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FBI: Navajo Man From Shiprock Pleads Guilty To Federal Assault Charge

on July 13, 2017 - 5:51am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Aaron Curley, 55, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., pled guilty July 10 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Curley was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Navajo woman by stabbing her in the leg and sternum area with a knife. Curley was indicted on Dec. 20, 2016, and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a knife, with intent to do bodily injury and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

James Lind Charged With Fourth Offense DWI

on July 12, 2017 - 6:42am
Los Alamos Daily Post

James K. Lind, 50 of Los Alamos was arrested July 8 and charged with fourth offense driving under the influence after Los Alamos Police officers responded to two calls reporting a reckless driver coming up the main hill road driving 10 miles an hour.

The same vehicle had been called in to LAPD Dispatch earlier driving on N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard in White Rock.

Cpl. Jaime Gonzales spotted the vehicle parked just north of the intersection of Diamond Drive and Sandia.

Phillip Swazo Charged With Fourth Offense DWI

on July 12, 2017 - 6:17am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Phillip Swazo, 28,  of Santa Fe was arrested July 4 after the fireworks display in White Rock and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs – fourth or subsequent offense, driving while license is suspended or revoked, open container of alcoholic beverage – third offense and display of registration plate sticker other than one validated for the current registration period.

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

AG Files Lawsuit Against Presbyterian Health Plan, Presbyterian Network, Presbyterian Insurance For Fraud

on July 11, 2017 - 10:17pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas


SANTA FE - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Presbyterian Health Plan, Presbyterian Network and Presbyterian Insurance Co. for fraud based on the systematic, deliberate underpayment of taxes on premiums received or written.

The Office of the Attorney General’s complaint alleges that between 2001 and 2015, Presbyterian routinely filed false claims for premium tax deductions and credits, thereby defrauding the people of New Mexico and evading its legal duty to pay these taxes.

The Presbyterian

State Auditor Responds To Presbyterian Lawsuit

on July 11, 2017 - 5:53pm

State Auditor Tim Keller


SANTA FE -- State Auditor Tim Keller responded to the announcement the Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing Presbyterian  over allegations that it falsified deductions and credits through the Medicaid program, thus evading tens of millions in premium taxes and surcharges:

“We are confirming that our office is conducting an ongoing audit of premium tax collection that covers many issues with major New Mexico health insurance providers over multiple years.

Man Arrested For Aggravated Assault At Restaurant

on July 11, 2017 - 5:35pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A White Rock man was charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony and disorderly conduct Saturday evening after he became disgruntled with employees at Rigoberto’s Taco Shop and threatened to go to his vehicle and get his gun.

Lex Norman Deines, 48 had ordered food along with his family when he became upset with the cashier for refusing to change his order. Police were called after other patrons became uncomfortable with his foul language and the extent of the anger he displayed, particularly when he made reference to his gun.

Santa Fe Woman Faces Up To 72 Years In Prison For Attempted Tax Evasion

on July 10, 2017 - 8:34am
NMTR News:
SANTA FE  A resident of Santa Fe has been indicted for attempted tax evasion. The indictment follows an investigation by the Tax Fraud Investigations Division of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.
Cynthia Canyon, 58, was charged with 48 counts of Willful Attempts to Evade or Defeat Tax, all felonies. Canyon faces a maximum sentence of 72 years imprisonment and $240,000 in fines.
“This administration is committed to hunting down those who would cheat the system,” Acting Secretary John Monforte said.

Robert Winkel Charged With Criminal Damage To Property At LANL

on July 9, 2017 - 6:43am
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee has been charged with criminal damage of more than $1,000 to property belonging to another Lab employee following an investigation conducted by Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez and Lab investigators.

Robert Winkel of Los Alamos is slated for an Aug.

