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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

Great Firewall Of China Closes Loopholes

on October 13, 2017 - 3:45pm
RWB News:
 
In the months prior to the Communist Party of China’s 19th Congress, which begins Oct. 18, President Xi Jinping has been deploying a major arsenal of repressive measures against online social networks with the aim of perfecting the “Great Firewall” that censors the Internet in China.
 
Just weeks ahead of the Congress, which is expected to renew Xi’s mandate for another five years, the US encrypted messaging app WhatsApp suddenly began malfunctioning in China, in a sign that a new turning-point had been reached in the Party’s censorship.

FBI: David A. Hickman Pleads Guilty To Using Fire Or Explosives To Damage Or Destroy Buildings

on October 13, 2017 - 9:33am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  David A. Hickman, 28, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty in Federal Court to five counts of damaging and destroying buildings used in interstate commerce by fire or explosive. 
 
Although Hickman pled guilty to five arson counts, in his plea agreement, Hickman acknowledged igniting arson fires that damaged or destroyed nine businesses engaged in interstate commerce in Albuquerque between Nov. 16, 2016 and Nov. 26, 2106. The plea agreement includes a recommendation that Hickman be sentenced to a term of imprisonment within the range of five to 20 years. 
 

NMDOT Is Ready For Winter Weather

on October 13, 2017 - 8:08am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Department of Transportation crews are prepared to clear the roads and highways as the state begins to experience the winter weather season. Last year, NMDOT crews removed snow and ice from over a million pass miles.
 
“Our crews across the state are ready to respond to winter weather so we can keep the traveling public safe,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “If you must get behind the wheel during winter weather conditions please take the necessary precautions and give our crews plenty of room to do their job.

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.

LAFD Elite Combat Challenge Team Reaches High

on October 12, 2017 - 9:00am

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver-Engineer Gregg Hecathorn opens the hood on the Department's burn car prop while demonstrating how firefighters extinguish vehicle fires during a training demonstration Monday for the community. Hecathorn normally drives and runs the truck's pump panel but opted to ‘play’ a little. He is a member of the LAFD Firefighter Combat Challenge Team. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Combat Challenge Team members, from left, Aron Williams, Kevin Kamplain, Gregg Hecathorn, David Apodaca and John Bialy after taking third

Luján Calls On FCC To Reject Threat To Revoke NBC’s Broadcast License

on October 12, 2017 - 8:30am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after President Trump suggested in a tweet that the government should “challenge” the broadcast licenses for NBC and other network outlets:
 
“I am both shocked and disappointed that President Trump today suggested the revocation of a major network’s broadcast license because he doesn’t like the negative light in which he has been portrayed in their newscasts.

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller Leads Nation In Shining Light On Unspent Government Funds

on October 12, 2017 - 8:06am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller announced that New Mexico is leading the nation in shining light on unspent funds throughout government.
 
The New Jersey Legislature passed legislation requiring its State Auditor to annually report on state account balances, modeled after the annual Fund Balance Report that the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor (OSA) has produced for the last three years.
  
The OSA’s Fund Balance Report compiles data from annual financial audits to shine a light on millions of dollars of state resources that are tied

FBI Offers $1,000 For Information On Suspicious Death On Navajo Nation

on October 12, 2017 - 7:56am
Alan Jim died of suspicious causes. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information regarding the suspicious death of Alan Jim of the Navajo Nation.
 
Feb. 7, 2017, Jim’s body was found in the southbound lane of County Road 7900, approximately 6.3 miles south of Highway 550 in the Chaco Canyon area of New Mexico.
 
Autopsy results indicate Jim died of blunt force trauma to his head and upper body. Anyone with information regarding this death is asked to contact the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office at 505.889.1300.
 
The Navajo Nation Division of

Public Input Requested For ADA Transition Plan

on October 12, 2017 - 7:54am

The Los Alamos County Public Works Department is developing an ADA transition plan. The plan's initial focus includes sidewalks and curb ramps. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

 

The Los Alamos County Public Works Department is seeking the public’s input on its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan.

 

In March, Wilson & Company, an engineering firm from Albuquerque, was hired by the County to assemble the plan. A first draft of the plan was presented to the Transportation Board during its Oct.

Facebook Scam Alert: AG Warns New Mexicans Of New Financial Scams

on October 12, 2017 - 7:53am
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued a Scam Alert to warn unsuspecting New Mexicans to beware sharing private personal or financial information over Facebook because a variety of scams are victimizing New Mexicans. As with all scams, prevention is the key to protecting your finances and personal information.
 
