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NMSP Launch Police Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In June

on May 29, 2019 - 10:39am
Sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. File photo
 
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in every county across the state during the month of June.
 
NMSP is 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

Homeland Security Course At NMHU June 3-July 26

on May 28, 2019 - 6:21pm
Robert Vasquez
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM New Mexico Highlands University is offering a new Introduction to Homeland Security course through a partnership with the Santa Fe Police Department.
 
Robert Vasquez, deputy chief of police of the Santa Fe Police Department and an expert in homeland security, will teach the course, which begins June 3 and continues through July 26.
 
The political science course will be a combination of a traditional classroom setting and online assignments. It will be taught at the Highlands Santa Fe Center at the Higher Education Center from 6 to 8 p.m.

State Police 2019 Memorial Day Traffic Operation

on May 28, 2019 - 4:20pm

NMSP News:

During the Memorial Day holiday last weekend, New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all 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 behavior of motorists during the holiday weekend, and, thus, reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety.

Because of the increased volume of traffic during the holiday, the NMSP conducted high intensity traffic operations state-wide on the busiest travel days of the

Two Die In Head-On Motorcycle Crash In Taos County

on May 27, 2019 - 5:58am

NMSP News:

TAOS – The New Mexico State Police investigated a head-on motorcycle crash at approximately 6:06 p.m., Saturday on N.M. 38 around milepost 5 near Red River.

The initial investigation shows a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Lorenzo Cortez, 58, of Rancho’s De Taos was traveling west on N.M. 38 near milepost 5. Three Harley Davidson’s were traveling east on N.M. 38. For reasons that are unknown, Cortez crossed the center line into eastbound traffic and collided head-on with a 2017 Harley Davidson.

Cortez and his passenger, Jennifer Lynn Ashley, 43, of Colorado Springs,

Traffic Alert: Two Vehicle Crash At Trinity Drive & Central Avenue Along Construction Zone

on May 23, 2019 - 4:35pm

Traffic Alert:

Los Alamos Police report a two-vehicle crash with unknown injuries has occurred in the construction zone near the Trinity Drive and Central Avenue area.

Eastbound traffic on Trinity Drive is down to one lane. There is no westbound traffic on Trinity Drive at this time ... ALL westbound traffic is being diverted onto Central Avenue.

Motorists are urged to proceed with extreme caution and if at all possible to avoid the area altogether and seek alternate routes. 

 

State Police Efforts In Albuquerque Net Hundreds Of Arrests To Date In Violent Crime Initiative

on May 23, 2019 - 8:03am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday lauded the New Mexico State Police for their efforts to date in the multi-agency enterprise aimed at reducing violent crime in Albuquerque.
 
The roughly 50 state police officers temporarily assigned to targeted areas of Albuquerque as part of the multi-agency Violent Crime Initiative have generated, to date, more than 257 total arrests, including several dozen felony arrests and 13 DWI arrests.
 
State Police also have, as part of the initiative, seized meth, heroin, firearms, ammunition and stolen license plates, among

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 15 To May 19, 2019

on May 23, 2019 - 7:47am

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.

TERRANCE H. STECK

May 15 at 8:33 p.m. / Police arrested Terrance H. Steck, 33, of Los Alamos at 505 Oppenheimer Dr. and charged him with one count of aggravated battery against a household member: great bodily harm and one count of aggravated battery against a household member.

 

 

BLAIR MICHAEL ART

May 16 at 5:54 p.m.

Balderas: Convicted Teacher Gets 108 Years In Prison

on May 21, 2019 - 9:04am
Former teacher Gary Gregor
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Gary Gregor, the teacher who sexually assaulted multiple students in Rio Arriba County was sentenced to more than a century in prison.
 
In December, AG Balderas successfully secured multiple convictions against Gregor, for sexually assaulting 4th grade students during the 2007-2008 school year at Fairview Elementary School.
 
“Dangerous criminals who harm children deserve to be behind bars,” Balderas said. “We will always fight to give a voice to sexual abuse survivors.”
 

