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  • On The Docket 11-21-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
    Nov. 12

    Daniel Reass was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of battery, pled down from the original charge of battery against a household member. Defendant was ordered to pay $73 in court fees and also received a deferred sentence of 182 days of supervised probation.
    Probation conditions include: Defendant will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed. Defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant shall not possess a firearm or other deadly weapon. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. The defendant must also report to probation within seven days and commit to paying $25 a month in probation fees.
    Nov. 13

    Willie E. Haynes was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper stopping, standing, or parking. Haynes was fined $50.
    Nov. 14

  • On The Docket 11-13-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    Nov. 6

    Joe A. Watts was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Michelle M. Kirsch was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six-10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court found James W. Hicks guilty of speeding six-10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Nov. 7

    Charles Lehman was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of nuisance declared; regulations, and outdoor storage of materials. Defendant’s sentence was deferred until Feb. 2, 2014. Defendant was also ordered to pay a court fee of $82.

    Daniel R. Jaquez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant reached a plea agreement with the officer; sentencing was deferred until Jan. 6, 2014.

  • On the Docket 10-30-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    Oct. 23

    Saurabh Singh was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Matthew T. Richardson was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Oct. 24

    Hsinglin Wang was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Valerie E. Chavez was found guilty of speeding six to 10 mph over the speed limit. Los Alamos Municipal Court fined the defendant $50, and she was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Kim T. Janetsky was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant was fined $25, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

  • On the Docket 10-23-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    Oct. 11

    Barbara Lai was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of failure to obey traffic control devices. Defendant was ordered to pay a court fee of $61, and was ordered to perform unsupervised probation for 30 days.
    Oct. 15

    Dierdra A. Roybal was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of using illegal turning movements and not making proper signals, and failure to obey traffic control devices. Defendant was ordered to pay $122 in court fees, and was ordered to attend unsupervised probation for 60 days.

    Emma Tucker was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of not having a driver’s license. Defendant was ordered to pay $81 in court fees, and was ordered to perform unsupervised probation for 30 days.

    Ricky Archuleta was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of driving without insurance. Defendant was fined $81 and was ordered to complete an unsupervised probation for 30 days.

  • New Mexico court considers legalizing gay marriage

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court is stepping into the fray over gay marriage and could set a statewide precedent at a time when some counties grant the unions and others don't.

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments from lawyers Wednesday. There's no deadline for the five justices to issue a decision.

    At issue is an Albuquerque district judge's ruling in late August that denying marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional.

    County clerks statewide have asked the justices to clarify state law because eight of the 33 clerks are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    New Mexico law doesn't explicitly prohibit or authorize gay marriage. However, the marriage laws — unchanged since 1961 — have a marriage license application with sections for male and female applicants. There also are references to "husband" and "wife."

    The current and previous state attorneys general have said the law effectively prohibits gay marriage. But Attorney General Gary King — a Democrat — contends such a prohibition is unconstitutional. King's office is defending the Albuquerque judge who ordered marriage licenses be granted to same-sex couples in two counties.

  • On the Docket 10-16-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    Oct. 9

    CS Brown was found guilty by the Los Alamos municipal court of expired license plate while parked. Defendant was fined $25.

    Melissa A. Blueflower-Sanchez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Jared Pompeo was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Dominic Maestas was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to obey sign. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Oct. 10

    Gerald F. Heck was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving (accident) and mandatory financial responsibility. Defendant was fined $400, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $92.

    Gregory Gonzales was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of stopping, standing, or parking prohibited in specified places. Defendant was fined $50.

  • On the Docket 10-09-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
    Oct. 2

    Alan P. Langdon was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six-10 mph over the limit. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Adam A. Epperson was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to yield/stop at sign. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Yung Moxley was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to yield/stop at sign. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Kathleen A. Mussack was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six-10 mph over the limit. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Ascenscion V. Gonzalez was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six-10 mph over the limit. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Terri A. Ranken was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

  • Jury finds inmate guilty

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The leader of a self-styled Bonnie and Clyde couple who staged a brazen prison escape and a three-week crime spree has been convicted of capital murder in the gruesome slayings of a retired Oklahoma couple who crossed their path on an eastern New Mexico highway.
    John McCluskey was found guilty Monday of murder, carjacking and other charges in the August 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla., who were making their annual summer trek to Colorado. The same jurors will return to decide whether McCluskey, 48, should be sentenced to death or life in prison.
    Hass family members, who sat through four weeks of testimony, showed little emotion when the verdict was read.

  • Casados announces re-election bid

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados has announced she’ll be running for her fourth term.

    Though elections for the judgeship do not take place until November 2014, she said recent experiences and events have prompted her to toss her hat into the ring early.

    Her attendance at a statewide conference for magistrate judges is one of the events that helped her make the decision. She said meeting with her colleagues and becoming a mentor to a new judge are the two factors that really helped her with the decision.

    “You start looking at your job in a new way when you become a mentor,” she said, adding she was also re-elected secretary-treasurer of the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association, which furthers her commitment to an office she’s held since 2003.

    “I still love the job, and I also have some projects I’ve started that I want to see finished,” she said.

    She’s also a member of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Rules Committee. The committee’s function is to routinely examine court rules and if need be, update them, a process that never ends, she said.

    “It’s a long term project, and I’m anxious to see it grow. It’s never going to be an ending project, because the rules require regular examination.”

  • On The Docket 10-03-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
    Sept. 25

    Christopher W. Armstrong was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 mph over the limit. Defendant was fined $50 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Mark A. Bayless was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 mph over the limit. Defendant was fined $50 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Kevin C. Mann was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 mph over the limit. Defendant was fined $50 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.
    Sept. 26

    Brian C. Arnink was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of operators and chauffeurs must be licensed and failure to appear. Defendant was fined $150, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $192.

    Tracey Alarid was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant was fined $25 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Michael Lazarus was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of immediate notice of crashes. Defendant was fined $100 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.