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Hill Diner Burglarized Overnight!

on July 29, 2012 - 1:24pm

Los Alamos Police detectives at Hill Diner, 1315 Trinity Dr., this morning investigating an overnight burglary. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

The restaurant is open for business now but when employees arrived to work this morning at the Hill Diner, they discovered in short order that something was wrong. A window had been pushed in and the cash register was "trashed."

"We don't keep any cash in the restaurant," owner Denise Lane said.

Lane explained that this is the fourth time the Hill Diner at  1315 Trinity Dr.,  has been burglarized since it opened 26 years ago.

She had a state of

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 12 to July 17, 2012

on July 23, 2012 - 7:23am

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 12 at 5:10 a.m. / Police received a report of larceny at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr. The estimated loss is less than $500.

JOSEPH GARCIA

July 12 at 1:44 p.m. / Police conducted a traffic stop on Joseph Garcia, 44, of Fairfield for failure to maintain his lane on East Road near the Los Alamos County Airport.

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Sheriff Presents Scholarship to Local Student

on July 17, 2012 - 11:56pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presents an $800 scholarship check to Brandon Williams on behalf of the  the 2012 New Mexico Sheriff’s Association Scholarship Award. Willliams plans to attend Western New Mexico University and study Zoology. He also served as a member of the NJROTC at Los Alamos High School and was active in Football and LaCrosse. From left, Deputy Sheriff John Horne, Sheriff Marco Lucero, Brandon Williams and Undersheriff Eric Ringquist. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 6 to July 11, 2012

on July 16, 2012 - 6:59am

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 6 at 12:19 p.m. / A 59-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone stole cigarettes and an employment badge from his vehicle parked on Myrtle Street. The estimated loss is unknown.

July 6 at 12:20 p.m. / A 30-year-old Los Alamos women reported that someone stole items from her house in the 500 block of Oppenheimer including jewelry and prescription medicine.

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DEA Uncovers Cross-Border Drug Smuggling Tunnel

on July 16, 2012 - 6:56am
Cross-border tunnel discovered in San Luis, Ariz. Courtesy/DEA
 
Exterior view of entryway to tunnel found in a storage room inside a business in San Luis, Ariz. Courtesy/DEA
 
DEA News:
  • Passageway Stretches Length of Two Football Fields

Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Border Patrol, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant July 7 at a business used to conceal the U.S.

FBI Media Alert: Albuquerque FBI Offers $20,000 Reward in 1994 Attempted Robbery, Slaying

on July 14, 2012 - 9:37am

FBI News:

Courtesy/Albuquerque FBI

On Aug. 25, 1994, a young Rio Rancho father of two small children was fatally shot when the Wells Fargo Armored Service Corp. van he was driving was ambushed on a remote stretch of Highway 6.

Jeff Oelcher's killer has not been caught or identified, despite a massive manhunt and FBI investigation.

The Albuquerque FBI Division is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Oelcher's death.

Oelcher, 28, was driving the unarmored rental van at about 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday's Downpour Spurs Back Road Flash Flood

on July 13, 2012 - 9:46am

Looking down from Omega Bridge, a grader and front end loader work on West Road near the Ice Rink to clear debris from the flash flood Wednesday evening. The creek coming down Los Alamos Canyon from the Reservoir becomes a raging torrent that uses the roadway as a streambed in flash-flood conditions. Clean up from that flash flood got underway quickly on N.M. 501 (Back Road) following Wednesday's downpour. Steve Stoddard of Los Alamos reported that he was returning from an excursion in the Jemez about 6 p.m. and found the Back Road closed due to debris.

Local Man Arrested in Montana for Crimes Against Sons in Los Alamos

on July 12, 2012 - 11:23am

Photo: Thomas A. Rahn. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos resident Thomas A. Rahn was arrested at 8:42 p.m., Friday July 6 at a Homewood Suites in Bozeman, Mont., by the Bozeman Montana Police Department as a result of a warrant issued by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Rahn, 54, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 years of age.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados approved the warrant for Rahn's arrest at 6:56 a.m., July 6 after police established probable cause to believe that Rahn committed

