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FBI: Mescalero Apache Man Gets Three Years Probation For Assaulting Federal Officer

on December 15, 2018 - 10:46am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Gerald Castillo, Jr., 30, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Ruidoso, has been sentenced in Federal Court in Las Cruces to three years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for assaulting a federal officer.
 
Castillo pled guilty Aug. 3 to a misdemeanor information charging him with assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer. Castillo admitted that Feb. 24, 2018, he assaulted a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer by hitting the officer’s chest.

Balderas Secures Conviction Of Ex-Teacher Who Abused Multiple Students In Rio Arriba County

on December 15, 2018 - 10:34am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Hector Balderas successfully secured the conviction of Gary Gregor, former teacher in the Española School District, for his sexual assault of multiple 4th grade students during the 2007-2008 school year at Fairview Elementary School.
 
A jury of Gregor’s peers found him guilty of 3 counts of 1st-Degree Felony Criminal Sexual Penetration, 5 counts of 1st-Degree Kidnapping, and 4 counts of 1st-Degree Criminal Sexual Contact.
 
“Survivors of sexual abuse should always have a voice,” Balderas said.

Balderas Keeps Alleged Human Trafficker Behind Bars

on December 15, 2018 - 9:28am
Mario Morales
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has secured the preventative detention of Mario Morales, a man accused of human trafficking, kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, false imprisonment and more.
 
The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General successfully extradited Morales, following his arrest in Arizona last month. Following the NMOAG’s preventative detention motion in November, Morales was indicted on more 15 charges, 14 of them felonies.
 
“Serial offenders who harm New Mexicans need to be behind bars, if they pose a risk to our

Supreme Court Affirms Albuquerque Man’s Convictions In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Girl

on December 14, 2018 - 6:42am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court Thursday upheld the convictions of an Albuquerque man in the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl during an altercation between two groups of men in 2013.
 
In a unanimous ruling, the state’s highest court concluded there was sufficient evidence to support David Candelaria’s convictions of first-degree depraved mind murder and aggravated assault. He was sentenced to life in prison plus nine years. Candelaria did not appeal his conviction of shooting at or from a motor vehicle.
 
The victim, Sunni Reza, was a passenger in a car with several

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 5 To Dec. 11, 2018

on December 12, 2018 - 12:17pm

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.

AUSTIN LEE COX

Dec. 5 at 11:55 a.m. / Police arrested Austin Lee Cox, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with criminal sexual penetration of a child 13-16 years of age, trafficking a controlled substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  

 

 

RICHARD SISNEROS

Dec. 7 at 5:31 a.m.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Lists Closure Dates

on December 10, 2018 - 2:02pm

COURT News:
The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will be closed for the following days:
  • Dec. 18-19, 2018 for the annual Magistrate Judges and Clerks conference;
  • Dec. 25, 2018 for the Christmas Holiday;
  • Jan. 1, 2019 for the New Year's Holiday; and
  • Jan. 2, 2019 for training.

DOJ: Most Violent Offenders Released From State Prison In 2016 Served Less Than 3 Years

on December 9, 2018 - 2:15pm
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than half (57 percent) of violent offenders who were released from state prison in 2016 served less than three years before their release, the Bureau of Justice Statistics has announced. About 1 in 25 violent offenders served 20 years or more before their release.
 
These findings are based on prisoner records from BJS’s National Corrections Reporting Program and reflect 2016 releases.

AG Balderas Secures Jail Sentence For Woman Who Stole Thousands Of Dollars From Elderly Patients

on December 6, 2018 - 9:01am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that Leanne Bennett was sentenced to one and a half years in the department of corrections for stealing from elderly patients who suffered from dementia.

The Office of the Attorney General secured 11 felony convictions against Bennett for stealing more than $30,000 from elderly residents while working as an office manager at the Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque between 2012 and 2013.

