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Attorney General Demands Answers From Uber On Potential Abuses In New Mexico, Issues Risk Advisory

on December 6, 2019 - 5:03pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Hector Balderas opened an investigation today into potential harms to New Mexican consumers and issued a consumer safety alert today regarding popular ride-sharing service Uber.
 
According to a new report from the company, thousands of Uber drivers and passengers reported being the victims of sexual assaults, physical assaults, motor-vehicle accidents, and other harms while using the Uber app from 2017 through 2018.
 
During that period, Uber users also reported approximately 6,000 instances of unwanted

FBI: Las Cruces Man Arrested In Mexico Faces International Parental Kidnapping Charges

on December 5, 2019 - 7:42am

FBI News:

Clarence Michael Ransom, 52, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with two counts of international parental kidnapping and one count of failure to report international travel as a sex offender.

Ransom was arrested Sunday in Mexico by Mexican authorities and returned to the United States, where Tuesday the U.S. Marshals Service took custody of him.

Ransom is accused in an FBI criminal complaint of taking his 3- and 4-year-old sons to Mexico in October, allegedly in violation of a custody agreement he signed with the children’s mother.

The

Bail Reform Working As Intended ... Is Not Cause Of Crime Problem In Albuquerque

on November 25, 2019 - 2:50pm
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE Voter-approved reforms to New Mexico’s pretrial justice system are not fueling a crime problem in the state’s largest city and instead are working as intended, Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin told lawmakers today.
 
In a progress report about bail reform, Pepin shared new data compiled by the Judiciary about the pretrial detention of defendants and highlighted a study by University of New Mexico researchers that analyzed nearly 6,400 cases between July 2017 and March 2019 in which defendants charged with felonies were released from custody

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 13 To Nov. 14, 2019

on November 25, 2019 - 5:49am

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.

TAMRA TORRES

Nov. 13 at 5:24 p.m. / Police arrested Tamra Torres, 24, of Santa Fe at the Santa Clara Apartments on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

SCOTT R. BURNWORTH

Nov. 14 at 2:34 p.m. / Police arrested Scott R. Burnworth, 28, of Los Alamos at 31 Rover Blvd. and charged him with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rep. Bill Rehm Announces Bail Reform Plan Designed To Keep Dangerous Suspects Off Streets In New Mexico

on November 22, 2019 - 5:49am
New Mexico State Rep. Bill Rehm
 
RPNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico State Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) formally announced his plan Wednesday to seek bail reform legislation designed to keep dangerous suspects off the streets.
 
"The function of political leaders is to protect the safety of the community," Rehm said. "And right now, communities don't feel safe. We have failed communities."
 
Rehm’s legislation would force judges to consider the seriousness of the suspect’s charge, the suspect's past criminal history and the defendant's court appearance record.

NM Supreme Court Rules Unfair Practices Act Does Not Allow Competitive Injury Claims Seeking Lost Profits

on November 18, 2019 - 3:56pm
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court ruled today that one of the state’s consumer protection laws, the state’s Unfair Practices Act (UPA), does not permit a seller of services to bring a lawsuit against another seller for “competitive injury”.
 
The case involves a dispute between two Albuquerque firms that both provide railroad construction and repair services to BNSF Railway Company.
 
GandyDancer, LLC, sued to recover damages and asserted one of their claims under the UPA, contending that Rock House CGM, LLC, won BNSF contracts through unfair competition.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 8, 2019

on November 13, 2019 - 11:06am

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.

MARSHALL MERLE SANCHEZ

Nov. 8 at 12:34 a.m. / Police arrested Marshall Merle Sanchez, 36, of Los Alamos at Central Avenue and 4th Street on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

NAOMI RAE GONZALES

Nov. 8 at 4:18 a.m.

AOC Director Artie Pepin Issues Statement On New Mexico’s System For Pretrial Release And Detention

on November 11, 2019 - 11:26am

Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin

Administrative Office of the Courts News:

SANTA FE – Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin today issued the following statement regarding New Mexico’s system for the pretrial release and detention of people charged with a crime.

