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Courts

  • 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.

  • 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.