Pet Pangaea's Offices Vandalized Overnight

on July 11, 2012 - 3:39pm

Police are on the hunt for the person or persons who threw a rock through the plate glass window of Pet Pangaea's offices in the former Quest Diagnostic space near Nectar and 15th Street sometime overnight. Owner Cyndi Wells said an employee discovered the broken window and found a rock inside the office area at about 11:30 a.m. today. No one had been at the offices before that time and the window wasn't broken when the offices closed Tuesday evening, Wells said. She has had to spend her time making out a police report and arranging to get the massive window replaced. "This will probably run

Thursday's DWI Checkpoint Nets Zero Arrests

on July 10, 2012 - 4:14pm

As part of its crackdown on motorists driving in Los Alamos County under the influence of alcohol or drugs, local police officers set up a DWI Checkpoint Thursday evening by the airport near the entrance to town. The Los Alamos Police Department reported that 174 vehicles were checked between 7-11 p.m., during which two field sobriety tests were conducted. Those tests turned out to be negative for substance abuse and the end result of Thursday's checkpoint operation was zero arrests and zero citations. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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The Law is Clear for Motorists and Bicyclists

on July 10, 2012 - 9:36am

Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster, left, and bicycling safety expert Khal Spencer at police headquarters talk about roadway safety for motorists and bicyclists. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

In the last few months, there have been two crashes on Diamond Drive that occurred when a right turning motorist crossed the new bike lanes in close proximity to a bicyclist riding in the bike lane.

Some of the law is not exactly clear with regard to sharing roads with bike lanes and turning across bike lanes, but the law on changing lanes is crystal clear.

When

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 28 to July 4, 2012

on July 9, 2012 - 10:06am

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.

June 28 at 10:53 a.m. / A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of criminal trespassing in the 3800 block of Gold Street. The estimated damage is unknown.

June 30 at 5:26 p.m. / A 54-year-old Los Alamos man reported being the victim of breaking and entering in the 200 block of El Conejo. The estimated damage is unknown.

 July 1 at 10:16 a.m.

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White Rock Man Charged in Domestic Dispute

on July 5, 2012 - 9:55pm

Los Alamos Police have charged Andrew Ortega with aggravated assault and battery after responding to a call of a possible domestic dispute at a residence in White Rock this morning.

Hand-cuffed and placed in the back of a police patrol car, Ortega, 40, began to thrash about while being transported from White Rock to the Los Alamos Detention Center.

"He was kicking the doors and seats and banging his head against the interior of the police car," Capt. Randy Foster said. "Because of his behavior, we requested Los Alamos Fire Department medical personnel check him for injuries."

Ortega was

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Domestic Dispute Leads to Possible Self-injury

on July 5, 2012 - 11:35am

Scene in front of Los Alamos County Detention Center this morning. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Police responded to a possible domestic dispute around 10:45 a.m. today in White Rock. 

A man was transported to the Los Alamos Detention Center. 

Capt. Randy Foster said the man became animated in the police car on the way to the jail, thrashing his head against the interior of the vehicle. 

Upon arrival at the jail, police called Los Alamos Fire Department EMT personnel as a pecaution to check out the man's potential injuries. 

More information will be available later on this

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 21 to June 27, 2012

on July 2, 2012 - 11:39am

The following information is obtained from Los Alamos Police Department records.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

June 21 at 10:24 a.m. / Police charged Charles Pacheco, 56, of Los Alamos with fraudulent use of credit cards in the 300 block of Aragon and issued him a summons to appear in court.

JESUS ANDUJO

June 21 at 7:20 p.m. / Police arrested Jesus Andujo, 23, of Hernandez on Trinity Drive and charged him with violating a protection order.

 

 

 

STEWART OBRIEN

June 21 at 7:37 p.m.

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Vehicle Rollover Shuts Down East Road

on June 27, 2012 - 7:11pm

A white van on Central Avenue attempted to enter East Road at about 2:15 p.m. today when it struck a Toyota 4 Runner, causing it to flip over and land on its side on East Road. Police report that injuries of the parties involved were minor and no one needed to be transported to Los Alamos Medical Center. The roadway is opening back up to traffic. Courtesy photo
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Vehicle Accident Closes Truck Route

on June 26, 2012 - 3:05pm

Courtesy photo

A County trash truck was sideswiped this afternoon while heading down the truck route by a car going uphill. The driver of the car left his lane and collided with the trash truck.

Los Alamos Firefighters used the jaws of life to remove the driver from his car. LAFD is transporting him to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries.

