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Emergency-Response Exercise Involving a Staged Crash is Underway at LAHS

on April 18, 2012 - 1:37pm

 

 

Please be aware that an emergency-response exercise involving a vehicular accident will take place from approximately 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. today in the faculty parking lot at Los Alamos High School, as part of the "Every 15 Minutes" program.

"Every 15 minutes"is a national initiative that uses staged crashes, emergency-response scenarios, and discussion to educate and remind students —and adults—about the many dangers associated with driving while impaired or texting.

Los Alamos police and fire departments are participating in the exercise, along with Careflight, a critical care

ALERT: An Emergency-Response Exercise Involving a Staged Crash is Underway at LAHS Today

on April 17, 2012 - 11:09pm

Please be aware that an emergency-response exercise involving a vehicular accident will take place from approximately 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. today in the faculty parking lot at Los Alamos High School, as part of the "Every 15 Minutes" program.

"Every 15 minutes" is a national initiative that uses staged crashes, emergency-response scenarios, and discussion to educate and remind students —and adults—about the many dangers associated with driving while impaired or texting.

Los Alamos police and fire departments are participating in the exercise, along with Careflight, a critical care transport

Wildfire 2012 Featured Public Safety Tips

on April 16, 2012 - 9:05am

Snow fell Saturday during the Wildfire 2012 public information event at the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue. Officials from Los Alamos County Emergency Management, Los Alamos Fire Department, Bandelier Fire Department, Valle Caldera Fire Department, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Forest Service were among the agencies on hand to answer questions and provide the public with safety information related to this year's upcoming fire season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

During Saturday's Wildfire 2012 event, a crowd gathered around a Simtable owned by

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 6 to April 11, 2012

on April 16, 2012 - 8:22am

The following information was 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.

 

April 6 at 1:45 p.m. / Police charged Kendall Frye, 44, of Los Alamos with battery against a household member in the 800 block of Aster Street and issued him a summons to appear in Magistrate Court.    

April 6 at 3:07 p.m. / A 28-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 800 block of 9th Street. The estimated loss is more than $500.

JERRED MARTINEZ

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

on April 13, 2012 - 11:47am

Wildfire 2012 - Tomorrow!

Don't forget to drop by the Community Building on 20th Street to check out all of the information tables - lots of information about creating defensible space around your home, and much more! It's open from 1 to 5 p.m. and hosted by LAFD. There will not be a panel discussion but the public can ask lots of questions of the officials in attendance. Read the list of exhibits and learn more here: http://www.losalamosnm.us/news/Pages/Wildfire2012SaturdayApril14.aspx

It's Spring! Must be time for Budget Season, too!

The County Council will begin holding budget

Suspicious Item at Lab Determined to be Duct Tape and Wire

on April 10, 2012 - 1:51pm

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailynews.com

Emergency responders descended on the area near the parking garage next to Technical Area 3 at Los Alamos National Laboratory a few minutes ago.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lab security, the hazardous devices team and local police and fire personnel surrounded the area where a suspicious item was spotted and reported to officials.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

After securing the area, authorities determined that the item was simply duct tape wrapped in wire. 

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The all clear was

Update to Loope Story

on April 10, 2012 - 9:52am

Marion Loope

Staff report

Marion Loope, 28, of Los Alamos is back in the Los Alamos Detention Center after her short stay at St. Vincent’s Hospital following a suicide attempt.

She has been incarcerated since her arrest in November on a District Court warrant for failure to comply with conditions of the court stemming from an October arrest.

The judge denied Loope’s request for release at a District Court hearing Thursday.

She was placed in ICU when first entering the hospital.

“I’m glad she was taken care of and is ok,” Capt. Randy Foster said.

Loope has had several incidents

Public's Help Sought in Bank Robberies

on April 10, 2012 - 7:46am

Suspect wanted in Santa Fe bank robberies. Courtesy/FBI

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who is now a suspect in the April 2 robbery of the US Bank branch located at 3787 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

The unidentified man may also be connected to the robberies of three other banks in Santa Fe this year.

