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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.

Update On Shoplifting Incident At Bealls

on April 21, 2017 - 6:37am

Stephanie Garcia

Los Alamos Daily Post

A second suspect involved in a March 9 shoplifting incident, which ended with a local man being struck by a vehicle outside Bealls Department Store in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center is now in custody at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

LAPD Cdr. Preston Ballew confirmed Thursday, April 13, that Stephanie Garcia, 31, of Espanola, was picked up Tuesday night in Santa Fe.

The man injured in the incident sustained a broken nose.

Adrian Taylor Pleads Not Guilty To Violation Of Conditions Of Pretrial Probation

on April 21, 2017 - 6:23am

Adrian Taylor leaving the First Judicial District Court Friday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O’Neill/​


Los Alamos Daily Post

Adrian Taylor pleaded not guilty Friday, April 14, to violation of conditions of pretrial probation before First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers in Santa Fe and was returned to the Los Alamos Detention Center.

Taylor’s alleged violation stems from a March 25 arrest in which he was charged with a fourth offense driving under the influence in Los Alamos.

Deputy DA Files Response In Scott Mallory Case

on April 21, 2017 - 6:09am

Scott Mallory of Los Alamos, right, leaves the courtroom April 3 with Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist following his pre-trial status hearing in District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost​


Los Alamos Daily Post

Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist has filed a response in First Judicial District Court to an attempt to suppress a charge of sexual exploitation of children – possession charge against Scott Mallory.

Mallory’s attorney Christopher C.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Faces 25 Years To Life On Federal Bank Robbery Charges Under ‘Worst Of The Worst’ Initiative

on April 21, 2017 - 5:22am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  A U.S. Magistrate Judge in Albuquerque April 19 found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Isaac Joseph Dodge, 41, of Albuquerque, with armed bank robbery offenses.
During the proceedings, Dodge waived his right to a detention hearing and was ordered to remain in custody pending trial.
Dodge was arrested April 13, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with committing two armed bank robberies in Bernalillo County. The complaint alleges that Dodge robbed the BBVA Compass Bank March 7, 2017 at 1201 San Pedro Drive NE in Albuquerque.

Council Tentatively Approves Municipal Court Budget

on April 18, 2017 - 6:58am

Judge Alan Kirk and Administrative Assistant Juanita McNiel present the proposed budget for Los Alamos County Municipal Court during the budget hearings Monday night in Council Chambers. Council passed 7-0  to tentatively approved the base budget, which totals $564,832. They also approved an additional $9,000 to increase a 3/4 time clerk position to a fulltime position and approved removing $20,000 from the budget and allocating those funds to the Los Alamos Police Department for courtroom security. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Court Grants EPA Delay In Smog Standards Battle

on April 16, 2017 - 8:01am
EPA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A federal court granted a request from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to delay court proceedings over the more protective 2015 smog standards.
The agency had requested the delay to give it additional time to review those standards. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the EPA’s request in a summary order.
Attorneys for public health and environmental organizations think the delay is likely an indication that the federal government will seek to stop defending or weaken implementation of the smog standards.

Gonzales Faces Judge In Apartment Explosion Case

on April 14, 2017 - 7:56am
The bathroom where the explosion from a marijuana wax process occurred in May 2016 at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Scene from a training session on the dangers involved in the marijuana waxing process for first responders, following last year's apartment explosion. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Joseph Gonzales, accused of causing an explosion at an apartment on Canyon Road in Los Alamos in May 2016 is slated for his preliminary hearing May 4 in Magistrate Court.

Police Have Suspect Stephanie Garcia In Custody

on April 13, 2017 - 3:17pm

Stephanie Garcia


Los Alamos Daily Post

A second suspect involved in a March 9 shoplifting incident that ended with a local man being struck by a vehicle outside Bealls Department Store in Mari Mac Shopping Center is now in custody at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew confirmed this morning that Stephanie Garcia, 31, of Espanola, was picked up Tuesday night in Santa Fe. LAPD Det.

