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Heinrich Statement On Aztec High School Shooting

on December 7, 2017 - 2:49pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the shooting today at Aztec High School in Aztec, NM:

“I am distraught to learn of this tragic shooting at Aztec High School. This is a parent’s biggest nightmare – every child deserves to be safe at school.

“I want to thank and commend our local law enforcement officers, emergency first responders, teachers and staff who took immediate action to protect and aid those who were hurt.

“But Aztec now joins a list of communities touched by school shootings and gun

Convicted Trafficker Nicholas Conner Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

on December 7, 2017 - 9:40am

Nicholas Conner awaits sentencing Tuesday in the First Judicial District Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By Maire O’Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Nicholas Conner, 35, of Los Alamos will serve four years in prison following sentencing handed down Tuesday by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington. He is convicted of five counts of trafficking of methamphetamine.

Conner is one of seven people arrested and charged following Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sting conducted last March by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Judge Ellington imposed

Suspects Flee After Attempt To Run Down Officer

on December 7, 2017 - 9:39am
Louis Martinez
 
By Maire O’Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

Two 18-year-old men were arrested Monday at Smith’s Marketplace after another alleged shoplifting incident where one of the men tried to run over a Los Alamos Police officer while attempting to flee the scene.

Andrew Gallegos

Louis Martinez of Espanola was charged Tuesday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with aggravated assault upon a police officer, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault upon a police officer, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a

Criminal Summons Filed For Karyne Archuleta In Los Alamos Embezzlement Case

on December 7, 2017 - 8:04am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A criminal summons has been filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Karyne Archuleta of Espanola charging her with embezzlement of more than $17,500 from her former employer, Annette Weyrauch, owner of Physical Therapy Plus in Los Alamos.

Court documents indicate that Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz met April 9 with Weyrauch who told him that Archuleta, then her office manager, had possibly embezzled the money from her over a two-year period.

Lonz’s report states that Weyrauch suspected Archuleta because she was the only other

DEA Operation Targets 26 Pharmacies In Three States In Attack Against Illicit Opioid Abuse And Trafficking

on December 7, 2017 - 8:00am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Los Angeles Field Division today announced Operation Faux Pharmacy, a multi-pronged initiative aimed at attacking the opioid epidemic by targeting rogue pharmacies throughout southern California, Hawaii and Nevada.
 
DEA investigations over the last year identified as many as 26 pharmacies in these areas that may have operated outside the bounds of legitimate medicine.
 
The United States has been increasingly devastated by opioid abuse, created in large part by the over-prescribing of potent opioids.

‘Coffee With A Cop’ Provides Relaxed Forum

on December 7, 2017 - 7:54am

Los Alamos Police Department Community Liaison Sgt. Chris Ross, in background, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris meet with members of the public Wednesday morning during 'Coffee with a Cop' at Rose Chocolatier in Central Park Square. LAPD hosts the program to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

FBI: Man In Jacket With Under Armour Logo Robs Albuquerque Bank

on December 7, 2017 - 7:51am
Anyone recognizing this bank robber should call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a black jacket with a white Under Armour logo on the front robbed a northwest Albuquerque bank Monday Dec. 5.
 
The suspect was described as a white male in his 40s, with a heavy build. He wore a black ski cap, a black jacket with a white Under Armour logo, black pants, and a dark bandana over his face. At approximately 2:30 p.m., the suspect entered Washington Federal bank, located at 3761 Highway 528.
 
The suspect threatened a teller and demanded money.

History On Tap: ‘From Bride Price to Gay Propaganda: 90 Years Of Sexuality Legislation In Central Asia’

on December 6, 2017 - 11:13am

HISTORY ON TAP News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap, with an engaging discussion led by Samuel Buelow. History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square ... don't forget that UnQuarked now serves food!

Buelow will speak on the topic “From Bride Price to Gay Propaganda: 90 Years of Sexuality Legislation in Central Asia” Control of gender and sexuality has featured heavily in modernizing projects across the globe. The Soviet Union was no exception regarding those efforts.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 30 - Dec. 5, 2017

on December 6, 2017 - 10:55am

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.

