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Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 12 To June 15, 2019

on June 24, 2019 - 5:53am

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.

GEOFFRY MARQUEZ

June 12 at 12: 21 a.m. / Police arrested Geoffrey Marquez, 22, of Los Alamos in Santa Fe on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

DIANNA M. OLIVAS

June 12 at 11:47 p.m. / Police arrested Dianna M.

Free Online Access Provided To New Mexico’s Official Database Of State Laws, Other Legal Materials

on June 21, 2019 - 6:13am
NMCC News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Compilation Commission, the state’s official legal publisher, announced that unprecedented free online access to the official master database of state laws became available to the public May 1.
 
Convenient online access to more legal materials, including forms used for filings in court cases, assists the increasing number of New Mexicans who represent themselves in civil legal proceedings.
 
“The public deserves easy access to the law and judges need the most current information when making decisions.

GSD To Post Settlements Of Claims On Web

on June 20, 2019 - 9:49pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico General Services Cabinet Secretary Ken Ortiz announced today that the department will begin the first-ever web posting of settlements of claims against state agencies.
 
“The money used to pay claims is taxpayer money, and taxpayers have a right to know how that money is being spent without going through a formal records request,” Ortiz said.
 
The secretary said the web postings also will streamline the process of releasing settlements, saving taxpayer money.
 
GSD’s Risk Management Division provides legal representation and insures state agencies

FBI: Five Syndicato New Mexico Prison Gang Members Sentenced To Life For Murders In Aid Of Racketeering

on June 19, 2019 - 6:34am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Five members of the Syndicato New Mexico prison gang were sentenced to life in prison this week in federal court in Las Cruces after juries convicted them in 2018 of committing murder in aid of racketeering.
 
These defendants were previously charged along with 17 others for murder and other offenses in a superseding indictment. Several of those charged went to trial while others pleaded guilty. March 12, 2018, a jury found Anthony Ray Baca, 55, of Albuquerque and Carlos Herrera, XX, of XXX.

AG Balderas Announces $2.7 Million In Debt Relief For 252 Former New Mexican ITT Tech Students

on June 15, 2019 - 8:56am
Attorney General Balderas
 
AG News:

 

Mexico as part of a 43 state multistate settlement. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 22,000 former ITT students.

 

“As Attorney General, I am committed to protecting New Mexican families from out-of-state monetary predators,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 7 To June 11, 2019

on June 12, 2019 - 10:12am

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. 28 at 7:16 a.m. / A 24-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her home on 39th Street.The estimated loss is unknown.

BRENDEN BROWN

June 7 at 4:13 a.m. / Police arrested Brenden Brown, 29, of White Rock in Santa Fe on an outstanding arrest order.

 

 

ANTOINE DUANE GIDDINGS

June 7 at 10:13 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 30 To June 3, 2019

on June 10, 2019 - 2:57pm

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.

ELIAS JON LOVATO

May 30 at 9:23 a.m. / Police arrested Elias Jon Lovato, 48, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr. on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

KYLE VINCENT ZOCCO

June 1 at noon / Police arrested Kyle Vincent Zocco, 21, of Rochester, NY on Barranca Road and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia, distribution of a controlled substance and possession of

Supreme Court Work Group To Consider Non-Attorney Option For Providing Civil Legal Services

on June 10, 2019 - 11:47am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE A work group formed by the state Supreme Court will consider whether New Mexico should authorize a new non-lawyer practitioner to provide civil legal services to people unable to afford an attorney.
 
The group is to submit a report to the Court by Jan. 1, 2020 on allowing licensed legal technicians and other possible changes in court rules and programs to improve the availability of legal services in the state.
 
“Consideration of a limited legal technician is part of an initiative for advancing judicial excellence in New Mexico to make it easier for the public

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 23 To May 28, 2019

on June 3, 2019 - 4:33pm

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.

