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Stabbing Suspect Has Prior Arrests

on November 9, 2017 - 2:30pm
By Maire O'Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

Andrea Rivera, 30, will remain in the Los Alamos Detention Center until a Nov. 14 hearing to determine whether she will be held without bond pending trial. She has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

The charges relate to an incident Friday evening, Nov.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Keynote Address At Cyber Security Conference

on November 9, 2017 - 7:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich delivers the keynote address Nov. 8 at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich honored at Nov. 8 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a keynote speech at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S.

CDC: Be Prepared To Stay Safe And Healthy In Winter

on November 9, 2017 - 7:23am

CDC News:

Though winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

Take These Steps for Your Home

Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

Winterize your home

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check

New Mexicans Deliver Methane Comments To Local BLM Offices Around State

on November 9, 2017 - 7:17am
BLM News:
 
On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, faith and elected leaders joined parents, grandparents, scientists and other New Mexicans to deliver comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices.
 
The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.
 
“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy.

UNM-LA Instructor Receives Federal Grant

on November 9, 2017 - 6:53am
UNM-LA faculty member Kristy Nadler has received a grant to study reducing sexual violence on college campuses. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Kristy Nadler, adjunct faculty of psychology and of University Studies at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), was recently awarded a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The OVW grant to “Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus” provides $300,000 over three years to organize effective sexual misconduct prevention, education, and response for the UNM-LA

FBI: Man Wearing Wig, Make-up And Fake Nose Robs Albuquerque Bank

on November 9, 2017 - 6:47am

Suspected thief. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

A man wearing a disguise of make-up, a fake nose and a wig robbed a northwest Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Nov. 8.

The suspect fled in an early 2000s model gray or blue Hyundai four-door sedan with a teal New Mexico plate. 

He was described as a light-skinned male in his 50s, approximately 6' tall, with a medium build. The suspect wore make-up, a fake nose and moustache, a wig, sunglasses, a plaid fedora hat, a white long-sleeve shirt and brown pants. 

Bank robbery suspect. Courtesy/FBI

He wore a blue glove on his right hand. 

At approximately

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2017

on November 8, 2017 - 10:44am

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.

VICTORIA ESPINOZA

Nov. 3 at 3:31 p.m. / Police arrested Victoria Espinoza, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

 

ANDREA R. RIVERA

Nov. 4 at 11:29 a.m. / Police arrested Andrea R. Rivera, 30, of Los Alamos at the Gold Street Apartments on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

State Auditor Tim Keller Issues Risk Advisory On Violence Against Healthcare Workers

on November 8, 2017 - 9:22am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • Violence against doctors, nurses in public hospitals is common and underreported

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory on Violence Against Healthcare Workers to all public hospitals in New Mexico.

Workplace violence occurs at high rates in public hospitals and many incidences go unreported. Violence against nurses, doctors and other staff can impact the financial health of government-run facilities in addition to posing a clear threat to safety.

“We’re concerned by the high rates of violence against nurses and doctors in our public

AG Balderas Shuts Down Deceptive Veterans Charity

on November 8, 2017 - 8:50am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement between 27 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution.
 
The states alleged thousands of deceptive solicitation violations against VietNow for misrepresenting its charitable programs to donors, including in New Mexico. The investigations of VietNow by Attorney General Balderas and other states led to the present negotiated resolution.
 
“Preying on New Mexicans’ generosity and desire to help our veterans is

Judge Detains Espinoza Due To Safety Concerns

on November 8, 2017 - 7:15am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados opted Monday in court to keep Victoria Espinoza in jail on a cash only secured bond for $3,000 unless she can be admitted to an inpatient drug treatment facility.

“I truly feel from the information here today and from the statement of probable cause and arrest warrant that you cannot stop at this point in time,” Casados said.

Espinoza was arrested Friday afternoon on a warrant and charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of heroin; selling, disposing, possessing

DEA Collects Record Number Of Unused Pills During Prescription Drug Take Back Day

on November 7, 2017 - 4:40pm
DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners set record in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Courtesy/DEA
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Americans nationwide did their part this month to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners a record-setting 912,305 pounds—456 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. 
 
That is almost six tons more than was collected at last spring’s event.

DOE Completes Remediated Nitrate Salts Treatment At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on November 7, 2017 - 3:12pm

For several months, technicians practiced and refined the treatment method using a mock-up glovebox closely resembling the glovebox used during the actual treatment. Courtesy/NNSA

The RNS containers were stored inside a climate-controlled steel enclosure. Courtesy/NNSA

 

NNSA News:

 
The EM and National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos field offices and contractor Los Alamos National Security, LLC have finished treating the remediated nitrate salts (RNS) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 

“Safe and successful completion of the RNS treatment is due to effective

Update On Crash On Truck Route Near LANSCE

on November 7, 2017 - 2:20pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters Monday at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on the Truck Route. Courtesy photo

CRASH Update:

Three people involved in the two-vehicle crash around dusk Monday on the Truck Route near the LANSCE turn off were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with various not life threatening injuries, according to police.

One driver was cited for failure to yield. For a period of time following the crash, travel was down to one lane in each direction. Commuters were asked to avoid the truck route that evening and to prepare for delays.

