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Jurisdiction Questioned In Sherman Dogs Case

on August 31, 2017 - 7:16am

Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, right, chats with Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera Wednesday as Public Safety Aide Robert Aragon looks on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados opted to maintain jurisdiction in a civil “dangerous dog” case Wednesday against Leslie Sherman of White Rock despite opinions from Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart and Sherman’s attorney Aaron Boland.

The case pertains to a March 29 incident in which Sherman’s dogs allegedly

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 24-29, 2017

on August 30, 2017 - 6:49pm
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 filed against them.
Aug. 24 at 10:08 a.m. / Police arrested Garrett J. Eckhart, 36, of Los Alamos on a Magistrate Court Bench Warrant.

Aug. 24 at 3:27 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel Archuleta, 35, of Espanola on an outstanding Municipal Court Warrant.
Aug. 26 at 12:31 a.m.

LAPD Conducts Taser Training

on August 30, 2017 - 10:09am

Los Alamos Police Department Det. Joey Robinson, far left, assists Detention Center staff Tuesday during taser training. In order to be certified to use a taser, officers must first experience its effects. The trainee is guided to the ground as he falls. Trainees describe being shot as feeling like you are being microwaved or having a full-body Charlie Horse. Command staff and fellow officers cheered the four trainees on at the training session Tuesday, having been through the not so pleasant experience themselves. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

LAPD Public Safety Aide Supervisor

Charges Filed In Aggravated Assault Against Los Alamos Police Officer Case

on August 30, 2017 - 8:43am
The scene on Arroyo Lane Friday where two men crashed a truck into two cars.  Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Charges have been filed against two men arrested by the Los Alamos police shortly before 10 p.m. Friday after they fled from Smith’s Marketplace in a pick-up and allegedly attempted to run down LAPD Cpl. Robert Larsen. One shot was fired by police during the incident and the truck struck two cars and several mail boxes.

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque and Stephen Montano, 22, of Grants, both had first appearances before Los Alamos

Three Women Arrested On Drug Charges

on August 30, 2017 - 7:16am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Three women were arrested on drug-related charges early Saturday morning following a traffic stop of a white Cadillac at Smith’s Gas Station on Trinity Drive by Los Alamos Police Sgt. Andrew Goldie.

Goldie was traveling eastbound on Trinity Drive when he observed the vehicle slowing down in front of him, abruptly change lanes and turn onto Knecht Street.

Attorney General Announces Former MDC Guard Enock Arvizo Convicted Of Assaulting Female Inmate

on August 30, 2017 - 6:35am
Enock Arvizo
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that former Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) guard Enock Arvizo was found guilty on two counts of assault against a female inmate in March of 2015.
The Office of the Attorney General presented evidence against Arvizo proving he took a female inmate in his custody and control to an unoccupied floor in the Bernalillo County District Court and attempted to kiss her twice while she was handcuffed and shackled.

Bingham Challenges Judge; Signs Plea Agreement

on August 29, 2017 - 10:41am

Dustin Bingham enters the First Judicial District Courtroom Monday afternoon for arraignment. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna, right, chats with Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez Monday prior to the arraignment of Dustin Bingham. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Dustin Bingham was remanded to custody and held without bond following his arraignment Monday before First Judicial District Judge T.

Police Arrest Suspects Fleeing In Stolen Truck

on August 26, 2017 - 1:55pm

Police responded to a report of shoplifters fleeing Smith's Marketplace at about 10 p.m. Friday in a stolen truck. An officer encountered the truck in a cul-de-sac off East Road near Arroyo Lane. Police Chief Dino Sgambellone told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that the officer, whose name is not being released at this time, exited the vehicle and walked toward the truck. The driver drove aggressively toward the officer who fired a shot. The truck hit some mail boxes and crashed into a parked vehicle. The four individuals inside the truck jumped out and fled the scene on foot.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Launch Across New Mexico Throughout September

on August 26, 2017 - 9:52am

Don't even think about drinking and driving. Courtesy photo

NMSP News:

SANTA FE - 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 September 2017.

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

Eckhart Jailed After 4th Probation Violation

on August 25, 2017 - 7:24am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casado revoked conditions of release for Garrett Eckhart, 35, of Los Alamos in court Thursday following his fourth violation of pre-trial probation and ordered him to remain in custody until his preliminary hearing Sept. 5.

Judge Casados rendered her ruling just one day after District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer allowed Eckhart to remain on conditions of release after he tested positive for alcohol and tetrahydrocannabinol, an ingredient in marijuana, and ordered him to use a Sobrietor remote

Alert: Police Seek Public’s Assistance In Case Involving Fuel Tank Tampering On Several Vehicles In White Rock

on August 24, 2017 - 8:15pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is investigating several reports of vehicles having their fuel tanks tampered with.

LAPD is requesting the public’s assistance with any information related to suspicious persons in the White Rock area who have been seen underneath parked vehicles.

LAPD is offering a reward up to $150 to anyone who has information, which leads to the arrest of the suspect(s).

Anyone with information can call Los Alamos Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.

LAFD Emergency Medical Calls On The Rise

on August 24, 2017 - 8:01am

LAFD EMS Division Chief Benjamin Stone stands next to a machine that dispenses medication to LAFD personnel to replenish those administered during their shift. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department has responded to 1,046 calls for emergency medical services (EMS) so far this year, up 144 from the same period last year.

EMS Division Chief Benjamin Stone said he has carefully documented each one of those calls and is proud of LAFD’s response to them.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 20-22, 2017

on August 23, 2017 - 9:34am

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.


Aug. 20 at 12:54 a.m. / Police arrested David C. Bourassa, 38, of Santa Fe on a Municipal Court order of commitment.





