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Animal Shelter Ad Hoc Committee Holds First Meeting

on October 4, 2018 - 4:11pm

Sgt. Daniel Roberts at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Review of the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter’s organizational structure as well as its policies and procedures began Wednesday, Sept. 26, during the Animal Shelter Ad Hoc Advisory Committee’s first meeting.

County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler proposed forming the committee and Council approved formation of the committee in July and selected its members in August.

“I am pleased to see that the Animal Shelter

LAPD Joins DEA Drug Take-Back Initiative Oct. 27

on October 3, 2018 - 4:28pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has announced that it will once again host a collection site 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s drug take-back day initiative.

Site Location: Los Alamos Police Department North parking lot at 2500 Trinity Dr.

“The Los Alamos Police Department wants to encourage citizens to turn in unwanted or unused prescription medication for destruction,” Cmdr. Oliver Morris said. “This initiative is crucial to remove controlled medications that have a potential for theft or abuse.

Udall, Heinrich, Harris Introduce Legislation To Establish Body-Worn Camera Programs At CBP, ICE

on October 2, 2018 - 5:10pm

Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the DHS Body-Worn Camera Act, which would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish pilot programs for body-worn cameras (BWC) at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The legislation would also require DHS to report to Congress on these pilot programs, develop policies governing the use of BWC with public consultation, and develop an

Meet Newly Sworn Los Alamos Police Cpl. Amos Smith

on October 1, 2018 - 4:03pm

New Los Alamos Police Cpl. Amos Smith is sworn into office this morning by the Honorable Pat Casados in Magistrate Court at the Los Alamos Justice Center. Cpl. Smith joins LAPD following eight years of service with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Photo by John

Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Cpl. Amos Smith is surrounded by his family at his ceremony this morning in Magistrate Court at the Los Alamos Justice Center. Photo by John

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on September 30, 2018 - 7:57am

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, left, presents a proclamation to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, which recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The proclamation was presented Tuesday, Sept. 25,  during the regular County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Council Chambers.

County Councilor Antonio Maggiore presented Police Chief Dino

County Council Proclaims October Drug Free Month

on September 29, 2018 - 10:54am

Los Alamos County Councilor Morris Pongratz, left, presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation declaring October Drug Free Month. The proclamation was presented Tuesday, Sept. 25, during the regular County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring October to be "Drug Free Month" Tuesday, Sept. 25, during the regular County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Councilor Morris Pongratz presented the proclamation to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone.


State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico In October

on September 26, 2018 - 1:33pm
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 October.
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.

FBI Warns Texas Leaders Of Foreign Threats To Research And Academic Institutions

on September 25, 2018 - 3:01pm
FBI News:
HOUSTON, Texas — Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Perrye K. Turner welcomed Thursday, Sept. 13, the Assistant Director (AD) of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, Bill Priestap, and leaders of Texas medical, scientific research, and academic institutions.
AD Priestap discussed the challenges of protecting educational and research opportunities while mitigating potential risks to U.S. national and economic security. “Enhanced protection begins with enhanced awareness,” concluded AD Priestap.
The FBI works closely with private partners and government agencies to ensure

LAPD And LAFD Respond To Crash West Of Totavi

on September 23, 2018 - 5:24pm

Two tow trucks, each towing a vehicle were spotted leaving the scene of an accident at approximately 4:30 p.m. today west of Totavi, at right about the 40 mph zone area. Details will be published as soon as available. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Los Alamos Public Safety Assoc. Awards Scholarships

on September 22, 2018 - 10:56am

Public safety scholarship recipients Michaela Robertson, left, and Lee Ann Quintana with LAPSA members from center to right, LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dawald, LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts and LANL Emergency Response Group Leader Jeff Dare Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney congratulates LAPSA scholarship recipients. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the Los Alamos Public Safety Association (LAPSA) presented two educational scholarships to students during a

NMSP Probe Bernalillo Police Shooting And Homicide

on September 21, 2018 - 8:35am
NMSP News:
The Bernalillo Police Department (BPD) asked the New Mexico State Police Sept. 3 to investigate a police shooting involving one of their officers.
The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is investigating this shooting.
Preliminary information indicates around 6:30 p.m., Sept. 3, two BPD officers were dispatched to a shots-fired call at the KOA Campground at 555 South Hill Road in Bernalillo.

Woman Crashes Into Fence At Sullivan Field

on September 19, 2018 - 5:38pm

A woman driving a small white car around 8:45 p.m., Tuesday reportedly encountered brake failure and crashed into a fence at Sullivan Field on Diamond Drive. Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs treated her elderly male passenger at the scene for apparent minor injuries and transported him to Los Alamos Medical Center as a precaution. It appears the impact of the crash damaged the fence as well as the wooden structure behind it. Police said the woman was not cited in the incident. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD EMTs assist an elderly male passenger at the scene of a one-vehicle

LAPS Pilot Initiative: New Safety Assurances At Events

on September 19, 2018 - 4:40pm

LAPS News:

This is an invitation for comments and suggestions about a pilot safety initiative being implemented this year at Los Alamos Public Schools athletic events.

The pilot program includes a “no re-entry” practice for scheduled games at Sullivan Field, Griffith Gym, Brousseau Gym and Hawk Field. For the safety and security of students and guests, re-entry into athletic events at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School is currently restricted.

