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Richard Atencio Charged With Stealing From LANL Heads To First Judicial District Court April 3

on March 24, 2017 - 11:42am

Staff Report

Richard Atencio, 53, of Espanola is slated for a plea hearing in First Judicial District Court April 3 on larceny and tampering with evidence charges in connection with property he allegedly stole in 2015 from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The criminal complaint, filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in April 2016, indicates that the value of the property was more than $2,500 and less than $20,000.

Police records indicate Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias received a telephone call Sept.

Operation Spring Cleaning Defendants Face Judge

on March 24, 2017 - 10:13am

COURT News:

Seven people arrested Tuesday morning during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep spearheaded by the Los Alamos Police Department, had their first appearances Thursday before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

All seven defendants were released on their own recognizance with conditions that include no firearms, no alcohol or drugs, urinalysis requirements, checking in with the probation officer, not being allowed to leave the state without contacting the court, and not being allowed any contact with victims or others involved in the case.

Court Briefs

on March 23, 2017 - 3:12pm

COURT News:

Chihyeujim Kao Pleads Guitly To Assault And Battery
Chihyuejim Kao, 61, pleaded guilty to assault and battery against a family member during his arraignment in Los Alamos Magistrate Monday. Kao was arrested March 12 following a domestic disturbance at his home where according to court documents he hit the victim on the head with his palms at which point she locked herself in a room to get away. The victim told officers she hurt her ankle when she jumped to safety from a window because Kao was breaking down the door.

LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera Wins Rumble In Rio Fight To Knock Out Poverty For Kids

on March 23, 2017 - 11:32am

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera wins his charity fight by Technical Knock Out during his main event match against Santa Fe Firefighter Manny Gallegos Saturday night at Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Jordan Herrera, 8, wishes his father, Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, good luck in the ring just before his charity fight Saturday night in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera's team to 'Knock Out Poverty' shows their support just before his charity

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 15-21, 2017

on March 22, 2017 - 2:41pm

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.

KATHY GIBBONS
March 20 / Police arrested Kathy Gibbons, 55, of Los Alamos on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
NICHOLE MARSH
March 20 / Police arrested Nichole Marsh, 36, of Los Alamos and charged her with trafficking controlled substances, two charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled substance.
 
 
 
 
 
AMANDA

Zero DWI Arrests In Los Alamos Thanks To St. Patrick’s Day Buzz Bus And LAPD’s Saturation Patrols

on March 22, 2017 - 7:37am

COUNTY News:

St. Patrick’s Day 2017 was a safe one thanks to Atomic City Transit (ACT), the Los Alamos Police Department, and the Los Alamos DWI Planning Council.

The County's Buzz Bus offered safe rides 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and 59 people took advantage of this free service. Charles Flowers, the ACT supervisor on duty, remarked that “Passengers were happy the service was available for their use, but more so were very happy other people were using it because it meant no drunk drivers on the road. What a great service the County of Los Alamos provides.”

In addition, the Los Alamos Police

LAPD's Operation Spring Cleaning Nets Seven Arrests

on March 20, 2017 - 3:12pm

Staff Report

Seven people were arrested this morning during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep by Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD), which began around 7 a.m. and was the result of some four months of work by the department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone confirmed that the operation was a success and there were no injuries while taking suspects into custody at several local residences.

A news release from Cmdr. Preston Ballew says personnel from New Mexico State Police, Department of Corrections, and the U.S.

Los Alamos Police Conduct Morning Arrests

on March 20, 2017 - 9:53am

Staff Report:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone just confirmed to the Los Alamos Daily Post that several of his officers conducted an operation early this morning in which they exercised a series of warrants on local individuals.

Police made a number of arrests during the course of the operation.

Chief Sgambellone added that the Los Alamos Police Department will issue a press release later today detailing the individuals arrested and charges issued against them.

Safety Town Registration Now Open

on March 19, 2017 - 7:42am

Safety Town fire safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

Safety Town bicycle safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

Safety Town crosswalk safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Safety Town is returning to Mountain Elementary School 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 19-30. This free safety program is open to all children entering Kindergarten in the Fall or who will be five years of age by Sept. 1, 2017.

