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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 29 To Sept. 9, 2019

on September 11, 2019 - 10:15pm

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.


Aug. 29 at 10:18 p.m. / Police arrested Justin Dalton, 18, of Los Alamos at Central Avenue and Oppenheimer and charged him with failure to stop or yield at an intersection and DUI.





Sept. 6 at 5:42 p.m.

Amber Alert: 5-Year-Old Missing In Rio Arriba County

on September 9, 2019 - 7:40am

Renezmae Calzada. 5, missing since Sunday. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

The Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Renezmae Calzada. 

Calzada is a 5-year-old Hispanic female, four feet tall, weighing approximately 35 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. 

Calzada was last seen at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, wearing blue shorts with stars and a “Frozen” shirt from the Disney film.

Many details are still unknown and under investigation by the Rio Arriba County Sherriff’s Office. However, of urgent concern is the whereabouts of Calzada.

UPDATE - Silver Alert: Helen Rael Missing Since Friday

on September 7, 2019 - 12:30pm

Helen Rael, 83, missing since Friday. Courtesy/SFCSO

Update: Silver Alert canceled ... Helen Rael was located and is safe.


The following is information for the distribution of a Silver Alert from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating Helen Rael, a Hispanic female, 83-years-old, five foot two inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Rael was last seen wearing a black pants, boots and unknown color shirt Sept. 6, 2019 at the Tesuque Casino in Santa Fe.

Rael is

Judge Casados Swears In Two Public Safety Aides

on September 6, 2019 - 9:15am

Judge Pat Casados swears in Los Alamos Police Department Public Safety Aide Theresa Phelan and Public Safety Aide Jacob Hill Thursday during a ceremony at the Magistrate Court in the Justice Center. Photo by John McHale/

AG Balderas Announces Phase 1 Results Of Statewide Violent Fugitive Round Up ‘Operation Steel Net’

on September 6, 2019 - 8:05am

Mugshots of individuals arrested during phase 1 of phase I of Operation Steel Net. Courtesy/NMAG

From the Office of the Attorney General:

  • Ongoing Operation Targets Dangerous Criminals Accused of Violent Crimes and Sex Offenses in Rural & Urban Communities

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, in coordination with Seventh Judicial District Attorney Clint Wellborn, Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb, New Mexico State Police, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Socorro County Sheriff’s Office, Region V Drug Task Force, Region IV Probation and

State Police Issue Some 1,700 Citations, Handled 37 Crashes, 11 Arrests In Labor Day C.A.R.E. Operation

on September 4, 2019 - 7:18am

NMSP News:

During the Labor Day holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) operation across roadways within the state.

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend, reduce the number of crashes, and increase motorist safety.

NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts.

NMSP Intercept Load Of Meth At DWI Checkpoint

on August 30, 2019 - 10:30am
New Mexico State Police discover 21 pounds of methamphetamine Aug. 16 inside a 2017 Ford Taurus during an ENDWI Sobriety Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 54 in Guadalupe County. Courtesy/NMSP
NMSP News:
GUADALUPE COUNTY At about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, the New Mexico State Police was conducting an ENDWI Sobriety Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 54 near milepost 239 in Guadalupe County. 
A grey 2017 Ford Taurus passenger vehicle driven by Edward Briley, 40, of Pampa, Texas entered the sobriety checkpoint.
Officers learned that Briley, who did not have a driver’s license on him, had a

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 21 To Aug. 27, 2019

on August 30, 2019 - 9:10am

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.


Aug. 21 at 9:50 p.m. / Police arrested Richard I. Pena, 39, of Dixon on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant at 2500 Trinity Dr.



Aug. 22 at 5:39 a.m. / Police arrested Daniel O. Hoffman. 59, of Rio Rancho in Sandoval County on an arrest order.




Aug. 27 at 2:21 a.m.

Los Alamos Ranks #1 Safest City In New Mexico

on August 29, 2019 - 9:08pm


Unfortunately, New Mexico is not one of the safest states in the nation, recording the highest rate of property crime and 2nd highest rate of violent crime.

