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Heavy Rain Potential Persists into Weekend

on September 12, 2013 - 9:18am
NWS News:
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has provided an updated outlook regarding the possibility of additional heavy rain and increasing thunderstorm-related impacts Thursday into Saturday.
The break across central and western areas will be short-lived. It is now looking very likely that areas of the central and eastern New Mexico could see event total rainfall amounts in the 6 to 10 inch range with isolated higher amounts.

Overview: Record-setting rainfall that impacted much of central New Mexico late Tuesday shifted into eastern New Mexico very early

Katie's Law Results in New Mexico's 500th DNA Match

on September 11, 2013 - 10:56am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE ─ Jayann Sepich and Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that Katie’s Law has led to the 500th match of DNA data to a criminal case in New Mexico. 

The match came as the DNA  Administrative Center, located in Albuquerque, compiled their final statistics for the month of August.

The Administrative Center notified Jayann Sepich of the milestone Friday, which was also the 10th Anniversary of her daughter Katie Sepich being laid to rest.

New Mexico’s DNA collection law, entitled “Katie’s Law,” is one of the toughest in the country and is named after

Bear Enters Home On Barranca Mesa

on September 10, 2013 - 2:34pm
Los Alamos Police searched the area for the bear reported inside the kitchen of a Barranca Mesa home. A bear that enters a home with people inside is considered a dangerous animal. Police leave the home after receiving a report that the bear was spotted further down the street. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Today at approximately 11:30 a.m., a large bear reported to be about three years old entered a home on El Nido on Barranca Mesa in Los Alamos. The home sits on the edge of a canyon near the east end of Barranca Road.

The homeowner and an

Meet Short List for Los Alamos Police Chief

on September 10, 2013 - 10:42am

Staff Report

The search for a new police chief to replace Wayne Torpy who retired last month drew 40 applicants, of which 26 met the minimum qualifications. Of those 26, five have made the short list and will travel to Los Alamos this week for in-person interviews:

Roy E. Melnick, Chief of Los Lunas Police Department

Tenure: 2009-Present (21 years with police department in New Hampshire)

Salary: $100,101

Employees: 41

Education: Juris Doctorate in Law, Master in Business Administration and Bachelor in Criminal Justice, FBI National Police Acadamy

Comment: "My strongest attribute is

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 28–Sept. 3, 2013

on September 9, 2013 - 12:04pm

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.



Aug. 28 at 12:32 a.m. / Police arrested Gerald Heck, 35, of Los Alamos on San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Aug. 28 at 9:46 p.m. / A 19-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was battered by a household member on Canyon Road.



Aug. 30 at 2:10 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel Deschamp, 29, of Los Alamos at 39th Street and Trinity