Public Safety

Firefighters Promoted During Special Ceremony

During a special ceremony Monday at Fire Administration on East Road, three firefighters were promoted. From left, Battalion Chief Paul Grano will supervise the C Shift, Battalion Chief Kelly Sterna will oversee training and exercises related to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Newly promoted Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Trehern is a second generation firefighter. He worked in LANL’s Fire Protection Division for 13 years and has been with LAFD for 22 years. He will be in charge of operations and will supervise all three fire shifts at LAFD. His father, Jim Trehern, was the last fire chief


SAR Conference Featured High-Angle Rescues

Edit: May 9th, 8 a.m. – three additional photos added.

SAR News:

New Mexico Search and Rescue volunteers practice high and low angle rescues during Saturday’s portion of last weekend’s three-day conference at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/
The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC) hosted its annual training event – ESCAPE (Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event for search and rescue volunteers last weekend at the Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque.

More than 200 volunteers from


Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 27 to May 2, 2012

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

April 27 at 10:23 a.m. / A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 400 block of Central Avenue. The estimated loss is less than $250.

April 27 at 11:39 a.m. / Police received the report of a forgery in the 1000 block of Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is unknown.

April 27 at 2 p.m. / Police charged a 16-year-old Los Alamos boy with possession of drug paraphernalia


Pill Drive Collects Record 276 Tons

DEA News:
The American people have again responded overwhelmingly to the most recent DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
On April 28, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster reported that local detectives received 8.5 pounds of unwanted or expired medications at the Drug Take Back booth set up at the Los


Officials Conduct ‘Every 15 Minutes’ Debriefing

Los Alamos Fire and Police Chaplain Cheryl Ridlon leads a debriefing session Friday at police headquarters following last month’s “Every 15 Minutes” distracted driving exercise at Los Alamos High School. Fire Chief Troy Hughes, at left, and Police Sgt. Jordan Redmond and others took part in Friday’s debriefing. Students, parents, teachers, police firefighters, hospital personnel, judicial officials, chaplains from around the region, a mortuary, the Office of the Medical Investigator, a LifeCare helicopter and other emergency personnel participated


Police Promote Anti-Bullying Efforts

Los Alamos Police Det. Paige Early, center, and Det. Brian Schamber, behind her, talk to community members and give them free tickets to the special screening of “Bully” at the Reel Deal Movie Theater Friday evening. Photo by N.S. Mills

Los Alamos Police Officers and Detectives have been spearheading an effort to help stop bullying behavior at the local schools and throughout the community.

On Friday evening, police were at the Reel Deal Movie Theater providing community members with free tickets to the special screening of “Bully.”

“Bully” is a documentary


Runaway Vehicle Crashes into White Rock Visitor Center

Police arrived at the scene of an accident in which an unoccupied vehicle rolled away from the Shell Gas Station at Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4 at about 5 p.m. today, picked up speed through the adjacent parking lot and plowed into the White Rock Visitor Center. According to police, the driver went inside the station to prepay her gas. Her vehicle is a manual transmission that apparently popped out of gear and rolled southbound across the parking lot, struck a canopy pole near the entrance of the tourist information center, jumped the curb and pushed in a portion of the glass and wall area of the building


Police Charge Main Hill Road Speeder

Los Alamos Police arrested the driver of a vehicle seen speeding down the Main Hill Road Tuesday night.

Officers stopped Aaron Victor D. Lopez, 25, of Espanola at 10:11 p.m. before Anderson Overlook and administered a Field Sobriety Test to him, which he failed, according to police.

Lopez has been charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

Police issued criminal citations at the scene to two passengers riding in the vehicle, Julia Gonzalez-Marquez, 19, of Espanola and Daniel Cruz-Chafino, 19, of Espanola.

Gonzalez-Marquez is charged with


NM Search and Rescue Annual Conference at Buffalo Thunder Resort

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council Announces Annual Search and Rescue Conference.

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC) will be hosting ESCAPE (Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event), its annual training event for search and rescue volunteers on May 4-6 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort, Spa, and Casino in Pojoaque, NM.  Over 200 volunteers from throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas, will be attending to train in all aspects of effective search and rescue.  The three-day conference also has a trade show, featuring the latest in search and rescue


Police Stop Speeder on Main Hill Road – Discover Drugs, Paraphernalia

Los Alamos Police Officers spotted a vehicle speeding down the Main Hill Road this evening at about 10:30 p.m., pulled it over and found the occupants to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers were in the process of conducting a Field Sobriety Test on the male driver when this photograph was taken. Police directed traffic around the area of the scene near the shoulder of the road well before Anderson Overlook where two male and one female passengers were being detained. Check the in the morning for final details and charges involved with this case. Photo by Carol