JOSE GARCIA

May 23 at 10:46 a.m. / Police arrested Jose Garcia, 26, of Lubbock, Texas at Sherwood Boulevard and Grand Canyon on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

MARK D. HENINS

May 25 at 9:20 a.m. / Police arrested Mark D. Henins, 52, of Los Alamos at 3700 Canyon Road on an outstanding District Court warrant and an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

FBI: Former LANL Scientist Charged With Making False Official Statements About His Contacts And Involvement With A Chinese Government Program

on May 30, 2019 - 4:58pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Turab Lookman, 67, of Santa Fe, made an initial appearance in federal court today on charges of making false official statements about his involvement with a program established by the Chinese government to recruit people with access to and knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property.

The FBI arrested Lookman yesterday after a grand jury indicted him on Wednesday on three counts of making false official statements about being recruited by and applying to participate in China’s Thousand Talents Program for personal compensation.

The indictment alleges that

State Supreme Court Affirms Conviction Of Albuquerque Man For Fatal Shooting In Dispute Over $30 Drug Debt

on May 25, 2019 - 5:28am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of an Albuquerque man for a fatal shooting in a dispute over a $30 drug debt, but threw out a first-degree felony murder conviction for the same killing.
 
Jason Comitz was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 15 years for the murder and other crimes during the Feb. 1, 2015 shooting at the home of Paul Randy Rael. Rael died, and his son and stepson were wounded. Rael’s wife and a son’s 10-year-daughter were inside the home but unharmed.
 
In its unanimous ruling, the Court also

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 15 To May 19, 2019

on May 23, 2019 - 7:47am

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.

TERRANCE H. STECK

May 15 at 8:33 p.m. / Police arrested Terrance H. Steck, 33, of Los Alamos at 505 Oppenheimer Dr. and charged him with one count of aggravated battery against a household member: great bodily harm and one count of aggravated battery against a household member.

 

 

BLAIR MICHAEL ART

May 16 at 5:54 p.m.

Balderas: Convicted Teacher Gets 108 Years In Prison

on May 21, 2019 - 9:04am
Former teacher Gary Gregor
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Gary Gregor, the teacher who sexually assaulted multiple students in Rio Arriba County was sentenced to more than a century in prison.
 
In December, AG Balderas successfully secured multiple convictions against Gregor, for sexually assaulting 4th grade students during the 2007-2008 school year at Fairview Elementary School.
 
“Dangerous criminals who harm children deserve to be behind bars,” Balderas said. “We will always fight to give a voice to sexual abuse survivors.”
 

Los Alamos Municipal Court Hosts Elementary School Students For Mock Trial Experience

on May 17, 2019 - 1:41pm

The Los Alamos Municipal Court hosted 64 5th and 6th graders from the Aspen and Chamisa Elementary Safety Patrol and the Pinon Elementary Upstander Group for a mock trial experience May 10. After the trial, the students were divided into four different juries – who all came to different conclusions regarding the outcome of the case. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 8 to May 14, 2019

on May 17, 2019 - 12:23pm

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.

LENAYA ASHLEY MARTINEZ

May 8 at 2:41 a.m. / Police arrested Lenaya Ashley Martinez, 23, of Ohkay Owingeh at 2500 Trinity Dr. and charged her with DWI.

 

 

 

RENA MONTOYA

May 8 at 3:22 a.m. / Police arrested Rena Montoya, 33, of Ohkay Owingeh at 2500 Trinity Dr. and charged her with DWI and driving while license is suspended or revoked.

 

 

MARION L. LOOPE

May 9 at 11:57

NM Supreme Court Disciplines Albuquerque Attorney

on May 17, 2019 - 9:06am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court Thursday affirmed the indefinite suspension of Albuquerque attorney Daniel M. Salazar, who was held in contempt by the justices last year for failing to comply with the Court’s initial disciplinary order.
 
“Rules matter. An attorney must conform his or her conduct to the requirements of the rules and orders of this Court,” the state’s highest court said in a unanimous written opinion by Justice Barbara J. Vigil. “The discipline we impose may salvage Salazar’s potential and ability to practice law.

District Attorney Marco Serna: Mesa Vista High School Teacher Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

on May 14, 2019 - 12:23pm
Miguel G. Garcia
 
NMSP News:
 
TIERRA AMARILLA Monday, First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced that Miguel G. Garcia, a former teacher at Mesa Vista High School, was sentenced to 18 years for raping a student between 2012-213.
 
