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Courts

  • Geisik sentenced to jail, probation

    Steven Geisik, the Los Alamos resident who was convicted of two counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor under the age of 13 and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor was sentenced in Los Alamos District Court Monday.
    Geisik, 23, was sentenced to one year in county jail and up to 20 years of supervised probation.
    “Every five years, the court will get a report on how he’s doing on probation, then the court will make a determination on how he’s doing,” said Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, who prosecuted the case. “If he’s doing well, the judge can make a decision to discontinue the probation after five or ten years.”
    Since Geisik’s arrest in April 2012, he has spent about three years in county jail. He was 21 at the time the crimes were committed.
    His defense attorney, Sydney West, thought the eventual outcome was the best one for her client, given the details of the case.
    “The judge took into consideration the mitigating circumstances, his age and the most important thing of all, his (psychological) evaluation,” West said.
    Geisik, who was convicted in May of last year, promptly underwent psychological evaluation after the trial. The sentencing was delayed until Geisik’s psychological evaluation was completed.

  • On The Docket 4-8-15

    March 25
    Marshall L Naranjo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of criminal trespass. Defendant was sentenced to 364 days in the county jail with 364 days suspended. Defendant also received 364 days supervised probation. Defendant was also charged $73.

    Probation conditions are:

    • 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 into possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.
    • Defendant will 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.
    • Defendant shall enter and participate in alcohol/drug screening with any treatment, counseling or program with at least six sessions recommended by the screener.

  • Ruling goes in favor of Foster

    Randy Foster, a former commander with the Los Alamos Police Department, won a significant victory in his case against Los Alamos County recently.
    In March, the Santa Fe District Court ruled that the county must turn over more documents relating to his case against the county.
    In January 2014, Foster filed suit against the county for wrongfully terminating him over how he handled a disciplinary matter involving former officer Brian Schamber.
    Other plaintiffs in the suit include former detective Paige Early and Commander Scott Mills.
    In December 2012, Foster learned from Early that Schamber, her work partner was making “disturbing” and “threatening” remarks about hurting people, that according to court records. In one instance, while Early and Schamber were riding together in their police car, Schamber allegedly started to drive the car erratically while making remarks about using the vehicle to injure other drivers on the road.
    Foster also learned that Early had been reporting other instances of Schamber’s behavior to then police chief Wayne Torpy for over a year.

  • Accused pot dealer out on bond

    Roy Moore, 67, the man accused of dealing marijuana out of his house and having 43 marijuana plants in his home, was recently released on from county jail on a $2,500 bond.
    The order was set after it was clear Moore was going to be needlessly held in jail for longer than the maximum 10-day period after being arrested for his alleged crimes. It was up to Moore to make his bail, however.
    Moore appeared in court with his lawyer, Tyr Loranger last week. Loranger told Judge Mathew Page that since this was the first time he met his client, he is going to need time to prepare for Moore’s preliminary hearing, which is set for sometime in May.
    Moore remains under house arrest until his preliminary hearing date, which has not been set.
    Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist agreed to the release, provided Moore agreed to be available to the court’s probation officers at all times, allow officers to conduct surprise searches of his home, and that he not leave town until his court date, where it will be determined whether or not there is enough evidence to try him in district court.
    During the conditions of release hearing, Wahlquist asked the judge to keep Moore’s bond at $11,000, as an assurance that he will stay in jail until his hearing.

  • Police Beat 4-5-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    March 26
    9:30 p.m. — Koby Leeches, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana) at Los Alamos High School.

    March 28
    1:16 p.m. — A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of fraudulent use of a credit card to obtain less than $300 at Arizona Avenue.
    2:50 p.m. — Garrett Katcher, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant by the Los Alamos County Police.

    11:30 p.m. — Carlos Hurtado, 19, of El Rito was arrested through a district court warrant in Española.
    March 29
    6:06 p.m. — A 40-year-old Los Alamos woman was injured in a car accident on N.M. 4.

    10:35 p.m. — David Garcia, 22, of Santa Fe was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant by the LAPD. The original charge was possession of drug paraphernalia at 7th Street and Trinity Drive on Feb. 19.

  • 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.