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Wilhelm Granted Probation In Three Cases

on December 18, 2017 - 8:42am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Krista Wilhelm was sentenced Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to 180 days of supervised probation on a charge of disorderly conduct and 12 months of supervised probation on a charge of attempt commit unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

Judge Pat Casados ordered the two probation periods to be served consecutively and that Wilhelm participate in and successfully complete outpatient treatment during the entire duration of her probation.

Wilhelm agreed to plead guilty to the two charges under the terms of a plea agreement

Ashley Garcia Gets Two Years Under Plea Deal

on December 14, 2017 - 7:19am

Ashley Garcia awaits her sentencing hearing Wednesday morning in Los Alamos District Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

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, was sentenced to two years in the Womens Correctional Facility Wednesday by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington.

Christine Trujillo Charged In Two Shoplifting Cases

on December 11, 2017 - 3:16pm

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Christine Trujillo, 51, of Espanola faces preliminary hearings Dec. 22 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in connection with two November shoplifting incidents at Smith’s Marketplace.

Court records indicate that in the first case, on Nov. 3, Trujillo was observed on security cameras as she allegedly entered the store, proceeded to the meat department, selected several items and eventually exited the store passing all open and operating checkout registers without paying for the items.

Wilhelm Hearings Reset For Dec.15

on December 11, 2017 - 2:58pm

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Three preliminary hearings scheduled for Dec. 8 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Krista Wilhelm, 32, of Los Alamos have been reset for Dec. 15.

Wilhelm’s attorney Michael Jones told Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Friday that a plea agreement is being negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office.

Wilhelm is charged with abuse of a child and battery against a household member, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pandey Preliminary Hearing Continued

on December 8, 2017 - 6:54am

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A preliminary hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Sachin Pandey on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit sexual assault has been continued to Jan. 5.

Assistant District Attorney said last Friday that he was not prepared and asked for a continuance. Pandey’s attorney Daniel Cron did not object to the continuance but advised the Court of the inconvenience to Pandey’s mother and sister who had traveled from Philadelphia and San Francisco respectively for the hearing.

Judge Pat Casados reminded Pandey, who is free on conditions of

Convicted Trafficker Nicholas Conner Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

on December 7, 2017 - 9:40am

Nicholas Conner awaits sentencing Tuesday in the First Judicial District Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By Maire O’Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Nicholas Conner, 35, of Los Alamos will serve four years in prison following sentencing handed down Tuesday by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington. He is convicted of five counts of trafficking of methamphetamine.

Conner is one of seven people arrested and charged following Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sting conducted last March by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Judge Ellington imposed

Criminal Summons Filed For Karyne Archuleta In Los Alamos Embezzlement Case

on December 7, 2017 - 8:04am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A criminal summons has been filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Karyne Archuleta of Espanola charging her with embezzlement of more than $17,500 from her former employer, Annette Weyrauch, owner of Physical Therapy Plus in Los Alamos.

Court documents indicate that Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz met April 9 with Weyrauch who told him that Archuleta, then her office manager, had possibly embezzled the money from her over a two-year period.

Lonz’s report states that Weyrauch suspected Archuleta because she was the only other

Preliminary Hearing Continued For Stephen Montano

on December 5, 2017 - 9:08am

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A preliminary hearing for Stephen Montano, 22, of Grants was again continued Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and reset for Jan. 12, 2018.

Montano’s attorney Tyr Loranger had advised him to ask for the continuance to allow Loranger to review a video of an Aug. 25 shoplifting incident at Smith’s Marketplace, which resulted in charges of resisting or obstructing an officer, shoplifting and conspiracy for the purpose of committing shoplifting.

Judge Orders Competency Hearing For Andrea Rivera

on December 5, 2017 - 8:04am

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Attorneys in the Los Alamos Magistrate Court case involving Andrea Rivera, 30, of Los Alamos, have asked for a competence hearing for her. Rivera has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of tampering with evidence.

