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Courts

  • LANL employee is given probation

    A 51-year old Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was sentenced this week for assaulting another employee, as well as for threatening others in an incident that happened last month.
    According to court documents, the man, Leroy Maestas, from Abiquiu, was allegedly upset over the results of a drug test he’d taken where he’d allegedly tested positive for cocaine.
    He was on his way to LANL’s security office to meet with his supervisors over the matter.
    When Maestas tried to walk out of the meeting, another employee attempted to stop him. Maestas pushed him into a wall and started threatening people.
    “Get me out of here! Get me out of here now or I’m going to kill/hurt somebody!” Maestas allegedly said.
    The same employee that Maestas assaulted also gave him a ride off the LANL campus after the encounter.
    In the car, Maestas made more threats toward the supervisors, saying “I don’t know where they live, but I will find them,” according to police reports.
    Maestas was later charged with battery and assault (unlawful acts, threats or conduct).
    In magistrate court Tuesday, Maestas was sentenced for simple assault. The charge of battery was dismissed.

  • Sparks is sentenced for threats

    A 42-year-old Chimayó man was sentenced in court for his role in threatening his ex-wife.
    According to court documents, Davy Sparks got into an argument with his ex-wife Dec. 31 where he apparently threatened her life.
    “(The victim) said Sparks “told her he was going to put a bullet in her head if he sees her,” according to a statement in the court document. “She also stated he told her she better watch herself because he will blow her f---ing head off.”
    The call was reported to be made from his cell phone.
    Sparks was arrested, and charged with using a telephone to “terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.” The original charge was assault against a household member, but was pled down to the harassment charge.
    Sparks was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation. He also must pay $73 in court costs.
    According to the conditions of his probation, Sparks will not be allowed to consume alcohol or enter an establishment that serves alcohol. He can’t possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.
    Sparks must also maintain contact with his probation officer during his probation, and must also attend anger management classes with at least six sessions. He must also avoid all contact with his alleged victim and anyone related to her.

  • LA man sentenced for fight at hotel

    A Los Alamos man accused of starting a brawl in February with two Los Alamos police officers inside a Comfort Inn hotel room was sentenced in district court recently.
    According to police reports, Samuel Nasise and a woman named Rebecca Meagan Redondo fought with the officers, a struggle that culminated in Redondo pulling at the items on the officers’ utility belts, and Nasise punching one of the officers in the face, according to court documents.
    Nasise was charged with two counts of battery upon a police officer, two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing a police officer and one count of disorderly conduct.
    Redondo was sentenced in May for her part in the melee. Though she received the same charges, all of them were dismissed except one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. Redondo was given a deferred sentence.
    If she completes her 365 days of probation without incident, the charge will be dismissed, though a record of the charge will still exist.
    In a plea agreement worked out between Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and Nasise’s attorney, Tyr Loranger, Nasise was charged with just one count of battery upon a police officer.

  • On The Docket 6-10-15

    June 3

    Luis P. Trujillo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $70 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 4

    Jeremiah D. Morris was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failing to appear and one count of not having a proper chauffeur/operator’s license. Defendant was fined $125 and must also pay $295 in court costs.

    Ba Yan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to have proper car insurance. Sentence deferred until Aug. 3. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Dustin H. Taylor pled guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Lilliana Martinez was fined $50 by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to display current, valid registration plates while parked.

    June 8

    Kristen Klasky was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Gabriella A. Fresquez pled guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Burglar is facing 4-plus years in jail

    Los Alamos resident John Craven, who was convicted of robbing his neighbor nine times last year, was recently in court for a probation violation. At issue was whether or not Craven should be released from jail until a hearing is held determining his guilt or innocence June 10.
    According to Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, the reason why Craven was reincarcerated in the first place was that he allegedly lied about his community service hours, telling probation authorities he performed services when he really didn’t.
    As a result of the violation, he could end up serving the full sentence for his crimes, which is nearly 4 years, 8 months in jail.
    The final time Craven burglarized the Ragsdales was Jan. 14, 2014. The attempt was foiled, however, when the Ragsdales came home early after a night out to find Craven in their house going through their valuables.
    According to court documents Mike Ragsdale had a gun with him at the time. Craven was found behind a bathroom door, but instead of shooting Craven, Ragsdale escorted Craven out of his house and then called police.
    Craven was sentenced for the burglaries, getting three-years’ supervised probation and treatment for drug addiction, as well as community service, according to a sentence handed out by then District Judge Sheri Raphaelson.

