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Courts

  • On The Docket 6-10-15

    June 3

    Luis P. Trujillo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $70 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 4

    Jeremiah D. Morris was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failing to appear and one count of not having a proper chauffeur/operator’s license. Defendant was fined $125 and must also pay $295 in court costs.

    Ba Yan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to have proper car insurance. Sentence deferred until Aug. 3. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Dustin H. Taylor pled guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Lilliana Martinez was fined $50 by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to display current, valid registration plates while parked.

    June 8

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

    Gabriella A. Fresquez pled guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Burglar is facing 4-plus years in jail

    Los Alamos resident John Craven, who was convicted of robbing his neighbor nine times last year, was recently in court for a probation violation. At issue was whether or not Craven should be released from jail until a hearing is held determining his guilt or innocence June 10.
    According to Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, the reason why Craven was reincarcerated in the first place was that he allegedly lied about his community service hours, telling probation authorities he performed services when he really didn’t.
    As a result of the violation, he could end up serving the full sentence for his crimes, which is nearly 4 years, 8 months in jail.
    The final time Craven burglarized the Ragsdales was Jan. 14, 2014. The attempt was foiled, however, when the Ragsdales came home early after a night out to find Craven in their house going through their valuables.
    According to court documents Mike Ragsdale had a gun with him at the time. Craven was found behind a bathroom door, but instead of shooting Craven, Ragsdale escorted Craven out of his house and then called police.
    Craven was sentenced for the burglaries, getting three-years’ supervised probation and treatment for drug addiction, as well as community service, according to a sentence handed out by then District Judge Sheri Raphaelson.

  • On The Docket 6-4-15

    May 27

    Ladonna M. Phillips 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 must also pay $65 in court costs.

    May 28

    David J. Nicholseff pled no contest to speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant’s sentence deferred until July 27. Other sentence is defensive driving school Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tai Yuanyen was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $30, and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Logan G. Stephenson was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25, and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Steven Seifert was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    May 29

    Noel Meyers was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failing to appear in court and one count of failure to pay. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $238 in court costs.

    June 1

  • Student accused of selling pot

    Police are accusing a Los Alamos High School student of dealing a “large amount” of marijuana on campus.
    That case now will be heading to district court.
    In late March, police noted some suspicious items in a car in the school’s parking lot. Police identified the car as belonging to Koby Leeches, 18, a student who attends the school.
    While looking through the window of Leeches’ white Oldsmobile car, police allegedly saw a large clear white plastic bag that was filled with smaller plastic bags, a propane tank and “several bottles with a strange looking mechanism that appeared to be a pump of some kind,” investigating police said in their report.
    They also noticed a wallet that contained a lot of cash.
    Further investigation revealed a previous incident where two students were caught smoking marijuana in the same car March 12 in the Sullivan parking lot across the street from the school.
    Leeches and his passenger were not charged in that incident, but in an incident involving the passenger just four days later, March 16, school officers found he was allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia, several baggies, marijuana, Adderall and methamphetamine.

  • Woman sentenced in hotel incident

    A 30-year-old Los Alamos woman was sentenced recently for her part in a February altercation with police officers, where the woman, Rebecca Meagan Redondo, and another man, Samuel J. Nasise, fought with officers and allegedly attempted to grab at items on the officers’ utility belts during the fight.
    The sentencing was Wednesday in Magistrate Court.
    According to documents, police responded to a domestic dispute at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Los Alamos one night in late February.
    According to police reports, when officers inquired and the couple opened their hotel room door, a fight ensued between one of the officers and Nasise.
    Redondo tried to join in, but was held back by one of the officers.
    As the fight between Nasise and the officer escalated, the officer detaining Redondo went to help, and that’s when Redondo joined in the fight.
    As a result of the altercation, Redondo was charged with two counts of battery upon a police officer, two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and one count of disorderly conduct.
    In a plea bargain worked out between Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and Redondo’s defense attorney, David M. Chacon, charges in the case were significantly reduced.

