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Alert: Semi Stalled On Central Avenue

on January 22, 2018 - 2:36pm

UPDATE: Semi has been moved out of the roadway and traffic is moving smoothly. A Sysco semi is stalled on Central Avenue in front of the Los Alamos Daily Post at 1247 Central and is blocking traffic in both directions. Police are on the scene and ask motorists to avoid the area. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ldailypost.com

David Rael Appeals Nine-Year Sentence

on January 22, 2018 - 8:45am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 40-year-old Los Alamos man has filed a notice of appeal of a nine-year prison sentence handed down Nov. 1 by First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

David Rael was convicted of three counts of sexual exploitation of children following a non-jury trial last June. The State had requested a 15-year sentence.

In June 2013, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was investigating the sharing of online pornography when he identified Rael’s computer as a potential source for at least six files

Joel Martin Fails To Appear For Court Hearing

on January 22, 2018 - 5:25am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

An outstanding warrant from First Judicial District Court is in effect for one of two men arrested by Los Alamos Police Department in August after they fled from Smith’s Marketplace in a pickup and attempted to run down an LAPD officer.

 

Joel Martin

 

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque was arrested following the incident and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated fleeing a police officer, receiving a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal damage

LAPD Charges Kevin Medinger With Theft Of Gun, Cash

on January 19, 2018 - 8:37am

Kevin Medinger

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos police arrested Kevin Medinger, 32, Thursday morning and charged him with five felony counts in connection with the theft of a firearm and cash from a local residence.

According to documents filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court, the case was originally opened by Cpl. David Boe after he received a report that a Smith & Wesson .38 special revolver was missing from an Orange Street residence where Medinger did odd jobs for the victim.

NMSP Stop Driver For DWI With Three Children In Car

on January 19, 2018 - 7:30am
NMSP News:
 
FARMINGTON New Mexico State Police dispatchers received several calls at approximately 8 p.m. Jan. 11, reporting a possible drunk driver in Farmington driving a grey Chevy passenger car.
 
One of the callers was following the suspect vehicle with their flashers on relaying to dispatch that the vehicle was swerving in and out of the lanes. Two New Mexico State Police officers spotted the vehicle on San Juan Blvd in Farmington. The officers turned on their lights and sirens but the driver refused to stop.
 
The driver slowed to about five miles an hour but still refused

New Mexico State Police Respond To Fatal Helicopter Crash Of Five People East Of Raton

on January 18, 2018 - 12:55pm

NMSP News:
RATON Around 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in Raton, New Mexico Police Department (RPD) dispatch contacted New Mexico State Police regarding a call of a downed helicopter.
 
RPD received a 911 call from a victim in the crash who reported the incident. The victim informed dispatch there were six people aboard the helicopter when it crashed. The caller reported three were injured and the other three unaccounted for. The exact location of the crash was uncertain.
 
Area law enforcement, including New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and Colfax County Sheriff's

Surveillance Video Shows Thieves Robbing County Facility ... Police Ask Public For Help Identifying Them

on January 18, 2018 - 12:12pm
Thief number 1 in action robbing a county facility Jan. 8 in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAPD
 
Thief number 2 stealing a wheelbarrow full of chainsaws Jan. 8 from a county facility. Courtesy/LAPD
 
Watch video of thieves in action:
 
LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identities of two suspects in a local burglary case of a county facility.

LAPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male suspects as seen in the surveillance footage.

LAPD is offering a reward of up to $400 to anyone who has information on the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10 – Jan. 15, 2018

on January 17, 2018 - 2:45pm

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.

JACOB ROMERO

Jan. 10 at 11:55 p.m. / Police arrested Jacob Romero, 32, of Alcalde in Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

ALLAN L. HOULE

Jan. 12 at 5:07 p.m. / Police arrested Allan L. Houle, 30, of Los Alamos in Santa Fe on an outstanding District Court Warrant.

 

CHARLES J. STERBA

Jan. 13 at 933 a.m. / Police arrested Charles J.