  • On The Docket 6-4-15

    May 27

    Ladonna M. Phillips 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 must also pay $65 in court costs.

    May 28

    David J. Nicholseff pled no contest to speeding 11 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant’s sentence deferred until July 27. Other sentence is defensive driving school Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tai Yuanyen was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $30, and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Logan G. Stephenson was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25, and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Steven Seifert was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    May 29

    Noel Meyers was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failing to appear in court and one count of failure to pay. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $238 in court costs.

    June 1

  • Student accused of selling pot

    Police are accusing a Los Alamos High School student of dealing a “large amount” of marijuana on campus.
    That case now will be heading to district court.
    In late March, police noted some suspicious items in a car in the school’s parking lot. Police identified the car as belonging to Koby Leeches, 18, a student who attends the school.
    While looking through the window of Leeches’ white Oldsmobile car, police allegedly saw a large clear white plastic bag that was filled with smaller plastic bags, a propane tank and “several bottles with a strange looking mechanism that appeared to be a pump of some kind,” investigating police said in their report.
    They also noticed a wallet that contained a lot of cash.
    Further investigation revealed a previous incident where two students were caught smoking marijuana in the same car March 12 in the Sullivan parking lot across the street from the school.
    Leeches and his passenger were not charged in that incident, but in an incident involving the passenger just four days later, March 16, school officers found he was allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia, several baggies, marijuana, Adderall and methamphetamine.

  • Woman sentenced in hotel incident

    A 30-year-old Los Alamos woman was sentenced recently for her part in a February altercation with police officers, where the woman, Rebecca Meagan Redondo, and another man, Samuel J. Nasise, fought with officers and allegedly attempted to grab at items on the officers’ utility belts during the fight.
    The sentencing was Wednesday in Magistrate Court.
    According to documents, police responded to a domestic dispute at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Los Alamos one night in late February.
    According to police reports, when officers inquired and the couple opened their hotel room door, a fight ensued between one of the officers and Nasise.
    Redondo tried to join in, but was held back by one of the officers.
    As the fight between Nasise and the officer escalated, the officer detaining Redondo went to help, and that’s when Redondo joined in the fight.
    As a result of the altercation, Redondo was charged with two counts of battery upon a police officer, two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and one count of disorderly conduct.
    In a plea bargain worked out between Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and Redondo’s defense attorney, David M. Chacon, charges in the case were significantly reduced.

  • On The Docket 5-28-15

    May 20

    Gregory G. Barthell pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    May 22

    Danielle F. Roybal pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    Heather M. Ellis pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to making an improper lane change. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    Troy A. Semelsberger pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs

    Ramon A. Saavedra pled guilty at the time of traffic stop through Citepay to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    May 26

    Kamilah Montoya pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 16 to 20 miles per hour over the limit. Defendant received a deferred sentence and must also pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Aug. 26. Sentence includes community service and defensive driving school.

  • Woman accused of aiding runaway

    Rachel Ann Weiss, a 24-year-old Los Alamos woman, was recently sentenced for her part in helping an 18-year-old girl run away from home in March.
    According to court documents, police arrived at the girl’s residence March 20 in response to her parents reporting her missing. When police arrived, the parents told her their daughter was supposed to show up at her grandparent’s house for homeschooling. They told police they think she left their house some time that night.
    Police interviewed the girl’s ex-boyfriend, who told police that the girl stopped by his house around 12:30 a.m. to say “goodbye,” but that was all he knew.
    The ex-boyfriend told police he could not tell the person that was driving the car she arrived in was a man or woman. Police did interview Weiss also, but she claimed she had no knowledge of where the girl was.
    A closer inspection of the girl’s cell phone records suggested otherwise.
    In an exchange of Facebook messages, police worked out that Weiss had full knowledge of the girl’s plans to run away and where she was going. She also helped her run away, police said in court documents.