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Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 19-24, 2017

on July 26, 2017 - 12:50pm

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.​



July 19 at 12:43 p.m. / Police arrested Ryan A. Roller, 34, of Los Alamos and charged him with battery against a household member, battery and false imprisonment.






July 20 at 4:12 p.m. / Police arrested Ashley B.

Johnson: Guarding The Guardians

on July 26, 2017 - 4:29am
Los Alamos
Guarding the Guardians: The Challenge of Protecting the Incapacitated New Mexico’s Guardianship System provides the statutory framework for guardianship and care to be provided to incapacitated adults deemed to not possess the mental ability to care for themselves and their assets any longer.
Due to the expense of Guardianship proceedings these adults must have sufficient financial resources in order to afford the court proceedings necessary for the appointment of a guardian.

Joseph Allen Lovato Sentenced For Third DWI

on July 26, 2017 - 4:13am

Joseph Allen Lovato

Staff Report 

Joseph Allen Lovato, 33, of Los Alamos was found guilty of driving under the influence – third offense, July 17 in First Judicial Court in Santa Fe pursuant to a global and repeat offender plea agreement.

Lovato was arrested by Los Alamos Police Cpl. David Boe July 4 following a traffic stop. He also was charged with speeding (21-25 miles over) and driving on a revoked or suspended license. Those charges were dismissed under the plea agreement.

Lovato was convicted of driving under the influence in 2003 in Dona Ana County and another DWI charge as well as

Tonya Males Charged With Larceny

on July 26, 2017 - 3:53am

Staff Report 

Tonya Males of Espanola has been charged with larceny, a fourth degree felony in connection with the alleged theft of $900 while cleaning the home of a client of P&L Housekeeping.

June 27, Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto was dispatched to a home on Grand Canyon Drive where the victim said she was missing money, which had been in an envelope in a bedroom dresser and claimed Males was the only person who had access to the bedroom besides herself.

Nieto contacted Males and asked her to come to the police station. When questioned by Nieto, Males denied taking the cash.

DA Marco Serna Forms Shooter Review Panel

on July 26, 2017 - 3:37am

District Attorney Marco P. Serna


SANTA FE - First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna has formed the first officer involved shooting review panel in the First Judicial District. The decedent from the April 29 shooting is Andrew Lucero and the officer involved is Leonard Guzman.

The panel will include five district attorneys from around the state and the Administrative Office of the District Attorneys (AODA) will coordinate logistics, obtain and distribute evidence to the members for review.

“I promised the people of Northern New Mexico that I would

Ryan Roller Faces False Imprisonment, Battery Charges

on July 26, 2017 - 3:22am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Ryan A. Roller of Los Alamos has been charged with false imprisonment, battery and battery against a household member as a result of a July 19 incident at an address on 39th Street.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto was dispatched to the residence in response to a reported fight. Nieto’s statement of probable cause said he asked LAPD Dispatch if he was responding to Roller’s residence as he was familiar with the address from responding their multiple times in the past.

Mark Purtill Faces Pretrial Hearing On Battery Charge

on July 25, 2017 - 7:16am

 Mark S. Purtill

Staff Report

Mark S. Purtill, 62, of Los Alamos is facing a pretrial hearing Aug. 24 before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados on charges of battery against a household member and interference with communications. Purtill was arrested following a June 20 domestic disturbance at a 46th Street address.

Los Alamos Police Ofc. David Randleman was dispatched to the address in response to a 911 hang-up. A woman at the residence told Randleman that her son had died a few days earlier and that Purtill had allegedly been getting drunk and acting rudely to her since.

Alejandro Gonzales Held On Probation Violation

on July 24, 2017 - 10:43am

Alejandro Gonzalez

Staff Report

A 21-year-old Espanola man who was granted a conditional discharge on a trafficking of a controlled substance charge and a suspended sentence for driving under the influence Feb. 20 in First Judicial District Court has been arrested by Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office under a bench warrant issued by Judge T. Glenn Ellington.

Alejandro Gonzalez was originally arrested Dec.

