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Former Manager Of Mescalero Apache Tribe Owned Childcare Center Pleads Guilty To Theft Charge

on August 21, 2017 - 6:54am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The former manager of Team Members Childcare Center (TMCC), a childcare center owned by the Mescalero Apache Tribe and operated at the Inn of the Mountain Gods (IMG) on behalf of its employees that require childcare pled guilty Aug. 14 in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to a theft of government money charge.
Gina McPherson, 49, of Capitan, was arrested May 1, 2017, and was charged by criminal complaint with theft of public money. According to the criminal complaint, McPherson committed the crime from Sept. 2011 through Jan.

DPU Notes Increase In Gas Leak Reports

on August 20, 2017 - 2:39pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spike in suspected gas leaks reported to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and Los Alamos Fire Department last week was mostly related to leaking appliances, according to the County’s Deputy Utilities Manager Jack Richardson.

There was a total of six calls Aug. 17 alone but Richardson said his supervisors were not really surprised.

“As we head into fall weather, people are relighting furnaces and using more gas, so we get more calls than we typically do.

FBI: Leader Of Sunland Park Heroin Trafficking Ring Sentenced To Six Years

on August 18, 2017 - 7:29am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Raymundo Munoz, 69, of Sunland Park, was sentenced Aug. 15 in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to 72 months in prison for his conviction on heroin trafficking charges. Munoz will be on supervised release for four years after completing his prison sentence.
Munoz was the ringleader of a heroin trafficking organization operating out of Sunland Park, that obtained its heroin from Juan Francisco Rivera, 60, of El Paso, Tex., that was the target of a DEA-led investigation.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Sentenced For Federal Bank Robbery Conviction

on August 18, 2017 - 6:48am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Kenneth Columbus Burwell, 54, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Aug. 8 in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on a bank robbery charge.
Burwell was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the US Bank branch located at 3000 Central Ave. SE in Albuquerque on Oct. 14, 2015. Burwell subsequently was indicted on Nov. 15, 2016, and charged with bank robbery.
On March 7, 2017, Burwell pled guilty to the indictment, and admitted that on Oct.

Los Alamos Municipal Court Briefs

on August 17, 2017 - 6:56am



Christian Chavez appeared before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk Aug. 3 on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and open container. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to a $100 fine for the paraphernalia charge, $75 for the marijuana charge and $100 for the open container charge plus court fees for all three charges.

Jerome Montoya was pleaded guilty to driving with no license and was fined $100 plus $65 in fees. He pleaded not guilty to a second charge of prohibited acts while driving.

Javier Duarte-Medrano pleaded guilty to battery.

LAPD Investigates Vandalism At Overlook Park

on August 17, 2017 - 6:38am

LAPD News:


The Los Alamos Police Department is investigating vandalism at Overlook Park in White Rock, which occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Aug. 11 and Aug. 12.

LAPD Cpl. Sheldon Simpson discovered the vandalism while on patrol and there also were reports from members of the public. Simpson first noticed damage to the lids of trash cans and then found that two picnic tables were missing, which he later discovered had been thrown over the cliff into the canyon.

​Cmdr. Preston Ballew said Wednesday that anyone with information on this incident should call LAPD Dispatch at 505.662.8222.

LAPSA Presents Local Student With New Mini-Bike

on August 16, 2017 - 4:52pm

LAPSA Vice President/Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, left, and LAPSA President Jeff Dare present fundraising project winner Xavier Chalkley, 13, of Los Alamos with a Coleman mini-bike Tuesday outside the Los Alamos Police Department. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Public Safety Association Vice President and Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and LAPSA President Jeff Dare of LANL Emergency Response presented Xavier Chalkley, 13, of Los Alamos with a Coleman mini-bike. Chalkley is the winner of the LAPSA fundraising project and purchased his winning ticket following the Rodeo Parade Saturday.

