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Driver In Fatal Pojoaque Crash Charged

on November 3, 2017 - 4:43pm
BY MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Elias Arellano, 18, of Espanola has been charged with homicide by vehicle (reckless driving), great bodily harm by vehicle, great bodily injury by vehicle and abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm (intentional or recklessly) in Santa Fe Magistrate Court.

Arellano was the driver of a Chrysler Sebring that allegedly caused a three-vehicle accident Oct. 13 on U.S. 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino that resulted in the death of Lucy Fresques, 71, who was transported to St.

Scenes From District Judge Greg Shaffer Swearing In

on November 2, 2017 - 4:47pm

First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer swears in newly-appointed Judge Greg. S. Shaffer Thursday morning in Santa Fe. Former chief legal counsel for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration, Judge Shaffer was appointed by Gov. Susanna Martinez following the August retirement of Judge Sarah M. Singleton. Also present for the ceremony were, from right, Judge Francis J. Mathew, Judge Raymond Z. Ortiz, Judge David K. Thomson and Judge Sylvia LaMar, as well as Judge Shaffer's wife and children.

Judge Sentences David Rael To Nine Years In Prison

on November 1, 2017 - 4:24pm

​David Rael, right, and his attorney Marc Edwards listen today in court in Los Alamos as Assistant Attorney General Celedonia Muniz asks First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer to sentence Rael to 15 years in prison. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

BY MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos was sentenced today in First Judicial District Court to nine years for each of three counts of sexual exploitation of children - manufacture, three years for one count of sexual exploitation of children - possession and 1.5 years

Judge Accepts Bingham Plea: Orders Evaluation

on November 1, 2017 - 4:11pm
Dustin Bingham awaits his plea agreement hearing this morning in Fifth Judicial District Court in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer accepted a plea agreement this morning from Dustin Bingham, 37, of Los Alamos in a case involving five charges of criminal sexual contact with minors.

Judge Marlowe Sommer ordered Bingham transported to the Mexico Corrections Department Diagnostic Center in Los Lunas prior to sentencing.

A criminal complaint filed by Assistant

FBI: Roswell Woman Gets 63 Months For Methamphetamine Trafficking And Firearms Conviction

on November 1, 2017 - 2:49pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Renee Rodriguez, 33, of Roswell was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces to 63 months in prison for her conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges. Rodriguez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.

 

Rodriguez and co-defendant Joseph Vallejos, 25, also of Roswell, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in September 2015, with conspiracy, distribution of methamphetamine, and firearms offenses in Chaves County.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 27 To Oct. 31, 2017

on November 1, 2017 - 11:16am

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.

PEDRO SANCHEZ

Oct. 27 at 11:21 a.m. / Police arrested Pedro Sanchez, 54, of Cordova at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

MICHAEL ANTHONY CARRILLO

Oct. 30 at 3:03 p.m. / Police arrested Michael Anthony Carrillo, 5448, of Albuquerque at the Adult Probation Office on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

CASANDRA ROSE RUYBAL

Oct.

Judge Orders Consolidation Of Sheriff-Related Cases

on October 31, 2017 - 5:36pm

COURT News:

Judge Francis J. Mathew has granted an unopposed motion to consolidate two ongoing First Judicial Court cases involving Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero. The order was filed Oct. 23 in Court.

The first case was filed against Los Alamos County Council by Lucero Aug. 29 asking the Court for a writ of mandamus directing the Council to fulfill its statutory responsibility to fund the Office of the Sheriff adequately for him to perform what he believes are his statutory duties.

Dustin Nelson Sentenced For Probation Violation

on October 31, 2017 - 6:59am

COURT News:

Dustin D. Nelson, 28, of Los Alamos was sentenced to a year in the Los Alamos Detention Center Oct. 16 after he admitted to violating his probation by failing to report to his probation officer as required.

As part of his sentence, Nelson must pay a $750 fine on the DWI charge and perform 96 hours of community service. He received an unsatisfactory discharge from probation.

First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington had granted Nelson conditional release in July on charges of possession of a controlled substance and third offense driving under the influence.

Heinrich Statement On Special Counsel Indictments

on October 30, 2017 - 4:27pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2017) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the indictments of former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI:

“President Trump’s campaign chairman and a top advisor have been indicted for conspiracy against the United States, and another senior advisor has pled guilty to false statements to the FBI about coordinating with Russians

Balderas: $18.5 Million Presbyterian Settlement

on October 30, 2017 - 1:28pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

  • Balderas’ recovery exceeds the audit amount identified by nearly $4 million

ALBUQUERQUE – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has reached an $18.5 million settlement with Presbyterian Healthcare regarding the failure to pay Medicaid premium taxes by the corporation.

The settlement exceeds the amount identified, $14.6 million, in the recently released Examination Resources audit by nearly four million dollars.

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.

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