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Update On Crash On Truck Route Near LANSCE

on November 7, 2017 - 2:20pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters Monday at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on the Truck Route. Courtesy photo

CRASH Update:

Three people involved in the two-vehicle crash around dusk Monday on the Truck Route near the LANSCE turn off were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with various not life threatening injuries, according to police.

One driver was cited for failure to yield. For a period of time following the crash, travel was down to one lane in each direction. Commuters were asked to avoid the truck route that evening and to prepare for delays.

LAPD Releases 2017 Third Quarter Crime Statistics

on November 7, 2017 - 6:43am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the third quarter of 2017, 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.

LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross Graduates From Northwestern University Center For Public Safety

on November 6, 2017 - 12:22pm

From left, Deputy Director of the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University Michelle Camden, LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden and U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt. Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, class #420 of the School of Police Staff and Command.

The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is an intensive 10-week program that prepares law

LAPD Property Auction Slated For Nov. 21

on November 6, 2017 - 11:08am

LAPD News:


A 1994 Ford Taurus Wagon, bikes, tools, a guitar and jewelry are among the items to be auctioned 9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21 by the Los Alamos Police Department.

“All items to be sold are found or unclaimed property that has been in the possession of the Department for more than 90 days. By law, anything valued at more than $50 has to be auctioned. If not sold, it has to be destroyed,” Crime Scene/Evidence Tech Anthony Lucero said.

The auction will be cash only and government-issued identification will be required to bid.

Warrants Issued For Bayless and Schwenk

on November 5, 2017 - 5:57am

Court News:

Two of three women arrested Aug. 29 by Los Alamos Police Sgt. Andrew Goldie on drug-related charges now have warrants from Los Alamos Magistrate Court for their arrest following their failure to appear for hearings before Judge Pat Casados.

Esperanza Bayless, 28, of Grants failed to appear Friday morning on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended or revoked license and failure to use a turn signal.

A warrant was issued for Haley Schwenk, 18, also of Grants, who failed to appear Sept.

Breaking News: Man And Woman Stabbed Overnight

on November 4, 2017 - 1:24pm

Stabbing suspect Andrea Rivera remains in jail. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

At 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, officers with the Los Alamos Police Department were dispatched to an apartment at 3301 Canyon Road in reference to a stabbing and upon arrival located two stabbing victims.

Los Alamos Fire Department arrived and transported both subjects to the Los Alamos Medical Center. One victim, a 27-year-old female from Los Alamos remains at LAMC with minor injuries, while the other victim, a 28-year-old male resident of Los Alamos was flown to UNM Hospital and is in critical condition.


LAPD Makes Drug Arrest Friday

on November 4, 2017 - 8:07am

Victoria Espinoza arrested Friday. Courtesy/LAPD
Los Alamos Daily Post

Victoria Espinoza of White Rock was arrested Friday afternoon on an arrest warrant issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.

Espinoza was charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of heroin; selling, disposing, possessing dangerous drugs; possession of marijuana; and two counts of drug paraphernalia for possessing 53 hypodermic needles and a broken glass methamphetamine pipe.

According to the request for issuance of an arrest filed by Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Department Announces Newest Academy Graduate: Ofc. David Randleman

on November 3, 2017 - 4:46pm

New LAPD Ofc. David Randleman, center, at his Oct. 27 graduation from the Police Academy with LAPD Cmdr. Oilver Morris, left, and Sgt. Daniel Roberts. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department’s newest Police Academy graduate Ofc. David Randleman graduated Oct. 27 as class Valedictorian.

New LAPD Ofc. David Randleman graduated the Police Academy as class Valedictorian. Courtesy/LAPD

Ofc. Randleman was one of 34 cadets from around the State of New Mexico who became certified police officers last Friday.

During the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy’s 195th class, Ofc.

Driver In Fatal Pojoaque Crash Charged

on November 3, 2017 - 4:43pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Elias Arellano, 18, of Espanola has been charged with homicide by vehicle (reckless driving), great bodily harm by vehicle, great bodily injury by vehicle and abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm (intentional or recklessly) in Santa Fe Magistrate Court.

Arellano was the driver of a Chrysler Sebring that allegedly caused a three-vehicle accident Oct. 13 on U.S. 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino that resulted in the death of Lucy Fresques, 71, who was transported to St.

LAPD: Hunting Season In Full Swing

on November 3, 2017 - 7:24am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department wants to remind residents that the fall hunting season is in full swing and will continue through the spring.

Hunting Safety Tips for Non-Hunters

If you feel uneasy about outdoor recreation during hunting season, follow these common sense rules and (with a few fashionable swaths of hunter blaze orange fabric) you can continue to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Identify hunting seasons and lands open to hunting. Learn about where and when hunting is taking place and plan your recreation activities accordingly.
  • Wear bright clothing (like hunter blaze orange).

NMSP: Missing Mother And Daughters Found Safe

on November 2, 2017 - 8:46am
NMSP News:
TAOS – The New Mexico State Police found missing mother Cheyenne Crystal, 49, and her two daughters.
All three are safe and well, NMSP said. 
See original missing person announcement here.

Judge Sentences David Rael To Nine Years In Prison

on November 1, 2017 - 4:24pm

​David Rael, right, and his attorney Marc Edwards listen today in court in Los Alamos as Assistant Attorney General Celedonia Muniz asks First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer to sentence Rael to 15 years in prison. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post


David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos was sentenced today in First Judicial District Court to nine years for each of three counts of sexual exploitation of children - manufacture, three years for one count of sexual exploitation of children - possession and 1.5 years

Judge Accepts Bingham Plea: Orders Evaluation

on November 1, 2017 - 4:11pm
Dustin Bingham awaits his plea agreement hearing this morning in Fifth Judicial District Court in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer accepted a plea agreement this morning from Dustin Bingham, 37, of Los Alamos in a case involving five charges of criminal sexual contact with minors.

