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Detention Hearing For Bingham Continued

on May 11, 2017 - 7:43am

Dustin J. Bingham appeared Tuesday for a detention hearing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Staff Report

A Los Alamos man charged with eight counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor will remain in jail at least until Friday, May 12, when more evidence will be heard in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Dustin Bingham was arrested May 3 and arraigned May 4 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

The motion filed by Deputy District Attorney Michael A. Nunez states that Bingham poses a danger to himself if released as he has

LANL Emergency Exercise Set For Thursday

on May 10, 2017 - 5:04pm
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency-preparedness exercise from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 11. 
It is only an exercise. The Laboratory routinely conducts these exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other Laboratory personnel who would respond to an actual emergency. There could be increased emergency vehicle traffic around town.
Emergency Operations works closely with participating Lab organizations to keep employees and the community apprised of real or simulated emergency exercises.

Judge Dismisses Vicious Dog Charges Against Owner

on May 9, 2017 - 8:46pm

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, right, chats with Animal Control Public Service Aides Robert Aragon and Alisha Lenderman following today’s hearing in Magistrate Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Witness Wendee Brunish leaves Magistrate Court today after testifying in support of the release of Leslie Sherman’s dogs. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Criminal charges of keeping a dog known to be vicious filed against Leslie Sherman were dismissed today in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and the paperwork

Heinrich On FBI Director James Comey Firing

on May 9, 2017 - 7:39pm

Former FBI Director James Comey


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today released the following statement on the firing of FBI Director James Comey:

“President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director Comey smacks of President Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. If this is an effort to stop the investigations into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, it won’t succeed.

“This is a direct attack on the integrity and independence of the FBI.

State Police: Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols In May

on May 9, 2017 - 7:40am
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of May 2017.
NMSP is bringing awareness to this, 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.
People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into friends and families.

County DWI Planning Council Meeting Thursday

on May 9, 2017 - 7:07am

LAFD Responds To Medical Emergency Near MVD

on May 8, 2017 - 7:38pm
Los Alamos Fire Department Station 6 responded to a medical emergency of an elderly man this afternoon outside the New Mexico Motor Vehicles Department on Central Avenue. Details are not being released at this time. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew, left, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris assist Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs during a medical emergency this afternoon outside the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles on Central Avenue.  Photo by Maire O'Neill
Los Alamos Police Department officers assisted LAFD personnel by securing the area around

Council Honors LAFD Station 4, B Shift Crew For Receiving Phoenix Award For Saving Lives

on May 8, 2017 - 9:05am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, briefed members of the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening on the fact that his B Shift crew at Fire Station 4 has been awarded the Phoenix CPR Award for saving the lives of Los Alamos residents suffering cardiac arrest. The heroes of the B Shift crew include, Captain/Paramedic Joseph Baca, Driver Engineer/Paramedic Van Leimer and Firefighters Matthew Austin, Zachary Shriver and Kenneth Martinez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County staff and community members give a standing ovation to the B Shift crew at Fire Station 4 for saving

Council Declares May Motorcycle Awareness Month

on May 8, 2017 - 8:41am

Richard Sturgeon addresses the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday in which he accepts a proclamation declaring the Month of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler, third from right, presents a proclamation on behalf of the Council to Richard Sturgeon and members of the local motorcycle community, declaring the Month of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Staff Report  


During Tuesday's regular meeting in Council Chambers,

Charges Dismissed Against Lee Weinland

on May 8, 2017 - 7:09am

Lee Weinland
Los Alamos Daily Post

Almost four years to the day after being arrested for alleged criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13, the charges against Lee Weinland of Los Alamos have been dismissed by Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

The dismissal without prejudice was filed April 28 in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Wahlquist declined to comment on the dismissal “due to the sensitive nature of the case”.

According to an incident/investigation report filed by former Los Alamos Police Det.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Nebel

on May 8, 2017 - 6:57am
Portola Valley, Calif. 
(Los Alamos resident 1968-2014)

I was a signatory to the letter published in the May 4 edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), in which 18 retired LANL scientists expressed concern regarding federal plans to suppress scientific research and monitoring related to environmental protection and public health.

In the May 6 edition of the Daily Post, Richard Nebel responded thoughtfully, pointing to the productivity of private industry, the bureaucratic ineptness of government, and the feelings of laborers (link). However, he missed the essence of

Judge Grants Katcher Time To Obtain Public Defender

on May 7, 2017 - 7:15am

Garrett Thayne Katcher

Staff Report

Garrett Thayne Katcher of Los Alamos appeared Thursday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for a pre-trial hearing on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member.

At the beginning of the proceedings, his attorney, Public Defender Tyr Loranger told Judge Pat Casados his attorney-client relationship with Katcher had collapsed due to behavior exhibited by Katcher in the hallway prior to court. He asked to be removed from the case. Casados gave Katcher until May 22 to obtain a public defender and set a status hearing for May 25.

Katcher was

PEER: The Thin Green Line Patrolling National Parks Is In Danger Of Snapping ...

on May 6, 2017 - 2:53pm

PEER News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of rangers protecting the national parks and their visitors is steadily shrinking even as new parks are added and the number of park visitors balloons to new records, according to figures posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Aggravating its diminishing resources, the National Park Service’s (NPS) law enforcement program is adrift because it does not possess any real planning capacity, budgetary stability or overall leadership.

