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New Mexico Supreme Court Vacates Death Sentences Of The Last Inmates On Death Row

on July 15, 2019 - 6:19am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The State Supreme Court has set aside the death sentences of the only inmates awaiting execution in New Mexico, concluding that their sentences were unlawfully disproportionate in comparison to the penalties imposed in similar murder cases.
 
In a divided decision, three justices sent the cases of Timothy Allen and Robert Fry back to a District Court in San Juan County to impose sentences of life imprisonment.
 
New Mexico repealed the death penalty a decade ago for murders committed after July 1, 2009. However, the death sentences of Allen and Fry remained in

AG Balderas Files Court Brief To Protect New Mexicans From Opioid Overdoses

on July 12, 2019 - 8:24am
Attorney General Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Balderas joined a coalition of eight states in filing a brief Thursday supporting the rights of states to enact public health policies that can prevent opioid overdoses, save lives, and treat those suffering from opioid use disorder.
 
The amicus brief, filed today in United States v.

AG Secures Indictment Against Woman Who Allegedly Stole Over $80,000 From Nursing Home Resident

on July 11, 2019 - 9:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced wednesday that Guadalulpe Evelyn Kingston was indicted by an Otero County Grand Jury on 18 felony charges including Exploitation, Forgery, Unlawful use of a Debit Card, Theft of Identity and Falsification of Documents, for allegedly stealing more than $80,000 from an elderly nursing home resident who suffers from dementia.
 
“Protecting New Mexican senior citizens and other vulnerable populations from exploitation and abuse is my top priority,” Balderas said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 5, To July 8, 2019

on July 10, 2019 - 1:17pm

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.

MATTHEW C. PELOFSKE

July 5 at 1:01 p.m. / Police arrested Matthew C. Pelofske, 49, of Los Alamos on Alabama Avenue on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

DAVID R. MARTINEZ

July 6 at 1:30 p.m. / Police arrested David R. Martinez, 33, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on a Municipal Court Order of Commitment.

 

 

STEVEN A. STOCK

July 8 at 4:14 p.m.

Impaired Driver Crashes Into New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Driving Track

on July 8, 2019 - 7:23pm

Jose Jimenez

NMED News:

SANTA FE -- At around 2:30 p.m. today, the New Mexico State Police investigated a DWI related crash at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) at 4491 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. 

State Police officers arrived to find Jose Jimenez, 23, of Santa Fe had crashed his 2008 Nissan Altima through the fence surrounding the LEA driving track on the corner of South Meadows Road and Camino Entrada, proceeded over a large dirt berm surrounding the track, and then came to rest on the track.

The investigation indicated that before crashing through the fence, Jimenez was

Retired District Court Judge Sarah Singleton Has Died

on July 5, 2019 - 3:15pm

Judge Sarah Singelton

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Retired First Judicial District Court Judge Sarah Singelton has died.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement today on her death:

“I am incredibly saddened to hear of Judge Sarah Singleton’s passing. Judge Singleton was a dedicated jurist and highly respected member of the community. The first New Mexico judge to rule in favor of marriage equality, she was committed to fairness, equity, and justice and leaves a legacy that will be remembered for many years to come.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Secures Felony Plea In Albuquerque Embezzlement Case

on July 5, 2019 - 6:46am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Wednesday, Attorney General Hector Balderas has secured a guilty plea in a case involving an embezzlement from an Albuquerque small business.
 
Mica Tyler plead to a second degree felony for stealing more than $100,000 from Toyomasters while acting as its bookkeeper.
 
"Small businesses are the backbone of New Mexico's economy, and we must protect them from fraud and abuse so that they can prosper and continue their valuable contributions to our communities," Balderas said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 26 To July 2, 2019

on July 3, 2019 - 5:25pm

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.

MAYRA ALEJANDRA LERMA

June 26 at 9:09 p.m. / Police arrested Mayra Alejandra Lerma, 20, of Los Alamos at San Ildefonso Road and Camino Redondo and charged her with speeding, driving without proof of insurance and for an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

SENTI SUNA

June 27 at 12:a.m.