Inspection Operation Puts 17 Commercial Vehicles ‘Out Of Service’ Near Waldo

on August 16, 2017 - 2:37pm
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police officers participated in a Weight and Inspection Operation, Aug. 1-3, near Waldo off I-25.
During a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors with the New Mexico State Police conducted inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers, with an emphasis on infractions that would cause them to be placed Out of Service.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 10 To Aug. 14, 2017

on August 16, 2017 - 1:11pm

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.


Aug. 10 at 2:14 a.m. / Johnny Lowance, 46, of Los Alamos was arrested in Rio Arriba County on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and an out of state warrant.



Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. / Daniel G. Archuleta, 35, of Espanola was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.




Aug. 11 at 12:33 p.m.

FBI: Man With Salt And Pepper Beard Robs Albuquerque Bank

on August 16, 2017 - 6:45am
FBI News:
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for an unidentified man who robbed U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Blvd. NE, at approximately 5:35 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.
The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male in his late 30s to early 40s, about 5'6 to 6' tall with a medium to stocky build, dark hair, and a salt and pepper beard.
He wore a black baseball cap, black T-shirt, khaki pants, and dark shoes. The suspect entered the bank and presented a demand note to a teller.

FBI: New Mexico State Police Capture Albuquerque Man Wanted For Bank Robbery

on August 15, 2017 - 9:09am
FBI News:
The New Mexico State Police located Dennis Saavedra during a traffic stop in Española on August 12, 2017 and turned him over to the FBI. Saavedra is expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.
Previous news release, issued Wednesday:
The FBI is looking for Dennis Anthony Saavedra, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for bank robbery.
On Aug. 3, 2017, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, after Saavedra was charged with bank robbery.
Saavedra is

LAPD: Let's Work Together To Make School Year Safe

on August 14, 2017 - 2:17pm

LAPD News:

With school starting this Thursday, Aug. 17, the Los Alamos Police Department will be stepping up its presence in designated school zones throughout the communty.

While all drivers have a responsibility of adjusting their driving habits during school hours, parents of school children have a responsibility as well in keeping kids safe. Please pay attention to your speed and watch for children at cross walks.

Also be mindful of school busses loading and unloading children. Give yourself extra time if you are taking children to school and buckle everyone up.

Traffic is always

Automated Fingerprint Analysis Now Closer To Reality

on August 14, 2017 - 10:47am

Fingerprints left at a crime scene—so-called latent prints—are often partial, distorted and smudged. Courtesy/Chugh et al., Hancek/NIST

The first big case involving fingerprint evidence in the United States was the murder trial of Thomas Jennings in Chicago in 1911. Jennings had broken into a home in the middle of the night and, when discovered by the homeowner, shot the man dead.

Taylor Sentenced In Two District Court Cases

on August 14, 2017 - 7:08am

Staff Report


Adrian Taylor pleaded guilty Aug. 7 and admitted to violating the terms of his probation on a charge of trafficking methamphetamine by distribution before First Judicial District Judge T.  Glenn Ellington in Santa Fe. Taylor received a 9-year suspended sentence, was placed on supervised probation for five years and ordered to enter an inpatient treatment facility approved by Adult Parole and Probation. 

On a second charge of fourth offense driving under the influence, Taylor also pleaded guilty.

Dyson Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

on August 14, 2017 - 7:05am

James Jeremiah Dyson, right, and Adrian Taylor await sentencing Aug. 7 in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

James Jeremiah Dyson, 42, was sentenced to three years in prison Aug. 7 in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe on charges of sexual exploitation of children and failure to register as a sex offender. Under the terms of a global repeat offender plea and disposition signed in April, Dyson agreed to plead no contest.

