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Marcos Romero Slated For First Appearance In Concealing Identity Case

on December 27, 2017 - 8:41am


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
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


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.

NMSP Investigate Homicide Near Cuba

on December 26, 2017 - 11:04am
Kimsey Barboan is charged with murder. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched Dec. 16 to the Circle K in Cuba to perform a welfare check on an occupant of a pickup.   

In the pickup they found Kimsey Barboan, 33, of Cuba. Barboan appeared intoxicated and had a laceration across his forehead. Barboan told officers he had been assaulted by a group of unknown males. 

During the interaction officers noticed a baseball bat with blood on it as well as a rifle in the pickup.

Drugs And Paraphernalia Found On Local Inmate

on December 23, 2017 - 4:58pm
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

Plea Agreement Underway For Tabatha Jones

on December 23, 2017 - 4:48pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tabatha Jones of White Rock waived her preliminary hearing Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on a charge of embezzling more than $2,500 and less than $20,000 from the non-profit Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League (LAYFCL).

The charge is a third-degree felony, which carries a possible penalty of three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

In return for a plea agreement, Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and Jones’ attorney David Gower told the court that an arraignment and plea hearing would take place in

On The Job In Los Alamos: Acting Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera

on December 22, 2017 - 4:52pm

On the job in Los Alamos is Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera in his office today at the Los Alamos Police Department. Wardlow Herrera serves as acting chief whenever Chief Dino Sgambellone is out of the office. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Luján And Schakowsky Urge FTC To Scrutinize Uber’s Handling Of Data Breach Involving 57 Million Customers

on December 22, 2017 - 9:05am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) this week sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) expressing significant concerns regarding Uber’s privacy and security practices.

Earlier this year, Uber and the federal government reached an agreement to address privacy and data security violations. However, while the company was negotiating this settlement, it also was concealing a massive data breach involving more than 57 million consumers and Uber drivers.

The lawmakers’ letter

FBI: Man Wearing White Miami Dolphins Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on December 22, 2017 - 5:30am

Bank robber. Courtesy/FBI


FBI News:


A man wearing a white Miami Dolphins baseball cap and a tan jacket robbed a bank Thursday in northwest Albuquerque.

The suspect is described as approximately 5'10" tall, with a medium build. He wore a white Miami Dolphins baseball cap, a tan jacket, sunglasses, dark gloves and a dark bandana over his face. 
The suspect entered Bank of Albuquerque at approximately 4:56 p.m. at 401 Coors Blvd. NW. He presented a demand note to a teller, who gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money.
The suspect left the bank on a moped or small

FBI: Man Wearing White Hard Hat, Orange Vest Tries To Rob Albuquerque Bank

on December 21, 2017 - 8:47am
Man attempting to rob bank. Courtesy/FBI
FBI News:
A man wearing a white hard hat and an orange safety vest attempted to rob a northeast Albuquerque bank and fled on a purple bicycle Tuesday Dec. 19.
The suspect is described as a white male with tanned skin. He is in his 20s or early 30s, approximately 6'2" tall, with a thin build. He wore a white hard hat, a white dusk mask, sunglasses or safety glasses, a dark hooded sweatshirt, an orange safety vest, dark gloves and dark pants. 
At approximately 4:35 p.m., the suspect entered Bank of America at 5600 Lomas Blvd.

DeBenedittis Calls For New Mexico Governor And Legislators To Lead On Net Neutrality

on December 21, 2017 - 8:40am

Peter DeBenedittis

From the Office of gubernatorial candidate Peter DeBenedittis:

Stating that “The new Federal Communications Commission appointees have shown their true colors and sold out Internet users, small businesses, and free speech by eliminating net neutrality,” Progressive Democratic candidate for governor, Dr. Peter DeBenedittis, is calling on Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico State Legislators to take the lead where regulators in DC have failed.

The new rules passed by the FCC allow internet service providers to block or charge more for any content they choose.

“Is it

LAFD Honors Chamisa Student For Bravery

on December 21, 2017 - 6:13am

Los Alamos Fire Department Station 1 C Shift crew pose with Monday with Moorea Montano who was honored for her bravery following a Nov. 6 vehicle accident in which her father was injured. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Moorea Montano sits in a Los Alamos Fire Department truck Monday with Driver/Engineer Joe DiFranco. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Chamisa Elementary School students and the Los Alamos Fire Department honored an 11-year-old girl Tuesday for her bravery during a two-vehicle accident Nov.

McQuiston: Don’t Let Grinches Steal Your Christmas

on December 21, 2017 - 5:32am
The Jemez Agency
By the time you read this column, you may be done with your Christmas shopping, but the message can be used all year round.
Online shopping makes it easy to find a great selection of gifts and can be a big time-saver. Unfortunately, thieves are waiting to take advantage of you.
Here are some tips to protect yourself while shopping online:
  • Install the most recent updates for spam filters, anti-virus protection, and firewall security on your computer or phone.
  • Use secure websites and logoff when finished. Look for an “s” in the website URLs. “

Judge Unexpectedly Continues Houle Sentencing

on December 21, 2017 - 5:15am

Allan Houle, center, awaits his sentencing hearing along with his attorney Sam Roule, right, and Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A sentencing hearing for Allan Houle was commenced and continued Wednesday morning by First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer at the Los Alamos Justice Center.

