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Courts

  • On The Docket 08-29-14

    Aug. 18

    Maria E. Tsoodle was found guilty by the Los Alamos County Magistrate Court for following too closely.
    Sentencing is deferred, on conditions of probation as specified. Defendant is advised that completion of all terms and conditions of a deferred sentence shall result in dismissal of this charge, but the record of the charge will still exist. Absent further order of this court, this order will become final as of Sept. 18, 2014, and the charge will be dismissed.
    Defendant was charged $81 in court costs. Defendant must undergo 30 days of unsupervised probation.
    Probation conditions include:
    Defendant shall notify the court of any change of address within 48 hours. Defendant shall obey all federal, state and local laws. Upon successful completion of deferral conditions charge(s) will be dismissed. Deferral period shall be 30 days. Defendant shall refrain from receiving any other citations during the deferment period. If the defendant fails to comply with the requirements set forth, the deferment agreement shall be forfeited. Deferred fines will be imposed and citation(s) will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles accordingly. A bench warrant may be issued for the defendant’s arrest.

  • Suspected burglars get bonds reduced

    For the recently engaged couple, the judge’s order to stay away from each other was probably the worst punishment of all, so far.
    Pending the upcoming trials for their crimes, a young couple accused of burglarizing at least six homes in Los Alamos will be forbidden to see or communicate with each other until their cases are resolved. And if they are found guilty, they probably won’t be seeing each other for a long time after that.
    “You will avoid all contact with the alleged victims and anyone that might testify in this case,” said Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados to suspect Marcos Vigil, who stood quietly by his attorney’s side as Casados read his conditions of release. “That includes Miss (Brandi) Merrifield (his fiancée). You can have no contact with her. You can’t send your cousin to send her cousin a message to get to her. Do you understand that? If I hear any inkling of ‘well, we got to talk,’ you’re in jail.

  • On The Docket 08-28-14

    Aug. 11

    Gabriel Wadt pled no contest in Los Alamos County Magistrate Court to resisting, evading or obstructing an officer (service of process).
    Sentencing is deferred, on conditions of probation as specified. Defendant is advised that completion of all terms and conditions of a deferred sentence shall result in dismissal of this charge, but the record of the charge will still exist. Absent further order of this court, this order will become final as of Nov. 10 2014, and the charge will be dismissed.
    Defendant was charged $73 in court costs. Defendant must undergo 90 days of unsupervised probation.
    While on probation, defendant shall obey all rules, regulations and orders of the probation authorities, and observe all federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Defendant shall not purchase, possess or consume any form of alcohol or use of illegal drugs during probation, and may not enter a bar or any other liquor establishment whose primary purpose is to sell or serve alcohol. Defendant also shall not a firearm, destructive device or weapon.

    Raymond J. Martinez pled no contest in Los Alamos County Magistrate Court to use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $148 in court costs.
    Aug. 14

  • ABQ man sentenced in drug case

    A drug dealer from Albuquerque nabbed by Los Alamos Police late last year recently received his sentence in district court.
    The suspect, David Simmons, entered a guilty plea, admitting to attempting to traffic a controlled substance by distribution, a third-degree felony. He was sentenced by Judge Sheri L. Raphaelson to three years incarceration with three years suspended and three years of supervised probation. If Simmons has served two years of his probation without any violations, he could have the last year dismissed.
    The original charges against him were: Trafficking by distribution, conspiracy to commit trafficking (by distribution), possession of a controlled substance (felony, narcotic drug) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    The charges came from a number of LAPD operations late 2013 that also resulted in the arrests of Los Alamos residents, Daniel Hoth and Rowena MacDonald.
    According to court documents, Hoth apparently acted as Simmons’ driver. Simmons had come up from Albuquerque to do some drug deals in White Rock that never materialized. At some point during his visit, LAPD arrested Simmons and Hoth.

  • Casados sets $102K bond for Porter

    Steven Porter, a 46-year-old Los Alamos man facing 20 charges involving controlled substances (13 felonies and seven misdemeanors) made his first court appearance before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Tuesday.
    Porter, who was arrested last weekend, was held on a $102,000 bond. Bond was posted and Porter was released from the Los Alamos Detention Center at 9 a.m. today, according to magistrate court clerk John Baca.
    His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 2.
    A complete report of the Porter case can be found in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
     

  • On The Docket 08-14-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal Court:

    James Stein pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Taylor Thoren pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Emily Phillips pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Steven Jones pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Paul Graham pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Lia Wentz pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Daniel Kathos pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Ian Maes pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Bryan Spaulding was found guilty of displaying of current valid registration plate. The sentence was deferred and he was ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

  • Aspen continues to work together

    This year couldn’t be more exciting for Aspen Elementary Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom.
    She starts her seventh year as the leader of Aspen’s Tigers and she has been in education for 23 years, teaching for 16 years prior to her administrative position.
    When Aspen started the 2013-14 school year, there was an eye on construction, as the Tigers become the first elementary school in the district to update their facilities on such a large scale.
    “I am most proud of how the students and staff dealt with the construction process,” said Vandenkieboom. “It was not an easy adjustment, traveling back and forth to the gym for lunch, a small playground, a major move in October and no common hallway for visiting.”
    Three words can be used to describe Vandenkieboom, her staff and PTO members through the phases of construction: grace under pressure.
    All parties worked together to solve difficulties and spirits were kept high as parents worked to keep up morale throughout the year with special events for students and treats for staff.
    Naturally, her biggest goal for the year will be to move into the new building, which, if things go according to plan, may take place in October.
    The principal said there were plenty of people who deserve the credit for Aspen’s success.

  • On The Docket 08-08-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court.

    July 31

    Bobby Romero was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to pay court fines and/or costs. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Albert A. Maez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was also ordered to enroll in defensive driving school. Sentence deferred until Sept. 28.

    Taylor N. Thoren was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid, registration plate. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Aug. 29.

    Alison L. Tamasi was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Jerilynn T. Christiansen was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of making an improper lane change. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 1

    Sheri A. Knapp was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and was also ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

  • On the Docket 08-01-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    July 9

    Susanna M. Naud was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Daniel J. Salvat was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    July 11

    Douglas D. Dugan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles and hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Jessica L. Heironimus was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    July 12

    Viviana S. Balzaretti-Maggi was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    July 14

    Gabriel A. Wadt was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    July 16

  • On The Docket 7-23-14

    July 21

    Mark A. Martinez pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for racing on highways. Defendant incurred no fines but was ordered to pay $81 in court costs. Defendant was also ordered to undergo 30 days of unsupervised probation.

    Probation conditions include:
    Defendant shall notify the court of any change of address within 48 hours. Defendant shall obey all federal, state and local laws. Upon successful completion of deferral conditions charge(s) will be dismissed. Deferral period shall be 30 days. Defendant shall refrain from receiving any other citations during the deferment period. If the defendant fails to comply with the requirements set forth, the deferment agreement shall be forfeited. Deferred fines will be imposed and citation(s) will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles accordingly. A bench warrant may be issued for the defendant’s arrest.
    July 22