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Bicyclist Cited for Hitting Car Near Metzger's

on May 23, 2012 - 10:33am

An adult male riding his bike about 8 a.m. today drove into a 2009 Nissan sedan at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Orange Street.

Los Alamos Police Officer Christopher Ross said that the bicyclist and the driver of the Nissan were heading south on Diamond Drive when the driver of the Nissan turned into Metzger's and was hit by the bicyclist.

The bicyclist was cited for failure to yield, Ross said.

"It was a very low impact, low speed collison," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said.

New Mexico Rotarians Honor Local Heroes

on May 22, 2012 - 3:39pm

Former Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker, left, and Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy were honored as "Heroes of the Year" by the New Mexico Rotarians at the District 5520 Annual Banquet held Friday at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tucker and Torpy received special medals and honorary Rotary pins at the event recognizing their outstanding leadership during last summer's Las Conchas Fire in protecting homes and keeping the community safe. Photo by Linda King

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 10 to May 16, 2012

on May 21, 2012 - 8:10am

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.

May 10 at 12:33 p.m., / Police were called to Smith's Food & Drug Centers, 31 Sherwood Blvd., on a report that someone shoplifted from the store. The estimated loss is less than $100.

May 10 at 4:40 p.m., / Police received a report of a 28-year-old Los Alamos woman who said that she was battered by a household member in the 800 block of 9th Street. The matter is under investigation.

May 10

Police Ran Torch Relay to Jemez Springs

on May 19, 2012 - 2:45pm

Los Alamos Police officers ran from the back gate to Jemez Springs Thursday for the 2012 Special Olympics Torch Relay. Local police officers and firefighters participate in the annual event as part of the fund raising efforts that they do for the Special Olympics. Lt. Jason Wardlow Herrera runs with the torch and prepares to hand it off to another officer at this juncture. Photo by N.S. Mills

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy takes his turn in the torch relay to raise money for the Special Olympics. Photo by N.S. Mills

A small caravan follows the runners as they head for Jemez Springs.

Historic Fires Most Likely Occurred in Spring

on May 19, 2012 - 2:11pm

By Collin Haffey

The Ecology Group at Bandelier National Monument has been monitoring tree growth on a weekly basis for more than 20 years.

Several trees located in Bandelier are ringed with dendrometer bands or dendrobands, for short.

A dendroband is a small ribbon of metal wrapped around the trunk of the tree and connected to a spring slide that moves as the tree grows and is measured by a Vernier scale. It’s basically a fancy ruler.

This scale enables us to measure a tree’s circumference down to a tenth of a millimeter.

The banded trees are located in three clusters that span the

Los Alamos Infant is in ICU

on May 18, 2012 - 11:16am

Police report this morning that the 11-week-old infant whose father admitted injuring him on Wednesday when he wouldn't stop crying, is in the Intensive Care Unit at UNM Children's Hospital.

Police also said this morning that the total extent of the infant's injuries have not yet been determined.

The baby's father is locked up in the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.

Below is the story detailing the events involved in the arrest of the infant's father:

Los Alamos Police have arrested Tyrell Abney, 19, of Los

Condition of 11-Week-Old Infant Remains Stable

on May 17, 2012 - 3:09pm


June 7, 2012 - 9:56am


Defendant Tyrell Abney during a brief break in court proceedings at the Justice Center Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

During a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Magistrate Court, Judge Pat Casados found probable cause that Tyrell Abney of Los Alamos committed the crime of child abuse in the first degree last month against his infant son.

Abney, 18, faces a mandatory 18 years in prison if convicted.

It came out during the hearing that although originally reported to be 11 weeks old when the alleged abuse occurred