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Road Rage Case Remains Unsolved

on February 14, 2018 - 7:16am

Los Alamos Daily Post

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office continues to look for a white Jeep Wrangler involved in a Feb. 1 road rage incident in which 40-year-old Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was shot in the head while traveling home from Los Alamos to Santa Fe on N.M. 502 between the N.M. 30 turn off for Espanola and Pojoaque High School.

SFCSO Public Relations Officer Juan Rios said despite extensive publicity on the incident, the driver involved has not been identified.

“We have had some calls but so far nothing has panned out.

State Police Saddened By Loss Of K-9 Arras

on February 13, 2018 - 4:44pm

K-9 Arras is survived by handler and friend Sgt. Ronald S. Wood. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico State Police is very sad to announce the passing of K-9 Arras. He died Monday in Albuquerque from complications related to an unexpected medical event.

Arras nobly served the State of New Mexico from April 2012 up until his death. During his service with the Department, Arras was responsible for the seizure of 294 pounds of methamphetamine, 133 pounds of cocaine, 82 pounds of heroin and 1,218 pounds of marijuana.

Arras also apprehended fleeing felons on two separate

Pajarito Cliffs County Facilities Targeted For Theft

on February 13, 2018 - 10:35am

Los Alamos County Pajarito Cliffs Site facilities are being targeted for theft. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department is investigating a series of incidents involving burglary and theft at the Los Alamos County Pajarito Cliffs Site facilities at 101 Camino Entrada, east of the airport, including the theft of a County truck between 3 and 4 a.m. Thursday.

The truck, a Ford F350 with a flat bed and a dump feature has been recovered and now secured in a shop at the Pajarito Cliffs location.

Officials Seek End To Adrian Trujillo Probation

on February 13, 2018 - 6:29am

Adrian Trujillo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Department of Probation and Parole (DPP) officials are again asking for Adrian Trujillo, 29, of Hernandez to serve the remainder of his sentences in two cases incarceration, saying he continues to sabotage himself with negative behavior and total disregard for other people’s safety.

Trujillo faces a probation violation arraignment Feb. 22 before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer because he was arrested Feb.

Preliminary Hearing Set In 2016 Fraud Case

on February 10, 2018 - 4:44pm

Los Alamos Daily Post

A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 23 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Belamie L. Pick, 40, of Medanales on charges of forgery, fraud and identity theft.

The charges were originally filed in September 2016 and in September 2017 Pick allegedly failed to appear for a preliminary hearing and a warrant was issued for her arrest. On Jan. 19, she was picked up by New Mexico State Patrol.

The 2016 request for issuance of an arrest warrant written by Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt.

Los Alamos Police Chief Addresses Sportsmen’s Club Annual Banquet

on February 9, 2018 - 8:46am

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone answers questions Thursday evening at the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club annual banquet. Sgambellone addressed club members on crime statistics for the County, LAPD's active shooter training program and concealed carry issues. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club President Steve McKelvey, left, listens to guest speaker LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone Thursday evening at the Club's annual banquet. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Newly-elected officers for Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club, from left, President Steve

Chief Sgambellone Releases 2017 Crime Statistics

on February 8, 2018 - 7:36am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone releases crime stats for 2017. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone has released the calls for service and crime statistics for 2017 in Los Alamos County, which were prepared by the LAPD Records Section.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the Federal Bureau of Investigations Uniform Crime Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent) and crimes against property.

The offenses of murder (homicide), manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 31 To Feb. 6, 2018

on February 7, 2018 - 4:14pm

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.


Jan. 31 at 11:30 a.m. / Police arrested Elsie Fernandez, 39, of Ojo Caliente at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant and charged her with carrying contraband into the jail.



Feb. 1 at 3:09 a.m.

