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DEA Unveils 'Project Below the Beltway' Results

on December 7, 2012 - 8:38am

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced the results of “Project Below the Beltway” - a two-year series of investigations targeting the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels and violent street gangs as part of an on-going initiative against the cartels and their distribution network in America.

The series of federal, state and local investigations began in May 2010 and culminated on Dec. 6, 2012.

"Project Below the Beltway" is comprised of investigations in 79 U.S.

LANL's 'Individual Permit for Storm Water' Public Meeting is Dec. 13

on December 6, 2012 - 8:48am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is holding an “Individual Permit for Storm Water” public meeting is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.

The Individual Permit for Storm Water encompasses corrective actions and monitoring for 405 sites across Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and find out about the results of monitoring, design and installation work completed during the summer season and LANL's plans for upcoming permit-related actions.

The design criteria for retaining storm water will be

Los Alamos Police Save Suicidal Man

on December 5, 2012 - 8:38pm

Isaiah Cisneros

By Carol A. Clark

Seizing literally a split-second opportunity, Los Alamos police officers were able to tase a suicidal man, lunge across the room and snatch his gun away before he could kill himself.

For reasons unknown, Isaiah Cisneros, 26, of Los Alamos threatened to shoot himself on Nov. 24. A woman in his home on 35th Street alerted police.

Cpl. Eric Wilhoit and Ofc. Oliver McCartney responded to the residence and Sgt. Jeremy Duran arrived shortly thereafter.

The woman directed the officers to a bedroom in which they found Cisneros sitting cross-legged on the floor

Driver Cited in Latest Vehicle Rollover

on December 5, 2012 - 10:44am

Sunday rollover on N.M. 4. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report:

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office has cited the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup that went off the road on N.M. 4 Sunday, Dec. 2 and rolled over on the embankment.

Dusty Keane, 18, of Los Alamos was cited for failure to maintain her lane, said SFSO Maj. Ken Johnson during a telephone interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post late Tuesday.

Keane was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center following her one-vehicle rollover Sunday afternoon.

Johnson reported that Keane suffered "scrapes and bruises from the

I-25 / St. Francis Drive Update

on December 5, 2012 - 10:21am

NMDOT News:

NMDOT is shutting down detour lanes at the I-25 / St. Francis Drive interchange this afternoon and diverting traffic back on to I-25.

Traffic will be funneled into single lanes on northbound and southbound I-25. Open and closed lanes may alternate as the project winds down.

All lanes on I-25 at this key interchange in Santa Fe should be re-opened by Christmas, weather permitting. The $6.1 million rehabilitation project will enhance public safety and prolong the life of four bridges on I-25 and one bridge on the St. Francis Drive northbound off-ramp.

NMDOT urges motorists to

FBI Seeks Public's Help

on December 5, 2012 - 9:37am

Illustration: YUGO M-90 5.56mm assault rifle. Courtesy/ WSS Firearms

FBI News:

The Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations and the FBI are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Nov. 30 at the Sonic Drive-In in Shiprock.

Shortly after midnight, two individuals dressed in black and with blue bandanas over their faces entered the restaurant on Highway 491.

Witnesses said one of the robbers carried an AK-style assault rifle.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money and may have gotten into a silver or white four-door sedan.

Anyone with information on this incident is

BREAKING NEWS: Police Capture Burglary Suspects

on December 4, 2012 - 2:56pm

Skylar B. Smith. Courtesy/LAPD
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Poswt

Detectives from the Los Alamos Police Department's Investigations Division, working in conjunction with the Albuquerque Police Department’s Auto Theft Division, have apprehended a man suspected in the recent rash of auto burglaries in Los Alamos.

Skylar B. Smith, 20, of Rio Rancho, who previously lived in Los Alamos, was arrested Monday, Dec. 1 on a Los Alamos warrant for auto burglary and theft of credit cards. 

Coady Richards. Courtesy/LAPD

Smith's arrest comes after a lengthy

DWI Planning Council Meets Dec. 11

on December 4, 2012 - 6:58am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council Meeting is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr. 

The meeting is open to the public.

AGENDA

Call to Order
II. Approval of minutes from previous meeting: 11/15/2012
(Minutes are available upon request. Please contact the Los Alamos Police Department Records Division @ Police-Records@lacnm.us) or 663-1741.
III. Presentation from Department of Finance (DFA) Representative
IV. New Business
V. Next Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 10, 2013
VI. Adjourn Meeting

 

LAFD Issues Holiday and Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips

on December 4, 2012 - 6:56am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department would like to share the following Holiday and Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips with the community.

