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Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Orders $102K Bond For Steven C. Porter With Strict Conditions

on August 19, 2014 - 6:44pm

During an arraignment this morning, Magistrate Judge Pat Casados explains to defendant Steven C. Porter each of the 20 charges he is facing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Steven C. Porter

With 20 drug-related counts filed against him, Steven C. Porter faced Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados this morning during his arraignment at the Justice Center.

Casados read each charge out loud, detailed what each charge meant and asked porter if he understood each charge and the possible sentence and fine.

Letter to the Editor: Shocked at Judge Parker's Decision to Remove Mural

on August 19, 2014 - 3:05pm
Aztec, N.M.
Regarding: Court decision concerning the 10 Commandments in Bloomfield, New Mexico.
Honorable Judge Parker:
After reading the decision that you returned concerning the 10 Commandments monument in Bloomfield, N.M., I was shocked.
There were several reasons that I was shocked. One being that since you were appointed by Pres. Ronald Reagan I thought you were a more conservative judge who would have known the history of the United States. The other concern was that the 10 Commandments mural was on the wall in the District Court itself.

Los Alamos Police Charge Steven C. Porter With Multiple Drug Related Counts

on August 18, 2014 - 7:21pm

Steven C. Porter


Los Alamos police have charged Steven C. Porter of White Rock with more than a dozen criminal counts including possession of a controlled substance, trafficking of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance.

Porter, 46, is a Pajarito Acres homeowner who was handcuffed and removed from the annual meeting of the Pajarito Acres Home Owners Association Sunday evening at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4.

PAHOA President Eldon Linnebur told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene Sunday evening that more than 100 people representing

Gov.: Child Support Bench Warrant Round Up

on August 7, 2014 - 7:48am

Gov. Susana Martinez


For the third year in a row, Gov. Susana Martinez announces a two-part crack-down on non-custodial parents who aren’t paying child support.

The child support bench warrant operation runs through the end of August.

Non-custodial parents with an outstanding bench warrant due to unpaid child support obligations may visit one of the 14 child support offices across the state, pay the full amount of the bond by Aug. 29, and get the warrant quashed or cancelled without fear of arrest.

During the final week of August, New Mexico State Police (NMSP) and local law

Governor Appoints LAHS Graduate Jennifer Attrep to 1st Judicial District Court

on July 31, 2014 - 9:10am


Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Los Alamos High School graduate Jennifer Attrep to the 1st Judicial District Court.

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. Candidates for this judgeship were not able to run in the June Primary Election because the position wasn’t officially available until May and did not allow enough time for candidates to participate in that election.

The Democratic

Municipal Court Closing From Noon July 22-25

on July 21, 2014 - 9:03pm


Los Alamos County Municipal Court will close at noon Tuesday, July 22 and remain closed through Friday, July 25 for Court Staff Professional Development.

The Court will reopen Monday, July 28.


Municipal Court to Close at Noon July 22-25

on July 16, 2014 - 8:41am
The Municipal Court will close at noon July 22-25 for Court Staff Professional Development.
For more information, call 505.662.8025.

Lujan Grisham on Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

on July 2, 2014 - 8:11am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, released the following statement June 30 in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby:

“Today’s decision shows just how far the Roberts court is willing to go to put the interests of private corporations over the needs of working families. The court gives corporations the freedom to discriminate—based on religious beliefs—against its own employees.”

Governor's Former Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty to Computer Intrusion and False Statement Charges

on June 17, 2014 - 7:51am

Jamie Estrada

FBI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jamie Estrada, 41, of Los Lunas pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to the unlawful interception of electronic communications and false statement charges arising out of the unlawful interception of wire communications intended for others, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and members of her staff.

In announcing Estrada’s guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Damon P.

New CASA Volunteers Sworn In to Advocate for Children

on May 24, 2014 - 7:35am

New CASA volunteers from left, Jim Bradbury, George Flores, Rachel Scholz, Lisa Gonzales, Suzan Hall with Judge Ellington and Suzie Leite. Courtesy photo

CASA News:

SANTA FE—The Hon. Judge T. Glen Ellington of the First Judicial District swore in six volunteers May 22 as CASA volunteers—court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children. The new volunteers are Jim Bradbury, George Flores, Rachel Scholz, Lisa Gonzales, Suzan Hall and Suzie Leite.

