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Bartram Speaks On Teen Court

on February 14, 2015 - 9:26am

Jennifer Bartram

Los Alamos Kiwanis

Jennifer Bartram, coordinator of the Los Alamos Teen Court, provided an interesting summary of her work during a Feb. 3 talk to Kiwanis.

She handed out a one-page flyer, which included the following basic description:

“What is Teen Court? Teen Court is a nationally recognized early intervention and restorative justice program for juveniles (ages 12-18). It is a diversionary court that keeps first-time offenders with traffic infractions and misdemeanor offenses out of the traditional court system.

FBI: Shiprock Man Sentenced To Prison For Federal Assault Conviction

on February 4, 2015 - 9:14am

FBI News:
  • Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

ALBUQUERQUE—Algar Horsechief, 27, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on two assault charges.

Horsechief was arrested Aug.

It’s The Thinking, Not The Drinking! Effective Underage Drinking Prevention Talk At Smith Auditorium Thursday

on February 3, 2015 - 2:40pm

Tracy Juechter


Tracy Juechter, MA in school counseling, will be giving a demonstration of the Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC) underage drinking prevention program 5:30-6 p.m., Thursday at Duane Smith Auditorium.

The ALC has been proven to reduce underage and binge drinking in six published studies. The program challenges a person’s expectancies (i.e., beliefs) about alcohol by teaching that most of the good effects of drinking are caused by the mental associations a person has with alcohol, rather than the actual chemical effects alcohol causes in a person’s body.


Watch Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni Of Los Alamos On Video Offering Nuclear Weapons To Venezuela

on February 1, 2015 - 2:55pm

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni meeting with 'Jimenez' in a hotel room. Screen shot/FBI video

FBI News:

In FBI undercover video and audio recordings, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni of Los Alamos explains to undercover agent Jimenez that he had a "top of the top" clearance and that he held a security clearance from the Department of Defense and from the Department of Energy.

Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S.

Former Los Alamos Scientist Sentenced To 60 Months For Atomic Energy Act Violations

on January 28, 2015 - 3:26pm

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez for the District of New Mexico, Assistant Director Randall C. Coleman of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O.

PEC Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster Of Los Alamos Sworn Into Office

on January 8, 2015 - 5:31pm

Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados swears in PEC Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster (Dist. 4) this afternoon at the Justice Center. Courtesy photo

Former Employee Files Suit Against LANS, Co-workers

on December 27, 2014 - 1:27pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee filed suit Dec. 11 in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe against Los Alamos National Security, LLC and three co-workers.

Suzanne D. Coyne issued the complaint against LANS and three co-workers including Nicholas Degidio, Gail McGuire and Jackie Little. Coyne's husband Robert J. Coyne Sr., joined her in the court action filed through their attorney, Paul W. Grace, Esq.

Grace spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post and said that the complaint he filed on behalf of his clients is grounded on the

Municipal Court Closed Dec. 25-26

on December 24, 2014 - 8:07am


The Los Alamos County Municipal Court will be closed Dec. 25-26 for the Christmas holiday.

The court we will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29.

Direct questions to 505.662.8025.


Sharon Marinuzzi Joins All-Woman Trinity Law Firm

on December 5, 2014 - 12:05pm
Los Alamos lawyers, from left, Jacqueline Marrast-Simpson, Laurie Gallegos and Sharon Marinuzzi in their conference room at Trinity Law Firm. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Trinity Law Firm really began in 1994 when attorney Mary Walz hired Laurie Gallegos, just out of law school. Gallegos left to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1997. She enjoyed her work there, practicing in the area of employment law and litigation, but she wanted more flexibility and to have her own practice.

Los Alamos Widower Agrees With Probation For Steven Fode Saying It's What His Wife Would Have Wanted

on November 8, 2014 - 7:35pm

Steven Fode


Los Alamos Daily Post

Widower Ed Lang told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that his wife would not have wanted to see the young man serve jail time who was charged in her death.

"When the district attorney brought us in and read us this plea agreement in September, I agreed because Emily would not want to see this kid go to jail ... everyone who knew Emily would know that she would have felt it served no useful purpose," Lang said.

Steven Fode, 25, of Santa Fe was driving his truck on Main Street in Central Park Square July 16 when he realized he could

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Expresses Thanks

on November 5, 2014 - 11:22am
Los Alamos Magistrate Court

Thank you, voters of Los Alamos. It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge. 

I thank you for your vote of confidence. I promise to uphold the law and pursue fairness, understanding, honesty and integrity as I humbly serve as your Magistrate Judge

I would also like to thank my family, their support and guidance has been unwavering. Thank you to Nan Holmes, your hard work and ready smile has been wonderful. I don’t know what I would have done without them. Friends, thank you for all the encouragement.

Letter to the Editor: Vote To Improve Public Safety - Vote Against Retaining Judge Sheri Raphaelson

on November 2, 2014 - 7:43am
Los Alamos

It's been gratifying to see the several letters against retaining Judge Sheri Raphaelson. I am one of the victims in the 2013 Aaron Nguyen case memorialized as "catch and release".

I was in court at all three hearings before Judge Raphaelson. At these hearings, victims and other concerned neighbors spoke out to oppose the plea deal and ask the court to require accountability. We told the court the details of having our lives and homes violated, and talked about our ongoing stress. We reminded the court that Mr.

Letter to the Editor: Vote To Retain Judge Sheri Rafaelson

on November 2, 2014 - 6:57am

Los Alamos

I sympathize with the Ragsdales anger at robbery of their home by John Craven, the son of a trusted neighbor as expressed in their various letters to editors, but I do not agree with their opinion that Judge Sheri Rafaelson should not be retained because she released him.

