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Court Of Appeals Upholds Suppression Of Evidence In Local Child Exploitation Case

on July 16, 2018 - 7:32am
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Court of Appeals of the State of New Mexico has affirmed a May 18 decision by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington to suppress evidence found on a computer belonging to Scott Mallory of White Rock.

Judge Ellington ruled that Mallory’s spousal privilege was violated and information on his computer and any statements made by Mallory to police were to be suppressed.

Mallory was arrested by Los Alamos police in January 2016 and charged with sexual exploitation of children under 18 years – visual media, after

Judge Grants Los Alamos County Permanent Injunction Restraining Sheriff From Performing Law Enforcement Duties

on July 13, 2018 - 5:14pm

First Judicial District Judge Francis Mathew has issued his ruling in two lawsuits between Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero and Los Alamos County Council concerning the duties of the Office of the Sheriff. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The long-awaited ruling by First Judicial District Judge Francis Mathew on the duties of the Los Alamos County Sheriff has been issued and it looks like the Sheriff’s duties will remain the same as they have been since 1976.

Under the terms of the judgment, Judge Mathew granted

Los Alamos Police Conduct Security Assessment And Active Shooter Training In Daily Post Newsroom

on July 12, 2018 - 9:39am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts, left, and Sgt. Christopher Ross demonstrate safety techniques during active shooter training Tuesday afternoon in the newsroom at the Los Alamos Daily Post at 1247 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. Following the June 28 tragedy in which a gunman blasted his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md., wielding a shotgun and killing five people and injuring two others, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone met with Daily Post staff last week. Sgt. Roberts and Sgt.

CAPTURED: Absconder Johnny Black Behind Bars

on July 11, 2018 - 5:57pm

Absconder Johnny Black

NMSP News:

Santa Ana Pueblo – Around noon July 11 fugitive Johnny Black was spotted near Warrior Fuel on US 550 in Bernalillo by a Santa Ana Tribal Police officer.

Black was successfully taken into custody and arrested by the Santa Ana Tribal Police.

The New Mexico State Police would like to thank the public for its patience and assistance as officers worked to bring this dangerous fugitive into custody.

New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau continues to investigate this case with no new information available at this time.

NMSP: Reward Offered For Johnny Black

on July 11, 2018 - 6:47am
Johnny Black is on the lam. Courtesy/NMSP
NMSP News:
Santa Fe Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the capture and arrest of Johnny Black. Anyone with information will remain completely anonymous.
The New Mexico State Police is actively searching for Black, 32, of Pojoaque. Black is wanted for shooing at a State Police officer June 25 in Espanola, and shooting at a Rio Arriba County Deputy a week prior.
Black is 5'10" tall weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Hearing Set For Man Charged With Indecent Exposure

on July 9, 2018 - 5:25pm


A criminal complaint has been filed in Los Alamos Municipal Court charging Gustavo Salaiz, 19, of Los Alamos with indecent exposure in connection with a June 28 incident at Mesa Public Library.  A hearing date has been set for July 31 in Municipal Court.

Los Alamos Police officers responded to a report from the Library that a then unidentified male had exposed himself to a female patron. According to Court documents filed by Sgt.

District Judge Sets Hearing Date In Greg White’s Suit Against Los Alamos County Council

on July 9, 2018 - 9:55am

First Judicial District Judge Greg Shaffer

Los Alamos Daily Post

A case filed Jan. 12 in First Judicial District Court by Greg White against the Los Alamos County Council, County Manager Harry Burgess, County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone is on Judge Greg Shaffer’s Aug. 2 docket for hearings on several issues.

White, who filed as an Independent candidate Thursday for Los Alamos County Sheriff, is asking the Court in the case to order the Council to “stop inserting words into the County

LAPD Seeks Two Members Of Group Of Four Involved In Recent Shoplifting Incidents At Smith’s Marketplace

on July 6, 2018 - 5:35pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is looking for husband and wife Felicia Lopez and Dominic Lopez of El Rito, part of a team of four shoplifters who have been spotted stealing from Smith’s Marketplace over the last few weeks.

One of the other suspects, Becky Mondragon, 43, of El Rito has been arrested twice and is facing shoplifting charges in two cases.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 13 To July 2, 2018

on July 6, 2018 - 10:18am

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.