More Scenes From Emergency Management Active Shooter Based Full-Scale Exercise At UNM-LA Saturday

on May 20, 2019 - 9:35pm

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted an active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday, May 18 at UNM-Los Alamos. Los Alamos Police, Fire, Emergency Management and Classic Air Medical all participated in preparing for and responding to an active shooter event. The exercise provided valuable rescue task force training for those involved and gave each entity several ideas on how to improve their preparation and response. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from the OEM hosted

Scenes From Emergency Management Active Shooter Based Full-Scale Exercise At UNM-LA Saturday

on May 20, 2019 - 6:56pm

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram

From the Office of Emergency Management:

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted an active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday, May 18 at UNM-Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Police, Fire, Emergency Management and Classic Air Medical all participated in

‘Click It Or Ticket’ Enforcement Begins Today

on May 20, 2019 - 5:59pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE Nearly 27.5 million Americans don't buckle up, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That is almost the entire population of Texas.
 
In New Mexico, from 2013-2017, there were 2,284 unbelted people hurt or killed in crashes and in 2017, there were more than 10,000 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the U.S., according to the NHTSA.
 
The New Mexico Department of Transportation and its partners want to stress to all New Mexicans: Seat belt safety is imperative.
 
"Seat belts save lives, and everyone, front

Scenes From Community Bike Party

on May 18, 2019 - 10:17am

From left, Rhiannon Laakso-McIntyre of Beanie's Bike Shop, Public Works Senior Engineer Desirae Lujan and Julie Aldersebaes take part in the Los Alamos County's Community Bike Party Friday afternoon at Ashley Pond Park. The event was part of Bike to Work Week, which started Monday. The bike party featured a bike rodeo, refreshments and a demonstration of how to use a bike rack. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Co+Op Market Outreach Coordinator Kate Gallaugher stands beside the Honesty brand bike the co+op raffled during the Community Bike Party.

Suspect Captured Following State Police Officer Involved Shooting In Southwest Albuquerque

on May 18, 2019 - 8:42am
Jesus Arenivar
 
NMSP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE A New Mexico State Police officer assigned to the Metro Surge Operation that brought 50 State Police officers from around the state to Albuquerque was the participant in an officer involved shooting Thursday in southwest Albuquerque near Sunset Gardens Road SW and Corregidor Drive SW.
 
At around 7 p.m. the State Police officer was patrolling in southwest Albuquerque when he encountered a stolen silver SUV near City View Drive SW and Rim Drive SW.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 8 to May 14, 2019

on May 17, 2019 - 12:23pm

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.

LENAYA ASHLEY MARTINEZ

May 8 at 2:41 a.m. / Police arrested Lenaya Ashley Martinez, 23, of Ohkay Owingeh at 2500 Trinity Dr. and charged her with DWI.

 

 

 

RENA MONTOYA

May 8 at 3:22 a.m. / Police arrested Rena Montoya, 33, of Ohkay Owingeh at 2500 Trinity Dr. and charged her with DWI and driving while license is suspended or revoked.

 

 

MARION L. LOOPE

May 9 at 11:57

Everyone Safe Following Tip To ‘Say Something’ Anonymous Reporting App And Lockdown At LAMS

on May 15, 2019 - 6:31pm
Los Alamos Middle School is a serene scene last this afternoon. The school went into lockdown at 10:56 this morning based on a tip to the Say Something annonymous reporting app. Courtesy/LAPS
 
From Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools
 
Based upon a tip from the Say Something anonymous reporting app, the Los Alamos Middle School went into "lockdown" at 10:56 this morning. 
 
School officials immediately began working with the Los Alamos Police Department first to focus on student and staff safety and then to fully investigate the tip.

Peace Officer Memorial Service Honors The Fallen

on May 14, 2019 - 7:31pm
Los Alamos Police Officers raise the flag at this morning's ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2018. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
County Councilor David Izraelevitz receives a Thin Blue Line of tape on the back window of his vehicle. The line shows support for law enforcement officers who risk their lives in the line of duty. The activity is sponsored by the LAPD Law Enforcement Wives. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Community members listen as slain law enforcement officers are honored. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 

District Attorney Marco Serna: Mesa Vista High School Teacher Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

on May 14, 2019 - 12:23pm
Miguel G. Garcia
 
NMSP News:
 
TIERRA AMARILLA Monday, First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced that Miguel G. Garcia, a former teacher at Mesa Vista High School, was sentenced to 18 years for raping a student between 2012-213.
 