The charges relate to a Nov. 3 incident in which Rivera is accused of stabbing Cory Kerschner multiple times and also injuring her sister, Sarah Cooper, with a knife during the same incident. River allegedly left the scene and disposed of her clothing resulting in the tampering with evidence charge.

Judge Pat

Three Preliminary Hearings For Krista Wilhelm Friday

on December 4, 2017 - 3:44pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Three preliminary hearings have been set for Dec. 8 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Krista Wilhelm, 32, of Los Alamos on a variety of charges.

In the first case, charges of abuse of a child and battery against a household member were filed after Los Alamos Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance at her residence.

Craven Faces New Charge In District Court

on December 4, 2017 - 3:13pm

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John Craven, 35, of Los Alamos, has charged with a new offense in Santa Fe District Court just days after he  dodged a Nov. 28 evidentiary hearing on a probation violation before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

The District Attorney’s office failed to have Craven transported for the hearing and Judge Marlowe Sommer dropped the probation violation charge related to seven charges racked up during an Oct. 2 visit to 10,000 Waves Spa.

The probation in question was under a 2014 case where Craven was found guilty of residential burglary and larceny of more

Grand Jury Indicts Former Espanola Teacher

on December 1, 2017 - 7:24am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A former teacher with Espanola School District, Gary F. Gregor, 61, was indicted by a Rio Arriba County grand jury Thursday on a charge of sexual offense against a child after allegedly causing a boy 12 years of age or younger to touch his genitals. The offense allegedly occurred between August 2006 and May 2007. The maximum penalty for this charge is six years and a fine of not more than $5,000.

Gregor has been incarcerated since May at Rio Arriba County Detention Center on a $75,000 cash only bond and is already facing a trial

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 16–28, 2017

on November 29, 2017 - 4:53pm

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.

WAYNE CARL MOSLEY

Nov. 16 at 2:49 p.m. / Police arrested Wayne Carl Mosely, 66, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years of age, criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 years f age and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

 

 

HAZEL BUCHOLZ

Nov. 17 at 3:38 a.m.

County Employee Sues Under Fair Pay For Women Act

on November 28, 2017 - 11:40am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

An employee working in the Los Alamos County Procurement Department has filed suit against the County under the Fair Pay for Women Act claiming that she is paid almost $12,000 less per year based on her gender than her male counterpart.

Lillie Martinez, a buyer/planner, claims she has been paid less than employees of the opposite sex for equal work the performance of which requires equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions.

LAPS Files Response To David Daniel Suit

on November 28, 2017 - 8:57am
Former LAHS drama instructor David Daniel
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Public Schools, Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and former Los Alamos High School Principal Brad Parker have filed a response to a lawsuit filed in July by former LAHS drama instructor David Daniel alleging sexual orientation discrimination.

The response denies almost all the allegations made by Daniel and claims he failed to exhaust his administrative remedies under the School Personnel Act and/or the collective bargaining agreement, which covered his employment with LAPS.

Supreme Court Denies Greg White's Petition

on November 23, 2017 - 10:52am
NM Supreme Court Denies petition by Greg White. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico has denied a petition by Los Alamos resident Greg White for a writ of prohibition against the Los Alamos County Council and the Incorporated County of Los Alamos that requested the Court to exercise jurisdiction. The petition, filed Oct. 17, listed Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero as an interested party.

The petition asked the Court to prohibit the Council from “neutering” his sheriff

Mosley Released From Jail Pending Trial

on November 23, 2017 - 10:28am

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Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados released Carl “Wayne” Mosley, 67, of Los Alamos on his own recognizance Tuesday pending trial on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13, criminal sexual contact of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Mosley was arrested following an investigation conducted by Los Alamos Police Det. Matthew Lyon along with Child Youth and Families Department representatives and a forensic interviewer.

During Mosley’s first appearance Nov.

