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Police Release Photo Of Car Sought In Elderly Woman's Beating And Robbery Case

on May 24, 2017 - 7:35pm
LAPD is seeking information on this vehicle as part of the investigation into the beating and robbery of an elderly woman. Courtesy/LAPD
 
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department has released the photo of a vehicle they believe was driven by two women who followed an elderly Los Alamos woman home May 12 from Smith’s Marketplace. The victim in her 80s, was then beaten by one of the women and left lying in her driveway until someone happened to hear her screaming and rendered assistance.

Det. Sgt.

Sheehey: Let’s Settle The Debate About The Role Of The Sheriff In Los Alamos

on May 24, 2017 - 7:33pm
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

There has been a long-standing debate about the role of the Sheriff in Los Alamos. The present Sheriff, Marco Lucero, was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, stressing the importance of the Sheriff’s role in Los Alamos. County Councils, not including myself, have worked to minimize that role, drastically cutting his budget and ultimately calling an election last November to eliminate the office. After a contentious campaign, our citizens voted to keep an elected Sheriff.  

It’s time to settle this debate.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 17-22, 2017

on May 24, 2017 - 4:59pm

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.

 
ELIJAH MEASON

May 17/ Elijah Meason, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with forgery and fraud.
 
 
 
 
 
 
DANIEL A. RODRIGUEZ
 
May 17/ Daniel A. Rodriguez, 38, of Santa Fe was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court bench warrant.

 
 
 
 
CRYSTAL V. PADILLA
 
May 22/ Crystal V.

LAPD Seeks Information On Dog Attack

on May 24, 2017 - 4:54pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Department Animal Control is trying to find the owner of two dogs involved in an attack on a third dog on the Canyon Rim Trail at approximately 8 a.m. May 22, according to Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera.

Wardlow Herrera said two black Labrador retriever-type dogs were walking off-leash with their owner. He said one of the dogs appeared to be a black mixed breed Labrador with white on its chest. The other dog appeared to be “more lab” and was black in color.

The dogs were accompanied by a slim-built, fair-skinned woman with short dark hair and reported to be

Judge Sentences Casper Cly To Four Years In Prison

on May 24, 2017 - 8:46am
Casper Cly
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Casper Cly, a 26-year-old Los Alamos resident and former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday by 11th Judicial District Judge Karen Townsend in Farmington.

Under a plea agreement reached in March, Cly had agreed to plead guilty to one count of child solicitation by electronic communication device, a third degree felony and one count of child solicitation (13-16), a fourth degree felony.

Judge Townsend sentenced Cly to four years in state prison with credit for time served of 18 months,

Governor To Commemorate New Mexico Law Enforcement Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty

on May 24, 2017 - 8:31am

Courtesy image

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez will commemorate New Mexico law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2016 as their names are added to the Department of Public Safety’s Law Enforcement Memorial.

The officers being added to the Memorial today are Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez, Alamogordo Police Officer Clint Corvinus and Valencia County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thomas.

The event is 9:30 a.m. at the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Academy at 4491 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

Judge Rules Spousal Privilege Violated In Mallory Case

on May 22, 2017 - 12:38pm

Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez, left, chats with Christopher Marlowe, attorney for Scott Mallory following Thursday's motions hearing in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 

Scott Mallory
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE – A judge has ruled that spousal privilege was violated and information on a computer belonging to Scott Mallory as well as any statements made by Mallory to police are to be suppressed.

First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington rendered his decision Thursday at a hearing in Santa Fe.

Joshua J. Montoya Charged With LANL Copper Theft Slated For Arraignment In District Court Wednesday

on May 22, 2017 - 12:18pm

Staff Report

Joshua J. Montoya of Velarde is slated for arraignment Wednesday in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe for allegedly stealing large amounts of copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) last year.

A criminal complaint filed July 14, 2016 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court by Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Is New Mexico Becoming A Safe Haven For Criminals?

on May 22, 2017 - 7:52am

BBANM News:

We can all agree, crime seems to be everywhere, and seems to be getting worse. This week, the Albuquerque Police Department announced they would be directing officers to issue citations rather than make arrests on low-level crimes to comply with a settlement agreement on a class-action lawsuit. Many people are asking now, why would a city do this in a time where crime seems to be rising? 

