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Espanola Man Charged For Crimes At Smith’s

on June 2, 2017 - 6:28am

Jimmy Romero

Los Alamos Daily Post

A visit to Smith’s Marketplace May 25 ended in five criminal charges against an Espanola man. Jimmy Romero, 35, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, falsely obtaining food and assault.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto responded to a call from Smith’s loss prevention personnel regarding a shoplifting incident in progress.

On arrival, he was notified by LAPD Dispatch that Romero was running towards the canyon on the south side of the store.

Elijah Meason Arrested Again ... Faces Multiple Charges For Forgery And Fraud

on June 2, 2017 - 6:16am

Elijah Meason

Staff Report

Elijah Meason has been arrested by Los Alamos Police Department twice since his April 21 initial arrest on forgery and fraud charges.

The two new arrests have garnered him two more forgery charges and two more fraud charges all connected to the same victim after he allegedly took checks without her knowledge and used them to make purchases at Smith’s Marketplace and Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware Store.

According to police and court records, Meason bought items from both businesses and shortly afterward returned the items for cash.  

He faces preliminary

LAPD Files More Charges Against Dustin Bingham

on June 1, 2017 - 8:35pm

Dustin Bingham with his attorney Stephen D. Aarons May 12 in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department has filed more charges against former local Detention Officer and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Bingham. Bingham is now charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children, felony and one count of child solicitation by electronic communication device. The three new charges are fourth degree felonies.

Bingham was charged May 3 with eight counts of criminal

Letter To The Editor: In Lieu Of Wearing Orange Friday

on June 1, 2017 - 11:11am
Los Alamos

Friday is Wear Orange Day (it is Saturday in Santa Fe). This started in response to yet another senseless shooting in Chicago, as explained by Mike "The Gun Guy" Weisser. It has since spread far and wide and while most gun owners will cringe at supporting such a day, I think, as I have said before, that we need to find common ground between the firearms owning fraternity and those who see firearms in a negative manner.

The vast majority of gun owners in the U.S.

Letter To The Editor: Checks And Balances Prevent Corruption

on June 1, 2017 - 7:12am
Los Alamos

I can’t help but wonder what the motivation is for people to give up their rights that Americans died for, like happened in the last charter changes. Worse I can understand the motivation for doing away with checks and balances in the system. It’s called corruption. Let’s be clear I’m not making any accusations against any current Councilors or County employees.

No elected treasurer allows for the good ole boys (and girls) to misappropriate funds also called embezzlement.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 25 To May 30, 2017

on May 31, 2017 - 3:26pm
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.
May 25 / Steven Lucero, 35, of Belen was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.
May 25 / Jimmy B. Romero, 35, of Espanola was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, falsely obtaining services and two charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.

New Mexico Sheriff’s Association Awards Scholarships

on May 31, 2017 - 1:35pm

Four Los Alamos High School graduating seniors have received scholarships of $525 from the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association. The students are from left, Melina Burnside, Jaime Justice, Kenidee Hatler and Madeline Beck. They were presented with their scholarships Tuesday evening at the Los Alamos High School Honors Convocation by Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero. Lucero thanked the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse, the Fraternal Order of Police and local residents for contributing to the scholarships. Morrie Pongratz at far left emceed the event. Courtesy photo.

Sheriff Catches Recreation Bond Sign Vandals

on May 31, 2017 - 12:19pm

A Rec Bond election sign vandalized in early May. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office News:

Two teenage girls who allegedly vandalized Recreation Bond election signs on San Ildefonso Road earlier this month have been apprehended and referred to Los Alamos Teen Court, according to Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

Lucero said he was asked to investigate damage to the signs, which advocated voting against the recent bond initiative. He set up cameras around the target location and was able to get video of the two teens involved in the vandalism.

