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Courts

  • On the Docket

    Oct. 4

    Scott Burnworth was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (.08 or above, first offense). The original charge was aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor/drugs, refused testing, third offense). Defendant was sentenced to serve 90 days at the Los Alamos County Detention Center, all suspended. Defendant was also assigned to 24 hours of community service and must also serve 364 days of supervised probation. Defend must also pay $241 in court costs. 

    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation. Defendant shall attend and complete any treatment, counseling or program recommended by the screening agent with 30 days. Defendant shall enter  and participate in alcohol/drug screening with any treatment, counseling or program with at least six sessions recommended. Defendant shall also participate and complete DWI school within 90 days. The defendant shall also enter and successfully complete the Victim Impact program within 90 days.

  • Española bank robber gets 40 months in plea deal

    A Los Alamos County resident who terrorized a teller while robbing an Española bank was sentenced to 40 months in prison.
    The sentencing was part of a plea agreement worked out by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Han and Fidel Naranjo’s defense attorney, Andras Szantho.
    As part of the agreement, Naranjo agreed not to appeal the 40-month sentence for a lesser term, nor try to get a reduction in fines or costs.
    Naranjo must also make victim restitution and pay back $700, the amount of money police weren’t able to recover of the nearly $3,500 he stole from the New Mexico Bank and Trust on 411 Carr Lane.
    “If the defendant ... should nevertheless seek a downward departure or variance, including a departure or variance from the guideline criminal history category, the United States shall have a right to treat this plea agreement as null and void and to proceed to trial on all charges before the court,” read a statement in court documents.
    Before Han and Szantho worked out the agreement, Naranjo was looking at 20 years in prison or more for the crime and a $250,000 fine. The incident occurred on a Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 2.
    On that day, Naranjo’s accomplice, Kendra Brophy, 29, drove him to the bank.

  • On the Docket 1-17-16

    Jan. 7
    Katrina M. Shrader was found guilty by the Los Alamo Municipal Court of not having a proper child passenger restraint. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until March 6. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school.

    Jessica D. Vigil was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate and not having proper car insurance. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

    Daniel Deschamp pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to careless driving (causing an accident). Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school.

    Kyle R. Montoya was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of minor in possession of alcoholic liquor. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $60 in court costs.

    Jan. 8
    David Janecky pled guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Alleged burglar arraigned

    A former tenant who is being accused of burglarizing his landlord’s home was arraigned in court recently. His conditions of release were also set, though things were complicated somewhat by his allegedly testing positive for illegal drugs while out on bail before his arraignment in district court.
    The defendant, Danny Hall, was allegedly caught burgling his landlord’s home as well as damaging the property.
    “Mr. Hall was renting a room from a mother and daughter and when the mother and daughter were out, he ransacked the house. When they came home, they found it disheveled and several items missing,” said Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist to First District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer. He added that those items were later found in his room.
    When he was arrested later, police also found methamphetamine on his person. Wahlquist also alleged that when he was released on bail, he violated his conditions of release by testing positive for illegal drugs during a urinalysis check.

  • 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.