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UPDATE: LAPD Dispatch Phones Back In Service

on July 26, 2017 - 9:21am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch telephones (non-emergency number 505.662.8222) are back in service.

The pnoes were temporarily unavailable for about 30 minutes this morning while the phone system was moved over to a new UPS as part of a system upgrade.

An alternate phone number was available while the system was upgrading.





LAPD Dispatch Non-emergency Phones Are Temporarily Unavailable During System Upgrade

on July 26, 2017 - 8:35am

UPDATE: Dispatch phones are back service.

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch telephones (non-emergency number 505.662.8222) are temporarily unavailable while the phone system is moved over to a new UPS as part of a system upgrade.

Residents can call 505.412.2172 in the interim to reach Dispatch.

Phone service should be restored in approximately 30 minutes. Radios in Dispatch are not impacted.

Joseph Allen Lovato Sentenced For Third DWI

on July 26, 2017 - 4:13am

Joseph Allen Lovato

Staff Report 

Joseph Allen Lovato, 33, of Los Alamos was found guilty of driving under the influence – third offense, July 17 in First Judicial Court in Santa Fe pursuant to a global and repeat offender plea agreement.

Lovato was arrested by Los Alamos Police Cpl. David Boe July 4 following a traffic stop. He also was charged with speeding (21-25 miles over) and driving on a revoked or suspended license. Those charges were dismissed under the plea agreement.

Lovato was convicted of driving under the influence in 2003 in Dona Ana County and another DWI charge as well as

Tonya Males Charged With Larceny

on July 26, 2017 - 3:53am

Staff Report 

Tonya Males of Espanola has been charged with larceny, a fourth degree felony in connection with the alleged theft of $900 while cleaning the home of a client of P&L Housekeeping.

June 27, Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto was dispatched to a home on Grand Canyon Drive where the victim said she was missing money, which had been in an envelope in a bedroom dresser and claimed Males was the only person who had access to the bedroom besides herself.

Nieto contacted Males and asked her to come to the police station. When questioned by Nieto, Males denied taking the cash.

DA Marco Serna Forms Shooter Review Panel

on July 26, 2017 - 3:37am

District Attorney Marco P. Serna


SANTA FE - First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna has formed the first officer involved shooting review panel in the First Judicial District. The decedent from the April 29 shooting is Andrew Lucero and the officer involved is Leonard Guzman.

The panel will include five district attorneys from around the state and the Administrative Office of the District Attorneys (AODA) will coordinate logistics, obtain and distribute evidence to the members for review.

“I promised the people of Northern New Mexico that I would

Ryan Roller Faces False Imprisonment, Battery Charges

on July 26, 2017 - 3:22am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Ryan A. Roller of Los Alamos has been charged with false imprisonment, battery and battery against a household member as a result of a July 19 incident at an address on 39th Street.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto was dispatched to the residence in response to a reported fight. Nieto’s statement of probable cause said he asked LAPD Dispatch if he was responding to Roller’s residence as he was familiar with the address from responding their multiple times in the past.

Mark Purtill Faces Pretrial Hearing On Battery Charge

on July 25, 2017 - 7:16am

 Mark S. Purtill

Staff Report

Mark S. Purtill, 62, of Los Alamos is facing a pretrial hearing Aug. 24 before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados on charges of battery against a household member and interference with communications. Purtill was arrested following a June 20 domestic disturbance at a 46th Street address.

Los Alamos Police Ofc. David Randleman was dispatched to the address in response to a 911 hang-up. A woman at the residence told Randleman that her son had died a few days earlier and that Purtill had allegedly been getting drunk and acting rudely to her since.

Animal Shelter To Hold Volunteer Orientation

on July 24, 2017 - 4:50pm

Getting ready to take home Casey, her newly adopted dog from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter is Debra Doty-Newell, left, with her niece, Rebecca Newell. Casey is one of 19 animals adopted since July 1 from the Shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter is holding a Volunteer Orientation Session 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 in the Conference Room in Building 101 at Pajarito Cliffs, according to Shelter Manager Victoria Murphy.

Volunteers must be 18 or older and complete the Los Alamos County

Alejandro Gonzales Held On Probation Violation

on July 24, 2017 - 10:43am

Alejandro Gonzalez

Staff Report

A 21-year-old Espanola man who was granted a conditional discharge on a trafficking of a controlled substance charge and a suspended sentence for driving under the influence Feb. 20 in First Judicial District Court has been arrested by Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office under a bench warrant issued by Judge T. Glenn Ellington.

Alejandro Gonzalez was originally arrested Dec.

Warrant Issued For LANL Copper Thief

on July 24, 2017 - 9:00am

Staff Report 

A warrant was issued July 13 for Joshua J. Montoya, 23, of Espanola by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington after probation officials in Espanola indicated he failed to report to them after his conditional discharge May 24.

Montoya was originally arrested in July 2016 for stealing large amounts of copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Los Alamos Police Department and LANL officials confirmed with an Espanola company that it had purchased 2,709 pounds of copper and brass from Montoya and that he had been paid $3,474.

Montoya was finally bound over

Young Man Dies Rock Climbing Sunday In White Rock

on July 24, 2017 - 8:16am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department confirmed this morning that a young man died Sunday while rock climbing in White Rock.

Further details will be released shortly.


Shoplifting Suspect Nabbed

on July 24, 2017 - 7:55am

Jose Mascarenas of San Juan Pueblo

Staff Report

Jose Mascarenas, 41, of San Juan Pueblo is scheduled July 27 for a preliminary hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on charges of shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance. 

Mascarenas was arrested July 5 after loss prevention personnel at Smith’s Marketplace allegedly observed him take a packet of lighters from a display rack and conceal it in his back pocket.

