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LAFD Assists Resident in Need of Medical Help

on April 26, 2012 - 9:11am

Los Alamos Firefighters are called out on medical emergencies at all times of the day and night throughout White Rock and Los Alamos. Early this morning, firefighters and paramedics responded to a call to help a person feeling unwell on Aster Street near Yarrow in White Rock. Fire officials said the ailment did not appear life threatening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladaily/post.com

Local Detectives Collecting Unused Prescription Drugs Saturday

on April 24, 2012 - 5:06pm

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. April 28 in the Los Alamos Medical Center Parking lot, detectives from the Los Alamos Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The event provides a safe way for the general public to deposit expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and also to prevent pill abuse and theft.

"This is a great opportunity for those who missed last year's event, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications," Sgt. Det.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 12 to April 18, 2012

on April 23, 2012 - 6:51pm

The following information was 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.

April 12 at 9:46 a.m. / Los Alamos National Laboratory reported that it was the victim of larceny in the 800 block of Mesita Del Buy. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

 

 

 

CHRIS QUINTANA

April 12 at 8:07 p.m. / police arrested Chris Quintana, 42, of Los Alamos on Ridgeway Drive on an outstanding Municipal Court Warrant.

April 15 at 10:53 a.m.

Crash Shuts Down Main Hill Road Today

on April 22, 2012 - 9:56pm

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Traffic Homicide Investigations Team processes the scene of a collision near Anderson Overlook late this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Following a two-vehicle crash on the Main Hill Road about 4 p.m. today, Santa Fe County Sheriff' deputies charged the driver of a silver 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle with DWI, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving and driving without a license.

Lt. Joe McLaughlin said that Peter M. Padilla, 47, of El Prado was airlifted to CHRISTUS St.

Vehicle Plows into McDonalds

on April 21, 2012 - 9:38am

A vehicle crashed into the front wall of McDonald's at 1247 Trinity Dr. this morning. People were sitting at tables eating on the other side of the wall where the impact occurred. Employees said no one was injured and that they believe the 95-year-old driver was parked and he inadvertently put the car in drive rather than reverse and stepped on the accelerator when attempting to leave the restaurant. The driver was not cited because the accident occurred on private property, Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Employees clean up broken glass and

ESGR Honors Local Police Department

on April 19, 2012 - 1:24pm

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) honored the Los Alamos Police Department at a ceremony today at the Albuquerque National Guard for practicing personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve. From left, Police Chief Wayne Torpy, ESGR State Field Chair Raymond Battaglini, Gov. Susana Martinez and Los Alamos Police Ofc. Daniel Roberts who nominated the LAPD for the award. Photo by Sharon Stover

Luján Offers Bipartisan Legislation to Address Fire Hazards in National Forests

on April 19, 2012 - 10:53am

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District introduced legislation to help protect national forests from wildfires while creating jobs in local communities.

The Forest Stewardship and Fire Fuels Reduction Act of 2012 is a 10-year reauthorization of a federal program that funds efforts to reduce overgrown vegetation in forests that contributes to the intensity and devastation of wildfires. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona.

“Last year our national forests were devastated by wildfires.

Driver in Staged Crash Faces the Judge

on April 19, 2012 - 8:52am

A teenage driver faces Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados for sentencing following the "Every 15 Minutes" staged crash in which four youth were injured and another died at the scene created at Los Alamos High School Wednesday morning. Photo by Jenn Bartram

The student driver with his made up facial lacerations faces the judge during the courtroom scene. Photo by Jenn Bartram

The teen driver's parents also participated in the mock courtroom scene. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Careflight pilots arrive at Los Alamos High School to transport a "critically" wounded teen passenger from one

Staged Crash at LAHS Drives Home Distracted Driving Dangers

on April 18, 2012 - 1:43pm

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

An emotionally charged emergency-response exercise involving a staged crash in which five students were injured and a sixth student died at the scene took place this morning at Los Alamos High School.

The vehicular accident was staged in the faculty parking lot as part of the "Every 15 Minutes" program.

