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Montano Preliminary Hearing Continued

on October 30, 2017 - 7:06am
Stephen Montano
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A preliminary hearing for Stephen Montano, 22, of Grants was continued Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court after he declined to sign a plea agreement offered by Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

Montano is one of two men involved in an Aug. 25 incident in which an attempt was made to run down Los Alamos Police Cpl. Robert Larsen subsequent to a shoplifting incident at Smith’s Marketplace.

Tyson Collins Released to Washington Residence Pending District Court Hearings

on October 30, 2017 - 6:30am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 24-year-old Washington state resident, Tyson Collins, walked away from Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday morning after waiving his preliminary hearing and being bound over to First Judicial District Court.

Despite appeals from Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist during an Oct. 16 dangerousness hearing, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers agreed to release Collins Friday on conditions of pre-trial probation that include requiring him to prove that he has no Internet connection at his Centralia, Wash.

FBI: Las Cruces Felon Sentenced To 63 Months For Unlawfully Possessing Firearm And Ammunition

on October 30, 2017 - 6:21am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  James S. Sedillo, 40, of Las Cruces, was sentenced Oct. 24 in Federal Court to 63 months in prison for violating the federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition. Sedillo will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Sedillo was arrested in August 2016, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition Oct. 24, 2015, in Dona Ana County. 
 
According to the indictment, Sedillo was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had

Morrow And Atencio Sentenced Under Plea Deals

on October 30, 2017 - 6:03am

COURT News:

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Mark Morrow, 37, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty Oct. 13 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Morrow was given a deferred sentence of 364 days, placed on supervised probation for a year and ordered to pay a $50 fine. He also was originally charged with possession of marijuana but that charge was dropped under the terms of the plea agreement.

Judge Issues Bench Warrant For Hazel Bucholz

on October 29, 2017 - 1:22pm

COURT News:

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados issued a bench warrant Friday for Hazel Bucholz, 18, of Jemez after she failed to appear in Court for a preliminary hearing.

Bucholz was arrested June 20 and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of a drug paraphernalia after Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jemuel Montoya was dispatched to a report of a juvenile driver that was under the influence of drugs. Following a traffic stop, the driver was placed under arrest and other occupants were asked to get out so that the vehicle could be returned to its owner.

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados To Seek Reelection

on October 28, 2017 - 5:02pm

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados has announced her intention to seek reelection to her position next year. Saying she has enjoyed serving the County of Los Alamos, Casados said she is ready to continue serving for a fifth term.

“I want to stay active and I think it’s very important to keep rural and small courts on a par with the larger courts,” she said.

A familiar face at the State Legislature where she has worked on behalf of the 60-member

Judge Orders Settlement Conference In Case Against Los Alamos Medical Center

on October 25, 2017 - 2:43pm
LAMC CEO John Whiteside
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge Francis J. Mathew has given the parties in a lawsuit filed by Carrie Adair against Los Alamos Medical Center and Barbara Van Eeckhout, M.D. until January to engage in a settlement conference and report back to the Court.

Adair initially filed the complaint in January 2016 alleging medical negligence and negligent hiring, credentialing, training and supervision against LAMC and Van Eeckhout following her treatment Aug. 24 and Aug. 25, 2014, at LAMC.

AFTNM Reacts To Judicial Ruling Against Mora ISD

on October 25, 2017 - 2:04pm

AFTNM News:
  • District Ordered to Reinstate Wrongfully Terminated Employees; Comply with Previous Arbitrator Decision

MORA – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, Mora Federation of School Employees Union President Faith Rivera and Mora Federation of School Employees Union Members Edwina Romero, Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas released today the following statement:

“We are extremely happy New Mexico District Court Judge Alan Malott has ruled in favor of three wrongfully terminated Mora Independent School District employees, affirming the April 2017 decision of a

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 18 - Oct. 24, 2017

on October 25, 2017 - 8:33am

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.

THEA MEDINA

Oct. 18 at 3:13 p.m. / Police arrested Thea Medina, 39, of Los Ranchitos near Sandia and Diamond Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

ADRIAN TRUJILLO

Oct. 18 at 4:40 p.m. / Police arrested Adrian Trujillo, 29, of Los Alamos in Espanola on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

RICHARD I. PENA

Oct. 24 at 1:57 p.m.

