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NM State Police Investigate Fatal Bus Crash On I-40

on August 31, 2018 - 9:13am

NMSP News:

The New Mexico State Police responded Thursday to a fatal collision involving a semi-truck and a Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 around mile post 50 in McKinley County.

The preliminary investigation indicates a semi-truck traveling east on Interstate 40 suffered a tire blow out causing the semi to cross the median into opposing west bound traffic of Interstate 40. The semi-truck collided head on with a westbound Greyhound passenger bus carrying more than forty-eight passengers.

So far, State Police have confirmed four fatalities.

Police And Fire Chiefs Open Letter To The Community

on August 30, 2018 - 1:37pm

An Open Letter to the Community from the Los Alamos Police and Fire Chiefs:

Los Alamos County Emergency responders are very fortunate to be able to provide a robust response to events like the one involving the missing child in White Rock on Tuesday of this week. The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) and Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) are quite visible during these events, but many more less visible people and agencies contributed to this successful effort.

As Chiefs of the Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Police Department, we want to make sure our community understands who

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos Heroes

on August 29, 2018 - 8:08am

Daily Postcard: Meet the team of local heroes working together for hours Tuesday to find a little boy missing in White Rock. Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, third from left, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, ninth from right, police officers, detectives, battalion chiefs and firefighters gathered at the LAPD Mobile Command Center near Pinion Elementary School where a 10-year-old boy went missing Tuesday morning. Community members joined the search for the boy who was found safe and sound and taken home at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. He reportedly was upset about his school work.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus Issues Message To Parents ... Commends Staff, Community Response During Search For Missing Boy

on August 28, 2018 - 9:46pm
LAPS Superintendent

Just in case you have not already heard, the 10-year-old boy who was missing today has been found and is safely home with his mother and father.

The Los Alamos community really came together to help with this effort. Thank you. Our students did just what we have asked in safety training: If You See Something, Say Something! 

Pinon staff were quick to respond and contact local officials. Thanks also goes out to Chief Sgamballone and the Los Alamos Police Department.

Missing White Rock Boy Found Safe

on August 28, 2018 - 6:18pm

News Alert:

The Los Alamos Police Department has confirmed that the 10-year-old boy who went missing today in White Rock has been found and he is safe and sound.

No further details are available at this time.

LAPD thanks the community its assistance in this matter.


Alert: LAPD Searching For Boy Missing In White Rock

on August 28, 2018 - 12:51pm

News Alert:

The Los Alamos Police Department is searching for a 10-year-old boy missing today in White Rock. Foul play is not suspected.

He has brown hair, is 4 feet tall and weighs 70 lbs. He is wearing a black hat, gray shorts and an unknown color of T-shirt.

Anyone who spots a boy matching this description is urged to call LAPD at 505.662.8222, but please DO NOT CALL THIS NUMBER WITH QUESTIONS. Questions should temporarily be directed to Police Records at 505.663.1741.

Balderas Secures Second Felony Conviction Against Man Who Secretly Filmed Child In Albuquerque Bathroom

on August 27, 2018 - 10:07pm
Mark Webb
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured a second felony conviction against Mark Webb, an Albuquerque man who secretly recorded graphic videos of an underage female in the bathroom.
Balderas previously convicted the same man of Voyeurism at trial in 2016, yet the issue of whether Balderas could also go forward on additional charges of manufacturing child pornography in that case remained on appeal.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across State In September

on August 27, 2018 - 4:19pm
NMSP News:
New Mexico 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 2018.
We are bringing awareness to these events 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.

State Police Investigate Deputy-Involved Shooting

on August 27, 2018 - 12:58pm
NMSP News:
Around 3:30 p.m., Aug. 14, Otero County Sheriff’s Department deputies began pursuing a stolen vehicle.
The vehicle, a silver Dodge sedan, fled from deputies when they attempted to contact the vehicle south of Alamogordo. The pursuit involving multiple deputies entered the city limits of Alamogordo, where deputies discontinued the pursuit for safety concerns.
A short time later, deputies received a tip that the stolen vehicle was spotted north of Alamogordo in the La Luz area.

County Issues Scam Alert

on August 24, 2018 - 4:16pm

Scam Alert:

The Los Alamos County Social Services Division is reporting that they have received information that phone calls are being made to local residents using a Caller ID that displays as being the main phone number for the Social Services Office (662-8068).

The caller is offering a deal to lower the resident’s tax rates. Social Services staff are not involved in any solicitation of this kind.

In phone scams, the Caller is looking to gain personal and financial information.

FBI: Man Charged With Farmington Bank Robbery

on August 21, 2018 - 12:06pm
FBI News:
A Farmington-area man has been arrested on a federal complaint charging him with the Aug. 17, 2018, robbery of a Farmington bank.
The FBI took Justin Watchman Jr., 26, into custody after he was arrested by the Farmington Police Department with the assistance of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.
Watchman is accused of robbing First Convenience Bank inside the Walmart at 4600 East Main Street.
No further information will be released until after Watchman's initial appearance, which has not been scheduled.
The public is reminded that all defendants

FBI: Navajo Nation Seek Public's Help Investigating Shiprock Man's Death

on August 20, 2018 - 5:35am
Herbert Whitehorse
FBI News:
The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are asking for the public's help after the body of a Native American man was found in an arroyo in Shiprock.
The body of Herbert Whitehorse, 67, of Shiprock, was discovered May 3. He possibly was last seen alive on or about April 15, 2018.
An autopsy determined Whitehorse died from blunt force trauma to his head.
Authorities want to talk to anybody who might have information about the events leading up to Whitehorse's death.
Call the FBI (24 hours) at 505.889.1300 or go online at

LAPD School Resource Officers Prepare For New Year

on August 19, 2018 - 6:17pm

Los Alamos High School staff participate in Safety Academy Monday afternoon in the Black Box Theater at LAHS. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross introduces new LAHS School Resource Officer Cpl. Jay Eakins to school staff Monday afternoon. Photo by Maire O’Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department’s Community Liaison Sgt.

