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LAPD Nabs Fugitive

on July 1, 2017 - 8:26am

Staff Report

Police arrested a fugitive from justice from Kalamazoo, Mich. Thursday morning in Los Alamos. Ericks Alfons Hausmanis is wanted in Michigan on a felony charge of failure to pay child support and desertion/abandonment/nonsupport.

A statement of probable cause filed in Los Alamos Court by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jaime Gonzales states that he was called to the Smith’s Gas Station when Cmdr. Preston Ballew requested a second unit on the scene. Ballew reportedly knew Hausmanis from prior contact and was aware that he had a warrant from Michigan.

Hausmanis was transported to the Los

Patrick Barela Arrested For Possession Of Three Grams Of Marijuana

on July 1, 2017 - 7:22am

Patrick I. Barela

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police arrested Patrick I. Barela, 21, of Truchas June 22 and charged him with distribution/possession with the intent to distribute three grams of marijuana, first offense.

A request for a search warrant filed by Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking June 15 alleges that he set up a controlled purchase of marijuana from Barela in April. The request states that in texts between  Barela and a confidential informant, Barela referenced a “dub”, which Wolking said in his experience refers to $20 worth of narcotics, specifically marijuana.

State Police Investigation Into Prison Narcotics Smuggling Leads To Arrest Of John Aragon

on July 1, 2017 - 6:49am
NMSP News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Corrections contacted the New Mexico State Police to investigate allegations that an employee was illegally taking narcotics into the State Prison facility in Santa Fe in return for financial compensation from outside sources.
The employee was a corrections officer identified as John Aragon, 60, of Albuquerque.
Aragon was allegedly responsible for transporting narcotics inside the facility and passing the narcotics on to inmates.

Scenes From Safety Town Graduation

on June 30, 2017 - 2:47pm

Safety Town graduates sing for their family and friends Friday at Mountain School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Safety Town graduates in their police hats today at Mountain School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus addresses parents and families of Safety Town graduates today at Mountain School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone addresses Safety Town graduates and their famililes at today's graduation.

State Police Launch Checkpoint Patrols Saturday

on June 29, 2017 - 12:14pm
NMSP News:
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of July 2017.
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

FOS Volunteers Raid Los Alamos Animal Shelter

on June 29, 2017 - 8:15am

Friends of the Shelter volunteer Wendee Brunish boxes up harnesses for removal from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter as Shelter Manager Victoria Murphy looks on. Brunish said the harnesses were purchased by FOS at the request of FOS volunteers for their use. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Friends of the Shelter Board President Wendee Brunish unlocks Bucky, the donation dog, to remove him Tuesday from the Animal  Shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Friends of the Shelter volunteer Mary Timmers, left, is assisted by Los Alamos Animal Shelter manager Victoria Murphy Tuesday as

LAPD Holds Active Shooter Training: ‘Run, Hide, Fight’

on June 28, 2017 - 6:47pm

Los Alamos Police Officers  Sgt. Chris Ross, left, Cpl. Jack Casias and Sgt. Daniel Roberts teach an Active Shooter class today at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The instructors taught to the phrase ‘Run, Hide, Fight’, telling people to run if they can, hide if they are stuck, and if the shooter finds you, then fight with whatever you can from hot coffee to sharp pencils. LAPD already has taught this class to Los Alamos Public Schools staff as well as at Zia Credit Union, the Los Alamos Teen Center and various Los Alamos National Laboratory buildings.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 21 To 23, 2017

on June 28, 2017 - 3:32pm

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.​


June 21 / Desiree Nitz, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.


June 21 / David Rael, 39, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.


June 22 / Patrick Barela, 21, of Espanola was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.


Anthony Knief Bound Over On 20 Of 27 Charges

on June 28, 2017 - 3:08pm

Det. Ryan Wolking, left, Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez and Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist chat after the June 11 preliminary hearing for Anthony Knief in Los Alamos Magistrate Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Staff Report

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados has bound Anthony Knief over to District Court on 20 of 27 drug-related charges related to his arrest in March during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep by Los Alamos Police Department. Casados made her decision following a lengthy preliminary hearing June 22 and testimony by Det. Sgt.