Warrant Issued For LANL Copper Thief

on July 24, 2017 - 9:00am

Staff Report

A warrant was issued July 13 for Joshua J. Montoya, 23 of Espanola by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington after probation officials in Espanola indicated he failed to report to them after his conditional discharge May 24.

Montoya was originally arrested in July 2016 for stealing large amounts of copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Los Alamos Police Department and LANL officials confirmed with an Espanola company that it had purchased 2,709 pounds of copper and brass from Montoya and that he had been paid $3,474.

Montoya was finally bound over May

Shoplifting Suspect Nabbed

on July 24, 2017 - 7:55am

Jose Mascarenas of San Juan Pueblo

Staff Report

Jose Mascarenas, 41, of San Juan Pueblo is scheduled July 27 for a preliminary hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on charges of shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance. 

Mascarenas was arrested July 5 after loss prevention personnel at Smith’s Marketplace allegedly observed him take a packet of lighters from a display rack and conceal it in his back pocket.

Mascarenas was escorted to the loss prevention office where he was met by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson.

FBI: San Juan County Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Wire Fraud Arising Out Of Million Dollar Con Job

on July 20, 2017 - 7:18am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Bobby Willis, 45, a resident of Kirtland, has pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque to wire fraud charges under a plea agreement recommending a maximum sentence of 24 months in federal prison.
The plea agreement also requires Willis to pay restitution to the victims of his fraudulent conduct.
Willis was charged in a two-count indictment, which was filed Oct. 20, 2015, alleging that, from March 2010 through Aug. 2011, Willis executed an illegal scheme to defraud two victims out of $1,000,000.
According to the indictment, Willis offered the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 13 To July 17, 2017

on July 19, 2017 - 10:25am

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.


July 13 at 7:52 a.m. / Police arrested Celso I. Ramos, 37, of Santa Cruz at 2500 Trinity Dr., on outstanding District Court and Magistrate Court warrants.




July 13 at 7:40 p.m. / Police arrested Malcom R. Torres, 23, of Santa Cruz in Los Alamos and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked license.





July 17 at 11:46

Hurtado Gets Five Years Probation For 13 Felonies

on July 19, 2017 - 10:14am

Rosalinda Hurtado


Los Alamos Daily Post

A 38-year-old Alcalde woman, Rosalinda Hurtado, has received five years of probation in First Judicial District Court on five cases from Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.

Hurtado was originally charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with 43 counts including forgery, fraud, identity theft, credit card theft and receiving stolen property. She also faced similar charges in Rio Arriba County and Santa Fe County.

Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist approved a global plea agreement June 30

Driver In Single-Vehicle Rollover Pleads Not Guilty

on July 19, 2017 - 6:10am

Staff Report

A 21-year-old Hernandez man involved in a July 9 single-vehicle rollover on Diamond Drive pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, speeding and open container Monday before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk.

Bobbyray Sisneros was arrested after Los Alamos Police and Fire Department personnel responded at 8 p.m. to the scene of the crash. Sisneros and his two passengers were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries.

Judge Kirk allowed Sisneros to remain free on conditions of release, which included reporting to the

Municipal Court Closed For Training July 18-21

on July 18, 2017 - 7:50am


The Los Alamos Municipal Court at 2500 Trinity Drive, Suite C, will be closed July 18-21 for training.

The court reopens Monday, July 24.

LAPD Officers In High Speed Chase

on July 14, 2017 - 6:45pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Officers were involved in a high speed pursuit Thursday afternoon, which ended in a Colorado man being apprehended in Nambe. Carl Johann Black, 37, of Colorado Springs faces several charges in connection with the chase.

It began around 1:45 p.m. when LAPD Dispatch notified Cpl. David Boe of a possible reckless driver in a silver mini-van traveling along Diamond Drive toward  the mesas.

