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District Attorney's Office Issues Scam Alert

on February 11, 2016 - 9:23am

DA News:

The District Attorney's Office is alerting residents to a scam underway in Los Alamos and surrounding areas.

The caller identifies himself or herself as an investigator with the District Attorney's Office, talks about some case and says they need to clear warrants and collect money.

The District Attorney's Office said residents are reporting receiving a call from the same telephone number: 505.221.3486. DO NOT call this number back, rather hang up and call the Los Alamos Police Department at 505.662-8222 or the District Attorney's Office at 505.827.5000.

Probate Judge Vacancy: Change In Process

on February 5, 2016 - 5:09pm

COUNTY News:

Upon further review of State statute, the Los Alamos County Attorney has determined the County should change the end date for the term that had been specified in earlier public notifications about the upcoming Probate Judge vacancy. 

The selected applicant who fills the vacancy left by current Probate Judge Christine Chandler will fill the position until Dec.

U.S. Marshals Selling Madoff Jewelry

on February 4, 2016 - 1:31pm

Ruth Madoff's diamond tennis bracelet on the auction block through  Feb. 16, 2016 at www.txauction.com. Courtesy/U.S. Marshals Office

Ruth Madoff's antique emerald and diamond neclace on the auction block through Feb. 16, 2016 at www.txauction.com. Courtesy/U.S. Marshals Office

Ruth Madoff's antique diamond brooch on the auction block through Feb. 16, 2016 at www.txauction.com. Courtesy/U.S. Marshals Office

U.S. MARSHALS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Marshals are selling six pieces of jewelry that formerly belonged to Bernard and Ruth Madoff in an online auction at www.txauction.com.

Legislation To Give Judges Full Picture Of Criminal Histories Passes House

on January 27, 2016 - 7:42am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  A bill that will give judges access to the full criminal histories of violent offenders passed the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee by a 7-0 vote.
 
House Bill 72, also called Jaydon’s Law, is sponsored by Reps. Nate Gentry and Paul Pacheco.
 
“Currently, judges don’t have access to a complete view a criminal defendants violent criminal history,” Gentry said. “This bill will give them the information they need to make fully informed sentencing and pre-trial decisions.”
 
Current law prohibits judges from considering the juvenile record of an adult offender

'Three Strikes' Legislation Passes First Committee

on January 27, 2016 - 7:17am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Legislation to reform New Mexico’s existing “three strikes” law, also referred to as “Lilly’s Law,” passed the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee Thursday Jan. 21, on a party-line vote.
 
House Bill 56 is sponsored by Rep. Paul Pacheco. The bill would help close New Mexico’s criminal justice revolving door that has allowed dangerous career criminals out of jail free to commit additional acts of violence.
 
“The current statute is a three strikes law in name only,” Pacheco said. “Judges need this tool in order to reduce violent crime in the state.

Los Alamos County Probate Judge Vacancy: Reminder To Submit Letters Of Interest

on January 25, 2016 - 10:19am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County would like to remind individuals interested in the upcoming Probate Judge vacancy to send in their letter of interest by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. No letters have been received yet.

The Council is responsible for filling the vacancy that will be left by current Probate Judge Christine Chandler’s resignation that takes effect Feb. 20, 2016. The successful applicant will fill the unexpired term, which began in 2014 and expires in 2018. Under State law, any qualified person over the age of 18 who is a resident of Los Alamos County may serve.

Earthjustice: Supreme Court Ruling A Win For Clean Energy

on January 25, 2016 - 9:59am

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/Earthjustice

EARTHJUSTICE News:

  • Decision helps reduce barriers to critical clean energy resource, reducing rates and enhancing grid reliability

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that ensures that a critically important clean energy resource will continue to provide key benefits in our wholesale energy markets.

It decided that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the authority to remove barriers to “demand response” programs, which compensates consumers for reducing their power use at

Attorney General Balderas Files Suit Against Volkswagen, Audi & Porsche For Using Diesel Emission-Cheating Software

on January 20, 2016 - 9:36am

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed suit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, and their U.S. subsidiaries for state air quality control act and deceptive trade practice act violations.

The Office of the Attorney General’s Fraud Recovery Strike Force filed the suit in state District Court yesterday afternoon.

