Public Safety

  • LAFD to host wildfire presentation

    Step over the wall in your backyard and like it or not, you’re instantly in what hikers euphemistically call the “backcountry,” that category of land that when stuff happens to it, whether that be fire or flood, you end up being impacted somehow.
    At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Los Alamos Fire Department will be making a presentation at the Mesa Public Library in rooms two and three to show what they’re doing to protect you when the wilderness decides to turn on you.
    Heading up the discussion will be Wildland Division Chief Ramon Garcia and Los Alamos Fire Department Chief Troy Hughes.
    According to Garcia, the Wildland Division was recently created by Hughes to specifically deal with these types of issues. the two will also talk about Los Alamos’ wildfire history, which includes the Cerro Grande wildfire, 2000; the Las Conchas wildfire, 2011 and the Thompson Ridge wildfire of 2012.
    “I’m going to talk about the U.S. Forest Service, as well as briefly about the wildfires that happened in Los Alamos County over the past 60, 70 years,” Garcia said. “I’m also going to talk about what we learned from these fires.”

  • LAPD chief: drug use is rampant

    At a forum Wednesday night about illegal drugs in the community, held at the Duane Smith Auditorium, one thing became abundantly clear: Los Alamos is awash in illicit drugs.
    The forum was organized by Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and the Los Alamos Police Department. It featured various community members and experts speaking about their experiences.
    Those included Sgambellone, Linda Peña, a parole officer in Los Alamos County, Dr. Sara Pasqualoni, a parent, and Matthew Weinman, a teacher’s aide who spoke to the audience about his struggles with drug addiction.
    While residents commended the speakers for sharing their experiences and advice, many wanted to know what is being done to curb access to illegal drugs, especially in the school system.
    One of the more frightening facts to come out of the discussion was that cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, marijuana and powerful painkillers such as oxycontin are readily available.

  • Police Beat 10-24-14

    Oct. 16
    9:38 a.m. — Police reported that an 18-year-old Española teen was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) on Trinity Drive.

    Oct. 17
    9:13 a.m. — Police reported that a 13-year-old Los Alamos teen was the victim of child solicitation by electronic communication device on Orange Street.

    8:43 p.m. — A 40-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at 38th Street.

    11:58 p.m. — Patricia MacMillan, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction in the 1000 block of 11th Street.

    Oct. 18
    4:45 a.m. — Marlena Rohloff, 39, of Los Alamos was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction in the 800 block of 9th Street.

    Oct. 19
    12:50 p.m. — Percy Trujillo, 63 of Chimayo was arrested through a Los Alamos Magistrate Court Warrant in the 30 block of Rover Boulevard.

    7:23 p.m. — Ricky Vigil, 30, of Santa Fe was arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the intersection of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4.

    8:32 p.m. — A 20-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of breaking and entering at Arroyo Lane.

  • Cone Zone 10-22-14

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    The library driveway was scheduled for paving Friday; however, the driveway remains closed through Wednesday.
     Once the library driveway is open, likely around 6:30 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, the contractor will close Bathtub Row at Central AND Central from just east of Oppenheimer to 20th Street. During this closure, access to the Reel Deal Theater and the library will be provided from eastbound Central. Access to Bathtub Row will be from Peach Street.
     (Directions starting from westbound Central: right at 15th, left at Nectar which turns into Peach Street, then left onto Bathtub Row. Directions starting from eastbound Canyon: left at Rose, left at Peach, and a quick right onto Bathtub Row). This closure will remain in place for approximately two weeks. Expect intermittent flagging operations at the Central and 20th intersection; in order to avoid delays, use alternate routes whenever possible.
    Once Bathtub Row is open, the library driveway will need to close one more time to complete remaining concrete work. Due to weather delays, substantial completion is expected on Friday, Nov. 7.
    Western Area Improvements Phase 2:
    Expect the contractor to be working on punch list items and general clean up throughout the project area.
    Sound Wall between Tewa Loop and Airport Road:

  • LAFD releases Ebola plan

    The Los Alamos Fire Department has just come out with a specific, outlined response to Ebola, if it should ever happen in Los Alamos.
    In a press release issued Tuesday by the fire department, officials outlined a rough plan of what residents should be aware of and what they should do in the event they think they, or someone else, has it.
    “If you become ill, and are experiencing flu like symptoms, have traveled to Africa or have had contact with a Ebola patient, please call 911, follow their directions and inform the dispatcher that you may be infected,” said a statement in the release.
    The LAFD is also telling residents that if they do tell 911 they may have Ebola and need medical attention, don’t be surprised to see them coming to your door in “personal protection equipment” which may include a mask and a gown.
    “LAFD personnel will respond to each call with caution. Residents may see them in a mask and gown, with several layers of PPE if an Ebola infection is suspected on a call,” according to a statement in the LAFD’s press release.
    LAFD also said that residents should also keep an eye on the “big picture” and keep things in perspective.

  • Collision on N.M. 502

    Two drivers got into a fender bender on N.M. 502 West Tuesday morning. Police reported no serious injuries, although one driver complained of pain resulting in airbag deployment. Deputies from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the Honda will be cited, though they weren’t ready to specify for what.

  • Drug abuse talk set for Wednesday

    A drug awareness presentation will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
     The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is designed to raise awareness of illicit drugs and drug abuse within the community.
    Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone will moderate the presentation which will include additional speakers from the community.

  • LAPD releases crime statistics

    Last week, Los Alamos police chief Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics through the third quarter of 2014 which were compiled by the Records Division of the Los Alamos Police Department.
    Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property (property crime). Both of these categories are referred to as Part I offenses or crimes.
    Violent crime is comprised of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crime is comprised of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft.
    During the first nine months of 2014, officers responded to a total of 166 Part I Offense complaints, which represents a 10 percent increase as compared to 151 offenses during the same period in 2013.
    The violent crime decreased from 36 offenses in 2013 to 34 offenses in 2014, a 6 percent decrease. Property crime increased 15 percent, from 115 in 2013 to 132 in 2014.
    Sgambellone said the increases in property crime continue to be attributable to vehicles and homes that are left unsecured.  

  • Officials: Stay vigilant, aware about Ebola virus, but don’t panic

    Unfortunately, living high atop a mesa doesn’t isolate Los Alamos from the current Ebola virus crisis, especially when the town you live in is home to a national laboratory, with people coming and going from all regions of the country and from all over the world 24 hours a day.
    However, don’t go shopping for a hazmat suit and a barbed wire fence just yet.
    Health and safety experts in Los Alamos, as well as the state say people should be vigilant and aware, but don’t go into panic mode. The odds are more in favor of you getting this season’s flu than Ebola.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal agency tasked with monitoring and preventing outbreaks of deadly diseases on the domestic front, as well as the international front, there are specific preconditions involved in spreading the disease. The first victim in the infection chain has to come in contact with an infected animal. From human to human, a person has to come in direct contact with bodily fluids from another human to become infected. Bodily fluids include blood, semen, mucus, sweat, feces, vomit and breast milk.

  • Gov directs DOH to direct Ebola plan

     Governor Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan to be ready in the unlikely event there is an Ebola case diagnosed in New Mexico. DOH will coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan between state agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), as well as local governments, hospitals, and healthcare providers throughout the state to ensure New Mexico is ready to handle any potential cases of Ebola.
    “The risk of New Mexicans contracting Ebola is very, very low, but I want to assure everyone that we are taking the necessary steps to prepare for the unlikely event of cases in New Mexico,” said Martinez. “The Department of Health and the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are monitoring developments very closely, and our Emergency Operation Center can be activated within minutes, if necessary.”