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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 14 to Aug. 20, 2014

on August 21, 2014 - 11:37am

LAPD News:

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.

Aug. 14 at 4:05 a.m. / A 22-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on San Ildefonso Road. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.

Aug. 14 at 3:39 p.m. / A 27-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on La Vista Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

Aug. 14 at 5:03 p.m.

UPDATE: Los Alamos Man Dies In Single Car Crash

on August 19, 2014 - 6:51pm

UPDATE: Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago that Trent Johnson had worked at LANB for 14 years.

"He was a wonderful person ... liked by everyone ... he was part of the fabric that makes LANB what it is - it's the people like him - and he will be sorely missed," Wells said. "Our sympathies go out to Trent's wife and two sons."

Wells said that the Trent Johnson Memorial Fund has been set up at LANB and community members may donate to that fund to help the family.

LAPD News:

At about 10:46 p.m., Monday, officers with the Los Alamos

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Orders $102K Bond For Steven C. Porter With Strict Conditions

on August 19, 2014 - 6:44pm

During an arraignment this morning, Magistrate Judge Pat Casados explains to defendant Steven C. Porter each of the 20 charges he is facing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Steven C. Porter

With 20 drug-related counts filed against him, Steven C. Porter faced Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados this morning during his arraignment at the Justice Center.

Casados read each charge out loud, detailed what each charge meant and asked porter if he understood each charge and the possible sentence and fine.

Los Alamos Police Charge Steven C. Porter With Multiple Drug Related Counts

on August 18, 2014 - 7:21pm

Steven C. Porter

STAFF REPORT

Los Alamos police have charged Steven C. Porter of White Rock with more than a dozen criminal counts including possession of a controlled substance, trafficking of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance.

Porter, 46, is a Pajarito Acres homeowner who was handcuffed and removed from the annual meeting of the Pajarito Acres Home Owners Association Sunday evening at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4.

PAHOA President Eldon Linnebur told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene Sunday evening that more than 100 people representing

Los Alamos Police Remove Pajarito Acres Man From Home Owners Association Meeting Tonight

on August 17, 2014 - 9:41pm

STAFF REPORT

Pajarito Acres homeowner Steven C. Porter was handcuffed and removed from the annual meeting of the Pajarito Acres Home Owners Association underway this evening at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4.

PAHOA President Eldon Linnebur told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene that more than 100 people representing more than 50 lots attended the meeting in the church conference room. Porter was sitting at the back of the room and there were at least two detectives dressed in plain clothes sitting in the room.

Police Continue to Seek Leads on Thursday's Playground Fire at Pinon Elementary School

on August 17, 2014 - 12:15pm

This is a photo of the slide on fire in the playground at Pinon Elementary School last week and police are seeking the community's help to find the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 505.662.8222. Photo by Chris Ortega

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over!

on August 17, 2014 - 12:00pm

NMDOT News:

  • Cops Are On the Lookout for Drunk Drivers And They’ll See You Before You See Them

SANTA FE - With the summer travel season in full swing and Labor Day weekend fast approaching, law enforcement agencies across New Mexico have a simple message for drivers: "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Through Sept. 1, local, state and tribal law enforcement will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols across New Mexico, looking for and arresting drunk drivers.

“Over thelastdecade,our state’s alcohol fatality crashratehasdroppedby39 percenttoarecordlow.

UPDATE: Missing Girl Has Been Found!

on August 15, 2014 - 7:58pm
UPDATE: A spokesman for the family just announced that Los Alamos High School student Rosalina Betts has been found and is reported to be fine. This is all the information being released at this time.
 
News Alert:

Los Alamos High School student Rosalina Betts, 16, has gone missing. She was last seen at 11:15 a.m., Thursday at the LAHS Thursday.

Volunteers are helping the Betts family search. Also the local police have been notified and are involved in the search.

