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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 3 To Oct. 7, 2019

on October 14, 2019 - 8:14am

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 filed against them.


Oct. 3 at 1:40 p.m. / Police arrested Brandon Dean Hahn, 26, of Rapid City, S.D. on Canyon Road on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m. / Police arrested Willie J. Harrison, 45, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr. on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

USDA Forest Service Requests Modification Or Clarification Of Order To Cease Timber Management

on October 12, 2019 - 8:07am
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE The USDA Forest Service received in September an order from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona stating that the agency’s “timber management” actions must cease on six national forests in Arizona and New Mexico pending formal consultation regarding potential effects to the Mexican spotted owl. 
The Court quickly responded to the request to modify the order and allowed the cutting and collection of fuelwood, which both the plaintiff and the Forest Service supported.
Forest Service has requested the U.S.

New Mexico State Land Office Responds To ‘Shell Company’ Cypress Inc. Contest Of Lease Cancellation

on October 7, 2019 - 1:06pm




SANTA FE State Land Office General Counsel, Ari Biernoff, released the following statement regarding Cypress Inc.’s contest of the Land Office’s cancellation of two agricultural grazing leases:

“Commissioner Garcia Richard stands by the decision to terminate the business relationship with Epstein and his enterprises. The leases that she inherited with Cypress, a shell company, should have never been awarded in the first place.

“The State Attorney General also determined these leases were improper and should be cancelled.

“After everything that’s occurred,

Albuquerque Attorney Jennie D. Behles Disbarred For Misappropriating Client Funds And Other Misconduct

on October 7, 2019 - 8:25am
NMSC News:
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court has disbarred Albuquerque attorney Jennie Deden Behles and ordered her to pay restitution of $19,239 to a client for ethical misconduct, including misappropriating the client’s funds.
“Behles’s misconduct is an affront to the legal profession,” the Court said in an opinion written by Justice Barbara J. Vigil. “She repeatedly engaged in professional practices riddled with deceit to the detriment of her client, as well as the reputation of all lawyers in this state.

FBI: Santa Fe Man Charged In Three Bank Robberies

on October 4, 2019 - 10:33am
FBI News:
Lester Padilla, 46, of Santa Fe, was arrested Oct. 2, 2019 on a federal criminal complaint charging him with three bank robberies committed last month.
The FBI with the assistance of the Española Police Department arrested Padilla in Santa Fe.
Padilla is charged with robbing Wells Fargo Bank Sept. 26, 2019 at 545 W. Cordova Road in Santa Fe; Wells Fargo Sept. 24, 2019 at 502 North Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe and Wells Fargo Sept. 9, 2019 at 645 N. Riverside Dr., in Española.
Padilla was expected to have an initial appearance Thursday in U.S.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 25, 2019

on October 3, 2019 - 6:52am

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 filed against them.


Sept. 25 at 1:05 p.m. / Police arrested Dominique E. Josephs, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

Officials On Results Of Domestic Violence Warrant Round Up; Maria Elena Aragon Memorium Trainings

on October 2, 2019 - 2:43pm

  • Phase 2 of Statewide Violent Fugitive Round Up 'Operation Steel Net' Nets 39 Arrests of Offenders Accused of Domestic Violence

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, in coordination with Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence announced the results of phase two of Operation Steel Net.

This operation was a coordinated law enforcement effort between the Office of the Attorney General, the Albuquerque Police Department, the US Marshal Service Task Force, the Office of the Superintendent of

Conservation Groups File Lawsuit To Protect Dunes Sagebrush Lizard In New Mexico And Texas

on October 2, 2019 - 9:48am
A dunes sagebrush lizard. Courtesy/wikipedia
Defenders of Wildlife News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal district court Tuesday challenging the Trump administration’s continued failure to protect severely imperiled dunes sagebrush lizards under the Endangered Species Act.
The groups petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) to list the species as threatened or endangered in May 2018. The agency had 90 days to determine whether the petition showed the lizard could warrant listing, and if so, initiate a status review.

