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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.”
 
The

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Weekly Wrap Up

on June 8, 2017 - 6:50am

STAFF REPORT

BRANDON JOHNSON: Brandon Johnson, 35, of Bernalillo has waived his preliminary hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on a burglary charge and has been bound over to the First Judicial District Court. Johnson was arrested in June 2016 after DNA found on a flashlight he left behind at a residence on Glenview in White Rock was matched to his profile. Los Alamos Police Department responded to a call from the homeowner Feb. 6, 2016 and found that entry had been gained through a back door and the home had been ransacked.

Judith K. Nakamura Sworn In As Chief Justice Of New Mexico Supreme Court

on June 7, 2017 - 2:35pm
New Mexico Chief Justice Nakamura. Courtesy photo
 
SUPREME COURT News:
 
ALBQUERQUE – Justice Judith K. Nakamura was sworn in Wednesday as Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
 
Justice Nakamura was elected Chief Justice by her colleagues on the court. She succeeds Justice Charles Daniels, who had served as Chief Justice since 2016.
 
The Chief Justice presides over Supreme Court hearings and conferences, and serves as the administrative authority over personnel, budgetary matters and general operations of all state courts.

Attorney General Balderas Files Suit Against Major Discount Chain Dollar General

on June 7, 2017 - 7:32am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General ("OAG") filed a lawsuit Monday night against national discount retail chain Dollar General for false advertising, unfair trade practices, and environmental public nuisance for the sale of obsolete motor oil in New Mexico stores from 2010 until February of this year.
 
Dollar General has 87 stores across New Mexico, including in rural and suburban communities, many of which are lower income.
 
“My office continues to aggressively protect

Records Show State Police Investigated Former Deputy Sheriff Dustin Bingham Back In January

on June 5, 2017 - 6:51pm

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Documents obtained from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety this morning reveal that Santa Fe County Sheriff Major Gabe Gonzales and New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents were aware of incidences of child solicitation by electronic device involving Dustin Bingham as early as last January.

The alleged incidences occurred in Los Alamos and Albuquerque and involved two female minors who allegedly received inappropriate photos sent through Snapshot.

Bingham was a Santa Fe County

FBI: Grant County Methamphetamine Trafficking Ring Member Sentenced To 63 Months In Federal Prison

on June 5, 2017 - 2:28pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Gary Lee Romero, 32, of Santa Clara was sentenced June 1, in Federal Court in Las Cruces to 63 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.
 
Romero is one of twelve defendants charged with methamphetamine trafficking offenses as the result of a multi-agency investigation targeting a drug trafficking organization led by Daniel Lee Jacquez, 35, of Silver City, that distributed methamphetamine in Grant County, N.M.

New Mexico Supreme Court Issues New Procedural Rules Governing Pretrial Detention And Release

on June 5, 2017 - 10:32am

NM SUPREME COURT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued comprehensive procedural rules governing pretrial detention and release in all criminal cases.

The rules are the result of more than two years of study and recommendations by the Court's Ad Hoc Pretrial Release Committee, chaired by former University of New Mexico Law School ean Leo Romero, and consisting of a broad range of interests, including judges, legislators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, detention officials, and commercial bail industry representatives, as well as input from other local and national sources.

Gabriel Wadt Found Guilty Of Cruelty To Animals

on June 3, 2017 - 6:55am
Gabriel Wadt
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Gabriel Wadt was found guilty of cruelty to animals and failure to vaccinate a dog Wednesday in Los Alamos Municipal Court. Judge Alan Kirk sentenced Wadt to a $300 fine with $150 suspension for 90 days and $60 court fees for the cruelty charge, and a $50 fine with $60 court fees for the failure to vaccinate charge.

In September 2016, a female brindle dog was picked up on Camino Uva where it was allegedly roaming with no collar or tags and transported to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

State Auditor Tim Keller On Retirement Of UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs; Ongoing Special Audit

on June 2, 2017 - 5:08pm

UNM Athletics Department Director Paul Krebs

From the Office of the State Auditor:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller released the following statement today regarding the retirement of UNM Athletics Department Director Paul Krebs.

“Mr. Krebs decision to resign doesn’t change the need for a transparent accounting of the activities at the athletics department. The public still deserves some sunshine on what’s going on at our state’s flagship sports program and our special audit will continue as planned.

Judge Dismisses Coyne Lawsuit Filed Against LANS

on June 2, 2017 - 9:54am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A suit filed by former Los Alamos Laboratory employee Suzanne D. Coyne and her husband, Robert J. Coyne in 2014 against Los Alamos National Security, LLC, and three of Coyne’s co-workers, Nicholas Degidio, Gail McGuire and Jackie Little has been dismissed with prejudice.

The ruling was handed down May 1 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Yarborough and followed a recommendation filed in March by Chief Magistrate Judge Karen B. Molzen.

Coyne’s suit alleged wrongful treatment by LANS including breach of contract, retaliation, intentional infliction of

Two Men Arrested In Quemazon Home Burglary

on June 2, 2017 - 6:39am

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When two men were arrested in Santa Fe in March. They were in a stolen vehicle containing items from a residential burglary, which had taken place just days earlier at a Quemazon home in Los Alamos.

Richard Borrego and Brandon Gonzales were both arrested on charges of residential burglary, larceny over $20,000 and conspiracy to commit residential burglary after Los Alamos Police Department officers interviewed them March 23 at the Santa Fe County Detention Center.

When LAPD Det.