Los Alamos National Bank Consent Order Lifted

on November 7, 2017 - 1:11pm

TCC Board Chairman Jim Goodwin

LANB News:

Trinity Capital Corporation (“TCC”), the parent company of Los Alamos-based Los Alamos National Bank (“LANB” or the “Bank”), today announced that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) has terminated the consent order that the Bank has been operating under since Dec. 17, 2013. The effective date of the termination was Nov. 3, 2017.

TCC and LANB Bank President/CEO John S. Gulas

The consent order focused on areas of credit administration, credit underwriting, internal controls, compliance and management supervision.

Los Alamos Security Professional Adolfo Meana Jr. Earns DOE’s Highest Security Award

on November 7, 2017 - 6:56am

Adolfo Meana Jr. receives DOE’s highest award for a security professional. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Los Alamos resident Adolfo Meana Jr., a security specialist at the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s highest award for a security professional.

This is the first year of the Department of Energy Outstanding Security Award. In May, Meana received the Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year award.

LAPD Releases 2017 Third Quarter Crime Statistics

on November 7, 2017 - 6:43am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the third quarter of 2017, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property.  The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category.

ICYMI: Pearce Amendment Passes With Wildfire Prevention Bill

on November 7, 2017 - 6:31am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sponsored an amendment that has passed Congress along with H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.
 
This bill works to prevent catastrophic wildfires and improve the health of forests. This year’s devastating wildfire season burned nearly 8,000 homes and cost upwards of $3 billion in fire suppression efforts.
 
Environmental groups are acknowledging the increased use of forest thinning and restoration efforts that can lessen the severity of wildfires and better protect the

News Alert: Crash On Truck Route Near LANSCE

on November 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters are responding to a two vehicle crash on the Truck Route. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos police and firefighters are responding to a two vehicle crash on the Truck Route near the LANSCE turn off.

Travel is down to one lane each direction. Commuters are asked to avoid the truck route this evening and be prepared for delays.

No other information is available at this time about those involved or any injuries.

NMSP Helicopter Crew Locates Lost Hunter

on November 6, 2017 - 4:31pm
NMSP News:
 
PECOS – On the morning of Monday Oct. 23, members of the New Mexico State Police Aircraft Section were called to assist a search and rescue team attempting to locate a lost hunter in the mountains north of Pecos.
 
The 64-year-old hunter did not return as planned from his hunting trip and had spent the previous two nights alone, enduring freezing temperatures in the high mountains of the Pecos Wilderness.
 
Shortly after arriving on scene, the NMSP flight crew located the hunter seated next to a tree in an open meadow at approximately 10,200 feet.

LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross Graduates From Northwestern University Center For Public Safety

on November 6, 2017 - 12:22pm

From left, Deputy Director of the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University Michelle Camden, LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden and U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt. Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, class #420 of the School of Police Staff and Command.

The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is an intensive 10-week program that prepares law

Letter To The Editor: Outdoor Enthusiasts Beware

on November 6, 2017 - 11:41am
By Terry DuBois
Los Alamos

The furbearing trapping season began Nov. 1 and runs through March 15.

Please be aware that you may encounter traps in Los Alamos County near some of our trails. My own dog was caught in one and I had no idea how to release her from its grips.

Please review this video and familiarize yourselves with the workings of one of these traps. Releasing a dog is not intuitive, nor is it easy for one person to do it alone. The traps do not have to be visible or flagged, so be extra cautious.

If you are concerned about this issue, please visit Trap Free New Mexico and

Governor Releases Presidential Proclamation Honoring Victims Of Sutherland Springs Shooting

on November 6, 2017 - 10:44am

NATIONAL News:

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez today issued a Presidential Proclamation honoring the victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting: 

PROCLAMATION:

We are deeply saddened by the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which took the lives of more than 25 innocent victims while they were attending church.  As we mourn the victims of this unprovoked act of violence, we pray for healing and comfort for all the family members and loved ones who are grieving.

As a mark of respect for the victims of this senseless act of violence perpetrated on November 5, 2017, by the

FBI: Man Wearing Dark Wig Robs Albuquerque Bank

on November 6, 2017 - 8:43am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a dark wig robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Friday, Nov. 3.
 
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 50s, approximately 6'0" tall with a medium build. He wore a gray and white baseball cap, a gray T-shirt, and black jeans. The suspect had a goatee and wore a dark wig.
 
At approximately 5:55 p.m., the suspect entered New Mexico Bank and Trust at 7021 Jefferson St., NE.
 
He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

FBI: Man With Short Hair, Mustache, Robs Albq. Bank

on November 6, 2017 - 6:33am
FBI News:
 
A man with short black hair and a mustache robbed an Albuquerque bank Monday Oct. 30.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5'8" to 5'9" tall, with a medium build. He had short black hair and a mustache, and wore a black hooded sweatshirt and dark, baggy jeans. 
 
At approximately 4:55 p.m., the suspect entered U.S. Bank at 3801 Isleta Blvd. SE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

on November 6, 2017 - 6:31am

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in Room #110 in the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting open to the public. 

Agenda: 

  • II. Public Comment
  • III. Approval of minutes from previous meeting: Oct.12
  • IV. Business
    • a. Project A Presentation
    • b. New DWI web page content ideas
    • c. Future presentations – need ideas
  • V. Coordinator’s Report
    • a. LDWI Grant Council meeting recap
    • b. DWI Coordinators Affiliate meeting recap
  • VI. LAPS Report
  • VII. LAPD Report
  • VIII. Probation/Court Report
  • IX. Council Chair’s Report
  • X.

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