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Courts

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 05-23-12

    May 14

    Robert Groff, 81, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to shoplifting gloves at Metzger’s ‘Do it Best’ Hardware in Los Alamos. Judge Alan Kirk deferred Groff’s sentence for 30 days pending he not acquire any additional citations. He was ordered to pay a $41 court fee.

    Ronald Parker, 51, of Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to not having valid registration after being stopped for speeding. Kirk deferred Parker’s sentence for 30 days and ordered him to pay a $46 court fee.

    Charles Sterba, 53, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court for failure to use a turn signal. Kirk found Sterba guilty and ordered him to pay $71 in court fees and fines.

  • Local courts: On the Docket 05-17-12

    May 7

    Chantell Murphy, 30, of Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit, improper stopping, standing or parking, and for failure to pay. Judge Alan Kirk ordered Murphy to pay $167 in fines and court fees.

    Tulin Yu, 43, of Los Alamos, pleaded no contest in municipal court to speeding 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit. Kirk deferred Yu’s sentence for 60 days pending successful completion of a defensive driving course and received no additional citations during that time.

    Gloria Silver, 47, of Rio Rancho, pleaded guilty in municipal court to speeding 21 to 25 mph over the speed limit. Kirk ordered her to pay $196 in court fees and fines.

    May 8

  • Local Courts: On The Docket 05-09-12

    April 30

    Noel Meyers pleaded guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to three charges of failure to appear in court or pay court fees, improper backing leading to an accident and failing to have a valid driver’s license. Judge Alan Kirk ordered Meyers to pay $551 in courts fines and fees.

    Tovah Martinez pleaded guilty in municipal court to speeding 16 to 20 mph over the speed limit. Kirk ordered her to pay $146 in court fees and fines.

    May 3

    Jacob Green, Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to two counts of assault as part of a plea agreement.

  • Local Courts: On The Docket 05-02-12

    April 23

    Phillip Roibal, 52, of Los Alamos, pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court on contempt of court charges for a probation violation and three charges of failure to appear in court. Judge Alan Kirk found Roibal guilty on all the charges and he was sentenced to five days in jail in lieu of fines. He still has to pay the remainder of $629.

    Marvin Baca, 57, of Chimayó, pleaded no contest in municipal court to contempt of court for a probation violation and for failure to appear in court or pay court fees. Kirk dismissed the case.

  • Ex-NM teacher pleads guilty to sex with student

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old student in 2009.

    The Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office says Kristy Sanchez-Trujillo entered a plea agreement Friday.

    She pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, two counts of criminal sexual contact and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    KOB-TV says Sanchez-Trujillo's sentencing is scheduled for June 29.

  • Court nixes fee reduction in public records case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A district judge wrongly slashed the attorney fees for a New Mexico newspaper that prevailed in a lawsuit to force the release of public records, the state Court of Appeals has ruled in a case involving one the state's key open government laws.

    The court ordered Rio Arriba County District Judge Sheri Raphaelson to recalculate the fees for attorneys and other costs incurred by the Rio Grande Sun and one its reporters, who sued the Jemez Mountain School District in 1999 to force the release of records related to embezzlement at the Jemez Mountain Public School District.

  • Local Courts: On The Docket 04-25-12

    April 16

    Brett Chandler, 44, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to having an expired license while parked. Judge Alan Kirk dismissed the case because the police officer failed to appear.

    Michael Hall, 50, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in municipal court to speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. The case was dismissed because the police officer did not appear in court.

    Gerald Heck, 33, of Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty in municipal court to speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. The case was dismissed because the office failed to show up. Heck also pleaded guilty to failing to appear in court, for which Judge Kirk ordered him to pay $71 in court fees and fines.

    April 17

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 04-18-12

    April 9

    Ammon Nofchissey, 31, Santa Fe, pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to driving on a suspended license, two counts of contempt of court and one count of failure to appear. Judge Alan Kirk found Nofchissey guilty on all of the charges and ordered him to pay a $227 fine and $250 in court fees.

    Chris Keen, 38, Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to having an expired license plate while parked and to failure to pay court ordered fees and fines. Kirk ordered Keen to pay $121 in fines and court fees.

  • On The Docket 04-11-12

    April 2

    Frank Gac, 61, Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to having an expired license plate on his vehicle while parked. Judge Alan Kirk ordered Gac to pay a $25 fine.

    April 3

    Thomas Dexter Blake, Santa Fe, pleaded guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to careless driving. Blake was initially charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain traffic lane, and not having a license, but the charges were dismissed and amended as part of a plea agreement. Judge Pat Casados ordered Blake to 90 days of unsupervised probation, community service and to pay $81 in court fees.

  • On The Docket 04-05-12

    March 26

    Lucas Bigham, 31, Lakewood, Colo., pleaded guilty to speeding 16-20 mph over the limit in Los Alamos Municipal Court.  Judge Alan Kirk ordered him to pay $100 fine and a $46 court fee.

    March 27

    Selly Veng, 24, Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court for failure to obey signal. She ran a red light. Kirk ordered her to pay a $50 fine and $46 court fee.