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Dyson Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

on August 14, 2017 - 7:05am

James Jeremiah Dyson, right, and Adrian Taylor await sentencing Aug. 7 in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

James Jeremiah Dyson, 42, was sentenced to three years in prison Aug. 7 in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe on charges of sexual exploitation of children and failure to register as a sex offender. Under the terms of a global repeat offender plea and disposition signed in April, Dyson agreed to plead no contest.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Sentenced For Bank Robbery

on August 14, 2017 - 6:35am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Kenneth Columbus Burwell, 54, of Albuquerque, was sentenced this morning in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on a bank robbery charge.
Burwell was arrested in November 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the US Bank branch located at 3000 Central Ave. SE in Albuquerque Oct. 14, 2015. Burwell subsequently was indicted Nov. 15, 2016, and charged with bank robbery.
March 7, 2017, Burwell pled guilty to the indictment, and admitted that Oct.

House Speaker Brian Egolf Addresses Today’s Santa Fe District Court Ruling On Vetoes By Governor

on August 11, 2017 - 3:09pm

Speaker Brian Egolf


SANTA FE – Today, the Santa Fe District Court ruled against the governor’s unconstitutional vetoes of 10 bills that were passed during the 2017 regular legislative session, stating they should become law.

Speaker Brian Egolf issued the following statement:

“This case was about computer science opportunities for school kids, economic development in agriculture, and defending the state’s constitution. Today’s ruling is a victory for our youth, our farmers, our communities and our constitution.”

At dispute was the fact that no objections were included in the

Plea Agreement Reached Prior To Katcher Trial

on August 9, 2017 - 4:06pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A plea agreement was reached Wednesday morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Garrett Thayne Katcher, 33, of Los Alamos. Jurors called for selection for his trial on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member were dismissed.

Katcher agreed to plead no contest to the lesser charge of battery against a household member.

Eddy County Murderer, Armed Robber To Stay In Prison After Supreme Court Upholds Conviction

on August 9, 2017 - 10:29am
Senovio Mendoza/Courtesy photo
AG News:
ARTESIA Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Senovio Mendoza’s first-degree murder and armed robbery convictions.
In January 2012, Mendoza was smoking methamphetamine and then drove from his home in Carlsbad to Artesia with two other men to demand money from Timothy Wallace.

Police Resuscitate Stahl Following Heroin Overdose

on August 9, 2017 - 9:44am

Aleah Stahl
Los Alamos Daily Post

Aleah Stahl, 36, of Los Alamos is back in custody at the Los Alamos Detention Center two days after Los Alamos police officers and Fire Department EMTs responded to her home and found she had reportedly overdosed on heroin. She will remain in custody until she goes to trial.

LAPD Sgt. Tim Lonz arrived on the scene to find Stahl not breathing and without a pulse, according to reports, and performed CPR until she began to breath.

Charges Filed In District Court Against Dustin Bingham

on August 9, 2017 - 8:45am

Dustin Bingham

Staff Report

Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez has filed a five-count criminal information against Dustin Bingham in First Judicial District Court, and as a result, is expected to dismiss the 11 counts pending against him in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Bingham is a former Los Alamos Police Department Detention Officer who worked for LAPD from 2012 to 2015 and went on to serve as a Santa Fe sheriff’s deputy until last February when he resigned. The alleged crimes occurred between November 2015 and 2017, several months after his employment at LAPD ended.

The charges in

Krista Wilhelm Charged With Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia Including 50 Hypodermic Needles

on August 9, 2017 - 8:27am

Krista Wilhelm

Staff Report

Charges have been filed against Krista Wilhelm in Los Alamos Magistrate Court after Los Alamos Police Department removed some 50 hypodermic needles Aug. 1 from her home.

LAPD officers responded to an address on Orange Street for a criminal trespass complaint involving Kevin Herring and reportedly observed “methamphetamine related drug paraphernalia throughout the home”, including multiple needles, methamphetamine cooking spoons, two “loaded needles” and multiple suboxone on the floor.

The statement of probable cause filed by Det. Ryan Wolking said Cpl.

District Attorney Marco Serna Visits Los Alamos

on August 8, 2017 - 2:56pm
First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna was in town today and met with reporter Maire O'Neill who covers the cops and courts beat for the Los Alamos Daily Post. Following the meeting, District Attorney Serna met with the news team in the Los Alamos Daily Post world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Global Plea Agreement For Ashley Garcia

on August 8, 2017 - 8:44am

Ashley Garcia and Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist following Garcia's global plea hearing in First Judicial District Court Monday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A Hernandez woman involved in a March 9 shoplifting incident, which ended with a local man being struck by a vehicle outside Bealls Department Store in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center has entered into a global plea agreement in the First Judicial District Court for charges in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties.

