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Wilhelm Arrested On Probation Violation, New Charges

on February 14, 2018 - 7:17am

A Los Alamos police detective enters the Orange Street residence of Krista Wilhelm Jan. 24 during the execution of a search warrant. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

 

The Los Alamos Police Department crime scene unit parked Jan. 24 near the Orange Street residence of Krista Wilhelm. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Krista Wilhelm, 33, of Los Alamos is back in jail on charges in two new cases just weeks after she was given supervised probation in three prior Los Alamos Magistrate Court cases.

Under a plea

Attorney General Hector Balderas: Clovis Murderer Of 10-Year-Old Boy To Remain In Prison

on February 13, 2018 - 6:42am
Noe Torres
 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
 
CLOVIS Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General and affirmed Noe Torres' convictions for the first-degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez and the attempted murder of 17-year-old Ruben Perez.
 
In September of 2005, Torres and one of his co-conspirators, Edward Salas, drove to the Perez residence after Edward’s brother had an altercation with Ruben Perez at their high school.

Officials Seek End To Adrian Trujillo Probation

on February 13, 2018 - 6:29am

Adrian Trujillo

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Department of Probation and Parole (DPP) officials are again asking for Adrian Trujillo, 29, of Hernandez to serve the remainder of his sentences in two cases incarceration, saying he continues to sabotage himself with negative behavior and total disregard for other people’s safety.

Trujillo faces a probation violation arraignment Feb. 22 before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer because he was arrested Feb.

Preliminary Hearing Set In 2016 Fraud Case

on February 10, 2018 - 4:44pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 23 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Belamie L. Pick, 40, of Medanales on charges of forgery, fraud and identity theft.

The charges were originally filed in September 2016 and in September 2017 Pick allegedly failed to appear for a preliminary hearing and a warrant was issued for her arrest. On Jan. 19, she was picked up by New Mexico State Patrol.

The 2016 request for issuance of an arrest warrant written by Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt.

Rep. Bill Rehm’s Statement On House Endorsement Of Statute Of Limitations Removal For 2nd Degree Murder

on February 10, 2018 - 8:10am

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—Friday night, the House of Representatives unanimously endorsed Rep. Bill Rehm’s (R-Albuquerque) proposal to remove the statute of limitations for second-degree murder prosecutions. His measure, House Bill 33, was combined with a similar measure, House Bill 115, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque).  

 

New Mexico is the only state in the country that applies a statute of limitations on second degree murder. The joint bipartisan effort now moves to the Senate for consideration.  

 

Following the House’s action, Rep. Rehm issued this statement: 

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 31 To Feb. 6, 2018

on February 7, 2018 - 4:14pm

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 against them.

ELSIE A. FERNANDEZ

Jan. 31 at 11:30 a.m. / Police arrested Elsie Fernandez, 39, of Ojo Caliente at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant and charged her with carrying contraband into the jail.

 

FORREST ZACHARY PINCHBECK

Feb. 1 at 3:09 a.m.

LAPD Swears In New Officer

on February 7, 2018 - 2:00pm

Los Alamos Police Department's newest recruit, Ofc. Emmanuel Rodriguez and his fiancee Ariana Vigil following his swearing in ceremony this morning in Los Alamos Magistrate Court. Rodriguez has a degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas-El Paso and is a five-year veteran of the New Mexico State Patrol. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados administers the oath of office for Los Alamos Police Ofc. Emmanuel Rodriguez this morning as his fiancee Ariana Vigil looks on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Celebrating the swearing in of

Jury Orders Zia Credit Union To Pay Former Employee $1.5 Million

on February 1, 2018 - 9:00am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post


Zia Credit Union will pay $1.5 million to a former 20-year employee under a verdict handed down by a Santa Fe jury in a case involving a 1.3-acre piece of property in Pojoaque.

The case was originally filed in 2015 by Edwin Ortiz against Zia alleging wrongful discharge and defamation. Ortiz was hired by Zia in 1990 and worked his way up to senior vice president. He inherited the Pojoaque property from his parents.

The lawsuit alleged that beginning in 2005, Zia management and board of directors considered expanding the field of membership into Pojoaque

Documents Detail Discrimination Suit Against County

on February 1, 2018 - 8:30am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post


Documents make public the specific allegations of a suit filed in October, in First Judicial District Court, against Los Alamos County by a procurement department employee under the Fair Pay for Women Act (FPWA).

The documents include the findings of the Human Rights Bureau (HRB) of the Department of Workforce Solutions Labor Solutions Division.

Lillie Martinez, a buyer/planner for the County, originally filed a charge of discrimination with the HRB in July 2016, alleging that she had been employed by the County for almost 16 years and had learned through a

FBI: Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Trafficking

on January 25, 2018 - 6:40am

FBI News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE – Gilberto Garcia, 42, of Las Cruces, pled guilty this morning in federal court to a methamphetamine trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

 

Garcia was arrested in Oct. 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. According to the complaint, law enforcement officers seized approximately 128 gross grams of methamphetamine from Garcia’s vehicle following a routine traffic stop May 10, 2017, in Dona Ana County, N.M.

 

During today’s proceedings, Garcia pled guilty to a felony

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 17 To Jan. 23, 2018

on January 24, 2018 - 5:46pm

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.

JESSE DANIEL CURRIE

Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. / Police arrested Jesse Daniel Currie, 21, of Jemez Springs at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

KEVIN MEDINGER

Jan. 18 at 10:44 a.m.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Files Lawsuits Against Non-Compliant Charities

on January 23, 2018 - 2:53pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General filed the first of his lawsuits against charities across the state who have failed to come into compliance in their registration and reporting as required by the Charitable Solicitations Act.