Espanola Man Charged For Crimes At Smith’s

on June 2, 2017 - 6:28am

Jimmy Romero

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A visit to Smith’s Marketplace May 25 ended in five criminal charges against an Espanola man. Jimmy Romero, 35, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, falsely obtaining food and assault.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto responded to a call from Smith’s loss prevention personnel regarding a shoplifting incident in progress.

On arrival, he was notified by LAPD Dispatch that Romero was running towards the canyon on the south side of the store.

Elijah Meason Arrested Again ... Faces Multiple Charges For Forgery And Fraud

on June 2, 2017 - 6:16am

Elijah Meason

Staff Report

Elijah Meason has been arrested by Los Alamos Police Department twice since his April 21 initial arrest on forgery and fraud charges.

The two new arrests have garnered him two more forgery charges and two more fraud charges all connected to the same victim after he allegedly took checks without her knowledge and used them to make purchases at Smith’s Marketplace and Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware Store.

According to police and court records, Meason bought items from both businesses and shortly afterward returned the items for cash.  

He faces preliminary

LAPD Files More Charges Against Dustin Bingham

on June 1, 2017 - 8:35pm

Dustin Bingham with his attorney Stephen D. Aarons May 12 in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department has filed more charges against former local Detention Officer and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Bingham. Bingham is now charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children, felony and one count of child solicitation by electronic communication device. The three new charges are fourth degree felonies.

Bingham was charged May 3 with eight counts of criminal

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 25 To May 30, 2017

on May 31, 2017 - 3:26pm
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.
 
STEVEN LUCERO
 
May 25 / Steven Lucero, 35, of Belen was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.
 
 
 
 
JIMMY B. ROMERO
 
May 25 / Jimmy B. Romero, 35, of Espanola was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, falsely obtaining services and two charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARK A. SISNEROS
 
May

Sheriff Catches Recreation Bond Sign Vandals

on May 31, 2017 - 12:19pm

A Rec Bond election sign vandalized in early May. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office News:

Two teenage girls who allegedly vandalized Recreation Bond election signs on San Ildefonso Road earlier this month have been apprehended and referred to Los Alamos Teen Court, according to Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

Lucero said he was asked to investigate damage to the signs, which advocated voting against the recent bond initiative. He set up cameras around the target location and was able to get video of the two teens involved in the vandalism.

After establishing the

FBI: Jesse Denver Hanes, Alleged Shooter Of Hatch Police Officer, Agrees To Life Imprisonment

on May 31, 2017 - 10:05am

Jesse Denver Hanes prosecuted under ‘worst of the worst’ initiative

FBI News:

  • Hanes Agrees to Life Imprisonment without Possibility of Release

ALBUQUERQUE – Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division announced today that Jesse Denver Hanes, who allegedly shot and killed Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez Aug. 12, 2016, has entered a guilty plea to federal firearms and carjacking offenses arising out of his efforts to evade arrest following the shooting. Hanes, 39, of Columbus, Ohio, entered the guilty plea before U.S.

Assistant DA Appeals Judge’s Decision To Suppress Evidence Found On Scott Mallory’s Computer

on May 30, 2017 - 7:42am

Scott Mallory

By MAIRE O"NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A decision by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington May 18 to suppress evidence found on Scott Mallory’s computer has been appealed to the Court of Appeals of the State of New Mexico. Judge Ellington ruled that Mallory’s spousal privilege was violated and information on his computer and any statements made by Mallory to police were to be suppressed.

Mallory was arrested by Los Alamos police in January 2016 and charged with sexual exploitation of children under 18 years – visual media, after forensic searches of his computer

AG Keeps Serial Murderer Clifton Bloomfield In Prison

on May 27, 2017 - 7:57am

Clifton Bloomfield

ALBUQUERQUE – In December 2016, the office of Attorney General Hector Balderas appeared before Judge Benjamin Chavez to argue to keep five-time convicted murderer Clifton Bloomfield in prison for the rest of his life.

Balderas has announced that Judge Chavez agreed with the Office of the Attorney General by denying Bloomfield’s attempt to get out of prison. Bloomfield, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to murdering five people in New Mexico, filed a writ of habeas corpus to withdraw his guilty plea.

Kroger Code Violations Case Heads To Trial

on May 24, 2017 - 6:01pm
Kuzi Mutsiwegota of Atomic City Investments, second from right, chats with Los Alamos County officials, from left, Michael Arellano, Larry Valdez and Paul Andrus after Tuesday's Municipal Court hearing. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
A shattered 12-inch clay pipe at Mari-Mac Shopping Center has led to a citation against Gerald Ohlsen, who manages the parking lot for Kroeger Real Estate Department. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Judge also hears code violation cases against former Hilltop House Hotel and Knights of Columbus property

Representatives for

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 17-22, 2017

on May 24, 2017 - 4:59pm

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.

 
ELIJAH MEASON

May 17/ Elijah Meason, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with forgery and fraud.
 
 
 
 
 
 
DANIEL A. RODRIGUEZ
 
May 17/ Daniel A. Rodriguez, 38, of Santa Fe was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court bench warrant.

 
 
 
 
CRYSTAL V. PADILLA
 
May 22/ Crystal V.

Judge Sentences Casper Cly To Four Years In Prison

on May 24, 2017 - 8:46am
Casper Cly
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Casper Cly, a 26-year-old Los Alamos resident and former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday by 11th Judicial District Judge Karen Townsend in Farmington.

Under a plea agreement reached in March, Cly had agreed to plead guilty to one count of child solicitation by electronic communication device, a third degree felony and one count of child solicitation (13-16), a fourth degree felony.

Judge Townsend sentenced Cly to four years in state prison with credit for time served of 18 months,

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