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State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Forensic Audit Of Bernalillo Public Schools

on May 18, 2017 - 8:30am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller has released a forensic audit of Bernalillo Public Schools (BPS).
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the audit after the Town of Bernalillo Police Department requested assistance to investigate financial irregularities at two schools. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also was notified. The audit identified the apparent theft of about $50,000 over a two and a half year period by a former bookkeeper at W.D. Carroll Elementary and La Escuelita Pre-School.
 
“We see our fair share of fraud, but it’s especially

Governor Delivers Commencement Speech At New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy

on May 18, 2017 - 8:21am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is set to deliver the commencement speech at 10 a.m. today for the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy graduation.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy is at 4491 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. The Basic Training Bureau is the vehicle through which those entering the profession of Law Enforcement are empowered and enabled to protect the citizens of the State of New Mexico and safeguard the stability of society.

Casper Cly Convicted Of Child Solicitation

on May 17, 2017 - 9:43pm
Casper Cly
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Casper Cly, a 26-year-old Los Alamos resident and former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee is scheduled for sentencing May 23 in the 11th Judicial District Court in Farmington. Cly was originally charged in Aztec Magistrate Court with four counts of child solicitation by electronic device and was bound over in April 2016 to the District Court.

Cly’s arrest was one of more than 20 arrests nationwide during a two-month-long law enforcement sweep by Internet Crimes Against Children task forces across the country in 2016. San Juan

UPDATE: New Mexico Rail Runner Fatality

on May 17, 2017 - 5:15pm
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE  Around 3 p.m., May 13, the New Mexico State Police responded to a pedestrian fatality involving the New Mexico Rail Runner Express train. The incident occurred on the tracks nearest Interstate 25 at mile marker 275 in Santa Fe County.
 
Witness statements made to officers and the investigation at the scene indicate that James D. Chavarria, 21, of Santa Fe exited his vehicle, which was parked on the northbound interstate shoulder and crossed the roadway entering the median area occupied by train tracks.
 
Chavarria then ran onto the train tracks as the New Mexico

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 10-15, 2017

on May 17, 2017 - 1:44pm

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.​

CRYSTAL HOLGUIN

May 10 / Crystal Holguin, 29, of Espanola was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 
 
 
 
 
 
ELIAS JON LOVATO

May 11 / Elias Jon Lovato, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JOSHUA PADILLA-SPANARKEL

May 15 / Joshua Padilla-Spanarkel, 22, of Santa Fe was arrested on an outstanding

Police Nab Brothers Attempting To Cash Forged Check

on May 17, 2017 - 11:28am
Eric Sanchez
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Two brothers from Albuquerque were arrested Monday at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock after one of them attempted to cash a forged check for $2,250. Eric Sanchez, 29, and Kevin Sanchez, 24, were in a car in the drive-through area when Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto responded to a report of someone attempting to cash a stolen check.

Kevin Sanchez

Cpl. Nieto placed both men in investigative detention and searched them for weapons.

Los Alamos Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Dog That Attacked Another Dog At Rover Park Sunday

on May 17, 2017 - 11:28am

This dog is not the dog suspected of attacking another dog but rather the image of a dog that strongly resembles the dog in question. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is asking the public for assistance in identifying the owners of a dog that attacked another dog last weekend.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. Sunday at Rover Park. The suspect dog was described as possibly a male “cane corso” or a very similar looking mastiff type dog, black in color and weighing about 100 pounds.

It appears that a couple with a stroller came to get the dog under control after

Letter To The Editor: Patrick Brenner's Toxic Email

on May 17, 2017 - 10:16am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
Wow. I read former Los Alamos County Council candidate Patrick Brenner's email to all seven councilors and immediately figured out why he never made it from council candidate to elected councilor.
 
Indeed, as Joyce Anderson stated, Mr. Brenner's hostile rhetoric is definitely NOT a better way for LA!

Khal “a less toxic rabble rouser in LA” Spencer.

Nuclear Security Training Center Opens In Kazakhstan

on May 17, 2017 - 9:33am
NNSA News:
 
The Republic of Kazakhstan, in cooperation with the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), opened its Nuclear Security Training Center (NSTC) May 12 in Alatau, Kazakhstan.
 
