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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 6 To Sept. 12, 2017

on September 13, 2017 - 12:36pm

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.

DUSTIN D. NELSON

Sept. 6 at 8:33 a.m. / Police arrested Dustin D. Nelson, 28, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

MARISSA D. SPARKS

Sept. 6 at 9:58 a.m. / Police arrested Marissa D. Sparks, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

IVAN L. TRUJILLO

Sept. 6 at 3:47 p.m.

Andrea Rivera Faces New Charges

on September 13, 2017 - 3:27am

Staff Report

Andrea R. Rivera, 30, of Los Alamos remains in jail after her arraignment Sept. 7 by Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk. According to court staff, she was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and no date has been set for her next court appearance because Judge Kirk needs more information before he will review her case.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jemuel Montoya was dispatched Sept. 1 to a White Rock home in response to a reported verbal altercation involving Rivera.

Plea Deal Reached in Nicholas Conner Trafficking Case

on September 12, 2017 - 9:31am

Nicholas Conner, right, enters guilty pleas to five charges before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington Tuesday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Nicholas Conner pleaded guilty to four counts of trafficking methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute under a plea agreement signed before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington Monday in Santa Fe.

Conner was arrested in March during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep conducted by the

Sheriff Lucero Files Suit Against County Council

on September 11, 2017 - 3:11pm
Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero has filed a complaint for declaratory judgement in the First Judicial District Court against the Los Alamos County Council. The complaint, which has been assigned to Judge Francis Mathews, was filed Aug. 29 by Lucero’s attorney, A. Blair Dunn.

Sheriff Lucero said today that he is disappointed that things have gotten to this point.

AG Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers And Distributors For Fueling Epidemic Crippling New Mexico

on September 11, 2017 - 7:22am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has brought a lawsuit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against the country’s largest manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioids, a crucial first step toward holding these companies responsible for flooding New Mexico’s communities with prescription opioids and fueling the opioid epidemic by putting profits over people.
 
The State of New Mexico is filing suit against five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids and their related companies and against the country’s three largest wholesale

Justin F. Vigil Sentenced In Two Cases

on September 11, 2017 - 6:52am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Justin F. Vigil, 23, of Santa Fe, will serve 191 days in Santa Fe County Detention Center and 566 days of supervised probation when released under the terms of a judgment issued by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington for two cases, one in Los Alamos County and the other in Santa Fe County.

In the Los Alamos case, Vigil was originally charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a Los Alamos woman.

Weapons Found At Scene Where Man In Stolen Pickup Attempts To Run Down Los Alamos Police Officer

on September 9, 2017 - 6:46am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Two men involved in an Aug. 25 incident in which one of them attempted to run down a Los Alamos Police officer with a stolen pickup were back in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday morning facing revised charges.

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque now faces a total of 14 charges in connection with the incident due to an amended complaint filed Friday by Deputy First Judicial District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

Larceny Charge Against Tonya Males Dismissed

on September 8, 2017 - 3:41pm

Staff Report

A larceny charge filed July 24 against Tonya Males of Espanola has been dismissed without prejudice by Deputy First Judicial District Attorney Kent Wahlquist in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Males was charged with the theft of $900 in cash from a White Rock home she was cleaning.

The homeowner claimed the money had been in an envelope in a bedroom dresser and that Males was the only person who had access to the bedroom besides herself.

Males was represented by Los Alamos Attorney Philip Dabney.

Criminal Charge Dropped Against Lab Employee

on September 8, 2017 - 3:20pm

Staff Report

The charge against a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee of criminal damage of more than $1,800 to a vehicle belonging to another Lab employee has been dismissed.

First Judicial District Deputy District Attorney Kent Walhquist filed the dismissal Thursday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for the charge against Robert Winkel stating that restitution has been made in the case and the interests of justice are best served through dismissal of the charge.

Winkel was charged pursuant to an investigation into damage to a vehicle belonging to a group leader who reportedly had some

$9 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Education Department For 232 Violations Of IPRA Law

on September 8, 2017 - 7:20am
RGB News:
 
Los Ranchos book publisher, Barbe Awalt, Senior Partner of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books (RGB), has filed a third lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department and NMPED Custodian of Records, Beverly Friedman, for $9,427,800.
 
The lawsuit, filed in the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, asserts that New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and Beverly Friedman, violated the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) in 199 "3-day" letters by putting the wrong wording on the letters and 33 letters that were completely missing.
 
The wording is very

LAPD Records Division Is Well-Oiled Machine

on September 7, 2017 - 4:40pm

Los Alamos Police Department Records Division Manager Teresina Berg in the Department's file vault. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Information is the lifeblood of any organization and Los Alamos Police Department is no exception. Keeping accurate records that comply with local, state and federal laws becomes even more important when your organization happens to be responsible for the protection of life in the community as well as the rights and guarantees of both residents and visitors.

Teresina Berg has managed the

Estate Of Diana Mariani-Stepan To Receive $2.249 Million In Whistleblower Case

on September 7, 2017 - 11:48am
Diana Mariani-Stepan
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The estate of the late Diana Mariani-Stepan, former Los Alamos County assistant manager and Indigent Healthcare administrator, will receive $2.249 million following an agreement reached in a case involving alleged violations of the False Claims Act.

According to the Department of Justice, CHRISTUS St.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 30 To Sept. 4, 2017

on September 6, 2017 - 4:15pm

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.

HEATHER R. DOMINGUEZ

Aug. 30 at 4:37 a.m. / Police arrested Heather R. Dominguez, 34, of Los Alamos at 1203 9th St., Apt. 5 on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

CASANDRA ROSE RUYBAL

Aug. 30 at 9:24 a.m. / Police arrested Casandra Rose Ruybal, 28, of Los Alamos at 4408 Sycamore St., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant and an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Eric Sanchez Bound Over To District Court

on September 5, 2017 - 6:24pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

An Albuquerque man who allegedly attempted to cash an altered check belonging to an elderly White Rock woman was bound over Friday to District Court following a preliminary hearing before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.

