Los Alamos officer charged with illegal hunting

Created: 12/06/2013 9:09 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Los Alamos Police Commander Preston Ballew is in trouble with the law.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that Ballew is facing two counts of illegal hunting and one count of illegal vehicle travel following a hunting trip in Otero County.

An officer with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says Ballew is being charged as an accessory to his son's alleged unlawful taking of a bull elk last month.

Ballew is scheduled to be arraigned in Alamogordo Magistrate Court next week.

He directed inquiries about the case to his attorney Gary Mitchell, who did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone says Ballew remains on the job.


Information from: Los Alamos Monitor,

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Los Alamos Police Commander Preston Ballew
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