State Police Officer Involved Shooting In Rowe

on June 27, 2017 - 11:58am
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting, which occurred around 1:15 Monday in Rowe, N.M. 
This incident stemmed from a 911 call that originated around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Pecos, N.M. The call reported a male subject near Griego's Market stated he was armed and homicidal.
New Mexico State Police officers responded to the call in Pecos. However, responding officers did not locate the alleged suspect near Griego's Marget. Officers remained in the area and a short time later heard gun shots being fired close by.

Letter To The Editor: Don't Let Shelter Animals Suffer

on June 27, 2017 - 9:44am
Los Alamos
It is a true shame that the Friends of the Shelter and the County could not come to terms (link).
The level of help and support that FOS has provided to the shelter, and to the animals housed there, is immeasurable.

LAPD And Friends Of The Shelter Part Ways

on June 26, 2017 - 5:57pm
A dog at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter looking dapper in a snazzy bowtie. Courtesy/Don Taylor Photography
Los Alamos Daily Post


The Board of Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter late last week announced the indefinite suspension of its volunteer program in support of the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

A statement released to local media says the Board feels this is an appropriate time for the Friends to “focus exclusively on assisting privately-owned companion animals and their families and private rescue organizations, including groups such as Dew Paws

Police Chief Reads To Kids During Safety Town Today

on June 26, 2017 - 4:59pm

Los Alamos Police Police Chief Dino Sgambellone reads Safety Town books to this year's upcoming Kindergarteners today at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Chris Clark/

Chief Dino Sgambellone reads Safety Town books today at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Chris Clark/

LAPD brings out its robots to show the kids. Photo by Chris Clark/

LAPD robots on display. Photo by Chris Clark/

Kids wait their turn to get in the front seat of an LAPD car to learn about the internal operations of a police car. Photo by Chris

Wardlow Herrera Wins Charity Boxing Bout By TKO

on June 25, 2017 - 5:45pm

Ceiling lights form a halo over Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera as he makes Los Alamos proud Saturday night fighting in Rumble 911, a charity event to raise money for Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte. He won his heavyweight bout against Freddy Martinez of the Santa Fe Fire Department in three rounds by Technical Knockout. Photo by JoAnna O'Neill

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera and his son Jordan, center, greet supporters prior to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Fe/Del Norte 911 Rumble Saturday evening at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.

Man Who Robbed Mother And Children At Gunpoint In Albuquerque Smith’s Parking Lot Gets 20 Year Sentence

on June 25, 2017 - 9:06am

Lloyd Aguilar


ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas and Second Judicial District Attorney Rául Torrez announced Friday that Lloyd Aguilar was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised probation for robbing a mother and her three children at gunpoint in a Smith’s parking lot on the Westside of Albuquerque.

Aguilar was convicted by a Bernalillo County jury March 17, 2017 after a weeklong trial. The case was jointly prosecuted by the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General and Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

“I am

Los Alamos Public Safety Association Raises Funds For Educational Scholarships

on June 24, 2017 - 4:58pm

From left, Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Det. Daniel Roberts chat with local archery instructor Mike O'Neill Friday evening at the Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo By Carol A. Clark/

Ty Morris, 9, and Sierra Morris, 6, with the bike being raffled by LAPSA to raise funds for scholarships. Photo By Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Public Safety Association (LAPSA) is conducting a raffle for six prizes including a Coleman Trail200 gas-powered mini-bike and helmet.

Tickets are $10 each and are available for purchase at the Friday

Paul Geisik Charged With Aggravated Assault

on June 24, 2017 - 12:35pm

Paul F. Geisik
Los Alamos Daily Post


Paul F. Geisik, 23, of Los Alamos has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following an incident June 19 in which he allegedly brandished a handgun at another driver.

Los Alamos Poice Cpl. Michael Weiss responded to a complaint that a white BMW convertible was being driven recklessly on San Ildefonso Road and that the driver was brandishing a revolver handgun.