McKinley County Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charge

on January 17, 2018 - 6:49am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Jothonnie Yazzie, 29, of Rocksprings, pleaded guilty Monday in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to an indictment charging him possessing child pornography. 
 
Yazzie entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement recommending a sentence within the range of 37 to 63 months in prison followed by ten years of supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.
 
The FBI and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office arrested Yazzie Dec. 20, 2016, on the indictment, which was filed Dec.

Governor Honors Ofc. Simpson Whose Badge Saved His Life When A Criminal Fired A Gun At His Chest

on January 16, 2018 - 6:36pm

Gov. Susana Martinez honors State Police Officer Dwayne Simpson today at the opening of the 30-Day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. She held up his damaged badge and explained that during an August traffic stop, Ofc. Simpson encountered William Wilson, a criminal who had been in and out of prison 16 times for various offenses: aggravated burglary, committing a crime with a firearm, resisting arrest, parole violations and drug charges.

Sheriff Candidate Files Second Suit Against County

on January 16, 2018 - 4:02pm

Greg White

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Greg White has filed another suit against Los Alamos County Council, this time adding County Manager Harry Burgess, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone, County Attorney Alvin Leaphart and Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits to the list of defendants.

A previous petition for writ of prohibition filed by White last October in the Supreme Court was denied.

FBI: Acoma Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Voluntary Manslaughter And Firearms Charges

on January 16, 2018 - 5:41am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Darius L. James, 40, an enrolled member of Acoma Pueblo, pled guilty Thursday in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to voluntary manslaughter and firearms charges. 
 
James was arrested Aug. 24, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing an Acoma Pueblo man by shooting him three times on the Acoma Pueblo Indian Reservation in Cibola County. According to the complaint, James encountered the victim hidden in a bedroom closet in James’ residence. As the victim fled the scene, James followed him into a nearby field and fired several shots, killing the victim.

Los Alamos Teen Dies In Crash In Colorado

on January 15, 2018 - 11:08pm

Patrick Beauparlant

Colorado State Police News:

Patrick Beauparlant, 19, of Los Alamos died this morning in a single vehicle crash in Pueblo, Colo.

According to a news release from Colorado State Police, Beauparlant was a passenger in a 1997 Jeep Wrangler driven northbound on I-25 by a 19-year-old woman at around 8:30 a.m., when the driver attempted to pass a pickup and lost control due to snowy road conditions.

The Jeep crashed into a guardrail and rolled over several times down a rocky embankment before coming to a stop in a dry creek bed. Beauparlant died at the scene.

Houle Sentenced Following Complicated Hearing

on January 15, 2018 - 8:01am

Allan Houle is taken into custody Dec.11 for transportation to the Los Alamos Detention Center following sentencing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sentencing for Allan Houle under a plea agreement was finally held Jan. 11 before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in Santa Fe after two previous postponements due to the judge’s concerns about inconsistencies in plea agreements.

Judge Marlowe Sommer reviewed a plea agreement for Houle Sept.

LAPD: Flashing Red Light Stop Signs On School Buses Mean Motorists Must Stop

on January 12, 2018 - 2:11pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has recently received several complaints from Los Alamos Public School’s Transportation Division and parents, about motorist running the flashing red-light stop signs attached to the school buses.

LAPD would like to remind all motorist of New Mexico State Statute (66-7-347) and Los Alamos County Ordinance (38-290) that state all motorists traveling either direction approaching a bus with its flashing red lights activated, must come to a complete stop at least 10 feet prior to the bus.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 10, 2017 – Jan. 5, 2018

on January 10, 2018 - 2:02pm

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.

JAMES T. EVANS

Dec. 10 at 12:01 a.m. / Police arrested James T. Evans, 50, of Los Alamos on 36th Street and charged him with disorderly conduct.

 

 

STEVEN A. STOCK

Jan. 3 at 2:24 a.m. / Police arrested Steven A. Stock, 40, of Los Alamos at 3000 Trinity Dr., and charged him with aggravated battery.

 

VERONICA A. PADILLA

Jan. 3 at 8:06 a.m. / Police arrested Veronica A.

