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Scenes From Suspected DUI Arrest On Central Avenue

on August 5, 2018 - 8:58pm

Police administer a field sobriety test early this evening to the driver of a car pulled over at 1247 Central Ave., on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or both. The driver told police he is from Albuquerque. He had two passengers in the car with him, one reportedly from Albuquerque and the other reportedly from the Jemez Pueblo. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The driver failed the field sobriety test this evening at 1247 Central Ave., and is arrested and charged with suspected DUI. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The car in which the driver is

Alert: Phone Scammers Claim To Be Law Enforcement

on August 3, 2018 - 7:50am
NMSP News Alert:
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico State Police investigated a failed phone scam Aug. 1 in which the victim received a phone call from a female caller claiming to be “Captain Harris with the New Mexico State Police.” The female caller told the victim she needed to contact “Officer Reagan Fox” within the hour or she would be arrested.
The victim called the number and a male answered claiming to be “Officer Reagan Fox”. The male told the victim that she had an hour to “acknowledge or refuse” accusations of federal bank fraud and drug trafficking or she would be arrested.

Council Approves Animal Shelter Ad Hoc Committee

on August 3, 2018 - 4:33am

Council Vice Chair Chris Chandler thanks fellow councilors for voting to approve an ad hoc committee to consider future alternatives for the local animal shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council voted Tuesday evening to establish an ad hoc committee to consider future alternatives for the Los Alamos Animal Control Shelter.

The agenda item was presented by Council Chair Chris Chandler and was the result of a Council workshop last month where Espanola Humane Society Executive Director Bridgit

Santa Fe Magistrate Court Files Notice Of Error In Issuing Warrant For Michael Burt Of Los Alamos

on August 1, 2018 - 6:33pm

STAFF Report

Santa Fe Magistrate Court has filed documents indicating that a May 11 warrant for the arrest of Michael Burt of Los Alamos was issued in error by the Court.

According to the documents, the Court's admitted error resulted in Burt being arrested by the Los Alamos Police Department and notice of that arrest being released to local newspapers as part of the weekly police blotter.

The Los Alamos Daily Post has verified through Court records that Burt was originally charged with speeding (21-25 mph over) but had paid his fines to Santa Fe Magistrate Court as required therefore the

Lightning Strikes Pueblo Canyon Inn

on August 1, 2018 - 5:32pm

Pueblo Canyon Inn was hit by lightning Tuesday night. ‘The Los Alamos Fire Department, police and Utilities were dispatched and extremely helpful in getting power back on and making sure there was no fire’. Photo by Matthew Allen

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 28 To July 31, 2018

on August 1, 2018 - 10:17am

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.


July 25 at 2:01 p.m. / Police arrested Nicholas Torres, 29, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.



July 28 at 6:07 p.m. / Police arrested Melinda M. Madrid, 36, of Hernandez on US 84/285 on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and two outstanding warrants from another jurisdiction




OJJDP Publishes International Child Kidnapping Guide For Law Enforcement

on August 1, 2018 - 5:28am
From the Office of Justice Programs:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tuesday published guidelines to help law enforcement prevent and respond to cases of international kidnapping of a child by a noncustodial parent.
In 2017 there were more than 900 cases of international kidnapping of children across 59 countries reported to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues. Law enforcement agencies play a critical role in the prevention and resolution of international parental kidnapping.
A Law

Cyber Harassment Suspect Andrew Brown Released On Bond Pending Trial

on July 30, 2018 - 2:37pm

Andrew Brown
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 29-year-old Colorado man has been released on bond pending trial in a case in which he was arrested and charged with false reporting and harassment in connection with alleged ongoing cyber harassment of a Los Alamos woman.

Andrew Brown was picked up June 18 in Colorado Springs, Colo., on an arrest warrant from Los Alamos Magistrate Court requested June 13 by Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking.

LAPD first became aware of the situation in early May when the victim told officers that she met Brown online and had a

Ashley Shaw Waives Preliminary Hearing

on July 28, 2018 - 11:40pm


Ashley Shaw, 32, of Los Alamos waived her preliminary hearing Friday before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados on two counts of trafficking methamphetamine for allegedly selling .8 grams of the drug in October and .6 grams in January to confidential informants for the Los Alamos Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Samuel Hodder told the Court there is a plea agreement open for Shaw in exchange for the waiver.

Law Enforcement And Fire Personnel Participate In Active Threat Integrated Response Scenarios

on July 28, 2018 - 8:03am

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew leads a rescue task force of two fire/medical personnel and a Department of Corrections officer Friday morning into Pinon Elementary School in White Rock during one of several joint law enforcement/EMS active shooter scenarios staged throughout the day.

Truck Driver Hauling 150 Pigs Charged With DWI

on July 27, 2018 - 10:04am


NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police officers stopped a semi-truck loaded with 150 pigs Thursday on Interstate 40 in Albuquerque for suspected DWI.

The driver was subsequently arrested for DWI.

NMSP worked with EXPO New Mexico State Fairgrounds, the New Mexico Livestock Board and a local veterinarian to get the pigs cared for until a transport truck arrived.

AG Balderas Puts Child Predator In Prison For Decade

on July 27, 2018 - 9:54am
Anthony Groomas
AG News:
TUCUMCARI Attorney General Hector Balderas has put a man convicted of multiple child sex crimes behind bars for a decade.
In August 2017, Anthony Groomas was arrested by NMAGO Special Agents after he sexually exploited, solicited and had sex with underage girls. Based on his convictions Judge Mitchell sentenced Groomas to 10 years behind bars today.
"Protecting New Mexican children is my office’s highest priority,” Balderas said. "Our special agents and prosecutors worked tirelessly to bring Groomas to justice.

