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Balderas Announces Grand Jury Indictment Of Guardianship Angels CEO Pamela Crumpler

on March 16, 2019 - 10:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the grand jury indictment of Pamela Crumpler, CEO of Guardian Angels. Crumpler is indicted on two counts, including 2nd-degree felony Embezzlement (Over $20,000), and 3rd-degree felony Tampering with Evidence.
 
“No one should take advantage of vulnerable individuals in our community,” Balderas said. “We are prepared to present this case at trial.”
 
Crumpler faces a total jurisdiction of 12 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 27 To March 5, 2019

on March 15, 2019 - 9:24am

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 filed against them.

 

ANGELINA C. NARANJO
Feb. 27 at 2:52 a.m. / Police arrested Angelina C. Naranjo, 36, of Santa Fe on 2500 Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ELLIS R. NEVAREZ
Feb. 27 at 4:07 a.m. / Police arrested Ellis R. Nevarez, 35, of El. Rito on Trinity Drive and charged him with DUI.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DOMINIC ISAAC VALLEJOS
Feb.

Bill Expunging Criminal Records Clears NM Senate

on March 14, 2019 - 10:56am
By MILAN SIMONICH
Committing a crime might be easy enough. Getting a criminal record expunged in New Mexico is more difficult than almost anywhere in the West.
 
Now that is close to changing. The New Mexico Senate on Wednesday voted 28-13 for a bill clearing the way for both the wrongly accused -- and those who committed certain crimes -- to petition a court for expunction of those records.
 
The proposal, House Bill 370, probably would be most important to people convicted of drug offenses or lower-level property crimes.
 
But even they would have no

Governor Fills Pair Of Supreme Court Seats

on March 3, 2019 - 7:49am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced her selections for a pair of judicial vacancies, one each in the Sixth Judicial District and in the Second Judicial District, Criminal Court:
 
  • James B. Foy: Sixth Judicial District; and
  • Daniel E. Ramczyk: Second Judicial District.
 
James Foy has been engaged in private practice in Silver City since 2005 and demonstrated expertise in New Mexico criminal law over a career of more than three decades.

Chief Justice Judith Nakamura On State Of Judiciary

on February 28, 2019 - 11:40am

New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura

COURT News:

Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura addressed a joint session of the Legislature Jan. 17 to outline plans for improving and streamlining court operations to better serve New Mexicans.

In her State of the Judiciary speech, the Chief Justice also appealed to lawmakers to support a constitutional amendment to extend the time for the partisan election of newly appointed judges, improve judicial salaries to help attract well-qualified attorneys as applicants for judgeships and fund key budget requests from the courts.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 14 To Feb. 21, 2019

on February 27, 2019 - 12:54pm

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 filed against them.

JUSTIN F. VIGIL

Feb. 14 at 3:11 a.m. / Police arrested Justin F. Vigil, 24, of Santa Fe at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

MONICA MARTINEZ

Feb. 14 at 3:50 a.m. / Police arrested Monica Martinez, 39, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with computer access with intent to defraud or embezzle.

 

 

STEVEN

District Attorney Marco Serna Convicts Child Rapist

on February 20, 2019 - 2:34pm
David Hyams
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Firstt Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna released the following statement Tuesday regarding his office’s conviction of David Hyams:
 
“I am grateful to announce that our office was able to bring justice against Hyams yesterday convicting him of two counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (Child Under 13) and one count of Criminal Sexual Contact in the Second Degree (Unclothed) (Child Under 13). And I am thankful to and proud of the brave, young victim who traveled from Hawaii to testify at trial, and for the service of the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 30, 2018-Feb. 12, 2019

on February 20, 2019 - 8:26am

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 filed against them.

SO YOUNG CHOI

Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. / Police arrested So Young Choi, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police arrested Choi again Feb. 1 at 7:35 p.m. on Aster Street and charged her with battery against a household member and criminal damage to property.

