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Council Tentatively Approves Police Department Budget

on April 27, 2015 - 8:28pm

Los Alamos County Police Chief Dino Sgambellone addresses Council at this evening's budget hearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 to tentatively adopt the Los Alamos Police Department's FY-2016 proposed budget as presented. The LAPD FY-2015 adopted budget is $7,127,576 and its proposed FY-2016 budget is $7,139,312 - essentially flat over current year.

The budget reflects a reduction of one full time employee within the Police Department, which will be compensated for through appropriate staffing and back filling operationally,

Scenes From Special Olympics Track And Field Meet

on April 27, 2015 - 3:34pm

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris starts the race. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cpl. Adele Girmendonk with the Espanola Special Olympics track team. Photo by Kateri Morris

SPORTS News:

Athletes competed in the Los Alamos Special Olympics Track and Field Meet Saturday at Sullivan Field.

Several volunteers helped work the event and Los Alamos Firefighters also assisted and placed ribbons on athletes at the conclusion of their events.

The Los Alamos Police Department helps raise money for local Special Olympic athletes through T-shirt sales and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 16 To April 22, 2015

on April 23, 2015 - 1:21pm

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.

MALCOLM TORRES

April 16 at 10:42 a.m. / Police arrested Malcolm Torres, 21, of Santa Cruz in the Sandoval County Jail on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

MARION LOOPE

April 16 at noon / Police arrested Marion Loope, 32, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with battery upon a peace officer.

April 16 at 6:17 p.m.

Los Alamos Sheriff's Office Issues Public Safety Alert Regarding Local Scam Underway

on April 22, 2015 - 3:14pm

Public Safety Alert:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero just contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post to issue a public safety alert regarding a scam underway in the Los Alamos area.

Someone identifying himself as a Los Alamos County sheriff's deputy and using an actual deputy's name is placing telephone calls to residents listed on the sex offender registry saying they must withdraw $1,000 in cash from the bank and take the money to Smith's parking lot where they will be met by the deputy. "They must do this to avoid being placed in jail."

Sheriff Lucero said one of the victims of this

Take Time To Thank A 911 Dispatcher This Week

on April 17, 2015 - 1:27pm

This week is dedicated across the nation to thank the people who serve as public safety telecommunicators. Public safety telecommunicators in Los Alamos include, Kate Stoddard, Wendy Strain, left, Randon Romero, Ruben Garcia, Rob Montoya, Seth Martinez, Erica Manzanares, Susie Feiertag, Angela Cordova, Michael Matison, Greg Lynch and Robert Lujan. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the people who serve as public safety telecommunicators.

In Los Alamos, Public safety telecommunicators work inside the police station and

Los Alamos Police Release 2015 1st Quarter Crime Stats

on April 16, 2015 - 11:39pm

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the first quarter of 2015, 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. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 9 To April 15, 2015

on April 16, 2015 - 11:42am

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 9 at 4:31 p.m. / A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was assaulted on Central Avenue.

RYAN BARNES

April 9 at 4:45 p.m. / Police arrested Ryan Barnes, 37, of Los Alamos at 20th Street and Trinity Drive and charged him with assault and again April 10 at 11:40 a.m. at 11 Rover Blvd., and charged him with assault on a peace officer.

 

 

 

WILLIAM GARRETT

April

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 3 To April 8, 2015

on April 10, 2015 - 5:08pm

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.

ROBERT JULIAN RODRIGUEZ

April 3 at 9:22 p.m. / Police arrested Robert Julian Rodriguez, 24 of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

JOSE LUIS SANCHEZ-MORALES

April 3 at 9:46 a.m. / Police arrested Jose Luis Sanchez-Morales, 18 of Espanola on 20th Street and Trinity Drive and charged him with possession of marijuana.

April 3 at 12:12

State Police Seek Help With Hit And Run Crash

on April 10, 2015 - 7:02am

NMSP News:

SANTA FE COUNTY – The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) is seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation of a hit and run crash, which resulted in severe injuries to an 18-year-old male from Santa Fe.

