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FBI: Armed Man Robs Wells Fargo In Pojoaque

on February 21, 2018 - 7:03am

Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

An armed man robbed Wells Fargo Tuesday afternoon in Pojoaque.

The suspect is described as approximately 5'7" tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He wore a dark ski mask, dark jacket, gloves and a dark pair of pants with a checkered pattern.

At approximately 3:02 p.m., the suspect entered the bank at 3 W. Gutierrez St., Santa Fe, and displayed a handgun.

He demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect left the bank.

The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the

Utility Tree Trimming In Western Area

on February 20, 2018 - 3:17pm

COUNTY News:

Starting this week Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will begin trimming trees from around power lines in the Western Area neighborhood of Los Alamos. 

Crews will start on Trinity Drive, Fairway and Sandia, working through the Western Area.

According to DPU officials, the tree trimming effort is to reduce power outages by removing branches and trees that are either too close to power lines or pose a risk of falling on power lines.

Trimming trees coupled with an aggressive operation and maintenance program supports the

Attorney General Hector Balderas Statement Regarding Phil Griego Sentencing

on February 20, 2018 - 6:23am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Friday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement regarding the sentencing of Phil Griego:
 
"New Mexico has long been victimized by abuse and corruption and we will continue to fight on behalf of all New Mexicans. While we felt more accountability was in order, we respect the Court’s attention to this case, as well as its authority to decide the term of incarceration."
 

Udall, Heinrich Say White House Reliance On Interim Security Clearances Troubling

on February 20, 2018 - 5:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that revealed significant discrepancies in the White House’s account of how long former Staff Secretary Rob Porter was permitted access to classified information without a full security clearance, U.S.

Officials Respond To Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct In New Mexico Democratic Party

on February 20, 2018 - 5:42am
STATE News:
 
Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, and New Mexico Rep. Angelica Rubio released the following statement Thursday in response to recent news of sexual harassment allegations in the Democratic Party of New Mexico:
 
“As Democrats, we believe that all people deserve to be treated with respect. We stand with the silence-breakers who have come forward in recent months—in New Mexico and around the country—to share their stories of sexual harassment and sexual abuse.

Santa Cruz Woman Sentenced In Local DUI Case

on February 20, 2018 - 5:39am

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com 

Christina Martinez, 38, of Santa Cruz was sentenced Feb. 5 in Los Alamos Municipal Court to 90 days in jail with 85 suspended, a year of supervised probation and a $500 fine after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence.

She also was ordered to undergo a substance abuse assessment, perform 48 hours of community service and attend DWI school.

Martinez was arrested the morning of Nov. 8 by Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Kent Pegg Sentenced On DUI Charge

on February 20, 2018 - 5:23am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Kent Pegg, 53, of Los Alamos was sentenced Feb. 5 in Los Alamos Municipal Court to 90 days in jail with 85 days suspended and placed on a year of supervised probation after pleading guilty to driving under the influence.

 

He also was ordered to pay a $500 fine, perform 48 hours of community service, place an interlock on his vehicle for a year, and pay $250 in court fees.

 

Pegg was arrested the morning of Sept. 7 by Los Alamos Police Sgt.

Caution: Roads Getting Slick In Los Alamos Area

on February 19, 2018 - 4:29pm

Caution: Roads are getting slick throughout Los Alamos due to today's rain and hail including this intersection at 4 p.m. today with the temperature at 32 degrees and dropping at Diamond Drive and Canyon Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Convictions Of Roswell Man For 2014 Murder

on February 19, 2018 - 2:54pm

New Mexico Supreme Court News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed today the convictions of Steven Lee Lucero for a 2014 killing in Roswell.

In a unanimous decision, the Court found there was sufficient evidence to support a jury’s verdict convicting Lucero of felony murder and conspiracy to commit felony murder. The victim, Isaiah Sanchez, was beaten and fatally stabbed after being lured to a house in Roswell as part of a plan by Lucero to steal Sanchez’s truck. Lucero enlisted the help of his ex-wife, his brother and the brother’s girlfriend.

Man And Woman Arrested At Local Car Wash

on February 19, 2018 - 2:30pm

LAPD News:

Ricky Martinez, 21, of Truchas and Angelica Pacheco, 28, of Espanola are slated for pre-trial hearings April 11 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on charges of concealing their identities and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The two were arrested Feb. 12 after Los Alamos Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson and Cpl. Leandro Gallegos responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle at the car wash on Knecht Street. Court documents indicate the officers found Martinez and Pacheco asleep with food on their laps in a vehicle with an expired registration plate.

When the officers awoke them, both

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 7 To Feb. 13, 2018

on February 19, 2018 - 7:51am

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 against them.

KRISTA E. WILHELM

Feb. 7 at 11:08 a.m. / Police arrested Krista E. Wilhelm, 32, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and charged her with two counts of conspiracy, forgery and possession of drugs.

 

 

BRENDEN BROWN

Feb. 7 at 11:59 a.m.

