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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks To Intervene In Second Census Challenge Lawsuit

on August 13, 2019 - 2:25pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News: 
 
ALBUQUERQUE Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a 26-member coalition from around the country — including 15 states, the District of Columbia, three counties, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — in opposing the State of Alabama’s attempt to refuse counting every individual in the 2020 decennial census.
 
While the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S.

FBI Searching For Man Who Allegedly Absconded From Pre-Trial Release In Albuquerque Aug. 5

on August 12, 2019 - 6:54pm

Alleged absconder Jan Jay Moolenijzer

FBI News:

A man charged federally with aggravated sexual abuse is being sought for allegedly absconding from pre-trial release in Albuquerque.
 
Jan Jay Moolenijzer's last known location was Tucson, Ariz. The FBI arrested Moolenijzer Sept. 8, 2018 in Albuquerque, after a federal criminal complaint was filed. He was indicted March 27, 2019 on four counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
 
Moolenijzer, 68, was placed Sept. 18, 2018 on strict pre-trial conditions of release. He allegedly left an Albuquerque halfway house Aug. 5, 2019 without permission.
 

AG & DA Task Force Secure Indictment Of Former Miss New Mexico Executive Director For Fraud, Tax Evasion, Embezzlement & Racketeering

on August 9, 2019 - 9:00am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Andrea Reeb today announced that a Roosevelt County Grand Jury indicted former Miss New Mexico Executive Director Greg Smith on charges that he stole money from the organization, funds which were designated for participant scholarships.
 
The Grand Jury indicted Smith on 18 felony charges of embezzlement, fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and issuing worthless checks.
 
“New Mexican women who seek leadership opportunities should not see those opportunities taken by

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 31 To Aug. 4, 2019

on August 7, 2019 - 10:40am

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

July 31 at 12:19 p.m. / Police arrested Stephen Jaymes Montano, 24, of Grants at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

DANIEL SCHULZ

Aug. 4 at 5:25 a.m. / Police arrested Daniel Schulz, 45, of Los Alamos on Big Rock Loop and charged him with disorderly conduct and boisterous, loud and profane language.

 

 

 

 

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

on August 4, 2019 - 1:44pm

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.

JOHNATHAN NATHANIEL LOPEZ

July 24 at 11:05 p.m. / Police arrested Jonathan Nathaniel Lopez, 19, of Los Alamos near Diamond Drive and Club Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

TERRANCE H. STECK

July 25 at 5:35 a.m. / Police arrested Terrance H. Steck, 33, of Los Alamos at 505 Oppenheimer Dr. on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

DANIELLE ROHA

July

Governor Appoints Eighth Judicial District Attorney

on August 2, 2019 - 9:11am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday announced the appointment of Marcus Montoya to the position of Eighth Judicial District Attorney. 
 
The district includes Taos, Colfax and Union Counties.
 
Donald Gallegos announced last month that he was retiring effective July 31, 2019. 
 
Montoya will fulfill the remainder of Gallegos’ term, serving until obligated to run in the next general election. He is the senior trial attorney in the office of the Eighth Judicial District Attorney, where he has prosecuted a wide range of cases,

AG Hector Balderas Secures Early Dismissal Of Former Secretary Of State’s IPRA Lawsuit

on August 2, 2019 - 8:48am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday a recent District Court order entering summary judgment against former Secretary of State Mary Herrera, declaring that as a matter of law there was no basis for her Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) lawsuit against the Office of the Attorney General.
 
Herrerra alleged that the Office violated IPRA, and the Court found that she “failed to provide any reliable evidence” to support her allegations.
 
“Public agencies should absolutely comply with the rule of law and be

RSF Calls On Chinese President Xi Jinping To Pardon Journalist Huang Qi Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

on July 30, 2019 - 5:56pm
Journalist Huang Qi was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday despite his critical health condition. Fred Dufour/AFP
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Chinese President Xi Jinping to pardon journalist Huang Qi, two-time RSF Press Freedom Prize laureate, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday despite his critical health condition.
 
The Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court in Sichuan Province sentenced Chinese investigative journalist Huang Qi, 56, to 12 years in prison for leaking state secrets and providing state secrets abroad, which was preceded by a

Balderas Charges Albuquerque Nurse Practitioner Alleged To Have Caused Deaths Of Three Patients

on July 29, 2019 - 1:54pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas filed charges last week against Andrei V. Marchenko on nine felony charges including Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Death, Involuntary Manslaughter, Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Physical Harm and Medicaid Fraud in Excess of $2,500.
 
The Defendant allegedly defrauded the State's Medicaid program and overprescribed opioids to his patients, which ultimately led to three deaths and two overdoses.
 
“The opioid epidemic continues to ravage our communities and devastate New Mexican families,” Balderas

Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon: Expanding Civil Legal Resources Is A Good Move For New Mexicans

on July 28, 2019 - 7:42am
By Justice Shannon Bacon
New Mexico Supreme Court
 
We all know that anybody accused of a crime has the right to legal representation and that if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
 
But being provided a lawyer is not a right, nor is a lawyer guaranteed in civil legal cases even though these types of cases can change the course of a person’s life and have severe life consequences.
 
Civil legal cases—anything that’s not criminal—can involve eviction, child custody and guardianship, veteran’s benefits, consumer debt, and restraining orders against an abusive

State Files Preliminary Injunction Against Air Force To Compel It To Address PFAS Contamination

on July 27, 2019 - 10:38am
NMED News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Thursday, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a request in federal court for emergency relief from environmental contamination caused by per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
 
“I am extremely frustrated that the Air Force has not been responsive to protecting the health and safety of New Mexican families by addressing years of environmental pollution,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 17 To July 22, 2019

on July 24, 2019 - 4:09pm

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

July 17 at 11:53 p.m. / Police arrested Oscar A. Duarte-Fierro, 25, of Los Alamos at the Espanola Police Department on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

NANCY Y. ENRIQUEZ-PORTILLO

July 19 at 2:05 p.m. / Police arrested Nancy Y.

Balderas Leads $600M Multi-State Settlement With Equifax In Largest Data Breach Settlement In History

on July 23, 2019 - 5:41pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
  • Settlement includes up to $425 million in consumer restitution following investigation into 2017 data breach

ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of its massive 2017 data breach.

The Attorneys General investigation found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of more than half of all American adults—the largest-ever breach of consumer data.

The

Multi-Agency Task Force Arrests Albuquerque Man On Federal Firearm, Drug Charges

on July 23, 2019 - 5:09pm
FBI News:
 
A multi-agency task force arrested an Albuquerque man today on federal firearm and drug charges.
 
Henry Felix, 49, is charged in a federal complaint with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; being a felon in possession of a firearm; and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
The FBI Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF), comprised of investigators from the FBI, New Mexico State Police, Albuquerque Police Department and Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, arrested Felix after executing a search warrant of his residence in Albuquerque.
 

Salsa Swindler Found Guilty Of Securities Fraud

on July 19, 2019 - 6:53am

NMR&LD News:

LAS CRUCES – New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Thursday that Eduardo Triste of Las Cruces was found guilty on by a jury of defrauding a 70-year-old Orange County, Calif. woman who he persuaded to invest in his fictitious salsa company.

Triste was convicted of Fraud over $20,000 and Securities Fraud.

“We will continue to protect the citizens of New Mexico from the nefarious actions of wrongdoers who prey on trusting individuals,” Salazar said.

Triste struck up an acquaintance with the woman after she randomly contacted

NM Judiciary Streamlines Operations With Admin. Consolidation Of Magistrate And District Courts

on July 18, 2019 - 10:31am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE To improve court efficiencies across New Mexico, the Judiciary has combined the administration of magistrate and district courts within the state’s judicial districts.
 
“Streamlining our court system advances judicial excellence in New Mexico,” Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said. “An administrative consolidation allows our magistrate and district courts to share resources such as jury pools.

DEA: Sinaloa Cartel Leader Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Sentenced To Life In Prison Plus 30 Years

on July 18, 2019 - 9:48am
Joaquin Guzman ... also known as El Chapo
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases, including “El Chapo” and “El Rapido,” was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan to a life term of imprisonment plus 30 years.
 
The sentence is to run consecutive to the life sentence for being a principal leader of a continuing criminal enterprise – the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the Sinaloa Cartel – a charge that includes 26 drug-related violations and one murder conspiracy.
 
