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Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 13 To April 16, 2019

on April 17, 2019 - 11:09am

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.

TAYLOR ROSE ORTEGA

April 13 at 3:39 p.m. / Police arrested Taylor Rose Ortega, 18, of Los Alamos near Rose Street and Central Avenue and charged her with careless driving, failure to maintain traffic lane, operating a vehicle under the influence of a drug and driving with an open container of alcohol.

 

BRIDGID MARTINEZ

April 16 at 12:45 p.m.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Faces Harboring Fugitive Charge

on April 16, 2019 - 4:29pm
FBI News:
 
Ernie Thomas Ortiz, 45, of Albuquerque, has been charged in a federal complaint with Harboring a Fugitive for allegedly being the driver of a vehicle in which Jeyden Bailey Barnhill was found last weekend.
 
Ortiz also faces federal charges of Aggravated Identity Theft and Possession of Methamphetamine.
 
Ortiz and Barnhill, 24, were apprehended by the FBI with the assistance of the Albuquerque Police Department on Saturday during a traffic stop.
 
Barnhill, who was wanted on a federal arrest warrant for allegedly absconding from pre-trial release, allegedly tried to flee

Council Tentatively Approves Municipal Court Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 3:33pm

Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen, left, and Court Administrator Juanita McNiel present the Municipal Court Judge's budget Monday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the $589,322 budget for the Municipal Court during the budget hearing Monday night.

Municipal Judge Elizabeth Allen highlighted the following items in her presentation:

  • Maintain a flat budget from previous years –but transition the community service coordinator from an independent contractor to a .50 FTE in order to comply with IRS

Council Tentatively Approves Probate Judge Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 9:16am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the $5,906 budget for the Probate Court Monday evening during the first night of the annual budget hearings in Council Chambers.

County Clerk Naomi Maestas and Deputy Clerk Adriana Ortiz presented the Probate Court budget.

Highlights include:

  • Probate Court handled 41 probate cases in FY2018 and 22 docketed probate cases to date in FY2019.
  • In February 2018, the Probate Judge attended the annual Judicial Education Center Professional Development Conference for New Mexico Probate Court Judges and Staff.
  • Probate

DA Serna Announces Two Vehicular Homicide Defendants Sentenced To 12 Years And 8 Years In Prison

on April 13, 2019 - 8:34pm
Yvonne Martinez sentenced to 12 years in prison.
 
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced April 10 the sentences for two Vehicular Homicide defendants.
 
Yvonne Martinez pleaded guilty to Homicide by Vehicle (DUI) for a July 1, 2016 incidentand was sentenced to 12 years in prison and the court found that it was a Serious Violent Offense based on prior history and level of intoxication (.20).
 
Kasey Weaver sentenced to 8 years in prison.
 
Kasey Weaver was convicted by jury trial of Vehicular Homicide (DUI) for an incident that occurred on

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 5 To April 6, 2019

on April 10, 2019 - 9:24am

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.

LARISSA CANO

April 5 at 1:33 p.m. / Police arrested Larissa Cano, 23, of Chama on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

OSCAR A. DUARTE-FIERRO

April 6 at 4:15 p.m. / Police arrested Oscar A. Duarte-Fierro, 25, of Los Alamos in Rio Arriba County on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Breadsprings Man Arrested On Federal Murder Charge

on April 10, 2019 - 7:44am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Troy Livingston, 18, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Breadsprings, N.M., made his initial appearance in Federal Court in Albuquerque, Monday morning on a criminal complaint charging him with murdering a Navajo woman with malice aforethought.  
 
Livingston remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and detention hearing.
 
The criminal complaint alleges that Livingston beat the victim to death with a flashlight and his feet at a residence April 6 in Breadsprings in the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Second Chance Measure Signed Into Law

on April 6, 2019 - 7:11am
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Criminal Record Expungement Act into law. House Bill 370, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), would allow certain individuals to petition the court to remove their criminal record from public view.
 
This will allow people, years removed from their last arrest, the opportunity to get a job or a better job.
 
Under House Bill 370, expungement will not be granted to a person who was convicted of homicide, an offense against a child, an offense that caused great bodily harm, a sex offense, a DWI,

FBI: Navajo Man Gets 51 Months Imprisonment

on April 5, 2019 - 8:28am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE A federal judge in Albuquerque has sentenced Thomas M. Navaho, 26 to 51 months of imprisonment based on his previously entered guilty plea to an assault charge.
 
