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Local Law Enforcement Rape Kit Backlog Cleared

on December 14, 2018 - 10:40am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • State Crime Lab To Test Albuquerque Crime Lab Kits 

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the State Crime Lab has cleared a backlog of 1,388 sexual assault evidence kits (SAEK) for New Mexico law enforcement agencies.

The Governor also announced that the agency will soon begin to process SAEKs for the Albuquerque crime lab to help tackle their backlog.

“Since day one, this project has been focused on bringing justice to victims of sexual assault,” Martinez said.

Responding To Today’s Nationwide Bomb Threat Campaign ... Los Alamos Bomb Squad Stands Ready To Handle Any Threats To County Or Laboratory

on December 13, 2018 - 7:53pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department released a statement this evening saying it is aware of the bomb threat campaign that is happening across the country.

The Los Alamos Bomb Squad stands ready to handle any and all threats to this County including the National Laboratory. Cmdr. Preston Ballew said LAPD is communicating with the FBI and getting updates as they develop.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222 immediately.

The Los Alamos Daily Post looked into the situation and finds that this afternoon dozens of institutions and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 5 To Dec. 11, 2018

on December 12, 2018 - 12:17pm

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.

AUSTIN LEE COX

Dec. 5 at 11:55 a.m. / Police arrested Austin Lee Cox, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with criminal sexual penetration of a child 13-16 years of age, trafficking a controlled substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  

 

 

RICHARD SISNEROS

Dec. 7 at 5:31 a.m.

Fatal Tractor-Trailer Collision On I-40

on December 11, 2018 - 6:09am
NMSP News:
 
GUADALUPE COUNTY At around 2:30 p.m., Dec. 8, New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 40 around mile post 245 west of Santa Rosa.
 
The initial investigation indicated a 2015 Peterbilt was traveling east merging onto eastbound Interstate 40 when it was rear-ended by an eastbound 2014 Freightliner. The passenger in the Freightliner, a 62-year-old man of Las Vegas, Nev., was not properly utilizing his seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries in the crash.
 
The driver of the Freightliner, a 58-year-old male from Chicago,

‘Hey ... It’s Just For A Couple Of Minutes...!’

on December 10, 2018 - 9:42am

This Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s vehicle was spotted Saturday parked in the handicapped space in the lot west of Starbucks on Central Avenue. The officer ran into Starbucks for a quick cup of coffee to go… Photo by Ken Milder

Police And Firefighters Ensure Safety Of Potentially Suicidal Man On Omega Bridge Tonight

on December 7, 2018 - 10:39pm

Police and firefighters assist a potentially suicidal male subject tonight on the Omega Bridge. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos police officers and firefighters responded tonight to the scene of an adult male subject who was potentially suicidal on the Omega Bridge.

The officers and firefighters ensured the subject was safe and cleared the scene.

LAPD Cmdr.

Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp … A Ministry Of Presence During A Crisis

on December 6, 2018 - 9:31am
Los Alamos Firefighters from left, Evan Pulliam, Justin Wright, Mike Cayton and Mike McElyea with newly ordained Senior Chaplain Lindsay Baca at Firestation 3 in White Rock. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp
 
Senior Chaplain Lindsay Baca chats with LAPD Ofc. Dominic Perez at the police station. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

What is a chaplain? Well, the Los Alamos County Volunteer Chaplain Corp acts as a ministry of presence during a crisis. They are a non-sectarian group dedicated to helping those who need them when they are called.

The

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 28 To Dec. 2, 2018

on December 6, 2018 - 1:52am

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.

JAMES JOHNSON

Nov. 28 at 9:43 p.m. / Espanola Police arrested James Johnson, 18, of Ohkay Owingeh in an Espanola Court on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

JOSEPH CHAVEZ

Nov. 29 at 5:31 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Promote Eric Wilhoit To Sergeant

on December 5, 2018 - 5:30pm
Magistrate Judge Pat Casados swears in Ofc. Eric Wilhoit as sergeant this afternoon at a promotion ceremony at the Los Alamos Justice Center. Wilhoit is accompanied by his wife Rebecca and sons Kaiden and Kaleb. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
Rebecca Wilhoit pins a new sergeant badge on her husband Eric Wilhoit this afternoon during his promotion ceremony at the Justice Center. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Sgt. Eric Wilhoit signing his promotion papers this afternoon at the Justcie Center. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
Newly promoted police Sgt.

NIJ Examines Ways To Improve Officer Safety In Vehicles And On Roadways

on December 1, 2018 - 5:41am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice has published an article examining the results of two projects; one that studied the circumstances behind law enforcement line-of-duty deaths in vehicle crashes and roadside incidents and a second report that conducted an evaluation of an enhanced vehicle safety program.
 
The research is the result of a ten-year collaboration between NIJ and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which seeks ways to improve officer safety on the roadways.
 
More information about the

FBI: Navajo Man Faces Life In Prison On Abuse Charge

on November 30, 2018 - 9:32am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Wilfred Garcia, 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, appeared in federal court Wednesday in Albuquerque on a criminal complaint charging him with aggravated sexual abuse. Trial has yet to be scheduled.
 
Agents from the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety arrested Garcia Nov. 22 in Shiprock. According to the criminal complaint, Garcia pulled up to the victim while driving his truck.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 21 To Nov. 27, 2018

on November 28, 2018 - 12:31pm

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.

AUSTIN LEE COX

Nov. 21 at 12:18 p.m. / Police arrested Austin Lee Cox, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

ELLIOTT JOHN CHEE

Nov. 23 at 5:17 p.m.

State Police Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In December

on November 28, 2018 - 5:51am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of December.
 
NMSP 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.

NMSP: 2018 Thanksgiving C.A.R.E Operation

on November 26, 2018 - 3:07pm

NMSP News:

During the Thanksgiving holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all roadways within the state.