Bennett was sentenced by Judge Charles Brown to one and a half years

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 28 To Dec. 2, 2018

on December 6, 2018 - 1:52am

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.

JAMES JOHNSON

Nov. 28 at 9:43 p.m. / Espanola Police arrested James Johnson, 18, of Ohkay Owingeh in an Espanola Court on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

JOSEPH CHAVEZ

Nov. 29 at 5:31 p.m.

Supreme Court Suggests Sanctions For Deficient Legal Briefs In Appeals

on December 3, 2018 - 4:29pm
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court has advised state courts to impose appropriate sanctions on attorneys who submit deficient legal briefs in cases.
 
“No appellate court or district court should ever hesitate to return briefing or order rebriefing with a short deadline when briefing is unclear or lacks citations or is otherwise unprofessional,” the state’s highest court wrote in an opinion written by Justice Gary L. Clingman.
 
The court’s admonishment came in a unanimous ruling that affirmed a district court’s denial of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus by an

FBI: Drug Addict From Grant County Sentenced To Prison For Illegally Possessing Firearms And Ammo

on December 3, 2018 - 11:58am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Richard Dinwiddie, 58, of Cliff, has been sentenced in Federal Court in Las Cruces to 15 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for being a drug addict in possession of firearms and ammunition.
 
Dinwiddie pled guilty June 28. He admitted that federal and local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his residence Feb. 5 and found approximately six firearms, approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition, 4.5 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Supreme Court To Hear Timbs v. Indiana, Groundbreaking Case Challenging Constitutionality Of Justice System Fines

on November 29, 2018 - 8:50am
NMSC News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Supreme Court of the United States of America this week will hear Timbs v. Indiana, a case concerning the constitutionality of excessive fines and fees by local and state governments.
 
Juvenile Law Center led an amicus effort to educate the Court on how exorbitant fines and fees in the juvenile justice system affect youth and their families. Forty other youth advocacy organizations joined the Center’s amicus effort.
 
“Across the country, youth are pushed into the justice system and even into correctional settings because they can’t afford fines and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 21 To Nov. 27, 2018

on November 28, 2018 - 12:31pm

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.

AUSTIN LEE COX

Nov. 21 at 12:18 p.m. / Police arrested Austin Lee Cox, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

ELLIOTT JOHN CHEE

Nov. 23 at 5:17 p.m.

FBI: Jury Convicts Navajo Man On Abuse Charges

on November 27, 2018 - 2:38pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE A federal jury sitting in Albuquerque, returned a verdict today finding Brian Adrian Sloan guilty on aggravated child sexual abuse charges following a five-day trial.
 
The guilty verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.
 
The FBI arrested Sloan, 33, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Newcomb, August 2016, on an indictment filed Aug. 23, 2016, alleging child sexual abuse offenses.
 
The indictment was superseded Jan.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 14 To Nov. 19, 2018

on November 21, 2018 - 5:10pm

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.

RICHARD LYNN ROLSTON

Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. / Police arrested Richard Lynn Rolston, 58, of Los Alamos on Diamond Drive and charged him with DUI and driving with an open container of alcohol.

 

JAYLYN ASHLEY VALDEZ

Nov. 15 at 2:27 p.m. / Police arrested Jaylyn Ashley Valdez, 22, of Espanola on NM 502 on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

CHRISTINA CARDENAS

Los Alamos Municipal Court Closes At Noon Today

on November 21, 2018 - 10:16am

MUNICIPAL COURT News:

The Los Alamos County Municipal Court is closing at noon today and will remain closed through Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The court reopens at 8 a.m. Monday.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Secures More Than $60,000 Disbursement For New Mexico Legal Aid

on November 18, 2018 - 8:34am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the successful disbursement of more than $60,000 to New Mexico Legal Aid.
 
The funding is the result of unclaimed funds payed by a defendant in a recently concluded case, and will be redistributed by court order to help New Mexico Legal Aid support the legal needs of New Mexicans.
 
