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Courts

  • On The Docket 03-21-14

    Records are derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:

    March 12

    Kermit Short was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having a valid registration while parked. Defendant was fined $50.

    Brian Glover was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    March 13

    Reuben L. Salazar was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Tristan R. Hill 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.

    Jared Crochet was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having animals at large. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $60 in court costs.

    Sean Stanfield was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having a valid registration while parked. Defendant was fined $50.
    March 17

    Marcos Perea was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids (one to eight ounces). Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $148 in court costs.

  • Court makes way for meth suspect extradition

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court has granted a request to release Rowena MacDonald into the custody of police in St. Louis County, Mo., once her case in district court here is resolved.
    MacDonald is being held in jail for allegedly holding a dealer’s drugs while he was allegedly trying to make a drug deal in White Rock.
    MacDonald’s attorney Kari Morrissey told Magistrate Judge Pat Casados that she is working to get her Los Alamos cases resolved so she can go back to Missouri as soon as possible. She also requested that MacDonald be placed on monitored release, while her Los Alamos case is completed.
    “It’s my belief that the court doesn’t have to hold Miss MacDonald in secure custody pending extradition,” she said. “ ... It seems to me that we’re dealing with someone who isn’t really a flight risk. ... It doesn’t seem really necessary.”
    She noted that while waiting to be extradited back to Missouri before, MacDonald was on an ankle bracelet and did not try to flee.

  • Fraud case suspects make court appearance

    Two suspects in a $50,000 computer fraud case made their first appearance in district court Wednesday.
    Ryan Roller, 31, already free on bond, was the first to appear. His $10,000 surety bond was simply carried over to the district court from magistrate, and he was told to stay in regular contact with the courts. District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson has yet to set a hearing or a trial date for Roller or Fernando Rodriguez. Roller is being charged with third-degree felony conspiracy for his role in the crime.
    The other suspect, Fernando Rodriguez, also 31, is still in custody. At his hearing before the judge Wednesday, Rodriguez’ attorney, Bill Snowden, wanted it dropped to $15,000. District Attorney Kent Wahlquist urged Raphaelson to keep his bond at $30,000, cash-only.
    “Your honor, the defendant, all told, has two habitual offenses, and that adds four years to each of the counts of criminal information and he has six counts of criminal information. All told, he could be looking at a total of 48 years if these counts were to run consecutively, Walquist said. “... I think with the time he’s facing he is a flight risk.”
    Wahlquist said Rodriguez also just finished probation for other various misdemeanors as well.
    Snowden countered that Rodriguez had family in the area, and so flight risk was minimal.

  • On The Docket 03-12-14

    Records come from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    March 5

    James Mayson was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of stopping, standing or parking in a specified prohibited space. Defendant was fined $50.
    March 6

    Dwight L. Bossong was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired registration and failing to appear in court. He was fined $25 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs.

    Brandi T. Sandoval was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit and failing to pay associated court fees. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $130 in court fees.

    Kayla N. Lawson was found guilty of speeding 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Lianyl He was found guilty off failing to yield to an oncoming, authorized emergency vehicle. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs and ordered to attend defensive driving school. Sentence deferred until May 5.
    March 7

    Catherine Beck was found guilty of speeding 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

  • On The Docket 03-05-14

    Feb. 26

    Teri L Scott-Nixon was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Marion K. Davis was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    John S. Loughead was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Feb. 27

    Kenneth G. Hegedorn was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not displaying the current, valid registration plate and not having proper car insurance. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs.

    Randy C. Mock was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal court of failing to pay.
    Sentence deferred until March 28. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    David Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Muncipal Court of having an expired license plate while parked. He was fined $25.

    Joseph C. Harris was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine, as well as $65 in court fees.

  • On The Docket 02-26-14

    Feb. 21

    Tonya Males was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of three counts of failure to appear/failure to pay and one count of failure to appear. She was fined $200 and ordered to pay $284 in court costs.

    Rosemary A. Perez-Ayapan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of not having car insurance, three counts of failure to appear, one count of failure to pay and one count of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She was fined $746 and ordered to pay $422 in court costs. She also had her license suspended.

    Leslie Duncan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired license plate while parked. Defendant was fined $25.

    Lianyi He 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. 20

    James D. Bourguet was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $15 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Nancy E. Krantz was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Feb. 21

  • Victims express disbelief

    Shortly after the verdict was read, Robert Pfaff leaned forward in his seat, put his head in his hands and just sat there in silence for a few minutes. Pfaff, along with at least four other victims of convicted burglar Aaron Nguyen, couldn’t believe what they just heard.
    Nguyen, who is currently serving five years of supervised probation for burglarizing his neighbors’ homes in 2012, will get no jail time for violating the terms of his probation.
    District Court judge Sheri Raphaelson instead took defense attorney Steve Aarons’ account of Nguyen’s progress in dealing with his bipolar disorder since the violation, and simply ordered Nguyen to keep making progress. She also resumed his probation with no time added. Consequences for violating his probation could have included up to 50 years in prison.
    During the part of the hearing where the victims were allowed to speak about how Nguyen’s crimes affected them, Pfaff and others had plenty to say.

  • On The Docket 02-19-14

    Court items are derived from Los Alamos Magistrate and Muncipal Court records.
    Feb. 12

    Terry F. Bott was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. The defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Feb. 13

    Cheryl Ammann was cited by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of causing a nuisance and failing to appear in court (non-traffic). Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $120 in court costs.

    Eric C Jinzo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was ordered to pay $60 in court costs, and to attend defensive driving school. Sentencing deferred until April 13.

    Bradford T. McKnown was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit and not having a valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs.

    Victoria T. Lovato was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having proper car insurance for her vehicle. Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Feb. 14

    Rulan Ke was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper stopping, standing or parking. Defendant was fined $50.
    Feb. 18

  • Meth cases head to district court

    Separate suspects involved in separate meth busts will be appearing in district court soon, after Magistrate Judge Pat Casados ruled last week the cases should go to district court.
    Known as “probable cause” hearings, the hearings are designed to determine if there’s probable cause enough to have their cases tried in district court. If no cause is found, the charges are dropped.
    The suspects that were tried last week were Daniel Hoth, Rowena MacDonald and Alan Houle.
    Casados also ruled that suspects Hoth and MacDonald will be tried together, as they were allegedly connected through an alleged drug dealer named Barry Simmons, from Albuquerque, who allegedly came to White Rock to do a meth deal. Hoth was allegedly the driver for the dealer and MacDonald allegedly aided Simmons by letting him stash the remainder of his drugs at her house at 76 Isleta Court.
    While Hoth and Simmons were trying to find a buyer for some crystal meth last November, Simmons had some stored at MacDonald’s house.

  • On the Docket 02-12-14

    Feb. 5

    Paul F. Williams was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to pay court costs and/or fines as well as speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $65 and $111 in fines.

    Nicholas Marshall was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper stopping, standing or parking. Defendant was fined $50.
    Feb. 6

    Michelle A. Mittrach was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles and hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Annette Maes-Livermore was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield/stop at a sign and failure to display current, valid registration plate.
    Feb. 7

    Christopher G. Ryan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles and hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Timothy B. Stone was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of stopping, standing or parking in prohibited, specified places.

    Dean Barr was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $25.
    Feb. 11