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John Lerma Sentenced Under Plea Agreement

on September 25, 2017 - 7:12am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

John Joseph Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque will serve only four years of incarceration followed by five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to three charges Sept.18 under the terms of a plea agreement in the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe.

Lerma was arrested in August 2016 along with Rosalinda Hurtado and the two were originally charged with a total of 54 counts in 17 cases in Los Alamos County. Hurtado was sentenced to five years of probation in June on 13 felony counts.

Municipal Court Closed For Training Sept. 25-29

on September 23, 2017 - 5:57am

COURT News:

The Los Alamos County Municipal Court will be closed for training Sept. 25 through Sept. 29.

The court will resume normal business hours Monday, Oct. 2.

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White Rock Woman Charged With Embezzling Thousands From LAYFCL

on September 22, 2017 - 7:12pm

Tabatha Jones of White Rock is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League. Courtesy/LAPD
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A White Rock woman was arrested Thursday and charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from the non-profit Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League (LAYFCL). Tabatha Jones was taken into custody following an interview with Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking during which she allegedly admitted to having spent the League’s money for personal use.

Jones appeared before Los

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Closed Sept. 28-29

on September 20, 2017 - 7:59pm
COURT News:
 
The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will be closed Thursday Sept. 28 and Friday Sept. 29.
 
The staff and judge will be attending training. The court will reopen for business Monday, Oct. 2.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 14 To Sept. 19, 2017

on September 20, 2017 - 11:08am

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.

JON M. WEATHERS

Sept. 14 at 6:27 a.m. / Police arrested Jon M. Weathers, 46, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

CHRISTOPHER N. BEGAY

Sept. 19 at 4:52 p.m. / Police arrested Christopher Neil Begay, 23, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

Judge Reinstates Probation For Alejandro Gonzalez

on September 14, 2017 - 2:06pm

Staff Report

 

First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington agreed to reinstate probation for Alejandro Gonzalez Sept. 11 in Santa Fe District Court and added a condition that he enter and complete a 60-day inpatient substance abuse treatment program.

 

Gonzalez was originally arrested in December 2016 in Los Alamos and charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with trafficking a controlled substance, distribution/possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, no driver’s license

Archbishop John C. Wester Of Santa Fe Releases List Identifying 74 Accused Clergy And Religious

on September 14, 2017 - 6:28am

Archdiocese of Santa Fe News:

Archbishop John C. Wester released the following letter Tuesday to introduce a list of 74 priests, deacons and brothers accused of child abuse:

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Nothing can be more important than the safety and well-being of our children. For over 25 years, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has been working to prevent sexual abuse of children. The archdiocese has continued to develop and expand upon its sexual abuse prevention policies and procedures over the years.

Through our Victim Assistance and Safe Environment Program, we provide

County Files Motion In Stimmel Case

on September 13, 2017 - 12:42pm

Staff Report

 

Los Alamos County Associate Attorney Kevin J. Powers has filed a motion in Los Alamos Municipal Court asking for the revocation of a suspended sentence for Jay Stimmel in four cases related to the roof of a home on Kayenta Drive in White Rock. The charges in all four cases were for having a roof in disrepair.

The motion states that at an Aug. 14 hearing before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, the court found Stimmel guilty in each of four cases and imposed a fine of $500 in each case.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 6 To Sept. 12, 2017

on September 13, 2017 - 12:36pm

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.

DUSTIN D. NELSON

Sept. 6 at 8:33 a.m. / Police arrested Dustin D. Nelson, 28, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

MARISSA D. SPARKS

Sept. 6 at 9:58 a.m. / Police arrested Marissa D. Sparks, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

IVAN L. TRUJILLO

Sept. 6 at 3:47 p.m.

Andrea Rivera Faces New Charges

on September 13, 2017 - 3:27am

Staff Report

Andrea R. Rivera, 30, of Los Alamos remains in jail after her arraignment Sept. 7 by Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk. According to court staff, she was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and no date has been set for her next court appearance because Judge Kirk needs more information before he will review her case.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jemuel Montoya was dispatched Sept. 1 to a White Rock home in response to a reported verbal altercation involving Rivera.

Plea Deal Reached in Nicholas Conner Trafficking Case

on September 12, 2017 - 9:31am

Nicholas Conner, right, enters guilty pleas to five charges before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington Tuesday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Nicholas Conner pleaded guilty to four counts of trafficking methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute under a plea agreement signed before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington Monday in Santa Fe.

Conner was arrested in March during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep conducted by the

Sheriff Lucero Files Suit Against County Council

on September 11, 2017 - 3:11pm
Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero has filed a complaint for declaratory judgement in the First Judicial District Court against the Los Alamos County Council. The complaint, which has been assigned to Judge Francis Mathews, was filed Aug. 29 by Lucero’s attorney, A. Blair Dunn.

Sheriff Lucero said today that he is disappointed that things have gotten to this point.

AG Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers And Distributors For Fueling Epidemic Crippling New Mexico

on September 11, 2017 - 7:22am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has brought a lawsuit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against the country’s largest manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioids, a crucial first step toward holding these companies responsible for flooding New Mexico’s communities with prescription opioids and fueling the opioid epidemic by putting profits over people.
 
The State of New Mexico is filing suit against five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids and their related companies and against the country’s three largest wholesale

Justin F. Vigil Sentenced In Two Cases

on September 11, 2017 - 6:52am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Justin F. Vigil, 23, of Santa Fe, will serve 191 days in Santa Fe County Detention Center and 566 days of supervised probation when released under the terms of a judgment issued by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington for two cases, one in Los Alamos County and the other in Santa Fe County.

