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Courts

  • 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.

  • On the Docket 09-25-13

    Sept. 18

    Amanda Muller was found guilty by the Los Alamos municipal court of improper stopping, standing or parking. Defendant was fined $50.
    Sept. 19

    Brian D. Esquibel 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.

    William O. Wray was found guilty by the Los Alamos municipal court of careless driving (accident), and expired registration. Defendant was fined $225 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $92.

    Susan Burkle was found guilty by the Los Alamos municipal court of speeding six to 10 mph over the limit. Defendant was fined $50, and ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Arkady Shehter was found guilty by the Los Alamos municipal court of speeding six to 10 mph over the limit. Defendant was fined $50, and ordered to pay a court fee of $46.
    Sept. 20

    Weston Horpendahl was found guilty by the Los Alamos municipal court of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. Defendant was sentenced to 179 days in jail, with 160 days suspended, and was ordered to serve 19 days in jail. Defendant was fined $750, and ordered to pay $231 in fees, and was also ordered to an interlock device, community service, and residential treatment.

  • On the Docket 09-18-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
    Sept. 11

    Nataliya Mozrsky was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Dennis S. Dick was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.
    Sept. 12

    Manuel Garcia was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failing to appear or pay court fines and not wearing seatbelts.
    He was fined $67 and ordered to pay $181 in court costs.

    Lanessa G. Amburgey was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. The defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Melissa S. Schmidt was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired registration. She was fined $100 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

  • On the Docket 09-11-13

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

    Sept. 4

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

    Margo J. Buksa was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant was fined $60 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Josef Koller was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Alan Kirby was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of an expired license plate while parked. Defendant was fined $25.

    Anna L. Nowell was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant was fined $70 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Sept. 5

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

  • First same-sex license issued in Los Alamos

    Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau celebrated their victory in district court Wednesday morning when District Judge Sheri Raphaelson upheld her decision ordering Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover to issue same-sex marriage licenses —by driving straight to the county clerk’s office to apply.

    The courtroom erupted in cheers and applause when the ruling came down.

    Newton and Thibodeaux filed a complaint after Stover refused to issue the couple a marriage license last week.
    Attorneys Brian Egolf and John Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day represented the couple. The firm is currently representing gay clients in Santa Fe and also assisted in litigation in Taos County that led in a similar ruling.

    County Attorney Rebecca Ehler, representing Stover, requested an order staying the Alternative Writ of Mandamus Raphaelson issued last week until the New Mexico Supreme Court issues a ruling on pending same-sex marriage cases.

    “We think the citizens of the state deserve a comprehensive approach to this issue and would ask the court to stay this matter pending a definitive opinion from the higher appellate court,” Ehler argued.

    Egolf countered that his firm had attempted to bring the issue before the Supreme Court twice in the past two weeks and had been denied.

  • On the Docket 09-04-13

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

    Aug. 28

    Eric N. Brown 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.

    Ayasha R. Mcclory was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to obey signal. Defendant was fined $50 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.

    Aug. 29

    Hong Ye was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failure to yield/stop at a stop sign. Defendant was fined $50 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $92. The defendant was also ordered to attend defensive driving school. The defendant’s sentence was deferred until Oct. 27.

    McKenzie C. Logan was found guilty in 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.

  • Judge orders LA county to issue same sex marriage license -- updated

     

    A district judge has ordered Los Alamos County to issue a same-sex marriage license to residents Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau Thursday.

    Newton and Thibodeau filed a complaint in district court Wednesday after being denied  a license by county clerk Sharon Stover on Tuesday.

    “As I understand, she (county clerk Sharon Stover) told our clients that she had no authority to issue a marriage license,” said Kate Ferlic, whose firm is representing Newton and Thibodeau. “Our clients said it was legal in six counties and they would like to get married in their home county.”

    According to the suit filed in First Judicial Court, Newton and Thibodeau asked for a writ of mandamus or court order requiring the clerk to issue them a marriage license.

    District judge Shari Raphaelson signed that order Wednesday.

    And as of Wednesday night, Stover said that county attorney Rebecca Ehler has the complaint but has not yet seen the writ.

    Before the order was signed by the judge, Stover was asked what she would do.

    “I need to see what the suit says and see what our county attorney says,” Stover said. “The way the law is, this needs to get fixed.”

    Stover hopes some help is on the way.

  • On The Docket 08-28-13

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

    Aug. 22

    Bart J. Daly was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of an improper lane change. He was ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Gerald F. Heck was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to appear in court and speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit.
    He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $92 in court costs. For the speeding charge, sentence is deferred until November 25 under a plea agreement.

    Chris K. Bolin was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving. Sentence is deferred until Oct. 20.

    Maryann S. Blackhart was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. She was ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Don M. Gallegos was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of being a chauffeur without a license. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Robert I. Vigil was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving with an expired registration. He was fined $60 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

  • SF clerk ordered to give gay marriage licenses -- updated

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The county clerk in the New Mexico state capital and the heart of this state's gay rights movement began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples Friday, a court-ordered move that came just two days after a county clerk in the south decided on his own to recognize same-sex marriage.

    The first couple to get a license in the state's third-largest county was Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics and Linda Siegle, a lobbyist for Equality New Mexico, a gay rights group. Stefanics is a former Democratic state senator from Santa Fe.

    The couple walked into County Clerk Geraldine Salazar's office shortly after 1:30 p.m., and asked if they were still denying licenses to same-sex couples.

    "Not today," Salazar said.

    Also receiving a license were the two men who filed the lawsuit that resulted in the court order directing the clerk to issue the licenses — Alexander Hanna and Yon Hudson.

    "It's exhilarating and also humbling," Hudson said.

    The order late Thursday from District Judge Sarah Singleton represents the first time a New Mexico judge has ruled that gay and lesbian couples can be married, said state Rep. Brian Egolf, a lawyer representing Hanna and Hudson in the suit.

  • On The Docket 08-21-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
    Aug. 14

    Miguel M. Montoya was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to pay court fines/fees and speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $125 and ordered to pay $92 in court costs.
    Aug. 15

    Maria Cuesta-Garcia was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield/stop at a sign. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.
    Aug. 16

    Dana C. Crooks was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Crooks was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Henry D. Cummings was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired registration. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.
    Aug. 17

    Delores A. Watson was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to pay court fines/fees and speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She was fined $100 and ordered to pay $92 in court costs.
    Aug. 18

    Jess M. Cullinan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. The defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.