Fugitive Wanted By FBI For Defrauding U.S. Government Over $500 Million Spotted In New Mexico

on July 14, 2017 - 5:40pm
Fugitive Eric C. Conn spotted in June at a Pilot gas station in Santa Rosa. Courtesy/FBI
FBI News:
A fugitive wanted for defrauding the U.S. government of more than half-a-billion dollars was spotted in New Mexico in June.
Fugitive Eric C. Conn spotted in June at a Walmart is in Deming. Courtesy/FBI
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on Friday sentenced Eric C. Conn in absentia to 12 years in prison and ordered him to pay almost $170,000,000 in restitution, a $50,000 fine, and a forfeiture judgment of $5,750,404.
More details about the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 28 - July 11, 2017

on July 13, 2017 - 4:28pm

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.

July 5 / Philip Swazo, 28, of Santa Fe was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, operating without a chauffeur’s license, open container and failure to display current registration.

July 5 / Sherry Lynn Francisco, 57, of Harper, Texas, was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while

FBI: Navajo Man From Shiprock Pleads Guilty To Federal Assault Charge

on July 13, 2017 - 5:51am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Aaron Curley, 55, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., pled guilty July 10 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Curley was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Navajo woman by stabbing her in the leg and sternum area with a knife. Curley was indicted on Dec. 20, 2016, and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a knife, with intent to do bodily injury and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

James Lind Charged With Fourth Offense DWI

on July 12, 2017 - 6:42am
Los Alamos Daily Post

James K. Lind, 50 of Los Alamos was arrested July 8 and charged with fourth offense driving under the influence after Los Alamos Police officers responded to two calls reporting a reckless driver coming up the main hill road driving 10 miles an hour.

The same vehicle had been called in to LAPD Dispatch earlier driving on N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard in White Rock.

Cpl. Jaime Gonzales spotted the vehicle parked just north of the intersection of Diamond Drive and Sandia.

Phillip Swazo Charged With Fourth Offense DWI

on July 12, 2017 - 6:17am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Phillip Swazo, 28,  of Santa Fe was arrested July 4 after the fireworks display in White Rock and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs – fourth or subsequent offense, driving while license is suspended or revoked, open container of alcoholic beverage – third offense and display of registration plate sticker other than one validated for the current registration period.

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

AG Files Lawsuit Against Presbyterian Health Plan, Presbyterian Network, Presbyterian Insurance For Fraud

on July 11, 2017 - 10:17pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas


SANTA FE - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Presbyterian Health Plan, Presbyterian Network and Presbyterian Insurance Co. for fraud based on the systematic, deliberate underpayment of taxes on premiums received or written.

The Office of the Attorney General’s complaint alleges that between 2001 and 2015, Presbyterian routinely filed false claims for premium tax deductions and credits, thereby defrauding the people of New Mexico and evading its legal duty to pay these taxes.

The Presbyterian

State Auditor Responds To Presbyterian Lawsuit

on July 11, 2017 - 5:53pm

State Auditor Tim Keller


SANTA FE -- State Auditor Tim Keller responded to the announcement the Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing Presbyterian  over allegations that it falsified deductions and credits through the Medicaid program, thus evading tens of millions in premium taxes and surcharges:

“We are confirming that our office is conducting an ongoing audit of premium tax collection that covers many issues with major New Mexico health insurance providers over multiple years.

Man Arrested For Aggravated Assault At Restaurant

on July 11, 2017 - 5:35pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A White Rock man was charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony and disorderly conduct Saturday evening after he became disgruntled with employees at Rigoberto’s Taco Shop and threatened to go to his vehicle and get his gun.

Lex Norman Deines, 48 had ordered food along with his family when he became upset with the cashier for refusing to change his order. Police were called after other patrons became uncomfortable with his foul language and the extent of the anger he displayed, particularly when he made reference to his gun.

Santa Fe Woman Faces Up To 72 Years In Prison For Attempted Tax Evasion

on July 10, 2017 - 8:34am
NMTR News:
SANTA FE  A resident of Santa Fe has been indicted for attempted tax evasion. The indictment follows an investigation by the Tax Fraud Investigations Division of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.
Cynthia Canyon, 58, was charged with 48 counts of Willful Attempts to Evade or Defeat Tax, all felonies. Canyon faces a maximum sentence of 72 years imprisonment and $240,000 in fines.
“This administration is committed to hunting down those who would cheat the system,” Acting Secretary John Monforte said.