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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 21 to Aug. 27, 2014

on August 28, 2014 - 7:20pm

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. 21 at 12:23 p.m. / Los Alamos police arrested Christopher Davis, 22, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction and issued a summons to appear in court. Police booking photo unavailable.

Aug. 21 at 6:52 p.m. / A 55-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone tampered with her vehicle on Connie Avenue.

Sheriff Marco Lucero Issues Scam Alert

on August 28, 2014 - 1:55pm

LACSO News:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero released an advisory today alerting the residents of Los Alamos County of a scam that has been reported to his office.

A person(s) is posing as a Los Alamos Sheriff’s Department deputy and calling local residents advising them that they failed to report for jury duty and deputies have a warrant for their arrest.

The caller advises the victim to pay a fine and their warrant will be quashed.

Lucero advises the community that this is a complete scam and asks anyone receiving a call of this nature to report it to 505.662.8222, adding that the

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Orders Steven C. Porter to Pay Nearly $100K in Cash to Get Out of Jail

on August 28, 2014 - 1:30pm

Steven C. Porter

Staff Report

In order to get out of jail this time, Steven C. Porter of Pajarito Acres in White Rock must pay nearly $100,000 in cash after being arrested Monday and charged with violating the terms of his release.

Police suspect Porter removed the electronic monitoring bracelet attached to his ankle for some 20 hours between Friday and Saturday. A truck was vandalized about a mile from his home within that time period.

Porter went before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados this morning.

Couple Suspected of Burglarizing Los Alamos Homes Granted Bail With Conditions

on August 28, 2014 - 12:55pm

Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield

Staff Report

In seperate hearings this morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court, Judge Pat Casados set bond for an Ojo Caliente couple who are engaged to be married. The couple is charged in a string of local residential burglaries over the past two months.

Casados set bond at $10,000 cash or surety for Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield. Ortiz-Merrifield, 20, is charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary (4th degree felonies) and one count of burglary of a dwelling (3rd degree felony). Her bond was reduced from $28,000 due to her inability to pay.

Police Inventory Lists 66 Firearms At Steve Porter's Pajarito Acres Home

on August 27, 2014 - 6:28pm

This SKS Russian 7.62 with bayonet is among 66 firearms police recently inventoried and confiscated from Steven C. Porter's residence in Pajarito Acres. Courtesy/LAPD

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police arrested Steven C. Porter Monday and charged him with escape from a community custody program, a felony, for tampering with his court ordered electronic monitoring device.

He is being held in jail without bond and scheduled to go back before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados at 8:30 a.m., Thursday at the Justice Center.

Porter, 46, was initially arrested Sunday, Aug.

Sheriff's Office Identifies Main Hill Road Accident Victims

on August 26, 2014 - 4:11pm
Emergency responders at the scene of Monday's single-vehicle crash in the canyon below Anderson Overlook. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office has identified the male and female seriously injured and air lifted to area hospitals Monday after their vehicle left the roadway near Anderson Overlook and landed in the canyon.

The driver of the maroon colored 2004 Nissan Sentra is Zachery Sanchez, 30, of Los Alamos and the passenger is Andrea Harvier, 31, of Espanola.

"We're still investigating the cause of the accident," said Major Ken

Scene From Monday's Single Vehicle Accident

on August 26, 2014 - 9:05am

Photographed at 8:30 p.m. Monday were emergency responders working the scene near Anderson Overlook where a vehicle went over the edge and into the canyon. The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office reported that the female and male occupants were air lifted to area hospitals with serious injuries. Photo by David Bouquin

First responders working Monday afternoon at the scene. Courtesy photo

Vehicle Crashes Into Canyon Near Anderson Overlook ... Main Hill Road Remains Closed

on August 25, 2014 - 9:39pm

The Main Hill Road remains closed this evening following a single-vehicle accident this afternoon near Anderson Overlook. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A male and female were seriously injured and air lifted to area hospitals today after their vehicle left the roadway near Anderson Overlook and landed in the canyon.

"We're still investigating this single-vehicle accident that occurred about 3:30 p.m. today at mile marker 5 on N.M. 502," said Major Ken Johnson of the Santa Fe County Sheriffs Department during an interview at about 9 p.m.

Steve Porter Back Behind Bars For Violating Conditions of Release

on August 25, 2014 - 1:36pm

Steven C. Porter

Steven C. Porter of White Rock was arrested today and placed back in jail for violating the conditions of his release.

Los Alamos Police Commander Jason Wardlow Herrera confirmed today that Porter tampered with his court ordered electronic monitoring device meant to limit his movement to the radius of his property in Pajarito Acres.

Porter, 46, was initially arrested Sunday, Aug. 17 and charged with 20 drug-related counts. Two days later he went before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

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

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