In the Los Alamos case, Vigil was originally charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a Los Alamos woman.

Weapons Found At Scene Where Man In Stolen Pickup Attempts To Run Down Los Alamos Police Officer

on September 9, 2017 - 6:46am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Two men involved in an Aug. 25 incident in which one of them attempted to run down a Los Alamos Police officer with a stolen pickup were back in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday morning facing revised charges.

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque now faces a total of 14 charges in connection with the incident due to an amended complaint filed Friday by Deputy First Judicial District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

Larceny Charge Against Tonya Males Dismissed

on September 8, 2017 - 3:41pm

Staff Report

A larceny charge filed July 24 against Tonya Males of Espanola has been dismissed without prejudice by Deputy First Judicial District Attorney Kent Wahlquist in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Males was charged with the theft of $900 in cash from a White Rock home she was cleaning.

The homeowner claimed the money had been in an envelope in a bedroom dresser and that Males was the only person who had access to the bedroom besides herself.

Males was represented by Los Alamos Attorney Philip Dabney.

Criminal Charge Dropped Against Lab Employee

on September 8, 2017 - 3:20pm

Staff Report

The charge against a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee of criminal damage of more than $1,800 to a vehicle belonging to another Lab employee has been dismissed.

First Judicial District Deputy District Attorney Kent Walhquist filed the dismissal Thursday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for the charge against Robert Winkel stating that restitution has been made in the case and the interests of justice are best served through dismissal of the charge.

Winkel was charged pursuant to an investigation into damage to a vehicle belonging to a group leader who reportedly had some

$9 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Education Department For 232 Violations Of IPRA Law

on September 8, 2017 - 7:20am
RGB News:
 
Los Ranchos book publisher, Barbe Awalt, Senior Partner of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books (RGB), has filed a third lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department and NMPED Custodian of Records, Beverly Friedman, for $9,427,800.
 
The lawsuit, filed in the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, asserts that New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and Beverly Friedman, violated the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) in 199 "3-day" letters by putting the wrong wording on the letters and 33 letters that were completely missing.
 
The wording is very

LAPD Records Division Is Well-Oiled Machine

on September 7, 2017 - 4:40pm

Los Alamos Police Department Records Division Manager Teresina Berg in the Department's file vault. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Information is the lifeblood of any organization and Los Alamos Police Department is no exception. Keeping accurate records that comply with local, state and federal laws becomes even more important when your organization happens to be responsible for the protection of life in the community as well as the rights and guarantees of both residents and visitors.

Teresina Berg has managed the

Estate Of Diana Mariani-Stepan To Receive $2.249 Million In Whistleblower Case

on September 7, 2017 - 11:48am
Diana Mariani-Stepan
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The estate of the late Diana Mariani-Stepan, former Los Alamos County assistant manager and Indigent Healthcare administrator, will receive $2.249 million following an agreement reached in a case involving alleged violations of the False Claims Act.

According to the Department of Justice, CHRISTUS St.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 30 To Sept. 4, 2017

on September 6, 2017 - 4:15pm

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.

HEATHER R. DOMINGUEZ

Aug. 30 at 4:37 a.m. / Police arrested Heather R. Dominguez, 34, of Los Alamos at 1203 9th St., Apt. 5 on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

CASANDRA ROSE RUYBAL

Aug. 30 at 9:24 a.m. / Police arrested Casandra Rose Ruybal, 28, of Los Alamos at 4408 Sycamore St., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant and an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Eric Sanchez Bound Over To District Court

on September 5, 2017 - 6:24pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

An Albuquerque man who allegedly attempted to cash an altered check belonging to an elderly White Rock woman was bound over Friday to District Court following a preliminary hearing before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.

Eric Sanchez, 29, is charged with forgery and having an open container in his vehicle.

Sanchez was arrested May 15 at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock after he attempted to cash a forged check for $2,250 with the drive through teller, which appears to have been made out to Doctors Without

Group Charged With Shoplifting At Smith's Marketplace

on September 5, 2017 - 6:06pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Two men and a woman were arrested Aug. 27 in yet another shoplifting incident at Smith’s Marketplace. Robert W. Abeyta, 32, of Ohkay Owingeh, Meadows Tafoya-Romero, 24, of Espanola, and Juanadolfo Gomez, 29, of San Juan Pueblo, all appeared before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Aug. 28 and are slated for hearings Sept. 22.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias and Cpl.

Charge Against Andrea Rivera Dismissed

on September 5, 2017 - 5:59am

Staff Report

 

A charge of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle against Andrea R. Rivera of Los Alamos was dismissed without prejudice Sept. 1 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Rivera was charged with the crime April 21 when she was allegedly a passenger in a vehicle being driven by another woman who did not have permission to drive it. Later the driver alleged Rivera was driving the vehicle and she didn’t know where it was.

Rivera had been slated for a preliminary hearing Sept. 1, however Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist dismissed the charge.

Joel Martin Remains In Jail Until Sept. 28 Hearing

on August 31, 2017 - 8:18pm

Joel Martin is led into First Judicial District Court Thursday by Los Alamos Detention Center staff. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

One of two men charged with aggravated assault on a police officer appeared in the First Judicial District Court today for a dangerousness hearing to determine whether he should be held without bond until his release is addressed by the District Court.

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque, also was charged Aug.

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