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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.

JACOB ROMERO

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

 

ALLAN L. HOULE

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.

 

CHARLES J. STERBA

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

Sheriff Candidate Files Second Suit Against County

on January 16, 2018 - 4:02pm

Greg White

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Greg White has filed another suit against Los Alamos County Council, this time adding County Manager Harry Burgess, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone, County Attorney Alvin Leaphart and Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits to the list of defendants.

A previous petition for writ of prohibition filed by White last October in the Supreme Court was denied.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Sues To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality

on January 16, 2018 - 1:56pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General

SANTA FE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

“Today we are taking aggressive legal action to stop the illegal rollback of net neutrality protections because New Mexico already struggles to

Municipal Judge Alan Kirk Announces Re-Election Bid

on January 16, 2018 - 8:04am
Municipal Judge Alan Kirk announces his bid for re-election Thursday evening at a GOP meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Alex and Erin Kirk help out with their father Judge Alan Kirk's first campaign 20 years ago. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos County Municipal Judge Alan S. Kirk announced his bid for re-election Thursday evening at a local Republican Party meeting at UNM-LA.

Kirk is serving his 20th year on the bench and spoke about his decision to seek a 6th term, during an interview Saturday

Houle Sentenced Following Complicated Hearing

on January 15, 2018 - 8:01am

Allan Houle is taken into custody Dec.11 for transportation to the Los Alamos Detention Center following sentencing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sentencing for Allan Houle under a plea agreement was finally held Jan. 11 before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in Santa Fe after two previous postponements due to the judge’s concerns about inconsistencies in plea agreements.

Judge Marlowe Sommer reviewed a plea agreement for Houle Sept.

Dist. Judge Greg Shaffer Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on January 11, 2018 - 4:49pm

First Judicial District Judge Greg Shaffer visits the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning after attending the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. Judge Shaffer was appointed to the bench in October following the retirement of Judge Sarah Singleton. His name will be on the ballot for election this year. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero Sues Attorney General Hector Balderas Under IPRA

on January 11, 2018 - 4:38pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero has filed suit against Attorney General Hector Balderas and his records custodian Patricia Salazar in First Judicial District Court alleging Balderas is withholding a 2016 memorandum containing an opinion or evaluation of the ongoing dispute involving the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s duties.

The suit was filed by Lucero’s attorney A. Blair Dunn who recently announced his candidacy for Balderas’s position.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 10, 2017 – Jan. 5, 2018

on January 10, 2018 - 2:02pm

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.

JAMES T. EVANS

Dec. 10 at 12:01 a.m. / Police arrested James T. Evans, 50, of Los Alamos on 36th Street and charged him with disorderly conduct.

 

 

STEVEN A. STOCK

Jan. 3 at 2:24 a.m. / Police arrested Steven A. Stock, 40, of Los Alamos at 3000 Trinity Dr., and charged him with aggravated battery.

 

VERONICA A. PADILLA

Jan. 3 at 8:06 a.m. / Police arrested Veronica A.

Byron Henderson To Spend Four Years In Prison

on January 9, 2018 - 3:29pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Byron Henderson, arrested last March during Los Alamos Police Department’s Operation Spring Cleaning, will serve a four-year prison sentence on two drug-related charges following his sentencing by Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer Jan. 4 in First Judicial Court.

The first count, possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine was reduced from a trafficking charge. Henderson was sentenced to 18 months on that charge and was handed a nine-year sentence on one count of trafficking with five years suspended.

Henderson will

Judge Binds Sachin Pandey Over To District Court

on January 9, 2018 - 3:25pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Sachin Pandey, 31, of Los Alamos has been bound over to First Judicial Court on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit a felony – sexual assault following a lengthy preliminary hearing Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

The charges are connected to an incident in the early hours of Sept. 24 at Camp May, which ended with the victim receiving stitches in her forehead at Los Alamos Medical Center.

