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Stephanie Lopez Released From Prison

on September 24, 2016 - 3:24pm
Convicted criminals in the Baby Brianna torture, rape and murder case are Andrew Walters, Steven Lopez and Stephanie Lopez. Courtesy/NMCD
NMCD News:
GRANTS — Stephanie Lopez was released from the New Mexico Corrections Department this week after serving nearly 13 years in prison. Lopez was convicted
of child abuse resulting in death in 2003.
“This case sent shockwaves through the entire community.

Letter To The Editor: To Reiterate - The Importance Of Voting In Judicial Elections

on September 23, 2016 - 10:56am

Los Alamos

I can’t do enough to second Bethany Tierney’s letter “Important To Vote For Judges” published Thursday in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Recall that several years ago, a judge working in our judicial district was seen as particularly soft on a high profile crime that occurred up here in Los Alamos*. Although the former Judge, the Honorable Sheri Raphaelson, did not win approval from the state Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission**, most of our judicial district voted to retain her.

Sheriff's Office Announces New Registered Sex Offender Todd Frederick App In Los Alamos County

on September 22, 2016 - 12:56pm

Todd Frederick App


Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero is advising the community of a newly registered sex offender.

Todd Frederick App registered with the local sheriff’s office today. He was convicted July, 14, 1993 in the Superior Court of Pinal County, State of Arizona of 1 count of “Aggravated Sexual Assault, 1st Degree (Child Under 15).”  He also was convicted of 1 count of “Attempted Kidnapping, 2nd Degree”.

App is residing at 143 Monte Rey South in White Rock.

For further information regarding registered convicted sex offenders, review the Los Alamos County

FBI: Navajo Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Discharging A Firearm During A Crime Of Violence

on September 20, 2016 - 7:56am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Eli Hunt, 37, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Newcomb, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque to 120 months in prison for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Hunt will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
Hunt was arrested in December 2015 on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and burglary. 
The complaint alleged that he committed the crimes Dec.

Attorney General Balderas Sues Bristol-Myers Squibb For False & Deceptive Marketing

on September 16, 2016 - 8:34am
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical manufacturer Bristol-Meyers Squibb for false and deceptive marketing of the prescription drug Plavix.
The complaint alleges that the drug company knew that its drug was ineffective in a percentage of the population and may have increased a patient’s risk of internal bleeding, but the company failed to disclose that to prescribing doctors and the public.
“My office will continue to protect vulnerable New Mexican families and consumers through

AG Secures 10 Year Sentence For Con Artist

on September 12, 2016 - 9:17am

Convicted conman John Darren Meister gets 10 year sentence. Courtesy/AG

From the Office of the Attorney General:

Albuquerque – In Second Judicial District Court Thursday, Judge Alisa Hadfield sentenced defendant John Darren Meister to 10 years in the Department of Corrections for violating probation, followed by two and a half years of supervised probation.

During this probationary period, following his release from prison, Meister must continue to make restitution payments to the two victims. In June 2015, Meister pled guilty to felony racketeering, fraud and money laundering.

New Mexico Supreme Court Hears School Elections Case At 9 a.m. Wednesday

on September 12, 2016 - 8:50am


At 9 a.m. Wednesday, the New Mexico Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the League of Women Voters vs. the Advisory Committee to the New Mexico Compilation Commission case, known as “the school elections case.” 

The Writ of Mandamus that the League filed in 2015 argues that the electorate actually did approve Constitutional Amendments in 2008 and in 2014 allowing school elections to be held at the same time as other non-partisan elections.

Judge Sentences Former Los Alamos Pastor Paul Cunningham To Serve 12 Months In County Jail

on September 8, 2016 - 9:49pm

Former Los Alamos Pastor Paul Cunningham

Staff Report

Citing the lack of a prior criminal history, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer sentenced former Los Alamos pastor Paul Cunningham to 12 months in jail followed by two years of supervised probation.

Cunningham, 54, was facing 4.5 years in jail for his crimes, but after he pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography and one count of distributing it, the District Attorney’s Office recommended the lighter sentence and the judge agreed.

