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FBI: Two Men Rob Albuquerque Bank, Flee In Toyota Sienna Minivan

on November 15, 2017 - 10:58am

FBI News:
 
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for two men who robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Monday (11/13/2017) and fled in a Toyota Sienna minivan.
 
The robbery occurred at New Mexico Bank & Trust, in the Sierra Vista Shopping Center, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, at approximately 3:36 p.m.
 
The first suspect is described as a white male 25-30 years old, approximately 6' tall, with a thin build and freckles on his cheeks.

Judge Detains Alleged Writer Of SFHS Shooting Plan

on November 15, 2017 - 5:43am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

A Santa Fe High School student, Aaron Encinias, will be held in a youth detention center pending trial on a charge of conspiring to engage in terrorist activity.

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer ordered the detention Tuesday saying Encinias poses a risk to others. Charges against two other students, Santiago Trujillo and Julian Carter were dropped.

The three students were arrested last week when other students found a letter on campus, which included plans for a mass shooting at SFHS along with a diagram

Judge Detains Stabbing Suspect Citing 12 Prior Cases

on November 15, 2017 - 5:26am

Andrea Rivera, right, consults with her attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies Tuesday during a dangerousness hearing before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 30-year-old Los Alamos woman will remain in custody without bond until further notice on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of tampering with evidence.

First Judicial District Judge T.

Law Enforcement Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment From Los Alamos Community

on November 14, 2017 - 2:19pm

LAPD News:

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive Nov. 27 in Los Alamos to examine all aspects of the Los Alamos Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Verification by the team that the LAPD meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, he said.

AG’s Office Files Brief In Mallory Appeal

on November 14, 2017 - 7:01am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Assistant Attorney General Maris Veidemanis has filed a “brief in chief” in an appeal in a local case involving alleged sexual exploitation of children under 18 years by visual media.

Scott Mallory of Los Alamos was arrested in January 2016 after forensic searches of his computer revealed images of young female teenagers, some of which were focused on the clothed breast area and 250 items bookmarked as “child erotica and child pornography”.

The appeal was filed in May by Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and claims

Pandey Admits He Should Have Stopped When Victim Pushed Him Away

on November 13, 2017 - 10:01am

COURT News:

An incident report filed by Los Alamos Police Det. Matt Lyon indicates that a 31-year-old Los Alamos man charged with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit sexual assault told him he should have stopped, that he knew the victim was not interested after she pushed him away the first time.

Sachin Pandey was arrested Oct. 3 following an investigation by Lyon. When Lyon interviewed Pandey, he asked him what he was trying to do when he was being aggressive with the victim.

Gutierrez Scheduled For Pretrial Hearing Dec. 8

on November 11, 2017 - 10:27pm

COURT News:

 

A pretrial hearing has been set for Dec. 8 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Jeremy Gutierrez, 32, of Espanola. Gutierrez was arrested Oct. 31 and charged with driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch had received several calls about a reckless driver near the Los Alamos Airport and with the help of a caller who was on the phone with Dispatch, located Gutierrez’s car on Central Avenue. Court documents indicate that after Gutierrez was pulled over, Sgt.

Schmitt Receives Suspended Sentence

on November 11, 2017 - 10:11pm

COURT News:

 

Robert F. Schmitt, 41, received a 90-day suspended sentence Oct. 23 from Judge Alan Kirk in Los Alamos Municipal Court and was placed on three months of supervised probation on a charge of criminal damage to property of less than $1,000.

Schmitt was arrested Sept. 18 at Smith’s in White Rock for slashing a tire on a truck belonging to another Smith’s employee. Los Alamos Police Department had been called to the store in response to a domestic dispute involving Schmitt. They were called back a little later in response to the report of the slashed tire.

Police reviewed store

Ruybal Faces Probation Violation Hearing

on November 11, 2017 - 4:44pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Casandra Ruybal, 28, of Los Alamos will be back in First Judicial District Court Nov. 20 for a probation violation hearing. If found guilty of the violation, probation officials have asked that she be remanded into custody to serve the remainder of her sentence in the Department of Corrections.

Ruybal was arrested Feb. 23 after Los Alamos Police Department responded to a report that a woman was trying to cash stolen checks at the Los Alamos National Bank branch in White Rock.

Stabbing Suspect Has Prior Arrests

on November 9, 2017 - 2:30pm
By Maire O'Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

Andrea Rivera, 30, will remain in the Los Alamos Detention Center until a Nov. 14 hearing to determine whether she will be held without bond pending trial. She has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

The charges relate to an incident Friday evening, Nov.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2017

on November 8, 2017 - 10:44am

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.

VICTORIA ESPINOZA

Nov. 3 at 3:31 p.m. / Police arrested Victoria Espinoza, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

 

ANDREA R. RIVERA

Nov. 4 at 11:29 a.m. / Police arrested Andrea R. Rivera, 30, of Los Alamos at the Gold Street Apartments on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Judge Detains Espinoza Due To Safety Concerns

on November 8, 2017 - 7:15am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados opted Monday in court to keep Victoria Espinoza in jail on a cash only secured bond for $3,000 unless she can be admitted to an inpatient drug treatment facility.

“I truly feel from the information here today and from the statement of probable cause and arrest warrant that you cannot stop at this point in time,” Casados said.

Espinoza was arrested Friday afternoon on a warrant and charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of heroin; selling, disposing, possessing

Update On Crash On Truck Route Near LANSCE

on November 7, 2017 - 2:20pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters Monday at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on the Truck Route. Courtesy photo

CRASH Update:

Three people involved in the two-vehicle crash around dusk Monday on the Truck Route near the LANSCE turn off were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with various not life threatening injuries, according to police.

