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Judge Finds David Rael Guilty On All Counts

on June 19, 2017 - 5:18pm

David Rael is handcuffed and taken into custody today for transportation to the New Mexico Corrections Department for a 60-day evaluation prior to sentencing. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers takes the bench today to announce her verdict. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer found David Rael of Los Alamos guilty today of three counts of sexual exploitation of children – manufacture, one count of sexual exploitation of children –

David Rael Trial Ends: Verdict Monday

on June 16, 2017 - 9:25am

Det. C.J. Brown, left, chats with Assistant Attorney General Jason Yamato outside the courtroom during the trial of David Rael in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Special Agent Owen Pena, left, talks to Assistant Attorneys General Jason Yamato and Celedonia Munoz. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The non-jury trial of David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos ended Thursday afternoon in Santa Fe and First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer will announce her verdict at 12:15 p.m. Monday.

Lisa Brenner And Son File Suit Against County

on June 16, 2017 - 8:11am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner and her son, Patrick Brenner, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment ordering production of copies of emails sent or received May 15 by Los Alamos County Councilors. The suit is against Los Alamos County Council and its Designated Custodian of Public Records Barb Ricci.

The Brenners’ attorney is A. Blair Dunn of Western Agriculture, Resource and Business Advocates and the case has been assigned to First Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton. The suit indicates Patrick Brenner emailed Ricci at 5:30 p.m.

Police Charge David Byron Lawrence With Assault And Property Damage Following Alleged Drunken Rampage

on June 16, 2017 - 6:59am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

David Byron Lawrence, 54, was charged with assault against a household member and criminal damage to property of a household member when he was arrested June 6.

Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Robert Larsen was notified of a domestic dispute in progress and when he arrived at Lawrence’s residence, two women told him Lawrence was drunk and “got crazy”. On entering the residence, Larsen observed that the front window was broken, and there was a pair of broken glasses on the kitchen table belonging to one of the women.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 7-12, 2017

on June 14, 2017 - 4:06pm
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.
 
 
MONICA L. COOPER

June 7 / Monica L. Cooper, 50, of White Rock was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JESSE DANIEL CURRIE

June 12 / Jesse Daniel Currie, 20, of Jemez Springs was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

District Court Trial Begins For David Rael Of Los Alamos

on June 14, 2017 - 3:05pm
David Rael, left, and his attorney Marc Edwards this morning in the First Judicial District Courtroom in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris in the courthouse ahead of testifying in the non-jury trial of David Rael this morning in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The non-jury trial of David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos began Wednesday morning in Santa Fe before Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

Rael is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children – manufacture, one count

New LAPD Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer Is Sworn In Today At Magistrate Court

on June 14, 2017 - 3:03pm

New Los Alamos Police Department Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer is sworn in this morning in Magistrate Court. Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, and Chief Dino Sqambellone joined other officers and guests at the ceremony. Courtesy photo

Newly sworn LAPD Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer signs documents this morning in Magistrate Court as Judge Pat Casados looks on at right. Courtesy photo

U.S. Rep. Luján On Attorney General’s Testimony Before Senate Intelligence Committee

on June 13, 2017 - 6:36pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Desk of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Session testified in open session before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier today:

“I would have to give today’s testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions a ‘D.’ In fact, several of them. All we saw today from the Attorney General was Dodging, Denials and Dismissals.

“It is a sad day when our country’s chief law enforcement official refuses to answer basic questions, wraps himself in obscure, unwritten DOJ

Families And School Districts Seek Court Action Against State of New Mexico

on June 13, 2017 - 1:20pm

EDUCATION News:
  • Landmark Education Suit Claims Students’ Constitutional Rights Are Being Violated

SANTA FE—A state-court trial will start Monday in a landmark education lawsuit that alleges New Mexico is violating the state constitutional rights of students placed at risk.

The trial will focus on legal claims filed by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (the Center) challenging the state’s failure to provide economically disadvantaged students, English-language learners (ELL), Native Americans, and students with disabilities

FBI: Navajo Woman Sentenced To Prison

on June 10, 2017 - 3:30pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Cornelia Tom Tapaha, 41, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced June 6 in Santa Fe to 24 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for her conviction on an assault charge.
 