Family and friends gathered in the First District Court House in Santa Fe to watch the volunteers take an oath promising to

Damon Martinez New U.S. Attorney for New Mexico

on May 22, 2014 - 9:08am

Damon P. Martinez

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting unanimously to confirm Damon P. Martinez to be U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.

Martinez has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2001 and as acting U.S. Attorney since March 2014. He is highly experienced in cases concerning national security and anti-terrorism, immigration and narcotics. The senators recommended Martinez for the position of U.S. Attorney in an April 26, 2013, letter to President Obama.

"Damon Martinez has already stepped up to the plate as

Probate Judge Christine Chandler Speaks at Lunch with a Leader at Mesa Public Library Tuesday

on May 18, 2014 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos Probate Judge Chris Chandler


The League of Women Voters will have Probate Judge Christine Chandler as their speaker Tuesday, May 20 at Mesa Library. The lunch will begin at 11:40 a.m. and is open to the entire community.

Chandler was appointed Probate Judge by the Los Alamos County Council in August 2013 to fill a vacancy. She is running for the position in the 2014 election.

Chandler grew up in Massachusetts and received her BA from Smith College, with a major in economics.

Police Dispatch Operator Charged With DUI

on May 15, 2014 - 9:28am


Los Alamos Police Dispatch Operator Randon Romero was arrested May 2 by Santa Fe police and charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, .16 or above, first offense.

Romero was arraigned May 7 in Santa Fe Magistrate Court at which Judge George Anaya, Jr. set bond at $5,000.

"I am aware of this situation," LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone told the Los Alamos Daily Post, adding that Romero remains on the job pending the outcome of an investigation.

A pre-trial hearing is set for June 17 at the Santa Fe Magistrate Court.

New Mexico court

DA's Office Drops Charges Against Michael Calhoun

on May 6, 2014 - 4:05pm


The District Attorney's Office has dropped all charges against Michael Calhoun of Los Alamos for lack of evidence.

Los Alamos police filed charges Feb. 8 against Calhoun, 46, of negligent use of explosives and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The case was dismissed without prejudice March 18, which is a dismissal that allows for re-filing of the case in the future.

The Children's Court dropped the charge of negligent use of explosives filed by Los Alamos police Feb. 8 against a 14-year-old Los Alamos boy, citing lack of evidence.

Probate Court Judge Presents FY2015-FY2016 Budgets

on April 22, 2014 - 7:10pm

Probate Court Judge Christine Chandler presents her FY2015-FY2016 budgets and laughs together with Budget and Grants Manager Gina Torpy and Deputy County Administrator/CFO Steven Lynne as she said her budget is likely the smallest in the County to which Council Chair Geoff Rodgers joked, 'And tonight it will be cut in half.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Probate Court Judge Christine Chandler presented her FY2015-FY2016 budgets to County Council this evening in Council Chambers.

The Probate Court Adopted Budget for 2014 is $5,747 and Chandler was able to tighten up

Catch and Release: The Saga of Judge Raphaelson, Aaron Nguyen, and Public Safety

on February 22, 2014 - 10:01am
Los Alamos

Somewhat incomprehensibly, District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson has once again given convicted burglar Aaron Nguyen a get out of jail free pass. This is in spite of her telling him at his initial sentencing hearing, on multiple felonies, that if he violated any of the terms of his probation, he would go to jail for the full term of his sentence.