Adrian Trujillo Back In Jail On Probation Violation

on October 25, 2017 - 6:05am

Staff Report 

A 29-year-old Hernandez man is back in jail after allegedly violating the terms of his probation under two First Judicial Court cases after he allegedly made abusive contact with a victim.

Adrian Joshua Trujillo went to the victim’s place of work Sept. 16 in Pojoaque where he allegedly made contact with her and after she told him he needed to work on his anger management issues, he allegedly struck her left eye with his closed fist.

Trujillo was originally charged in 2015 with false imprisonment, aggravated battery against a household member, assault with intent to commit a

John Craven Arrested At 10,000 Waves Spa

on October 24, 2017 - 7:33am

John Craven

Staff Report

John Craven, 35, of Los Alamos is has been ordered to remain in jail pending a preliminary hearing in Santa Fe Magistrate Court after racking up seven charges during an Oct. 2 visit to 10,000 Waves Spa.

Craven appeared Oct. 19 before Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in First Judicial Court under a petition to revoke his probation in a 2014 case where he was found guilty of residential burglary and larceny of more than $2,500 and granted a conditional discharge.

Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist asked for Craven’s probation to be revoked because of the new charges

Sheriff Lucero Seeks To File Amended Complaint Against Los Alamos County Council

on October 23, 2017 - 4:59am

Staff Report

 

Attorney A. Blair Dunn has asked the First Judicial District Court for permission to file an amended complaint against the Los Alamos County Council on behalf of Sheriff Marco Lucero.

The original complaint was filed Aug. 29 as an emergency petition for writ of mandamus and complaint for declaratory judgment.

The motion to amend the complaint, filed Oct.

Bail Reform: Overdue And More To Do

on October 20, 2017 - 4:36pm
Leo M. Romero
 
SUPREME COURT News:
 
Reforms to New Mexico’s traditional money-based bail system will make our community safer by permitting judges to lock up defendants who are most likely to commit new crimes if released. And the reforms should not be blamed for the increase in crime reported in the press. They became effective just three months ago, on July 1. 
 
Before the reforms, dangerous defendants could buy their way out of jail by paying a bondsman.

County Files Petition In Sherman Dog Case

on October 19, 2017 - 6:37am

COURT News:

A petition to adjudicate two dogs belonging to Leslie Sherman of White Rock as dangerous has been filed in First Judicial Court by Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart.

Sherman was charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in April with two counts of keeping an animal known to be vicious and likely to attack human beings. The charges were in connection with the Mar. 29 death of a small dog at an Acoma Lane home. At that time, Sherman’s dogs were seized and kept at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

In May, the criminal charges against Sherman were dismissed and a civil complaint

Judge Denies Dangerousness Motion In Collins Case

on October 19, 2017 - 6:26am

Tyson Collins enters the First Judicial District Courtroom of Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers Monday afternoon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 24-year-old Washington state man was granted conditions of release Monday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe despite appeals from Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist that he remain incarcerated pending trial.

Tyler Collins was charged Oct.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 11 - Oct. 16, 2017

on October 18, 2017 - 10:11am

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.

JOHN CRAVEN

Oct. 11 at 1:07 p.m. / Police arrested John Craven, 35, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

MARIA E. VALDEZ

Oct. 12 at 9:15 a.m. / Police arrested Maria E.

Los Alamos Resident Greg White Files Suit In New Mexico Supreme Court Against County Council

on October 17, 2017 - 5:53pm
Los Alamos resident Greg White at a council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos resident Greg White has filed a verified petition for a writ of prohibition against the Los Alamos County Council and the Incorporated County of Los Alamos with the New Mexico Supreme Court requesting that the Court exercise jurisdiction. The petition, filed Oct.17, lists Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero as an interested party.

White recently announced that he will be a candidate for sheriff in 2018.

