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Courts

  • Santa Fe man faces multiple charges

    A Santa Fe resident was recently arraigned in district court, charged with one count of false evidence of title or registration, one count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of marijuana or cannabinoids, one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, one count of concealing identity and other charges.
    Hector Santana, 33, was arrested June 15 at the intersection of Central Avenue and 15th Street when police took notice of his New Mexico license plate, which had nothing but zeros.
    However, when police activated their lights and later their siren in an effort to have him pull over his car, Santana allegedly kept going and didn’t stop until he reached the Los Alamos Co-Op parking lot further down the road.
    “The driver continued to drive and did not stop until he had reached the rear of the Los Alamos Beer Co-Op, said a police officer in a police report documenting the incident. “This is approximately one-eighth of a mile from where I initiated my emergency lights and approximately 50 yards, or 150 feet from where I initiated my siren.”

  • On The Docket 8-28-15

    Aug. 19

    Jose G. Chacon pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal court to speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Kelso Street was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for failing to wear seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Logan D. Cunico was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for failing to abide pedestrian control signals. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Danny Martinez was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 20

    Emily E. Orr pled no contest in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to shoplifting. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Lloyd Ami was found guilty by Citepay of improper stopping, standing or parking. Defendant was fined $50.

    Aug. 21

    Terrance C. Gray was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to wear seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • AG: accused man broke court order

    The attorney general’s office recently filed a complaint in district court against Christopher Davis, 23, a Los Alamos suspect who’s accused of multiple sex crimes against minors.
    The attorney general’s office is alleging that Davis, who was arrested in June 2014 broke his conditions of release when he accessed a computer to log onto the Internet, something he was not allowed to do under his order.
    “On Aug. 21, 2014, the defendant was ordered to refrain from accessing the Internet,” a statement from the attorney general’s office read. “On July 10, 2015, the State of New Mexico received information that the defendant was accessing the Internet and engaging in social networking websites.” The statement did not elaborate further.
    A hearing to decide his punishment will be held Sept. 2 at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
    Davis was arrested June 17, 2014. He’s accused of having criminal sexual contact with two girls, who at the time were aged 13 and 14.
    A few weeks before the arrest was made, the Los Alamos Police Department, along with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and its Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force opened up an investigation on Davis, triggered by a warrant for his arrest by the Anoka County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s Office.

  • Foster’s attorneys seek documents

    Attorneys representing clients being subpoenaed by the attorneys representing former Los Alamos Police Commander Randy Foster met again in district court last week.
    This time, the issue was whether Foster’s attorneys can compel a psychologist who was treating former officer Brian Schamber to hand over documents related to his treatment for trial.
    In his argument against handing over the documents, David Berlin, an attorney representing psychologist Bradford Richards, referenced a court decision that successfully prevented another doctor from handing over documents in a similar case.
    “...It’s to protect confidential communications made during treatment of a patient’s mental or emotional condition from disclosure during court proceedings, the precise thing the plaintiff is trying to do now, is what this rule was sought to prevent,” said Berlin in district court Tuesday. Berlin also used other legal arguments in other cases to further his argument.
    Judge Raymond Ortiz however said that in this case, the consultation given the nature of the circumstances, was “quasi public” and so release of the documents should be considered.

  • On The Docket 8-21-15

    Aug. 13

    Ruth A. Neal was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 14

    Ross E. Bridge was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Elfago Lovato paid a $50 fined for improper stopping, standing or parking.

    Santiago Martinez pled not guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court for not having a driver’s license. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tuhy M. Mills was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 16

    Loma Salazar was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 17

    Seth Kirshenberg was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding 21 to 25 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • County needs more time in lawsuit

    In a lawsuit over whether Los Alamos County needs to honor a former employee’s long term benefit claim, the county has asked for more time to produce documents and evidence going all the way back to 2005.
    In February, former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, 57, opened a lawsuit against the county for allegedly discontinuing his long-term disability benefits.
    In a response to his lawsuit, the county said it needs more time to gather documents for its defense, saying that much of the dispute stems from alleged misunderstandings Torpy had concerning his benefits as a Los Alamos County employee when he was hired to be the Los Alamos’ police chief in 2005.
    “This case involves events that occurred around March 2005,” a statement from the county read. “Much of the information relevant to LAC’s (Los Alamos County’s) defenses is likely contained in 10-year-old documents that aren’t readily available…Similarly, key witnesses may be difficult to locates, as they may be employees of the insurer or a consulting firm retained by LAC in 2005, or they may be longer employed by the county.”
    In an effort to identify and get a hold of some of those documents, Torpy is due to give a deposition sometime next week.