DOE Whistleblower Case Finally Wins A Hearing

on September 5, 2016 - 8:56am
Anthony Rivera, top left, was photographed in 2013 with the team that won a 2013 R&D 100 award for developing a ‘Laser SHIELD’ that identifies potential harmful pulses in real time. Courtesy/LLNL

Los Alamos Daily Post

On the same day that senior engineer Anthony T. Rivera was escorted out of his workplace at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory “with intent to dismiss,” Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz wrote a memorandum to his staff asking for a personal and professional commitment to a culture of safety.

FBI: Mescalero Apache Man Sentenced For Assaulting Federal Officer

on September 1, 2016 - 8:28am

FBI News: 

ALBUQUERQUE – Ryan Joseph Chavez, 40, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Mescalero, N.M., was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces to eight months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for assaulting a federal officer. 

Chavez was arrested Oct. 16, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officer May 6, 2015, in Otero County. According to the complaint, Chavez assaulted the officer while the officer was attempting to place Chavez under arrest.


DWI School Scheduled At LAFC Fridays In October

on August 31, 2016 - 12:06pm
DWI School is scheduled for 5:30-9:30 p.m., Fridays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21, at Los Alamos Family Council, 1505 15th St., Suite C in Los Alamos.
This is the state approved DWI school for those required by the court to attend following a DWI arrest. The cost of the 12-hour program is $175, payable at registration.
Call for additional information or to register at 505.662.3264.

Bench Warrant Issued For Byron Henderson

on August 30, 2016 - 9:25pm

Byron Henderson 

Public Safety Alert:

Sheriff Marco Lucero would like to let residents in Los Alamos County know that an active bench warrant has been issued for convicted sex offender Byron Henderson.

Henderson was recently arrested on another warrant issued by the Los Alamos Police Department. Since that time, he was released and has failed to provide the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office with accurate registration information.

The bench warrant issued by Magistrate Court Judge Patricia Casados is for failure to comply with conditions of release.

For information regarding registered

Los Alamos Probation Ofc. Linda Peña Speaks At Rotary

on August 30, 2016 - 8:09am

Linda Peña, the adult probation officer for Los Alamos County Municipal Court and Magistrate Court shares details of her work during last Tuesday's meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos at Cottonwood on the Greens Restaurant at the Los Alamos Golf CoursePhoto by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, a member of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos introduces Probation Ofc. Linda Peña during last Tuesday's lunch meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

AG Obtains Restraining Order To Protect Homeowners

on August 17, 2016 - 10:40am
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that the Office of the Attorney General obtained a temporary restraining order and injunction against a New Mexico attorney, Joshua R. Simms, and a group of non-attorneys who operate a mortgage assistance relief business which operates under the name "Praedium Preservation."
The Attorney General alleged that Praedium Preservation took advantage of and profited from consumers in financial distress who are trying to avoid a foreclosure on their homes. "Praedium Preservation" is headed by Mukthiar S.

Heinrich Welcomes DOJ Request To Retrieve Stolen Acoma Pueblo Shield

on July 28, 2016 - 3:26pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking a warrant to retrieve a stolen Pueblo of Acoma religious shield that's being held in France.
The shield was scheduled to be sold off by the EVE Auction House in Paris in May, but was cancelled after the Pueblo of Acoma, Senator Heinrich, and others worked to halt the sale.

"The Department of Justice's request to retrieve this sacred shield is welcome news, and I will work to ensure it's brought back to the Pueblo of Acoma where it belongs," Heinrich

Nuclear Watch New Mexico Seeks To Invalidate New Cleanup Order For LANL

on July 24, 2016 - 7:09am

DOE News:

Nuclear Watch New Mexico amended its complaint against the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which alleges 12 cleanup violations of the 2005 Consent Order issued by the New Mexico Environment Department for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The amendment is asking the federal court to invalidate the recently issued Consent Order because the Department did not hold a formal public hearing as required by federal and state hazardous waste laws and regulations.

The U.S.

Dabney: Pets Rule, Owners Drool

on July 22, 2016 - 7:07am

Reid Griffith Law Firm

You’ve probably seen a favorite gag scene of mine in the movies.

