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Single Vehicle Crash Near High School

on October 19, 2017 - 5:12pm

A single vehicle crash, reported to be minor, occurred late this afternoon in front of Los Alamos High School on Diamond Drive. Courtesy photo

County Files Petition In Sherman Dog Case

on October 19, 2017 - 6:37am

COURT News:

A petition to adjudicate two dogs belonging to Leslie Sherman of White Rock as dangerous has been filed in First Judicial Court by Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart.

Sherman was charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in April with two counts of keeping an animal known to be vicious and likely to attack human beings. The charges were in connection with the Mar. 29 death of a small dog at an Acoma Lane home. At that time, Sherman’s dogs were seized and kept at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

In May, the criminal charges against Sherman were dismissed and a civil complaint

Judge Denies Dangerousness Motion In Collins Case

on October 19, 2017 - 6:26am

Tyson Collins enters the First Judicial District Courtroom of Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers Monday afternoon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 24-year-old Washington state man was granted conditions of release Monday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe despite appeals from Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist that he remain incarcerated pending trial.

Tyler Collins was charged Oct.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 11 - Oct. 16, 2017

on October 18, 2017 - 10:11am

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 against them.

JOHN CRAVEN

Oct. 11 at 1:07 p.m. / Police arrested John Craven, 35 of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

MARIA E. VALDEZ

Oct. 12 at 9:15 a.m. / Police arrested Maria E.

Sheriffs Capture Tranquilino Valencia In Colorado

on October 18, 2017 - 7:37am
NMSP News:
 
PECOS The New Mexico State Police was notified that Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 the Alamosa County Sheriff's Department in Colorado arrested Tranquilino Valencia for his outstanding warrant from his involvement in a robbery and carjacking in the Pecos area Oct. 13, 2017.
 
New Mexico State Police issued a warrant for Valencia on charges of two counts of armed robbery, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated assault, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, larceny, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and possession of a firearm by a felon. 
 

Los Alamos Resident Greg White Files Suit In New Mexico Supreme Court Against County Council

on October 17, 2017 - 5:53pm
Los Alamos resident Greg White at a council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos resident Greg White has filed a verified petition for a writ of prohibition against the Los Alamos County Council and the Incorporated County of Los Alamos with the New Mexico Supreme Court requesting that the Court exercise jurisdiction. The petition, filed Oct.17, lists Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero as an interested party.

White recently announced that he will be a candidate for sheriff in 2018.

The

County Settles Tort Claim For $4,000

on October 17, 2017 - 3:56pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A suit filed against the Los Alamos County Council, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, Ofc. David Bradshaw and Ofc. Joseph Ortega seeking damages for assault, battery and false imprisonment under the New Mexico Tort Claims Act has been dismissed and the County has agreed to pay Andrew Abeyta $4,000 in settlement.

Under the terms of the agreement, which was executed in September, Abeyta will pay all his own attorney’s costs and the County will not admit to any fault or wrongdoing.

The alleged incident occurred Dec.

New Mexico State Police Investigates Officer Involved Shooting In Belen

on October 17, 2017 - 11:17am
NMSP News:
 
BELEN  Around 8:30 a.m. Monday, a New Mexico State Police patrol officer stopped to conduct a welfare check on a black Nissan Altima parked on N.M. 60 east of mile marker 166. 
 
The vehicle, later determined to be stolen, was parked on the side of the rural highway. During the welfare check, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Mykl Chavez (28) of Belen, tried to run over the officer and the officer fired his department issued firearm. Chavez then fled from the officer and a pursuit ensued.
   
The pursuit continued onto State Road 116 until approximately mile

Rio Rancho PD Seeks Help Finding Former Los Alamos Resident Joseph Roach Missing Since December

on October 17, 2017 - 5:14am

Former Los Alamos resident Joseph Roach has been missing since December 2016. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Rio Rancho Police Det. Aaron Brown is seeking the public's assistance in finding former Los Alamos resident Joseph Roach, 31, who was reported missing in January.