NMR&LD: Two Businessmen Guilty Of Securities Fraud

on July 2, 2019 - 7:57am
NMR&LD News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Monday that Dain Leslie Schult of Austin, Texas and Joel McKay Hixon of Las Cruces have been found guilty of defrauding New Mexico investors in a Pyramid scheme that promised to use investors’ money to promote “mom and pop” radio stations on the internet.
 
Schult and Hixon were convicted of Fraud over $20,000, Securities Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Fraud, Sale of an Unregistered Security, and Sale of Security by an Unlicensed Agent.
 
“This verdict sends a clear message

Udall On Court Blocking Census Citizenship Question

on June 29, 2019 - 7:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Friday after the Supreme Court blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 Census for the time being:
 
“Today's decision from the Supreme Court is a relief for New Mexico communities. Ensuring an accurate census count is critical to making sure that every community in our state gets its rightful share of federal resources—hundreds of millions of dollars are stake.

Applicants Sought To Fill US District Court Vacancy

on June 26, 2019 - 8:39am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Honorable Judith C. Herrera announced her intention Sept. 28, 2018, to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench.
 
Judge Herrera’s announcement, effective July 1, 2019, will create a vacancy in Albuquerque for a U.S. District judge for the District of New Mexico.
 
In accordance with their constitutional responsibility as senators to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, U.S.

New Mexico Commission On Access To Justice Launches ‘Think About This’ Campaign

on June 25, 2019 - 3:24pm

Courtesy/NMCAJ

NMCAJ News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice has a message to the public: the lack of legal representation is causing serious injustice and suffering in civil cases.

All defendants in criminal cases are guaranteed a lawyer no matter what, but a lawyer is not guaranteed in civil cases and many people suffer serious consequences.

“People who can’t afford a lawyer in civil legal cases, or who can’t access legal resources, are losing their homes, losing their children, suffering from lack of benefits, suffering financial hardship because of large

DA Serna Keeps Accused Child Rapist Bus Driver In Jail

on June 25, 2019 - 6:31am
Stephen Meek
 
NMSP News:
 
TIERRA AMARILLA First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced Monday that his office prevailed at a pretrial detention hearing keeping Stephen Meek, the Chama school bus driver accused of a raping a 7-year-old girl, in custody pending trial (link).
 
In response, District Attorney Marco Serna released the following statement:
 
“I remain laser focused on keeping New Mexico’s children safe from violent, sexual predators, and today we kept an accused child rapist behind bars.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 12 To June 15, 2019

on June 24, 2019 - 5:53am

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.

GEOFFRY MARQUEZ

June 12 at 12: 21 a.m. / Police arrested Geoffrey Marquez, 22, of Los Alamos in Santa Fe on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

DIANNA M. OLIVAS

June 12 at 11:47 p.m. / Police arrested Dianna M.

Free Online Access Provided To New Mexico’s Official Database Of State Laws, Other Legal Materials

on June 21, 2019 - 6:13am
NMCC News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Compilation Commission, the state’s official legal publisher, announced that unprecedented free online access to the official master database of state laws became available to the public May 1.
 
Convenient online access to more legal materials, including forms used for filings in court cases, assists the increasing number of New Mexicans who represent themselves in civil legal proceedings.
 
“The public deserves easy access to the law and judges need the most current information when making decisions.

GSD To Post Settlements Of Claims On Web

on June 20, 2019 - 9:49pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico General Services Cabinet Secretary Ken Ortiz announced today that the department will begin the first-ever web posting of settlements of claims against state agencies.
 
“The money used to pay claims is taxpayer money, and taxpayers have a right to know how that money is being spent without going through a formal records request,” Ortiz said.
 
The secretary said the web postings also will streamline the process of releasing settlements, saving taxpayer money.
 
GSD’s Risk Management Division provides legal representation and insures state agencies

FBI: Five Syndicato New Mexico Prison Gang Members Sentenced To Life For Murders In Aid Of Racketeering

on June 19, 2019 - 6:34am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Five members of the Syndicato New Mexico prison gang were sentenced to life in prison this week in federal court in Las Cruces after juries convicted them in 2018 of committing murder in aid of racketeering.
 