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season.

Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire.

Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy.

  • Don’t put your live Christmas tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks.
  • Place trees away from heat sources, including fireplaces or heat

Local Company Offers Taxi Service to Curb Holiday Drinking & Driving

on December 3, 2012 - 11:21am

NMWT News:

In time for the holidays, Los Alamos based New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours, is now offering after hours (after 7 p.m.) taxi service from the Los Alamos/White Rock area to a number of locations, to help prevent drinking and driving.

New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours’ taxi service is also available for pick up and delivery to the Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe and other Taos, Albuquerque, and surrounding area destinations.

“There is currently no easily accessible shuttle service in Los Alamos that offers transportation to and

NNSA Exceeds 2012 Goal for Nuclear Weapons Dismantlements

on December 3, 2012 - 10:37am

U.S. nuclear weapons declared excess to the stockpile are sent to Pantex Plant, America's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. Pantex Plant is on a 16,000-acre site 17 miles northeast of Amarillo, Texas. Courtesy/Pantex

NNSA's Don Cook

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has accomplished 112 percent of its goal for planned stockpile dismantlements in FY 2012.

“NNSA delivered on President Obama’s commitment to reduce the numbers of U.S.

Was Hurricane Sandy New Storm Breed?

on December 3, 2012 - 9:39am

'Inside the Megastorm' takes viewers moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impacts and the future of storm protection. Through first person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists, 'Inside the Megastorm' gives scientific context to a new breed of storms. Courtesy/PBS

PBS News:

Was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to warming climate?

Learn more at this month's New Mexico PBS Science Café: “Inside the Megastorm.”

This Science Café will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Los

Dishwasher Ignites On Orange Street

on December 3, 2012 - 5:54am

 The remains of a dishwasher that reportedly sparked a fire inside an Orange Street duplex Friday, lays in a heap in the front yard of the residence. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos Firefighters responded to a dishwasher fire at about 1 p.m., Friday in a duplex at 3064 Orange St.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the small blaze. No injuries were reported but there is heavy smoke damage to the Orange Street duplex and fire damage in the kitchen area.

The cause of the dishwasher fire is under investigation.

Dangerous Appliance Advisory

Consumer Reports

Single Vehicle in Rollover Crash on N.M. 4

on December 2, 2012 - 6:16pm

Police examine the Dodge Ram truck involved in a single car accident Sunday afternoon on N.M. 4. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

A grey Dodge Ram pickup traveling on N.M. 4 rolled over this afternoon sending the female driver to Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

Sgt. James Rodriguez told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene of the accident that a witness reported the grey pickup was heading north bound on N.M. 4 when it caught the edge of the roadway and fishtailed across the yellow line.

The witness had to swerve his south bound vehicle to avoid getting hit

Obama Signs Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

on December 2, 2012 - 7:56am
President Barak Obama signs 'long overdue’ Whistleblower Protection Act signed into law. Courtesy/examiner.com
 
CCNS News:

After a historic campaign waged by the Make It Safe Coalition, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act became law when President Obama signed it earlier this week.

The Act restores, modernizes and expands federal whistleblower protections from the original scope of the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act.

A whistleblower is a federal employee who discloses to the public or those in authority, mismanagement, waste, fraud, abuse and other illegalities and protects

FBI and Army Corps of Engineers Offer $55,000 Reward

on December 1, 2012 - 1:35pm

Shooting suspects were last seen leaving the area in a 1990s-model, white, two-door Ford F-250 with tinted windows similar to this one. The vehicle had a single step under each door, chrome rims and body damage on the passenger-side tailgate area. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Today marks the 5-year anniversary of when a park ranger was shot near Abiquiu Lake.

Authorities announced at a press conference at FBI Headquarters Friday that they are offering a $55,000 reward for help in cracking the case.

The crime began on the morning of Dec. 1, 2007 when Alfred J. Chavez, a U.S.

Potential Hazards Lurk in Las Conchas Burn Area

on December 1, 2012 - 9:29am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest reminds the public that certain areas of the Las Conchas Fire area are open, however, some areas remain closed due to safety hazardous.

Standing burnt trees that could fall on vehicles pose a significant risk to anyone driving on roads that have not been cleared of these hazards.

