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On The Job In White Rock: LAPD Cpl. Brandon Archuleta

On the job Saturday is Los Alamos Police Cpl. Brandon Archuleta on bicycle patrol making the rounds Saturday waving back to community members who offered him bottles of water. Cpl. Archuleta has been with LAPD for 16 months and said he is really impressed with how kind the community has been. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
Cpl. Brandon Archuleta on bicycle patrol greeting folks while making his rounds Saturday in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
LAPD Cpl. Brandon Archuleta waves back at a friendly motorist as he makes his

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NMSP Issue Missing Endangered Person Advisory For Mary Ellen Emily Quintana In Rio Arriba County

Mary Ellen Emily Quintana

NMSP News:

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY – The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) seeks assistance from the public in locating Mary Ellen Emily Quintana, 73, of Radium Springs.

Quintana told family members she would be traveling to Española. It is unknown when she left Radium Springs, or when she arrived in Española.

Her 1994 green Ford Explorer was located by NMSP abandoned on State Road 76 around mile post 13 near Cordova.

Quintana is described as 5’01” tall, 140 pounds with brown eyes and black and white hair. It is unknown what she is wearing.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts


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Update On Traffic Stop Where NMSP Officer Was Killed

Ofc. Darian Jarrott was laid to rest Feb. 12 during a private burial in Lordsburg.

NMSP News:

This update identifies the officers involved and gives additional details leading up to the shooting.

LUNA COUNTY – New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Ofc. Darian Jarrott initiated a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet pickup Feb. 4, on Interstate 10 eastbound, near mile marker 102 east of Deming.

During the traffic stop, Ofc. Jarrott asked the driver, identified as Omar Felix Cueva, 39, of Deming to exit the vehicle.

Cueva exited the driver’s side holding an AR-15 style rifle and fired at least one shot at Ofc.


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FBI: Santa Fe Woman Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Minor

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Brittany Huizar, 20, of Santa Fe pleaded guilty March 31 in Federal Court to a charge of assault resulting in substantial bodily injury in Indian Country.

A grand jury indicted Huizar Nov. 4, 2020. According to the indictment, Huizar and eight other individuals on Dec. 31, 2019 assaulted a child, who is an enrolled member of the Nambe Pueblo, multiple times before the child was able to escape. The assault began at Valdez Park on the Santa Clara Pueblo.

Huizar faces up to 5 years in prison. 

The Santa Fe Resident Agency of the FBI investigated this case with assistance from the


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Members Of Los Alamos Police Bomb Squad Create Beeping Easter Eggs For Visually Impaired Children

From left, Los Alamos Police Bomb Squad Cmdr. Preston Ballew, Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Louie and his mom Erin in the lobby of the LAPD where Louie presented the officers with a thank you card for making his Easter brighter. Courtesy/LAPD

From left, Los Alamos Police Bomb Squad Cmdr. Preston Ballew, Sgt. Chris Ross, Cpl. Ben Hinrichs and Cmdr. Oliver Morris with beeping Easter eggs they created for a couple of visually impaired kids. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Bomb Squad was sent a request by a local Los Alamos mother to create beeping Easter eggs for her visually impaired child and


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Los Alamos Police Blotter March 4 To March 20, 2021

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.

 

ARTURO HOUSTON

March 4 at 3:06 p.m. / Police arrested Arturo Houston, 38, of Española in Española on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

JESSICA LETICIA MENDEZ

March 6 at 12:47 a.m. / Police arrested Jessica Leticia Mendez, 25, of Ohkay Owingeh on Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction and charged her with shoplifting and


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State Police To Launch DWI Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico April 2021

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will be conducting DWI sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of April.

NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.

Note: Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not


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Firefighters Douse Small Brush Fire In White Rock

The Los Alamos Fire Department responds to a small brush fire this morning in the canyon south of Estante Way in White Rock. A firefighter at the scene stated that the fire was out. With current drought conditions it’s a tinderbox around the county and residents are urged to use extra caution to avoid sparking fires. Photo by Joyce Wolff


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Scenes From Los Alamos Police Bomb Team Training

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross commands the bomb robot from within the LAPD Special Operations Mobile Unit during training today at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Shari Mills 

The remotely controlled robot rolls forward to examine the danger at hand, which in this case is a body ‘dummy’ strapped in a suspicious backpack during training today at Overlook Park. Photo by Shari Mills 

The robot with a specially designed knife lifts up and cuts the strap of the backpack from the dummy during training today at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Shari Mills 

Cmdr. Preston Ballew stands by ‘under


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Police Chief Dino Sgambellone Marks 30-Year Milestone

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone in his office Monday at the LAPD. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone marked 30-years of service in law enforcement March 17. He told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is grateful for having had the opportunity to serve in this way and alongside some amazing people. 

“It has always been important to me to be in a career that made a difference,” he said. “And while there have been many challenges along the way, both personally and professionally, I believe I can


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