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Courts

  • Sanchez faces charges from accident on N.M. 502

    Zachary Sanchez, the Los Alamos resident who was in a car accident in August near Anderson Overlook, has been indicted by a Santa Fe County Grand Jury for allegedly causing the accident.
    On Aug. 25, 2014, police responded to reports of a maroon Nissan Sentra traveling eastbound on N.M. 502 before driving off a cliff near Anderson Overlook, near mile marker 5. At the bottom of the cliff, rescuers found Sanchez, 30, and Andrea Harvier, 31 both injured.
    According to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, Sanchez sustained injuries and Harvier sustained critical injuries. Harvier was found outside the vehicle in a barely conscious state while Sanchez was found inside the vehicle with his seatbelt on.
    According to court records, Sanchez initially said that Harvier was driving the vehicle and not him. Both survived the accident.
    Sanchez has been charged with great bodily injury by vehicle, driving while intoxicated and driving while license revoked.
    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has not charged Harvier with anything.
    During an initial examination of evidence at the scene, sheriff’s deputies determined that it was Sanchez who was driving and not Harvier. Deputies also took DNA samples from both victims at the scene of the accident, to further determine who was sitting where in the car.

  • 'Caveman' still needs a lawyer

    Roy Moore, the man that was recently arrested for growing 43 marijuana plants in his house, made an appearance in court late last week.
    The hearing was about acquiring a public defense attorney, since Moore, did not seem have one yet.
    As Moore was listing his reasons for having the court assigning him an attorney, some other information about his circumstances were revealed, as well.
    Moore, who was conciliatory and polite during the hearing, also tried to explain to the magistrate court judge that he had a “growers card” for his marijuana plants but it was recently expired. He also was about to explain why the plants were in his house when the judge, Magistrate Court Judge Mateo Page, abruptly cut him off.
    “Before you say any more about that, as you were advised during your first appearance, you have a right to remain silent. Any statements you make in court can be used against you,” Page said. “Those are things you need to discuss with your attorney.”
    Moore, 67, also revealed that he had health problems, mainly that the right side of his body is “destroyed” as well as problems with his right lung.

  • Drug offenders get probation

    Several suspects connected to a highly publicized drug sweep that took place in January were sentenced Wednesday in Los Alamos District Court.
    Though none of those sentenced received jail time — which was included in their sentence, but most were placed in custody and held for varying lengths of time when initially arrested — for the drug trafficking offenses they committed, each received lengthy probation sentences.
    Those appearing in district court were nabbed during the Los Alamos Police Department’s “Operation Genesis,” which netted nine suspects.
    Suspects sentenced in court Wednesday included Sarah Orr, Nicholas Hagermann and Brendon Brown.
    Hagermann, who was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (a second degree felony), pled guilty in court. For pleading guilty, Hagermann gives up his right to a trial.
    In exchange, he will receive five years of supervised probation with drug court.
    Santa Fe resident Trevon Yates, 21, was also sentenced Wednesday in connection with an attempted heroin deal he tried to carry out in Los Alamos a few weeks after police concluded “Operation Genesis.” He received five years of supervised probation and drug court.

  • On The Docket 3-25-15

    March 19

    Kimberly R. Ferguson was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit and failing to pay court fines and/or costs. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Paul F. Andrus was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Judith W. White was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit and failing to pay court fines and/or costs. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    March 20

    Aiden Jaramillo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of jaywalking when prohibited to cross the roadway. Defendant was fined $50.

    Persina Bitsul was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit and failing to pay court fines and/or costs. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Isaac Galvez-Suazo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of jaywalking when prohibited to cross the roadway. Defendant was fined $50.

    March 23

  • On The Docket 3-19-15

    March 11

    Pamela J. Mackey was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to turn correctly at an intersection. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    March 12

    Heather Nordquist pled no contest to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was sentenced to defensive driving school. Sentenced deferred until May 11. Defendant was also fined $65 in court costs.