This one comes from a 1976 flick, The Pink Panther Strikes Again. Inspector Clouseau checks into a Swiss hotel, then sees a dog sitting on the floor. He asks the clerk, “Does your dog bite?” The clerk responds in the negative. Clouseau reaches down to pet the dog, and the dog viciously attacks his gloved hand!

“I thought you said your dog did not bite!”
“That is not my dog…”

Had the scene arisen in Los Alamos, the dog would have been impounded for 10 days by the Los Alamos

Municipal Court Closure Dates Announced

on July 14, 2016 - 9:21am


The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed the following dates and times for staff to attend training:

  • Tuesday, July 19, 3-5 p.m.

 and all day on:

  • Wednesday, July 20
  • Thursday, July 21
  • Friday, July 22




AG On Judge’s Ruling Against Sen. Phil Griego

on July 14, 2016 - 9:15am
Attorney General Hector Balderas 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
SANTA FE – The four day preliminary hearing regarding Sen. Phil Griego has come to a close and Judge Brett R. Loveless issued his ruling. Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response:
“Today, the Office of the Attorney General concluded its arguments in the preliminary hearing of former Sen. Phil Griego and our prosecutors presented an overwhelming amount of evidence to support the charges filed before Judge Brett R. Loveless.

FBI: Charges Increase Against Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization Leadership

on July 11, 2016 - 7:13am

Bandidos National President Jeffrey Fay Pike. Courtesy image

FBI News:

In San Antonio, a federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment against the highest ranking leaders of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization (OMO) adding a murder charge and a new defendant to the federal racketeering indictment returned in January.

That announcement was made recently by United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Western District of Texas; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M.

Judge Defers Sentencing Of Small Business Owner

on July 10, 2016 - 11:19am
Small business owner Katie Brouseau, second from right, is surrounded by supporters Thursday morning outside the Municipal Courtroom following her hearing. From left, Doris Prokop, Atomic City Quilts owner Shelly Kuropatwinski, LACDC Chair David Jolly, Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge, Brouseau and small business owner Karen Wray. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Local small business owner Katie Brousseau prepares to pay the clerk the $60 court fee Thursday following her hearing at the Justice Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily

Council Taps Anne Nobile For Probate Judge

on July 7, 2016 - 9:03am
Probate Judge Anne Nobile. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Longtime Los Alamos resident Anne Nobile is Los Alamos County’s new probate judge.

She replaces Bill McKerley who resigned when it was determined he could not hold the position while also serving as chair of the Republican Party of Los Alamos. He resigned May 20, 2016 but agreed to serve until replaced. 

The Los Alamos County Council voted 6-1 to appoint Nobile to serve the remainder of this year’s term through Dec.

Gessing: New Mexico’s Supreme Court Ignores Law On Worker’s Compensation

on July 7, 2016 - 8:51am

Farmer Chuck Havlik. Courtesy photo

By PAUL GESSING, President
Rio Grande Foundation

New Mexico’s Legislature had previously enacted a law that allowed employers with more than three employees to opt out of coverage for farm and ranch laborers but not other agricultural workers. The liberal-dominated New Mexico Supreme Court — Justice Judy Nakamura being the sole exception — decided that instead of the duly-elected Legislature being called upon to change the law, they should simply ignore the law on the grounds of “equal protection.”

While some news reports hailed the decision as a victory

San Juan County Business Owners Face Federal Health Care Fraud Charges

on July 6, 2016 - 7:46am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Waldemar Rodriguez of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso announced the filing of health care fraud charges against two San Juan County residents.
Cory Werito, 32, of Farmington and Rosita Toledo, 46, of Kirtland are charged in a 10-count indictment filed June 15, 2016. Werito and Toledo were arrested June 28, 2016, by Deputy U.S. Marshals and made their initial appearances on the indictment in federal court June 28 in Farmington.

New Mexico Judiciary Launches Redesigned Website

on June 29, 2016 - 8:34am
NMJ News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Judiciary is launching a new website to improve public access to state courts. Users can now browse the restyled website at
For the first time, there will be a consistent design and navigation for judicial web pages, whether it’s for the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, district courts, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, magistrate courts or the Administrative Office of the Courts.
The updated website also is mobile-friendly to make it easily viewable on different devices, whether it’s a smartphone or tablet.