Mr. Nguyen promptly violated those terms and it would seem he called Her Honor's bluff. Indeed, Judge Raphaelson is now saying "A prison sentence for a 100-pound, 19-year-old boy is grossly inappropriate ... I do

Victims Question Whether Judge Qualified to Render Sentence on Serial Burglar

on February 20, 2014 - 11:02pm
District Judge Sheri A. Raphaelson rendered no jail time for convicted serial burglar Aaron Nguyen despite his probation violation, which has his victims questioning her ability to try the case. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Aaron Nguyen, 19, of Los Alamos briefly apologizes to victims in the courtroom Wednesday before turning to the judge to tell her that his mental health is now a top priority. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Defendant Aaron Nguyen, 19, sits with his mother and father before his sentencing hearing begins in District Court. Nguyen's father, leaning

Judge's Sentence for Los Alamos Serial Burglar Has Victims Reeling

on February 19, 2014 - 1:41pm
Attorney Steve Aarons with convicted serial burglar Aaron Nguyen, 19, of Los Alamos who hangs his head as witnesses speak out at his sentencing hearing this morning in District Court at the Justice Center. The judge continued his five-year probation and treatment but ordered no jail time, which had victims lashing out in frustration. Check back at later for the full report. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Attorney Steve Aarons begins to lay out a case for his client's November probation violation, saying he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk Seeks Fifth Term

on February 6, 2014 - 3:25pm

Judge Alan Kirk. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Judge Alan S. Kirk told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he will seek a fifth term as Municipal Judge of Los Alamos County.

"I want to continue providing services to the community through the professional staff of the court that we have developed," Kirk said. "This includes community service programs, probation programs and our extremely successful teen court program."

Kirk moved to Los Alamos in 1958 and graduated from Los Alamos High School and Eastern New Mexico University.

Cease and Desist Order Issued Against Los Alamos Man

on February 6, 2014 - 11:52am
Jerry Beery at a Los Alamos County Council meeting last year. File photo
Staff Report

The State issued an order Tuesday to stop a Los Alamos resident from selling unauthorized securities to senior citizens and retirees in an illegal scheme.

The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department’s Securities Division issued the cease and desist order against Jerome Griggs Beery who sold securities totaling more than $200,000 to mostly retirees and senior citizens in Los Alamos, in violation of state law.

Beery, 79, who is not a state-licensed investment broker, has been ordered to cease

Los Alamos County Administrator Issues Statement on Police Lawsuit

on January 17, 2014 - 9:00am

Harry Burgess


Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess issued the following statement today with regard to Wednesday's filing of a lawsuit against the County by two former Los Alamos police commanders and a detective:

"Late Wednesday afternoon we were notified by media that the law office of George Geran chose to release to them a lawsuit supposedly filed against the County by three current/former LAPD officers.  

"As of yesterday afternoon, the lawsuit had still not been served on Los Alamos County.

Breaking News: Police Officers Sue Los Alamos County

on January 15, 2014 - 4:01pm

UPDATE: The Los Alamos Daily Post just received the following comment from Los Alamos County: The County has not received the lawsuit from the office of George Geran, and as such, has not had the opportunity to review it.

Former Commander Randy Foster

Staff Report

Two former commanders of the Los Alamos Police Department and one current detective filed a lawsuit today against Los Alamos County, alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination.

The Complaint seeks redress for harms the County inflicted upon the three, former Commander Randy Foster, former Commander Scott

Los Alamos News Highlights For 2013

on December 31, 2013 - 11:04am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilors dedicate the new building as community members look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Municipal Building Dedication: Community members turned out as former and current County officials cut the ribbon on the new Los Alamos County Municipal Building June 28 at 1000 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National

FBI: John Charles McCluskey to Receive Life in Prison for Murdering Oklahoma Couple

on December 12, 2013 - 10:58am
Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee
FBI Albuquerque Division

FBI News:

WASHINGTON—John Charles McCluskey, 48, will receive a life prison sentence for a host of crimes arising from the carjacking and murder of a couple from Tecumseh, Oklahoma, after a federal jury today announced that it could not reach a unanimous decision on whether to impose the death penalty.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough of the District of New Mexico, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O.

Attorneys Respond to Los Alamos County's Settlement With Detective

on December 11, 2013 - 8:12pm
Det. Brian Schamber
Staff Report
Following this afternoon's announcement that Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Police Det. Brian Schamber had reached a settlement agreement, comments were issued from Schamber's attorney and an attorney representing three additional police officers with pending litigation against the County.
Comments from Schamber's attorney John W. Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day, LLC in Santa Fe:
"Los Alamos County has agreed to pay upwards of $600,000 to settle Brian Schamber's claims.