June 13 at 9:25 a.m. / Police arrested Damien Blade Marquez, 24, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with Aggravated Battery: Great.




June 13 at 7:58 p.m.

Marion Loope Pleads Not Guilty ... Remains In Jail

on July 6, 2018 - 10:00am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Marion Loope, 35, of Los Alamos pleaded not guilty June 27 in First Judicial District Court in Los Alamos before Judge Jason Lidyard to charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on a household member and battery on a household member. She will remain in custody pending trial. Loope faces one to five years minus a day of incarceration if convicted of the two charges.

Loope was arrested in April following an incident in which she allegedly became angry with her mother, threw a cup of hot coffee at her, grabbed her head,

Mud Slide Closes US 64 From Eagle Nest To Cimarron

on July 5, 2018 - 9:01pm

NMSP News Alert:

Eagle Nest - State Police and the New Mexico Department of Transportation are working a large mud slide on US Highway 64 near Eagle Nest.

US 64 is closed from mile post 287 before Eagle Nest to mile post 309 in Cimarron. DOT is working to clear the roadway. There is currently no estimate of how long the closure will last.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area or seek an alternate route.

White Rock Woman Charged With Embezzlement

on July 3, 2018 - 10:14am


A criminal summons was issued July 2 for Susan Price, 55, of White Rock on a charge of third degree embezzlement of more than $2,500 from Zia Realty Group where she was employed as a bookkeeper.

A hearing date is set for July 27 before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

Court documents filed by Los Alamos Police Det. Joseph Robinson indicate that Zia Realty Group owners James and Jacqueline Chrobocinski reported to him in November that while Price was on vacation Jacqueline discovered abnormalities in the amounts paid to three contractors hired by Zia Realty Group.

News Leadership Groups Call For Moment Of Silence In Newsrooms Across Globe For Capital Gazette Tragedy

on July 2, 2018 - 4:38pm

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone discusses newsroom safety tips with reporter Kirsten Laskey, left, Publisher Carol A. Clark and Lifestyles Editor Bonnie Gordon (taking photo) during a meeting today at the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Alfedo Carbajal, president American Society of News Editors
Jim Simon, president Associated Press Media Editors

The tragedy last Thursday at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., tears at our hearts, tugs at our compassion and calls forth our fears for the safety of all those on the front lines of truth,

Judge Postpones Acceptance Of Plea Agreement For Tabatha Jones In LAYFCL Embezzlement Case

on June 28, 2018 - 7:45am
Tabatha Jones
Los Alamos Daily Post

Judge Jason Lidyard postponed acceptance of a plea agreement proposed Wednesday in First Judicial District Court for Tabatha Jones of Los Alamos pending receipt of additional information from Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist. Jones is charged with the embezzlement of thousands of dollars last year from the nonprofit Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League (LAYFCL).

Under the agreement, Jones would plead guilty to embezzlement and receive a conditional discharge.

Wanted Felon Shoots At State Trooper In Espanola

on June 27, 2018 - 6:45pm

Johnny C. Black
By Ofc. Ray Wilson

ESPANOLA – A New Mexico State Police officer attempted to stop a vehicle around 6 p.m. Tuesday that was occupied by a male and a female for a traffic violation on Riverside Drive in Espanola.

The vehicle immediately began to flee from the officer and a pursuit ensued. Moments into the pursuit the male driver began firing gunshots at the State Police officer through the sunroof of the vehicle.

In addition to shooting from the sunroof, the suspect drove into oncoming traffic and then began passing on blind corners and in no passing zones.

State Police Announce Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols

on June 25, 2018 - 12:29pm
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 July 2018.
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort 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.

East Jemez Road Commuters Face Traffic Delays

on June 25, 2018 - 7:46am

Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc. crews worked through the weekend on East Jemez Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post

Commuters to and from Los Alamos are noticing delays along NM 4 and East Jemez Road since road improvement work recently commenced.

Work is expected to continue through October on several sections of highway from east of the Omega Bridge to the Totavi service station on NM 502 under a $7 million contract with Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc.