A Rio Arriba jury found Garcia guilty in March on two counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor in the 4th degree and five counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor in the 4th Degree. The Office of District Attorney Marco Serna asked for the maximum sentence.
 
“Sexual violence against our children will never be tolerated, and now

Santa Fe Workers File Lien To Recoup Nearly $116K In Stolen Wages Amid Restaurants Closure

on May 13, 2019 - 7:11am
SUPU News:
 
SANTA FE Earlier this week, a group of workers filed a second lien in Santa Fe County against the owners of Shohko Café, a local Santa Fe restaurant that recently announced its closure, as part of a two-year fight to recoup nearly $116,000 in stolen wages, damages and other costs.
 
In February, a state judge in the First Judicial District Court ruled against the restaurant for violating the Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance, New Mexico's minimum wage laws and ordered the restaurant owners to pay workers approximately $60,000 in stolen wages and damages, following a trial held

FBI: Murder Suspect Trudy Martin Arrested

on May 11, 2019 - 10:26am
FBI News:
 
Trudy Martinez, 28, of Twin Lakes, N.M. on the Navajo Nation wanted by the FBI on a federal criminal complaint charging her with murder has been arrested.
 
FBI Special Agents arrested Martinez Thursday in Gallup.
 
Martinez was accused of fatally shooting another adult May 3 in Twin. She fled the scene with her own children, who are now safe with family.
 
Martinez also is charged with use of a firearm in a crime of violence and crimes occurring in Indian County.
 
The public is reminded that all suspects are considered innocent unless convicted in a court of law.

Council Appoints Michael Redondo Probate Judge

on May 10, 2019 - 9:50am

Applicants for the Los Alamos County Probate Judge position, Adelaide Jacobson, left, Michael Redondo and Lynn Finnegan answer questions from Council members during Tuesday night's regular meeting in Council Chambers. After two rounds of votes, Redondo was appointed to fill the position. He takes over from Anne Nobile who resigns effective June 1. Redondo's term will expire Dec. 31, 2022. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Goose Seeks Justice

on May 9, 2019 - 6:54am

Daily Postcard: This goose is spotted looking for justice Sunday at the Los Alamos Justice Center, which unfortunately was closed so it waddled next door to cool off in Ashley Pond. Photo by Hannah Miller

U.S. Senators Udall And Heinrich Seek Applicants For Upcoming Vacancy On US District Court

on May 6, 2019 - 3:41pm

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Honorable Judith C. Herrera announced Sept. 28, 2018 her intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench.

Judge Herrera’s announcement, effective July 1, 2019, will create a vacancy in Albuquerque for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

In accordance with their constitutional responsibility as senators to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich will recommend to the president a short list of qualified candidates

Balderas Secures Default Judgement Against Out Of Compliance Charity In First-Of-Its-Kind Order

on May 4, 2019 - 4:53pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the default judgement against an out-of-state non-profit organization that was not complying with state law.
 
This judgement against the “For All Kids” Foundation is the first of its kind in New Mexico, and the first as part of a statewide charity compliance sweep being conducted by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General.
 
“New Mexican families and consumer trust non-profits in our state to serve the benevolent purposes that they claim,” Balderas said.

State Auditor Joins AG; NMSP In Special Probe Of Alleged Embezzlement By Torrance County Official

on May 3, 2019 - 7:50am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Thursday morning, State Auditor Colón joined Attorney General Balderas and State Police Chief Johnson concerning the criminal investigation into former Torrance County Sheriff and current elected Torrance County Magistrate Judge Heath White for embezzlement and corruption.
 
Auditor Colón issued the following statement regarding the Office of the State Auditor’s special investigation on the matter:
 
“On April 29, the Office of the State Auditor put Torrance County on notice that we intend to do a full review to ensure all checks and balances are in place to

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 24 To April 30, 2019

on May 1, 2019 - 12:15pm

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.

NATHAN JACOB MARQUEZ

April 25 at 3:27 p.m. / Police arrested Nathan Jacob Marquez, 38, of Los Alamos at 2025 East Jemez Dr.

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