Tapaha was arrested in June 2016, on an indictment charging her with assault with a dangerous weapon, a vehicle, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The indictment alleged that Tapaha committed the crimes July 8, 2015, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County.
 
A federal jury returned a verdict Dec.

NMDOT: Top 10 DWI Fugitive Back Behind Bars

on June 8, 2017 - 4:15pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that one of the state’s top 10 DWI fugitives, Maria Murray, is now behind bars.
 
Since 2003, Murray has been arrested for five DWIs, including aggravated DWI. She has been fleeing justice since October 2016 and was captured while on parole for her fifth DWI offense.
 
“Too many New Mexicans have died on our roads and highways because someone made the destructive choice to drink and drive,” Martinez said. “We will continue to everything we can to put these dangerous criminals back behind bars where they belong.”
 
The

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Weekly Wrap Up

on June 8, 2017 - 6:50am

STAFF REPORT

BRANDON JOHNSON: Brandon Johnson, 35, of Bernalillo has waived his preliminary hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on a burglary charge and has been bound over to the First Judicial District Court. Johnson was arrested in June 2016 after DNA found on a flashlight he left behind at a residence on Glenview in White Rock was matched to his profile. Los Alamos Police Department responded to a call from the homeowner Feb. 6, 2016 and found that entry had been gained through a back door and the home had been ransacked.

Judith K. Nakamura Sworn In As Chief Justice Of New Mexico Supreme Court

on June 7, 2017 - 2:35pm
New Mexico Chief Justice Nakamura. Courtesy photo
 
SUPREME COURT News:
 
ALBQUERQUE – Justice Judith K. Nakamura was sworn in Wednesday as Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
 
Justice Nakamura was elected Chief Justice by her colleagues on the court. She succeeds Justice Charles Daniels, who had served as Chief Justice since 2016.
 
The Chief Justice presides over Supreme Court hearings and conferences, and serves as the administrative authority over personnel, budgetary matters and general operations of all state courts.

Attorney General Balderas Files Suit Against Major Discount Chain Dollar General

on June 7, 2017 - 7:32am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General ("OAG") filed a lawsuit Monday night against national discount retail chain Dollar General for false advertising, unfair trade practices, and environmental public nuisance for the sale of obsolete motor oil in New Mexico stores from 2010 until February of this year.
 
Dollar General has 87 stores across New Mexico, including in rural and suburban communities, many of which are lower income.
 
“My office continues to aggressively protect

Records Show State Police Investigated Former Deputy Sheriff Dustin Bingham Back In January

on June 5, 2017 - 6:51pm

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Documents obtained from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety this morning reveal that Santa Fe County Sheriff Major Gabe Gonzales and New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents were aware of incidences of child solicitation by electronic device involving Dustin Bingham as early as last January.

The alleged incidences occurred in Los Alamos and Albuquerque and involved two female minors who allegedly received inappropriate photos sent through Snapshot.

Bingham was a Santa Fe County

FBI: Grant County Methamphetamine Trafficking Ring Member Sentenced To 63 Months In Federal Prison

on June 5, 2017 - 2:28pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Gary Lee Romero, 32, of Santa Clara was sentenced June 1, in Federal Court in Las Cruces to 63 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.
 
Romero is one of twelve defendants charged with methamphetamine trafficking offenses as the result of a multi-agency investigation targeting a drug trafficking organization led by Daniel Lee Jacquez, 35, of Silver City, that distributed methamphetamine in Grant County, N.M.

New Mexico Supreme Court Issues New Procedural Rules Governing Pretrial Detention And Release

on June 5, 2017 - 10:32am

NM SUPREME COURT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued comprehensive procedural rules governing pretrial detention and release in all criminal cases.

The rules are the result of more than two years of study and recommendations by the Court's Ad Hoc Pretrial Release Committee, chaired by former University of New Mexico Law School ean Leo Romero, and consisting of a broad range of interests, including judges, legislators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, detention officials, and commercial bail industry representatives, as well as input from other local and national sources.