At around 8:45 p.m., Friday, April 3, Christian Diaz was walking the pilgrimage along N.M. 503 to El Santuario de Chimayó. He was struck by a vehicle driving northbound on N.M. 503 near milepost 2. 

Witnesses on scene described the hit and run vehicle as a white, early to middle-2000 year model Toyota pickup, possibly a Tacoma model.

The New Mexico State Police is actively

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Completes FBI National Academy Program

on April 8, 2015 - 7:09pm

FBI Director James Comey, left, presents a certificate to Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera has graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va.

The 259th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 24 International Countries, six military organizations and five federal civilian organizations. 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the

Judge Sentences Stephen M. Geisik Of Los Alamos To 364 Days In Jail In Child Molestation Case

on April 8, 2015 - 12:17pm
Staff Report

Judge Mary Marlowe-Sommer orders convicted child molester Stephen M. Geisik of Los Alamos to serve 364 days in the Los Alamos County Jail.

Geisik, 23, was facing more than 30 years in prison for his April 2012 charge of criminal sexual penetration of a child less than 13 years of age. Los Alamos police also charged Geisik, who was 21 years old at the time, with contributing to the delinquency of a child.

The judge sentenced Geisik for these crimes during a District Court hearing Monday at the Justice Center in Los Alamos.

"He was facing 3 years to 31.5 years," Prosecuting

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 26 To April 1, 2015

on April 2, 2015 - 11:59am

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.

March 26 at 9:15 p.m. / Police arrested Koby Leeches, 18, of Los Alamos at 1300 Diamond Dr., and charged him with distribution of a controlled substance in a school zone, marijuana, and issued him a summons to appear in court. Police booking photo unavailable.

GARRETT KATCHER

March 27 at 2:47 p.m.

LAPD Alerts Community About Credit Card Fraud

on March 27, 2015 - 4:52pm

LAPD News:

In March of 2015, the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) noticed a specific increase of credit card fraud from Los Alamos citizens and visitors to the community reporting unauthorized charges on their credit card accounts as well as “on-line” postings of fraudulent activity in the area.

LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris explained that LAPD began to investigate circumstances that there may be a “skimmer” in Los Alamos County or a malware hack of point-of-sale software used by local businesses.

The LAPD Investigations section began compiling victim’s card usage to address the issue.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 19 To March 25, 2015

on March 26, 2015 - 10:20am

LAFD 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.

March 19 at 12:22 p.m. / A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of petty larceny on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $100.

ROBERTO SERRANO

March 20 at 8:34 a.m. / Police arrested Roberto Serrano, 54, of Santa Cruz at 226 East Road and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs.

March 21 at 11:52 a.m.

Fun Run A Great Success

on March 26, 2015 - 9:22am
Runners leave the starting line. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
Lucky the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore) on the run. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
By RONDA TRUJILLO
Piñon PTO

The 4th annual Piñon Elementary PTO Fun Run Saturday, March 21 was a great success.

The annual event promoted a morning of family fun, friendship and fitness for both the families at Piñon and the community. Runners and walkers of all abilities were welcomed to enjoy a fun, fast and scenic run benefiting Piñon School.

Folks had a great time running and walking the 1 mile and 5K as "Lucky" the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore),

Los Alamos Police Receiving Higher Volume Of Reports Of Fraudulent Charges To Credit Cards

on March 20, 2015 - 12:42pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has been receiving a higher volume of reports of fraudulent charges to credit card purchases from citizens and visitors to the community and the LAPD Investigations Division has been looking into the matter. 

“We understand there has been a lot of ‘online’ communication amongst local victims who have had their credit cards used fraudulently in other states,” Cmdr. Oliver Morris said. “We would like these victim’s to come to the Los Alamos Police Department and ask to speak to a detective.”