 

 

 

LAUREN ASHLEY PARKER

Feb. 8 at 12:05 a.m.

U.S. Marshals Looking For Disbarred Attorney Wanted For Murder After Removing Ankle Monitor And Fleeing

on February 7, 2019 - 2:03pm
Richard V. Merritt is on the lam
 
U.S. MARSHALS News:
 
ATLANTA - The U.S. Marshals-led Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is searching for a man wanted for the murder of his mother in DeKalb County, Ga., after removing an ankle monitor and failing to appear and surrender himself to authorities for a previous conviction in Cobb County.
 
Richard V. Merritt, a disbarred attorney, was being monitored by law enforcement via an ankle monitor and was scheduled to surrender Feb.

RSF: Founder Of Human Rights Website Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison In China

on February 7, 2019 - 12:32pm
Liu Feiyue
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges for the immediate release of Liu Feiyue, founder of a Chinese human rights information website, who was sentenced today to 5 years for “inciting subversion of state power.”
 
Jan. 29, the Suizhou Intermediate People’s Court in central China (Hubei province) sentenced citizen-journalist Liu Feiyue, 48, founder of human rights website Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch (also known as Minsheng Guancha) to 5 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” and “publishing articles that opposed the socialist system.”
 

RSF: Prosecution Over Shortwave Broadcasts To China

on February 4, 2019 - 8:59am
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Thai authorities to drop all proceedings against Yung-hsin Chiang, a Taiwanese businessman based in Thailand who is facing a possible five-year jail sentence in a connection with a short-wave radio station that targeted listeners in China.
 
Chiang, who is due to appear in court Feb. 12, was arrested at his office in Bangkok Nov. 23 on a charge of violating Thailand’s broadcasting laws and was held for two days before being released on bail.
 
His crime is to have helped rent premises in the northern city of Chiang Mai that had

Attorney General Hector Balderas Secures Multiple Felony Convictions Against Criminal Fraudster

on February 1, 2019 - 7:19am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday the successful prosecution of Edward Boysel who fraudulently operated a concealed firearms training business while failing to report his income and unlawfully receiving state benefits.
 
“For many, Medicaid and state benefits mean the difference between life and death," Balderas said. “My office aggressively prosecutes offenders who harm our most vulnerable New Mexicans by taking advantage of the system.”
 
Boysel pleaded guilty to five felony counts including:
 
  • Money

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 26 To Jan. 28, 2019

on January 30, 2019 - 11:00am

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 filed against them.

ZACHARY DAVID MARTINEZ

Jan. 26 at 3:46 p.m. / Police arrested Zachary David Martinez, 26, of Espanola on Sombrillo Court and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

 

 

MICHAEL S. KOWALCZYK

Jan. 28 at 4:15 p.m. / Police arrested Michael S.

Balderas Announces $120 Million Settlement With Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Over Marketing Practices

on January 26, 2019 - 1:11pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that he and 45 other Attorneys General reached a $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet.
 
Depuy claimed the devices were much more reliable than they actually were. Contrary to DePuy’s claims of reliability, these hip implants were found to fail at rates more than eight times higher than rates advertised.
 
“Doctors and patients

Supreme Court Issues Ruling On State Constitutional Protections Of Privacy Rights

on January 26, 2019 - 12:12pm
SUPREME COURT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police did not violate a Farmington man’s constitutional right to privacy by entering an unlocked apartment without a warrant to check on the well-being of children and adults who were inside.
 
The Court’s unanimous decision provides new legal guidance on when police are justified under the New Mexico Constitution to enter a private residence without a warrant.
 
In an opinion written by Justice Barbara J.

Governor Fills Pair Of Supreme Court Seats

on January 26, 2019 - 9:18am
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday made two appointments to the state Supreme Court, closing the vacancies left by former Justices Charles Daniels and Petra Maes, who retired.
 
The governor announced C. Shannon Bacon and David K. Thomson, formerly of the Second Judicial District and First Judicial District, respectively.
 
