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  • On the Docket: Local Courts 07-17-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
    July 10

    Amanda L. Broach was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court on two counts of expired registration. She was fined $120 and ordered to pay $92 in court costs.

    Fernando Bayardo was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of stopping, standing or parking his car on restricted or prohibited streets. He was fined $50.

    Trent Johnson was found guilty by 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 fees.

    Alfredo Delgado-Moreno was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court having an expired registration. He was fined $90 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Christopher Fresquez was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of stopping, standing or parking his car on restricted or prohibited streets. He was fined $50.
    July 11

  • On the Docket: Local Courts 07-10-13

    July 2

    Justin D. Salazar was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, with a blood alcohol level of .08.
    Probation conditions include: Defendant will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.
    The defendant is to participate in alcohol education classes or treatment with at least six sessions. The defendant shall enter, participate in and successfully complete DWI school within 90 days. The defendant shall enter participate in and successfully complete the Victim Impact program within 90 days.
    Defendant must also obtain an ignition interlock license and have an interlock ignition device installed on all vehicles defendant drives for one year. The defendant will pay all costs associated with installing the interlock devices as well.
    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. Defendant must contact the probation officer prior to leaving New Mexico.
    The defendant must also complete 24 hours of community service, and commit to paying $25 a month probation fees.

    July 3

  • Legal fight expands in NM over same-sex marriage

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Same-sex couples are asking the state Supreme Court to decide whether New Mexico recognizes gay marriages from other states, potentially providing them a range of benefits involving tax, health and inheritance laws.

    The lawsuit announced Wednesday broadens the legal questions before the state's highest court on the issue of same-sex marriage.

    Two Santa Fe men brought a case last week asking the Supreme Court to order the local county clerk to issue them a marriage license, which had been denied.

    The latest lawsuit, which was filed late Tuesday, also seeks to have the court declare that gay marriage is legal but poses an additional question on whether New Mexico recognizes same-sex marriages from other states.

    Lawyers said it's important for the court to answer the question about out-of-state gay marriages because of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which had prevented same-sex couples from qualifying for federal tax, health care and pension benefits otherwise available to married couples. The lawsuit said some federal and state benefits may not be provided if a couple lives in a state that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.

  • Doctor free, must leave LA by July 1

    A Los Alamos resident recently found guilty of harassment, battery and animal cruelty was released from the Los Alamos County Detention Center through a plea agreement Thursday. Pavel Mourachov, a former medical doctor who once had a thriving urology practice in Los Alamos, was sentenced for time served and put on a year and a half of tightly supervised probation.

    When Mourachov was released from the jail Wednesday, he was ordered by Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and go straight to his house to pack his things.

    According to prosecutor Kent Wahlquist, the neighbors that Mourachov threatened and Mourachov’s estranged wife were reluctant to agree to a plea deal, but once it was understood that Mourachov will be monitored by a GPS device and that he must leave Los Alamos County by July 1, they accepted terms of the plea agreement.

    “The spirit of this agreement is, he wants to leave, everyone else wants him to leave, they are all on board with this,” Wahlquist said.

    In May of this year, Mourachov was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, harassment and extreme cruelty to animals.

  • NM high court asked to legalize gay marriage

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court was asked Thursday by a same-sex couple in Santa Fe to decide whether gay marriage is legal in the state.

    If the court decides the case, it could resolve a politically difficult issue that has stalled in the Legislature. A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize gay marriage died in the Democratic-controlled Legislature earlier this year. Lawmakers in the past also have rejected proposals to allow domestic partnerships that would give same-sex couples many of the legal protections and benefits of married couples.

    Lawyers for two Santa Fe men, Alexander Hanna and Yon Hudson, asked the Supreme Court to order the Santa Fe County clerk to issue them a marriage license.

    The court didn't immediately decide whether it will consider the case.

    The couple had filed a lawsuit in district court earlier this month after being denied a marriage license.

    One of their attorneys, state Rep. Brian Egolf, of Santa Fe, said the case was being withdrawn from the district court and shifted to the Supreme Court to try to get a speedy decision on the same-sex marriage issue.

    Egolf said his clients don't want to wait years for the case to go through the state or federal court systems.

  • 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