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Non Life Threatening Crash on Truck Route Monday

on May 7, 2013 - 10:31am
Non life threatening injuries were sustained by a driver during a two vehicle crash at the bottom of the truck route near N.M. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo by Greg Kendall/

One of two vehicles involved in Monday's crash on the truck route. Photo by Greg Kendall/

One of the two cars involved in Monday's crash. Damage can be seen in the back bumper area. The driver of this car was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center with non life threating injuries. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 25–May 1, 2013

on May 6, 2013 - 4:41pm

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.

April 25 at 7:44 a.m. / A 47-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 900 block of Canyon Road. The estimated loss is under $500. The matter is under investigation.

April 25 at 1:48 p.m. / A 22-year-old Tempe man reported that he was the victim of criminal sexual penetration in the 900 block of Capulin Road. The matter is under investigation.

April 25 at

Arson Awareness Week: Residential Arson

on May 6, 2013 - 10:21am

LAFD News:

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has designated Reducing Residential Arson as the theme for the 2013 Arson Awareness Week, running May 5-11.

USFA is working with federal and private sector partners to arm residents and property managers with tools to reduce the likelihood and effects of arson (PDF, 3 Mb.)

“According to the USFA's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) during 2008-2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occurred annually in the United States.

CONE ZONE: Week of May 6

on May 5, 2013 - 8:54am

Public Works Projects
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2
Canyon Road is closed with a “rolling” closure between Rim Road and 15th Street; the closure shifts closer to 15th Street as work on the sewer line progresses. Residential access in the immediate closure area will be provided; all others should seek alternate routes.

Canyon Road

Police Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Friday Night

on May 4, 2013 - 8:43am

Los Alamos Police set up a sobriety checkpoint in front of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road Friday night. These checkpoints will continue throughout Los Alamos County as part of the LAPD's campaign to keep drunk drivers off the streets. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Police talk with drivers during Friday night's sobriety checkpoint on Canyon Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Friday night's sobriety checkpoint on Canyon Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Wildfire Danger Faced by Residents of New Mexico and Arizona

on May 2, 2013 - 10:47am
SFI News:
Just released maps regarding the wildfire outlook in New Mexico and Arizona speak loud and clear that this is a dangerous time of the year.
State Farm Insurance has issued the following safety tips and a video showing the impact that mitigation measures can have- from Last year’s Colorado fire.
Safety Tips:

Plan Ahead

Good wildfire planning begins long before a fire occurs. Help ensure your family’s safety by installing and maintaining smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home.

Public Response to DEA’S National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Keeps Growing

on May 2, 2013 - 10:11am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past Saturday collected 50 percent more pills than the previous event.

This demonstrates the American public’s continued appreciation and need for the opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers.

On April 27, 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and

County DWI Planning Council Meets May 16

on May 2, 2013 - 9:55am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will hold a meeting at 8:30 a.m., May 16 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A.

The meeting is open to the public and will include topics such as the FY14 grant application status, implementing a new resolution from the County Council and DWI Planning Council By-Law revisions, new member appointments and prevention funding for the Los Alamos Teen Center.

New Guide Details Steps for Preserving Biological Evidence

on May 1, 2013 - 10:59am

A forensic technician collects biological material from a pipe bomb. Courtesy/Forensic Science Program, PSU

NIST News:

A new handbook by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides forensic laboratories, law enforcement agencies and the judicial system with state-of-the-art guidelines and recommended best practices for preserving biological evidence so that it is available at any time to solve “cold cases,” confirm the guilt of criminals or exonerate the innocent.

Biological evidence refers to two

Underage Drinking an Epidemic in New Mexico

on May 1, 2013 - 8:00am



Here’s a sobering statistic. New Mexico is first in the nation for children who have their first alcoholic drink before the age of 13. 

And that brings all sorts of consequences, including traffic crashes, brain damage and early alcohol addiction. It’s a tough battle that we face but will continue to fight. 

Monday May 6, Gov. Susana Martinez, the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Transportation will unveil a new media public service campaign and a new website called MYINSTEAD.

Los Alamos Police Collect 332 lbs. of Prescription Drugs At Take-Back Event Saturday

on April 30, 2013 - 10:44am

Ofc. Robert Girmendonk poses next to boxes and bags of collected prescription drugs. Photo by Sgt. Oliver Morris

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department conducted its bi-annual DEA prescription drug take back initiative Saturday, April 27.

LAPD conducted two location sites for the first time this year, one at Los Alamos Medical Center and the second at the public library in White Rock.

The total weight of collected drugs was 332 pounds.

"This is the most we have collected thus far and this continues to be a successful program with community support." Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

Water Main Break on N.M. 4 at Truck Route

on April 29, 2013 - 8:02pm

Water pools at the scene of a water main break on N.M. 4 near the Truck Route early this evening in White Rock. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff report

Evening commuters to White Rock encountered a fountain of water shooting up over six feet into the air at the intersection of N.M. 4 near the Truck Route.

A Department of Public Utilities crew was on scene and preliminary reports indicate that they will be working through the night to make repairs.

The water main break flooded a portion of the roadway.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 18–April 24, 2013

on April 29, 2013 - 11:21am

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.

