Public Safety

  • Sheriff is named to N.M. oversight board

    Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero was given a key appointment by the governor’s office Wednesday.
    Lucero, who won his second term in office last November, was named by Gov. Susana Martinez to the State Search and Rescue Review Board. Lucero’s appointment was one of many announced by the governor Wednesday.
    “I am honored that our governor selected our small town sheriff to be a part of this vitally important and active board,” Lucero said.
    The Search and Rescue Review Board is a governor-appointed board tasked with evaluating the operation of the state’s Search and Rescue Plan, evaluating problems on specific missions and making recommendations to state authorities.
    The board is comprised of nine individuals, including representatives from New Mexico’s departments of public safety, health, the Emergency Services Council and a member of the state’s Sheriff’s Association, among others.
    Lucero said the board is key in reporting to the governor’s office recommendations having to do with resources and effectiveness of state search and rescue operations.
    Lucero has been the county sheriff since he was first elected in 2010. He has been a licensed law enforcement officer since 1988.

  • Police catch man accused of ID theft

    In an age where surveillance cameras can track your every move, it didn’t take Los Alamos Police Department long to catch up to Jeremiah Martinez.
    In January, Martinez, a resident of Albuquerque, thought he’d start the year off by shopping not only for himself, but possibly a special someone who is also into Yoga, according to court documents.
    After entering a Circle K convenience store on Paseo del Norte in Albuquerque, Martinez proceeded to snatch up two packs of a “Budweiser brand beverage.” After that, he also took out $40 cash from a nearby ATM (plus $2.50 service fee). He then went online and bought some womens lingerie and some “Yoga Stirrup Tights.”
    By the time Martinez was done with his spree, the total bill came to $1,175.55.
    According to court documents, Martinez had no intention of paying for his spree, however, as he used the identity of a Los Alamos resident to pay for his shopping excursion.
    Local police were able to track Martinez to Albuquerque through surveillance video obtained from Circle K, as well through the address he had the items from Victoria’s Secret shipped to in Albuquerque. Police caught up to Martinez after staking out that address.

  • Lucero appointed by governor to state board

    Marco Lucero of Los Alamos has been appointed to the State Search and Rescue Review Board, the office of the governor announced today.

    Lucero, the Los Alamos County Sheriff, won his second term in 2014. He has been a law enforcement officer since 1988.

    Lucero, a Democrat, was one of numerous appointments Governor Susana Martinez, a Republican, announced today on several statewide boards and commissions.

  • Police stop suspect from seriously injuring himself

    Recently, police saved a suspect allegedly involved in a domestic dispute from seriously injuring himself shortly after he was taken into custody.
    William R. Garrett, 30, of Los Alamos, was arrested in April for allegedly threatening a family member, shortly after he was released from the Los Alamos Detention Center for an alleged prior drug possession and drug paraphernalia possession charges, as well as various alleged motor vehicle violations.
    According to court documents, Garrett, once he was released from the jail April 14, contacted a family member and told this person he wanted to see them. When the family member told him that he could not come over, Garrett allegedly became irate.
    The family member told police that Garrett had said to her that he was “going to break the door down and hurt me.” Police also noted that the family member was “visibly shaking” over the encounter and that she had been crying.
    Police helped the family member fill out a restraining order and left the member’s residence.
    A short time later, police received a call from the same family member, who reported to police that Garrett this time allegedly “threatened to go to his car, get his gun and shoot (this person).”

  • Police Beat 6-5-15

    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.

    May 28

    9:20 a.m. - Jeremiah Morris, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested through a municipal court warrant in the 700 block of Trinity Drive.

    9:05 p.m. – Johnell Romero, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for shoplifting (more than $100, less than $250) in the 700 block of Trinity Drive.

    9:05 p.m. – Steve Sanchez, 36, of Chimayó was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the 700 block of Trinity Drive.

    May 29

    9:33 a.m. – A 41-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police criminal damage to her property at the corner of Lubbock Road and Pajarito Road.

    May 30

    10:31 p.m. – Vanessa Chacon, 34, of Española was arrested for driving while intoxicated at the corner of East Drive and Tewa Loop.