New Mexico State Police Respond To Possible Hazmat Spill ... Interstate 25 Closed In Both Directions

on July 27, 2018 - 8:35am

NMSP News:

At around 4 a.m. today, New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to a semi crash and possible hazmat situation on Interstate 25 around mile post 110 ... about 40 miles south of Socorro.

After careful investigation, the cylinders on the semi carrying chlorodifluorobromomethane, were determined not to be ruptured and there was no hazmat spill. The driver of the CMV received only minor injuries.

Interstate 25 is closed in both directions at the mile post 110. Tow trucks are working to clear the road.

State Police Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols In August

on July 25, 2018 - 4:12pm
NMSP News:
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of August 2018.
We are bringing awareness to these events to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 20 To July 24, 2018

on July 25, 2018 - 10:07am

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.


July 20 at 5:16 a.m. / Police arrested Payson Coy Dieffenbach, 23, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charge him with DWI.




July 21 at 10:55 p.m. / Police arrested Javier Medrano-Duarte, 35, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with battery.



July 23 at 7:35 a.m. / Police arrested Les E.

NMSP Agents Travel To Oklahoma To Solve Homicide

on July 23, 2018 - 8:28am
NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police uniformed officers in Gallup received a call June 23 that a male subject had jumped out of a vehicle and was wounded on Interstate 40 eastbound exit 44. When officers arrived, they discovered Armondo Monroe, 38, severely injured laying on the ground. Monroe later died of his injuries at a hospital.

Officers interviewed the female driver who called police, identified as Kelly R. Hardy.

FBI: Warrant Issued For Albuquerque Absconder

on July 21, 2018 - 2:13pm
Thang Nguyen. Courtesy/FBI
FBI News:
An Albuquerque man charged federally with making online threats is being sought for absconding from pre-trial release.
The FBI arrested Thang Nguyen July 5, 2018 on a federal complaint charging him with transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat to injure another person.
Nguyen, 22, was placed under pre-trial release supervision July 9. He left the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Office in Albuquerque without permission and his whereabouts are unknown.
A federal warrant has been issued for Nguyen’s arrest.

Stephen Geisik Ordered To 60-Day Diagnostic Evaluation At State Prison Prior To Sentencing

on July 20, 2018 - 10:12am

Stephen Geisik arrives Wednesday afternoon for a probation violation hearing before Judge Jason Lidyard in District Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge Jason Lidyard has order former Los Alamos resident Stephen Geisik, 27, to have a 60-day evaluation in a Department of Corrections facility in Los Lunas before sentencing him.

Geisik was convicted of a probation violation stemming from charges of child abuse filed against him in February by New Mexico State Police.

Assistant District

FBI: Santa Fe Man Faces Life In Prison For Kidnapping Charge And Carjacking At Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

on July 20, 2018 - 8:24am

FBI News:
  • Non-Indian Defendant Acknowledges Kidnapping and Carjacking Two Women at Pueblo’s Casino and Resort and Robbing Them

ALBUQUERQUE – Luis Molina, 33, of Santa Fe, pled guilty Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque to a kidnapping charge. In entering the guilty plea, Molina acknowledged kidnapping and carjacking two women at the Ohkay Owingeh Casino and Resort in Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in December 2015 and robbing them.

Molina was indicted in December 2016 and charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of carjacking.

Bryce Delano Bound Over To District Court

on July 19, 2018 - 9:05am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bryce Delano, 30, of Los Alamos was bound over to First Judicial District Court Tuesday by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados on charges of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree and false imprisonment.

The charges are in connection with a March 10 incident at the Holiday Inn Express at 60 Entrada Dr., where Delano was formerly employed as a front desk clerk and involved allegedly in non-consensual sex with a colleague in a hotel room.

Brenners And County File Briefs In Federal Lawsuit

on July 18, 2018 - 5:48pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Two more briefs have been entered in a federal lawsuit filed in May by former Los Alamos resident Patrick Brenner and his mother, Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner, alleging retaliation and harassment including malicious prosecution and defamation by the Los Alamos County Council, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and two unnamed police officers.

Also named in the suit are Councilor Susan O’Leary and former Councilor James Chrobocinski in both their official and individual capacities.

The lawsuit filed by attorneys Blair Dunn and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 5 to July 16, 2018

on July 18, 2018 - 11:15am

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.


July 5 at 7:01 p.m. / Police arrested Wayne Hebert, 27, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Drive on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and a warrant from another jurisdiction. Note: Police booking photo is unavailable.


July 5 at 11:16 p.m. / Police arrested Shelby M.

Los Alamos Woman Cited In Dog Bite Incident

on July 17, 2018 - 4:02pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos dog owner Janet Sprake has been cited in Los Alamos Municipal Court for having a dog at large and menacing behavior by her dog following an incident early Sunday morning in which a summer student was bitten by an unleashed dog while running in Bayo Canyon.

The Los Alamos Police Records Division is not releasing the victim’s name because the case is still active, however he is reportedly undergoing medical treatment.The incident occurred approximately half a mile east of the Diamond Drive traffic circle trailhead.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts Graduates From Northwestern University Center For Public Safety

on July 17, 2018 - 11:22am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has announced that Sgt. Daniel Roberts has graduated from the School of Police and Command at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety: 

OAG Special Agents Work With Doña Ana County Sheriffs To Put Convicted Violent Offender Behind Bars

on July 16, 2018 - 12:00pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
NMAG News:
DONA ANA COUNTY Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives say a wanted 49-year-old violent convicted sex offender is in custody – thanks to the observant eyes of a fellow law-enforcement officer.
The nationwide, no-bond extradition warrant was issued Tuesday for Samuel Anthony Herrod.