New Mexico State Police Arrest High School Teacher For Illegal Relations With Female Students

on August 18, 2018 - 8:56am
James Dee Coulter
NMSP News:
AZTEC New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted in June by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) to investigate evidence resulting from a licensure investigation, which indicated that an Aztec High School teacher had an illegal sexual relationship with at least one female high school student.
The evidence and statements turned over by PED indicated that high school math and philosophy teacher James Dee Coulter, 31, of Aztec had an illicit sexual relationship with at least one 17-year-old female student.
The New Mexico

State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau Nationally Recognized

on August 15, 2018 - 10:13am
NMSP News:
The New Mexico State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau was nationally recognized for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement efforts aimed at reducing semi-truck crashes.
According to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), a well-known leader in transportation-related research, the New Mexico State Police’s efforts have made New Mexico a “top tier state” for commercial vehicle safety.
ATRI's research details an objective performance measure based on the relative percent of CMV traffic enforcement in each state compared to the relative

Police Officers Issue Back To School Safety Reminder

on August 14, 2018 - 4:09pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to take a moment and remind motorists that school starts Thursday, Aug. 16.

Police officers will be out in school zones for traffic enforcement to ensure that all students, parents and staff are safe as the community transitions into another school year. 

LAPD also reminds motorists to stop for school buses when their red lights are flashing, and students are loading and unloading. This pertains to traffic traveling in both directions.

Let’s work together to ensure this school year is not only safe but fun.

LAFD Hosts Community-Driven Strategic Planning Input Sessions At Fuller Lodge Monday

on August 14, 2018 - 7:19am

As part of a community-driven strategic planning process being implemented by the Los Alamos County Fire Department, members of the community recommended by command staff , including Don Taylor and Liz Cavasos, left, were invited to attend two sessions Monday morning at Fuller Lodge to offer their input.

AG Balderas Keeps Convicted Murderer Behind Bars

on August 13, 2018 - 6:02am
Jordan Hurd
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE July 26, the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the murder convictions in a case argued on appeal by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.
Jordan Hurd is convicted of the willful and deliberate murders of Wesley Hobbs and his daughter Amanda Hobbs, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and was sentenced by a trial court to life in prison for each of the murder charges.
“The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office fights every day to keep the people of New Mexico safe,” Balderas said.

State Police Remind Drivers To Watch For Kids

on August 10, 2018 - 10:07am
NMSP News:
As schools across New Mexico gear up for the 2018-19 school year, The New Mexico State Police want to remind drivers of the dangers our kids face every day as they make their way to and from school.
Always be aware of children walking, waiting for buses, riding their bikes, and getting on and off buses. Drivers should be especially alert around school buses.
Kids excited to go to school and to get home can unexpectedly dart into the roadway. For this reason, it’s important to be careful around buses.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 1 To Aug. 6, 2018

on August 9, 2018 - 12:53am

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.


Aug. 1 at 9:59-8 a.m. / Police arrested Angelica E. Pacheco, 18, of Santa Cruz at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




Aug. 2 at 8:16 a.m. / Police arrested Kelton Downen, 24, of White Rock at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.




Aug. 5 at 10:29 a.m.

Los Alamos Man Sentenced For Indecent Exposure

on August 8, 2018 - 9:31am


Gustavo Salaiz, 19, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty July 31 in Los Alamos Municipal Court to a charge of indecent exposure and received a 90-day jail sentence with 80 of those days suspended. He was placed on supervised probation for six months.

The charge stemmed from a June 28 incident at Mesa Public Library during which Salaiz exposed himself to a female patron. The patron reported to Los Alamos Police officers that Salaiz walked up to her while she was sitting at a desk and exposed his penis to her.

Santa Fe Magistrate Judge Dismisses Charges Against Fidel Naranjo Of Los Alamos In May Shooting Incident

on August 7, 2018 - 10:13am
Fidel J. Naranjo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Santa Fe Magistrate Court Judge George Anaya, Jr., has dismissed without prejudice four charges against Fidel J. Naranjo, 52, of Los Alamos in connection to a May 31 incident in Santa Fe County where Naranjo allegedly shot another man, Michael Gonzales, in the leg.

Court documents dated Aug.

Albuquerque Man Faces Charges For Forging, Cashing Check On Los Alamos Bank Account Of Elderly Woman

on August 6, 2018 - 4:22pm


A 25-year-old Albuquerque man is slated to appear in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday on charges of receiving stolen property, forgery and fraud in connection with a check he cashed for $650 on the Los Alamos bank account of an elderly woman after forging her signature.

Christian Kreisher was arrested June 27 on a warrant requested by Los Alamos Police Det. Matt Lyon and released July 10 by Judge Pat Casados on a $2,000 surety bond pending trial.

The victim’s son spoke with LAPD Cpl.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Briefs

on August 6, 2018 - 3:58pm

MAGISTRATE Court  Briefs:

A bench warrant is in effect for Jayston Ray Platero, 35, of Los Alamos for failure to appear July 20 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Platero was charged June 12 with two counts of child abuse in addition to charges of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked or suspended license.

Los Alamos Police officers were dispatched to the customer service desk at Smith’s Marketplace in response to an intoxicated male accompanied by two children.

LAPD Releases Crime Statistics Second Quarter 2018

on August 6, 2018 - 2:40pm

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics through the second quarter of 2018 which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category.