Public Safety

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, 2013

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.

Jan. 3 at 8:36 a.m. / A 63-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property in the 100 block of Mariposa Court. The estimated loss is unknown.

Jan. 3 at 12:20 p.m. / CB FOX Department Store in the 1700 block of Central Avenue reported that someone paid for merchandise with bad checks. The matter is under investigation.

GARY SHAW

Jan. 4 at 3:05 a.m. / Police arrested Gary Shaw, 41, Read More

Prolonged Frigid Blast Blankets Los Alamos

Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA News:

A potent cold front that surged across New Mexico Friday with strong gusty winds and areas of light snow will usher in a prolonged blast of well below normal temperatures through early next week.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) explains that a large upper level trough of low pressure taking shape over the western United States will remain nearly stationary over the region through early next week.

Temperatures will average 15 to 20 degrees below normal through at least Wednesday.

While no record breaking low temperatures are expected, this Read More

NNSA Holds Radiation Emergency Consequence Management Training in Israel

Soreq Nuclear Research Center is an applied R&D Institute affiliated to the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. Courtesy/Soreq.gov

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week conducted a training course on Consequence Management (I-CM) in Israel.

The training was held in the Soreq Nuclear Research Center and was attended by 25 Israeli participants.

“The training is part of an ongoing bilateral cooperation between NNSA and Israel,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “The training provided participants Read More

High Wind Warning


Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

A VIGOROUS STORM SYSTEM WILL BE IMPACTING NEW MEXICO WITH VERY STRONG WINDS ALOFT AND A DEEP AREA OF SURFACE LOW PRESSURE.

LOCATION…JEMEZ MOUNTAINS…SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS…ADJACENT NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS…CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN SUMMITS AND ADJACENT EASTERN SLOPES…THE SANTA FE AND
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREAS…AND ALL OF THE EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO.

HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST THIS EVENING. THERE WILL BE POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IN MANY CENTRAL AND Read More

Burst Pipes Most Common in Mountain Towns

STATE FARM News:

New Mexico is bracing for colder temperatures during the next few days with the possibility that many areas of the state will experience temperatures in the below the 20 degree mark- during the night time hours. Many areas of the state face a hard freeze.

When the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break.

Messy and expensive water losses from burst frozen pipes are more common in mountain towns but all residents have the potential to be caught off guard by a sudden drop in temperatures,

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President Signs Katie Sepich Bill Into Law

President Barack Obama. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall reported that today President Barack Obama signed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 into law.
 
Katie’s Law will expand DNA collection efforts from serious criminal offenders in order to save lives, solve crimes and prevent future tragedies from occurring at the hands of repeat offenders.
 
The bill was named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003.
 
Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from
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LANL 6 Found Guilty on Two of Three Counts

The self-named LANL 6 protesters outside the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday include Janet Greenwald, Catherine Euler, Pamela Gilchrist, Cathie Sullivan, Benjamin ‘Summer’ Abbott and Barbara Grothus. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

Six defendants sat in the front of Judge Alan Kirk’s Municipal Courtroom at the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday morning with their defense lawyer, Santa Fe Attorney Jeffery Haas.

The defendants were on trial for charges of trespass, refusing to obey an officer and obstructing movement as a result of their actions Read More

Sig Hecker to Talk on Los Alamos and Kazakhstan

Sig Hecker
 
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, PhD, is an Austrian-Polish-American nuclear scientist and metallurgist who served as director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 until 1997.

On Jan. 19, Hecker will present a public talk titled, “One of the Greatest Nuclear Stories Never Told – Los Alamos and Kazakhstan.”

Hecker works at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
 
He explains that in 1992, the Russians pulled out of their former huge nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk, now in the newly independent Republic of Kazakhstan.
 
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Former Bernalillo County Corrections Officer Sentenced for Civil Rights Violations

FBI News:

WASHINGTON—Demetrio Juan Gonzales, 40, a former corrections officer at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Albuquerque was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for violating the civil rights of an individual in his custody when he struck and choked the victim in the shower room/dress-out area of MDC. Gonzales pleaded guilty in October 2012.

According to court documents, during the early morning hours of December 21, 2011, Gonzales was assigned to the Receiving-Discharge-Transfer Read More

NNSA Selects CNS to Manage Consolidated Contract for Nuclear Production Operations

NNSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • New Partnership Shapes Future of Nuclear Security, Saves Taxpayers more than $3 Billion

WASHINGTON, D.C.–In a move that shapes the future of the United States’ nuclear security enterprise and will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) has been selected to be the management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Read More

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