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Brenner IPRA Case Against Council Drags On

on April 21, 2018 - 12:26pm
Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O'Leary, left, chats with her attorney Kate Ferlic following Wednesday's hearing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Patrick Brenner, right, listens as his attorney Blair Dunn addresses the Court Wednesday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A lawsuit filed by former Los Alamos resident Patrick Brenner last June against Los Alamos County Councilors and the County’s Records Custodian under the state Inspection of Public Records

Joseph Gonzales Pleads Guilty To Endangering Human Life While Illegally Manufacturing A Controlled Substance

on April 16, 2018 - 8:37pm
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/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos resident Joseph Gonzales, 28, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque to endangering human life while illegally manufacturing a controlled substance.

At sentencing, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. 

Gonzales was originally charged with endangering human life while

Council Oks Municipal Court Proposed Budget

on April 16, 2018 - 8:04pm

Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk and Administrative Assistant Juanita McNiel present the court's FY2019 proposed budget this evening in Council Chambers. Council tentatively approved the proposed budget of $549,892 for the Municipal Court. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Letter To The Editor: A Hardworking Judge Who Learns Quickly

on April 14, 2018 - 5:48am
By ANTHONY I. ARMIJO MBA, CPA, CGMA, CGFM
Santa Fe

 

District Court Judge Gregory S. Shaffer and I worked together at the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). I was the State Controller and Financial Control Division Director; he was an attorney.

 

As a financial oversight entity, accounting is ingrained in DFA’s work and the statutes it administers. Greg quickly mastered the accounting concepts necessary to provide the highest level of legal service to the Department.

FBI Takes Active Role In NM Child Exploitation Cases

on April 14, 2018 - 5:34am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

In Los Alamos County very few crimes related to the online exploitation of children appear in the local police blotter and people tend to think crimes of this nature occur mostly in big cities in other parts of the country.

Participants in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Albuquerque Division Annual Citizens Academy were reminded March 29 of the extent of the online threat to children in New Mexico by Special Agent Ross Zuercher who described some recent cases in which the FBI was involved.

One of the cases Zuercher

Scenes From GOP Meet And Greet Thursday

on April 13, 2018 - 9:26am

Republican candidates gather for a photo during the Meet and Greet event with the community Thursday evening in Wallace Hall at UNM-LA. Candidates include Mick Rich, U.S. Senate; Steve McFall, Congressional District 3; JoHanna Cox, Secretary of State; Wayne Johnson, State Auditor; Arthur Castillo, State Treasurer; Pat Lyons, Commissioner of Public Lands; Court of Appeals Judges - Steve French, Hank Bohnoff, Emil Kiehne and Daniel Gallegos; Lisa Shin, House Dist. 43; Brady Burke, County Council; Dawn Trujillo-Voss, County Council; Alan Kirk, Municipal Judge; Michelle Garcia Holmes, Lt.

Letter To The Editor: Elect Judges Recommended By Judicial Nominating Commission

on April 13, 2018 - 8:53am
FELICIA ORTH
Los Alamos
 
A 1988 State constitutional amendment supplemented a purely political system for selecting judges with a merit-selection appointment process.
 
Judicial Nominating Commissions now vet judicial appointment applicants using 12 criteria. Commissions are independent; include judges, lawyers, and non-lawyers; and are bipartisan.
 
Only Commission-recommended applicants may be appointed. The appointed judge runs in the next partisan election cycle.
 
The revised system improved both judicial caliber and diversity.

Sheriff Candidate Files Lawsuit Against County

on April 12, 2018 - 10:40am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

James Whitehead, a candidate for Los Alamos County Sheriff, has filed a lawsuit in First Judicial District Court against Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Police Department, Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Division, and Los Alamos County Records Custodian Barb Ricci under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).

