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District Attorney Marco Serna Convicts Child Rapist

on February 20, 2019 - 2:34pm
David Hyams
SANTA FE Firstt Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna released the following statement Tuesday regarding his office’s conviction of David Hyams:
“I am grateful to announce that our office was able to bring justice against Hyams yesterday convicting him of two counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (Child Under 13) and one count of Criminal Sexual Contact in the Second Degree (Unclothed) (Child Under 13). And I am thankful to and proud of the brave, young victim who traveled from Hawaii to testify at trial, and for the service of the

Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Meets Tonight

on February 20, 2019 - 2:09pm


The Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in Conference Room 101 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.


  • Approval of January Minutes
  • LACAS volunteer input subcommittee progress report – Sally
  • Public survey progress report - Sally
  • Shelter Models subcommittee progress report – Linda
  • Shelter budget subcommittee progress report – Jennifer
  • Facility Improvement Cost Analysis progress report - Wendy
  • Discussion of Development of Recommendations
  • New Business
  • Adjourn Meeting

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 30, 2018-Feb. 12, 2019

on February 20, 2019 - 8:26am

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.


Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. / Police arrested So Young Choi, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police arrested Choi again Feb. 1 at 7:35 p.m. on Aster Street and charged her with battery against a household member and criminal damage to property.





Feb. 8 at 12:05 a.m.

Bill To Improve 911 Systems Passes House Committee

on February 20, 2019 - 7:24am
SANTA FE Tuesday, the House Local Government, Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee passed House Bill 493, sponsored by Rep. Jim Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), to improve 911 systems.
House Bill 439 would establish an Enhanced 911 Advisory Board to work with the Department of Finance Administration and the Department of Information Technology, among other partners, to guide the enhanced 911 fund in improving its efficiency and transition to Next Generation technology.
According to a March 2018 Legislative Finance Report, “upgrading 911 systems to Next

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases 2018 Crime Statistics

on February 12, 2019 - 11:56am

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released calls for service and crime statistics for the 12 months of 2018, 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), manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. Simple assault is not included in UCR.

NMSP Ask Public’s Help Identifying Road Rage Victim

on February 11, 2019 - 3:19pm

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico State Police is asking for the public’s help identifying the victim of a road rage incident on I-40 eastbound near 98th and Unser Boulevard.

At approximately 8 a.m. today, a NMSP sergeant was parked in the median on Interstate 40 eastbound between Coors and Unser when approached by an unidentified female victim, who was driving a maroon Kia four door passenger vehicle with a turquoise New Mexico license plate.

The female driver told the sergeant that a male driver in a red Jeep pointed a firearm at her.

State Police Charge Officer For Time Card Fraud, Falsely Claiming To Have Issued Over 600 Traffic Citations

on February 9, 2019 - 9:35am
NMSP News:
OTERO COUNTY The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau opened an investigation Oct. 9, 2018 into Joseph Andrew Gonzalez, 25, of El Paso, Texas for fraudulently claiming hours on his time card that he did not work.
The investigation began when Gonzalez’s supervisor noticed a discrepancy between the number of traffic citations Gonzalez was claiming to have written versus the number of citations he actually wrote. As the investigation progressed, evidence was uncovered that supported the claim of fraudulent activity.

Police Detectives Arrest Adrian Nieto Who Failed To Return To Boys Reintegration Center

on February 9, 2019 - 8:29am

Adrian Nieto arrested at apartment complex in Albuquerque. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico State Police were working jointly with the Albuquerque Police Department Friday to locate Adrian Nieto. Investigators were searching for Nieto, who cut off his GPS ankle monitor during a visit to his grandmother's home and failed to return to the Albuquerque Boys Reintegration Center.

APD detectives arrested Nieto at approximately 4:15 p.m. at an apartment complex at 1710 Dan SE in Albuquerque. Nieto was taken into custody without incident.

Nieto was booked into Bernalillo County

Scenes From Advocacy Day At New Mexico Legislature

on February 6, 2019 - 7:41am

Stephanie Nakhleh, left, and Amy Storey, second from left, of Los Alamos joined scores of volunteers Tuesday for Advocacy Day at the Roundhouse to fight for commonsense gun laws like HB8 and SB8, requiring background checks for all gun sales. They were joined by Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Albuquerque Police Chief Mike Geier, and Albuquerque Deputy Chief of Police Harold Medina—all of whom support universal background checks, as do the majority of New Mexicans.