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend, and, thus, reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety.

The NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts.

NMSP: Barricaded Suspect Arrested On Interstate 25

on November 26, 2018 - 6:43am

Orlando Lopez

NMSP News:

BERNALILLO COUNTY – At around 6:31 p.m. Saturday, New Mexico State Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on a white Nissan pickup for a traffic violation. The traffic stop was on Tramway near Interstate 25.

 The driver, Orlando Lopez, 56, of Albuquerque refused to exit his vehicle. Lopez armed himself with a knife and barricaded himself inside his vehicle. State Police Crisis Negotiators and Tactical Team were called in to assist, and east and westbound lanes on Tramway and I-25 were closed.

After hours of negotiations, Lopez was arrested and taken into

Thieves Break Into Three Businesses Thanksgiving Night

on November 23, 2018 - 6:12pm

Plywood now covers the windows of three Los Alamos businesses thieves broke into Thanksgiving evening at 2101 Trinity Dr.  From left, D'Anna Photography, Windgate Healing Arts and Vista Control Systems. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPS owns the building that houses the three businesses and had Assistant Facilities Coordinator Scott Johnson board up the broken windows. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Thieves broke the front windows of three adjacent businesses to gain access Thanksgiving night at 2101 Trinity Dr.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 14 To Nov. 19, 2018

on November 21, 2018 - 5:10pm

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.

RICHARD LYNN ROLSTON

Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. / Police arrested Richard Lynn Rolston, 58, of Los Alamos on Diamond Drive and charged him with DUI and driving with an open container of alcohol.

 

JAYLYN ASHLEY VALDEZ

Nov. 15 at 2:27 p.m. / Police arrested Jaylyn Ashley Valdez, 22, of Espanola on NM 502 on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

CHRISTINA CARDENAS

Teenager Dies In Rollover Crash In San Juan County

on November 21, 2018 - 3:40pm

Shaydell Pete-Light

NMSP News:

At about 5:05 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on State Road 371 around mile post 104, south of Farmington.

The initial investigation indicated a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Shaydell Pete-Light, 21, of Farmington was traveling north on SR 371 when for unknown reasons drove off the roadway causing the vehicle to roll.

The passenger Jasmine Lynn Curley, 19, of Kayenta, Ariz., who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected and sustained fatal injuries.

NMHU Psychology Professor Works With Farmington Police Department On Research

on November 19, 2018 - 6:05am
Sarah Tracy
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM A Highlands University psychology professor collaborated with the Farmington Police Department on research that determines its Victim Advocate Program increases conviction rates.
 
Sarah Tracy, who teaches at the Highlands University Farmington Center, studied the Farmington Police Department victim advocate database to examine domestic violence cases from 2016.
 
“Our major finding was that the more contact the victims of domestic violence have with the Victim Advocate Program, the higher the conviction rates,” Tracy said.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Cpl. Boe And Ofc. Salazar

on November 17, 2018 - 1:51pm

On the job in Los Alamos is Police Cpl. David Boe, left, who stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon to introduce new Police Ofc. Curtis Salazar to the news team. Cpl. Boe has been a local police officer for nearly eight years. He is the Field Training Officer for Ofc. Salazar who graduated Oct. 26 from the Police Academy and began training with Cpl. Boe earlier this month. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 9 To Nov. 11, 2018

on November 14, 2018 - 9:21am

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.

MELINDA M. MADRID

Nov. 9 at 4:17 a.m. / Police arrested Melinda M. Madrid, 37, of Hernandez at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

TRENTON PAUL ENGELKING

Nov. 9 at 4:36 a.m.

Colorado Woman Pleads Guilty In New Mexico To Federal Charges From Crime Spree Resulting In Death

on November 14, 2018 - 8:31am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Trista Schlaefli, 33, of Colorado Springs, Colo., pled guilty Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces to charges arising out of a Nov. 27, 2017 crime spree during which Schlaefli and her co-defendant allegedly fled from a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint, carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint resulting in the death of a victim, and attempted to carjack two other vehicles.

U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge James C.

NM State Police Capture Colorado Robbery Suspect

on November 12, 2018 - 5:51am

Juan Moises Chavez

NMSP News:

MORA COUNTY –  At around 1:30 p.m., Nov. 9, the New Mexico State Police was alerted to a vehicle pursuit traveling south on Interstate 25 from Colorado into New Mexico.

Juan Moises Chavez, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was the suspect in an armed robbery and was actively fleeing from the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office out of Walsenburg, Colo.

As the Silver Chevrolet SUV driven by Chavez entered New Mexico, officers from New Mexico State Police District 2 Las Vegas intercepted and took over the pursuit. 

Utilizing tire deflation devices, State Police

NMSP: Statewide Child Support Warrant Operation

on November 10, 2018 - 10:38am
NMSP News:
 
The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) was tasked Nov. 1 with a statewide Human Services Division Child Support Warrant Roundup.
 
During the operation, 48 individuals who had outstanding arrest warrants for not paying child support were arrested.
 
Due to the size of the operation and the amount of warrants to serve, NMSP worked with the following agencies:
  • Albuquerque Prisoner Transport Center;
  • Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office;
  • Chavez County Sheriff’s Office;
  • Deming Police Department;
  • Eddy County Sheriff’s Office;
  • Farmington Police Department;
  • Las Cruces Police Department;
  • Lea

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 1 To Nov. 6, 2018

on November 9, 2018 - 11:58am

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.

JOEL ANDREW MARTIN

Nov. 1 at 5:41 p.m. / Police arrested Joel Andrew Martin, 31, of Albuquerque in California on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

SCOTT R. BURNWORTH

Nov. 3 at 9:22 p.m. / Police arrested Scott R.

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