Scenes From Pajarito Cliffs Crime Site

on February 17, 2018 - 5:47pm

Los Alamos Police Officers and law enforcement officials from neighboring agencies pursued this vehicle to Espanola early Saturday morning. The two tires reportedly came off the rims shortly after the vehicle headed out of Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Department Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero looks on as New Mexico State Patrol Agent Dezjuan Shields uses a three dimension camera to map the crime scene this afternoon outside Building 4 at the Pajarito Cliffs Site. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

New Mexico State Patrol Agent Dezjuan Shields

New Mexico State Police Investigate Los Alamos Police Department Shooting

on February 17, 2018 - 5:46pm
NMSP News:
 
Early this morning, February 17, 2018, officers with the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) were involved in a police shooting. The New Mexico State Police was asked to investigate this shooting.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed that the LAPD has been investigating numerous burglaries at the Pajarito Cliffs Site (PCS) county buildings, located at 1001 Camino Entrada, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. LAPD officers were conducting surveillance outside these buildings due to the burglaries.
 
Around 3:30 a.m.

FBI, Navajo Nation Seek Help Identifying Body Found In Shiprock Fire

on February 17, 2018 - 5:22pm
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are seeking to identify a body found in a burned trailer in Shiprock, New Mexico.
 
The fire on Mesa Farm Road 4th Lane South was reported early Thursday morning, Feb. 8. The body of an unknown male was discovered inside the trailer.
 
The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Anyone with information on the victim’s identity is asked to contact the FBI at 505.889.1300.
 
The San Juan County Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.

Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

on February 17, 2018 - 5:08pm

NNSA News:
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to install a permanent fire break across the canyon bottom, which includes approximately 300 feet of the 100-year floodplain.
 
The proposed work will occur in Portrillo Canyon in Technical Area (TA) 36. The purpose of this work is to further reduce wildfire risk in upper Potrillo Canyon from the Lower Slobbovia firing site operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental

LAPD Releases Details Of Officer-Involved Shooting

on February 17, 2018 - 2:41pm

LAPD News:

 

Officers with the Los Alamos Police Department were involved in an overnight shooting that occurred around 3:45 a.m. Saturday, LAPD Cmdr. Preston announced this afternoon. No officers were injured in the incident.

The officers were investigating suspicious circumstances at a Los Alamos County facility located at the Pajarito Cliffs site, Ballew said.

“During this investigation shots were fired by police and a pursuit ensued out of Los Alamos County and into the Espanola/Rio Arriba County area,” Ballew said.

News Alert: Officer Involved Shooting In Los Alamos

on February 17, 2018 - 10:58am

News Alert:

An officer involved shooting occurred this morning in Los Alamos. No injuries have been reported at this time.

New Mexico State Police have been called in to investigate. Details on what led up to the shooting have not yet been released.

Check back for more on this developing story.

 

Los Alamos First Responders Assist Motorist

on February 17, 2018 - 10:09am

Los Alamos Firefighters respond to the scene of a car stopped on Central Avenue after smoke began billowing from its engine Tuesday afternoon. The driver lifts the hood. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Firefighters assess the situation. A bystander's initial diagnosis is that the vehicle blew a gasket. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police arrive on the scene. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Police begin directing traffic around the vehicle with engine trouble parked on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos

DEA Creates New Resource To Help Distributors Avoid Oversupplying Opioids

on February 17, 2018 - 7:50am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has launched a new tool to assist drug manufacturers and distributors with their regulatory obligations under the Controlled Substances Act.
 
This new resource is an example of the many ways DEA is working collaboratively with its 1.73 million registrants to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States.
 
DEA added a new feature to its ARCOS Online Reporting System, a comprehensive drug reporting system that monitors the flow of controlled substances from their point of manufacture through commercial

NMED Secretary Tongate And AG Balderas On Lawsuits Against Gold King Mine Contractor Ruling

on February 17, 2018 - 7:43am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE Wednesday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Butch Tongate released a joint statement regarding a federal judge’s ruling that lawsuits filed by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor will proceed:
 
“We are pleased that our lawsuit against EPA's contractor, Environmental Restoration LLC, will proceed, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the Navajo Nation to recoup the damages done to our environment, cultural sites, and our economy.”

J & L Storage Units Burglarized

on February 17, 2018 - 6:27am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Thieves broke into several storage units sometime overnight Wednesday at the J & L Storage facility behind the old McDonald's on Trinity Drive.

Owner John Courtright said locks were cut on the units but they were not otherwise damaged and that all but one door was closed before the thieves left.

Courtright said two of his own units were struck and that the majority of those broken into were hidden from street view.

Security Tightens At Pajarito Cliffs Site

on February 16, 2018 - 8:19pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Representatives of Los Alamos County Departments housed at the Pajarito Cliffs Site east of the airport met Wednesday with Los Alamos Police Department officials to discuss ways to improve security at County facilities located there.

County Manager Harry Burgess told the Los Alamos Daily Post Thursday that new security measures have already been introduced and others are in the works in response to recent burglaries at County facilities and the theft of a truck last week.

First Graders Write Letters To LAPD Officers

on February 16, 2018 - 10:29am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross receives a stack of thank you letters from Barranca Mesa Elementary School first grade teacher Catherine Cloran. Cloran's class was recently taken on a tour of the police station by Ross and Cpl. James Keane. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Cold Versus Flu: Questions & Answers

on February 16, 2018 - 10:27am

CDC News:

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu.

People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

Indoor Safety During Winter Storms

on February 16, 2018 - 10:22am

CDC News:

When using a wood stove, fireplace or space heater during the winter months, be extremely careful.

Heat Homes Safely

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.

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