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Los Alamos Police Arrest Graffiti Vandal

on March 12, 2019 - 3:29pm

Trenton David Francis Devore

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police have arrested Trenton David Francis Devore of Jemez Pueblo and charged him in the recent rash of graffiti found in various locations around the community.

Devore is being charged at this time with two felony counts of graffiti and three petty misdemeanor counts of graffiti. The total cost of repairs at each location is around $7,500. However, after more case investigation follow-up occurs and the repairs are actually completed, these numbers and criminal counts may need to be adjusted.

In his statement of probable cause Det.

Police Emphasize School Bus Safety

on March 12, 2019 - 3:16pm

Graffiti Sprayed On Masonic Lodge In Los Alamos

on March 11, 2019 - 10:22pm
The Masonic Lodge at 1400 N. Sage Loop was vandalized over the weekend with graffiti. Courtesy/Masonic Lodge
More graffiti on a wall at the Masonic Lodge at 1400 N. Sage Loop. Courtesy/Masonic Lodge
By the Brethren of Pajarito Masonic Lodge
Los Alamos

The Masonic Lodge at 1400 N. Sage Loop in Los Alamos was vandalized over the weekend with graffiti, as were walls near the Justice Center and Fuller Lodge.

Freemasonry is a fraternity whose purpose is to unite ethical men who have a strong interest in morality, charity, and the welfare of humanity as a whole.

State Police Investigate Two State Employees For Falsely Claiming Hours Worked

on March 11, 2019 - 8:31am

NMSP News:

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau opened an investigation Feb. 25 into two State of New Mexico employees for falsely claiming hours on their time cards that they did not work.

Eliasib Ramirez, 41, of Chaparral and Joseph Vielma, 26, of Las Cruces, both transportation inspectors at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, have been charged with several counts of receiving public money for services not rendered after a supervisor noticed they were leaving work early and claiming overtime for hours they were not working.

During the investigation, State Police agents

Police Investigate Graffiti Near Justice Center

on March 10, 2019 - 7:49pm

Sunday afternoon Los Alamos police investigate graffiti sprayed on the wall outside the Justice Center. The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish more details when they are available. Photo by Greg Kendall

More graffiti was spotted Sunday near Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall

New Mexico State Police Investigates Suspected Home Intruders Shot By Homeowner In Valencia County

on March 5, 2019 - 2:57pm

Home intruder Stephen Benevides. Courtesy/NMSO

NMSP News:

LOS LUNAS – At around 7:41 p.m., Saturday, Valencia County Sheriff’s Department officers were dispatched to a residence on Valencia Drive in Los Lunas for a call of a shooting.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called in to investigate this shooting.

State Police agents learned that Stephen Benevides, 43, and Brittany Torres, 34, were both armed with weapons when they knocked on the front door of a residence on Valencia Drive.

When the homeowner opened the door, Benevides and Torres forced their way into the

NMSP: Update On State Police Officer Involved Shooting That Rescues Child And Mother From Hostage Situation

on February 28, 2019 - 6:27am

James Kirkland

NMSP News:

LAS CRUCES – At about 8 a.m. Wednesday, the New Mexico State Police was called to assist Border Patrol and the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office with a vehicle that bypassed the Border Patrol checkpoint by driving northbound in the southbound lanes of I-25.

Border Patrol initiated a pursuit on the vehicle and were quickly joined by Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

State Police Officer Involved In Shooting That Rescues Child From Hostage Situation

on February 27, 2019 - 1:47pm

NMSP News:

DONA ANA COUNTY -- At about 8 a.m. today, New Mexico State Police was called to assist Border Patrol and the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office with a vehicle that had failed to stop at the Border Patrol check point on I-25.

Border Patrol initiated a pursuit on the vehicle that came to an end on Interstate 25 around mile post 37.

The male driver armed himself with a firearm and barricaded inside the vehicle, holding a 7-year-old child hostage. During the standoff, a State Police officer fired their department issued weapon striking the suspect.

