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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.

Sen. Candelaria Calls Upon Legislature to Fund Bullying Prevention Act

on August 28, 2014 - 7:37am

Sen. Jacob Candelaria

N.M. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE—In light of new state revenue projections, Sen. Jacob Candelaria D-26-Bernalillo renewed calls today for the state of New Mexico to fund student-centered, effective bullying prevention programs statewide.

“I was bullied growing up because I was different, so I can relate and understand the damage bullying can do to a child,” Candelaria said. “Our fundamental duty to New Mexico students requires that we stand up, speak out and support student and community efforts to eliminate bullying in our schools.”

This will mark the second year that

Former Sandia Scientist Pleads Guilty to Taking Government Property to China

on August 28, 2014 - 7:36am

Jianyu Huang

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Jianyu Huang, a scientist formerly employed by Sandia Corporation (Sandia) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), pleaded guilty Monday to making a false statement and unlawfully transporting converted government property in interstate and foreign commerce.

The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.

Huang, 46, a naturalized U.S.

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.

Yellowstone Supereruption Would Send Ash Across North America

on August 27, 2014 - 10:34am
An aerial flight over Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin in 2004 shows Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Geyser Crater, which drain into the nearby Firehole River. Courtesy/USGS
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the unlikely event of a volcanic supereruption at Yellowstone National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains would be blanketed in meters of ash, and millimeters would be deposited as far away as New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, according to a new study.
 
An improved computer model developed by the study’s authors finds that the hypothetical, large eruption would create a

Alert: Traffic Impact Expected As C-130 Airplane Travels by Flatbed to LANL Today

on August 27, 2014 - 8:08am

LANL News:

  • Traffic to be impacted during transport

Los Alamos National Laboratory will receive a C-130 airplane from Kirtland Air Force Base today and motorists traveling along the expected route from Albuquerque to Los Alamos should be aware that this transportation could cause traffic delays and adjust their schedules, or take an alternate route.

The plane, which is surplus from Kirtland Air Force Base, has been demilitarized and will be located at the Laboratory’s emergency response training area at Technical Area 49. The fuselage of the plane will be used for emergency response training

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

Elevated Heavy Rainfall Threat Through Tonight

on August 26, 2014 - 8:35am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a weather alert through late tonight.

Event:

  • Type – Heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding.
  • Timing – Late this morning through late tonight.
  • Location – Central and western New Mexico. Areas along the Continental Divide and the central mountain chain will be favored for heavy rainfall.

Key Impacts:

  • Stronger storms will produce heavy downpours with rain at rates near 1.5 inches per hour
  • An overall drier period the past couple weeks will help mitigate the chances for serious flash flooding, however the potential

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.

Alert: Main Hill Road Closed - Use Truck Route!

on August 25, 2014 - 3:55pm

News Alert:

The County just announced that the Main Hill Road (N.M. 502) is closed in both directions, near Anderson Overlook.

Los Alamos police and fire rescue crews are at the scene.

Evening commuters should use the truck route. No further details available yet on the status of the accident.

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.

Bear Spotted in Guaje Canyon

on August 25, 2014 - 11:59am
The X marks the location where a bear was spotted Sunday in Guaje Canyon. Image by Kei Davis
 
Staff Report
 
Early Sunday afternoon, walking up Guaje Canyon from the intersection of Guaje and Rendija canyons, Los Alamos resident Kei Davis and friends were startled by a very near repetitive scrabbling or scratching sound just to one side.  
 
Apparently they had startled a bear that had been drinking from the watercourse. The sound they heard was the bear climbing up a big Ponderosa about 25-feet from where they were standing.  
 
The bear was not the largest they've seen around the

DOE Dedicates New National Security Campus

on August 24, 2014 - 9:24am

National Security Campus in Kansas City. Courtesy/NNSA

DOE News:

  • New Facilities Are Part of NNSA's Effort to Transform Cold War Era Infrastructure into a 21st Century Nuclear Security Enterprise

KANSAS CITY – Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz was joined by the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, United States Air Force (Ret), U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver II and Vicky Hartzler, and other local officials Friday to officially dedicate the new National Security Campus in Kansas City.

As the manufacturer of non-nuclear components for

Wet Weather Slows Pino Fire Growth

on August 24, 2014 - 8:00am

SANTA FE – The lightning caused Pino Fire on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District is now estimated at 91 acres.

The fire, which is being managed for resource benefit, was slowed Friday due to wetting rains in the area most of the day. Some active fire behavior was observed in the heavy fuels. Fire crews continued to monitor behavior and made preparations to step up ignition operations next week if conditions allow.

There are no road closures due to the fire at this time.

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Aug. 25

on August 24, 2014 - 7:32am

COUNTY News:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150 or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:
As part of the pavement preservation effort, chip seal operations are underway on several streets in White Rock. Streets that will be chip sealed include Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court.

Overnight Crash Closes Truck Route All Day

on August 23, 2014 - 7:45pm

The truck route has been closed since 6 a.m. today, according to a guard at the scene. He explained that a woman crashed her vehicle into an electrical pole overnight, which knocked out power all day to the nearby mobile home park, Royal Crest at 2025 E. Jemez Road. He added that the woman was complaining of chest pain and trouble breathing following the crash and was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The guard did not know when power would be restored or the truck route reopened. Photo by Carol A.

WIPP: Samples Taken From Materials Surrounding Suspected Waste Drum In Underground Facility

on August 23, 2014 - 11:10am

Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Workers entered the underground facility to collect additional samples Aug. 15, in support of the Accident Investigation Board’s (AIB) ongoing investigation into the cause of the February radiological event at WIPP.

The AIB requested additional samples of the materials surrounding the waste drum that is the suspected source of the radiological release in Room 7 of Panel 7. The samples will be sent to offsite laboratories for analysis in an effort to further evaluate what types of material were released from the drum at the time of the event.

Another key component of

Udall Seeks To Protect Service Members From Abusive Loan Contracts

on August 23, 2014 - 4:58am

Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTONThursday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced that he and several colleagues sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, urging them to close a loophole in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) that leaves service members vulnerable to abusive loan contracts.

The letter follows a ProPublica report on USA Discounters, a business that appears to be using an FDCPA loophole to sue thousands of service members in a venue where they often

Cleanup Project Begins Near Upper Truck Route

on August 22, 2014 - 11:16am
A worker shovels dirt at the TA-61 soil cleanup site. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program has begun a legacy-contaminant soil cleanup project at the former Technical Area 61.

Located on the south side of East Jemez Road adjacent to the county landfill, the project began Aug. 11 and will last until mid-September. Crews will excavate about 120 cubic yards of soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are common in industrial sites, from a utility corridor where a leaking transformer was staged in the past.

The

DEA Publishing Final Rule Rescheduling Hydrocodone Combination Products

on August 22, 2014 - 9:02am

DEA News:

U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will publish in the Federal Register the Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II, as recommended by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and as supported by the DEA’s own evaluation of relevant data Aug. 22.

The Federal Register has made the Final Rule available for preview on its website at http://go.usa.gov/mc8d. This Final Rule imposes the regulatory controls and sanctions applicable to Schedule II

Positive Progress Made On Pino Fire

on August 22, 2014 - 8:46am

SFNF News:

The Pino Fire, which began as a lightning strike on the Jemez Ranger District is now at 83 acres.

Firing operations were conducted on the southeast and east flanks of the fire Thursday. The consumption of fuels was thorough and favorable. Some smoke lingered over the area due to diminished winds. 

The fire is being managed for resource benefit. The fire is allowed to burn naturally and selectively with site specific hand ignitions to manage the rate and direction of fire spread.

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