Roach was last seen in Rio Rancho in late December 2016, Brown said. Friends have been posting flyers in the area as well as appeals on social media.

Brown asks that anyone with any information as to Roach's whereabouts call him at 505.891.5930. He said callers may report anonymously if they wish.

Former Los Alamos

Benson: How Do We Express Our Profound Gratitude?

on October 16, 2017 - 4:50pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

As the fires destroy, devour, and incinerate whole communities in California, as the Reel Deal shows Only the Brave, the story about the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew that saved the Valles Caldera Cabin District just weeks before they went off to die in Arizona I remember our own Los Alamos firefighters who were first on the line as they teamed with other crews from around the country to save our town during the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire.

When I was young I fought fire with the Forest Service out of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

New Mexico State Police Seek Assistance In Armed Robbery/Carjacking Investigation

on October 16, 2017 - 8:10am
Terra Silver
 
NMSP News:
 
PECOS  The New Mexico State Police is investigating an armed robbery of a male victim, which occurred at an ATM around 8 a.m. Friday in Pecos.
 
Tranquilino Louis Valencia
 
Investigators believe at least three suspects, two males and a female, were involved in this incident. One male subject, identified as Mariano Francisco Araica-Avalos, was taken into custody by State Police and interviewed.
 
The remaining two suspects, later identified as 33-year-old Tranquilino Louis Valencia and 17-year-old Terra Silva, were involved in a subsequent carjacking at a

Fatality Reported In U.S. 84/285 multivehicle Crash

on October 14, 2017 - 5:49am

Staff Report

A woman has died in the multivehicle crash Friday afternoon near Buffalo Thunder on U.S. 84/285. Several others involved in the collision were injured and transported to area hospitals, according to news reports.

The crash caused U.S. 84/285 to be shut down in both directions for hours and commuters from Los Alamos, Española and Santa Fe were directed onto frontage roads.

The accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m.

Alert: Traffic Remains At Standstill In Pojoaque

on October 13, 2017 - 9:47pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos residents are reporting that traffic is at a standstill on U.S. 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder following a multiple vehicle accident late this afternoon.

One couple told the Los Alamos Daily Post that it took them 4 hours to travel from Los Alamos to Santa Fe.

A woman said it took her an extra 45 minutes to get from Los Alamos to Pojoaque at “rush hour” today after work, but traffic from her apartment looks like it is still backed up for miles almost 2.5 hours later. It is still bumper-to-bumper southbound on all side roads and the main highway through Pojoaque.

News Alert: Traffic Backing Up On US 84/285 Near Buffalo Thunder Due To Major Vehicle Accident

on October 13, 2017 - 5:41pm

Staff Report

Police report a serious multiple vehicle crash on U.S. 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder in Pojoaque.

Ten emergency response vehicles are at the scene. Traffic is being diverted to frontage Roads.

Police anticipate lane closures in both directions are likely for several hours.

 

Officials Paint Domestic Violence Awareness Rock

on October 13, 2017 - 5:06pm

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and others turn out this morning to paint a Domestic Violence Awareness Month message on the rock on N.M. 4 in White Rock. ‘You are a hero, because you are changing the world by saying no to abuse.’ –A domestic violence abuse victim. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus helps paint a Domestic Violence Awareness Month message this morning on the rock on N.M. 4 in White Rock. Courtesy photo

The White Rock rock shares the message that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Car Collides With LAPS Truck On Diamond Drive

on October 13, 2017 - 4:09pm

No injuries are reported this afternoon at the scene of an accident in which a vehicle exiting the parking lot of the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive collided with a Los Alamos Public Schools truck. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Man Extradited To Los Alamos For Alleged Crimes Against A Child

on October 12, 2017 - 9:34pm
Tyson Collins
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tyson Collins, 24, was charged Oct. 10 with child solicitation by electronic communication device, sexual exploitation of children and criminal sexual communication with a child. The warrant was requested by Los Alamos Police Det. Matt Lyon and signed by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados July 12.

