday as the disturbance moves into Texas and Mexico.

  • Jobless rates fall below 4 pct. in nearly half US states

    Associated Press and Staff Reports

    WASHINGTON — Hiring rose last month in 14 U.S. states in June, and the unemployment rate fell to record lows in two states, evidence that the job market is getting tighter across much of the country.

    New Mexico’s unemployment rate dropped slightly by .2 percent to 6.4 percent. The state ranked second highest for unemployment in the country.

    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates fell in 10 states and rose in only two. Rates were stable in the other 38 states.

    After five years of steady hiring, unemployment rates have fallen below 4 percent in 23 states. Unemployment that low suggests that those states are at "full employment," when nearly everyone who wants a job has one and the unemployment rate reflects the normal churn of hiring and firing.

    Alaska had the highest jobless rate at 6.8 percent, followed by New Mexico at 6.4 percent.

    Colorado and North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rates in June at 2.3 percent each. The rates in North Dakota, at 2.3 percent, and Tennessee, at 3.6 percent, set new lows.

    The rate has fallen below 3 percent in five states: Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Hampshire and North Dakota.

  • Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

    By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending President Donald Trump must-see TV. He said Trump's communications team "could benefit from a clean slate" as the White House seeks to steady operations amid the Russia investigations and ahead of a health care showdown.

    Spicer quit in protest over the hiring of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci, objecting to what Spicer considered his lack of qualifications as well as the direction of the press operation, according to people familiar with the situation. Scaramucci, a polished television commentator and Harvard Law graduate, quickly took center stage at a briefing, parrying questions from reporters and commending Trump in a 37-minute charm offensive.

    As his first act on the job, Scaramucci announced that Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be the new press secretary. She had been Spicer's deputy.

  • Red Cap Ambassadors and Manhattan Project Historical National Park to meet today

    Attention all red capped Ambassadors, you are asked to be at the pavilion on Ashley Pond at 10:30 a.m. today for the first event of the Los Alamos Ambassadors, with more to follow. Every one is invited to this event, not just the red cappers.

    In an effort for the Los Alamos Ambassadors to be fully equipped to guide visitors on Los Alamos history, Chief Park Ranger Kirk Singer will address the Ambassadors on the importance of the new national park in telling the story of Los Alamos and he project to win World War II.

    The National Park here is one of three sites in the Unites States that worked to develop the bomb that ended World War II. (Thank you very much Los Alamo).  The other two sites are in Hanford, Washington, and Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

    There is still a lot of work to be done to have a fully mature program and exhibits in the park. Currently, Singer is trying to provide a means to allow visitors to have an escorted bus tour inside he wire at the lab so as to see historical places not now available.