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Courts

  • Jury acquits Martinez of all charges

    Los Alamos resident Carlos Martinez, 31, was declared not guilty of all counts Thursday on charges stemming from a brief sexual encounter he had with another employee at the Chevron gas station roughly 2-1/2 years ago.
    The charges included one count of false imprisonment and three counts of criminal sexual penetration.
    It was an intense four days of trial and testimony for Martinez, a Los Alamos resident who was accused by a co-worker of the crimes during an overnight shift at the Trinity Drive Chevron station March 7-8, 2013.
    After knowing each other for two days, the two decided to have a sexual encounter inside the station’s walk-in freezer. That brief encounter, where Martinez received oral sex twice and attempted intercourse once, hung over his head until Thursday.
    Four days after the encounter, the woman went to police and filed a complaint against Martinez.
    Thursday afternoon, Martinez put his head in his hands and briefly cried tears of relief as a jury of his peers declared him not guilty on all counts.

  • Jury acquits Martinez of all charges

    Los Alamos resident Carlos Martinez, 31, was declared not guilty of all counts Thursday on charges stemming from a brief sexual encounter he had with another employee at the Chevron gas station roughly 2-1/2 years ago.
    The charges included one count of false imprisonment and three counts of criminal sexual penetration.
    It was an intense four days of trial and testimony for Martinez, a Los Alamos resident who was accused by a co-worker of the crimes during an overnight shift at the Trinity Drive Chevron station March 7-8, 2013.
    After knowing each other for two days, the two decided to have a sexual encounter inside the station’s walk-in freezer. That brief encounter, where Martinez received oral sex twice and attempted intercourse once, hung over his head until Thursday.
    Four days after the encounter, the woman went to police and filed a complaint against Martinez.
    Thursday afternoon, Martinez put his head in his hands and briefly cried tears of relief as a jury of his peers declared him not guilty on all counts.

  • Defense requests a motion before start of trial Monday

    A key motion in a high-profile sexual assault trial was considered by Los Alamos District Court Judge Jennifer Attrep Monday, just a few moments before the trial was set to begin.
    The motion was about the accused, with the defense wanting to question the alleged victim about recent alleged accusations of sexual assault she or others made on her behalf that occurred before the court case, as well as physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother when she was younger.
    The jurors were not present during arguments regarding the motion.
    The victim is accusing Los Alamos resident Carlos Martinez of coercing her to have sex with him while they were working the same overnight shift together at the Chevron gas station on Trinity Drive one night in March 2013.
    The gas station is located almost directly across the street from the Los Alamos police station.
    Martinez was eventually arrested and charged with kidnapping and three counts of third-degree criminal sexual penetration, those coming several days after the incident occurred.
    Public Defender Paul Branch centered the motion around a key moment in the incident, where the victim told police she froze up and went to the station’s bathroom to vomit during the incident.

  • Man involved in a standoff appears before judge again

    A Los Alamos resident who was allegedly involved in a standoff with police in June was released from custody for a second time recently, after he told the judge that he would make a serious effort to comply with his conditions of release.
    The suspect, Mark Henins was already out on release from custody following the June 19 incident, but was brought back into custody after he allegedly refused to give the probation officer in charge of his conditions of release a urine sample, as well as other violations.
    Henins’ attorney, Rod Thompson, said his client is now fully ready to comply with the rules.
    “The report says that he missed three appointments with (probation) and when he missed the fourth one on July 27th he refused to (give a drug test). I have discussed this issue with Mr. Henins backwards and forwards and he understands now what he did wrong,” said Thompson to the judge recently at Henins conditions of release violation hearing.
    Henins himself was conciliatory at his hearing, though he would not give his reasons for why he violated his conditions.
    “I can ensure you sir that I will meet all conditions that the court has assigned to the best of my abilities,” said Henins in court.

  • On The Docket 8-9-15

    July 30

    Gilbert M. Montoya pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to appear in court, failing to pay court costs and/or fines, failing to use seatbelts and not having a proper chauffeur’s/operator’s license. Defendant was fined $200 must also pay $260 in court costs.

    Delilah Garcia-Marquez pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Sentence deferred until Sept. 27. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant was must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Adele M. Mitchell was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 16 to 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was sentenced to defensive driving school and community service. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Denise Blea pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to not having evidence of registration to be signed and exhibited on demand. Defendant was fined $25 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Perla Rascon-Castillo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to have a proper chauffeur’s/operator’s license and failing to have a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

  • Rape trial set for next week

    The trial of Carlos Martinez, 34, a Los Alamos man who was arrested on three counts of criminal sexual penetration in the third degree in 2013, as well as first degree kidnapping, is scheduled to begin in Los Alamos District Court Monday.
    The trial is expected to continue throughout the week.
    Martinez was arrested in March 2013 after a co-worker — they both worked at the Chevron gas station at 2373 Trinity Dr. — told police that Martinez sexually assaulted her on March 8, during her work shift.
    According to court records, the alleged assault took place between 1-3 a.m. inside the station’s walk-in freezer.
    The alleged victim told police she went in to the freezer where the beer and sodas are kept to get some work done. Surveillance camera footage shows Martinez eventually following as well as him propping the freezer door open with an office desk chair. The camera, according to police, also shows Martinez blocking and preventing the alleged victim from leaving the freezer once she knew Martinez was in the freezer with her.

  • On The Docket 8-2-15

    July 15

    Julia 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.

    Melvin Martinez was fined $50 for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    July 16

    Shelley R. Jankowski was found guilty through Citepay of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tina Marie Sandoval 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.

    Warren D. Houghteling 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.

    July 17

    Celeste Arcides 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.

    Connie Middleton 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.

    July 18

  • Convicted stalker accused again

    Paul Kubler, 61, a Los Alamos man who was convicted of stalking an ex-girlfriend in January was arrested last week for allegedly threatening her over the phone.
    Since Kubler no longer had her personal phone numbers, Kubler called her where she worked.
    In order to make sure she came to the phone, Kubler allegedly identified himself to the employee that picked up the phone as someone “with the district attorney’s office” who was looking for (Kubler’s ex-girlfriend).
    The employee handed the phone to the ex-girlfriend. When the ex-girlfriend answered, Kubler allegedly identified himself as Kent Wahlquist, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted Kubler for stalking her back in January.
    “Paul identified himself as Kent (Assistant District Attorney Wahlquist) and told her that Paul Kubler had filed charges against her and that she and her sister had warrants for their arrests,” read a statement by a police officer in the court documents.
    The ex-girlfriend however recognized Kubler’s voice and told Kubler she was going to tell her sister.
    “No, no, you can’t do that,” Kubler said before the ex-girlfriend handed the phone back to the other employee.

  • UNM-LA names Rooney as interim executive director

    Cynthia Rooney has been appointed to serve as the full-time interim executive director of the UNM-Los Alamos, the University of New Mexico announced on its website Wednesday.
    The announcement came from the office of UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah.
    “Los Alamos is a campus of vital importance to UNM and will need strong leadership to pursue emerging opportunities for that campus,” Abdallah said. “We believe Dr. Rooney’s unique set of skills, experience, and commitment will enable her to do just that. The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board and I are extraordinarily pleased for her willingness to take on this role.”
    Rooney has been UNM-LA’s dean of instruction since July 2013. She previously served the campus as associate dean and as the chair of the Business Department. Her teaching interests and research have primarily been in financial accounting and auditing, with appointments at the College of William and Mary, Xavier University, and the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management.

  • On The Docket 7-17-15

    July 7