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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.

Charges Filed In District Court Against Dustin Bingham

on August 9, 2017 - 8:45am

Dustin Bingham

Staff Report

Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez has filed a five-count criminal information against Dustin Bingham in First Judicial District Court, and as a result, is expected to dismiss the 11 counts pending against him in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Bingham is a former Los Alamos Police Department Detention Officer who worked for LAPD from 2012 to 2015 and went on to serve as a Santa Fe sheriff’s deputy until last February when he resigned. The alleged crimes occurred between November 2015 and 2017, several months after his employment at LAPD ended.

The charges in

Krista Wilhelm Charged With Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia Including 50 Hypodermic Needles

on August 9, 2017 - 8:27am

Krista Wilhelm

Staff Report

Charges have been filed against Krista Wilhelm in Los Alamos Magistrate Court after Los Alamos Police Department removed some 50 hypodermic needles Aug. 1 from her home.

LAPD officers responded to an address on Orange Street for a criminal trespass complaint involving Kevin Herring and reportedly observed “methamphetamine related drug paraphernalia throughout the home”, including multiple needles, methamphetamine cooking spoons, two “loaded needles” and multiple suboxone on the floor.

The statement of probable cause filed by Det. Ryan Wolking said Cpl.

Standoff With Man In Jemez Ends Peacefully

on August 9, 2017 - 8:03am

Sandoval County sheriff's deputies arrest man following standoff Tuesday in the Jemez. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene of a man wanted for a probation violation, who barricaded himself inside a Sierra de Los Pinos subdivision home Tuesday in the Jemez Mountains.

After an hours-long standoff, Sterling Bucholz, 35, who reportedly accosted a neighbor both Monday and Tuesday, ran from the house into the forest and was finally caught by a K-9 unit.

United Way of Northern New Mexico Hosts Mental Health First Aid Training For Public Safety

on August 8, 2017 - 4:51pm


​As a part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico's Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative, United Way of Northern New Mexico hosted a training, facilitated New Mexico State Police Sergeant​ Kiersten Harzewski for local law enforcement and public safety officials.

"United Way continues to look for ways to help our communities by providing services and resources pertaining to mental and behavioral health," said Kristy Ortega, Executive Director of United Way of Northern New Mexico.

No Injuries In West Jemez Road Accident

on August 8, 2017 - 3:59pm

Traffic is delayed Monday afternoon on West Jemez Road as a man and his grandson are rescued from their vehicle after it left the road and ended up in a ravine some 50 feet below. Los Alamos Police Officers Tim Lonz, Jay Eakins and Cmdr. Preston Ballew responded to the scene following a 911 call and rescued the two people from the vehicle. There were no injuries and no citation was issued. At first it proved difficult to locate the vehicle but it was eventually spotted by Eakins. Los Alamos Fire Department also responded. Photo by Josh Smith

District Attorney Marco Serna Visits Los Alamos

on August 8, 2017 - 2:56pm
First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna was in town today and met with reporter Maire O'Neill who covers the cops and courts beat for the Los Alamos Daily Post. Following the meeting, District Attorney Serna met with the news team in the Los Alamos Daily Post world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Global Plea Agreement For Ashley Garcia

on August 8, 2017 - 8:44am

Ashley Garcia and Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist following Garcia's global plea hearing in First Judicial District Court Monday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A Hernandez woman involved in a March 9 shoplifting incident, which ended with a local man being struck by a vehicle outside Bealls Department Store in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center has entered into a global plea agreement in the First Judicial District Court for charges in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties.

Ashley Garcia, 23,

Santa Fe National Forest Declares Cow Fire Out

on August 8, 2017 - 8:29am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest called the lightning-caused Cow Fire out at noon Monday.

The fire started July 18 in slash and dead and down timber within the burn scar of the 2000 Viveash Fire. Natural drainages and the rocky landscape helped fire crews contain the small fire to around seven acres. The Cow Fire also received a significant amount of monsoonal moisture.

Smoke should no longer be visible from the Cow Fire, which was about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos.

Fire updates are posted on the New

DWI Planning Council To Meet Thursday

on August 8, 2017 - 6:33am


The next Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council Meeting is at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 110 at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 

The meeting is open to the public.

I. Call to Order
II. Public Comment
III. Introductions
IV. Business

a. District Attorney Marco Serna visit

b. Summer Concert Safe Ride Report

c. Remaining Summer Concerts – sign up!

V. Approval of minutes from previous meeting: 6/8/17
VI. Coordinator’s Report

a. FY17 Q4 Distribution Report

b. FY18 Distribution & Grant Budget Review


Chapman: Quick Notes On The Sheriff/Police Question

on August 8, 2017 - 6:30am
By Ralph E. Chapman
Bon Vivant Paleontologist

Things have become amazingly convoluted in the letters to The Daily Post with all the odd twists and turns related to the question of what the Sheriff’s duties should be, if anything. I will not wade heavily into this area but have some observations.

For a time when I lived back East, a nearby County had both professional and volunteer fire departments whose coverage would, at times, apparently overlap. What a surprise that they often did not get along and, sometimes, would both show up at a fire scene.