One driver was cited for failure to yield. For a period of time following the crash, travel was down to one lane in each direction. Commuters were asked to avoid the truck route that evening and to prepare for delays.

LAPD Releases 2017 Third Quarter Crime Statistics

on November 7, 2017 - 6:43am

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the third quarter of 2017, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property.  The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category.

LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross Graduates From Northwestern University Center For Public Safety

on November 6, 2017 - 12:22pm

From left, Deputy Director of the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University Michelle Camden, LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden and U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt. Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, class #420 of the School of Police Staff and Command.

The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is an intensive 10-week program that prepares law

LAPD Property Auction Slated For Nov. 21

on November 6, 2017 - 11:08am

LAPD News:

 

A 1994 Ford Taurus Wagon, bikes, tools, a guitar and jewelry are among the items to be auctioned 9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21 by the Los Alamos Police Department.

“All items to be sold are found or unclaimed property that has been in the possession of the Department for more than 90 days. By law, anything valued at more than $50 has to be auctioned. If not sold, it has to be destroyed,” Crime Scene/Evidence Tech Anthony Lucero said.

The auction will be cash only and government-issued identification will be required to bid.

Warrants Issued For Bayless and Schwenk

on November 5, 2017 - 5:57am

Court News:

Two of three women arrested Aug. 29 by Los Alamos Police Sgt. Andrew Goldie on drug-related charges now have warrants from Los Alamos Magistrate Court for their arrest following their failure to appear for hearings before Judge Pat Casados.

Esperanza Bayless, 28, of Grants failed to appear Friday morning on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended or revoked license and failure to use a turn signal.

A warrant was issued for Haley Schwenk, 18, also of Grants, who failed to appear Sept.

Breaking News: Man And Woman Stabbed Overnight

on November 4, 2017 - 1:24pm

Stabbing suspect Andrea Rivera remains in jail. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

At 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, officers with the Los Alamos Police Department were dispatched to an apartment at 3301 Canyon Road in reference to a stabbing and upon arrival located two stabbing victims.

Los Alamos Fire Department arrived and transported both subjects to the Los Alamos Medical Center. One victim, a 27-year-old female from Los Alamos remains at LAMC with minor injuries, while the other victim, a 28-year-old male resident of Los Alamos was flown to UNM Hospital and is in critical condition.

Officers

LAPD Makes Drug Arrest Friday

on November 4, 2017 - 8:07am

Victoria Espinoza arrested Friday. Courtesy/LAPD
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Victoria Espinoza of White Rock was arrested Friday afternoon on an arrest warrant issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.

Espinoza was charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of heroin; selling, disposing, possessing dangerous drugs; possession of marijuana; and two counts of drug paraphernalia for possessing 53 hypodermic needles and a broken glass methamphetamine pipe.

According to the request for issuance of an arrest filed by Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Department Announces Newest Academy Graduate: Ofc. David Randleman

on November 3, 2017 - 4:46pm

New LAPD Ofc. David Randleman, center, at his Oct. 27 graduation from the Police Academy with LAPD Cmdr. Oilver Morris, left, and Sgt. Daniel Roberts. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department’s newest Police Academy graduate Ofc. David Randleman graduated Oct. 27 as class Valedictorian.

New LAPD Ofc. David Randleman graduated the Police Academy as class Valedictorian. Courtesy/LAPD

Ofc. Randleman was one of 34 cadets from around the State of New Mexico who became certified police officers last Friday.

During the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy’s 195th class, Ofc.

Driver In Fatal Pojoaque Crash Charged

on November 3, 2017 - 4:43pm
BY MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Elias Arellano, 18, of Espanola has been charged with homicide by vehicle (reckless driving), great bodily harm by vehicle, great bodily injury by vehicle and abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm (intentional or recklessly) in Santa Fe Magistrate Court.

Arellano was the driver of a Chrysler Sebring that allegedly caused a three-vehicle accident Oct. 13 on U.S. 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino that resulted in the death of Lucy Fresques, 71, who was transported to St.

LAPD: Hunting Season In Full Swing

on November 3, 2017 - 7:24am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department wants to remind residents that the fall hunting season is in full swing and will continue through the spring.

Hunting Safety Tips for Non-Hunters

If you feel uneasy about outdoor recreation during hunting season, follow these common sense rules and (with a few fashionable swaths of hunter blaze orange fabric) you can continue to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Identify hunting seasons and lands open to hunting. Learn about where and when hunting is taking place and plan your recreation activities accordingly.
  • Wear bright clothing (like hunter blaze orange).

NMSP: Missing Mother And Daughters Found Safe

on November 2, 2017 - 8:46am
NMSP News:
 
TAOS – The New Mexico State Police found missing mother Cheyenne Crystal, 49, and her two daughters.
 
All three are safe and well, NMSP said. 
 
See original missing person announcement here.
 

Judge Sentences David Rael To Nine Years In Prison

on November 1, 2017 - 4:24pm

​David Rael, right, and his attorney Marc Edwards listen today in court in Los Alamos as Assistant Attorney General Celedonia Muniz asks First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer to sentence Rael to 15 years in prison. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

BY MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos was sentenced today in First Judicial District Court to nine years for each of three counts of sexual exploitation of children - manufacture, three years for one count of sexual exploitation of children - possession and 1.5 years

Judge Accepts Bingham Plea: Orders Evaluation

on November 1, 2017 - 4:11pm
Dustin Bingham awaits his plea agreement hearing this morning in Fifth Judicial District Court in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer accepted a plea agreement this morning from Dustin Bingham, 37, of Los Alamos in a case involving five charges of criminal sexual contact with minors.

Judge Marlowe Sommer ordered Bingham transported to the Mexico Corrections Department Diagnostic Center in Los Lunas prior to sentencing.

A criminal complaint filed by Assistant

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