AG Balderas Files Brief In U.S. Supreme Court To Preserve DACA And Protect DREAMers

on September 30, 2019 - 9:37am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, joining a coalition of 16 attorneys general, announced today the filing of a brief in the United States Supreme Court in the coalition’s ongoing lawsuit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The lawsuit, originally filed in September 2017 and to be heard by the Supreme Court this fall, argues that the Trump Administration’s attempt to revoke DACA was based on a faulty legal analysis and harmed State residents, institutions, and economies.

State Legislators Ask Federal Court For Leave To File ‘Friends Of The Court’ Brief

on September 28, 2019 - 10:11am
SANTA FE Three State Legislators, Sen. Mimi Stewart, Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Rep. Andrés Romero have asked the United States District Court for permission to file an Amici Curiae – “Friends of the Court” – Brief in a lawsuit involving toxic pollutants from two Air Force bases.
The Brief would support the legal action by the New Mexico Attorney General and the New Mexico Environment Department to compel the United States Air Force to conduct prompt investigation and cleanup of toxic pollutants at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, New Mexico, and Holloman Air

Court-Ordered Injunction Halts Fuelwood Permit Sales

on September 26, 2019 - 10:34am

A pair of Mexican spotted owls. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

Under a recent court-ordered injunction, the five national forests in New Mexico and the Tonto National Forest in Arizona have suspended all permit sales for collecting fuelwood.

The federal court's ruling is related to the recent court-ordered injunction in the case WildEarth Guardians vs. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, et al, concerning the Mexican spotted owl.

In addition to fuelwood permits, the six national forests have also suspended all timber management activities, including stewardship contracts, timber sales, thinning and

Balderas Files Criminal Charges Against Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Deputy For Student Tasing Incident

on September 26, 2019 - 9:59am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that the Office of the Attorney General filed a criminal information against Rio Arriba Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Barnes for the May 2019 tasing of a special needs student at Española Valley High School.
Barnes faces felony charges for child abuse and false imprisonment, as well as charges of aggravated battery and violation of the Governmental Conduct Act.
“School should be a place where students feel safe and where law enforcement officials act to protect, not harm

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 20-24, 2019

on September 25, 2019 - 6:59pm

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 filed against them.


Sept. 20 at 3:12 a.m. / Police arrested Matthew L. Baruzzini, 39, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant from another jurisdiction.




Sept. 20 at 5:38 p.m. / Police arrested Leon Eppie Vigil, 25, of Espanola at 20th Street and Central Avenue and on an outstanding District Court warrant.



Balderas Charges Roswell Couple Accused Of Stealing More Than $1 Million From Roswell Restaurant

on September 24, 2019 - 8:53am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that his office filed charges in Chaves County Magistrate Court, charging Brian Casaus (comptroller and office manager) and Tammy Casaus (payroll coordinator) with multiple felony crimes stemming from their theft from the Cattle Baron Restaurant in Roswell.
The two are charged with 28 and 24 felony counts, respectively, including for embezzlement, money laundering and tax fraud.
Brian Casaus worked as comptroller and office manager between 2012 and 2016 at the Cattle Baron

State Police Investigate Homicide In Taos County

on September 18, 2019 - 7:11am
Gregg Steele charged with murder in the 2nd degree. Courtesy/NMSP
NMSP News:
TAOS COUNTY The New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau was called to investigate a homicide Aug. 28 in Taos.
During investigation, State Police agents learned that in the early morning hours Aug. 27, Patrick Larkin left his residence to tend to his livestock on his property when he was shot and killed.
Agents identified Gregg Steele as a person of interest in the homicide.

Second Person Admits To Defrauding Dr. Pepper

on September 18, 2019 - 7:05am
FBI News:
HOUSTON, Texas A 53-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud for his participation in a scheme to defraud Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPSG), U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick announced.
Joseph A. Isaac admitted to participating in the scheme from 2010 through Feb. 17, 2015 with Anna Maria Sites, 42, of Friendswood, Texas by not paying rebates to those who had requested them.
Isaac was the majority shareholder of FulFill Plus Inc., which administered the DPSG rebate campaigns.

New Mexico Honored For Providing Free Online Public Access To Legal Materials

on September 16, 2019 - 9:24am



SANTA FE – New Mexico has earned national recognition for offering free online public access to legal materials, including state laws, court procedural rules and appellate court decisions.


