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Traffic Alert: Main Hill Road Temporarily Closed

on December 26, 2018 - 10:04am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has announced that the Main Hill Road is temporarily closed due to snow.

Both west and eastbound lanes will be closed until the roadway has been cleared.

 N.M. 501, the Truck Route, is open at this time.

LAPD issues the following reminders to motorists driving in winter conditions:

  • Maintain a safe following distance;
  • Slow down;
  • Watch for black ice; and
  • Brake slowly.

DOJ Juvenile Arrests In 2016 Lowest Since 1980

on December 26, 2018 - 7:27am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released Juvenile Arrests, 2016.
 
Findings presented in this bulletin show that the number of juvenile arrests in 2016 was at its lowest level since 1980, with much of the decline occurring within the past 10 years.
 
The bulletin describes the current arrest trends for juveniles from 1980 to 2016, using data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. Overall, juvenile arrests have been on the decline for more than a decade, but patterns vary by offense and demographics.

Safety Talks At Aspen Elementary In December

on December 23, 2018 - 7:04am
Aspen student Ralston Hoffer holds up his ‘thank you card’ to local first responders. Courtesy/LAPS
 
Anna Richardson and Estevan Salazar work their ‘thank you cards’ to local first responders. Courtesy/LAPS
 
LAPS News:
 
During the month of December, Aspen Elementary School Counselor Kim Pulliam and the Los Alamos Police Department collaborated to present important safety tips and tools to support students in staying safe over the holidays.
 
In conjunction with the Healthy Schools Initiative Prevention Program and local first responders, Pulliam was able to reach more than 100

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 12 To Dec. 17, 2018

on December 22, 2018 - 8:53am

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.

BRANDEN R. GARCIA

Dec. 12 at 1:18 p.m. / Police arrested Branden R. Garcia, 26, of Fairview at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

JESUS ANTONIO VELAZCO

Dec. 13 at 12:11 p.m. / Police arrested Jesus Antonio Velazco, 46, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with assault and disorderly conduct.

 

FERNANDO JOSE RODRIGUEZ

Dec.

Juvenile And Father Arrested In Connection To Murder

on December 22, 2018 - 7:41am
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE Around 11 a.m. Thursday, the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) arrested a juvenile and his father who were wanted for murder in Colorado.
 
NMSP was contacted by Huerfano County Sheriff’s Department who received information the two were at a McDonalds in Santa Fe. NMSP arrived at the McDonalds and located two individuals in a grey Dodge truck. The two individuals were taken into custody without incident.
 
The New Mexico State Police is working with Huerfano County Sheriff’s Department on this investigation.
 
Heith Gleason and Gage Gleason were arrested on a

Los Alamos Dispatcher Cari Mace Graduates As Valedictorian Of Public Safety Telecommunicator Class

on December 19, 2018 - 5:14pm

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with Dispatcher Cari Mace. Courtesy/LAPD

Consolidated Dispatch Center Manager Kate Stoddard, left, with Dispatcher Cari Mace. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has announced that Dispatcher Cari Mace graduated Dec. 14 as valedictorian of Public Safety Telecommunicator Class #141.

Dispatcher Mace was one of 25 students from 17 different agencies in Class #141, and she had an average exam rate of 99.75 percent.

New Mexico Statue Chapter 29 Article 7C outlines the qualifications for certification as a Public Safety Telecommunicator.

Scenes From 2018 First Responders Christmas Dinner

on December 18, 2018 - 8:18pm

Local first responders including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, 911 dispatchers, police chaplains and fire chaplains and their families were treated to a Christmas Dinner Saturday night sponsored by several churches to thank them for all they do throughout the year to take of and protect the community. The event was held at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from annual first responders Christmas Dinner Saturday night at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from annual first responders Christmas

Local Law Enforcement Rape Kit Backlog Cleared

on December 14, 2018 - 10:40am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • State Crime Lab To Test Albuquerque Crime Lab Kits 

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the State Crime Lab has cleared a backlog of 1,388 sexual assault evidence kits (SAEK) for New Mexico law enforcement agencies.

