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Notice Of Possible Quorum: LAPS Board Monday

on May 20, 2018 - 6:53am

State Police Mourn Loss of Sgt. Thomas Vitale

on May 20, 2018 - 6:53am

Sgt. Thomas Vitale

NMSP News:

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of New Mexico State Police Sgt. Thomas Vitale. Sgt. Vitale suffered an unexpected medical incident while on duty Saturday and did not survive.

Sgt. Vitale was a dedicated and hard-working member of the New Mexico State Police family, and he will be sorely missed.

Sgt. Vitale served with the New Mexico State Police for 18 years and was assigned to District 12 in Deming. He also is a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife and three children.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete

FBI: Rio Rancho Man Sentenced For Conviction On Federal Marijuana Trafficking Charge

on May 18, 2018 - 8:35am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Antonio Ruelas, 32, of Rio Rancho, was sentenced late May 3 in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to 30 months of imprisonment based on his previously entered guilty plea to a marijuana trafficking conspiracy charge. Ruelas will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
Ruelas is one of ten defendants charged as the result of a two-year investigation by the FBI and IRS-Criminal Investigation into a drug trafficking organization led by Enrique Cavazos, 32, of Tijeras, that distributed high-grade marijuana throughout New Mexico and

Former Mora And Pecos Schools Coach Arrested

on May 18, 2018 - 7:11am
Apoloino Leroy Blea
NMSP News:
The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate a former Mora and Pecos Schools coach for criminal sexual penetration of a 14-year-old student enrolled at Mora High School.
New Mexico State Police Agents were able to determine that over the course of four months, between November 2016 and February 2018, Apoloino Leroy Blea, 21, of Mora had ongoing contact with a 14-year-old student.

Scenes From 2018 LAPD Special Olympics Law Enforcement 42-Mile Torch Run To Jemez Springs

on May 17, 2018 - 9:54pm

A group of Special Olympics athletes and their Los Alamos Police Department supporters prepare to start the 2018 Torch Run to Jemez Springs this morning, a distance of 42 miles. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Sam Zimmerly carries the Special Olympics torch followed by Jenny Gonzales, Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Cpl. Adele McKenzie and Shaylene Stephens on her bicycle. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Longtime Special Olympics athletes Sam Zimmerly and Jenny Gonzales are ready to run the first leg of the torch run. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


LAPD And Community Members Honor Law Enforcement Officers Killed In Line Of Duty In 2017

on May 16, 2018 - 9:01am

Los Alamos police participating in Tuesday morning's ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, from left, Cpl. Pete Garcia, Det. Joey Robinson, Det. Matt Lyon, Cpl. David Randleman, Sgt. Daniel Roberts, Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, Chief Dino Sgambellone, Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Det. Ryan Wolking and Sgt. Chris Ross. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos police saluting the flag Tuesday morning, from left, Chief Dino Sgambellone, Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Sgt. Chris Ross, Det. Matt Lyon and Det. Ryan Wolking.

LAPD Law Enforcement Wives Place ‘Thin Blue Lines’ On Vehicles

on May 16, 2018 - 8:29am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone thanks members of the LAPD Law Enforcement Wives group, from left, Jessica Randleman, Kateri Morris, Kim Roberts and Elizabeth Lyon. The wives placed a temporary ‘thin blue line’ on vehicles for community members allowing them to show their support and appreciation of local law enforcement. Not pictured is Melissa Weiss who also stopped by to help. More than 60 people stopped by, many expressing their gratitude for LAPD staff. The event was in honor of Police Appreciation Week, May 13-19. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Kateri Morris, right,

Los Alamos Neighborhood Awakens To Bears In Tree

on May 14, 2018 - 11:48am

Three bears are spotted hanging out this morning in a tree behind a Woodland Road in Los Alamos. The two young bears climbed to the top and seemed to be content to stay there, while the agitated mother continued her quest to reach them. Four hours later the bears remain in the tree. According to the Los Alamos Police Department, New Mexico Game & Fish Department officials were notified but said to just leave the bears alone. A NMG&F spokesperson said community members should call 888.248.6866 during regular business hours or LAPD Dispatch at 505.662.8222 after hours.

