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John Lerma Sentenced Under Plea Agreement

on September 25, 2017 - 7:12am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

John Joseph Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque will serve only four years of incarceration followed by five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to three charges Sept.18 under the terms of a plea agreement in the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe.

Lerma was arrested in August 2016 along with Rosalinda Hurtado and the two were originally charged with a total of 54 counts in 17 cases in Los Alamos County. Hurtado was sentenced to five years of probation in June on 13 felony counts.

White Rock Woman Charged With Embezzling Thousands From LAYFCL

on September 22, 2017 - 7:12pm

Tabatha Jones of White Rock is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League. Courtesy/LAPD
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A White Rock woman was arrested Thursday and charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from the non-profit Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League (LAYFCL). Tabatha Jones was taken into custody following an interview with Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking during which she allegedly admitted to having spent the League’s money for personal use.

Jones appeared before Los

State Police Arrest Drunk Driver After School Bus Hit-and-Run Crash

on September 22, 2017 - 9:33am
Gabriella Uzueta
 
NMSP News:
 
ESPANOLA  Around 7:30 a.m. Sept. 20, the New Mexico State Police was notified of a hit-and-run crash in La Mesilla involving a school bus from the Espanola Public Schools.
 
The collision occurred on N.M. 399 near County Road 110. When officers arrived on scene they learned the school bus was occupied by eight middle school and high school students and the bus driver. No injuries were reported and the bus sustained minor damage to the rear bumper.
 
Through investigation officers learned the bus was stopped, with its integrated stop sign and signal

Los Alamos Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Driven To Solve Cases

on September 21, 2017 - 10:05am

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez is proud of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Police Department Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez remembers police officers coming to speak as guests at his high school in Loving and says he found what they had to say about the job intriguing. Even when he studied mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., law enforcement was always in the back of his mind.

Rodriguez returned to New Mexico after a

Labor Management Relations Board Meets Sept. 25

on September 21, 2017 - 7:16am
COUNTY News: 

The Labor Management Relations Board will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in Room 110 at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
 
The meeting is open to the public. 

 
AGENDA
 
I. Call to Order 
II. Discussion and/or Possible Action Items
A. Prohibited Practices Complaint Hearing. The International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO, Local No.14 v. County of Los Alamos [Motion may be made to close meeting pursuant to NMSA 1978, 10-15-1 (H) (3) for deliberations by the Board]

III. Adjournment
 
If you are an individual with a

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 14 To Sept. 19, 2017

on September 20, 2017 - 11:08am

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.

JON M. WEATHERS

Sept. 14 at 6:27 a.m. / Police arrested Jon M. Weathers, 46, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

CHRISTOPHER N. BEGAY

Sept. 19 at 4:52 p.m. / Police arrested Christopher Neil Begay, 23, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

NMSP Officer Makes 100th DWI Arrest This Year

on September 19, 2017 - 4:59am
NMSP Ofc. Toby LaFave makes 100th DWI arrest Sept. 8. Courtesy/NMSP
 
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police Ofc. Toby LaFave reached a milestone Sept. 8 very few can say, he made his 100th DWI arrest of the year.

For those who know and work with Ofc. LaFave this appeared to be business as usual, given his previous accolades and work ethic. He has been with the New Mexico State Police for six years, with eight years' experience prior, and in that relatively short time frame has amassed numerous awards and recognitions.

He was the NMSP "Officer of the Year" in 2012, along with District 5

Judge Reinstates Probation For Alejandro Gonzalez

on September 14, 2017 - 2:06pm

Staff Report

 

First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington agreed to reinstate probation for Alejandro Gonzalez Sept. 11 in Santa Fe District Court and added a condition that he enter and complete a 60-day inpatient substance abuse treatment program.

