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Courts

  • On The Docket 09-18-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    Sept. 10

    Darlene E. George was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding in a school zone, six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. Defendant was fined $70 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Sept. 11

    Amy Justice was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court for use of possession of drug paraphernalia. Defendant was ordered to pay $148 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to a year of supervised probation.

    Joshua A Krepps was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Julie O. Wangler was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $30 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Marcus Leibrecht was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving and causing an accident. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs Defendant was also ordered to attend defensive driving school. Sentence deferred until Nov. 9.

  • Randall case resolved

    Scott Randall, the former executive director Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, appeared in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Tuesday to hear his sentence for a drunk driving charge he incurred on June 5 of this year.
    In court Tuesday, Randall’s DWI charge was also reduced to careless driving. He was not fined, but he will have to pay $81 in court costs. He was also sentenced to probation, where he must notify the court of a change of address within 48 hours.
    According to the police report on the incident, police were called to Randall’s house on the night of June 5 on reports of a domestic disturbance. According to police, Randall and his wife had an argument, and he was packing his bags and getting ready to leave the residence when he got into an altercation with his wife. According to the police reports, Randall allegedly bruised one of her wrists after he pushed her against a wall during the argument.
    Police contacted Randall later that night and told him to drive to the police station for an interview. When he arrived, he was given a field sobriety test and charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
    He was also charged with battery against a household member, but that charge was dismissed in July.

  • Porter case heads to district court

    Though he fought hard for his client, defense attorney Elden Pennington could not keep Steven Porter’s two cases against him from going over to district court.
    Magistrate Judge Pat Casados ruled that the state proved its case that there’s justification that both cases against him be moved to district court. If the case was able to prove that there was no justification, the charges against him would have been dropped and he would have been freed.
    As it is now, Porter is being held on a $102,000 bond for violating the terms of release for the first case against him.
    Porter was arrested Aug. 17 at his home when police discovered numerous illicit drugs in a safe in his house. Through a combination given by Porter to the officers, officers were able to open one of the safes, where they found a gallon-sized ziplock baggie filled with 200 to 300 pills of various types. Porter was then arrested on 13 felony drug charges and seven misdemeanor drug charges.
    Police executed a search warrant on Porter’s White Rock residence originally to find evidence that he committed acts of vandalism and burglary against a group of neighbors who recently ruled against him in a zoning dispute. However, so far, police have found no evidence of Porter’s involvement.

  • On The Docket 09-02-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    Aug. 21

    Darren P. Schnedler 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.

    Tanner R. Hurshman was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Aug. 22

    Michael J. Garcia 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.

    Kim M. Baldwin was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $131 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Cuauhtemoc Aviles-Ramos was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Aug. 25

  • 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.