When Weiss reached the area, he found the white convertible pulling onto San Ildefonso Road and conducted a vehicle stop.

Cajete Fire Investigation Targets Abandoned Campfire Violator And Unauthorized Drone Operator

on June 22, 2017 - 4:53pm
Trees ravaged in the Cajete Fire caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton,
Cajete Fire devastation caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton,
Los Alamos Daily Post

When some 40 residents of Jemez Mountain communities attended their final meeting with Cajete Fire officials Tuesday night in La Cueva, they expressed relief and gratitude for the containment of the fire without loss of human life, animals or damage to homes.

LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris Expresses Appreciation To New Mexico ICAC Task Force

on June 22, 2017 - 4:47pm
Cmdr. Oliver Morris 
By Maire O’Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris expressed his appreciation Tuesday for the dedication and determination of members of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
Cmdr. Morris’s comments followed the conviction of a Los Alamos man, David Rael, Monday on five counts of sexual exploitation of children resulting from an ICAC investigation.
Morris was the law enforcement case lead and testified during the June 15-16 trial as well as former Special Agent Lance Fails, Albuquerque Police Det. C.J.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 18-20, 2017

on June 22, 2017 - 4:32pm

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.​


June 18 / Carlos L. Trujillo, 20, of Santa was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction.

June 18 / Paul F. Geisik, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.





June 19 / Coleman Smith, 60, of Los Alamos was arrested on a Municipal Court warrant.




Man With Gun At Smith's: Legal Details Matter

on June 22, 2017 - 4:27pm
Los Alamos 

The other day, the Daily Post carried a short story about a man being reported to the police for having a gun in Smith's (link). Although I'm pretty sure that even hate tatoos are protected by the First Amendment, and it turns out it was a pellet gun, its understandable that this gentleman raised suspicion but the bigger issue here is the law and there is state law that addresses this specific situation.

Thinking only of the supermarket part of the store, I was wondering what actually happened as the Daily Post story was short on details.

Community Honors Undersheriff John N. Horne

on June 22, 2017 - 9:12am

A long line of law enforcement vehicles follow the remains of Los Alamos County Undersheriff John N. Horne Wednesday morning to Calvary Chapel on North Mesa Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Law enforcement honor guard salute as the remains of Undersheriff John N. Horne arrive Wednesday morning at Calvary Chapel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Sheriff Marco Lucero at Calvary Chapel Wednesday prior to services for Los Alamos County Undersheriff John N. Horne. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Honor guards stand at attention as the remains of Undersheriff John N.

Public Addressing: Can Emergency Responders Find You In An Emergency?

on June 21, 2017 - 4:37pm


It’s a serious matter facing communities across the country - and Los Alamos is no different: numerous homes and businesses are poorly marked or not marked at all with their street address, making it a real challenge for emergency services to answer a call for assistance.

The Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments are working together to provide the community with education that can help remedy the situation this summer, while the weather is nice and property owners are making outdoor improvements.

Think your home is already marked adequately? Try this simple test:

Stand at

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Wardlow Herrera To Fight In 911 Rumble At Buffalo Thunder Saturday

on June 21, 2017 - 7:54am

LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, wins his match against Manny Gallegos during a charity fight in March in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/

LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera with his son Jordan following his winning fight in March at Rumble in Rio in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera will put his gloves on again Saturday night at Buffalo Thunder for 911 Rumble, a charity boxing event to raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs in Northern New Mexico.

Search And Rescue Mission For Paris Shane Wallace

on June 20, 2017 - 7:47am
NMSP News:
TAOS – On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, New Mexico State Police officers were contacted by Mitzi Wallace of Clifton, Colo., who wanted to report her husband was missing. She stated her husband, Paris Shane Wallace, 52, had gone hiking in the Espanola/Taos area. Her last contact with him was around 11:30 a.m. the day prior, June 13. She stated she expected him to be home June 14.
Mitzi Wallace stated that her husband had checked into The Roadway Inn in Espanola. She had called the hotel asking if they could check his room to see if there was any sign of him.