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Judge Detains Alleged Writer Of SFHS Shooting Plan

on November 15, 2017 - 5:43am
Los Alamos Daily Post


A Santa Fe High School student, Aaron Encinias, will be held in a youth detention center pending trial on a charge of conspiring to engage in terrorist activity.

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer ordered the detention Tuesday saying Encinias poses a risk to others. Charges against two other students, Santiago Trujillo and Julian Carter were dropped.

The three students were arrested last week when other students found a letter on campus, which included plans for a mass shooting at SFHS along with a diagram

Judge Detains Stabbing Suspect Citing 12 Prior Cases

on November 15, 2017 - 5:26am

Andrea Rivera, right, consults with her attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies Tuesday during a dangerousness hearing before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A 30-year-old Los Alamos woman will remain in custody without bond until further notice on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of tampering with evidence.

First Judicial District Judge T.

AG’s Office Files Brief In Mallory Appeal

on November 14, 2017 - 7:01am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Assistant Attorney General Maris Veidemanis has filed a “brief in chief” in an appeal in a local case involving alleged sexual exploitation of children under 18 years by visual media.

Scott Mallory of Los Alamos was arrested in January 2016 after forensic searches of his computer revealed images of young female teenagers, some of which were focused on the clothed breast area and 250 items bookmarked as “child erotica and child pornography”.

The appeal was filed in May by Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and claims

Pandey Admits He Should Have Stopped When Victim Pushed Him Away

on November 13, 2017 - 10:01am


An incident report filed by Los Alamos Police Det. Matt Lyon indicates that a 31-year-old Los Alamos man charged with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempt to commit sexual assault told him he should have stopped, that he knew the victim was not interested after she pushed him away the first time.

Sachin Pandey was arrested Oct. 3 following an investigation by Lyon. When Lyon interviewed Pandey, he asked him what he was trying to do when he was being aggressive with the victim.

Gutierrez Scheduled For Pretrial Hearing Dec. 8

on November 11, 2017 - 10:27pm



A pretrial hearing has been set for Dec. 8 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Jeremy Gutierrez, 32, of Espanola. Gutierrez was arrested Oct. 31 and charged with driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch had received several calls about a reckless driver near the Los Alamos Airport and with the help of a caller who was on the phone with Dispatch, located Gutierrez’s car on Central Avenue. Court documents indicate that after Gutierrez was pulled over, Sgt.

Schmitt Receives Suspended Sentence

on November 11, 2017 - 10:11pm



Robert F. Schmitt, 41, received a 90-day suspended sentence Oct. 23 from Judge Alan Kirk in Los Alamos Municipal Court and was placed on three months of supervised probation on a charge of criminal damage to property of less than $1,000.

Schmitt was arrested Sept. 18 at Smith’s in White Rock for slashing a tire on a truck belonging to another Smith’s employee. Los Alamos Police Department had been called to the store in response to a domestic dispute involving Schmitt. They were called back a little later in response to the report of the slashed tire.

Police reviewed store

Ruybal Faces Probation Violation Hearing

on November 11, 2017 - 4:44pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Casandra Ruybal, 28, of Los Alamos will be back in First Judicial District Court Nov. 20 for a probation violation hearing. If found guilty of the violation, probation officials have asked that she be remanded into custody to serve the remainder of her sentence in the Department of Corrections.

Ruybal was arrested Feb. 23 after Los Alamos Police Department responded to a report that a woman was trying to cash stolen checks at the Los Alamos National Bank branch in White Rock.

DEA News: Department Of Justice Announces Significant Tool To Prosecute Opioid Traffickers

on November 11, 2017 - 7:19am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Justice Thursday announced that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) intends to take immediate action against the flow of illicit fentanyl analogues into this country and the alarming increase in overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids by scheduling all fentanyl-related substances on an emergency basis.  
When the DEA’s order takes effect, anyone who possesses, imports, distributes, or manufactures any illicit fentanyl analogue will be subject to criminal prosecution in the same manner as for fentanyl and other controlled

Stabbing Suspect Has Prior Arrests

on November 9, 2017 - 2:30pm
By Maire O'Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

Andrea Rivera, 30, will remain in the Los Alamos Detention Center until a Nov. 14 hearing to determine whether she will be held without bond pending trial. She has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

The charges relate to an incident Friday evening, Nov.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2017

on November 8, 2017 - 10:44am

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.