  • On The Docket 5-28-15

    May 20

    Gregory G. Barthell pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    May 22

    Danielle F. Roybal pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    Heather M. Ellis pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to making an improper lane change. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    Troy A. Semelsberger pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs

    Ramon A. Saavedra pled guilty at the time of traffic stop through Citepay to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    May 26

    Kamilah Montoya pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 16 to 20 miles per hour over the limit. Defendant received a deferred sentence and must also pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Aug. 26. Sentence includes community service and defensive driving school.

  • Woman accused of aiding runaway

    Rachel Ann Weiss, a 24-year-old Los Alamos woman, was recently sentenced for her part in helping an 18-year-old girl run away from home in March.
    According to court documents, police arrived at the girl’s residence March 20 in response to her parents reporting her missing. When police arrived, the parents told her their daughter was supposed to show up at her grandparent’s house for homeschooling. They told police they think she left their house some time that night.
    Police interviewed the girl’s ex-boyfriend, who told police that the girl stopped by his house around 12:30 a.m. to say “goodbye,” but that was all he knew.
    The ex-boyfriend told police he could not tell the person that was driving the car she arrived in was a man or woman. Police did interview Weiss also, but she claimed she had no knowledge of where the girl was.
    A closer inspection of the girl’s cell phone records suggested otherwise.
    In an exchange of Facebook messages, police worked out that Weiss had full knowledge of the girl’s plans to run away and where she was going. She also helped her run away, police said in court documents.

  • On The Docket 5-21-15

    May 13

    Hongwu Xu was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Thomas J. Grab pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    May 14

    Stanley E. Hayes pled no contest in the Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Ron J. Salazar pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    James Mercer-Smith pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Monique Ruiz pled no contest in the Los Alamos Municipal Court to driving with a suspended or revoked license. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Michael Soto was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to obey a traffic signal. Defendant was given community service and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    May 18

  • Wood’s bond set at $35K by judge

    SANTA FE — After seeing what happened in court Friday, Robin Wood might now have wanted to try to delay his proceedings.
    Wood, the 36-year-old Los Alamos man accused of killing a woman in November of last year when his car wandered into the opposite lane of N.M. 30 and hit hers head on, was arraigned in district court.
    Last month, Wood was indicted by a grand jury for homicide by vehicle and great bodily injury by vehicle. If convicted, the maximum penalty Wood could face is nine years of incarceration and $10,000 in fines.
    Friday’s proceedings didn’t go well for Wood, who showed up without his lawyer, Jonathan Miller. This is the second time Wood showed up for the same arraignment — the first time, Santa Fe District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer recused herself, as she felt she was too familiar with Wood and his struggles with drug addiction to be impartial.
    Friday, Wood tried to explain to the new judge in the case, T. Glenn Ellington, why Miller failed to show yet again.
    “He called the public defender’s office because he said he wasn’t going to be able to make it today. He told us yesterday that he was going to have a public defender here for me this morning,” Wood told the judge.
    Ellington, then addressed Wood on court procedure.

  • Suspect at jail tries to hide contraband

    A 24-year-old Santa Cruz woman who brought drugs into county jail will have her case tried in district court.
    The suspect, Jennifer B. Lopez, was originally picked up by police on a probation violation in mid-March.
    According to police records, while being booked into jail, an officer noticed her put something in her mouth. When she was told to remove it, she refused. When the officer put her hands behind her back and ordered her again to spit out what she had in her mouth, she did so. A further search of her person found one Alprazolam pill in a shirt pocket.
    When officers unwrapped the plastic ball she had in her mouth, they found other items, including two oxycodone pills (opioid pain medication), four methadone pills (opioid pain medication also used to ease heroin withdrawal symptoms), 15 suboxone strips (used to treat drug addiction), 12 pills plus pill pieces of buprenorphine and alprazolam. Buprenorphine is used to treat drug addiction and alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.
    Along with those pills, loose leaf tobacco was also discovered by police.
    According to reports, police also found additional alprazolam pills in her cell, bringing the total count of alprazolam pills in her possession to nine, plus some additional pieces.