The gas tank on the trash truck punctured and leaked some fuel onto the ground where the accident occurred.

Hazmat is removing the fuel spill and the vehicles are in the process of being towed from the area.

Officials expect that by

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 14 to June 20, 2012

on June 25, 2012 - 8:01pm

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.

June 14 at 2:51 p.m. / A 45-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that her cell phone estimated at $251.99 was stolen on North Mesa Road. The phone was later recovered and charges are pending against the alleged thief.

June 14 at 6:39 p.m. / A 39-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone stole the license plate from his trailer parked on Mariposa Court.

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Police Stand Prepared to Find Missing Persons

on June 22, 2012 - 1:37pm

Investigations Division Supervisor Sgt. Oliver Morris, right, and Det. Daniel Roberts display a tracking antenna during Project Lifesaver training at Los Alamos Police Department Headquarters Wednesday. The antenna is used to track the frequency of transmitting bracelets worn by people who tend to wander off and become lost. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Police Officers took part in an all-day training program at Police Headquarters Wednesday, specifically geared toward adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia

Chief Congratulates County's Newest Police Officer

on June 22, 2012 - 8:45am

LAPD News:

Los Alamos County's newest Police Officer Oliver McCartney is just 18 days away from completing his probationary period with the Los Alamos Police Department and Chief Wayne Torpy let him know Wednesday at Police Headquarters that he is doing a fine job. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy thanks Ofc. Oliver McCartney Wednesday for a job well done following his successful completion of an important assignment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Police and Lab Join Forces for Robot Rodeo

on June 20, 2012 - 9:32am

Los Alamos Police Department explosive devices experts and LANL hazardous devices experts joined forces to compete against seven other teams in the sixth annual Robot Rodeo underway this week in Technical Area 49 at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this scenario, a pair of robots inspect a car involved in a chase and abandoned by drug traffickers.  Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Bob Clark, a Hazardous Devices technician at Los Alamos National Laboratory makes some final adjustments to the LANL/LAPD team robot. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

One of the tasks the robots

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 7 to June 13, 2012

on June 18, 2012 - 7:33am

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.

June 7 at 7:30 a.m. / Police charged Cory Kershner, 23, of Los Alamos with criminal damage to property at 3301 Canyon Road and issued him a summons to appear in court. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.

June 7 at 12:08 p.m. / A 43-year-old Los Alamos woman reported damage to her property on Casa Grande Drive. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

BRENNAN HAZEN

June 8 at 11 p.m.

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Students Help Peers Through Teen Court

on June 14, 2012 - 9:44am
Preparing for a Teen Court session are from left, Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, "Judge" Toni Batha and "defense attorneys" Rachel Pierce, Maura Taylor and Clohe Henson. Photo by Carol A. Clark
 
By Carol A. Clark
 
“The honorable” Toni Batha, her judicial black robe billowing about her, presided over a recent Los Alamos Teen Court hearing.
 
This is the second year that the Los Alamos High School junior has volunteered her time at the local court.
 
“It’s really a great learning experience,” Batha said of helping her peers.
 
LAHS Senior Vanessa Duran also is a second-year volunteer.
 

Police Probe Jamie Lee Ireland Death

on June 13, 2012 - 10:10pm

Los Alamos Police Department News:

On May 20, the Consolidated Dispatch Center received a call that 28-year-old Jamie Ireland of Los Alamos had sustained injuries after an accidental fall at 802 9th St.

Los Alamos Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and transported Ireland to Los Alamos Medical Center.

Ireland was subsequently transported to St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe.

On May 21, the Los Alamos Police Department was notified by personnel at St. Vincent's that the injuries sustained by Ireland were serious and potentially fatal.

Ireland subsequently died May 31.

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Deer Collides with Car Near Golf Course

on June 13, 2012 - 7:45pm

A deer jumped out in front of this hatchback sedan this evening on Diamond Drive causing extensive damage. The deer lost his life in the collision. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

The driver of a small hatchback sedan collided with a deer at about 6 p.m., today on Diamond Drive near the Los Alamos Golf Course.

"The deer jumped out in front of the car, landed on the hood and smashed into the windshield," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said.

The driver and a passenger are fine, Grider said, but the deer is dead.

Firefighters from Los Alamos Fire Department Engine

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