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Operation Spring Cleaning's Allen Houle Bound Over On All Seven Charges

on July 1, 2017 - 10:04am

Allen Houle leaves Los Alamos Magistrate Court Thursday followed by his attorney Sam Ruyle. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Allan L. Houle of Los Alamos was bound over Thursday to First Judicial Court on two second degree felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and five misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Houle was one of seven people arrested in March during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep conducted by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Los Alamos Husband And Wife Arrested And Jailed

on July 1, 2017 - 9:22am

Elijah Meason is handcuffed by Cpl. Jay Eakins Thursday outside the Los Alamos Justice Center on an arrest warrant requested by Det. Ryan Wolking, left. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz escorts Aleah Stahl of Los Alamos Thursday from Magistrate Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

A Los Alamos husband and wife were taken into custody by Los Alamos Police in separate cases Thursday at Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Elijah Meason was arrested on new charges on his arrival at the Justice Center for a

LAPD Nabs Fugitive

on July 1, 2017 - 8:26am

Staff Report

Police arrested a fugitive from justice from Kalamazoo, Mich. Thursday morning in Los Alamos. Ericks Alfons Hausmanis is wanted in Michigan on a felony charge of failure to pay child support and desertion/abandonment/nonsupport.

A statement of probable cause filed in Los Alamos Court by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jaime Gonzales states that he was called to the Smith’s Gas Station when Cmdr. Preston Ballew requested a second unit on the scene. Ballew reportedly knew Hausmanis from prior contact and was aware that he had a warrant from Michigan.

Hausmanis was transported to the Los

Patrick Barela Arrested For Possession Of Three Grams Of Marijuana

on July 1, 2017 - 7:22am

Patrick I. Barela

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police arrested Patrick I. Barela, 21, of Truchas June 22 and charged him with distribution/possession with the intent to distribute three grams of marijuana, first offense.

A request for a search warrant filed by Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking June 15 alleges that he set up a controlled purchase of marijuana from Barela in April. The request states that in texts between  Barela and a confidential informant, Barela referenced a “dub”, which Wolking said in his experience refers to $20 worth of narcotics, specifically marijuana.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 21 To 23, 2017

on June 28, 2017 - 3:32pm

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.​

 
DESIREE NITZ

June 21 / Desiree Nitz, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.
 

 
 
 
 
 
DAVID RAEL 

June 21 / David Rael, 39, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.
 

 
 
 
 
PATRICK BARELA

June 22 / Patrick Barela, 21, of Espanola was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
 

 
 

Anthony Knief Bound Over On 20 Of 27 Charges

on June 28, 2017 - 3:08pm

Det. Ryan Wolking, left, Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez and Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist chat after the June 11 preliminary hearing for Anthony Knief in Los Alamos Magistrate Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

Staff Report

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados has bound Anthony Knief over to District Court on 20 of 27 drug-related charges related to his arrest in March during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep by Los Alamos Police Department. Casados made her decision following a lengthy preliminary hearing June 22 and testimony by Det. Sgt.

Los Alamos Municipal Court Closed July 3-4

on June 27, 2017 - 8:49pm

COURT News:

The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed Monday July 3 and Tuesday July 4.

The Court will reopen Wednesday.

FBI: Jason Loera Sentenced To 97 Months For Child Porn Conviction

on June 27, 2017 - 11:42am

FBI News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE – Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division have announced that Jason Loera was sentenced this afternoon in federal court for his conviction on a child pornography charge.

 

Loera, 48, a former political consultant and resident of Albuquerque who recently resided in Los Angeles, Calif., until his remand into federal custody in Oct. 2016, was sentenced to 97 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for receiving a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Attorney General: Conviction Upheld On Pediatrician Convicted For Possession Of Child Pornography

on June 25, 2017 - 4:18pm

Juan Torres Santos

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE– Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that pediatrician Juan Torres Santos, who was found guilty of one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children in October 2015, lost his appeal to the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Torres Santos was previously a licensed pediatrician in Pennsylvania and in Texas, and was working on his application for a medical license in New Mexico at the time of his arrest.