Betts was last seen wearing black shoes with green laces, navy blue sweats with white stripes, a long sleeve white t-shirt with pink

Police Seek Information On Pinon Elementary Arson

on August 15, 2014 - 12:26pm

Melted playground equipment. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is seeking information about a recent arson at Pinon Elementary School.

The arson at at the school at 90 Grand Canyon occurred sometime between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. in the back playground area. When police and fire officials arrived, they observed and extinguished a fire in some playground equipment. The blaze caused extensive damage to the playground slide that was recently purchased for this current school year.

“At this time, both LAFD arson investigators and LAPD detectives are actively looking

Arson Did Not Damage Pinon Elementary's Spirit

on August 15, 2014 - 8:56am

Police are searching for the person or persons who set fire to playground equipment at Pinon Elementary School Wednesday night. 'We are all sad here about what happened but did not let it ruin our spirits and the so many positive celebrations in the students' first day of school," teacher Christine Peters told the Los Alamos Daily Post. 'We are a family at Pinon and will overcome this and we will continue to provide our students an outstanding educational experience.' Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact police at 505.662.8222. Photo by Chrstine Peters

Fire set Wednesday

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 7 to Aug. 13, 2014

on August 14, 2014 - 3:28pm

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.

 

RACHEL PARKER

Aug. 7 at 9:26 a.m. / Police arrested Rachel Parker, 23, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr. on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

Aug. 7 at 11:34 a.m. / A 42-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on North Mesa Road. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Aug. 7 at 4:20 p.m.

Pinon Elementary School Playground Vandalized

on August 14, 2014 - 3:06pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos School Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced moments ago that the school district has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism overnight to the Pinon Elementary School playground on Grand Canyon in White Rock.

Police and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a call of a fire on the Pinon playground that came in at approximately 1:28 a.m., today from a resident who called Fire Station 3 on N.M. 4.

Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, Det.

Los Alamos Detectives Arrest Burglary Suspects

on August 14, 2014 - 2:26pm

Sgt. Daniel Roberts, left, and Det. Ben Hinrichs process stolen items retrieved Wednesday during the execution of a search warrant. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Unit executed a search warrant Wednesday with assistance from New Mexico State Police at a residence in Ojo Caliente and arrested two suspects associated with a string of Los Alamos residential burglaries that have occurred over the past two months.

Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield

Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield, 20, of Ojo Caliente is charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary (4th

State Police Launch Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in Counties Across New Mexico

on August 13, 2014 - 11:43am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of August.

These efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities, NMSP said. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 31 to Aug. 6, 2014

on August 7, 2014 - 1:05pm

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.

 

RAYMOND MARTINEZ

July 31 at 3:07 p.m. / Police arrested Raymond Martinez, 29, of Los Alamos at 2064 42nd St., and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia.

July 31 at 5:23 p.m. / A 52-year-old Espanola woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked at Crossroads Bible Church. The estimated loss is unknown.

DANIEL HOFFMAN

Aug. 1 at 7:20 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 24 to July 30, 2014

on July 31, 2014 - 12:09pm

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.

July 24 at 9:16 a.m. / A 30-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone sprayed graffiti on property on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

July 27 at 1:56 p.m. / Police arrested Andrea Herrera, 30 of Chamita at 751 Trinity Dr., and charged her with petty theft and issued her a summons to appear in court. Police booking photo unavailable.

RACHEL PARKER

July 28 at

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 17 to July 23, 2014

on July 24, 2014 - 10:23pm

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.

 

NICOLE WHITE‑CHAPMAN

July 17 at 8:24 p.m. / Police arrested Nicole White-Chapman, 31, of Los Alamos at 5 Inca Lane and charged her with filing a false police report.

 

 

NANCY PADILLA

July 18 at 12:36 a.m. / Police arrested Nancy Padilla, 43, of Espanola on East Jemez Road and charged her with aggravated DWI: refusal to submit to chemical testing

July 18 at 1:41 p.m.

Los Alamos Pedestrian Hit By Truck Has Died

on July 22, 2014 - 1:59pm

Emily Mares-Lang

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Emily Mares-Lang, 73, of Los Alamos died Monday evening after being struck by a truck July 16 near the Los Alamos Post Office.

She had remained in critical condition at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center since being hit while walking in the crosswalk on Main Street.

"The world will miss a beautiful person ... that's for sure," Ed Lang said today, adding that arrangements are pending.

He said that he and Mares-Lang would have been married 24 years in September.

Mares-Lang was employed the last eight years at Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases Department's 1st & 2nd Quarter Crime Statistics

on July 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the first and second quarter of 2014, which were compiled by the Records Division of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property (property crime).

Both of these categories are referred to as Part I Offenses or Crimes. Violent crime is comprised of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Woman Winds Up In Ditch On Main Hill Road

on July 21, 2014 - 5:20pm

Los Alamos police responded to the scene of a young woman driving a Lexus sedan down the Main Hill Road about 9 p.m. Sunday in rainy conditions who wound up in a ditch. The woman told witnesses at the scene that she hit her head on her steering wheel but did not lose consciousness. Police closed down the east bound lane for a short period of time while they pulled the woman's vehicle out of the ditch. Rain causes roads to become extremely slippery and officials caution drivers to lower their speed. Photo by Merry McIntyre

Los Alamos Police Host Promotion Ceremony

on July 18, 2014 - 3:09pm

Members of the Los Alamos Police Department hosted a ceremony Thursday in Magistrate Court at the Justice Center in which two officers, a public service aide and a detention officer received promotions. From left, newly promoted PSA Supervisor Robert Aragon, Sgt. Daniel Roberts, Sgt. Chris Ross, Detention Supervisor Hilario 'Eli'  Salinas, officiating Judge Pat Casados, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and PSA Jacinta Lestone. After receiving the oath of office and new badges, the group and their family members attended a special reception next door at the Police Station. Photo by Carol A.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 10 to July 16, 2014

on July 17, 2014 - 12:01pm

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.

July 10 at 11:59 a.m. / A 53-year-old Santa Fe man reported that he was a victim of fraud on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500. 

RICKIE BURRELL

July 10 at 4:01 p.m. / Police arrested Rickie Burrell, 28, of Los Alamos at 650 San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

GEORGE BARELA

July 10 at 3:04 p.m.

Driver Runs Into Woman Walking Near Central Avenue

on July 16, 2014 - 1:09pm

LAPD News:

Police arrested a male driver after he ran into a pedestrian on Main Street near Central Avenue near noon today.

Commander Preston Ballew told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the driver ran into an elderly woman who was walking at the crosswalk. She has been transported to Los Alamos Medical Center and the extent of her injuries are unknown at this time.

The area is sectioned off with police tape while an investigation into the accident is conducted.

New Mexico State Police Investigate Vehicular Homicide in Rio Arriba County

on July 15, 2014 - 7:28am

NMSP News:

State Police responded to the Espanola hospital Friday regarding a deceased 28-year-old female, later identified as Lisa Espinoza.

Espinoza had suffered blunt force trauma to her head and upper body and was brought to the hospital by Richard Trujillo, 42, Espinoza’s boyfriend.

Through the course of the investigation, it was learned Espinoza and Trujillo were consuming alcohol earlier in the day. They were drinking at their cabin and at the El Cuerno Bar in Cebolla. Later in the evening, they left the bar in Trujillo’s flatbed truck.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 3 to July 9, 2014

on July 10, 2014 - 11:42pm

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.

July 3 at 8:16 a.m. / A 59-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she is the victim of larceny on North Mesa. The estimated loss is less than $250.

JASON WILLIS

July 3 at 9:59 a.m. / Police arrested Jason Willis, 34, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

 

JONATHAN WILKE

July 3 at 4:21 p.m.

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