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Judge Rules Spousal Privilege Violated In Mallory Case

on May 22, 2017 - 12:38pm

Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez, left, chats with Christopher Marlowe, attorney for Scott Mallory following Thursday's motions hearing in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scott Mallory
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE – A judge has ruled that spousal privilege was violated and information on a computer belonging to Scott Mallory as well as any statements made by Mallory to police are to be suppressed.

First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington rendered his decision Thursday at a hearing in Santa Fe.

Joshua J. Montoya Charged With LANL Copper Theft Slated For Arraignment In District Court Wednesday

on May 22, 2017 - 12:18pm

Staff Report

Joshua J. Montoya of Velarde is slated for arraignment Wednesday in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe for allegedly stealing large amounts of copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) last year.

A criminal complaint filed July 14, 2016 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court by Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Man Charged In 13-Count Dog Fighting Indictment

on May 22, 2017 - 8:03am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  A federal grand jury in Albuquerque returned an indictment charging Albuquerque resident Robert Arellano, 63, with 13 counts of violating the animal fighting prohibitions of the federal Animal Welfare Act, announced James D. Tierney, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Jeffrey H. Wood, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
Arellano had previously been arrested and indicted on additional charges in the District of New Jersey pertaining to his alleged involvement in a

Is New Mexico Becoming A Safe Haven For Criminals?

on May 22, 2017 - 7:52am


We can all agree, crime seems to be everywhere, and seems to be getting worse. This week, the Albuquerque Police Department announced they would be directing officers to issue citations rather than make arrests on low-level crimes to comply with a settlement agreement on a class-action lawsuit. Many people are asking now, why would a city do this in a time where crime seems to be rising? 

This lawsuit, McClendon v.

Suit Seeks To Bar Rocky Flats Public Trails, Visitor Site

on May 19, 2017 - 5:36am
EPA News:
Groups from communities near the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant today sued the U.S. government for failing to comply with federal environmental laws in planning to build public trails and a visitor center at the former plutonium facility.
Filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, the litigation charges that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the site’s current manager, has not completed a required analysis of environmental risks and policy options.
Plaintiffs include the Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center, Candelas Glows, Rocky Flats Right to Know,

Casper Cly Convicted Of Child Solicitation

on May 17, 2017 - 9:43pm
Casper Cly
Los Alamos Daily Post

Casper Cly, a 26-year-old Los Alamos resident and former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee is scheduled for sentencing May 23 in the 11th Judicial District Court in Farmington. Cly was originally charged in Aztec Magistrate Court with four counts of child solicitation by electronic device and was bound over in April 2016 to the District Court.

Cly’s arrest was one of more than 20 arrests nationwide during a two-month-long law enforcement sweep by Internet Crimes Against Children task forces across the country in 2016. San Juan

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 10-15, 2017

on May 17, 2017 - 1:44pm

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.​


May 10 / Crystal Holguin, 29, of Espanola was arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.


May 11 / Elias Jon Lovato, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding District Court warrant.

May 15 / Joshua Padilla-Spanarkel, 22, of Santa Fe was arrested on an outstanding

Police Nab Brothers Attempting To Cash Forged Check

on May 17, 2017 - 11:28am
Eric Sanchez
Los Alamos Daily Post

Two brothers from Albuquerque were arrested Monday at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock after one of them attempted to cash a forged check for $2,250. Eric Sanchez, 29, and Kevin Sanchez, 24, were in a car in the drive-through area when Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto responded to a report of someone attempting to cash a stolen check.

Kevin Sanchez

Cpl. Nieto placed both men in investigative detention and searched them for weapons.

Couple Faces 54 Charges In 17 Cases In Los Alamos

on May 16, 2017 - 7:06pm
Rosalinda Hurtado
Los Alamos Daily Post

John Joseph Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque and Rosalinda Hurtado, 38, of Alcalde are facing a total of 54 charges in some 17 cases originating in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and now in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Lerma and Hurtado were reportedly in a romantic relationship when they allegedly committed multiple crimes including check fraud, identity theft, forgery, fraud, and fraudulent use of credit cards, against Los Alamos residents of all ages from high school students to the elderly.