The Governor also announced that the agency will soon begin to process SAEKs for the Albuquerque crime lab to help tackle their backlog.

“Since day one, this project has been focused on bringing justice to victims of sexual assault,” Martinez said.

Responding To Today’s Nationwide Bomb Threat Campaign ... Los Alamos Bomb Squad Stands Ready To Handle Any Threats To County Or Laboratory

on December 13, 2018 - 7:53pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department released a statement this evening saying it is aware of the bomb threat campaign that is happening across the country.

The Los Alamos Bomb Squad stands ready to handle any and all threats to this County including the National Laboratory. Cmdr. Preston Ballew said LAPD is communicating with the FBI and getting updates as they develop.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222 immediately.

The Los Alamos Daily Post looked into the situation and finds that this afternoon dozens of institutions and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 5 To Dec. 11, 2018

on December 12, 2018 - 12:17pm

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.

AUSTIN LEE COX

Dec. 5 at 11:55 a.m. / Police arrested Austin Lee Cox, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with criminal sexual penetration of a child 13-16 years of age, trafficking a controlled substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  

 

 

RICHARD SISNEROS

Dec. 7 at 5:31 a.m.

Fatal Tractor-Trailer Collision On I-40

on December 11, 2018 - 6:09am
NMSP News:
 
GUADALUPE COUNTY At around 2:30 p.m., Dec. 8, New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 40 around mile post 245 west of Santa Rosa.
 
The initial investigation indicated a 2015 Peterbilt was traveling east merging onto eastbound Interstate 40 when it was rear-ended by an eastbound 2014 Freightliner. The passenger in the Freightliner, a 62-year-old man of Las Vegas, Nev., was not properly utilizing his seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries in the crash.
 
The driver of the Freightliner, a 58-year-old male from Chicago,

‘Hey ... It’s Just For A Couple Of Minutes...!’

on December 10, 2018 - 9:42am

This Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s vehicle was spotted Saturday parked in the handicapped space in the lot west of Starbucks on Central Avenue. The officer ran into Starbucks for a quick cup of coffee to go… Photo by Ken Milder

Police And Firefighters Ensure Safety Of Potentially Suicidal Man On Omega Bridge Tonight

on December 7, 2018 - 10:39pm

Police and firefighters assist a potentially suicidal male subject tonight on the Omega Bridge. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos police officers and firefighters responded tonight to the scene of an adult male subject who was potentially suicidal on the Omega Bridge.

The officers and firefighters ensured the subject was safe and cleared the scene.

LAPD Cmdr.

Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp … A Ministry Of Presence During A Crisis

on December 6, 2018 - 9:31am
Los Alamos Firefighters from left, Evan Pulliam, Justin Wright, Mike Cayton and Mike McElyea with newly ordained Senior Chaplain Lindsay Baca at Firestation 3 in White Rock. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp
 
Senior Chaplain Lindsay Baca chats with LAPD Ofc. Dominic Perez at the police station. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

What is a chaplain? Well, the Los Alamos County Volunteer Chaplain Corp acts as a ministry of presence during a crisis. They are a non-sectarian group dedicated to helping those who need them when they are called.

The

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 28 To Dec. 2, 2018

on December 6, 2018 - 1:52am

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.

JAMES JOHNSON

Nov. 28 at 9:43 p.m. / Espanola Police arrested James Johnson, 18, of Ohkay Owingeh in an Espanola Court on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

JOSEPH CHAVEZ

Nov. 29 at 5:31 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Promote Eric Wilhoit To Sergeant

on December 5, 2018 - 5:30pm
Magistrate Judge Pat Casados swears in Ofc. Eric Wilhoit as sergeant this afternoon at a promotion ceremony at the Los Alamos Justice Center. Wilhoit is accompanied by his wife Rebecca and sons Kaiden and Kaleb. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
Rebecca Wilhoit pins a new sergeant badge on her husband Eric Wilhoit this afternoon during his promotion ceremony at the Justice Center. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Sgt. Eric Wilhoit signing his promotion papers this afternoon at the Justcie Center. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
Newly promoted police Sgt.