Whistleblower Anthony T. Rivera Sues LLNL

on January 20, 2016 - 8:38am

Anthony T. Rivera

LLNL News:

Anthony T. Rivera, an award-winning senior engineer who blew the whistle on safety violations at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, sued the lab Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.    

His suit seeks $5 million in damages – and a court order reforming U.S. Department of Energy practices.

Rivera, a 29-year employee with LLNL, charges Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC is liable for wrongful termination in violation of public policy because managers fired him after he disclosed safety violations in the lab’s high explosives test

NMED To Sue U.S. EPA For Massive Waste Spill

on January 18, 2016 - 7:07am

NMED Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn

NMED News:

 SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department has announced its intention to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—along with the State of Colorado and the owners of the Gold King and Sunnyside Mines—to address the environmental impacts resulting from the 2015 massive waste spill in the Animas River that EPA officials admitted to causing.

 In August of last year, the EPA caused a release of three million gallons of toxic mine waste into the Animas and San Juan Rivers, depositing toxins on the riverbed, agricultural lands, and

Op-Ed: Why New Mexico Needs Bail Reform

on January 17, 2016 - 10:28am
Justice Charles W. Daniels
 
By Justice Charles W. Daniels
New Mexico Supreme Court

On recommendation of the New Mexico Supreme Court, a bipartisan group of legislators has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 1, which would allow voters to decide whether to reform antiquated bail provisions in our state constitution. Currently, the constitution guarantees the right to get out of jail before trial for virtually all defendants, no matter how dangerous, if they can get their hands on enough money to post bond or if they can make payment arrangements with a bail bondsman.

As we have seen all

FBI: Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Murder

on January 14, 2016 - 7:43am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Dusty Lee Chavez, 23, a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico pled guilty Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque, to a second degree murder charge. 
 
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Chavez will be sentenced within the range of 228 to 276 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Chavez and his co-defendant Douglas Burt, 19, also a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, were arrested in November 2014, on a criminal complaint charging them with murdering a man Oct.

Los Alamos County Probate Judge Vacancy: Council Calls For Letters Of Interest

on January 6, 2016 - 12:21pm

Christine Chandler was appointed Los Alamos County Probate Judge in August 2013. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Councilors responded during last night’s meeting to the resignation of Probate Judge Christine Chandler.

Chandler wrote in a letter dated Dec. 30 to then-Council Chair Kristin Henderson that her resignation will be effective Feb. 20, 2016. Chandler was appointed to the position in 2013 and ran for re-election successfully in the general election in November 2014.

Chandler cited “other current and prospective commitments” in her letter as

Governor Appoints Jennifer Padgett District Attorney In First Judicial District

on December 29, 2015 - 12:04pm

Jennifer Padgett

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Jennifer Padgett of Santa Fe as the district attorney for the First Judicial District to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Angela “Spence” Pacheco.

“Jennifer Padgett has devoted her career to fighting for children and she has what it takes to build on Spence's success as district attorney,” Martinez said. “She has demonstrated tremendous management abilities and will aggressively strive to protect citizens and fight for victims in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties.” 

AFTNM And NEANM Reacts To Court Decision On Motion To Combine Hearings

on December 24, 2015 - 10:11am
AFT News:
 
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and National Education Association New Mexico President Betty Patterson released the following joint statement:
 
“We agree with Judge Mathew’s ruling against the most recent motion by the Public Education Department, which was to combine our organizations’ unique lawsuits against the educator evaluation policies of Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez.
 
“We believe that each of our cases have merit and that the continued attempts of the PED to stall this process is unnecessary and detrimental

Closing New Mexico’s Child Pornography & Exploitation Loophole: Representatives Pre-File Legislation

on December 22, 2015 - 8:25am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Representatives Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Bernalillo, Javier Martinez, D-Bernalillo and Randal Crowder, R-Curry have pre-filed legislation backed by Attorney General Hector Balderas to close New Mexico’s child pornography and exploitation loophole. 
 
The current law limits the ability of prosecutors to charge defendants who possess multiple images of children being raped, objectified, and exploited in multiple forms of media and online.
Currently, these child predators are only subject to prosecution of one count of child exploitation by possession, irrespective of the

Attorney General On Dianna Duran's Sentencing

on December 14, 2015 - 12:16pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding former Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s sentencing hearing:

“The swift adjudication of this matter rectifies the public harm done by the criminal conduct of Ms. Duran and saved tremendous taxpayer impeachment resources. The Office of the Attorney General thoroughly investigated the case, which resulted in felony convictions and jail time.

