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Courts

  • On the Docket 09-15-11

    Sept. 7

    Sabra Kornhaber, 54, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to the charge of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Kornhaber to 364 days of supervised probation, an alcohol screening and treatment program, DWI school, to attend a victim impact panel and to install an alcohol interlock device on her vehicle. The judge also ordered Kornhaber to pay $241 in court fines and fees as well as a $25 monthly probation fee.

  • Idaho man who lured 12-year-old NM girl for sex pleads guilty

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 19-year-old Idaho man who had sex with a 12-year-old New Mexico girl whom he met while playing a multiplayer Internet role-playing game has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boise.

    When he's sentenced Dec. 2, Alexander Lynn Trowell of Nampa faces up to 30 years behind bars, a $250,000 and lifetime supervision.

    Trowell met the girl from New Mexico in 2010 playing World of Warcraft online.

    In his plea agreement, Trowell told prosecutors he eventually helped her run away to Idaho by purchasing her a plane ticket.

    On April 20, the girl took a taxi to the airport and flew to Boise where she met with Trowell.

  • Court case blows the lid off secret post 9/11 flights

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A hidden network of U.S. companies, coordinated by a prominent defense contractor, played a key role in the covert airlift that transported terrorism suspects and their American minders, according to newly disclosed documents in a New York business dispute between two aviation companies.

  • On the Docket 08-31-11

    Aug. 23

    Michael Linzey, 29, of Los Alamos pled guilty in Magistrate Court to the charge of interference with communications and criminal trespass. Linzey also pled nolo contendere (no contest) to the charge of battery against a household member, which the court accepted as an admission of guilt for the purposes of this action only. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Linzey to supervised probation for an unspecified number of days and to attend a minimum of 25 anger management sessions. The judge also ordered Linzey to pay a $25 monthly probation fee and $179 in fees and court costs.

  • On the Docket 08-17-11

    Aug. 3

    David Rael, 34, of Los Alamos entered a guilty plea in Magistrate Court for DWI. Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados ordered Rael to enter alcohol screening and treatment, attend DWI school, place an interlock device on his vehicle, face a victim impact panel, serve 364 days of  supervised probation, perform 24 hours of supervised community service, pay $302 in fees and fines and a $25 monthly probation fee.

  • Appeals court strikes health insurance requirement

    ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court panel on Friday struck down the requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul package that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties.

    The divided three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the so-called individual mandate, which is considered the centerpiece of the law, siding with 26 states that had sued to block the law. But the panel didn't go as far as a lower court that had invalidated the entire overhaul as unconstitutional.

  • On the Docket 08-03-11


    Krista Wilhelm, 26, of Los Alamos pled guilty to criminal trespassing July 29. Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados sentenced Wilhelm to serve five days in the Los Alamos County Detention Center. She also ordered Wilhelm to pay $100 in fines for criminal trespass and $73 in court costs.

     

  • On the Docket 07-27-11

    July 7

    Sergio Escarcega, 27, of Los Alamos pled guilty to DWI, speeding and driving without a license. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Escarcega to 364 days of supervised probation, a treatment program, to face a victim impact panel, DWI school, to maintain an alcohol interlock device on his vehicle for one year and to pay $25 each month in probation fees. The judge also ordered Escarcea to pay $363 in court costs.
    July 19

  • Complaint: Alleged rape by NM judge was videotaped

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A court document says a New Mexico prostitute who has accused Albuquerque's top criminal judge of rape made a videotape of the alleged attack.

    The complaint against District Judge Pat Murdoch says a detective heard about the tape from an informant and bought it for $400.

    Police then questioned the woman, who says Murdoch solicited her on a prostitution website.

    The woman says she met with the judge about eight times and he paid her $200 each time. She says he forced himself on her during one visit, but she returned and secretly recorded a second forced encounter.

    Murdoch is out on bond. His first court appearance is Thursday.

  • NM man indicted for handing out semen-tainted yogurt

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a New Mexico man on charges he handed out semen-tainted yogurt samples at a grocery store.

    Thirty-two-year-old Anthony Garcia was indicted Wednesday on charges of adulterating food and making false statements to federal investigators. He was arrested Wednesday afternoon and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

    Garcia is accused of handing out tainted yogurt samples at a Sunflower Market in Albuquerque in January.

    Officers responded to the store after a woman called to report an employee had given her what she was told was a yogurt sample. The woman told police she believed it was actually a bodily fluid.