The

County Settles Tort Claim For $4,000

on October 17, 2017 - 3:56pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A suit filed against the Los Alamos County Council, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, Ofc. David Bradshaw and Ofc. Joseph Ortega seeking damages for assault, battery and false imprisonment under the New Mexico Tort Claims Act has been dismissed and the County has agreed to pay Andrew Abeyta $4,000 in settlement.

Under the terms of the agreement, which was executed in September, Abeyta will pay all his own attorney’s costs and the County will not admit to any fault or wrongdoing.

The alleged incident occurred Dec.

Response Filed In IPRA Suit Against County Council

on October 17, 2017 - 7:06am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Court documents filed Oct. 10 on behalf of Patrick Brenner and his mother Lisa Brenner state that there is no “win-win” in a proposal by Los Alamos County Council unless the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) is complied with in a case involving emails in a personal account belonging to County Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary.

The Brenners had asked the County through its Custodian of Public Records Barb Ricci to release every email by every Councilor from May 15 but O’Leary has maintained that she has a privacy interest

FBI: David A. Hickman Pleads Guilty To Using Fire Or Explosives To Damage Or Destroy Buildings

on October 13, 2017 - 9:33am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  David A. Hickman, 28, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty in Federal Court to five counts of damaging and destroying buildings used in interstate commerce by fire or explosive. 
 
Although Hickman pled guilty to five arson counts, in his plea agreement, Hickman acknowledged igniting arson fires that damaged or destroyed nine businesses engaged in interstate commerce in Albuquerque between Nov. 16, 2016 and Nov. 26, 2106. The plea agreement includes a recommendation that Hickman be sentenced to a term of imprisonment within the range of five to 20 years. 
 

Man Extradited To Los Alamos For Alleged Crimes Against A Child

on October 12, 2017 - 9:34pm
Tyson Collins
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tyson Collins, 24, was charged Oct. 10 with child solicitation by electronic communication device, sexual exploitation of children and criminal sexual communication with a child. The warrant was requested by Los Alamos Police Det. Matt Lyon and signed by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados July 12.

Collins was taken into custody July 26 by Centralia Police Department in Lewis County, Wash., and was finally extradited to Los Alamos last week. Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist filed a motion Oct.

Coleman Smith Appeals Municipal Court Judgment

on October 12, 2017 - 7:16am

Staff Report 

 

Attorney Marc W. Edwards has filed a notice of intent to appeal a judgment and sentencing handed down by Municipal Judge Alan Kirk to the First Judicial District Court on behalf of his client, Coleman A. Smith of Los Alamos.

Smith had pleaded not guilty but Judge Kirk found him guilty Sept. 22 of the charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and prohibited activities while driving.

On the DUI charge, Smith received a sentence of 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 10, 2017

on October 11, 2017 - 1:37pm

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.

DESIREE NITZ

Oct. 10 at 12 a.m. / Los Alamos police arrested Desiree Nitz, 27, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

TYSON M. COLLINS

Oct. 10 at 9:04 p.m. / Los Alamos police arrested Tyson M. Collins, 24, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Appeals Court Sends Mallory Case To General Calendar

on October 11, 2017 - 1:07pm

Staff Report

 

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has assigned the case of Scott Mallory to the general calendar. A decision by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington May 18 to suppress evidence found on Scott Mallory’s computer was appealed by the District Attorney’s office after Judge Ellington ruled that Mallory’s spousal privilege was violated and information on his computer and any statements made by Mallory to police were to be suppressed.

 

Mallory was arrested by Los Alamos Police Department in January 2016 and charged with sexual exploitation of children under 18 years by

Letter To The Editor: County Action Restores My Hope

on October 9, 2017 - 7:37am
By ANNE HAWES
Los Alamos
 
FINALLY! I had lost all hope that Los Alamos County would take a stand against the downright bullying of our sheriff.
 
From the first day he was elected as sheriff he has had his own agenda, not the citizens of Los Alamos County, of what the duties of our sheriff should be. And, he has been trying his best to shove it down our throats.
 
Last year it was placed on a ballot about whether the citizens wanted to keep or abolish the position of sheriff in Los Alamos County. The citizens voted to keep it and not by a huge margin.

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