Mama Bear And Cubs Spotted Dumpster Diving

on August 7, 2017 - 8:50pm
Bear spotted this morning near Urban Park. Photo by Jim Nesmith
Los Alamos
For the past couple of weeks, a mama bear and her two cubs have been dumpster diving all of the trash cans near Urban Park, 41st Street in particular. They usually limit their carousing to the wee hours of the morning but there have been two incidents in the last week where they were still in the neighborhood when it became light.
This morning, a little after 9 a.m., I received a call from my daughter that the two cubs were in a tree next to our house. She couldn't see the mama bear.

Spencer: Is ‘Bombs For Profits’ A Good Model For A Nuclear Weapons Lab?

on August 7, 2017 - 11:31am
Los Alamos

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.” –Dwight Eisenhower

The County Manager and Council Chair have both submitted comments to NNSA regarding the draft solicitation for the LANL M&O Request for Proposals. The letters sent to NNSA can be found in this Daily Post article.

Johnathan Gonzales Sentenced For DWI

on August 7, 2017 - 10:54am

Johnathan D. Gonzales
Los Alamos Daily Post

Johnathan D. Gonzales, 29, of Los Alamos was found guilty of driving under the influence and open container Thursday in Los Alamos Municipal Court in connection with his March 8 arrest.

Additional charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were dismissed under a plea agreement and the original charge of aggravated DWI was changed to DWI first offense.

Judge Alan Kirk gave Gonzales a 90-day suspended sentence and five days in jail or on electronic monitoring, a $750 fine and $250

Katcher Jury Trial Slated For Wednesday

on August 7, 2017 - 10:33am

Garrett Thayne Katcher
Los Alamos Daily Post


A jury trial for Garrett Thayne Katcher, 33, of Los Alamos is slated to begin Wednesday morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member. Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist is the prosecutor in the case and Katcher is represented by Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies in the first Magistrate Court jury trial of 2017.

Katcher was arrested Jan. 30 after former Los Alamos Police Ofc.

Bear Spotted In Tree On 41st Street This Morning

on August 7, 2017 - 9:59am

A bear is spotted this morning climbing in a tree on 41st Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Jim Nesmith

DEA Proposes Reduction To Amount Of Controlled Substances Manufactured In 2018

on August 6, 2017 - 8:13am

Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg


DEA News:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year by 20 percent as compared to 2017, per the proposed notice being published in the Federal Register Aug. 7, 2017 and available for public inspection today.

The DEA has proposed to reduce more commonly prescribed schedule II opioid painkillers, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, codeine, meperidine and fentanyl.

League Of Women Voters Lunch With A Leader Features Douglas Carver Of New Mexico Ethics Watch Aug. 15

on August 6, 2017 - 7:55am
LWV News:

The League of Women Voters will host its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader, at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Mesa Public Library. The leader this month is Douglas Carver.

Carver is the executive director of New Mexico Ethics Watch. He previously worked with the New Mexico Legislative Council Service and the Judicial Standards Commission. He graduated from Yale University, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of New Mexico School of Law.

He will discuss the proposed constitutional amendment regarding the establishment of an ethics commission, upon which the public

Udall Marks Second Anniversary Of Gold King Mine Spill With Calls For Action From EPA, Congress

on August 6, 2017 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement marking two years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the Gold King Mine spill in Southern Colorado and severely contaminated the Animas and San Juan rivers.
An EPA-supervised crew released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater, Aug. 5, 2015, into Cement Creek — which flows into the Animas and San Juan rivers — while working at the Gold King Mine in Colorado.
Udall released the following statement:
“Two years have passed

Letter To The Editor: County Council Overrides Voters

on August 6, 2017 - 7:26am
Los Alamos

This week’s County Council meeting may be standing room only!

During the upcoming County Council meeting Tuesday Aug. 8, the County Council is going to propose passing the items of the REC Bond, which were rejected by the County voters in May.

The two Councilors presenting the items for approval, James Chrobocinski and Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, are the subjects of a County investigation into an Ethics violation for their involvement in these items. According to the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), a complaint has been filed stating that both were involved in a Political

Proclamation Of Friendship From Los Alamos County Presented To Officials In Hiroshima, Japan

on August 6, 2017 - 6:50am

Kenji Shiga, director of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, holds a Proclamation of Friendship from Los Alamos County. With him are Yasuyoshi Komizo, chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation; Judith Stauber, museum director of the Los Alamos History Museum; and Michael Redondo, member of the board of directors for the Los Alamos Historical Society. Courtesy photo

Representing Los Alamos, Michael Redondo and Judith Stauber respond to members of the Japanese media in Hiroshima. Courtesy photo


Publications Director
Bathtub Row Press

A Los Alamos team arrived

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Nebel's Logic

on August 6, 2017 - 6:34am
By An Experienced Citizen
Los Alamos
I would like to suggest that Mr. Nebel isn’t very clear about things and how they work. While “Down at the farm with Grandma", I strongly doubt he’s ever been on the receiving end of fire. I have had that "opportunity" in Afghanistan, and would like to highlight some faults in his logic:
First of all, they are ‘magazines.’ Not “banana clips.”
Second -- and against my better judgement of chasing down his rabbit hole -- “Slug technology has improved tremendously over the last 30 years.