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Jury Convicts One of the World’s Largest Heroin Traffickers

on March 25, 2012 - 7:40am

DEA News: 


Haji Bagcho

One of the largest heroin traffickers in the world has been convicted of conspiracy and distribution of heroin for importation into the United States and narco-terrorism charges.  

“One of the world’s most prolific drug traffickers reign has come to an end,” DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said. “Now Haji Bagcho will serve time behind bars on the same soil he sought to destroy with his drugs, and whose troops he sought to kill through his support to the Taliban...”

An investigation by DEA agents revealed that Haji Bagcho, an Afghan national with ties to the

Suspect on the Loose after Santa Fe Branch of Bank of Albuquerque Robbery

on March 19, 2012 - 10:45am

Bank Robbery Suspect. Photo Courtesy/FBI

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred Friday, March 16, at the Bank of Albuquerque at 706 Saint Michaels Dr., #A in Santa Fe.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, 5’8” tall, with a medium build and black hair.

He wore an olive-green jacket with a hood, jeans, a dark mask, and white gloves.

Witnesses say the suspect walked into the bank at approximately 12:45 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

The suspect displayed a weapon. Photo Courtesy/FBI

He left the bank with an

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 8 to March 14, 2012

on March 19, 2012 - 9:32am

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.



March 8 at 12:45 p.m. / Police arrested Benjamin Baca, 38, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant for unknown charges.

March 8 at 2:49 p.m. / Los Alamos National Laboratory – Technical Area 50, Building 0001 reported being the victim of larceny at 683 Crossroads. The estimated loss is more than $500.

March 8 at 6:19 a.m.

Changing Signals at Rover and N.M. 4

on March 17, 2012 - 11:20am

Work crews recently changed out traffic signals at the intersection of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Drinking and Driving? Nope, Get on the Bus!

on March 16, 2012 - 9:17pm


Don't take chances driving on Saturday if you're doing any St. Patrick's Day celebrating - ride the bus instead! Atomic City Transit will provide FREE bus service to and from any location in Los Alamos and White Rock on March 17th from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. - just call 661-RIDE (7433) anytime to request a ride. Don't drink and drive - dial-a-ride!

Visit the Atomic City Transit webpage

Traffic Control has been Revised on Westbound N.M. 4

on March 15, 2012 - 10:52pm

Traffic control has been revised on westbound N.M. 4 at the Pajarito Road intersection near White Rock.

The white stop bar pavement marking on N.M. 4 will be moved west approximately 30 feet, clearing the intersection approach to provide a free right turn onto Pajarito Road.

Vertical lane markers have been placed along the free right curve to help motorists maintain their lane.

Motorists intending to turn right onto Pajarito Road are asked to slow down and use their turning signals to indicate their intentions to other drivers.

REMINDER: The speed limit through the construction area is 30

Wednesday's HazMat Incident Categorized as 'Non-emergency Significant'

on March 15, 2012 - 7:39am

HazMat and other emergency responders worked near this section of TA-21 at the east end of DP Road Wednesday after a small chemical reaction occurred during cleanup activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


At about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Los Alamos police and firefighters left the scene of a HazMat incident that began just before noon at the east end of DP Road.

A small chemical reaction in a bottle containing liquid drawn from a 60-year-old cylinder at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 21 caused Laboratory officials to call in hazardous material

HazMat Situation Winding Down

on March 14, 2012 - 2:21pm

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun just reported that as of 1:43 p.m. today, the air monitors surrounding the HazMat spill near Enclosure 12 toward the far end of DP Road are registering clean.

"The roadblocks at the intersection of DP Road and Trinity Drive are being removed and placed down around the building involved while cleanup work there continues," Purtymun said. "The roadblocks were placed at the entrance to DP Road as a precautionary measure until the situation was assessed. The public can now come and go nomally along the majority of DP Road."

Anyone in buildings west

DP Road Residents Ordered to Shelter in Place

on March 14, 2012 - 1:11pm

Coordinator Philmont Taylor of the Los Alamos County Emergency Management Department just released a reverse 911 meesage ordering all residents along DP Road to shelter in place.

The cause for this emergency is a hazmat leak in Enclosure 12 at TA-21, Taylor said.

DP Road residents are to stay inside and close off all ventilation to the outside until they hear the "all clear" signal.

Check back for more on this developing story.


DP Road Shut Down Due to TA-21 HazMat Issue

on March 14, 2012 - 12:42pm

DP Road is shut down at about noon today because of some type of hazmat issue at Technical Area 21.