    Thomas w. Vestrand pled no contest to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was sentenced to community service. Sentenced deferred until May 11. Defendant was also fined $65 in court costs.

    March 13

    Ronald Smith pled no contest to having animals at large. Defendant was ordered to pay $60 in court costs.

    William D. Rice 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 ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    David M. Palmer 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 ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

  • On The Docket 3-12-15

    March 3

    Maria G. Guzman-Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of shoplifting (over $250 but not more than $500). The original charge was shoplifting over $500 but not more than $2,500.)
    Defendant to serve 364 days in the Los Alamos Detention Center, all suspended.
    Defendant was assigned to supervised probation of 364 days. Defendant must also pay $73 in court costs.
    Probation conditions include: Defendant shall obey all federal, state and local laws. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation. The defendant shall not enter an establishment that buys or sells alcohol. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.
    Defendant will also meet with a probation officer within seven days and maintain contact as instructed. Defendant shall also pay $25 per month probation fees. Payments are to be made to the Los Alamos Municipal Court. Defendant cannot enter any Smith’s grocery stores.

  • Man accused of stalking again

    Paul Kubler, a Los Alamos resident who was convicted and sentenced to probation for stalking is back in jail again — for allegedly stalking.
    According to court documents, Kubler, 61, was picked up for police for allegedly trying to reestablish contact with the very same victim he was previously charged with stalking.
    On March 2, relatives of the victim complained to police that Kubler was using the victim’s dog, which he had over at his house, to lure the victim into visiting with him.
    (Witness) said she had information that (victim) had been over to Paul’s house … and was using their previous dog to get (the victim) to come over and check on the status of the dog they had together from their previous relationship,” read a statement in the report.
    One of the victim’s relatives was also afraid that Kubler would try and take the victim and leave the state, adding that the victim “has a developmental disability and is easily manipulated.”
    Based on the information given to police, police put the victim under surveillance, where they observer her walking south on Diamond Drive talking to someone on her cell phone. Police then observed her ending the phone call, and “within seconds” observing a car Kubler is known to drive pull up to the curb and pick her up.

  • On The Docket 3-4-15

    March 2

    Brock A. Koehler was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of assault.
    The defendant is to serve 180 days at the Los Alamos County Detention Center, all suspended. Defendant must also undergo 180 days of supervised probation and pay $73 in court costs.
    Probation conditions include: Defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment and commit to paying $25 a month probation fees to the Los Alamos Municipal Court. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.
    Defendant will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.

    March 3

  • On The Docket 2-26-15

    Feb. 17

    Kenneth G. Hagedorn was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of attempting to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The original charge was aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
    Defendant is to serve at the Los Alamos Detention Center for 364 days, all suspended. He was also given supervised probation for 364 days and ordered to pay $73 in court costs.
    Defendant shall obey all federal, state and local laws. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation. The defendant shall not enter an establishment that buys or sells alcohol. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant will also meet with a probation officer within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.
    Defendant shall also pay $25 per month probation fees. Payments are to be made to the Los Alamos Municipal Court.
    If after three months there are no violations, defendant may be released early from probation.

    Feb. 20

    Ron Morgan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Feb. 23

  • Former LA grad named new judge

    Los Alamos native and 1996 Los Alamos High School graduate Jennifer Attrep, 37, was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez Monday evening to be Los Alamos’ next First Judicial District Judge.
    Attrep will replace former Judge Sheri Raphaelson, who stepped down at the end of last year after voters decided not to retain her for another term.
    This will not be the first time Attrep, who now lives in Santa Fe, has served the First Judicial Court as a judge. In July 2014, she was appointed by Martinez to fill out another judge’s term until the end of the year.
    When contacted Monday night by the Los Alamos Monitor, Attrep said she was thrilled with the news that she will be returning once again.
    “I’m so honored to get the appointment from Gov. Martinez,” Attrep said. “I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to return the bench and serve the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe once again.”