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Police Chief David Trujillo said Officer Gabriel Blea responded to a report of a woman who stole another woman's purse, along with other items from the local grocery, around 3 p.m. on Monday. more
A defense attorney assigned to represent a Taos man charged with shooting and killing another man on Sugar Lane in October did not dispute a judge's ruling Monday (Nov. 18) to deny his client bail. more
The following is a selected overview of recent case activity in or related to the Taos County court system. All dates and times are subject to change. For past coverage of these cases, refer to the … more
The 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a notice this week to call witnesses in a murder case filed against Gregg Steele, a 51-year-old man charged with shooting and killing World Cup Café owner Patrick Larkin on Aug. 27 in Llano Quemado more
The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Nov. 6-11. more
Three men accused in an armed robbery of a Peñasco food market this week appeared for arraignments in Taos Magistrate Court on Thursday (Nov. 14). Terance Quintana, 22, who New Mexico State … more
A Taos District Court judge denied bail on Thursday (Nov. 14) for a schizophrenic man accused of pulling a knife on an armored truck driver outside a local Allsup’s in Taos. Part of the reason for his ruling, the judge said, was a lack of behavioral health services available to treat mentally ill defendants in the state. more
The Taos County Courthouse Complex was placed on a brief precautionary lockdown at noon Wednesday (Nov. 13) after authorities received word that someone had threatened to carry out a shooting at the county buildings. more
New Mexico State Police arrested three men in Peñasco late Monday afternoon (Nov. 11) in connection to an armed robbery that terrorized a local cashier who had brought her infant child to work … more
Taos County law enforcement officers are searching for an armed robber who reportedly entered Pacheco's High Road Market in Peñasco wearing a white bandana Monday afternoon (Nov. 11), fired a shot from a handgun and then stole money from a cash register. more
A state district judge has decided two brothers accused of fatally shooting three people in May 2018 at a home near Dixon will have separate trials in January. more
Following hours of questions and deliberations, the 8th Judicial District Court Nominating Commission chose four names to be sent to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her consideration to appoint the next judge. more
The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4. more
A 27-year-old Cerro man was booked at the Taos County jail Wednesday night (Nov. 6) after he was accused of using a knife to threaten an ATM security guard outside the northside Allsup's near Taos Pueblo. more
The New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments recently in an appeal of a murder case that could force the state's district court system to consider the question of whether a "warrior gene" might make some people prone to impulsive acts of violence. more
A 30-year-old Oklahoma man charged in six felony cases in Taos County since 2015 was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week as part of a plea agreement with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office. more
IIs a drug rehabilitation center really the best place for people convicted of violent felonies? Or is prison the better option for both rehabilitation programs and keeping the public safe? more
The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Oct. 23-28. more
Paddling downriver on Sunday (Oct. 27), a local boater from Taos came across a cheap kayak, two halves of a paddle and the body of an unidentified man on the eastern bank of the Río Grande near the Taos Box, a notorious set of Class IV rapids that threads a remote section of the Río Grande Gorge. more
ALBUQUERQUE - Malcolm Torres pleaded not guilty Tuesday (Oct. 29) to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 5-year-old Renezmae Calzada of Española and waived his right to a hearing to determine if he should be incarcerated until his trial. more
Law enforcement officers who investigated a hit-and-run at the Río Grande Gorge Bridge in 2017 believed they had the right man, but a jury that convened for trial this week was ultimately uncertain about who was actually behind the wheel. more
A felon released to a drug treatment center this year in a plea deal with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office has been charged with the murder of Javier Munoz, who died after he was shot on Sugar Lane on Saturday (Oct. 19). more
Though studies show solitary confinement can have a devastating effect on mental health, New Mexico Corrections Department workers for years have opposed reforms, calling the practice a crucial tool for keeping prisons safe. more
A U.S. District Court judge in Albuquerque has ordered one of the five people arrested last year at the makeshift compound near the Colorado border in Taos County to be hospitalized after finding her mentally unfit to stand trial. more
Less than two weeks after signing a plea agreement with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office for his eighth felony case filed in Taos County, Rafael Orozco has violated the terms of the deal and is once again on the run. more
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