Collins was taken into custody July 26 by Centralia Police Department in Lewis County, Wash., and was finally extradited to Los Alamos last week. Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist filed a motion Oct.

Coleman Smith Appeals Municipal Court Judgment

on October 12, 2017 - 7:16am

Staff Report 

 

Attorney Marc W. Edwards has filed a notice of intent to appeal a judgment and sentencing handed down by Municipal Judge Alan Kirk to the First Judicial District Court on behalf of his client, Coleman A. Smith of Los Alamos.

Smith had pleaded not guilty but Judge Kirk found him guilty Sept. 22 of the charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and prohibited activities while driving.

On the DUI charge, Smith received a sentence of 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 10, 2017

on October 11, 2017 - 1:37pm

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 against them.

DESIREE NITZ

Oct. 10 at 12 a.m. / Los Alamos police arrested Desiree Nitz, 27, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

TYSON M. COLLINS

Oct. 10 at 9:04 p.m. / Los Alamos police arrested Tyson M. Collins, 24, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Appeals Court Sends Mallory Case To General Calendar

on October 11, 2017 - 1:07pm

Staff Report

 

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has assigned the case of Scott Mallory to the general calendar. A decision by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington May 18 to suppress evidence found on Scott Mallory’s computer was appealed by the District Attorney’s office after Judge Ellington ruled that Mallory’s spousal privilege was violated and information on his computer and any statements made by Mallory to police were to be suppressed.

 

Mallory was arrested by Los Alamos Police Department in January 2016 and charged with sexual exploitation of children under 18 years by

Los Alamos Police Hire Victim Assistant

on October 11, 2017 - 12:39pm
By Chief Dino Sgambellone
Los Alamos Police Department

As the Los Alamos Police Department participates in bringing recognition to October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month, we would also like to extend our welcome to our newest addition to the department, the Victim Assistant.

The Victim Assistant acts as a liaison for victims, providing services to support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, dating violence and other related issues. The Victim Assistant provides support to the victims of crimes with information about the options available to them.

LAPD Releases Sketch Of Robbery Suspect

on October 11, 2017 - 11:14am

Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to call L.A Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282 or LAPD dispatch at 505.662.8222 and ask to speak to Det. Joey Robinson. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identity of a male suspect in a robbery that occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Smith’s Marketplace, 751 Trinity Dr. 

The suspect is described as Hispanic, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall, and possibly 25-30 years of age.

A witness observed the male suspect leave in a vehicle that was a dark colored full-size 4-door pickup that

Los Alamos County Files Petition For Cease And Desist Against Sheriff

on October 6, 2017 - 2:58pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL 
Los Alamos Daily post 

Los Alamos County has asked the First Judicial District Court to issue a temporary restraining order requiring local Sheriff Marco Lucero to cease and desist from enforcing state law and County ordinances.

In a verified petition for a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction and permanent injunction filed Oct.

Family Council Boots & Badges Fall Ball Nov. 11

on October 5, 2017 - 9:09am

Los Alamos Family Council Executive Director Joy Beery, seated, and Counseling Center Program Director Cheryl Pongratz Tuesday morning at LAFC on Nectar and 15th. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos Family Council (LAFC) is raising money to provide crisis intervention services to those in need throughout the region and at the same time pay tribute to local police, firefighters and veterans.

LAFC is hosting a dinner, dance and auction fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Veteran’s Day, Nov.

Man Charged In Alleged Incident At Camp May

on October 4, 2017 - 8:28pm
Police arrest Sachin Pandey, 31, of Los Alamos Tuesday morning near LANB and charged him with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit a felony – sexual assault stemming from an incident Sept. 24 at Camp May. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sachin Pandey, 31, of Los Alamos was taken into custody Tuesday by the Los Alamos Police Department and charged with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit a felony – sexual assault.

An arrest warrant was issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados

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