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LAPD Charges Kevin Medinger With Theft Of Gun, Cash

on January 19, 2018 - 8:37am

Kevin Medinger

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos police arrested Kevin Medinger, 32, Thursday morning and charged him with five felony counts in connection with the theft of a firearm and cash from a local residence.

According to documents filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court, the case was originally opened by Cpl. David Boe after he received a report that a Smith & Wesson .38 special revolver was missing from an Orange Street residence where Medinger did odd jobs for the victim.

New Mexico Legislature Adopts Comprehensive, Updated Harassment Policy

on January 19, 2018 - 7:48am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, the bipartisan effort to update the New Mexico Legislature’s harassment policy was adopted unanimously by the Legislative Council.
 
The policy ensures that training is regularly provided to legislators and staff, that individuals who have experienced harassment have a clear process to follow for reporting of harassment without fear of personal or political retribution, and that every complaint brought forward is addressed swiftly and fairly.
 
An initial draft of the policy was presented at the Legislative Council meeting in December 2017. The public

FBI Offers Reward For Belen Bank Robber

on January 19, 2018 - 7:48am
Bank robbery suspect. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A man who covered his face with a black bandana that had a skull pattern on it robbed a bank in Belen Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 and fled in a white four-door sedan.
 
The suspect was described as approximately 5'8" to 5'10" tall, with a slim build. He wore sunglasses, dark gloves, a black hooded sweatshirt with a dark blue jacket over it, dark pants, and dark shoes. He wore a hood over his head and concealed his face with a black bandana with a white skull pattern.
 
The suspect entered US Bank, 620 W.

Fall Risk Screening & Assessment Feb. 10

on January 19, 2018 - 7:36am

NNSA Collaborates With Global Healthcare Company To Complete Conversion Of Mo-99 Production To LEU-Based Process

on January 19, 2018 - 7:35am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Wednesday announced that Curium, a global healthcare company, has completed the conversion of its molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU).
 
This conversion to LEU represents a key milestone in the global effort to end the use of HEU in Mo-99 production. Mo-99 is the most widely used medical radioisotope for nuclear imaging and is used in approximately 40,000 patient procedures daily in the United States.
 

Construction On N.M. 502 Shoulder Begins Tuesday

on January 18, 2018 - 3:04pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities has announced that crews with its electric distribution division will begin construction activities on the north shoulder of N.M. 502, just west of Camino Entrada. 

Weather permitting, work may begin Tuesday, Jan. 23 and continue through the month of February. 

 Working 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, crews will be upgrading equipment in the area to improve electric reliability for the adjacent neighborhoods. 

The project footprint is limited to the shoulder and should have minimal impacts on traffic. 

New Mexico State Police Respond To Fatal Helicopter Crash Of Five People East Of Raton

on January 18, 2018 - 12:55pm

NMSP News:
RATON Around 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in Raton, New Mexico Police Department (RPD) dispatch contacted New Mexico State Police regarding a call of a downed helicopter.
 
RPD received a 911 call from a victim in the crash who reported the incident. The victim informed dispatch there were six people aboard the helicopter when it crashed. The caller reported three were injured and the other three unaccounted for. The exact location of the crash was uncertain.
 
Area law enforcement, including New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and Colfax County Sheriff's

Surveillance Video Shows Thieves Robbing County Facility ... Police Ask Public For Help Identifying Them

on January 18, 2018 - 12:12pm
Thief number 1 in action robbing a county facility Jan. 8 in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAPD
 
Thief number 2 stealing a wheelbarrow full of chainsaws Jan. 8 from a county facility. Courtesy/LAPD
 
Watch video of thieves in action:
 
LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identities of two suspects in a local burglary case of a county facility.

LAPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male suspects as seen in the surveillance footage.