Judge Marlowe Sommer ordered Bingham transported to the Mexico Corrections Department Diagnostic Center in Los Lunas prior to sentencing.

A criminal complaint filed by Assistant

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 27 To Oct. 31, 2017

on November 1, 2017 - 11:16am

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.


Oct. 27 at 11:21 a.m. / Police arrested Pedro Sanchez, 54, of Cordova at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.





Oct. 30 at 3:03 p.m. / Police arrested Michael Anthony Carrillo, 5448, of Albuquerque at the Adult Probation Office on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




Police Share Glow Sticks With Trick-Or-Treaters

on November 1, 2017 - 9:34am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross, left, and Cpl. Mike Weiss keeping a watchful eye on the neighborhood and passing out glow stick bracelets to trick-or-treaters Tuesday night in White Rock. Photo by Kateri Morris

A young firefighter shows his candy collection to Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross during trick-or-treat activities Tuesday night in White Rock. Photo by Kateri Morris

State Police Seek Missing Mother And Daughters

on October 31, 2017 - 2:52pm
Somer Jewel, 7, and Shakti (aka Shanti) Starlight, 4, are missing along with their mother in the Taos area. Courtesy/NMSP
Cheyenne Crystal, 49, and her daughters are missing.
NMSP News:
TAOS - The New Mexico State Police is asking the public's assistance in locating Cheyenne Crystal, 49, and her daughters Somer Jewel, 7, and Shakti (aka Shanti) Starlight, 4.
Crystal and her daughters were last seen Friday, Oct. 27 near Geronimo Lane in Taos. She was last seen wearing an unknown color jacket and pants.

Dustin Nelson Sentenced For Probation Violation

on October 31, 2017 - 6:59am


Dustin D. Nelson, 28, of Los Alamos was sentenced to a year in the Los Alamos Detention Center Oct. 16 after he admitted to violating his probation by failing to report to his probation officer as required.

As part of his sentence, Nelson must pay a $750 fine on the DWI charge and perform 96 hours of community service. He received an unsatisfactory discharge from probation.

First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington had granted Nelson conditional release in July on charges of possession of a controlled substance and third offense driving under the influence.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico Counties Throughout November

on October 30, 2017 - 7:33am
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 November 2017.
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

Montano Preliminary Hearing Continued

on October 30, 2017 - 7:06am
Stephen Montano
Los Alamos Daily Post

A preliminary hearing for Stephen Montano, 22, of Grants was continued Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court after he declined to sign a plea agreement offered by Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

Montano is one of two men involved in an Aug. 25 incident in which an attempt was made to run down Los Alamos Police Cpl. Robert Larsen subsequent to a shoplifting incident at Smith’s Marketplace.

Tyson Collins Released to Washington Residence Pending District Court Hearings

on October 30, 2017 - 6:30am
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 24-year-old Washington state resident, Tyson Collins, walked away from Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday morning after waiving his preliminary hearing and being bound over to First Judicial District Court.

Despite appeals from Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist during an Oct. 16 dangerousness hearing, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers agreed to release Collins Friday on conditions of pre-trial probation that include requiring him to prove that he has no Internet connection at his Centralia, Wash.

Morrow And Atencio Sentenced Under Plea Deals

on October 30, 2017 - 6:03am


Under the terms of a plea agreement, Mark Morrow, 37, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty Oct. 13 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Morrow was given a deferred sentence of 364 days, placed on supervised probation for a year and ordered to pay a $50 fine. He also was originally charged with possession of marijuana but that charge was dropped under the terms of the plea agreement.

Judge Issues Bench Warrant For Hazel Bucholz

on October 29, 2017 - 1:22pm


Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados issued a bench warrant Friday for Hazel Bucholz, 18, of Jemez after she failed to appear in Court for a preliminary hearing.

Bucholz was arrested June 20 and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of a drug paraphernalia after Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jemuel Montoya was dispatched to a report of a juvenile driver that was under the influence of drugs. Following a traffic stop, the driver was placed under arrest and other occupants were asked to get out so that the vehicle could be returned to its owner.

Scenes From Prescription Drug Take Back Day And Gun Buyback Events In Los Alamos Saturday

on October 29, 2017 - 8:49am

Los Alamos Police Det. Joey Robinson, left, and Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero show some of more than 90 lbs. of prescription drugs turned over to an Albuquerque Drug Enforcement Agency agent for disposal following Saturday's National Prescription Drug Takeback Day event. Prescription drugs may be dropped off at any time at the Los Alamos Police Station at 2500 Trinity Dr. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Volunteers from New Mexicans To Prevent Gun Violence purchased 22 firearms from members of the public during their first ever Guns to Gardens Gun Buyback event Saturday in the Los

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

on October 27, 2017 - 9:04pm



The New Mexico Department of Health has issued details about the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

The DEA’s annual Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for

FBI: Las Cruces Man Sentenced To 78 Months In Prison For Federal Cocaine Trafficking Conviction

on October 27, 2017 - 9:04am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Daniel Alan Aran, 30, of Las Cruces, was sentenced Tuesday in Federal Court to 78 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on a cocaine trafficking charge.
Aran was arrested in June 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him possession of cocaine with intent to distribute on Jan. 28, 2016, in Dona Ana County. According to the complaint, law enforcement officers seized 36.5 grams of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia from Aran, his vehicle and his residence during the execution of a search warrant.