The program is limited to 80 participants and registration is being accepted at the Walkup Aquatic Center front desk or register online via WebTrac on the PROS Division’s main page

Police Issue Statewide Arrest Warrant On Second Bealls Shoplifting Suspect Stephanie Garcia

on March 16, 2017 - 4:35pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos police report that they have identified the second suspect involved in the March 9 shoplifting incident at Bealls and the hit and run case involving a silver Volvo that left a local man with minor injuries. A search warrant was obtained and executed on that Volvo, according to police. 

The name of the second shoplifting suspect is Stephanie Garcia, 31, of Espanola, (no relation to arrested suspect Ashley Garcia) and LAPD Det. Joseph Robinson has obtained a statewide arrest warrant against her for the following charges;

  • Shoplifting (4th Degree Felony)
  • Conspiracy (3rd

State Police Request Assistance Identifying Suspects

on March 15, 2017 - 5:06pm

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of these subjects is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police at 575.382.2500. Courtesy/NMSP 

NMSP News:

A First Financial Credit Union debit card was stolen from Fort Bayard Medical Center in Bayard, N.M.

This debit card was used throughout New Mexico including the following cities:
  • Santa Fe;
  • Silver City;
  • Clayton;
  • Las Vegas;
  • Truth or Consequences;
  • Williamsburg;
  • Deming;
  • Roswell; and
  • Las Cruces. 

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of these subjects is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police at 575.382.2500.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 1 To March 13, 2017

on March 15, 2017 - 11:23am

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.

ROBERT J. GARCIA

March 1 / Police arrested Robert J. Garcia, 23, of Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

 

DOLORES MONTANO

March 1 / Police arrested Dolores Montano, 66, of Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

JOSEPH CHAVEZ

March 2 / Police arrested Joseph Chavez, 27, of Hernandez on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

Los Alamos Police Take Bealls Shoplifting Suspect Ashley Garcia Into Custody

on March 13, 2017 - 11:42pm

Ashley Alexanda Garcia

Staff Report

Los Alamos police have taken shoplifting suspect Ashley Alexanda Garcia of Hernandez into custody. An LAPD spokesperson told the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening that a tip led to the arrest of Hernandez by the Rio Arriba Sheriffs Department.

Garcia, 23, was transferred to the Los Alamos Detention Facility. She is facing charges of shoplifting, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and duty to give information and render aid, in connection with an incident Thursday, March 9 at Bealls Department Store on Trinity Drive.

Update On Bealls Shoplifting Case

on March 13, 2017 - 3:32pm

Staff Report

A statewide warrant has been issued for 23-year-old Ashley Alexanda Garcia of Hernandez, on charges of shoplifting, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and duty to give information and render aid, in connection with an incident Thursday, March 9 at Bealls Department Store at 610 Trinity Dr.

LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts and Cpl. Ben Henrichs responded to Bealls after two women reportedly fled the area in a silver four-door Volvo after striking a pedestrian with their vehicle to leave the area.

Det.

Local Police Alert Residents To Latest Phone Scam

on March 13, 2017 - 3:23pm
LAPD News:
 
The Los Alamos Police Department has received multiple reports of a person calling Los Alamos citizens today claiming to be a law enforcement officer.
 
The person is lying to resident’s stating they owe court fees. The suspect also is using names of local judges and law enforcement personnel to try and persuade potential victims.
 
The Los Alamos Police Department asks residents to hang up on these types of phone calls as this method is a verified scam and Los AlamoslLaw enforcement offcials would never call citizens and demand money.

Police Seek Information About Two Female Suspects

on March 13, 2017 - 9:36am

Suspected shoplifter Ashley A. Garcia of Hernandez

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is seeking information on two females be sought

in a shoplifting incident that occurred Thursday at Bealls at 610 Trinity Dr.

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section was assigned the shoplifting case that turned dangerous when a pedestrian was struck by a fleeing suspect vehicle.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts and Cpl. Ben Hinrichs were the first to arrive and begin the investigation.

Local Police Corporal Files Claim Against Commander

on March 11, 2017 - 11:22am

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias files Tort Claim against commander and LAPD. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.xom
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Officer Files Claim; Police Union Issues List of Grievances

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias has filed a Tort Claim against Cmdr. Preston Ballew and the Los Alamos Police Department.

