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State Supreme Court Affirms Conviction Of Albuquerque Man For Fatal Shooting In Dispute Over $30 Drug Debt

NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of an Albuquerque man for a fatal shooting in a dispute over a $30 drug debt, but threw out a first-degree felony murder conviction for the same killing.
 
Jason Comitz was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 15 years for the murder and other crimes during the Feb. 1, 2015 shooting at the home of Paul Randy Rael. Rael died, and his son and stepson were wounded. Rael’s wife and a son’s 10-year-daughter were inside the home but unharmed.
 
In its unanimous ruling, the Court also affirmed

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 15 To May 19, 2019

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

TERRANCE H. STECK

May 15 at 8:33 p.m. / Police arrested Terrance H. Steck, 33, of Los Alamos at 505 Oppenheimer Dr. and charged him with one count of aggravated battery against a household member: great bodily harm and one count of aggravated battery against a household member.

 

 

BLAIR MICHAEL ART

May 16 at 5:54 p.m. / Police arrested Blair Michael Art, 50, of Los Alamos at


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Balderas: Convicted Teacher Gets 108 Years In Prison

Former teacher Gary Gregor
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Gary Gregor, the teacher who sexually assaulted multiple students in Rio Arriba County was sentenced to more than a century in prison.
 
In December, AG Balderas successfully secured multiple convictions against Gregor, for sexually assaulting 4th grade students during the 2007-2008 school year at Fairview Elementary School.
 
“Dangerous criminals who harm children deserve to be behind bars,” Balderas said. “We will always fight to give a voice to sexual abuse

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Los Alamos Municipal Court Hosts Elementary School Students For Mock Trial Experience

The Los Alamos Municipal Court hosted 64 5th and 6th graders from the Aspen and Chamisa Elementary Safety Patrol and the Pinon Elementary Upstander Group for a mock trial experience May 10. After the trial, the students were divided into four different juries – who all came to different conclusions regarding the outcome of the case. Courtesy photo


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 8 to May 14, 2019

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

LENAYA ASHLEY MARTINEZ

May 8 at 2:41 a.m. / Police arrested Lenaya Ashley Martinez, 23, of Ohkay Owingeh at 2500 Trinity Dr. and charged her with DWI.

 

 

 

RENA MONTOYA

May 8 at 3:22 a.m. / Police arrested Rena Montoya, 33, of Ohkay Owingeh at 2500 Trinity Dr. and charged her with DWI and driving while license is suspended or revoked.

 

 

MARION L. LOOPE

May 9 at


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NM Supreme Court Disciplines Albuquerque Attorney

NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court Thursday affirmed the indefinite suspension of Albuquerque attorney Daniel M. Salazar, who was held in contempt by the justices last year for failing to comply with the Court’s initial disciplinary order.
 
“Rules matter. An attorney must conform his or her conduct to the requirements of the rules and orders of this Court,” the state’s highest court said in a unanimous written opinion by Justice Barbara J. Vigil. “The discipline we impose may salvage Salazar’s potential and ability to practice law. This period of suspension will

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District Attorney Marco Serna: Mesa Vista High School Teacher Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

Miguel G. Garcia
 
NMSP News:
 
TIERRA AMARILLA Monday, First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced that Miguel G. Garcia, a former teacher at Mesa Vista High School, was sentenced to 18 years for raping a student between 2012-213.
 
A Rio Arriba jury found Garcia guilty in March on two counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor in the 4th degree and five counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor in the 4th Degree. The Office of District Attorney Marco Serna asked for the maximum sentence.
 
“Sexual violence against our children will never be tolerated,

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Santa Fe Workers File Lien To Recoup Nearly $116K In Stolen Wages Amid Restaurants Closure

SUPU News:
 
SANTA FE Earlier this week, a group of workers filed a second lien in Santa Fe County against the owners of Shohko Café, a local Santa Fe restaurant that recently announced its closure, as part of a two-year fight to recoup nearly $116,000 in stolen wages, damages and other costs.
 
In February, a state judge in the First Judicial District Court ruled against the restaurant for violating the Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance, New Mexico’s minimum wage laws and ordered the restaurant owners to pay workers approximately $60,000 in stolen wages and damages, following

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FBI: Murder Suspect Trudy Martin Arrested

FBI News:
 
Trudy Martinez, 28, of Twin Lakes, N.M. on the Navajo Nation wanted by the FBI on a federal criminal complaint charging her with murder has been arrested.
 
FBI Special Agents arrested Martinez Thursday in Gallup.
 
Martinez was accused of fatally shooting another adult May 3 in Twin. She fled the scene with her own children, who are now safe with family.
 
Martinez also is charged with use of a firearm in a crime of violence and crimes occurring in Indian County.
 
The public is reminded that all suspects are considered innocent unless convicted in a court of

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Council Appoints Michael Redondo Probate Judge

Applicants for the Los Alamos County Probate Judge position, Adelaide Jacobson, left, Michael Redondo and Lynn Finnegan answer questions from Council members during Tuesday night’s regular meeting in Council Chambers. After two rounds of votes, Redondo was appointed to fill the position. He takes over from Anne Nobile who resigns effective June 1. Redondo’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2022. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com


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