John Joseph Lerma


Judge Ellington Rules Against Release For Bingham

on May 13, 2017 - 5:27pm
Dustin Bingham arrives in court Friday for a detention hearing before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz, right, discusses his testimony with Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez Friday in District Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE Release on bond was denied Friday for Dustin J. Bingham in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. The detention hearing had been continued because Judge T.

Judge Casados Denies Bond To Byron Keith Henderson

on May 13, 2017 - 5:19pm
Byron Keith Henderson
Los Alamos Daily Post

Byron Keith Henderson of Los Alamos was denied bond May 11 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and will remain incarcerated until he appears in First Judicial Court. Henderson is involved in two cases with a total of four counts of trafficking a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, one count of dangerous drugs, and one count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Henderson was one of seven people arrested in connection with Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sting conducted in

AG Balderas Sues President To Properly Compensate State For Coal Extraction And Its Climate Change Impact On New Mexico

on May 12, 2017 - 5:25am
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas joined with the Attorneys General of California, Washington and New York to file a challenge in federal District Court in Montana to the Trump Administration’s decision to resume federal coal leasing without completing the required environmental impact statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
“Yet again, President Trump is breaking the law and New Mexicans stand to pay the price for his illegal actions,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Briefs

on May 11, 2017 - 4:11pm


A preliminary examination for Joseph Gonzales on charges of negligent arson, child abuse, attempted distribution/possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and trafficking, was continued. Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist said the federal government is still investigating the case. Gonzales was arrested in connection with the May 4, 2016 explosion at a Los Alamos apartment complex.

Chihyuejim Kao was found guilty of assault against a family member and criminal damage to property in connection with a domestic

Detention Hearing For Bingham Continued

on May 11, 2017 - 7:43am

Dustin J. Bingham appeared Tuesday for a detention hearing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Staff Report

A Los Alamos man charged with eight counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor will remain in jail at least until Friday, May 12, when more evidence will be heard in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Dustin Bingham was arrested May 3 and arraigned May 4 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

The motion filed by Deputy District Attorney Michael A. Nunez states that Bingham poses a danger to himself if released as he has

Judge Dismisses Vicious Dog Charges Against Owner

on May 9, 2017 - 8:46pm

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, right, chats with Animal Control Public Service Aides Robert Aragon and Alisha Lenderman following today’s hearing in Magistrate Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Witness Wendee Brunish leaves Magistrate Court today after testifying in support of the release of Leslie Sherman’s dogs. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Criminal charges of keeping a dog known to be vicious filed against Leslie Sherman were dismissed today in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and the paperwork

Charges Dismissed Against Lee Weinland

on May 8, 2017 - 7:09am

Lee Weinland
Los Alamos Daily Post

Almost four years to the day after being arrested for alleged criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13, the charges against Lee Weinland of Los Alamos have been dismissed by Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

The dismissal without prejudice was filed April 28 in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Wahlquist declined to comment on the dismissal “due to the sensitive nature of the case”.

According to an incident/investigation report filed by former Los Alamos Police Det.

Jury Rules In Favor Of Big Bad Wolf At Mock Trial

on May 7, 2017 - 9:54am
Barranca Mesa Elementary School students from Samantha Waidler's fourth grade class arrive Friday morning at the Los Alamos Justice Center for their mock trial in the case of the Three Little Pigs vs the Big Bad Wolf. In the end, the jury ruled in favor of the wolf. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Brendan De Roma is the presiding judge at Friday's mock trial in Municipal Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
LOs Alamos Daily Post

The case of The Pigs vs The Big Bad Wolf went to trial Friday in the Los Alamos Municipal Courtroom under the direction of

Judge Grants Katcher Time To Obtain Public Defender

on May 7, 2017 - 7:15am

Garrett Thayne Katcher

Staff Report

Garrett Thayne Katcher of Los Alamos appeared Thursday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for a pre-trial hearing on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member.

