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  • Santa Fe man arrested on embezzlement charges

     

     ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $42,000 from a New Mexico tribe over an eight-month period.

    Prosecutors say 60-year-old Ramiro R. Flores entered into a plea agreement Thursday.

    They say Flores will be required to pay restitution to the San Ildefonso Pueblo in an amount to be determined by the court and also be sentenced to probation.

    Flores was indicted last October on six counts of embezzlement from a tribal organization.

    According to the indictment, Flores embezzled $42,856 from San Ildefonso Pueblo between June 2011 and February 2012.

    At the time, Flores was employed as the program director for the Pueblo's Parks and Wildlife Program.

  • Witness injured during shoplifting attempt

    According to court documents, eyewitnesses say shoplifting suspect Jorge Talamantes, 42, of Española intentionally injured and then tried to run over a bystander at the Jemez House Thrift Shop in White Rock.
    Talamantes was arrested Wednesday for the March 14 incident. He was later released on a $1,000 bond from Los Alamos Detention Center.
    According to court documents, witnesses at the store reported to the owner that Talamantes was allegedly shoplifting. When the clerk confronted Talamantes and told him to empty his pockets, he complied, dumping approximately $50 in jewelry on the counter.
    He then tried to leave, but was purposely blocked by a customer who was standing by the exit. Talamantes then allegedly grabbed the door handle and slammed the door into her, injuring her right shoulder and arm, according to court documents. He then tried to leave in his car, but was followed out to his car by the victim, who stood behind the rear of his vehicle demanded he not leave.
    Then, according to eyewitnesses, Talamantes got in the driver’s seat, looked over his shoulder at the witness, and backed up.
    Court documents say she was thrown onto the trunk of the car, then Talamantes sped off, heading east on N.M. 4. The victim landed on her feet but sustained bruises on each thigh.

  • Police arrest two suspects in February car burglaries

     

    They would’ve gotten away with it, if it weren’t for the dead flowers.

    Police arrested two local suspects, John Michael Romero, 19,  and Sam Newell, 18, on three counts of aggravated burglary of a vehicle, two counts of larceny (fourth degree felony) one count of misdemeanor larceny, one count of conspiracy, and receiving/transferring of stolen property Wednesday.

    According to court documents, the suspects are accused of burglarizing four vehicles in the White Rock area. The crime spree started in the late hours of Feb. 13 and continued into the morning of Feb. 14.

    They probably would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for the fact that they trampled someone’s flower bed in the process of their crime spree.

    When the victim of the alleged umbrage checked the footage on a surveillance camera to see who the culprit(s) were, the identities of the alleged car thieves were revealed as they were caught in the act.

    According to court documents, the two, apparently, took many things of value from the vehicles, including a handgun, an expensive pair of prescription sunglasses earphones, and loose change.

    On Wednesday, the two suspects were taken into custody after they both confessed to the Valentine’s Day spree.

  • Want to be a movie extra?

    Members of the public who are interested in auditioning to be an extra in the Lifetime made-for-television movie being filmed in White Rock (working title: "Jubilee”), are encouraged to send an e-mail to the casting director at extras@whiteturtlecasting.com and include a current photo, contact phone number, height, weight, and the year, make, model and color of your vehicle.  

    Filming in White Rock is scheduled for March 31 and April 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 22, however, other portions of the film will be shot in other New Mexico locations through to the end of April.

    Submit questions or concerns regarding the production to  Kelly Stewart, Film Liaison, Los Alamos Film Office, kelly.stewart@lacnm.us 505-412-3410.  Updates regarding film activities are posted on the Home Page of the County website.

  • Volunteers sought to plant trees

     

    Santa Fe National Forest is seeking volunteers to plant trees within the 2011 Las Conchas Fire burn area, near Los Alamos. This activity will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Pajarito Canyon Trailhead, just south of the Pajarito Ski Hill turn off.

    Douglas fir trees will be planted on 14 acres along the 501 corridor as part of a larger planting initiative. The trees were ordered in the fall of 2011, immediately after the Las Conchas Fire. Local seed stock was germinated in the spring of 2013 and the trees are now ready for planting.

    A dibble tool (to create a shallow hole) and a soil plug (to measure the precise depth) will be provided along with hard hats. Volunteers are asked to bring their own boots, gloves, long pants, long sleeve shirts, safety glasses, sunscreen, food, and water. 

  • Update 04-03-14

    New club

    Elizabeth Watson Digital Learning Instructional Assistant at Los Alamos Middle School is starting a running or walking club from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

    Fundraiser

    Summer Concert Fundraiser. Music starts at 7 p.m., auction at 8:30 p.m. at Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa. Lots of stuff to bid on to raise funds for the Summer Concert Series. Featuring music by DK & The Affordables, with special guests Ed Partridge and James Carothers. Tickets $15, couples $25. For more information call 690-2484 or email russ@gordonssummerconcerts.com.

    Bag Days

    Bag Days are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Jemez House Thrift Shop, 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.

    Breakfast

    Posse Lodge Pancake Breakfast. 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday. All proceeds will benefit Los Alamos’ Friends of the Shelter. FOS will feature a silent auction of gift baskets donated by Zena Thomas and Best Buddy Baskets. The auction goes on all morning, as well as a chance to sign up for the Dog Jog before rates increase. Cost is $7 for adults, and $4 for kids 10 years and younger. 

  • County releases proposed budget

    For the first time in three years, Los Alamos County staff anticipates a slight increase in county revenues, reversing the downward trend of the past three years.
    Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) collection dropped 20 percent during that period, and the county originally projected another 5 percent decrease for FY2015.
    Now, with the federal government budget adopted in January 2014, the county projects a 2 percent increase in GRT. Council directed staff to prepare a flat budget, rather than one with another 5 percent reduction in expenditures, as originally proposed.
    This is the first year of a new biennial cycle, when staff will present proposed budgets for FY2015 and FY2016.
    General Fund revenues for FY2015 are projected to be $1.3 million higher, or 2 percent, than in FY2014, for a total of $56.8 million. The majority of that is due to increased spending from Los Alamos National Laboratory, but the new Smith’s Marketplace is also expected to bump up GRT revenues.
    Staff is proposing $46.7 million in expenditures, $1.4 million (or 3 percent) higher in Y2015 than in the FY2014 adopted budget. The majority of the increase is from transferring salaries and benefits for project managers from the CIP fund to the General Fund.

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