Public Safety

SID Arrests Local Servers Friday Night During Alcohol Compliance Sweep

By Carol A. Clark

Allowing themselves to be distracted for an instant Friday night, landed two local restaurant servers in jail.

Jason Minturn and Holly Mechels were arrested during an alcohol compliance sweep conducted by members of the Special Investigations Division (SID) of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

“We visited 11 establishments in the Los Alamos area and arrested servers at the Conoco Gas Station and Deli adjacent to the Hilltop House Hotel and the Blue Window Bistro,” said Lt. Chris Ortiz of SID in Santa Fe.

Minturn, 23 was arrested at the Conoco


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 2012

The following information was 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.

Feb. 9 at 12:56 p.m./A 23-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of unlawful use of a telephone on Trinity Drive.

Feb. 9 at 1:15 p.m./Police responded to an unattended death at 600 San Ildefonso Road.

Feb. 9 at 1:32 p.m./A 12-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was the victim of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years of age. The matter is under investigation.


Firefighters Rescue Injured Woman Hiker

Los Alamos Firefighters carry the stokes litter used to transport an injured woman to an awaiting ambulance on Piedra Loop after she fell on Red Dot Trail this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Firefighters rescued a hiker who had fallen on Red Dot Trail in White Rock this afternoon while walking with friends. Shortly after noon, a member of her hiking party called out to a passing trail runner and asked him to call emergency dispatch to request help for the injured woman.

“She is a 69-year-old who fell down on the trail and apparently hit her head on a rock,”


Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Solving Navajo Man’s Death

The FBI and Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations are asking the public for information regarding an apparent hit-and-run death that occurred last Saturday night in Fruitland, N.M.

Stanley Begay, a 51-year-old Navajo man, was found dead on Navajo Route 36, near Mile Post 17, about 15 miles southwest of Farmington, at about 8:46 p.m. Saturday.

Begay was walking along Navajo Route 36 when he apparently was struck by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene.

No witnesses have come forward.

Investigators would like to talk to anyone who may have driven in the area on Navajo Route 36 around


Five LAFD Firefighters Promoted

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a special ceremony Friday at Station 3 in White Rock to honor five firefighters who were promoted earlier this month. Seated from right, Justin Grider promoted to deputy fire chief, Steven Dawald promoted to captain, Chris Bartlit promoted to captain, Dan Duval promoted to captain and Adrian Martinez promoted to driver engineer. Standing at right, Fire Chief Troy Hughes congratulated each firefighter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Small Boy Earns Community Hero Award

Jonah Cruz Wheat, 5, and his sister pose with his certificate Friday at Fire Station 3
in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Jonah Cruz Wheat was just 4 years old on July 12 when he heard a woman cry out for help while he played in his yard.

Playing superheroes is one of his favorite pass times so when his mother heard him enter the house and ask his sister if she heard someone calling for help, she assumed they were just playing.

Amanda Wheat recounted hearing her son go back outside and yell, “Don’t worry … I’m coming … I’ll help you.” She grabbed her phone and ran outside where she saw her


LAFD Union Leader Honored

Capt. Flavio Martinez, left, is congratulated by Fire Chief Troy Hughes at his retirement ceremony Wednesday.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Fire Chief Troy Hughes, coworkers, family and friends honored longtime Los Alamos Firefighter and IAFF Local 3279 Union President Flavio Martinez at a gathering in Fire Administration Wednesday.

“Capt. Martinez was one of the first people I met with when I came here to see if this is where I wanted to work and I quickly recognized that he really only wanted the same things I did – a well-trained department, people treated fairly and people held


Torpy Gets Hugged






Longtime Los Alamos resident Colleen Hanlon hugs Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy at the county council meeting Tuesday night in appreciation for his coming to her aid and moving her car, which he noticed was parked in a precarious location on Central Avenue.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/