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Courts

  • 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.

  • On The Docket 5-14-15

    May 6

    Mark Welsh paid a parking fine of $250 to the Los Alamos Municipal Court for parking in a designated, disabled space.

    May 7
    Patti Wells pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to failing to yield/stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Christian Negre pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to not wearing a seatbelt. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Nicole M. Trevette was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failing to appear in court, failing to have a proper chauffeurs license and speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $200 and must also pay $260 in court costs.
    David A. Martinez pled no contest in the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to appear in court and passing in a no passing zone. Defendant was fined $125 and must also pay $130 in court costs.
    Andres Dow pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court of trespassing. Defendant must pay $60 in court costs. Sentence of community service is deferred until Aug. 4.
    Koby Leeches pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court of trespassing. Defendant must pay $60 in court costs. Sentence of community service is deferred until Aug. 4.

    May 8

  • LANL employee will head to district court

    A 51-year-old Abiquiu man allegedly threatened two employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory when he allegedly failed a drug test will be heading to district court, according to court documents.
    In late March, following a conversation about testing positive for cocaine, Leroy E. Maestas, 51, allegedly threatened one employee and assaulted another at LANL’s personnel security office.
    According to an employee who accompanied him to the office, Maestas “looked sad and very stressed.” Shortly after his meeting with a personnel security office supervisor, Maestas allegedly walked out of the meeting, saying to the employee who accompanied him that he wanted to leave.
    When the employee tried to stop him under orders of the personnel security office supervisor, Maestas allegedly pushed him into a wall and started yelling at him.
    “Get me out of here! Get me out of here now or I’m going to kill/hurt somebody!” Maestas allegedly said, according to the court documents.
    Maestas then allegedly went back toward the supervisor’s office with “clenched fists.”
    The supervisor then said to let Maestas go and the employee that Maestas allegedly pushed offered Maestas a ride back to his personal car so Maestas could leave.
    On the way there, Maestas allegedly made more threats.

  • Arraignment postponed in Wood trial

    Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer gave the court a bit of a surprise Friday during the arraignment of 36-year-old Robin Wood, a Los Alamos resident who is being accused of causing a deadly accident back in November, an accident which resulted in the death of a 37-year-old woman.
    At the hearing, Sommer recused herself from the case after saying she had ties to the accused in the case.
    Assistant District Attorney Michael Nuñez said in court Friday that Wood is facing up to nine years in jail and $10,000 in fines for his role in a crash that took place on N.M. 30 in late November.
    Police reports at the time say that Wood was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Impala heading north when he swerved into the southbound lane crashing head on into a Chevrolet Cavalier being driven by 37-year-old Elizabeth Quintana.
    The impact killed her instantly. Wood and his passenger, a 40 year-old woman, survived, and were treated at area hospitals for their injuries. Wood was later taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center for an unrelated probation violation related to a 2012 case.
    In that case, Wood was charged with four counts of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Recently, Wood’s toxicology report came back revealing that he had .39 milligrams of methamphetamine per liter in his blood.