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Dyson Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

on August 14, 2017 - 7:05am

James Jeremiah Dyson, right, and Adrian Taylor await sentencing Aug. 7 in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

James Jeremiah Dyson, 42, was sentenced to three years in prison Aug. 7 in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe on charges of sexual exploitation of children and failure to register as a sex offender. Under the terms of a global repeat offender plea and disposition signed in April, Dyson agreed to plead no contest.

FBI: Albuquerque Felon Charged With Unlawfully Possessing A Firearm And Ammunition

on August 11, 2017 - 7:02am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Aug. 8 Abran Apodaca, 37, of Albuquerque, made his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The charge arises from an Aug. 4, 2017 incident during which FBI Special Agents and a Task Force Officer fired at Apodaca after he allegedly pointed a rifle at an Agent.
The criminal complaint alleges that on Aug.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Wanted For Bank Robbery

on August 11, 2017 - 6:43am
FBI News:
The FBI is looking for Dennis Anthony Saavedra, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for bank robbery.
Aug. 3, 2017, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico after Saavedra was charged with bank robbery.
He has a tattoo on his neck, as well tattoos on his back, chest, arms, hands, and fingers. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Saavedra's whereabouts is asked to immediately call the FBI at 505.889.1300. The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to

FBI: Tom Begaye, Jr., Pleads Guilty

on August 10, 2017 - 6:57am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Tom Begaye, Jr., 28, entered a guilty plea to a six-count indictment charging him with murder, aggravated sexual abuse and kidnapping offenses arising out of the abduction and murder of an 11-year-old Navajo child on May 2, 2016.
Begaye entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement that requires the imposition of a mandatory term of life imprisonment without the possibility of release.
“The Navajo Nation mourned when we learned of the vicious murder of Ashlynne Mike. The Nation has carried this pain ever since.

Plea Agreement Reached Prior To Katcher Trial

on August 9, 2017 - 4:06pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A plea agreement was reached Wednesday morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Garrett Thayne Katcher, 33, of Los Alamos. Jurors called for selection for his trial on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member were dismissed.

Katcher agreed to plead no contest to the lesser charge of battery against a household member.

During County Rodeo Access To Stable Area Limited

on August 9, 2017 - 12:19pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department would like to remind all vendors, participants, visitors and stable owners, that during the 2017 Los Alamos County Rodeo, access to the stable area is going to be restricted. 

To enter the stables or Brewer Arena, all pedestrians and vehicles must enter off of San Ildefonso Road only. As you travel closer to the arena, you will be guided to the appropriate location for parking.

Please be safe and enjoy the 2017 rodeo activities.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 3 To Aug. 8, 2017

on August 9, 2017 - 11:41am

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. 3 at 10:20 a.m. / Police arrested Aleah B. Stahl, 36, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





Aug. 3 at 3:43 p.m. / Police arrested Trevor Ray Martin, 21, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.




Eddy County Murderer, Armed Robber To Stay In Prison After Supreme Court Upholds Conviction

on August 9, 2017 - 10:29am
Senovio Mendoza/Courtesy photo
AG News:
ARTESIA Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Senovio Mendoza’s first-degree murder and armed robbery convictions.
In January 2012, Mendoza was smoking methamphetamine and then drove from his home in Carlsbad to Artesia with two other men to demand money from Timothy Wallace.

LAPD Bomb Squad Members Participate In Last Week's Raven's Challenge At Camp Pendleton

on August 9, 2017 - 10:11am

A joint-agency team of Los Alamos Police Department Bomb Squad members Cmdr. Preston Ballew and Cpl. Sheldon Simpson and U.S. Army personnel begin an explosive ordnance disposal challenge during the 2017 Raven's Challenge competition Aug. 3 at Camp Pendleton in California. Courtesy/DoD by EJ Hersom

Los Alamos Police Deparment Bomb Squad Cmdr. Preston Ballew carries a munitions box during last week's Raven's Challenge at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Courtesy DoD by EJ Hersom

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, left, and U.S. Army Sgt.

Police Resuscitate Stahl Following Heroin Overdose

on August 9, 2017 - 9:44am

Aleah Stahl
Los Alamos Daily Post

Aleah Stahl, 36, of Los Alamos is back in custody at the Los Alamos Detention Center two days after Los Alamos police officers and Fire Department EMTs responded to her home and found she had reportedly overdosed on heroin. She will remain in custody until she goes to trial.

LAPD Sgt. Tim Lonz arrived on the scene to find Stahl not breathing and without a pulse, according to reports, and performed CPR until she began to breath.

