Public Safety

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 23 to Aug. 29, 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.

Aug. 23 at 10:34 a.m. / A 54-year-old Los Alamos man reported the fraudulent use of his credit card by false representation in the 2000 block of 43rd Street. The estimated loss is unknown.


Aug. 23 at 9:04 p.m. / Police arrested Mark Henins, 46, of Los Alamos on N.M. 4 on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Aug. 24 at 2:40 p.m. / A 48-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the


Candidates React to Firefighters’ Union Endorsement

ELECTION 2012 News: 

By Carol A. Clark

Incumbent County Council candidate Vincent Chiravalle and Council candidate Pete Sheehey have responded to request for comment from the Los Alamos Daily Post following Friday’s announcement by the Los Alamos Firefighters Association – IAFF Local 3279, that its membership elected to endorse them as well as House Dist. 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard for the November General Election:

Vincent Chiravalle

“I am happy and honored to receive the endorsement of our firefighters. I want to thank the union membership for their


Buy a Plane and Help a Good Cause

The public is invited to bid at an auction Sept. 5 in Midland, Texas on six aircraft seized in drug-related cases by the U.S. Marshals Service. Courtesy/USMS


San Juan, PR – The U.S. Marshals recently conducted a preview of six aircraft in Aguadilla that will be sold at public auction Sept. 5 in Midland, Texas.

The aircraft were part of a seizure conducted in December 2011, shortly after a search warrant was executed by the Drug Enforcement Administration in relation to the investigation of Santo Seda-Rodriguez.

Seda-Rodriguez, owner and pilot of Jeshua Air Services, was the


CONE ZONE: Traffic Conditions Week of Sept. 3


Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

Pavement Preservation – Fog Sealing Moves to North Community and Quemazon

Fog sealing operations will occur Tuesday and Wednesday on North Community streets including 45, 46, 47, 48, White, Urban – North Road to 48, and Sycamore.

Crews will then move to Quemazon on Wednesday and Thursday on streets south of Brisa del Bosque: Tranquillo, Hermosura, Sereno, Sonrisa, and Solana. Followed by


I-25/St. Francis Drive Ramp Closed Tonight


The New Mexico Department of Transportation is alerting motorists that there will be a ramp closure at the Interstate 25/St. Francis Drive interchange in Santa Fe tonight.

The northbound off-ramp to St. Francis Drive will be closed from 8 p.m. Aug. 31 until 5 a.m. Sept. 1. The ramp is being closed for safety reasons while work is done on the bridge above it.

Motorists exiting from I-25 to Santa Fe may take the Old Pecos Trail, Cerrillos Road, or N.M. 599 exits. The southbound on-ramp from St. Francis Drive to I-25 will remain open.

Crews will be working at the interchange all Labor Day weekend


Secret Service Agent Left Loaded Handgun in Bathroom of Romney Plane


From an NPR Tweet:

A secret service agent accidentally left her gun inside the lavatory of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign plane.

CBS News reports that the loaded gun was found by one of its reporters who was travelling with the Republican presidential nominee from Tampa to Indianapolis, Ind., where Romney was scheduled to deliver a speech.

CBS adds:

“A member of the Secret Service on board the plane was informed and retrieved the gun. Romney has traveled with Secret Service protection since early February and has an armed detail


County Responds to LANL’s Technetium 99 Incident


Los Alamos County officials participated in a briefing this morning with DOE officials regarding last week’s incident involving the inadvertent spread of Technetium 99 by lab employees and contractors working at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at LANSCE.

After several days of interviews, measuring, surveying and assessment, the DOE’s Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) has been able to successfully identify all individuals and report on their whereabouts since the incident occurred.

About a dozen people had been reportedly involved in the incident, many of whom


Chamisa Gets ‘All Clear’ Following LANL’s Technetium-99 Assessment Conducted Sunday

Staff report

On short notice Sunday, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy conducted a precautionary assessment of Chamisa Elementary School.

The sweep by DOE’s RAP team (Radiological Assistance Program) resulted in an “all clear.”

The assessment was the result of the Laboratory’s investigation of an inadvertent spread of Technetium-99 by employees and contractors at LANSCE as reported in the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday.

LANL has determined that about a dozen people came into potential contact with this material, and some tracked small


LANL Emergency Exercise Planned For Wednesday

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Wednesday, Aug. 29. It is an exercise only.

LANL routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency.

The majority of the exercise is on LANL property and shouldn’t affect the public. Signs will be in place outside the Los Alamos Medical Center, alerting the public that an exercise is under way.

Laboratory employees who work in facilities near the exercise scenario have been notified. Los


LANL Responds to Radiological Incident at LANSCE

  • Multiple tests indicate no health risks to public or employees

Los Alamos National Laboratory is investigating the inadvertent spread of Technetium 99 by employees and contractors at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), a multidisciplinary accelerator facility used for both civilian and national security research.

The Laboratory has determined that about a dozen people came into contact with the material, and some tracked small amounts of Technetium 99 off-site.

The contamination poses no danger to the public. The type of radiation