Our increasing focus on safety is aligned with suggestions from local leaders and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety

Otero County Crash Survivor Fatally Struck By Passing Car

on September 18, 2018 - 6:25am
NMSP News:
OTERO COUNTY At about 5:30 a.m., Sept. 16, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 82 around mile post 11 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft.
The initial investigation indicated a Hyundai, driven by Jason Clapper, 35, of Alamogordo was traveling west on US 82 at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons the Hyundai left the roadway and rolled. Clapper, who was wearing his seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and was able to exit the vehicle.
After the crash, while standing in the west bound lane of US 82 in a dark and unlit area, Clapper was

Fatal Crash On NM 529 In Lea County

on September 14, 2018 - 7:06am
NMSP News:
LEA COUNTY Around 5 p.m., Wednesday, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on N.M. 529 west of Hobbs.
The initial investigation shows a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling east on N.M. 529 recklessly and at an excessive rate of speed. The eclipse left the roadway on a curve and began to roll. The driver, Christopher Michael Clayburn, 43, of Artesia was ejected from the vehicle. He sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash and

AG Balderas Keeps Child Trafficker Behind Bars

on September 14, 2018 - 3:02am
Sharoski Jackson
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that Sharoski Jackson, the man convicted of trafficking a child in 2013, will remain behind bars.
A Court of Appeals judge today ruled that Jackson knowingly recruited, solicited, enticed, transported or obtained a person under the age of eighteen years with the intent or knowledge that the person would be caused to engage in commercial sexual activity.
“The individuals who prey on vulnerable children - exploiting, endangering and abusing them for their own personal gain – belong behind

NMSP Probe RASO Shooting

on September 10, 2018 - 7:33am
NMSP News:
Deputies with the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office (RASO) were involved in a police shooting Aug. 24. The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate this shooting incident.
The investigation indicates that around 1 a.m., Aug. 24, RASO received a call about a fight in progress at the Jemez Electric Company on US 84/285 in Rio Arriba County. RASO deputies responded to Jemez Electric and found no sign of a fight in progress. Further investigation led deputies to a residence on County Road 1 in Hernandez.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Arrested

on September 6, 2018 - 4:00pm
Jaime Veleta Jr.
Jaime Veleta Jr. was extradited to Bernalillo County Wednesday from Mexico.
Veleta has been a fugitive since 2008, wanted for his role in the homicide of Danny Baca. The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office in collaboration with The Border Violence Division of New Mexico Attorney General's Office, United States Marshals Service, United States Department of Justice, and the Mexican Government have worked tirelessly to bring Jaime Veleta back to New Mexico.
Veleta will face charges of Murder, Kidnapping, Aggravated Burglary, Tampering

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 31 To Sept. 4, 2018

on September 5, 2018 - 9:35am

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. 31 at 2:24 a.m. / Police arrested Jamie L. Archuleta, 41, of Nambe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

Editor’s note: This is the only arrest listed in this week’s report issued by the Los Alamos Police Department.

NMSP: C.A.R.E. Operation Nets 44 Drunk Drivers

on September 5, 2018 - 6:18am
NMSP News:
During the Labor Day holiday, the 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 behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend, and, thus, reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety.
The NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 16 To Aug. 27, 2018

on September 3, 2018 - 5:43pm

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. 16 at 6:25 p.m. / Police arrested Troy A. Martinez, 23, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with shoplifting and two outstanding Magistrate Court warrants.




Aug. 16 at 7:32 p.m. / Police arrested Gustavo Salaiz, 19, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on a Municipal Court order of commitment.




Aug 16

Letter To The Editor: Shout Out To Ofc. Weiss

on September 3, 2018 - 11:48am
Los Alamos

I've a friend in White Rock who suffers mild dementia. Several times, the LAPD has had to stop by his house to deal with behavior issues.

A few weeks ago, LAPD Ofc. Michael Weiss, on his own initiative and without any indication there was a problem, stopped by my friend's house to check if everything was okay with John.

Makes you proud to have officers of this caliber and caring attitude on the LAPD force.

Justice Department Announces Release Of New Fentanyl Safety Video For First Responders

on September 3, 2018 - 6:54am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance has released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal.
The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job. The video is available here.
Fentanyl: The Real Deal provides recommendations to law enforcement on how to navigate safely around the increased prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug market.

Stringent Rules Dictate ‘Amber Alerts’

on September 2, 2018 - 5:52am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Some readers asked why police did not activate an Amber Alert when a 10-year-old boy went missing Wednesday in White Rock.

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone explained that there are strict rules governing the use of an Amber Alert (activation criteria).

“The criteria includes a confirmed abduction, with the risk of serious bodily injury or death, sufficient descriptive information, with a child under 18 (though different states use different age limits),” Sgambellone said.

Update: New Mexico State Police Investigate Fatal Bus Crash On I-40 … Death Toll Rises To Eight

on August 31, 2018 - 6:02pm

NMSP News:

The New Mexico State Police responded to a fatal collision around 12:30 p.m., Thursday involving a semi-tractor-trailer and a Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 around mile post 50 in McKinley County. Interstate 40 westbound was completely closed for approximately eight hours because of this crash and subsequent investigation.

This crash scene occurred in a rural area between Gallup and Grants, NM.