At the beginning of the proceedings, his attorney, Public Defender Tyr Loranger told Judge Pat Casados his attorney-client relationship with Katcher had collapsed due to behavior exhibited by Katcher in the hallway prior to court. He asked to be removed from the case. Casados gave Katcher until May 22 to obtain a public defender and set a status hearing for May 25.

Katcher was

Police Arrest Former Jailer Dustin J. Bingham

on May 4, 2017 - 4:20pm

Dustin J. Bingham

Staff Report

A former Los Alamos Police Department Detention Officer was arrested Wednesday and charged with eight counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor.

Dustin J. Bingham was arraigned before Judge Pat Casados today in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Bingham worked for LAPD from September 2012 to April 2015. He also served as a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy from April 2015 until he resigned in February. The alleged crimes occurred between November 2015 and April 2017, several months after his employment at LAPD ended.

Bingham will remain incarcerated until a hearing

Los Alamos Woman Snared In Immigration Loop

on April 30, 2017 - 8:32am

Diana Norwood, left, of Los Alamos with her mom Magdalena ‘Lilly’ Norwood who recently ran into immigration issues while attempting to renew her driver’s license at the MVD on Central Avenue. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Longtime Los Alamos resident Diana Norwood sent a letter (link) to the Los Alamos Daily Post recently expressing her frustration with a system that snared her 77-year-old immigrant mother, Magdalena “Lilly” Norwood.

Through a multi-layered, risk based system, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken significant steps to ensure that

AG: Brutal Rapist Gets 36 Years Behind Bars

on April 28, 2017 - 11:06am

Joseph Apodaca to spend 36 years in prison. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Attorney General:

---Victim Left For Dead in Parking Lot

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Joseph Apodaca was sentenced to 36 years in prison for the extremely violent rape of a young woman he left for dead in Valencia County in 2014.

The victim almost died and will suffer medical issues for the rest of her life due to the brutal rape.

Confusion Rocks Vicious Dogs Case

on April 27, 2017 - 11:00am
LAPD Animal Control Officers Robert Aragon and Alisa Lenderman chat with Krishna Picard, attorney for the Mauro family prior to Monday's court hearing. Photo by Maire O"Neill/
Leslie Sherman, right, awaits her Magistrate Court hearing Monday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Confusion was the order of the day in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Monday during a hearing for Leslie Sherman of White Rock.

Local Police Corporal Remains On Desk Duty

on April 27, 2017 - 10:59am

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias remains on desk duty almost seven months after an incident involving a fellow officer resulted in injuries to his arm, wrist and hand. He has been assigned to administrative duties for the department since the incident, which was investigated by New Mexico State Police (NMSP) at Chief Dino Sgambellone’s request.

Los Alamos Police Cdr. Preston Ballew

A tort claim notice filed Nov. 14, 2016 against LAPD and Cdr. Preston Ballew asserts that Ballew intentionally battered him during the incident.

Bill Provides First In Nation Funding Mechanism

on April 25, 2017 - 8:22am
SANTA FE  House Bill 536 was chaptered into law last week, creating a first-in-the-nation mechanism to allow New Mexicans to donate a portion of their tax returns to pay for the testing of sexual assault evidence kits in the state.
According to the Office of the State Auditor, as of November 2016, there is an estimated backlog of 5,400 untested rape kits throughout the state of New Mexico. Testing each kit costs as much as $1,000, money which the state and some municipal governments do not have enough of to address their backlog.
“We have a big problem when

Probate Judge, County Clerk Proposed Budgets Get Council's Tentative Approval

on April 24, 2017 - 7:53pm

County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, and Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz present their office's $602,603 proposed budget to County Council Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the County Clerk's budget. In her presentation, Maestas reported that voter turnout for recent elections has been high. In fact, there was a 77 percent voter turnout for the November general election. 'We were the highest in the state,' she said.