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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 11 to Oct. 17, 2012

on October 22, 2012 - 1:13pm

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.

Oct. 11 at 5:33 a.m. / A 38-year-old Espanola man reported that his vehicle was burglarized while parked in the 500 block of Central Avenue. The estimated loss is unknown.

Oct. 11 at 11:55 a.m. / A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of aggravated stalking on Camino Redondo. The matter is under investigation.

Oct. 11 at 1:55 p.m.


Chief Bids Farewell to 'Irreplaceable' Assistant

on October 20, 2012 - 11:45am

Chief Wayne Torpy said goodbye to his assistant Sandra Salazar during her retirement party Friday at Fuller Lodge. "Sandra is irreplaceable ... I have never had an assistant like Sandra before in my career and I don't expect to again ... she had tremendous technical skills but so do many people ... Sandra went beyond that ... in so many little things that she did, for example, she always let me know when someone was having a bad day or going through a rough time and needed my encouragement," Torpy said. Salazar joined the Los Alamos Police Department in April 2009 as Torpy’s assistant.

Sandia; Kirtland Holding Joint Environmental Meeting

on October 20, 2012 - 10:51am

CCNS News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DOD) will host their semi-annual public meeting about the Sandia National Laboratories Environmental Programs and the Kirtland Air Force Base Environmental Restoration Program

The meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn Southeast in Albuquerque, off Louisiana Boulevard and Zuni.

DOE will present about Sandia issues between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

DOD will present about Kirtland issues between 7 p.m. and 8 pm. The agenda will be provided at the meeting.

The agenda

Santa Fe Men Arrested on Federal Trafficking Charges

on October 20, 2012 - 8:34am

FBI News:

Willie Anaya, 49, and Manuel Mendez, 30, both of Santa Fe were arrested Friday on federal methamphetamine trafficking charges by agents of the FBI and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Region III Narcotics Task Force.

Both men made their initial appearances on a criminal complaint in Albuquerque federal court this morning, and are temporarily detained pending detention hearings.

The criminal complaint charges Anaya and Mendez with conspiracy to violate the federal narcotics laws and distribution of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct.

San Juan Prescribed Burn 100 Percent Complete

on October 19, 2012 - 11:18pm

SFNF News:

Fire managers have completed ignitions for the week on the 7,300 acre San Juan prescribed burn, Jemez Ranger District.

All 7,300 acres were successfully treated over a three day period. The prescribed burn was completed two days early to avoid additional smoke impacts.

There will be no burning on the Santa Fe National Forest this weekend.

Next week, if conditions are favorable, fire managers will continue prescribed burning on the Chaparral prescribed burn, Cuba Ranger District.

The Chaparral prescribed burn is a smaller burn compared to the San Jun Prescribed Burn,


Picuris Pueblo Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $132,000

on October 19, 2012 - 8:20am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in federal court in Albuquerque, Norma Mermejo, 61, a member and resident of Picuris Pueblo, entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging her with embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

U.S. Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Mermejo pled guilty to embezzling approximately $132,000 belonging to Picuris Pueblo between February 2008 and April 2010.

At the time, Mermejo was employed as a file clerk in the Pueblo’s accounting office.


San Juan Prescribed Burn 95 Percent Complete

on October 18, 2012 - 8:44pm

SFNF News:

San Juan Prescribed Burn 95 percent Complete - 7,000 acres treated, 300 acres remain

Fire managers have completed ignitions on the San Juan prescribed burn for today, Thursday, Oct. 18.

Today, 5,750 acres were successfully treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Since yesterday, 7,000 acres have been treated.

Favorable conditions allowed fire managers to treat a greater area today and complete most of the burn, therefore limiting the number of days smoke will be in the air.

Tonight, firefighters will remain on-site monitoring the burn area.

Tomorrow, if conditions are