Los Alamos Police Respond To Late Morning Reports Of Intoxicated And Despondent Man In White Rock

on February 5, 2019 - 12:16pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police officers responded late this morning in White Rock to reports of an intoxicated and despondent man who may have had access to firearms.

Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew told the Los Alamos Daily Post that police have located the man and he has been transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center where he is undergoing evaluation.

Both Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools were placed on lockdown as a safety precaution during the incident, Cmdr. Ballew said.

State Police Officers Recover Following Crash

on February 5, 2019 - 5:53am
NMSP News:
LAS CRUCES Around 7 p.m., Saturday, New Mexico State Police officers were investigating a crash involving a Jeep and semi-tractor trailer on U.S. 70 and Wisner.
Officers were diverting traffic onto the frontage road from U.S. 70.
During the course of the investigation, Susan Ware, 70, of Cloudcroft was traveling west on U.S. 70 and failed to see the crash ahead and attempted to pass the stopped traffic. In doing so, she collided with a stopped state police patrol unit. NMSP Ofc. Jesus Rodriguez was inside the patrol unit and Ofc.

Police Shooting Involving Bosque Farms PD

on February 4, 2019 - 4:14pm
Samuel Jose Orona
NMSP News:
VALENCIA COUNTY Bosque Farms Police Department received a call Jan. 31 from a stolen vehicle victim.
The victim advised officers she was in the Peralta area traveling behind her stolen vehicle, which was a silver Kia Optima. As the victim followed her stolen vehicle, a suspect from within the stolen vehicle allegedly fired shots toward her.
Bosque Farms PD located the silver Kia Optima in Peralta, NM and a pursuit was initiated.

Adrian Nieto Fails To Return To Reintegration Center

on February 4, 2019 - 8:36am

Adrian Nieto is on the lam

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to the Albuquerque Boys Reintegration Center at 4000 Edith Blvd. to investigate Adrian Nieto.

Nieto, 17, of Albuquerque was on family visitation at his grandmother’s house, cut off his GPS ankle monitor and failed to return to the Reintegration Center.

Nieto is described as a Hispanic male, 5’7”, 132 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen leaving the area of the 200 block of 53rd St.

Unquarked Vandalized Friday Night Or Early Saturday

on February 4, 2019 - 12:54am

Unquarked was vandalized, late Friday night or early Saturday morning at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. There is a police investigation open and anyone with information regarding the incident or the two people seen in a silver Prius on surveillance video, should contact the police at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/Facebook

Recognize this silver Prius? Call police at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/Facebook

Recognize this silver Prius? Call police at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/Facebook

Los Alamos Police Department: 2018 Awards Banquet

on February 3, 2019 - 5:26pm

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts receives the Supervisor of the Year award from Chief Dino Sgambellone Saturday, Jan. 26 during the LAPD 2018 Awards Banquet. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Det. Matt Lyon receives the Detective of the Year award from Chief Dino Sgambellone Saturday, Jan. 26 during the LAPD 2018 Awards Banquet. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jay Eakins receives the Officer of the Year award from Chief Dino Sgambellone Saturday, Jan. 26 during the LAPD 2018 Awards Banquet. Photo by Kateri Morris

Lisa Gonzales receives the Civilian of the Year

NM State Police Release DWI Public Service Video For Super Bowl Weekend ... Don’t Drink And Drive

on February 2, 2019 - 12:41pm
NMSP News:
As you prepare to celebrate the Big Game this weekend with friends and families, the New Mexico State Police would like to remind drivers not to drink and drive.
Click here to view the New Mexico State Police DWI Public Service Announcement.
We 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

Marvin Mueller Leaves Lasting Gift In Community

on February 2, 2019 - 12:15pm
Police Chief Dino Sgambellone
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos resident Marvin Mueller bestowed many significant gifts to the local community. During the Jan. 29 regular Los Alamos County Council meeting, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone reported that one of these gifts is the Marvin Martin Mueller Endowed Memorial Scholarship, which was established for the Los Alamos Police Department employees and their families.