The training center allows Kazakhstan to train personnel from local, regional, and international nuclear facilities and organizations. It will focus on fundamental and advanced nuclear security topics and provide a venue for discussing best practices.
 
“This training center demonstrates the Republic of Kazakhstan’s commitment to nuclear security.

Shareholder Resolution Urges Kroger To Appoint Independent Chairman Of The Board

on May 17, 2017 - 7:31am
MELTWATER News:
 
At the Kroger Company’s Annual General Meeting of shareholders June 22, Lisa Lindsley, Capital Markets Advisor for SumOfUs, an international corporate watchdog, will present a shareholder resolution calling for the separation of the role of CEO and Chair of the Board, to create an independent Board Chair. Kroger CEOs have held the role of Board Chair for several decades.
 
 
“We believe that independent board leadership would be a constructive move for

Los Alamos Woman Beaten And Robbed

on May 16, 2017 - 7:11pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos

A Los Alamos woman in her 80s was followed home from Smith’s Marketplace Friday, May 12, by two women and beaten and robbed outside her garage. She has asked to remain anonymous.

In an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post, the victim said that while she was getting ready to put her purchases into the trunk of her car in the Smith’s parking lot, a young woman asked if she could help her. The victim said she declined the help but the young woman insisted.

After the young woman left, the victim said got into her car, stowed her cane and placed her purse on the

Couple Faces 54 Charges In 17 Cases In Los Alamos

on May 16, 2017 - 7:06pm
Rosalinda Hurtado
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

John Joseph Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque and Rosalinda Hurtado, 38, of Alcalde are facing a total of 54 charges in some 17 cases originating in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and now in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Lerma and Hurtado were reportedly in a romantic relationship when they allegedly committed multiple crimes including check fraud, identity theft, forgery, fraud, and fraudulent use of credit cards, against Los Alamos residents of all ages from high school students to the elderly.

John Joseph Lerma

LAPD

Letter To The Editor: Patrick Brenner Rant Clearly NOT A Better Way For LA

on May 16, 2017 - 6:35am
By JOYCE ANDERSON
Los Alamos
 
Over the last few weeks we've seen a healthy volley of letters to the editor in favor of, and opposed to the Rec Bond. For the most part the letters have been well thought out, well spoken and constructive in their approach to the issue. I think this is representative of Los Alamos as a whole. We discuss, we debate, but in the end, we're still nice to our neighbors that have a different opinion. It's what makes this community so great.
 
This is why the letter published Monday evening in the Los Alamos Daily Post from former Los Alamos County Council

LAPD Spouses Sponsor Blue Tape Event

on May 15, 2017 - 7:32pm

Kateri Morris, left, wife of Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Lizzy Lyons, wife of  Det. Matt Lyons place blue lines on community vehicles for two hours today at the police station in support of National Police Week. The event was sponsored by LAPD Law Enforcement Spouses. Photo by Maire O'Neill

Cindy Bingham, left, watches as Kateri Morris, Lizzy Lyons and Lisa Gonzales prepare her rear window for a blue line in support of National Police Week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Amy Strain shows off the blue stripe on the back window of her car in support of law enforcement

Sweet Tribute To Los Alamos Police Officers

on May 15, 2017 - 2:58pm
In honor of National Police Week, the Los Alamos Police Department received a special gift this morning from U.S. Navy veteran Amy Strain. From left, Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Kateri Morris, Amy Strain and Lizzy Lyons. Photo by Julie Bennett.
 
U.S. Navy veteran Amy Strain baked a variety of cookies for the Los Alamos Police Department in recognition of National Police Week. Photo by Julie Bennett
 
Cookies created by U.S. Navy veteran Amy Strain for the Los Alamos Police Department in recognition of National Police Week. Photo by Julie Bennett
 
Cookies created by U.S.

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Meet Friday

on May 15, 2017 - 10:43am
LAFRW News:
 
The next meeting for the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women is 1-3 p.m., Friday, May 19 at the Chamber of Commerce Office.
 
The guest speaker is Michael Grimler, a local National Rifle Association (NRA) Training Counselor who holds multiple firearm instructor certifications from the NRA. He will speak to firearm safety in general, defensive use of firearms both inside the home and out, and considerations needed if interested in becoming a concealed carry permit holder. 
 