Figures released by NPS to PEER indicate that the number of permanent law enforcement

Opening Statement Of Ranking Member Heinrich On National Labs, Contributions To Military Operations And Readiness

on May 5, 2017 - 4:03pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing, "Department of Defense Laboratories and Their Contributions to Military Operations and Readiness." 
Below is the opening statement of Ranking Member Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) as prepared for delivery and a video is available here.
Let me begin by thanking Senator Ernst for holding this hearing on our nation's defense laboratories and technology innovation.

It’s OK To Ask: Hand Hygiene As A Frontline Defense Against Infection

on May 5, 2017 - 10:35am
By JOYCE RICHINS, RN, Infection Control Specialist
Los Alamos Medical Center

Wash your hands. How many times have we heard that oft-repeated refrain over our lifetimes? Since we were children, we’ve been encouraged to wash our hands after playing outside, before eating, after using the restroom and any one of a number of other occasions.

And not without reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 80 percent of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch.

Local Man Charged With Forgery, Fraud

on May 5, 2017 - 10:08am

Elijah Meason

Los Alamos Daily Post

A 28-year-old Los Alamos man has been charged with forgery and fraud after he allegedly took a check without the victim’s knowledge and used it to make a purchase at Smith’s Marketplace.

Elijah Meason was arrested April 21 by Los Alamos Police Department Det. Ryan Wolking following a recorded interview during which Meason allegedly admitted to the crimes.

According to police records, Cpl.

Inside Look At Jemez Mountain Fire Center At TA-49

on May 5, 2017 - 9:55am
Santa Fe National Forest Helitack Supervisor Brian Kliesen stands in front of the agency’s Bell 407 helicopter. Photo by Maire O’Neill/
National Park Service Fire Management Officer Marla Rodgers shows a map of the area covered by the Fire Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Marla Rodgers is the Fire Management Officer for a huge area of New Mexico including Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Pecos National Historical Park and Fort Union National Monument.

It may seem as though her position

Local Woman Charged With Shoplifting

on May 5, 2017 - 9:52am

Aleah Stahl

Los Alamos Daily Post

Aleah Stahl, 36, of Los Alamos, has been charged with shoplifting, tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance following her arrest at Smith’s Marketplace April 12.

Stahl was allegedly observed by the store’s loss prevention manager selecting a phone charger and pencil case in the electronics aisle. Stahl then allegedly removed the charger from its plastic bag, took the inventory control tag off it and placed it in the pencil case.

In a statement made to Cpl.

Los Alamos Sees Continued Decrease In Crime

on May 5, 2017 - 9:21am

LAPD News:

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the first 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.  

The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category.

Screenagers Draws Capacity Crowd ... Replays Today

on May 5, 2017 - 8:34am

Parents and youth fill the lobby Thurday evening at the Reel Deal Theater for the showing of the Screenagers documentary. Los Alamos Public Schools Healthy Schools Initiative and JJAB provided the showing for free to parents and youth. The documentary explores the impact of screen technology on teens and adults. Plans are being made to show the film again in the fall. A showing will be available for teens at 4:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Teen Center on 20th Street and Central Avenue. Courtesy photo

The Screenagers documentary drew capacity attendance Thursday evening for the showing at

Governor Susana Martinez Unveils Latest Hard-Hitting Ads To Fight Drunk Driving

on May 4, 2017 - 10:37pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the latest a series of ads that provide a firsthand perspective of the reality of a DWI arrest. The new ads will play through Cinco de Mayo weekend to encourage New Mexicans not to drink and drive.

“There’s no excuse for driving drunk, and these ads show exactly what happens to those who make the choice to endanger others on our roads,” Governor Martinez said. “Our law enforcement officers are dedicated to keeping New Mexicans safe. If you drive drunk, they will arrest you and you will go to jail.

News Alert: Crane Moving Through Los Alamos May 22

on May 4, 2017 - 4:24pm

News Alert:

Crane Service Inc. of Albuquerque will be moving a crane through Los Alamos during the morning of May 22.

The Los Alamos police will escort the crane, 9-11 a.m. that day, through town on N.M. 502 (Main Hill Road) to 2075 Trinity Dr. for abatement purposes.

Police Arrest Former Jailer Dustin J. Bingham

on May 4, 2017 - 4:20pm

Dustin J. Bingham

Staff Report

A former Los Alamos Police Department Detention Officer was arrested Wednesday and charged with eight counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor.

Dustin J. Bingham was arraigned before Judge Pat Casados today in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Bingham worked for LAPD from September 2012 to April 2015. He also served as a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy from April 2015 until he resigned in February. The alleged crimes occurred between November 2015 and April 2017, several months after his employment at LAPD ended.

Bingham will remain incarcerated until a hearing

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 26 To May 1, 2017

on May 4, 2017 - 4:05pm

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.​

April 26/Concha Herrera, 38, of Truchas was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.





April 26/Ryan Barnes, 39, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.




April 27/Elijah Meason, 27, of Los Alamos was arrestedand charged with forgery and fraud.






First Bear Festival May 13

on May 4, 2017 - 3:25pm
New Mexico’s First Bear Festival May 13 at Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak

PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation (LEWF), New Mexico’s first Bear Festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. There will even be a scent dog demonstration to show the abilities of a dog’s nose. A bear’s nose is about seven times better than a Bloodhound’s nose, allowing bears to smell about 2,100 times better than humans!

Last summer, black bears made headlines in Los