Suspect captured on a surveilance camera is wanted in the Santa Fe bank robberies. Courtesy/FBI

During all four robberies, the robber has worn a dark jacket with a hood, dark ski mask and rubber gloves.

He also displayed a handgun.

Inmate Returns to Jail Following Suicide Attempt

on April 9, 2012 - 11:53pm

By Carol A. Clark

St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe today released the 28-year-old woman who attempted suicide in her cell at the Los Alamos Detention Center just past midnight Sunday.

Marion Loope of Los Alamos has been incarcerated since her arrest in November on a District Court warrant for failure to comply with conditions of the court.

She had been out on bond following an Oct. 4 incident at Los Alamos Medical Center in which she was charged with two felonies – battery on a health care worker and criminal damage to property.

The judge denied Loope’s request for release at a District

FBI Asks Public's Help in Locating Suspect

on April 9, 2012 - 10:58pm

FBI News:

Perfinna King

The FBI and Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations are looking for a suspect in connection with the April 6 stabbing and shooting of a Navajo woman in Ojo Amarillo, on the Navajo Indian reservation near Farmington.

Perfinna King, 32, of the Navajo Nation, is wanted on federal charges.

King is suspected in the stabbing and shooting of a 33-year-old woman whose identity is not being released at this time.

The woman was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center.

King should be considered armed and dangerous.

King is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 165

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 29 to April 4, 2012

on April 9, 2012 - 10:38pm

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.

DANNY SALAZAR

March 29 at 11:20 a.m. / Police arrested Danny Salazar, 35, of Espanola on Trinity Drive on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant for unknown charges.

March 29 at 9:36 p.m. / A 91-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny on Oppenheimer Drive. The estimated loss is $9,000.

March 29 at 10 p.m.

BREAKING NEWS: Local Inmate Attempts Suicide

on April 8, 2012 - 2:08pm

A woman incarcerated in the Los Alamos County Detention Center apparently attempted to commit suicide in her cell overnight.

“We had a suicide attempt in the jail last night of a young lady,” Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said. “We called for an ambulance just after midnight and she was initially transported to Los Alamos Medical Center and subsequently transported to St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe.”

The 28-year-old Los Alamos woman was arrested Oct.

National Dispatchers Week Begins Today

on April 8, 2012 - 12:32pm

Los Alamos Dispatch Shift Supervisor Wendy Strain confers with Cpl. Chris Ross Friday at the Consolidated Dispatch Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

They are the voice on the line when you dial 911 for help.

They are the unseen first responders – working behind the scenes every day as an integral part of the public safety net in Los Alamos – assisting police, fire and emergency medical personnel to respond quickly to your needs.

This week the nation is honoring its 911 dispatchers for the vital service they

Local Doctor Arrested on Multiple Charges

on April 6, 2012 - 9:40am

Pavel Mourachov

By Carol A. Clark

Police arrested Dr. Pavel V. Mourachov of Los Alamos Wednesday evening and charged him with assault on a peace officer, DWI and resisting/evading/obstructing officers during his arrest.

A call from a family member came into police dispatch at 7:35 p.m. reporting that Mourachov, 40, may be suicidal.

The dispatch operator advised Corporal Adam R. Jung and Ofc. Robert Stephens that Mourachov, a urologist at Los Alamos Medical Center, had made statements that he was suicidal and was willing to commit “suicide by cop.”

Dispatch also advised the responding

White Rock Loses Power During Monday's Storm - Power Now Restored to Remaining Customers on Piedra Loop

on April 3, 2012 - 11:18am

Power lines from a toppled power pole lay across the fence of a home near Piedra Loop and Piedra Drive Monday night. County crews and Los Alamos police used their vehicles as shields to protect motorists from driving into the downed wires, which were strewn across the roadway. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Heavy snow accumulation on power lines during Monday evening’s storm caused a three-phase power pole to go down near the intersection of Piedra Drive and Piedra Loop in White Rock. Power was lost at 8:40 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Taking on Espanola Police

on April 3, 2012 - 10:37am

The public is invited to attend a battle between officers of the Los Alamos Police Department and officers of the Espanola Police Department.

