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Courts

  • On The Docket 08-14-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal Court:

    James Stein pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Taylor Thoren pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Emily Phillips pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Steven Jones pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Paul Graham pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Lia Wentz pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Daniel Kathos pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Ian Maes pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Bryan Spaulding was found guilty of displaying of current valid registration plate. The sentence was deferred and he was ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

  • Aspen continues to work together

    This year couldn’t be more exciting for Aspen Elementary Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom.
    She starts her seventh year as the leader of Aspen’s Tigers and she has been in education for 23 years, teaching for 16 years prior to her administrative position.
    When Aspen started the 2013-14 school year, there was an eye on construction, as the Tigers become the first elementary school in the district to update their facilities on such a large scale.
    “I am most proud of how the students and staff dealt with the construction process,” said Vandenkieboom. “It was not an easy adjustment, traveling back and forth to the gym for lunch, a small playground, a major move in October and no common hallway for visiting.”
    Three words can be used to describe Vandenkieboom, her staff and PTO members through the phases of construction: grace under pressure.
    All parties worked together to solve difficulties and spirits were kept high as parents worked to keep up morale throughout the year with special events for students and treats for staff.
    Naturally, her biggest goal for the year will be to move into the new building, which, if things go according to plan, may take place in October.
    The principal said there were plenty of people who deserve the credit for Aspen’s success.

  • On The Docket 08-08-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court.

    July 31

    Bobby Romero was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to pay court fines and/or costs. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Albert A. Maez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was also ordered to enroll in defensive driving school. Sentence deferred until Sept. 28.

    Taylor N. Thoren was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid, registration plate. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Aug. 29.

    Alison L. Tamasi was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Jerilynn T. Christiansen was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of making an improper lane change. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 1

    Sheri A. Knapp 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 was also ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

  • On the Docket 08-01-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    July 9

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

    Daniel J. Salvat was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    July 11

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

    Jessica L. Heironimus 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.
    July 12

    Viviana S. Balzaretti-Maggi was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    July 14

    Gabriel A. Wadt 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.
    July 16

  • On The Docket 7-23-14

    July 21

    Mark A. Martinez pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for racing on highways. Defendant incurred no fines but was ordered to pay $81 in court costs. Defendant was also ordered to undergo 30 days of unsupervised probation.

    Probation conditions include:
    Defendant shall notify the court of any change of address within 48 hours. Defendant shall obey all federal, state and local laws. Upon successful completion of deferral conditions charge(s) will be dismissed. Deferral period shall be 30 days. Defendant shall refrain from receiving any other citations during the deferment period. If the defendant fails to comply with the requirements set forth, the deferment agreement shall be forfeited. Deferred fines will be imposed and citation(s) will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles accordingly. A bench warrant may be issued for the defendant’s arrest.
    July 22

  • Abeyta earns two years of probation in District Court

    Andrew Abeyta, an Alcade resident who was convicted of several crimes in Los Alamos, was recently sentenced to two years’ probation and drug court, according to his attorney, Bill Snowden.
    District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson carried out the sentencing in the Rio Arriba County District Court.
    Abeyta committed at least three crimes in Los Alamos County, including a burglary at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and an armed confrontation in the Smith’s parking lot in December 2013.
    According to a police report on the Smith’s incident, Abeyta got out of his car and pulled a .22 caliber pistol on a couple after their vehicles almost collided.
    Abeyta was apparently entering the parking lot from Central Ave. as the couple was exiting. Apparently they almost collided with each other and an argument ensued.
    The couple then sped off and called police, and Abeyta turned his car around and followed them in his car. When Abeyta drove by Sullivan Field on Diamond Drive where the couple parked, they were able to point him out to the police that responded to couple’s call.

  • On The Docket 07-16-14

    July 14

    Dennis E. Royer was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a vehicle. Defendant was ordered to pay $61 in court costs. Sentence was deferred on condition he complete the conditions of his unsupervised probation. Sentence completion will be final on Aug. 14 2014.
    Conditions of probation include: Defendant shall notify the court of any change of address within 48 hours. Defendant shall obey all federal, state and local laws. Upon successful completion of deferral conditions charge(s) will be dismissed. Deferral period shall be 30 days. Defendant shall refrain from receiving any other citations during the deferment period. If the defendant fails to comply with the requirements set forth, the deferment agreement shall be forfeited. Deferred fines will be imposed and citation(s) will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles accordingly. A bench warrant may be issued for the defendant’s arrest.

    July 15

  • Rael posts bond

    Los Alamos resident David Rael, who was arrested in late May for allegedly downloading child porn onto his computers, was released on a $5,000 cash bond Tuesday. He is due for his next appearance in court mid-August.
    Rael was arrested in late May when he showed up in a computer data sweep conducted by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office about a year ago. Agents assigned to the case were investigating the sharing of child pornography files within the state
    In July of last year, agents seized Rael’s computers during their investigation, after tracing and matching computer addresses and download records to Rael’s computers.
    In December and February of 2013 officials with the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory met with detectives in the Los Alamos Police Department to discuss their findings.
    According to a report from the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, Rael allegedly downloaded five videos from a peer-to-peer site showing nude girls 11-to- 16 years old involved in various sexual situations. Rael was arrested this May after LAPD detectives were successfully able to build a case against Rael.
    During their initial interview with Rael last July when agents from the attorney general’s office confiscated his equipment, Rael denied intentionally viewing child pornography.

  • Judge rules in favor of cat owner

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court recently sided with a North Mesa Stable owner over an issue that’s sure to come up again. In early May of this year, a dog, who was not on a leash, apparently attacked and injured a cat owned by one of the stable owners.
    The cat’s owner, Cheryl Rosenberger, filed a lawsuit for medical expenses and court fees against the dog’s owner, Toby Kain.
    Though Rosenberger won her case, she did not get back the $300 in medical fees because according to Judge Pat Casados, Rosenberger did not supply the necessary documentation supporting the medical bills.
    “I’m going to give an award to the plaintiff, but only for the costs that I know occurred,” Casados said.
    Rosenberger said this case never would have happened if Kain had been more conciliatory about the attack.
    “Just control your dogs and have a little bit more respect for other people. That’s what it comes down to,” Rosenberger said. “If he came up to me and said ‘I’m sorry I know my dog did it...’ The fact that he threw a big fit, made points and harassed my family I don’t need it,” Rosenberger said.

  • Continuance granted in case involving LANL employee, accused of pistol whipping

    A northern New Mexico city councilor and Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was charged with aggravated battery and assault after deputies say he pistol whipped a man and shot at his vehicle. He also was charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle.
    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrested Española City Councilor Eric Radosevich this week in connection with a bizarre altercation at a Pojoaque gas station June 21.
    According to authorities, Radosevich, 43, was among a group of men who got into an argument with a man at the Kicks 66 gas station after someone was spotted “flirting” with the man’s wife.
    Also charged was Benjamin Duran, 29, of Santa Fe and Samuel Garcia, 51, of Española.
    The victim, later identified as David Perez, 35, of Santa Fe, pulled a baseball bat out of his pickup truck to confront the man talking to his wife but was chased back into his vehicle by three or four men from another pickup, a white Chevrolet, authorities said.