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  • Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

    Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death for the murder of her 71-year-old neighbor, was also the first woman executed in the U.S. in nearly three years.

    McCarthy, 52, was executed for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife and candelabra at her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas. Authorities say McCarthy cut off Booth's finger to remove her wedding ring.

    It was among three slayings linked to McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist who became addicted to crack cocaine.

    She was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m. CDT, 20 minutes after Texas prison officials began administering a single lethal dose of pentobarbital.

    In her final statement, McCarthy did not mention her status as the 500th inmate to be executed or acknowledge Booth or her family.

  • On the Docket: Local Courts 06-26-13

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

    June 19

    Angela Kosler was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to pay fines or court costs. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    June 20

    Ryan Trujillo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal court of failing to appear in court/failing to pay fines and court costs. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $238 in court costs.

    Ted L. Heath was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired registration. He was fined $25 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

  • Former LANL physicist, wife plead guilty in nuke case

    A former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear physicist and his wife have pleaded guilty to federal charges that include communicating classified nuclear weapons data.

    Federal prosecutors announced the pleas of Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni late Friday. The couple had initially pleaded not guilty in 2010 after they were indicted for violating the Atomic Energy Act.

    The two were accused of offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a representative of the Venezuelan government.

    Prosecutors say the Mascheronis held security clearances that allowed them access to certain classified data while they were employed by the northern New Mexico lab.

    Under the plea agreements, the 77-year-old Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni is facing up to 66 months in prison. His wife could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison.

    The court still has to approve the plea agreements, and sentencing hearings for the couple have yet to be scheduled.

    A 22-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in the District of New Mexico in September of 2010.

    The couple was arrested by FBI agents at their Los Alamos home and made their initial appearance in federal court in Albuquerque.

  • On the Docket: Local Courts 06-19-13

    June 11

    Joe Archuleta was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on two counts of aggravated battery. He was ordered by the court to pay $126 in court fees and undergo a year of supervised probation.
    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 make restitution as ordered. The defendant will pay restitution to the court for the victims up to $300 per victim. Defendant will continue VA treatment, six months weekly, as well as anger management classes.
    Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.

    June 12

    Kathrine Lea was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving without insurance. She was fined $200 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Michael Barkhudarov was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of stopping, standing or parking restricted or prohibited on certain streets.
    He was fined $50.

    Keith Stephens was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.
    June 13

  • On The Docket: Local Courts 06-13-13

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

    May 30

    Patrick Connolly was found guilty of battery in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.
    Connolly was ordered to pay $73 in court costs and serve a six month probation.
    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.
    Shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.
    Defendant shall pay $25 a month in probation fees. Payment to be made with the Los Alamos Municipal Court. Shall attend court-ordered counseling. Defendant to continue counseling until counsel or probation stop. Upon successful completion of deferral conditions charge(s) will be dismissed. Deferral period shall be sentence will be deferred after supervised probation is completed.

    Jason Minturn was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of selling or giving alcoholic beverages to a minor.
    Minturn was ordered to pay $73 in court costs

  • Raw: "Ochocinco" Gets 30 Days for Butt Slap

    Former NFL star Chad Johnson received 30 days in jail for a probation violation in a domestic violence case by a judge who angrily rejected a no-jail plea deal after Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the backside in court.

  • On the Docket: Local Courts 06-05-13

    May 29

    Anita Marquez was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper stopping, standing, or parking. She was fined $50.

    Vance Boone was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to yield/stop at a stop sign. The defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Theodore A. Williams was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $75 and was ordered to pay $46 in court costs.
    May 30

    Percinia War was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court on two counts of not being licensed as an operator/chauffeur, mandatory financial responsibility, driving with an expired registration, failure to pay, and six counts of failure to appear. She was fined a total of $575 and ordered to pay $506 in court costs.

    Margaret M. Harper was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court for following too closely, which resulted in an accident. Her sentence was deferred, and she was ordered to take a defensive driving class. She was ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Boris Rosev was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to yield/stop at stop sign, which resulted in an accident. He was ordered to take a defensive driving class, as well as fined $100 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

  • On The Docket: Local Courts 05-29-13

    May 21

    Amanda Burnworth was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of disorderly conduct.
    The defendant has received a deferred sentence, and, upon successfully completing 182 days of supervised probation the charge will be dismissed. The record of the charge will still exist.
    She was ordered to pay $73 in fees, and must complete 30 hours of community service.

    Kyle Elliot was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of disorderly conduct.
    The defendant has received a deferred sentence, and, upon successfully completing 182 days of unsupervised probation the charge will be dismissed. The record of the charge will still exist.
    He was ordered to pay $73 in fees, and must complete 20 hours of community service.

    May 23

    Rachael Hartford was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to appear in court (non-traffic). She was fined $25 and ordered to pay $41 in court costs.

    Matthew S. Voss was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding between 16 and 20 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. His sentence was deferred until July 21. He was ordered to pay $46 in court costs, and must complete community service hours and defensive driving school.

  • On The Docket: Local Courts 05-22-13

    May 15

    Matthias Jaramillo was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Shawn Tornga was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving with an expired registration. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.
    May 16

    Lonny Wood was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Ashley Sullivan was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired license plate while parked. She was fined $25.

    Martin Cooper was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Anthony Balmes was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired license plate while parked. He was fined $25.
    May 20

  • On The Docket: Local Courts 05-15-13

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

    May 8

    John Bishop Abraham was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $6 in court costs.
    May 9

    Tina M. Forsman entered a no contest plea for failing to appear in Los Alamos Municipal Court and having an expired registration.
    She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $92 in court costs.

    Adelaida C. Valdez entered a no contest plea in Los Alamos Municipal court for having an expired registration. She was fined $25 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Mark L. Garcia was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court for having an expired registration for his vehicle. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Elizabeth C. Bennett was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired registration. She was fined $25 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Margaret E. Hempstead was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired registration. She was ordered to pay $46 in court costs.