FBI: Albuquerque Felon Charged With Unlawfully Possessing A Firearm And Ammunition

on August 11, 2017 - 7:02am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Aug. 8 Abran Apodaca, 37, of Albuquerque, made his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The charge arises from an Aug. 4, 2017 incident during which FBI Special Agents and a Task Force Officer fired at Apodaca after he allegedly pointed a rifle at an Agent.
The criminal complaint alleges that on Aug.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Wanted For Bank Robbery

on August 11, 2017 - 6:43am
FBI News:
The FBI is looking for Dennis Anthony Saavedra, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for bank robbery.
Aug. 3, 2017, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico after Saavedra was charged with bank robbery.
He has a tattoo on his neck, as well tattoos on his back, chest, arms, hands, and fingers. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Saavedra's whereabouts is asked to immediately call the FBI at 505.889.1300. The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to

FBI: Tom Begaye, Jr., Pleads Guilty

on August 10, 2017 - 6:57am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Tom Begaye, Jr., 28, entered a guilty plea to a six-count indictment charging him with murder, aggravated sexual abuse and kidnapping offenses arising out of the abduction and murder of an 11-year-old Navajo child on May 2, 2016.
Begaye entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement that requires the imposition of a mandatory term of life imprisonment without the possibility of release.
“The Navajo Nation mourned when we learned of the vicious murder of Ashlynne Mike. The Nation has carried this pain ever since.

Plea Agreement Reached Prior To Katcher Trial

on August 9, 2017 - 4:06pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A plea agreement was reached Wednesday morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Garrett Thayne Katcher, 33, of Los Alamos. Jurors called for selection for his trial on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member were dismissed.

Katcher agreed to plead no contest to the lesser charge of battery against a household member.

During County Rodeo Access To Stable Area Limited

on August 9, 2017 - 12:19pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to remind all vendors, participants, visitors and stable owners, that during the 2017 Los Alamos County Rodeo, access to the stable area is going to be restricted. 

To enter the stables or Brewer Arena, all pedestrians and vehicles must enter off of San Ildefonso Road only. As you travel closer to the arena, you will be guided to the appropriate location for parking.

Please be safe and enjoy the 2017 rodeo activities.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 3 To Aug. 8, 2017

on August 9, 2017 - 11:41am

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.


Aug. 3 at 10:20 a.m. / Police arrested Aleah B. Stahl, 36, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





Aug. 3 at 3:43 p.m. / Police arrested Trevor Ray Martin, 21, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.




Eddy County Murderer, Armed Robber To Stay In Prison After Supreme Court Upholds Conviction

on August 9, 2017 - 10:29am
Senovio Mendoza/Courtesy photo
AG News:
ARTESIA Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Senovio Mendoza’s first-degree murder and armed robbery convictions.
In January 2012, Mendoza was smoking methamphetamine and then drove from his home in Carlsbad to Artesia with two other men to demand money from Timothy Wallace.

LAPD Bomb Squad Members Participate In Last Week's Raven's Challenge At Camp Pendleton

on August 9, 2017 - 10:11am

A joint-agency team of Los Alamos Police Department Bomb Squad members Cmdr. Preston Ballew and Cpl. Sheldon Simpson and U.S. Army personnel begin an explosive ordnance disposal challenge during the 2017 Raven's Challenge competition Aug. 3 at Camp Pendleton in California. Courtesy/DoD by EJ Hersom

Los Alamos Police Deparment Bomb Squad Cmdr. Preston Ballew carries a munitions box during last week's Raven's Challenge at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Courtesy DoD by EJ Hersom

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, left, and U.S. Army Sgt.

Police Resuscitate Stahl Following Heroin Overdose

on August 9, 2017 - 9:44am

Aleah Stahl
Los Alamos Daily Post

Aleah Stahl, 36, of Los Alamos is back in custody at the Los Alamos Detention Center two days after Los Alamos police officers and Fire Department EMTs responded to her home and found she had reportedly overdosed on heroin. She will remain in custody until she goes to trial.

LAPD Sgt. Tim Lonz arrived on the scene to find Stahl not breathing and without a pulse, according to reports, and performed CPR until she began to breath.