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Johnathan Gonzales Sentenced For DWI

on August 7, 2017 - 10:54am

Johnathan D. Gonzales
Los Alamos Daily Post

Johnathan D. Gonzales, 29, of Los Alamos was found guilty of driving under the influence and open container Thursday in Los Alamos Municipal Court in connection with his March 8 arrest.

Additional charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were dismissed under a plea agreement and the original charge of aggravated DWI was changed to DWI first offense.

Judge Alan Kirk gave Gonzales a 90-day suspended sentence and five days in jail or on electronic monitoring, a $750 fine and $250

Katcher Jury Trial Slated For Wednesday

on August 7, 2017 - 10:33am

Garrett Thayne Katcher
Los Alamos Daily Post


A jury trial for Garrett Thayne Katcher, 33, of Los Alamos is slated to begin Wednesday morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member. Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist is the prosecutor in the case and Katcher is represented by Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies in the first Magistrate Court jury trial of 2017.

Katcher was arrested Jan. 30 after former Los Alamos Police Ofc.

Woman Arrested After Arriving Intoxicated To Court

on August 5, 2017 - 5:09pm

Monique Badonie
Los Alamos Daily Post

An Albuquerque woman slated for trial Thursday afternoon before Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk on a charge of driving under the influence appeared intoxicated and smelled so strongly of alcohol that Probation Officer Linda Pena conducted a sobriety test in the courtroom, which indicated that her blood alcohol level was .237.

Monique Badonie, 22, was scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. but did not arrive until 2 p.m.

Federal Charges Filed Against Joseph Gonzales In 2016 Los Alamos Marijuana Wax Lab Explosion Case

on August 4, 2017 - 8:23am
The bathroom where an explosion from a marijuana wax process occurred in May 2016 at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Joseph Gonzales, accused of causing an explosion at an apartment at 3301 Canyon Road in Los Alamos in May 2016 has been indicted on three counts in U. S. District Court and is slated for a jury trial Oct. 2 in Albuquerque.

Gonzales is charged with endangering human life while illegally manufacturing a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled

Scenes From Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive

on August 4, 2017 - 6:07am

Donors wait their turn Thursday at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. The blood drive continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Volunteer Association member Florence Riebe volunteers at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Volunteer Association member Nancy Kurnath makes sandwiches for donors and United Blood Services staff at the blood drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

United Blood Services donor recruiter Monica Herrera checks in donors at

LAFD Responds To Oven Fire At El Viento Home

on August 4, 2017 - 5:49am

The Los Alamos Fire Department responded to an oven fire Thursday evening at 100 El Viento off Barranca Road. There were no injuries and there was only minor damage to the home. The Los Alamos Police Department controls traffic on Barranca Road during the operation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Firefighters at the home where an oven fire occured Thursday on El Viento Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Firefighters clean up after an oven fire Thursday evening at 100 El Viento. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Sgt.

Shari Mills And Granddaughter Maddy Donate For ‘The Blue Side’ In Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive!

on August 3, 2017 - 8:35pm

Maddy Early, who just graduated from Chugiak High School in Eagle River, Alaska accompanied her grandmother Shari Mills of White Rock today to give blood in the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. ‘Of course, we donated for the blue side … law enforcement!’ said Mills, a former police detective. The drive continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and donors can signify their preferance for law enforcement or the fire department in this good-natured competition for an important and worthy cause. Photo by Shari Mills

‘Find the hero in you’ … community members can

Father Theophan Blesses First Responder Vehicles

on August 3, 2017 - 9:41am

Father Theophan from St. Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church in Los Alamos blesses a Los Alamos Police Department vehicle Wednesday on the feast of Saint Elijah. Courtesy photo

Father Theophan blesses an old fire truck Wednesday afternoon. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Woman Rescued In Second Fall

on August 3, 2017 - 7:56am
Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Jean Jones suggests that all hikers over 60 years of age know the trails they hike and take someone with them. Jones was rescued Monday night after Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz and Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a report that a woman had fallen in an area of the canyon behind the Jewish Center on Canyon Road.

Lonz was first on the scene and found Jones suspended upside down wedged in the rocks.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 27 To Aug.1, 2017

on August 2, 2017 - 1:31pm

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.


July 27 at 5:23 p.m. / Police arrested Cynthia S. Campos, 24, of Santa Fe at the Tierra Amarillo District Court on an order of commitment.





July 29 at 1:28 p.m.

News Alert: Water Line Break Impacts East Jemez Road

on August 2, 2017 - 11:17am

A water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

A water line break has impacted the roadway on East Jemez near the Los Alamos Transit Mix station. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

UPDATE: The break in the eight-inch line was discovered after water was observed on the roadway this morning.

FBI: Roswell Man Sentenced To 12 Years For Federal Drug Trafficking Conviction

on August 2, 2017 - 11:13am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Joseph Ray Mendiola, 36, of Roswell, was sentenced in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to 144 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking charges. Mendiola was also ordered to forfeit 14 firearms and ammunition.
Mendiola, whose prior criminal history includes two prior methamphetamine trafficking convictions and a conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, was prosecuted as part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for

State Police Receives Third Re-Accreditation From Commission On Accreditation For Law Enforcement Agencies

on August 2, 2017 - 8:41am
NMSP News:
The New Mexico State Police is proud to announce our third re-accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). 
CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority for law enforcement agencies and serves to develop standards for public safety agencies and administer complementary accreditation processes.
The New Mexico State Police is committed to pursuing methods of improving our performance and service to the citizens of New Mexico.