“Justices Bacon and Thomson are eminently qualified jurists who have earned the broad respect of their peers, accrued decades of extensive and varied experience, and demonstrated a consistent fidelity to

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 16 To Jan. 22, 2019

on January 23, 2019 - 11:48am

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 filed against them.

DANIEL G. ARCHULETA

Jan. 16 at 12:30 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel G. Archuleta, 37, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

LYNNE JOLEEN MCCARTHY

Jan. 19 at 11:54 a.m. / Police arrested Lynne Joleen McCarthy, 67, of Madrid at North Road and 42nd Street on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

ERIK GONZALEZ-LOYA

Jan.

Chief Justice: NM Court System In Better Shape

on January 18, 2019 - 6:41pm
New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura delivers her State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
By PHAEDRA HAYWOOD
 
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura told a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday the state's justice system, which her predecessor described in 2017 as a patient on life support, is beginning to breathe on its own.
 
Nakamura said funding appropriated over the past two years means the judicial branch

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10, 2019

on January 16, 2019 - 11:46am

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 filed against them.

MARTIN RAMOS-CASTILLO

Jan. 10 at 10:15 a.m. /Police arrested Martin Ramos-Castillo, 38, of Chili, N.M. in Espanola on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

Editor's note: The Los Alamos Detention Center is undergoing water damage repairs so inmates have been transferred to facilities in the surrounding area. Inmates are scheduled to return Jan.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura To Deliver State Of Judiciary Address To Joint Session

on January 15, 2019 - 5:30am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE Chief Justice Judith Nakamura of the New Mexico Supreme Court will deliver the State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Legislature at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at Chambers of the House of Representative in the State Capitol in Santa Fe.

NMCLP: Court Order Supports Call To Transform New Mexico’s School System

on January 13, 2019 - 7:07am
From New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Judge Sarah Singleton’s most recent order in Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico makes clear that the court expects a major overhaul of the state’s public school system to bring it into compliance with the constitution and other state laws.
 
The extensive 600-page “findings of fact and conclusions of law” describes in great detail the need for a multicultural education framework, improved bilingual and English language learner programming, universal and quality full-day pre-kindergarten, sufficient access to extended learning

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2018 - Jan. 8, 2019

on January 9, 2019 - 6:46pm

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 filed against them.

JOSHON C. EBANKS

Dec. 30 at 11 :15 p.m. / Police arrested Joshon C. Ebanks, 22, of Los Alamos at 700 Trinity Dr., and charged him with public affray and battery.

 

 

OSCAR A. DUARTE-FIERRO

Jan. 6 at 11:19 a.m. / Police arrested Oscar A. Duarte-Fierro, 25, of Los Alamos on 44th Street and charged him with assault against a household member.

 

 

BRYAN ALBERTO REYES

Jan.

Eight Judicial District Judge Sarah Backus To Retire

on January 9, 2019 - 11:20am
Judge Sarah Backus
 
NMSC News:
 
TAOS Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Sarah Backus announced that she will retire at the end of next month after serving more than seven years on the court.
 
“It has been a great honor to serve the people of the Eighth Judicial District for the past seven and one half years," Judge Backus said. “I appreciate their support and confidence in me, especially after my controversial ruling last August.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019

on January 5, 2019 - 6:40am

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 filed against them.

ANTONIO PAUL VELASQUEZ

Dec. 30 at 12:23 a.m. / Police arrested Antonio Paul Velasquez, 21, of Salt Lake City, Utah at Diamond Drive and West Road and charged him with possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license and driving without insurance.

BRADY C. JOHNSON

New Land Commissioner SGR Sworn Into Office

on January 1, 2019 - 7:24am

Supreme Court Justice Michael Vigil administers the oath of office to newly elected New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos during a ceremony shortly after midnight this morning in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Supreme Court Justice Michael Vigil congratulates new elected Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard after swearing her into office during a ceremony shortly after midnight this morning in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

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