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Courts

  • Accused pot dealer out on bond

    Roy Moore, 67, the man accused of dealing marijuana out of his house and having 43 marijuana plants in his home, was recently released on from county jail on a $2,500 bond.
    The order was set after it was clear Moore was going to be needlessly held in jail for longer than the maximum 10-day period after being arrested for his alleged crimes. It was up to Moore to make his bail, however.
    Moore appeared in court with his lawyer, Tyr Loranger last week. Loranger told Judge Mathew Page that since this was the first time he met his client, he is going to need time to prepare for Moore’s preliminary hearing, which is set for sometime in May.
    Moore remains under house arrest until his preliminary hearing date, which has not been set.
    Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist agreed to the release, provided Moore agreed to be available to the court’s probation officers at all times, allow officers to conduct surprise searches of his home, and that he not leave town until his court date, where it will be determined whether or not there is enough evidence to try him in district court.
    During the conditions of release hearing, Wahlquist asked the judge to keep Moore’s bond at $11,000, as an assurance that he will stay in jail until his hearing.

  • Police Beat 4-5-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    March 26
    9:30 p.m. — Koby Leeches, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana) at Los Alamos High School.

    March 28
    1:16 p.m. — A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of fraudulent use of a credit card to obtain less than $300 at Arizona Avenue.
    2:50 p.m. — Garrett Katcher, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant by the Los Alamos County Police.

    11:30 p.m. — Carlos Hurtado, 19, of El Rito was arrested through a district court warrant in Española.
    March 29
    6:06 p.m. — A 40-year-old Los Alamos woman was injured in a car accident on N.M. 4.

    10:35 p.m. — David Garcia, 22, of Santa Fe was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant by the LAPD. The original charge was possession of drug paraphernalia at 7th Street and Trinity Drive on Feb. 19.

  • Sanchez faces charges from accident on N.M. 502

    Zachary Sanchez, the Los Alamos resident who was in a car accident in August near Anderson Overlook, has been indicted by a Santa Fe County Grand Jury for allegedly causing the accident.
    On Aug. 25, 2014, police responded to reports of a maroon Nissan Sentra traveling eastbound on N.M. 502 before driving off a cliff near Anderson Overlook, near mile marker 5. At the bottom of the cliff, rescuers found Sanchez, 30, and Andrea Harvier, 31 both injured.
    According to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, Sanchez sustained injuries and Harvier sustained critical injuries. Harvier was found outside the vehicle in a barely conscious state while Sanchez was found inside the vehicle with his seatbelt on.
    According to court records, Sanchez initially said that Harvier was driving the vehicle and not him. Both survived the accident.
    Sanchez has been charged with great bodily injury by vehicle, driving while intoxicated and driving while license revoked.
    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has not charged Harvier with anything.
    During an initial examination of evidence at the scene, sheriff’s deputies determined that it was Sanchez who was driving and not Harvier. Deputies also took DNA samples from both victims at the scene of the accident, to further determine who was sitting where in the car.

  • 'Caveman' still needs a lawyer

    Roy Moore, the man that was recently arrested for growing 43 marijuana plants in his house, made an appearance in court late last week.
    The hearing was about acquiring a public defense attorney, since Moore, did not seem have one yet.
    As Moore was listing his reasons for having the court assigning him an attorney, some other information about his circumstances were revealed, as well.
    Moore, who was conciliatory and polite during the hearing, also tried to explain to the magistrate court judge that he had a “growers card” for his marijuana plants but it was recently expired. He also was about to explain why the plants were in his house when the judge, Magistrate Court Judge Mateo Page, abruptly cut him off.
    “Before you say any more about that, as you were advised during your first appearance, you have a right to remain silent. Any statements you make in court can be used against you,” Page said. “Those are things you need to discuss with your attorney.”
    Moore, 67, also revealed that he had health problems, mainly that the right side of his body is “destroyed” as well as problems with his right lung.

