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Cajete Fire Investigation Targets Abandoned Campfire Violator And Unauthorized Drone Operator

on June 22, 2017 - 4:53pm
Trees ravaged in the Cajete Fire caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com
 
Cajete Fire devastation caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEIL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When some 40 residents of Jemez Mountain communities attended their final meeting with Cajete Fire officials Tuesday night in La Cueva, they expressed relief and gratitude for the containment of the fire without loss of human life, animals or damage to homes.

LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris Expresses Appreciation To New Mexico ICAC Task Force

on June 22, 2017 - 4:47pm
Cmdr. Oliver Morris 
 
By Maire O’Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

 
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris expressed his appreciation Tuesday for the dedication and determination of members of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
 
Cmdr. Morris’s comments followed the conviction of a Los Alamos man, David Rael, Monday on five counts of sexual exploitation of children resulting from an ICAC investigation.
 
Morris was the law enforcement case lead and testified during the June 15-16 trial as well as former Special Agent Lance Fails, Albuquerque Police Det. C.J.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 18-20, 2017

on June 22, 2017 - 4:32pm

LAPD News: 

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.​

CARLOS L. TRUJILLO 
 

June 18 / Carlos L. Trujillo, 20, of Santa was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction.

 
 
 
 
 
PAUL F. GEISIK 
 
June 18 / Paul F. Geisik, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

 

 

 

 

COLEMAN SMITH 
 
June 19 / Coleman Smith, 60, of Los Alamos was arrested on a Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

 

Man With Gun At Smith's: Legal Details Matter

on June 22, 2017 - 4:27pm
By KHALIL J. SPENCER
Los Alamos 

The other day, the Daily Post carried a short story about a man being reported to the police for having a gun in Smith's (link). Although I'm pretty sure that even hate tatoos are protected by the First Amendment, and it turns out it was a pellet gun, its understandable that this gentleman raised suspicion but the bigger issue here is the law and there is state law that addresses this specific situation.

Thinking only of the supermarket part of the store, I was wondering what actually happened as the Daily Post story was short on details.

Community Honors Undersheriff John N. Horne

on June 22, 2017 - 9:12am

A long line of law enforcement vehicles follow the remains of Los Alamos County Undersheriff John N. Horne Wednesday morning to Calvary Chapel on North Mesa Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Law enforcement honor guard salute as the remains of Undersheriff John N. Horne arrive Wednesday morning at Calvary Chapel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Sheriff Marco Lucero at Calvary Chapel Wednesday prior to services for Los Alamos County Undersheriff John N. Horne. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Honor guards stand at attention as the remains of Undersheriff John N.

Public Addressing: Can Emergency Responders Find You In An Emergency?

on June 21, 2017 - 4:37pm

COUNTY News:

It’s a serious matter facing communities across the country - and Los Alamos is no different: numerous homes and businesses are poorly marked or not marked at all with their street address, making it a real challenge for emergency services to answer a call for assistance.

The Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments are working together to provide the community with education that can help remedy the situation this summer, while the weather is nice and property owners are making outdoor improvements.

Think your home is already marked adequately? Try this simple test:

Stand at

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Wardlow Herrera To Fight In 911 Rumble At Buffalo Thunder Saturday

on June 21, 2017 - 7:54am

LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, wins his match against Manny Gallegos during a charity fight in March in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera with his son Jordan following his winning fight in March at Rumble in Rio in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos
 

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera will put his gloves on again Saturday night at Buffalo Thunder for 911 Rumble, a charity boxing event to raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs in Northern New Mexico.

Search And Rescue Mission For Paris Shane Wallace

on June 20, 2017 - 7:47am
NMSP News:
 
TAOS – On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, New Mexico State Police officers were contacted by Mitzi Wallace of Clifton, Colo., who wanted to report her husband was missing. She stated her husband, Paris Shane Wallace, 52, had gone hiking in the Espanola/Taos area. Her last contact with him was around 11:30 a.m. the day prior, June 13. She stated she expected him to be home June 14.
 
Mitzi Wallace stated that her husband had checked into The Roadway Inn in Espanola. She had called the hotel asking if they could check his room to see if there was any sign of him.

Scenes From Safety Town At Mountain Elementary

on June 19, 2017 - 9:21pm

Mountain Elementary School Principal Jennifer Guy and Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone check in participants at Safety Town this morning. Safety Town’s mission is to provide the opportunity for students entering kindergarten to learn about safety in their school, community and neighborhood. They will learn strategies to keep themselves safe and have opportunities to practice basic safety procedures in new situations including fire safety, bicycle safety, animal safety, gun safety, stranger safety, pedestrian safety, bus safety and drug safety. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Judge Finds David Rael Guilty On All Counts

on June 19, 2017 - 5:18pm

David Rael is handcuffed and taken into custody today for transportation to the New Mexico Corrections Department for a 60-day evaluation prior to sentencing. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers takes the bench today to announce her verdict. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer found David Rael of Los Alamos guilty today of three counts of sexual exploitation of children – manufacture, one count of sexual exploitation of children –

Los Alamos Police Respond To Call Of Man With Gun At Smith's ... Arrest Gary Johnson Of Arizona Covered In Hate Group Tattoos

on June 19, 2017 - 4:56pm

Los Alamos Police arrest Gary Johnson of Arizona this afternoon after responding to a call that a man had a gun at Smith's Marketplace. Johnson had left Smith's in his black pickup and police spotted him and pulled him over near 15th Street and Trinity Drive. From left, Cpl. David Boe, Chief Dino Sgambellone and Det. Daniel Roberts speak with Johnson and determine that he possessed a pellet gun and was driving on a suspended license.

Car Crashes Into Metal Fence Near NMB&T Thursday

on June 16, 2017 - 5:58pm

A woman appeared to be unharmed after crashing into this metal fence Thursday morning between New Mexico Bank & Trust and Subway sandwich shop at 1370 Central Ave. She told officers at the scene that her gas pedal got stuck on carpet and she couldn't stop. Her front tire came to rest on the hood of a black suv parked below. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A.

NMSP: Operation Roadcheck 2017 Issues Over 270 Citations, Removes 62 Drivers, Makes Six Arrests

on June 16, 2017 - 10:31am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police offocers participated in the 2017 International Roadcheck Operation. Over the 72-hour period of June 6-9, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in New Mexico and surrounding jurisdictions throughout North America conducted inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.
 
Over the duration of the operation New Mexico State Police CVSA certified Inspectors screened more than 7,000 vehicles, completed 1,643 inspections, and put 338 vehicles out of service for an array of violations.

David Rael Trial Ends: Verdict Monday

on June 16, 2017 - 9:25am

Det. C.J. Brown, left, chats with Assistant Attorney General Jason Yamato outside the courtroom during the trial of David Rael in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Special Agent Owen Pena, left, talks to Assistant Attorneys General Jason Yamato and Celedonia Munoz. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The non-jury trial of David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos ended Thursday afternoon in Santa Fe and First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer will announce her verdict at 12:15 p.m. Monday.

Car Hits Fence Thursday On Diamond Drive

on June 16, 2017 - 9:12am

Los Alamos Police and Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident late Thursday afternoon at Diamond Drive and Urban. No details of the cause of the accident were immediately available. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

After first responders left the scene the vehicle remained at the scene. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Lisa Brenner And Son File Suit Against County

on June 16, 2017 - 8:11am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner and her son, Patrick Brenner, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment ordering production of copies of emails sent or received May 15 by Los Alamos County Councilors. The suit is against Los Alamos County Council and its Designated Custodian of Public Records Barb Ricci.

The Brenners’ attorney is A. Blair Dunn of Western Agriculture, Resource and Business Advocates and the case has been assigned to First Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton. The suit indicates Patrick Brenner emailed Ricci at 5:30 p.m.

Police Charge David Byron Lawrence With Assault And Property Damage Following Alleged Drunken Rampage

on June 16, 2017 - 6:59am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

David Byron Lawrence, 54, was charged with assault against a household member and criminal damage to property of a household member when he was arrested June 6.

Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Robert Larsen was notified of a domestic dispute in progress and when he arrived at Lawrence’s residence, two women told him Lawrence was drunk and “got crazy”. On entering the residence, Larsen observed that the front window was broken, and there was a pair of broken glasses on the kitchen table belonging to one of the women.

Damian Herrera Arrested On Five Counts Of Murder

on June 16, 2017 - 6:46am

Damian Herrera

NMSP News:

ESPANOLA -- At approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Department dispatch received a 911 call regarding a shooting that occurred at SR 111 Private Drive 1695, House # 1 in La Madera, Rio Arriba County.

Based on statements and through investigation, it was learned that the suspect, Damian Herrera, had shot and killed his mother, stepfather and brother in what appears to be a domestic dispute.

Herrera's mother has been identified as Maria Rosita Gallegos, 49. His stepfather is identified as Max Trujillo Sr., 55, and his brother is identified as

News Alert: Fire In The Jemez, LAPD Closing Back Gate

on June 15, 2017 - 12:38pm

LAPD News: 

As a result of a fire in the Jemez, the Los Alamos Police Department just announced they are closing the back gate, located at N.M. 4 and East Jemez Road. 

 

 

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Update: Police Seek Help Locating Ramon Acosta

on June 15, 2017 - 8:53am

Ramon Manuel Acosta

UPDATE: Ramon Acosta was located by the Espanola Police Department last night and taken into custody.

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Officers are searching for a 36-year-old male named Ramon Manuel Acosta.

Acosta fled from a crash scene on foot into the canyon south of Camino Cereza at approximately 4:30 p.m. today. He has an active warrant for a probation violation stemming from a robbery charge.

Acosta also has a criminal history of armed robbery and aggravated assault. He is 5’ 6” tall and 140 lbs. with brown eyes and brown hair.

LAPD Reminds Community To Follow Dog Ordinance

on June 15, 2017 - 7:47am

Los Alamos Police Department Animal Control Division Public Safety Aide Alysha Lenderman with Santos, a dog she rescued from Honduras. Santos is available for adoption at the Animal Shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

A rash of recent attacks by unleashed dogs on humans and other dogs has spurred the Los Alamos Police Department to remind people of the provisions of the Los Alamos Municipal Code and the New Mexico Dangerous Dog Act.

“We have had several incidents in the past few months and people need to recognize how dangerous it

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 7-12, 2017

on June 14, 2017 - 4:06pm
LAPD News:
 
The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.
 
Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.
 
 
MONICA L. COOPER

June 7 / Monica L. Cooper, 50, of White Rock was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JESSE DANIEL CURRIE

June 12 / Jesse Daniel Currie, 20, of Jemez Springs was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

District Court Trial Begins For David Rael Of Los Alamos

on June 14, 2017 - 3:05pm
David Rael, left, and his attorney Marc Edwards this morning in the First Judicial District Courtroom in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris in the courthouse ahead of testifying in the non-jury trial of David Rael this morning in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The non-jury trial of David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos began Wednesday morning in Santa Fe before Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

Rael is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children – manufacture, one count

New LAPD Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer Is Sworn In Today At Magistrate Court

on June 14, 2017 - 3:03pm

New Los Alamos Police Department Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer is sworn in this morning in Magistrate Court. Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, and Chief Dino Sqambellone joined other officers and guests at the ceremony. Courtesy photo

Newly sworn LAPD Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer signs documents this morning in Magistrate Court as Judge Pat Casados looks on at right. Courtesy photo

Udall On Shooting At Congressional Baseball Practice

on June 14, 2017 - 9:14am
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise
 
U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement on the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.:

“Jill and I are praying for Congressman Scalise, my colleagues, their staff, and the heroic Capitol Police officers affected by today’s tragic shooting.

“I want to extend my deepest thanks to the brave first responders on the scene, and I join the entire Congress and country in wishing a speedy recovery for all those injured in this horrific event.

Scalise was shot today at a Republican Party

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