The lawsuit, the second filed against the County by a candidate for the office of sheriff, was prepared by attorney Blair Dunn, who also represents Sheriff Marco Lucero and former Los

Democratic Candidates Greet Community Members

on April 11, 2018 - 1:28pm

Local Democratic candidates gather for a group photo Monday evening during a Meet & Greet event hosted by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos. Each candidate was given an opportunity to speak during the event in Wallace Hall at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Meet & Greet event for Democratic candidates Monday evening in Wallace Hall at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Democratic Party of Los Alamos Chair Robyn Schultz briefs the audience prior to introducing the candidates during the Meet & Greet event Monday in Wallace Hall. Photo by Carol A.

Isaiah Aylmer Faces New Charges

on April 11, 2018 - 12:18pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Isaiah Aylmer, 18, of Los Alamos is facing a second preliminary hearing April 27 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court after racking up new charges while out of jail on conditions of release on a March 19 felony charge of stealing a firearm.

Aylmer was charged April 9 with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to Court documents filed by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto, he was on patrol on 35th Street off Trinity Drive

Municipal Court Releases Outstanding Bench Warrants

on April 11, 2018 - 12:12pm

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk is releasing details of some of the 370 outstanding bench warrants in his court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

COURT News:

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk’s office has released a list of eight recent outstanding bench warrants issued for failure to appear in court.

The Court has more than 370 outstanding bench warrants.

There are several ways to clear a bench warrant and all of them will require a court date for an appearance before the Judge Kirk:

  • If you wish to avoid being arrested you may contact the Court and arrange to

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 29 To April 2, 2018

on April 10, 2018 - 5:06pm

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.

Editor’s note: Photos of these individuals arrested are not available due to a technical issue with the police reporting software and will be added to this report when available.

SAMUEL HERRERA

March 29 at 12:15 a.m. / Police arrested Samuel Herrera, 31, of Santa Fe on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

GREGORIO LUIS TRUJILLO

March 29 at 10:19 p.m.

Governor Appoints Judge Gary L. Clingman To New Mexico Supreme Court

on April 9, 2018 - 7:10am

Judge Gary L. Clingman

SUPREME COURT News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Fifth Judicial District Judge Gary L. Clingman to the New Mexico Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Edward L. Chavez. 

Judge Clingman brings more than 30 years of legal experience, including more than 20 years as on the bench as a district judge, to the Supreme Court.

“Judge Clingman has always demonstrated wisdom and integrity during his service in New Mexico,” Martinez said.

Councilor Chrobocinski Responds To Investigation Request By County Employees

on April 4, 2018 - 5:15pm
County Councilor James Chrobocinski
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski has responded to a request for a Code of Conduct investigation filed against him Feb. 15 by two Los Alamos County employees.

Chrobocinski’s response includes multiple documents and copies of state statutes and Constitutional provisions as well as a lengthy press release and a five-page statement.

In their complaint, Los Alamos Fire Marshall Jeff Wetteland and Los Alamos County Chief Building Inspector Michael Arellano alleged harassment and

District Judge Denies Petition To Recall Izraelevitz

on April 4, 2018 - 8:55am

 

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, right, chats with his attorney Jack Hardwick, center, and his Campaign Manager Phil Gursky prior to Monday’s hearing before Judge David Thomson in the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz said Monday afternoon that he is delighted with the dismissal by First Judicial District Judge David Thomson of a petition to recall him from office.

“I am glad that we have put this issue behind us and

Gov. Appoints Jason Lidyard To 1st Judicial Dist. Court

on March 31, 2018 - 8:19am

Jason Lidyard

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Jason Lidyard of Santa Fe to Division V of the First Judicial District Court.

Lidyard fills the vacancy created by Judge Jennifer Attrep, who stepped down after being appointed as a judge for the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Lidyard has served as a prosecutor with the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office since 2011, where he was recognized as First Judicial District Prosecutor of the Year in 2012. Lidyard also previously worked for the city prosecutor in Cleveland, Ohio and the Federal

Attorney Emma Weber Joins Philip J. Dabney P.C.

on March 29, 2018 - 8:06am

Attorneys Philip J. Dabney, left, and Emma D. B. Weber Tuesday at Philip J. Dabney P.C. on Oppenheimer Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Attorney Emma D. B. Weber in her new office Tuesday at Philip J. Dabney P.C. Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Attorney Emma D. B. Weber has joined the law firm of Philip J. Dabney P.C. in Los Alamos.