Man Who Robbed Mother And Children At Gunpoint In Albuquerque Smith’s Parking Lot Gets 20 Year Sentence

on June 25, 2017 - 9:06am

Lloyd Aguilar

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas and Second Judicial District Attorney Rául Torrez announced Friday that Lloyd Aguilar was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised probation for robbing a mother and her three children at gunpoint in a Smith’s parking lot on the Westside of Albuquerque.

Aguilar was convicted by a Bernalillo County jury March 17, 2017 after a weeklong trial. The case was jointly prosecuted by the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General and Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

“I am

Interim Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee Includes Ethics Commission On 2017 Work Plan

on June 25, 2017 - 6:31am
New Mexico Ethics Watch News:
 
New Mexico Ethics Watch has announced that the Interim Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee has included the statewide Ethics Commission on the committee’s work plan for the 2017 interim.
 
“The ethics commission is one of the most important pieces of legislation that will be before the legislature in the coming years,” said New Mexico Ethics Watch Executive Director Douglas Carver. “We are pleased that this interim committee will start the discussion of the elements of the commission during this interim legislative period.

Paul Geisik Charged With Aggravated Assault

on June 24, 2017 - 12:35pm

Paul F. Geisik
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Paul F. Geisik, 23, of Los Alamos has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following an incident June 19 in which he allegedly brandished a handgun at another driver.

Los Alamos Poice Cpl. Michael Weiss responded to a complaint that a white BMW convertible was being driven recklessly on San Ildefonso Road and that the driver was brandishing a revolver handgun.

When Weiss reached the area, he found the white convertible pulling onto San Ildefonso Road and conducted a vehicle stop.

LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris Expresses Appreciation To New Mexico ICAC Task Force

on June 22, 2017 - 4:47pm
Cmdr. Oliver Morris 
 
By Maire O’Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

 
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris expressed his appreciation Tuesday for the dedication and determination of members of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
 
Cmdr. Morris’s comments followed the conviction of a Los Alamos man, David Rael, Monday on five counts of sexual exploitation of children resulting from an ICAC investigation.
 
Morris was the law enforcement case lead and testified during the June 15-16 trial as well as former Special Agent Lance Fails, Albuquerque Police Det. C.J.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 18-20, 2017

on June 22, 2017 - 4:32pm

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.​

CARLOS L. TRUJILLO 
 

June 18 / Carlos L. Trujillo, 20, of Santa was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction.

 
 
 
 
 
PAUL F. GEISIK 
 
June 18 / Paul F. Geisik, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

 

 

 

 

COLEMAN SMITH 
 
June 19 / Coleman Smith, 60, of Los Alamos was arrested on a Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

 

Judge Finds David Rael Guilty On All Counts

on June 19, 2017 - 5:18pm

David Rael is handcuffed and taken into custody today for transportation to the New Mexico Corrections Department for a 60-day evaluation prior to sentencing. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers takes the bench today to announce her verdict. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer found David Rael of Los Alamos guilty today of three counts of sexual exploitation of children – manufacture, one count of sexual exploitation of children –

David Rael Trial Ends: Verdict Monday

on June 16, 2017 - 9:25am

Det. C.J. Brown, left, chats with Assistant Attorney General Jason Yamato outside the courtroom during the trial of David Rael in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Special Agent Owen Pena, left, talks to Assistant Attorneys General Jason Yamato and Celedonia Munoz. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The non-jury trial of David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos ended Thursday afternoon in Santa Fe and First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer will announce her verdict at 12:15 p.m. Monday.

Lisa Brenner And Son File Suit Against County

on June 16, 2017 - 8:11am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner and her son, Patrick Brenner, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment ordering production of copies of emails sent or received May 15 by Los Alamos County Councilors. The suit is against Los Alamos County Council and its Designated Custodian of Public Records Barb Ricci.

