2014: Los Alamos Police Department Year In Review

Los Alamos Police Officers, John Hughes of Metzger’s in White Rock and Chamisa Guidance Councilor Michelangelo Loboto painted the rock Oct. 15 in White Rock in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Men Paint Rock Purple To Draw Attention To Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Los Alamos Police Officers were joined Oct. 15 by John Hughes of Metzger’s Best Buy in White Rock and Chamisa Guidance Councilor Michelangelo Loboto to paint the rock in White Rock in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone added some finishing touches to the rock. The group wanted to send the message that men as well as women oppose domestic violence. Police officers who see the effects of domestic violence on men, women and children in their work every day are keenly aware of its negative consequences, LAPD spokesperson, Ofc. Adele Girmendonk said. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/men-paint-rock-purple-draw-attention-domestic-violence-awareness-month


LAPD Officers from left, Daniel Roberts, David Boe and Paige Early at this morning’s Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony outside the Justice Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Hold Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony This Morning at the Justice Center

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police Department held a special ceremony this morning in front of the Justice Center in commemorating Peace Officers Memorial Day. Chief Dino Sgambellone spoke in honor of the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-police-hold-peace-officers-memorial-day-ceremony-morning-justice-center


Los Alamos Pedestrian Hit By Truck Has Died

Emily Mares-Lang

Los Alamos Daily Post

Emily Mares-Lang, 73, of Los Alamos died Monday evening after being struck by a truck July 16 near the Los Alamos Post Office.

She had remained in critical condition at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center since being hit while walking in the crosswalk on Main Street. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-pedestrian-hit-truck-has-died



Police Chief Dino Sgambellone presents the Civilian of Year Award to Senior Office Specialist Connie Salazar. Courtesy/LAPD

Los Alamos Police Department Hosts Awards Banquet

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its first awards banquet Saturday to honor employees for their outstanding performance, dedication to their profession and service to their community. Chief Dino Sgambellone wants to emphasize the importance of recognizing employees for going “above and beyond” what is expected of them during day to day operations.

Thirty five awards were presented to recognize employees for outstanding customer service and initiative. The awards include recognition for developing programs to assist the homeless and victims of domestic violence, locating lost and injured hikers, solving several crime sprees, and maintaining excellence in various administrative duties. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-police-department-hosts-awards-banquet


Promoted in October,  front row from left, Sgt. Jordan Redmond, Cpl. J. Cordova, and Cpl. Jude Binion. Back row from left, Adele Girmendonk, Cpl. James Keane, Chief Dino Sgambellone, Sgt. Erica Bustos and Cpl. Ben Irving. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Officers Recognized At Ceremony


Six officers were recognized Oct. 24 for promotions during a special ceremony in the training room at the Los Alamos Police Station.

The officers included Sgt. Jordan Redmond, Cpl. J. Cordova, and Cpl. Jude Binion, Adele Girmendonk, Cpl. James Keane, Sgt. Erica Bustos and Cpl. Ben Irving. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-police-officers-recognized-ceremony


Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris shares with Chamisa’s third and fourth graders how Los Alamos police conduct investigations. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAPD News:

Members of the Los Alamos Police Department Detective Division headed by Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris were out in full force Nov. 7 at Chamisa Elementary School. Fortunately, the detectives were not securing a crime scene at the school.

In keeping with Chamisa’s theme this academic year, “Chamisa Investigations Academy”, the detectives were sharing with Chamisa’s third and fourth graders how Los Alamos police conduct investigations and the schooling necessary to be a detective. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/lapd-detectives-share-investigation-techniques-chamisa-elementary-school-students

Los Alamos Man Dies In Single Car Crash

LAPD News:

At about 10:46 p.m., Monday, officers with the Los Alamos Police Department responded to a single vehicle crash off N.M. 4 near mile marker 49.

Upon arrival, officers located a newer model sedan at the bottom of the mountain. The driver and only occupant, 39-year-old Trent Johnson of Los Alamos, was pronounced dead at the scene.

UPDATE: Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago that Trent Johnson had worked at LANB for 14 years. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/update-los-alamos-man-dies-single-car-crash


Police Dispatch Operator Charged With DUI


Los Alamos Police Dispatch Operator Randon Romero was arrested May 2 by Santa Fe police and charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, .16 or above, first offense.

