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  • Behind closed doors, Pelosi disparages Trump's 'manhood'

    By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In public, Nancy Pelosi lectured Donald Trump on the Constitution and wagged a finger at him for characterizing her "strength." In private, she questioned his "manhood" — and her disdain for him became public, again, anyway.

    "It's like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing," Pelosi privately told House Democrats after a combative, on-camera Oval Office meeting with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and

    Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. The account was described on condition of anonymity by an aide who was in the room but not authorized to discuss Pelosi's remarks publicly.

    In the space of a few hours Tuesday, the California Democrat nominated for her second stint as House speaker rolled out her approach to the Republican president as the two prepare for two years of divided government.

    "It goes to show you: You get into a tickle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you," she said after Tuesday's meeting, according to the aide.

  • Report: New Mexico county lost $32K in phishing scam

    HOBBS (AP) — Officials say a southeastern New Mexico county has become the latest victim of a phishing scam after an employee was duped into sending money to a fake account.

    The Hobbs News-Sun reports Lea County Manager Mike Gallagher said last week a fraudulent email purporting and appearing to be from one of the recent fair and rodeo's vendors sought payment of $32,500 and an employee paid the wire transfer.

    Gallagher says as soon as officials learned of the scam, the county reported it to the Lovington Police Department and it turned the matter over to state police.

    Lovington Police Department Detective David Miranda confirmed the county reported the money transfer on Sept. 5.

  • Police: Christmas party for county employees turned violent

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a Christmas party for county employees in New Mexico turned violent after an attendee punched a deputy in the nose and struck a radio dispatcher.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the alcohol-infused melee took place Sunday at a Santa Fe hotel following a holiday party for Santa Fe County employees that resulted in a battery complaint against a facilities operation maintenance manager.

    Witnesses told police Phillip "PJ" Montano had been drinking heavily before he struck Santa Fe County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Delgado in the face "for an unknown reason." The report says Montano also hit 22-year-old radio dispatcher Alyssa Martinez in her chest after she tried to break up a fight.

    Officers reported finding blood stains on the carpet, walls and bed sheets in the room.

    It was not known if Montano had an attorney.

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  • On the Docket 12-9-18

    Nov. 13
    Ashley Donny was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving.
    Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was sentenced to Defensive driving school and community service.

    Ronald C. Jones was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal court for having animals at large. Defendant was fined $25.

    Myra Perez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of parking in a designated disabled space. Defendant was fined $50.

    Rueben Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Defendant was sentence to jail, community service, DWI school and substance abuse assessment. Defendant was fined $500 and must pay $300 in court costs.

    Nov. 14
    Jose Valenzuela-Quezada was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour. Defendant must pay a $50 fine and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 12-9-18

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

    Nov. 26
    9:43 p.m. – James Johnson, 18, of Ohkay Owingeh, was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a district court warrant. Suspect is still in custody.

    Nov. 28
    7:56 p.m. – Los Alamos police investigated a larceny where packages were delivered but never received in Los Alamos. Investigation inactive.

    Nov. 29
    12 p.m. – Los Alamos police issued a warning for a dog bite that occurred at a Los Alamos residence.

    3:30 p.m. – Los Alamos police arrested a suspect for being in possession of suboxone, marijuana and syringes at the Los Alamos County Detention Center.

    5:31 p.m. – Joseph Chavez, 29, of Santa Cruz, was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a controlled substance and a district court warrant.

    Dec. 30

  • New Mexico revises rules for obtaining driving credentials

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico has issued new rules that will ease identification requirements for people who want driving credentials or an alternate ID card.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Motor Vehicle Division on Friday announced applicants for driving authorization cards won't need to provide a Social Security card or two forms of identification.

    The MVD will also accept a broader range of documents as proof of age and identity.

    The revisions are part of a court-approved settlement stemming from a dispute by civil rights groups over the state's two-tiered system of issuing drivers' licenses.

    Opponents of the 2016 law say immigrants and the homeless don't always have the extensive documents required for a driver's license compliant with the federal REAL ID Act.
     

  • Oil sector boosts state government fortunes in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A surge in income from the New Mexico's oil sector is providing a financial windfall to state government as the governor's office passes from Republican to Democratic control.

    State government economists on Monday said state revenues will outpace current spending obligations by $1.1 billion or 17 percent for the fiscal year that begins in July as lawmakers prepare to craft a budget.

    State financial reserves are expected to exceed $2.5 billion by mid-2019, bolstered by unusually large federal mineral lease payments. The savings are equal to 40 percent of annual state general fund spending.

    Democratic Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has placed a high priority on increasing resources for public education as she prepares to succeed termed-out Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Jan. 1.
     

  • LA man faces drug, sex charges

    A Los Alamos man facing several drug trafficking charges and charges related to sex crimes is expected to face a district court judge Wednesday.

    Austin Lee Cox, 24, was charged by Los Alamos police Tuesday with 23 counts of criminal sexual penetration, three counts of trafficking in controlled substances (narcotic or meth), four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one count of dangerous drugs, conditions for sale and one count of  use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Cox will remain in custody until Wednesday when he will go before a district court judge to determine if he can be released pending trial.

    Police are accusing Cox of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl he first met at a movie theater on Nov. 16. 

    Cox is also accused of giving her methamphetamine and beer on several occasions when they were again together between Nov. 19 and Nov. 21. 

    When police reported her as a runaway during that time, Cox came to the police station and reported that she was with him.