NMSP: State Checkpoints; Saturation Patrols In March

on February 27, 2019 - 1:42pm
NMSP sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints will be conducted in all New Mexico counties during March. Courtesy photo
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 March.
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 14 To Feb. 21, 2019

on February 27, 2019 - 12:54pm

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.


Feb. 14 at 3:11 a.m. / Police arrested Justin F. Vigil, 24, of Santa Fe at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding District Court warrant.





Feb. 14 at 3:50 a.m. / Police arrested Monica Martinez, 39, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with computer access with intent to defraud or embezzle.




LAPD: Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding For 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

on February 27, 2019 - 8:05am

LAPD News:

The Incorporated County of Los Alamos, New Mexico, through the Los Alamos Police Department, has received federal funding to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the April 7-13 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The funding will be used to place victim resource directories, in the form of rack cards, on Atomic City Transit buses, and New Mexico Park and Ride buses, as part of a Community Awareness Project in Los Alamos County and surrounding communities.

NMSP Issues Missing Endangered Person Advisory

on February 23, 2019 - 1:40pm

NMSP News:

GALLUP - The following is information for the distribution of a Missing Endangered Person Advisory from the Gallup Police Department. Please refer all media inquiries to the Gallup Police Department at 505.722.2231.

The Gallup Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating Kayla Bryce McCall, a Caucasian female, 30-years-old, 5’5”, 140 pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes. She was last seen Feb. 22, 2019 at 400 Morgan Circle in Gallup.

It is unknown what she is wearing. She is driving a silver 2011 Jeep displaying a turquoise New Mexico license plate of

Semi Truck Slides Off NM 4 Near White Rock

on February 23, 2019 - 11:22am

LAPD News:

Los Alamos and Santa Fe County police responded to the scene of a semi truck that slid off N.M. 4 this morning between the truck route and White Rock.

Cmdr. Oliver Morris told the Los Alamos Daily Post that no injuries were reported.

He explained that traffic flow was delayed while a large tow truck was called in to hook-up the semi and haul it away.

N.M. 4 is now clear and traffic is moving along at a normal pace.

FBI: Federal, State, Local Law Enforcement In New Mexico Team Up To Recruit Women March 11

on February 23, 2019 - 7:03am
 FBI News:
A team of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies has organized a recruiting event in Albuquerque focused on women interested in public safety careers.
The FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, New Mexico State Police, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, Albuquerque Police Department and Rio Rancho Police Department will be available to answer questions about law enforcement careers, 5-7 p.m., March 11 at Sid Cutters Pilots' Pavilion in Balloon Fiesta Park,
Doors will open at 4 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Drug Take Back Day April 27

on February 23, 2019 - 6:59am
LAPD News:
Los Alamos Police Department will conduct its biannual DEA Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 27.
This event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the North parking lot (off Central Avenue) of the Los Alamos Police Department.
This drug diversion program is part of a national initiative by the drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Along with the drug collection, the

District Attorney Marco Serna Convicts Child Rapist

on February 20, 2019 - 2:34pm
David Hyams
SANTA FE Firstt Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna released the following statement Tuesday regarding his office’s conviction of David Hyams:
“I am grateful to announce that our office was able to bring justice against Hyams yesterday convicting him of two counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (Child Under 13) and one count of Criminal Sexual Contact in the Second Degree (Unclothed) (Child Under 13). And I am thankful to and proud of the brave, young victim who traveled from Hawaii to testify at trial, and for the service of the

Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Meets Tonight

on February 20, 2019 - 2:09pm


The Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in Conference Room 101 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.


  • Approval of January Minutes
  • LACAS volunteer input subcommittee progress report – Sally
  • Public survey progress report - Sally
  • Shelter Models subcommittee progress report – Linda
  • Shelter budget subcommittee progress report – Jennifer
  • Facility Improvement Cost Analysis progress report - Wendy
  • Discussion of Development of Recommendations
  • New Business
  • Adjourn Meeting

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 30, 2018-Feb. 12, 2019

on February 20, 2019 - 8:26am

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.


Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. / Police arrested So Young Choi, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police arrested Choi again Feb. 1 at 7:35 p.m. on Aster Street and charged her with battery against a household member and criminal damage to property.





Feb. 8 at 12:05 a.m.

Bill To Improve 911 Systems Passes House Committee

on February 20, 2019 - 7:24am
SANTA FE Tuesday, the House Local Government, Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee passed House Bill 493, sponsored by Rep. Jim Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), to improve 911 systems.
House Bill 439 would establish an Enhanced 911 Advisory Board to work with the Department of Finance Administration and the Department of Information Technology, among other partners, to guide the enhanced 911 fund in improving its efficiency and transition to Next Generation technology.
According to a March 2018 Legislative Finance Report, “upgrading 911 systems to Next

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases 2018 Crime Statistics

on February 12, 2019 - 11:56am

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released calls for service and crime statistics for the 12 months 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), manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. Simple assault is not included in UCR.

NMSP Ask Public’s Help Identifying Road Rage Victim

on February 11, 2019 - 3:19pm

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico State Police is asking for the public’s help identifying the victim of a road rage incident on I-40 eastbound near 98th and Unser Boulevard.

At approximately 8 a.m. today, a NMSP sergeant was parked in the median on Interstate 40 eastbound between Coors and Unser when approached by an unidentified female victim, who was driving a maroon Kia four door passenger vehicle with a turquoise New Mexico license plate.

The female driver told the sergeant that a male driver in a red Jeep pointed a firearm at her.

State Police Charge Officer For Time Card Fraud, Falsely Claiming To Have Issued Over 600 Traffic Citations

on February 9, 2019 - 9:35am
NMSP News:
OTERO COUNTY The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau opened an investigation Oct. 9, 2018 into Joseph Andrew Gonzalez, 25, of El Paso, Texas for fraudulently claiming hours on his time card that he did not work.
The investigation began when Gonzalez’s supervisor noticed a discrepancy between the number of traffic citations Gonzalez was claiming to have written versus the number of citations he actually wrote. As the investigation progressed, evidence was uncovered that supported the claim of fraudulent activity.

Police Detectives Arrest Adrian Nieto Who Failed To Return To Boys Reintegration Center

on February 9, 2019 - 8:29am

Adrian Nieto arrested at apartment complex in Albuquerque. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico State Police were working jointly with the Albuquerque Police Department Friday to locate Adrian Nieto. Investigators were searching for Nieto, who cut off his GPS ankle monitor during a visit to his grandmother's home and failed to return to the Albuquerque Boys Reintegration Center.

APD detectives arrested Nieto at approximately 4:15 p.m. at an apartment complex at 1710 Dan SE in Albuquerque. Nieto was taken into custody without incident.

Nieto was booked into Bernalillo County

Scenes From Advocacy Day At New Mexico Legislature

on February 6, 2019 - 7:41am

Stephanie Nakhleh, left, and Amy Storey, second from left, of Los Alamos joined scores of volunteers Tuesday for Advocacy Day at the Roundhouse to fight for commonsense gun laws like HB8 and SB8, requiring background checks for all gun sales. They were joined by Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Albuquerque Police Chief Mike Geier, and Albuquerque Deputy Chief of Police Harold Medina—all of whom support universal background checks, as do the majority of New Mexicans.

Los Alamos Police Respond To Late Morning Reports Of Intoxicated And Despondent Man In White Rock

on February 5, 2019 - 12:16pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police officers responded late this morning in White Rock to reports of an intoxicated and despondent man who may have had access to firearms.

Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew told the Los Alamos Daily Post that police have located the man and he has been transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center where he is undergoing evaluation.

Both Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools were placed on lockdown as a safety precaution during the incident, Cmdr. Ballew said.