However, some individual communities achieved decent scores on our Safety Index, which rates the safety of a city based on FBI crime statistics and law enforcement data, proving that there solid, safe options in the state in which to raise a family.

New Mexico’s safest city is Los Alamos, earning a very high 0.98 Safety Index score that dwarfs those of every other community in the state.

Fatal Rollover Crash In Santa Fe County

on August 28, 2019 - 3:33pm

NMSP News:

SANTA FE COUNTY -- At about 8:45 p.m., Tuesday, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on the Interstate 25 frontage road and West Metro Road around Interstate 25, mile post 276, near Santa Fe. 

The initial investigation indicated that a 2006 black BMW SUV occupied by three individuals was traveling south on the Interstate 25 frontage road at a high rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, the BMW left the roadway and rolled.

The driver, Dominic Gonzales, 21, of Santa Fe, was ejected and suffered fatal injuries, he was pronounced deceased at

State Police Investigate Homicide In Rio Arriba County

on August 27, 2019 - 10:11am

Jullian Medelez charged with murder in the 2nd degree.

NMSP News:

El Llano – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted Sunday to investigate a Homicide in the community of El Llano in Rio Arriba County.

New Mexico State Police Uniform officers responded to 1517 El Caballo Qunio Dr. in El Llano in reference to a 911 hang up call.

When officers arrived at the residence, they encountered Jullian Medelez, 45, of El Llano. He walked out of the residence holding a knife and told officers he was going to get a gun and shoot them.   

Officers attempted to negotiate with

Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Meets Wednesday

on August 27, 2019 - 9:28am

Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter Ad Hoc Committee meeting for Aug. 21 was canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28.

The committee will meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Boards & Commissions Room at the Los Alamos County Muunicipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.

State Police Announce Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In September

on August 27, 2019 - 8:35am
NMSP News:
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September 2019.
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Rodney Roberson Presenting Talk On Incident Command System

on August 27, 2019 - 8:14am

On the job in Los Alamos is Emergency Management and Security Coordinator Rodney Roberson, pictured here with Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps Assistant Cmdr. Donna McHenry, giving a presentation Aug. 13 about the Incident Command System to members of the Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps and Behavioral Health Response Team (BHRT). Photo by Jennifer Bartram/


Scenes From Robotics Night At Bradbury Museum

on August 25, 2019 - 6:19am

Members of the Los Alamos Robotics Team 4153, known as Project Y, Zach Koehn, left, and Carter Noeninckyx operate the team's ball tossing robot during Robotics Night Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Koehn and Noeninckyx said their team built the robot in six weeks.They added that competively, thus has been its best year, going all the way to the World's Competition in April in Houston, Texas. They competed against 400 teams.

Police Shooting At Allsup’s In Hobbs Thursday

on August 24, 2019 - 10:36am

NMSP News:

HOBBS – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted Thursday by the Hobbs Police Department (HPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting. 

State Police investigators learned that at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday, HPD officers were called to the Allsup’s at 321 Dal Paso for reports of a male individual armed with a gun.

At the Allsup’s, officers encountered Roberto Mata, 46 of Carlsbad armed with a gun.

During the encounter shots were fired by Mata and an HPD officer.

FBI: Arson Fires In Naschitti, NM Under Investigation

on August 23, 2019 - 11:50am

FBI News:

Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for a series of fires that damaged several buildings in Naschitti, N.M., on the Navajo Nation, this week.

There were no injuries.

The fires, which occurred Aug. 19-21, damaged a church, a convenience store and three vacant houses.

The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and the San Juan County Fire Department are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI Albuquerque Field Office at 505.889.1300.

Los Alamos Police Department Conducts Traffic Enforcement Operation Through October

on August 23, 2019 - 10:31am
LAPD News:
Continuing through the month of October, the Los Alamos Police Department will conduct traffic enforcement, focusing on accident related violations.