According to the Tort Claim, obtained Friday by the Los Alamos Daily Post, Casias asserts that Ballew intentionally battered him during an Oct. 7, 2016 meeting of several officers at the LAPD.

The claim, filed Nov.

Scenes From County’s Emergency Tabletop Exercise

on March 10, 2017 - 10:12am

Los Alamos County staff worked through an emergency tabletop exercise this morning in Council Chambers, testing its updated emergency operations plan. Courtesy photo

County Utilities Manager Tim Glasco and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone participate in this morning's exercise. Courtesy photo

From left, County employees Bryan Aragon, Chris Wilson and Dan Erickson participate in discussions during this morning's drill. Courtesy photo

Guns And Hoses Duke It Out For Charity

on March 9, 2017 - 4:55pm
Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera and Firefighter Kenny Martinez fight to knock out poverty. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
El Parasol owner Ralph Atencio, right, presents a $2,000 donation to Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera for the Rumble in Rio charity event.‘We are happy to support this worthy cause in which the proceeds go to help kids,” Atencio said. Kellie Michel of KJM Auto Body on Trinity Drive donated $200 to the event to help kids. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAPD Cmdr. Preston Ballew, left, and Fire Chief Troy Hughes urge Dep.

County Reports On Phishing Scam Concern

on March 9, 2017 - 9:20am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s email system, which is hosted as cloud-based services, was attacked in February in an apparent phishing scam. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt by email to obtain sensitive information for a malicious reason. While it is believed that the attack was contained to a single email account in the Public Works Department, the County turned the matter over to the Los Alamos Police Department for investigation. Affected employees have been notified and LAPD Investigations conducted a thorough investigation of this incident. 

The County uses multiple layers of

Ryan Barnes Cited For Assault On Local Bus Driver

on March 8, 2017 - 5:15pm

Ryan Keith Barnes

Staff Report

Ryan Keith Barnes, 39, of Los Alamos was cited for assault on an Atomic City Transit bus driver March 1 after police were called to the transit center at the intersection of Diamond Drive and East Jemez Road.

The driver reported that after he took over his route for his shift, Barnes rode the bus for several hours without getting off but never caused a problem.

When the driver told Barnes that when he arrived at the transit center, he intended to get off the bus to take a break, Barnes asked if he could smoke a cigarette on the bus.

Preliminary Hearing For Daniel Merrill March 20

on March 8, 2017 - 3:17pm

Daniel Merrill

Staff Report

A 29-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested Feb. 24 at Los Alamos Medical Center on charges of assault on a police officer and battery on a police officer during an incident in the hospital’s emergency room.

According to police incident reports, three LAPD officers responded to a report that Daniel Merrill had allegedly checked himself into the emergency room and was treated by hospital staff who reportedly gave him a prescription to be filled at a pharmacy.

Garrett Eckhart Heads To Court On Battery Charge

on March 8, 2017 - 2:31pm

Garrett Eckhart

Staff Report:

A preliminary hearing before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados is slated for March 9 for Garrett Eckhart, 35, of Los Alamos on charges of bribery of a witness, batter on a peace officer, and resisting, evading or obstructing a peace officer.

Eckhart was arrested Feb. 10 on a charge of aggravated battery after police responded to an address on Gold Street where they found a victim with injuries to his back and face. The victim was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

The new charges stem from Eckhart’s alleged return to the scene of the

Police Conduct Drill At Barranca 1-3 p.m. Today!

on March 8, 2017 - 11:09am

LAPD News:
  • This Is Just A Training Drill!

Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting training at Barranca Mesa Elementary School 1-3 p.m. today.

LAPD wants to notify all nearby residents to please disregard the increase in police presence during this time frame at the school.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 7 To Feb. 27, 2017

on March 8, 2017 - 7:50am

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.

Feb. 7 / Police arrested Danielle Staley, 27, of Los Alamos on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police booking photo unavailable.

Feb. 7 / Police arrested Clay Staley, 36, of Los Alamos on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

Feb. 9 / Police arrested Christopher R. Carmichael, 46, of Los Alamos on an outstanding District Court warrant.

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