 

Gonzalez was originally arrested in December 2016 in Los Alamos and charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with trafficking a controlled substance, distribution/possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, no driver’s license

LAPD Detective Offers Seniors Advice On Scammers

on September 14, 2017 - 7:30am

Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking addresses seniors during lunch Sept. 13 at the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

White Rock resident Bill Norman, right, chats with Det. Ryan Wolking Sept. 13 at the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

Det. Ryan Wolking answers questions following his presentation on recognizing scams, defeating scammers and protection from scams Sept. 13  at the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 6 To Sept. 12, 2017

on September 13, 2017 - 12:36pm

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.

DUSTIN D. NELSON

Sept. 6 at 8:33 a.m. / Police arrested Dustin D. Nelson, 28, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

MARISSA D. SPARKS

Sept. 6 at 9:58 a.m. / Police arrested Marissa D. Sparks, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

IVAN L. TRUJILLO

Sept. 6 at 3:47 p.m.

Andrea Rivera Faces New Charges

on September 13, 2017 - 3:27am

Staff Report

Andrea R. Rivera, 30, of Los Alamos remains in jail after her arraignment Sept. 7 by Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk. According to court staff, she was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and no date has been set for her next court appearance because Judge Kirk needs more information before he will review her case.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jemuel Montoya was dispatched Sept. 1 to a White Rock home in response to a reported verbal altercation involving Rivera.

Two Cars Crash Near Los Alamos High School

on September 12, 2017 - 6:30pm

The drivers of two vehicles that crashed during this evening's commute at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Sandia were transported with minor injuries to Los Alamos Medical Center. Police at the scene indicated that the red car turned left from Sandia onto Diamond Drive and collided with the blue BMW. Los Alamos fire and police responded to the scene, which included handling traffic that was backed up for long distances in both directions. Photo by Josh Smith

Scene from this evening's collision at Diamond Drive and Sandia. Photo by Josh Smith

Scene from this evening's collision at

Plea Deal Reached in Nicholas Conner Trafficking Case

on September 12, 2017 - 9:31am

Nicholas Conner, right, enters guilty pleas to five charges before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington Tuesday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Nicholas Conner pleaded guilty to four counts of trafficking methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute under a plea agreement signed before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington Monday in Santa Fe.

Conner was arrested in March during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep conducted by the

Justin F. Vigil Sentenced In Two Cases

on September 11, 2017 - 6:52am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Justin F. Vigil, 23, of Santa Fe, will serve 191 days in Santa Fe County Detention Center and 566 days of supervised probation when released under the terms of a judgment issued by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington for two cases, one in Los Alamos County and the other in Santa Fe County.

In the Los Alamos case, Vigil was originally charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a Los Alamos woman.

Weapons Found At Scene Where Man In Stolen Pickup Attempts To Run Down Los Alamos Police Officer

on September 9, 2017 - 6:46am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Two men involved in an Aug. 25 incident in which one of them attempted to run down a Los Alamos Police officer with a stolen pickup were back in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday morning facing revised charges.

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque now faces a total of 14 charges in connection with the incident due to an amended complaint filed Friday by Deputy First Judicial District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

Larceny Charge Against Tonya Males Dismissed

on September 8, 2017 - 3:41pm

Staff Report

A larceny charge filed July 24 against Tonya Males of Espanola has been dismissed without prejudice by Deputy First Judicial District Attorney Kent Wahlquist in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Males was charged with the theft of $900 in cash from a White Rock home she was cleaning.

The homeowner claimed the money had been in an envelope in a bedroom dresser and that Males was the only person who had access to the bedroom besides herself.

Males was represented by Los Alamos Attorney Philip Dabney.

Criminal Charge Dropped Against Lab Employee

on September 8, 2017 - 3:20pm

Staff Report

The charge against a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee of criminal damage of more than $1,800 to a vehicle belonging to another Lab employee has been dismissed.

First Judicial District Deputy District Attorney Kent Walhquist filed the dismissal Thursday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for the charge against Robert Winkel stating that restitution has been made in the case and the interests of justice are best served through dismissal of the charge.