The Harvard Law School’s Caselaw Access Project recently recommended New Mexico and its legal information website,, as a leading example of how courts can successfully expand access to the law through a publicly available website and shift from print-based legal publishing to “digital-first publishing.”


The New Mexico Compilation Commission, the state’s

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 29 To Sept. 9, 2019

on September 11, 2019 - 10:15pm

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 filed against them.


Aug. 29 at 10:18 p.m. / Police arrested Justin Dalton, 18, of Los Alamos at Central Avenue and Oppenheimer and charged him with failure to stop or yield at an intersection and DUI.





Sept. 6 at 5:42 p.m.

Judge Casados Swears In Two Public Safety Aides

on September 6, 2019 - 9:15am

Judge Pat Casados swears in Los Alamos Police Department Public Safety Aide Theresa Phelan and Public Safety Aide Jacob Hill Thursday during a ceremony at the Magistrate Court in the Justice Center. Photo by John McHale/

AG Balderas Announces Phase 1 Results Of Statewide Violent Fugitive Round Up ‘Operation Steel Net’

on September 6, 2019 - 8:05am

Mugshots of individuals arrested during phase 1 of phase I of Operation Steel Net. Courtesy/NMAG

From the Office of the Attorney General:

  • Ongoing Operation Targets Dangerous Criminals Accused of Violent Crimes and Sex Offenses in Rural & Urban Communities

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, in coordination with Seventh Judicial District Attorney Clint Wellborn, Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb, New Mexico State Police, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Socorro County Sheriff’s Office, Region V Drug Task Force, Region IV Probation and

Rep. Antonio ‘Moe’ Maestas Speaks At National Conference On Importance Of Expungement Laws

on September 6, 2019 - 7:41am

Rep. Antonio ‘Moe’ Maestas

New Mexico House Democrats News:

SANTA FE – Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) presented at a policy roundtable on New Mexico’s passage of the Criminal Record Expungement Act at the Criminal Justice Legislative Convening Thursday Nashville, Tenn.

The convening was hosted by the Coalition for Public Safety, a bipartisan coalition of American advocacy groups that works to address some of the nation’s most pressing criminal justice reform issues. Rep.

Supreme Court Abolishes Prohibition Against Court Testimony About Private Conversations Between A Husband And Wife

on September 2, 2019 - 9:45am


SANTA FE – The state Supreme Court has abolished a prohibition against spouses testifying in court cases about what their husband or wife told them in private conversations during their marriage.

The Court issued the ruling Friday in upholding the first-degree murder conviction of a Clovis man, David Gutierrez II, for a 2002 killing. During his trial, Gutierrez unsuccessfully tried to block the testimony of his ex-wife, with whom he was married at the time of the murder, and a second wife.

A divided Court abolished the spousal communication privilege in future criminal

Governor Issues Statement On Passing Of former New Mexico Chief Justice Charles Daniels

on September 2, 2019 - 8:10am

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement Sunday on the death of former New Mexico Chief Justice Charles Daniels:

“I am truly saddened by the loss of an undisputed leader in the New Mexico legal community. Justice Daniels was an honest and committed jurist, a man of stellar wit and devotion to fairness and equity.

“As chief justice, he led New Mexico’s highest court with clarity and conviction, leaving a legacy rivaled by few.

New Mexico Chief Justice Judith Nakamura On Passing Of Retired Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Daniels

on September 1, 2019 - 10:45am

Justice Charles W. Daniels

Supreme Court of New Mexico News:

Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura issued the following statement today on behalf of the New Mexico Supreme Court:

Members of the New Mexico Supreme Court and the entire Judiciary are saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague, Justice Charles W. Daniels. Our state has lost a titan of the law. From humble roots as the son of sharecroppers, Justice Daniels grew into a towering figure as an attorney and jurist who for a half century tenaciously defended our constitutional rights and advanced equal justice under the law.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 21 To Aug. 27, 2019

on August 30, 2019 - 9:10am

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 filed against them.


Aug. 21 at 9:50 p.m. / Police arrested Richard I. Pena, 39, of Dixon on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant at 2500 Trinity Dr.



Aug. 22 at 5:39 a.m. / Police arrested Daniel O. Hoffman. 59, of Rio Rancho in Sandoval County on an arrest order.




Aug. 27 at 2:21 a.m.