Police wrap up some cases, others are pending

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By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos police have wrapped up a number of cases recently and others are moving forward in the judicial process. The most recent case of note involves Katrina Vigil, 25, and the death of her infant son, Grey Vigil, who was allegedly found in a closet several days after his birth. Vigil gave birth Sept. 24 and did not report it or seek medical care for herself or the newborn, according to reports.

“Emergency Room doctors at the Los Alamos Medical Center contacted us Tuesday to report a possible child abuse case,” Capt. Randy Foster said at the time.

The baby died Oct. 4. Lt. Reggie Briggle said this morning that an autopsy was performed on the infant and that detectives completed their investigation and turned their findings over to the District
Attorney’s Office last month. Calls to the DA’s office to determine possible charges in the case were not immediately returned.

In the case of Los Alamos Fire Capt. Aaron Adair charged Oct. 18 with voyeurism and tampering with evidence for allegedly placing a video camera in a paper towel dispenser in the shower area of the White Rock Sire Station. Adair waived arraignment and is set to attend a pre-trial hearing in the criminal matter in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Dec. 21.

“He remains on paid administrative leave up until an action is taken,” Los Alamos County Attorney Randy Autio said this morning, adding that an administrative personnel hearing on Adair is set for next week.

County officials have also confirmed that Driver Engineer Steve Fierro of the Los Alamos Fire Department is no longer with the department.

Last February, Fierro, 46, was charged with stealing money from a fellow firefighter following a sting operation. Fierro’s name surfaced during an investigation into a string of thefts at various local fire stations after detectives analyzed fire logs to see who was on duty when money went missing, police reported at the time.

The sting operation involved applying theft detection powder to $100 in small bills that were left in a deposit bag used by a fellow firefighter whose money had been stolen in the past. The bag was left at Fire Station 6 near the Los Alamos County Airport at a spot from which money had previously disappeared.

Briggle stated that Fierro entered the district attorney’s pre-prosecution program.

Toxicology results on both drivers are impeding final results on the case of Miranda Martinez, the Velarde woman who died in a head-on crash on East Jemez Road in August.

“Investigators have found that there was no indication of cell phone usage at the time of the crash,” Briggle said.

Former youth pastor Matthew Nichols plead guilty Oct. 16 in a child pornography case. A date for sentencing is pending.

The case of David Garcia, charged with stabbing Christian Perea in the hand on Feb. 6 ended in a mistrial late last month. Calls to the DA’s office for comment were not immediately returned.

Two cases that have been wrapped up involve  the death of local pilot Gary Cavasos who died in an airplane crash in Arizona in June. The official cause of death is reported as blunt force trauma.

The death of Jeanne Lang, found dead in her condo on Trinity Drive last spring, has officially been ruled accidental with no foul play suspected. Investigators believe that she fell down, Briggle said.