Reporters Without Borders: Chinese Court Sentences Anti-Corruption Blogger Wu Gan To 8 Years In Prison

on January 8, 2018 - 6:58am
A Chinese court sentences anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan to eight years in prison. Courtesy photo
 
Anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the eight-year prison sentence that a Chinese court has imposed on Wu Gan, a blogger who campaigned tirelessly against government corruption until his arrest in 2015.
 
A court in the northern city of Tianjin passed the sentence Dec. 26 after convicting Wu of “subverting state power” at the end of a trial held behind closed doors.

Federal Judge Imposes Sanctions On Attorney In Dismissed Lawsuit Challenging Bail Reform

on January 8, 2018 - 6:37am

U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell

From Administrative Office of the Courts:

SANTA FE – A federal court has imposed sanctions on an attorney for making what the judge described as “groundless” and “frivolous” claims in a lawsuit that challenged New Mexico’s system of pretrial release and detention of criminal defendants.

U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell dismissed the lawsuit last month, and Thursday ordered sanctions against the attorney representing those who brought the lawsuit – the Bail Bond Association of New Mexico, several legislators and an Albuquerque woman who was charged

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Releases Warrant List

on January 5, 2018 - 7:11am

COURT News:

Judge Pat Casados has released a list of warrants active as of noon, Jan. 2 from Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

“We are cleaning house and want to get these warrants cleared up if possible,” Judge Casados said. “We plan to post our outstanding warrants on a monthly basis and hope those on the list will be prompted to take the necessary steps to resolve them.”

Judge Casados stressed that no amnesty program is in effect for the warrants.

Any defendant who needs more information is encouraged to contact the Court at 505.662.2727 or the New Mexico Warrant Hotline, 575.524.5860 or

Former Jail Officer/Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Bingham Sentenced For Criminal Sexual Contact With Minors

on January 4, 2018 - 7:52am

Dustin Bingham and his attorney Stephen D. Aarons Wednesday morning in First Judicial  District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

District Attorney Marco Serna, right, Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez and Defense Attorney Stephen D. Aarons consult with Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in court Wednesday as bailiff Steve Bing looks on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

SANTA FE Former Los Alamos County detention officer and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy Dustin Bingham, 37, will spend

FEMA To Stop Discriminating Against Churches, Synagogues Hit By Hurricanes

on January 3, 2018 - 11:13am
BECKET News:
 
  • Supreme Court decision requires equal treatment for houses of worship hit by hurricanes
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  FEMA announced a new policy today that ought to put an end to its discrimination against churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship. The new policy comes in response to two lawsuits brought by three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues seeking immediate and equal access to disaster relief aid.
 
FEMA says that the new policy is required by the Supreme Court’s June 2017 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, which ruled that the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 27, 2017-Jan. 2, 2018

on January 3, 2018 - 9:41am

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.

AARON B. KOETTER

Dec. 27 at 4:42 p.m. /Police arrested Aaron B. Koetter, 41, of Los Alamos at the Pajarito Brew Pub on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

 

ANTHONY RAYMOND MARTINEZ

Dec. 28 at 9:35 a.m. / Police arrested Anthony Raymond Martinez, 32, of Los Alamos in Apt. 3 at 1203 9th St., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant for a charge of reckless driving.

 

Amy Woods Arrested For Embezzlement From Council On Cancer

on January 2, 2018 - 12:40pm

Amy Woods

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Amy Woods of Los Alamos has been arrested and charged with embezzlement of $3,500 from the Los Alamos Council on Cancer. Woods was president of the Council when the theft occurred.

The theft was reported to LAPD when treasurer Elida Summers was checking the balances of the non-profit organization’s accounts for year-end summaries. Summers and vice president Diane Hammon told LAPD Det. Ryan Wolking Dec. 29 that seven ATM withdrawals of $500 were made daily from Dec. 15 through Dec.