“Protecting the rights of vulnerable New Mexicans has always been a top priority for my office, and I am pleased the funding that we recovered will be used for that purpose,” Balderas said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 9 To Nov. 11, 2018

on November 14, 2018 - 9:21am

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.

MELINDA M. MADRID

Nov. 9 at 4:17 a.m. / Police arrested Melinda M. Madrid, 37, of Hernandez at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

TRENTON PAUL ENGELKING

Nov. 9 at 4:36 a.m.

Colorado Woman Pleads Guilty In New Mexico To Federal Charges From Crime Spree Resulting In Death

on November 14, 2018 - 8:31am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Trista Schlaefli, 33, of Colorado Springs, Colo., pled guilty Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces to charges arising out of a Nov. 27, 2017 crime spree during which Schlaefli and her co-defendant allegedly fled from a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint, carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint resulting in the death of a victim, and attempted to carjack two other vehicles.

U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge James C.

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

on November 9, 2018 - 11:58am

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.

JOEL ANDREW MARTIN

Nov. 1 at 5:41 p.m. / Police arrested Joel Andrew Martin, 31, of Albuquerque in California on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

 

SCOTT R. BURNWORTH

Nov. 3 at 9:22 p.m. / Police arrested Scott R.

Judge Pat Casados: Thank You Los Alamos!

on November 9, 2018 - 8:30am
Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados with her husband Jeff waiting for election returns Tuesday evening at the Municipal Building. Casados won re-election with 5,944 votes. Her opponent James Rickman received 3,461 votes. Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By JUDGE PAT A. CASADOS
Los Alamos Magistrate Court
 
Citizens of Los Alamos,
 
Thank you so much for the honor of serving as your Magistrate Judge for another term. It is such a privilege to serve.
 
I want to thank the voters. It was such a joy to see all the people in Los Alamos who care about the election.

Letter To The Editor: Elizabeth Allen For Municipal Judge

on November 5, 2018 - 9:35pm

By Monica Hernandez-Lara

Los Alamos

 

My decision to vote for Elizabeth was made after she first told me of her intent to run for Los Alamos Municipal Judge. During the last days of voting, I am asking others to consider voting for this extraordinary candidate.

 

When I first met Elizabeth, she had recently moved to Los Alamos and was looking for opportunities to become active in her new community. Elizabeth felt at home in Los Alamos and quickly applied her dedication to the legal system by joining JJAB and Teen Court.

Free Online Service For Self-Represented Litigants To Prepare Court Documents

on November 5, 2018 - 8:03am
 
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE Individuals representing themselves in a legal matter can use a free online service to prepare court documents in divorce and domestic violence cases under a new service offered by the New Mexico Judiciary.
 
Known as Guide & File, the web-based application works much like software for preparation of tax returns. Users are guided through a series of questions to fill out and automatically complete court forms online. The documents must be printed and filed in person with a district court.
 
The software application can be used to prepare documents to start a

Letter To The Editor: Go Vote For Candidates Who Make Positive Difference Such As Judge Alan Kirk

on November 4, 2018 - 8:51am
By Debora Gerads
Alamogordo

Go Vote, and Go Vote for the candidate who makes a difference in your community. One of those people is Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk. He has served not only the Los Alamos community, but the State as a whole in his work with juveniles.

Judge Kirk was a founder of the State’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, a committee that emphasizes intervention and prevention of crimes by youth.

Letter To The Editor: I Support Elizabeth Allen For Municipal Judge

on November 4, 2018 - 4:45am
By BILL HARGRAVES
LAPS Board Member
 
Strong knowledge of and experience with the law is an important qualification for a Municipal Judge. As a practicing attorney, Elizabeth will bring legal experience to the Municipal Court. She is practiced both as a defense attorney and as a prosecutor. She maintains currency with legal policy and precedent through teaching of law at UNM-LA.
 
Elizabeth is a strong advocate for youth in our community.

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