Vehicle camping is not permitted off designated open roads.

What’s Closed

  • FR 287
  • FR 500

What’s Open

  • FR 10
  • FR 36
  • FR 270
  • FR 266
  • FR 268 (N.M. 4 to Cochiti Mesa)
  • FR 280
  • FR 281
  • FR 282
  • FR 289

In the Las Conchas burn area, motor vehicles may travel on designated open roads only.

Thieves Steal Tires Off Knapp's Wraps Mobile Eatery

on November 30, 2012 - 9:43am

Knapp's Wraps mobile eatery is sitting on blocks after thieves stole all four tires off the vehicle at 128 N.M. 4 in White Rock Monday night. Gary and Cindy Knapp have owned the mobile eatery for several years. Police are on the trail of the suspected robbers and encourage anyone with information to call them at 662-8222. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL Director Addresses Protective Force Terminations

on November 30, 2012 - 9:36am

Illustration photo of SOC guards from SOC-NM.com

Staff Report

Five protective force firing range personnel at Los Alamos National Laboratory were terminated earlier this month for inappropriate behavior while on duty.

These individuals worked for SOC (Securing Our Country), a full-service security management company under contract to protect the Laboratory.

SOC is owned by Day & Zimmerman, a 110-year-old company headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa.

SOC's mission is to provide security services for individuals, domestic facilities, nuclear power plants and military bases in the United States

Shoplifting Drama Unfolds in Downtown Los Alamos

on November 29, 2012 - 1:55pm

Melissa Carpenter of Los Alamos is in jail charged with fourth degree felony shoplifting. Courtesy/LAPD

Staff Report

Police arrested Melissa Carpenter of Los Alamos Wednesday afternoon and charged her with shoplifting $250-$2,500 worth of merchandise, which is a fourth degree felony.

Carpenter, 36, was captured with the help of Deborah Stone-Richard, a native of Virginia, who is on an extended visit to Los Alamos.

Stone-Richard was volunteering Wednesday at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave., when she heard a crash of sales items on the floor. 

She saw that a woman, who turned

Marshal’s New Tip Capabilities Net 23 Year Fugitive

on November 29, 2012 - 9:53am

U.S. MARSHALS News:

DETROIT – The Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team (DFAT) has made its first arrest using the new TIP411 system that it rolled out a few weeks ago.

Shannon Gene Ring, 46, of Monroe, Mich., was arrested by the Marshals led DFAT earlier today.

The arrest came as a direct result of a tip received via the new texting tip service.

Ring was wanted in Monroe County from 1989 for Failure to Appear for a Probation Violation with the underlying charge being Manufacture and Deliver a Controlled Substance.

Ring was arrested in the 400 block of Antoinette in the City of Detroit

Community Bids Farewell to Nikolas Ventura-Arencon

on November 28, 2012 - 12:45pm

Mourners say goodbye to Nikolas Ventura-Arencon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church this morning. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Community members, family and friends filled Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road this morning to say goodbye to Los Alamos High School student Nikolas Ventura-Arencon.

Ventura-Arencon, 14, was a ninth grade student at Los Alamos High School who died in a head-on collision Nov. 21 on N.M. 4 near the White Rock "Y."

Los Alamos Public Schools is providing grief counseling to students and staff.

The principals at Los

Petition to Expand Sheriff's Duties Falls Short

on November 28, 2012 - 9:07am
Sheriff Marco Lucero addressing Council earlier this year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report
 
The Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night approved the certification that the required 1,327 signatures were not obtained by the due date of Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 to change the County Charter to expand the duties of the Los Alamos County Sheriff.
 
The Sheriff's Office currently is responsible for the service of legal process from various courts and court support services and maintains the County's Sex Offender Registry.
 
Fifteen percent of the registered voters voting

Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management Notification

on November 26, 2012 - 3:37pm

Observing a prescribed fire's progress from the top of an amphibious vehicle. Courtesy/USFWS

SFNF News:

Beginning tomorrow through Friday, as conditions are favorable, fire managers plan to begin the Mesa Camino and Southeast Barbero Prescribed Burns.

Prescribed burns are conducted when specific conditions and criteria align to allow fire managers to safely conduct the burn, while achieving desired objectives.

Conditions include: temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation and conditions for effective smoke dispersion.

Coyote Ranger District, Mesa Camino Prescribed Burn

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