EMILIO LUJAN-DELAFUENTE

Nov. 30 at 2:08 a.m. / Police arrested Emilio Lujan-Delafuente, 28, of Santa Fe at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

GERALD F. HECK

Dec. 1 at 10:32 a.m. / Police arrested Gerald F. Heck, 39, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

BOBBY GURULE

Dec. 1 at 6:41 p.m.

Fajardo Demands Report On Legislative Agency Directors Response To Sexual Harassment Complaints

on December 6, 2017 - 9:24am
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
LOS LUNAS — Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) sent a letter Monday to the directors of the Legislative Counsel Service (LCS) and Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) calling on them to disclose how their agencies handled three sexual harassment complaints brought to their attention since 2013, including one involving a sitting legislator.  
 
Fajardo sent the letter after she was made aware of the existence of the complaints following her letter to New Mexico legislative leaders Nov.

NMSP Investigate Police Shooting In Peñasco

on December 6, 2017 - 8:53am
NMSP News:
 
TAOS  The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is investigating a police shooting, which occurred Nov. 25, involving NMSP and Taos County Sheriff's Office (TCSO).
 
Around 8 a.m. Nov. 25, NMSP officers responded to a domestic disturbance call to assist TCSO deputies at 57 A Santa Barbara Road in Peñasco. It was reported that Nelson F. Rodarte, 39, of Peñasco was inside that residence and had battered and assaulted his girlfriend. In a later interview, it was learned on the evening of Nov. 24, Rodarte was highly intoxicated and began to harass his girlfriend.
 

Terry Hawkins Speaks At MOWW Meeting Dec. 10

on December 6, 2017 - 8:33am
MOWW News:
 
This month’s meeting is the annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration and is Sunday Dec. 10. Note the change in date and time.
 
This month’s speaker is Dr. Houston “Terry” Hawkins. Dr. Hawkins has spent his entire career in work related to nuclear weapons, first as an Air Force officer, then a scientist at LANL. He is now a LANL Senior Fellow working on nuclear counterterrorism. He will be talking about the relative state of nuclear forces in the world.
 
The meeting is at the Los Alamos Research Park in the 2nd floor conference room.

Preliminary Hearing Continued For Stephen Montano

on December 5, 2017 - 9:08am

COURT News:

 

A preliminary hearing for Stephen Montano, 22, of Grants was again continued Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and reset for Jan. 12, 2018.

Montano’s attorney Tyr Loranger had advised him to ask for the continuance to allow Loranger to review a video of an Aug. 25 shoplifting incident at Smith’s Marketplace, which resulted in charges of resisting or obstructing an officer, shoplifting and conspiracy for the purpose of committing shoplifting.

Udall Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Expand AMBER Alert System In Indian Country

on December 5, 2017 - 8:09am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has announced that the full Senate passed the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017 by unanimous consent late Wednesday.
 
The bill comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 – when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne’s abduction was reported. 
 
The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) would make the Tribal AMBER Alert

Judge Orders Competency Hearing For Andrea Rivera

on December 5, 2017 - 8:04am

COURT News:

 

Attorneys in the Los Alamos Magistrate Court case involving Andrea Rivera, 30, of Los Alamos, have asked for a competence hearing for her. Rivera has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of tampering with evidence.

The charges relate to a Nov. 3 incident in which Rivera is accused of stabbing Cory Kerschner multiple times and also injuring her sister, Sarah Cooper, with a knife during the same incident. River allegedly left the scene and disposed of her clothing resulting in the tampering with evidence charge.

Judge Pat

NIST: Why You Should Water Your Christmas Tree

on December 5, 2017 - 8:01am
A live Christmas tree burn conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows just how quickly a dried out Christmas tree fire burns, with flashover occurring in less than one minute, as compared to a well-watered tree, which burns at a much slower rate. Courtesy/NIST
 
Courtesy/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 200 home fires each year start with a Christmas tree. In these videos, Click here, NIST fire researchers demonstrate what could happen if a fire starts in a watered Christmas tree vs.

NMDOH Urges New Mexicans To Be Antibiotics Aware

on December 5, 2017 - 8:01am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in participating in Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational campaign that encourages patients, families and healthcare professionals to be aware of antibiotics by learning about safe antibiotic prescribing and use.

