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  • Former state sen. gets 18 months prison term

    SANTA FE — Former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego will spend 18 months behind bars for fraud, bribery and other convictions stemming from allegations that he misused his position to profit from a real estate deal.

    District Court Judge Brett Loveless sentenced Griego on Friday to a 12-year-prison term, but waived all but 18 months.

    The former prominent Democrat also was ordered to pay roughly $47,000 in fines and serve five years of supervised probation upon his release from prison.

    Citing the need to restore the public’s trust in New Mexico’s elected officials, prosecutors had requested that Griego spend at least 10 years in prison and pay hefty fines for his crimes.

    The defense said a lengthy prison sentence would amount to a death sentence for the 69-year-old Griego, who was described as having significant health issues. Attorney Tom Clark accused the state attorney general’s office of seeking “the complete annihilation” of his client in the name of justice.

    Loveless emphasized that Griego had violated the public’s confidence in an elected official and said the sentence was designed to show that the ex-senator’s actions were not acceptable.

  • Police Beat 1-18-18

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records.
    Charges or citations listed in the Police Beat do not imply guilt or non-guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons or issued a citation.

    Feb. 7
    11:08 a.m. – Krista E. Wilhelm, 32, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant by Los Alamos police for two counts of conspiracy, one count of forgery and drug possession.
    11:59 a.m. – Brenden Brown, 28, Los Alamos, was arrested by Los Alamos police on a district court warrant and released.
    4:30 p.m. – Los Alamos police responded to a report of a fraudulent tax return.
    8:33 p.m. – Los Alamos police investigated a report of larceny. The case is inactive.

    Feb. 8
    8:30 a.m. – Los Alamos police responded to a call of a possible burglary at the Los Alamos County Public Works Department.
    11:45 a.m. – A warrant was served by Los Alamos police to an individual already in jail.

    Feb. 10
    Midnight – Los Alamos police responded to a call of three vehicles being keyed while parked in a driveway.

  • US Senate confirms appointment of state's next US attorney

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's appointment of John Anderson as U.S. attorney for New Mexico.

    Anderson is a former assistant U.S. attorney who more recently practiced law in Santa Fe.

    Once he takes office, Anderson will replace Damon Martinez, an appointee of former President Barack Obama. Martinez was dismissed in March by the new administration.

    James Tierney has been acting U.S. attorney in the meantime.

    The Senate signed off on Anderson's appointment with a voice vote Thursday on a slate of presidential appointees.
     

  • State police investigating Los Alamos police shooting

    Officers with the Los Alamos Police Department were involved in a shooting around 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

    The shooting occurred when LAPD officers were investigating suspicious circumstances at a county facility in Pajarito Cliffs according to LAPD spokesman Commander Preston Ballew.

    A pursuit ensued out of Los Alamos County and into the Espanola/Rio Arriba area. Neighboring law enforcement assisted in the pursuit that ended on Corlett Street in Espanola.

    According to Ballew the suspects fled on foot and remain at large.

    "No officers were injured in this incident and the scene is still being examined to determine if any of the suspects were injured," according to Ballew. "This is an isolated incident and we do not believe the public is in jeopardy."

    State police are investigating the incident. More details will be released as they become available Ballew said.

  • State police investigating Los Alamos police shooting

    According to early news reports, New Mexico State Police are investigating a shooting involving a Los Alamos police officer.

    The shooting happened early Saturday morning according to the report. No injuries have been reported. Los Alamos Police Spokesman Commander Preston Ballew said more information will be released within an hour.

  • Los Alamos Ice Rink closed for season

    The unseasonably warm weather has prompted Los Alamos County to close the ice rink early this year.
    Staff will be at the rink until 5 p.m. tonight to help sharpen skates and assist with pick up of skates and other equipment.
    Call the Los Alamos County Ice Rink at 662-4500 or the PROS Administrative offices at 662-8170 for information.

  • New Mexico agency: State's flu season has apparently peaked

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico health officials say flu activity remains widespread around the state but appears to have peaked and is expected to gradually decrease in coming weeks before the season ends.

    The state Department of Health offered its assessment Friday, a day after the federal Centers for Diseases Control said the flu season may finally be leveling off nationally after worsening for months.

    The Department of Health says New Mexico's flu season so far has included 34 flu-related deaths, 100 pneumonia-related deaths and 28 flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

    The department urges residents to continue using good hand-washing habits, to stay home if possible when sick and to use cough and sneezing etiquette.

    It also says it's not too late to get a flu shot.
     

  • New Mexico ex-senator gets 18 months in prison

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego will spend 18 months behind bars for fraud, bribery and other convictions stemming from allegations that he misused his position to profit from a real estate deal.

    District Court Judge Brett Loveless sentenced Griego on Friday to a 12-year-prison term, but waived all but 18 months. The former prominent Democrat also was ordered to pay roughly $47,000 in fines and serve five years of supervised probation upon his release from prison.

    Citing the need to restore the public's trust in New Mexico's elected officials, prosecutors had requested that Griego spend at least 10 years in prison and pay hefty fines for his crimes.

    The defense said a lengthy prison sentence would amount to a death sentence for the 69-year-old Griego, who was described as having significant health issues. Attorney Tom Clark accused the state attorney general's office of seeking "the complete annihilation" of his client in the name of justice.

    Loveless emphasized that Griego had violated the public's confidence in an elected official and said the sentence was designed to show that the ex-senator's actions were not acceptable.

  • UNM police arrest a man seen waving a BB gun on campus

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — University of New Mexico police say a man seen waving a BB gun on campus has been arrested.

    They say 45-year-old Vine Deloria was taken into custody Thursday after allegedly pointing the gun at a restaurant's drive-through customer.

    UNM police say there was no report of gunfire or injury and no indication the man was trying to rob anyone.

    They say Deloria is being held on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    Campus police say the situation was never considered an active shooter situation on campus and they had no reason to believe Deloria was threatening students, staff or faculty.
     

  • New Mexico governor praises lawmakers' budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is complimenting state lawmakers for approving a fiscally responsible budget that provides more money for education, public safety and business incentives.

    Martinez said Thursday that she believes her administration is leaving state finances and the economy in better shape than when she took office in 2011.

    A budget bill sent to the governor would increase state spending by 4 percent in the coming fiscal year and leave 10 percent spending reserves in case of an economic downturn.

    The former prosecutor praised criminal justice reforms approved by the Democrat-led legislature but lamented that it did not include broader child abuse penalties that she supports.

    Martinez signed a bill Thursday to help shore up a man-made cavern on the verge of collapse underneath two highways on the outskirts of Carlsbad.

    House Speaker Brian Egolf says he was pleased with the bipartisan tone of the state's 30-day session that passed a series of crime reforms and budget increases.

    Egolf said he believed this session was Martinez's "best" since she communicated with lawmakers better.

    The Democrat says he wished this better communication had been sooner and hoped it continues with a new governor.