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Deputy Injured In Crash With Suspected Drunk Driver

on October 27, 2018 - 10:36am

Laverne Mondragon

ESPANOLA – At around 7 p.m. Thursday, the New Mexico State Police investigated a crash involving a Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office (RASO) deputy on U.S. Highway 84 near milepost 204.

The initial investigation indicated that a deputy with RASO was traveling north on U.S. 84 around the mile post 204 north of Espanola. A Nissan sedan driven by Laverne Mondragon, 42, of Espanola failed to yield to oncoming traffic and pulled out in front of the deputy as she turned from a private driveway onto U.S. 84. The deputy took evasive action to avoid the crash and the vehicles collided.

NMSP: Escaped Prisoner Captured In El Paso

on October 27, 2018 - 9:17am

Captured fugitive Ralph Miera

NMSP News:

LAS CRUCES – Around midnight Oct. 24, guards from prisoner transport company Security Transport Services, alerted the Las Cruces Police Department that they had a prisoner escape in Las Cruces around the Lowe’s/CVS at Main and Elks.

Ralph Miera, 40, was being transported from Riverside California to Pueblo County in Colorado for charges of auto theft, burglary, discharge of a firearm and contempt of court.

Captured fugitive Ralph Miera's tatooed torso. Courtesy/NMSP

At some point during the transport, which is still under investigation, Miera was

State Police Announces Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across State In November

on October 26, 2018 - 4:20pm

NMSP News:

STATEWIDE  – 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 November 2018

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.

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 17 To Oct. 23, 2018

on October 26, 2018 - 2:24am

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.

MATHEW T. RUYBAL

Oct. 17 at 4:46 p.m. / Police arrest Mathew T. Ruybal, 27, of Santa Fe in Santa Fe on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

CHADRICK CALVIN CAVANAUGH

Oct. 19 at 12:03 p.m.

Double Fatal Head-On Crash in Grant County

on October 25, 2018 - 8:51am

NMSP News:

GRANT COUNTY Around 2:41 p.m. Tuesday, New Mexico State Police investigated a double fatal crash involving four vehicles on N.M. 26 near Mile Post 12 between Hatch and Deming.

The initial investigation indicated a 2016 Toyota passenger car was traveling east on N.M. 26 following behind a 2004 Toyota Van pulling a flatbed trailer with a Jeep on it. The Toyota car began to pass the Toyota Van pulling the Jeep.

The 2016 Toyota was traveling east in the single westbound lane when it collided head on with a Dodge Charger that was traveling west in the westbound lane of N.M. 26.

Update: US 84/285 Reopens To Normal Traffic Flow

on October 23, 2018 - 1:09pm

SFCSO News Alert Update:

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office has announced that U.S. 84/285 is reopened to normal traffic flow between Cuyamunge and Camel Rock.

Traffic Alert: US 84/285 Southbound Traffic Diverted

on October 23, 2018 - 12:14pm

SFCSO News Alert:

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office has issued a traffic alert advising mortorists that the southbound traffic on U.S. 84/285 between Cuyamunge and Camel Rock, is being diverted onto the frontage road due to traffic accident.

The SFCSO urges motorists to proceed with caution in area.

NMSP: Fatal Crash On 285 In Chaves County

on October 23, 2018 - 8:54am
NMSP News:
 
CHAVES COUNTY Around 6:30 a.m. Monday, New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 285 at about mile post 90 south of Roswell.
 
The initial investigation indicates a 2000 Nissan, driven by Alejandro Chavez, 34, of Roswell was travelling south at a high rate of speed behind a south bound 2003 Peterbilt Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). For unknown reasons, the Nissan rear ended the CMV. Chavez sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
 
Driver inattention appears to be a

Los Alamos Police Capture Car Thief In White Rock

on October 19, 2018 - 6:20pm

Chadrick Calvin Cavanaugh

LAPD News:

At approximately 9 a.m. today, Cpl. David Boe was patrolling White Rock when he identified a stolen vehicle at Overlook Park. The suspect was in the area and fled on foot.

LAPD officers began searching the area for the suspect. Los Alamos Schools were notified of a potential felony suspect on foot in the area. Both Pinon Elementary School and Chamisa Elementry School went to “Lockout” procedures, which is to secure the perimeter out of an abundance of caution. 