LAPD is offering a reward of up to $400 to anyone who has information on the

Pearce On DOJ And DHS New Security Report

on January 18, 2018 - 10:30am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security issued a new report showing an overview of how many convicted terrorists entered the United States through the nation’s flawed homeland security policies:
 
“We can all agree that our policies to keep the border and our homeland secure has significant flaws. It doesn’t reflect life in the 21st Century and Congress has a job to change it.

FBI Seeks Public Aid Regarding Sticky Finger Bandit

on January 17, 2018 - 5:28pm
FBI News:

The Wheat Ridge and Arvada Police Departments, and the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force are investigating a series of bank robberies in Colorado.

The suspect, who may have traveled to New Mexico, has been dubbed the “Sticky Finger Bandit.” In each robbery, he presented a threatening demand note and fled on foot. The suspect has not yet displayed a weapon in his robberies. In one instance the suspect wore a wig, and in another instance he wrapped adhesive bandages around his fingertips.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 25 years of age, approximately 5’6” –

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10 – Jan. 15, 2018

on January 17, 2018 - 2:45pm

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.

JACOB ROMERO

Jan. 10 at 11:55 p.m. / Police arrested Jacob Romero, 32, of Alcalde in Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

ALLAN L. HOULE

Jan. 12 at 5:07 p.m. / Police arrested Allan L. Houle, 30, of Los Alamos in Santa Fe on an outstanding District Court Warrant.

 

CHARLES J. STERBA

Jan. 13 at 933 a.m. / Police arrested Charles J.

Governor Honors Ofc. Simpson Whose Badge Saved His Life When A Criminal Fired A Gun At His Chest

on January 16, 2018 - 6:36pm

Gov. Susana Martinez honors State Police Officer Dwayne Simpson today at the opening of the 30-Day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. She held up his damaged badge and explained that during an August traffic stop, Ofc. Simpson encountered William Wilson, a criminal who had been in and out of prison 16 times for various offenses: aggravated burglary, committing a crime with a firearm, resisting arrest, parole violations and drug charges.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Sues To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality

on January 16, 2018 - 1:56pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General

SANTA FE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

“Today we are taking aggressive legal action to stop the illegal rollback of net neutrality protections because New Mexico already struggles to

UC Rep Faces Tough Questions From Coalition Chair

on January 15, 2018 - 11:23am

UC Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil speaks to RCLC Board members Friday at Okway Owingeh Casino Resort Hotel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

University of California Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil told Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board members during its meeting Friday at Ohkay Owingeh Casino Resort Hotel that circumstances on the ground are much better at Los Alamos National Laboratory since the incident in 2014 that caused the closure of the Waste Isolation

Houle Sentenced Following Complicated Hearing

on January 15, 2018 - 8:01am

Allan Houle is taken into custody Dec.11 for transportation to the Los Alamos Detention Center following sentencing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sentencing for Allan Houle under a plea agreement was finally held Jan. 11 before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in Santa Fe after two previous postponements due to the judge’s concerns about inconsistencies in plea agreements.

Judge Marlowe Sommer reviewed a plea agreement for Houle Sept.

Luján And Schakowsky Push Data Analytics Company For Answers Following Significant Data Breach

on January 15, 2018 - 8:00am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) last week sent a letter to the computer software and data analytics company Alteryx after it was disclosed in December that the company failed to properly secure sensitive consumer data and accidentally exposed personal information affecting 123 million American households.
 
The data breach by Alteryx comes after a series of high profile data breaches including the disclosure of consumer data by the credit reporting agency Equifax and the ride-share

Sig Hecker Appears On 60 Minutes Tonight

on January 14, 2018 - 6:22am

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker

COMMUNITY News:

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Sig Hecker is scheduled to appear in an interview on 60 Minutes at 7 p.m., ET/PT today, Jan. 14.

Hecker has visited North Korea seven times and will discuss his perception of the county's nuclear program.

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Closure Announced

on January 13, 2018 - 8:20am
FOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The plan to close California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, at the end of its current operating lease was approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission.
 