Mascarenas was escorted to the loss prevention office where he was met by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson.

New Mexico State Police Starts Lateral Academy

on July 23, 2017 - 7:30am
NMSP News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico State Police Lateral Academy got underway July 16 in Santa Fe. 
Twenty officers from around the state were selected to attend the academy after meeting all qualifications during the stringent application process. 
The State Police Lateral Academy is an eight-week academy for certified police officers with at least two years of law enforcement experience. The lateral academy will equip these officers with the additional training required to become a New Mexico State Police Officer. 
New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said about the

Izraelevitz: Sheriff Investigate Corruption? Makes Absolutely No Sense

on July 21, 2017 - 7:05am
Los Alamos County Council

Corruption: dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers) (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

My fellow councilor Pete Sheehey has proposed a Council resolution to more expansively define the roles and responsibilities of the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office.

LAPD Dispatchers Are The Thin Gold Line

on July 20, 2017 - 11:11am

Consolidated Dispatch Center Shift Supervisor Wendy Strain goes through medical instructions Tuesday morning during a 911 call. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

LAPD Dispatcher Ruben Garcia sends emergency responders to the home of a 911 caller. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post
  • “There’s the thin blue line for police officers and the thin red line for firefighters ... dispatchers are the thin gold line …” –CDC Supervisor Kate Stoddard


When visitors stand in front of the small dark window in the foyer of the Los

Update: Police Dispatch Phones Are Back In Service

on July 20, 2017 - 9:43am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch reports that its telephones are back in service.

The phones were out of service for a short time this morning.

Police radios were not impacted by the outtage.

Police Dispatch Phones Temporarily Out Of Service

on July 20, 2017 - 8:16am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch is reporting that its telephones are temporarily out of service.

Radios are not impacted.

Residents can call 505.412.0735 for Dispatch. Service should be restored in approximately one hour.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 13 To July 17, 2017

on July 19, 2017 - 10:25am

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 against them.


July 13 at 7:52 a.m. / Police arrested Celso I. Ramos, 37, of Santa Cruz at 2500 Trinity Dr., on outstanding District Court and Magistrate Court warrants.




July 13 at 7:40 p.m. / Police arrested Malcom R. Torres, 23, of Santa Cruz in Los Alamos and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked license.





July 17 at 11:46

Hurtado Gets Five Years Probation For 13 Felonies

on July 19, 2017 - 10:14am

Rosalinda Hurtado


Los Alamos Daily Post

A 38-year-old Alcalde woman, Rosalinda Hurtado, has received five years of probation in First Judicial District Court on five cases from Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.

Hurtado was originally charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with 43 counts including forgery, fraud, identity theft, credit card theft and receiving stolen property. She also faced similar charges in Rio Arriba County and Santa Fe County.

Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist approved a global plea agreement June 30

Driver In Single-Vehicle Rollover Pleads Not Guilty

on July 19, 2017 - 6:10am

Staff Report

A 21-year-old Hernandez man involved in a July 9 single-vehicle rollover on Diamond Drive pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, speeding and open container Monday before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk.

Bobbyray Sisneros was arrested after Los Alamos Police and Fire Department personnel responded at 8 p.m. to the scene of the crash. Sisneros and his two passengers were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries.

Judge Kirk allowed Sisneros to remain free on conditions of release, which included reporting to the

Albuquerque Woman Sentenced To Prison For Federal Bank Robbery Conviction

on July 18, 2017 - 3:57pm
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Joleen Sedillo, 42, of Albuquerque was sentenced July 14 in federal court to 27 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for her conviction on bank robbery charges.
Sedillo and co-defendants Abel Lopez, 31, and William Colbert, 38, both of Albuquerque, were arrested in July 2016, on a criminal complaint charging them with bank robbery charges. The criminal complaint alleges that Sedillo, Lopez and Colbert robbed Bank of the West branches located at 5401 Central Ave. NE and 7900 Wyoming Blvd.

A Grateful Citizen Says Thanks

on July 18, 2017 - 12:41pm
Courtesy photo
By A Grateful Citizen
Los Alamos
I would like to take a minute to thank all of the first responders, County line crew staff, and emergency operations for their actions and responses during Sunday night's power failure.
The arc flash in the western area was impressive. It lit the sky like daylight for blocks. All that arrived on scene were focused and very professional. They listened to the concerns for our neighbors and verified that the situation was safe.
For a one inch feed line to arc on a clear dark night, it was most impressive.

LAPD Releases 2017 Second Quarter Crime Statistics

on July 17, 2017 - 7:54pm
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone
Los Alamos Daily Post

Crime statistics for Los Alamos County for the second quarter of 2017 were released today by Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. The report contains crimes against persons such as murder/homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault as well as crimes against property such as arson, burglary, larceny and auto theft.

This quarter’s report reflects two rapes and one aggravated assault. According to Cmdr. Preston Ballew, the two rape cases are still under investigation and no arrests have been made.

LAPD Officers In High Speed Chase

on July 14, 2017 - 6:45pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Officers were involved in a high speed pursuit Thursday afternoon, which ended in a Colorado man being apprehended in Nambe. Carl Johann Black, 37, of Colorado Springs faces several charges in connection with the chase.

It began around 1:45 p.m. when LAPD Dispatch notified Cpl. David Boe of a possible reckless driver in a silver mini-van traveling along Diamond Drive toward  the mesas.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 28 - July 11, 2017

on July 13, 2017 - 4:28pm

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.

July 5 / Philip Swazo, 28, of Santa Fe was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, operating without a chauffeur’s license, open container and failure to display current registration.

July 5 / Sherry Lynn Francisco, 57, of Harper, Texas, was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while