LAPD officers observed the suspect attempting to flee at the bottom of the canyon near the

FBI: Man Charged With Two Albq. Bank Robberies

on October 18, 2018 - 5:40am
FBI News:
 
The FBI has arrested Reynaldo Tafoya, 29, of Grants, New Mexico, on a federal complaint charging him with two bank robberies.
 
The Albuquerque Police Department arrested Tafoya in Albuquerque Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, and FBI special agents took custody of him shortly afterward.
 
Tafoya is accused of robbing Bank of the West, 780 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, Oct. 11, 2018, and Bank of Albuquerque, 645 Main Street SE, Los Lunas, Oct. 10, 2018.
 
Tafoya had an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque Monday.
 
The public is reminded that all suspects

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 10 To Oct. 16, 2018

on October 17, 2018 - 7:16pm

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.

JOSHUA J. MONTOYA

Oct. 10 at 8:13 p.m. / Police arrested Joshua J. Montoya, 25, of Santa Cruz at the Tierra Amarilla Detention Center on an arrest order.

 

 

 

REID M. SCHNEIDER

Oct. 11 at 5:45 p.m. / Police arrested Reid M. Schneider, 28, of White Rock at 93 Lejano Dr., and charged him with battery and false imprisonment.

 

 

 

NICANOR GONZALES

Oct. 11 at 7:31 p.m.

Los Alamos Task Force Paints White Rock ‘Rock’ In Support Of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on October 16, 2018 - 1:47pm

Members of the Los Alamos Domestic Violence Task Force Paint the ‘Rock’ this afternoon at the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4 in White Rock in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to show support for victims and survivors. LADVTF members from left, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, Cpl. Adele McKenzie, Sgt. Chris Ross, Deni Fell, Maura Taylor, Kim Ferguson and Cmdr. Preston Ballew. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Members of the LADVTF also paint the side of the rock this afternoon in White Rock in support of the #SurvivorSpeaks movement. Photo by Carol A.

Meet Newly Sworn Los Alamos Police Cpl. John Harris

on October 15, 2018 - 3:39pm

Cpl. John Harris, the newest officer to join the Los Alamos police force, is sworn in today by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados at the Los Alamos Justice Center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Cpl John Harris receives his police badge from his wife Jessie Harris. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Jessie Harris pins the LAPD badge on her husband Cpl. John Harris as their children gather around them. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Cpl. John Harris and his wife Jessie and their children from left, John, Kaidence and Levi. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Domestic Violence Awareness: Part 2

on October 15, 2018 - 2:59pm

LAPD News:

Editor's note: this is part 2 of a 4 part series.

Did you know how domestic violence affects dating teens?

Mainstream media has a major influence in what are “acceptable appearances” and what aren’t. The messages are not always healthy or positive and often not the same values of individual households. Despite parent’s best efforts, their teens look to alternative avenues for what is socially approved and what is social suicide. The value of social acceptance can be compromising to their safety and wellbeing.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 27 To Oct. 9, 2018

on October 13, 2018 - 12:55pm

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.

EMILIO LUJAN-DELAFUENTE

Sept. 27 at 5:16 p.m. / Police arrested Emilio Lujan-Delafuente, 29, of Pojoaque at 2500 Trinity Dr. on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

ANDREA R. RIVERA

Oct. 2 at 3:21 p.m. / Police arrested Andrea R. Rivera, 31, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr. on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

PEDRO SANCHEZ

Oct. 2 at 6:45 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 22 To Sept. 25, 2018

on October 13, 2018 - 6:01am

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.

TOMAS R. MEDINA Sept. 22 at 9:29 p.m. / Police arrested Tomas R. Medina, 29, on Canyon Road and charged him with battery against a household member. (Police booking photo unavailable).

AUSTIN LEE COX

Sept. 22 at 10:14 p.m. / Police arrested Austin Lee Cox, 25, of Los Alamos on Diamond Drive on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and charged him with indecent exposure.

 

FBI: Roswell Man Charged With Meth Trafficking

on October 12, 2018 - 6:17am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE A U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Las Cruces, found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Alfonso Vazquez, 31, of Roswell, with a methamphetamine trafficking offense.  
 
The charge arises from the distribution of approximately 56.5 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent. Vazquez was remanded into custody pending trial, which has yet to be scheduled.
 
