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  • LAPD dispatcher graduates

    The Los Alamos Police Department announced that dispatcher Ulises Gabriel Nieto graduated from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, Telecommunication Course on April 18. Nieto has been employed with the Los Alamos Police Department for one year. Nieto will be assigned to a shift and begin working in the Communications Center assisting with the needs of the community. Chief Dino Sgambellone said, “The role of dispatcher is critical to the successful missions of both police and fire. It is a difficult and challenging position. Having dispatchers such as dispatcher Nieto is a great asset to public safety in our community.” From left to right: Dispatch Supervisor Kate Stoddard, Dispatcher Nieto, Chief Dino Sgambellone.

  • Art competition deadline looms

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced today that entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition will be displayed in an exhibit open to the public at the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery May 2 and May 3. Luján will announce the winners of the competition during a reception on Saturday.
    “Every year, I am impressed with the quality and creativity of the high school students who participate in this competition, and I am sure this year will be no different,” Luján said. “I am excited that we will have the opportunity to show off their fine work in the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery for all to see.”
    The annual competition allows members of Congress to display the talent and creativity of their high school constituents. The first-place entry from each Congressional district will be displayed as part of an exhibit in the United States Capitol for one year.
    The winner will travel to Washington, D.C. for a reception honoring the national winners. Artwork that places second through seventh will be displayed in Luján’s district offices across northern New Mexico.

  • ABQ police shoot woman

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a truck was shot and killed during a chase with Albuquerque police, authorities said. She is the third person in five weeks to be killed by Albuquerque officers and the first since the department was put under federal orders to reduce the use of deadly force and reform a culture of abuse and aggression.
    Police Chief Gordon Eden said the shooting occurred Monday morning.
    “An officer pursued on foot when the suspect stopped, turned and pointed a handgun at close range,” Eden said.
    Police identified the woman as Mary Hawkes, the daughter of Danny Hawkes, a retired magistrate judge in Valencia County south of Albuquerque.
    Court records show Mary Hawkes had two previous run-ins with the law as an adult, one for drinking in public and another for shoplifting, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
    As a juvenile, she was charged in 2011 with attempted criminal sexual contact of a child under 13. She was convicted of a lesser battery offense and sentenced to two years of probation.
    The shooting comes just weeks after a series of sometimes violent protests against Albuquerque police, who have shot at 38 people since 2010, killing 24. Of those killed, Hawkes is the first woman.

  • Santa Fe woman killed by train identified

    SANTA FE (AP) — Police in Santa Fe have identified a bicyclist who was killed when struck by a Rail Runner passenger train over the weekend.
    Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt says 60-year-old Suzanne LeBeau of Santa Fe was killed late Saturday morning.
    Westervelt says LeBeau was riding her bike on a path parallel to Zia Road when she crossed the train tracks and was hit by the southbound train.
    The police spokeswoman says the operator blew the train’s horn multiple times and that the crossing’s signals and lights were all working properly.

  • Police Beat 04-22-14

    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.
    April 11

    3:53 p.m. — A 92-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny, (less than $250) at El Conejo.

    7:15 p.m.— Brianne Karadaema, 32, of Taos was arrested for battery against a household member in the 400 block of Ridgecrest Avenue.
    April 12

    9:56 a.m. — Moses Salazar, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police station.

    11:30 p.m. — Amy Justice, 42, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than 1 ounce) at the intersection of Central Avenue and Oppenheimer Drive.
    April 13

    12:01 a.m. —Yvette Rivera, 38, of Fairview was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant. The original charge was for shoplifting (less than $100) at San Ildefonso Road, Nov. 22, 2013, 8:16 p.m. She was also arrested on another magistrate warrant for criminal trespass, Nov. 23, 2013, 7:50 p.m.
    April 16

  • Update 04-22-14

    County Council

    Council will hold the second of its budget hearings at 7 p.m. today in council chambers in the Municipal Building.

    Dog Jog

    The 2014 Dog Jog. 8 a.m. Saturday at the White Rock United Methodist Church. $25.


     The certification and preparation of the Absentee and Election Day Voting Machines will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the County Clerk Warehouse, 1000 Central Avenue.


    * “Adventures with Ed.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. PEEC today at the Bradbury Science Museum. Jack Loeffler will give a talk on Edward Abbey.
    • Brown Bag Lecture: Terry Fox, “What I Learned from Trees and Flowers.” Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Museum.


    Book and Gift Fair. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Doctor’s Lobby Area. Benefits the LAMC Auxiliary.  

  • NNSA announces $25M grant for nonproliferation

    The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development today announced the award of a $25 million grant to a North Carolina State University-led consortium for research and development (R&D) in enabling capabilities for nonproliferation. This sizeable, long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years. The grant is in response to a funding opportunity announcement issued in May 2013.
    This grant will provide the U.S. government with cutting edge research and development to identify and address multi-disciplinary and cross-functional technology and research needs that are critical to detecting foreign nuclear weapon proliferation activities.
    Specifically, the research projects pursued by the consortium will include technologies to enhance simulation capabilities, algorithms and modeling; new test and evaluation models for detection sensors; new remote sensing capabilities; and applications of data analytics and data fusion to better characterize and detect special nuclear materials.

  • Credit card could come with benefits

    If a partnership between the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union and the Los Alamos Public Schools is successful, “charging it” could come with extra benefits.
    At a recent school board meeting, LAPS’ Chief Finance Officer John Wolfe announced to the board that the credit union is looking to start a Visa credit card that its customers could also use to make donations to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The foundation supports grants, programs and scholarships relevant to the school system.
    Matt Schmidt, CEO of the credit union, was also at the meeting, seeking the board’s approval to use the “Hilltopper” logo on the card.
    “We want to feature the school district as the primary benefactor of this card,” Schmidt said. “So therefore, I’m seeking your approval of the logo,” he said to the board.
    Customers who use the credit card, which would have the famous yellow and green “Hilltopper” logo on it, would have a choice of donating 25 cents to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation with each purchase they make.