Romero was arraigned May 7 in Santa Fe Magistrate Court at which Judge George Anaya, Jr. set bond at $5,000. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/police-dispatch-operator-charged-dui#overlay=node/58786/edit


Sgt. Daniel Roberts, left, and Det. Ben Hinrichs process stolen items. Courtesy/LAPD

Couple Suspected of Burglarizing Los Alamos Homes Granted Bail With Conditions

Staff Report

In seperate hearings this morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court, Judge Pat Casados set bond for an Ojo Caliente couple who are engaged to be married. The couple is charged in a string of local residential burglaries over the past two months. http://www.ladailypost.com/search/node/Couple%20Suspected%20of%20Burglarizing%20Los%20Alamos%20Homes%20Granted%20Bail%20With%20Conditions

LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall Charged With Domestic Battery and DUI

LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall. Courtesy/LAPD

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police arrested the executive director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) overnight and charged him with domestic battery and DUI.

Scott Randall, 58, attended a tourism event with his wife at Buffalo Thunder that ran 5-7 p.m. where alcohol was served and left the hotel at about 11 p.m. to return to Los Alamos. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/lacdc-executive-director-scott-randall-charged-domestic-battery-and-dui


The 22-year-old driver of this 18-wheeler died after the truck left the roadway on N.M. 4 Monday and rolled over several times. Courtesy photo

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department reports that the driver and only occupant of the 18-wheeler involved in Monday’s fatal crash on N.M. 4 is Garrick Frank, 22, of Fort Wingate, N.M.

Frank was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. It has been determined during the course of the investigation that his 18-wheeler was the only vehicle involved in the crash. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/police-release-more-details-mondays-fatal-crash


Los Alamos Police Charge Steven C. Porter With Multiple Drug Related Counts

Steven C. Porter


Los Alamos police have charged Steven C. Porter of White Rock with more than a dozen criminal counts including possession of a controlled substance, trafficking of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance.

Porter, 46, is a Pajarito Acres homeowner who was handcuffed and removed from the annual meeting of the Pajarito Acres Home Owners Association Sunday evening at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-police-charge-steven-c-porter-multiple-drug-related-counts


From left, newly promoted PSA Supervisor Robert Aragon, Sgt. Daniel Roberts, Sgt. Chris Ross, Detention Supervisor Hilario ‘Eli’  Salinas, officiating Judge Pat Casados, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and PSA Jacinta Lestone. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Host Promotion Ceremony


Members of the Los Alamos Police Department hosted a ceremony July 17 in Magistrate Court at the Justice Center in which two officers, a public service aide and a detention officer received promotions. After receiving the oath of office and new badges, the group and their family members attended a special reception next door at the Police Station. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-police-host-promotion-ceremony


Battered Los Alamos Man Charged With Crime

Paul J. Martinez

Los Alamos Daily Post

Battered and bloody, a 23-year-old Los Alamos man told police two men dressed in black, one wearing red shoes, attacked him in the parking lot of the VFW on Deacon Street.

Paul J. Martinez described the melee to police, saying he was walking in the parking lot March 5 when out of nowhere a fist made contact with his left temple, causing him to feel dizzy and black out, according to police. Martinez added that the men stole cash from him. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/battered-los-alamos-man-charged-crime


Los Alamos Animal Control Ofc. Tom Beyer went upside down in the bushes Sept. 14 near Urban Park attempting to capture an injured raven. Photo by Merry McIntyre

Dramatic Rescue By Los Alamos Animal Control Officer

Staff Report:
Los Alamos resident and animal advocate Merry McIntyre spotted an injured raven Sunday at Urban Park and called Los Alamos Animal Control for help in capturing the bird.
Animal Control Ofc. Tom Beyer arrived on the scene and went “above and beyond the call of duty” to capture the raven, McIntyre said, at one point going upside down in the hedges where the bird was hiding. Once the raven was flushed out of the bushes, Beyer chased after it with net, gloves and kennel in hand and captured it with one throw of the net. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/dramatic-rescue-los-alamos-animal-control-officer


LAPD Cpl. Robert Stephens in the parking lot at LAMC Sept. 27 as a citizen disposes of outdated and unused prescription drugs. Courtesy/LAPD

Los Alamos Police Collect 186 Pounds Of Prescription Medications During Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its second DEA Drug Take Back Day of the year Saturday in the parking lot at Los Alamos Medical Center.