According to the criminal complaint, Vazquez distributed approximately 56.5 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 12 To Sept. 18, 2018

on October 12, 2018 - 5:50am

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.

KENNETH MARTINEZ

Sept. 12 at 5:24 p.m. / Police arrested Kenneth Martinez, 29, of Espanola at Pajarito Road and MM7 on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

ANGELA VALDEZ

Sept. 12 at 9:39 p.m. / Police arrested Angela Valdez, 54, of Los Alamos on Short Drive and charged her with DWI and driving without the lights on her vehicle.

 

LARRY LUKE MANZANARES

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 8 To Sept. 11, 2018

on October 11, 2018 - 9:12pm

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.

JONATHAN M. WILKE

Sept. 8 at 5:09 p.m. / Police arrested Jonathan M. Wilke, 38, of Los Alamos on 42nd Street on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

ALVARO F. ROMERO

Sept. 8 at 9:14 p.m. / Police arrested Alvaro F.

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month ... Local Task Force Supports #SurvivorSpeaks Movement

on October 9, 2018 - 3:14pm

Los Alamos Police Officers, John Hughes of Metzger's in White Rock and Chamisa Guidance Councilor Michelangelo Loboto painted the rock Oct. 15, 2014 in White Rock in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

ADVTF News:

In conjunction with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Los Alamos Domestic Violence Task Force (LADVTF) looks forward to bringing awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October by showing support of the #SurvivorSpeaks movement. 

They also are painting the “Rock” in White Rock noon to 1 p.m. Oct.

Los Alamos Police Seek Metal Art Sculpture Thieves

on October 9, 2018 - 12:34pm

This metal art sculpture stolen from the Los Pueblos area on Barranca Mesa is among similar larcenies reported over the past several months. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking any information related to theft of metal art sculptures from the Los Pueblos area on Barranca Mesa. 

LAPD has taken several reports of larcenies over the past several months related to these metal art sculptures from multiple victims.

LAPD is offering a reward of up to $200 to anyone who has information that leads to the identity

County Judicial Candidates Share Background and Philosophy With Citizens at LWV Forum

on October 8, 2018 - 6:10pm
Candidates for Magistrate Judge, James Rickman and Pat Casados, take their turns at the podium during the LWV Forum Oct. 3 at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Municipal Judge Candidates Alan Kirk and Elizabeth Allen make their case to voters. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
ladailypost.com

Two sets of judicial candidates appeared before voters at the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum Oct. 3 at UNM-Los Alamos.

Incumbent Democrat Pat. A. Casados and Libertarian James E.

NM State Police Investigate Homicide In Rio Arriba County

on October 6, 2018 - 4:39am
NMSP News:
 
OHKAY OWINGEH, NM Around 9:30 p.m., Oct. 4, the New Mexico State Police received a call of multiple victims with gunshot wounds on NM State Road 68 at mile marker 2, near the Ohkay Owingeh casino.
 
State Police discovered a blue Subaru WRX in the northbound lane of traffic with four apparent gunshot victims. The victims included two males and two females. Officers immediately began rendering medical aid to the victims.
 
One male in the vehicle was deceased of apparent gunshot wounds. Two females and another male were injured and transported to area hospitals.

FBI: Former U.S. Border Patrol Agent Pleads Guilty

on October 5, 2018 - 10:15am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Jason Christopher Davis, 46, of Las Cruces, pled guilty Wednesday in Federal Court to a child pornography charge.
 
Davis entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement that recommends a 15-year prison sentence followed by 20 years of supervised release. Davis will also be required to register as a sex offender.
 
Davis was arrested in May 2018, on a criminal complaint charging him with receiving child pornography in April 2018, in Dona Ana County.

FBI: Zuni Pueblo Man Sentenced To Ten Years For 2nd Degree Murder Conviction

on October 4, 2018 - 7:54pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Patrick Walela, 33, a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, was sentenced Wednesday to 120 months in prison for his conviction on a second-degree murder charge in Federal Court in Albuquerque. Walela will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
The FBI arrested Walela Dec. 29, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with second degree murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The complaint alleged that Walela killed a 45-year-old Zuni Pueblo man and seriously injured a 52-year-old Zuni Pueblo man Dec.

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