Public Safety

Letter To The Editor: Hold Judiciary Accountable

By Rep. Paul Pacheco 
Since the tragic death of Rio Rancho Police officer Gregg Benner, we’ve heard a lot about judicial accountability, oversight and transparency, all of which are woefully lacking when it comes to keeping violent repeat offenders off our streets.
Not long after our community was struck with the news of this travesty, we discovered that the career criminal accused in this crime was facing three indictments but instead was given early release from a possible 13-year prison sentence.
The deal that allowed Andrew Romero free represents

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Searchers Recover Body Of Missing Hiker Walter Scheib

Walter Scheib

NMSP News:

TAOSSearch and Rescue workers located the body of Walter Scheib Sunday evening in the expanded search area where he went hiking June 13 near Taos.

Scheib was the White House executive chef from 1994 until 2005 and had recently moved to the area. His body was discovered approximately 1.7 miles from the base of the Yerba Canyona Trail.

The New Mexico State Police coordinated a search and rescue mission that involved numerous agencies and resources after a family member reported him missing June 16 to the Taos Police Department.

Scheib’s vehicle was discovered June 16 in

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Los Alamos Police Arrest Man In Barricade Incident

Police respond to an altercation Friday at 3301 Canyon Road in which a man refuses to come out of his apartment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Police at the scene Friday of a man barricaded inside his apartment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPD News:

An arrest warrant was issued Saturday for a local man involved in a barricading incident at an apartment complex early Friday evening in Los Alamos.

Mark Henins

Police arrested Mark Henins, 48, without incident Saturday and charged him with assault and criminal damage to property.

The charges stem from a situation in which

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FBI: Pima Salt River Tribe Member Pleads Guilty In NM

FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Patrick Watuema, 55, an enrolled member of the Pima Salt River Tribe in Ariz., has pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with aggravated sexual abuse.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Watuema will be sentenced to 10 years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Watuema also will be required to register as a sex offender.
Watuema was arrested May 5, 2014, on a criminal complaint alleging that he engaged in a sexual act with a child who had not attained the age of 12 years. Watuema subsequently

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Cone Zone: Week Of June 22


Here is the Road Construction Update in Los Alamos County for the coming week.

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Note: the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

Work on 42nd Street (north and south) continues but is available to local traffic. Crews began demolition on 44th Street (north)

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