    June 1

    10:10 a.m. – A 77-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police her Myrtle Street house was burglarized.

    June 2

  • Fire safety event will be June 12

    American Red Cross volunteers will be on North Mesa June 12 to help promote fire safety.
    At that event, Red Cross volunteers and volunteers from the Vecinos program of Los Alamos National Laboratory will be offering free smoke alarms, map escape routes and will be sharing fire prevention tips.
    The volunteer work is being done in Tsikimu Village, partially in response to the fire that destroyed a home in the area last month.
    “When fire breaks out in your home, you have about two minutes to get out to safety,” said Scott Keyes, American Red Cross community preparedness and resilience manager for the Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso Region. “A working smoke alarm and an escape plan are critical. The Red Cross is committed to getting working smoke alarms into people’s homes, and helping them think
    through an escape plan for all family members.”
    Those wanting to participate can also have their home alarms checked to ensure they are in proper working order.
    Along with smoke detector checks, volunteers will also share fire safety information with residents, such as cooking and heating tips and the need to create and practice a fire escape plan.
    The program is part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness campaign which
    kicked off in October 2014.

  • Heroin possession case goes to court

    A Santa Cruz man who was arrested back in February with more than two ounces of heroin in his possession will have his case go to district court, according to court documents.
    In February, Celso Ramos, 37, was arrested by police after he and a 29-year-old woman, Deanna Doss, were investigated for suspicious activity in a White Rock neighborhood.
    According to police, the Ramos and Doss were observed by witnesses walking up and down driveways in a neighborhood in White Rock.
    When police searched them, they found four loaded syringes filled with heroin in Ramos’ backpack. Ramos was charged with trafficking in controlled substances, (possess with intent to distribute, narcotic or meth, first offense), possession of a controlled substance, (felony narcotic drug) and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
    As of press time, Ramos’ court date has not been determined. If Ramos gets the maximum penalties for all three counts, he could be facing up to 10 years in jail and fines totaling up to $15,000
    Doss was already sentenced by the court, having been charged with attempted trafficking (by possession with intent to distribute).
    While being processed at the detention center, police found 1.8 grams of heroin and two bags of heroin, weighing a total of 9.5 grams.

  • Cougar is spotted on Friday

    A cougar was sighted near El Gancho Street close to Guaje Pines Cemetery Friday night.
    Police are urging those with pets and small children to take precautions.
    It was unknown whether the cougar that was sighted was the same one Game and Fish officials are looking for. Traps were set up near Los Alamos Airport to try to snare a cougar that killed two dogs earlier this month and attacked other dogs.

  • Police Beat 5-29-15

    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.

    May 21
    5:57 p.m. — A 44-year-old man was reported by police to be the victim of car burglary on N.M. 4.

    May 22
    10:30 a.m. — Mitchell Daly, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at the 1000 block of Central Avenue.

    2:20 p.m. — A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) in the 2000 block of Canyon Road.

    4:30 p.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy was arrested for battery upon a police officer at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

    May 23
    12:08 p.m. — A 50-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police her vehicle was hit while it was unattended on North Mesa Road.

    2:28 p.m. — Nathan McDowell, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested for hitting an unattended vehicle with his car in the 600 block of North Mesa Road.

  • State sets traps near airport

    Game and Fish officers were busy Wednesday laying down snares for the cougar which is believed to be responsible for no less than three separate attacks on dogs this month, two of which resulted in death.
    Dan Williams of the department said officers are reasonably certain the attack have all come from the same animal, based on footprints found at the scene of the attacks and the animal’s behavior.
    Cougars, according to Game and Fish, also tend to be very territorial and it’s unlikely more than one cougar is in the area, although it could possibly be a mother and her cubs.
    The traps are foot snares which have been placed near the airport communities where the attacks have occurred. They have been placed behind fenced areas where humans and pets are unlikely to venture.
    Williams also said the snares, which resemble nooses lying on the ground, wouldn’t be likely to catch anything other than cougars, as they’re designed with a cougar’s foot structure in mind.
    “We’re cooperating with the local police and the county sheriff,” he said. “Those snares pose very little threat to humans or pets in the area.”