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Courts

  • 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.

  • On The Docket 3-12-15

    March 3

    Maria G. Guzman-Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of shoplifting (over $250 but not more than $500). The original charge was shoplifting over $500 but not more than $2,500.)
    Defendant to serve 364 days in the Los Alamos Detention Center, all suspended.
    Defendant was assigned to supervised probation of 364 days. Defendant must also pay $73 in court costs.
    Probation conditions include: 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 not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.
    Defendant will also 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. Defendant cannot enter any Smith’s grocery stores.

  • Man accused of stalking again

    Paul Kubler, a Los Alamos resident who was convicted and sentenced to probation for stalking is back in jail again — for allegedly stalking.
    According to court documents, Kubler, 61, was picked up for police for allegedly trying to reestablish contact with the very same victim he was previously charged with stalking.
    On March 2, relatives of the victim complained to police that Kubler was using the victim’s dog, which he had over at his house, to lure the victim into visiting with him.
    (Witness) said she had information that (victim) had been over to Paul’s house … and was using their previous dog to get (the victim) to come over and check on the status of the dog they had together from their previous relationship,” read a statement in the report.
    One of the victim’s relatives was also afraid that Kubler would try and take the victim and leave the state, adding that the victim “has a developmental disability and is easily manipulated.”
    Based on the information given to police, police put the victim under surveillance, where they observer her walking south on Diamond Drive talking to someone on her cell phone. Police then observed her ending the phone call, and “within seconds” observing a car Kubler is known to drive pull up to the curb and pick her up.

  • On The Docket 3-4-15

    March 2

    Brock A. Koehler was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of assault.
    The defendant is to serve 180 days at the Los Alamos County Detention Center, all suspended. Defendant must also undergo 180 days of supervised probation and pay $73 in court costs.
    Probation conditions include: Defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment and commit to paying $25 a month probation fees to the Los Alamos Municipal Court. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.
    Defendant will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.

    March 3

  • On The Docket 2-26-15

    Feb. 17

    Kenneth G. Hagedorn was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of attempting to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The original charge was aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
    Defendant is to serve at the Los Alamos Detention Center for 364 days, all suspended. He was also given supervised probation for 364 days and ordered to pay $73 in court costs.
    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 not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant will also 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.

    Feb. 20

    Ron Morgan 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. 23

  • Former LA grad named new judge

    Los Alamos native and 1996 Los Alamos High School graduate Jennifer Attrep, 37, was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez Monday evening to be Los Alamos’ next First Judicial District Judge.
    Attrep will replace former Judge Sheri Raphaelson, who stepped down at the end of last year after voters decided not to retain her for another term.
    This will not be the first time Attrep, who now lives in Santa Fe, has served the First Judicial Court as a judge. In July 2014, she was appointed by Martinez to fill out another judge’s term until the end of the year.
    When contacted Monday night by the Los Alamos Monitor, Attrep said she was thrilled with the news that she will be returning once again.
    “I’m so honored to get the appointment from Gov. Martinez,” Attrep said. “I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to return the bench and serve the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe once again.”

  • On The Docket 2-18-15

    Feb. 10
    Richie Burrell was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of tampering with evidence (Highest crime a misdemeanor or petty misdemeanor). The original charge was tampering with evidence (Highest crime a third, fourth or indeterminate degree felony.
    Defendant was sentenced to 180 days in county jail with 180 days suspended and supervised probation for 180 days. Defendant was also ordered to pay $73 in court costs.
    Probation conditions include:
    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 also 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. Probation will start on this case when probation is over on other case. Probation will start on May 23.

  • Stalker gets suspended sentence

    Los Alamos resident Paul Kubler, who was arrested twice in January for stalking another Los Alamos resident, as well as other charges, was sentenced to probation Tuesday in court.
    According to court records, within one week in late January, Kubler was arrested twice for stalking, driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs and giving false evidence of vehicle title and registration.
    In court, Kubler pled guilty to stalking, misdemeanor telephone harassment (reduced down from aggravated stalking) and driving while intoxicated, first offense.
    The stalking charges came from when Kubler waited for his victim in a nearby parking lot to get out of work at a business on Diamond Drive. When he saw his victim, he tried to drive over to her and wave her down.
    Police said that’s when his victim ran to a nearby business and called police.
    Kubler was also facing a more serious stalking charge when he called her home and told her that her dog had died. He was charged with aggravated stalking in that case, which was reduced down to misdemeanor telephone harassment Tuesday.
    During that arrest, police again told Kubler to stop contacting the victim. Kubler told the officers that the police “couldn’t stop true love, and that love would overcome everything.”