Seating is limited so come early. For further information, call Donna MacDonald at 505.662.4001.

Experts Expect Surge In Ransomware Attacks ... This Time Without ‘Kill Switch’

on May 15, 2017 - 8:56am

WannaCry image. Courtesy/systweak

HSNW News:

A second version of the disruptive WannaCry ransomware – a version which does not contain the “kill switch” used by a young security analyst to shut down many of last week’s cyberattacks – is set to be released by the same group of hackers.

Costin Raiu, of cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, told Hacker News that his firm had already seen versions of the malware, which did not contain the website domain name used to shut down the program.

He later backtracked, saying this was not actually the case. 

Hacker News quotes other experts who warned it

Military Working Dogs Compete At Kirtland AFB

on May 15, 2017 - 7:26am
Military dog handler demonstrates attack. Courtesy photo

KIRTLAND AFB News:

 

Military working dogs at Kirtland are competing against various military and police canine units from around the state in a competition May 15-17.
 
The competition feature teams of canines and their handlers from departments ranging from the Albuquerque Police Department and Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office to the 377 Security Forces Group. The first event begins with a patrol and control demonstration at 10 a.m. today.

The dogs will take part in various events over the two days of competition, finishing

Responders Rush To Distress Call On Blue Dot Trail

on May 14, 2017 - 3:17pm

Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs on the scene near the Blue Dot Trail in White Rock where a call was apparently made this afternoon by a hiker in distress. Initial reports indicate that EMTs are now walking the hiker out to safety. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

An LAFD ambulance and fire engine stand ready this afternoon at Overlook Park in White Rock to assist a distressed hiker on the Blue Dot Trail. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Classic Air Medical helicopter lands at Overlook Park this afternoon after making several passovers searching for a distressed hiker along

National Nuclear Security Administration Notice Of Proposed Floodplain And Wetland Actions At LANL

on May 14, 2017 - 6:26am
NNSA News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing activities within the 100-year floodplain in Delta Prime (DP) Canyon and within a wetland in Mortandad Canyon in Technical Areas-(TA) 21 and TA-03 respectively, at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review Requirements, NNSA has prepared a joint floodplain and wetland assessment for the proposed actions.

Judge Ellington Rules Against Release For Bingham

on May 13, 2017 - 5:27pm
Dustin Bingham arrives in court Friday for a detention hearing before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz, right, discusses his testimony with Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez Friday in District Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE Release on bond was denied Friday for Dustin J. Bingham in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. The detention hearing had been continued because Judge T.

Judge Casados Denies Bond To Byron Keith Henderson

on May 13, 2017 - 5:19pm
Byron Keith Henderson
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Byron Keith Henderson of Los Alamos was denied bond May 11 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and will remain incarcerated until he appears in First Judicial Court. Henderson is involved in two cases with a total of four counts of trafficking a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, one count of dangerous drugs, and one count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Henderson was one of seven people arrested in connection with Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sting conducted in

County Reminds Residents To Support Property Clean Up Efforts To Combat High Weed Growth, Rubbish Piles

on May 13, 2017 - 4:05pm
Illustration of a home surrounded by debris. Courtesy photo
 
By MICHAEL ARELLANO
Building Safety Manager/Chief Building Official

It’s that time of year again and staff in Los Alamos County’s Building Safety Division and the Los Alamos Fire Department are reminding citizens to help address property-related issues such as weed overgrowth, excessive rubbish, and rodent issues being found on private and commercial properties around the County.

Property owners can help the County ensure a safe, continuous sidewalk path for pedestrians by trimming back their own vegetation growing onto or

DEA Brings In Record Amount Of Unused Prescription Drugs On National Prescription Take Back Day

on May 13, 2017 - 3:26pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and more than 4,200 of its law enforcement and community partners collected more unused prescription drugs than at any of the 12 previous National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events.
 
On Saturday, April 29, the event brought in 900,386 pounds (450 tons) at close to 5,500 sites across the nation. Marking the 13th National Prescription Take Back Day since September 2010, these events have altogether collected 8,103,363 pounds (4,052 tons) of prescription drugs.
 
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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