Rafaelson sentenced the young man not to incarceration, but to a drug treatment program and electronic monitoring. As the Los Alamos Monitor reports, on Oct.

Why I Want To Be Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge

on October 31, 2014 - 9:23am
Los Alamos

Hello, my name is Paul A. Martinez and I am the Democratic candidate for Los Alamos County Municipal Court judge.

I am a New Mexico native, bilingual in English and Spanish and a United States Navy veteran. I have a Master's Degree with majors in political science and sociology and have completed graduate course work in public administration.

I have been a resident of Los Alamos since 1981 and hold Los Alamos dear to my heart. My four kids were raised here and my grandkids are being raised here.

Letter to the Editor: We Need Judges Willing To Hold Criminals Accountable

on October 28, 2014 - 10:44am
Los Alamos

Enough is enough! It is time for a change in the first judicial court.

We need a judge who is willing to recognize that a victim of a crime should at least have some rights as well as the respect of the court. We need a judge who is willing to hold a criminal accountable for their crimes and quit "plea dealing" them back on to the streets to continue their criminal careers.

Judge Sheri Raphaelson's sentencing record is atrocious! Her "catch and release" program belongs in the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, not in the courts.

Court: Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Illegal

on October 13, 2014 - 2:42pm


In response to a petition by the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, District Court Judge Sarah Singleton has ordered New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and the Water Quality Control Commission to explain the illegal scheduling of a hearing on groundwater-protection rules for the dairy industry.

Although 57 percent of New Mexico dairies have polluted groundwater in excess of health standards, Flynn’s Environment Department has not been enforcing a groundwater-protection rule the commission passed in 2011 specifically for the dairy industry.

The Environment Department and

Miffed Aide Who Hacked Governor’s Emails Gets 9-Month Sentence

on October 9, 2014 - 8:51am

Jamie Estrada leaves an Albuquerque federal courthouse Wednesday after getting a nine-month sentence for hacking into the email account of Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Rob Nikolewski


New Mexico Watchdog 
ALBUQUERQUE — Email hacking is a crime and a former campaign manager who turned on the Republican governor in New Mexico is going to do time.

Jamie Estrada was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in federal prison for breaking into the email campaign account of Gov. Susana Martinez and disseminating some of the messages to her political opponents

“To whom much is

Lawsuit Against LANL And Former Emergency Operations Manager Tony Stanford Is Settled

on September 15, 2014 - 11:30pm
Anthony 'Tony' Stanford
Los Alamos Daily Post

Attorney John Day told the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening that the suit he filed in First District Court last December on behalf of Erika and William Gorman against Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Anthony "Tony" R. Stanford has been settled.

"We've reached an agreement and dropped the lawsuit," Day said. "The parties agreed not to discuss the terms of the settlement but I can tell you that the Gormans are extremely happy and very satisfied that it's over."

A LANL spokesperson stated

LAHS Graduate Jennifer Attrep Takes Oath of Office For 1st Judicial District Court

on September 7, 2014 - 11:28am

The Honorable Sarah M. Singleton performs the Investiture Ceremony for Jennifer Attrep to the 1st Judicial District Court as her husband Todd Coberly looks on. Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Attrep, a Los Alamos High School graduate, to the 1st Judicial District Court in July. Attrep, now of Santa Fe, will serve until the end of the year as her appointment fills a new position created when the governor recently signed into law House Bill 141, which established additional judgeships throughout the state.

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Orders Steven C. Porter to Pay Nearly $100K in Cash to Get Out of Jail

on August 28, 2014 - 1:30pm

Steven C. Porter

Staff Report

In order to get out of jail this time, Steven C. Porter of Pajarito Acres in White Rock must pay nearly $100,000 in cash after being arrested Monday and charged with violating the terms of his release.

Police suspect Porter removed the electronic monitoring bracelet attached to his ankle for some 20 hours between Friday and Saturday. A truck was vandalized about a mile from his home within that time period.

Porter went before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados this morning.

Couple Suspected of Burglarizing Los Alamos Homes Granted Bail With Conditions

on August 28, 2014 - 12:55pm

Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield

Staff Report

In seperate hearings this morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court, Judge Pat Casados set bond for an Ojo Caliente couple who are engaged to be married. The couple is charged in a string of local residential burglaries over the past two months.

Casados set bond at $10,000 cash or surety for Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield. Ortiz-Merrifield, 20, is charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary (4th degree felonies) and one count of burglary of a dwelling (3rd degree felony). Her bond was reduced from $28,000 due to her inability to pay.

Former Sandia Scientist Pleads Guilty to Taking Government Property to China

on August 28, 2014 - 7:36am

Jianyu Huang

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Jianyu Huang, a scientist formerly employed by Sandia Corporation (Sandia) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), pleaded guilty Monday to making a false statement and unlawfully transporting converted government property in interstate and foreign commerce.

The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.

Huang, 46, a naturalized U.S.

Police Inventory Lists 66 Firearms At Steve Porter's Pajarito Acres Home

on August 27, 2014 - 6:28pm

This SKS Russian 7.62 with bayonet is among 66 firearms police recently inventoried and confiscated from Steven C. Porter's residence in Pajarito Acres. Courtesy/LAPD

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police arrested Steven C. Porter Monday and charged him with escape from a community custody program, a felony, for tampering with his court ordered electronic monitoring device.

He is being held in jail without bond and scheduled to go back before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados at 8:30 a.m., Thursday at the Justice Center.

Porter, 46, was initially arrested Sunday, Aug.

Municipal Court Closing Sept. 1-5

on August 27, 2014 - 5:30pm


The Los Alamos County Municipal Court will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for Labor Day and Sept. 2-5 for Court Staff Training.  

Direct questions to 505.662.8025.