Officers also will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and conduct random DWI checkpoints throughout the County during this time frame.

The public can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes by adhering to posted speed limit signs, allowing enough room between them and the vehicle they are following and driving with caution when roadways are wet.

To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #D-W-I, or #-3-9-4. Citizens in

State Police Participate In MADD Saturation Aug. 24

on August 23, 2019 - 7:47am
NMSP News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will participate in Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Saturation Saturday, Aug. 24.
NMSP is partnering with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, MADD and other law enforcement agencies in an effort to end DWI. NMSP, Department of Public Safety, NMDOT, MADD and other law enforcement agencies across the state and nationwide, will join forces to announce Saturation at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
“If you chose to drink – be responsible; call a taxi, have a designated driver. Together we can all save lives.” –NMSP

State Police Investigate Death Of Newborn Baby

on August 22, 2019 - 6:31am

NMSP News:

ALCALDE – A father called the New Mexico State Police Saturday, Aug. 17 with concerns about his unborn child.

The father said that he returned to his home in La Madera from a trip to find that his unborn child’s mother was no longer showing signs of being pregnant. When the father questioned the mother about the child, she would not tell the father where the child was.

Through investigation State Police officers learned the mother was staying at a residence in Alcalde. State Police officers went to that residence to perform a welfare check on the mother and unborn child.

LAPD Cmdr. Ballew And Sgt. Ross Graduate From Northwestern Executive Management Program

on August 21, 2019 - 9:20am

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew, right, graduates earlier this month from the prestigious Northwestern Executive Management Program. Courtesy/LAPD

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross, right, graduates earlier this month from the prestigious Northwestern Executive Management Program. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew and Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the prestigious Northwestern Executive Management Program.

This three-week program, the third in a series of law enforcement leadership programs, provides the policy-making executive with an

On The Job At FBI National Academy: Oliver Morris

on August 20, 2019 - 10:41am

On the job at the FBI National Academy is Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris. As a part of the FBI National Academy program, Cmdr. Morris traveled to New York City recently to visit New York Police Department (NYPD) Police One Plaza headquarters. ‘We learned about how precinct commanders address crime in their area and are held accountable through ‘compstat’. We were able to view a joint operations center and viewed how NYPD and various public safety partners manage emergencies.

Robotics Night At Bradbury Science Museum Aug. 23

on August 20, 2019 - 8:37am
BSMA News:
Robotics teams from regional schools, along with local robotics groups, will demonstrate their robots to the public 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.
This free event is brought to you by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and generously supported by New Mexico Bank & Trust.
Visitors will have an opportunity to see the robots used by organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Police Department and University of New Mexico - Los Alamos.
LANL Scientist Samuel Clegg will present current research on the Mars Chem-Cam on the

NMSP: Man Arrested After Ramming State Police Office Gate; Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse Doors

on August 17, 2019 - 6:41pm

Gilberto Durades-Lahera

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico State Police arrested a male subject today who rammed his vehicle through a gate at the New Mexico State Police Office in Albuquerque.

At around 12:06 p.m., Gilberto Durades-Lahera arrived at the New Mexico State Police Office on Carlisle Boulevard. After a few minutes, Durades-Lahera left the front parking lot at the New Mexico State Police Office in a gold Nissan, sports utility vehicle. Durades-Lahera then drove through a gate into a secure parking lot at the New Mexico State Police Office.

New Mexico State Police officers

School Starts Thursday ... Motorists Urged To Be Extra Cautious In School Zones And Crosswalks

on August 13, 2019 - 8:43pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is starting its 2019-2020 school year Thursday, Aug. 15.

This means school buses and numerous juvenile pedestrians and bicyclists will be out on sidewalks and roadways before and after school.

Please be extra cautious in school zones and around crosswalks. Remember to obey traffic laws regarding school buses and speed regulations when school zone signs are flashing: Do not pass school buses with flashing lights and stop arms extended out.

The Los Alamos Police Department will be out in full force monitoring school bus routes and school zones to ensure