There has not been one instance reported to LAPD of a

LAPD Places Drug Collection Box In Lobby

on March 20, 2015 - 11:16am

Citizens may now dispose of their unused and unwanted prescription medication in this drug collection box in the front lobby of the Los Alamos Police Station at 2500 Trinity Dr. The box is under 24-hour surveillance. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department obtained a free drug collection box from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and has placed it in the LAPD front lobby at 2500 Trinity Dr. 

Last September was the ninth and final Drug Enforcement Agency’s drug take back initiative where citizens could turn in their unused and unwanted

Los Alamos Police Arrest Suspected Pot Grower

on March 20, 2015 - 10:42am

Los Alamos police confiscated these marijuana plants Wednesday in the Denver Steels neighborhood. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

On the evening of Wednesday, March 18, the Los Alamos Police Department’s Patrol Shift led by Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias executed a search warrant in the Denver Steels neighborhood.

Roy Moore

The patrol shift investigated the illegal growing of marijuana plants without an official license from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 12 To March 18, 2015

on March 19, 2015 - 12:29pm

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.

March 12 at 9:20 a.m. / Storax in Los Alamos reported that it was the victim of larceny. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

March 12 at 4:40 p.m. / An 85-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Glenview Dr. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

March 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 5 To March 11, 2015

on March 12, 2015 - 8:02pm

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.

AMY JUSTICE

March 5 at 8:59 a.m. / Police arrested Amy Justice, 43, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

KRYSTI HERNANDEZ

March 5 at 11:51 a.m. / Police arrested Krysti Hernandez, 44, at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

March 6 at 9:14 a.m.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 27 To March 4, 2015

on March 5, 2015 - 2:56pm

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.

REBECCA REDONDO

Feb. 27 at 3:49 a.m. / Police arrested Rebecca Redondo, 29, of Los Alamos at 2455 Trinity Dr., and charged her with battery upon a police officer.

 

 

SAMUEL NASISE

Feb. 27 at 3:49 a.m. / Police arrested Samuel Nasise, 45, of Los Alamos at 2455 Trinity Dr., and charged him with battery upon a police officer.

 

 

 

BRANDI ORTIZ‑MERRIFIELD

Feb.

State Police Launch Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico

on March 5, 2015 - 12:51pm

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in all New Mexico counties during March.

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. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families.

Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had

Police Release Details Of N.M. 4 Mobile Home Incident

on March 4, 2015 - 4:55pm

The driver hauling a moblie home Tuesday attempted a U-turn on N.M. 4 and in the process, broke two axels and wheels and the hitch attached to his trailer, causing a massive traffic backup during rush hour. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPD News:

Commander Oliver Morris of the Los Alamos Police Department released details of Tuesday's incident regarding the single-wide mobile home bocking N.M. 4 at approximately mile marker # 66:

The call came in at 4:56 p.m. of a semi-truck “broke down” on N.M. 4 just south of the intersection of the Truck Route.

Los Alamos Police Have Unionized

on March 4, 2015 - 12:50pm
Labor Management Relations Board members monitoring Tuesday's election include Eppie Trujillo, standing and Trey Frazier. LMRB member Felicia Orth also was in attendance. Courtesy photo
 
The official secret ballot used in Tuesday's election. Courtesy photo
 
STAFF REPORT
 
Voters sent an overwhelming message to unionize the local police department during Tuesday's International Union of Police Associations (IUPA) Bargaining Unit election held 4-7 p.m., in the Boards & Commissions Room at the County Municipal Building.
 
Nineteen voters cast yes ballots and one voter cast a no ballot.

Improvised Explosive Device Recovered In Taos

on March 4, 2015 - 10:18am

NMSP News:

TAOS COUNTY - The New Mexico State Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team assisted the Taos Police Department regarding a call involving an improvised explosive device at around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The EOD Team recovered a destructive device at the Dream Tree Transitional Living Shelter and rendered it safe. All materials found were taken into evidence and an investigation is underway. The possibility of filing any charges is pending the outcome of that investigation. 

Direct questions relating to the investigation of this case to the Taos Police Department at 575.758.2216.

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