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  • Justice Department releases findings on APD

     Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force that violates the Constitution and federal law.  The Justice Department delivered a letter setting forth these findings to Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and Police Chief Gorden Eden this morning.
     
    The investigation was launched on November 27, 2012, and conducted jointly by the Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico. The investigation examined whether APD engages in an unconstitutional pattern or practice of excessive force, including deadly force, as well as the cause of any pattern or practice of a violation of the law.  This investigation did not assess whether any conduct violated criminal laws.  Specific cases have been referred to the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division for consideration.
     
    The Justice Department found reasonable cause to believe that APD engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.  The Department specifically found three patterns of excessive force:

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  • Today In History, April 10
  • Santa Clara Pueblo to receive funds for wastewater facility

     

    State and federal representatives will present two checks totaling $2.675 million to tribal leaders during a groundbreaking and grant signing ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 at Santa Clara Pueblo. The money will be used to help replace and upgrade the tribe’s aging wastewater treatment system.

    “Our current system is more than 30-years old,” said Santa Clara Governor Michael Chavarria. “The upgrades are badly needed, not only to handle the increasing volume from our growing community, but for the health and safety of our tribal members.”

    Repairs and upgrades will be done in phases beginning in the main village, then the East Housing Area and wrapping up in the West Housing Area with work expected to be finished over the next several years. These funds are for Phase 1A of the overall system repairs.

    Several state and federal dignitaries will take part in the groundbreaking ceremony, including:

    • Patrice Kunesh, Deputy undersecretary for USDA Rural Development

  • LAPD warns of telephone scam

     

    Los Alamos police are on the lookout for a man who has, so far, defrauded area residents out of more than $10,000.

    According to LAPD-PIO Officer Preston Ballew, the man presents himself as police officer from either Los Alamos County or Santa Fe County, and uses that false identification to extort money from his victims.

    “The common false stories which are being used are; you have missed court or mandatory jury duty and now have a warrant for your arrest. Another story is, we have your son/daughter/grandchild/spouse in custody and in order to get out of jail you need to send a gift card or gift card numbers to pay for the bond,” Ballew said in a press release. “Another common story is posing as a relative asking for money to get out of jail, because they were in a car with drugs. The male will tell you not to disclose this to any other person. A police officer will never tell you to not disclose information.”

    The money is then stolen when, after the victim buys the cards, they get in contact with the “police officer” again. The “officer” will ask the victim to read them the numbers off the back of the gift card.

  • On the Docket 4-9-14

     

    Derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court records

     

    April 2

     

    Cayetano E Quintana-Torres was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

     

    Wesley Pruett was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper stopping, standing or parking. Defendant was fined $50. 

    April 3

  • Reaching new heights

     

    Samantha Baily gets a helping hand from instructor Emma Starrett climbing the Family YMCA’s Rock Wall Wednesday during family rock climbing hours. 

  • UNM-LA approves 4.9 percent tuition hike

     

    Students will pay higher tuition costs to attend the University of New Mexico’s Los Alamos campus this fall.

    That’s because UNM’s Board of Regents voted to increase the tuition 4.9 percent, the only campus in the system to receive an across-the-board tuition increase, which is for resident and non-resident students. 

    The board also approved a new $10 “print management fee,” which will allow students to use their ID cards to access printers throughout the campus. The cards will have a preloaded amount of credits on them. 

    The increase drives the cost per credit hour for resident students from $66 to $69.25, meaning a full-time student (12 to 18 credit hours) will pay $831 instead of $792 per semester.

  • Council 'reluctantly' agrees to DOE utilities agreement

     

    When Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz announced that a motion to approve a new Electric Energy and Power Coordination Agreement (ECA) between Los Alamos County and the Department of Energy had passed 7−0, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers added “passed reluctantly.” 

    The five-year agreement was reached after five years of contentious negotiations. The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) tried to negotiate the inclusion of a modest profit or management fee. The National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) procurement office ruled that could not be allowed in a reimbursement-type contract. 

    The compromise agreement allows the county to remove a county-owned asset from the pool with 18 months notice. If that should happen, the county must provide replacement power for Los Alamos National Lab, with the cost shared pro-rata (80 percent DOE/20 percent county).