Navaho, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was convicted of assaulting a Navajo man April 27, 2018, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County. Court documents reflect that Navaho punched, kicked, choked and threatened to kill the victim because he believed the victim called the police regarding a fight Navaho previously had with another person.
 
The victim

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 28 To March 31, 2019

on April 3, 2019 - 9:41am

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.

JASON MICHAEL MIERA

March 28 at 10:47 a.m. / Police arrested Jason Michael Miera, 30, of Albuquerque on Central Avenue on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

CARMEN GONZALES

March 29 at 4:54 p.m. / State Police arrested Carmen Gonzales, 34, of Chimayo on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

KATIE E. PECOS

March 31 at 12:49 a.m.

Los Alamos County Council Calls For Letters Of Interest To Fill Probate Judge Vacancy

on April 3, 2019 - 8:46am

Probate Judge Anne Nobile

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council was informed March 15 that Probate Judge Anne Nobile would resign effective June 1, 2019. Nobile was elected to the position in the November 2018 General Election.  

The County Council is responsible for filling the vacancy left by Nobile’s resignation. Based on the past approach for appointment of a Probate Judge, Council has asked the County Manager to advertise for letters of interest, to be submitted to the Council for consideration. The successful applicant would finish Nobile’s term, which will end Dec. 31, 2022.

District Attorney Marco Serna Announces Second Degree Murder Conviction Of Christopher Owens

on April 3, 2019 - 6:22am
Christopher Owens
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Tuesday, First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced the conviction of Christopher Owens for the brutal murder of Timothy Baca in Santa Fe during the Summer of 2017.
 
A Santa Fe jury has found Owens guilty of 2nd Degree Murder with a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
 
“Combating violent crime in northern New Mexico remains our priority,” District Attorney Serna said. “This brazen, brutal crime shook the community and I will be asking the court to impose the maximum sentence.”
 
Owens faces a total of 19.5

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 21 To March 26, 2019

on March 30, 2019 - 10:23pm

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.

STEPHEN JAYMES MONTANO

March 21 at 3:33 p.m. / Police arrested Stephen Jaymes Montano, 23, of Grants at the Grants Police Department on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

RENEE CHAVEZ

March 21 at 4:39 p.m. / Police arrested Renee Chavez, 36, of Santa Cruz in Albuquerque and charged her with the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

 

 

GUSTAVO SALAIZ

March 22 at 4:29

Balderas On Filing Lawsuit Against Las Vegas Mayor

on March 29, 2019 - 8:37am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued the following statement after the filing of a private lawsuit against Las Vegas, N.M. Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron:
 
“These new allegations of public abuse are concerning, especially when my office is conducting an ongoing criminal investigation of Ms. Gurule-Giron.”
 
The Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that it is conducting a criminal investigation into Gurule-Giron.

FBI: California Man Charged With Assaulting Laguna Pueblo Police Officers

on March 27, 2019 - 7:35pm

FBI News:

 

Ivan Allen, 38, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., has been charged in a federal complaint with assault on a federal officer for allegedly fighting with two Laguna Police Officers in New Mexico.

 
The incident occurred Tuesday, after the officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Laguna Pueblo. Allen allegedly exited the vehicle and fought with the officers for several minutes before he was taken into custody.
 
The officers are federal officers by virtue of their Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Law Enforcement Commission.
 
Allen had an initial appearance today in U.S.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 6 To March 19, 2019

on March 25, 2019 - 7:49am

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.

OSCAR A. DUARTE-FIERRO

March 6 at 8:19 p.m. / Police arrested Oscar A. Duarte-Fierro, 25, of Los Alamos in Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

 

MARK ALLEN SISNEROS

March 7 at Police arrested Mark Allen Sisneros, 24, of Santa Fe in Central Park Square and charged him with battery against a household member.

 

 

CHADRICK CAVANAUGH

March 8 at 5:05

New Mexico Supreme Court Affirms Albuquerque Man's Convictions For Murder, Kidnapping

on March 23, 2019 - 9:59am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court Friday upheld the convictions of an Albuquerque man for the kidnapping and murder of a Bernalillo County man in 2014.
 