The memorial scholarship, which totals $1,000, also is open to other applicants with a financial need and a desire to support

SFCSO Detectives Find Body Of Marshall Naranjo

on January 30, 2019 - 12:25pm

Marshall Naranjo


The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office (SFCSO) reports that detectives found the body of former Los Alamos resident Marshall Naranjo, 27, early this morning in Pojoaque.

Naranjo had been missing since Dec. 31, at which time his family told the SFCSO he had left a relative’s home near Los Alamos and was headed toward his home in Albuquerque but never arrived. The family posted a reward of $10,000 for information on his whereabouts.

Naranjo's body has been transferred to the Office of the Medical Investigator to determine the cause of death.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 26 To Jan. 28, 2019

on January 30, 2019 - 11:00am

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.


Jan. 26 at 3:46 p.m. / Police arrested Zachary David Martinez, 26, of Espanola on Sombrillo Court and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license.




Jan. 28 at 4:15 p.m. / Police arrested Michael S.

Good Samaritan Fatally Struck In Dona Ana County

on January 30, 2019 - 8:19am
NMSP News:
DONA ANA COUNTY At about 4:45 p.m. Monday, the New Mexico State Police investigated a crash on Interstate 10 around mile post 159, where a pedestrian had been fatally struck by a vehicle.
The initial investigation indicates a 2001 Volkswagen driven by Garcia Talamantes, 18, of Mexico stalled out in the middle of westbound lanes on Interstate 10. A Good Samaritan, Byron Wade Cross, 46, of Sunland Park stopped to assist the driver of the Volkswagen, when it was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet pick-up.
Immediately after the first collision, a 2002 Lincoln approached driven

State Police Narcotic Operation Nets Two Arrests

on January 29, 2019 - 7:59am
Marysol Pena
NMSP News:
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico State Police and FBI agents executed arrest warrants and search warrants Thursday, Jan. 24, in Albuquerque.
These warrants were in reference to an ongoing investigation into a large-scale drug trafficking organization that was distributing methamphetamine and fentanyl in the area.
As a result of this investigation, approximately 15 pounds of methamphetamine were seized along with more than 2,000 counterfeit prescription pills laced with fentanyl.

State Police Ask For Help Identifying Burglary Suspect

on January 26, 2019 - 1:01pm
Anyone with information regarding the identity of this man or the truck should contact the NMSP Las Vegas Office at 505.425.6771. Courtesy photo
NMSP News:
GUADALUPE COUNTY New Mexico State Police is asking the public’s help identifying a man who has committed a rash of burglaries in Guadalupe County.
The suspect is seen in surveillance video wearing a two-tone grey jacket with a yellow inside liner. The lower part of the jack from the chest down is lighter grey and both arms of the jacket and hood are a darker grey with a yellow lining.
The suspect is seen on video driving

Detention Center Reopens Ahead Of Schedule

on January 23, 2019 - 5:01pm
The roof leak and HVAC system at the Los Alamos County Detention Center have been repaired and the inmates have returned. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

After having to transfer inmates to neighboring facilities due to a roof leak and a failure in the HVAC system New Year’s Day, the Los Alamos County Detention Center was able to re-open ahead of schedule.

Originally, the plan was to have the center re-populated Monday but Police Chief Dino Sgambellone said inmates were able to return Friday.

“We were able to

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 16 To Jan. 22, 2019

on January 23, 2019 - 11:48am

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.


Jan. 16 at 12:30 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel G. Archuleta, 37, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.




Jan. 19 at 11:54 a.m. / Police arrested Lynne Joleen McCarthy, 67, of Madrid at North Road and 42nd Street on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




New Mexico State Police Seize 956 Pounds Of Marijuana At Gallup Port Of Entry In Two Days

on January 19, 2019 - 7:13am

NMSP seize 391 pounds of marijuana at the Gallup port of entry. Courtesy photo

Eaid Gheith and Cemil Durgut are booked into the Gallup-McKinley County Detention Center. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

GALLUP  The New Mexico State Police seized 391 pounds of marijuana Tuesday, out of a car hauler carrying two SUV’s at the Gallup port of entry.

The very next day two men were arrested at the Gallup port of entry when state police officers found 381 pounds of marijuana and 183 pounds of drug paraphernalia in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

While officers conducted a safety inspection on the CMV