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Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 27 To May 3, 2016

on May 4, 2016 - 10:47am

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.

April 27 at 7:07 a.m. / A 32-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he is the victim of larceny. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

April 27 at 9:23 a.m. / A 56-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone burglarized his car parked on Arkansas Street. The estimated loss is unknown.

April 27 at 6:01 p.m.

LAPD's Tim Lonz Promoted To Sergeant

on May 3, 2016 - 10:45am
Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge Pat Casados swears in Ofc. Tim Lonz as police sergeant during a ceremony Monday in Magistrate Court at the Justice Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Magistrate Judge Pat Casados congratulates newly promoted Sgt. Tim Lonz during a swearing in ceremony Monday in Magistrate Court at the Justice Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Karissa Lonz pins a new sergeant's badge on her husband Tim Lonz at Monday's promotion ceremony in Magistrate Court. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino

State Police Arrest Drunk Driver For 10th DWI

on May 2, 2016 - 3:22pm
NMSP News:
 
ESPANOLA Around 8:30 p.m., April 26 a New Mexico State Police officer stopped a vehicle for multiple traffic violations on State Road 74 in Chamita.  
 
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Max Padilla, 38, of Espanola, emitted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and exhibited numerous signs of impairment. Padilla admitted to the officer that prior to the stop he consumed vodka and had ingested heroin. 
 
The officer conducted sobriety tests and Padilla displayed additional signs of impairment, indicating he was unable to safely drive a vehicle.

FBI And Law Enforcement Partners Target Prison Gang In New Mexico - Seek Three Fugitives

on April 30, 2016 - 9:16am

FBI News:

A team of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers Thursday executed 22 arrest warrants (21 federal, one state) and search warrants on eight residences in connection with an operation targeting the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (SNM) Prison Gang.

Nine individuals were arrested by teams composed of Albuquerque and El Paso FBI SWAT teams, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. Another 10 defendants were transferred from the custody of the New Mexico Department of Corrections to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Three individuals remain at large

Los Alamos Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Suspects

on April 29, 2016 - 3:26pm

Anyone recognizing these suspects is asked to call LAPD at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identities of two suspects in a theft of a motor vehicle case that was reported this month in Los Alamos County. 

The Los Alamos Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male and female suspects as seen in the surveillance footage.

LAPD is offering a reward of up to $250 to anyone who has information on the identity of the two suspects.  Anyone with information can call L.A.

Police Host Drug Take Back Day Saturday ... Health & Safety Day May 7

on April 29, 2016 - 8:57am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is hosting its annual Drug Take Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the following locations:

  • Smith’s Marketplace parking lot at 751 Trinity Dr.; and
  • White Rock Visitor Center at 115 N.M. 4.

This drug diversion program is a part of a national initiative by the DEA. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Health & Safety Day

The Los Alamos Police Department also

State Police Launch Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across The State In May

on April 28, 2016 - 8:24am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will conduct Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of May 2016.
 
Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. 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.

Understanding The Syrian Tragedy: Causes And Dynamics Of The Uprising May 1

on April 28, 2016 - 8:20am
Dr. Bassam Haddad, George Mason University
 
CFIS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  It’s been nearly five years since Syrian rebels took up arms against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and today more than 250,000 people are dead and millions more have fled the country as a result of the bloody conflict.
 
Dr. Bassam Haddad, director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason, will attempt to put the ongoing Syrian war in perspective for a New Mexico audience during a lecture at the UNM Continuing Education Auditorium.

Letter To The Editor: LAPD Is An Important Community Partner And We Thank Them

on April 27, 2016 - 10:54am
By KATHERINE WATSON
Executive Director
Pajarito Environmental Education Center

I would like to thank the Los Alamos Police Department on behalf on the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for the assistance they have been giving us in tracking down the vandal who has attempted to stop participation in our Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program.

PEEC designed this program as a fun way to get kids and adults outside, enjoying our many beautiful trails.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 20 To April 26, 2016

on April 27, 2016 - 10:40am

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.

April 20 at 7:05 p.m. / A 60-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone used her credit card on Diamond Drive without permission. The estimated loss is less than $300.

April 21 at 10 a.m. / Police charged a 14-year-old Espanola boy with the unlawful possession of switchblades at 2101 Hawk Dr., and referred him to the juvenile probation officer.

JUSTIN HARWOOD

April 21 at

DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 30

on April 27, 2016 - 7:21am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds—2,762 tons—of unused prescription drugs in the past five years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications.
 
The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that are manned by more than 3,800 of DEA’s tribal and local law enforcement partners 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local time, Saturday April 30. This service is free of charge, with

Stolen Passport To Pajarito Plateau Post Found

on April 26, 2016 - 8:11pm

The wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program has been found. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program stolen over the weekend has been found, according to a PEEC spokesperson. The lost post was found this morning. Early this afternoon, it was reinstalled on the Acid Canyon Loop trail. 

Since first discovering the missing post, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) found another vandalized post on Bridges Loop trail. The post was dumped about 50 feet from its previous location.

Los Alamos Town Hall Targets Community Safety

on April 26, 2016 - 10:04am

First Judicial District Attorney Jennifer Padgett

COMMUNITY News:

First Judicial District Attorney Jennifer Padgett is hosting a Town Hall Meeting facilitated by Bill Wadt that targets community safety issues.

“Every community in the First Judicial District has unique public safety considerations. Since becoming your District Attorney I have received calls from the Los Alamos community voicing their growing concern about public safety,” Padgett said.

Thief Steals Wooden Passport Post To Pajarito Plateau

on April 24, 2016 - 12:43pm

Someone stole this wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A thief has stolen the wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program.

