Public Safety

FBI: Avoid Becoming A Victim Of Romance Scams

FBI News:

Valentine’s Day and other opportunities for romance can be exciting, but they also can lead to heartbreak, embarrassment and financial loss if you’re not careful.

Criminals search dating sites, apps, chat rooms, and other social media networking sites attempting to build “relationships” for the sole purpose of getting your money or your personally identifiable information.

Romance scams, also called confidence fraud, affected 114 victims in New Mexico in 2019 for a loss of more than $1.6 million, according to the FBI’s Internet Crimes Complaint Center.

To avoid becoming a victim,


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House Advances Bipartisan Public Safety Bill Package

By CYNTHIA MILLER
New Mexican

New Mexico lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee advanced a bipartisan package of public safety measures Saturday that proponents said are aimed at reducing violent crime in communities across the state and aiding law enforcement officers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Provisions in the omnibus package that would provide funding to train officers in “community-oriented policing” and ease access to treatment for officers with PTSD received broad support from the law enforcement community, advocacy groups and committee members.


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Extreme-Risk Protection Order Legislation Clears Senate

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued the following statement after Senate Bill 5, providing law enforcement officers with another proven-effective tool to proactively address the scourge of gun violence in communities all across New Mexico, passed the Senate floor by a vote of 22-20.

“If we have in front of us the means to save even one life, the life of one of our neighbors, a member of our extended New Mexico family, we must take it up. With Senate Bill 5, we do, and we are. 

“The senators voting yes today showed courage and backbone. All of New Mexico owes them thanks


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Inspector General Of Social Security Issues Fraud Alert

Social Security OIG Fraud Alert:

Due to increased activity in New Mexico, the Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public that telephone scammers may send faked documents by email to convince victims to comply with their demands.

The Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has received reports of victims who received emails with attached letters and reports that appeared to be from Social Security or Social Security OIG. The letters may use official letterhead and government “jargon” to convince victims they are legitimate; they


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Catch Of The Week: Church And Synagogue Scams

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

 

Scams targeting churches have been around for quite some time; scammers finally realized they could target synagogues, too. 

The scam echoes the same components of the scams that have been targeting churches for years; an email spoofing a religious leader, requesting gift card purchase as a “favor” to help a congregant “in need”. 

This scam has been reported across the country, from the Bay Area to Philadelphia; over 20 synagogues across the country have reported being affected by this scam. The scam starts with an email sent from an address that looks very

Senate Unanimously Approves Bill To Cut Prescription Drug Costs

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday issued the following statement after Senate Bill 1, authorizing the state’s pursuit of the importation of lower-cost wholesale prescription drugs from Canada, passed the Senate unanimously:

“Too many New Mexico families can’t afford medication. Too many families either skip filling their prescriptions or ration the medicine they have. This is unacceptable. And so I am thrilled that we are one step closer to meaningfully cutting prescription drug costs for New Mexico families. 

Catch Of The Week: Coronavirus Email Scams

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

 

So if you’ve seen the brilliant movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray lives out the same brutal day over and over, basically this is the cybersecurity situation today.  Another day, another phishing scam.

The World Health Organization has just classified the coronavirus outbreak as a global emergency. In addition to having to worry about it spreading across the world, we also have to worry about it infecting our inboxes.

Yes, scammers are spamming everyone with phishing emails about coronavirus. Consumer advocates across the country are warning people

Balderas: Gary Gregor, Teacher Who Assaulted Multiple Students In Rio Arriba County Sentenced In Second Case

Gary Gregor

From the Office of the Attorney General News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that Gary Gregor, former teacher in the Española School District, was sentenced to six years of incarceration for his sexual assault of a second grade student at Fairview Elementary School during the 2006-07 school year.

A jury found him guilty of 3rd-Degree Felony Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under 13 years old.

“Our office stands with all of the brave survivors of sexual abuse,” Balderas said. “The Office of the Attorney General will continue to vigorously prosecute those

NWS: Today’s High Near 27; Tonight’s Low Around 9

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 27 with a total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 9 with wind chill values as low as zero. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts a very cold air mass will settle in overnight and result in well below normal low temperatures, including a low in Los Alamos around 9 tonight with wind chill values as low as zero. Courtesy/NWS

Video Reveals Curious Pup Causes Los Alamos Home Fire

Video clip of the start of a home fire in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAC

Kahuna, who declined to comment on this incident is expected to be enrolled in Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention classes soon! Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) responded to a structure fire Jan. 29, where two pets had evacuated safely.

Members of the Los Alamos fire investigation team consisting of Lead Investigator Capt. Michael Lewis, Driver Engineer Van Leimer and assisted by Sr. Fire & Life Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi, began their work to identify the origin and cause

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