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FBI: John Charles McCluskey to Receive Life in Prison for Murdering Oklahoma Couple

on December 12, 2013 - 10:58am
Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee
FBI Albuquerque Division

FBI News:

WASHINGTON—John Charles McCluskey, 48, will receive a life prison sentence for a host of crimes arising from the carjacking and murder of a couple from Tecumseh, Oklahoma, after a federal jury today announced that it could not reach a unanimous decision on whether to impose the death penalty.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough of the District of New Mexico, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O.

Attorneys Respond to Los Alamos County's Settlement With Detective

on December 11, 2013 - 8:12pm
Det. Brian Schamber
 
Staff Report
 
Following this afternoon's announcement that Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Police Det. Brian Schamber had reached a settlement agreement, comments were issued from Schamber's attorney and an attorney representing three additional police officers with pending litigation against the County.
 
Comments from Schamber's attorney John W. Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day, LLC in Santa Fe:
 
"Los Alamos County has agreed to pay upwards of $600,000 to settle Brian Schamber's claims.

Los Alamos County Settles Detective Suit at $600,000

on December 11, 2013 - 4:37pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Police Department employee (Det.) Brian Schamber reached a settlement agreement Dec. 10.

Schamber had been evaluated by the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M. in December 2012 before being released and cleared for active duty as a police officer by a psychiatrist. Following his release, Schamber had continued to be employed by the County but working from home after stating that, because he had been evaluated at a mental health institution, he was now prohibited by federal law from carrying a firearm.

Los Alamos County

LANL Employees File Complaint Against Former Supervisor

on December 4, 2013 - 5:39pm

Tony Stanford

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Attorney John Day filed a complaint in First District Court in Santa Fe this afternoon against Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Anthony "Tony" R. Stanford for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent hiring, supervision and retention.

Day, of EGOLF, FERLIC & DAY, LLC, filed the complaint on behalf of his clients Erika and William Gorman of Los Alamos who worked for Stanford at LANL.

Attorney John Day

"This was a horrifying situation, Erika was assaulted by her high

Los Alamos Police Commander Faces Poaching Charges; Jailer Faces Battery with Deadly Weapon

on December 3, 2013 - 10:21am

Los Alamos Police Commander Preston Ballew

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A citation was filed Nov. 22 in Alamogordo Magistrate Court against Los Alamos Police Commander Preston Ballew.

Ballew, 36, was charged with two counts of unlawful hunting or fishing (killing elk) and one count of vehicle travel under habitat protection act (trespassing.) Ofc. Jason Kline issued Ballew the citation Oct. 7.

Ballew is commander of the Los Alamos Bomb Squad. The Alamogordo Magistrate Court clerk said this morning that an arraignment for Ballew is scheduled for Dec. 10 in Alamogordo.

In a

Aaron Nguyen's Victims Share Statement

on November 29, 2013 - 8:49am
Aaron Nguyen
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Convicted burglar Aaron Nguyen admitted to breaking into six homes in Los Alamos and taking everything from jewelry and electronics to guns and alcohol. At his July 24 sentencing hearing, Nguyen pled guilty to all 16 counts filed against him. Several victims testified at the hearing, urging District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson to render a stiffer sentence against the 18-year-old.

Dr. John Michael Pedicini and his wife Georgia were victims of Nguyen's crime spree, which spanned several months.

Help With The Hard Stuff: Managing Student Loans Part 3

on October 3, 2013 - 12:06pm

Help With the Hard Stuff:

Managing Student Loans

Part 3 (of 5) “Work-out and Default Options between Federal and Private Loans Are Critically Important”
By Gini Nelson, JD, MA

I emphasized in my last column the importance of understanding the different legal options federal lenders and private lenders have in responding to a student loan borrower’s inability to pay. Simply put:

WORK OUT OPTIONS – Private lenders and their servicers are not required to offer forbearances or deferments.

