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Courts

  • Shoplifting case heads to district court

    A March shoplifting incident that escalated into two counts of aggravated battery will be heading to district court.
    The case involves one person, Jorge Talamantes, who according to eyewitnesses, tried to steal jewelry from the Jemez House consignment shop in White Rock March 14.
    When witnesses saw what he was allegedly doing and confronted him, Talamantes put the jewelry back and allegedly tried to leave the store. One of the witnesses tried to prevent him from leaving, and he allegedly injured her with the door by pushing it up against her in an effort to get away.
    When he and his family made it out to his car, the same witness stood in back of his car while other witnesses tried to prevent him from leaving until police arrived.
    Talamantes then allegedly backed into the witness with his car, injuring her further before taking off.
    In court Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist laid out probable cause to Los Alamos County Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados on why the case should go to district court. In his argument, he emphasized the injuries the witness sustained in the altercation.

  • On The Docket 06-04-14

    Records derived from the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    May 28

    Jeremiah D. Morris was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to appear in court, failing to pay court fees and/or fines and failure to yield or stop at a traffic sign.
    Defendant was fined $150 and ordered to pay $157 in court costs.

    Scott Wallin was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of abusing the restricted use of bus stop and taxi stands. Defendant was fined $50.
    May 29

    Christopher M. Wajda was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of animals at large. Defendant was fined $500 and ordered to pay $120 in court costs.

    Victoria Sandoval was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having animals at large. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $60 in court costs.

    Dan Castille was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of animals at large. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $120 in court costs.

    Larry Brito Jr. 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.

  • On The Docket 05-28-14

    Court records derived from Los Alamos Municipal Court and Magistrate Court:
    May 19

    Mary Diaz pled no contest in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to reckless driving. Defendant’s sentence was deferred until June 19 and was ordered to pay $81 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to 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.

  • On The Docket 05-21-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:

    May 13

    Moses Salazar was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of battery upon a household member. Defendant was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 85 days credit for time served, leaving nine months and six days to serve. Defendant was also sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation. Defendant was ordered to pay $73 in court costs.
    Probation conditions include: Defendant will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed. 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.
    The defendant must also commit to paying $25 a month probation fees to the Los Alamos Municipal Court, as well as enter and participate in a 52-week domestic violence class. Enrollment must be within 30 days. Defendant can complete the 52-week program in jail or after the release date.

  • Paul Martinez gets probation

    Paul Martinez, the Los Alamos youth who tried to cover up a bungled drug deal by saying he was mugged, was sentenced in magistrate court last week.
    Martinez was charged with making a false report about a violation of the criminal code. In court, he pleaded no contest to the charge and waived a jury trial.
    His attorney, Bill Snowden, asked Judge Pat Casados for leniency for his client.
    “He seems to have learned his lesson and is prepared to deal with his mistake in entering his no contest plea,” Snowden said. “Therefore, it seems appropriate he receive a sentence in the lower range.”
    Being there was no objection from the state, Martinez was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation and 24 hours of community service. He must also pay $73 in court costs plus probation fees.
    When Casados asked Martinez if he was remorseful, Martinez said yes.
    “I’ve learned my lesson and I’m sorry, and I’ve got nothing else to say, your honor,” Martinez said.
    When Casados pressed him further about what lessons he learned, Martinez said, “That I’ll never lie — to lie to a county official, to a police officer again.”
    Casados also sentenced him to a year in jail, suspended.

  • On The Docket 05-14-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    May 8
    Janette R. Frigo 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.
    May 9
    Lawrence Quintana was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    May 12
    John S. George 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.

  • On The Docket 04-30-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    April 23

    Bernadette Morrow was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having a stopped or parked vehicle interfering with other vehicular traffic. Defendant was fined $50.

    April 24

    Bernie M. Gallegos 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.
    April 28

    Brad Hughes pleaded no contest to the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to appear in court and for having animals at large. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $120 in court costs.

    Theresa Montoya was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to appear in court. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Nicole M. Trevette was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for operating a vehicle without a chauffeur’s licence. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Randi Moore was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to display a current valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $25.

  • On The Docket 04-23-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Magistrate and Municipal Court:
    April 15

    Jordan D. Miller was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids (one ounce or less). Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $148 in court costs.
    April 17

    Li Wang 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.

    April 18

    Nathan H. Taylor 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.

    William Mullen 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.

    April 21

    Darren Schnedler was found guilty by the Los Alamo Municipal Court of letting or allowing his pets to make incessant noise. Defendant was fined $60. Sentence is deferred until June 19.

  • On The Docket 04-18-14

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

    Pradeep Cheruku 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.
    April 10

    Allen Herring was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of violating an outdoor furniture restriction. Defendant was ordered to pay $60 in court costs.

    Christina C. Garcia was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to appear in court, failure to pay a fine, speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit and not having proper car insurance. Defendant was fined $200 and ordered to pay $260 in court costs.

    Nathanael C. Farmham was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a proper registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Kelly C. Gallagher 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.
    April 11

    Alan P. Langdon was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

  • On The Docket 04-02-14

    Derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court records:
    Correction: In last week’s “On the Docket” Diedre N. Freer was accidently mentioned more than once for the same incident because of a reporting error.
    March 26

    Antonio G. Santos pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to one count of failure to pay, three counts of failing to appear in court, one count of not having a proper chauffeur’s license and one count of failing to obey a traffic signal. The defendant was fined $350 and ordered to pay $395 in court costs.

    Christopher A. Bucher was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles and hour over the speed limit and failure to pay. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay $92 in court costs.
    March 27

    Zhiquiang Ji 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.

    Arturo Espinoza was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit and not having proof of car insurance. he was fined $150 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs.