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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.

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