Albuquerque Man Sentenced To Prison For Robbing Two Fast-Food Restaurants And Brandishing A Firearm

on April 13, 2017 - 8:39am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Sheldon Harris, 28, of Albuquerque was sentenced in federal court to 114 months in prison for violating the Hobbs Act by robbing two Albuquerque-area fast food restaurants and brandishing a firearm during the robberies.
Harris will be on supervised release for two years following his prison sentence. Harris also was ordered to pay restitution to the fast food restaurants.
Harris was arrested April 20, 2016 on a 10-count indictment charging him with: robbing Albuquerque-area Subway restaurants on Aug. 22, 2015, Sept. 6, 2015, Sept. 8, 2016, Sept.

Couple Nets $20K After Suing County For Millions

on April 10, 2017 - 9:11am
Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, right, speaks with Juan M. Gonzales following his wife's hearing last month in Magistrate Court in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos residents Juan M. Gonzales and his wife Briana Dimick-Gonzales have received $20,000 from Los Alamos County in settlement of two lawsuits. The law suits were filed in October and December of 2015 in U.S. District Court and alleged civil rights violations.  

According to the settlement agreements, signed Jan.

AG Balderas Announces Indictments On Taos County Sheriff’s Deputy For Medicaid Fraud, Falsification Of Documents & Perjury

on April 8, 2017 - 6:53am
AG News:
TAOS Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that a Taos County grand jury returned indictments on Ricky Romero for one count of Medicaid fraud, 10 counts of falsification of documents and 10 counts of perjury. The Office of the Attorney General is focused on preparing the case for trial.
“The Office of the Attorney General will continue to aggressively combat corruption and fraud resulting in the depletion of critical Medicaid funds in New Mexico,” Balderas said.

Local Woman Charged In Dog Death Case

on April 7, 2017 - 5:25pm
The two dogs suspected of killing a small dog last week on Acoma Lane. Courtesy/LAPD
Los Alamos Daily Post

A White Rock woman has been charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with two counts of keeping an animal known to be vicious and likely to attack human beings. The charges are in connection with the death last week of a small Bichon Frise dog at an Acoma Lane home.

Leslie Sherman contacted Los Alamos County Animal Shelter Manager Victoria Murphy Monday to notify her that the dogs in a photo published in the Los Alamos Daily Post were hers.

The statement of

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 29-April 3, 2017

on April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

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.

March 29/Rachel Ann Weiss, 26, of White Rock was arrested on a District Court warrant.




March 29/Matthew Hudgins, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member.




March 30/Andrew M. Chavez, 25, of Espanola was arrested on a Magistrate Court warrant.




March 30/John

Judge Sentences Richard Atencio

on April 6, 2017 - 5:27pm

Richard Atencio, left, was sentenced Monday in District Court. Photo by Maire O’Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Under the terms of a plea bargain in the First Judicial District Court Monday, Richard Atencio pleaded no contest to charges of larceny and attempting to tamper with evidence in connection with a Los Alamos National Laboratory property theft case from 2015.

Atencio was accused of stealing lab property valued at more than $2,500 and less than $20,000. Judge T.

Legislative Review: A Post-Legislative Series – Part 1

on April 6, 2017 - 10:10am
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba

It always amazes me when I raise my head up for a breath of fresh air after a legislative session to see what varying impressions of the legislature there are in the constituency I represent.  

I had an opportunity to sit down with a man from White Rock at Pig and Fig last weekend for an informed chat about education and economic development.

Court Briefs: Animal Cruelty And Theft Cases

on April 5, 2017 - 10:52am

Staff Report

Two cases of alleged cruelty to animals and failure to vaccinate were continued by Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Tuesday, one because a defendant, Dolores Montano, was ill and the other, Mary Wood, because the officer was not present. Both cases involve animals allegedly left behind at an Alabama Avenue apartment after an eviction last October.

Montano is charged with nine counts of animal cruelty for allegedly not providing necessary sustenance to nine cats, and six counts of failure to vaccinate cats for rabies.

