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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/


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/


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
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
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/

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/


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
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.


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





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.





Aug. 20 at 8:24 p.m.

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