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FBI: Navajo Nation Seek Public's Help Investigating Shiprock Man's Death

on August 20, 2018 - 5:35am
Herbert Whitehorse
FBI News:
The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are asking for the public's help after the body of a Native American man was found in an arroyo in Shiprock.
The body of Herbert Whitehorse, 67, of Shiprock, was discovered May 3. He possibly was last seen alive on or about April 15, 2018.
An autopsy determined Whitehorse died from blunt force trauma to his head.
Authorities want to talk to anybody who might have information about the events leading up to Whitehorse's death.
Call the FBI (24 hours) at 505.889.1300 or go online at

LAPD School Resource Officers Prepare For New Year

on August 19, 2018 - 6:17pm

Los Alamos High School staff participate in Safety Academy Monday afternoon in the Black Box Theater at LAHS. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross introduces new LAHS School Resource Officer Cpl. Jay Eakins to school staff Monday afternoon. Photo by Maire O’Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department’s Community Liaison Sgt.

New Mexico State Police Arrest High School Teacher For Illegal Relations With Female Students

on August 18, 2018 - 8:56am
James Dee Coulter
NMSP News:
AZTEC New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted in June by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) to investigate evidence resulting from a licensure investigation, which indicated that an Aztec High School teacher had an illegal sexual relationship with at least one female high school student.
The evidence and statements turned over by PED indicated that high school math and philosophy teacher James Dee Coulter, 31, of Aztec had an illicit sexual relationship with at least one 17-year-old female student.
The New Mexico

State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau Nationally Recognized

on August 15, 2018 - 10:13am
NMSP News:
The New Mexico State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau was nationally recognized for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement efforts aimed at reducing semi-truck crashes.
According to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), a well-known leader in transportation-related research, the New Mexico State Police’s efforts have made New Mexico a “top tier state” for commercial vehicle safety.
ATRI's research details an objective performance measure based on the relative percent of CMV traffic enforcement in each state compared to the relative

Police Officers Issue Back To School Safety Reminder

on August 14, 2018 - 4:09pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to take a moment and remind motorists that school starts Thursday, Aug. 16.

Police officers will be out in school zones for traffic enforcement to ensure that all students, parents and staff are safe as the community transitions into another school year. 

LAPD also reminds motorists to stop for school buses when their red lights are flashing, and students are loading and unloading. This pertains to traffic traveling in both directions.

Let’s work together to ensure this school year is not only safe but fun.

LAFD Hosts Community-Driven Strategic Planning Input Sessions At Fuller Lodge Monday

on August 14, 2018 - 7:19am

As part of a community-driven strategic planning process being implemented by the Los Alamos County Fire Department, members of the community recommended by command staff , including Don Taylor and Liz Cavasos, left, were invited to attend two sessions Monday morning at Fuller Lodge to offer their input.

AG Balderas Keeps Convicted Murderer Behind Bars

on August 13, 2018 - 6:02am
Jordan Hurd
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE July 26, the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the murder convictions in a case argued on appeal by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.
Jordan Hurd is convicted of the willful and deliberate murders of Wesley Hobbs and his daughter Amanda Hobbs, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and was sentenced by a trial court to life in prison for each of the murder charges.
“The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office fights every day to keep the people of New Mexico safe,” Balderas said.

State Police Remind Drivers To Watch For Kids

on August 10, 2018 - 10:07am
NMSP News:
As schools across New Mexico gear up for the 2018-19 school year, The New Mexico State Police want to remind drivers of the dangers our kids face every day as they make their way to and from school.
Always be aware of children walking, waiting for buses, riding their bikes, and getting on and off buses. Drivers should be especially alert around school buses.
Kids excited to go to school and to get home can unexpectedly dart into the roadway. For this reason, it’s important to be careful around buses.

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

on August 9, 2018 - 12:53am

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.


Aug. 1 at 9:59-8 a.m. / Police arrested Angelica E. Pacheco, 18, of Santa Cruz at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




Aug. 2 at 8:16 a.m. / Police arrested Kelton Downen, 24, of White Rock at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.




Aug. 5 at 10:29 a.m.

Los Alamos Man Sentenced For Indecent Exposure

on August 8, 2018 - 9:31am


Gustavo Salaiz, 19, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty July 31 in Los Alamos Municipal Court to a charge of indecent exposure and received a 90-day jail sentence with 80 of those days suspended. He was placed on supervised probation for six months.

The charge stemmed from a June 28 incident at Mesa Public Library during which Salaiz exposed himself to a female patron. The patron reported to Los Alamos Police officers that Salaiz walked up to her while she was sitting at a desk and exposed his penis to her.

Santa Fe Magistrate Judge Dismisses Charges Against Fidel Naranjo Of Los Alamos In May Shooting Incident

on August 7, 2018 - 10:13am
Fidel J. Naranjo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Santa Fe Magistrate Court Judge George Anaya, Jr., has dismissed without prejudice four charges against Fidel J. Naranjo, 52, of Los Alamos in connection to a May 31 incident in Santa Fe County where Naranjo allegedly shot another man, Michael Gonzales, in the leg.

Court documents dated Aug.

Albuquerque Man Faces Charges For Forging, Cashing Check On Los Alamos Bank Account Of Elderly Woman

on August 6, 2018 - 4:22pm


A 25-year-old Albuquerque man is slated to appear in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday on charges of receiving stolen property, forgery and fraud in connection with a check he cashed for $650 on the Los Alamos bank account of an elderly woman after forging her signature.

Christian Kreisher was arrested June 27 on a warrant requested by Los Alamos Police Det. Matt Lyon and released July 10 by Judge Pat Casados on a $2,000 surety bond pending trial.

The victim’s son spoke with LAPD Cpl.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Briefs

on August 6, 2018 - 3:58pm

MAGISTRATE Court  Briefs:

A bench warrant is in effect for Jayston Ray Platero, 35, of Los Alamos for failure to appear July 20 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Platero was charged June 12 with two counts of child abuse in addition to charges of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked or suspended license.

Los Alamos Police officers were dispatched to the customer service desk at Smith’s Marketplace in response to an intoxicated male accompanied by two children.

LAPD Releases Crime Statistics Second Quarter 2018

on August 6, 2018 - 2:40pm

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics through the second quarter 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), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category.

Scenes From Suspected DUI Arrest On Central Avenue

on August 5, 2018 - 8:58pm

Police administer a field sobriety test early this evening to the driver of a car pulled over at 1247 Central Ave., on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or both. The driver told police he is from Albuquerque. He had two passengers in the car with him, one reportedly from Albuquerque and the other reportedly from the Jemez Pueblo. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The driver failed the field sobriety test this evening at 1247 Central Ave., and is arrested and charged with suspected DUI. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The car in which the driver is

Alert: Phone Scammers Claim To Be Law Enforcement

on August 3, 2018 - 7:50am
NMSP News Alert:
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico State Police investigated a failed phone scam Aug. 1 in which the victim received a phone call from a female caller claiming to be “Captain Harris with the New Mexico State Police.” The female caller told the victim she needed to contact “Officer Reagan Fox” within the hour or she would be arrested.
The victim called the number and a male answered claiming to be “Officer Reagan Fox”. The male told the victim that she had an hour to “acknowledge or refuse” accusations of federal bank fraud and drug trafficking or she would be arrested.

Council Approves Animal Shelter Ad Hoc Committee

on August 3, 2018 - 4:33am

Council Vice Chair Chris Chandler thanks fellow councilors for voting to approve an ad hoc committee to consider future alternatives for the local animal shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council voted Tuesday evening to establish an ad hoc committee to consider future alternatives for the Los Alamos Animal Control Shelter.

The agenda item was presented by Council Chair Chris Chandler and was the result of a Council workshop last month where Espanola Humane Society Executive Director Bridgit

Santa Fe Magistrate Court Files Notice Of Error In Issuing Warrant For Michael Burt Of Los Alamos

on August 1, 2018 - 6:33pm

STAFF Report

Santa Fe Magistrate Court has filed documents indicating that a May 11 warrant for the arrest of Michael Burt of Los Alamos was issued in error by the Court.

According to the documents, the Court's admitted error resulted in Burt being arrested by the Los Alamos Police Department and notice of that arrest being released to local newspapers as part of the weekly police blotter.

The Los Alamos Daily Post has verified through Court records that Burt was originally charged with speeding (21-25 mph over) but had paid his fines to Santa Fe Magistrate Court as required therefore the

Lightning Strikes Pueblo Canyon Inn

on August 1, 2018 - 5:32pm

Pueblo Canyon Inn was hit by lightning Tuesday night. ‘The Los Alamos Fire Department, police and Utilities were dispatched and extremely helpful in getting power back on and making sure there was no fire’. Photo by Matthew Allen

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 28 To July 31, 2018

on August 1, 2018 - 10:17am

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.


July 25 at 2:01 p.m. / Police arrested Nicholas Torres, 29, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.



July 28 at 6:07 p.m. / Police arrested Melinda M. Madrid, 36, of Hernandez on US 84/285 on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and two outstanding warrants from another jurisdiction




OJJDP Publishes International Child Kidnapping Guide For Law Enforcement

on August 1, 2018 - 5:28am
From the Office of Justice Programs:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tuesday published guidelines to help law enforcement prevent and respond to cases of international kidnapping of a child by a noncustodial parent.
In 2017 there were more than 900 cases of international kidnapping of children across 59 countries reported to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues. Law enforcement agencies play a critical role in the prevention and resolution of international parental kidnapping.
A Law

Cyber Harassment Suspect Andrew Brown Released On Bond Pending Trial

on July 30, 2018 - 2:37pm

Andrew Brown
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 29-year-old Colorado man has been released on bond pending trial in a case in which he was arrested and charged with false reporting and harassment in connection with alleged ongoing cyber harassment of a Los Alamos woman.

Andrew Brown was picked up June 18 in Colorado Springs, Colo., on an arrest warrant from Los Alamos Magistrate Court requested June 13 by Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking.

LAPD first became aware of the situation in early May when the victim told officers that she met Brown online and had a

Ashley Shaw Waives Preliminary Hearing

on July 28, 2018 - 11:40pm


Ashley Shaw, 32, of Los Alamos waived her preliminary hearing Friday before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados on two counts of trafficking methamphetamine for allegedly selling .8 grams of the drug in October and .6 grams in January to confidential informants for the Los Alamos Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Samuel Hodder told the Court there is a plea agreement open for Shaw in exchange for the waiver.

Law Enforcement And Fire Personnel Participate In Active Threat Integrated Response Scenarios

on July 28, 2018 - 8:03am

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew leads a rescue task force of two fire/medical personnel and a Department of Corrections officer Friday morning into Pinon Elementary School in White Rock during one of several joint law enforcement/EMS active shooter scenarios staged throughout the day.

Truck Driver Hauling 150 Pigs Charged With DWI

on July 27, 2018 - 10:04am


NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police officers stopped a semi-truck loaded with 150 pigs Thursday on Interstate 40 in Albuquerque for suspected DWI.

The driver was subsequently arrested for DWI.

NMSP worked with EXPO New Mexico State Fairgrounds, the New Mexico Livestock Board and a local veterinarian to get the pigs cared for until a transport truck arrived.