Public Safety

Sheriff Locates Unregistered Sex Offender

Eugene Louis Calabaza

By Carol A. Clark

A citizen informed authorities that a convicted sex offender was working on the N.M. 4 state road crew in White Rock, but had not registered with the local Sheriff’s Office.

“A call came in through the Crime Stoppers Tip Line on March 14 of a possible sex offender working in White Rock and we passed the information along to the Sheriff’s Office,” said Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Sheriff Marco Lucero and Deputy Eric Ringquist drove to White Rock and spotted convicted sex offender Eugene Louis Calabaza driving


Prescribed Burn Begins Today

Forestry crews use a back torch to ignite a prescribed burn. Courtesy Photo

A 144-acre prescribed burn is planned in the Santa Fe National Forest, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District beginning today if conditions are favorable.

Fire managers plan to treat 50 to 100 acres per day within a two day period.

The name of the project is the Southwest Barbero prescribed burn.

The treatment is expected to take place 12 miles south of the Rowe/Glorieta Mesa near Forest Road 124, and 12 miles south of Pecos.

Treatment will be by hand ignitions.

The purpose of the prescribed burn is to reduce the risk of future high


Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 15 to March 21, 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.

March 15 at 10:45 a.m. / Police charged a 15-year-old Los Alamos boy with possession of a controlled substance at Los Alamos High School and referred him to the juvenile probation officer.

March 15 at 9:59 a.m. / A 54-year-old Arvada man reported that he was the victim of fraud in the 3000 block of Trinity Dr. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

March 15 at 1:56 p.m. / A 51-year-old Los Alamos woman


Chimayo Fire Update

New Mexico State Forestry Division spokesperson Dan Ware said that while there are no active flames in the Chimayo Fire, an evacuation order remains in place as a precaution for Chimayo and the surrounding communities because flames could flare up overnight.

Should that happen, evacuees are advised to go to the Espanola Stroke and Rehabilitation Center at 735 Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Park Road.

The brush fire began about 6 p.m. today and burned along N.M. 76 near Chimayo. It has consumed 20 acres, Ware said.

One residence and two outhouses burned in the fire, which officials believe


Fire Burning Near Chimayo is Threatening 100 Homes

New Mexico State Forestry Division News:

About 50 firefighters are battling a 20-acre brush fire burning near N.M. 76 close to Chimayo.

“I don’t know specifically if the Sancuario is threatened but if it is, we’ll have structure protection in place,” said spokesman Dan Ware of the New Mexico State Forestry Division. “About 45 minutes ago (7:30 p.m.) crews were getting a handle on the fire – it’s not contained by any means – but they are starting to get it under control.”

The residents of two mobile homes in the area have been evacuated,


DOD Selects Los Alamos Police Department for Recognition as a ‘Patriotic Employer’

DOD’s Freedom Award

County News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has been selected by the Department of Defense as a “Patriotic Employer.”

The chair of the local Employer Support for the Guard & Reserve will present the award to the local police during Tuesday’s County Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

ESGR is a Department of Defense sponsored program to help guard and reserve members and to honor employers who do the same.

ESGR received 3,236 nominations for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. 

The Freedom Award is the Department


Jury Convicts One of the World’s Largest Heroin Traffickers

DEA News: 


Haji Bagcho

One of the largest heroin traffickers in the world has been convicted of conspiracy and distribution of heroin for importation into the United States and narco-terrorism charges.  

“One of the world’s most prolific drug traffickers reign has come to an end,” DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said. “Now Haji Bagcho will serve time behind bars on the same soil he sought to destroy with his drugs, and whose troops he sought to kill through his support to the Taliban…”

An investigation by DEA agents revealed that Haji Bagcho, an Afghan national


Suspect on the Loose after Santa Fe Branch of Bank of Albuquerque Robbery

Bank Robbery Suspect. Photo Courtesy/FBI

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred Friday, March 16, at the Bank of Albuquerque at 706 Saint Michaels Dr., #A in Santa Fe.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, 5’8” tall, with a medium build and black hair.

He wore an olive-green jacket with a hood, jeans, a dark mask, and white gloves.

Witnesses say the suspect walked into the bank at approximately 12:45 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

The suspect displayed a weapon. Photo Courtesy/FBI

He left the bank with an undisclosed


Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 8 to March 14, 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.



March 8 at 12:45 p.m. / Police arrested Benjamin Baca, 38, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant for unknown charges.

March 8 at 2:49 p.m. / Los Alamos National Laboratory – Technical Area 50, Building 0001 reported being the victim of larceny at 683 Crossroads. The estimated loss is more than $500.

March 8 at 6:19 a.m. / Police issued a citation


Changing Signals at Rover and N.M. 4

Work crews recently changed out traffic signals at the intersection of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/