This lawsuit, McClendon v.

Former Police Chief Wayne Torpy Pleads With Council

on May 20, 2017 - 3:56pm
Former Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy asks County Councilors for help in reactivating his monthly insurance benefits, during the public comment period Tuesday evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Former Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy at Tuesday's Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy addressed the County Council during public comment Tuesday evening about his ongoing insurance battle.

 

Torpy, who now lives in Florida,

More Scenes From Special Olympics Torch Run

on May 19, 2017 - 6:21pm

Los Alamos Police Department runners and Special Olympic athletes meet for a photo Thursday morning before taking off in the 2017 Torch Run from Los Alamos to Jemez Springs. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos American Legion (Linda Fox) presents a $500 check to Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Photo by Kateri Morris

From left, Bandelier Ranger David Sutherland, LAPD Sgt. Tim Lonz and LAPD Cpl. Robert Larsen pull a steep hill. Photo by Kateri Morris

Bandelier Ranger Derek Thompson carries the torch. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAPD Cmdr. Morris and Ofc.

Scenes From 2017 Special Olympics Torch Run

on May 19, 2017 - 6:19pm

Los Alamos Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Coordinator Cmdr. Oliver Morris leads athletes along Trinity Drive early Thursday as they head toward the Jemez. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, right, showed up to show his support for the Torch Run with Chief Dino Sgambellone, center, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade volunteers Tom Houlton, left, and Charles Hosford are ready to assist Thursday morning for the 2017 Special Olympics Torch Run from the Los Alamos Police

EPD Captures Top 10 DWI Fugitive Pablo Salazar

on May 18, 2017 - 9:04am
 
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that one of the state’s top 10 DWI fugitives, Pablo Salazar, was recently captured by the Espanola Police Department.
 
Pablo Salazar
 
He is back behind bars on a probation violation. Salazar has been on the run since September 2016. This was the third time he fled supervision.
 
“I am very grateful to law enforcement for getting this dangerous offender off our streets,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “Everyone needs to make the responsible choice not to drink and drive.

Governor Delivers Commencement Speech At New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy

on May 18, 2017 - 8:21am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is set to deliver the commencement speech at 10 a.m. today for the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy graduation.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy is at 4491 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. The Basic Training Bureau is the vehicle through which those entering the profession of Law Enforcement are empowered and enabled to protect the citizens of the State of New Mexico and safeguard the stability of society.

Casper Cly Convicted Of Child Solicitation

on May 17, 2017 - 9:43pm
Casper Cly
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Casper Cly, a 26-year-old Los Alamos resident and former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee is scheduled for sentencing May 23 in the 11th Judicial District Court in Farmington. Cly was originally charged in Aztec Magistrate Court with four counts of child solicitation by electronic device and was bound over in April 2016 to the District Court.

Cly’s arrest was one of more than 20 arrests nationwide during a two-month-long law enforcement sweep by Internet Crimes Against Children task forces across the country in 2016. San Juan

UPDATE: New Mexico Rail Runner Fatality

on May 17, 2017 - 5:15pm
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE  Around 3 p.m., May 13, the New Mexico State Police responded to a pedestrian fatality involving the New Mexico Rail Runner Express train. The incident occurred on the tracks nearest Interstate 25 at mile marker 275 in Santa Fe County.
 
Witness statements made to officers and the investigation at the scene indicate that James D. Chavarria, 21, of Santa Fe exited his vehicle, which was parked on the northbound interstate shoulder and crossed the roadway entering the median area occupied by train tracks.
 
Chavarria then ran onto the train tracks as the New Mexico

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 10-15, 2017

on May 17, 2017 - 1:44pm

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.​

CRYSTAL HOLGUIN

May 10 / Crystal Holguin, 29, of Espanola was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 
 
 
 
 
 
ELIAS JON LOVATO

May 11 / Elias Jon Lovato, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JOSHUA PADILLA-SPANARKEL

May 15 / Joshua Padilla-Spanarkel, 22, of Santa Fe was arrested on an outstanding

Community Invited To Cheer On Special Olympics Athletes And Police In Torch Run Thursday

on May 17, 2017 - 12:31pm

SPORTS News:

The community is invited to cheer on Special Olympics Los Alamos athletes and Los Alamos Police Department personnel as they head out towards the Jemez Thursday morning on the Law Enforcement Torch Run, according to local organizer LAPD Cdr. Oliver Morris.

