Local News

  • Truck Route crash injures one
  • Former LA resident charged in scam

    Say what you want about former Los Alamos resident Elizabeth Bateman, she was really good at her job; and that job was allegedly fooling people into believing she had cancer.

    According to an arrest warrant obtained from the Steamboat Springs, Colo. Police Department, Bateman, 34, went to great lengths trying to convince people she had cancer, including such details as shaving her head, taking saline solution injections and using a wheelchair and an oxygen tank as visual props to convince people.  

    Bateman first came to the attention of Steamboat Springs Police when a former friend, Michelle Beck, and an anonymous tip alerted police that Bateman was now using her fake battle with cancer to scam people out of thousands of dollars through a charity she set up called “Friends Through the Fight.” 

  • Mom in NM chases down child abductor; man arrested

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A mother whose 4-year-old was being abducted chased the suspect down and crashed her vehicle into his car, triggering a manhunt and the arrest of the suspect, Albuquerque police said Thursday.

    The young girl was playing in her yard at St. Anthony's Plaza Apartments in Albuquerque's North Valley about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when a group of teenagers saw the kidnapping and ran to alert the girl's mother, police said.

    The family called 911 and the mother jumped into her vehicle and gave chase for about seven miles, unaware the man had pushed the girl out of the silver Buick before fleeing the apartment complex, authorities said. The girl was found wandering nearby, uninjured, police said.

    According to police, the mother, who has not been identified, followed the suspect and finally rammed into his car near an intersection. The suspect fled on foot, police said.

    The attempted kidnapping sparked a massive manhunt Wednesday as more than two dozen officers went door-to-door in the area looking for the suspect. A helicopter with heat-sensor cameras also was sent in for the search, authorities said.

    Police arrested David Hernandez, 31, on Thursday afternoon and he was charged with kidnapping, police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said.

  • FBI seeks suspect in Pojoaque bank heist


    The FBI, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, and Pojoaque Tribal Police Department are looking for a woman who robbed a Wells Fargo bank branch in the Pueblo of Pojoaque Tuesday afternoon.

    The suspect is described as a Native American or Hispanic female, approximately 5’3” tall, with a medium to heavy build.

    She wore sunglasses, a black and white bandana around her head, a white surgical mask over her face, blue gloves, a dark hooded sweatshirt, light colored pants, and dark shoes.

    The suspect may have acne scars on her face.

  • Cleanup funding OKd by Congressional committees

    Members of the New Mexico Congressional delegations announced Wednesday that the necessary Senate and House committees have approved a reprogramming request for an additional $19 million needed to assist in maintaining the ongoing cleanup and environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “Congress’ quick approval of the $19 million we’ve been pushing for is welcome news to prevent layoffs and ensure the stability of critical nuclear waste cleanup efforts underway at LANL,” said Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “Getting funds reprogrammed is no easy task — especially with the sequester taking a toll across the nation — so I’m proud we have made progress in getting LANL the resources they need to meet legal obligations and safely dispose of the waste. The White House and Department of Energy have been very responsive to our efforts and I will continue doing everything I can to secure additional funds to get the job done.”

  • Proposed DPU Wells Draw Citizens’ Ire

    The Board of Public Utilities meeting Wednesday was punctuated with catcalls, angry diatribes and four-letter words as more than 20 White Rock residents lodged a potent protest in opposition to a plan to drill one to three water wells in their neighborhoods.

    DPU proposes digging the wells to utilize the county’s 1,200 acre-feet San Juan-Chama water allotment and secure the county’s water rights. 

    Well Site 3,   located in county open space south of Pajarito Acres — provides the greatest potential to yield the 1,200 acre-feet allotment and will be the first site tested. 

  • Raw: Damage From 200 Mph Texas Tornado

    Forecasters say the tornado that claimed six lives and destroyed dozens of homes in North Texas is believed to have had winds up to 200 mph.

  • Restaurant Inspections 05-16-13


    Santa Fe

    Kaune’s Food Town, 511 Old Santa Fe Trail 

    Date inspected: May 3

    Violations: None. 

    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required. Re-opening after remodeling.


    Santa Fe Care Center, 511 Old Santa Fe Trail 

    Date inspected: May 3

  • Raw: Child, Stroller Falls Onto Pa. Train Tracks

    Officials say a 14-month-old girl was hospitalized after a stroller fell onto elevated train tracks in Philadelphia. Surveillance video shows a woman on the platform with the girl in a stroller, which slowly rolled toward the track and fell over.

  • Today in History for May 16th