Trinidad Gallegos was sentenced to life in prison plus 19 years for the shooting death of Sergio Bickham, whose body was found in a tunnel underneath Interstate 40 near a casino west of Albuquerque.
 
In a unanimous decision, the state’s highest court rejected arguments by Gallegos that he failed to receive a fair trial because of what he claimed were mistakes by the trial court and his defense attorney.
 
Gallegos

First Graders Tour Los Alamos Municipal Court

on March 21, 2019 - 1:53pm

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen speaks with 17 first graders from Barranca Elementary School on a recent field trip that included a tour and mock trial. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen with teacher and parent volunteers and 17 first graders from Barranca Elementary School during a recent field trip to her court in the Justice Center. Courtesy photo

COURT News:

The Los Alamos Municipal Court recenty hosted 17 first grade students from Barranca Elementary School.

After the students visited the police department, they were given a tour of the

Justice Department Awards $5.7 Million To Support Native American Crime Victims In Seven States

on March 21, 2019 - 12:53pm
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime today awarded more than $5.7 million to support crime victims in Native American communities in seven states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Washington and Wisconsin.
 
The group of 10 awards is the second in a series of grants being made by OVC to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. OVC has now awarded more than $9 million of up to $100 million to support tribal victim service programs.
 
The awards—17 in total so far—will fund critical crime victim services, such

Balderas Announces Grand Jury Indictment Of Guardianship Angels CEO Pamela Crumpler

on March 16, 2019 - 10:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the grand jury indictment of Pamela Crumpler, CEO of Guardian Angels. Crumpler is indicted on two counts, including 2nd-degree felony Embezzlement (Over $20,000), and 3rd-degree felony Tampering with Evidence.
 
“No one should take advantage of vulnerable individuals in our community,” Balderas said. “We are prepared to present this case at trial.”
 
Crumpler faces a total jurisdiction of 12 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 27 To March 5, 2019

on March 15, 2019 - 9:24am

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.

 

ANGELINA C. NARANJO
Feb. 27 at 2:52 a.m. / Police arrested Angelina C. Naranjo, 36, of Santa Fe on 2500 Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ELLIS R. NEVAREZ
Feb. 27 at 4:07 a.m. / Police arrested Ellis R. Nevarez, 35, of El. Rito on Trinity Drive and charged him with DUI.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DOMINIC ISAAC VALLEJOS
Feb.

Bill Expunging Criminal Records Clears NM Senate

on March 14, 2019 - 10:56am
By MILAN SIMONICH
Committing a crime might be easy enough. Getting a criminal record expunged in New Mexico is more difficult than almost anywhere in the West.
 
Now that is close to changing. The New Mexico Senate on Wednesday voted 28-13 for a bill clearing the way for both the wrongly accused -- and those who committed certain crimes -- to petition a court for expunction of those records.
 
The proposal, House Bill 370, probably would be most important to people convicted of drug offenses or lower-level property crimes.
 
But even they would have no

Governor Fills Pair Of Supreme Court Seats

on March 3, 2019 - 7:49am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced her selections for a pair of judicial vacancies, one each in the Sixth Judicial District and in the Second Judicial District, Criminal Court:
 
  • James B. Foy: Sixth Judicial District; and
  • Daniel E. Ramczyk: Second Judicial District.
 
James Foy has been engaged in private practice in Silver City since 2005 and demonstrated expertise in New Mexico criminal law over a career of more than three decades.

Chief Justice Judith Nakamura On State Of Judiciary

on February 28, 2019 - 11:40am

New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura

COURT News:

Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura addressed a joint session of the Legislature Jan. 17 to outline plans for improving and streamlining court operations to better serve New Mexicans.

In her State of the Judiciary speech, the Chief Justice also appealed to lawmakers to support a constitutional amendment to extend the time for the partisan election of newly appointed judges, improve judicial salaries to help attract well-qualified attorneys as applicants for judgeships and fund key budget requests from the courts.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 14 To Feb. 21, 2019

on February 27, 2019 - 12:54pm

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.

JUSTIN F. VIGIL

Feb. 14 at 3:11 a.m. / Police arrested Justin F. Vigil, 24, of Santa Fe at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

MONICA MARTINEZ

Feb. 14 at 3:50 a.m. / Police arrested Monica Martinez, 39, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with computer access with intent to defraud or embezzle.

 

 

STEVEN

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