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  • NM high court issues set back in prostitution case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has dealt a blow to prosecutors' case against two aging college professors accused of helping run an online prostitution ring.

    The state's high court denied Wednesday prosecutors' requests to overturn a lower court's ruling that nothing in state law made the website illegal.

    A state judge in June ruled that the website "Southwest Companions" linked to former University of New Mexico president F. Chris Garcia and retired Fairleigh Dickinson University physics professor David C. Flory violated no laws.

    Both were arrested by Albuquerque police in June 2011 on charges of promoting prostitution after a yearlong police investigation into an alleged multistate operation.

    Michael Fricke, deputy district attorney for Bernalillo County, says prosecutors will reevaluate the case.

    Defense attorneys say they were pleased with the ruling.

  • On the Docket: Local Courts 01-31-13

    Jan. 23

    Nathan Hohner was found guilty through the Los Alamos Municipal Court’s Citepay system of failing to pay a speeding ticket. The original charge was for driving six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit.
    For both charges, Hohner was ordered to pay $100 in fines and $92 in court costs.

    Stephen. S. Moore was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $46 in court fees.

    Phyllis A. Foley was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $46 in court fees.

    Stephen L. Weller was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was ordered to pay a $75 fine and $46 in court fees.

    Jan. 24

    Dee Martinez was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay $73 in court costs and serve 182 days of unsupervised probation.

    Javier Dominguez was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failure to appear/failure to pay. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay $190 in court fees.

  • On the docket: Local Courts 01-24-13

    Jan 16

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 01-16-13

    Jan. 7

    John B. Salazar was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving 6 to 10 miles over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Lori E. Elton was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving with an expired registration. She was fined $75 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Alicia Blumenthal was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving 16 to 20 miles over the speed limit. She was fined $100 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Jan. 8

    Randy Roybal was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving 6 to 10 miles over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Paulina Peralta pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for driving with an open container in her car. She was fined $100 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Jan. 9

  • Jemez Pueblo seeks return of Valles Caldera lands

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders of an American Indian community in northern New Mexico are seeking the return of all land within the boundaries of the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve, citing the area as a "spiritual sanctuary" and part of their traditional homeland.

    Jemez Pueblo filed a lawsuit in federal court last summer to establish its aboriginal right to ownership of the property, and the pueblo has gained the support of tribes throughout New Mexico.

    The preserve is home to vast grasslands, the remnants of one of North America's few super volcanoes, and one of New Mexico's most famous elk herds. The federal government bought the property from land grant heirs in 2000 with the goal of operating it as a working ranch while developing recreational opportunities for the public.

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  • Local Courts: On the Docket 12-19-12

    Dec. 13

    James Martinez was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Martinez was ordered to pay a $50 fine as well as $148 in court costs. He was also assigned a year of supervised probation.
    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation.
    The defendant shall not enter an establishment that buys or sells alcohol. Defendant shall into possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant must meet with probation officer within seven days and maintain contact.
    Defendant must also pay $25 a month in probation fees, with payment being made to the municipal court. The defendant must also pay Los Alamos County Probation Officer Linda Peña $25 a month in probation fees and submit to random urinalysis tests.

    Andrew Hitson was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of two counts of assault and attempted battery.
    He was ordered to pay $126 in court fees and undergo 182 days of supervised probation.
    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation.

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 12-12-12

    Dec. 4

    Daniel Rodarte was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
    Rodarte was ordered to pay $215 in court costs and another $100 in bench warrant fee and was ordered to undergo a year of supervised probation.
    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation. Defendant will also enter and participate in all alcohol and drug screening programs, with at least six sessions recommended. Defendant shall also participate and complete DWI school within 90 days. The defendant shall also enter and successfully complete the Victim Impact program within 90 days.
    The defendant shall also obtain an ignition interlock license and have ignition interlock devices installed on all cars defendant will be driving for one year.  The defendant shall not enter an establishment that buys or sells alcohol. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant must meet with probation officer within seven days and maintain contact. Defendant must also perform 24 hours of community service within three months.

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 11-23-12

    Charles L. Builta was found guilty in Los Alamos County Magistrate Court of battery against a household member. The original charge was aggravated assault.
    Builta was ordered to pay $73 in court costs and undergo two years of supervised probation.
    Conditions of probation are defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested or indicted for any other charge during probation. Defendant will obey all court-ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol during probation, or enter an establishment that serves liquor. Defendant shall not possess a weapon or destructive device during probation and defendant shall maintain contact with probation officer throughout the probation period. Defendant must also enroll in a year-long domestic violence class, as well as an alcohol treatment program for at least six sessions.