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Courts

  • Attrep will be 4th judge in Wood case

    Earlier this month, two judges selected to preside over the case of a Los Alamos man arrested on two counts of homicide by vehicle were recused.
    Robin Wood, 36, is accused of driving a car while impaired and causing a deadly accident. The accident occurred on N.M. 30 in late November of last year.
    The crash took the life of Elizabeth Quintana, who was driving to her job in the early morning hours at the bakery of Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos, according to deputies with the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department.
    Also injured in the crash was Wood’s passenger, a 40-year-old woman, Mary C. Gaelgens. Wood was driving to a residence in Española when the crash occurred.
    In May, Santa Fe District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer recused herself from the case, explaining that she could not show impartiality to Wood after she became familiar with his ongoing struggles with drug addiction through past court cases.

  • On The Docket 6-25-15

    June 17

    Emma Madrid was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to failing to obey a traffic signal. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65.

    June 18

    Thomas G. Henderson was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Luis A. Erives was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    June 19

    Marshall Romero was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 22

    Christopher Montoya was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 21 to 25 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 23

    Sean Tullock was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of three counts of failing to appear in court (non-traffic) and one count of failure to wear seatbelts. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $255 in court costs.

  • Woman ordered to join program

    Kelly Casados, a Los Alamos resident who was arrested in February for her role in a drug deal, was sentenced in First Judicial District Court recently.
    In February, Casados was one of several suspects arrested during the police department’s “Operation Genesis,” an operation meant to cut down the level of illegal drug trafficking in Los Alamos.
    The operation also netted numerous other subjects, including Sarah Orr, Ronald Snow, Raymond Martinez, Nicholas Hagermann, Joe Anthony Martinez, Christopher Sandy and Brendon Brown.
    Casados accepted a plea deal for her involvement after being caught by police on surveillance video in December of last year being an accessory to a drug deal with Joe Martinez and Casados’ husband, Ronald Snow.
    The police used a confidential informant to buy drugs from Snow and Martinez. The informant was wired with a camera and a microphone to record the transaction.
    Casados was arrested on two counts of conspiracy with trafficking in controlled substances (distribution). Martinez and Snow were arrested for trafficking in controlled substances.
    According court records, the drugs involved were various amounts of methamphetamine.

  • Man involved in standoff arraigned

    The man who was involved in a standoff with local police Friday evening was informed of his charges Monday.
    Los Alamos resident Mark Henins made his first appearance in Los Alamos Municipal Court Monday morning, where Judge Alan Kirk read to him the charges he’s accused of committing during an altercation with a neighbor Friday night.
    Those charges included assault and damage to property.
    On Friday at around 6 p.m., police responded to a disturbance call at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road.
    When LAPD officers arrived, they learned that Henins had an alleged altercation with a neighbor and her daughter.
    The neighbor said Henins made remarks of a sexual nature toward the daughter, then later threw a rock through the daughter’s bedroom window.
    When police confronted Henins, they tried to talk with him through a window in his apartment, but were not successful.
    Then, according to police documents, one of the officers looking through Henin’s apartment window saw him take a gun off a table and retreat into an interior room of his apartment.
    Police evacuated residents from the complex and closed off Canyon Road.

  • LANL employee is given probation

    A 51-year old Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was sentenced this week for assaulting another employee, as well as for threatening others in an incident that happened last month.
    According to court documents, the man, Leroy Maestas, from Abiquiu, was allegedly upset over the results of a drug test he’d taken where he’d allegedly tested positive for cocaine.
    He was on his way to LANL’s security office to meet with his supervisors over the matter.
    When Maestas tried to walk out of the meeting, another employee attempted to stop him. Maestas pushed him into a wall and started threatening people.
    “Get me out of here! Get me out of here now or I’m going to kill/hurt somebody!” Maestas allegedly said.
    The same employee that Maestas assaulted also gave him a ride off the LANL campus after the encounter.
    In the car, Maestas made more threats toward the supervisors, saying “I don’t know where they live, but I will find them,” according to police reports.
    Maestas was later charged with battery and assault (unlawful acts, threats or conduct).
    In magistrate court Tuesday, Maestas was sentenced for simple assault. The charge of battery was dismissed.