These defendants were previously charged along with 17 others for murder and other offenses in a superseding indictment. Several of those charged went to trial while others pleaded guilty. March 12, 2018, a jury found Anthony Ray Baca, 55, of Albuquerque and Carlos Herrera, XX, of XXX.

AG Balderas Announces $2.7 Million In Debt Relief For 252 Former New Mexican ITT Tech Students

on June 15, 2019 - 8:56am
Attorney General Balderas
 
AG News:

 

Mexico as part of a 43 state multistate settlement. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 22,000 former ITT students.

 

“As Attorney General, I am committed to protecting New Mexican families from out-of-state monetary predators,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 7 To June 11, 2019

on June 12, 2019 - 10:12am

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.

Aug. 28 at 7:16 a.m. / A 24-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her home on 39th Street.The estimated loss is unknown.

BRENDEN BROWN

June 7 at 4:13 a.m. / Police arrested Brenden Brown, 29, of White Rock in Santa Fe on an outstanding arrest order.

 

 

ANTOINE DUANE GIDDINGS

June 7 at 10:13 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 30 To June 3, 2019

on June 10, 2019 - 2:57pm

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.

ELIAS JON LOVATO

May 30 at 9:23 a.m. / Police arrested Elias Jon Lovato, 48, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr. on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

KYLE VINCENT ZOCCO

June 1 at noon / Police arrested Kyle Vincent Zocco, 21, of Rochester, NY on Barranca Road and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia, distribution of a controlled substance and possession of

Supreme Court Work Group To Consider Non-Attorney Option For Providing Civil Legal Services

on June 10, 2019 - 11:47am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE A work group formed by the state Supreme Court will consider whether New Mexico should authorize a new non-lawyer practitioner to provide civil legal services to people unable to afford an attorney.
 
The group is to submit a report to the Court by Jan. 1, 2020 on allowing licensed legal technicians and other possible changes in court rules and programs to improve the availability of legal services in the state.
 
“Consideration of a limited legal technician is part of an initiative for advancing judicial excellence in New Mexico to make it easier for the public

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 23 To May 28, 2019

on June 3, 2019 - 4:33pm

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.

JOSE GARCIA

May 23 at 10:46 a.m. / Police arrested Jose Garcia, 26, of Lubbock, Texas at Sherwood Boulevard and Grand Canyon on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

MARK D. HENINS

May 25 at 9:20 a.m. / Police arrested Mark D. Henins, 52, of Los Alamos at 3700 Canyon Road on an outstanding District Court warrant and an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

FBI: Former LANL Scientist Charged With Making False Official Statements About His Contacts And Involvement With A Chinese Government Program

on May 30, 2019 - 4:58pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Turab Lookman, 67, of Santa Fe, made an initial appearance in federal court today on charges of making false official statements about his involvement with a program established by the Chinese government to recruit people with access to and knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property.

The FBI arrested Lookman yesterday after a grand jury indicted him on Wednesday on three counts of making false official statements about being recruited by and applying to participate in China’s Thousand Talents Program for personal compensation.

The indictment alleges that

State Supreme Court Affirms Conviction Of Albuquerque Man For Fatal Shooting In Dispute Over $30 Drug Debt

on May 25, 2019 - 5:28am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of an Albuquerque man for a fatal shooting in a dispute over a $30 drug debt, but threw out a first-degree felony murder conviction for the same killing.
 
Jason Comitz was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 15 years for the murder and other crimes during the Feb. 1, 2015 shooting at the home of Paul Randy Rael. Rael died, and his son and stepson were wounded. Rael’s wife and a son’s 10-year-daughter were inside the home but unharmed.
 
In its unanimous ruling, the Court also

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 15 To May 19, 2019

on May 23, 2019 - 7:47am

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.

TERRANCE H. STECK

May 15 at 8:33 p.m. / Police arrested Terrance H. Steck, 33, of Los Alamos at 505 Oppenheimer Dr. and charged him with one count of aggravated battery against a household member: great bodily harm and one count of aggravated battery against a household member.

 

 

BLAIR MICHAEL ART

May 16 at 5:54 p.m.

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