The road work is being funded under a settlement agreement reached

Matthew Amato Charged With DUI Following Traffic Stop By LANL Security

on June 25, 2018 - 7:36am

Matthew Amato


Matthew Amato, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested June 13 by Los Alamos Police Cpl. David Randleman and charged with driving under the influence.

Randleman was dispatched to Diamond Drive and Pajarito Street after Los Alamos National Laboratory security personnel pulled Amato over on a traffic stop. Randleman’s report states that he observed the odor of alcoholic beverages, that Amato’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. He said Amato admitted to consuming alcohol.

Amato agreed to perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests.

Bryce Delano Preliminary Hearing Continued To Allow Subpoena Of New Witness

on June 25, 2018 - 7:30am
Bryce Delano
Los Alamos Daily Post

A preliminary hearing for Bryce Delano, 30, of Los Alamos commenced Friday before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados but ended up being continued until July 17 when Delano’s attorney Michael Jones asked for the continuance in order to subpoena a witness.

Delano was arrested March 21 and charged with criminal sexual penetration and false imprisonment in connection with a March 10 incident at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos.

Joshua Sackos Arrested For Battery On A Police Officer

on June 25, 2018 - 7:22am
Joshua Sackos
Los Alamos Daily Post

Joshua Sackos, 35, of Los Alamos was charged June 16 with battery against a police officer, a fourth degree felony following an incident at Los Alamos Medical Center during which he allegedly spit in a police officer's face.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adam Jung went to Sackos’s home after a man called 911 and made a statement regarding “weird electromagnetic radiation” and hung up.

Los Alamos Man Charged With Child Abuse In DUI Case

on June 25, 2018 - 7:00am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Jayston Ray Platero, 35, of Los Alamos was charged June 12 with two counts of child abuse in addition to charges of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked or suspended license.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto was dispatched to the customer service desk at Smith’s Marketplace in response to an intoxicated male accompanied by two children. Nieto attempted to locate the man and eventually saw someone fitting the description getting into a silver Dodge Neon. Shortly thereafter, Cpl.

Update: Police Locate Missing Teenager Hunter Ferris

on June 24, 2018 - 9:45pm

News Alert:

Jonathan Ferris contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening at 9:30 to say Los Alamos police officers have located his missing son 15-year-old Hunter Ferris and he is safe.

Hunter Ferris went missing Friday evening during the summer concert at Ashley Pond Park. His parents appealed to him to come home and asked anyone who knows where he is to contact them or call the Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch.

According to Jonathan Ferris, his son Hunter Ferris was last seen around 8:15 p.m., Friday at the Gordon’s Concert at Ashley Pond Park.

Alert: Los Alamos Parents Seek Information On Whereabouts Of 15-Year-Old Son Missing Since Friday

on June 24, 2018 - 5:59pm

Los Alamos teenager Hunter Ferris has not been in contact with his parents since Friday evening and has been declared a runaway. Courtesy photo

News Alert:

Parents of a 15-year-old Los Alamos teenager are appealing to him to come home and asking anyone who knows where he is to contact them or call Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch.

According to Jonathan Ferris, his son Hunter Ferris was last seen around 8:15 p.m., Friday at the Gordon’s Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Jonathan Ferris said Hunter told him he was not coming home and took off with friends.

Court Rules Against Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy In Long-Term Disability Benefits Battle

on June 23, 2018 - 9:25pm
Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy pleads with County Councilors for help with his insurance benefits issues during a meeting in May 2017 in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A dispute which began in 2014 over long-term disability coverage for former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy came to a head June 11 when First Judicial District Court Judge Francis J. Mathew ruled against Torpy.

Torpy initially filed suit in February 2015 against the Los Alamos County Council and a year later, filed an

Sixth Arrest Made In Dixon Triple Homicide

on June 23, 2018 - 5:15am
Rede Stanton
NMSP News:
DIXON Monday, June 4, New Mexico State Police Agents were processing the surveillance video evidence that was recovered from the homicide scene.  
During their investigation, agents discovered a video clip that was recorded before State Police was called Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The video showed a man enter and burglarize the residence.
Through extensive investigation by State Police agents the man in the video was identified as Rede Stanton (39) of El Prado, NM. The video shows Stanton arrive at the residence and discover the deceased bodies.