Auto Burglar Skylar Smith Back In Court

on January 1, 2018 - 1:41pm
Skylar B. Smith
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Skylar B. Smith, 25, arrested in Los Alamos in 2012 on 20 counts of automobile burglary and 16 counts of larceny, is scheduled for a probation violation hearing Thursday before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

Adult Parole and Probation officials have stated that Smith is “clearly not suitable for supervision”.

“He is so involved in criminal activity it almost appears as if he goes out of his way to get himself arrested on felony charges,” officials said following Smith’s latest

New Mexico Court Of Appeals Upholds Need For Public Hearing For LANL Discharge Permit

on December 30, 2017 - 5:58am
New Mexico Environmental Law Center News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Court of Appeals sent a rebuke to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) regarding its decision to uphold the NMED’s denial of a public hearing requested by Communities for Clean Water (CCW) as part of a groundwater discharge permit process for the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Security (DOE/LANS).
 
Communities for Clean Water, represented by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, is a coalition of six organizations:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear

2017 Cops And Courts Year In Review

on December 28, 2017 - 10:00am
At its annual banquet earlier this month, the Los Alamos Public Safety Association honored LAPD Det. Ryan Wolking in recognition of his execution of Operation Spring Cleaning, a successful drug sting that followed months of investigation. From left, LAPSA Vice Chairman and Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Treasurer Lisa Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo Fire Chief Mel Tafoya, pilot Amy Ross, Wolking, FBI agent Chris Mamula and LAPSA Secretary Donna Martinez. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the end of 2017 draws near,

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 20 – Dec. 26, 2017

on December 27, 2017 - 10:35am

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.

NICHOLE BORREGO

Dec. 20 at 11:02 a.m. / Police arrested Nichole Borrego, 27, of Chimayo at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

RALEIGH C. WHITT

Dec. 20 at 6: 36 p.m. / Police arrested Raleigh G. Whitt, 30, of Los Alamos at 156 Tunyo on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

JOSHUA J. MONTOYA

Dec. 22 at 11:23 a.m.

Marcos Romero Slated For First Appearance In Concealing Identity Case

on December 27, 2017 - 8:41am

COURT News:

Marcos Romero, 37, of Chimayo is slated for a first appearance Jan. 11, 2018 before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados on three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one charge of concealing his identity.

The charges stem from a Dec. 15 visit to a Hacienda Street address by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jaime Gonzales and Cpl. Ben Irving in response to a reported domestic dispute. Although not involved in the dispute, Romero claimed to be someone other than himself because he knew he had an outstanding warrant.

The police incident report states that during a search

Ray Martinez Faces Preliminary Hearing Jan. 12

on December 26, 2017 - 3:21pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A preliminary hearing has been set for Jan. 12, for Ray D. Martinez, 29, of El Rito on charges of possession of a controlled substance, failure to display registration and driving while license is suspended or revoked.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias was driving through a parking lot on Central Avenue Dec. 18, when she noticed a vehicle drive out of a parking spot that it had just pulled into. She followed the vehicle but had a very difficult time reading the license plate as it had a plate cover over it.

Karyne Archuleta First Appearance Set For Jan. 18

on December 26, 2017 - 11:19am

COURT News:

Two Magistrate Court Judges, Judge Pat Casados and Judge Alexandra Naranjo, have recused themselves from a Los Alamos embezzlement case. Karyne Archuleta of Los Alamos is now scheduled for a first appearance Jan.18 before Judge Matthew S. Page.

A criminal summons was filed Dec. 5 charging Archuleta with embezzlement of more than $17,500 from her former employer, Annette Weyrauch, owner of Physical Therapy Plus in Los Alamos.

Drugs And Paraphernalia Found On Local Inmate

on December 23, 2017 - 4:58pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 30-year-old Fairview woman was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession or use of drug paraphernalia after she was arrested Dec. 19 in the Los Alamos County Detention Center.

Following a search at the Detention Center, Melody Lopez was found to have in her bra two orange needle caps and the barrel and plunger part of a needle, both of which had been cut to be smaller in size than normal.

Two strips consistent with Suboxone and 14 round white pills identified as Clonazepan

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