  • Suspected drug dealer was also arrested earlier

    Suspected Santa Fe drug dealer Celso Ramos, out on $15,000 bond, was arraigned in district court recently.
    In district court, Ramos was charged with trafficking controlled substances (possession with intent to distribute, narcotic or meth, first offense), possession of a controlled substance (felony narcotic drug) and use or possession of drug paraphernalia in February of this year.
    According to court documents, Ramos, 37, was arrested by police who were called to a White Rock neighborhood because Ramos and a 29-year-old woman named Deanna Doss were seen walking up and down driveways in White Rock for no particular reason.
    When questioned and searched, police found four fully loaded syringes of heroin in his backpack. The amount of heroin in the syringes turned out to be more than 2 ounces.
    In Los Alamos District Court, Ramos pled not guilty.
    During his arraignment, the prosecution revealed that he was arrested just a few weeks earlier for trafficking drugs in Santa Fe County, as well.
    The district attorney asked the court that he continued to be monitored for drug use up to his trial selection appearance in January.
    Los Alamos District Court Judge Jennifer Attrep set additional conditions of release, including that Ramos show up for all his court appearances through January, when his trial is set to start.

  • Jury acquits Martinez of all charges

    Los Alamos resident Carlos Martinez, 31, was declared not guilty of all counts Thursday on charges stemming from a brief sexual encounter he had with another employee at the Chevron gas station roughly 2-1/2 years ago.
    The charges included one count of false imprisonment and three counts of criminal sexual penetration.
    It was an intense four days of trial and testimony for Martinez, a Los Alamos resident who was accused by a co-worker of the crimes during an overnight shift at the Trinity Drive Chevron station March 7-8, 2013.
    After knowing each other for two days, the two decided to have a sexual encounter inside the station’s walk-in freezer. That brief encounter, where Martinez received oral sex twice and attempted intercourse once, hung over his head until Thursday.
    Four days after the encounter, the woman went to police and filed a complaint against Martinez.
    Thursday afternoon, Martinez put his head in his hands and briefly cried tears of relief as a jury of his peers declared him not guilty on all counts.

  • Jury acquits Martinez of all charges

    Los Alamos resident Carlos Martinez, 31, was declared not guilty of all counts Thursday on charges stemming from a brief sexual encounter he had with another employee at the Chevron gas station roughly 2-1/2 years ago.
    The charges included one count of false imprisonment and three counts of criminal sexual penetration.
    It was an intense four days of trial and testimony for Martinez, a Los Alamos resident who was accused by a co-worker of the crimes during an overnight shift at the Trinity Drive Chevron station March 7-8, 2013.
    After knowing each other for two days, the two decided to have a sexual encounter inside the station’s walk-in freezer. That brief encounter, where Martinez received oral sex twice and attempted intercourse once, hung over his head until Thursday.
    Four days after the encounter, the woman went to police and filed a complaint against Martinez.
    Thursday afternoon, Martinez put his head in his hands and briefly cried tears of relief as a jury of his peers declared him not guilty on all counts.

  • Defense requests a motion before start of trial Monday

    A key motion in a high-profile sexual assault trial was considered by Los Alamos District Court Judge Jennifer Attrep Monday, just a few moments before the trial was set to begin.
    The motion was about the accused, with the defense wanting to question the alleged victim about recent alleged accusations of sexual assault she or others made on her behalf that occurred before the court case, as well as physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother when she was younger.
    The jurors were not present during arguments regarding the motion.
    The victim is accusing Los Alamos resident Carlos Martinez of coercing her to have sex with him while they were working the same overnight shift together at the Chevron gas station on Trinity Drive one night in March 2013.
    The gas station is located almost directly across the street from the Los Alamos police station.
    Martinez was eventually arrested and charged with kidnapping and three counts of third-degree criminal sexual penetration, those coming several days after the incident occurred.
    Public Defender Paul Branch centered the motion around a key moment in the incident, where the victim told police she froze up and went to the station’s bathroom to vomit during the incident.