Public Safety

Picuris Pueblo Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $132,000

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in federal court in Albuquerque, Norma Mermejo, 61, a member and resident of Picuris Pueblo, entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging her with embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

U.S. Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Mermejo pled guilty to embezzling approximately $132,000 belonging to Picuris Pueblo between February 2008 and April 2010.

At the time, Mermejo was employed as a file clerk in the Pueblo’s accounting office. Picuris Pueblo terminated her employment in April 2010, when Pueblo officials learned of her unlawful activities.


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San Juan Prescribed Burn 95 Percent Complete

SFNF News:

San Juan Prescribed Burn 95 percent Complete – 7,000 acres treated, 300 acres remain

Fire managers have completed ignitions on the San Juan prescribed burn for today, Thursday, Oct. 18.

Today, 5,750 acres were successfully treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Since yesterday, 7,000 acres have been treated.

Favorable conditions allowed fire managers to treat a greater area today and complete most of the burn, therefore limiting the number of days smoke will be in the air.

Tonight, firefighters will remain on-site monitoring the burn area.

Tomorrow, if conditions


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High-Value Muscle Cars on the Auction Block

U.S. MARSHALS News:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marshals Service will sell more than 50 high-value muscle cars, sports cars, motorcycles and jet skis via a live auction at 10 a.m. Thursday at Apple Auctioneering Co., 14851 NW 27th Ave., Opa-Locka, Fla.

The vehicles were seized and forfeited to the federal government as part of a pill mill takedown in Broward and Miami-Dade counties in 2011.

Proceeds generated from the auction will be deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund, which is used to compensate victims, supplement law enforcement programs and support community programs.


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Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management Notification

SFNF News:

Fire managers have successfully treated 1,250 acres of the 7,300 acres scheduled scheduled for up to five days on the San Juan prescribed burn.

Flames and fire are visible from Cat and San Juan Mesas at night and residents will see a “glowing mountain” … this is expected so don’t be alarmed.

Ignitions have started again today on the San Juan prescribed burn and fire managers will continue using hand ignitions to create a blackline along the southeastern/western perimeter of the burn area.

Blacklining consists of pre-burning of woody material on the ground adjacent to control


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San Juan Prescribed Burn Begins Today

SFNF News:

Beginning today, Wednesday Oct. 17, if conditions are favorable, fire managers plan to begin the 7,300 acre San Juan prescribed burn, located 3-5 miles northeast of Jemez Springs

Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day. Prescribed burning is the managed application of fire to wildland fuels (woody material) under specified conditions, within predetermined boundaries in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection, and restore forest health.

The burn area is located three to five miles northeast of the Jemez Springs and four


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Police Officials Brief Council on Department’s Master Career Plan

Acting Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster has filled a vacancy left when Kevin Purtymun retired last month. As part of the department’s restructuring, Foster’s previous position of captain has been eliminated. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Acting Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster briefed County Council this evening regarding a Master Career Plan for the Los Alamos Police Department.

“The Master Career Plan provides a road map for our employees to follow that will allow them to progress through a pay system while increasing


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Friday’s Hailstorm Wreaks Havoc on Local Home

The home of Dawn and James Cline at 1164 Cheyenne St. is battered by Friday’s Hailstorm. Photo by James Cline

Staff Report

“Our house got trashed,” said Dawn Cline of Friday’s intense hailstorm.

Cline and her husband James Cline own Aspen Copies & Office Supplies, 1907 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. She told the Los Alamos Daily Post that their home was hit the hardest in the neighborhood and sustained the most damage.

“We lost our full front siding and siding on the side of our trailer, all of the shutters and all of the front windows … the front


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 4 to Oct. 10, 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.

Oct. 4 at 6:38 a.m. / A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was to victim of extortion by someone attempting to expose her. The matter is under investigation.

PEGGY MYERS

Oct. 4 at 2:47 p.m. / Police arrested Peggy Myers, 59, of Los Alamos at 15th Street and Central Avenue and charged her with driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m. / A 70-year-old Los Alamos woman reported


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CONE ZONE: Week of Oct. 15

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1:

Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon remains closed.

Roadway prep work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.

Paving from the middle of the Myrtle Green to 9th Street should occur the week of Oct. 22.

Minor delays


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FBI Media Alert: Public’s Help Sought in Man’s Death

FBI News:

Dale Johnson went missing for more than a week before his body was found in a mountainous area near Mescalero, N.M., on July 8, 2011.

The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs still are investigating the 58-year-old Mescalero man’s death, and are asking the public for help.

Johnson’s body was found in a remote area directly north of the Feast or Ceremonial Grounds on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

No information about the condition of the body is being released at this time.

Johnson’s relatives reported him missing on June 29, 2011.

Anyone with information about what


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