“I started working here March 13 so I’m in my third week and I just love,” Weber said during an interview Tuesday in her new office.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 21 To March 28, 2018

on March 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

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.

BRYCE WILLIAM DELANO

March 21 at 3:56 p.m. / Police arrested Bryce William Delano, 30, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with criminal sexual assault and false imprisonment.

 

 

 

MARCOS A. VIGIL

March 23 at 2:01 p.m. / Police arrested Marcos. A. Vigil, 31, of Chimayo at the Adult Probation Office on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

BRANDYN STEVEN

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Briefs

on March 28, 2018 - 10:49am

MAGISTRATE COURT News:

Juanadolfo Gomez, 30, of San Juan Pueblo appeared March 23 Los Alamos Magistrate Court on charges of possession of a controlled substance – Suboxone and shoplifting of less than $250. He received a suspended sentence of 182 days on the shoplifting charge and was placed on supervised probation for 182 days. On the Suboxone charge, he received a 364 day suspended sentence and was placed on supervised probation for one year.

Both sentences are to run concurrently and Gomez was ordered to undergo substance abuse screening and complete any recommended treatment.

Marcos

Man Arrested For Shoplifting Nearly $2,500 Of Alcohol

on March 26, 2018 - 5:26pm

COURT News:

Philbert Lopez Jr., 34, of Espanola is facing an April 27 preliminary hearing on five counts of shoplifting totaling almost $2,500 comprised entirely of bottles of alcohol stolen from Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos and Smith’s in White Rock on five separate occasions in February.

The shoplifting incidents were discovered by Smith’s loss prevention staff while reviewing video surveillance, which showed Lopez placing the bottles in a reusable shopping bag and a grey messenger bag, then leaving the store without attempting to pay for the merchandise.

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

White Rock Teen Charged With Theft Of Firearm

on March 26, 2018 - 5:17pm
Isaiah Aylmer
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A preliminary hearing has been set for April 27 for 18-year-old Isaiah Aylmer of White Rock on a charge of stealing a firearm, a fourth degree felony.

Aylmer was arrested March 19 by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Emmanuel Rodriguez and had his first appearance the same day before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

Rodriguez came in contact with Aylmer following a report of a firearm stolen from a White Rock residence.

Former Santa Fe Store Manager Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement And Tax Fraud

on March 26, 2018 - 9:13am
State Tax & Rev News:
 
SANTA FE  A former manager of Armstrong McCall in Santa Fe has plead guilty for embezzling more than $50,000 from his former employer and willfully committing tax fraud from 2013-2015.
 
The plea follows an investigation by the Tax Fraud Investigations Division of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.
 
Craig D. Latimore, 44, was sentenced to serve four and a half years of supervised probation. The three counts of tax fraud will run concurrently with each other and consecutively with the count of embezzlement.

Judge Revokes Probation For Adrian Trujillo

on March 26, 2018 - 8:50am

Adrian Trujillo listens as his attorney Brad Kirwan questions Los Alamos Police Cpl. Eric Wilhoit Thursday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Adrian Trujillo, 30, of Hernandez will remain in incarceration until July 16 and receive an unsatisfactory discharge from probation as a result of a ruling handed down by First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer Thursday during a probation violation hearing.

Trujillo was originally charged in 2015 with false imprisonment,

Navajo Man From Churchrock Sentenced To Prison For Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

on March 26, 2018 - 8:33am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Randy Payton, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Churchrock, was sentenced March 8 in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to 137 months in prison for his voluntary manslaughter conviction. 
 
Payton will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Payton was arrested Oct. 19, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo man on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, Oct.

Greg White Files Petition To Recall Council Chair

on March 25, 2018 - 9:38am

Greg White
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Greg White has filed a petition for the recall of Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz.

White's petition, filed in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe contains 31 counts alleging wrongdoing by Izraelevitz who is seeking reelection this year.

White, who announced his intention to run for Los Alamos County Sheriff in this year’s election as an Independent candidate, has reportedly spent the last several months researching the Los Alamos County Council, the Los Alamos Police

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