Eric Sanchez, 29, is charged with forgery and having an open container in his vehicle.

Sanchez was arrested May 15 at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock after he attempted to cash a forged check for $2,250 with the drive through teller, which appears to have been made out to Doctors Without

Group Charged With Shoplifting At Smith's Marketplace

on September 5, 2017 - 6:06pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Two men and a woman were arrested Aug. 27 in yet another shoplifting incident at Smith’s Marketplace. Robert W. Abeyta, 32, of Ohkay Owingeh, Meadows Tafoya-Romero, 24, of Espanola, and Juanadolfo Gomez, 29, of San Juan Pueblo, all appeared before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Aug. 28 and are slated for hearings Sept. 22.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias and Cpl.

Charge Against Andrea Rivera Dismissed

on September 5, 2017 - 5:59am

Staff Report

 

A charge of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle against Andrea R. Rivera of Los Alamos was dismissed without prejudice Sept. 1 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Rivera was charged with the crime April 21 when she was allegedly a passenger in a vehicle being driven by another woman who did not have permission to drive it. Later the driver alleged Rivera was driving the vehicle and she didn’t know where it was.

Rivera had been slated for a preliminary hearing Sept. 1, however Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist dismissed the charge.

Joel Martin Remains In Jail Until Sept. 28 Hearing

on August 31, 2017 - 8:18pm

Joel Martin is led into First Judicial District Court Thursday by Los Alamos Detention Center staff. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

One of two men charged with aggravated assault on a police officer appeared in the First Judicial District Court today for a dangerousness hearing to determine whether he should be held without bond until his release is addressed by the District Court.

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque, also was charged Aug.

Jurisdiction Questioned In Sherman Dogs Case

on August 31, 2017 - 7:16am

Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, right, chats with Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera Wednesday as Public Safety Aide Robert Aragon looks on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados opted to maintain jurisdiction in a civil “dangerous dog” case Wednesday against Leslie Sherman of White Rock despite opinions from Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart and Sherman’s attorney Aaron Boland.

The case pertains to a March 29 incident in which Sherman’s dogs allegedly

Charges Filed In Aggravated Assault Against Los Alamos Police Officer Case

on August 30, 2017 - 8:43am
The scene on Arroyo Lane Friday where two men crashed a truck into two cars.  Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Charges have been filed against two men arrested by the Los Alamos police shortly before 10 p.m. Friday after they fled from Smith’s Marketplace in a pick-up and allegedly attempted to run down LAPD Cpl. Robert Larsen. One shot was fired by police during the incident and the truck struck two cars and several mail boxes.

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque and Stephen Montano, 22, of Grants, both had first appearances before Los Alamos

Three Women Arrested On Drug Charges

on August 30, 2017 - 7:16am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Three women were arrested on drug-related charges early Saturday morning following a traffic stop of a white Cadillac at Smith’s Gas Station on Trinity Drive by Los Alamos Police Sgt. Andrew Goldie.

Goldie was traveling eastbound on Trinity Drive when he observed the vehicle slowing down in front of him, abruptly change lanes and turn onto Knecht Street.

Attorney General Announces Former MDC Guard Enock Arvizo Convicted Of Assaulting Female Inmate

on August 30, 2017 - 6:35am
Enock Arvizo
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that former Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) guard Enock Arvizo was found guilty on two counts of assault against a female inmate in March of 2015.
 
The Office of the Attorney General presented evidence against Arvizo proving he took a female inmate in his custody and control to an unoccupied floor in the Bernalillo County District Court and attempted to kiss her twice while she was handcuffed and shackled.

Bingham Challenges Judge; Signs Plea Agreement

on August 29, 2017 - 10:41am

Dustin Bingham enters the First Judicial District Courtroom Monday afternoon for arraignment. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna, right, chats with Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez Monday prior to the arraignment of Dustin Bingham. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dustin Bingham was remanded to custody and held without bond following his arraignment Monday before First Judicial District Judge T.

FBI: Hobbs Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Federal Law Enforcement Officer

on August 26, 2017 - 10:49am

FBI News:
  • Defendant Admits Pointing Firearm at DEA Task Force Officer

ALBUQUERQUE – Felipe T. Castillo, 38, of Hobbs pled guilty Thursday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces to assaulting a federal law enforcement officer under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

Castillo was arrested June 13, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to the complaint, Castillo pointed a firearm at a DEA Task Force Officer May 31, 2017, in Lea County.

 

The complaint further indicates that Castillo was on parole for a prior firearms

Eckhart Jailed After 4th Probation Violation

on August 25, 2017 - 7:24am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casado revoked conditions of release for Garrett Eckhart, 35, of Los Alamos in court Thursday following his fourth violation of pre-trial probation and ordered him to remain in custody until his preliminary hearing Sept. 5.

Judge Casados rendered her ruling just one day after District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer allowed Eckhart to remain on conditions of release after he tested positive for alcohol and tetrahydrocannabinol, an ingredient in marijuana, and ordered him to use a Sobrietor remote

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 20-22, 2017

on August 23, 2017 - 9:34am

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.

DAVID C. BOURASSA

Aug. 20 at 12:54 a.m. / Police arrested David C. Bourassa, 38, of Santa Fe on a Municipal Court order of commitment.

 

 

 

TREVON M. YATES

Aug. 20 at 1:22 a.m. / Police arrested Trevon Yates, 22, of Santa Fe on a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office order of remand.

 

 

 

AVERY COPE

Aug. 20 at 8:24 p.m.

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