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Courts

  • On the Docket 02-12-14

    Feb. 5

    Paul F. Williams was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to pay court costs and/or fines as well as speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $65 and $111 in fines.

    Nicholas Marshall was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper stopping, standing or parking. Defendant was fined $50.
    Feb. 6

    Michelle A. Mittrach was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles and hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Annette Maes-Livermore was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield/stop at a sign and failure to display current, valid registration plate.
    Feb. 7

    Christopher G. Ryan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles and hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Timothy B. Stone was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of stopping, standing or parking in prohibited, specified places.

    Dean Barr was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $25.
    Feb. 11

  • Kirk to seek 5th term

    Alan Kirk has been dispensing justice for nearly 40 years in Los Alamos County and he’s not planning on going anywhere.
    Kirk, Los Alamos County’s Municipal Court judge, will be seeking his fifth term at the post, he announced Thursday.
    “Through being Municipal Court judge, I’ve worked to ensure the citizens of Los Alamos impartial access to being heard and get due process in their hearings.”
    Kirk, a Republican, was first voted into the post in 1998. In that election, he defeated Democrat Bernadette Chavira-Merriman by a slim margin — approximately 100 votes — for the seat vacated by George Chandler that year.
    Since that initial close call, Kirk has run opposed in subsequent elections.
    Along with overseeing the court, Kirk also said he’s proud of the fact that he’s been able to contribute to several other facets of county life, including overseeing Teen Court and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, which he has been involved with since its inception in 2002.
    From their experience with Teen Court, several local youth have been inspired to learn more about the law and have even gone on to attend law school.
    Kirk said he’s also been able to oversee probation and community service programs that have been successful during his terms as judge.

  • On the Docket 02-05-14

    Jan. 29

    Robert R. Villegas 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 ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Austin Brown was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of parking with an expired license plate. Defendant was fined $25.

    Jon Bridgewater was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of parking with an expired license plate. Defendant was fined $25.

    Hue Nguyen 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 ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Jan. 30

    Frank Mayer was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having proper registration while parked. Defendant was fined $25.

    Jan. 31

    Na Leng 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. 3

    Michelle Schaedel was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of assault. Defendant was ordered to pay $41 in court costs. Sentence was deferred until May 3.

  • On the Docket 01-29-14

    Listings are from Los Alamos Magistrate and Municipal Court.
    Jan. 22

    Eric. M. Weis 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.
    Jan. 23
    George. E. Kephart was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until March 23. Defendant was also ordered to attend defensive driving school.

    William J. Knight 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.

    Maneesha E. Chitanvis was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield/grant right of way, left, causing an accident. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was ordered to attend defensive driving school and to perform community service.

    Eric M. Weis was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to have proper car insurance. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

  • LA man joins lawsuit

    This week, Los Alamos resident Robert Manzanares filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Utah in hopes of getting Utah’s adoption laws declared unconstitutional. He joins the group with 11 other men who feel their rights as single fathers have been violated by the state of Utah.
    The group is also asking for no less than $250 million in damages.
    Manzanares’ own struggles with Utah came to national light several years ago, when his pregnant girlfriend told Manzanares she was going to Utah to visit her father. She went to Utah, had her baby, then immediately gave it up for adoption to her brother without Manzanares’ advice or consent.
    According to Utah’s adoption laws, an unmarried biological father’s permission is not needed if the child is six months old or younger.
    He’s been fighting to get full custody of her ever since, fighting custody cases in Colorado (where his daughter was conceived) and Utah since 2007. His daughter will be 6-years-old soon.
     His plan, if and when the custody courts rule in his favor, is to gradually transition her into his home, which he shares with his fiancee, Pennie Gould, as well as their two daughters and young son.

  • On the Docket 01-23-14

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

    Jan. 15

    Luis Perez-Guachin was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for being a chauffeur operating without a license, having faulty tail lamps and having an open container in his vehicle. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay $195 in court costs.

    Jan. 17

    Larry Hersman was fined $25 by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for having an expired licence plate.

    David Higdon was fined $25 by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for having an expired licence plate.

    Jan. 21

    Eliza R. Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal court of three counts of failing to appear. She was fined $75 and ordered to pay $238 in court costs. 

  • On the Docket 01-16-14

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

    Dec. 26

    Brian D. Esquibel 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.

    Dec. 30

    Victor L. Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired registration. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Dec. 31

    Diane N. Daughton 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.
    Jan. 2

    Kelsey Worley was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of disorderly conduct. The original charge was aggravated battery. Defendant was ordered to pay $73 in court fees. Sentence is deferred, dependent on probation conditions. Completion of all terms and conditions of a deferred sentence shall result in dismissal of this charge, but a record of the charge shall still exist. Defendant was given 182 days of probation.

    William Vonharders was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to appear in court. Defendant was ordered to pay $165 in court costs.

  • LA man found guilty of stalking

    Jack Worel, a 71-year-old Los Alamos man, was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate court of stalking a former female employee of his who used to work at his cleaning company.
     An eight-person jury, which included two alternates, found him guilty of misdemeanor stalking. The charge carries a maximum 364-day jail sentence and/or $1,000 fine. He is due to appear in court for sentencing at a later date.
    In court, the prosecution was able to successfully convince the jury that Worel engaged in a pattern of stalking that began in 2010 and only ended on Aug. 13, 2012, when he was caught by the victim trying to install a GPS monitoring device on her car at the former DeColores restaurant on East Road. The victim, now in her late 20s, was working at the restaurant at the time.
    After a two day investigation after the incident, which included visits to his house, police arrested Worel. During the investigation police also noticed a package on his doorstep containing equipment to track and monitor cell phone calls.
    According to police records, their case against Worel began back in 2010 over an incident that occurred while Worel and the victim were cleaning in the URS building at 1911 Central Avenue.

  • On The Docket 12-25-13

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

    Dec. 17

    Ruben T. Romero was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to pay. Defendant’s sentence was deferred until Jan. 15. Defendant was also ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Kevin Carpenter was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired license plate while parked. Defendant was fined $25.
    Dec. 18

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court found Patrick Fleming guilty of speeding 6-10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.
    Dec. 19

    Alicia Gonzales found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of restricted use of bus stop and taxicab stands. Defendant was fined $50.

    Mitchell R. Daly was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of disorderly conduct. Defendant was ordered to pay a court fee of $273, and was ordered to 182 days unsupervised probation.

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court found Samuel Villalobos-Villalobos guilty of driving while under the influence of liquor/drugs (.08) (first offense). Defendant was ordered to pay a court fee of $241, and was ordered to undergo supervised probation totaling 364 days.

  • On the Docket 12-18-13

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

    Dec. 11

    Miles Romero was found guilty by the Municipal Court of following too closely. Defendant was fined $50, and ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Julian Martinez was found guilty in 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.
    Dec. 12

    Billie Jo Tedder was found guilty by the Municipal Court of failure to pay, and an expired license plate while parked. Defendant was fined $50, and ordered to pay a court fee of $65. Defendant’s sentence was deferred until Feb. 13, 2014. Defendant was also ordered to 5 hours of community service.

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court found Ryan J. Martinez guilty of expired registration. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Charlene M. Lackas was found guilty in Municipal Court of speeding in a school zone 16-20 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $30, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.