Officers collected 186 pounds of unused or unwanted prescription medications as part of the national program. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-police-collect-186-pounds-prescription-medications-during-saturdays-drug-take


Magistrate Judge Pat Casados swears in new Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera during a ceremony Nov. 24 at the Justice Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Scenes From Monday’s Swearing In Ceremony Of New Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief

LAPD News:

Jason Wardlow-Herrera was promoted to Los Alamos deputy police chief during a ceremony Nov. 24 at the Justice Center. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/scenes-mondays-swearing-ceremony-new-los-alamos-deputy-police-chief


Capt. Daniel Roberts of Los Alamos with his wife Kim Roberts and grandfather Merle Roberts, a WWII Navy veteran. Photo by L&L productions

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts Selected Commander Of Army National Guard 1209th ASMC

LAPD News:

Daniel Roberts, a sergeant with the Los Alamos Police Department, has served 12 years with the United States Army and holds the rank of captain. At a Change of Command Ceremony Sunday, Nov. 2 in Albuquerque, Roberts became Commander of the Army National Guard 1209th ASCM (Area Support Medical Company).  http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-police-sgt-daniel-roberts-selected-commander-army-national-guard-1209th-asmc


Emergency responders at the scene of Monday’s single-vehicle crash in the canyon below Anderson Overlook. Courtesy photo

Sheriff’s Office Identifies Main Hill Road Accident Victims

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office has identified the male and female seriously injured and air lifted to area hospitals Aug. 25 after their vehicle left the roadway near Anderson Overlook and landed in the canyon.

The driver of the maroon colored 2004 Nissan Sentra is Zachery Sanchez, 30, of Los Alamos and the passenger is Andrea Harvier, 31, of Espanola. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/sheriffs-office-identifies-main-hill-road-accident-victims


Los Alamos Police Charge Santa Fe Man With 38 Counts Relating to 18 Auto Burglaries

Skylar B. Smith


The Los Alamos Police Department officially charged Skylar B. Smith, a 22-year-old man from Santa Fe with 38 separate counts relating to 18 auto burglaries that occurred in May.

Smith has been in the Los Alamos Detention Center since May 27 stemming from a probation violation. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-police-charge-santa-fe-man-38-counts-relating-18-auto-burglaries


Special Olympic athletes Shaylene Stephens and Sam Zimmerly run with police Ofc. Chris Ross this morning on Trinity Drive. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Annual Los Alamos Police ‘Special Olympics Torch Run’ Underway to Jemez Springs

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police began their annual Special Olympics Torch Run May 29. Runners carried the torch in relays all the way to Jemez Springs. Funds raised from their efforts will benefit the Special Olympics.  http://www.ladailypost.com/content/annual-los-alamos-police-special-olympics-torch-run-underway-jemez-springs


Los Alamos Police Partner With ICAC Special Agents to Apprehend Man Suspected of Crimes Against Children

Christopher W. Davis. Courtesy/LAPD


Los Alamos police officers assisted special agents from the Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children’s (ICAC) Task Force June 17 after New Mexico special agents were alerted to a suspect in Los Alamos County who had been sending lewd photographs to a 14-year-old girl in Anoka County in Minnesota. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-police-partner-icac-special-agents-apprehend-man-suspected-crimes-against


Former Los Alamos Acting Police Chief Randy Foster, center, and Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero, right, as well as several LAPD officers attended the Nov. 1 public memorial at Capital High School for Santa Fe Deputy Jeremy Martin. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Pays Respects To Fallen Santa Fe Deputy

LAPD News:

Former Los Alamos Acting Police Chief Randy Foster, center, and Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero, right, as well as several LAPD officers attended the Nov. 1 public memorial at Capital High School for Santa Fe Deputy Jeremy Martin who was allegedly gunned down by a fellow deputy. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-pays-respects-fallen-santa-fe-deputy


LAPD softball team members. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Police Prevail Against Firefighters in July 4th Softball Game

Staff Report

Members of the Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos Fire Department squared off on the 4th of July at Overlook Park for their annual Fourth of July softball game. There was no mistaken the intent of the police officers as they hammered in run after run, amassing a final score of 40-9. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-police-prevail-against-firefighters-july-4th-softball-game



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