This highly competitive, action-packed basketball game begins at 2 p.m. April 28 at Northern New Mexico College, 921 N. Paseo De Onate in Espanola.

Tickets are $3 per adult and $2 per child under 12 with all proceeds split between LAPD and EPD for the charity of their choice.

Power Pole Collapses Near Piedra Loop

on April 3, 2012 - 12:11am

A Los Alamos Police vehicle and a County truck shelter wires strewn across the road from a power pole that toppled over near Piedra Loop and Piedra Drive during the snowstorm Monday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

 

ICAC Task Force Executes 13 Search Warrants

on April 2, 2012 - 10:12pm

FBI News:

New Mexico State Attorney General Gary K. King and U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced today that, during the last three weeks, federal, state and local law enforcement affiliates of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force executed 13 search warrants as part of “Operation Artemis.”

Operation Artemis was aimed at identifying individuals throughout New Mexico involved in the distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography through peer-to-peer file sharing programs.

“At the heart of child pornography cases is our duty to protect our

Public Urged to Attend 'Wildfire 2012' Event

on April 2, 2012 - 9:32pm

Los Alamos firefighters train at the New Mexico Fire Academy in Socorro. Photo by Louisa Martinez/LAFD

As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2012” from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 14 in the Council Chambers and adjacent Training Room (inside the Community Building at 475 20th St.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies.

There will be a joint presentation on the Las Conchas 2011 Wildfire, including a possible panel discussion with representatives from the following

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 22 to March 28, 2012

on April 2, 2012 - 8:15am

LAPD News:

The following information was 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.

March 22 at 11:46 a.m. / A 43-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that she was the victim of battery at Los Alamos High School.

March 22 at 1:06 p.m. / Police responded to the unattended death of an 83-year-old Los Alamos man on 45th Street. The cause of death appears to be from natural causes.

March 23 at 12:17 p.m.

CDC Warns Public Against Easter Chicks

on April 2, 2012 - 8:04am

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning the public to the dangers associated with giving baby chicks and ducklings as Easter gifts.

Because they are soft and cute, many people do not realize the potential danger baby chicks and ducklings can be to small children, says the CDC.

Young birds often carry harmful bacteria called Salmonella. And, each spring some children become infected with Salmonella after receiving a baby chick or duckling for Easter.

Harmful bacteria carried in the chick’s and duckling’s intestine contaminates their environment and the

Overall, Three Mile Island Operated Safely in 2011

on April 2, 2012 - 8:02am

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Penn., was the site of a March 28, 1979 power plant accident that brought about sweeping changes involving emergency response planning, reactor operator training, human factors engineering, radiation protection, and many other areas of nuclear power plant operations. Courtesy Photo

 

U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION News:

 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct an open house April 11 in Middletown, Penn., regarding the agency’s annual assessment of safety performance for the Three Mile Island 1 nuclear power plant.

$7 Million Available for Earthquake Research

on March 31, 2012 - 2:25pm

USGS News:

Scientists interested in earthquake research will be pleased to hear that the U.S. Geological Survey is awarding up to $7 million in grants and cooperative agreements for earthquake research in 2013.

Applications are due May 17 and researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under the funding opportunity number G12AS20013.

There are four National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) agencies that work in close coordination to improve the nation's understanding of earthquake hazards and to mitigate their effects.

U.S. Senate Confirms New Deputy Chief at DEA

on March 31, 2012 - 2:01pm

Thomas Harrigan

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart hailed Senate confirmation of Special Agent Thomas Harrigan as DEA’s Deputy Administrator.

“I cannot think of a better, more qualified, or more honorable person to have at my side than Special Agent Tom Harrigan as we lead the Drug Enforcement Administration through the many challenges we will face and the many successes we will have in the coming years,” Leonhart said. “Tom demonstrated strong leadership and dedication in the field, and his strategic vision as Chief of Operations has been second to none.

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