NIJ Examines Ways To Improve Officer Safety In Vehicles And On Roadways

on December 1, 2018 - 5:41am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice has published an article examining the results of two projects; one that studied the circumstances behind law enforcement line-of-duty deaths in vehicle crashes and roadside incidents and a second report that conducted an evaluation of an enhanced vehicle safety program.
 
The research is the result of a ten-year collaboration between NIJ and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which seeks ways to improve officer safety on the roadways.
 
More information about the

FBI: Navajo Man Faces Life In Prison On Abuse Charge

on November 30, 2018 - 9:32am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Wilfred Garcia, 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, appeared in federal court Wednesday in Albuquerque on a criminal complaint charging him with aggravated sexual abuse. Trial has yet to be scheduled.
 
Agents from the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety arrested Garcia Nov. 22 in Shiprock. According to the criminal complaint, Garcia pulled up to the victim while driving his truck.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 21 To Nov. 27, 2018

on November 28, 2018 - 12:31pm

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.

AUSTIN LEE COX

Nov. 21 at 12:18 p.m. / Police arrested Austin Lee Cox, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

ELLIOTT JOHN CHEE

Nov. 23 at 5:17 p.m.

State Police Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In December

on November 28, 2018 - 5:51am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of December.
 
NMSP 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.

NMSP: 2018 Thanksgiving C.A.R.E Operation

on November 26, 2018 - 3:07pm

NMSP News:

During the Thanksgiving 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.

NMSP: Barricaded Suspect Arrested On Interstate 25

on November 26, 2018 - 6:43am

Orlando Lopez

NMSP News:

BERNALILLO COUNTY – At around 6:31 p.m. Saturday, New Mexico State Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on a white Nissan pickup for a traffic violation. The traffic stop was on Tramway near Interstate 25.

 The driver, Orlando Lopez, 56, of Albuquerque refused to exit his vehicle. Lopez armed himself with a knife and barricaded himself inside his vehicle. State Police Crisis Negotiators and Tactical Team were called in to assist, and east and westbound lanes on Tramway and I-25 were closed.

After hours of negotiations, Lopez was arrested and taken into

Thieves Break Into Three Businesses Thanksgiving Night

on November 23, 2018 - 6:12pm

Plywood now covers the windows of three Los Alamos businesses thieves broke into Thanksgiving evening at 2101 Trinity Dr.  From left, D'Anna Photography, Windgate Healing Arts and Vista Control Systems. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPS owns the building that houses the three businesses and had Assistant Facilities Coordinator Scott Johnson board up the broken windows. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Thieves broke the front windows of three adjacent businesses to gain access Thanksgiving night at 2101 Trinity Dr.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 14 To Nov. 19, 2018

on November 21, 2018 - 5:10pm

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.

RICHARD LYNN ROLSTON

Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. / Police arrested Richard Lynn Rolston, 58, of Los Alamos on Diamond Drive and charged him with DUI and driving with an open container of alcohol.

 

JAYLYN ASHLEY VALDEZ

Nov. 15 at 2:27 p.m. / Police arrested Jaylyn Ashley Valdez, 22, of Espanola on NM 502 on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

CHRISTINA CARDENAS

Teenager Dies In Rollover Crash In San Juan County

on November 21, 2018 - 3:40pm

Shaydell Pete-Light

NMSP News:

At about 5:05 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on State Road 371 around mile post 104, south of Farmington.

The initial investigation indicated a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Shaydell Pete-Light, 21, of Farmington was traveling north on SR 371 when for unknown reasons drove off the roadway causing the vehicle to roll.

The passenger Jasmine Lynn Curley, 19, of Kayenta, Ariz., who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected and sustained fatal injuries.

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