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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10 – Jan. 15, 2018

on January 17, 2018 - 2:45pm

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.

JACOB ROMERO

Jan. 10 at 11:55 p.m. / Police arrested Jacob Romero, 32, of Alcalde in Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

ALLAN L. HOULE

Jan. 12 at 5:07 p.m. / Police arrested Allan L. Houle, 30, of Los Alamos in Santa Fe on an outstanding District Court Warrant.

 

CHARLES J. STERBA

Jan. 13 at 933 a.m. / Police arrested Charles J.

Governor Honors Ofc. Simpson Whose Badge Saved His Life When A Criminal Fired A Gun At His Chest

on January 16, 2018 - 6:36pm

Gov. Susana Martinez honors State Police Officer Dwayne Simpson today at the opening of the 30-Day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. She held up his damaged badge and explained that during an August traffic stop, Ofc. Simpson encountered William Wilson, a criminal who had been in and out of prison 16 times for various offenses: aggravated burglary, committing a crime with a firearm, resisting arrest, parole violations and drug charges.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Sues To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality

on January 16, 2018 - 1:56pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General

SANTA FE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

“Today we are taking aggressive legal action to stop the illegal rollback of net neutrality protections because New Mexico already struggles to

UC Rep Faces Tough Questions From Coalition Chair

on January 15, 2018 - 11:23am

UC Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil speaks to RCLC Board members Friday at Okway Owingeh Casino Resort Hotel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

University of California Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil told Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board members during its meeting Friday at Ohkay Owingeh Casino Resort Hotel that circumstances on the ground are much better at Los Alamos National Laboratory since the incident in 2014 that caused the closure of the Waste Isolation

Houle Sentenced Following Complicated Hearing

on January 15, 2018 - 8:01am

Allan Houle is taken into custody Dec.11 for transportation to the Los Alamos Detention Center following sentencing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sentencing for Allan Houle under a plea agreement was finally held Jan. 11 before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in Santa Fe after two previous postponements due to the judge’s concerns about inconsistencies in plea agreements.

Judge Marlowe Sommer reviewed a plea agreement for Houle Sept.

Luján And Schakowsky Push Data Analytics Company For Answers Following Significant Data Breach

on January 15, 2018 - 8:00am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) last week sent a letter to the computer software and data analytics company Alteryx after it was disclosed in December that the company failed to properly secure sensitive consumer data and accidentally exposed personal information affecting 123 million American households.
 
The data breach by Alteryx comes after a series of high profile data breaches including the disclosure of consumer data by the credit reporting agency Equifax and the ride-share

Sig Hecker Appears On 60 Minutes Tonight

on January 14, 2018 - 6:22am

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker

COMMUNITY News:

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Sig Hecker is scheduled to appear in an interview on 60 Minutes at 7 p.m., ET/PT today, Jan. 14.

Hecker has visited North Korea seven times and will discuss his perception of the county's nuclear program.

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Closure Announced

on January 13, 2018 - 8:20am
FOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The plan to close California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, at the end of its current operating lease was approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission.
 
Pacific Gas and Electric, Friends of the Earth, and other environmental and labor organizations reached a historic agreement in 2016 to shut down the two reactors at Diablo Canyon and replace them with renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage. Thursday’s decision makes a nuclear-free California one step closer.
 
In response to the decision, Damon Moglen, Senior

FBI: Man In Under Armour Jacket Or Sweatshirt Robs Albuquerque Bank Thursday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:18am
Anyone with information about this man should call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a black Under Armour jacket or sweatshirt robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday Jan. 11, and fled in a dark sport utility vehicle.
 
The suspect was described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, approximately 6' tall, with a heavy build. He wore sunglasses, a black Under Armour jacket or sweatshirt, a black beanie, and dark pants and shoes.
 
At approximately 1:55 p.m., the suspect walked into Los Alamos National Bank, at 7445 Pan American Fwy NE.

LAPD: Flashing Red Light Stop Signs On School Buses Mean Motorists Must Stop

on January 12, 2018 - 2:11pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has recently received several complaints from Los Alamos Public School’s Transportation Division and parents, about motorist running the flashing red-light stop signs attached to the school buses.

LAPD would like to remind all motorist of New Mexico State Statute (66-7-347) and Los Alamos County Ordinance (38-290) that state all motorists traveling either direction approaching a bus with its flashing red lights activated, must come to a complete stop at least 10 feet prior to the bus.

FBI: Jicarilla Apache Man Pleads Guilty To Abuse

on January 12, 2018 - 7:55am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Zachary Wilson, 27, an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation who resides in Dulce, pled guilty Tuesday morning in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to sexual abuse charges. 
 
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Wilson will be sentenced within the range of 24 to 36 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Wilson also will be required to register as a sex offender.
 
Wilson was arrested May 1, 2017, on a two-count indictment charging him with sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact July 30, 2016, on the

SABRE: Top Five Reasons To Carry Pepper Spray

on January 12, 2018 - 6:42am
SABRE News:
 
January is National Personal Self Defense Awareness Month, and SABRE – a pepper spray used by police and consumers worldwide – is dedicated to educating citizens on the importance of realistic self-defense options. 
 
Unfortunately, no matter how proactive you are, there’s still a chance of a worst-case scenario – which is why it’s so important to have a self-defense tool on hand. SABRE has a product for every lifestyle, including the Quick Release Key RingPen Pepper Spray and Lipstick Pepper Spray models.
 
Top Five Reasons to Carry Pepper Spray:
  • Protection at a safe

U.S. Senate Can Force Vote On Net Neutrality

on January 12, 2018 - 6:34am
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey has announced that his resolution of disapproval on the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules has reached 30 cosponsors, allowing him to force a vote on the Senate floor under the Congressional Review Act.
 