Nov. 3 at 3:31 p.m. / Police arrested Victoria Espinoza, 26, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.





Nov. 4 at 11:29 a.m. / Police arrested Andrea R. Rivera, 30, of Los Alamos at the Gold Street Apartments on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

Judge Detains Espinoza Due To Safety Concerns

on November 8, 2017 - 7:15am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados opted Monday in court to keep Victoria Espinoza in jail on a cash only secured bond for $3,000 unless she can be admitted to an inpatient drug treatment facility.

“I truly feel from the information here today and from the statement of probable cause and arrest warrant that you cannot stop at this point in time,” Casados said.

Espinoza was arrested Friday afternoon on a warrant and charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of heroin; selling, disposing, possessing

Animal Protection Of New Mexico: Federal Court Ruling Allows Challenge To Cougar Trapping To Proceed

on November 5, 2017 - 6:18am

Cougar with cub. Courtesy/


APNM News:


ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge has rejected New Mexico’s second request to dismiss a lawsuit that asserts the state Department of Game and Fish’s 2016 decision to open a cougar trapping season on public lands—for the first time in almost 50 years—violates the Endangered Species Act.


The ruling came just one day after the start of the 2017-2018 cougar trapping season.


Judge William P.

Warrants Issued For Bayless and Schwenk

on November 5, 2017 - 5:57am

Court News:

Two of three women arrested Aug. 29 by Los Alamos Police Sgt. Andrew Goldie on drug-related charges now have warrants from Los Alamos Magistrate Court for their arrest following their failure to appear for hearings before Judge Pat Casados.

Esperanza Bayless, 28, of Grants failed to appear Friday morning on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended or revoked license and failure to use a turn signal.

A warrant was issued for Haley Schwenk, 18, also of Grants, who failed to appear Sept.

LAPD Makes Drug Arrest Friday

on November 4, 2017 - 8:07am

Victoria Espinoza arrested Friday. Courtesy/LAPD
Los Alamos Daily Post

Victoria Espinoza of White Rock was arrested Friday afternoon on an arrest warrant issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.

Espinoza was charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of heroin; selling, disposing, possessing dangerous drugs; possession of marijuana; and two counts of drug paraphernalia for possessing 53 hypodermic needles and a broken glass methamphetamine pipe.

According to the request for issuance of an arrest filed by Los Alamos

Driver In Fatal Pojoaque Crash Charged

on November 3, 2017 - 4:43pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Elias Arellano, 18, of Espanola has been charged with homicide by vehicle (reckless driving), great bodily harm by vehicle, great bodily injury by vehicle and abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm (intentional or recklessly) in Santa Fe Magistrate Court.

Arellano was the driver of a Chrysler Sebring that allegedly caused a three-vehicle accident Oct. 13 on U.S. 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino that resulted in the death of Lucy Fresques, 71, who was transported to St.

Scenes From District Judge Greg Shaffer Swearing In

on November 2, 2017 - 4:47pm

First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer swears in newly-appointed Judge Greg. S. Shaffer Thursday morning in Santa Fe. Former chief legal counsel for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration, Judge Shaffer was appointed by Gov. Susanna Martinez following the August retirement of Judge Sarah M. Singleton. Also present for the ceremony were, from right, Judge Francis J. Mathew, Judge Raymond Z. Ortiz, Judge David K. Thomson and Judge Sylvia LaMar, as well as Judge Shaffer's wife and children.

