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Driving 58 MPH In 25 MPH Zone Leads To DUI Arrest

on October 25, 2017 - 6:15am

Eddie Padilla

Staff Report

Eddie Padilla, 60, of Los Alamos was arrested Oct. 12 and charged with driving under the influence after being stopped for allegedly driving at 58 miles an hour in a posted 25 miles per hour zone on Sandia Street.

An incident report filed by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jemuel Montoya states that Padilla’s truck did not slow down after Padilla passed him but continued at a high rate of speed. When Padilla stopped, he quickly exited his vehicle and began to approach Montoya’s patrol car but Montoya directed him to get back into the truck.

Montoya’s report states that

Adrian Trujillo Back In Jail On Probation Violation

on October 25, 2017 - 6:05am

Staff Report 

A 29-year-old Hernandez man is back in jail after allegedly violating the terms of his probation under two First Judicial Court cases after he allegedly made abusive contact with a victim.

Adrian Joshua Trujillo went to the victim’s place of work Sept. 16 in Pojoaque where he allegedly made contact with her and after she told him he needed to work on his anger management issues, he allegedly struck her left eye with his closed fist.

Trujillo was originally charged in 2015 with false imprisonment, aggravated battery against a household member, assault with intent to commit a

State Police Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest Of Two Felons

on October 24, 2017 - 7:45am
Amhad Williams
NMSP News:
ALBUQUERQUE  At 9 a.m. Oct. 12, 2017 a New Mexico State Police officer conducted a traffic stop on a gold Lexus at Central and Alcazar. 
As the officer turned around to initiate the traffic stop, the Lexus drove away quickly. The vehicle abruptly stopped at a nearby apartment complex.  


Tevin King

The driver and the passenger of the Lexus exited the vehicle and walked towards an upstairs apartment. The driver was later identified as Tevin King, 24, of Albuquerque, and the passenger was identified as Amhad Williams, 27, of Albuquerque.

John Craven Arrested At 10,000 Waves Spa

on October 24, 2017 - 7:33am

John Craven

Staff Report

John Craven, 35, of Los Alamos is has been ordered to remain in jail pending a preliminary hearing in Santa Fe Magistrate Court after racking up seven charges during an Oct. 2 visit to 10,000 Waves Spa.

Craven appeared Oct. 19 before Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in First Judicial Court under a petition to revoke his probation in a 2014 case where he was found guilty of residential burglary and larceny of more than $2,500 and granted a conditional discharge.

Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist asked for Craven’s probation to be revoked because of the new charges

Police: Burglary Threat In Los Alamos; White Rock

on October 23, 2017 - 9:06am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Criminal Investigations Section has received credible information that residences in Los Alamos County, to include White Rock, may soon be targeted for burglaries.

“We are stepping up our presence in the area,” Cmdr. Preston Ballew said.

Police are cautioning residents to take appropriate precautions: lock doors, leave lights on when appropriate, and notice and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activities in the neighborhood.

Direct questions or concerns, or anything to report, to Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282 or LAPD Dispatch at

FBI: Man In Construction Vest Robs Anthony Bank

on October 23, 2017 - 8:47am
FBI News:
The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed a bank Thursday, Oct. 19 in Anthony.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male wearing a yellow construction vest, black hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and a black baseball cap with a San Francisco 49ers logo. He had a bandana on his face and carried a black bag.
At approximately 11:40 a.m., the suspect entered Bank of the West, located at 300 N. Anthony Dr. He displayed a handgun and demanded money from a teller.

Reminder: Los Alamos County’s First Ever Guns To Gardens Gun Buyback Event Oct. 28

on October 22, 2017 - 8:14am

LAPD News:

The community is invited to join the New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and Los Alamos Police Department 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 for the first ever Guns To Gardens Gun Buyback event.

Following a successful fundraising effort by NMPGV, Oct. 28 will mark the fourth statewide gun buyback to safely get unwanted working guns out of homes and off the streets.

