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Los Alamos County Council Proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on October 1, 2017 - 7:55am

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone adds some finishing touches in 2014 to the rock in White Rock together with a group gathered to send the message that men as well as women oppose domestic violence. Police officers who see the effects of domestic violence on men, women and children in their work every day are keenly aware of its negative consequences. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News: 

The ​​Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone during its regular meeting Tuesday evening in

Convicted Lab Copper Thief Joshua J. Montoya Faces Probation Violation Arraignment

on September 30, 2017 - 5:57am

Staff Report

 

Joshua J. Montoya, 23, of Espanola, convicted in May of larceny of more than $2,500 in copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory, faces arraignment in First Judicial Court Oct. 16 for a probation violation.

A warrant was issued July 13 for Montoya by Judge T.

Council Proclaims October Drug Free Month

on September 29, 2017 - 8:28am

Councilor Chris Chandler presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation at the County Council meeting Tuesday declaring October Drug Free Month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News: 

Los Alamos County Council proclaimed October as a Drug Free Month during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. A proclamation was presented to Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. 

Proclamation:

 

WHEREAS: It is the goal of all organizations who deal with the prevention of drug abuse to motivate people to more active participation in programs to eliminate

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Operating Across New Mexico In October

on September 28, 2017 - 8:11am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in every county across the state during the month of October.
 
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.

District Judge Riles At Inconsistency In Plea Deals

on September 27, 2017 - 5:16pm

Allan Houle, left, and his attorney Sam Ruyle arrive for a plea hearing Wednesday in the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sentencing for Allan Houle of Los Alamos under a plea agreement was continued for 30 days Wednesday in First Judicial District Court. Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer expressed concern with the inconsistencies between Houle’s agreement and that of Anthony Knief who was sentenced Monday afternoon in her courtroom.

After Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 20 To Sept. 22, 2017

on September 27, 2017 - 12:47pm

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.

GERALD ESPINOZA

Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. / Police arrested Gerald Espinoza, 35, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

TABATHA ANNJOYCE JONES

Sept. 21 at 1:37 p.m. /Police arrested Tabatha Annjoyce Jones, 34, of White Rock at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with embezzlement of between $2,500 and $20,000.

 

 

ROBERT W.

Police Seek Public’s Assistance In Los Alamos Youth Football And Cheerleading League Embezzlement Case

on September 27, 2017 - 11:00am

LAPD News:

Based on the continuing investigation of embezzlement from the Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League, Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking is seeking information from participants of the league, businesses or individuals who donated to the league, or anyone from whom the league would have received cash, checks, or some other form of payment.

Specifically, LAPD is requesting information relating to financial transactions being processed or handled by the league’s former president Tabatha Jones of White Rock.

All information should be directed to Det. Wolking LA-93 at

Labor Board Dismisses Prohibitive Practices Complaint Against LAPD

on September 27, 2017 - 10:20am

Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias, president of the International Union of Police Associations, Local No. 14 and Vice President Cpl. Ben Irving chat prior to Monday's prohibited practices complaint hearing. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Labor Management Relations Board members, from left, Eppie Trujillo, Felicia Orth and Trey Frazier discuss a prohibited practices complaint against the Los Alamos Police Department Monday at the Municipal Building. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos

Knief Pleads Guilty To Two Counts Of Trafficking – 18 Charges Dismissed

on September 27, 2017 - 8:12am

Anthony Knief awaits his plea hearing Monday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe with his attorney Kitren Fischer. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Anthony Knief, 33, of Taos was sentenced to nine years of incarceration for each of two trafficking charges in First Judicial District Court Monday in Santa Fe. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer suspended the two sentences, which are to run consecutively and ordered Knief to be on supervised probation for five years.

Two Vehicle Crash At 15th And Central

on September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm

Both drivers are fine but this Nissan car owned by Los Alamos resident Becky Shankland, left, sustained some major damage from a collision with a truck this afternoon in the intersection at 15th Street and Central Avenue. No injuries were reported at the scene and the driver of the truck was cited for running a red light. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

This Nissan truck sustained minor damage this afternoon from a two vehicle crash at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Police on scene to sort out the situation following this afternoon’s crash

Los Alamos Magistrate Court News

on September 26, 2017 - 7:54am

Staff Report

 

Ryan A. Roller of Los Alamos was bound over to District Court Friday on three charges following a preliminary hearing before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

 

Roller was charged with false imprisonment, battery and battery against a household member as a result of a July 19 incident at an address on 39th Street. During Friday’s hearing, Judge Casados heard testimony from Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez, Det. Ryan Wolking, Cpl.

AG: Grand Jury Indicts Eli Kronenanker

on September 26, 2017 - 6:59am
Eli Kronenanker/Courtesy photo
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Sept. 21 that Eli Kronenanker was indicted by a grand jury in the 2013 alleged rape and kidnapping of a Rio Rancho teen.
 
The Bernalillo County Grand Jury indicted Kronenanker on four counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration, one count of Kidnapping, one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Intimidation of a Witness, and one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children.
 
“I will continue to target individuals who sexually assault, threaten, and abuse members of

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

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