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  • Suspect allowed to view child porn in Wash. jail--video extra

    SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say they're outraged that a former pilot who's already admitted molesting young boys is being allowed to watch videos he made of the abuse while he sits in jail awaiting trial.

    "The whole thing is just dirty," said Pierce County Sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer on Wednesday. "Now that victims know he's going to be watching this, they're going to feel victimized again. This is our call to action to get the law changed."

  • On the Docket 06-22-11

    blic information contained in Municipal, Magistrate and District Court records.

    June 14

    Jose Duran, 40, of Los Alamos appeared in Magistrate Court on charges of disorderly conduct. Duran pled nolo contendere and the court accepted the plea as an admission of guilt only for the purposes of that day’s court action. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Duran to 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended. Duran received robation and ordered to enter alcohol screening and treatment and/or anger management. Duran was found not guilty of battery per a plea agreement with the state and was ordered to pay $73 in court costs and a $25 per month probation fee.

  • Judge approves settlement over Indian royalties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday approved a $3.4 billion settlement over mismanaged Indian royalties in a case that represents the largest settlement ever approved against the U.S. government.

    Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont., claimed in the 15-year-old suit that for more than a century, U.S. officials systematically stole or squandered billions in royalties intended for American Indians in exchange for oil, gas, grazing and other leases.

    U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan, in approving the settlement after a daylong hearing, said the legitimacy of Cobell's claims could not be questioned.

    "The government mismanaged these resources on a staggering scale," Hogan said.

  • On the Docket 06-15-11


    On the Docket items are compiled from public information contained in Municipal, Magistrate and District Court records.
    June 7

    Dustin Nelson, 22, of Los Alamos appeared in Municipal Court on charges of violating his probation. Judge Alan Kirk sentenced Nelson to spend 15 days in jail and pay $46 in court fees.
    June 9

    Alexander Rose, 25, of Los Alamos appeared in Magistrate Court on charges of possession of marijuana, driving on an expired registration, no insurance and no headlights. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Rose to perform 10 hours of community service to be completed by July 26 and to pay $203 in court costs. As part of a plea deal with the state, Rose was found not guilty of marijuana possession.
    June 10

  • NM man found not guilty in crash that killed teens

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 29-year-old man who was charged in a crash that killed four teenagers and seriously injured a fifth has been found not guilty by a Santa Fe jury.

    Jurors reached their verdict Tuesday evening in the case of Scott Owens.

    The Santa Fe-area man had pleaded not guilty to four counts of vehicular homicide and one count of causing great bodily harm in the June 28, 2009, crash on the Old Las Vegas highway near Santa Fe.

    Authorities allege he was driving in the wrong lane just after midnight when he ran into the teens' car.

    Officials had said his blood-alcohol content was 0.16 percent, double the legal driving limit.

  • Espanola bank employee sentenced to two years

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 53-year-old Espanola woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft.

    Roberta Dunsworth was sentenced in Albuquerque last week. She will be on a year of supervised release after the prison term and must pay more than $26,000 in restitution to her former employer, Wells Fargo Bank in Espanola.

    Dunsworth was charged last December with 14 counts, but entered a guilty plea to one count of aggravated identity theft under a plea agreement.

    She acknowledged using the identity of a bank customer, without the customer's knowledge or authorization, to obtain credit and debit cards and to open bank accounts between October 2008 and March 2009.

  • Los Alamos County Warrants

    The following people, with Los Alamos addresses, have active bench warrants for Los Alamos Municipal Court.  To handle the matter those listed should contact the Municipal Court immediately at (505) 662-8025 or 2500 Trinity Drive, Suite C:
    Name                  Year of Birth
    Akerele, Jeanmarc         1970
    Allen, Christopher         1983
    Alvarado, Eddie         1991
    Arras, Slyvia         1985
    Arvizo, Carlos         1974
    Barker, Joel         1970

  • Municipal court seeks to clear up 70 cases

    For the first time in a decade, Los Alamos Municipal Court is publishing its bench warrant list. The list contains all the names of local residents who possess outstanding bench warrants in Municipal Court.

    “We’re looking to close out these cases so we want people to voluntarily come in to the Municipal Court on the main level of the Justice Center and pay their citations, fees and fines,” said Court Administrator Lisa Zuhn during an interview Tuesday afternoon. “The majority of the warrants involve traffic violations in which the driver has failed to appear in court or failed to pay fines.”

    The court is seeking 70 Los Alamos County residents and another 150 people who reside in the Española Valley, Zuhn said.

  • Grand Jury indicts local bookkeeper

    An office manager, who kept the books for Jemez Physical Therapy in Los Alamos, was indicted on embezzlement and tax fraud charges by a grand jury in Santa Fe Friday.

    Rebecca Serrano, 46, of Espanola is accused of pilfering about $80,000 over a period of years from the practice at 2101 Trinity Dr.

    Serrano faces four counts of embezzlement and four counts of tax evasion. Because she is accused of embezzling in excess of $20,000, the charges escalate to second-degree felonies. The four tax evasion charges lodged against Serrano are fourth-degree felonies.

  • Former youth pastor gets 18 years on child porn charge

    Former Los Alamos youth pastor Matthew Nichols, 62, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison to be followed by registration as a sex offender and lifetime supervision, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales. The sentence also includes a $10,000 fine.

    Nichols was a youth minister at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church when he was indicted on six charges last June. 

    In an agreement with prosecutors, Nichols pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and attempted distribution of child pornography.