Byron Henderson To Spend Four Years In Prison

on January 9, 2018 - 3:29pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Byron Henderson, arrested last March during Los Alamos Police Department’s Operation Spring Cleaning, will serve a four-year prison sentence on two drug-related charges following his sentencing by Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer Jan. 4 in First Judicial Court.

The first count, possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine was reduced from a trafficking charge. Henderson was sentenced to 18 months on that charge and was handed a nine-year sentence on one count of trafficking with five years suspended.

Henderson will

Judge Binds Sachin Pandey Over To District Court

on January 9, 2018 - 3:25pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Sachin Pandey, 31, of Los Alamos has been bound over to First Judicial Court on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit a felony – sexual assault following a lengthy preliminary hearing Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

The charges are connected to an incident in the early hours of Sept. 24 at Camp May, which ended with the victim receiving stitches in her forehead at Los Alamos Medical Center.

Former Jail Officer/Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Bingham Sentenced For Criminal Sexual Contact With Minors

on January 4, 2018 - 7:52am

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

District Attorney Marco Serna, right, Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez and Defense Attorney Stephen D. Aarons consult with Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in court Wednesday as bailiff Steve Bing looks on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

SANTA FE Former Los Alamos County detention officer and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy Dustin Bingham, 37, will spend

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 27, 2017-Jan. 2, 2018

on January 3, 2018 - 9:41am

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.

AARON B. KOETTER

Dec. 27 at 4:42 p.m. /Police arrested Aaron B. Koetter, 41, of Los Alamos at the Pajarito Brew Pub on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

 

ANTHONY RAYMOND MARTINEZ

Dec. 28 at 9:35 a.m. / Police arrested Anthony Raymond Martinez, 32, of Los Alamos in Apt. 3 at 1203 9th St., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant for a charge of reckless driving.

 

Auto Burglar Skylar Smith Back In Court

on January 1, 2018 - 1:41pm
Skylar B. Smith
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Skylar B. Smith, 25, arrested in Los Alamos in 2012 on 20 counts of automobile burglary and 16 counts of larceny, is scheduled for a probation violation hearing Thursday before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

Adult Parole and Probation officials have stated that Smith is “clearly not suitable for supervision”.

“He is so involved in criminal activity it almost appears as if he goes out of his way to get himself arrested on felony charges,” officials said following Smith’s latest

2017 Cops And Courts Year In Review

on December 28, 2017 - 10:00am
At its annual banquet earlier this month, the Los Alamos Public Safety Association honored LAPD Det. Ryan Wolking in recognition of his execution of Operation Spring Cleaning, a successful drug sting that followed months of investigation. From left, LAPSA Vice Chairman and Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Treasurer Lisa Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo Fire Chief Mel Tafoya, pilot Amy Ross, Wolking, FBI agent Chris Mamula and LAPSA Secretary Donna Martinez. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the end of 2017 draws near,

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 20 – Dec. 26, 2017

on December 27, 2017 - 10:35am

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.

NICHOLE BORREGO

Dec. 20 at 11:02 a.m. / Police arrested Nichole Borrego, 27, of Chimayo at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

RALEIGH C. WHITT

Dec. 20 at 6: 36 p.m. / Police arrested Raleigh G. Whitt, 30, of Los Alamos at 156 Tunyo on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

JOSHUA J. MONTOYA

Dec. 22 at 11:23 a.m.

NMSP Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols In January

on December 27, 2017 - 9:41am
NMSP News:
 
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of January 2018.
 
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.
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Marcos Romero Slated For First Appearance In Concealing Identity Case

on December 27, 2017 - 8:41am

COURT News:

Marcos Romero, 37, of Chimayo is slated for a first appearance Jan. 11, 2018 before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados on three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one charge of concealing his identity.

The charges stem from a Dec. 15 visit to a Hacienda Street address by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jaime Gonzales and Cpl. Ben Irving in response to a reported domestic dispute. Although not involved in the dispute, Romero claimed to be someone other than himself because he knew he had an outstanding warrant.

The police incident report states that during a search

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