Today’s six lawsuits are the next step in the Charities Compliance Sweep, which began in December of 2017.

“New Mexicans who open their hearts and wallets deserve to know how their hard-earned money is being spent by a

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Seek Applicants To Fill Two Upcoming Vacancies On US District Court

on January 23, 2018 - 2:26pm
COURT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 30, 2017, the Honorable Robert C. Brack announced his intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Brack’s announcement, effective July 25, 2018, will create a vacancy in Las Cruces for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.
 
On Dec. 26, 2017, the Honorable Christina Armijo announced her intention to assume senior status after 16 years of distinguished service on the federal bench, including more than five years as Chief Judge for the District.

House Republicans Introduce Bill To Increase Sentences For Crimes Committed While Awaiting Trial

on January 23, 2018 - 6:08am
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE — State Representatives Greg Nibert (R-Roswell), Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque), and Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) have introduced legislation to enhance sentences for offenders who commit a crime while awaiting trial, serving parole or probation. 
 
House Bill 91 would increase sentences up to an additional five years for defendants convicted of a felony if the person committed the felony while awaiting trial or while serving probation or parole.

Court Hearing Held On O'Leary Emails

on January 22, 2018 - 6:00pm

Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, right, and Attorney Tony F. Ortiz who is representing the Los Alamos County Council in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Inspection of Public Records Act filed by former Los Alamos resident Patrick Brenner. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Attorney Blair Dunn, left, and his client Patrick Brenner await a hearing Friday afternoon in Brenner's case against the Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge Greg Shaffer directed

David Rael Appeals Nine-Year Sentence

on January 22, 2018 - 8:45am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 40-year-old Los Alamos man has filed a notice of appeal of a nine-year prison sentence handed down Nov. 1 by First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

David Rael was convicted of three counts of sexual exploitation of children following a non-jury trial last June. The State had requested a 15-year sentence.

In June 2013, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was investigating the sharing of online pornography when he identified Rael’s computer as a potential source for at least six files

Joel Martin Fails To Appear For Court Hearing

on January 22, 2018 - 5:25am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

An outstanding warrant from First Judicial District Court is in effect for one of two men arrested by Los Alamos Police Department in August after they fled from Smith’s Marketplace in a pickup and attempted to run down an LAPD officer.

 

Joel Martin

 

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque was arrested following the incident and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated fleeing a police officer, receiving a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal damage

LAPD Charges Kevin Medinger With Theft Of Gun, Cash

on January 19, 2018 - 8:37am

Kevin Medinger

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos police arrested Kevin Medinger, 32, Thursday morning and charged him with five felony counts in connection with the theft of a firearm and cash from a local residence.

According to documents filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court, the case was originally opened by Cpl. David Boe after he received a report that a Smith & Wesson .38 special revolver was missing from an Orange Street residence where Medinger did odd jobs for the victim.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10 – Jan. 15, 2018

on January 17, 2018 - 2:45pm

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 against them.

JACOB ROMERO

Jan. 10 at 11:55 p.m. / Police arrested Jacob Romero, 32, of Alcalde in Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

ALLAN L. HOULE

Jan. 12 at 5:07 p.m. / Police arrested Allan L. Houle, 30, of Los Alamos in Santa Fe on an outstanding District Court Warrant.

 

CHARLES J. STERBA

Jan. 13 at 933 a.m. / Police arrested Charles J.

Sheriff Candidate Files Second Suit Against County

on January 16, 2018 - 4:02pm

Greg White

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Greg White has filed another suit against Los Alamos County Council, this time adding County Manager Harry Burgess, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone, County Attorney Alvin Leaphart and Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits to the list of defendants.

A previous petition for writ of prohibition filed by White last October in the Supreme Court was denied.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Sues To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality

on January 16, 2018 - 1:56pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General

SANTA FE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

“Today we are taking aggressive legal action to stop the illegal rollback of net neutrality protections because New Mexico already struggles to

Municipal Judge Alan Kirk Announces Re-Election Bid

on January 16, 2018 - 8:04am
Municipal Judge Alan Kirk announces his bid for re-election Thursday evening at a GOP meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Alex and Erin Kirk help out with their father Judge Alan Kirk's first campaign 20 years ago. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos County Municipal Judge Alan S. Kirk announced his bid for re-election Thursday evening at a local Republican Party meeting at UNM-LA.

Kirk is serving his 20th year on the bench and spoke about his decision to seek a 6th term, during an interview Saturday

Houle Sentenced Following Complicated Hearing

on January 15, 2018 - 8:01am

Allan Houle is taken into custody Dec.11 for transportation to the Los Alamos Detention Center following sentencing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sentencing for Allan Houle under a plea agreement was finally held Jan. 11 before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in Santa Fe after two previous postponements due to the judge’s concerns about inconsistencies in plea agreements.

Judge Marlowe Sommer reviewed a plea agreement for Houle Sept.

Dist. Judge Greg Shaffer Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on January 11, 2018 - 4:49pm

First Judicial District Judge Greg Shaffer visits the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning after attending the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. Judge Shaffer was appointed to the bench in October following the retirement of Judge Sarah Singleton. His name will be on the ballot for election this year. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero Sues Attorney General Hector Balderas Under IPRA

on January 11, 2018 - 4:38pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero has filed suit against Attorney General Hector Balderas and his records custodian Patricia Salazar in First Judicial District Court alleging Balderas is withholding a 2016 memorandum containing an opinion or evaluation of the ongoing dispute involving the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s duties.

The suit was filed by Lucero’s attorney A. Blair Dunn who recently announced his candidacy for Balderas’s position.

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