Michael Daddio Arrested Twice In Albuquerque Since Los Alamos Residential Burglary

on May 12, 2018 - 8:33am
Michael Genarro Daddio
Los Alamos Daily Post

Use of a Los Alamos man’s passport taken during an April 10 burglary of a Rim Road residence has led to four counts of identity theft for Michael Genarro Daddio, 34, of Albuquerque.

According to documents filed by Det. Ryan Wolking in Los Alamos Magistrate Court, Cpl. David Boe and Cpl. Gabriel Nieto went to the residence at around 5:30 p.m., April 10 in response to a report of a burglary. One of the victims said when he arrived home he found a door to his garage partially open.

In Honor Of Police Appreciation Week May 13-19 … Community Invited To Receive Temporary ‘Thin Blue Line’

on May 11, 2018 - 4:42pm

In honor of Police Appreciation Week May 13-19, all community members are invited to receive a temporary “thin blue line” placed on their vehicle to show support and appreciation of local law enforcement. Drive to the Justice Center (front parking lot, off Central Avenue) anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. This event is sponsored by the LAPD Law Enforcement Wives. Photo by Kateri Morris


LAPD: Suspect Identified Through Crime Stoppers Tip

on May 11, 2018 - 3:46pm

Suspect Michael Gennaro Daddio of Corrales was identified through a tip in relation to recent Los Alamos County residential burglaries. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

  • Suspect charged in connection with local residential burglaries

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigation Section has obtained an arrest warrant on a suspect that is related to recent Los Alamos County residential burglaries.

Michael Gennaro Daddio of Corrales was identified through a tip to Los Alamos Crime Stoppers from an anonymous person watching a KOB news report.

The tip led LAPD investigator Det.

District Judge Ponders Sheriff Duties Issue Following Hour-Long Hearing

on May 11, 2018 - 3:11pm
Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero arrives at the Los Alamos Justice Center Thursday morning with his attorney Blair Dunn, right, and Cibola County Undersheriff Michael Munk, left, for a hearing before First Judicial District Judge Francis J. Mathew. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos County Assistant Attorney Kathryn Thwaits chats with County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, center, and County Attorney Alvin Leaphart prior to Thursday's hearing. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial

LAPD Alerts Community To Scam Phone Calls

on May 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

LAPD News:

A Los Alamos Police Department spokesperson is reminding the community to be cautious when responding to scam phone calls or voicemail from people claiming to represent the police department.

“LAPD will never call you to ask for money for any reason,” the spokesperson said.

Members of the public have reported receiving such calls during the past few days.

Los Alamos Police And Fire Departments Take Over Nature Center May 15

on May 10, 2018 - 8:17am

PEEC News:


The Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments are taking over the nature center 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.


Join officers and firefighters to discuss hiking safety, wild animal safety and more. There also will be police vehicles and the and bomb truck for families to look at and for kids to sit inside. There may be some special giveaways for kids, as well.


This event is free and open to the public.


For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.


PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve

Notice of Possible Quorum For County Council

on May 10, 2018 - 7:45am


Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attentd the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at 10 a.m., May 15 at the Justice Center o honor all New Mexico law enforcement officers.

A quorum may be present but no action will be taken.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 3 To May 7, 2018

on May 9, 2018 - 10:03am

LAPD News:

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.


May 3 at 5:05 p.m. / Police arrested Freddie Arellano, 39, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked license.





May 6 at 7:23 p.m. / Police arrested Joshua Martinez, 18, of Los Alamos on43rd Street and charged him with battery.





May 7 at 7:46 p.m.

