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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.


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/


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/

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/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/



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




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.

NNSA, FBI Conclude Counterterrorism Exercise in Hawaii, Marking the Completion of Radiological Security Enhancements Program

on March 30, 2012 - 9:39am

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have announced the completion of Island Thunder, a table-top counterterrorism exercise in Hawaii.

Local Detectives Participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

on March 29, 2012 - 10:41pm

Police News:

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 7 in the LAMC parking lot, detectives from the Los Alamos Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The event provides a safe way for the general public to deposit expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and also to prevent pill abuse and theft.

"This is a great opportunity for those who missed last year's event, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications," Sgt. Det.

'Every 15 Minutes' Targets Distracted Driving Dangers

on March 29, 2012 - 2:10pm




Los Alamos Daily Post

 Sometime before next month's high school prom, a diverse group of local community members ranging from educators to law enforcement officials to medical personnel to clergy to students and others will conduct an emergency exercise in an effort to draw urgent awareness to the dangers of distracted driving.

The exercise is called, "Every 15 Minutes" and is an educational experience that reminds youth, parents and community members of the dangers associated with driving while impaired or texting.

NMSU Student Charged with Making False Bomb Threat

on March 28, 2012 - 10:32pm

FBI News:

LAS CRUCES—This morning, Daud Anwar, 29, a resident of Albuquerque who is a student at New Mexico State University (NMSU), made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces on an indictment charging him with making a false bomb threat.

If convicted of the offense charged, Anwar faces up to 10 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Anwar is temporarily detained pending a detention hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

According to the indictment, on March 3, 2011, Anwar used a telephone and the Internet to maliciously convey false information to the effect

Council Recognizes Los Alamos Police Department

on March 27, 2012 - 9:30pm

Police Chief Wayne Torpy, center, and Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun accept on behalf of the Los Alamos Police Department the Department of Defense recognition as a "Patriotic Employer" award presented by County Councilor Michael Wismer at tonight's County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Sheriff Locates Unregistered Sex Offender

on March 27, 2012 - 8:05am

Eugene Louis Calabaza

By Carol A. Clark

A citizen informed authorities that a convicted sex offender was working on the N.M. 4 state road crew in White Rock, but had not registered with the local Sheriff’s Office.

"A call came in through the Crime Stoppers Tip Line on March 14 of a possible sex offender working in White Rock and we passed the information along to the Sheriff's Office," said Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Sheriff Marco Lucero and Deputy Eric Ringquist drove to White Rock and spotted convicted sex offender Eugene Louis Calabaza driving a grader

Prescribed Burn Begins Today

on March 27, 2012 - 7:08am

Forestry crews use a back torch to ignite a prescribed burn. Courtesy Photo

A 144-acre prescribed burn is planned in the Santa Fe National Forest, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District beginning today if conditions are favorable.

Fire managers plan to treat 50 to 100 acres per day within a two day period.

The name of the project is the Southwest Barbero prescribed burn.

The treatment is expected to take place 12 miles south of the Rowe/Glorieta Mesa near Forest Road 124, and 12 miles south of Pecos.

Treatment will be by hand ignitions.

The purpose of the prescribed burn is to reduce the risk

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 15 to March 21, 2012

on March 26, 2012 - 1:14pm

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 15 at 10:45 a.m. / Police charged a 15-year-old Los Alamos boy with possession of a controlled substance at Los Alamos High School and referred him to the juvenile probation officer.

March 15 at 9:59 a.m. / A 54-year-old Arvada man reported that he was the victim of fraud in the 3000 block of Trinity Dr. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

March 15 at 1:56 p.m.

Chimayo Fire Update

on March 25, 2012 - 10:55pm

New Mexico State Forestry Division spokesperson Dan Ware said that while there are no active flames in the Chimayo Fire, an evacuation order remains in place as a precaution for Chimayo and the surrounding communities because flames could flare up overnight.

Should that happen, evacuees are advised to go to the Espanola Stroke and Rehabilitation Center at 735 Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Park Road.

The brush fire began about 6 p.m. today and burned along N.M. 76 near Chimayo. It has consumed 20 acres, Ware said.

One residence and two outhouses burned in the fire, which officials believe is

Fire Burning Near Chimayo is Threatening 100 Homes

on March 25, 2012 - 8:25pm

New Mexico State Forestry Division News:

About 50 firefighters are battling a 20-acre brush fire burning near N.M. 76 close to Chimayo.

"I don't know specifically if the Sancuario is threatened but if it is, we'll have structure protection in place," said spokesman Dan Ware of the New Mexico State Forestry Division. "About 45 minutes ago (7:30 p.m.) crews were getting a handle on the fire - it's not contained by any means - but they are starting to get it under control."

The residents of two mobile homes in the area have been evacuated, Ware said adding that 100 homes are threatened, three

DOD Selects Los Alamos Police Department for Recognition as a 'Patriotic Employer'

on March 25, 2012 - 12:40pm

DOD's Freedom Award

County News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has been selected by the Department of Defense as a “Patriotic Employer.”

The chair of the local Employer Support for the Guard & Reserve will present the award to the local police during Tuesday’s County Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

ESGR is a Department of Defense sponsored program to help guard and reserve members and to honor employers who do the same.

ESGR received 3,236 nominations for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. 

The Freedom Award is the Department of