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Courts

  • 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.

  • Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    April 9
    4:31 p.m. — Ryan Barnes, 37, of Los Alamos was arrested for assault at the intersection of 29th Street and Trinity Avenue.

    April 10
    11:40 a.m. — Ryan Barnes, 37, was arrested for assaulting a police officer on Rover Boulevard.

    5:33 p.m. — Police reported that a 19-year-old Los Alamos woman was injured in a car accident on N.M. 502.

    9:39 p.m. — William Garrett, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance on 40th Street.

    April 11
    6:41 p.m. — Trevor Orr, 47, of Los Alamos was arrested for criminal trespass at the Mesa Public Library.

    9:32 p.m. — Chandler Lauritzen, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested for larceny (more than $250, less than $500) on Isleta Street.

    April 12
    4:09 p.m. — Rodney Hapney, 48, of Phoenix was arrested for criminal trespass on Potrillo Drive.

    April 13

  • On The Docket 4-15-15

    April 2

    Carol A. Fleming was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (impaired to the slightest degree, first offense) The original charge was aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (.16 or above, first offense).
    Sentencing is deferred, provided probation conditions are met. If conditions of the deferred sentence are met, then the charge will be dismissed, but a record of the charges will still exist. Order will become final April 2, 2016. Defendant was fined $241 and ordered to undergo a year of supervised probation.

  • Aaron Hernandez found guilty of murder

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.

    Hernandez, 25, looked to his right and pursed his lips after the jury forewoman read the verdict, convicting him in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and amateur weekend football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. The first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

    Hernandez's mother, Terri, and his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, cried and gasped when they heard the verdict. Jenkins wept on his mother's shoulder. Hernandez later mouthed to them: "Be strong. Be strong."

    The former football pro was also found guilty on both weapons charges he faced. The jury deliberated for 36 hours before rendering its verdict.

    For reasons that were never made clear to the jury, Lloyd was shot six times in the middle of the night on June 17, 2013, in a deserted industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough.

  • Embezzler's jail time suspended

    HollyMichelle Bates, a Los Alamos woman accused of trying to cash a forged check for $1,348.62 from the Pet Pangaea pet supply store, was sentenced in court recently.
    According to court documents, Bates was sentenced to Los Alamos County jail for 364 days, with 364 days suspended. Bates must also pay $73 in court costs and undergo a year of supervised probation.
    She also must pay back the money she stole to Los Alamos National Bank.
    Bates’ probation conditions include obeying all federal, state and local laws. She must also comply with all conditions of probation and she can’t enter a restaurant or any other place that buys or sells alcohol.
    She can’t possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon, and she must maintain contact with her probation officer. She must also pay $25 per month probation fees.
    If she pays back the money before her probation is up, she could be eligible for early probation.
    Bates was originally charged with embezzling over $500 but not more than $2,500 in her case, but she received a plea deal where she was only charged with embezzling over $250 but not more than $500.
    She pled no contest to the charge. She was also charged with forging a transfer of $2,500 or less, but that charge was dropped. Bates pled no contest to that charge, as well.

  • Sanchez faces 12 years for cliff crash

    SANTA FE — Neither the prosecution nor the defense minced words at the Friday arraignment of a Los Alamos man accused of causing “great bodily harm” to his now ex-girlfriend.
    Zachary Sanchez, 31, is accused of driving himself and his girlfriend off a 200-foot cliff on N.M. 502 near Anderson Overlook in August of last year. According to both the prosecution and the defense, the crash was no accident.
    At his arraignment, where Sanchez entered a not guilty plea, the prosecution asked Sanchez be placed on a surety bond and a wireless alcohol sobriety monitoring system.
    “Frankly, we’re lucky this isn’t a vehicular homicide,” said Assistant District Attorney Natalie Perry in Santa Fe District Court Friday. “He’s a danger to himself and the community. He admitted to driving, he drove off a cliff with a passenger and severely injured that passenger.”
    The state is contending he did it on purpose.
    “The scary part of this is that the evidence shows it was intentional. There’s a witness that saw him on the side of the cliff that saw him slowly drive off of it, there were no brake lights,” Perry said, adding that he also made comments about killing her if she tried to break up with him.

  • Judge: Doctor must release records

    SANTA FE — An Española psychiatrist who was treating a former Los Alamos Police Department officer has learned that he will have to turn over most of his documents related to the patient’s treatment to plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against Los Alamos County in January.
    Former LAPD Commander Randy Foster, who is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, claims in the suit he was fired from his job in 2013 by the county over his handling of a personnel matter involving the psychiatrist’s patient, former police officer Brian Schamber.
    According to the lawsuit, which also includes former LAPD Commander Scott Mills and former Det. Paige Early as fellow plaintiffs, Foster was fired in an effort by the county to appease Schamber, who successfully sued the county for $600,000.
    According to court records, Foster was a key figure in getting Schamber committed to a mental health institution shortly after he allegedly talked about hurting members of the public as well as others to Early, his work partner at the time.
    Schamber has since left the police department.