Antibiotics are a key tool in preventing, treating and eliminating bacterial diseases in both humans and animals. They are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics do not work against viral infections, such as the cold or flu.

Legislature Joint Statement On No Harassment Policy

on December 4, 2017 - 4:15pm
STATE LEGISLATURE News:
 
SANTA FE  Leaders from both the House and Senate of the New Mexico Legislature have announced the following plan to address the issue of sexual harassment in the Legislature:
 
Everyone who conducts business with or on behalf of the legislature should be able to do so in a safe and productive environment. Individuals who have experienced harassment of any kind must feel assured that they can come forward without fear of personal or political retribution.

Three Preliminary Hearings For Krista Wilhelm Friday

on December 4, 2017 - 3:44pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Three preliminary hearings have been set for Dec. 8 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Krista Wilhelm, 32, of Los Alamos on a variety of charges.

In the first case, charges of abuse of a child and battery against a household member were filed after Los Alamos Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance at her residence.

FBI: Eric Matthew Reddick Pleads Guilty To Federal Armed Robbery And Firearms Charges

on December 4, 2017 - 3:18pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Eric Matthew Reddick, 22, of Albuquerque, pled guilty Thursday in Federal Court to a two-count indictment charging him with violating the Hobbs Act and federal firearms laws. 
 
The charges against Reddick arise out of the armed robbery of a convenience store Oct. 6, 2017, during which Reddick shot and injured two individuals. Reddick entered the guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement. 
 
Acting U.S. Attorney James D.

Craven Faces New Charge In District Court

on December 4, 2017 - 3:13pm

COURT News:

 

John Craven, 35, of Los Alamos, has charged with a new offense in Santa Fe District Court just days after he  dodged a Nov. 28 evidentiary hearing on a probation violation before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

The District Attorney’s office failed to have Craven transported for the hearing and Judge Marlowe Sommer dropped the probation violation charge related to seven charges racked up during an Oct. 2 visit to 10,000 Waves Spa.

The probation in question was under a 2014 case where Craven was found guilty of residential burglary and larceny of more

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes Urges Legislature To Address Physical And Verbal Harassment

on December 4, 2017 - 10:47am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
 
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) has sent a letter to New Mexico House and Senate Leaders urging them to include the topics of physical and verbal harassment in their announced mandatory training and “No Harassment” policy revisions. 
 
Maestas Barnes made her request after describing incidents of physical and verbal intimidation she experienced during previous legislative sessions.  
 
“I share my story now because I believe it raises important issues about how matters of harassment are handled in Legislature,” Maestas

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Shipments Resume

on December 4, 2017 - 10:46am

Shipments from Los Alamos National Laboratory to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad resumed Nov. 8. In this photo, the initial shipment is loaded into a Trupact-II container at the Laboratory’s Technical Area 55 Nov. 7. The first shipment was successfully delivered to WIPP and contained sealed radioactive sources from the Off Site Source Recovery Program (OSRP). OSRP is a NNSA program managed by LANL. Since 1997, OSRP has been able to recover more than 39,400 sources from more than 1,390 sites, including all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and 25 foreign countries.

LANL: First Efficacy Study Announced For HIV-1 Preventive ‘Mosaic’ Vaccine

on December 4, 2017 - 9:24am
LANL theoretical biologist Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
International partners are announcing the first efficacy study for an investigational HIV-1-preventive “mosaic” vaccine. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are joining forces with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health on this study, and they have enlisted the aid of top researchers worldwide to conduct the trial.
 
The HIV-1 mosaic vaccine in the trial was originally designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory by theoretical biologist Bette Korber and her team.
 

Los Alamos Public Safety Association Honors Det. Ryan Wolking, Pilot Amy Ross And Ofc. Jose Urbano

on December 4, 2017 - 5:30am

The Los Alamos Public Safety Association held its annual awards banquet Friday evening at the Posse Lodge. From left, LAPSA Vice Chairman and Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Treasurer Lisa Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo Fire Chief Mel Tafoya, award recipient Amy Ross, award recipient LAPD Det. Ryan 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

Los Alamos Police Det.

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