After establishing the

FBI: Jesse Denver Hanes, Alleged Shooter Of Hatch Police Officer, Agrees To Life Imprisonment

on May 31, 2017 - 10:05am

Jesse Denver Hanes prosecuted under ‘worst of the worst’ initiative

FBI News:

  • Hanes Agrees to Life Imprisonment without Possibility of Release

ALBUQUERQUE – Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division announced today that Jesse Denver Hanes, who allegedly shot and killed Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez Aug. 12, 2016, has entered a guilty plea to federal firearms and carjacking offenses arising out of his efforts to evade arrest following the shooting. Hanes, 39, of Columbus, Ohio, entered the guilty plea before U.S.

Letter To The Editor: Response To George Chandler

on May 31, 2017 - 6:38am
Los Alamos County Councilor

My friend George Chandler and I have respectfully disagreed about the Sheriff’s role in Los Alamos for a long time. However, his recent letter (link) misstates what my Resolution (link) proposes. First of all, I do not propose to “expand” the duties of the Sheriff, but simply to restore a limited set of traditional duties to the Sheriff’s Office, and insure that those duties are done by properly trained and certified persons.

I consulted the County Attorney about how to phrase the Resolution in a way that maintains the law enforcement mandate of the

Summit Garden Club Meets Monday

on May 31, 2017 - 4:45am

Courtesy photo

Summit Garden Club News:

Summit Garden Club will meet Monday afternoon, June 5, to hear Karl Buermeyer of the Santa Fe Forest Service speak on “Living With Fire – Jemez Mountain Forest  Restoration.” 

Buermeyer will talk about forest health, fire in the forest, plans for the restoration of the Jemez forests, and reintroduction of fire into the forest.

Ann Cooke will speak on preparing a home in the forest for fire. Members may gather at 12:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the United Church, and drive to the Cookes' home in Sierra Los Pinos.

Visitors welcome.

State Police Issue More Than 4,500 Traffic Citations

on May 30, 2017 - 5:37pm
NMSP News:
During the Memorial Day holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all roadways within the state.
Operations over the holiday resulted in State Police officers issuing more than 4,500 traffic citations  (470 citations were for lack of seatbelt usage) and arresting 61 drunk drivers state wide. Officers handled a total of 49 crashes, one of which was a fatality.

ICIT Alert: America Exposed – Who’s Watching You Through Your Computer’s Camera?

on May 30, 2017 - 8:13am

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ICIT News:

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure technology (ICIT) reports that unsecured cameras on PCs and mobile devices pose a serious threat to the private sector, to individual users and to national security. 

No other exploit is as vicious or expedient with its results as camera activation malware, which can be used by malicious threat actors to surveil and spy on unsuspecting users.

In its most recent publication – “America Exposed: Who’s Watching You Through Your Computer’s Camera?” – ICIT provides an in-depth analysis of this underreported threat by

Assistant DA Appeals Judge’s Decision To Suppress Evidence Found On Scott Mallory’s Computer

on May 30, 2017 - 7:42am

Scott Mallory

Los Alamos Daily Post

A decision by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington May 18 to suppress evidence found on Scott Mallory’s computer has been appealed to the Court of Appeals of the State of New Mexico. Judge Ellington ruled that Mallory’s spousal privilege was violated and information on his computer and any statements made by Mallory to police were to be suppressed.

Mallory was arrested by Los Alamos police in January 2016 and charged with sexual exploitation of children under 18 years – visual media, after forensic searches of his computer

Letter To The Editor: No Language Mandating Expansion Of Sheriff’s Office In 2016 Election Question

on May 30, 2017 - 6:45am
Los Alamos

County Councilor (Pete) Sheehey has prepared a resolution purporting to “settle the debate” about the Los Alamos County Sheriff. He writes that we must respond to the decision last year by voters to keep the vestigial Sheriff’s Office in our charter, by carving out law enforcement duties for the sheriff’s office, hiring and certifying deputies and staff, handing over the jail, and buying a pickup to pull the sheriff’s horse trailer to meetings of the Sheriff’s Association.