Winkel was charged pursuant to an investigation into damage to a vehicle belonging to a group leader who reportedly had some

Letter To The Editor: Gun Buy Back Farce

on September 7, 2017 - 10:27pm
By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos

The New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and Los Alamos Police Department will be holding their first, and hopefully last, “ever” Guns To Gardens Gun Buyback event on Saturday, Oct. 28.

First of all, they can’t “Buy Back” something they never sold in the first place! So, this onerous title is already misleading.

Second, if people have been paying the least bit of attention to these Gun Control schemes they would find out that these so called “Buy Back” programs do absolutely nothing to deter violent crime not just here in the United States but around the

LAPD Records Division Is Well-Oiled Machine

on September 7, 2017 - 4:40pm

Los Alamos Police Department Records Division Manager Teresina Berg in the Department's file vault. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Information is the lifeblood of any organization and Los Alamos Police Department is no exception. Keeping accurate records that comply with local, state and federal laws becomes even more important when your organization happens to be responsible for the protection of life in the community as well as the rights and guarantees of both residents and visitors.

Teresina Berg has managed the

LAFD Honor Guard Gears Up For 9/11 Memorial Climb

on September 6, 2017 - 7:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard members during last year's September 11th Memorial Climb at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard is gearing up for the Fourth Annual Sepember 11th Memorial Climb scheduled  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill.

“Because we are a mountain town and not a big city, we don’t have a high-rise building.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 30 To Sept. 4, 2017

on September 6, 2017 - 4:15pm

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.

HEATHER R. DOMINGUEZ

Aug. 30 at 4:37 a.m. / Police arrested Heather R. Dominguez, 34, of Los Alamos at 1203 9th St., Apt. 5 on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

CASANDRA ROSE RUYBAL

Aug. 30 at 9:24 a.m. / Police arrested Casandra Rose Ruybal, 28, of Los Alamos at 4408 Sycamore St., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant and an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Los Alamos County’s First Ever Guns To Gardens Gun Buyback Event Oct. 28

on September 5, 2017 - 6:50pm

LAPD News:

The community is invited to join the New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and Los Alamos Police Department 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 for the first ever Guns To Gardens Gun Buyback event.

Following a successful fundraising effort by NMPGV, Oct. 28 will mark the fourth statewide gun buyback to safely get unwanted working guns out of homes and off the streets.

Over the coming year, RAWtools, in partnership with Santa Fe Community College welding and sculpture students, will forge unwanted, dismantled guns into garden tools and public art projects and

Eric Sanchez Bound Over To District Court

on September 5, 2017 - 6:24pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

An Albuquerque man who allegedly attempted to cash an altered check belonging to an elderly White Rock woman was bound over Friday to District Court following a preliminary hearing before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.

Eric Sanchez, 29, is charged with forgery and having an open container in his vehicle.

Sanchez was arrested May 15 at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock after he attempted to cash a forged check for $2,250 with the drive through teller, which appears to have been made out to Doctors Without

Group Charged With Shoplifting At Smith's Marketplace

on September 5, 2017 - 6:06pm
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Two men and a woman were arrested Aug. 27 in yet another shoplifting incident at Smith’s Marketplace. Robert W. Abeyta, 32, of Ohkay Owingeh, Meadows Tafoya-Romero, 24, of Espanola, and Juanadolfo Gomez, 29, of San Juan Pueblo, all appeared before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Aug. 28 and are slated for hearings Sept. 22.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias and Cpl.

Charge Against Andrea Rivera Dismissed

on September 5, 2017 - 5:59am

Staff Report

 

A charge of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle against Andrea R. Rivera of Los Alamos was dismissed without prejudice Sept. 1 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Rivera was charged with the crime April 21 when she was allegedly a passenger in a vehicle being driven by another woman who did not have permission to drive it. Later the driver alleged Rivera was driving the vehicle and she didn’t know where it was.

Rivera had been slated for a preliminary hearing Sept. 1, however Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist dismissed the charge.

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