Judge Sentences David Rael To Nine Years In Prison

on November 1, 2017 - 4:24pm

​David Rael, right, and his attorney Marc Edwards listen today in court in Los Alamos as Assistant Attorney General Celedonia Muniz asks First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer to sentence Rael to 15 years in prison. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post


David Rael, 40, of Los Alamos was sentenced today in First Judicial District Court to nine years for each of three counts of sexual exploitation of children - manufacture, three years for one count of sexual exploitation of children - possession and 1.5 years

Judge Accepts Bingham Plea: Orders Evaluation

on November 1, 2017 - 4:11pm
Dustin Bingham awaits his plea agreement hearing this morning in Fifth Judicial District Court in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer accepted a plea agreement this morning from Dustin Bingham, 37, of Los Alamos in a case involving five charges of criminal sexual contact with minors.

Judge Marlowe Sommer ordered Bingham transported to the Mexico Corrections Department Diagnostic Center in Los Lunas prior to sentencing.

A criminal complaint filed by Assistant

FBI: Roswell Woman Gets 63 Months For Methamphetamine Trafficking And Firearms Conviction

on November 1, 2017 - 2:49pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Renee Rodriguez, 33, of Roswell was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces to 63 months in prison for her conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges. Rodriguez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.


Rodriguez and co-defendant Joseph Vallejos, 25, also of Roswell, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in September 2015, with conspiracy, distribution of methamphetamine, and firearms offenses in Chaves County.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 27 To Oct. 31, 2017

on November 1, 2017 - 11:16am

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.


Oct. 27 at 11:21 a.m. / Police arrested Pedro Sanchez, 54, of Cordova at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.





Oct. 30 at 3:03 p.m. / Police arrested Michael Anthony Carrillo, 5448, of Albuquerque at the Adult Probation Office on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.




Judge Orders Consolidation Of Sheriff-Related Cases

on October 31, 2017 - 5:36pm


Judge Francis J. Mathew has granted an unopposed motion to consolidate two ongoing First Judicial Court cases involving Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero. The order was filed Oct. 23 in Court.

The first case was filed against Los Alamos County Council by Lucero Aug. 29 asking the Court for a writ of mandamus directing the Council to fulfill its statutory responsibility to fund the Office of the Sheriff adequately for him to perform what he believes are his statutory duties.

Dustin Nelson Sentenced For Probation Violation

on October 31, 2017 - 6:59am


Dustin D. Nelson, 28, of Los Alamos was sentenced to a year in the Los Alamos Detention Center Oct. 16 after he admitted to violating his probation by failing to report to his probation officer as required.

As part of his sentence, Nelson must pay a $750 fine on the DWI charge and perform 96 hours of community service. He received an unsatisfactory discharge from probation.

First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington had granted Nelson conditional release in July on charges of possession of a controlled substance and third offense driving under the influence.

Heinrich Statement On Special Counsel Indictments

on October 30, 2017 - 4:27pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2017) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the indictments of former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI:

“President Trump’s campaign chairman and a top advisor have been indicted for conspiracy against the United States, and another senior advisor has pled guilty to false statements to the FBI about coordinating with Russians

Balderas: $18.5 Million Presbyterian Settlement

on October 30, 2017 - 1:28pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

  • Balderas’ recovery exceeds the audit amount identified by nearly $4 million

ALBUQUERQUE – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has reached an $18.5 million settlement with Presbyterian Healthcare regarding the failure to pay Medicaid premium taxes by the corporation.

The settlement exceeds the amount identified, $14.6 million, in the recently released Examination Resources audit by nearly four million dollars.

Montano Preliminary Hearing Continued

on October 30, 2017 - 7:06am
Stephen Montano
Los Alamos Daily Post

A preliminary hearing for Stephen Montano, 22, of Grants was continued Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court after he declined to sign a plea agreement offered by Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist.

Montano is one of two men involved in an Aug. 25 incident in which an attempt was made to run down Los Alamos Police Cpl. Robert Larsen subsequent to a shoplifting incident at Smith’s Marketplace.