Delbert Romero Arrested Following Police Chase

on December 21, 2017 - 5:00am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Delbert J. Romero, 35, of Los Alamos has been charged with reckless driving, careless driving, resisting an officer by refusing to bring a vehicle to a stop and three other charges following a Dec. 15 incident where he led police in a low speed chase through the downtown area.

Court documents filed by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Ben Irving indicate that at around 2:45 p.m., he was dispatched to investigate a reckless driver in a 1997 black Mustang bearing the registration plate ZIONDNA.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 15 – Dec. 19, 2017

on December 20, 2017 - 2:56pm

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.


Dec. 15 at 11:07 a.m. / Police arrested Melody Lopez, 33, of San Juan Pueblo at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.




Dec. 15 at 1:43 p.m.

Inmate Receives High School Equivalency Credential

on December 20, 2017 - 7:57am

Anthony Lambson shows some of the books he used to study for his High School Equivalency Credential while incarcerated in the Los Alamos Detention Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Anthony Lambson, 21, just received his High School Equivalency Credential from the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA). While this would be a cause for celebration for anyone, it is particularly significant for Lambson who will be leaving the Los Alamos Detention Center Thursday after almost 18 months in custody.

Lambson said

Notice: Public Meeting On Annual Plan For Cleanup Of LANL Legacy Waste Jan. 16

on December 20, 2017 - 7:44am
NMED News:
SANTA FE  The state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos field office are hosting a public meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 16, 2018 at the Los Alamos County Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave. in Los Alamos, concerning cleanup priorities for legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for fiscal year 2018.
The Consent Order (CO) is a settlement agreement between the state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S.

Reporters Without Borders Round-Up: 65 Journalists Killed In 2017, 326 Kept In Prison, 54 Held Hostage

on December 20, 2017 - 7:28am

RSF News:

The number of women journalists murdered in 2017 has doubled...

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is releasing its annual round-up of violence and abuses against journalists throughout the world. A total of 65 journalists were killed in 2017, 326 are in prison and 54 are held hostage. 

The 65 journalists who were killed were either fatally injured in the course of their work (for example, in an artillery bombardment) or were murdered because their reporting angered someone. The murdered reporters were the majority – 60 percent of the total figure.

Although these figures are alarming, 2017

AG Balderas Joins 20 Attorneys General Urging Congress To Swiftly Pass Clean Dream Act To Protect Dreamers

on December 20, 2017 - 7:11am
Attorney General Balderas
AG News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the holiday district work period for Congress approaches, Attorney General Balderas joined 19 other Attorneys General on the statement released below urging Congress to pass the Dream Act before adjourning.
The statement reads:
“As our states’ chief legal officers, we urge Congress to pass the Dream Act before adjourning for the holidays. Congress must act to address the status of the youth and young adults who were brought into our country as children and who now live, work and attend school in our communities.

DOE Awards New Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract To Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC

on December 20, 2017 - 6:47am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of the new Los Alamos National Laboratory legacy cleanup contract to Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC, out of Broomfield, Colo.

The total value of the contract is $1,390,086,635. The period of performance includes a 90-day Contract Transition Period, Base Period of five years, Option Period 1 for three years, Option Period 2 for two years, with a total period of performance of up to ten years and three months.

Probation Violation Dismissed Against Adrian Trujillo

on December 19, 2017 - 3:49pm

Adrian Trujillo arrives in First Judicial Court Friday for a probation violation hearing as Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist attempts to locate the victim who had been expected to testify at the hearing. Photo by Maire O’Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A probation violation against Adrian Trujillo, 29, of Hernandez was dismissed Friday by First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer when the victim did not show up in court to testify at the evidentiary.

A report by Probation Officer Gabriel Rodella alleged that Trujillo

Police Investigate Pop-Up Camper Theft

on December 19, 2017 - 3:24pm

Surveillance image shows suspect vehicle and stolen camper. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is investigating the theft of a pop-up camper.

Contact Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282 if you observe the stolen camper described below or if you know suspect vehicle information.

LAPD is offering a reward of up to $400 for anyone who has information that leads to the arrest of any suspect(s). Reporting individuals may remain anonymous.

The stolen camper displays New Mexico Registration 27423RVB and the VIN is 47CC10E13W3023905. It is described as a

East Bound Trinity Drive Lane & Median Closure

on December 19, 2017 - 8:23am


Road construction and traffic diversion begins at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 21 and continues through Dec. 26 while crews adjust manholes.

The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division of Public Works will close the eastbound inside lane and median between 15th and 20th Street.

The closure will remain in place over the Holiday weekend to allow for concrete to set.

The County asks motorists to slow down and be mindful of workers in the traffic control zone.

Spencer: Tragedy In Aztec, Revisited

on December 19, 2017 - 7:58am
Los Alamos

Stephanie Nakhleh asks some good questions in her letter regarding the Aztec school shooting and reflects a lot of our mutual frustration with not being able to stop these things from happening. But she may have missed the article in the Albuquerque Journal that stated that the FBI had investigated the shooter and reported him to the local police. The FBI did not have adequate justification to equate William Atchison's obnoxious rants with a credible threat so they could not act on their information to arrest, interdict, or put the future shooter on a no-buy list.