Participants will leave the Justice Center at approximately 7:30 a.m. and head west on Trinity Drive and onto West Jemez Road and the members of the public can show their support along the way. Park Rangers from Bandelier National Monument will join the run this year.

LAPD is raising funds again this year for the annual

Police Nab Brothers Attempting To Cash Forged Check

on May 17, 2017 - 11:28am
Eric Sanchez
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Two brothers from Albuquerque were arrested Monday at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock after one of them attempted to cash a forged check for $2,250. Eric Sanchez, 29, and Kevin Sanchez, 24, were in a car in the drive-through area when Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto responded to a report of someone attempting to cash a stolen check.

Kevin Sanchez

Cpl. Nieto placed both men in investigative detention and searched them for weapons.

Los Alamos Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Dog That Attacked Another Dog At Rover Park Sunday

on May 17, 2017 - 11:28am

This dog is not the dog suspected of attacking another dog but rather the image of a dog that strongly resembles the dog in question. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is asking the public for assistance in identifying the owners of a dog that attacked another dog last weekend.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. Sunday at Rover Park. The suspect dog was described as possibly a male “cane corso” or a very similar looking mastiff type dog, black in color and weighing about 100 pounds.

It appears that a couple with a stroller came to get the dog under control after

Los Alamos Woman Beaten And Robbed

on May 16, 2017 - 7:11pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos

A Los Alamos woman in her 80s was followed home from Smith’s Marketplace Friday, May 12, by two women and beaten and robbed outside her garage. She has asked to remain anonymous.

In an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post, the victim said that while she was getting ready to put her purchases into the trunk of her car in the Smith’s parking lot, a young woman asked if she could help her. The victim said she declined the help but the young woman insisted.

After the young woman left, the victim said got into her car, stowed her cane and placed her purse on the

Couple Faces 54 Charges In 17 Cases In Los Alamos

on May 16, 2017 - 7:06pm
Rosalinda Hurtado
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

John Joseph Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque and Rosalinda Hurtado, 38, of Alcalde are facing a total of 54 charges in some 17 cases originating in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and now in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Lerma and Hurtado were reportedly in a romantic relationship when they allegedly committed multiple crimes including check fraud, identity theft, forgery, fraud, and fraudulent use of credit cards, against Los Alamos residents of all ages from high school students to the elderly.

John Joseph Lerma

LAPD

LAPD Hosts Memorial Ceremony For Fallen Officers

on May 15, 2017 - 9:47pm
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone speaks at this morning's Memorial Ceremony for fallen officers. Similar ceremonies took place today across the country as part of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Cpl. Pete Garcia presents scrolls with the imprint of a name plate honoring the late Chief Gary Bequette to his daughters, Diana Bequette, left, and Laura Hughes. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Police Officers and Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero at this morning's Memorial Ceremony.

LAPD Spouses Sponsor Blue Tape Event

on May 15, 2017 - 7:32pm

Kateri Morris, left, wife of Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Lizzy Lyons, wife of  Det. Matt Lyons place blue lines on community vehicles for two hours today at the police station in support of National Police Week. The event was sponsored by LAPD Law Enforcement Spouses. Photo by Maire O'Neill

Cindy Bingham, left, watches as Kateri Morris, Lizzy Lyons and Lisa Gonzales prepare her rear window for a blue line in support of National Police Week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Amy Strain shows off the blue stripe on the back window of her car in support of law enforcement

Sweet Tribute To Los Alamos Police Officers

on May 15, 2017 - 2:58pm
In honor of National Police Week, the Los Alamos Police Department received a special gift this morning from U.S. Navy veteran Amy Strain. From left, Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Kateri Morris, Amy Strain and Lizzy Lyons. Photo by Julie Bennett.
 
U.S. Navy veteran Amy Strain baked a variety of cookies for the Los Alamos Police Department in recognition of National Police Week. Photo by Julie Bennett
 
Cookies created by U.S. Navy veteran Amy Strain for the Los Alamos Police Department in recognition of National Police Week. Photo by Julie Bennett
 
Cookies created by U.S.

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