Battle Over Teacher Evaluations Heads To Court

on October 1, 2013 - 9:07am
Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) President Ellen Mills briefed teachers Sept. 25 on the statewide teachers union plans to battle new teacher evaluation system. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
New Mexico President Stephanie Ly of the American Federation of Teachers addressed Los Alamos teachers at a Sept. 25 meeting. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Things are heating up in the battle between teachers unions and New Mexico Secretary of Education-Designate Hanna Skandera.

Ex-Enron Executive Indicted on Bankruptcy Charges

on October 1, 2013 - 7:20am

FBI News:

HOUSTON—A federal grand jury has returned a 24-count indictment against Jeffrey Adam Shankman with bankruptcy fraud and concealment of assets, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

The indictment was returned today. Shankman is expected to turn himself in to federal authorities and make an initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge in the near future.

According to the indictment, Shankman engaged in a scheme to conceal assets to defraud creditors and the trustee who was appointed to collect and dispose of all Shankman’s assets in his bankruptcy estate.

A

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Will Seek 4th Term

on September 27, 2013 - 9:56am

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados in her courtroom at the Justice Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados told the Los Alamos Daily Post late Thursday that she has decided to seek re-election to a 4th four-year term.

The election for Los Alamos Magistrate Judge is November 2014 but candidates must file in March.

"After attending the recent judges conference, I came back with renewed enthusiasm ... I've made a lot of progress and I want to see the projects I've started be completed," Casados

Former Los Alamos Urologist Ordered to Leave Town Moves to Nambe Area

on September 27, 2013 - 8:16am

Pavel Mourachov

Staff Report

Former Los Alamos Urologist Pavel Mourachov reached a plea deal last June and was ordered by the court to leave town.

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados said Thursday that Mourachov has moved to the Nambe area, remains on probation and continues to wear an electronic monitoring device. 

Mourachov, 44, was arrested in May and charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, harassment and extreme cruelty to animals. He was released six days later, at which time Casados ordered him to wear a monitoring bracelet.

Woman on the Lam Has Surfaced

on September 27, 2013 - 7:27am

Irene Quintana

Staff Report

The woman who has been on the lam for more than a week turned herself in Thursday.

"She walked up to our window (inside the Justice Center) and police officers were here to arrest her," Magistrate Judge Pat Casados said. "She had her first appearance in court and was released on a $5,000 bond pending a pre-trial."

Los Alamos Police Detectives had been searching for Quintana, 49, of Chamita since Sept. 17. 

She was wanted on a warrant with two felony charges for distribution of a controlled substance and conspiracy. Quintana is suspected of attempting to send

Help With The Hard Stuff: Managing Student Loans Part 2

on September 12, 2013 - 11:50am

Help With The Hard Stuff: Managing Student Loans

Part 2 (of 5) What are the Kinds of Loans Students (and their Co-Signers) Can Get?

By Gini Nelson, JD, MA

I referred in my last column to “the new normal” – how much more difficult life is coming to be for many because of the massive changes to the global and our own economy, and more but I think calling it “the new reality” is more accurate.

Public Invited to Reception for Judge Sylvia LaMar

on September 9, 2013 - 7:05am

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Denies LA County Clerk Request for a Stay

on September 4, 2013 - 11:21am

Judge orders Los Alamos County Clerk to issue same sex marriage licenses. County Clerk Sharon Stover will abide by the Judge’s order. Couple is on way to Municipal Building to get license now. Check back with the Los Alamos Daily Post for more details.

Attorney for Same Sex Couple Responds to Los Alamos County Clerk's Statement

on September 3, 2013 - 4:39pm

Attorney John Day

Staff Report

Attorney John Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day law firm in Santa Fe issued the following response moments ago on behalf of his clients Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau to the statement issued today by Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover regarding her position on the issuance of same sex marriage licenses.

Stover denied Newton and Thibodeau a marriage license late last month and the couple hired Day to represent them in court action against her.

"We filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in District Court requesting that Judge Sheri Raphaelson order the Los Alamos

Statement from Los Alamos County Clerk

on August 30, 2013 - 3:41pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover

COUNTY News:

The following statement was issued to the media today from Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover:

“Late this morning, Los Alamos County received a complete package of documentation regarding a recent lawsuit filed against Los Alamos County and related order from First Judicial District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson for the Clerk’s office to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Judge Rafaelson’s order stated that I should begin issuing the licenses or appear before her in court on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.

