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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 21 To Feb. 25, 2020

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.

 

JOHN P. KELLEY

Feb. 21 at 3:40 p.m. / Police arrested John P. Kelley, 50, of Los Alamos at 2360 A 37th St. and charged him with Sexual Exploitation of a Child: Possession of Child Pornography.

 

 

 

MARTIN PALACIOS-ARREOLA AKA JORGE RODRIGUEZ

Feb. 25 at 10:55 p.m. / Police arrested Marti Palacios-Arreola AKA Jorge Rodriguez, 44, of Española at 2500 Trinity Dr.,


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State GOP Response To Governor Signing ‘Red-Flag’ Bill

From the Republican Party of New Mexico:

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, the rights of law-abiding New Mexicans were snatched away from them.

By penning her name to the Red Flag bill, Gov. Lujan Grisham fired a shot against our Constitutional rights.

It looks like special interests outweigh the citizens of New Mexico again. This is a gun grab that violates our 2nd Amendment rights, due process and search and seizure practices and opens the door to all kind of legal problems.

“This bill was rammed through the legislature with a total disregard of New Mexicans’ rights. There were many Constitutional and legal


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Governor Signs Controversial ‘Red-Flag’ Bill Into Law

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs the Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act today at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM

By JENS GOULD
New Mexican

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed high-profile firearms legislation today, hailing the new law as a measure that can prevent gun violence and issuing a warning to any sheriffs who might refuse to enforce it.

Under the Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act, law enforcement can seek a court order to temporarily take firearms and ammunition away from a person who is found to pose a threat. A court hearing must then be held within 10 days,


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Firefighter John P. Kelley Has Resigned Effective Today

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Firefighter John P. Kelley has submitted his resignation from the Los Alamos Fire Department effective today, Feb. 25, 2020.

Kelley was arrested Friday, Feb. 21 and charged with sexual exploitation of a child/possession.

Kelley had been placed on inactive duty status and placed on leave without pay, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation and in accordance with personnel policy.

Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, the County will have no other comment at this time.


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Shooting Involving State Police In Deming Saturday

NMSP News:

Around 4:15 p.m. Feb. 22, New Mexico State Police officers assisted Luna County Sheriff’s Office to locate a male subject armed with a shotgun who led police on a vehicle pursuit and shot at a deputy in Deming, New Mexico.

The Deming Police Department initiated a vehicle pursuit on a red minivan for a male suspect believed to have violated a temporary order of protection. The male suspect led officers through the city of Deming into the county. Luna County Sheriff’s Office took over the pursuit.

During the pursuit, the male suspect attempted to drive over a berm and got his vehicle


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County Issues Statement On Firefighter John P. Kelley Arrest

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Firefighter John P. Kelley was arrested Friday, Feb. 21 and charged with sexual exploitation of a child/possession.

Pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation and in accordance with personnel policy, Kelley has been placed on inactive duty status and placed on leave without pay.

The County will be monitoring the situation closely and taking further administrative action as appropriate. 

Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, the County will have no other comment at this time.


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FBI: Former Deputy Sheriff In Colfax County Gets 87 Months

Former Deputy Sheriff Vidal Sandoval

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Honorable Judith C. Herrera, Senior United States District Judge, sentenced Vidal Sandoval, 50, of Cimarron, New Mexico, to 87 months in federal prison Friday for drug trafficking and theft of government property committed while Sandoval was a deputy sheriff in Colfax County.

“The defendant’s offenses represent a profound breach of a sacred public trust,” United States Attorney John C. Anderson said in announcing the sentence. “The people of Colfax County entrusted the defendant with the authority to enforce the laws and


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FBI: Man Wearing Glasses, Windbreaker Robs Albq. Bank

FBI News:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who wore black-rimmed glasses and a dark windbreaker when he robbed a northwest Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, height approximately 5’6” to 5’7”.

He wore a two-tone baseball cap (gray on front, white on back), black-rimmed glasses, a dark windbreaker, and dark pants.

At approximately 1:07 p.m., the suspect entered U.S. Bank, 8251 Golf Course Road NW.

He walked up to a teller and presented a note that demanded money. The teller handed over an undisclosed


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Los Alamos Low Crime Rate A Community-Wide Achievement

Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, speaks with Chief Dino Sgambellone Tuesday at the police station. LAPD recently reported the crime rate in Los Alamos is the lowest in LAPD history. Sgambellone said he appreciates the support LAPD receives from the community and appreciates his staff. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

A positive trend has been occurring in Los Alamos; it is a trend residents should be proud of because the majority of the town has contributed to moving in this good direction.

According


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DEA Announces Launch Of Operation Crystal Shield

A seized bag of ice methamphetamine. Courtesy/DEA

Extremely pure crystal methamphetamine. Courtesy/DEA

DEA Clan Enforcement Team processing crystal methamphetamine Feb. 15 at a crime scene. Courtesy/DEA

DEA News:

  • Efforts Will focus on main U.S. methamphetamine trafficking transportation hubs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced that the DEA will direct enforcement resources to methamphetamine “transportation hubs” — areas where methamphetamine is often trafficked in bulk and then distributed across the country.


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