Ashley Garcia, 23,

Johnathan Gonzales Sentenced For DWI

on August 7, 2017 - 10:54am

Johnathan D. Gonzales
Los Alamos Daily Post

Johnathan D. Gonzales, 29, of Los Alamos was found guilty of driving under the influence and open container Thursday in Los Alamos Municipal Court in connection with his March 8 arrest.

Additional charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were dismissed under a plea agreement and the original charge of aggravated DWI was changed to DWI first offense.

Judge Alan Kirk gave Gonzales a 90-day suspended sentence and five days in jail or on electronic monitoring, a $750 fine and $250

Katcher Jury Trial Slated For Wednesday

on August 7, 2017 - 10:33am

Garrett Thayne Katcher
Los Alamos Daily Post


A jury trial for Garrett Thayne Katcher, 33, of Los Alamos is slated to begin Wednesday morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member. Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist is the prosecutor in the case and Katcher is represented by Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies in the first Magistrate Court jury trial of 2017.

Katcher was arrested Jan. 30 after former Los Alamos Police Ofc.

Woman Arrested After Arriving Intoxicated To Court

on August 5, 2017 - 5:09pm

Monique Badonie
Los Alamos Daily Post

An Albuquerque woman slated for trial Thursday afternoon before Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk on a charge of driving under the influence appeared intoxicated and smelled so strongly of alcohol that Probation Officer Linda Pena conducted a sobriety test in the courtroom, which indicated that her blood alcohol level was .237.

Monique Badonie, 22, was scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. but did not arrive until 2 p.m.

Federal Charges Filed Against Joseph Gonzales In 2016 Los Alamos Marijuana Wax Lab Explosion Case

on August 4, 2017 - 8:23am
The bathroom where an explosion from a marijuana wax process occurred in May 2016 at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Joseph Gonzales, accused of causing an explosion at an apartment at 3301 Canyon Road in Los Alamos in May 2016 has been indicted on three counts in U. S. District Court and is slated for a jury trial Oct. 2 in Albuquerque.

Gonzales is charged with endangering human life while illegally manufacturing a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled

Former LAHS Drama Teacher Sues LAPS

on August 3, 2017 - 7:57am

David Daniel
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos High School drama instructor David Daniel has filed a lawsuit against Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, former Los Alamos High School Principal Brad Parker, and the school district alleging sexual orientation discrimination.

Filed July 25 in First Judicial District Court, the suit states that Daniel filed a discrimination charge with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Human Rights Bureau in January and that he received a non-determination letter from the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 27 To Aug.1, 2017

on August 2, 2017 - 1:31pm

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 27 at 5:23 p.m. / Police arrested Cynthia S. Campos, 24, of Santa Fe at the Tierra Amarillo District Court on an order of commitment.





July 29 at 1:28 p.m.

Elijah Meason Placed On Probation

on August 2, 2017 - 7:23am

Elijah Meason


Staff Report

Elijah Meason, 27, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized use or theft of the card of another and two counts of forgery July 17 in First Judicial District Court before Judge T. Glenn Ellington.

Meason was granted a conditional discharge, placed on three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution of $839.58 to the victim. He is allowed no contact with the victim and is required to complete the Drug Court program.

The sentence is the result of a global plea agreement reached with Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

Los Alamos Man Faces Assault And Battery Charges

on July 30, 2017 - 12:48pm

Lloyd Trujillo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Lloyd Trujillo, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested July 21 and charged with battery upon a police officer, assault against a household member, operation of a vehicle on approach of an emergency vehicle and two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Brent Hudspeth was dispatched to the LAPD lobby to meet with a woman who was having a dispute with Trujillo, her ex-husband.

Armed Robbery Suspect Lane M. Reed Faces Additional Charges Following Multiple Jurisdiction Crime Spree

on July 30, 2017 - 7:29am
NMSP News:
SANDOVAL COUNTY Tuesday, July 25, New Mexico State Police arrested Lane M. Reed, 23, of Killeen, Texas for multiple charges after he led officers on an approximate 25 mile pursuit, during which Lane fired gunshots at officers at least three separate times.
The incident began around 8:30 a.m. when New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located on Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County.
Officers received information that a male subject had entered the Pecos

County Council Tables Sheriff's Office Resolution, Considers Appointing Charter Review Committee

on July 29, 2017 - 7:26am

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero speaks with County Council during its special meeting Wednesday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


A line of Los Alamos County residents wait their turn Wednesday night in Council Chambers to give feedback on the proposed resolution to restore the duties of the Sheriff's Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Los Alamos Daily Post


After engaging in a lengthy discussion and hearing an abundance of comments from the public, the County Council ultimately decided to table a

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