April 18 at 10:45 a.m. / An 18-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked in the 100 block of Verde Ridge. The estimated loss is unknown.

April 19 at 11 a.m. / A 33-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 3000 block of Ridgeway Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.


April 19 at 7:54 p.m.

Jemez Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge

on April 22, 2013 - 2:28pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Jerome Dominic Concha, 20, a member and resident of Jemez Pueblo, pleaded guilty this morning to a federal assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Concha was arrested Jan. 10, on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon. In February, Concha was indicted and charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to court records, on Jan. 1, Concha repeatedly struck another Jemez Pueblo man in the face and head with a hatchet in a residence on Jemez Pueblo.

During this morning’s proceedings,

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 12–April 17, 2013

on April 22, 2013 - 10:35am

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.



April 12 at 2:08 a.m. / Police arrested Jennie Garcia, 34, of Los Alamos near 35th Street and Villa Street and charged her with failure to maintain her lane and DUI.




April 12 at 10:45 a.m. / Police arrested Charles Sterba, 54, of Los Alamos at the Los Alamos Detention Center on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

April 12 at 2:01 p.m.

U.S. Senate Through Filibuster Defeats Background Checks

on April 21, 2013 - 9:23am

Hundreds of people from Los Alamos and throughout Northern New Mexico gathered on the plaza in Santa Fe last week to support background checks to purchase a gun. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate through filibuster defeated the measure. Courtesy photo

Police Capture Surviving Suspect in Boston Marathon Bombings

on April 19, 2013 - 9:01pm

Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Courtesy/FBI

Staff report

Police captured the 19-year-old suspected Boston Marathon bomber after a day-long manhunt that shut down the city of Boston and several suburbs and left one police officer dead.

Residents flooded into the streets cheered following the arrest of the Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev to celebrate the end to five days horrendous days since the bombs wounded more than 175 people and killed three.

Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in an overnight police chase and shootout.

Reports indicate that Tsarnaev was found

Heinrich Seeks DOE Assurance for LANL Cleanup Funds

on April 19, 2013 - 12:58pm


The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider the president's proposed budget for the Department of Energy for fiscal year 2014.

During that hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sought assurance from DOE’s Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Poneman that waste cleanup efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory would receive sufficient funding this year.

This is part of Heinrich’s ongoing effort to ensure all priority cleanup efforts at LANL stay on schedule.

On April 3, Senators Heinrich and Tom Udall

One Boston Marathon Suspect Dead, Brother on the Run

on April 19, 2013 - 12:50pm

Boston is on lockdown as Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, died overnight and his brother Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge is thought to be on the run in Watertown, Mass. Courtesy/FBI

Staff report

A search is underway for the second Boston Marathon suspect, following the fatal shooting of a MIT campus police officer Thursday night.

The suspects involved in the Boston Marathon bombing were brothers from the Russian Caucasus who moved to Kazakhstan before coming to the United States several years ago, according to multiple news sources.

The dead brother is

Police DWI Checkpoints Underway

on April 19, 2013 - 7:28am

LAPD News:

Throughout the month of April and May, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting DWI Checkpoints.

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on the roadways and at checkpoints in the County of Los Alamos.



FBI Releases Photos of Two Men at Boston Marathon

on April 18, 2013 - 3:54pm


FBI News:

The FBI has released photos of two individuals of interest related to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack.

Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate.

To Provide Tips in the Investigation:

If you have visual images, video, and/or details regarding the explosions along the Boston Marathon route and elsewhere, submit them on

No piece

Western States Sheriffs’ Association Nominates Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero For Sheriff of the Year

on April 18, 2013 - 3:03pm

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero

NMSA News:

ALBUQUERQUEThe New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association commends Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero for nomination of Sheriff of the Year from Western States Sheriffs’ Association.

Sheriff Lucero was nominated for Sheriff of the Year by his peers at the Western States Sheriffs’ Association at the annual spring conference in Las Vegas, Nev. in March.

"I am humbled by this honor," Lucero said. "I feel there are many more deserving sheriffs."

Western States Sheriffs’ Association is comprised from Sheriffs from 16 states.

Late Season Freeze and Snow Through Thursday

on April 17, 2013 - 5:51pm



US, China Hold Joint Meeting to Discuss Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology

on April 17, 2013 - 10:12am

Beijing, China. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

  • Eighth U.S.-China PUNT Joint Coordinating Committee Meeting Held in Beijing

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington

BEIJING – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the China National Energy Administration (NEA) this week held the 8th Joint Coordinating Committee meeting of the 1998 U.S.-China Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology (PUNT) Agreement.

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and Director General of the NEA Nuclear Power Department Hao

U.S. Marshals Selling Russian Spy House

on April 16, 2013 - 10:49am

Russian spy for sale at 31 Marquette Rd., Montclair, N.J. Courtesy/USMS


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Marshals Service is selling a single family home in Montclair, N.J., whose previous owners were part of a Russian spy ring busted by the FBI in 2010.

Richard and Cynthia Murphy were the names used by the two Russian spies who lived in the Montclair house.

FBI Agents and analysts watched these and eight other deep-cover operatives for years as they established themselves in the U.S.