Scott Mallory Files Intent To Invoke Spousal Privilege

on April 4, 2017 - 7:44am
Scott Mallory, right, leaves the courtroom Monday with Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist following his pre-trial status hearing in District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE Scott Mallory filed an intent to invoke spousal privilege in the Fifth Judicial District Court Monday and asked the court to dismiss or suppress a charge of sexual exploitation of children – possession.

An affidavit filed by Mallory’s attorney Christopher C. Marlowe and signed by Mallory states that on or about Aug.

Courts Continue To Release Criminals As Crime Rises

on April 3, 2017 - 9:13pm
ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque is ranked #1 for stolen vehicles, but the criminals know if you get arrested here, you will be released the next day.
In the case of Yamilet Urias, she was arrested with 12 pounds of meth, has no relations in New Mexico, received a low-risk assessment, lied to the police and courts about where she was from, and was released from jail a day after she was arrested, on her own recognizance - no assurance she will ever come back to court. 
After doing a quick Facebook search for her, she is actually from Los Angeles, Calif., and was probably

Grant County Methamphetamine Trafficking Ring Member Sentenced To Prison

on April 2, 2017 - 6:09am


ALBUQUERQUE – Crystal Medina Gomez, 50, of Silver City was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces to 30 months of imprisonment for her methamphetamine trafficking conviction. Gomez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.


Gomez was 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.

Matthew Hudgins Arraigned In Magistrate Court

on March 31, 2017 - 11:08am

Matthew Hudgins
Los Alamos Daily Post

Matthew Hudgins was arraigned in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member, disfigurement or impairment. He was arrested March 29 after Los Alamos police officers responded to a possible dispute at his residence and allegedly found the victim with blood dripping from her mouth, holding her wrist, and crying hysterically.

Court records indicate the victim told police Hudgins came home from work and was angry because she didn’t do his laundry.

Second Of Seven Suspects Arrested In Operation Spring Cleaning Back In Jail After Testing Positive For Meth

on March 31, 2017 - 7:51am

Byron Henderson, seated, speaks with Probation Ofc. Linda Pena and Police Ofc. David Bradshaw at the Justice Center Wednesday prior to being taken into custody. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost


Los Alamos Daily Post

Byron Henderson of Los Alamos, one of seven people arrested March 20 during Operation Spring Cleaning, is back in jail for allegedly violating one of the conditions of his pre-trial release by testing positive for methamphetamines.

Henderson's arrest Wednesday comes three days after Amanda Osborne was arrested after she also tested positive for

Local Man Claims Damages Against County

on March 30, 2017 - 4:10pm
Gabriel Wadt
Los Alamos Daily Post
A Los Alamos man, Gabriel Wadt, is claiming damages against Los Alamos County for alleged malicious prosecution and violation of property rights as a result of charges of animal cruelty and failure to vaccinate filed against him by Public Safety Aide Alysha Lenderman.  
In a letter to the county dated Dec.6, 2016, Wadt’s attorney, Sheri A. Raphaelson, says Lenderman charged Wadt with a number of crimes related to animal cruelty with an incident date of Sep. 24, 2016.
Raphaelson alleges the charges were without merit and were

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Briefs

on March 30, 2017 - 4:01pm

Staff Report:

Under the terms of a plea agreement reached by Assistant District Attorney Michael Nunez and Defense Attorney Tyr Loranger, Ashley Flores pleaded guilty March 23 to driving under the influence first offense and received a 90-day suspended sentence and one year of probation. Flores was originally charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, possession of a controlled substance (metamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. The other charges were dismissed under the plea agreement. Flores was arrested Dec.

Magistrate Judge Discusses Release Of Defendants

on March 30, 2017 - 2:34pm

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados

Staff Report

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados responded Tuesday to questions concerning her decisions to release seven people on their own recognizance who were arrested March 20 on drug-related charges.

All seven were arrested during Operation Spring Cleaning conducted by the Los Alamos Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

Although defendants Nicole Marsh, Nicholas Conner, Amanda Osborne, Anthony Knief, Allan Houle, Kathy Gibbons and Byron Henderson were released without bond, Casados said they were all ordered to report at least