PEEC will replace the post as soon as the announcement plates are remade. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the police at 505.662-8222.

Information about the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program: www.peecnature.org/passport.

Starting April 23, the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau is a fun program to get families outside, exploring

APNM Offers $6,000 In Extreme Animal Cruelty Case

on April 21, 2016 - 8:52am

APNM News:

Dog’s body found dumped on a trail in Chimayo with muzzle taped shut

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY – Extreme animal cruelty comes in many forms, and is often an indication of an individual who is a threat not just to animals, but to the entire community. On Sunday, April 3, 2016, a Chimayo resident walking her dogs on a trail stumbled onto a grisly scene. She found the dead body of a dog with the muzzle tightly closed with electrical tape, along with serious wounds to the neck and face.

Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) is offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 13 To April 19, 2016

on April 20, 2016 - 4:45pm

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.

April 13 at 12:45 p.m. / Police charged a 13-year-old Los Alamos boy at 2101 Hawks Dr., with criminal damage to property and referred him to the juvenile probation officer. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

JONATHAN MONTOYA

April 13 at 11:08 p.m.

DA Dismisses Charges Against Jordan Redmond

on April 20, 2016 - 3:34pm
Former LAPD Sgt. Jordan Redmond
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The District Attorney's Office has dismissed the charges Tuesday against former Los Alamos Police Sgt. Jordan Redmond. The charges were dismissed with prejudice, which means the case cannot be re-filed.

Redmond, 33, was arrested Oct. 8 and charged under the Governmental Conduct Act, section 10.16.4.1, Honoraria prohibited, for accepting money for conducting a public duty as a police officer.

FBI, APD Search For Man Who Stole ATM

on April 16, 2016 - 7:47am

Suspect who used a stolen rental truck to drag an ATM from an Albuquerque bank. Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI

Suspect who used a stolen rental truck to drag an ATM from an Albuquerque bank. Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are searching for a man who used a stolen rental truck to drag an ATM from a bank in northeast Albuquerque in the morning of Friday, April 15.

The suspect pulled the ATM to a nearby

LAPD Releases First Quarter 2016 Crime Statistics

on April 15, 2016 - 1:51pm

Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the first quarter of 2016, which were compiled by the Records Section 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. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category.

Jeep Explodes In Española

on April 15, 2016 - 11:51am

Jeep explodes this morning on Paseo De Onate, in front of Cooks True Value store in Española. Courtesy/Valley Daily Post

PUBLIC SAFETY News:

A Jeep exploded at approximately 10:17 a.m. today on Paseo De Onate, in front of Cooks True Value store in Española. The explosion rattled windows for more than a mile around the scene. Unconfirmed reports indicate two individuals were taken to the hospital.

At the time of the initial explosion, police and emergency vehicles were already on their way, indicating that the vehicle had stopped and an emergency call had been placed prior to the first

Espanola Tax Preparer Deborah Quintana Indicted For Tax Fraud And Tax Evasion

on April 14, 2016 - 9:32am

TAX FRAUD News:

SANTA FE – A tax preparer from Espanola has been indicted for filing false tax returns and failing to pay taxes.

Deborah Quintana, 58, was charged with 28 counts of Tax Fraud and eight counts of Attempting to Evade or Defeat Tax, all felonies. These charges carry a maximum sentence of 55.5 years in prison and a $180,000 fine.

Quintana was indicted by a Santa Fe Grand Jury in the First Judicial District of New Mexico.

“With tax season upon us, this case should serve as a reminder to tax professionals across the state; if you cheat the system, you will be held accountable,”

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 6 - April 11, 2016

on April 13, 2016 - 3:51pm
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.
 
April 6 at 12:25 p.m. / A Los Alamos resident reported that someone damaged their property. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.
 
April 7 at 4:28 p.m. / A Los Alamos resident reported that someone burglarized his vehicle parked in Central Park Square. The estimated loss is unknown.
 
April 8 at 9:03 p.m. / A Los Alamos resident reported that someone burglarized his

Man Dies Tuesday Night On Walnut Street

on April 13, 2016 - 10:25am

POLICE News:

Los Alamos Police responded to the scene of a man found dead Tuesday night on Walnut Street.

Neighbors began contacting the Los Alamos Daily Post overnight following the sound of gunshots saying it appears the man died on the street at about 10 p.m. of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“With our initial investigation, we have determined that there is no threat to the community,” Cmdr. Preston Ballew said.

The Office of the Medical Investigator will determine the cause of death, Ballew said.

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone Honored With Patriotic Employer Award From ESGR

on April 11, 2016 - 9:46am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone was honored last week with the Patriotic Employer Award from the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) Santa Fe Volunteer Committee. The award recognizes Chief Sgambellone and Los Alamos County for being a patriotic employer. He was nominated for the award by LAPD Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson. ANG Brigadier General Juan Griego presented Chief Sgambellone with the award during a special presentation at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Courtesy/LAC

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with the Patriotic Employer Award he

State Police Make Drug Trafficking Arrest On I-40

on April 8, 2016 - 8:58am

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE -- Around 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, a New Mexico State Police officer stopped a gray Nissan sedan for speeding on Interstate 40 just west of Albuquerque.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Billy Wayne Wilson, 46, of Muskogee, Okla., reacted with suspicious behavior and indicated signs of possible criminal behavior. The State Police officer then generated a search warrant for Wilson's vehicle. The warrant was signed by a judge and executed.

The search, which ensued produced 13.8 pounds of suspected methamphetamine hidden inside a speaker box in the trunk of

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