Judge Orders Los Alamos County Clerk to Issue Marriage License to Same Sex Couple

on August 29, 2013 - 7:04pm

Los Alamos County Clerk discusses New Mexico laws related to sex marriages during an interview this afternoon in her office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Judge Orders Los Alamos County Clerk to Issue Marriage License to Same Sex Couple

  • All 33 counties in New Mexico ask for Supreme Court ruling
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover has been ordered by District Judge Sheri Raphaelson to issue a marriage license to the same sex couple turned away Tuesday.
 
"Judge Raphaelson signed our writ this afternoon and is ordering the clerk to

Same Sex Couple Files Suit Against Los Alamos County Clerk

on August 29, 2013 - 1:35pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover. LADP file photo

STAFF REPORT

A Los Alamos same sex couple denied a marriage license Tuesday, Aug. 27 has taken court action against Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover.

Attorney John Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day law firm in Santa Fe told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is representing Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau in the matter.

"We filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in District Court requesting that Judge Sheri Raphaelson order the Los Alamos County Clerk to issue a marriage license consistent with what is being done in other counties

Consultant to Former New Mexico Secretary of State Gets 10 Years in Prison

on August 21, 2013 - 9:55am

FBI News:

U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson on Tuesday sentenced Armando C. Gutierrez, 65, of Corpus Christi, Texas, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his convictions for conspiracy, theft of government property, obstruction of justice, and money laundering.

Gutierrez was ordered to pay $2,500,483 in restitution to the state of New Mexico, including $746,375, which is to be paid jointly with co-defendant Joseph C. Kupfer, 50, of Rio Rancho.

Los Alamos County Probate Judge Christine Chandler Sworn Into Office

on August 20, 2013 - 9:12am

First District Court Judge Sylvia LaMar administers the oath of office to Probate Judge Christine Chandler with her husband George Chandler holding her new robe Monday afternoon in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Newly sworn Probate Judge Christine Chandler is applauded by First District Court Judge Sylvia LaMar and husband George Chandler along with a roomful of County officials, community members and friends who attended Monday's ceeremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Probate Judge Christine Chandler

Swearing In Ceremony Today at Municipal Building for New Probate Judge

on August 19, 2013 - 10:22am

Christine Chandler

COUNTY News:

The public is invited to attend the official "swearing in" ceremony for newly-appointed Los Alamos Probate Judge Christine Chandler at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 in Council Chambers at the new Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

First District Court Judge Sylvia LaMar will administer the oath of office. The County Clerk's office will provide light refreshments after the ceremony.

"We are pleased to have the Probate Judge position appointed by Council, and we look forward to working with Christine Chandler," County Clerk Sharon Stover said.
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Council Appoints Christine Chandler for Probate Judge

on August 13, 2013 - 8:08pm

Christine Chandler is appointed Los Alamos County Probate Judge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Attorney Christine Chandler is Los Alamos County's new probate judge.

The Los Alamos County Council selected Chandler this evening from a field of six candidates to fill a vacancy left by Ellen Hong who resigned in June. The vacancy runs through Dec. 31.

Chandler rose to the top of a field of "highly qualified candidates" including Sharon Marinuzzi and Timothy Langworthy who made the finals this evening as well as Yvonne Deshayes, Charles Knoop and Philip Dabney.

In her

Council Narrows Field to Three for Probate Judge

on August 13, 2013 - 8:02pm

Council has narrowed the candidates for Probate Judge to three from a field of six this evening in Council Chambers and is interviewing the finalists from left, Sharon Marinuzzi, Timothy Langworthy and Christine Chandler. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Probate judge candidates field questions from Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Municipal Court Closure 2-5 p.m. Aug. 23

on August 9, 2013 - 10:26am

COURT News:

The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed 2-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

Court will resume normal operations at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26.

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