Charges Filed In District Court Against Dustin Bingham

on August 9, 2017 - 8:45am

Dustin Bingham

Staff Report

Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez has filed a five-count criminal information against Dustin Bingham in First Judicial District Court, and as a result, is expected to dismiss the 11 counts pending against him in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Bingham is a former Los Alamos Police Department Detention Officer who worked for LAPD from 2012 to 2015 and went on to serve as a Santa Fe sheriff’s deputy until last February when he resigned. The alleged crimes occurred between November 2015 and 2017, several months after his employment at LAPD ended.

The charges in

Krista Wilhelm Charged With Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia Including 50 Hypodermic Needles

on August 9, 2017 - 8:27am

Krista Wilhelm

Staff Report

Charges have been filed against Krista Wilhelm in Los Alamos Magistrate Court after Los Alamos Police Department removed some 50 hypodermic needles Aug. 1 from her home.

LAPD officers responded to an address on Orange Street for a criminal trespass complaint involving Kevin Herring and reportedly observed “methamphetamine related drug paraphernalia throughout the home”, including multiple needles, methamphetamine cooking spoons, two “loaded needles” and multiple suboxone on the floor.

The statement of probable cause filed by Det. Ryan Wolking said Cpl.

Standoff With Man In Jemez Ends Peacefully

on August 9, 2017 - 8:03am

Sandoval County sheriff's deputies arrest man following standoff Tuesday in the Jemez. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene of a man wanted for a probation violation, who barricaded himself inside a Sierra de Los Pinos subdivision home Tuesday in the Jemez Mountains.

After an hours-long standoff, Sterling Bucholz, 35, who reportedly accosted a neighbor both Monday and Tuesday, ran from the house into the forest and was finally caught by a K-9 unit.

FBI Agents, Task Force Officers Involved In Albuquerque Shooting

on August 9, 2017 - 6:55am

FBI News:
FBI special agents and Task Force Officers were involved in a shooting with a suspect during a law enforcement operation in southwest Albuquerque on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.
The suspect was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital. No law enforcement officers were injured.
The shooting occurred at approximately 3 p.m. in the area of 59th Street SW and Lucca Avenue SW.
Because the incident is under investigation, no further details can be released at this time.

United Way of Northern New Mexico Hosts Mental Health First Aid Training For Public Safety

on August 8, 2017 - 4:51pm


​As a part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico's Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative, United Way of Northern New Mexico hosted a training, facilitated New Mexico State Police Sergeant​ Kiersten Harzewski for local law enforcement and public safety officials.

"United Way continues to look for ways to help our communities by providing services and resources pertaining to mental and behavioral health," said Kristy Ortega, Executive Director of United Way of Northern New Mexico.

No Injuries In West Jemez Road Accident

on August 8, 2017 - 3:59pm

Traffic is delayed Monday afternoon on West Jemez Road as a man and his grandson are rescued from their vehicle after it left the road and ended up in a ravine some 50 feet below. Los Alamos Police Officers Tim Lonz, Jay Eakins and Cmdr. Preston Ballew responded to the scene following a 911 call and rescued the two people from the vehicle. There were no injuries and no citation was issued. At first it proved difficult to locate the vehicle but it was eventually spotted by Eakins. Los Alamos Fire Department also responded. Photo by Josh Smith

Global Plea Agreement For Ashley Garcia

on August 8, 2017 - 8:44am

Ashley Garcia and Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist following Garcia's global plea hearing in First Judicial District Court Monday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A Hernandez woman involved in a March 9 shoplifting incident, which ended with a local man being struck by a vehicle outside Bealls Department Store in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center has entered into a global plea agreement in the First Judicial District Court for charges in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties.

Ashley Garcia, 23,

FBI: Navajo Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Conviction On Involuntary Manslaughter

on August 8, 2017 - 7:00am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Tracey Beaver, 38, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Pinehill, was sentenced in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to 60 months of imprisonment on each of two counts of involuntary manslaughter to run consecutively for a total of 120 months of imprisonment.
Beaver will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
Beaver was arrested on Sept. 24, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with involuntary manslaughter. According to the complaint, Beaver killed two victims when he crashed his vehicle on Sept.

Chapman: Quick Notes On The Sheriff/Police Question

on August 8, 2017 - 6:30am
By Ralph E. Chapman
Bon Vivant Paleontologist

Things have become amazingly convoluted in the letters to The Daily Post with all the odd twists and turns related to the question of what the Sheriff’s duties should be, if anything. I will not wade heavily into this area but have some observations.

For a time when I lived back East, a nearby County had both professional and volunteer fire departments whose coverage would, at times, apparently overlap. What a surprise that they often did not get along and, sometimes, would both show up at a fire scene.

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.