Suspect Spends Thousands Using Credit Cards Stolen From Los Alamos Home ... LAPD Seeks Information

on May 9, 2018 - 9:27am

Do you know this man? Los Alamos Police Department continues to seek the identity of this man who is the primary suspect in recent crimes. Courtesy/LAPD


Los Alamos Daily Post

Credit cards stolen in the April burglary of a Los Alamos home have been used to purchase thousands of dollars of merchandise and obtain thousands of dollars in cash from stores and casinos in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The victim’s passport was used as identification for the transactions, Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking said Tuesday.

Despite publishing photos of the

School Safety A Shared Responsibility ... If You See Something - Say Something

on May 7, 2018 - 4:50pm

LAPS News:

With an increased focus on student and staff safety, the Los Alamos Public Schools and the Los Alamos Police Department are asking the community's help in ensuring that every visitor reports to the Principal’s office upon arriving at school.

With the weather warming up, we have noticed more outdoor activities like going for a stroll or walking pets through school property; even these types of activities require permission to be on school grounds during class time hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Invite Community To Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service 10 a.m. Tuesday May 15

on May 7, 2018 - 3:03pm

LAPD News:

The community is invted to attend the annual the Law Enforcement Memorial Service hosted by the Los Alamos Police Department Tuesday, May 15 to honor the New Mexico Law Enforcement Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty this past year.

The service begins at 10 a.m. on the north side of the Justice Center in the parking lot facing Central Avenue and lasts about 30 minutes.

At this time and until 1 p.m., everyone is invited to bring their vehicles so LAPD family and staff can apply a thin blue line to the back windshield in support of law enforcement.


District Attorney Determines Shot Fired By Los Alamos Police Officer In August Incident Was Justified

on May 6, 2018 - 7:01am
First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna has determined that a shot fired by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Robert Larsen during an Aug. 25 incident was justified.

In an April 27 letter to Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, Serna said that based on a complete review of the information submitted to his office, the evidence indicates the discharge of Larsen’s weapon was justified.

“There is no evidence that suggests Cpl.

Los Aamos Police Blotter: April 12 To May 1, 2018

on May 5, 2018 - 7:53am

LAPD News:

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.

NOTE: Photos for some of the individuals arrested are not yet available due to a glitch in the police records software. The problem has been resolved and those photos will be added when received.


April 11 at 2: 36 p.m. / Police arrested Melinda M.

LAPD Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run May 17

on May 4, 2018 - 5:22pm
LAPD News:
The Los Alamos Police Department is participating in the annual Law Enforcement Torch run to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.
This year is a special year as it marks the 50th Anniversary that founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a movement in 1968 to fulfill this mission:
“The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

FBI: Carlsbad Woman Pleads Guilty To Federal Wire Fraud Charge Arising Out Of $800,000 Embezzlement Scheme

on May 4, 2018 - 10:14am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage announced Wednesday that Lori V. Whitaker, 54, of Carlsbad, entered a guilty plea in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to a wire fraud charge.  
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Whitaker is required to pay $816,630.36 in restitution to her former employer, the victim of her crime. Whitaker also faces a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years of imprisonment at sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled.
Whitaker was indicted

County Council Declares May 13-19 Police Week

on May 3, 2018 - 6:50am

Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation Tuesday evening declaring the week of May 13-19 as Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in Los Alamos. The proclamation was presented by Councilor Susan O’Leary to Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone. Chief Sgambellone thanked the Council for the proclamation helping to honor and remember those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and their families. He announced that LAPD will hold a short ceremony at 10 a.m. May 15 at the Department and the community is invited to attend.

Bench Warrant Issued For John Turner For Alleged Crimes Against Child

on May 3, 2018 - 6:30am
Los Alamos Daily Post

A bench warrant has been issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados for a former Los Alamos resident after he failed to appear in Court Friday for a preliminary hearing.

John Turner, 48, now lives in Vancouver, Wash., and is charged with three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13, by causing the child to allegedly touch him inappropriately when she was 12 years old.

Los Alamos Police Department records indicate that in 2015, a young woman came to the Department and reported that she was sexually abused