"Every 15 minutes" is a national initiative that uses staged crashes, emergency-response scenarios, and discussion to educate and remind students and adults about the many dangers associated with driving while impaired or texting.

Los Alamos police

Emergency-Response Exercise Involving a Staged Crash is Underway at LAHS

on April 18, 2012 - 1:37pm

 

 

Please be aware that an emergency-response exercise involving a vehicular accident will take place from approximately 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. today in the faculty parking lot at Los Alamos High School, as part of the "Every 15 Minutes" program.

"Every 15 minutes"is a national initiative that uses staged crashes, emergency-response scenarios, and discussion to educate and remind students —and adults—about the many dangers associated with driving while impaired or texting.

Los Alamos police and fire departments are participating in the exercise, along with Careflight, a critical care

ALERT: An Emergency-Response Exercise Involving a Staged Crash is Underway at LAHS Today

on April 17, 2012 - 11:09pm

Please be aware that an emergency-response exercise involving a vehicular accident will take place from approximately 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. today in the faculty parking lot at Los Alamos High School, as part of the "Every 15 Minutes" program.

"Every 15 minutes" is a national initiative that uses staged crashes, emergency-response scenarios, and discussion to educate and remind students —and adults—about the many dangers associated with driving while impaired or texting.

Los Alamos police and fire departments are participating in the exercise, along with Careflight, a critical care transport

Wildfire 2012 Featured Public Safety Tips

on April 16, 2012 - 9:05am

Snow fell Saturday during the Wildfire 2012 public information event at the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue. Officials from Los Alamos County Emergency Management, Los Alamos Fire Department, Bandelier Fire Department, Valle Caldera Fire Department, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Forest Service were among the agencies on hand to answer questions and provide the public with safety information related to this year's upcoming fire season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

During Saturday's Wildfire 2012 event, a crowd gathered around a Simtable owned by

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

on April 16, 2012 - 8:22am

The following information was 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.

 

April 6 at 1:45 p.m. / Police charged Kendall Frye, 44, of Los Alamos with battery against a household member in the 800 block of Aster Street and issued him a summons to appear in Magistrate Court.    

April 6 at 3:07 p.m. / A 28-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 800 block of 9th Street. The estimated loss is more than $500.

JERRED MARTINEZ

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

on April 13, 2012 - 11:47am

Wildfire 2012 - Tomorrow!

Don't forget to drop by the Community Building on 20th Street to check out all of the information tables - lots of information about creating defensible space around your home, and much more! It's open from 1 to 5 p.m. and hosted by LAFD. There will not be a panel discussion but the public can ask lots of questions of the officials in attendance. Read the list of exhibits and learn more here: http://www.losalamosnm.us/news/Pages/Wildfire2012SaturdayApril14.aspx

It's Spring! Must be time for Budget Season, too!

The County Council will begin holding budget

Suspicious Item at Lab Determined to be Duct Tape and Wire

on April 10, 2012 - 1:51pm

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailynews.com

Emergency responders descended on the area near the parking garage next to Technical Area 3 at Los Alamos National Laboratory a few minutes ago.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lab security, the hazardous devices team and local police and fire personnel surrounded the area where a suspicious item was spotted and reported to officials.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

After securing the area, authorities determined that the item was simply duct tape wrapped in wire. 

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The all clear was

Update to Loope Story

on April 10, 2012 - 9:52am

Marion Loope

Staff report

Marion Loope, 28, of Los Alamos is back in the Los Alamos Detention Center after her short stay at St. Vincent’s Hospital following a suicide attempt.

She has been incarcerated since her arrest in November on a District Court warrant for failure to comply with conditions of the court stemming from an October arrest.

The judge denied Loope’s request for release at a District Court hearing Thursday.

She was placed in ICU when first entering the hospital.

“I’m glad she was taken care of and is ok,” Capt. Randy Foster said.

Loope has had several incidents

Public's Help Sought in Bank Robberies

on April 10, 2012 - 7:46am

Suspect wanted in Santa Fe bank robberies. Courtesy/FBI

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who is now a suspect in the April 2 robbery of the US Bank branch located at 3787 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

The unidentified man may also be connected to the robberies of three other banks in Santa Fe this year.