Elijah Meason Placed On Probation

on August 2, 2017 - 7:23am

Elijah Meason


Staff Report

Elijah Meason, 27, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized use or theft of the card of another and two counts of forgery July 17 in First Judicial District Court before Judge T. Glenn Ellington.

Meason was granted a conditional discharge, placed on three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution of $839.58 to the victim. He is allowed no contact with the victim and is required to complete the Drug Court program.

The sentence is the result of a global plea agreement reached with Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

New Mexico Unveils Nation’s ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ High-Tech Enhancement Of Emergency Response Network

on August 1, 2017 - 11:53am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez joined AT&T New Mexico President Jerry Fuentes and FirstNet CEO Mike Poth to unveil a dramatic high-tech enhancement to the first responder communication network throughout the state – a first-of-its-kind undertaking in the nation.

AT&T in partnership with FirstNet will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for New Mexico’s emergency response network at no cost for the next 25 years.

“We have to keep doing more to keep our communities safe,” Martinez said.

FBI: Convicted Sex Offender From Albuquerque Sentenced To Ten Years For Child Pornography

on August 1, 2017 - 9:00am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Randal Gordon Paul, 48, of Albuquerque, was sentenced July 25 in federal court to 120 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for his conviction on a federal child pornography charge.
Paul also was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to victims of Paul’s criminal conduct. Paul will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.
Paul was arrested Dec.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across State In August

on August 1, 2017 - 8:55am
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 August 2017.
We are 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.

Chiefs Voice Support For Battle Of Badges Blood Drive

on July 31, 2017 - 5:34pm

Los Alamos Daily Post


In a joint statement today, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Fire Chief Troy Hughes encouraged the community to support the 2nd Annual Battle of the Badges blood drive.

The drive is at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos:

  • Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3; and
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

“Personnel from our two departments will attend the event and donate blood which will be used to save the lives of patients at medical facilities throughout our area,” the statement

County To Conduct Functional Exercise Thursday

on July 31, 2017 - 10:16am


Los Alamos County’s law enforcement, first responders, emergency management, as well as various County departments will participate Thursday, Aug. 3 in a functional emergency exercise. Developed by the Department of Public Utilities, the exercise simulates a threat to the Los Alamos Canyon Dam.

The exercise will test the viability of the County’s Emergency Operations Plan and the Emergency Action Plan for the Los Alamos Canyon Dam.

Los Alamos Man Faces Assault And Battery Charges

on July 30, 2017 - 12:48pm

Lloyd Trujillo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Lloyd Trujillo, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested July 21 and charged with battery upon a police officer, assault against a household member, operation of a vehicle on approach of an emergency vehicle and two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Brent Hudspeth was dispatched to the LAPD lobby to meet with a woman who was having a dispute with Trujillo, her ex-husband.

Armed Robbery Suspect Lane M. Reed Faces Additional Charges Following Multiple Jurisdiction Crime Spree

on July 30, 2017 - 7:29am
NMSP News:
SANDOVAL COUNTY Tuesday, July 25, New Mexico State Police arrested Lane M. Reed, 23, of Killeen, Texas for multiple charges after he led officers on an approximate 25 mile pursuit, during which Lane fired gunshots at officers at least three separate times.
The incident began around 8:30 a.m. when New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located on Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County.
Officers received information that a male subject had entered the Pecos

Large Boulder Damages Car On Truck Route

on July 30, 2017 - 12:15am

Los Alamos police temporarily closed the Truck Route to traffic Saturday night after a large boulder fell onto the roadway just east of the LANSCE facility. A passing car collided with the boulder, damaging the car, which had to be towed from the scene. The driver was not injured. Los Alamos Police Sgt. Brent Hudspeth explained that LAFD tied a rope around the boulder and towed it off the roadway. The Truck Route reopened at about 10:45 p.m. to traffic. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD sprays water on the Truck Route to clear rubble left when a car colliding with a boulder on the

County Council Tables Sheriff's Office Resolution, Considers Appointing Charter Review Committee

on July 29, 2017 - 7:26am

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero speaks with County Council during its special meeting Wednesday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


A line of Los Alamos County residents wait their turn Wednesday night in Council Chambers to give feedback on the proposed resolution to restore the duties of the Sheriff's Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Los Alamos Daily Post


After engaging in a lengthy discussion and hearing an abundance of comments from the public, the County Council ultimately decided to table a

FBI: Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Robbery Of Pizza Delivery Person

on July 28, 2017 - 7:41am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Xavior Akina, 20, of Albuquerque entered a guilty plea in Federal Court to violating the Hobbs Act by robbing a pizza delivery person March 7, 2016.
Akina was charged in a three-count indictment filed May 10, 2016, with violating the Hobbs Act March 6, 2016, by robbing a Domino’s Pizza employee at gunpoint, and March 7, 2016, by robbing a Papa John’s Pizza employee at gunpoint, and violating the firearms laws by brandishing a firearm during those crimes of violence. According to the indictment, Akina committed the offenses in Bernalillo County, N.M.

FBI: Las Cruces Man Sentenced To Almost Seven Years For Assaulting Federal Law Enforcement Officers

on July 27, 2017 - 7:30am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Richard Ruiz Leyva, 37, of Las Cruces, was sentenced July 18 in federal court to 82 months in prison for assaulting federal law enforcement officers.
Leyva will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
Leyva was arrested in August 2016, and charged by a criminal complaint with assaulting and resisting local law enforcement officers who were federally commissioned by the U.S.