 

“What happened to Victoria Martens is horrific and all New Mexicans want justice in this case. In every case, a judge’s responsibility is to follow the law – not be swayed by emotion or public sentiment.

NMSP Resolve Espanola Armed; Barricaded Situation

on November 7, 2019 - 7:31am
Clayton Megariz
 
NMSP News:
 
At around 1:30 a.m., Tuesday, the New Mexico State Police Uniform Bureau in Espanola was asked to assist the Rio Rancho Police Department in locating Clayton Megariz, 29, of Ojo Caliente.
 
Megariz was a suspect in a shoplifting incident that occurred at a Walmart earlier that evening in Rio Rancho. Megariz had an active felony warrant out for his arrest from the incident at Walmart.
 
At approximately 3 a.m., a New Mexico State Police Officer saw the suspect vehicle parked at the Alon Gas Station at the intersection of N.M. 291 and N.M. 68.
 
Officers

NMSP Seizes 730.5 Pounds Of Marijuana And Drug Paraphernalia At Gallup Port Of Entry In Three Days

on November 7, 2019 - 7:18am
NMSP arrest Corey Thomas, 49, of Cedar Hill, Texas for smuggling 93 pounds of marijuana at the Gallup Port of Entry. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP arrest Zheng Kuang, 30, of Baldwin Park, Calif. for smuggling 491 pounds of marijuana at the Gallup Port of Entry. Courtesy/NMSP 
NMSP arrest Lekang Wang, 34, of Flushing, NY for smuggling 146.5 pounds of marijuana at the Gallup Port of Entry. Courtesy/NMSP
 
NMSP News:
 
GALLUP The New Mexico State Police seized 93 pounds of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Oct.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 23 To Oct. 26, 2019

on November 4, 2019 - 12:19pm

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.

SUNA SENTI

Oct. 23 at 4:26 a.m. / Police arrested Suna Senti, 49, of Rio Rancho in Rio Rancho on two outstanding Magistrate Court warrants.

 

 

 

DAWNA RUSSOM

Oct. 23 at 11:59 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 19 To Oct. 22, 2019

on October 23, 2019 - 7:17pm

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.

JAMES PERRY CLINE

Oct. 19 at 1:34 p.m. / Police arrested James Perry Cline, 49, of Los Alamos at West Jemez Road and Anchor Ranch and charged him with reckless driving.

 

 

 

SALVADOR EDUARDO SALAIZ

Oct. 19 at 8:40 p.m. / Police arrested Eduardo Salaiz, 26, of Los Alamos at 1247 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

 

VICENTE ADRIAN REYES-ROSAS

Balderas: Heinous Cold Case To Proceed To Trial

on October 21, 2019 - 8:04am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that San Juan County Magistrate Court Judge Rena Scott found probable cause to believe Bennie Earl Wabbington committed four first-degree felonies in 2008 and 2009 by sexually penetrating his then-girlfriend’s daughter.
 
The young woman who is still a minor courageously testified at the preliminary hearing in Farmington Wednesday against the man charged with molesting her when she was a young child.
 
"Protecting our children from violent, sexual predators is absolutely the top

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 9 To Oct. 15, 2019

on October 18, 2019 - 11:03am

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.

HALLIE MAY SCHWENK

Oct. 9 at 12:48 a.m. / Police arrested Hallie May Schwenk, 21, of Grants in Grants on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

ISAIAH LEE EDWARD AYLMER

Oct. 11 at 1:53 p.m. / Police arrested Isaiah Lee Edward Aylmer, 19, of White Rock at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

ELIJAH J. MEASON

Oct. 15 at 11:21 p.m.

NMR&LD: Salsa Swindler Sentenced To Prison

on October 16, 2019 - 10:21am
NMR&LD News:
 
LAS CRUCES New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Tuesday that Eduardo Triste (a.k.a. Edward Cristo) of Las Cruces was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $65,966.83 in restitution for 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 by a Doña Ana County jury in July of this year.

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.

BRANDON DEAN HAHN

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.

 

 

WILLIE J. HARRISON

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

STATE LAND OFFICE News:

 

 

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.

DOMINIQUE E. JOSEPHS

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

STATE News:
  • 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
NMELC News:
 
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

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