“Even though people can appear friendly on Facebook,” Balderas warned, “getting to ‘know’ someone on Facebook is rarely safe.

AG Balderas Announces Resignation Of APS School Board Member Analee Maestas

on October 12, 2017 - 7:38am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that Analee Maestas resigned from her position with the Albuquerque Public School Board, effective immediately.
 
“Sept. 28, 2017, I served a legal demand, asking Board Member Maestas to resign from her position in light of ongoing investigations related to fiscal mismanagement and because all public officials in the State of New Mexico have the duty to treat their position as a public trust,” Balderas said.

NMED Confirms 'Boil Water Advisory' Issued By Mora Inn And RV Park Water System

on October 12, 2017 - 7:35am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department's (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming a required "boil water advisory" for the Mora Inn and RV Park Water System in Mora County.
 
Mora Inn and RV Park Water System was required to issue the advisory Monday after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system. Mora Inn and RV Park Water System is required to notify their water system users of this finding.
 
Mora Inn and RV Park Water System is a non-transient non-community public

Scenes From LAFD Station 4 Open House

on October 12, 2017 - 7:28am

Daisy Scouts from Troop 10074 participate in activities planned for them at an open house Wednesday evening at Los Alamos Fire Department Station 4 on Diamond Drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Iris Polski tries the driver's seat for size in a fire truck Wednesday evening at LAFD Station 4. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Two and a half year old Robby Minotti gets busy pulling rope at the open house Wednesday evening at LAFD Station 4 on Diamond Drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAFD Firefighter Dwight Williams, his wife Anna and daughter Ginny at Wednesday's

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.

LAMC Presents Emergency Preparedness Talk Oct. 20

on October 11, 2017 - 11:37am

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

Bridge Rehabilitation Project: Pojoaque Intersection Of US 84/NM 502 And US 84/NM 503 Begins Today

on October 11, 2017 - 9:40am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin bridge rehabilitation work on two bridges on US 84/285 at mile marker 180.20 and mile marker 180.8 near Cities of Gold Casino in Pojoaque.

 Beginning today, US84/285 northbound and southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Traffic can expect delays during this time.

Hasse Contracting Company, Inc. of Albuquerque is the contractor for this project.

Drivers are urged to watch for workers in the area, observe traffic control signs and reduce speed to the

Firefighter Eric Gallegos Earns 5-Year Service Award

on October 11, 2017 - 8:52am

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Eric Gallegos receives his five-year service award Monday from Battallion Chief Steve Saiz, left, and Deputy Chief Steve Dawald. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

FBI: Man Wearing Red Milwaukee Sweatshirt Robs Albuquerque Bank

on October 11, 2017 - 8:36am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a red hooded “Milwaukee” sweatshirt robbed US Bank at 3801 Isleta Boulevard SW in Albuquerque at approximately 4:16 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 3.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'5” tall, with a slender build, and a light complexion. He had a tattoo on the front of his neck.
 
He wore a red hooded sweatshirt with the word “Milwaukee” in white letters over a lightning bolt, a red baseball cap with a dark visor, blue jeans and white sneakers. A pair of sunglasses was on the cap’s visor.
 
The suspect entered the bank,

Scam Alert: What’s Wrong With These Transactions?

on October 11, 2017 - 7:08am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn New Mexicans of new scams on Craigslist that have victimized Albuquerque-area residents.
 
One Albuquerque woman reported paying $2,000 to a rent-to-own listing on Craigslist without receiving all the keys—and being locked out of and unable to occupy the house. In another recent instance, a person offered a house for rent and asked for a deposit of earnest money—even though the “seller” did not own the house at all.    
 
QUESTION: What’s wrong with these

COUNTY: Wildfire Science On Tap Thursday

on October 10, 2017 - 12:26pm
COUNTY News:
 
This week is Fire Prevention Week and next Friday, Oct. 20, the Reel Deal Theater will join the nation in opening the film, “Only the Brave,” the story of the heroes who battled the Yarnell Hill Fire, one of the deadliest wildland fires in history, located outside Prescott, Ariz., which claimed the lives of 19 of the 20 hotshots June 30, 2013.
 
In recognition of this focus on fire prevention and protection, the Los Alamos Creative District is hosting a special “Wildfire Science On Tap” 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 at UnQuarked – The Wine Room in Los Alamos.
 
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