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Plea Agreement Reached In Stahl Case

on August 23, 2017 - 6:20am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Under the terms of a plea agreement signed Aug. 21 in First Judicial Court in Santa Fe, Aleah Stahl agreed to plead guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

She will serve one year of supervised probation with inpatient treatment as approved by Adult Parole and Probation. A second charge of shoplifting was dismissed under the agreement.

Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist asked the Court to keep Stahl in custody until she could go almost immediately into treatment saying that she has shown she is a danger to herself

Los Alamos Municipal Court Briefs

on August 17, 2017 - 6:56am



Christian Chavez appeared before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk Aug. 3 on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and open container. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to a $100 fine for the paraphernalia charge, $75 for the marijuana charge and $100 for the open container charge plus court fees for all three charges.

Jerome Montoya was pleaded guilty to driving with no license and was fined $100 plus $65 in fees. He pleaded not guilty to a second charge of prohibited acts while driving.

Javier Duarte-Medrano pleaded guilty to battery.

Stimmel Sentenced On Roof Citations

on August 16, 2017 - 3:49pm
Los Alamos


Municipal Judge Alan Kirk gave Jay Stimmel of White Rock until Oct. 31 to finish replacing a roof on his Kayenta Drive property. During a pro se trial Monday in Los Alamos, Judge Kirk fined Stimmel $500 in each of four separate citations for having a roof in disrepair but suspended $300, $300, $250 and $500 in those cases until Oct. 31. 

The cases all relate to Stimmel having begun to replace his roof in 2015 when he obtained the first of three permits from Los Alamos County.


District Court Service For Los Alamos Disrupted

on August 16, 2017 - 3:16pm
Los Alamos


First Judicial District Court Administrator Stephen T. Pacheco confirmed Wednesday that the Court is not sending a clerk to the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesdays as it has in the past to provide services for local residents.

“The judiciary as a whole has been underserved for the past several years,” Pacheco said. “Our District Court is currently down by seven clerks. On occasion, we have had only one or two people come by on our day in Los Alamos, so for the time being we will not have a clerk there on Wednesdays.”

Magistrate Court


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 10 To Aug. 14, 2017

on August 16, 2017 - 1:11pm

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.


Aug. 10 at 2:14 a.m. / Johnny Lowance, 46, of Los Alamos was arrested in Rio Arriba County on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and an out of state warrant.



Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. / Daniel G. Archuleta, 35, of Espanola was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.




Aug. 11 at 12:33 p.m.

Letter To The Editor: Ethics Complaint Dismissal

on August 16, 2017 - 7:47am
Los Alamos

Thank you, Carol, for printing the letter from the SOS on the ethics complaint that I had filed against the LA Future PAC.

As explanation, I filed the ethics complaint against the LA Future PAC for their yard signs as I was familiar with the campaign laws and it is a typical political tactic to go after technicalities such as these. Based on the evidence I supplied to the SOS, there was a clear violation in the LA Future PAC signage. However, and most interesting, is that the NM law is unconstitutional! 

The most interesting part (and you should read the whole thing 

Secretary Of State Dismisses Brenner Complaint Against Los Alamos Future PAC

on August 15, 2017 - 7:23pm


New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced today that her office has dismissed a complaint filed in May by Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner against the Los Alamos Future PAC.

The Secretary of State letter:

New Mexico Attorney General Opinion:

Judge Grants Final Approval To Settlement Barring San Juan County Jail From Honoring ICE Detainers

on August 15, 2017 - 8:03am
SUPU News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― Thursday, as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued his attempt to coerce local jurisdictions across the country, including Bernalillo County, into enforcing federal immigration law, U.S. District Court Judge William P. Johnson granted final approval to a class action settlement barring the San Juan County Detention Center from honoring ICE Immigration Detainers in the case of Susana Palacios-Valencia and Somos un Pueblo Unido v. San Juan County Board of Commissioners.

"The federal government cannot force local jails or municipalities into violating the

AG Seeks Potential Victims In Child Exploitation Case

on August 14, 2017 - 1:58pm

Anthony Groomas

From the Office Of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

TUCUMCARI – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a 29-year-old man was arrested this morning in Tucumcari by special agents  from the Office of the Attorney General for multiple sex offenses in connection to the criminal sexual penetration and solicitation of several girls ranging from 14 to 17 years old.

Anthony Groomas was booked into the Quay County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash only bond this morning.

“Protecting New Mexico’s children from sexual predators is our highest priority and I am urging the

Legislative Interim Committee Meetings Aug. 14-18

on August 14, 2017 - 10:48am

SANTA FE  The following legislative interim committees are meeting the week of Aug. 14-18.
9 a.m. Aug. 14, 2017  Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee of the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee, Law Offices of the Public Defender Training Room, 17th Floor, 505 Marquette NW, Ste. 120, Albuquerque.
Agenda items: Welcoming Remarks; Subcommittee Itinerary and Goals – Why Is Criminal Justice Reform Needed?

Automated Fingerprint Analysis Now Closer To Reality

on August 14, 2017 - 10:47am

Fingerprints left at a crime scene—so-called latent prints—are often partial, distorted and smudged. Courtesy/Chugh et al., Hancek/NIST

The first big case involving fingerprint evidence in the United States was the murder trial of Thomas Jennings in Chicago in 1911. Jennings had broken into a home in the middle of the night and, when discovered by the homeowner, shot the man dead.

Taylor Sentenced In Two District Court Cases

on August 14, 2017 - 7:08am

Staff Report


Adrian Taylor pleaded guilty Aug. 7 and admitted to violating the terms of his probation on a charge of trafficking methamphetamine by distribution before First Judicial District Judge T.  Glenn Ellington in Santa Fe. Taylor received a 9-year suspended sentence, was placed on supervised probation for five years and ordered to enter an inpatient treatment facility approved by Adult Parole and Probation. 

On a second charge of fourth offense driving under the influence, Taylor also pleaded guilty.

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.