Suspect captured on a surveilance camera is wanted in the Santa Fe bank robberies. Courtesy/FBI

During all four robberies, the robber has worn a dark jacket with a hood, dark ski mask and rubber gloves.

He also displayed a handgun.

Inmate Returns to Jail Following Suicide Attempt

on April 9, 2012 - 11:53pm

By Carol A. Clark

St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe today released the 28-year-old woman who attempted suicide in her cell at the Los Alamos Detention Center just past midnight Sunday.

Marion Loope of Los Alamos has been incarcerated since her arrest in November on a District Court warrant for failure to comply with conditions of the court.

She had been out on bond following an Oct. 4 incident at Los Alamos Medical Center in which she was charged with two felonies – battery on a health care worker and criminal damage to property.

The judge denied Loope’s request for release at a District

FBI Asks Public's Help in Locating Suspect

on April 9, 2012 - 10:58pm

FBI News:

Perfinna King

The FBI and Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations are looking for a suspect in connection with the April 6 stabbing and shooting of a Navajo woman in Ojo Amarillo, on the Navajo Indian reservation near Farmington.

Perfinna King, 32, of the Navajo Nation, is wanted on federal charges.

King is suspected in the stabbing and shooting of a 33-year-old woman whose identity is not being released at this time.

The woman was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center.

King should be considered armed and dangerous.

King is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 165

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 29 to April 4, 2012

on April 9, 2012 - 10:38pm

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.

DANNY SALAZAR

March 29 at 11:20 a.m. / Police arrested Danny Salazar, 35, of Espanola on Trinity Drive on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant for unknown charges.

March 29 at 9:36 p.m. / A 91-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny on Oppenheimer Drive. The estimated loss is $9,000.

March 29 at 10 p.m.

BREAKING NEWS: Local Inmate Attempts Suicide

on April 8, 2012 - 2:08pm

A woman incarcerated in the Los Alamos County Detention Center apparently attempted to commit suicide in her cell overnight.

“We had a suicide attempt in the jail last night of a young lady,” Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said. “We called for an ambulance just after midnight and she was initially transported to Los Alamos Medical Center and subsequently transported to St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe.”

The 28-year-old Los Alamos woman was arrested Oct.

National Dispatchers Week Begins Today

on April 8, 2012 - 12:32pm

Los Alamos Dispatch Shift Supervisor Wendy Strain confers with Cpl. Chris Ross Friday at the Consolidated Dispatch Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

 

They are the voice on the line when you dial 911 for help.

They are the unseen first responders – working behind the scenes every day as an integral part of the public safety net in Los Alamos – assisting police, fire and emergency medical personnel to respond quickly to your needs.

This week the nation is honoring its 911 dispatchers for the vital service they provide to their communities.

Dispatch Shift

Local Doctor Arrested on Multiple Charges

on April 6, 2012 - 9:40am

Pavel Mourachov

By Carol A. Clark

Police arrested Dr. Pavel V. Mourachov of Los Alamos Wednesday evening and charged him with assault on a peace officer, DWI and resisting/evading/obstructing officers during his arrest.

A call from a family member came into police dispatch at 7:35 p.m. reporting that Mourachov, 40, may be suicidal.

The dispatch operator advised Corporal Adam R. Jung and Ofc. Robert Stephens that Mourachov, a urologist at Los Alamos Medical Center, had made statements that he was suicidal and was willing to commit “suicide by cop.”

Dispatch also advised the responding

White Rock Loses Power During Monday's Storm - Power Now Restored to Remaining Customers on Piedra Loop

on April 3, 2012 - 11:18am

Power lines from a toppled power pole lay across the fence of a home near Piedra Loop and Piedra Drive Monday night. County crews and Los Alamos police used their vehicles as shields to protect motorists from driving into the downed wires, which were strewn across the roadway. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Heavy snow accumulation on power lines during Monday evening’s storm caused a three-phase power pole to go down near the intersection of Piedra Drive and Piedra Loop in White Rock. Power was lost at 8:40 p.m.

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