LAPD Swears In New Officer

on February 7, 2018 - 2:00pm

Los Alamos Police Department's newest recruit, Ofc. Emmanuel Rodriguez and his fiancee Ariana Vigil following his swearing in ceremony this morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court. Rodriguez has a degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas-El Paso and is a five-year veteran of the New Mexico State Patrol. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados administers the oath of office for Los Alamos Police Ofc. Emmanuel Rodriguez this morning as his fiancee Ariana Vigil looks on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Celebrating the swearing in of

House Committee Endorses Bill To Expand Scholarship Benefits For Children Of Firefighters & Police Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty

on February 7, 2018 - 4:36am
Rep. Tim Lewis
SANTA FE — The House Education Committee unanimously approved Jan. 30 House Bill 55, legislation sponsored by Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Rio Rancho) to increase scholarship benefits for children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. 
The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Bill O’Neill (D-Albuquerque). 
HB 55 expands the benefits currently available to eligible survivors to include room and board support for students as well as assistance paying for books and supplies.

AG: Man To Serve Two Years In Prison For Violating Probation For Extreme Cruelty To Animals

on February 1, 2018 - 7:30am
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday afternoon that Shaun Anaya, who was on probation for an Office of the Attorney General case and is a 13-time convicted felon, was found by Second Judicial District Judge Angela Jewell to have violated his probation for committing extreme cruelty to animals and possession of marijuana. 

The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas asked Judge Jewell to impose the maximum penalty of 1,421 days in prison, which included habitual enhancements. 

Anaya was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections for the

Los Alamos Police Blotter Jan. 24 To Jan. 29, 2018

on January 31, 2018 - 9:40am
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.

ALEX J. SILVER: Jan. 24, 2018 at 10:14 p.m. / Police arrested Alex J. Silver, 28, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Courtwarrant. 

MARCOS A. Vigil: Jan. 26 at 12:48 a.m. / Police arrested Marcos A. Vigil, 31, on an order of commitment in Rio Arriba County.

ROBERT GARCIA: Jan. 26 at 3:16 p.m.

LAPD Warns Public About Caller ID Spoofing

on January 29, 2018 - 4:45pm

LAPD Cmdr. Preston Ballew is warning the community about Caller ID spoofing. Photo by Maire O'Neill/




Los Alamos Daily Post


The Los Alamos Police Department is warning the community that Caller ID spoofing is becoming more prevalent in the area. This is when robo-callers make it appear on your phone’s called ID feature as if you are being called from a local number, a local business or a government office.

A robocall is a phone call that uses a computerized auto-dialer to deliver a pre-recorded message, as if from a robot.

Lockout Lifted At Aspen Elementary School

on January 29, 2018 - 12:26pm

LAPS News:

Based upon advice from the Los Alamos Police Department, the Lockout has been lifted at Aspen Elementary School in Los Alamos.

Staff and police remain vigilant and on a cautionary alert.

Here is what we know about the situation:

  • A community member called this morning saying they saw a young man near Aspen with a rifle; we are not sure if it was a toy or a real weapon;
  • Out of an abundance of caution, LAPD recommended that Aspen go to Lockout; LAPS followed their advice;
  • Classes and learning at Aspen proceeded on a normal schedule;
  • Because of training, Principal Kathryn

News Alert: Crash At 502 On-ramp ... Use Truck Route

on January 29, 2018 - 9:10am

News Alert:

The Los Alamos Police Department has asked anyone traveling from White Rock to Los Alamos this morning to use the truck route due to an accident at the on-ramp at 502 and N.M. 4.

Police and fire personnel are on the scene. Traffic flow is continuing slowly up the Main Hill Road, however, LAPD strongly suggests using the truck route.





State Police: February Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols

on January 27, 2018 - 7:53am

NMSP News:

New Mexico 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 February 2018.

NMSP is 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.

  • Who: New

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 17 To Jan. 23, 2018

on January 24, 2018 - 5:46pm

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. 17 at 1 p.m. / Police arrested Jesse Daniel Currie, 21, of Jemez Springs at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





Jan. 18 at 10:44 a.m.