Police are directing drivers away from the intersection of DP Road at Trinity Drive.

There is a report of a small brush fire at TA-21 and police and other emergency responders are on scene.

Check back for more details on this developing story.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 1 to March 7, 2012

on March 12, 2012 - 5:28pm

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 1 at 8:42 p.m. / Police arrested Peggy Myers, 58, of Los Alamos on Central Avenue near Smith’s and charged her with DWI after a collision with a curb caused a flat tire to her vehicle.

March 1 at 10:08 p.m. / A 35-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was battered and his property damaged in the 1200 block of 47th Street. The estimated loss is $400.

March 1 at

Violation Forces Central Avenue Grill to Temporarily Suspend Alcohol Sales

on March 11, 2012 - 2:44pm

By Carol A. Clark

Central Avenue Grill Owner Monica Park in front of her Central Avenue restaurant Friday. Courtesy Photo

An alcohol compliance sweep by agents from the Special Investigations Division (SID) of the Department of Public Safety resulted in two local violations.

Servers at Central Avenue Grill in downtown Los Alamos and Phillips 66 in White Rock sold to underage operatives on the evening of Jan. 4.

“Katrina Butler at Central Avenue Grill and Casey Christiansen at Phillips 66 were cited for selling alcohol to minors.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 16 to Feb. 22, 2012

on February 27, 2012 - 12:00am


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.

Feb. 16 at 12:02 p.m./A 12-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was battered at Los Alamos Middle School on Hawk Drive.

Feb. 16 at 10:39 p.m./A 14-year-old Los Alamos girl was charged with battery at LAMS and referred to the juvenile probation officer.


Former Chairman and CEO of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. Sentenced for Foreign Bribery and Kickback Schemes

on February 25, 2012 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON—Albert “Jack” Stanley, a former chairman and chief executive officer of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. (KBR), was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison for conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by participating in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to obtain engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts and for conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a separate kickback scheme, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division today announced.

U.S. District Judge Keith P.

SID Arrests Local Servers Friday Night During Alcohol Compliance Sweep

on February 21, 2012 - 12:00am

By Carol A. Clark

Allowing themselves to be distracted for an instant Friday night, landed two local restaurant servers in jail.

Jason Minturn and Holly Mechels were arrested during an alcohol compliance sweep conducted by members of the Special Investigations Division (SID) of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

“We visited 11 establishments in the Los Alamos area and arrested servers at the Conoco Gas Station and Deli adjacent to the Hilltop House Hotel and the Blue Window Bistro,” said Lt. Chris Ortiz of SID in Santa Fe.

Minturn, 23 was arrested at the Conoco Gas Station and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 2012

on February 20, 2012 - 12:00am

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.

Feb. 9 at 12:56 p.m./A 23-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of unlawful use of a telephone on Trinity Drive.

Feb. 9 at 1:15 p.m./Police responded to an unattended death at 600 San Ildefonso Road.

Feb. 9 at 1:32 p.m./A 12-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was the victim of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years of age.

Firefighters Rescue Injured Woman Hiker

on February 19, 2012 - 12:00am

Los Alamos Firefighters carry the stokes litter used to transport an injured woman to an awaiting ambulance on Piedra Loop after she fell on Red Dot Trail this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Firefighters rescued a hiker who had fallen on Red Dot Trail in White Rock this afternoon while walking with friends. Shortly after noon, a member of her hiking party called out to a passing trail runner and asked him to call emergency dispatch to request help for the injured woman.

“She is a 69-year-old who fell down on the trail and apparently hit her

Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Solving Navajo Man’s Death

on February 17, 2012 - 12:00am

The FBI and Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations are asking the public for information regarding an apparent hit-and-run death that occurred last Saturday night in Fruitland, N.M.

Stanley Begay, a 51-year-old Navajo man, was found dead on Navajo Route 36, near Mile Post 17, about 15 miles southwest of Farmington, at about 8:46 p.m. Saturday.

Begay was walking along Navajo Route 36 when he apparently was struck by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene.

No witnesses have come forward.

Investigators would like to talk to anyone who may have driven in the area on Navajo Route 36

Five LAFD Firefighters Promoted

on February 16, 2012 - 12:00am

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a special ceremony Friday at Station 3 in White Rock to honor five firefighters who were promoted earlier this month. Seated from right, Justin Grider promoted to deputy fire chief, Steven Dawald promoted to captain, Chris Bartlit promoted to captain, Dan Duval promoted to captain and Adrian Martinez promoted to driver engineer. Standing at right, Fire Chief Troy Hughes congratulated each firefighter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/