Over the coming year, RAWtools, in partnership with Santa Fe Community College welding and sculpture students, will forge unwanted, dismantled guns into garden tools and public art projects and

Single Vehicle Crash Near High School

on October 19, 2017 - 5:12pm

A single vehicle crash, reported to be minor, occurred late this afternoon in front of Los Alamos High School on Diamond Drive. Courtesy photo

County Files Petition In Sherman Dog Case

on October 19, 2017 - 6:37am


A petition to adjudicate two dogs belonging to Leslie Sherman of White Rock as dangerous has been filed in First Judicial Court by Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart.

Sherman was charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in April with two counts of keeping an animal known to be vicious and likely to attack human beings. The charges were in connection with the Mar. 29 death of a small dog at an Acoma Lane home. At that time, Sherman’s dogs were seized and kept at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

In May, the criminal charges against Sherman were dismissed and a civil complaint

Judge Denies Dangerousness Motion In Collins Case

on October 19, 2017 - 6:26am

Tyson Collins enters the First Judicial District Courtroom of Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers Monday afternoon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A 24-year-old Washington state man was granted conditions of release Monday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe despite appeals from Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist that he remain incarcerated pending trial.

Tyler Collins was charged Oct.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 11 - Oct. 16, 2017

on October 18, 2017 - 10:11am

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. 11 at 1:07 p.m. / Police arrested John Craven, 35, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.





Oct. 12 at 9:15 a.m. / Police arrested Maria E.

Sheriffs Capture Tranquilino Valencia In Colorado

on October 18, 2017 - 7:37am
NMSP News:
PECOS The New Mexico State Police was notified that Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 the Alamosa County Sheriff's Department in Colorado arrested Tranquilino Valencia for his outstanding warrant from his involvement in a robbery and carjacking in the Pecos area Oct. 13, 2017.
New Mexico State Police issued a warrant for Valencia on charges of two counts of armed robbery, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated assault, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, larceny, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Los Alamos Resident Greg White Files Suit In New Mexico Supreme Court Against County Council

on October 17, 2017 - 5:53pm
Los Alamos resident Greg White at a council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Greg White has filed a verified petition for a writ of prohibition against the Los Alamos County Council and the Incorporated County of Los Alamos with the New Mexico Supreme Court requesting that the Court exercise jurisdiction. The petition, filed Oct.17, lists Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero as an interested party.

White recently announced that he will be a candidate for sheriff in 2018.


County Settles Tort Claim For $4,000

on October 17, 2017 - 3:56pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A suit filed against the Los Alamos County Council, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, Ofc. David Bradshaw and Ofc. Joseph Ortega seeking damages for assault, battery and false imprisonment under the New Mexico Tort Claims Act has been dismissed and the County has agreed to pay Andrew Abeyta $4,000 in settlement.

Under the terms of the agreement, which was executed in September, Abeyta will pay all his own attorney’s costs and the County will not admit to any fault or wrongdoing.

The alleged incident occurred Dec.

New Mexico State Police Investigates Officer Involved Shooting In Belen

on October 17, 2017 - 11:17am
NMSP News:
BELEN  Around 8:30 a.m. Monday, a New Mexico State Police patrol officer stopped to conduct a welfare check on a black Nissan Altima parked on N.M. 60 east of mile marker 166. 
The vehicle, later determined to be stolen, was parked on the side of the rural highway. During the welfare check, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Mykl Chavez (28) of Belen, tried to run over the officer and the officer fired his department issued firearm. Chavez then fled from the officer and a pursuit ensued.
The pursuit continued onto State Road 116 until approximately mile

Rio Rancho PD Seeks Help Finding Former Los Alamos Resident Joseph Roach Missing Since December

on October 17, 2017 - 5:14am

Former Los Alamos resident Joseph Roach has been missing since December 2016. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Rio Rancho Police Det. Aaron Brown is seeking the public's assistance in finding former Los Alamos resident Joseph Roach, 31, who was reported missing in January.

Roach was last seen in Rio Rancho in late December 2016, Brown said. Friends have been posting flyers in the area as well as appeals on social media.

Brown asks that anyone with any information as to Roach's whereabouts call him at 505.891.5930. He said callers may report anonymously if they wish.