Alert: Semi Stalled On Central Avenue

on January 22, 2018 - 2:36pm

UPDATE: Semi has been moved out of the roadway and traffic is moving smoothly. A Sysco semi is stalled on Central Avenue in front of the Los Alamos Daily Post at 1247 Central and is blocking traffic in both directions. Police are on the scene and ask motorists to avoid the area. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

David Rael Appeals Nine-Year Sentence

on January 22, 2018 - 8:45am
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 40-year-old Los Alamos man has filed a notice of appeal of a nine-year prison sentence handed down Nov. 1 by First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

David Rael was convicted of three counts of sexual exploitation of children following a non-jury trial last June. The State had requested a 15-year sentence.

In June 2013, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was investigating the sharing of online pornography when he identified Rael’s computer as a potential source for at least six files

Joel Martin Fails To Appear For Court Hearing

on January 22, 2018 - 5:25am
Los Alamos Daily Post


An outstanding warrant from First Judicial District Court is in effect for one of two men arrested by Los Alamos Police Department in August after they fled from Smith’s Marketplace in a pickup and attempted to run down an LAPD officer.


Joel Martin


Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque was arrested following the incident and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated fleeing a police officer, receiving a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal damage

LAPD Charges Kevin Medinger With Theft Of Gun, Cash

on January 19, 2018 - 8:37am

Kevin Medinger



Los Alamos Daily Post


Los Alamos police arrested Kevin Medinger, 32, Thursday morning and charged him with five felony counts in connection with the theft of a firearm and cash from a local residence.

According to documents filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court, the case was originally opened by Cpl. David Boe after he received a report that a Smith & Wesson .38 special revolver was missing from an Orange Street residence where Medinger did odd jobs for the victim.

NMSP Stop Driver For DWI With Three Children In Car

on January 19, 2018 - 7:30am
NMSP News:
FARMINGTON New Mexico State Police dispatchers received several calls at approximately 8 p.m. Jan. 11, reporting a possible drunk driver in Farmington driving a grey Chevy passenger car.
One of the callers was following the suspect vehicle with their flashers on relaying to dispatch that the vehicle was swerving in and out of the lanes. Two New Mexico State Police officers spotted the vehicle on San Juan Blvd in Farmington. The officers turned on their lights and sirens but the driver refused to stop.
The driver slowed to about five miles an hour but still refused

New Mexico State Police Respond To Fatal Helicopter Crash Of Five People East Of Raton

on January 18, 2018 - 12:55pm

NMSP News:
RATON Around 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in Raton, New Mexico Police Department (RPD) dispatch contacted New Mexico State Police regarding a call of a downed helicopter.
RPD received a 911 call from a victim in the crash who reported the incident. The victim informed dispatch there were six people aboard the helicopter when it crashed. The caller reported three were injured and the other three unaccounted for. The exact location of the crash was uncertain.
Area law enforcement, including New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and Colfax County Sheriff's

Surveillance Video Shows Thieves Robbing County Facility ... Police Ask Public For Help Identifying Them

on January 18, 2018 - 12:12pm
Thief number 1 in action robbing a county facility Jan. 8 in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAPD
Thief number 2 stealing a wheelbarrow full of chainsaws Jan. 8 from a county facility. Courtesy/LAPD
Watch video of thieves in action:
LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identities of two suspects in a local burglary case of a county facility.

LAPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male suspects as seen in the surveillance footage.

LAPD is offering a

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10 – Jan. 15, 2018

on January 17, 2018 - 2:45pm

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.


Jan. 10 at 11:55 p.m. / Police arrested Jacob Romero, 32, of Alcalde in Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.



Jan. 12 at 5:07 p.m. / Police arrested Allan L. Houle, 30, of Los Alamos in Santa Fe on an outstanding District Court Warrant.



Jan. 13 at 933 a.m. / Police arrested Charles J.