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State Police Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols In March

on February 26, 2018 - 9:44am
NMSP News:
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of March 2018.
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 right decision not to drink and drive.

Karyne Archuleta Bound Over To District Court

on February 24, 2018 - 2:33pm


Karyne Archuleta, 54, of Espanola was bound over to First Judicial District Court Friday on a charge of embezzlement of more than $17,500 from her former employer, Annette Wyrauch, owner of Physical Therapy Plus in Los Alamos.

Magistrate Judge Matthew “Mateo” Page made the ruling in Los Alamos Magistrate following a lengthy preliminary hearing with Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and Archuleta’s attorney Michael Jones. Witnesses at the preliminary hearing Friday were case agent Los Alamos Police Det.

Embezzlement Charge Against Amy Woods Dismissed

on February 24, 2018 - 2:30pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

An embezzlement charge in Los Alamos Magistrate Court against Amy Woods of Los Alamos has been dismissed by Fifth Judicial District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

The dismissal, filed Friday, states that Woods has been accepted into the Pre-Prosecution Division Program (PPDP) and notes that the state may refile the charge if she fails to successfully complete the program. The case was on the docket for a status hearing and Woods did not appear in person.

Woods was charged with embezzlement of $3,500 from the Los Alamos Council on

Jesse Currie Granted Conditional Discharge

on February 24, 2018 - 2:27pm

Jesse Currie arrives in Fifth Judicial District Feb. 19 for sentencing. Photo by Maire O'Neill/



Los Alamos Daily Post

Jessie Currie, 21, of Los Alamos was granted a conditional discharge and placed on three years of supervised probation by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington Feb. 19 in Santa Fe.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Currie agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit trafficking. He could have faced a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Judge Ellington asked Assistant

White Rock Woman Arrested On Fraud, Forgery, ID Theft Charges

on February 24, 2018 - 2:26pm



Krysti Hernandez, 47, of White Rock is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 23 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on three charges of fraud, three charges of forgery and two charges of theft of identity.

Hernandez was arrested by Santa Fe Police Department Feb. 15 on an outstanding arrest requested Aug. 8 by Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking. Hernandez also has an outstanding warrant issued July 27 in another Los Alamos Magistrate Court case involving two counts of fraud.

In the current case, court documents indicate that Wolking received an email from the victims

Medinger Under Arrest Warrant For Failure To Appear

on February 24, 2018 - 2:23pm



Los Alamos Magistrate Judge issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of Kevin Medinger, 32, of Los Alamos after he failed to appear in Court for a preliminary hearing on five felony counts in connection with the theft of a firearm and cash from a local residence.


Medinger is charged with aggravated burglary (armed after entering), larceny of a firearm $500 to $2,500, larceny over $500 to $2,500 ($600 cash), receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a felon.


According to court documents, the case was originally opened by Cpl.

New Mexico Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies Police Requirements In DWI Arrests

on February 24, 2018 - 6:18am
NMSC News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police must advise people arrested for drunken driving of their right to an independent blood-alcohol test but law enforcement has no obligation to help arrange for the test.
The unanimous decision by the state’s highest court overturned a 2015 ruling by the Court of Appeals that concluded state law required police officers to “meaningfully cooperate” with DWI arrestees who want to obtain a test to independently determine their blood alcohol concentration.

LAPD Dispatcher Mario Pratti Is Valedictorian Of NMLEA Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy Class

on February 24, 2018 - 6:03am

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone congratulates dispatcher Mario Pratti who graduated Friday as valedictorian of his Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy class following the ceremony at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ 

Celebrating Mario Pratti's graduation as valedictorian of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy's Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy, from left, Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone and Pratti's parents, Anja and Jim Hunter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Cmdr.

Two Students At Espanola Valley High School Arrested After Making Shooting Threats

on February 22, 2018 - 3:40pm
Española Valley High School. Courtesy photo
Valley Daily Post
Staff Report

The Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office confirmed today that two Española Valley High School students have been arrested after making the threat: “let’s shoot it”.

At 8:45 a.m. today, deputies working with the School Resource Officer assigned to the school were already on the campus as a preventive measure when the threat was reported to officials.

NMSP Continue Probe Of LAPD Shooting Incident

on February 22, 2018 - 6:45am

NMSP detectives brought their Crime Scene Unit to the Pajarito Cliffs Site Saturday to investigate the scene of a local shooting incident. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico State Police are continuing their investigation of an incident early Saturday morning at the Pajarito Cliffs Site east of the airport during which one or more Los Alamos Police Department officers fired shots. There were no injuries during the incident.

LAPD officers were conducting undercover surveillance at Los Alamos County buildings due to

Car Crashes Into Brick Wall At Trinity And Central

on February 22, 2018 - 12:24am

This vehicle crashed into a brick wall at about 11 p.m. Wednesday where Trinity Drive and Central Avenue split near the former Hilltop House Hotel. First responders were on the scene assisting those involved. It’s not yet known the extent of any injuries, but the impact of the collision was sufficient to deploy this vehicle’s airbag. A silver pick up was stopped toward the right of the vehicle and appeared to have sustained front end damage. County crews were out in force plowing and sanding the roadways but the falling snow was rapidly covering over that work. Photo by Carol A.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 17 To Feb. 20, 2018

on February 21, 2018 - 12:03pm

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.


Feb. 17 at 11:44 a.m. / Police arrested Eli Garcia, 40, of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.




Feb. 17 at 3:41 p.m. / Police arrested Michael John Gallagher, 39, of Valley Village, Calif., on East Road and charged him with DUI.





Feb. 18 at 3:02 a.m.

Shooting At Albuquerque Downs And Casino

on February 21, 2018 - 11:50am
NMSP News:
ALBUQUERQUE Around 1 a.m. today, agents with the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau were called to investigate a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of the Downs and Casino on Louisiana and Central in Albuquerque.
Agents learned that an unknown male suspect shot a 42-year-old year old male victim. The victim was struck by the gunfire and transported to an area hospital for what is believed to be life threatening injuries.

Santa Cruz Woman Sentenced In Local DUI Case

on February 20, 2018 - 5:39am


Los Alamos Daily Post 

Christina Martinez, 38, of Santa Cruz was sentenced Feb. 5 in Los Alamos Municipal Court to 90 days in jail with 85 suspended, a year of supervised probation and a $500 fine after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence.

She also was ordered to undergo a substance abuse assessment, perform 48 hours of community service and attend DWI school.

Martinez was arrested the morning of Nov. 8 by Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Kent Pegg Sentenced On DUI Charge

on February 20, 2018 - 5:23am
Los Alamos Daily Post


Kent Pegg, 53, of Los Alamos was sentenced Feb. 5 in Los Alamos Municipal Court to 90 days in jail with 85 days suspended and placed on a year of supervised probation after pleading guilty to driving under the influence.


He also was ordered to pay a $500 fine, perform 48 hours of community service, place an interlock on his vehicle for a year, and pay $250 in court fees.


Pegg was arrested the morning of Sept. 7 by Los Alamos Police Sgt.

Man And Woman Arrested At Local Car Wash

on February 19, 2018 - 2:30pm

LAPD News:

Ricky Martinez, 21, of Truchas and Angelica Pacheco, 28, of Espanola are slated for pre-trial hearings April 11 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on charges of concealing their identities and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The two were arrested Feb. 12 after Los Alamos Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson and Cpl. Leandro Gallegos responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle at the car wash on Knecht Street. Court documents indicate the officers found Martinez and Pacheco asleep with food on their laps in a vehicle with an expired registration plate.

When the officers awoke them, both

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 7 To Feb. 13, 2018

on February 19, 2018 - 7:51am

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.


Feb. 7 at 11:08 a.m. / Police arrested Krista E. Wilhelm, 32, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and charged her with two counts of conspiracy, forgery and possession of drugs.




Feb. 7 at 11:59 a.m.

Scenes From Pajarito Cliffs Crime Site

on February 17, 2018 - 5:47pm

Los Alamos Police Officers and law enforcement officials from neighboring agencies pursued this vehicle to Espanola early Saturday morning. The two tires reportedly came off the rims shortly after the vehicle headed out of Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Department Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero looks on as New Mexico State Patrol Agent Dezjuan Shields uses a three dimension camera to map the crime scene this afternoon outside Building 4 at the Pajarito Cliffs Site. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

New Mexico State Patrol Agent Dezjuan Shields

New Mexico State Police Investigate Los Alamos Police Department Shooting

on February 17, 2018 - 5:46pm
NMSP News:
Early this morning, February 17, 2018, officers with the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) were involved in a police shooting. The New Mexico State Police was asked to investigate this shooting.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the LAPD has been investigating numerous burglaries at the Pajarito Cliffs Site (PCS) county buildings, located at 1001 Camino Entrada, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. LAPD officers were conducting surveillance outside these buildings due to the burglaries.
Around 3:30 a.m.

LAPD Releases Details Of Officer-Involved Shooting

on February 17, 2018 - 2:41pm

LAPD News:


Officers with the Los Alamos Police Department were involved in an overnight shooting that occurred around 3:45 a.m. Saturday, LAPD Cmdr. Preston announced this afternoon. No officers were injured in the incident.

The officers were investigating suspicious circumstances at a Los Alamos County facility located at the Pajarito Cliffs site, Ballew said.

“During this investigation shots were fired by police and a pursuit ensued out of Los Alamos County and into the Espanola/Rio Arriba County area,” Ballew said.

News Alert: Officer Involved Shooting In Los Alamos

on February 17, 2018 - 10:58am

News Alert:

An officer involved shooting occurred this morning in Los Alamos. No injuries have been reported at this time.

New Mexico State Police have been called in to investigate. Details on what led up to the shooting have not yet been released.

Check back for more on this developing story.


Los Alamos First Responders Assist Motorist

on February 17, 2018 - 10:09am

Los Alamos Firefighters respond to the scene of a car stopped on Central Avenue after smoke began billowing from its engine Tuesday afternoon. The driver lifts the hood. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Firefighters assess the situation. A bystander's initial diagnosis is that the vehicle blew a gasket. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police arrive on the scene. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Police begin directing traffic around the vehicle with engine trouble parked on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos

J & L Storage Units Burglarized

on February 17, 2018 - 6:27am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Thieves broke into several storage units sometime overnight Wednesday at the J & L Storage facility behind the old McDonald's on Trinity Drive.

Owner John Courtright said locks were cut on the units but they were not otherwise damaged and that all but one door was closed before the thieves left.

Courtright said two of his own units were struck and that the majority of those broken into were hidden from street view.

Security Tightens At Pajarito Cliffs Site

on February 16, 2018 - 8:19pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Representatives of Los Alamos County Departments housed at the Pajarito Cliffs Site east of the airport met Wednesday with Los Alamos Police Department officials to discuss ways to improve security at County facilities located there.

County Manager Harry Burgess told the Los Alamos Daily Post Thursday that new security measures have already been introduced and others are in the works in response to recent burglaries at County facilities and the theft of a truck last week.

First Graders Write Letters To LAPD Officers

on February 16, 2018 - 10:29am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross receives a stack of thank you letters from Barranca Mesa Elementary School first grade teacher Catherine Cloran. Cloran's class was recently taken on a tour of the police station by Ross and Cpl. James Keane. Photo by Maire O'Neill/