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  • Police react to jury verdict

    Los Alamos Police Lt. Reggie Briggle expressed his disappointment regarding the jury’s not guilty verdict Tuesday in the State v. Penny Granich case heard all last week in First District Court in Santa Fe.

    Briggle led the investigation that resulted in vehicular homicide charges against Penny Granich for the death of her husband Thomas Edward Granich. He died when the pickup he and Penny were in on Dec. 4, 2005 crashed some 350 feet into the bottom of a White Rock canyon.

  • Building a better worm trap

    The danger of malicious computer codes circulating among computers and their networks has become a common situation for individuals and workplaces. Despite daily occurrences of identity theft and thousands of successful breaches within the federal government, many people remain oblivious of the dangers.

    A Government Accountability Report published earlier this year reported a 206 percent increase in security incidents from 2005 to 2008.

    Malware has the potential to pose security threats, which is where scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory come in.

  • NEWS ALERT: Jury acquits Penny Granich on all counts

    The eight woman, four man jury deliberating in the State v. Granich case has found Penny Granich not guilty on all counts.

    The 35-year-old Los Alamos woman was charged with vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless driving after the truck she and her husband, Thomas Edward Granich were in plunged to the bottom of a canyon near Overlook Park in White Rock Dec. 4, 2005. Her husband did not survive the crash.

    Check back here later for reaction to the jury's verdict.

  • Movie to be filmed in L.A.

    A scary movie with a lot of Hollywood buzz is coming to New Mexico with production locations in Los Alamos and Red River.

    “Let Me In,” to be directed by Matt Reeves, will be based at Albuquerque Studios, making its production start in a few weeks.

    According to Gov. Bill Richardson’s office, the film will employ more than 600 crewmembers, actors and extras.

  • Drilling crunch

    Residents of pastoral Mora County have been watching records in the county clerk’s office ever since the oil and gas industry began eyeing a big swath of land in the area.

    What they found recently was surprising:  the Santa Fe Opera had given permission to drill on nearly 27,000 acres (10,925 hectares) in Mora and neighboring San Miguel counties.

    Turns out the opera company had been given the mineral rights in 2002 as part of a bequest from a longtime donor. She specified that it be used to support an apprentice program for young singers.

  • Life with the chief

    Other than a 2-way radio within his grasp 24/7, life in the fire chief’s household sounds quite typical.

    “We may get fire calls at all hours but it’s not unlike any woman whose husband is doing public work and I’m not whining one bit,” Kelley Tucker said.

    In fact, Kelley’s husband Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker often remarks about how lucky he feels to actually be paid to do his job, she said with a big smile.

  • Police react to jury verdict in Granich case

    Los Alamos Police Lt. Reggie Briggle expressed his disappointment regarding the jury’s not guilty verdict today in the State v. Penny Granich case heard all last week in First District Court in Santa Fe.

    Briggle led the investigation that resulted in vehicular homicide charges against Penny Granich for the death of her husband Thomas Edward Granich. He died when the pickup he and Penny were in on Dec. 4, 2005 crashed some 350 feet into the bottom of a White Rock canyon.

  • Jury still out in Granich case

    SANTA FE — As of late Monday afternoon the jury was still deliberating the fate of Penny Granich. Tedious debate surrounding skid marks and asphalt shadowing continued for what seemed like hours Friday, before attorneys presented closing arguments in the State v. Penny Granich case.

    The 35-year-old Los Alamos woman is charged in the Dec. 4, 2005 death of her husband Thomas Edward Granich, 32.

    First District Court Judge Michael Vigil instructed the eight women and four men on the jury to deliberate and find on one of three possible verdicts for count one:

  • Granich Trial Update: Jury sent home Friday

    Jurors in the State v. Penny Granich trial stopped deliberating at about midnight Friday after a juror fell ill.

    Officials explain that the jury had intended to continue deliberating until one of its member began to feel ill. The jury was dismissed and because of today's Columbus Day holiday, were told to reconvene at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

    Check back here often for updates on this trial.

  • Attorneys attack crash data during Granich trial

    SANTA FE – Much of Monday’s opening remarks surrounded the reliability of the crash reconstruction methods used at the scene and in the days following the death of Thomas Edward Granich, 32, on Dec. 4, 2005.

      The state is prosecuting the victim’s wife, Penny Granich, 35, on charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.