A Rio Arriba jury found Garcia guilty in March on two counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor in the 4th degree and five counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor in the 4th Degree. The Office of District Attorney Marco Serna asked for the maximum sentence.
 
“Sexual violence against our children will never be tolerated, and now

LAMS Employee Arrested

on May 14, 2019 - 11:31am
Example of a dab pen smoking device. Courtesy image
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Police have arrested a Los Alamos Middle School employee for allegedly getting high with two 14-year-old students.

According to the statement of probable cause, School Resource Officer Cpl. James Keene received word May 1 from school administrators that on the day before, LAMS Instructional Assistant Jordan Hammock, 22, of Los Alamos, drove two female students from San Ildefonso Road to the downtown area.

During the ride, Hammock allegedly shared a “dab pen” with the

Burnt Food In Toaster Oven Triggers Alarm And Evacuation At Los Alamos County Municipal Building

on May 13, 2019 - 1:23pm

The Los Alamos Fire Department issues the all clear and evacuated employees return to work this afternoon at the Municipal Building. County officials indicate that burnt food in a toaster oven at lunch time trigger the fire alarm and all employees were evacuated at about 12:30 p.m. today. The employees remained at the rear of the parking lot while police and firefighters entered to building. It took about 30 minutes for the responders to clear the building and lift the evacuation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/adailypost.com

The Los Alamos Firefighters speak with evacuated employees prior to

Alert: Los Alamos Municipal Building Under Evacuation

on May 13, 2019 - 1:01pm

County employees evacuate the Municipal Building at about 12:30 p.m. today as police and firefighters enter the Municipal Building. A blaring fire alarm can be heard clear across Central Avenue. Check back for more on this developing story at ladailypost.com. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Evacuated County employees are gathered at the rear of the parking lot right now as police and firefighters enter the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Notice Of Possible Quorum May 14

on May 13, 2019 - 6:36am

Chama School Bus Driver Arrested For Rape Of Child

on May 10, 2019 - 6:09pm

Stephen George Meek

NMSP News:

Chama – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate a Chama School District bus driver Wednesday, May 8 for criminal sexual penetration of a 7-year-old female student on a Chama school bus. 

The initial investigation by New Mexico State Police agents indicates that Wednesday, Stephen George Meek aka Mr. Steve, 66, of Tierra Amarilla, who is a bus driver for Chama Schools was transporting students home after school in a Chama School bus.

Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service May 14

on May 10, 2019 - 10:11am

Community members are invited to receive a temporary ‘thin blue line’ placed on the rear window of their vehicle to show support and appreciation of local law enforcement. Drive to the Justice Center (parking lot off Central Avenue) anytime between 9:30 a.m. and noon Tuesday, May 14. This event is sponsored by the LAPD Law Enforcement Wives. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will host its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service 9 a.m., Tuesday, to honor all the New Mexico Law Enforcement Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty this past year.

The

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims May 13-17 As Police Week And May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day

on May 10, 2019 - 8:17am

Sgt. Chris Ross, left, accepts a proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor James Robinson Tuesday night during the County Council meeting. The proclamation declares May 13-17 Police Week and May 15 Peace Officers' Memorial Day. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation Tuesday during its regular meeting, which declares May 13-17 as Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day.
 
Sgt. Chris Ross accepted the proclamation saying the recognition means a lot for law enforcement officers.

Deadline Is Friday To Volunteer As 'Actors' For County-Wide Emergency Exercise At UNM-LA

on May 9, 2019 - 4:33pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County will be conducting a County-wide active shooter exercise Saturday, May 18 at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos campus at 4000 University Dr. in Los Alamos.

The campus will be closed May 18 for the exercise, which is being conducted in order to test and improve the County’s overall preparedness in responding to an active shooter event. The County has received 15 applications to be volunteers as “actors” in the exercise, but would like to have more participation from the community.

Exercise activity will take place over approximately seven hours

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