CREDO’s petition calling on members of Congress to support the resolution has now been signed by more than 194,000 people.

The petition, which can be found here, reads:
 
"Save net neutrality. Support the joint resolution of disapproval overturning the FCC's reversal of the 2015 Open Internet rules."
 
About CREDO Action
 

RSF: China Among Worst Free Speech Predators

on January 12, 2018 - 6:27am
RSF News:
 
As the Chinese government tries to project the image of a modern, powerful nation with a great future for French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that China is one of the world’s worst countries as regards respect for the freedom to inform.
 
President Xi Jinping is receiving Macron with great fanfare, and hopes that little attention will be paid to the delicate issue of the systematic human rights violations on which his rule is based. RSF nonetheless reminds all concerned that China is ranked very near the bottom of the RSF World

Attorney General On Western Mortgage Settlement

on January 12, 2018 - 6:12am
AG News:
 
CLOVIS  The New Mexico Office of Attorney General and Western Mortgage, a Clovis New Mexico business, have agreed to resolve a dispute regarding Western Mortgage’s past mortgage origination.
 
Western Mortgage, which is not a licensed mortgage lender, has stopped originating mortgages and has agreed to refrain from doing so in an Assurance of Discontinuance with the Office of the Attorney General.

Luján Addresses Vote On FISA Surveillance Bill

on January 11, 2018 - 4:50pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today released the following statement following his vote in opposition to the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act:
 
“We must ensure that our intelligence agencies have the tools they need to keep us safe while making sure individual liberty and privacy rights are protected. Unfortunately, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act fails to strike the appropriate balance.
 
Much of the debate centers on one provision of the surveillance law – Section 702. Section 702 is supposed to allow

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero Sues Attorney General Hector Balderas Under IPRA

on January 11, 2018 - 4:38pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero has filed suit against Attorney General Hector Balderas and his records custodian Patricia Salazar in First Judicial District Court alleging Balderas is withholding a 2016 memorandum containing an opinion or evaluation of the ongoing dispute involving the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s duties.

The suit was filed by Lucero’s attorney A. Blair Dunn who recently announced his candidacy for Balderas’s position.

Hintze And Glasco Present Talk On Chromium Plume

on January 11, 2018 - 8:24am

DOE EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze discusses the Chromium Plume issue during Tuesday’s County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DPU Manager Tim Glasco discusses the Chromium Plume issue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council members heard two messages Tuesday evening from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office and Tim Glasco, County Utilities manager during a presentation on the chromium plume issue

The first from Glasco

Manager Of DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office Receives Top U.S. Civilian Leadership Award

on January 11, 2018 - 7:34am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after two senior level executives with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) received the 2017 Meritorious Rank Award, the nation’s highest civilian career leadership recognition.
 
Todd Shrader, Manager of EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), received this award for his outstanding accomplishments relating to waste management in southeastern New Mexico.
 
“The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is vital to national security

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 10, 2017 – Jan. 5, 2018

on January 10, 2018 - 2:02pm

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.

JAMES T. EVANS

Dec. 10 at 12:01 a.m. / Police arrested James T. Evans, 50, of Los Alamos on 36th Street and charged him with disorderly conduct.

 

 

STEVEN A. STOCK

Jan. 3 at 2:24 a.m. / Police arrested Steven A. Stock, 40, of Los Alamos at 3000 Trinity Dr., and charged him with aggravated battery.

 

VERONICA A. PADILLA

Jan. 3 at 8:06 a.m. / Police arrested Veronica A.

Udall, Heinrich Resolution To Restore Net Neutrality Protections Gains Momentum In U.S. Senate

on January 10, 2018 - 12:31pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Tuesday that 40 senators have signed on to co-sponsor a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would reinstate robust net neutrality protections and the 2015 Open Internet Order.
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to approve Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal that guts the Open Internet Order, which the D.C.

FBI: Farmington Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge

on January 10, 2018 - 12:29pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Alexis Tarango, 22, of Farmington, pled guilty last week in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to a methamphetamine trafficking charge.
 
Tarango was arrested July 13, 2017, on indictment charging him with possession of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute Jan. 30, 2016, in San Juan County. Jan. 5, 2018, Tarango entered a guilty plea to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.
 
At sentencing, Tarango faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison.
 
This case was investigated by

Update - CAUTION: Icy Road Conditions

on January 10, 2018 - 9:20am

UPDATE: Truck flips over this morning at North Mesa/Barranca Mesa roundabout on Diamond Drive. Police caution motorists to slow down due to icy road conditions, especially during early morning commutes. Police report that the female driver of this one-vehicle flip over was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with minor injuries. Courtesy photo

Byron Henderson To Spend Four Years In Prison

on January 9, 2018 - 3:29pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Byron Henderson, arrested last March during Los Alamos Police Department’s Operation Spring Cleaning, will serve a four-year prison sentence on two drug-related charges following his sentencing by Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer Jan. 4 in First Judicial Court.

The first count, possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine was reduced from a trafficking charge. Henderson was sentenced to 18 months on that charge and was handed a nine-year sentence on one count of trafficking with five years suspended.

Henderson will

Judge Binds Sachin Pandey Over To District Court

on January 9, 2018 - 3:25pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Sachin Pandey, 31, of Los Alamos has been bound over to First Judicial Court on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit a felony – sexual assault following a lengthy preliminary hearing Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

The charges are connected to an incident in the early hours of Sept. 24 at Camp May, which ended with the victim receiving stitches in her forehead at Los Alamos Medical Center.

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