County Personnel Board Upholds Termination Of Former Los Alamos Police Sgt. Jordan Redmond

on December 8, 2015 - 2:07am
Attorney Tony Ortiz with the four members of the Personnel Board began hearing testimony at 9 a.m. and went into closed session at 3 p.m. Monday to deliberate. The court reporter looks on at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
During Monday's County Personnel Board hearing, former LAPD Sgt. Jordan Redmond lost his appeal to get his job back. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Following nearly six hours of testimony and 90 minutes of deliberation Monday, the Los Alamos County Personnel Board voted to uphold the termination of

Appeal Committee Hears Redmond Case Dec. 7

on December 4, 2015 - 11:15am

Former LAPD Sgt. Jordan Redmond

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A County Personnel Board Appeal Committee hearing on the termination of former Los Alamos Police Sgt. Jordan Redmond is set for 9 a.m. Monday in the Boards and Commissions Room #110 of the Municipal Building.

Redmond, 32, was arrested Oct. 8 and charged under the Governmental Conduct Act, section 10.16.4.1, Honoraria prohibited, for accepting money for conducting a public duty as a police officer.

Human Trafficker Sentenced To Additional 24 Years

on December 3, 2015 - 11:19am

Convicted human trafficker Wallace G. Carson

AG News:

ALBUQUERQUEDistrict Judge Stan Whitaker imposed an additional 24 years of incarceration Wednesday on convicted human trafficker Wallace G. Carson.

The Office of the Attorney General (AG) successfully investigated and prosecuted Carson’s case. The additional time was imposed under New Mexico's "Habitual Offender Enhancement" laws. Judge Whitaker found that Carson was a "habitual offender" with two prior felony convictions from Texas.

AFTNM Calls Court Ruling ‘Victory For Educators’

on December 3, 2015 - 9:20am

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFTNM) President Stephanie Ly and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling from Judge Thomson comes as welcome news for the thousands of educators across New Mexico who have been seeking relief from Governor Martinez and Secretary of Education Hannah Skandera’s test-and-punish ‘reforms.’

Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein

“Judge Thomson made the correct and important decision to halt the use of high-stakes testing to

NSA’s Bulk Metadata Collection Program Ends

on November 30, 2015 - 7:05am

HSNW News:

The NSA on Sunday ended its controversial surveillance program, initiated by the George W. Bush administration in 2006, which collected the metadata of all communications in the United States.

The creation of the bulk collection program was the result of criticism by the 9/11 Commission, and many security experts, who argued that the information about the nineteen 9/11 terrorists was available, but that law enforcement and intelligence agencies lacked structure and procedure, which would have allowed them to “connect the dots.”

The collected data were then stored so that if law

Concern Erupts For Explosives Working Dogs

on November 5, 2015 - 4:13pm

Explosives working dogs are kept in this enclosure in the back yard of a residence on Rim Road where Animal Control issued the owner a citation for incessant barking. Courtesy photo

Jennis Pruett expresses concern to the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening about the living conditions and treatment of the explosives working dogs housed at a residence on Rim Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By JENNIS PRUETT
Los Alamos

There is great respect for dogs who work explosives.

CYFD Cabinet Secretary, NM Supreme Court Chief Justice, NMJJAC Gathered Thursday In Los Alamos

on October 25, 2015 - 11:26pm
From left, NMJJAC Chair Sharon Stover, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson  and New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil in Council Chambers Thursday in the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
NMJJAC members gather Thursday morning in Council Chambers to discuss youth issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) met Thursday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos.

JJAC Chair Sharon Stover opened the meeting and Municipal

FBI: Davon Lymon, Alleged Shooter Of APD Officer, Charged With Violating Federal Firearms Laws

on October 24, 2015 - 2:14pm

FBI News:
  • Lymon Prosecuted as Part of “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

ALBUQUERQUE—Friday morning the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) filed a criminal complaint charging Albuquerque resident Davon Lymon, 34, with a violation of the federal firearms laws.

The federal charge against Lymon was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Field Division of ATF, Chief Gorden Eden, Jr., of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O.

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