Oh, there is a slight oversight in the letter promoting his resolution: he apparently

Lightning Strikes Flagpole At American Legion

on May 29, 2017 - 5:37pm

Lightning struck a flagpole at about 3 p.m. today at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. The strike caused a great deal of damage to electrical equipment, according to folks at the scene. The final damage is yet to be determined. The flagpole was silver before the strike. Photo by Leland Lehman/

This flagpole at the American Legion was silver before it was hit this afternoon by lightning. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Final Hondito Wildfire Update

on May 29, 2017 - 8:12am

USFS News:

TAOS – The Hondito wildfire area will continue to be patrolled and monitored by fire personnel.

  • Location: Hondito Canyon, 4 miles southwest of Tres Piedras and 2 miles North of Las Tablas
  • Size: 7,020 acres, size changed due to accurate GPS mapping
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Start Date: May 15, 2017

As remaining interior fuel continues to burn, lingering smoke may be visible.

The fire is expected to remain at 7,020 acres. The lack of growth is due to minimal fire behavior and predicted weather forecast. The number of people assigned to the fire has been reduced to minimize exposure.


NMDOT: Statewide Click It Or Ticket Mobilization

on May 27, 2017 - 8:09am


SANTA FE – Friday, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that law enforcement across the state is participating in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 4. The mobilization focuses on seat belt enforcement.

“Everyone who gets into a car needs to put on their seatbelt. It could save your life,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church said. “I am proud to support law enforcement’s efforts to keep our streets and highways safe.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 seat belt use saved almost 14,000 lives of vehicle

AG Keeps Serial Murderer Clifton Bloomfield In Prison

on May 27, 2017 - 7:57am

Clifton Bloomfield

ALBUQUERQUE – In December 2016, the office of Attorney General Hector Balderas appeared before Judge Benjamin Chavez to argue to keep five-time convicted murderer Clifton Bloomfield in prison for the rest of his life.

Balderas has announced that Judge Chavez agreed with the Office of the Attorney General by denying Bloomfield’s attempt to get out of prison. Bloomfield, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to murdering five people in New Mexico, filed a writ of habeas corpus to withdraw his guilty plea.

SFNF Urges Extreme Caution On Rio Chama

on May 27, 2017 - 7:51am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As recreationists head into the Santa Fe National Forest for the long Memorial Day weekend, rafters, campers and others traveling along the Rio Chama should be prepared for higher-than-normal water levels and faster-than-normal flows on the river.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the Rio Chama is experiencing “the most robust spring runoff” since 2005. BOR is currently releasing 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from El Vado Reservoir into the Rio Chama in an attempt to keep up with the snowmelt.

State Police To Conduct Sobriety Checks In June

on May 27, 2017 - 7:46am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police are conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of June.

"We are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising," a State Police spokesperson said. "These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Think About Smokey Bear This Weekend And Follow Proper Campfire Procedures

on May 27, 2017 - 7:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To quote Smokey Bear, only you can prevent a repeat of last year’s Memorial Day weekend when campers left 25 unattended and abandoned campfires on the Santa Fe National Forest. Fortunately, none of the 25 identified campfires sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. 

But we might not be so lucky this year. As the New Mexico fire season gets underway, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

State Auditor’s Office Confirms Ongoing Investigation Into UNM Athletics Department Expenses

on May 26, 2017 - 6:32am

State Auditor Tim Keller


SANTA FE – State Auditor Keller has confirmed that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) has an ongoing investigation into financial practices at the UNM Athletics Department. 

The investigation, which has been underway for the last three weeks, is in response to numerous concerns that have been raised.

Depression Is Not A Normal Part Of Aging

on May 25, 2017 - 4:06pm

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Depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging. However older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. If you are concerned about a loved one, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated.

Depression is not just having “the blues” or the emotions we feel when grieving the loss of a loved one. It is a true medical condition that is treatable, like diabetes or hypertension.

How do I know if it is depression?
Someone who is depressed has

LAPD Strives For National Accreditation

on May 25, 2017 - 8:02am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts, left, and Cpl. Jack Casias look through documents to meet the standards required for a national accreditation for the department. Photo by Maire O’Neill/​

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts is knee-deep in the Department’s quest to be nationally-accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

As the LAPD Accreditation manager, Roberts has spent 22 months reviewing, rewriting and organizing some 800 pages of Department policies and procedures to bring them