Eckhart Charged With July 4 Battery On Police Officer

on July 8, 2017 - 9:37am
Garrett Eckhart
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos man racked up a second charge of battery against a police officer during the July 4 celebration at Overlook Park in White Rock after striking an officer on the forehead with his head.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross was on bike patrol at the park when a family sitting on the ground in anticipation of the fireworks show alerted him to Garrett Eckhart, 35, who was allegedly intoxicated and asked if Ross could get him to leave.

A statement of probable cause filed by Ross in Los Alamos Magistrate Court says Eckhart

Christopher Davis Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison

on July 7, 2017 - 5:31pm

Christopher Davis of Los Alamos arrives Thursday for his sentencing hearing before Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in First Judicial District Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Assistant Attorney General Anthony W. Long at Thursday's sentencing hearing in Santa Fe for Christopher Davis of Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Christopher W. Davis of Los Alamos was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday by First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer following a lengthy hearing.

Davis was arrested in January on a

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 28 To July 4, 2017

on July 7, 2017 - 5:09pm

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.


June 28 / Michael Wayne Fry, 56, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, open container and careless driving.




June 29 / Eriks Alfons Hausmanis, 39, of Los Alamos was arrested under a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.






June 29 / Elijah Meason,

Man Who Committed Double Murder In Clovis Stays In Prison; Supreme Court Affirms Murder Convictions

on July 5, 2017 - 7:39am
Enrique Deleon
AG News:
CLOVIS Attorney General Hector Balderas announced June 30 that Enrique Deleon will stay in prison for the double murder of Guadalupe Castaneda and Joe Valero that he committed while a 5-year-old girl was in a nearby car.
The Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Deleon’s murder convictions for which he received a sentence of life in prison for each murder. Deleon murdered the couple in Clovis after a fight at a family cookout.
“Keeping New Mexico’s most dangerous, violent offenders

Judicial Compensation Commission Meets Wednesday

on July 4, 2017 - 11:28am
SANTA FE  The Judicial Compensation Commission will meet Wednesday to consider recommendations to the Legislature for a possible judicial salary increase in the 2019 fiscal year.
  • TIME: 9 a.m.
  • DATE: Wednesday, July 5.
  • PLACE: Supreme Court Building, Room 208, 237 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe.
The independent six-member commission is required by state law to annually recommend a judicial pay plan to the Legislative Finance Committee and the Department of Finance and Administration.
Improved judicial salaries are needed to help retain judges and recruit a diverse mix of

Appeals Court Defends Oil And Gas Waste Rule

on July 4, 2017 - 8:24am
In a win for children’s health and climate protection, a federal appeals court in Washington D.C. has blocked the Trump Administration’s suspension of EPA standards that keep the oil and gas industry’s pollution out of the air children breathe.
"This ruling means that hundreds of new wells in New Mexico will have to capture methane, a natural resource that belongs to all Americans. This is a gas that is being extracted from public lands and is simply wasted by private companies.

Judge Revokes Probation For Crystal Padilla

on July 3, 2017 - 9:34pm

Crystal Padilla

Staff Report

Crystal Padilla, 34, of Santa Fe will remain incarcerated until Oct. 19 after her fourth violation of her probation. Padilla entered into a plea bargain in October 2016 and was found guilty of attempting to commit a felony by unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

Probation Officer Linda Pena told Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados June 29 that Padilla’s most recent violation involved being found overdosing by her son on a bathroom floor. Padilla ended up being hospitalized for several days.

Traffic Stop Yields Meth Arrest

on July 3, 2017 - 8:52am

Hazel Bucholz

Staff Report

Hazel Bucholz, 18, of Jemez was arrested June 20 and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of a drug paraphernalia.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jemuel Montoya was dispatched to a report of a juvenile driver that was under the influence of drugs. Montoya’s incident report says he encountered the vehicle headed southbound on West Jemez Road, engaged his emergency lights and performed a traffic stop.

The driver of the truck was placed under arrest and the other occupants were asked to exit the vehicle so that it could be returned to its

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/


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/

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz escorts Aleah Stahl of Los Alamos Thursday from Magistrate Court. Photo 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.​


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


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


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/


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


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


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.