The Brenners’ attorney is A. Blair Dunn of Western Agriculture, Resource and Business Advocates and the case has been assigned to First Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton. The suit indicates Patrick Brenner emailed Ricci at 5:30 p.m.

Police Charge David Byron Lawrence With Assault And Property Damage Following Alleged Drunken Rampage

on June 16, 2017 - 6:59am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

David Byron Lawrence, 54, was charged with assault against a household member and criminal damage to property of a household member when he was arrested June 6.

Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Robert Larsen was notified of a domestic dispute in progress and when he arrived at Lawrence’s residence, two women told him Lawrence was drunk and “got crazy”. On entering the residence, Larsen observed that the front window was broken, and there was a pair of broken glasses on the kitchen table belonging to one of the women.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 7-12, 2017

on June 14, 2017 - 4:06pm
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.
 
 
MONICA L. COOPER

June 7 / Monica L. Cooper, 50, of White Rock was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JESSE DANIEL CURRIE

June 12 / Jesse Daniel Currie, 20, of Jemez Springs was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

District Court Trial Begins For David Rael Of Los Alamos

on June 14, 2017 - 3:05pm
David Rael, left, and his attorney Marc Edwards this morning in the First Judicial District Courtroom in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris in the courthouse ahead of testifying in the non-jury trial of David Rael this morning in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The non-jury trial of David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos began Wednesday morning in Santa Fe before Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

Rael is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children – manufacture, one count

New LAPD Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer Is Sworn In Today At Magistrate Court

on June 14, 2017 - 3:03pm

New Los Alamos Police Department Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer is sworn in this morning in Magistrate Court. Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, and Chief Dino Sqambellone joined other officers and guests at the ceremony. Courtesy photo

Newly sworn LAPD Public Safety Aide Supervisor Debra Kramer signs documents this morning in Magistrate Court as Judge Pat Casados looks on at right. Courtesy photo

U.S. Rep. Luján On Attorney General’s Testimony Before Senate Intelligence Committee

on June 13, 2017 - 6:36pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Desk of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Session testified in open session before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier today:

“I would have to give today’s testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions a ‘D.’ In fact, several of them. All we saw today from the Attorney General was Dodging, Denials and Dismissals.

“It is a sad day when our country’s chief law enforcement official refuses to answer basic questions, wraps himself in obscure, unwritten DOJ

Families And School Districts Seek Court Action Against State of New Mexico

on June 13, 2017 - 1:20pm

EDUCATION News:
  • Landmark Education Suit Claims Students’ Constitutional Rights Are Being Violated

SANTA FE—A state-court trial will start Monday in a landmark education lawsuit that alleges New Mexico is violating the state constitutional rights of students placed at risk.

The trial will focus on legal claims filed by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (the Center) challenging the state’s failure to provide economically disadvantaged students, English-language learners (ELL), Native Americans, and students with disabilities

FBI: Navajo Woman Sentenced To Prison

on June 10, 2017 - 3:30pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Cornelia Tom Tapaha, 41, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced June 6 in Santa Fe to 24 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for her conviction on an assault charge.
 
Tapaha was arrested in June 2016, on an indictment charging her with assault with a dangerous weapon, a vehicle, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The indictment alleged that Tapaha committed the crimes July 8, 2015, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County.
 
A federal jury returned a verdict Dec.

NMDOT: Top 10 DWI Fugitive Back Behind Bars

on June 8, 2017 - 4:15pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that one of the state’s top 10 DWI fugitives, Maria Murray, is now behind bars.
 
Since 2003, Murray has been arrested for five DWIs, including aggravated DWI. She has been fleeing justice since October 2016 and was captured while on parole for her fifth DWI offense.
 
“Too many New Mexicans have died on our roads and highways because someone made the destructive choice to drink and drive,” Martinez said. “We will continue to everything we can to put these dangerous criminals back behind bars where they belong.”
 
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