  • Drug offenders get probation

    Several suspects connected to a highly publicized drug sweep that took place in January were sentenced Wednesday in Los Alamos District Court.
    Though none of those sentenced received jail time — which was included in their sentence, but most were placed in custody and held for varying lengths of time when initially arrested — for the drug trafficking offenses they committed, each received lengthy probation sentences.
    Those appearing in district court were nabbed during the Los Alamos Police Department’s “Operation Genesis,” which netted nine suspects.
    Suspects sentenced in court Wednesday included Sarah Orr, Nicholas Hagermann and Brendon Brown.
    Hagermann, who was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (a second degree felony), pled guilty in court. For pleading guilty, Hagermann gives up his right to a trial.
    In exchange, he will receive five years of supervised probation with drug court.
    Santa Fe resident Trevon Yates, 21, was also sentenced Wednesday in connection with an attempted heroin deal he tried to carry out in Los Alamos a few weeks after police concluded “Operation Genesis.” He received five years of supervised probation and drug court.

  • On The Docket 3-25-15

    March 19

    Kimberly R. Ferguson was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit and failing to pay court fines and/or costs. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Paul F. Andrus was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Judith W. White was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit and failing to pay court fines and/or costs. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    March 20

    Aiden Jaramillo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of jaywalking when prohibited to cross the roadway. Defendant was fined $50.

    Persina Bitsul was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit and failing to pay court fines and/or costs. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Isaac Galvez-Suazo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of jaywalking when prohibited to cross the roadway. Defendant was fined $50.

    March 23

  • On The Docket 3-19-15

    March 11

    Pamela J. Mackey was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to turn correctly at an intersection. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    March 12

    Heather Nordquist pled no contest to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was sentenced to defensive driving school. Sentenced deferred until May 11. Defendant was also fined $65 in court costs.

    Thomas w. Vestrand pled no contest to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was sentenced to community service. Sentenced deferred until May 11. Defendant was also fined $65 in court costs.

    March 13

    Ronald Smith pled no contest to having animals at large. Defendant was ordered to pay $60 in court costs.

    William D. Rice 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 ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    David M. Palmer 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 ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

  • On The Docket 3-12-15

    March 3

    Maria G. Guzman-Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of shoplifting (over $250 but not more than $500). The original charge was shoplifting over $500 but not more than $2,500.)
    Defendant to serve 364 days in the Los Alamos Detention Center, all suspended.
    Defendant was assigned to supervised probation of 364 days. Defendant must also pay $73 in court costs.
    Probation conditions include: Defendant shall obey all federal, state and local laws. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation. The defendant shall not enter an establishment that buys or sells alcohol. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.
    Defendant will also meet with a probation officer within seven days and maintain contact as instructed. Defendant shall also pay $25 per month probation fees. Payments are to be made to the Los Alamos Municipal Court. Defendant cannot enter any Smith’s grocery stores.

  • Man accused of stalking again

    Paul Kubler, a Los Alamos resident who was convicted and sentenced to probation for stalking is back in jail again — for allegedly stalking.
    According to court documents, Kubler, 61, was picked up for police for allegedly trying to reestablish contact with the very same victim he was previously charged with stalking.
    On March 2, relatives of the victim complained to police that Kubler was using the victim’s dog, which he had over at his house, to lure the victim into visiting with him.
    (Witness) said she had information that (victim) had been over to Paul’s house … and was using their previous dog to get (the victim) to come over and check on the status of the dog they had together from their previous relationship,” read a statement in the report.
    One of the victim’s relatives was also afraid that Kubler would try and take the victim and leave the state, adding that the victim “has a developmental disability and is easily manipulated.”
    Based on the information given to police, police put the victim under surveillance, where they observer her walking south on Diamond Drive talking to someone on her cell phone. Police then observed her ending the phone call, and “within seconds” observing a car Kubler is known to drive pull up to the curb and pick her up.

  • On The Docket 3-4-15

    March 2

    Brock A. Koehler was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of assault.
    The defendant is to serve 180 days at the Los Alamos County Detention Center, all suspended. Defendant must also undergo 180 days of supervised probation and pay $73 in court costs.
    Probation conditions include: Defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment and commit to paying $25 a month probation fees to the Los Alamos Municipal Court. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.
    Defendant will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.

    March 3