  • Sparks is sentenced for threats

    A 42-year-old Chimayó man was sentenced in court for his role in threatening his ex-wife.
    According to court documents, Davy Sparks got into an argument with his ex-wife Dec. 31 where he apparently threatened her life.
    “(The victim) said Sparks “told her he was going to put a bullet in her head if he sees her,” according to a statement in the court document. “She also stated he told her she better watch herself because he will blow her f---ing head off.”
    The call was reported to be made from his cell phone.
    Sparks was arrested, and charged with using a telephone to “terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.” The original charge was assault against a household member, but was pled down to the harassment charge.
    Sparks was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation. He also must pay $73 in court costs.
    According to the conditions of his probation, Sparks will not be allowed to consume alcohol or enter an establishment that serves alcohol. He can’t possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.
    Sparks must also maintain contact with his probation officer during his probation, and must also attend anger management classes with at least six sessions. He must also avoid all contact with his alleged victim and anyone related to her.

  • LA man sentenced for fight at hotel

    A Los Alamos man accused of starting a brawl in February with two Los Alamos police officers inside a Comfort Inn hotel room was sentenced in district court recently.
    According to police reports, Samuel Nasise and a woman named Rebecca Meagan Redondo fought with the officers, a struggle that culminated in Redondo pulling at the items on the officers’ utility belts, and Nasise punching one of the officers in the face, according to court documents.
    Nasise was charged with two counts of battery upon a police officer, two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing a police officer and one count of disorderly conduct.
    Redondo was sentenced in May for her part in the melee. Though she received the same charges, all of them were dismissed except one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. Redondo was given a deferred sentence.
    If she completes her 365 days of probation without incident, the charge will be dismissed, though a record of the charge will still exist.
    In a plea agreement worked out between Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and Nasise’s attorney, Tyr Loranger, Nasise was charged with just one count of battery upon a police officer.

  • On The Docket 6-10-15

    June 3

    Luis P. Trujillo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $70 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 4

    Jeremiah D. Morris was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failing to appear and one count of not having a proper chauffeur/operator’s license. Defendant was fined $125 and must also pay $295 in court costs.

    Ba Yan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to have proper car insurance. Sentence deferred until Aug. 3. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Dustin H. Taylor pled guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Lilliana Martinez was fined $50 by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to display current, valid registration plates while parked.

    June 8

    Kristen Klasky 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.

    Gabriella A. Fresquez pled guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Burglar is facing 4-plus years in jail

    Los Alamos resident John Craven, who was convicted of robbing his neighbor nine times last year, was recently in court for a probation violation. At issue was whether or not Craven should be released from jail until a hearing is held determining his guilt or innocence June 10.
    According to Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, the reason why Craven was reincarcerated in the first place was that he allegedly lied about his community service hours, telling probation authorities he performed services when he really didn’t.
    As a result of the violation, he could end up serving the full sentence for his crimes, which is nearly 4 years, 8 months in jail.
    The final time Craven burglarized the Ragsdales was Jan. 14, 2014. The attempt was foiled, however, when the Ragsdales came home early after a night out to find Craven in their house going through their valuables.
    According to court documents Mike Ragsdale had a gun with him at the time. Craven was found behind a bathroom door, but instead of shooting Craven, Ragsdale escorted Craven out of his house and then called police.
    Craven was sentenced for the burglaries, getting three-years’ supervised probation and treatment for drug addiction, as well as community service, according to a sentence handed out by then District Judge Sheri Raphaelson.

  • On The Docket 6-4-15

    May 27

    Ladonna M. Phillips was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    May 28

    David J. Nicholseff pled no contest to speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant’s sentence deferred until July 27. Other sentence is defensive driving school Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tai Yuanyen was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $30, and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Logan G. Stephenson was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25, and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Steven Seifert was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    May 29

    Noel Meyers was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failing to appear in court and one count of failure to pay. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $238 in court costs.

    June 1