The court also ordered Guzman Loera to

NMDWS Announces $50,000 Judgment For Workers

on July 17, 2019 - 5:11pm
NMDWS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Last week, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) won a summary judgment of $52,240.50 on behalf of seven workers of the now defunct CPST Consulting, LLC in Albuquerque after the business ceased operations in 2015 without distributing final paychecks for employees.
 
The amount adjudged includes $16,920 in unpaid wages plus 200% in liquidated damages and interest mandated by state law when workers are left unpaid.
 
The Second Judicial District Court ruled that the LLC’s sole owner, Richard Montoya, was individually liable for the LLC’s

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 14 To July 16, 2018

on July 17, 2019 - 3:06pm

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.

PAUL ROBERT MARTINEZ

July 10 at 2:58 p.m. / Police arrested Paul Robert Martinez, 52, of Espanola near East Road and Sombrillo Court and outstanding District Court and Magistrate Court warrants.

 

MARSHALL MERLE SANCHEZ

July 14 at 4:12 a.m.

New Mexico Supreme Court Vacates Death Sentences Of The Last Inmates On Death Row

on July 15, 2019 - 6:19am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The State Supreme Court has set aside the death sentences of the only inmates awaiting execution in New Mexico, concluding that their sentences were unlawfully disproportionate in comparison to the penalties imposed in similar murder cases.
 
In a divided decision, three justices sent the cases of Timothy Allen and Robert Fry back to a District Court in San Juan County to impose sentences of life imprisonment.
 
New Mexico repealed the death penalty a decade ago for murders committed after July 1, 2009. However, the death sentences of Allen and Fry remained in

AG Balderas Files Court Brief To Protect New Mexicans From Opioid Overdoses

on July 12, 2019 - 8:24am
Attorney General Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Balderas joined a coalition of eight states in filing a brief Thursday supporting the rights of states to enact public health policies that can prevent opioid overdoses, save lives, and treat those suffering from opioid use disorder.
 
The amicus brief, filed today in United States v.

AG Secures Indictment Against Woman Who Allegedly Stole Over $80,000 From Nursing Home Resident

on July 11, 2019 - 9:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced wednesday that Guadalulpe Evelyn Kingston was indicted by an Otero County Grand Jury on 18 felony charges including Exploitation, Forgery, Unlawful use of a Debit Card, Theft of Identity and Falsification of Documents, for allegedly stealing more than $80,000 from an elderly nursing home resident who suffers from dementia.
 
“Protecting New Mexican senior citizens and other vulnerable populations from exploitation and abuse is my top priority,” Balderas said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 5, To July 8, 2019

on July 10, 2019 - 1:17pm

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.

MATTHEW C. PELOFSKE

July 5 at 1:01 p.m. / Police arrested Matthew C. Pelofske, 49, of Los Alamos on Alabama Avenue on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

DAVID R. MARTINEZ

July 6 at 1:30 p.m. / Police arrested David R. Martinez, 33, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on a Municipal Court Order of Commitment.

 

 

STEVEN A. STOCK

July 8 at 4:14 p.m.

Impaired Driver Crashes Into New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Driving Track

on July 8, 2019 - 7:23pm

Jose Jimenez

NMED News:

SANTA FE -- At around 2:30 p.m. today, the New Mexico State Police investigated a DWI related crash at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) at 4491 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. 

State Police officers arrived to find Jose Jimenez, 23, of Santa Fe had crashed his 2008 Nissan Altima through the fence surrounding the LEA driving track on the corner of South Meadows Road and Camino Entrada, proceeded over a large dirt berm surrounding the track, and then came to rest on the track.

The investigation indicated that before crashing through the fence, Jimenez was

Retired District Court Judge Sarah Singleton Has Died

on July 5, 2019 - 3:15pm

Judge Sarah Singelton

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Retired First Judicial District Court Judge Sarah Singelton has died.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement today on her death:

“I am incredibly saddened to hear of Judge Sarah Singleton’s passing. Judge Singleton was a dedicated jurist and highly respected member of the community. The first New Mexico judge to rule in favor of marriage equality, she was committed to fairness, equity, and justice and leaves a legacy that will be remembered for many years to come.

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