Pacific Gas and Electric, Friends of the Earth, and other environmental and labor organizations reached a historic agreement in 2016 to shut down the two reactors at Diablo Canyon and replace them with renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage. Thursday’s decision makes a nuclear-free California one step closer.
 
In response to the decision, Damon Moglen, Senior

FBI: Man In Under Armour Jacket Or Sweatshirt Robs Albuquerque Bank Thursday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:18am
Anyone with information about this man should call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a black Under Armour jacket or sweatshirt robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday Jan. 11, and fled in a dark sport utility vehicle.
 
The suspect was described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, approximately 6' tall, with a heavy build. He wore sunglasses, a black Under Armour jacket or sweatshirt, a black beanie, and dark pants and shoes.
 
At approximately 1:55 p.m., the suspect walked into Los Alamos National Bank, at 7445 Pan American Fwy NE.

LAPD: Flashing Red Light Stop Signs On School Buses Mean Motorists Must Stop

on January 12, 2018 - 2:11pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has recently received several complaints from Los Alamos Public School’s Transportation Division and parents, about motorist running the flashing red-light stop signs attached to the school buses.

LAPD would like to remind all motorist of New Mexico State Statute (66-7-347) and Los Alamos County Ordinance (38-290) that state all motorists traveling either direction approaching a bus with its flashing red lights activated, must come to a complete stop at least 10 feet prior to the bus.

FBI: Jicarilla Apache Man Pleads Guilty To Abuse

on January 12, 2018 - 7:55am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Zachary Wilson, 27, an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation who resides in Dulce, pled guilty Tuesday morning in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to sexual abuse charges. 
 
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Wilson will be sentenced within the range of 24 to 36 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Wilson also will be required to register as a sex offender.
 
Wilson was arrested May 1, 2017, on a two-count indictment charging him with sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact July 30, 2016, on the

SABRE: Top Five Reasons To Carry Pepper Spray

on January 12, 2018 - 6:42am
SABRE News:
 
January is National Personal Self Defense Awareness Month, and SABRE – a pepper spray used by police and consumers worldwide – is dedicated to educating citizens on the importance of realistic self-defense options. 
 
Unfortunately, no matter how proactive you are, there’s still a chance of a worst-case scenario – which is why it’s so important to have a self-defense tool on hand. SABRE has a product for every lifestyle, including the Quick Release Key RingPen Pepper Spray and Lipstick Pepper Spray models.
 
Top Five Reasons to Carry Pepper Spray:
  • Protection at a safe

U.S. Senate Can Force Vote On Net Neutrality

on January 12, 2018 - 6:34am
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey has announced that his resolution of disapproval on the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules has reached 30 cosponsors, allowing him to force a vote on the Senate floor under the Congressional Review Act.
 
CREDO’s petition calling on members of Congress to support the resolution has now been signed by more than 194,000 people.

The petition, which can be found here, reads:
 
"Save net neutrality. Support the joint resolution of disapproval overturning the FCC's reversal of the 2015 Open Internet rules."
 
About CREDO Action
 

RSF: China Among Worst Free Speech Predators

on January 12, 2018 - 6:27am
RSF News:
 
As the Chinese government tries to project the image of a modern, powerful nation with a great future for French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that China is one of the world’s worst countries as regards respect for the freedom to inform.
 
President Xi Jinping is receiving Macron with great fanfare, and hopes that little attention will be paid to the delicate issue of the systematic human rights violations on which his rule is based. RSF nonetheless reminds all concerned that China is ranked very near the bottom of the RSF World

Attorney General On Western Mortgage Settlement

on January 12, 2018 - 6:12am
AG News:
 
CLOVIS  The New Mexico Office of Attorney General and Western Mortgage, a Clovis New Mexico business, have agreed to resolve a dispute regarding Western Mortgage’s past mortgage origination.
 
Western Mortgage, which is not a licensed mortgage lender, has stopped originating mortgages and has agreed to refrain from doing so in an Assurance of Discontinuance with the Office of the Attorney General.

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