Gabriel Wadt Found Guilty Of Cruelty To Animals

on June 3, 2017 - 6:55am
Gabriel Wadt
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Gabriel Wadt was found guilty of cruelty to animals and failure to vaccinate a dog Wednesday in Los Alamos Municipal Court. Judge Alan Kirk sentenced Wadt to a $300 fine with $150 suspension for 90 days and $60 court fees for the cruelty charge, and a $50 fine with $60 court fees for the failure to vaccinate charge.

In September 2016, a female brindle dog was picked up on Camino Uva where it was allegedly roaming with no collar or tags and transported to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

State Auditor Tim Keller On Retirement Of UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs; Ongoing Special Audit

on June 2, 2017 - 5:08pm

UNM Athletics Department Director Paul Krebs

From the Office of the State Auditor:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller released the following statement today regarding the retirement of UNM Athletics Department Director Paul Krebs.

“Mr. Krebs decision to resign doesn’t change the need for a transparent accounting of the activities at the athletics department. The public still deserves some sunshine on what’s going on at our state’s flagship sports program and our special audit will continue as planned.

Judge Dismisses Coyne Lawsuit Filed Against LANS

on June 2, 2017 - 9:54am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A suit filed by former Los Alamos Laboratory employee Suzanne D. Coyne and her husband, Robert J. Coyne in 2014 against Los Alamos National Security, LLC, and three of Coyne’s co-workers, Nicholas Degidio, Gail McGuire and Jackie Little has been dismissed with prejudice.

The ruling was handed down May 1 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Yarborough and followed a recommendation filed in March by Chief Magistrate Judge Karen B. Molzen.

Coyne’s suit alleged wrongful treatment by LANS including breach of contract, retaliation, intentional infliction of

Two Men Arrested In Quemazon Home Burglary

on June 2, 2017 - 6:39am

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When two men were arrested in Santa Fe in March. They were in a stolen vehicle containing items from a residential burglary, which had taken place just days earlier at a Quemazon home in Los Alamos.

Richard Borrego and Brandon Gonzales were both arrested on charges of residential burglary, larceny over $20,000 and conspiracy to commit residential burglary after Los Alamos Police Department officers interviewed them March 23 at the Santa Fe County Detention Center.

When LAPD Det.

Espanola Man Charged For Crimes At Smith’s

on June 2, 2017 - 6:28am

Jimmy Romero

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A visit to Smith’s Marketplace May 25 ended in five criminal charges against an Espanola man. Jimmy Romero, 35, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, falsely obtaining food and assault.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto responded to a call from Smith’s loss prevention personnel regarding a shoplifting incident in progress.

On arrival, he was notified by LAPD Dispatch that Romero was running towards the canyon on the south side of the store.

Elijah Meason Arrested Again ... Faces Multiple Charges For Forgery And Fraud

on June 2, 2017 - 6:16am

Elijah Meason

Staff Report

Elijah Meason has been arrested by Los Alamos Police Department twice since his April 21 initial arrest on forgery and fraud charges.

The two new arrests have garnered him two more forgery charges and two more fraud charges all connected to the same victim after he allegedly took checks without her knowledge and used them to make purchases at Smith’s Marketplace and Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware Store.

According to police and court records, Meason bought items from both businesses and shortly afterward returned the items for cash.  

He faces preliminary

LAPD Files More Charges Against Dustin Bingham

on June 1, 2017 - 8:35pm

Dustin Bingham with his attorney Stephen D. Aarons May 12 in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department has filed more charges against former local Detention Officer and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Bingham. Bingham is now charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children, felony and one count of child solicitation by electronic communication device. The three new charges are fourth degree felonies.

Bingham was charged May 3 with eight counts of criminal

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 25 To May 30, 2017

on May 31, 2017 - 3:26pm
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 against them.
 
STEVEN LUCERO
 
May 25 / Steven Lucero, 35, of Belen was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.
 
 
 
 
JIMMY B. ROMERO
 
May 25 / Jimmy B. Romero, 35, of Espanola was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, falsely obtaining services and two charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARK A. SISNEROS
 
May

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