Former Los Alamos

Benson: How Do We Express Our Profound Gratitude?

on October 16, 2017 - 4:50pm
Los Alamos

As the fires destroy, devour, and incinerate whole communities in California, as the Reel Deal shows Only the Brave, the story about the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew that saved the Valles Caldera Cabin District just weeks before they went off to die in Arizona I remember our own Los Alamos firefighters who were first on the line as they teamed with other crews from around the country to save our town during the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire.

When I was young I fought fire with the Forest Service out of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

New Mexico State Police Seek Assistance In Armed Robbery/Carjacking Investigation

on October 16, 2017 - 8:10am
Terra Silver
NMSP News:
PECOS  The New Mexico State Police is investigating an armed robbery of a male victim, which occurred at an ATM around 8 a.m. Friday in Pecos.
Tranquilino Louis Valencia
Investigators believe at least three suspects, two males and a female, were involved in this incident. One male subject, identified as Mariano Francisco Araica-Avalos, was taken into custody by State Police and interviewed.
The remaining two suspects, later identified as 33-year-old Tranquilino Louis Valencia and 17-year-old Terra Silva, were involved in a subsequent carjacking at a

Fatality Reported In U.S. 84/285 multivehicle Crash

on October 14, 2017 - 5:49am

Staff Report

A woman has died in the multivehicle crash Friday afternoon near Buffalo Thunder on U.S. 84/285. Several others involved in the collision were injured and transported to area hospitals, according to news reports.

The crash caused U.S. 84/285 to be shut down in both directions for hours and commuters from Los Alamos, Española and Santa Fe were directed onto frontage roads.

The accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m.

Alert: Traffic Remains At Standstill In Pojoaque

on October 13, 2017 - 9:47pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos residents are reporting that traffic is at a standstill on U.S. 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder following a multiple vehicle accident late this afternoon.

One couple told the Los Alamos Daily Post that it took them 4 hours to travel from Los Alamos to Santa Fe.

A woman said it took her an extra 45 minutes to get from Los Alamos to Pojoaque at “rush hour” today after work, but traffic from her apartment looks like it is still backed up for miles almost 2.5 hours later. It is still bumper-to-bumper southbound on all side roads and the main highway through Pojoaque.

News Alert: Traffic Backing Up On US 84/285 Near Buffalo Thunder Due To Major Vehicle Accident

on October 13, 2017 - 5:41pm

Staff Report

Police report a serious multiple vehicle crash on U.S. 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder in Pojoaque.

Ten emergency response vehicles are at the scene. Traffic is being diverted to frontage Roads.

Police anticipate lane closures in both directions are likely for several hours.


Officials Paint Domestic Violence Awareness Rock

on October 13, 2017 - 5:06pm

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and others turn out this morning to paint a Domestic Violence Awareness Month message on the rock on N.M. 4 in White Rock. ‘You are a hero, because you are changing the world by saying no to abuse.’ –A domestic violence abuse victim. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus helps paint a Domestic Violence Awareness Month message this morning on the rock on N.M. 4 in White Rock. Courtesy photo

The White Rock rock shares the message that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Car Collides With LAPS Truck On Diamond Drive

on October 13, 2017 - 4:09pm

No injuries are reported this afternoon at the scene of an accident in which a vehicle exiting the parking lot of the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive collided with a Los Alamos Public Schools truck. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Man Extradited To Los Alamos For Alleged Crimes Against A Child

on October 12, 2017 - 9:34pm
Tyson Collins
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tyson Collins, 24, was charged Oct. 10 with child solicitation by electronic communication device, sexual exploitation of children and criminal sexual communication with a child. The warrant was requested by Los Alamos Police Det. Matt Lyon and signed by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados July 12.

Collins was taken into custody July 26 by Centralia Police Department in Lewis County, Wash., and was finally extradited to Los Alamos last week. Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist filed a motion Oct.

Coleman Smith Appeals Municipal Court Judgment

on October 12, 2017 - 7:16am

Staff Report 


Attorney Marc W. Edwards has filed a notice of intent to appeal a judgment and sentencing handed down by Municipal Judge Alan Kirk to the First Judicial District Court on behalf of his client, Coleman A. Smith of Los Alamos.

Smith had pleaded not guilty but Judge Kirk found him guilty Sept. 22 of the charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and prohibited activities while driving.

On the DUI charge, Smith received a sentence of 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended.