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AG Balderas Brings Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo For Opening Thousands Of Fake Accounts

on August 17, 2018 - 6:51am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for illegal business practices in opening unauthorized accounts in the name of thousands of New Mexicans.
“As the fiscal agent for the State, and a provider of banking services to thousands of New Mexicans, Wells Fargo has failed to resolve their violations of law," Balderas said.

Attorney General Balderas Seeks Lead Plaintiff Status In Lawsuit Against Pacific Gas And Electric Company

on August 16, 2018 - 8:47am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that he has filed a motion seeking lead plaintiff status in securities litigation against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to recover approximately $4 million in losses suffered by the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), the State of New Mexico's largest public pension fund.
The lawsuit alleges that the fund was severely damaged by PG&E's misstatements and omissions regarding the safety of their electrical lines that caused massive wildfires in

NNMP Calls For AG Probe Of RCLC Audit Findings

on August 14, 2018 - 3:43pm

NNMP Vice President David Neal, right, speaks to Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller at a February RCLC meeting in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Officers of the non-profit group Northern New Mexico Protecting Land, Water Rights also known as NNM Protects (NNMP) has formally asked Attorney General Hector Balderas to conduct a criminal investigation of the findings of “three recent audits” involving the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), Andrea Romero Consulting, Inc., JLH Media, Inc., and

Statement Of Threats Against Judge Who Released Five Criminal Defendants Arrested At Taos Compound

on August 14, 2018 - 2:01pm

Administrative Office of the Courts News:

SANTA FE – Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin today issued the following statement in response to threats against Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Sarah Backus for her ruling allowing the pretrial release of five criminal defendants who were arrested at a compound in Taos County:

“New Mexico judges take an oath to uphold the Constitution and the state’s laws.

AG Balderas Keeps Convicted Murderer Behind Bars

on August 13, 2018 - 6:02am
Jordan Hurd
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE July 26, the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the murder convictions in a case argued on appeal by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.
Jordan Hurd is convicted of the willful and deliberate murders of Wesley Hobbs and his daughter Amanda Hobbs, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and was sentenced by a trial court to life in prison for each of the murder charges.
“The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office fights every day to keep the people of New Mexico safe,” Balderas said.

FBI: Navajo Man From Albuquerque Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Assault Charge

on August 11, 2018 - 10:17am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Jason Jonas Lee, 34, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Albuquerque, pled guilty Thursday in Federal Court to a misdemeanor assault charge.
Lee was arrested Jan. 11, 2018, on a four-count indictment charging him with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon with the intention of doing bodily harm, and two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. 
The indictment alleged that Lee committed the crimes against two victims, one with a baton and the other with a crowbar.

Judge Grants Los Alamos County Motions To Dismiss Lawsuit Brought By Local Sheriff Candidate Greg White

on August 10, 2018 - 10:54am

Greg White, candidate for Los Alamos County Sheriff, appears pro se Friday in First Judicial Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

First Judicial District Judge Greg Shafer announces his ruling Thursday afternoon in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge Greg Shafer Thursday afternoon dismissed all but one element of a case filed against Los Alamos County officials by local sheriff candidate Greg White.

AG Balderas On UNM Violating Open Meetings Act

on August 10, 2018 - 8:09am

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued this statement regarding the University of New Mexico’s violation of the Open Meetings Act:

“The University of New Mexico must be transparent when deciding to cut vital student scholarships and must follow the law by redoing this process in a legal and fair manner to ensure accountability to our community and students.”


Copy of AG Letter to UNM: 


August 8, 2018

Kevin Gick, Esq. 
University of New Mexico Office of University Counsel

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 1 To Aug. 6, 2018

on August 9, 2018 - 12:53am

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.


Aug. 1 at 9:59-8 a.m. / Police arrested Angelica E. Pacheco, 18, of Santa Cruz at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




Aug. 2 at 8:16 a.m. / Police arrested Kelton Downen, 24, of White Rock at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.




Aug. 5 at 10:29 a.m.

Los Alamos Man Sentenced For Indecent Exposure

on August 8, 2018 - 9:31am


Gustavo Salaiz, 19, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty July 31 in Los Alamos Municipal Court to a charge of indecent exposure and received a 90-day jail sentence with 80 of those days suspended. He was placed on supervised probation for six months.

The charge stemmed from a June 28 incident at Mesa Public Library during which Salaiz exposed himself to a female patron. The patron reported to Los Alamos Police officers that Salaiz walked up to her while she was sitting at a desk and exposed his penis to her.

Santa Fe Magistrate Judge Dismisses Charges Against Fidel Naranjo Of Los Alamos In May Shooting Incident

on August 7, 2018 - 10:13am
Fidel J. Naranjo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Santa Fe Magistrate Court Judge George Anaya, Jr., has dismissed without prejudice four charges against Fidel J. Naranjo, 52, of Los Alamos in connection to a May 31 incident in Santa Fe County where Naranjo allegedly shot another man, Michael Gonzales, in the leg.

Court documents dated Aug.

Lucero To Appeal Judge's Ruling On Sheriff's Duties

on August 7, 2018 - 7:57am

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero

DISTRICT Court News:

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero is appealing the July 11 decision by First Judicial District Judge Francis Mathew in Lucero’s suit against Los Alamos County on the duties of the Office of Sheriff.

Lucero's attorney Blair Dunn filed a notice of intent to appeal Aug. 1 in District Court.

Judge Mathew’s ruling granted the County a permanent injunction restraining Lucero from performing law enforcement duties, but it allows him to retain his “statutory and customary duties”. The judgment estops the County from eliminating the

Albuquerque Man Faces Charges For Forging, Cashing Check On Los Alamos Bank Account Of Elderly Woman

on August 6, 2018 - 4:22pm


A 25-year-old Albuquerque man is slated to appear in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday on charges of receiving stolen property, forgery and fraud in connection with a check he cashed for $650 on the Los Alamos bank account of an elderly woman after forging her signature.

Christian Kreisher was arrested June 27 on a warrant requested by Los Alamos Police Det. Matt Lyon and released July 10 by Judge Pat Casados on a $2,000 surety bond pending trial.

The victim’s son spoke with LAPD Cpl.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Briefs

on August 6, 2018 - 3:58pm

MAGISTRATE Court  Briefs:

A bench warrant is in effect for Jayston Ray Platero, 35, of Los Alamos for failure to appear July 20 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Platero was charged June 12 with two counts of child abuse in addition to charges of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked or suspended license.

Los Alamos Police officers were dispatched to the customer service desk at Smith’s Marketplace in response to an intoxicated male accompanied by two children.

Municipal Court Releases 18 Bench Warrants

on August 6, 2018 - 2:28pm


Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk’s office has released a list of 18 outstanding bench warrants issued for failure to appear in court.

According to Court officials, there are several ways to clear a bench warrant and all of them will require a court date for an appearance before Judge Kirk:

If you wish to avoid being arrested, you may contact the Court and arrange to appear at a scheduled arraignment.

NM State Police Officer Resigns In Lieu Of Termination

on August 3, 2018 - 4:28pm

Daniel Capehart. Courtesy/San Juan County ADC

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police Ofc. Daniel Capehart, 33, of Bloomfield, was arrested by the FBI, New Mexico State Police, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office (SJCSO), and HIDTA Region II Narcotics Task Force and was charged with violating federal drug laws.

Immediately after Capehart’s arrest, NMSP Chief Kassetas launched an internal affairs investigation, after which Capehart was served with a formal notice of contemplated action to terminate Capehart’s employment with the State Police.

Santa Fe Magistrate Court Files Notice Of Error In Issuing Warrant For Michael Burt Of Los Alamos

on August 1, 2018 - 6:33pm

STAFF Report

Santa Fe Magistrate Court has filed documents indicating that a May 11 warrant for the arrest of Michael Burt of Los Alamos was issued in error by the Court.

According to the documents, the Court's admitted error resulted in Burt being arrested by the Los Alamos Police Department and notice of that arrest being released to local newspapers as part of the weekly police blotter.

The Los Alamos Daily Post has verified through Court records that Burt was originally charged with speeding (21-25 mph over) but had paid his fines to Santa Fe Magistrate Court as required therefore the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 28 To July 31, 2018

on August 1, 2018 - 10:17am

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.


July 25 at 2:01 p.m. / Police arrested Nicholas Torres, 29, of Santa Fe at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.



July 28 at 6:07 p.m. / Police arrested Melinda M. Madrid, 36, of Hernandez on US 84/285 on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and two outstanding warrants from another jurisdiction




Balderas Secures Guilty Plea From Ex-CEO Who Embezzled From Pueblo-Owned Business

on August 1, 2018 - 5:00am
AG News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General has secured a guilty plea from Donn Wiese, former CEO of San Ildefonso Services LLC.
Wiese embezzled $20,545 in grant money that was awarded to San Ildefonso Services, which is owned by Pueblo of San Ildefonso.
“My office is committed to protecting Native American populations throughout New Mexico,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said. “Our special agents and prosecutors worked tirelessly to bring Mr. Wiese to justice, and return valuable resources to San Idelfonso Services."
As part of his plea, Wiese pled

Retired Supreme Court Justice Named Chairman Of Bernalillo County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

on July 31, 2018 - 2:46pm
Edward Chávezo
NMSC News:
ALBUQUERQUE Retired Supreme Court Justice Edward Chávez was elected July 26 as chairperson of the Bernalillo County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (BCCJCC), which has helped develop reforms in the criminal justice system under way in Albuquerque.
Second Judicial District Court Chief Judge Nan Nash will serve as vice chair of the 11-member council.
Artie Pepin, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, previously chaired the council and will continue to serve as a member.

Cyber Harassment Suspect Andrew Brown Released On Bond Pending Trial

on July 30, 2018 - 2:37pm

Andrew Brown
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 29-year-old Colorado man has been released on bond pending trial in a case in which he was arrested and charged with false reporting and harassment in connection with alleged ongoing cyber harassment of a Los Alamos woman.

Andrew Brown was picked up June 18 in Colorado Springs, Colo., on an arrest warrant from Los Alamos Magistrate Court requested June 13 by Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking.

LAPD first became aware of the situation in early May when the victim told officers that she met Brown online and had a

Email Accuses Los Alamos County Councilors Of Violating Ruling On Office Of Sheriff Duties

on July 30, 2018 - 7:08am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Greg White has sent an email to Los Alamos County Councilors accusing them of violating a recent ruling by First Judicial District Judge Francis Mathew in a case filed by Sheriff Marco Lucero almost a year ago.

White, who is running for sheriff, gave permission for the Los Alamos Daily Post to disclose the contents of the email, which tells Councilors it is “absolutely amazing that you all are violating Judge Mathew’s order already”.

White claims Judge Mathew did not grant a stay pending any appeal, which he

Criminal Justice Public Safety Task Force Meets Aug. 8

on July 29, 2018 - 5:59am

Administrative Office of the Courts:

ALBUQUERQUE – A task force will meet Aug. 8 in Albuquerque to continue work on a strategic plan for improving criminal justice and public safety in New Mexico.

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Task Force will hear from Albuquerque Police Chief Mike Geier, officials of the Children, Youth and Families Department, Human Services Department and researchers at the University of Cincinnati and University of New Mexico.

The staff of the Legislative Finance Committee will present a report on the criminal justice system in Bernalillo County.

The task

Ashley Shaw Waives Preliminary Hearing

on July 28, 2018 - 11:40pm


Ashley Shaw, 32, of Los Alamos waived her preliminary hearing Friday before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados on two counts of trafficking methamphetamine for allegedly selling .8 grams of the drug in October and .6 grams in January to confidential informants for the Los Alamos Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Samuel Hodder told the Court there is a plea agreement open for Shaw in exchange for the waiver.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Prosecuted Under Project Safe Childhood, Faces 25 Years In Prison

on July 28, 2018 - 12:04pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Christopher Glotfelty, 36, of Albuquerque pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in federal court to production and possession of child pornography charges.

Glotfelty entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement that recommends that he be sentenced to a 25-year term of imprisonment followed by 15 years of supervised release. Glotfelty also will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.

The FBI charged Glotfelty in a criminal complaint filed June 6, 2017, with producing and possessing child pornography from March 2014 through May 2017,