Aug. 20 at 1:22 a.m. / Police arrested Trevon Yates, 22, of Santa Fe on a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office order of remand.





Aug. 20 at 8:24 p.m.

FBI: Navajo Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

on August 23, 2017 - 7:44am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Larry June, 58, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, pled guilty Aug. 21 in federal court in Albuquerque, to a voluntary manslaughter charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, June will be sentenced to 97 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety arrested June in Nov. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo woman by stabbing her with a knife Nov.

LAFD Holds Resuscitation Academies Sept. 29-30

on August 23, 2017 - 6:30am

LAFD News: 


The Los Alamos Fire Department and The Maryland Resuscitation Academy (RA) will present two consecutive one-day resuscitation academies 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30 at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

The Maryland RA is a one-day, intensive course dedicated to improving survival rates of patients suffering pre-hospital cardiac arrest and is suitable for emergency medical services (EMS) supervisors, medical directors, fire/EMS chiefs, EMS personnel of all levels and hospital and emergency department staffs across New Mexico and surrounding

Plea Agreement Reached In Stahl Case

on August 23, 2017 - 6:20am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Under the terms of a plea agreement signed Aug. 21 in First Judicial Court in Santa Fe, Aleah Stahl agreed to plead guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

She will serve one year of supervised probation with inpatient treatment as approved by Adult Parole and Probation. A second charge of shoplifting was dismissed under the agreement.

Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist asked the Court to keep Stahl in custody until she could go almost immediately into treatment saying that she has shown she is a danger to herself

Former Manager Of Mescalero Apache Tribe Owned Childcare Center Pleads Guilty To Theft Charge

on August 21, 2017 - 6:54am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The former manager of Team Members Childcare Center (TMCC), a childcare center owned by the Mescalero Apache Tribe and operated at the Inn of the Mountain Gods (IMG) on behalf of its employees that require childcare pled guilty Aug. 14 in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to a theft of government money charge.
Gina McPherson, 49, of Capitan, was arrested May 1, 2017, and was charged by criminal complaint with theft of public money. According to the criminal complaint, McPherson committed the crime from Sept. 2011 through Jan.

DPU Notes Increase In Gas Leak Reports

on August 20, 2017 - 2:39pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spike in suspected gas leaks reported to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and Los Alamos Fire Department last week was mostly related to leaking appliances, according to the County’s Deputy Utilities Manager Jack Richardson.

There was a total of six calls Aug. 17 alone but Richardson said his supervisors were not really surprised.

“As we head into fall weather, people are relighting furnaces and using more gas, so we get more calls than we typically do.

FBI: Leader Of Sunland Park Heroin Trafficking Ring Sentenced To Six Years

on August 18, 2017 - 7:29am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Raymundo Munoz, 69, of Sunland Park, was sentenced Aug. 15 in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to 72 months in prison for his conviction on heroin trafficking charges. Munoz will be on supervised release for four years after completing his prison sentence.
Munoz was the ringleader of a heroin trafficking organization operating out of Sunland Park, that obtained its heroin from Juan Francisco Rivera, 60, of El Paso, Tex., that was the target of a DEA-led investigation.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Sentenced For Federal Bank Robbery Conviction

on August 18, 2017 - 6:48am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Kenneth Columbus Burwell, 54, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Aug. 8 in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on a bank robbery charge.
Burwell was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the US Bank branch located at 3000 Central Ave. SE in Albuquerque on Oct. 14, 2015. Burwell subsequently was indicted on Nov. 15, 2016, and charged with bank robbery.
On March 7, 2017, Burwell pled guilty to the indictment, and admitted that on Oct.

Los Alamos Municipal Court Briefs

on August 17, 2017 - 6:56am



Christian Chavez appeared before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk Aug. 3 on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and open container. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to a $100 fine for the paraphernalia charge, $75 for the marijuana charge and $100 for the open container charge plus court fees for all three charges.

Jerome Montoya was pleaded guilty to driving with no license and was fined $100 plus $65 in fees. He pleaded not guilty to a second charge of prohibited acts while driving.

Javier Duarte-Medrano pleaded guilty to battery.

LAPD Investigates Vandalism At Overlook Park

on August 17, 2017 - 6:38am

LAPD News:


The Los Alamos Police Department is investigating vandalism at Overlook Park in White Rock, which occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Aug. 11 and Aug. 12.

LAPD Cpl. Sheldon Simpson discovered the vandalism while on patrol and there also were reports from members of the public. Simpson first noticed damage to the lids of trash cans and then found that two picnic tables were missing, which he later discovered had been thrown over the cliff into the canyon.

​Cmdr. Preston Ballew said Wednesday that anyone with information on this incident should call LAPD Dispatch at 505.662.8222.

LAPSA Presents Local Student With New Mini-Bike

on August 16, 2017 - 4:52pm

LAPSA Vice President/Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, left, and LAPSA President Jeff Dare present fundraising project winner Xavier Chalkley, 13, of Los Alamos with a Coleman mini-bike Tuesday outside the Los Alamos Police Department. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Public Safety Association Vice President and Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and LAPSA President Jeff Dare of LANL Emergency Response presented Xavier Chalkley, 13, of Los Alamos with a Coleman mini-bike. Chalkley is the winner of the LAPSA fundraising project and purchased his winning ticket following the Rodeo Parade Saturday.

Inspection Operation Puts 17 Commercial Vehicles ‘Out Of Service’ Near Waldo

on August 16, 2017 - 2:37pm
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police officers participated in a Weight and Inspection Operation, Aug. 1-3, near Waldo off I-25.
During a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors with the New Mexico State Police conducted inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers, with an emphasis on infractions that would cause them to be placed Out of Service.