AG: New Mexicans Can Seek Compensation From $586 Million Western Union Settlement

on November 21, 2017 - 7:44am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Nov. 14, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that New Mexicans who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union's wire transfer service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million fund administered by the Department of Justice's Victim Asset Recovery Program.
 
This fund is related to a multi-state settlement with New Mexico and 49 other states, the District of Columbia and Western Union that was first announced in January.
 
New Mexicans may be eligible to receive compensation if they

Governor Susana Martinez Announces First-Year Results From DWI Court Monitoring Initiative

on November 21, 2017 - 7:31am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that more than one-third of DWI cases monitored by the state during the first year of the DWI court monitoring initiative – aimed to shed light on how DWI cases are handled – were dismissed.
 
Martinez also announced ways the state plans to help with the adjudication of DWI cases.
 
“It is unacceptable to continue to let people off the hook for drunk driving,” Martinez said. “We must send the message to all New Mexicans that if you get behind the wheel intoxicated you will face the consequences in court for your actions.

Victoria Espinoza Free On Bond

on November 20, 2017 - 8:59am

COURT News:

Just nine days after Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados opted 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, Espinoza is out of jail after her $3,000 bond was paid. She is slated for a Dec. 1 preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court.

Espinoza was arrested Nov. 3 on a warrant and charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of heroin; selling, disposing, possessing dangerous drugs; possession of marijuana; and two counts of drug paraphernalia.

At her Nov.

Bucholz Remains In Jail Pending Preliminary Hearing

on November 20, 2017 - 5:25am

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Hazel Bucholz, 19, will remain in custody until her Dec. 1 preliminary hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court, following a ruling by Judge Pat Casados Friday.

Bucholz was arrested in Rio Rancho on a warrant after she failed to appear for her Oct. 27 preliminary hearing before Judge Casados.

Bucholz was arrested June 20 and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She had her first appearance June 21 before Judge Casados.

During Friday’s hearing, Bucholz admitted to having violated her conditions of release by leaving and

Carl Mosley Charged With Offenses Against Child

on November 18, 2017 - 9:35pm
By Maire O'Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

Carl “Wayne” Mosley, 67, of Los Alamos was charged Friday with criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13, criminal sexual contact of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Mosley was arrested following an investigation conducted by Los Alamos Police Det. Matthew Lyon along with Child Youth and Families Department representatives and a forensic interviewer.

Court documents indicate that Det. Lyon met with Mosley Nov.

Balderas Announces Sen. Phil Griego Convicted On Five Counts In Corruption Trial

on November 18, 2017 - 7:44am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that a Santa Fe jury found former Sen. Phil Griego guilty on five counts in the corruption trial prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General.
 
After a two and half week trial, the jury found Griego guilty of Violation of Ethical Principles of Public Service, Violation of Ethical Principles of Public Service (Requesting or Receiving Thing of Value), Bribery, Fraud (Over $20,000), and Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract (Over $50).
 
The case involves the 2014 sale of

DA Announces Rio Arriba Grand Jury Indictments

on November 17, 2017 - 8:29am

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna

Staff Report

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna has announced that a Rio Arriba County grand jury handed down indictments on four counts of first degree murder, tampering with evidence, unlawfully taking a vehicle or motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, attempt to commit the crime of disarming a peace officer, assault on a peace officer, larceny, and theft of a credit Card against Damian Herrera. 

Herrera is accused of a

Review Committee Declares Santa Fe Police Officer’s Shooting A Justifiable Homicide

on November 17, 2017 - 7:43am

Staff Report 

First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna’s office has announced the findings of the Officer Involved Shooting Review Committee’s evaluation of the investigation of the shooting death of Andrew James Lucero by Santa Fe Police Ofc. Leonardo Guzman. 

In a letter to Serna, Fourth Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores said the committee unanimously agreed that Ofc. Guzman acted in the lawful discharge of his duties and that the killing of Lucero was a justifiable homicide by a police officer. 

“As such, the committee recommends that no criminal charges be filed,” the

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